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Visit Asia at Sac State symposium


A look at Asia’s culture from art and history to philosophy and religion is reviewed in “Reflections on Modern Asia: From Manga to Confucius,” Sacramento State’s second annual Asian Studies Program Symposium.

The free symposium runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Mariposa Hall Room 1001.

Keynote speaker is Frederick L. Schodt, author of several books about Japanese culture, including Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia, and Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Schodt’s presentation will examine Japanese culture and society through popular art forms.

Presentations will be made by Sacramento State faculty from a range of diverse interests, analyzing culture, politics, and society across Asia: Confucianism in contemporary China, Brahmin education in India, rebuilding Cambodia and East Timor after war, interpretation of Thai funerals from Buddhist manuscripts and exploration of distinctive literatures such as manga and Japanese wartime plays.

And Sacramento State student Jamie Wilson will offer insights on her year in Japan.

For more information on the symposium, call Professor Pat Chirapravati at (916) 278-3880. More information about Sacramento State’s Asian Studies Program is at For media assistance, call the University’s Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.