Category: Announcements

EVENT: Asian Cultural Fair (04/25/14)

April 10th, 2014


Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University invites BU Terriers to the second annual Asian Cultural Fair! This year, partnering with BU’s Chinese Students AssociationBUICBoston University Kazakh Student UnionBU Vietnamese Student Association and Boston University Persian Club, we offer you a virtual day trip to Asia, experiencing the diverse cultures and cuisines.

The free, fun-filled, festive event features music, cultural games and food! Guests will enjoy authentic East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian, and Western Asian/Middle Eastern delectable cuisines right here on-campus. Don’t miss the chance to stop by ASIABU’s booth to taste some freshly brewed Taiwanese tea or get the amazing Henna tattoo from BUIC to make the day! More activities will be announced shortly.

There’s more: after completing your journey in Asia by visitingthe cultural booths, you can enter the raffle for the chance to win free BUBBLE TEA!

The fair is on a first-come, first served basis. Come early if you don’t want to go home with an empty stomach! No reservation is required.

The event is partially funded by your undergraduate student fee and sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia.


EVENT: Sattariya: A Classical Indian Dance Performance by Prateesha Suresh (04/23/2014)

April 8th, 2014

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Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm on April 23, 2014

Location: College of Fine Arts Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Free and Open to the Public!


EVENT: Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada (04/15/14)

April 6th, 2014

Join us for a reading and conversation with the internationally renowned writer Yoko TawadaTawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, where she received a PhD in German literature, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German and has published several books—stories, novels, poems, plays, essays—in both languages. She has received numerous awards for her writing including the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture), the Tanizaki Prize, the Goethe Medal (an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany), and the prestigious Yomiurui Prize for Literature. New Directions has published her story collections Where Europe Begins (with a Preface by Wim Wenders) and Facing the Bridge, and her novel of Catherine Deneuve obsession, The Naked Eye, and a stand alone edition of her famous story, The Bridegroom Was a Dog.

This event will be moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott and Peter Schwartz. Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish. She has published numerous translations of novels, stories, and plays by Murakami Haruki, Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana, and others. Schwartz is Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature at Boston University. His interests include the Enlightenment (as historical event and unfinished process), European neoclassicism and modernism, American, French, Dutch and Japanese literature, early film and photography, the history of New York City, the critical work of the Frankfurt School, and the “science of culture” (Kulturwissenschaft) of the art historian Aby Warburg and his circle.

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This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University and the Japan Society Boston in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Boston and the literary journal AGNI.

Yoko Tawada and free jazz percussionist Paul Lovens come together for a rare performance of interacting verse and music with onomatopoeic elements at the Goethe Institute Boston on Wednesday, April 16. Texts will be read in German with projected English translations. No knowledge of German is necessary. [More info]


NEWS: Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series-Red Baraat: Bhangra, Funk, Dhol n’ Brass Band (04/14/14)

April 2nd, 2014

Boston University
BU Central (775 Commonwealth Ave)
George Sherman Union Basement

FREE to all BU members
with pre-concert talk by Shalini Ayyagari (American University)


Red Baraat is wild — and loud. It’s also a genre unto itself. The Brooklyn ensemble self-identifies as “dhol ‘n’ brass,” a hybrid of Indian bhangra, contemporary Indian dance music that mixes Punjabi folk beats with popular contemporary genres, and New Orleans brass band music. One of the best party bands around, Brooklyn-based 8-piece band Red Baarat plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India’s wedding celebrations with a dash of D.C. go-go beats, brass funk, and hip-hop. Red Baraat has performed at the White House, the flagship TED Conference in 2012, Google’s Mountain View Campus, and closed the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for nearly 200 dates a year. It’s here where the band does what it does best- communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.

Red Baraat will be joined on stage by BU’s own award-winning student bhangra group, BU Bhangra.

Live on NPR’s Tiny Desk, click here.


EVENT: ASIABU Boston Chinatown Tour (04/12/14)

March 27th, 2014

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You’ve passed by it at least a few times and perhaps have been to a restaurant or two there during your time in Boston. It ranks top three of its kind in U.S. and it’s the home of several Asian-American cultures in New England. Welcome to Boston Chinatown! Join us for a walking tour to explore the past, present and future of Chinatown by visiting various historical sites and hidden cultural gems in the neighborhood.

Professor Wing-Kai To, from Bridgewater State College will guide us and bring us back in time to learn how urban renewal affected Chinatown in the 1960′s and residents’ efforts in revitalizing the once vibrant community. The tour is aim to give you a better understanding on the history of Chinese immigration to the Boston area, which will help us better appreciate modern-day Chinatown.

• We will meet at 10:20 am in front of BU bookstore (Barnes & Noble) to depart to Chinatown via the Green line. You may also choose to meet up with us in front of the Boylston Station at 10:45am. The tour ends at around 12pm and we will treat ourselves with delicious Dim Sum lunch inside the Chinatown!

• The tour is FREE for BU community, but a reservation is required. Please email with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER before APR 5 to secure your spot.

• The capacity of the tour is limited, and spaces do run out fast. So email us today and prepare to enjoy an April afternoon in Chinatown!

Register here.


EVENT: Indian Americans: The Life and Work of a New Immigrant Community. What can Chinese in America Learn? (04/16/14)

March 27th, 2014

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Time: 4:00 pm -6:00 pm, Wednesday, April 16

Location: 1 Silber Way, Kenmore Room (9th Floor)


EVENT: Mapping the Kumbh Mela: A presentation by Rahul Mehrotra (03/27/14)

March 24th, 2014



The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious festival that occurs every twelve years at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in the city of Allahabad. Since its inception early in the first millennium CE, the Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world; today it draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks to bathe in the auspicious rivers. The Mela provides a forum for both individual and collective expressions of faith as pilgrims, religious teachers, and followers of monastic orders converge from all parts of India. The Mela also inspires interdisciplinary research in a number of complementary fields. Pilgrimage and religious studies, public health, design, communications, business, and infrastructure engineering converge at this festival, producing a complex atmosphere that can be understood through rigorous documentation and mapping, both on-site and in post-field processing. The last iteration of the festival took place from January 27-February 25, 2013.

Rahul Mehrotra is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. He is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on issues to do with architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India. His writings include coauthoring Bombay—The Cities Within, which covers the city’s urban history from the 1600s to the present; Banganga—Sacred Tank; Public Places Bombay; Anchoring a City Line, a history of the city’s commuter railway; and Bombay to Mumbai—Changing Perspectives. He has also coauthored Conserving an Image Center—The Fort Precinct in Bombay. Based on this study and its recommendations, the historic Fort area in Mumbai was declared a conservation precinct in 1995—the first such designation in India. Mehrotra is a member of the steering committee of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard, and curates their series on Urbanization. He currently is leading a university wide research project with Professor Diana Eck, called The Kumbh Mela – Mapping the Ephemeral City. Co-sponsored by India Initiatives, BU Global Programs

Time: 5:30 pm -7:00 pm on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Location: Barristers’ Hall, Boston University Law School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st floor


EVENT: BENDING ADVERSITY: Japan and the Art of Survival with David Pilling (03/21/14)

March 17th, 2014



In Bending Adversity, Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan. Free and Open to the Public – Book Signing and Reception to Follow

Co-sponsored by Japan Society Boston and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University

Time: 6:00 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014

Location: The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road


EVENT: Inconsequence: Some Little Known Mutinies Around 1946 – A lecture by Leela Gandhi (04/03/14)

March 16th, 2014

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Join us for a presentation by Leela Gandhi, professor of English, University of Chicago; Committee of Southern Asian Cultures and Societies; and senior fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory. Gandhi will discuss the outbreak of anti-imperial global mutinies in the demobilization era, with a particular focus on the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946. The talk will draw upon trial proceedings for the perpetrators of this outbreak, and analyses its negative reception in the national and world media. Co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), the Society, Politics and Culture Workshop of the Department of SociologyIndia Initiatives, BU Global Programs

Time: 5:00 pm-6:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Location: College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Ave. Room 222


EVENT: Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All – A lecture by Costas Lapavitsas

February 26th, 2014


Join us for a lecture by Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The lecture celebrates the release by Verso Press of Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All. Lapavitsas explores the roots of the recent economic crisis in terms of “financialization,” the most salient feature of which is the rise of financial profit, in part extracted directly from households through financial expropriation, and discusses the options available for controlling finance and resolutions to the current crisis.

The event will be moderated by Cornel Ban, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University and a specialist in the political economy of crises and transitions.

Costas Lapavitsas’s research interests include the relationship of finance and development, the structure of financial systems, and the evolution and functioning of the Japanese financial system.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Undergraduate Economics Association at Boston University.

Time: 6:00 pm-7:30pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Location: Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor