Asian Studies Program

Three Things Sara Dickey Wants You To Know about Her Latest Book ‘Living Class in Urban India’ — And the Cool Honor It Just Received

Professor of Anthropology Sara Dickey’s latest book, Living Class in Urban India, has been honored by the Association for Asian Studies.

Eleven Faculty Members Promoted with Tenure

From plate tectonics to molecular ecology, from the history of jazz to Asian Communism, from game theory to the French Revolution, the candidates span a wide variety of subjects.

Maine Public Radio: North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un Not Acting Irrationally, say Bowdoin Faculty Members

Rebecca Gibbons and Bradley Babson from the government faculty discuss the Korea situation on Maine Public Radio.

Sakura Christmas Wins NEH Fellowship to Research on Role of Imperial Japan in 1930s China

Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Sakura Christmas has won a $50,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on a book project about the role Japanese administrators played in shaping modern day China.

It’s OK To Cry: Male Tears in Twelfth-Century China

Although “modern man” may be more inclined than his predecessor to shed tears in public, crying is something that has traditionally been associated with females in western culture. That was not the case in medieval China, as Asian studies professor Leah Zuo explains.

‘How to Make a Dictator Listen to You’: Why the Chinese Government Responds to Some Protests

Asian studies professor Chris Heurlin launches new book analyzing the legitimate role that certain political protests play in the Chinese political system. Why does a dictatorship choose concession over repression? he asks.

With Trump in Asia, Bowdoin’s Babson Cautiously Optimistic on North Korea

Babson, a former World Bank economist with extensive experience in Asia, was a recent guest on Maine Public Radio’s daily call-in program ‘Maine Calling,’ to discuss the issues facing Trump on his Asia trip.

Japan Elections: Abe Victory A Sign of Moderate and Responsible Government, Says Bowdoin’s Laurence

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent electoral victory is unlikely to mean any radical changes to Japan’s foreign policy, despite Abe’s pledge to revise the country’s pacifist constitution, writes Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies Henry Laurence in the Maine Sunday Telegram.