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It has been a pleasure studying in the Asian and Asian American Studies department. The students and faculty of this department has opened my mind to knowledge and perspectives I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. My only complaint is with the university itself and is not at the fault of the department. It has been becoming increasingly more difficult to enroll in classes as the semesters went on since I started here. It seems that every semester, less and less AAS courses are available. Furthermore, certain classes are only offered every other year and I was locked out of or missed the chance to enroll in a decent amount of courses. I know this is not the decision of the department but I wish the higher ups at the university would allow for more AAS courses so that more students may have the opportunity to learn with this wonderful department. Thanks.
~ Aidan W.
AAS Major/CNS Minor
Being a part of the KOR Minor was one of the highlights of my college career and I was happy to learn so much about Korea during my time here. I also thoroughly enjoyed being an intern for the Center of Korean studies this year and being able to help with organizing the speech contest! I learned a lot from the experience and was able to make friends along the way as well.
~ Tawhida O.
When I first arrived at Stony Brook, I knew that I wanted to immerse myself in East Asian culture and history. Much of my time with the AAS department was spent getting to know the various faculty like Professors Tan, Sato, Nagase, and Sohn, among many others. I greatly enjoyed my time with the Department, as each of the different faculty members were not only very knowledgeable but also creative, inspired, and friendly. I will always carry around my experience with the department, as I head off into graduate school.
~ Kyle O.
The AAS department at Stony Brook has always been home to me. I've learned so much thanks to all the professors, especially from Professor Sato! Between the rigorous language courses to the classes on various components of East Asian society and culture, my time with the department shall always be something I hold dear. Thank you for everything, and I look forward to keeping in touch.
~ Claudia M.
I have had an incredible experience in pursuing my RLS minor. I've thoroughly enjoyed taking RLS/AAS classes with Professor Chittick and Professor Murata in particular. Their classes have been incredible and have helped me to broaden my perspectives and reflect inwardly. I will miss my times as an undergrad in my RLS/AAS classes and I'm so thankful for being able to learn under this department. I hope to take more classes with some of the faculty during the MA program in the History of Philosophies East and West (HPEW) that I'm pursuing here at Stony Brook! All of the faculty of the department that I've had the pleasure of meeting have been very warm and welcoming, so my sincerest thank you to the department for fostering such an encouraging environment for learning and growth.
~ Sailesh S.
I think it was a really good idea for me to minor in Korean Studies. I was able to learn more about the Korean history and culture. In addition, the talks and events held by the department were interesting. From topics such as the Unification of North Korea and South Korea and SPAM and its history in Asian countries, it was all fascinating to hear.
~ Suebeen A.
As China Studies was my minor I only participated in a handful on non-language classes. For the language courses I enjoyed the strucutre of the assignments as it allowed me to anticipate them. I also enjoyed the skits that we performed and looking back it made speaking an instinctive process. I only wish that I had the chance to have participated in the non-language courses as much as the language courses. Each profesor was unique, admirable, they really helped me grow as a student and a person. My time in the program will always be remembered and reflected upon.
~ Anthony O.
Love how passionate professors are about the topic they teach.
~ Lexin C.
Most of my interaction with the AAS Department has been through my Chinese courses; however, I have had nothing but superb experiences with all of the professors I have met in the department. Prof. Zeng, Sato, and Kim have especially left profound marks on my academic and career interests - making me want to inquire deeper and feel fondness for topics I previously had no interest in. Outside of class, I am grateful for the range of diverse special lectures offered or collaborated on, and have personally grown from all the unique viewpoints and life experiences shared in those lectures. For my #GivingDay contribution, I dedicated my donation to the AAS Scholarships for Study Abroad in Asia fund because studying abroad in Wuhan, China was an unforgettable experience that will follow and guide me for life. I cannot be more thankful for all of the work that the AAS Department does. The Class of 2021 thanks you!
~ Justin U.
The best experiences and professors that I had are from the Korean Studies department. I really enjoyed the time being part of the events and the knowledge that I gain with the professors. I felt welcomed all the time and made great memories with my classmates and professors. If I could repeat this experience I will do it again without a doubt. I’m very happy to have been part of the community. Thank you so much for everything.
~ Paula S.
After transferring to Stony Brook University in the Fall of 2018, I was not sure what my major would be. However, I quickly declared an AAS major with JNH minor before my first semester ended. Being a part of the AAS department has been an amazing experience. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity and the incredible experience of studying abroad in Japan. My studies from the AAS department continue to motivate me to be a lifetime learner. I hope for continued success of the faculty and staff so that other students can receive the education I was fortunate enough to receive at Stony Brook University's Asian and Asian American studies department.
~ Christopher S.
AAS Major/JNH Minor
I first started taking courses in AAS out of interest, before joining the program - there are so many options offered, and they cover topics that are genuinely useful to understanding Asian perspectives and worldviews. Eventually I had enough credit to try for the major, so with the help of Professor Sato, I joined the AAS program. It has been an exciting journey, and I've studied in many topics, including language, history, philosophy, religion, and politics. The breadth of topics covered and the quality of the professors makes it a really valuable course overall! I certainly know a lot more about Asia now, covering so many different areas of thought and interest that it really deepens your perspective on life and people.
~ Jade N.
AAS 2nd Major/CNS Minor
I have had the privilege to be one of the last Religious Studies majors in Stony Brook. Declaring Religious Studies as my second major during my sophomore year was, truthfully, the best decision I have made in my four years here. My courses have helped me develop a deeper understanding of my own spirituality, which I will carry with me for a lifetime. And of course, I am grateful to all of my professors for making the classes so enjoyable!
~ Rumana R
I have enjoyed a great experience as an AAS minor, learning about the culture, language, and lifestyle of people in an area of the world I previously had little to no experience with. I am grateful for the many great professors in the department who contributed to my education, and I hope to carry the knowledge I've gained from my time in the department into my work as a young professional in law.
~ Andrew B.
As an Asian and Asian American Studies undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, I have had the opportunity to learn from so many amazing professors and have met so many great peers over the last several semesters. I have learned so much during my time as an Asian and Asian American Studies major and have come to realize that there is still so much more to learn. My professors and fellow classmates have inspired me to want to continue my studies and dive deeper into the material which I was introduced to during my time at Stony Brook University. When I reflect back on the past several semesters, I am so glad to have been an Asian and Asian American Studies major.
~ Alana W.
AAS Major/JNH Minor/RLS Minor
I've enjoyed working with Professor Sohn, Professor Kang, and Professor Jiwon Hwang. I don't think I completed my minor, but I am so happy nonetheless that I got to know all of you. I had so much fun, especially at the speech contest. Thank you for creating an amazing experience at Stony Brook. I loved talking with all of you!!! And I hope I bump into you all sometime in the future.
~ Alec W.
The Center for Korean Studies really improved and enriched my college career, in classes taught, in events had, in the community that they fostered. It was extremely fun and enjoyable community, and everyone was tight knit and knew each other. The Korean pal program gave me two of my really good friends so I’m very thankful!! The hanbok event was also one of my favorite events I’ve taken part in, college or not.
~ Amanda C.
I joined the Asian American Studies Department a bit late, and my one regret is that I wish I had known about it sooner. The Asian American Studies Department was the best department to work with on campus. Everyone including professors and faculty were incredibly understanding and helpful. Whenever I had questions to be answered via email, in-office hours or in the department office; one thing that struck me about the AAS Department was that everyone was so kind. I always felt welcome in every office or in every conversation with someone in the department. Every department should strive to have the morale that I saw in the AAS Department. The AAS Department wants their students to succeed and will do anything they can to ensure student success. I am so grateful for my time in AAS and wish I had gotten to know more professors. One of my favorite memories was going into the roundtable discussion that AAS held monthly. I found out about it my senior year and was only able to go twice, but in this discussion, I met professors and their genuine interest in students blew me away!
Thank you AAS! If you ever need my help in the future please feel free to get in touch with me! I hope to one day go into the U.S. Department of State and if/when I am working with Asia in my field I would love to come back and share my experiences with AAS students!
Thank you again!
~ Emily C.
Being an SOA minor has transformed my undergraduate career as a BIO major. I have been exposed to amazing professors, had a chance to be an Undergraduate TA for a 300 level course, and made strong relationships with my fellow students. Amidst my science and math courses, it was refreshing to have creative writing assignments, read The Mahabharata and Ramayana, and discuss the politics and history of contemporary India. I want to especially thank the Sridhar’s and Ambassador Bhasin for their unwavering support throughout my journey as an SOA minor. Thank you!
~ Nidhi P.
Declaring my minor in Korean studies allowed me to learn more about my culture. I've met the most wonderful professors and found new appreciation for Korea. The AAS courses I've taken through my Korean studies have further sparked my interest in going to South Korea and I was able to do that through the TaLK program.
~ Sharon K.
The AAAS department and professors have been nothing less of phenomenal. Whenever I needed any assistance or needed any questions answered, someone would be around to help. I am very appreciative of the guidance and knowledge the AAAS department has given me.
~ Corey H.
Learned a lot! I have become more and more interested in Asian studies. Thanks all the professors and staff in the AAS department!
~ Yidan X.
AAS Major/JNH Minor
I am so grateful and proud to be a part of the AAS department! While working as a teaching assistant in the office, I've built close relationships with my students, which provided me a sense of belonging. Also, those casual, small chats I had with professors and staff in the hallway really connected me to this community. Most importantly, in AAS classes, I've obtained new insights into my own culture as an Asian student. I want to say thank you to Professor Nagase, Professor Nakamura, Professor Murata, and Lynne! It's my pleasure to work with you!
~ Aijia Y.
Being a student in the Asian Studies Department has helped me grow in more ways than I can describe. I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to Japan in the Mishima study abroad program in 2018. While I was in Japan I made friends and lived with my loving host family; we still keep in touch with today. The Japanese history classes in the Asian Studies department gave me a more in-depth perspective of the history of Japan; I learned much more about Japanese politics and history than I did in high school. I’m thankful that I was able to study Japanese language and history at Stony Brook. I will take all the experiences and lessons I have learned with me into the next chapter of my life.
~ Timra T.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to minor in Japanese studies here at Stony Brook University. The courses I’ve taken have allowed me to connect to my heritage and build a deep appreciation for Japanese history and culture. In an increasingly smaller world, it is important to cultivate a greater understanding of and sensitivity toward disparate cultures. I think having such an education allows one to develop a more multi-dimensional worldview.
~ Kenneth K.
I met and learned from a professor that taught me much. Despite all of the hardships that happened and those that have yet to happen, being gifted with the many stories, lessons, and ideas Professor Murata taught me will see me through them. It is my wish that other students can follow suit under a department that allowed this to happen.
~ Brandon T.
I'm very glad I had the opportunity to study Japanese culture in the AAS department. I was able to learn a completely new language, and even visit a different country where I formed many lasting connections. I've always been interested in Japanese culture, and got learn many valuable skills and knowledge. My experience here has pushed me to potentially pursue furthering my education in Japan if the opportunity arises. I would really like to thank the department and Eva Nagase for giving me such a wonderful and memorable experience.
~ Claudette C.
As a minor in Japanese studies I've learned that Stony Brook especially has faculty that really cares about the students and I see that the relationship has been much different than what I've experienced even with other departments. Coming to SBU I had no prior knowledge of Japanese but I've come to be involved, educated, and guided into things that I never thought possible.
~ Jason B.
Despite the circumstances of today’s world, I can genuinely say the time I spent at Stony Brook was one I will never forget because of all of the wonderful sensei’s I have had the pleasure to learn from. I never thought this day would come and although I could not say goodbye the way I wanted, Nagase Senei, I need to say thank you for being so kind, understanding and an overall wonderful person. I learned so much and because of you, I was able to go to Japan, a dream of mine I’ve had since the 7th grade. Thank you Murata sensei for the wisdom and knowledge you shared, and last, but definitely not least, Thank you Oyama Sensei, you took so much time into ensuring I understood Japanese, I am forever grateful having been able to learn from such inspiring and intelligent women.
~ Alaysia F-H.
Without the kindness and support of this department, I would never have made it to this point in my life. When I began my time at SBU, I was lost and had no real direction or purpose in life. I felt no support from the history department and had no clue what to do. The best thing that they ever did for me was to cross list Dr. Ruf's Environmental History of China course. After meeting Dr. Ruf I began to take more of his courses because he is such a passionate and intelligent lecturer. Beyond that, he was the first person to take any true interest in trying to help me improve. My time spent with Dr. Ruf during his office hours, my AAAS 447, numerous other AAAS courses, and as his TA has shown allowed me to find something more than just a passion for history. I began to see things in a new way, culture and perspective began to matter in ways it never had. I could say so much more and share similar relationships with almost every faculty and staff member of this department. Dr. Zeng, Dr. Balce, Dr. Sato, Dr. He, Dr. Sridhar (both), Lynne Foerster, and many many more have done so much to help me reach this point and it would take me hours to truly describe the ways in which these wonderful people have helped me reach a goal that I was afraid to even admit to anyone. I was nothing but just another student in the eyes of the History department and felt no real support or guidance. My first two semesters I had no advising from the department and was verbally abused by Susan Grumet any time I would even step foot in the department offices. It was only after I added AAAS as a major and was able to speak with the undergrad director at the time Dr. Balce that I truly began to thrive and found a new path. I no cared about the classes I took at all times and wanted to do my absolute best. In short, the kindness, support, and assistance I was provided by numerous members of the AAAS department is a main reason I am now going to be able to begin Hofstra Law this coming fall. I plan to do whatever it takes to find a job with a multinational corporation with whom I can use the knowledge and tools I have attained at SBU. I will work hard to make the department proud and to show others that it is a field that not only matters, but also provides students with the same career opportunities at the highest levels of any social science. Thank you all and I am really going to miss you all. I hope they will reach out to me in the future and stay in touch!
~ Joshua G.
AAS Major/CNS Minor