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OPPORTUNITIES: MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

February 21st, 2014 in Fellowships, Opportunities, Undergraduate.

MEXT: JAPAN’S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 2014 JAPANESE STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP The Japanese Government’s MONBUKAGAKUSHO (MEXT) offers scholarships to students who wish to pursue Japanese language and culture studies in Japan.  This program provides students with an intensive course in the Japanese language and an introduction to various aspects of Japanese studies. MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship applicants must be US citizens who were born between April 2, 1984 and April 1, 1996 and must be undergraduate students majoring in fields related to Japanese language or culture at a university outside of Japan. Applicants should have good Japanese language ability and be in good health. The award includes round trip airfare, exemption from all school fees, and a monthly stipend.  The 2014... More


February 21st, 2014 in Opportunities.

Language Link is an hour long conversation group that takes place once a week. The classes are held at 100 Baystate road on the 5th floor. (The specific classroom number depends on the sessions you choose). These sessions revolve around your interests to have casual conversations. Each student is required to sign up 24 hours prior to each session. This process is throughly explained on Novice (1st semester / half a year of experience) - 5-6PM Tuesdays Intermediate (3rd semester / 1.5-3 years of experience) - 4-5PM Thursdays Advanced (5th semester / 3+ years of experience) - 4-5PM Tuesdays Please e-mail Sayaka Kawano, the Language Link leader with any questions or concerns.

Event: China Invests Overseas: Regulation and Representation

February 19th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

China has become an influential source of foreign direct investment in the last decade. The growth coincides with a series of regulatory reforms governing China’s outbound direct investment (CODI). The paper studies the new regulation of CODI and explains distortion and disjuncture in CODI, particularly the under-representation of private companies, the market-defying geographic and sector concentration, and generally low profitability of China’s outbound investment. The paper uses statistics published by Chinese government and international organizations, as well as a number of interviews at private companies. Time: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Location: Eilts Room, Department of International Relations | 154 Bay State Road, 2nd Floor

EVENT: Japan and Asia Pacific Multilateralism (03/05/2014)

February 18th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

While bilateralism has developed as a key framework for the Asia-Pacific regional cooperation in security, trade and finance, multilateral forums and diplomacy in this bilateralism-centered structure of Asian regional cooperation have gained more significance in recent years. Japan has emerged as one of the key countries in promoting Asian multilateralism through its engagement in, for instance, TPP, RCEP, EAS and CMIM. This seminar aims to explore Japan’s shift to Asian multilateralism in its regional diplomacy, and illustrate that it can be seen as a response to the structural change in the region, particularly the rivalry between the U.S and China. The speaker highlights that Japan may play important roles in the equilibrium between the two largest economies, and this holds... More

EVENT: Fleming Museum Tibetan Art Exhibition

February 11th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

Join us at the Fleming Museum for our series of afternoon and evening programs. Each program is related to an  exhibition or part of our permanent collection currently on view. Programs are included  with regular admission, unless noted otherwise. For more information, click here.

EVENT: Chinese New Year Party

February 10th, 2014 in Announcements, Events.

EVENTS: Spring 2014 Geddes Japanese Movie Series

February 6th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

Every other Wednesdays CAS 537C, 725 Commonwealth Ave.   The Dept. of MLCL, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, the Boston University's Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese Student Association are pleased to present the Spring 2014 Japanese Film Series. Films will be screened at the Geddes Center on the fifth floor of CAS starting at 6:30 p.m. All films will be subtitled. TThe rest of the dates and showings are as follows: 2/19 - お葬式(そうしき) The Funeral (1986) Length: 02:04:00 A comedy about Japanese society in transition: the age-old Buddhist rituals prove too complicated for a modern husband and wife when her father dies. Director: HayItami, Juzo 3/5 - 紅(くれない)の豚(ぶた) Porco Russo (2005) Length: 01:34:00 The adventures of a 1920's bush pilot who just happens to look... More

EVENT: Eating an Elephant, Imagining a Community: Culinary Nationalism and the Memory of the Senses – A lecture by Mary Steedly

January 30th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

  Mary Steedly is a Professor of Social Anthropology at Harvard University.  Her research is focused on topics of narrative and history, cultural theory, the politics of religion, comparative colonial studies, Christian missions, and nationalism and violence in Indonesia and in the southern U.S. Co-sponsored by CURA Institute and BUCSA. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Mark Palmer ( Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Location: Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 Bay State Rd

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

January 28th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 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... More

OPPORTUNITIES: MA Program in South Asia Studies at Columbia University

January 24th, 2014 in Opportunities.

Columbia University's Master of Arts Program in South Asia Studies, now in its second year, offers a great opportunity to study with Columbia University’s distinguished South Asia faculty. The South Asia Institute (SAI) offers a three semester MA program that includes courses in a variety of disciplines across the university in a curriculum tailored to the individual student’s goals. Students also participate in SAI events that bring an array of South Asia experts to Columbia throughout the year. Ideal for students seeking regional knowledge and those planning to pursue a Ph.D. in the future, the program prepares graduates for careers in government, public policy, academia, journalism, business, and other professions. For more information please visit our website at, or contact Professor... More