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The strength of UB's Asian Studies Program is built on the diverse interests of forty-eight affiliated faculty members from a dozen departments across the university whose teaching and research are devoted primarily to Asia. The program offers both a major and minor in Asian Studies, and courses in Asian American Studies. Asian Studies provides an array of special lectures, artistic presentations, and luncheon seminars enriching a community of students and scholars energized by Asia.
Why Study Asia?
We live in an age in which major cultures that formerly were assigned to particular geographic regions of the globe are understood to have a truly global reach. From the visual and performing arts to religion and philosophy, Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. By studying Asian civilizations and contemporary societies, we come to understand a significant part of humanity and acquire insight into our own lives and experiences.
Students who major in Asian Studies find job opportunities in international business, government service, nongovernmental organizations, and the arts. Some go on to professional schools in such fields as management, finance, diplomacy, and law. Others pursue graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and enter Asia-related academic careers. A recent report by Nightly Business News on PBS stated that Asia-related careers will be in high demand over the next century.
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Professor Sek Yen Kim-Cho, a leading Korean language scholar and founder of UB's Korean Language and Culture Program, died June 15 in her home in Williamsville. Please read about her life and many accomplishments in the UB Reporter.
Asian Studies Research Fund
The UB Asian Studies Program invites UB faculty and students to apply for funding to support scholarly activity in, or related to, Asia. Requests for funding to support overseas research or conference participation will be given priority. Travel should be completed and expenses incurred prior to June 30, 2015. Maximum funding available is $2,000; requests for smaller amounts are encouraged. Application deadline is December 19, 2014.
Asian Studies Program Establishes Study Abroad Scholarship Fund
In order to increase the total number of UB students who study in Asia and to make it financially feasible for all Asian Studies majors and minors to study abroad, the Asian Studies Program recently established a study abroad scholarship fund. In awarding scholarships, preference will be given to Asian Studies majors and minors; students who are studying abroad for the first time; and students with documented financial need.Your financial contributions will make it possible for more UB students to experience the world in new ways and enhance their career prospects through study abroad in Asia.
Next NCTA East Asia for Teachers Seminar begins in January 2015
The UB Asian Studies Program is pleased to be organizing once again a 30-hour East Asia for Teachers seminar sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. NCTA seminars provide teachers with content and resources to more effectively teach about history, geography, religion, literature, language, music and art of China, Japan, and Korea. Elementary and secondary teachers of social studies, English, music, art, LOTE, librarians and administrators are encouraged to apply. The 2015 seminar will be held at the Buffalo Teacher Resource Center on alternating Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, beginning January 15.
UB Confucius Institute Funding Opportunities
The UB Confucius Institute offers funding opportunities for UB faculty and students involved in study, research, and artistic activity related to China, including:
For a list of upcoming Asia-related events, visit the Events page of our website.
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