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February

A nationwide professional development program for K-12 teachers to encourage teaching and learning about Asia. Asian Studies at FIU is proud to host the NCTA program for the ten southern counties in the state of Florida. This project is an ideal introduction to Asian culture, history, and society that demonstrates to teachers how to infuse Asian materials into their classrooms. Inquire for Summer 2017 schedule.

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March

James Herring graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Asian Studies. Check out all of the interesting things that he has been up to since graduation.

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Recent events highlighted the remarkable achievements of two outstanding Jewish singer-songwriters, Bob Dylan, the Nobel Laureate for Literature in 2016, and Leonard Cohen, who passed away a few weeks after the prize was announced. This event features an introduction by Distinguished Prof. Tudor Parfitt, lectures on Dylan by Dr. Steven Heine and on Cohen by UC-Santa Barbara Dr. Elliott R. Wolfson. Musical accompaniment by Aaron Fishbein will feature songs by Dylan and Cohen.

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April

We would like to congratulate Bianca Trifoi for graduating with her Master's Degree this past weekend. We wish her the best in South Korea.

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Jennifer graduated last year with a Masters in Asian Studies and a Japanese Studies Certificate. She had studied abroad in Japan for a summer prior to graduation as well. Learn what she has been doing since graduation.

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This event was a party culminating the end of the Spring 2017 semester. There was food, karaoke, music, and conversation. All who attended had a blast. Check out the pictures.

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Lyanne Maldonado graduated in 2015 with a B.A. Asian Studies and a Japanese Studies Certificate. Find out what she has been doing since graduation.

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Nicole Consuegra graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Asian Studies and a Chinese Studies Certificate. She also studied for one summer in China. Check out what Nicole has been doing since.

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Nicholas Roma graduated in 2010 with a B.A. Asian Studies with Honors and a Japanese Studies Certificate. See what he has been up to since graduation.

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We would like to congratulate all of the School of International and Public Affair Award recipients but especially those from Asian Studies that were honored at last nights ceremony.

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Jennifer Garcia graduated in 2011 with a combined B.A. / M.A. in Asian Studies, a minor in Religious Studies & International Relations and Certificates in Asian Studies, Asian Globalization & Latin America and Japanese Studies. She also studied one semester in Japan. See what she has been doing since she graduated from FIU.

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On April 7th preople attend an event on Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen called Our Jewish Troubadors. Both Dr. Steven Heine and and Professor Tudor Parfitt, lectured on Dylan and Cohen. Attendees were also treated to music by Aaron Fishbein. Click More Information to watch the video.

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On April 2nd the University hosted the 10th Annual FIU Chinese Speech and Skit Contest, bringing together a diverse group of nearly 200 students, along with their teachers and parents from throughout South Florida. They represented nearly 30 institutions that participated. The event was also honored with the presence of Dr. Steven Heine, Director of Asian Studies Program, Dr. Jim Yu, Director of the Confucius Institute at MDC, Ms. Fengmei Du, Presdient of Chinese Language Teachers Association.

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Kristina Loveman graduated in 2014 with the Graduate Certificate in Asian Globalization. See what she has been up to since leaving FIU.

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Ansen graduated FIU in 2009 after completing a B.A. Asian Studies, M.A. Asian Studies, 2nd B.A. Liberal Studies/Pre-Med as well as studying for one summer in Japan. See what he has been up to since.

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August

Dr. Heine has recently published a special biographical essay featured in this year's Japan Studies Review, titled "OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE: SŌTŌ ZEN COMMENTARIES ON DŌGEN’S SHŌBŌGENZŌ and the Formation of the 95-Fascicle Honzan (Main Temple)" in addition to his latest book publication, "FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).

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The FIU Asian Studies Program Newsletter 2016-2017 includes information on the Asian Studies 7-Year Program Review, Faculty News and Accomplishments, with a spotlight on Dr. Shenggao Wang, student accomplishments and awards (including the Omar K. Carrion Scholarship and Fu Foundation), Undergraduate/Graduate Student and Alumni News, a new East Asia Virtual Reality Travel Course Online, as well as an overview of the final year of the Japan Foundation IPS & NEH grant report, and other event news.

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Masako Kubota, Japanese Instructor, led the FIU Honors College Study Abroad program Japan this past Summer 2017. It included ten days each in Tokyo, Sapporo, and Akan Kotan (an Ainu village). The trip focused on reciprocity and sustainable communities and cultures in Japan. Kubota Sensei led her students to experience traditional Ainu society and culture first-hand. Students engaged in various activities, including Kimono ritual ceremonies, typical dance and spiritual stories of Ainu culture.

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“Exploring East Asia: Virtual Reality Travel,” a new online class centered on virtual reality offered through the Asian Studies Program, as part of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, is the first course of its kind at FIU. For students who may not be able to afford study abroad trips, they now have a chance to experience East Asia like never before using materials like VR goggles in the classroom. Adjunct Instructor Marcela Lopez-Bravo designed the course and taught

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