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New course on Mongolian history

Mongols_History Course for Fall 2014

Asian Studies Open House 2013

AS Flyer Open House 2013All are welcome!  Please come to meet with Asian Studies faculty and students; to hear about the new courses being offered in Spring 2014; to enjoy student presentations about their experiences in China, Japan, and Korea; to learn about future study abroad programs in Asia; and to enjoy Asian food!

Journalism graduate in South Korea

The Communication and Journalism blog has a post about a journalism graduate’s adventure in South Korea.

Here are some quotes from the blog:

Upon arriving in Seoul, Godfrey noticed major cultural changes; for example, US employers tend to frown upon mixing business with pleasure, but it seemed the opposite in Seoul.

“Even working at school, [in Korea] it’s common to go out with everybody and just drink and eat. Whereas in the US, I feel like it’s not very typical to go out and party with your boss; here it’s almost just part of work.” Godfrey explained that a typical office outing can lead to karaoke, called, Noribong. “You’re inevitably just pushed up to the front to sing.” He adds, “I avoid those places as often as I can.”

Godfrey has had his fair share of struggles with the language barrier, admitting he didn’t know one word of Korean prior to his arrival, but that’s part of the charm of being abroad, as is trying new cuisine.

“Recently, I was trying to order a pork dish because usually, almost every day, I end up getting kimchi soup. I believe (the waitress) was trying to tell me that they had no pork, but to me it just seemed like she was yelling at me. What came out were rice and about a million octopus tentacles,” recounts Godfrey, who doesn’t enjoy seafood. “That stuff happens. It happens pretty frequently. You just tell the story later.”



Simone Chun in Boston Herald

Simone Chun was quoted by Boston Herald in the article “Tough response just what N. Korea needs”.  She said: “I think President Obama has wasted five years when he could have made a huge difference.  North Korea wants normalization of diplomacy with the United States.”
The article can be accessed here.

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