Current Program Events

February 4, 2014 - "Fiji and the World: A Conversation with Journalist Vasiti Ritova", Lecture by Vasiti Ritova, Faculty Parlor at 5:30pm.  Sponsored by Anthropology Dept. and co-sponsored by Asian Studies Program.

February 7, 2014 - "Chinese New Year" from 10:00am until 2:00pm in AULA.

February 19, 2014 - "Can the Subaltern Bark? Dogs, Japan and the Making of the Modern Imperial World.", Lecture by Aaron Skabelund, Sanders Classroom Auditorium (Room 212) at 6pm.  Sponsored by the History Department and Asian Studies Program.

February 20, 2014 - "Overcoming the 2011 Tohoku Disaster: Conversation and Collaboration for a Global Society."  International Forum by students from Ochanomizu University, Japan, and Vassar College.  This event takes place from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in RH312.

February 21, 2014 - "The 2011 Tohoku Disaster Memorial Event" (Languages:  English and Japanese). This event takes place from 5:00pm until 6:30pm in RH312.

April 11, 2014 - Cherry Blossom Festival - 9:45 - 2:30 in the AULA. (See below for further information)

April 17, 2014 - "Animals and Other Creatures of the Enlightenment" CANCELLED


Gandhi's Birthday Commemoration

gandhiEvery Fall the Asian Studies program sponsors an event to commemorate the life and works of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi’s leadership of India’s anti-colonial struggle through non-violence has inspired liberation and civil rights movements across the world.

Recent Gandhi’s birthday commemoration events have included showing of Shyam Benegal’s “The Making of the Mahatma,” and lectures by distinguished scholars and activists.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New YearThis event usually takes place in late January or early February, depending on the date the New Year happens to fall on. At the celebration, students and faculty members get together to watch performances by students and enjoy Chinese food. All the performances reflect aspects of the Chinese culture and are mostly conducted in Chinese, with an MC who translates into English. The performances are based on the creative ideas of the students, and as such are often full of humor. The students also utilize this event as an opportunity to express their talents in a venue that the class setting does not provide. Performances usually include comic skits, songs and music, martial arts, poetry readings, painting demonstrations, and food preparation. Students also decorate the celebration area with pieces of their Chinese calligraphy. It is a great opportunity for students and faculty to meet in an environment outside of the classroom, have fun and learn about the Chinese culture. This year's event is Friday, February 7, 2014 from 10am-2pm in AULA.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival The Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri) is held annually in early April. At the festival, Japanese students and faculty, working alone and in groups, perform skits, songs, dances, and other forms of entertainment in Japanese to display what they have learned in class. Students also participate in Haiku and Tanka (two forms of Japanese poetry) contests and other Japanese games. A Japanese lunch is provided. The Sakura Matsuri is a fun way to celebrate spring and a wonderful opportunity for students who are learning Japanese to practice the language in a very enjoyable and challenging way. It is also a good opportunity for all who are interested in Japan to experience many interesting aspects of the Japanese culture.  This year's event takes place April 11, 2014 from 9:45 - 2:30 in the AULA.