Asian Studies Program

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.

Bowdoin’s Babson: Time for a New Order of Statesmanship on North Korea

Asian studies lecturer Bradley Babson, an expert in Korean issues, says “We Americans and many Koreans seem to be stuck in a deep mental rut when comes to how to relate to the challenges posed by North Korea.”

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.