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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

Poetry Reading: Four Poems by Mi Jialu
4 p.m. Boatwright Memorial Library

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

1 p.m. International Gallery

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

pan-Asian Dinner

6-8 p.m. Heilman Dining Center

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

Faculty Panel: Time and Title TBD

International Commons

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 Asian EcoChallenge: Registration opens October 28, open to all UR community members

BackStory Podcast: Produced by Virginia Humanities, scheduled for release on November 11

Visitors from Waseda University in Japan:
Professor Tetsuhito Motoyama
, School of Law and Shakespeare scholar, and Mr. Shuhei Yamamoto, Coordinator, International Office

Passport Café Special: Forthcoming

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

Asia Week Podcast

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. The popular BackStory podcast will release an episode relating to the interaction of US and Chinese cultures as a prelude to UR’s panel discussion hosted on campus with Professors Yuen Yuen Ang and Judith Farquhar called “Innovation in China”. The episode is scheduled to drop on November 11. More details to come.

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 opens on October 28.

East Asia Eco-Challenge

Featured Programming

UR-Asia Connections

Spiders Abroad Photo Submissions: Asia!
Colleen Egan, Singapore
India 2015by Ryan McEvoy, '17
Dal Lake in Kashmir, Gargi Vyas, India.