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Chinese Program Students Performed in Chinese New Year Celebration

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Students of the Chinese Language program shared their talents in the 2015 Chinese New Year celebration at IUP, held on February 20 in the HUB. Students sang Chinese popular songs with dance and played with guitar. An advanced Chinese language student who has studied in China also demonstrated Chinese Yoyo. Students and visiting scholars from China performed as well. Kids from local communities also participated in the performance.

Students from Chinese language and literature courses displayed their projects on China and Chinese culture during the event, too. Hands-on cultural activities and games were offered before the performance, and a professional Chinese Lion dance was given after. The event was well received by the IUP community. IUP President Michael Driscoll attended the celebration again this year and gave remarks at the event.

The event was organized by the Chinese Language program together with Global Learning Awareness Living Learning Community and relevant student organizations and sponsored by Asian Studies, the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of International Education, and several other associated units on campus.

Chinese New Year is the most important festival for Chinese society, and the celebration can last for 15 days. To learn more about Chinese culture and the Chinese Language program at IUP, contact Shijuan (Laurel) Liu at sliu@iup.edu

Asian Studies Faculty Bring Students to Regional Asian Studies Conference

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Asian Studies Center logoAsian Studies faculty members Alan Baumler (History), Francis Allard (Anthropology), Nicole Goulet (Religious Studies), Rachel Sternfeld, (Political Science), Yaya Sissoko (Economics), and Christine Baker (History) will accompany a group of IUP students to present their work at the Undergraduate Asian Studies Research Conference at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

The conference is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Area Consortium for Asian Studies, of which IUP is a member, and brings together students and faculty from Pa., W.Va., Ohio, Md., N.Y., N.J., and Del. with an interest in Asia and the Middle East.

Students will give 15-minute research presentations on Asia based on research projects conducted in their Asian Studies classes at IUP. Faculty from the Pittsburgh Area Consortium will oversee the student panels.

The keynote speaker will be Michael Meyer, author of Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed and In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China and assistant professor of English, University of Pittsburgh.

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Asian Studies Faculty Sternfeld and Baker Participate in CERIS Book Discussion for Educators

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Book cover: Mornings in JeninRachel Sternfeld (Political Science) and Christine Baker (History) took part in a book discussion focused on Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa at the University of Pittsburgh on February 20, 2015.

The book discussion was sponsored by CERIS, the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, which is a collaboration of academic, nonprofit, and religious organizations in the tri-state area (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia). CERIS brings together K–16 educators from the region to collaborate on programming and materials for studying the Islamic world. Sternfeld is the IUP representative for CERIS.

Mornings in Jenin is a novel that dramatizes Palestinian history from 1948 until the present and has been called “The Kite Runner for Palestine.” Luke Peterson, the University of Pittsburgh's Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues, facilitated the discussion. In addition, Abulhawa, the author, participated via Skype.

Peterson will visit IUP on February 26 to give a lecture titled “Contending Discourses: Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media” at 5:00 p.m. in the HUB Susquehanna room. Here is more information about Peterson’s visit.

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Summer Asian Language Scholarship

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Are you an Asian studies major? Are you planning to study an Asian language this summer, either overseas or in an intensive program outside IUP? Do you have a 3.0 GPA or higher? Would you like $500?

If you can answer yes to all these, consider applying for the Summer Asian Language Scholarship. This is a grant of $500 which can be used for a summer Asian language program overseas or in the U.S. This can be for any level of language study.

To apply you need to submit a resume, one letter of recommendation, and a brief statement explaining what you will be doing and how it will benefit your intellectual development.

The deadline for application is March 16, 2015. Questions about the program and final applications should be sent to Yongtaek Kim at yt.kim@iup.edu.

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Author McCunn Presents on the Hidden History of Asians, Pacific Islanders, and the Civil War

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Ruthanne Lum McCunnAuthor Ruthanne Lum McCunn will present “Hidden History: Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War.”

She will be talking about her research and writing on Asian American history and, in particular, her recent book Chinese Yankee, which deals with Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), a Chinese-American Civil War veteran and Indiana County resident.

The lecture will take place on Monday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. in 201 Stapleton Library.

This lecture is sponsored by the Liu Foundation, the Asian Studies Program, IUP Libraries, the Office of International Education, and the departments of History and Sociology. For more information, contact Alan Baumler at baumler@iup.edu.

Improve Your Japanese

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Looking for a chance to improve your Japanese? The Japanese conversation group will be meeting every Thursday from 3:00–4:00 p.m. in Wallwork 387A.

The Japanese tutoring service will also meet in Wallwork 387A.

  • Monday: 12:10–1:00 p.m., Tamai 
  • Monday, Wednesday: 1:00–2:00 p.m., Richard 
  • Monday, Wednesday: 2:00–3:00 p.m., Cody
  • Thursday: 1:00–2:00 p.m., Andrea  

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Student Frishberg Receives Chinese Govement Scholarship to Study in China

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Hannah Frishberg, an Asian studies major with focus on China, received the Chinese Government scholarship to study in China for 2014–15.

This scholarship is awarded through the Chinese Embassy, Washington, D.C. by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and the recipient is selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The scholarship will cover her tuition, room and board, health insurance, and travel/conference allowance/fees.

Hannah also attended the China Bridge Chinese Speech contest held in New York City in spring 2014 and got a summer job to help teach Chinese in a summer camp for little kids that summer.

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