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Spring 2024 | Fall 2023

The 17th South Florida Japanese Speech and Skit Contests were held on Sunday, April 8, 2024, at the University of Miami. We are happy to announce that Natasha Salleh won first place in University Level 4, and Amy Cui won first place in University Level 6. Amy Cui was also a grand champion at the high school and college levels. Congratulations to Natasha and Amy!

In addition, the Florida Statewide Online Japanese Contests were held in March 2024, and two FIU teams won first and second place in the Japanese promotional video contest:

1st place (Antonio Vazquez Lebreton, Sandra Fagetti and Gustavo Osorio) | Link to YouTube video:

2nd place (Melanie Carrillo, Elizabeth Lopez, Lorie Ann Murray, and Elizabeth Quiñonez) | Link to YouTube video:

Congratulations to our FIU students!

In Loving Memory of Dr. Asuka Mashav
On Monday, February 12th, 2024, we shared our favorite memories and stories of our beloved Mashav Sensei, who will be missed dearly. Students, faculty, colleagues, and alumni were invited to say a few words about Dr. Asuka Mashav. 


February 5, 2024 | 3:30 PM-4:45 PM (EST)

Lecture: "U.S.-China Relations and the Indo-Pacific: The View from Australia"

  • Australia's Ambassador to the US, Dr. Kevin Rudd
  • Green Library 139

The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd AC has been Australia’s Ambassador to the United States since March 2023. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Minister for Foreign Affairs, before a second term as Prime Minister in 2013. He was Member for Griffith in the Australian Parliament from 1998 to 2013. Ambassador Rudd started his diplomatic career in 1981 with postings to Beijing and Stockholm. Ambassador Rudd graduated with Honors in Asian Studies from the Australian National University and received his PhD from Oxford University in 2022. He also studied at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Co-sponsored by the Dorothea Green Lecture Series and Asian Studies Program.

We would like to announce the publication of Dr. Steven Heine's latest book, Xuedou's 100 Odes to Old Cases: A Translation with Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2024),
288 pages, ISBN: 9780197676998, Paperback edition, $29.95.

  • Features translations of beautiful spiritual poetry with accessible analysis and discussion of the most important collection by one of the most famous Chan/Zen masters
  • Offers historical and philosophical analysis of the background for the poems in an accessible format for generalists, specialists, and students
  • Includes the original Chinese poems for those who wish to examine the source material
  • Brings important perspective to a 1000-year old text that became the basis for the Blue Cliff Record, which continues to have a profound impact on the overall legacy of East Asian Buddhist intellectual history and religious literature.

Book details may be accessed through the Oxford University Press website:

Spring 2024 Alumni Connections

February 1, 2024 | 6:00 PM-7:20 PM (EST)

Asian Studies Alumni Connections (Part II: Spring 2024)

  • Panelists: Elisa Rómulo Borges, Rachel Levine, Reily Oller

This year's Asian Studies Alumni Connections live webinar featured three of our distinguished graduate alumni. They shared some helpful tips and discussed what they have achieved academically and professionally with their Asian Studies degrees.


Greetings Asian Studies students and Faculty,  
This is a reminder that our new Undergraduate Certificate in Korean Studies is available now! 
Students interested in signing up are encouraged contact one of our advisors at
This certificate program offers an 18-credit sequence of courses and is intended to provide students with a rich learning experience in Korean Studies to learn more about this increasingly important region of the world and to enhance the student’s career competitiveness upon graduation. The program provides a multidisciplinary approach focusing on Korean cultural studies while covering topics in history, geography, politics, religion, sociology/anthropology, and international relations. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only. 

This year's Japan Studies Review (JSR) is now available online.

Hard copies are available for purchase.

  Please visit our archive for online versions of the current and past volumes.

The Japan Studies Review is a refereed journal published annually by the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. As a publication that addresses a variety of cross-disciplinary issues in Japanese studiesJSR includes contributions dealing with practical and theoretical topics in the areas of business and economic issues, politics, education and curriculum development, philosophy and aesthetics, gender issues, popular culture, and immigration issues. JSR remains an outlet for publications related to Southern Japan Seminar events and encourages submissions from a wide range of scholars in the field.

November 14, 2023 | 6:00 PM-7:15 PM (EST)

SOUTHERN JAPAN SEMINAR (Part I): Asian Studies in a Globalized World (Live Webinar)

  • Panelists: Dr. Marcela López Bravo, Dr. Mitzi Carter and Claudia Lau

October 23, 2023 | 11:00 AM (EST)

Asian Studies Grad/Alumni Connections(Part I: Fall 2023)

  • Panelists: Alexandria Preda and María Macarena Grigera

Come learn and be inspired by the accomplishments of our grad/alumni in Asian Studies!

October 12, 2023 | 5:00-6:15 PM (EST)

US-Japan Baseball Relations: Lecture by Mr. Masanori Murakami 

  • In-person event: Room GL 139
  • Presented by the Consulate of Japan in Miami