Asian Studies Department

The study of Asia at St. Olaf means delving into rich cultural traditions — both historic and contemporary. Focused primarily on East Asia, students have the opportunity to study four years of Japanese or Chinese language, a variety of interdisciplinary courses designed specifically for Asian Studies, and discipline-based courses set in Asia.

A major in Chinese, Japanese or Asian Studies might include internships in Taiwan, China, or Japan; study abroad in China, Japan, Thailand, India, or Korea; and participation in Asia-related events on campus. Eighteen faculty members affiliated with the department teach and advise students on Asia-related study and experiences. St. Olaf currently also offers an Asian Studies concentration.

 

News and Events

  • Serena Calcagno ’17, Biology major with China Studies concentration, Fulbright Scholar will teach at the intersection of education, China studies and biology in Taiwan, volunteering in national parks.
  • Hikari Sugisaki ’17, Studio Art, Philosophy and Asian Studies triple major with Japan Studies concentration, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2017.
  • Chenchen Xu ’17, Mathematics, Economics and Asian Studies triple major, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2017.
  • Amy Trunt ’17, Theater major with Japan Studies concentration, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2017.
  • Corey Ruder ’16, awarded a  2017 Luce Foundation fellowship to continue her work in aquatic biogeochemistry in Asia.
  • Leah Suffern ’17, Asian Studies and Economics dual major, awarded 2016-17 Magnus the Good award for digital project, Mapping Taipei from the Colonial Period through Modern Times: A Digital Representation of the Shifting Cityscape in Chu T’ien-hsin’s Novella, The Old Capital
  • Tracy Xiong ’18, Asian Studies major with China Studies concentration, awarded 2016-17 Magnus the Good award for research project, Breaking Silence, Making History: Stories of Hmong American Women in Higher Education.
  • Alisha Jihn ’15, awarded Fulbright scholarship to Taiwan in 2017.
  • Cameron Rylander ’16, Asian Studies major/Chinese Studies concentrator, Fulbright Scholar to South Korea