Rutgers Graduate Named 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow

Rutgers Grad Nathan Gwira awarded $95,000 toward graduate study and a five-year appointment as a U.S. Foreign Service officer

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Nathan Gwira, a first-generation American, has been named a 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow – the second Rutgers graduate to be honored. The prestigious fellowship will provide Gwira about $95,000 toward tuition, fees and living expenses while he pursues a master's degree in international affairs over the next two years. After earning a degree, the fellowship program requires at least a five-year commitment as a U.S. Foreign Service officer.

When he studied abroad in China – with professor of Chinese and Asian Languages & Cultures department chair Richard VanNess Simmons leading the program – Gwira was so interested in Chinese language and culture that he moved there for two years after graduation and taught English while learning and becoming fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He's also fluent in the West African languages of Akan/Twi and Fante, and he's familiar with French.

 The Rangel Graduate Fellowship program – a joint effort between Howard University in Washington and the state department – selects 30 Rangel Fellows each year. Its goal is to prepare those chosen for U.S. Foreign Service careers, where they can help form, represent and carry out U.S. foreign policy.

Read the article here: http://news.rutgers.edu/news/rutgers-graduate-named-2016-charles-b-rangel-international-affairs-fellow/20160414#.VxER1PkrK72

Summer Research Program, TAIWAN

Summer 2016 research opportunity for Engineering students at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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More Info and Application: http://eng-en.web.nthu.edu.tw/files/11-1130-3215.php

Application deadline: December 29th, 2015

Professor Suzy Kim Featured in The Daily Targum

Rutgers professor marches in North Korea during summer with political activist Gloria Steinem

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Alongside famed social and political activists and Nobel Prize laureates, Professor Kim ventured across the most heavily militarized border in the world. 30 women hailing from North and South Korea, Ireland, Liberia, Colombia and the United States, among other countries, crossed Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for a peace walk held on May 24, 2015, a day designated as International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament.

Read the article here: http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2015/10/rutgers-professor-marches-in-north-korea-during-summer-with-political-activist-gloria-steinem

Free Asian Studies E-Books

Asian Studies related e-books available to Rutgers Students

For students who are interested, the Rutgers Library has a collection of Brill Asian Studies e-books available at these links:  

If you are on the Rutgers network, you can go directly to this Brill website: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/collections (Please note that we only bought 2013, 2014, and 2015 collections and we may acquire other collections in the future)

Alternatively, you can follow this link https://catalog.libraries.rutgers.edu/vufind/Search/Results?lookfor=%22Brill+Online+Asian+Studies%22&type=AllFields&limit=20&sort=relevance or you can search individual titles in the library's online catalog: https://catalog.libraries.rutgers.edu/vufind/

Student's Love for Language Blossoms at Rutgers

Student's Love for Language Blossoms at Rutgers

His facility with foreign tongues "just popped up along the genetic lines"

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging Communities of Women

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging Communities of Women

As the U.S. “pivots” towards the Asia-Pacific through new trade and security negotiations (i.e. Trans-Pacific Partnership), this international symposium comes at a timely moment to engage in a critical dialogue about militarisms in the 21st century, from historical legacies across Asia and the Americas to their impact and implications for global health, local communities, and artistic/cultural expressions. How will the “pivot” impact Asia and the Americas? How do scholars, activists, and artists respond to the changing climate of security and increased securitization? What’s at stake in particular for women, who have historically shouldered the costs of increased militarization? What are the health implications of militarisms from environmental impacts to physiological and psychological impacts of living near or on military bases? How are such health impacts gendered? What are the environmental consequences of natural disasters and the subsequent impact of disaster militarism on local communities? What are the generational impacts of military policies – for young people recruited, veterans, their families, local communities and nations? These are some of the questions to be addressed in the multi-panel symposium, complemented by a concurrent video art exhibition and a pre-symposium international webinar panel discussion.

* International Webinar, 6PM - 7:30PM EST, November 25, 2014 Online

* Film Screening, 4:30PM - 7:30PM, December 3, 2014 Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room C

* International Symposium, 9:30AM - 7PM, December 4, 2014 Alexander Library, 4th Floor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Enloe

RSVP by November 20, 2014
http://rethinkingasiapivot.com/

Challenging Everyday Militarisms  Bridging

Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies Presents Inaugural Rutgers Daoist Studies Symposium: “Daoism and Local Society in Modern China”

Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies Presents
Inaugural Rutgers Daoist Studies Symposium:

 “Daoism and Local Society in Modern China”

Location: 301 Van Dyck Hall on College Avenue

---Saturday, Nov 15, 2014:
9:45-10:15 AM: “The State of the Field in Daoist Studies for the Past Two Decades ”
                                    Keynote speech byVincent Goossaert, EPHE-CNRS, Paris

10:30AM-12:30PM: Panel 1: Daoist Temple Fairs and Local Religious Life
                                    Chair: Vincent Goossaert, Ecole Pratiques des Haute Etudes, Paris
                                                Discussant: Shin-yi Chao, Rochester University
            ---Prof. Haiyan FU, Central China Normal University, Wuhan
                        “The Daoist White Cloud Monastery and Local Society in Republican Beiping”
            ---Prof. Zhen WU, Renmin University, Beijing
                       “Dragon and Tiger: Patterns of Buddho-Daoist Relations in Late Imperial North China”
            ---Dr. Ling FANG, CNRS, Paris
                        “Social Functions of the Eastern Peak Temple: The Case of the Old Dongyue Temple in Hangzhou”

2:00—5:00PM:  Panel 2: Daoism and Local Elite
                                    Panel Chair: Mori Yuria, Waseda University, Tokyo.
                                         Discussants: Jiang Tao, Rutgers University
            ---Prof. Weidong ZHAO, Shandong Normal University, Jinan
                        “Patronage and Participation: Jie Yao’s Daoist Passions in Early Qing Shandong”
            --- Prof. Li MEI, Central China Normal University, Wuhan
                        “Manchu Elite and Daoism in Mid-to-Late Qing Period: Gu Taiqing and Yi Hui”
            ---Prof. Xun LIU Rutgers University, New Brunswick
                        “Quanzhen Daoist Hosting of Literati Arts in Late Qing Nanyang”
            ---Dr. Guoshuai QIN, EPHE, PARIS
                        “Quanzhen Taoism and Local Theatres in Republic Shandong and He’nan”

---Sunday, Nov 16, 2014:
9:00—11:00: Panel 3: Daoist Institutional Change and Local Religious Culture
                                    Panel chair: Haiyan FU, Central China Normal University, Wuhan
                                                  Discussant: Jessey Choo, Rutgers University
            ---Mori Yuria, Waseda University.
                        “Daoists' Ordination Reform Seen in the Context of Buddhists' Vinaya Reformation in Jiangnan in Seventeenth Century”
            ---Vincent Goossaert, EPHE
                        “Zhengyi Daoist Ritual Revival in Contemporary Suzhou and Hangzhou”
            ---Daniel Burton-Rose, Princeton University,
                        “The Daoist Commitments of the Pengs of Suzhou, 1673-1830”

Acknowledgements:
The inaugural Rutgers Daoist Studies symposium has been made possible with funding and logistical support from the following units of Rutgers University: 
            Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
            CIRU (Confucius Institute of Rutgers University)
            Department of History
            Department of Religion
            Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
            Office of the Executive Vice President       
                       
For more information, please contact:
            Xun LIU, director, Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies
            Mobile: 732-735-6084 office: 848-932-8524
            Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures initiates Rutgers participation in CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) course share program

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures initiates Rutgers participation in CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) course share program.

Learn more at: http://news.rutgers.edu/news/big-ten-benefits-classroom/20140427#.U16wtF6TQs1

Rutgers Students Place in Chinese Speech Contests

We are pleased to announce that this past weekend three Rutgers students in our Chinese language program participated in Chinese speech contests that were held at nearby venues in the tri-state area and two of them placed among the winners!

Anh Tran and Kayla Krause competed in the 2014 Dragon Cup Competition 中华龙杯 that was held at Joseph's University on Saturday, March 29, and Anh won second place in the beginner's level. Congratulations to Anh!

Kayla and Anh are both first-year students who have been studying Chinese for just 5 months. Both are greatly enjoying learning the language. Kayla's presentation was a "Story of Mine" and Anh told a "Vietnamese Children's Story." Both of them did a terrific job.

Jeremy Yeaton competed in the Senior Level of the Fifth Chinese Bridge 汉语桥 Eastern USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students at Pace University on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and won Third Prize.

Jeremy, a junior double majoring in French and linguistics and minoring in Chinese, delivered a humorous marketing pitch and gave a tone-perfect rendition of the Chinese pop song "Lǎoshǔ ài dàmǐ (the mouse loves rice)." Congratulations, Jeremy!

"This experience has helped me improve my Chinese fluency and allowed me to encounter various aspects of Chinese culture as presented by other contestants and professional performers. It was also great to make new friends and connections with students studying Chinese at other universities and hear about their experiences."--Jeremy Yeaton '15

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Anh Tran and Kayla Krause at Joseph's University

 

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Jeremy Yeaton with Dr. Jenny Yang at Pace University

Professor Paul Schalow Receives 2013 SAS Teaching Award

Asian Languages and Cultures Professor Paul Schalow has been honored with the SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education in Spring 2013. Read his story on the SAS announcement page <http://sas.rutgers.edu/news-a-events/feature-archive/1525-2013-recipients-of-sas-teaching-awards-announced>, where you can learn more about his contributions to our department's curriculum and his accomplishments within and beyond the classroom. Also, enjoy the photos from the awards ceremony, which included remarks from Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi and SAS Acting Executive Dean Richard S. Falk.

New Summer Program

Rutgers in Beijing Summer 2012

Reinforce and Improve your Chinese, Speak it as you Earn Course Credit, and have fun traveling in far away, exciting China!!!
Be ready to sign up soon!

Time: Early July through mid August 2012 Place: Beijing Languages and Cultures University
China Course excursions will include Beijing, the Great Wall & more —maybe even Xi’an!

Plan to Join us!

Applications will open in January 2012
Further information available at:

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
330 Scott Hall. 43 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732 932-7605

Click Here for more details

Click Here to see the program flyer

CIC Membership to Augment East Asian Studies

Rutgers University has been admitted to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) beginning July 1, 2013. The CIC is the prestigious academic consortium whose membership includes all Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago. The invitation to join CIC is a concomitant advantage of membership in the Big Ten athletic conference, which Rutgers will join in 2014.

These exciting new developments will bring many benefits to Rutgers, such new learning and research opportunities for students and faculty, as well as collaborative programs for the university library. In a letter to university faculty, Richard L. Edwards, Rutgers Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, described the advantages of CIC membership as follows:

"The CIC, which is governed by the chief academic officers/provosts of the member universities, is committed to advance its members’ academic missions, leverage campus resources such as libraries and equipment, share expertise, and expand academic and research opportunities for students and faculty. With the addition of Rutgers and the University of Maryland (which has also been admitted), the CIC universities collectively engage in $9.3 billion in funded research and own more than 100 million library volumes.

Our students will gain new academic opportunities because of Rutgers’ membership in the consortium. To give one example, CIC’s CourseShare program gives students access through distance technology to more than 120 less commonly taught languages. There are also summer research opportunities, shared study abroad programs, and reciprocal library borrowing, among other benefits."

A CIC membership will greatly expand Rutgers faculty and students’ access to library materials in East Asian studies. Through the reciprocal borrowing program of CIC, members of Rutgers community will be able to borrow library books directly from other CIC institutions, most notably University of Chicago and University of Michigan, both with top-tier East Asian collections in North America. A similar program (EZ Borrow) has already existed between Rutgers and research universities in Pennsylvania, which includes University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh, both with fine East Asian collections.

For more information on the CIC, visit www.cic.net. To view a four-minute video overview of the consortium, visit www.cic.net/Home/NewsAndPubs/Multimedia/Videos/CICVideo.aspx.

Scripta Sinica now available at Rutgers

Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce online access (as of Friday, February 10, 2012) to:

Scripta Sinica

http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/cms/indexes/descriptions/scripta_sinica

Rutgers Restricted Access

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Click on "shouquan shiyong" (authorized access) to enter. Times out after thirty minutes of idling.

Alternate title: Hanji dianzi wenxian
Description: Scripta Sinica (Hanji dianzi wenxian) is one of the largest Chinese full-text database, with a special focus on the traditional Chinese classics. As of February 2012, it contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, totaling more than 580 titles and over 423 million Chinese characters. Users can conduct full text searches or browse by book titles in it. The database is provided by the Institute of History and Philology (IHP), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), which will continue to add new titles and new features. Rutgers users can also access the non-IHP resources provided by Academia Sinica on the old interface.
Help: User instruction ("shiyong shuoming") is available inside the database.
User tools and features: Basic and advanced search, bookmark and note-taking tools (requires a personal e-mail address), Chinese-Western calendar conversion tool
Dates covered: Antiquity to 1949.
Updating frequency: Unknown.
Sources: Books.
Type of coverage: Full-text.
Print counterpart or related resources: None.
Producer/content provider: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Vendor/electronic presentation provider: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Online Bibliography of Asian Studies now available at Rutgers

We are pleased to announce that the online Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is now available for on and off campus access.

To access the online BAS, please go to: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bas/

Please email any questions or comments to Tao Yang,
East Asian Librarian,
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(A special note to instructors: the East Asian Librarian is available to demonstrate the online BAS to your class.)

Here is a brief description: 
The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is the major multi-disciplinary index for the study of East, Southeast, and South Asia. It contains citations to Western language works published worldwide on all subjects pertaining to this vast region, especially in the humanities and the social sciences. Currently, the number of citations is approaching 800 thousand. The online BAS offers users various methods to search, browse (by country-subject or journal title), download, and email citations. The "Find it @ your library" button under each record can be used to retrieve the full-text article, identify the availability of the print copy, or make an ILL request.

More information about the online BAS is posted at:http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/cms/indexes/descriptions/bib-asian-studies

RMCTS wins International Award

Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System was given an international award. 

Click here to see the article