Asian Studies

The University of Alabama

Welcome to Fall 2017


As the University of Alabama gets its Fall 2017 semester underway, we want to say “Welcome to the Capstone!” If you want to learn more about Asian Studies, please stop by our table at Get On Board Day next week (August 31). You can pick up a few freebies at the same time. Hope to see you there.

To get information, you can also subscribe to our Asian Studies Opportunities newsletter or view the most recent edition that came out today.

Asian Studies Honors

Even though we had to cancel the Honors Lecture due to the threat of severe weather, we want to celebrate our awardees.

Alexandria Brooks, an Asian Studies minor from Illinois, received the Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award. She is also an International Studies major.

Jackson Nock, a Religious Studies major, received the Asian Studies Research Award for his paper “Naif Al-Mutawa’s The 99 and Roland Barthes’s Theory on Myth and Semiotics,” which he also presented at the REL Undergraduate Research Symposium and the University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference last month.

Congratulations to both Alexandria and Jackson!

Honors Week Lecture and Reception


Join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 in the Mortar Board Room (Ferg 3107)

for our annual honors week lecture and awards presentation.

Dr. Sonya Pritzker in UA’s Department of Anthropology will present “Translating Practice: Chinese Medicine and the West” and the Asian Studies Research Award and Outstanding Student Award will be presented. More information is available on the event flyer.

Fall 2017 Course List

Are you interested in the study of Chinese film, Japanese literature, Islam, or religions in Asia? You can study these topics and more in UA courses next semester that count towards the Asian Studies minor. As you plan your course schedule, check out our list of courses, and stay tuned, as we may have some more courses to add before next fall.

Mindfulness Under (Re)Construction

Join us

Thursday, March 2

for a guest lecture by Ira Helderman of Vanderbilt University.

3:30 pm in 113 ten Hoor.

The lecture will consider different understanding of the relations between traditions identified as Buddhist and mindfulness practices in psychotherapy and continued debates over classifying these practices as religious or secular, medicine or science. The event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with co-sponsors that include departments of Anthropology and Religious Studies, New College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative, Honors College, and the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information, see the event flyer.

2017 Research Award

Are you working on a research project this semester, or did you write a research paper related to Asia in Spring 2016? Submit your research for the 2017 Asian Studies Research Award, open to all University of Alabama undergraduates. A faculty committee selects the awardee from submitting projects. Along with the award, the selected student receives a small scholarship.

Submit the paper or project by December 10, 2016, to All submissions must include a cover page with name, CWID, email address, and a 3-4 sentence summary of the paper or project. For creative projects that are not in a paper format, students should submit a 1-2 page description of the project and its academic basis along with appropriate documentation (e.g., photos, video, audio files). The Research Award and the Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award (restricted to minors in Asian Studies) will both be presented in an event around Honors Week in April.

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 provides opportunities to study Japanese film, issues of identity in India, and Chinese revolutions in the twentieth century, along with many other courses. As you plan your course schedule, check out the list of courses that count towards a minor in Asian Studies at Alabama.

October 10 Roundtable on Mandarin

20140918045333427In Search of Standard Mandarin in Modern China” will be  a public roundtable featuring two guest scholars, Janet Chen from Princeton University and Robert Culp from Bard College. They will be discussing how textbook editors, linguists, and educators tried to standardize Mandarin when it was in the infancy of its formation. The event will be at 7:00 pm in Gorgas 205 on Monday, October 10. The event has received support from the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of History, the Asian Studies Program, and University Libraries.

Welcome Back Newsletter

Our first newsletter of this semester has been released. Check it out for details about Fulbright opportunities, Get on Board Day, and a movie screening and discussion.

Courses for Fall 2016

Before you go through advising, look through our expanded list of courses that focus on Asia in Fall 2016. Arabic, including ARB 301, can count as an Asian Studies language, and we have new courses with new faculty in English and Religious Studies. If you are interested new courses on China, take Dr. Luo’s Modern China Since 1600. If your interests move towards Japan, take Prof. Ikeuchi’s Religion and the Formation of National Identity (REL 373) that focuses on modern Japan and the Japanese diaspora. If you are interested in literature and narrative, you can choose from Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation (CHI 350), Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation (JA 356), Postcolonial Conditions (EN 367), Addicts, Hustlers, and Exiles in World Literature (EN 411), or Tales from Asia (REL 322).

We also have a number of courses that satisfy core requirements along with Asian Studies courses, including HY 113 (History), REL 220 (Humanities), and REL 322 and REL 351 (Writing). You can do more with Asian Studies.


UPDATE: Note the time change for CRL 201 Arabian Nights to MW 2:00-3:15