Last Year's Engaging Annual Events Theme

Oct. 18, 2021

From December 2020 to May 2021, CAS held a yearlong lecture series around the theme of “Sound and Noise in Asia.” Following a two-day symposium held in November, the series highlighted sound/noise practices and aesthetics from East Asian broadcast media such as radio and television; the representation of sound and...

Resources to help Afghan Refugees

Oct. 14, 2021

After the chaos of the recent US exit, Afghanistan has been much on our minds. Because of decades of war and turbulence, there are already an estimated 2.2 million refugees from Afghanistan, and since early 2021, hundreds of thousands more have fled the country. Most Afghan refugees are in Iran...

CAS Event Next Monday: Afghanistan, the US Departure, and the Taliban Takeover: Experiences and Perspectives

Oct. 11, 2021

Monday, October 18 at 4pm MDT Register for the Zoom Meeting here. Over the past few months, Afghanistan has experienced the US withdrawal, the Taliban takeover, the fall of the US backed government, followed by a chaotic evacuation of some but not all Afghans allied with US. The panelists will...

Melting Mongolian ice reveals fragile artifacts that provide clues about how past people lived

Oct. 4, 2021

CAS Affiliate Faculty William Taylor has written about new discoveries in Mongolia, as the ice melts. From the article in A&S Magazine: In the world’s high mountain regions, life needs ice. From the Rockies to the Himalayas, glaciers and other accumulations of snow and ice persist throughout the year. Often...

Atreyee Bhattacharya's manuscript on famines and climate in southern India is now published

Sept. 27, 2021

Abstract Using information contained in the eighteenth to twentieth century British administrative documents, preserved in the National Archives of India (NAI), we present a 218-year (1729–1947 AD) record of socioeconomic disruptions and human impacts (famines) associated with ‘rain failures’ that affected the semi-arid regions (SARs) of southern India. By mapping...

2021 (Virtual) Fall Luncheon Series

Sept. 20, 2021

The Center for Asian Studies will hold a virtual version of our lunch series this fall. While we are exercising caution about returning to live events, we look forward to reestablishing contact with our community of Asianists on campus. The luncheons are intended to be informal scholarly exchanges about work-in-progress,...

Edward G. Seidensticker Japan Summer Research Grant Report by Zhujun Ma

Sept. 13, 2021

Thanks to the financial support from the Edward G. Seidensticker Japan Summer Research Grant, I was able to join the summer Japanese language program Princeton in Ishikawa, which lasted from June 11 to August 6 in 2021. Through its intermediatory course covering the textbooks Nakama 2: Japanese Communication, Culture, Context...

China’s Nuclear Belt & Road Workshop Seeks Presenters

Sept. 7, 2021

The Center for Asian Studies is hosting three focused workshops exploring the similarities and differences in Japanese and Chinese experiences of nuclear energy development. Already engaged in a broader examination of Asian infrastructure development through the China Made project, we explore Japanese and Chinese modes of living in the nuclear...

Looking to the Future of CAS, Near and Far

Aug. 30, 2021

As a new academic year begins, I am deeply honored and excited to be taking on the role of faculty director of the Center for Asian Studies. A few months ago, many of us thought the COVID-19 pandemic was winding down. And then over the summer, India and Indonesia became...

Welcome Back!

Aug. 23, 2021

The Center for Asian Studies welcomes all students, faculty and staff back for the Fall 2021 semester! We are hoping everyone has a safe and productive fall, that we get to see friends - old and new - again and that the transition back to campus is easy for everyone!