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Drawing upon our communities’ connections and engagement, the University of Richmond features a spotlight on East Asia for our 2019 cross-campus celebration of International Education Week. Events will include a podcast on the program BackStory about the interplay of Chinese and American cultures, a weeklong Eco-challenge, discussion panels featuring students and faculty, visiting scholars, film, music and more. The Festival of Lights and the pan-Asian dinner at D-Hall on November 13 will celebrate Asia in its great diversity, including cultures of southeast Asia. Next year’s International Education Week will feature South Asia as our campus continues to explore the world’s largest continent.

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Wish Walk, Opening Celebration, & Lunch
12 p.m. from the Forum to the International Center

Panel: Tidying Up - The Beauty of Order in Japan
12 p.m. International Commons

1 p.m. International Gallery

Deep Breaths: A Chinese-English Bilingual Poetry Reading
3 p.m. Boatwright Memorial Library

Faculty Panel: Being Asian During UR's Asia Week
6 p.m. International Commons

Innovation in China Professors Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan, & Judith Farquhar, University of Chicago
2:30 p.m. Brown Alley Room

Festival of Lights

4:30-6:30 p.m. Tyler Haynes Commons
An all-campus event featuring student, faculty, staff and community engagement with many cultures of Asia

International Dinner: 12 Countries of Asia

6-8 p.m. Heilman Dining Center

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day: Spotlight on East Asia
Multiple events from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Asia Week Reception

4-6 p.m. International Commons
By invitation only, to thank participants.

Lecture: "Mother of Exiles": Refugees in American Myth and History
presented by Mae Ngai
4:30 p.m. Brown Alley Room

CCE Brown Bag: Our Stories, Our Richmond: Celebrating Asian Student Voice
12:30 p.m. THC 305

Film: Don't Think I've Forgotten - Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

3 & 7:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium

Weeklong Programming:

East Asia EcoChallenge: Open to all UR community members - register now

BackStory PodcastProduced by Virginia Humanities.

Visiting Scholars in the Classroom: Dr. Yuen Yuen Ang (University of Michigan), Dr. Judith Farquhar (University of Chicago), and Dr. Tetsuhito Motoyama (Waseda University) co-taught classes with UR faculty in Anthropology, Religious Studies, English and Political Science.

Visitors from Waseda University in Japan:
Dr. Tetsuhito Motoyama and Shuhei Yamamoto represented Waseda University at info-sessions and during the Festival of Lights.

Passport Café Specials: Hainan Chicken and Hainan Tofu throughout the week, plus various samplings of miso, bao buns, and banh mi sandwiches.

Asia in the Classroom

  • Jessica Chan, Chinese Studies

    Chinese Literature and Cinema

  • Dan Chen, Political Science

    Politics of Asia

  • Monti Datta, Political Science

    Modern Slavery

  • Jane Geaney, Religious Studies

    Chinese Healing Arts

  • Gengsong Gao, Chinese Studies

    Chinese Literature

  • Yvonne Howell, Russian Studies

    Russian literature: Bombs, Bolsheviks, Ballet

  • Kasongo Kapanga, French

    FYS - Expansion of Europe and Asia Into Africa: The Idea of Otherness

  • Tze Loo, History and Global Studies

    History of East Asia; teaching fall courses of HIST 199: Opium Wars, HIST 255 Meiji Japan and a first year seminar titled Collecting the Past. 

  • Natalie McCauley, Russian Studies

    Russian and East European Film (connections to Eurasian and East Russian cinema)

  • Andy McGraw, Music

    Global Music

  • Melissa Ooten, WILL*

    Gender and Work

  • Dan Pierce, Biology

    Teaching Science to Tibetan Monks

  • Jenny Pribble, Political Science


  • Bob Spires, Education

    NGOs and Social Healing

  • Akira Suzuki, Japanese

    Japanese Language and Taiko Drumming

  • Jonathan Wight, Economics

    Economic Development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

BackStory Podcast

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. The popular BackStory podcast will release "The Chinese in American History: How Afong Moy, Mayling Soong and Bruce Lee Changed the Narrative about China" -- an episode relating to the interaction of US and Chinese cultures as a prelude to UR’s panel discussion with Professors Yuen Yuen Ang and Judith Farquhar called “Innovation in China”.

BackStory Podcast

East Asia EcoChallenge

Inspired by the region's variety of innovations and environmental challenges, the Office of Sustainability has created the East Asia EcoChallenge, powered by Campus EcoChallenge. Each day, our community will focus on a different theme: food, simplicty, energy, water and waste. Throughout the week, you can compete as an individual or a team to earn points (and win prizes) by completing various challenges and attending an array of Sustainability events.

Registration is now open!

East Asia Eco-Challenge

Featured Programming

UR-Asia Connections

Spiders Abroad Photo Submissions: Asia!
Colleen Egan, Singapore
"Bike" Ryan McEvoy, '17 - India (2015)
"Dal Lake" Gargi Vyas - Kashmir, India (2010)