Are you interested in Japanese films, the history of Mandarin, or Hindu-Muslim relations in India, we have opportunities for you!
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

October 3, 2016

UA will host two scholars of Chinese history next week, so don't miss the opportunity to hear them discuss the creation of a national language in China. Check out the courses available for Spring 2017 as well.
If you have questions about the Asian Studies minor and what you can do with the minor, or other announcements, contact the Director of Asian Studies at

Upcoming Roundtable on China, History, and Language
How did the people in the early decades of the twentieth century learn to write and speak the national language in China? "In Search of Standard Mandarin in Modern China" will feature Janet Chen, professor at Princeton University, and Robert Culp, professor at Bard College, in conversation to discuss how textbook editors, linguists, and educators tried to standardize Mandarin when it was in the infancy of its formation. The presentations and discussion will be Monday, October 10 at 7:00 pm in Gorgas 205. More information and a flyer is available at the Asian Studies website.

Movie in November 

Mark your calendars for a fun movie! We will have screen the romantic comedy Bend It Like Beckham, which focuses on sports and gender in a British Indian family, followed by a discussion of these issues, on November 10. Stay tuned for more details, and view the trailer while you wait.

Spring 2017 Courses
Registration for next semester begins soon, so check out the courses available for the study of Asia across Arts & Sciences. We have multiple seminars that focus on 20th century China and revolutions, identify and religion in India, and Japanese literature and film, as well as a range of language courses. The full list is available on the Asian Studies website. 

Asia and Diplomacy

Are you aware of the ongoing conflicts across Asia? In addition to North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons, various nations are in conflict over islands in the South China Sea and India and Pakistan have heightened security in the wake of India's "surgical strike" or "aggression" across the Line of Control separating areas of Kashmir under Indian and Pakistani control. While these events receive less attention in the US media, they have significant potential to disrupt the lives of people across Asia as well as other places around the globe. If you want to be aware of events in Asia, consider following @AsianStudiesUA on Twitter.

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ARH 254, HY 113 (formerly 243), HY 114 (formerly 244), REL 220)
  • 2 Upper level courses on Asia
  • 2 elective courses on Asia
  • 2 semesters of Asian language (not counted in 18 hours unless over 300 level) 
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