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Asian Studies


The Department of Asian Studies offers instruction in ten Asian languages: Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Urdu. Scholarships and study abroad opportunities are available.

Asian Studies teach all languages at all three levels (elementary, intermediate, advanced), and offer courses after the third year according to demand. Students major in Asian Studies or in Asian Languages and Cultures. The latter comes with more intensive requirements.

They offer minors/certificates in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Department Scholarships

  • China Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad
  • Mitsubishi Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)
  • NSEP - David Boren Scholarship
  • TUSA Summer Mandarin and Culture Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Hanyang Endowed Excellence Scholarship
  • Faurot Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies
  • Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies
  • Aggarwal Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Indian Studies
  • Peter Vlach Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts
  • China Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad
  • Mitsubishi Study Abroad Scholarship
  • POSCO Korean Studies ScholarshipTaiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Study Abroad

Course Offerings for Summer 2021

  • ANS F372 Japanese Pop: Anime/Manga/Okatu-Wb
    This course examines a wide variety of Japanese popular media within the historical context during which these unique cultural forms developed. Our focus will be on the popular manga and anime Japan has exported since becoming an economic superpower in the 1980s. We will explore utopian/ dystopian expression in the Japanese sci-fi narratives of tis era, and the complex interplay of genre and technology in the new posthuman societies this narratives envision. We will also consider the significance of global fandom as we chart the rise of the transnational otaku, and its relevance to Japan’s exercise of soft power. With Dr. Joseph Schaub
  • ANS F361 Biomed, Ethics, and Culture
    This course examines moral dilemmas that have been generated or intensified by recent advances in medical technology. We will explore ethical questions related to topics such as allocation of medical resources, stem cell research and cloning, organ transplantation, abortion, human experimentation, genetic screening, in vitro fertilization, pharmaceutical use and distribution, prolonging life and the right to die, suicide, euthanasia, and diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as Alzheimer disease, AIDS, and mental disorders. These topics will be considered from a global perspective emphasizing how cultural values inform ethical decision-making and how different ethical/cultural systems address and define moral issues that arise in relation to medical care. We will consider ethical theories that have been used in the West to consider medical practice and compare these with approaches in non-Western cultures such as Japan. The course will emphasize use of case studies to explore issues in medical ethics and to develop the ability to apply ethical theories in ways sensitive to variations in cultural values. With Dr. John Traphagan

Online Learning

Want to learn a new language during lockdown? Why not try Japanese? UT's own Junko Hatanaka , Ms. Yuko Kato from ACC, and Prof. Nobuko Koyama form UC-Davis have worked to create this Japanese Language and Culture video series for people with no prior knowledge of Japanese language. The sketches star a famous Japanese comedy duo as well as two UT students in video Lesson 6. Check it out here.

For more Japanese resources, Junko Hatanaka and Ikue Shingu (Harvard University) have published a self-study site on the Kansai dialect. The Japanese taught as a foreign language is what we call “Standard Japanese.” Descriptively speaking, the Standard Japanese is the variety used in the Tokyo area. However, the people in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and their surrounding districts daily speak “Kansai dialect”. If you live in or visit the Kansai area and want to belong to the Kansai people, you should try to greet them in their own language - start learning here

If you are interested in learning more, try out the BBC's "quick fix" in Chinese, Japanese, or Urdu.

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