Welcome to the University at Buffalo's
The strength of UB's Asian Studies Program is built on the diverse interests of forty-eight affiliated faculty members from a dozen departments across the university whose teaching and research are devoted primarily to Asia. The program offers both a major and minor in Asian Studies, and several courses each semester in Asian American Studies. Asian Studies provides an array of special lectures, artistic presentations, and luncheon seminars enriching a community of students and scholars energized by Asia.
Why Study Asia?
We live in an age in which major cultures that formerly were assigned to particular geographical regions of the globe are understood to have a truly global reach. From the visual and performing arts to religion and philosophy, Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. By studying Asian civilizations and contemporary societies, we come to understand a significant part of humanity and acquire insight into our own lives and experiences.
Students who major in Asian Studies find job opportunities in international business, government service, nongovernmental organizations, and the arts. Some go on to professional schools in such fields as management, finance, diplomacy, and law. Others pursue graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and enter Asia-related academic careers. A recent report by Nightly Business News on PBS stated that Asia-related careers will be in high demand over the next century.
Workshop on Social and Cultural Approaches to Language
Saturday March 8, 2014
9:00AM – 4:00PM
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus
This one-day workshop will explore linguistic and anthropological methods of language study through talks by two keynote anthropologists (9am-noon), Michael Lempert (University of Michigan) & Luke Fleming (University of Montreal), followed by an afternoon workshop for students’ works in progress (1-4pm).
Please contact Cala Zubair with any questions or concerns.
East Meets West: Wu Man in Concert with the BPO!
Saturday, March 29, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 30, 2:30 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall
The UB Confucius Institute supports the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in presenting world renowned Pipa player, Wu Man, in concert. In a program that mixes Eastern influences with Western orchestral music, Wu Man will perform a Pipa Concerto written for her by Zhao Jiping.
Wu Man has also been invited by UBCI to give a lecture/demonstration at UB, date and location to be announced.
UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series
Professor Brook Ziporyn, University of Chicago
April 10, 2-4:00 pm
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public
Faculty and Graduate Student Fund for Research on Southeast Asia
The APEC Study Center at the University at Buffalo, in conjunction with the Department of Geography and Asian Studies Program, announces the Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Fund. Small grants up to $2,000 will be awarded for research expenses or for scholarly activity at UB related to the research of a faculty member or graduate student. Preference for funding will be given to: (1) initiatives conducted in or related to Southeast Asia; (2) proposals from untenured faculty; (3) proposals from UB graduate students from Southeast Asia whose dissertation research focuses on their home countries; and (4) research related to quality-of-life issues. Proposals from tenured faculty or those not specifically focused on Southeast Asia or quality-of-life issues may be considered, depending on available funding.
Interested applicants should email the following materials in a single pdf file to Professor Jessie Poon, Department of Geography, email@example.com:
Next application deadline: March 17, 2014.
UB Confucius Institute Funding Opportunities
The UB Confucius Institute offers funding opportunities for UB faculty and students involved in study, research, and artistic activity related to China, including:
Asian Studies Research Fund
The University at Buffalo Asian Studies Program invites UB faculty and students to apply for funding to support scholarly activity in, or related to, Asia. Travel should be completed and/or expenses incurred prior to June 30, 2014.
Maximum funding available is $1,500; requests for smaller amounts are encouraged.
Proposal deadline: Friday, February 14.
Notification will be made by Monday, March 3.
UBCI 2014 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students in China
July 17, 2014 – August 1, 2014
Application Deadline: March 9, 2014
The 2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is a two-week language and culture group study tour in China. Participants only pay for their airfare, passport and visa application fees, and travel insurance. In China, all accommodations, meals, domestic travel, and group activity fees are covered by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. Seats are limited to 30 students and 3 chaperones. A detailed daily itinerary and travel handbook will be available at the orientation sessions. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so apply early.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 716-645-6480, or 716-645-7919
For a list of upcoming Asia-related events, visit the Events page of our website.
College of Arts and Sciences
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