Student News & Events

Fall Asian Studies Pizza Party

Asian Study Pizza Party 

Provost Harmsen, front right, and Asian Studies Faculty, James Rae, Amarik Singh, Greg Kim-Ju (Director of the Asian Studies Program), Curtis Smith, Kazue Masuyama, and Student, Allison Fiskum

Asian Studies Pizza Party

SSIS Dean Bodvarsson, Interim Associate Dean Hyson, and Raghuraman Trichur

Asian Studies Pizza Party

Asian Culture Club President, Pao Vang (center), Pat Chirapravati, Vice Director of the Asian Studies Program (second from left), and Club members

Asian Studies Talk on "Vision for Korea-U.S. Relations"

Han Dong-Man, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, gave the talk "Vision for Korea-U.S. Relations" at Sac State on March 12, 2014. The lecture and following reception were attended by Asian Studies faculty, the SSIS interim associate dean, the director of the CCE International program, and members of Korean communities in the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Reception following the lecture

Korean lecture

Sac State's Japanese Students Participate in “Keep Smiling Project 38”

Prof. Masuyama, Asian Studies and Japanese, was visited in class by FOX news, who interviewed students on a project called "Keep Smiling Project 38" which connects Sacramento residents with survivors of Japan's earthquake 3 years ago. See the FOX article here, and see the project web page here.

Asian Studies Lecture Series: Korea

Professor Inye Heo

Inhye Heo, Research Professor at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea and Asian Studies visiting scholar lectures on “North Korea: Why Do They Look Irrational?”

Professor Greg Kin-Ju

Professor Greg Kim-Ju, Vice Director of Asian Studies, introduces speakers at the Asian Studies lecture on October 7, 2013.


Asian Studies to Offer a Korean Concentration

Beginning in Spring 2014, the Asian Studies Program will offer a Korean concentration in addition to the existing Chinese, Japanese, and South and Southeast Asian concentrations. A Korean language class was offered for the first time this semester. Read the article in The State Hornet.


New Partnership With the University of Shizuoka in Japan

President Alexander Gonzalez expanded Sacramento State’s international reach on Friday by signing a new partnership agreement with University of Shizuoka President Naohide Kinae. The agreement fosters students studying abroad – both at Sacramento State and in Japan – and helps the universities identify opportunities for faculty and staff exchanges, and program collaborations. See the Sac State Facebook posting here.

Sac State and University of Shizuoka Partners

From left: Prof. Kazue Masuyama; Prof. Jeffrey Dym; Dr. Yasuyuki Imai, Chair of International Cultural Relations; Prof. Yoko Kato; President Naohide Kinae (Ph.D.); Prof. Cindi Sturtz Sreetharan.

Interview With Joel Pickford, Creator of the Soul Calling Project

Photographer Joel Pickford was interviewed by Cal Humanities, a sponsor of his Soul Calling project. Mr. Pickford presented a slide lecture on "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora" at Sac State in October 2012. His book is based on a five-year documentary project that used digital photography to document the saga of several thousand new Hmong refugees as they arrived in California from refugee camps in Thailand.

Soul Calling

See the interview here.


Asian Studies Graduation Spring 2013

Asian Studies Graduates Spring 2013

Asian Studies graduates Kristina Shatz, Meagan Muir and Austin Hathaway with Professors Greg Kim-Ju and Pat Chirapravati

Michael Schmidt, Asian Studies Graduate, at the One World 2013 Celebration

Michael Schmidt

On Monday, April 29, alumnus Michael Schmidt spoke at the One World Initiative's student symposium. The event celebrated the first successful year of the One World Initiative, which explored the theme "Global Perspectives on Water" across the campus.


Myanmar in Transition: Lessons on Reform and Democracy from Across the Region

David Arnold, President of the Asia Foundation and Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, spoke about Myanmar's democratic transition on April 2, 2012. Read Mr. Arnold's speech here.

David ArnoldDavid Arnold and James Rae

Asian Studies Spring 2013 Symposium

The topic of the Asian Studies 2013 symposium was "Cultural Reflections: Tradition & Modernity in Asia." The keynote speaker was Dr. Gi-Wook Shin, Director of the Asian-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Mariposa Hall 1000
10 AM - 5 PM
See the flyer here.


Dr. Grace Bacaltos Lectures on Davao Gulf Resources

Dr. Bacaltos gave a lecture on "Our Gulf is Our Life: Protecting Marine Resources in Davao, Philippines" on March 12. 2013. Davao Gulf, Philippines is one of the major fishing grounds of the country as well as one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. Dr. Bacaltos discussed protection and management initiatives for the gulf, including the topics of overexploitation of coral reefs, sedimentation, accumulation of waste, and harmful fishing methods.

Dr. Grace BacaltosDr. Grace Bacaltos




Asian Studies Graduation Winter 2012

Asian Studies graduates Shane Eakes, Amelia Allen, Timote Loketi and Michael Schmidt with faculty Pat Chirapravati  and Gregory Kim-Ju on December 15, 2012.

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Opening Reception for Water - Essence and Potential

Water DanceWater Painting


Water dance, shamisen performance and martial arts demonstration at the opening reception for Water: Essence and Potential.

Shamisen Performance

Martial Arts Demonstration