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OPPORTUNITIES: 13 Critical Language Scholarships Available

September 17th, 2014 in Fall 2014, Opportunities.

  The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, More

EVENT: Japanese English Lunch Exchange

September 11th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Fall 2014.

Meet BU students who are studying Japanese and Japanese students who are studying English! This is an informal way to meet BU students interested in Japanese and American culture and language. Eat your lunch and talk with a BU / CELOP student. Time: Every Friday 12:15-2:00, September 12-December 5 Location: GSU FoodCourt Back Court Room, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

EVENT: The Future is Now: Urban Asia in the 21st Century (10/08/2014)

September 8th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Fall 2014, Featured.

  A one-day conference at Boston University exploring how Asia’s cities are reshaping concepts of urban development. Co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Initiative on Cities, Global Programs India Initiatives, and the Center for Global Health and Development, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and BU’s Metropolitan College. Conference Overview The Asian continent is home to a vast array of cities and urban conditions. From the futurism of Dubai, to the extreme contrast of wealth and squalor in Mumbai, to the spectacular rise of Shanghai and Beijing as global nodes of political and economic power, cities in Asia in the 21st century are redefining notions – both positive and negative... More

EVENT: Asian Studies Fall Reception (09/17/2014)

September 8th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Fall 2014, Featured.

  Join us for the annual Asian Studies Fall Reception, brought to you by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) and Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University (ASIABU). The event is free and open to the public, with live performance from Asia and Asian food! Come catch up with friends and colleagues, and  learn about upcoming activities and our yearly theme “Asia in Love.” Time: 4 - 6 pm, Wednesday, September 17 Location: GSU Alley (Lower lever of George Sherman Union on 775 Commonwealth Ave.)

NEWS: NEW FACULTY BOOK: Min Ye on the economic power of Chinese and Indian diasporas

September 8th, 2014 in Fall 2014, Featured, News.

Professor Min Ye, a specialist in the political economy of China and India at the Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Academic Coordinator at the BU Center for the Study of Asia, just published (August 2014) with Cambridge University Press a stimulating book titledDiasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India. Both hardback and electronic versions are available.  This comparative and historical analysis explores the important role of Chinese and Indian diasporas as major players in the economic growth of their respective homelands in recent decades.  Min Ye reveals that, through their foreign direct investments (FDIs), Chinese diasporas, rather than Western nations, have contributed the lion's share in FDI inflows in that country. She also highlights how returned diasporas were bridges for, and initiators of, More

NEWS: NEW FACULTY BOOK: Chinese Translation of Matteo Ricci’s Diary

August 24th, 2014 in Fall 2014, News.

  Recently the Commercial Press of Shanghai, one of the largest publisher in China, published a Chinese version of Matteo Ricci’s Dell¹entrata della Compagnia di Giesù e Christianità nella Cina(On the entrance of the Society of Jesus and Christianity into China), translated and annotated by Professor Wen Zheng (Beijing Foreign Languages University, Department of Italian) in close collaboration with Professor Eugenio Menegon (BU History). Li Madou, Yesuhui yu Tianzhujiao jinru Zhongguo shi – 利玛窦 – 耶稣会与天主教进入中国史 (Della entrata della Compagnia di Giesù  e della Christianità in Cina),  Wen Zheng 文铮(translator); Eugenio Menegon 梅欧金 (collator). Shanghai: Commercial Press, 2014. 523 pages. ISBN: 9787100084529 Written in Italian in 1610 in Beijing, this account of the efforts of Ricci (1552-1610) and other Jesuits to win the Chinese elite’s approval and establish a mission... More

Boston University in Belgium: A Workshop on Chinese-Western Cultural Relations in the Early Modern Era

August 7th, 2014 in Featured, News, Summer 2014.

Participants and guests at the Leuven Workshop A workshop jointly organized by Boston University and the University of Leuven on the history of Chinese-European relations was successfully held on May 26-27, 2014 in the historic university town of Leuven (Louvain), in Flanders, Belgium. The workshop was coordinated by Professor Eugenio Menegon (Department of History, and Director of the BU center for the Study of Asia, Boston University) and Professor Nicolas Standaert (Department of Chinese Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium). Supported by generous funding from the College of Arts and Sciences at BU, and the Department of Chinese Studies at KU Leuven, this gathering of scholars focused on the topic of “materiality” in the cultural exchange between China and Europe in the 17th and... More

EVENT IN REVIEW: BU Asian Studies Spring Reception (04/28/2014)

May 8th, 2014 in Event in Review, Events, Featured, Spring 2014.

The Boston University Asian Studies Spring Reception took place on Monday, April 28, 2014 in the beautiful BU Castle on Bay State Road. The reception warmly welcomed friends of the BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) at the conclusion of the semester, including Asian Studies faculty across BU, visiting scholars, board members of the student organization ASIABU, representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and students in the Asian Studies programs with outstanding achievements. The reception, as is tradition, was generously hosted by BUCSA supporter and BU alum Al Petras, Senior Vice President at Bank of America and Senior Service Delivery Manager Technology Consultant for China Construction Bank. BUCSA Director Eugenio Menegon highlighted the achievements BUCSA made over the past academic year, and proudly announced the publication... More

EVENT: American Association of Teachers of Korean 19th Annual Conference (06/19/14-06/21/14)

April 23rd, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Summer 2014.

June 19-21, 2014 Boston University Boston, MA Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating Connections Conference & Workshop Theme: Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating ConnectionsThe topic of teaching and learning through study of literature and films has been a matter of considerable interest to language educators. Renewed interest in this approach has been generated by The National Standards for Korean Teaching, which frames curricular and materials developments in the five inter-related areas: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. Use of film and literature in language teaching is a quintessential example of connections between language teaching and other academic disciplines. Curriculum that bridges students’ linguistic needs and interests to content areas is in greater demand as the number of advanced language learners (heritage speakers with diverse... More

EVENT: Daoism: Tradition and Transition (05/29/14-06/01/14)

April 22nd, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Summer 2014.

For the last ten years, the series of international conferences on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism throughout the world. The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), and Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012). In honor of its great success and as a tribute to Boston University for the initial conference, the 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies will take place once again at Boston University. This year’s conference theme is “Daoism: Tradition and Transition.” The focus is on Daoist thought, history, and practice—with particular attention to... More