Lecture on representations of 'the Mystic East' March 4
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

March 2014

Many opportunities come with the study of Asia. Consider job opportunities with a background in the cultures, histories, and languages of Asia, as well as courses, study abroad, and lectures while enrolled at UA. Look below for specific details, and talk to the Director of Asian Studies at to learn more about becoming an Asian Studies minor. 

Who Defines Asia as the "Mystic East"? March 4 Event

Richard King, a professor of Buddhism and Asian Studies at the University of Kent, UK, will discuss the ways people represent "the Mystic East" as 'spiritual' today and the ways that image connects to colonial constructions of Asia when he presents "From Mysticism to Spirituality: Colonial Legacies and the Reformulation of 'the Mystic East'" on March 4 at 7:00 in Gorgas Library 205. Don't miss this opportunity to interact with an international scholar working on contemporary discussions of Asia! This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

Time for Planning

If you have not finalized plans for this summer, you have a little time to still apply for UA Abroad (China and Japan programs deadline March 21). UA scholarships related to study abroad and Asia also have fast-approaching deadlines (Miyagawa Scholarship and Ron Robel Scholarship, deadline March 4). The course list for Fall 2014 will also be out soon. Take advantage of all of the opportunities that come with the study of Asia as you plan your summer and fall.

Asia Is . . .

Critical languages. The US State Department lists mostly Asian languages in its list of critical or supercritical languages, including Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean. The study of these languages receives support through the Critical Languages Summer Program (consider applying next year) and extra points for in-person tested proficiency in the Foreign Service Officer testing process. An Asian Studies minor and the study of Asian languages provides graduates with even more opportunities for continued study and careers.

Asia is . . . So Much More!

Asian Studies and Honors Week

The Asian Studies Research Award and Outstanding Student Award will be presented at the Asian Studies Honors Lecture April 1 at 3:30 in Woods 115. Dr. Nikhil Bilwakesh from UA's English Department will lecture on "W.D. Fard and the Unincorporated Margin of South Asian America," with a reception following. Come join us!

Photo by Sarah Stierch [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ARH 254, HY 243, HY 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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