Submit your semester project for the Research Award and take advantage of other opportunities in Asian Studies.
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

December 2011

Welcome to the new format of our Asian Studies Opportunities Newsletter. The Fall 2011 semester is wrapping up, after an exciting array of Asian Studies events (see some details below). Plans are in development for more films, a lecturer on Korea, and other activities in the spring, so watch for updates.

The Asian Studies Program wishes you every success as you prepare for final papers and exams. Keep the Asian Studies Research Award in mind (see details below). Don't miss an opportunity to compete for a monetary prize and one of the two Asian Studies Awards! If you want to discuss a minor in Asian Studies, contact Steven Ramey, 202 Manly Hall,

Asian Studies Research Award

Are you writing a resaerch paper or developing a creative project focusing on Asia? Submit your paper or project (whether from this semester or a previous semester) for the Asian Studies Reseach Award. The award will be presented at the Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation in April.

Submission guidelines - Students must submit their research or creative project electronically by January 30, 2012, to All submissions must include a cover page with the student’s name, CWID, email address, and a 3-4 sentence summary of the paper or project. For creative projects that are not in a paper format, students should submit a 1-2 page description of the project and its academic basis along with appropriate documentation of the project (e.g., photos, video, audio files). Further information is available online.

Vietnamese Art Exhibition Through Next Week

The opportunity to view unique propaganda posters and other everyday objects from Vietnam will end on December 16. Check out the exhibition in the foyer of Gorgas Library. More information is available on the Asian Studies website.

Art of Vietnam and Stories of the Buddha

Two special lectures this fall in the "Telling Stories from Unexpected Places" Global History Series featured resaerch on Asia. Kurtis Schaeffer from UVA lectured on multiple accounts of the story of Siddharta Gautama, including Asian sources (pictured above) and European and American retellings, to illustrate the ways the story shifts depending on the context of the story-teller. Nora Taylor (below) from the Art Institute of Chicago surveyed paintings from the past 100 years in Vietnam to discuss how historical, political and social circumstances have shaped artistic practices there.

Ambassador Scholarships to Taiwan

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) provides Ambassador Scholarships that enable accepted students to study at the National Pingtung University of Education in Taiwan from July 2nd until August 31st, 2012. The application period ends March 31, 2012, and applications can be submitted on line at More information is available on the Asian Studies website.

In this issue

  • Research Award
  • Vietnamese Art Exhibit 
  • Vietnam Art and Buddhism Lectures 
  • Ambassador Scholarships
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