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Recent Asian Studies Program News



Professor Wang Guojun (PhD candidate, Yale University), a specialist in Qing-period Chinese literature and theater, will be joining the Asian Studies faculty as Assistant Professor this fall semester. He'll be offering a range of courses on Chinese literature and culture, including both survey courses covering long historical periods and more focused, higher-level courses on particular periods, genres, and works of literature. I encourage you to get to know him once he arrives on campus and to take as many courses with him as your schedule permits! You will find him to be not only a brilliant scholar and teacher but also a warm, approachable human being.

The first course he is teaching at Vanderbilt is:
ASIA-3891-01: Special Topics: Self and Society in Pre-modern Chinese Literature


One of our excellent majors, Ben Shane, graduated this semester. The Vanderbilt news agency did an
informative and interesting video about him, and we wanted to share it with you. Please see the link here.  


Congratulations: Two students of Japanese language at Vanderbilt recently won prizes in the 18th annual Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest! 
The winners were: 
Christina Prihoda, a sophomore, second prize for the Level 2 (Intermediate) category; 
Anis Zulaikha Kamaruddin, also a sophomore, second prize for the Level 1 (Beginning) category.

JAPN speech contest

The Tennessee Area Japanese Speech contest was established in 2008 by the efforts of the Vanderbilt University Japanese Language Program with the support and assistance of the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville and the Japan America Society of Tennessee. The purpose of this contest is to provide an opportunity for college students who study Japanese to improve their speaking and writing abilities and to recognize the best as an encouragement to all.  
Our hearty congratulations to these students, and thanks to our hard-working Japanese language faculty members!
  -- Rob Campany, Program Director



  The Asian Studies Program is Vanderbilt's home for the study of Asian languages and cultures.  As a center for interdisciplinary inquiry, our program explores Asia through the multiple lenses of literature, history, history of art, religious studies, political science, and sociology. Our faculty's expertise encompasses a wide range of regions, countries, and languages, including East/Central Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet), South Asia (including India, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and Southeast Asia (particularly Vietnam).

Over three hundred students from all around campus study Asian languages with us each year.  With the study of Asian languages at the core, the Asian Studies major, along with minors in Chinese and Japanese, equip students with a crucial understanding of Asia’s central role in the world, both past and present.  Through its challenging global curriculum, Asian Studies prepares students for dynamic careers in multiple fields, including business, finance, law, medicine, policy, and academia. 



New Asian Studies Faculty: Mr. Guojun Wang will start in the Fall 2015.

ASIA-3891-01: Special Topics: Self and Society in Pre-modern Chinese Literature


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