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* Japanese Art Wrapping by Professor Eva Nagase

2021-2022 17th Japan Center Essay Competition


*  Agnes He  was elected to the  American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Executive Board.  She will be begin to serve as secretary to AAAL in March 2022.

*   Video  Messages to our 2021 Graduates! 

* Testimonials from our graduates!

Learn Mandarin with our alumni Ashley Brown through  "Mandarin on that Beat"

*  Congratulations to our 2021   Graduate Scholarship  awardees, Ms. Ji Yea Kim (Ph. D. student in Linguistics) and Ms. Amy Kahng (Ph.D. student in Arts)!

*  Congratulations to our the 6th Korean Speech Contest winners, Sally Liu, Damon Damaskos, Brandon Wan, Wenwen Zheng, Kaylee Hotaling!

*   Korean Teacher Education Program scholarships were awarded to  Yeon Ko, Cynthia Zhu and Christina Bennet;    Academic Excellence and Leadership in Korean Studies scholarships were awarded to  Hanny Baek, Marina Escarra,  Helen Park and  Inna Trygubchuk.  All awardees  have demonstrated academic excellence and strong  commitment to promotion of Korean cultural and intellectual legacies. Congratulations to the awardees. (November 2020).

* 3-year MIC research project " T he  Impact of Intercultural Engagement on Asian Language Learning Outcomes"  (Jiwon Hwang (PI); Agnes He & Eriko Sato (co-PIs); Sarah Jourdain, internal evaluator) has been selected for funding by the US Department of Education-International Research and Studies  (over 179K) on September 30th, 2020.

*  SBU Junior wins Japan Center's Virtual Essay Competition,  held on June 13, 2020.  Congratulations Sailesh Srinivas!

*  The China Studies program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 Shiming Hu/Eli Seifman Memorial scholarship winners.  Freshman Scholarship:  Suzanna Liang .  China Studies Scholarship:   Joshua Galardi .  Leadership Award: Qiulei Zhang & Anita Ho.  Congratulations to all the winners.   

POSTPONED due to COVID-19.   Symposium on Multilingualism: In honor of Prof. Kamal K. Sridhar on her retirement  (Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00 to 5:40 pm, Humanities 1006)

*   The Center for Korean Studies presents   Graduate Scholarships in Korean Studies Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020

*    Eriko Sato  has been selected as a recipient of the  AAUW  (American Association of University Women) Research Publication Grant for the 2019-20 award year.

  Eng Kiong Tan has won the 2019-20 AHLSS (Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences) Faculty Research Fellowship.  

  Heejeong Sohn has been awarded the SBU Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship (Fall 2019).

  Eva Nagase  has been selected  as a recipient of the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Awards.

*  We are pleased to announce that our students, Anne McNulty and  Rose Goldberg have collaborated with our Assistant Professor and Director of Asian Languages,  Eriko Sato, on their Book of Translated Japanese Literature, titled   Japanese Short Stories for Language Learners: Bilingual Stories in Japanes and English.  Congratulations to all!

*  The China Studies program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018/2019 Shiming Hu/Eli Seifman Memorial scholarship winners.  Freshman Scholarship: Jun-Yi Wu, Jenny Guo and Paula Lin.  China Studies Scholarship:  Joyce Mei and Claudia Simmons.  LeadershipAward: Liyun Liang Congratulations to all the winners.

*  The China Studies program is proud to annouce the winners of the First Annual Chinese Essay Contest (2019-2020):

Elementary Level

1st place: Jun-Yi Wu
2nd place: Lina Lin, Zu Jie Zheng

Intermediate Level

 1st place: Jenna Cooper
2nd place: Winnie Huang, Sandi San Phway

Advanced Level

 1st place: Christopher T. Garcia
2nd place: Xin Ran Liu

*We are pleased to announce that the Korean Studies scholarship committee has selected two graduate students, Soyoung Lee (Linguistics) and Ji Yea Kim (Linguistics),  for the Korean Studies graduate scholarships this year.  Both awardees have demonstrated excellent scholarship in their research and  commitment to Korean Studies. Find their research summaries here. The two recipients will receive a scholarship of $3,000.  Please join us in congratulating Soyoung and Ji Yea.

 *  Taiko Tides makes history bringing regional conference to Stony Book!

*  Prof. Dongmei Zeng was interviewed by Newsday at the Long Island Chinese American Association's Lunar New Year Celebration Gala.  

* Chris Saunders '17 was selected to be an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher)  for the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) program

 *  Mohammed Ali (Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Philosophy and Religious Studies) was awarded with the Best Essay Award in the College Division of the 12th Annual Japan Center Annual Essay Competition (2016-2017) sponsored by Canon USA with a $3,000 monetary award. See the article in  Happenings.

*   Sang-ha Yoon (Economics) and  Ji Yea Kim (Linguistics) were awarded with the graduate  scholarship  in Korean Studies ($3,000 each, Spring 2017)

*   Peg Christoff has received the award for Teaching Excellence with Technology,   by  The Center for Teaching, Innovation and Digital Education.  

* Eriko Sato and her team received FAHSS grant ($3,000) for Translation and/in Translanguaging for 2017-2018 academic year.

 *  Our student, Grace Chang, mentored by Peg Christoff, got the runner up for the Think Big Competition!  Her project is titled "The Global Problem: Hepatitis B". Grace will be honored at the College of Arts and Science Awards and Recognition ceremony, The Difference You Make, on  April 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, at the Hilton Garden Inn.   Click here for a blurb Grace wrote about her project.

* William Chittick has been named SUNY Distinguished Professor.


*  Nov. 17, 2021:     JCSB Distinguished Lecture Series       “Japan’s Legislature and Executive Branch" by Mr. Kenju Murakami, Director of Japan Information Center, Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2, 2:40 pm - 3:35 pm

*  The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series |  Sign Languages of the WorldNovember 11, 2021 @ 1:15 pm.

The Japan CenterLecture presents "Historical Amnesia and Emotional Politics: Popular Boom of Japanese Sword Image"on Thursday,November 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm via zoom.

*   Korean Studies Colloquium Series: "   Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Fascism in Korea, 1940–1950" Wednesday, November 10, 2021

*   Korean Studies Graduate Workshop - Friday, November 5, 2021

* Grad School Preview Day (Virtual)  on Thursday,  October 28, 2021 .  Contact CAAAS Graduate Director with any questions or concerns.

  OPEN HOUSE!   Meet our faculty and learn about our programs on Wed.,  October 20, 2021 , 1:00-2:00 pm

MIC Workshop 3:  Negotiating Difference: Towards a Lexicon of Inclusion on Friday, October 22, 2021, 2:30-4:00 pm

*  MIC  Workshop Series:   Transcultural Communication   Student Workshop,     October 13, 2021.

*  MIC   Workshop Series:   Transcultural Communication   Educator Workshop   ,   October 15, 2021.

JET Program Information Session, Wed., Sept 29, 2021.  Live, Work and Discover Japan!

*  On March 21, 2021, Dr. Dongmei Zeng was interviewed by  Newsday at a rally in Huntington against Asian hate and anti-Asian violence. Her interview was featured in Newsday, Long Island/Suffolk.

*  May 5, 2021  Breaking Silence - the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, in collaboration with multiple Centers, Institutes, and Offices on campus, will present a public forum on racism against AAPI on May 5, 2021.  

"Our Voices–A Visual Rally Against AAPI Violence and Racism"

*  April 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - MIC Distinguished Lecture Series presents Decolonizing the Mobility Turn:Toward Non-Western Traditions of Spatial Linguistics for the Anthropocene   by Dr. Suresh Canagarajah (Pennsylvania State University)

*  April 28, 2021  @ 1:00 pm EST -  The Analects of Dasan: A Korean Syncretic Reading  (Speaker Dr. Hongkyung Kim)

*   Pensando Xībānyá: Voices of the Chinese Diaspora
The goal of this series is to provide a forum for an interdisciplinary group of voices to speak about Chinese identities in Spain and the #NoSoyUnVirus movement. To register for these virtual events, visit

  1. February 17, 2021, 1pm EST - Cultural Production : Chenta Tsai, Jiajie Yu Yan and Quan Zhou.

  2. March 24, 2021, 1pm EST -Writing and Diaspora: Berna Wang, Paloma Chen and Susana Ye.
  3. April 14th, 2021, 1pm EST - Activism and Education : Antonio Liu Yang, Inés Herrero Goméz and Yue Fu.

  * Center for Korean Studies presents MOVIE NIGHT! starting at 8:30 pm on February 15, March 1, March 15 and April 12, 2021.

*  CKS presents The 6th Annual Korean Speech Contest, Friday, April 2, 2021, 2:00-4:00 pm via zoom.

*   Dr. Nerissa Balce, Transnational Asia Speaker Series, Rice University.  Filipina Abjection: Empire and Fascism in Duterte's Republic, Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 4:00 pm CDT.  Online via  Zoom, registration required (Free and open to the public). 

*  April 1, 2021, CKS presents Hallyu Talk @ 4:45 pm, "K-pop as a global popular culture: from transcultural fandom to media consumption." Please register.

*  March 31 @ 1:00 pm -  Please join us in solidarity at the  vigil in support of the AAPI community, at the fountain in front of the administration building.

*March 31, 2021@ 4:30pm – CKS Colloquium TaLK Series:   "Divergence Against"   (Speaker: Dr. Ross King)

*  March 30, 2021@ 4:45pm – CKS Colloquium Series: "Elite Graffiti, Kinship, and Social Capital"(Speaker: Dr. Maya Stiller)

*  March 29, 2021 @4:30 pm, CKS presents Our Voices , Premieres of students' works in a virtual Minhwa exhibition, media productions, and K-pop dancing followed by a round-table discussion with the KS alumni.  Please register here.

* March 25, 2021 @ 4 pm - AAS Book Talk: “Imagining ‘Our’ Hometown: A Taiwanese Writer Tzeng Ching-wen's Children's Literature and His Literary
Works” (Speaker: Hiroko Matsuzaki)

*   Pensando Xībānyá: Voices of the Chinese Diaspora
The goal of this series is to provide a forum for an interdisciplinary group of voices to speak about Chinese identities in Spain and the #NoSoyUnVirus movement. To register for these virtual events, visit

1. February 17, 2021, 1pm EST - Cultural Production : Chenta Tsai, Jiajie Yu Yan and Quan Zhou.
2. March 24, 2021, 1pm EST -Writing and Diaspora: Berna Wang, Paloma Chen and Susana Ye.
3. April 14, 2021, 1pm EST - Activism and Education : Antonio Liu Yang, Inés Herrero Goméz and Yue Fu.

*  March 10, 2021  @ 5:00 pm   ––University of Hawai‘i Center for Chinese Studies Seminar on China:   “Sinophone Literary Articulations Across the Borderlands”  (Speakers: E.K. and Dr. Brian Bernards) Co-sponsored by SBU AAAS

*  March 10, 2021  @ 8:00 pm   ––CKS Colloquium Series:   "Monumental Gifts"   (Speaker: Onejoon Che)

*  March 5, 2021 ­­ @3:30–5pm ––MIC Language & Social Justice Workshop III: “Creating Equitable Participation Opportunities in the Classroom” (Facilitator: Agnes)

TaLK for SUNY Info Session on Zoom, February 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

TaLK Series:  "A House Divided" with Dr. Daniel Pieper, February 24, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

*  Asian and Asian American Studies  VIRTUALOPEN HOUSE,  Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm.    PPT slides for contact information

The Japan Center at Stony Brook presents  Alexis Agliano Sanborn "Food Education and School Lunch in Japan" ,   Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm .  Please open flier to registe

*   Diwali Festival of Lights and Cultural Culinary Celebration!   Celebrate Diwali through food, Thursday, November 12th - Monday, November 16th.  East & West Side Dine-In / Chef's Table.

*  The Center for Korean Studies presents  "Beauty of the Unbearable: Aesthetics in Female Korean Southwestern Folksong Performance " on   Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 2:30 pm .

*    The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series presents  Critical Approaches to Social Justice and Antiracism in Language Education   Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 1:00-2:20 pm on Zoom .

*  The Center for Korean Studies presents  2020 Media Contest for Korean Language and Culture (deadline: Oct. 30)

* The Center for Korean Studies presents   2020 Undergrad KS Minor Scholarships (deadline: Oct. 15)

*  The Center for Korean Studies presents  2020 KTE Major Scholarships (deadline: Oct. 15)

*  The Center for Multilingual & Intercultural Communication presents the MIC Distinguished Lecture Series   "In Every Crisis Lies Opportunity: Emergency Remote Teaching, Research and Future Directions" , Thursday, September 17, 2020, 9:45-11:05 am through zoom. Click  here  to register.

*   Teachers' Day  talk, on  facebook,  organized by the Indian Consulate in New York, with Professor S.N. Sridhar, Friday, September 4, 2020

*   The Japan Center  at Stony Brook is organizing an Award Ceremony for   Canon Essay Competition   on   June 13, 2020 , 2:00-3:00 pm,   via Zoom .  For details and access, contact

*    The Center for Korean Studies  presents   Korean Language Table and Film Night "Mal-Mo-E"  (말모이)  Wednesday,   March 4, 2020, 5:00-8:00 pm

 *    The Center for Korean Studies  presents  TaLK Info Session , Wednesday,   February 19, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm

*   The Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communcation  NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

*    POSTPONED***The   MIC  Distinguished Lecture Series presents   Sign Languages of the World, by Mark Aronoff, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

The   MIC  Center Writing Workshop Series presents  Write a Powerful Research Statement  by Dr. Shyam Sharma (Stony Brook University),Thursday,  February 27, 2020.

*  The   MIC  Distinguished Lecture Series presents   Authoethnographic Narratives of Traveling through Languages and Cultures, Wednesday,  February 26, 2020  at 12:00 pm.

The Japan Center at Stony Brook presents Takaya Kurimoto, "Water in Japanese Gardens", Monday, December 2, 2019.

*   OPEN HOUSE!   Learn about our Majors, Minors, Study Abroad programs to Asia and Masters programs!    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 .

* The Japan Center at Stony Brook is hosting a lecture by Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, "Here, There and Everywhere: Many faces of Japan", on Monday, November 18, 2019, 5:30-6:50 pm.  Pre-lecture at 5:00 pm.

*   Nerissa Balce will present her research on state violence and Philippine photographs in two conferences, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Center for Philippine Studies conference, Emerging Voices in Filipino and Philippine Studies, and at the 2019 American Studies Association annual conference. November 6 and 7, 2019.

The Mattoo Center for India Studies Distinguished Lectures, The Impact of Bhakti on Indian Arts and Aesthetics, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

*  Marking the 150th Anniversary of MK Gandhi's birth with  two events .  Lecture (October 2, 2019) and Discussion (October 3, 2019).    

*  Eshani Goradia , a multidisciplinary major, with a concentration in Asian and Asian American Studies and a minor in South Asian Studies, was   selected to speak at the commencement for the Class of 2018 graduates .

*  In fall 2018,   Nerissa S. Balce  co-curated the online art project,   #DarkLens #LenteNgKarimlan: The Filipino Camera in Duterte's Republic, an online exhibition of Philippine photographs of loss and injustice.  The online exhibition features the photographs of Filipino photographers: Eloisa Lopez, Ezra Acayan, Raffy Lerma and Br. Ciriaco Santiago III. The exhibition includes the writings of 40 scholars, artists and poets from the Philippines and North America. Sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook's Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy, and the Center for Art and Thought. Curating the exhibit with Dr. Balce are writer Francine Marquez (Manila Art Allies), and Dr. Pia Arboleda (Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa). Graphic design by Amanda Rehm and Gregory Lucci. 

The 2nd Annual Asian and Asian American Research Symposium, Wednesday,   April 17, 2019  at 12:00 noon.

*  A   Concert of Vedic and Devotional Music,   Dr. Aruna Sharma  and Robert Keettikkal, Saturday,   April 20, 2019  at 6:00 pm.

Korean Speech Contest - Friday, April  5, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

*   North Korea Talk Series - Eleana Kim, UC Irvine; Donsei Kim, NYIT.  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

*  The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series "Translanguaging: Key Debates and Future Directions", Monday March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am.

* A Converstation with Preet Bharara.  Dr. Krishna Gujavarty Seminar on Leadership and Values .  Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:45.

*  The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series "Entity - vs. Event - Existentials:  A New Classification".  Friday, March 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm.

*    North Korea Talk Series, Immanuel Kim/George Washington University.  Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at4:00 pm.

Spam, War and Cuisine Lecture by Jaime Sunwoo, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Teacher Education Info Session.  If you are interested in becoming a Certified Korean teacher, please attend our info session to learn more about our program.  Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  

TaLK Info Session - Teach English at an elementary school and conduct field research with full sponsorship in South Korea!  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

*  " The Unbearable Whiteness of Human Rights", February 20, 2019.  1:00 pm.

The Japan Center at Stony Brook presents " Mindfulness and Japanese Spatial Concepts" by Dr. Yoko Kawai, Yale School of Architecture & Penguin Environment Design on Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:30 pm.

*  The Mattoo Center for India Studies Distinguished Lecture, Mahabarata as Extreme Aesthetics on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4:00 pm in Humanities 1006.

 *  The MIC Writing Workshop Series (In collaboration with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric) is hosting Workshop 3 (2018-19) Writing the Research Statement & Statement of Teaching Philosophy on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

*  Dr. Ryangjin Kim will be giving a talk, in Korean, on  Isomorphic Verbs in Korean and Manchu  on Friday, November 2, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm.  

Dress Up!  Korean Traditional Wedding GamentsWednesday, November 14, 2018/Charles B. Wang Center Chapel & Theatre Lobby.  

* Charles K. Armstrong/Columbia University, "North Korea After the End of History", Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

 *   Dr. Dongmei Zeng gave a talk at the 4th Nishan International Forum on Nishan Book Series:  Read Chinese Every Day  and   China Tales  Book Launch and Discussion Seminar on October 21 at China Institute in New York City.

*  The two graduate scholarship winners in Korean Studies for 2018  are presenting their research on Korean linguistics  on Friday, September 21, 2018  Please come join us to celebrate their research.

Mattoo Center for India Studies distinguished lecture, Dr. George Hendrick,  Inventing Satyagraha: Gandhi and his Circle of Supporters in South Africa. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:00 pm, Humanities 3018.

 * Public Lecture - POSTPONED !!!!  Will advise when re-scheduled.  Dr. George Hendrick, Research Professor  Mattoo Center for India Studies , Inventing Satyagraha: Gandhi and his Circle of Supporters in South Africa.

*    Mattoo Center for India Studies   distinguished lecture, Dr. George Hendrick,    Inventing Satyagraha: Gandhi and his Circle of Supporters in South Africa.  Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:00 pm, Humanities 3018.

*  Professor   Nerissa Balce  presented her new research on photography and state violence in the era of Duterte at the Cornell University conference, " Kings and Dictators:The Legacy of Monarchy and the New Authoritarianism in Asia" on April 13-14, 2018 in Ithaca, New York.

*   Asian and Asian American Student Research Symposium  will showcase the best project work of undergraduates and the continuing research of graduate students in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.  Please come on   April 11, 2018.  

  The Mattoo Center for India Studies  & SBU Taandava presents   Jana Sera, a night of live Classical Indian dances to aid the Global Education Profect,   Saturday, April 7, 2018.

*   The Mattoo Center for India Studies   Performing Arts Series presents a   Bharatanatyam Dance Workshop with Ms. Ananga Manjari Malatesta Gonzalez, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

*   Nerissa Balce  presented her research on photography, memory and the Marcos regime for the panel " Martial Law Memory-Work"  at the 2018 Association for Asian American Studies annual conference on March 29, Thursday, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco on Union Square (Victorian Room).


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