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Korea Foundation Grant

The Korea Foundation informed the Asian Studies Program in December 2106 that Vanderbilt University and the Asian Studies Program has been selected to receive a Korea Foundation Grant to support a tenure-track position in Korean Studies (are of expertise open) to begin in Fall 2018. Many thanks to Haerin Shin for making and following up on key contacts in Korea and Gerald Figal for writing the grant. A separate position in Korean language to start at the same time is currently being discussed.

Tenth Annual TN Area Japanese Speech Contest

Vanderbilt hosted the Tenth Annual Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest on April 1st, 2017.  Several Japanese Language students from Vanderbilt participated in the contest(pictured below).  The grand prize was awarded to Jiayi Wang, first Place for Intermediate & Advanced students was awarded to Dylan Westover and third place was awarded to Weiyi Huan, and third place for Elementary students was awarded to Leyao Yu, all from Vanderbilt.

 2017 TAJSC Participants  2017 TAJSC Participants 2



Congratulations to Jami Cox, Vanderbilt's newest Schwarzman Scholar!

Jami Cox

Jami is majoring in Public Policy Studies and minoring in Asian Studies with a Chinese Language Concentration.  She was selected as one of 142 Schwarzman Scholars out of more than 4,000 applicants.  Follow this link to read more about the Schwarzman Scholars Program and her plans to pursue a master's degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  Congratulations Jami, for this highly prestigious honor, and best of luck! 





Faculty News

Professor Yoshi Igarashi's book receives Honorable Mention for 2018 John Whitney Hall Book Prize Igarashi Book

Professor Igarashi's book,  Homecomings: The Belated Return of Japan's Lost Soldierswas given Honorable Mention for the 2018 John Withney Hall Book Prize for Best Book on Japan.  It is the top prize for Japan Studies.  Congratulations Professor Igarashi, for this great honor! More information can be found on the Association for Asian Studies annoucement page:




Books Published in 2017 by Asian Studies Faculty

Ben Tran,  Bryan Lowe,  and  Anand Taneja  are the first in the Asian Studies Program to publish books in 2017!

Post-Mandarin   Ritualized Writing   Jinnealogy