Check out upcoming events, including a guest lecture on Korea and films from Southeast Asia!
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

March 2012

Registration is fast approaching! Check out our list of courses for Interim and Fall 2012 as well as Study Abroad courses below. If you have taken or plan to take some courses on Asia, the Asian Studies minor is a great option to great further credit for studying a part of the world that is growing in economic and political significance. Minor requirements and additional information is available on the Asian Studies website. You can also contact the Director of Asian Studies, Steven Ramey, 202 Manly Hall,

Courses for Summer and Fall 2012

Looking for Summer courses? ANT 439/REL 483 Anthropology of South Asia will be available in the Interim (May) term, along with various Study Abroad courses in Asia (see below). For Fall 2012, view our updated course list, and sign up for our fascinating classes. Two rarely taught courses this fall are ANT 417 Peoples of Southeast Asia (Elizabeth Cooper, W 6:00-8:30) and ARH 456 The Arts of Buddhism
(Catherine Pagani, W 12:00-2:30).


Study in Asia this summer

We have a variety of programs headed to Asia this summer with UA instructors. Check out each program, whose deadline for application is March 1. If you want these courses to count towards an Asian Studies minor, talk with Steven Ramey about how things can count. You can also plan a semester in Asia through an exchange program in several countries. Capstone International can provide more details.

Bangladesh -Grameen Bank - Interim

China – Language and Culture – Summer I

Japan – Language and Culture – Summer I

Two programs are also studying in Asia in other UA colleges – Social Work going to China and Nursing going to Japan.

Scholarship Opportunities 

The Taiwan-US Sister Relations Alliance Ambassador Summer Scholarship Program is being offered again this year to U.S. college and university students who are interested in studying the Mandarin Chinese language during the months of July and August. The scholarship covers tuition, dormitory fees, four excursions and incidental insurance. Meals are not included and students must provide their own airfare to and from Taiwan. The application period for this class of Ambassadors closes 31 March 2012. All applications will be reviewed and reported on by 10 April 2012. Please ask your students to apply online at:

Another external source for support to study in Japan is the Bridging Project through the American Association of Teachers of Japanese website (deadline April 6).

Southeast Asia film series at Riverside

Brought to you by Faculty in Residence Program, Honors College, Housing and Residential Life, and the Asian Studies program at UA.

28 March: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand, 2010)

The incredible surrealistic adventures of Uncle Boonmee, featuring hairy monkey-human hybrids, Buddhist monks and frisky river life.

3 April Adrift (Vietnam, 2009)
A tale of love, loss and the longing for connection among young women in Hanoi.

11 April Be With Me (Singapore, 2005)

Three tales of isolation and desperation in the contemporary concrete jungle of Singapore as told by an unexpected storyteller.

18 April Opera Jawa (Indonesia, 2006)

A spin on the Ramayana, where unrequited love wreaks havoc in a Javanese village.

All films start at 8pm at Riverside Community Center Media Room, UA Campus, with free Thai food (Ruan Thai).

Other events coming up 

Korean scholar: Dr. Laurel Kendall will visit UA on March 28. Dr. Kendall is an expert on Korean Shamanism and author of numerous books on women and Shamans in Korea. A lunch discussion with Dr. Kendall will take place at noon and her lecture will begin at 3:30 in Smith 205. Go to Asian Studies website for more details.  

Sakura Festival: The University of Alabama Capstone International Center will celebrate the 26th annual Sakura Festival throughout March.
  • The UA Ferguson Center Art Gallery featuring Samurai and Sumo woodblock prints will be open daily from March 1-29; opening reception will be Thursday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m.
  • “Matsuri in the Mall” offers another opportunity for the Tuscaloosa community to experience Japanese culture on Saturday, March 3, at University Mall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring a variety of cultural exhibits and performances.
  •  View Full Schedule.  

Asian-American documentary: A special screening of "A VIllage Called Versailles" by Leo Chiang will be on April 10, followed by a discussion with the director. The film highlights the struggles of a Vietnamese-American community in New Orleans.  

In this issue

  • Courses for Summer and Fall
  • Study Abroad courses
  • Scholarships
  • Southeast Asia film series
  • Lecture on Korean exorcism and other events
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