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Meet our Students – Clayton Ashton, Ph.D. Student, Early Chinese History

I study the political and intellectual history of early China. My dissertation is focused on the period of about 300 BCE. This was a period of history when people were beginning to ask some fascinating and original questions about some big topics that we’re still struggling with today: how to organize a state, how to balance individual desires with collective needs, and what it means to be ethical during a period of upheaval.

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Ross King

A new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. Our second interview features Dr. Ross King, Head of the Department of Asian Studies.

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Go Global Interview Pt. 3 – Osaka, Japan with William Strausser

Recently returned from a 1-semester exchange to Osaka University in Japan, William Strausser, a 4th year Asian Area Studies major, agreed to share his experience as it unfolded. This is the final part, of a three-part interview, chronicling his exchange abroad. The first interview was conducted after his first week in Japan, the second, halfway through his exchange and the third, after he returned.

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Alumni Spotlight – Nick Stember, MA ’16

The Alumni Spotlight is an interview series where we interview Asia Studies alumni about their career paths, how they became interested in Asian Studies and for any advice that would be useful to our students. This interview features Nick Stember, MA '16, who works as a freelance Chinese to English translator in Vancouver, BC.

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Go Global Interview – First Week in Kyoto, Japan with Chriss Goeb

Currently on exchange to Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, Chriss Goeb, a 3rd year Asian Studies major (Japanese), has agreed to share his experience as it unfolds. This is part one, of a three-part interview, chronicling his exchange abroad. The first interview will be conducted after his first week in Japan, the second, halfway through his exchange and the third, one week before he returns.

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Don Baker

The Asian studies Faculty Spotlight is a new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. Our first interview features Dr. Donald Baker.

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New Books! Chinese History and Culture Volumes 1 & 2 with the Editorial Assistance of Josephine Chiu-Duke and Michael S. Duke

Now available through Columbia University Press.

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Dr. Jinhua Chen receives $2.5 million in SSHRC Partnership and Insight Grants

This SSHRC-sponsored project brings together 45 scholars from 25 institutions across the world.

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Taylor Sadler

Alumni Spotlight – Taylor Sadler, BA ’15

Taylor Sadler, BA ‘15, worked as a Cultural Ambassador for the Labo International Exchange Foundation in Japan after graduating. Her job involved going to different community groups and giving children a chance to interact with a foreigner, learn about a foreign culture, and practice their English.

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Meet our Students – Douglas Ober, Ph.D. Student, Modern Indian Buddhism

My dissertation rests at the intersection of South Asian history and Buddhist studies. Put simply, the conventional view in academia (and beyond) is that sometime between the 12th – 15th century, Buddhism “died” or “disappeared” from India before being “reborn” in 1956 when the Indian constitutionalist, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, converted to Buddhism along with half a million of his Dalit (“Untouchable”) followers.

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