The Center for Asian Studies at UGA was established to promote research, teaching, and service on international and cross-cultural issues and problems in Asia.

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The Center for Asian Studies exists to nurture and guide academic programs and exchanges, primarily on Asia , for students, faculty, and appropriate staff members. While these programs focus on language and area studies, they also involve students and faculty from law, business, agriculture, education, journalism, veterinary medicine, as well as the arts and sciences.


♣ Welcome from the Director
♣ About the Center for Asian Studies
♣ Faculty Advisory Board


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Colloquium in Asian Studies

“In Relationship with the Goddess: Women Interpreting Leadership Roles and Shaping Diasporic Identities”



Special Lecture by Dr. Nanette Spina

  ♣ Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:30 PM

  ♣ Place: 213 MLC, UGA

  ♣ Dr. Nanette Spina is an Assistant Professor of Religion at UGA.

    Her research interests include Hindu traditions in India, Sri Lanka and North America. 


Colloquium in Asian Studies

Issues of Spelling in Korean Education


Special Lecture by Dr. Jungnam Kim

 ♣ Time: Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016, 12:30 PM

 ♣ Place: 350 MLC, UGA

 ♣ Dr. Jungnam Kim is a professor in Korean Language

     at Kyung Hee University in Korea.

   Research Interests: Korean Literature and Korean Linguistics. 






Colloquium in Asian Studies

“The Lebanon War in Israeli Cinema”


Special Lecture by Dr. Ari Lieberman

♣ Time: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, 12:30 PM

♣ Place: 350 MLC, UGA

♣ Dr. Ari Lieberman is Undergraduate Advisor in Comparative Literature.

His interests include Modern Hebrew literature; twentieth-century anglophone, hispanophone, and francophone literature; theories of humor and laughter; Holocaust literature and film; biblical themes in Western literature; Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Miguel de Cervantes, Shmuel Yosef Agnon.



Asian Film Series

Train to Busan (2016, dir. Yeon Sangho)


CAS will host a special screening of the latest hit from Korea for Halloween.

♣ Time: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 5:30 PM 

♣ Place: 248 MLC, UGA

♣ This event is free of charge.



Meditation with a Zen Nun 

Event: Venerable Sungak of Buddhanara Temple will visit UGA and lead a Zen meditation session for the UGA community.
Date & Tme: 2:30-3:20 PM, Monday, October 10, 2016
Place: Founders Garden Lawn
*Q-&A will be followed.
This event is open to the public.



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Yuanfei Wang – Java in Discord: Unofficial History, Vernacular Fiction, and the Discourse of Imperial Identity in Late Ming China

♣ Time: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016, 12:30 PM

♣ Place: 350, MLC, UGA

♣ COST: Free

♣ Dr. Yuanfei Wang is

Assistant professor, in Comparative Literature
Research Interests: She specializes in Chinese fiction, drama and transnational history of late imperial China.



Center for Asian Studies held the 10th colloquium at 213 Miller Learning Center on February 22, 2017. Dr. Nanette Spina had a special lecture and had a Q-&-A session with audience after her lecture.


Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel The Sympathizer, met students in the Vietnamese Language and Literature Program at a local Vietnamese café on Monday, February 13, 2017. This event was sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies.



On February 6, 2017, Professor To Mai Hong-Xuan from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam visited UGA and made a presentation on the UMP international medical internship program for a group of Honors students. Dr. To also visited the UGA Health Sciences campus.





Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen Speech on the Annual  Betty Jean Craige Annual Lecture Series.


Viet Thanh Nguyen


Title: “Nothing Ever Dies: Ethical Memory and Radical Writng in The Sympathizer” – Betty Jean Craige Annual Lecture –
Date: February 13, 4 pm
Location: UGA Chapel

Title: “Vietnam/War/Memory/Justice: A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen”
Date: February 14, 4 pm
Location: Dean Rusk International Law Center

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2015 novel The Sympathizer. His follow-up, 2016’s Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, was shortlisted for a National Book Award in nonfiction. A collection of short stories, The Refugees, will be published in February 2017.

Nguyen will visit UGA for a February 13 talk in the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative speaker series, as well as a public conversation hosted by the Dean Rusk International Law Center on February 14.

“Vietnam/War/Memory/Justice: A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen” will be held at 4 p.m. February 14 in the Larry Walker Room on the 4th floor of Dean Rusk Hall. Joining him will be Tiana S. Mykkeltvedt, a Georgia Law alumna and partner at the Atlanta law firm Bondurant Mixson & Elmore who was flown out of Vietnam as an orphan in April 1975, and Rusk Center Director Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at Georgia Law, who also serves as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict.

Nguyen’s visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Dean Rusk Center for International Law, the President’s Venture Fund, the Office of the Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of International Education, and the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Viet Thanh Nguen on the Charlie Rose Show.


Professor Xuan-Hong Tomai Visit to UGA from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam.

Professor Xuan-Hong Tomai at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam will visit UGA from February 6 to February 8, 2017 to discuss a possibility to develop an internship program at UMP.


Professor Tomai is a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob & Gyn) and also the Head of International Office at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) at Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam since 2000. She is responsible for the short-term program of foreign student exchange in UMP. She received her Ph.D. in the Obstetrics at the University of Liege, Belgium. Her expertise is in the field of ultrasonography screening fetal abnormalities and establishment a prenatal care system. Dr. Xuan-Hong is an author of over 20 publications in the international and domestic Ob & Gyn journals.


Japanese film screening at AthensCine




Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta sponsored an evening of Japanese film screening and a reception at AthensCine on October 5, 2016.

HAVE A SONG ON YOUR LIPS (2015) Directed by Miki Takahiro

Film adaptation of the novel by Nakata Eiichi. Kashiwagi Yuri (Aragaki Yui) is set in Goto Island, which is historically known as a home to kakure-kirishitan, or hidden christians.



Students from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Visit to Chinese Language and Literature Proram. 




Eleven high school students who study Chinese with Ms. Kejia Rui at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School visited the UGA Chinese program on Monday, October 3, 2016. They attended the Intermediate and the Advanced Chinese classes. Volunteers from the UGA Chinese Language Society helped their campus tour. 


Special Lecture by Haun Saussy

Descriptiop: “The Only Game in Town: Early Buddhist Translations Into Chinese”

WHEN: September 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
WHERE: Miller Learning Center, Room 248
COST: Free

Haun Saussy had a special lecture. He is currently a Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the departments of comparative literature and East Asian languages as well as the Committee on Social Thought. His work uses a comparative perspective to interrogate literary texts from premodern China, ancient Greece and Rome, and modern Europe, with a particular leaning toward poetry and poetics. His books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1993), Great Walls of Discourse (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm (2016), and edited collections such asComparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (2006), The Chinese Written Character as a Medium of Poetry: A Critical Edition (2008), and the recent translation of writings by the sixteenth-century Chinese iconoclast Li Zhi, A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden) (with Rivi Handler-Spitz and Pauline Lee, 2016). Other activities of his include participating in the design of public artworks with Mel Chin and co-editing the journals CLEAR and Critical Inquiry.

This event is co-sponsored by the Willson Center Distinguished Artist or Lecturer Program and the Department of Comparative Literature.





Poetry Reading with Kimiko Hahn (with Introductory Remarks from the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta)


Author of eight collections of poetry, Kimiko Hahn reads from her most recent collection, "Toxic Flower" (W.W. Norton, 2010), illustrating connections between scientific study and poetry. Hahn's visit to UGA is supported by a grant from the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts.

Special guest: Consul general of Japan, Takashi Shinozuka, who will provide introductory remarks before the poetry reading, "Tradition and Poetry in Japan: Tanka and the Imperial Family."

Light refreshments and Japanese tea will be provided as an afterglow to this event.

Admission: Free

This event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art, UGA departments of Genetics, Plant Biology, Athletic Association Professor Dr. Julie Luft, Asian American Studies, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, The Comparative Literature Department, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta in partnership with Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor of Language and Literacy Education and "Poe-tober" in Athens.

This event will conclude NEA Big Read in Athens "Poe-tober" events.

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.