Why Study Asia

Asian cultures and societies are crucial to understanding the world today. Encompassing numerous geographical locations and several of the largest nations in the world, Asia is immensely important to the global economy. Asia is rich with diverse religious practices, continually transforming political policies, and varied artistic pursuits. Asia no doubt will continue to play a decisive role in shaping the world in the 21st century.

Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and economic advisor to President Barack Obama, 2009 Union Commencement Speaker comments on the importance of studying Asia. Click here to read his full address to the Class of 2009.”



Asian Studies at Union

The Asian Studies program provides a broad, interdisciplinary liberal arts education focusing on the language, culture, and the arts of Asia (with emphasis on China and Japan). The courses students take in this program develop their interests and equip them for careers requiring exposure to global issues, particularly those pertaining to Asia. The major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and our graduates have gone on to careers in business, government service, law education, the arts, journalism, or further study in graduate school.

Study In Asia

Union College strongly believes that study abroad is an integral component towards building global citizens and there is no better way to understand Asia than through intensive language and cultural immersion. Asian Studies works with the International Programs Office to offer several full-term study abroad programs in China, Japan and Vietnam, as well as many mini-term opportunities such as in Bali, Cambodia, China, and India. Students are strongly encouraged to engage with Asian peoples and global culture through firsthand experience abroad.

Multi Media Bar

Poetics of Displacement

On October 28, 2016 Professor Tuon, director of Asian Studies, participated in a panel entitled “The Poetics of Displacement” at the University of Albany. The panel, which addressed the contemporary refugee crisis, was organized by Lana Cable, Vincent O’Leary Professor of English, and sponsored by the University at Albany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. Professor Tuon read his poetry about the Cambodian refugee experience and participated in a panel discussion on poetry as a refuge for the displaced.

Dr. Patrick W. Galbraith: OTAKU

The Anime Club is proud to host Dr. Patrick W. Galbraith

who will be giving a Lecture and Presentation on his

latest research on the term: “OTAKU”

Thursday, February 18, 2016

4:00 pm

Emerson Auditorium

AAS Member Spotlight: Professor Matsue

Professor Jennifer Milioto Matsue was recently featured in the “Member Spotlight” on the Association for Asian Studies website.

Sharmeen Azher winner of 2016 Marianna McJimsey Award

ASIANetwork has just announced Sharmeen Azher ’17 as the winner of the 2016...

Professor Joyce Madancy (Fall term)

This term, my samurai history course (Hst 285, The Samurai: Lives, Loves &...

Professor Ion Codrescu Engages Students in Haiga Painting

Renowned Haiga Artist and Professor Ion Codrescu (Ovidius University of Constantza,...

Director’s Report: 2015 Summer

This past academic year was immensely fruitful for Asian Studies. We programmed various...

Professor Bunkong Tuon

In addition to working on several articles on Vietnamese- and Cambodian-American...

Professor Joyce Madancy

Winter is coming…but the fall was wonderful, filled with exciting opportunities for me...

Professor Joyce Madancy

Spring fever may not be a real malady, but it asserts a powerful influence on students...

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