In this three part series, Sara Rimer documents the growing international student population here at BU, most notably those from China. To get an idea of the demographic shift that has taken place at BU in the past few years: the enrollment in fall 2008, 42 of 4,131 freshmen were from China. In fall 2013, the numbers were 410 of 3,807 freshmen. “We’re a new generation,” says Ge. “We like American culture. It’s new, it’s free.”
This March, fellow BU alumni will be meeting in Beijing for BU Momentum, the largest gathering of alumni in Asia in Boston University history. This weekend-long event combines BU’s 5th Asian Alumni Festival and 5th Asian Business Forum into one can’t-miss opportunity to network, reconnect with classmates, and celebrate the energy and trajectory of your alma mater.
The new Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, named for its largest benefactor, will focus on advancing human progress and improving the human condition.
While the initial estimates of the Haiyan death toll of 10,000 have been revised downward, images instantaneously transmitted around the world of bodies in trees, burial trenches packed with lime-sprinkled body bags (some heartbreakingly small), and families picking through rubble for the most basic needs of sustenance cannot fail to catch the attention of the world.
When it was organized 32 years ago, the BU India Club (BUIC) hoped to bring together people of South Asian descent from around the Boston area to meet and network. Today, BUIC is the largest cultural group on campus, with more than 250 active members and over 1,000 alumni.
The club hosts meetings, community service events, dinners, basketball tournaments, and festivals. But its flagship events are the cultural shows members stage each fall and spring. This year’s fall festival, Rangeela, drew a crowd of several hundred. The event showcased Indian dance teams performing classical Indian dance, as well as other styles, such as garba raas, bhangra, and hip-hop fusion. The Hindi-fusion a cappella group Suno also performed.
“After 66 years of bilateral ties, U.S.-Pakistani relations are still based on delusions — and [CAS Professor] Husain Haqqani is on a campaign to correct the diplomatic self-deceptions.”
Christie’s senior international director of Chinese works of art and ceramics, Athena Zonars (CAS’82), is captivated by the beauty of the pieces she sells for the auction house.
Aaron Sinift (CFA ’02) invited ashrams (service institutions promoted by Mahatma Gandhi to help India’s rural poor maintain self-sufficiency by spinning and weaving khadi cloth) to create a book made entirely from khadi cloth featuring screen- and block-printed artworks by 24 artists from 8 countries.
The Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) founded by Jonathon L. Simon is a multidisciplinary research center that focuses on helping to solve critical health and social development issues in poverty-stricken countries. They are also involved in Project SEARCH, which evaluates the quality and effectiveness of AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.
In 2009, Franz Gastler created Yuwa, an NGO that teaches girls to play soccer, and promotes health and education. Yuwa, which means “youth” in Hindi, started out with about 15 members, most of them under 13, and has grown to approximately 250 girls 10 to 15 years of age. Through Yuwa, the girls have gained confidence, learned teamwork, and become better students.