Past Events

Second Time's a Charm for U of A Student with Dream to Study Abroad

May 8, 2017

Khloe Benton, a University of Arkansas sophomore, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this summer. Benton will spend five weeks in Japan as part of an international business seminar led by economics professor Robert Stapp.

The scholarship program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is intended to increase international experiences for American students, so they will be better prepared to thrive in the increasingly global economy. The scholarship will cover up to $5,000 of Benton's study abroad costs.


U of A Sophomore Selected for Nationally Competitive Study Abroad Award

April 28, 2017

Analeigh Ulrich, a University of Arkansas sophomore, has won a Freeman-ASIA award to study abroad in Japan this summer. The nationally competitive award supports undergraduates planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

The international studies and East Asian studies major will be part of two-month intensive Japanese language program at Osaka Gakuin University. Participants are allowed to use only limited English throughout the program's duration, so Ulrich is looking forward to making strides in her Japanese language ability.


Two U of A Students Get a Jump-Start on Their Careers

April 18, 2017

Most college students plan to graduate and pursue lucrative careers, but do they ever think about the competition? In order to land that "dream job," applicants must have skills that set them above other candidates.

Japanese language learners David Black and Emily Matlock have increased their marketability by learning a second language and passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). The exam, which measures the Japanese-language proficiency of non-native speakers, is used to advance education and find employment. It is also the only certification exam authorized by the Japanese government, and the University of Arkansas is one of only 15 JLPT test sites in the U.S.


Re-inventing Culture in China's Xinjiang Province, Lecture and Performance

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm
Giffels Auditorium, Old Main

Elise Anderson, a doctoral candidate for dual degrees in Folklore & Ethnomusicology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, will present "Sufi Music in an Age of Terror: the Persistence of the Uyghur Muqam as Public Symbol in the PRC," a special guest lecture co-sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Asian Studies Program at the University of Arkansas' Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.


Ethnomusicologist Frederick Lau to Give Talk on Chinese Culture for Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:00pm
HOEC Room 102

Dr. Frederick Lau of the University of Hawaii at Manoa will give the 2017 Mulberry-Leaf Lecture, as part of the Asian Studies Speaker Series, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Human Environmental Sciences Building (HOEC) Room 102. His lecture is titled "Listening to Chinese Music, Learning about Chinese Culture." He will also give a lecture demo in the Department of Music and meet with students from a number of departments during the week.


Asian Studies Program Receives Federal Grant to Enhance Curriculum

March 31, 2017

The Asian Studies Program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is expanding its curriculum, thanks to an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The $52,608 grant, awarded in the fall, has three major objectives - to strengthen Chinese and Asian language classes, to create a new minor in Chinese studies, and to develop an Asian business concentration for non-business students.


Murniati's Research Tells the Stories of the 'Forgotten'

March 15, 2017

Tri Murniati, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies doctoral student, is using her research to tell the stories of Indonesian domestic workers.

The goal of her research is to change the 'mindset' of readers about domestic workers, and map Indonesian migrant writing's position in the world of immigrant writing.

She has been accepted to attend the 2017 Asian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National University of Singapore. During this six-week program, Murniati will collect supporting materials for her research on Indonesian domestic workers.

Event History

Flute & Shakuhachi Graduate Recital: Cali Alexander

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Giffels Auditorium (2nd floor of Old Main)

Admission is free and 
the public is welcome.

Flyer (.pdf)

2016 Asian Studies Photo Contest!

Contest: April 18th - September 9th
Contest details in flyer

The Asian Studies Program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is having a competition to choose a new banner for our Facebook page. Three winners will be chosen by an expert panel of faculty and staff. All three winning photos will be periodically rotated on our Facebook banner, and we will create a photo album featuring all the photos submitted. Students who have studied abroad in Asia are encouraged to submit their photos to this competition. The contest is open between April 18th and September 9, 2016. Submit your photo now for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant!

Flyer (.pdf)


Thursday, February 4, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Leflar Law Center, Room 328

Prof. Dongsheng Di, an expert on the Chinese political economy from Renmin University of China. This event is free and open to the public.

Flyer (.pdf)


Thursday, April 2, 2:00 pm- 3:15 pm
Leflar Law Center, Room 240

Dr. Xiaojun Li, Assistant Professor Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia & Harvard-Princeton China and the World Fellow.

Flyer (.pdf)

Xi Jinping: Economic Reforms and Authoritarian Politics

Thursday, April 9, 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm
Giffels Auditorium, Old Main (Room 201)

Dr. Barry Naughton, So Kwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs

Graduate School of International Relations &
Pacific Studies (IR/PS)
University of California, San Diego

Flyer (.pdf)

The Rise of Unconventional Fuels and Their Impact on Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) Energy Relations with the Asia-Pacific Region

Thursday, February 26, 3:30pm- 5:00pm
Leflar Law Center, Room 342 (see flyer for details)

Manochehr Dorraj is a professor of political Science at Texas Christian University. His recent publications on Middle East-Asia relations include:“The Dragon Nests: China’s Energy Engagement of the Middle East” (w/ J. English); “Iran-China Relations and the Changing Political Map” (w/ J. English); “China’s Strategy for Energy Acquisition in the Middle East: Potential for Conflict and Cooperation with the United States”; China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World(w/ C. Currier); “China’s Quest for Energy Security in the Middle East: Strategic Implications” (w/ C. Currier). Professor Dorraj has given numerous interviews on global, Middle Eastern and Asian affairs to international and national media, including the Associated Press, United Press International, Agence France Press, The New York Times, PBS, National Public Radio, and The Economist.

Flyer (.pdf)

Asian Studies Mixer

Wednesday, February 11, 3:30pm- 5:00pm
Arkansas Union, Room 513-514 (see flyer for details)

You are invited to come to meet with peers and faculty. There will be prizes as well. Hope to see you there.

Flyer (.pdf)

Tracing the Forgotten: Personal Letters of Soldiers and Low-ranking Officials in Early China

Monday, April 21st, 2014, 2:00pm- 3:30pm
KIMP 308

Dr. Charles Sanft
Assistant Professor
Department of History
University of Tennessee

poster (.jpg)

Chinese Internet and the World: Connectivity, Contestation, and Tradition

Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 4:00pm- 5:15pm
Hillside Auditorium 206

Dr. Guobin Yang 
Assistant Professor
Communication and Sociology Annenberg School for Communication & Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania

poster (.pdf)

Japanese Politics Now: Abenomics, The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Beyond

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 3:45pm- 5:00pm

Giffels Auditorium, Old Main
Dr. Kiroki Takeuchi
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Fellow, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies
Southern Methodist University

poster (.pdf)

Discerning Why Patients Die: Subsurface Tangles of Law and Plitics in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States

November 20, 2013, 5:30pm- 6:30pm
JBHT 144

Robert B Leflar
Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy
University of Arkansas School of Law
Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Visiting Professor at Tokyo (Law) and Keio (Medicine) Universities, Japan 

poster (.jpg)

Outdoor Ceremony Celebrating 20 years of Exchange between Shimane University and the University of Arkansas

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Between Ozark Hall and Old Main~ University of Arkansas

Commemorated with a gift of cherry trees
from the Consulate General of Japan-Nashville 

poster (.pdf)

Zhuangzi: How to Read a Text without an Author

September 18, 2013, 5:30pm- 6:30pm

JBHT 144
Professor Paul R. Goldin
University of Pennsylvania 

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speakers Series Presents:
"A Tale of Two Nobels: Liu Xiaobo and Mo Yan"

April 25, 2013, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SCEN 101

Dr. Perry Link
Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages
University of California, Riverside 

poster (.pdf)

Cultures of Sound: Lineages of Sutra Recitation in Medieval Japan

March 26, 2013, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Giffels Auditorium (Old Main 201)

Charlotte Eubanks
The Pennsylvania State University

poster (.pdf) | About Charlotte Eubanks | More Talk Info

Reaching the Borderlands: Protestant Missionary Support for Chinese Civilizing Mission in Tibet, 1900-1949

February 28, 2013, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Giffels Auditorium (Old Main 201)

Jeffery Kyong-McClain
Assistant Professor of History, 
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

poster (.pdf)


Choice or Virtuosity: Buddhist Reflection on the Meaning of Freedom

October 17, 2012, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Giffels Auditorium (Old Main 201)
Dr. Peter Hershock
Director, Asian Studies Development Program East-West Center, Honolulu, HI 

poster (.pdf)

China and the Multilateral Trading System

April 23, 2012, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Kimpel 105

Dr. Xiaodong Wang
Counsellor for Market Access, Trade Policy, and Asia Office of the Director-General World Trade Organization 

poster (.pdf)

Empire and Information in Twelfth- and Thirteenth- Century China

March 15, 2012, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
JBHT 144

Hilde De Weerdt
Professor of Chinese History
University of Oxford  

poster (.pdf)

William Egan Colby and the "Other" Cold War in Vietnam

March 1, 2012, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
JBHT 144

Randall Woods
Distinguished Professor, John A. Cooper Professor of History
20th Century US, US Diplomatic 
History Department
University of Arkansas 

poster (.pdf)

James McNeil Whistler and 19th-Century Japonisme

November 17th, 2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
KIMP 105

Daniel Sutherland
Distinguished Professor, History Department
University of Arkansas

poster (.pdf)

The Dew on the Grass or the Yogurty Little Lump: Medieval Chinese Conceptualization of Fetus and Fetal Development?

Oct 20th, 2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
KIMP 105

Jessey J.C. Choo
Assistant Professor, History Department
University of Missouri, Kansas City

poster (.pdf)

China's Place in the Early Modern World: A New Historiography

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Old Main, Giffels Auditorium

Presented by Benjamin Elman, Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Sponsored by the History Department, Asian Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Early Asian and Middle Eastern Musics, and the Honors College.

poster (.pdf)

Corporate Social Responsibility Panel

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Walton College Room 203

Presented by Asian Studies, Political Science & the Walton College of Business

International Symposium on China & Global Trade Governance: China's 10-year Experience in the World Trade Organization

Friday, April 29, 2011- 8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Arkansas Union

Presented by Asian Studies & the Department of Political Science

poster (.pdf) | conference agenda (.pdf)

The Poetics of Diplomacy: Rethinking the Emergence of Poetry in Early East Asia

Thursday, March 3, 2011- 4:00 PM
JB Hunt 216

Dr. Wiebke Denecke
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Japanese, and Comparative Literature in the Modern Languages & Comparative Literature Department at Boston University

Presented by Asian Studies & the Department of Political Science

poster (.pdf)


Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, September 30, 2010- 3:30 PM
JBHT Room 216

Dr. Robert Finlay, Professor of History,
University of Arkansas
Porcelain Stories: From China to the World

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, April 22, 2010- 2:00 PM
Old Main 417

Kun Qian, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Asian Studies,
University of Richmond
Becoming Minority: Wolf Totem & An Alternative 
History of Chinese Empire

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, April 8, 2010- 4:00 PM
Kimpel Hall 105

Keith N. Knapp, Professor of East Asian HIstory, 
Chair of The Citadel's Department of History, &
the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies 
Exemplary Everymen: Confucian Commoners in Early Medieval China

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, January 21, 2010- 4:00 PM
Kimpel Hall 105

Suisheng Zhao, Professor and Executive Director, International Studies, University of Denver
US-China Relations during Obama's First Year

poster (.pdf)


Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, November 19, 2009- 4:00 PM
Kimpel Hall 105

Dr. Hui Wu, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Comparative Studies, Chair, Department of Literature and Languages, University of Texas, Tyler
The Concept of Human in Chinese Culture

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, October 15, 2009- 4:00 PM
Kimpel Hall 105

Guolong Lai, Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, University of Florida
Burial and the Transformation of Early Chinese Religion, Zaoyang Jiuliandun (c. 4th century B.C.E.) Burial Site

poster (.pdf)

Mulberry-Leaf Lectures in Early Asian Musics

Thursday, September, 2009- 4:00 PM
Old Main, Giffels Auditorium

Robert Bagley, Professor of Early Chinese Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
The Archaeology of Music in China, The Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (d. 433 BC)

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 2:00 PM
Science Building 418

Dr. Andrew Mertha Department of Government Cornell University
China's Recent Political Pluralization of the Policy Process: Lessons from Hydropower and International Trade

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Friday, February 20th 2009 - 11:30 AM
Giffels Auditorium - Old Main

Russell Bearden - Department of History Southeast Arkansas College

Japanese American Wartime Internment in Arkansas:
Why Arkansas and the Consequences?

poster (.pdf)


Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 3pm
Holcomb Hall Room 104F

Dr. John Kennedy - Department of Political Science, University of Kansas
Out of the Shadows: Identifying the "Missing Girls" in Shaanxi

poster (.pdf)

Asian Studies Speaker Series

Thursday October 23, 2008 at 3pm
Holcombe Hall Room 104F

Dr. Hwee-San Tan
Sounds of the Human World: Globalising Buddhist Music as an Expression of Spirituality

poster (.pdf)

Yu Siu-Wah

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 8pm
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center

A Soiree of solo music for the Chinese two-stringed fiddle Er-Hu

Professor Yu Siu-Wah

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 11am
Mullins Library, Room 104

Silkworm: Talks in Early Asian Musics

poster (.pdf) | Yu Siu-Wah (.pdf)

Mulberry-Leaf Lecture '08

Mary M. Dusenbury

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 4pm

Mullins Library

Trollops, Tropes and Transformations: Costumes in Medieval and Early Modern Dance/Drama in Japan

poster (.pdf) | Mary M. Dusenbury (.pdf)

Dr. Huaiyu Chen and Dr. Houbin Liu

Thursday October 9, 2008 at 3pm
Holdcomb Hall Room 104F

Medieval Prayers for the Buddhist Lantern Ritual from Dunhuang

poster (.pdf)