Asian Studies Program

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Anne Frank, Sukarno, and Dutch Memories of World War II

Professor Frances Gouda says both Anne Frank and the Indonesian nationalist Sukarno have had profound effects on how the Dutch view their World War 11 experience, and their position in the world

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Bowdoin Students Win Prizes at Chinese Speech Contest; One Made “Cultural Ambassador”

This is the first time Bowdoin students have participated in this particular competition, said Lisa Ahnert, “and hopefully they serve as a role models and inspiration for students in the future.”

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Bowdoin Dominates Japanese Language Contest

This is the third year in a row that Bowdoin has won first and second place in the Japanese language essay contest for advanced level students, and it’s the first time the college has picked up four awards in total.

The Way of Tea: A Japanese Art Performance at Bowdoin

The Asian Studies Department on Tuesday night organized a tea ceremony demonstration, or chado in Japanese, which translates to “the way of the tea.”

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Perspectives from Bowdoin Professors on the New Climate Deal

We asked professors from different disciplines to weigh in on the new agreement among 195 nations to reduce global emissions in an attempt to save our planet from the worst effects of climate change.

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Justin Ehringhaus ’16 Receives Scholarship to Study in Japan

Justin Ehringhaus ’16 has received a prestigious scholarship to study in Japan for a year.

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Bowdoin’s Newest Tenure-Track Faculty

Several tenure-track professors joined Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields — math, Romance languages, chemistry, digital and computational studies, theater and dance, Asian studies, history and sociology.

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Professor Leah Zuo Discusses ‘Science’ in Premodern China, the Relevance of Confucius Today and Her Current Projects

After receiving a couple of fellowships, Leah Zuo has a generous sabbatical in front of her to finish her first book and begin her second. At the moment she is completing a book about the famous Chinese figure Shen Gua (1031-1095), who is credited with making a number of startling discoveries well ahead of his time.

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A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

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Two Bowdoin Students Excel in Japanese Language Contest

Yu Zhao ’15 and Katherine Carter ’16 recently won first and second place in the Consulate General of Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest.

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Art History Students Close Their Books and Make Art

Peggy Wang, assistant professor of art history and Asian studies, worked with Jackie Brown, assistant professor of visual arts, to conduct an art-making workshop that Wang said would help students better understand the challenges and particularities of generating meaning through art.

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A Bowdoin Reading List

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.

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Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

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Hong Kong In the News: An Explainer

Professors Sarah Mak and Leah Zuo recently sat down with Bowdoin’s Director of News Doug Cook in Bowdoin’s studio to offer some political and historical context for the current unrest in Hong Kong.

Master Bing Visits Bowdoin, Describes Journey of a Martial Monk

A martial Monk from China, Master Zhong Xuechao (a.k.a Master Bing) recently visited Bowdoin College to talk about his life in the Wudang Mountains, a centuries-old center of Taoism.

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Teach-In: Faculty Offer Background to Hong Kong Protests

To broaden students’ understanding of Hong Kong’s current Umbrella Revolution, Bowdoin professors organized a “teach-in” last week.

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Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan

Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world.

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Ying Quartet Brings Musical Perspective to Bowdoin Classes

The Ying Quartet took part in five different Bowdoin classes – spanning topics in history, literature, and culture as well as music – to perform a selection of works related to the course material and engage students in a lively discussion about the music.

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Shields and Spears: Hoarding Knowledge in Modern Times

Bowdoin’s 2014 Kemp Symposium, “Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge,” was kicked off by a keynote address about knowledge transfer between China and the West, delivered by Middlebury’s Don Wyatt.