Asian Studies

Ingrid Furniss, assistant professor of art

June 19, 2012

Prof. Ingrid Furniss Appointed to Study Music Archaeology at Institute for Advanced Study

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Some of the world’s intellectual giants have served as faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., including Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Erwin Panofsky. This coming year, Ingrid Furniss will add her name to that impressive list. The assistant professor of art was accepted into its School for Historical Studies for [...]

Professor Li Yang teaches a class in Pardee Hall.

April 9, 2012

Chinese Professor Li Yang Opens World of Possibility for Students

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Li Yang believes in setting a high bar for her students. And apparently her teaching style pays off. Students in her introductory Chinese course begin class not knowing a single word and end the semester narrating self-portrait videos in the language. As Yang emphasizes to her students, Chinese isn’t impossible to learn. Yang, assistant professor [...]

Sarah Lowery '02

February 28, 2012

Sarah Lowery ’02 Improves Economy and Environment in Developing Countries

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By Kate Helm As manager of an assessment of environmental threats in Russia, Sarah Lowery ’02 focused on the country’s slow progress in energy efficiency and its vulnerability to climate change. She wrote the report’s biodiversity chapter. She has also analyzed energy sectors in four nations for clean energy proposals for the U.S. Agency for [...]

Ericka Chehi ’12 with her host little brother

February 21, 2012

Ericka Chehi ’12 Follows Her Dream to Become an Economist in China

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 In the spring of 2007, while Ericka “Missy” Chehi ’12 (Greenville, Del.) was still a junior in high school, she took a whirlwind three-week tour of China as part of a leadership development program. Though she spoke no Chinese and spent only a brief time in a handful of cities—Hong [...]

Suriya Chindawongse '83

October 10, 2011

Suriya Chindawongse ’87 Helps Lead Thailand’s Efforts in Southeast Asian Alliance

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By Kevin Gray The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed more than 230,000 people in 14 countries, including an estimated 8,000 deaths and as many injuries in Thailand. As the water receded, Suriya Chindawongse ’87, a member of the Thai diplomatic corps in his native country, was one of many who sprang into action [...]

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September 23, 2011

Lafayette Class Is First U.S. Group to Study Abroad for Credit in North Korea

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Ask Brendan Fahey ’13 what he remembers most from visiting North Korea as part of a for-credit study abroad program – the first of its kind in the U.S. – and it probably won’t be the opulent tomb of the country’s eternal leader, Kim Il Sung, the incredible feats of gymnasts at a famous festival, [...]

Paul Barclay, left, associate professor of history and Eric Luhrs, digital initiatives librarian, pose in Special Collections with the Warner family postcard collection.

September 23, 2011

Professor Paul Barclay Chronicles the Culture and Politics of East Asia through Postcards

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Almost a decade ago, an unexpected gift led Paul Barclay, associate professor of history, to a line of research that would pioneer the field of colonial media studies. Now attracting international attention, his research—which is supported by the staff at Skillman Library—is revealing insights into the cultural and historical impacts of East Asian political propaganda. [...]

Kyongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea

March 9, 2011

Course Will Provide One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience in China, North Korea, and South Korea

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This summer, a group of Lafayette students will explore the diverse and interconnected cultures of Northeast Asia through a new, faculty-led course to China, North Korea, and South Korea. The course is a first for Lafayette and will also be the first time an American institution is offering a for-credit study abroad program bringing students [...]

Professor Robin Rinehart

September 3, 2010

Professor Robin Rinehart Turns Scholarly Lens on Controversial Sikh Religious Text in Her Upcoming Book

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Professor Robin Rinehart has always been fascinated by the interactions among different religions in the Punjab region, divided between India and Pakistan. Having lived on both sides, she became absorbed in the area’s culture and history, so the exploration of the controversial Sikh text the Dasam Granth is a natural extension of her research interests. [...]

Lafayette College

January 24, 2010

Japanese Beyond the Classroom

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Emanuel Santa-Donato ’10 writes about using his skills in Japanese to translate slides depicting the Japanese colonization of Taiwan under the guidance of Paul Barclay, associate professor of history Marquis Scholar Emanuel Santa-Donato ’10 (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), a double major in economics and business and an individualized, interdisciplinary major in modern Japanese studies, is working [...]