Asian Studies Program

Common Good Symposium Showcases a “Little Bit of Everything”

A wealth of projects and programs were showcased at the McKeen Center’s Spring Symposium, Bowdoin and the Common Good. Posters, presentations, photographs, and video were on display in the Morrell Lounge of the Smith Union, representing more than sixty examples of Bowdoin’s commitment to the wider community.

Student Podcasts Examine Sports Diplomacy, Other Issues, in Korea Studies Course

“Student projects covered a wide range of topics,” said goverment lecturer Bradley Babson, “from the geopolitical, economic and environmental challenges facing the region, to the dynamics of social change on both sides of the border.” Two projects took the form of podcasts, looking at the issues of sports diplomacy and nuclear disarmament.

Japanese Language Contest Winners Sweep Advanced Essay Division

Bowdoin students continued their winning streak by receiving four top awards at the Eighth Annual Japanese Language Contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.

Language Tables: An Informal Way to Practice Linguistic Skills

If you walk into one of the smaller dining rooms in Thorne Hall at dinner time, there’s a good chance you’ll hear a language other than English being spoken. Several times a week, different departments typically sponsor a “language table” at which students get the chance to practice their linguistic skills in an informal setting.

Academic Awards, Karofsky Teaching Prize, Awarded on 2018 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 22nd annual Honors Day ceremony May 9, 2018, in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to recognize the academic accomplishments of Bowdoin students.

Sydney To ’19 Wins Beinecke Award for Graduate Studies in English

Junior Sydney To is the tenth Bowdoin student to receive a prestigious Beinecke Scholarship since the scholarship program began in 1975.

Professor Henry Laurence Asks ‘Can Public Broadcasting Help Save Democracy?’

Among the threats to democracy today, says Laurence, is a crisis in journalism brought about partly by the fact that there’s simply “too much information” out there. This has fueled an increasing polarization in public opinion, he argues, and spawned a growth in sensationalist, opinionated, misleading or even false journalism.

Godzilla: More Than Just a Giant, Angry Lizard

Godzilla represents a number of things, says Asian studies professor Chris Born, but is commonly associated with the ongoing concern in Japan, and elsewhere, over nuclear contamination. Born has organized an academic symposium to examine the continuing relevance of the ‘Godzilla’ franchise.