Sampling Asia event with food, movies, student organizations at 6:30 Sept 5
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

August 22, 2017

It was great to meet new members of the Alabama community yesterday, and we look forward to seeing returning students in classes as we start another great semester.
Don't miss our kick-off event, Sept 5 at 6:30 at Manly Hall (second floor balcony)! See details below.
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

Sampling Asia Event
Do you want to have some free Asian food? Meet others interested in Asia? Watch a film from Japan (Key of Life) or Korea (Going by the Book)? Learn about ways to get involved in activities and classes related to Asia? Come to Sampling Asia on Wednesday Sept. 5 @ 6:30 pm on the second floor balcony of Manly Hall (across from Gorgas Library).

Several student organizations related to Asia will be there to answer questions about their activities, we will have food from a local Asian restaurant, and we will screen Key of Life (Japanese) and Going by the Book (Korean) in Manly 207 and 210, so you can choose which film to watch, beginning about 6:50. Film screenings will end by 9:00 pm. Don't miss it!

For more information and links to film trailers, go to the Asian Studies website

Award-winning author at UA in October

Save the date! On October 10 - 12, the Capstone will host Akhil Sharma, a novelist, short story writer, and essayist who writes about India and Indian-Americans. His books include "An Obedient Father" (which won the 2001 Hemingway Foundation / PEN award); "Family Life" (which received the 2015 Folio Prize); and, most recently "A Life of Adventure and Delight." Further information will be available soon.

Course Openings
Drop/Add continues for the next week. If you are looking for a course that relates to the study of Asia, the following courses have some open seats and count towards the Asian Studies minor.

  • ARH 254 Asian Survey of Art

  • CHI 350 Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation

  • REL 102 Religions of the World

  • REL 220 Survey of Asian Religions

  • REL 236 Islam

Study Abroad in Asia

If you studied in Asia this past summer, we would love to hear about your experiences. If you didn't study in Asia, it is never too early to start investigating opportunities for a coming semester (Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019). UA has a variety of ways to study abroad, including UA-directed programs, programs from other US universities, and direct enrollment as an exchange student at a university in Asia. You should also check for scholarship opportunities early. One list is available at

UA also has had great success with students receiving Fulbright Awards. If you are interested in teaching or researching in Asia through the Fulbright program in future years, get started early and learn more at the UA Fulbright site.

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ANT 217, ARH 254, HY 113 (formerly 243), HY 114 (formerly 244), REL 102, 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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