Asian Studies

Tibetan Monks

April 14, 2014

Photo Gallery: Visiting Tibetan Monks Teach and Create

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Eight exiled Tibetan monks were on campus last week for a three-day residency. The monks, from the Drepung Gomang Monastery for Advanced Studies and Practice on Buddhist Philosophy, created a sand mandala in the Interfaith Chapel of Hogg Hall, presented lectures and workshops on Buddhist teachings, and performed a traditional yak dance on the Quad. [...]

Japan Interim abroad

April 9, 2014

Beyond the Classroom: Students Get Hands-on Look at Japanese History and Culture

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 In silence, Hannah Weaver ’14 (Whitefish, Mont.) and several other Lafayette students sat around a long table, upon which bowls, kettles, and napkins had been set with care. Their instructor gestured to show them how to whisk their tea, position their bowls, and communicate with those sitting next to them. “There [...]

Gina Pan '14 and Miranda Andretti ’16 with a guard at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress in South Korea.

September 20, 2013

Students Study History, Culture, and Politics in South Korea and Japan

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After taking a history course focusing on East Asia, James “J.D.” Moore ’14 (Pittsburgh, Pa.) wanted to learn more. He had the perfect opportunity this summer through the faculty-led, short-term study abroad course Interconnections in Northeast Asia, which brought students to South Korea and Japan. Led by Paul Barclay, associate professor of history and co-chair [...]

Li Yang, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, and Loujing “Gina” Pan ’15 in Pardee Hall

June 26, 2013

Loujing Pan ’15 Presents Research on Korean Pop Idols’ Effect on Body Image at Conference

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Analyzing films for cultural content captivated Loujing “Gina” Pan ’15 (Edison, N.J.) last spring. At the end of her Introduction to Contemporary Chinese Cinema course, she approached Li Yang, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, about learning more. This year, Pan, a double major in government & law and Asian studies, has been working [...]

Nandini Sikand, assistant professor of film and media studies

May 1, 2013

Professor Nandini Sikand Receives National Postdoctoral Fellowship for New Book

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The American Association of University Women has awarded Nandini Sikand, assistant professor of film and media studies, a postdoctoral American Fellowship for her book project, Bodies, Bells and Borders: Choreographing a New Odissi Tradition. The work is an ethnography of how Odissi, a classical Indian dance dating from the second century B.C., has transformed from a [...]

Professor Neha Vora

March 15, 2013

Professor Neha Vora Challenges Students to Think Differently about the World

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Students may not expect to walk into a classroom and learn that places like Dubai and Qatar are not that different from the U.S. But that is exactly what they will find in class with Neha Vora, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology. It is also the subject of her forthcoming book, Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian [...]

Interim Abroad in Bali

February 8, 2013

Students Encounter the Arts and Spirituality in Bali

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For the first three weeks of January, a group of Lafayette students and faculty visited the small Indonesian island of Bali, where they learned how Balinese spirituality is intimately connected to the arts. The focus of the class was Balinese theater, dance, and music. In Bali, artistry, and the performing arts in particular, are deeply [...]

Rebecca Slotkin ’14

January 9, 2013

Rebecca Slotkin ’14 Connects Environment and International Affairs in China

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Last summer, Rebecca Slotkin ’14 (Verona, N.J.) traveled to Kunming in southwest China for a seven-week program that took her throughout the region, as well as Thailand and Laos. It was such an inspiring experience that she returned to study in Beijing during the fall semester. “I had been studying Chinese for a while and [...]

China

August 10, 2012

Students Study Ancient and Modern China in Faculty-Led Course

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You can read about the Great Wall of China in a textbook or trace its path on a map, but if you really want to get a feel for the Great Wall, nothing compares to setting foot on it. “After learning about the wall through our readings and research, it was surreal being able to [...]

Scott

July 19, 2012

Scott Kominkiewicz ’12 Will Teach in Japan through Prestigious Exchange Program

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Scott Kominkiewicz ’12 leaves this month for Japan, where he’ll spend the year teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. JET, administered by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, promotes grassroots international exchange between Japan and other nations. In addition to instructing students of all ages in English, Kominkiewicz will help [...]