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College of Arts and Sciences' programs form the core of our curricular activity, but on these pages you will find that student and faculty interest in Asian Studies at Boston College stretches well beyond those boundaries. It includes faculty and staff at each of the schools comprising the University, an active collection of student groups, and a series of international partners and study abroad opportunities. Please use these pages to gather information about the program and its requirements, learn about the research and teaching of our community of scholars, search out the latest listings of our events, and explore Asian topics beyond the campus.

Wonderful News!

Four out of nine awards at the annual Japanese Language Contest!

We proudly announce that five BC students won awards this year at the annual Japanese Language Contest sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan, Boston for New England’s prestigious colleges, which was held on April 9, 2016. 

BC students won four awards at last year’s annual contest. This year BC students’ achievement at the contest was even better. There were submissions from various New England Colleges, such as Brandeis, Brown, Bowdoin, Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Middlebury, Northeastern, Smith, and UMass Amherst. 

Out of 45 essay entrances, BC students remarkably won four out of nine awards!  
This year’s our award winners are:
Essay Beginner Division: Jiadong Li (Second Place), Soo Jin Choi (Third Place),
Essay Intermediate Division: Weijia Shen (Second Place),
Essay Advanced Division: Ji Hye Kang (Third Place),
Speech Intermediate Division: Yiwei Wang (Honorable Mention)

Guest Speech

Mimicking Guanyin through Hairpins: Seeking Transcendence to the Pure Land

Wednesday, April 20

5:30 PM at Devlin Hall, Room 218

The Asian Studies Program will present another speech by Assistant Professor Yuhang Li from University of Madison, Wisconsin. 

The Fairbank Center’s “Environment in Asia” Series

Resourceful Things: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Resource Exploration and Exploitation in China

April 20 - April 22

What things are regarded as "resources"? By whom? In what historical, socio-economic, scientific, technological, political, and cultural contexts? How is a thing's resourcefulness explored and exploited? What happens when resource management encounters resource competition or even depletion? How is China's resource future connected with its resource past, as the country faces serious environmental challenges at the present? Join environmental scientists, social scientists and scholars in humanities for an interdisciplinary conversation on China's resourceful things!

Check out our updated course listing for Spring 2016.


Program Director, Asian Studies


Associate Professor of Chinese
Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Lyons 210J


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