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February

Join us on Friday, May 6, 2022 at the 'Preview Day' of the Morikami Museum's art exhibition titled, "Beyond the Wall: Visions of the Asian Experience in America." Dr. Mitzi Carter (FIU) will be moderating the discussion. The exhibit lasts from May 7, 2022 to September 25, 2022. Organized by the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Click here for more information.

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Though the pandemic is not over yet, our passion for in-person culture celebration is back. On Saturday night, February 12, Chinese New Year Gala was held in GC Ballrooms at FIU. The Gala was organized by the Chinese Club and the Chinese Salon in collaboration with Vietnamese Student Association and the Korean Club.

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March

FIU Asian Studies Programs hosts the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA): A nationwide professional development program for K-12 teachers to encourage teaching and learning about Asia. Miami-Dade/Broward In-Service Points offered. Click here for more info. Register via email at asian@fiu.edu.

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April

The Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese held an online Florida speech contest in spring. We are proud to announce that FIU undergraduate student, Rosemarie Seus, who is taking Advanced Japanese I, won 1st place in the College Level 5 Contest and also the Grand Champion in the College Level Speech Contest. The title of her speech was “I want to know you more あなたをもっと知りたい.” The judges were very impressed with her speech. Congratulations, Rose!

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May

Congratulations to Asian Studies Instructor Dr. Marcela López Bravo for receiving the inaugural Rewarding Excellence in Teaching Incentives (RETI) Award announced this year. The RETI Faculty Awardees were selected from a competitive application process that recognized their excellence in teaching while developing learning-centered, inclusive classroom experiences at FIU.

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On May 21, 2022, the Asian Studies Program, in collaboration with Modern Languages, the Japan Club, the Chinese Club, the Korean Language Empowerment Club, and the Sino-US Salon, celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with many fun and educational cultural activities: origami, calligraphy, dance, kicking shuttlecocks, and creating Asian-style fans and art!

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We are proud to announce that over 50 students have made the Dean's List in Spring 2022. Congratulations to all the hard-working students that make our program vibrant and dynamic!

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June

FIU Asian Studies Program is honored to announce this year's Omar K. Carrion Scholarship Recipients. Two outstanding students in Asian Studies have been awarded for 2022-2023: Uri Rodriguez (Award Winner) and Rachel Carazo (Runner-Up). We congratulate them on their amazing achievements!

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Two FIU Asian Studies Program Adjunct Instructors, Marcela López Bravo and Claudia Lau, have been selected to participate in a virtual exchange program to increase higher education exchange between the U.S. and Japan. Both have been successfully teaching several courses for Asian Studies, specializing in teaching modalities such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Virtual Study Abroad. Click here to read the article published in FIU SIPA News!

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August

The current issue (Volume XXVI) of the Japan Studies Review (JSR 2022) is now available online. For hard copies, contact asian@fiu.edu.

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Dr. Keyao “Kyle” Pan, Assistant Professor of Digital History, published an article in April 2022, which has been recently featured in the Journal of Open Humanities Data's online platform. His article is titled "Networking for Historical Justice: The Application of Graph Database Management Systems to Network Analysis Projects and the Case Study of the Reparation Movement for Japanese Colonial and Wartime Atrocities.” Click here to learn more!

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Asian Studies alumnus, Miguel Rischmaui, speaks of his experience volunteering in the Tokyo Olympics while participating in the JET program!

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Congratulations to all the students who make our program vibrant and dynamic!

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September

Dr. Marcela López Bravo has been awarded the 11th e-Teaching Award Grand Prize in recognition of her effective online teaching at Waseda University, Tokyo, one of the most prestigious institutions in Japan. Dr. López Bravo has also won several awards for her online instruction here at FIU.

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Fall 2022 Edition: Includes an overview of the program’s activities during the last academic year, featuring events like “Networking for Historical Justice” and highlights such as the Japan Foundation grant, Adjunct Teaching Awards, Director’s Festschrift, Southern Japan Seminar, Faculty News with a spotlight on Masako Kubota, as well as inspiring Student & Alumni updates.

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