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A SIAN STUDIES PROGRAM Florida International University


HIGHLIGHTS New Japanese Area Studies Major


Conference on Zen Master Dōgen


Spotlight on Masako Kubota


2011–2012 Graduates & Student News


Asian Studies Faculty & Staff Dr. Steven Heine Professor, Rel Studies; Director, Asian Studies

Li Ma Asst Director of Chinese Cultural Prog.; Chinese Instructor

Dr. Julie Zeng Asst Professor, Int Rel

Dr. Tom Breslin Professor, Int Rel

Dr. Matthew Marr Asst Professor, GSS

Maria Sol Echarren Program Coordinator

Dr. Nathan Katz Professor, Rel Studies

Asuka Mashav Asst Director; Japanese Instructor

Julie Leavitt Academic Program Assistantt

Naoko Komura Japanese Instructor

Dr. Eric Messersmith Asian Studies Lecturer

Jennylee Diaz Office Assistant

Dr. Paul Kowert Assoc Professor, Int Rel

Dr. Oren Stier Graduate Program Director

Gabriela Romeu Adam Johnson Umer Rahman Graduate Assistants

Masako Kubota Japanese Instructor

Dr. Bin Xu Assoc Professor, GSS


N E W J A PA N E S E A R E A S T U D I E S M A J O R A NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR in Japanese Area Studies, which is a branch of the Asian Studies B.A. degree, has been approved and will be offered beginning in Fall 2013. The major, which emphasizes Japanese language and culture as well as other courses in area studies, caps off the development of programs in Japanese language and non-language courses. Asian Studies has a regular flow of over 250 students per semester in various levels of language courses, and of approximately 150 students majoring in Asian Studies, about two-thirds concentrate in Japanese studies. As part of this new program, Hitomi Yoshio has been hired to teach Japanese language and literature courses. Dr. Hitomi received her B.A. in English at Yale University (2001) and an M.A. in English at the University of Tokyo (2005r). She received her Ph.D. in modern Japanese literature at Columbia University (2012). Her dissertation, “Imagining Women Writers: Gender, Writing, and the Media in Early 20th Century Japan,” examines Japanese literary modernism from the interrelated perspectives of gender, urban space and translation culture, in the context of the developing publishing industry and mass media in the 1920s and 1930s. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century Japanese literature and cultural criticism, Japanese postwar literature and film, Japanese women’s writDr. Hitomi Yoshio ing from 10th century to present, intellectual and cultural history of Japan, gender studies and feminist theory, theories of modernism and the avant-garde, theories of nationalism and postcolonial studies, translation and media studies, and the history of women’s education. This is the first time that Asian Studies offers Japanese literature courses. The Japanese Area Studies major requires three years of Japanese language: a first year of language, which is a prerequisite that does not count towards the requirements of the major, and two additional years (12 credits) of advanced language courses. Area Studies course requirements include Introduction to East Asia (ASN3410), Japanese Culture & Society (JPN3500), a new course titled Research in Japanese Studies (ASN4913), six credits of Japan-specific courses (besides language courses), six credits of other Asian Area Studies electives, and either Dynamics of Asia (ASN4510) or Modern Asia (ASN4390), which counts as the capstone course. In addition, an intensive minor in Japanese language and literature will be offered in Fall 2013. 3


(Left to Right): Rev. Taigen Daniel Leighton, William Bodiford, Shotai de la Rosa, Steven Heine, Griffith Foulk, and Rev. Shohaku Okumura. A “CONFERENCE on Zen Master Dōgen” was held on Saturday, November 12, 2011. The conference featured five internationally-recognized figures in the study of Dōgen's life and teachings. The speakers included Steven Heine, William Bodiford (UCLA), Griffith Foulk (Sarah Lawrence College), Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, and Rev. Shohaku Okumura. The conference focused on Eihei Dōgen (1200–1253), who was a Japanese Zen Master and is considered the founding patriarch of the Sōtō Zen School of Buddhism, the largest Zen sect in Japan. Dōgen is well known for his emphasis on shikan taza, or “just sitting,” as well as community practice, the study of Buddhist literature, and his unique interpretation of kōans (riddles, unanswerable questions, parables). Dōgen’s work lies in its potential to benefit and transform mankind by formulating new insights into the Buddha’s path toward liberation for all beings. His classical teaching have generated worldwide interest and remain relevant for all communities, both East and West, in the present day. Towards the end of the conference, a roundtable discussion was held between the speakers and audience. The event was sponsored by Asian Studies, Buddha Sōtō Zen Center, the Department of Religious Studies, the Program in the Study of Spirituality, and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). 4

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ASIAN STUDIES and the Southern Japan Seminar (SJS), in conjunction with the Midwest Japan Seminar (MJS), held its Spring 2012 meeting in Miami on February 18. The seminar, which took place in the MARC Pavilion, brought together scholars from the southeast and midwest United States and other regions to discuss current trends in Japanese studies. The SJS panel included Takehiko Kojima (FIU) on Japanese folklore and Enlightenment thought, John Allen Tucker (East Carolina University) on Matsunaga Sekigo’s work titled Irinsho, and Kinko Ito (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) on a sociological analysis of Ainu culture. The MJS panel included Susan Orpett Long (John Caroll University) on the meaning of Japanese family relationships in the “old age” society, and Sumiko Otsubo (Metropolitan State University) on Japan’s involvement in the Siberian Intervention and the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. The Seminar featured individual presentations from the panelists and commentary from Steven Heine, Matthew Marr, and Masako Kubota. Asian Studies graduate students Gabriela Romeu, Alexis Moore, Holly Rodriguez, Sharon Thieman, Umer Rahman, and Adam Johnson also responded and participated. Admission was free to all, which included faculty, students, and outside guests. 5

MATTHEW MARR’S MANSFIELD FOUNDATION GRANT MATTHEW MARR has recently participated in the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation’s “U.S.-Japan Networks for the Future” program. This program offered Japan specialists the opportunity to build a network of contacts with people in policymaking fields from both the United States and Japan. Though an open competition, fifteen specialist from across the United States were selected for the Participants in the “U.S.–Japan Networks for the 2010–2012 “Networks for the Future Program” Future” program. Marr’s featured paper, “Japan’s Declining Street Homelessness: What It Obscured and What It Implies for the 2012 Expiration of the ‘Homeless Self-Reliance Support Act,’” confronts the issue regarding the future effects of Japan’s declining homeless rate as the 10– year government aid through the Homeless Self-Reliance Support Act expires later this year. According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, street homelessness within Japanese metropolitan cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto has declined significantly from its peak of 25,296 persons in 2003 to 10,890 persons in 2011.The Homeless Self-Reliance Support Act, established in 2002, is a policy that emphasizes self-reliance as they provide seikatsu hogo, or temporary public housing benefits, to those who are experiencing homelessness. However, as Marr points out, these housing arrangement have rigid time limits and do not address the underlying issues of long term aftercare, Dr. Marr helps out with “invisible” homeless persons living in all-night Internet the disaster recovery in and manga cafés, and the increase of haken mura or disIshinomaki, Japan patched (laid off) workers’ villages. 6

S P OT L I G H T O N M A S A K O K U B OTA MASAKO KUBOTA began working as an adjunct instructor in Spring 2010, after receiving a Master’s of Arts degree in Asian Studies at FIU in Fall 2009. Her master’s essay, tited “Legacy of Huchi: Why and How Ainu Elderly Women Maintain their Roots,” examines the contemporary lives of the indigenous Ainu and their preservation of culture amid oppression; she also discusses the role of the elder woman (huchi). In 2011, Masako completed 18 credit-TSL courses that are required to teach foreign languages at the college level. She currently teaches four courses for undergraduate students. Her first course, Introduction to East Asia (ASN3410), is an introductory course that focuses primarily on culture and societal life in China, Japan, and other East Asian countries (this course also fulfills FIU’s core curriculum requirement in “Global Learning”). Her other course, Japanese Culture and Society (JPN3500), highlights religion, traditional arts, Masako at Haiku Master marriage and family and the Japanese way of living. Taneda Santōka's house in The following course, Japanese Literature and CineMatsuyama, Japan ma (JPN3521), covers ancient literature, such as Man’yōshū, to the dynamic literary works of Japanese greatest contemporary writers, and also examines films from some of Japan’s most famous directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, and several other modern directors. Also, in Fall 2011, Masako Kubota taught Beginner’s Japanese I (JPN1100). In 2012, she received the “Award for Outstanding Service in Asian Studies.” Masako Kubota has been very involved in the Asian Studies Program as she has supported fundraising events for the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami in the FIU Japanese Speech Contest as a judge and in the AFTJ Japan Immersion Day as a kimono dresser. She has also organized various workshops for students who have participated in the annual Japanese Speech Contest as well as for students who seek jobs in Japan after graduation. “I have been very fortunate to have an adjunct position in Asian Studies,” she says. “Although my teaching experience is short, my professional experience in Japan...has helped me tremendously when I plan and organize classes. Also, it has helped me learn how to interact with students, and plan, organize, and manage events. I am very happy to be a member of Asian Studies, where I can share my experiences with Japan.” 7


ON JANUARY 19, Steven Heine presented his new book, Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Asian Studies students and faculty as well as locals within the Coral Gables community attended the book signing event, which received an excellent turnout. Towards the end of the event, a questionand-answer session was held between Heine and audience. In Sacred High City, Sacred Low City, the role of Buddhist temples and the cult of funerary religion in contemporary Tokyo is seen in relation to Shinto shrines. Heine argues that lived religion in Japan functions as an integral part of daily life; any apparent lack of interest masks a fundamental commitment to participating regularly in diverse, though diffused, religious practices. Heine was recently featured in the September 2011 issue of Religious Studies Review, a review of publications in the field of religion and related disciplines published quarterly by Rice University. The issue features a review essay by Heine, “Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front: On Deconstructing and Reconstructing Traditional Zen Narratives,” which critically surveys recent works that address the history of the Chan/Zen traditions. Heine also provides an overview of scholarship in the field in the short essay, “Historical Hermeneutics of Zen Buddhist Discourse: On Contesting the Mu Kōan.” 8


IN FACULTY NEWS, Thomas A. Breslin’s new book, “The Great Anglo-Celtic Divide in the History of American Foreign Relations,” was published by Praeger Publishing Co. in October of 2011. Nathan Katz published a book chapter, “Judaisms of South Asia: Beliefs and Practices,” in South Asian Religions: Practicing Traditions Today, edited by Karen Pechelis (New York: Routledge, 2012). Paul Kowert presented his article, “Grand Strategy as a Two-Dimensional Policy Space: Lessons from Germany and Japan,” at a conference in honor of Peter Katzenstein in October of 2011 at Cornell University. In addition to Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods, Steven Heine published Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), which features leading scholars in the field. He is also currently working on a new book, titled Dōgen and Soto Zen: New Perspectives which features scholars from both sides of the Pacific. Matthew Marr’s article, “Pathways out of Homelessness in Los Angeles and Tokyo: Multilevel Contexts of Limited Mobility amid Advanced Urban Marginality,” was recently published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Eric Messersmith also published a new book, The History of Japan: Ura and Omote, was published by Cognella Academic Publishing in 2012. Bin Xu’s article (co-authored with Gary Fine), “Honest Broker: The Politics of Expertise in the ‘Who Lost China?’ Debate,” appears in the journal Social Problems 58/4 (2011). His article “Grandpa Wen: Scene and Political Performance” will appear in the next issue of Sociological Theory. He also won the Fund for Advancing the Discipline, a prestigious award from the American Sociological Association. 9


A SYMPOSIUM titled “The Future of Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World” was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. This event focused on the future of nuclear power throughout various regions after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan, as the nuclear policies in Europe, Japan, and the United States are contrasting and ever evolving. Dr. Heine and Rebecca Friedman (FIU) organized the lecture, which included guest speakers Kiichiro Sato (JETRO), Mark Holt (Energy Policy Spec. Congress. Research Service), Hon. Eva Kendeffy (Consul General of the Fed. Repub. of Germany in Miami), and Hon. Gael de Maisonneuve (Consul General of France in Miami). Respondents included Jerry Brown (FIU), and Joerg Reinhold (FIU). The event was sponsored by Asian Studies, MEUCE, and CEPEX.

J APAN S TU D I E S R EV I E W X VI ASIAN STUDIES is pleased to announce the publication of the sixteenth volume of the Japan Studies Review, an annual peer-reviewed journal. This year’s articles include a special section on language and linguistics featuring three articles by Noriko Fujioka-Ito, Xuexin Liu, and Rong Zhang. Three other articles are also included by Ruriko Kumano, Maria Rankin-Brown, and Yuichi Tamura. One essay is featured by Anthony S. Rausch, as well as a book review by Susan Lee, two book reviews by Daniel A. Métraux, and one by Yuki Watanabe. For more information about our current and previous issues, please visit 10


Examples of films shown during the 2011–2012 season ASIAN STUDIES CONDUCTED the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) during Summer 2011 and the 2011–2012 academic year. After taking over from Gainesville, this is the first year in which Asian Studies at FIU is the lead institution for NCTA in Florida. A total of 27 teachers from Miami-Dade and Broward counties participated. Teachers presented their lesson plans and explained how they plan to implement the study of Asia in the classroom. Some sample lesson plans included: “The Han Dynasty in China: A Study through Cinema and Inventions,” “Beijing Welcomes You: Modern and Traditional Beijing during the 2008 Olympics,” “Discrimination of Burakumin in Japan,” “Shakespeare and East Asian Poets,” “Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin’s Tomb,” “Art and Drawing: The Kimono,” and “Beauty and Strength: The Mathematical Ratio of the Samurai Blade.” For more information about NCTA and a complete list of recent and archived lesson plans, please visit 11

M . A . I N A S I A N S T U D I E S G R A D UA T E S Amy Bui Amy currently has business dealings with Vietnam. Essay: “The Long Lasting Effects of Ho Chi Minh’s Leadership”

Steven Crowe Steven continues to work at the Center for Leadership at FIU. Essay: “Medicine and Modernization: A Comparative Analysis of Medical Advancement in Victorian England and Meiji Japan”

YuanYuan Fang YuanYuan is currently seeking a Ph.D. in International Relations at FIU. Thesis: “China’s Exercise of Soft Power: A Comparative Study”

Rakellie Fruits Rakellie recently relocated to Maryland and is studying to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the end of the year. She is also active in the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. Essay: “Modernizing Sovereignty: Britain, Japan, and Ruling Royals”

Thomas Liguori Thomas is currently seeking a Ph.D. in International Relations at FIU. Essay: “Profile of Insurgent Groups in Jammu and Kashmir”

Johanna Roegele Johanna will begin an internship at the International Rescue Committee in September, before the start of a traineeship at the East Asia Division of the German Association for International Development Cooperation in Frankfurt, Germany. Essay: “China in Angola: Understanding the Forgotten History of a Relationship”

Marcela Tejedor Marcela is a designer for Urban Restoration. Essay: “Sustainable Urban Planning in Auroville, India: A Holistic Design Case Study Compared and Contrasted with Curitiba’s Master Plan, Brazil”

Ian Verhine Ian was recently hired by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. in Los Angeles. Thesis: “The Modern Japanese Translation Industry”


Adam Johnson Adam was recognized by Dr. Mark Rosenberg as a “World’s Ahead Graduate” at commencement. His thesis, “The Philippines and China: A Bilateral Analysis of the South China Sea Dispute,” focuses on the bilateral disputes and issues between the two biggest players in the South China Sea territorial disputes. Adam received the Award for Academic Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences for outstanding academic standing and involvement in extracurricular activities. Adam has enlisted into the Army (Special Forces Recruit). After two years of Special Forces training, he will engage in counter-terrorism operations in East and Southeast Asia. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from FIU and enrolled in the Asian Studies graduate program in 2010. He completed a M.A. degree with an emphasis in Chinese political economy and East Asian security issues. He also worked as a teaching assistant, assisting several professors in their courses and mentoring other graduate and undergraduate students. He is the first T.A. in the Asian Studies program to teach his own class, ASN3410 (Introduction to East Asia). Among his other achievements, he interned with U.S. Southern Command, working in the Policy and Strategy Directorate, and received fellowships from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct research and study in China and Brazil. Dr. Steven Heine, Adam Johnson, Dr. Thomas Breslin, Dr. Paul Kowert 13

2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 A S I A N S T U D I E S G R A D UA T E S CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s graduates of Asian Studies academic programs!

B.A. in Asian Studies Marissa Alvarez Augusto Bejar Nicolas Cadena Francisco Campos Dana Cedillo Christina Cuellar Natasha Eckhart Erika Elesppe Nicolle Garber Diandra Huffman Matthew Iverson Tatjana Keeley Joshua Korn

Rebekah Lyew-Ayee Joanna Nelson Gregory Post Maria Quevedo William Ross Chelsey Smith Ethan Thomas Adrian Triana Carlos Uriarte Melonija VanCoevering Jan Verle Paul Willhite

Minor in Asian Studies Gina Baseiro Ariel Blanco Stephanie Bowles Jonathan Casco Alexandra Dvoriantchikova Iralbe Egana Joseph Geddings Korene Henderson-Davis Priscilla Henry Robert Lapierre Andrew Moroco

Ana MuĂąoz Joanna Nelson Luis Perez-Garcia Carolina Rendon David Tacoronte Jorge Valdes Roger Velarde Carol Wang Brett Werdesheim Alejandro Luis Ziegenhirt

Certificate in Asian Studies Walter Alves Joseph Bernal Amy Bui (Graduate) Stephanie Chen Yin Steven Crowe (Graduate) Lissenne Gomora Adam Johnson (Graduate) 14

Brandon Lodenquai Ann McGarey (Graduate) Lazaro Remond Omar Rivera Carol Wang Juan Zapata

Certificate in Chinese Studies Stephanie Bowles Stephanie Chen Yin Wen-Ju Chien Patricia Gonzalez Priscilla Henry Rebekah Lyew-Ayee Christopher Miranda Angelica Navarrete

Eva Maria Parisi Gregory Post Brittany Rhodenbaugh Carlos Uriarte Melonija VanCoevering Carol Wang Paul Willhite

Certificate in Japanese Studies Marissa Alvarez Gloria Bailon Augusto Bejar Ariel Blanco Stephanie Bowles Nicolas Cadena Dana Cedillo Shannon Crane Christina Cuellar Luna de Asis Angelica De Leon Natasha Eckhart Nicolle Garber Meaghan James Joshua Korn Alex Larson Brandon Lodenquai Rebekah Lyew-Ayee Andrew Moroco

Joanna Nelson Miguel Ovalles Michelle J. Perez Gregory Post Maria Quevedo Antonio Ruiz Jessica Sidney Chelsey Smith David Tacoronte Ethan Thomas Adrian Triana Jorge Valdes Melonija VanCoevering Roger Velarde Zheng-hua Wang

Certificate in Asian Globalization and Latin America Sergio Perez-Mayor Lazaro Remond Dema Seoane Brettany Tucker

Patrick Valbrun Sindy Villalobo Connie Williams


2011-2012 STUDENT NEWS & AWARDS UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS Augusto Bejar, Nicolle Garber, and Joshua Korn received the Award for Academic Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding academic standing, professor recommendation, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Undergraduate student Augusto Bejar participated in FIU’s Honors College conference in March of 2012, “ARCH—Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors,” and presented his paper, “Anime as a Tool of Enlightenment for Japanese Women.” He also participated in the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference during spring break at Stetson University. Graduate students Alexis Moore and Gabriela Romeu have been selected to participate in a prestigious summer internship at the Morikami Museum and Undergraduate Student Japanese Gardens where they will be Augusto Bejar working in the Education Division to promote Japanese cultural education to elementary and middle school students in the community. As part of their internship, they will be educating elementary students about the Kappa, a mischievous mythical creature that inhabits the ponds and rivers of Japan. Graduate student Julia Beabout was awarded a U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship for Summer 2012. The program is sponsored by the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides full-immersion in accelerated language training in languages deemed critical to the United States. She will be studying Mandarin Chinese at Shaanxi Normal University (SNU) in Xi’an, China. Julia plans to conduct field research for her thesis at the conclusion of her summer language program. She is researching contemporary commemorative images and presentations of Song Qingling, who was the widow of Sun Yat-sen and is referred to as the “Mother of China.”

Graduate student Karen Cespedes completed a paid internship at the American Insti16

tute in Taiwan (AIT) from June of 2011 to August of 2011 with the U.S. State Department (see page 5 for more information). She was assigned to be the political intern for the American Institute in Taiwan. Key throughout her time at AIT was meeting with Taiwanese officials and non-government organizations to collect information on human trafficking, human rights, and judicial reform. The culmination of her research and the acquired information was a diplomatic cable that reported on President Ma Ying-jeou’s judicial reform and anti-corruption programs. Graduate student Johanna Roegele presented her paper, titled “Post-Conflict Angola: Cured or Exploited by the ‘Chinese Dragon’?” at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Conference (IGRC) at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, in November of 2011.

SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI VELJKO DUJIN, Curator of Collections at the Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens and FIU alumnus who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Art History as well as a Master of Arts in Asian Studies, worked with collector Riva Lee Asbell to organize an exhibit and create the catalog for a collection of Japanese paintings, calligraphy ,and ceramics. The catalog, Zenmi: A Taste of Zen: Paintings, Calligraphy, and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection, features over a hundred pieces of artwork that were exhibited at the Morikami Museum from October 18, 2011 to January 22, 2012. Dujin and Motoki Sakamoto, Assistant Veljko Dujin Curator at the Morikami Museum, conducted the research for the catalog. Additional photographs were provided for the catalog by Jennifer Garcia, alumnus of FIU who graduated with a Master of Arts in Asian Studies in 2011. 17

Several Asian Studies students have worked for or interned at the Morikami Museum. Wendy Lo, an FIU alumnus who graduated with a Master of Arts in Asian Studies in 2009, is currently the Adult Education Program Coordinator. Asian Studies students who have interned in the Collections department include Jennifer Garcia, Nick Roma, and Fawn Coba, and in the Education department, James Rogers, James Fichera, Nicolle Garber, Boris Escalona, Alexis Moore, and Gabriela Romeu.

In June of 2011, Asian Studies Graduate alumnus YuanYuan Fang participated in the U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium at George Washington University. She presented her paper, “U.S. Foreign Policy and U.S. INGO,” at the Florida Political Science Association Conference at the University of Tampa, as well as another paper, “China’s Soft Power Strategy in the 21st Century,” at the China’s Global Impact Conference: Economy, Culture and Politics at Utah Valley University in March of 2012. Her research interests include China–U.S. relations, Soft Power, Cultural Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Political Economy. Jennifer Garcia is currently participating in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Tamba City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. She has been asked to return for a second year, and plans to explore the Jennifer Garcia overlooks a disaster-stricken area Pacific region while continuing to enjoy Japanese culture. “Part of being hired with JET means that we are encouraged to have cultural exchange and community involvement...the locals regularly invite us to participate in festivals, cultural events, and ‘English speaking’ parties.” She is also a contributing writer for the National Association of JET’s online monthly magazine, AJET Connect. In November of 2011, she joined a volunteer trip to the disaster-stricken area of Tōhoku. Throughout Sendai, Ishinomaki, and Matsushima, Jennifer helped clean temporary homes, played with displaced children, and saw first-hand the destruction caused by the March 11th disasters. For the one year anniversary, her photos were the focus of a ten-minute tribute video.


STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD Semester Exchange Katrina Ankrum Jorge Cutidor Nicolle Garber Laura Gonzalez Javier Guardia Ignacio Jimeno Nessy Sanchez Gabriella Livoti Gabriel Lopez Adriana Mieres Andrew Moroco Miguel Ovalles Adrian Ruiz Nessy Sanchez Vanessa Trevilcock

Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Kanda University, Tokyo, Japan Kanda University, Tokyo, Japan Kanda University, Tokyo, Japan Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Kansai Gaidai, Osaka, Japan Kansai Gaidai, Osaka, Japan Beijing Language and Culture Uni, China Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Kanda University, Tokyo, Japan Kansai Gaidai, Osaka, Japan Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Kanda University, Tokyo, Japan

Summer 2012 (Ritsumeikan University) Julie Ayo Tamika Blakey Stephanie Bowles Mikhail Cabral Devin Chong Marie De Bedout Tracy Diaz

(Zhejiang University)

Daniel Dooling Darrin Dorsey Alex Fong-yee Johnny Hidalgo David Martin Yuliediz Martinez Noelle Rogers

Fred Armando Rebecca Fernandez Jessica Padron

(Upcoming) Academic Year 2012–2013 Gloria Bailon Jaqueline Joseph Kenneth Roulhac Daniel Sloman Victoria Yunta Sarahit Zerpa

Kansai Gaidai, Osaka, Japan Kansai Gaidai, Osaka, Japan Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan Kansai Gaidai, Osaka, Japan Beijing Language and Culture Uni, China 19




Shivani will be attending Summer School for Jain Studies in India in order to interact with Jain communities and participate in cultural activities from both Digambar and Shwetambar communities. This will help her write her thesis on the Anuvrat movement, an expression of modern Jainism.



Stephanie will be studying in Japan to improve her language skills and gain first-hand experience about Japanese culture. She will be staying at the Kyoto Language Intensive Program during the summer. She also plans on visiting Hiroshima to further educate herself on this area.



Darrin will be traveling to Japan in the summer to gain a greater cultural experience for his degree in Asian Studies and for his future career in this field. He plans on improving his Japanese while also appreciating Japanese culture.



Rebecca will be going to Hangzhou, China to take language courses at Zhejiang University over the course of the summer. Her desire is to learn Mandarin and pursue a career in international relations, specifically with China. 20



Alexis will be traveling during the summer to Tokyo to research and acquire materials pertaining to her Master’s Essay in Asian Studies, focusing on Japanese body image. She plans to visit famous libraries to gather the necessary resources to cultivate her topic.



Mariana will be studying in India during the summer attending a Jain studies program in four major cities: Delhi, Jaipur, Varansi, and Ladnun. She will be learning about Jain philosophy and practices. She also plans on visiting two other cities, Dharamsala and Bohdghaya, to conduct research for her graduate thesis.



Holly will be traveling to Japan in September for three months to collect research information to supplement her thesis, based on Contemporary Japanese Art/Artists. She will visit several museums and galleries, and attend lectures on the issues of Japanese artists in Tokyo and Kyoto.



Gabriela will be gathering research materials in Tokyo this summer, particularly Japanese history textbooks that are difficult to acquire in the United States for the continuation of her studies and thesis for the M.A. in Asian Studies.



Daniel will be studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University for the 2012–2012 academic year. As an Anthropology and Asian Studies major, he desires to learn and study Japanese culture and improve his language skills.

Congratulations to the 2012 Fu Foundation Students! 21

EVENTS CALENDAR 2011-2012 10/19/2011 – The Future of Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World Lecture sponsored by Asian Studies, MEUCE, and CEPEX. 11/10/2011 – Asian Studies Fall Reception Gathering of faculty and Asian Studies students. 11/12/2011 – Bringing Dōgen Down to Earth: Conference on Zen Master Dōgen Featured presentations from leading scholars in the field. 12/12/2011 – Japan Immersion Day Presented by the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ). 01/19/2012 – Integrated Lake Basin Management Lecture by Masahisa Nakamura (Shiga University, Japan). 01/25/2012–03/18/2012 – West Wind East Water Art Exhibition by Qin Feng at the Frost Art Museum. 01/30/2012 – Origami Demo and Workshop Demonstration by origami professional Makoto Yamaguchi. Sponsored by Japan Foundation, Consulate General of Japan in Miami, Asian Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages. 01/30/2012 – Transcending Death in Departures (Okuribito): A Case Study of Film, Literature, and Buddhism in Modern Japan Lecture by Michihiro Ama (University of Alaska). 02/06/2012 – Japanese Women’s Writing as World Literature: Translation, Literary History and New Media Lecture by Hitomi Yoshio (Columbia University). 03/23/2012 – InteRegional Studies Initiative Colloquium Matthew Marr gave a presentation on policy resolution on homelessness in Tokyo in global perspectives. 04/02/2012 – Thinking about Obamacare from Japan Lecture by Takakazu Yamigishi (Nanzan University, Japan). 04/09/2012 – Tohoku Region: Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow A gallery exhibit provided by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cosponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami that featured the recovery and rebuilding of the area directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami. 22


Asian Studies Programs


Master of Arts in Asian Studies Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies Minor in Asian Studies*

STUDY ABROAD SUMMER PROGRAMS Summer Intensive Language: Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto) Zhejiang University (Hangzhou) SEMESTER EXCHANGE JAPAN Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka) Kanda University (Tokyo) Ritsumeikan University CHINA Beijing Language & Culture University Zhejiang University

UPCOMING NEWS & EVENTS - NEW FIU China Colloquium 2012 Japan Studies Review XVII 2013 National Consortium for Teaching about Asia 2012–2013 Southern Japan Seminar 2013

Certificate Programs Graduate Certificate in Asian Globalization Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies Asian Globalization and Latin America Certificate Asian Studies Certificate Chinese Studies Certificate Japanese Studies Certificate South and Southeast Asia Regional Studies

2012–2013 Selected Courses ASN 3410 Intro to East Asia (Online)** ASH 3440 History of Japan ASN 3990 Asia Through Film (Online) JPN3500 Japanese Culture and Society JPT 3521 Japanese Literature & Cinema CHI 4930 Chinese Literature & Cinema ASN 5050/ASN 4510 Research Methods in Asian Studies ASN 5932/SYD 4451 Japanese Society in Global Perspectives ASN 5932/SYD 4610 State and Society in China

For a complete list of courses please visit: *Minor also available fully online. **ASN 3410, which is regularly offered in the day and evening as well as online, is a requirement for the Asian Studies Major and Minor degree programs since it serves as an ideal introductory survey. ASN 3410 was implemented as a Global Learning Course and is in the University Core Curriculum under the Societies and Identities category.

We now have access to China Data Online through the FIU Libraries! The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is a national center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. Included are national, regional, and local, as well as economic, social, and historical statistics, in addition to census data. 23

ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus SIPA Building, Room 505 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33199

InteRegional Studies Initiative Colloquium

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This Colloquium was a capstone event for the SIPA InteRegional Studies Initiative (IRSI) year’s activities, featuring four Working Groups and its team leaders (Identity, Security, Environment, and Government). The event prominently featured Asian Studies faculty: Steven Heine orga-nized the colloquium, and Paul Kowert planned the various sessions that took place throughout the day. Also, Matthew Marr and Oren Stier were the featured speakers for their respective Working Groups: Identity and Security.


IRSI builds on the many strengths of the FIU School of International and Public Affairs area studies programs covering the major world regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Middle East in addition to a highly innovative project on the role of Waterways, coupled with research thematic foci on a variety of global and comparative topics, such as Security, Governance, Environmental Sustainability and Social Identity.


FIU's Asian Studies Program Newsletter 2011-2012  

Florida International University's Asian Studies Program - Newsletter for Academic Year 2011-2012.

FIU's Asian Studies Program Newsletter 2011-2012  

Florida International University's Asian Studies Program - Newsletter for Academic Year 2011-2012.