Asian Studies Program

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor


Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

Japanese Dept. Offers Popular Sushi Lesson, Dinner to Students


Over 70 students gathered at Howell House last weekend for Bowdoin’s first-ever Sushi Party, an event sponsored by the Japanese department. Students were treated to tea and miso soup, followed by fresh sushi created by chef Shuji Oki.

Bowdoin Starts New Japanese Program at Local School


The children, about 10 in all, are part of a new Japanese language program at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick. The weekly class is taught by two Bowdoin students, Ehringhaus and Rob Hughes ’14, who are both Asian studies majors and advanced Japanese language speakers.

Bowdoin Seniors Set Eyes on Asia

Carolyn Barber

Rather than staying on home turf, a few Bowdoin seniors have decided to launch their careers in Asia.

Diverse Cultures on Display at Annual Fashion Show

Student dance group Arabesque

The fashion show is designed to show off the diversity of Bowdoin students. “The ASA Fashion Show started as a way to showcase the diverse talents and culture of Bowdoin students,” said ASA Senior Class Representative Peggy Zhao ’13.

A Summer Fellow Researches Buddhism’s Subversive Edge

Max Brandstadt '13

This summer, Max Brandstadt ’13 has received a Martha Reed Coles Arts and Humanities Fellowship to begin researching an honors project that blends religion, history, and Asian studies.

Bowdoin Q&A: Chinese Writers Tackle Tiananmen From Afar

  Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and English Belinda Kong has written the first full-length study of fictions related to the 1989 movement and massacre at Tiananmen Square. In a recent interview, she discusses the effects of censorship and the importance of diasporic writers in shaping global understanding of Chinese history. “Tiananmen has often been […]

Two Bowdoin Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2012

Chakkalakal, above, and Kong.

Bowdoin faculty members Tess Chakkalakal (Africana Studies and English) and Belinda Kong (Asian Studies and English) have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2012.

Bowdoin’s Asian Week Dedicated to Support of Japanese Earthquake Victims

In the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake, Bowdoin’s Asian Student Association is dedicating this year’s Asian Week (April 11-15) to help inform the campus and greater community about the crisis with events including the faculty panel discussion, “Perspectives on the Earthquake in Japan.” Proceeds from various events will be sent to the Japanese Red Cross.

Three Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2011

The Bowdoin Board of Trustees recently voted to promote three Bowdoin faculty members to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2011. Those faculty members are: Connie Y. Chiang (History and Environmental Studies); Gustavo Faverón-Patriau (Romance Languages-Spanish); and Rachel Sturman (History and Asian studies).