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Asian Studies Department News

New Team Japan Moving Forward from Fall 2019

The Asian Studies Program is excited to welcome a new team of full-time Japanese language instructors following the retirement of Keiko Nakajima and the departure of Michiru Ichihara Lowe. Asami Nakano , who had been teaching part-time for the past two years, is now a full-time Lecturer. She is joined by Senior Lecturer Dr. Hideko Shimizu, who is returning to Vanderbilt after nearly twenty years teaching in Colorado and Tokyo, and by Lecturer Nozomi Imai, who is coming from Indiana University where she completed her Masters degree in Japanese  Pedagogy in Spring 2019. Personal bio pages for Hideko and Nozomi are coming soon--in the meantime, feel free to stop by their offices to introduce yourself to them!

Divya Chaudhry Joins Growing Hindi-Urdu Program

After single-handedly jump-starting the Hindi-Urdu Program two years ago, Dr. Elliott McCarter will finally have a much-needed colleague to meet the needs of an expanding South Asian languages and culture program. Dr. Divya Chaudhry left her position at Rice University to join the Asian Studies Program faculty at Vanderbilt as full-time Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu. Divya received her PhD in Linguistics and Certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Florida in 2016. With her teaming up with Elliott, the Program can now offer Sanskrit and South Asian culture courses in addition to Hindi-Urdu language. Keep an eye out for a new bio page for Divya—and an eye out for her on the second floor of Buttrick Hall too. 

Korean Language Teaching Fellow Arrives for 2019-2020

Student response to the introduction of Korean language courses in 2018-19 was so overwhelming for sole Senior Lecturer Dr. Seok Bae Jang that the Program has established a Korean Language Teaching Fellowship with Yonsei University's graduate program in Korean Language Pedagogy to help meet demand. Our first Korean Language Teaching Fellow, Ha Eun Choi, will be teaching part-time in the beginning level courses this year. Ha Eun received an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the USC Rossier School of Education and she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Korean Language and Literature with Korean Language Teaching Certification at Yonsei. Stop by and say hi to her—she'll be in Prof. Guojun Wang's this year while he is on research leave.

Korean Language and Culture Minor Kicks Off Fall 2019!

Beginning in Fall 2019, Vanderbilt students can minor in Korean Language and Culture within the Asian Studies Program. Details on requirements are available on the Minors page.

Buddhism Scholar Joins Religious Studies Department

Adeana McNicholl , who focuses on early South Asian Buddhism and American Buddhism, has joined the Department of Religion as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track. Professor McNicholl's research and teaching examines the relationship between religion and the body and embodied identities, including race, gender, and sexuality. She will be among the Interdepartmental Faculty of the Asian Studies Program and her courses will generally be eligible for credit within the Asian Studies major and South Asian Language and Culture minor.