Asian Studies

The University of Alabama

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

Honors Week Lecture

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2016 Honors Week Lecture and Awards Reception in Asian Studies

will be April 6 at 3:00 in Ferguson Center 3111

Dr. Jo Weaver in Anthropology will present the lecture

‘”I Have Sugar”: The Social Aspects of Diabetes Management Among Urban North Indian Women.’

Join us for the lecture and celebration of the achievements of our students. including the 2016 Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award and the Asian Studies Research Award. The event flyer provides additional details.

Interested in a Year in Asia

The Fulbright Program provides opportunities for successful applicants to study outside the United States, including various programs in Asia. If you might be interested, the Global Cafe event at UA will include people at UA and Stillman who participated in the program in previous years, talking about the application process and their experiences in the program. You can also meet Campus Fulbright Advisors who will guide you through the application process. The event is Tuesday March 1 from 5-7 in the Global Cafe in Capitol Hall (on the Bryce property, next to the historic building). For more information, consult the flyer.

Research Award

If you have completed a project that deals substantially with some aspect of Asia, you should submit your research or creative project for the 2016 Asian Studies Research Award. Open to any University of Alabama undergraduate, the award honors the best project, as selected by a faculty committee.

Submit the paper or project by January 29, 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 will both be presented in an event around Honors Week in April.

Spring 2016 Registration

It will soon be time to register for Spring 2016. Check out the list of courses being offered at UA that count towards your Asian Studies minor. If you are not a minor yet, come talk to us about what being a minor provides.

Japan’s Popular Culture

On Sept. 24, UA will host Dr. Jolyon Thomas, who researches popular culture in Japan, including anime. At 7:00 pm in Smith 205, he will present a lecture that investigates the interplay between animated music videos, figurines, and other merchandise with the vitality of temples commonly identified as Buddhist. In addition to his evening lecture, he will have a conversation with students interested in the study of Asia at 2:00 (Anderson Room, Ferguson Center 3rd floor). His visit to campus is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and its Day Lecture series.

Lotus Photographs Presentation

Dr. Prakash Joglekar, a physician in Pune, India, will visit UA to present his artwork, including photographs of varieties of the Lotus from around the world (over 180 varieties), paired with verses from the literature of India written by kings, poets and saints of India and its translation  from 2nd century AD- 16th century. This Photographic Presentation of Lotus in Indian Culture and Literature will be Sept. 22, 4:00-5:00pm in Gorgas 205 and is sponsored by the University Libraries and New College