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Sukanya Ray’s collaboration with students

Sukanya Ray of the Psychology Department collaborated with two of her students (doctoral student Michelle Jackson and graduate student Danica Bybell) and published “International Students in the U.S.: Social and Psychological Adjustment” appeared in The Journal of International Students, Spring 2013 Vol. 3 Issue 1.

The study examines the role of self-esteem, hope, optimism, coping, acculturative stress, and social support on international students’ depressive symptoms and sociocultural adjustment. Seventy international students completed a self-report online survey. The most notable finding was that the international students used adaptive and maladaptive coping techniques at similar rates.

Greater use of coping techniques, higher acculturative stress and less social support were associated with more depressive symptoms and more difficulty with sociocultural adjustment. Lower self-esteem, less hope, and less optimism were associated with more depressive symptoms, but not sociocultural difficulty. Clinical implications and future directions are also discussed.

Da Zheng’s Silent Traveler now in Chinese

Da Zheng has just published the Chinese language version of his well-received 2010 book on Chiang Yee.  The Chinese language version is titled Xixing huaji: Jiang Yi zhuan 西行畫記: 蔣彝傳 (The Silent Traveler in the West: A Biography of  Chiang Yee) (Beijing, Commercial Press, 2013).

Chiang Yee (1903-1977 ) was a poet, painter, scholar, and an exile who lived most of his adult life in the West, principally in England and the United States. In his many publications and through his drawings, he captured the flavor of Western life as seen through an Asian sensibility.  Zheng’s new book begins with 16 plates, most in color, that serve as a visual introduction to the elegantly written text which follows. Other sketches and photos in black and white illustrate the text. Chiang’s poetry, translated in the English edition of Da’s book, is available here in the original Chinese version. The book’s publisher, the Commercial Press  (商務印書館) is one of China’s most established publishing houses.

Amazon China link.

Da book Chinese

Da Zheng’s talk at V&A

Professor Da Zheng was in London to give a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The talk is titled “The Silent Traveler in Britain,” concerning the artist and writer Chiang Yee, about whom Professor Zheng is the world’s foremost expert.

Da Zheng (R) with Kiyomi Suleski Markham (L)

Katie Sampson: from Nashua to Boston to Seoul to Kansas

Last year our Suffolk student Katharine Sampson spent the summer of 2012 in Seoul, Korea. She was on a scholarship granted by the Chongha Scholarship Foundation set up by the KCC Corporation in Seoul. Katie studied Korean at Yonsei University and had an internship at SBS Broadcasting, one of the major broadcasters in Korea.

Katie had been recommended by her professor Dana Rosengard, and through the work of the Rosenberg Institute and also of Professor Henry Kim of Economics, the scholarship and her summer internship were put in place.

Katie will be graduating this month and has accepted a position with the NBC station at Topeka, Kansas. Our congratulations to Katie.

In addition, she recently won two RAMMY awards for her reporting, which is the Department of Communication and Journalism’s annual student media award program.  Her feature news reporting RAMMY-winning piece also won top honors in the New England Associated Press/Radio Television Digital News Association competition.  Katie was also part of the award winning “Suffolk U News” team taking Top Student Newscast honors in the same annual competition.

More details here.

This is the news story that Katie did on Japan Earthquake Relief:

The second graduate of Asian Studies

Laila Nashat has passed her assessment!

Ron’s book now translated into Chinese

The Chinese language edition of Ron Suleski’s book on the 50 year history of the Fairbank Center at Harvard was published in Beijing.
Here is a sneak peek of the cover.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Our colleague Afshan Bokhari of the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD), part of Suffolk University, appears in a movie to be shown next Tuesday.  You will want to see the film.

The film is titled Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.  The showing is at the Sackler Museum on the Harvard campus at 485 Broadway Street in Cambridge from 5:00pm to 7:15pm. on 7th Feb.  It is sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard.  The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

We congratulate Professor Bokhari on this achievement on the recognition it represents of her status in the field of Islamic art studies

Congratulations to Allan Tow

Allan Tow has received the Making the Dream Award for being a role model for Asian American students at Suffolk University.

Prof. Bokhari’s recent publications and presentations


Prof. Bokhari has the following accomplishments to report:

  • A book chapter titled “Between Patron and Piety: Jahan Ara Begum’s Sufi Affiliations and Articulations” in Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World, 1200-1800 C.E., ed. John J. Curry and Erik S. Ohlander (London and New York: Routledge, August, 2011).
  • She also published an article titled  “Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: Female Agency in Seventeenth Century Mughal India.” Journal of Persianate Studies, Special Issue, (June 2011, Brill ). [Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures page 1]
  • “The ‘Light’ of the Timuria: Jahan Ara Begum’s Patronage, Piety and Poetry in 17th C. Mughal India.”Marg Art Journal, 60.1 (2008): 52-61. [The “Light” of the Timuria page 1]

Media appearance

Prof. Bokhari has helped to create a documentary film scheduled for broadcast on PBS in 2012. Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”  a documentary film exploring themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color, and Water, the film takes audiences on a global journey through Islamic regions to hear the stories behind the masterworks of Islamic art and architecture. (

Conference Presentation

  • “Chasing Legacy: Jahan Ara Begum’s( 1614-1681) Loci of Memory at Begum Dalani, Ajmer (1638), Chahar Burj, Lahore (1646) and the Mullah Shah Khanaqah, Srinagar, Kashmir (1648).” Trust for Historic Arts and Architecture Pakistan. Lahore, Pakistan, November 11-13, 2011.
  • “Sexual Desire as Mystical Confessions in Jahan Ara Begam’s (1614-1681) Autobiographical Sufi Writings.” Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies: Representation and Identity. The American University Sharjah, Dubai, 29-31 October, 2011
  • “Ars Erotica: ‘Visualizing’ the Sensual Sūfi in 16th-18th C. Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Miniature Paintings, Poetry and Sūfi narratives” Harvard University: Aga Khan Program Fellowship Lecture Series, April 22, 2011.

Apology ceremony for Chinese American Discrimination

Prof. Da Zheng, Director of Asian Studies Program, was in DC with Senator Scott Brown for a ceremony that celebrated the passing of a resolution that expresses the regret of discriminating against Chinese American in the late 19th century.

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