Asian Studies Program

College of Arts and Sciences


A sketch of Maxine Hong Kingston

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Our multi-talented Fullbright visitor Rupendraguha Guha Majumdar sketched Maxine Hong Kingston during her visit at Suffolk.

Scholarship to learn Chinese or Japanese in Missouri!

Scholarships Available to Study Intensive Chinese or Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis this Summer with the ALLEX Foundation

Study Chinese or Japanese:

The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study per day.

This program is designed to train students to speak and listen to Chinese or Japanese, and to introduce students to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at a basic level of proficiency. Students will not only learn to speak the language; they will also develop an understanding of Chinese or Japanese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach students not just to speak Chinese or Japanese, but to function successfully in Chinese or Japanese culture—to present yourself as an intelligent person in the culture using the language. Students will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations.

Scholarships are available to qualified students.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; apply immediately. Scholarships under consideration now.

For more information please visit: or call 607.218.2130.

Panel on finding a career path in education


Diana Du Yu Ping


Rupendra Guha-Majumdar

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(L to R): Ron Suleski, Elizabeth Robinson, Du Yu Ping, Da Zheng, Susan Wang, and Rupendra Guha-Majumdar.

Education, career, and life in a changing world

Asian Studies courses for Fall 2015


Fulbright scholar’s talk on Bengali-Indian literary figure

In these two lectures on the significance of the creative genius of  Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and his development as a Bengali-Indian  literary figure of universal stature in the contexts of the East and the West in the dawn of the twentieth century, Dr. Rupendra Guha Majumdar first, drew attention to the  manifestation and  acknowledgment of his poetry in the West in collaboration with  the likes of  W.B.Yeats, Sir William Rothenstein, Ezra Pound and Harriet Munroe . The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature soon after, in 1913, further enhanced Tagore’s image of a new world prophet and intellectual and drew large crowds to his humanist  and, at times,  controversial  lectures. He spoke  about the self-destructive consequences of myopic Nationalism that the juggernaut of Imperialism  brought about at the cost of the peace and equanimity of the common man. Not only did he take a vital part in the independence movement against British colonialism in his own country, but he also protested against political exploitation in every corner of the world. Inspired by his philosophy and the qualities he projected, men and women—like C.F.Andrews, E.P. Thompson, Romain Rolland, Harriet Moody, Victoria Ocampo, W. B. Yeats, Ananda Coomaraswamy, and many more were drawn  to him and cherished his friendship and vision. As a seer, poet, essayist, novelist, musician, educationist and  late but expressive , septuagenarian   painter, Tagore travelled all over the world and also invited the world to his humble courtyard in the creation of his university in Santiniketan, Bengal. Till the last he dreamt of a world in which the East and the West would combine their individual resources and wisdom to ensure a peace and a state of fulfilment that would surpass the conflicts of nations. But when he died in 1941  that dream was yet to blossom into reality.
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Dr. Majumdar presenting a book to Suffolk.

Alum Miguel Candela’s picture of Hong Kong protestor commended at World Photography Organisation

Suffolk alum’s picture taken at the Hong Kong protest for democracy was commended at the Open Competition People category at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Peaceful protestor

Jing Chen—another Asian Studies major—graduates!

Jing Chen 12 4 2014


Going Global

A busy month for Asian Studies.  Here are the panelists for the Going Global event.

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L to R: Monique Costello; Amber Oberc; Jonathan Darden.

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Suffolk alum Miguel Candela reporting from Hong Kong

Suffolk alum Miguel Candela taking pictures of the protest in Hong Kong.  Miguel originally came from Spain and graduated in 2008.  He now lives in Hong Kong.  Here are the pictures that he posted on Facebook.  One of them became a cover image of a Spanish magazine VOther albums also have pictures that he took in China, Burma, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

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