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Visiting Scholar Meiling Jin Recital (April 30)

Wednesday, April 30, 8:00pm
Kopleff Recital Hall

Come join us for the vocal recital of Meiling Jin - an award winning opera singer from Hangzhou Normal University in China. Meiling is a fantastic artist and specializes in interpreting Chinese Folk Songs and other Chinese vocal works. 

Click here to view the recital's repertoire

Click here for Meiling Jin's bio

Uploaded: The Asian American Movement (April 24)

Thursday, April 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Centennial Auditorium, 100 Auburn Ave. 

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Film Screening and Dialog with the director/writer Kane Diep, GSU Director of Diversity Education Planning John R. Day, and GSU student Christoper Oun. 

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Comfort Women Wanted (April 4)

Friday, April 4, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Langdale Hall, Room 300

We invite you to a special event! New York-based artist Chang-Jin Lee will talk about her video project Comfort Women Wanted and screen it in its entirety. It includes interviews of comfort women from several countries as well as a Japanese soldier. 

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Enhancing Business Opportunities Between Korea and the State of Georgia - Distinguished Speaker Series (April 2)

Wednesday, April 2, 3:00pm - 5:45pm
GSU Buckhead Center, 6th Floor, Room 619
Tower Place 200 - 3348 Peachtree Rd. NE

"Past, Present, and Future Business Opportunities between South Korea and the State of Georgia"
C.S. Cho (조중식)

"Enhancing Business Opportunities between Korea and the State of Georgia" Chris Clark

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Brown Bag Lunch Series, Spring 2014

Mark your calendars for the Asian Studies Center’s 2014 Spring Brown Bag Lunch Series.  Scholars who receive an Asian Studies Center small grant for conference travel expenses or professional development are required to participate in a brown bag lunch where they share their recent research with the GSU community. This series is co-hosted by other departments, institutes and centers in the College of Arts and Science.

Tuesday, March 4, 12:15-1:15pm, Arts and Humanities Room 339

Kevin Hsieh, Assistant Professor, Art & Design
“Teaching Chinese Landscape Painting Through Visual Narrative and Meaning-Making Processes”
This event is co-hosted by the School of Art & Design.

Monday, March 10, noon-1pm, Langdale Hall, Room 1081

Aries Arugay, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science
“Provoking Crises through Protests: Civil Society Coups in the Philippines and Thailand”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Political Science.

Wednesday, March 26, 1-2pm, Troy Moore Library, Langdale Hall, 9th Floor

Yuki Takatori, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages
“Why the Japanese Language Must be Romanized”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the Dept. of Applied Linguistics.

Wednesday, April 9, 12-1pm, Place: TBA

Kyong-Ah Kwon, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, College of Education, “Helicopter Parenting in Emerging Adulthood: Support or Barrier for Korean College Students’ Psychological Adjustment?”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Early Childhood Education, College of Education.

Friday, April 18, 12-1pm, 34 Peachtree, 12th Floor, Conference Room 1207 (Dept. of Applied Linguistics). 

Shuai Li, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages
“The Effects of Linguistic Proficiency on the Development of L2 Chinese Request Production During Study Abroad”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages.

Religion and Chinese Culture (March 3)

Monday, March 3, 2:00pm
Troy Moore Library, 9th Floor, Langdale Hall

We’re pleased to announce that the Confucius Institute is hosting three renowned scholars from China on a panel presentation on Religion and the Chinese Culture this coming Monday.

1: A Religious Interpretation of Contemporary Confucianism - Professor Zhang Hua
2: Myth and Faith of Chinese People - Professor Huang Yue
3: Term Issue: The First Confrontation between Chinese and Christian Cultures - Professor Song Xuhong

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Therese Park: Unresolved History: "Comfort Women" and Confronting Painful Legacies of the Past in Asia (March 6)

Thursday, March 6, 11:00am
Troy Moore Library, 9th Floor, Langdale Hall

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Therese Park: The Northern Wind: Forced Journey to North Korea (March 7)

Friday, March 7, 11:00am
100 Auburn Avenue NE Auditorium

The author of A Gift of the Emperor set in WWII writes this time a spy novel with a female protagonist forced to work for the South Korean Central Intelligence Corps during the 1960s and the Vietnam war.

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T.V. Paul: The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World (February 28)

Friday, February 28, 3:00pm
Langdale Hall (GCB) room #1081

Pakistan, a heavily militarized, nuclear-armed nation, has been a conspicuous failure. In 2013 it ranked 133rd out of 148 countries in global competitiveness. Its economy is in shambles and is being propped up by international aid. Its government is notoriously corrupt and unstable. Taliban forces occupy nearly 30% of the country and the country is beset by widespread violence and terrorism. Pakistan’s problem, Professor Paul argues stem from a "geostrategic curse" that has led the United States to support a chronically unstable “warrior state.”

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Mariko J. Honma: Japanese Economic Development: The Demand for Global Human Resources (February 25)

Tuesday, February 25, 11:00am
Department of Economics, Room 749, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Mariko J. Honma is professor of Economics at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan, with a BA in International Business and Ph. D. in Economics. As an American citizen born in Japan, she has lived in Japanese-American bicultural and bilingual environment throughout her life.  Her research interests include post-WWII Economic History of Japan, English/content subject integrated curriculum design and development for internationalization of higher education in Japan, Japanese Household Economics, Buddhism and Economics, and Economic Development and Culture.  She is program chair of an English-medium Economics study program for Japanese students and the JAS, Japan-Asia Studies program, which offers English-medium courses in Economics and related subjects for international and Japanese students at Soka University.  The university was selected in 2012 by the Japanese Ministry of Education as one of the 42 universities which will serve as core universities to take initiative for internationalization of higher education in Japan.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is located at 14 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, at the corner of Marietta Street and Peachtree Street.

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Chinese New Year Concert (February 9)

Sunday, February 9, 8:00pm
Kopleff Recital Hall

Join GSU's Bent Frequency and the Confucius Institute for a concert celebrating the Year of the Horse! This event features traditional and contemporary must of China. Free and open to the public!

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Da Chen: Colors of the Mountain - Five from Five (February 7)

Friday, February 7, 11:00am
100 Auburn Avenue NE Auditorium

Da Chen describes growing up during the Cultural Revolution, yearning for education; secretly learning music, poetry, and English.

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Perfect Spy - The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An (February 6)

Thursday, February 6, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Centennial Hall, 100 Auburn Avenue NE, 120 Conference Room

During the Vietnam War, distinguished Time reporter Pham Xuan An befriended everyone who was anyone in Saigon, including leading American journalists such as David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, and Stanley Karnow, who came to regard him as a trusted source and friend. But what none of An’s friends knew was that he was a spy providing strategic intelligence to Hanoi, smuggling invisible ink messages out to the jungle in egg rolls and living a dangerous double life. In Perfect Spy, Larry Berman, who made more than a dozen trips to Vietnam to interview An, and whom An considered his American biographer, chronicles the extraordinary life of one of the most fascinating spies of the twentieth century and in doing so offers a new perspective on the war.

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Congratulations to GSU Gilman Scholarship winners for Spring 2014!

Three GSU students were awarded prestigous Gilman scholarships for spring semester 2014 and all of them are headed for programs in Asia. Congratulations to Oneujumobi (Biju) Ezeonwuka (Speech, Japan bound), Thomas Scardino (Marketing, China bound) and Monique White (History, Korea bound). We hope you have a fabulous semester in Asia.

China Week (November 18 – 22)

As part of our ongoing International Education Month, GSU will be hosting a China Week running November 18-22.  These events are open to the public and we hope both GSU folks and our many friends from the community can make it:

Mon, 11/18: Paper Lantern Workshop led by Prof. Kevin Hsieh, 1 – 2p, 248 Sparks Hall

Professor Kevin Hsieh, Assistant Professor in the Welch School of Art & Design, will offer a hands-on workshop on making Chinese paper lanterns. Supplies provided! (Seating is limited)

Tues, 11/19: ZooMobile at Georgia State, 12 – 1:30p, 100 Auburn Auditorium

Join Zoo Atlanta and learn about Georgia State’s biology department’s role in working with the Zoo’s most famous residents: the panda bears! Check out the pandas via live Panda Cam while the Zoo shows off an exotic assortment of their mammals and reptiles. Live animals! Reserve your free seat at

Thurs, 11/21: “Doing Business with China: The Empirical Perspective,” 3 – 5p, 100 Auburn Auditorium

As China's economic profile continues to rise toward the top of the international business landscape, four distinguished speakers share their first-hand experience on doing business with China, specifically on how to seize the current market niches and engage the Chinese business community using different strategies. This distinguished panel of speakers consists of company executives and business professionals who have extensive experience doing business with China. They will show you a unique perspective on China that draws on their rich empirical experience engaging the Chinese business community. This panel promises to be an eye-opening experience for those interested in learning about the Chinese business community and China in general. Reception with light refreshments to follow. Reserve your free seat at

Here are other China Week events that are mainly for GSU students, faculty and staff:

Weeklong: “GSU at the Zoo”

Students, staff, and faculty receive 50% discount off admission with a valid GSU ID all week, so come to Zoo Atlanta and visit the recently-revealed panda twins!

Mon, 11/18: Tai chi class with Prof. Zhong Chen, 8 – 9a, Unity Plaza

Find your “chi” at this relaxing class. Tai chi is a slow, graceful, and low-impact exercise that yields numerous health benefits: increased flexibility, balance, and coordination and decreased blood pressure and stress. Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

Tues, 11/19: Tai chi class with Prof. Zhong Chen, 8 – 9a, Unity Plaza

Missed your “chi” on Monday morning? Join us for another opportunity to practice tai chi! Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

Tues, 11/19: Chinese Day @ Piedmont North and Patton Hall Dining Halls, 11a – 9:30p

Indulge in Chinese comfort food with kung pao chicken, beef with broccoli, lo mein, and more! Learn about opportunities to study abroad in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau!

For questions or further information, please contact Amanda Roshan-Rawaan at and for more information on International Education month, please go to:

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Maritime Territorial Issues and Promoting Peaceful Relations in East Asia
A Panel Presentation and Discussion with
Dr. Seokwoo Lee, Professor, Inha University Law School and Director, Inha Int’l Ocean Law Center (Korea)
Dr. Alice Ba, Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Monday, November 18, noon - 1:30pm
Troy Moore Library, Langdale Hall 9th Floor

In recent years, maritime territorial issue have been a source of conflict among many nations in East Asia. Dr. Lee and Dr. Ba will examine these issues, focusing on both North-east Asia and Southeast Asia and on prospects for promoting conflict resolution.

This event is organized and sponsored by the GSU Asian Studies Center and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and College of Law. It is free and open to the public.

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Korean Short-story Reading: Reading by Korean Novelist Haejin Cho

2013 Shin Dong Yeop Literary Awards winner Writer Cho Haejin reads from her short fiction “Hong's Death” in Korean and English

Nov 15, 2013 (Fri) 1:30-3:00pm
Troy Moore Library Langdale/GCB 9th Floor

Please join us. This event is supported by Asian Studies Center, the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, and Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA)

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Korea Week (October 28 – November 1)

Mon., 10/28: Panel Discussion: U.S. Policy toward Asia in a Time of Transition, 3:30-5pm, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Room 750

•Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Panel with Nicholas Hamisevicz of the Korean Economic Institute, Dr. Joong-Kyung Choi (Dongguk University, former Minister of Knowledge Economy) and Anthony Kim (The Heritage Foundation). For further information, please contact Dr. Grace O at

Tues., 10/29: Six Party Talk Simulation with Students: Korean Economic Institute, 3 – 5:00pm, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Room 750

•Done in collaboration with the Korean Economic Institute. For further information, please contact Dr. Grace O at

Wed., 10/30: Korean BBQ Cooking Demonstration, led by Prof. Kyong-Ah Kwon, 11am – 12pm, Piedmont North Dining Hall

•Who loves Korean BBQ? We do! Join us for a demonstration of how to make bulgogi and spicy pork BBQ, some of Korea’s most delicious dishes! Experience the heart and Seoul of Atlanta. Stick around for a tasty Korean lunch!

Wed., 10/30: Korean Day @ Piedmont North and Patton Hall Dining Halls, 11a – 9:30p

•Sample the best of Korean cuisine with mouth-watering recipes featuring bulgogi (Korean BBQ), pajun (crispy pancakes), gaji namul (steamed eggplant), fried dumplings, and more!

Thurs., 10/31: Pan-Asian Samul Nori performance, 12:30 – 1:30p, Speakers Auditorium

•Sa-mul-no-ri is a Korean folk music tradition that includes drumming, dancing, and singing. Join us for this very special performance that includes gum-mu (Korean sword dance) and instrumental performances featuring drums and gongs. Performed by the Southeast Korean Dance Association and the pungmul nori Team of CPACS (Center for Pan-American Community Services, Inc.).

Fri., 11/1: “Three Generations of North Korean Leadership: Changes in Continuity” Lecture feat. Prof. Han S. Park (University of Georgia), 2:30 - 4p, Troy Moore Library

•Dr. Han S. Park is University Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia. Among his many achievements, he was awarded the 2010 Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize. As an accomplished scholar, he has provided an authoritative perspective on North Korea through his publications such as North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom (2002) and North Korea Demystified (2012). As an active mediator, he was instrumental in the release of American journalists from North Korea in 2009 and the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in August 2013. As an expert analyst, Dr. Park appeared regularly on major global media outlets and his analyses have been widely quoted in the US and foreign press. He is currently an ABC News Consultant/Analyst.

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Visiting Scholars at GSU From Asia

The Asian Studies welcomes the many visiting scholars at GSU for calendar year 2013 and academic year 2013-2014.

College of Arts and Science
Professor Masaki Shibata (Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka), Japanese Visiting Instructor, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages
Mr. Young Choi (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Middle East Institute and Robinson College of Business.
Professor Qiang Sun (Shanghai Dianji University), Dept. of Computer Science
Yin Huang (Hangzhou Normal University), Dept. of Biology
Chuan Fei Liu (Hangzhou Normal University), Dept. of Biology
Xu Xiao Dong (Hangzhou Normal University), Dept. of Biology

College of Education
Dr. Jina Noh (Kongju National University), Educational Psychology and Special Education
Yu Shujuan (Jiangnan University), Middle and Secondary Education
Yong Zhang (South China Agricultural University), Middle and Secondary Education
Tan Hee Ming (Tanjong Katong Girls School, Singapore), Kinesiology and Health

Robinson College of Business
Dr. Limei (Lisa) Dou (Shanghai Business School), International Institute of Business (IIB)

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Gu Cheng (Dongbei University of Finance and Economics), International Center for Public Policy
Ding Huixia (Zhengzhou University), International Center for Public Policy

School of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Shan-Yu Su (China Medical University, Taiwan), Dept. of Physical Therapy
Dr. Zongzhen Mao (Wuhan Sport University), Dept. of Physical Therapy
Hui Zhang (Harbin Medical University)
Yuxia Cui (Harbin Medical University)

Brown Bag Lunch Series, Fall 2013

Mark your calendars for the Asian Studies Center’s 2013 Fall Brown Bag Lunch Series. Scholars who receive an Asian Studies Center small grant for conference travel expenses or professional development are required to participate in a brown bag lunch where they share their recent research with the GSU community. This series is co-hosted by other departments, institutes and centers in the College of Arts and Science.

Thursday, October 10, 12:30-1:30pm, Special Collections Room, 8th Floor, Library South
Jenny Zhan (Associate Professor, Sociology)
“Facing the Challenges of Population Aging— Long Term Care Policies in China, Japan, and the U.S.”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Sociology

Thursday, October 24, 12-1pm, Special Collections Colloquium Room, 8th Floor, Library South
Rosalind Chou, (Assistant Professor, Sociology)
“Yellow on a White Campus: Asian American Students Navigating College Life.”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Sociology.

Monday, October 28, 1:30-2:30pm, 34 Peachtree Street, 12th Floor, Room 1207
Mizuki Mazotta, (PhD Candidate, Applied Linguistics)
“Effects of Proficiency Level on Linguistic Gains and Self-Perception of Language Learning during Study Abroad.”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the Dept. of Applied Linguistics.

Friday, November 8, 12-1pm, Troy Moore Library, Langdale/GCB 9th Floor
Shuai Li, (Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages)
“An Analysis of Pragmatics Information in Business Chinese (BC) Textbooks.”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the Dept. of Applied Linguistics.

Thursday, November 21, 12-1pm, Arts & Humanities, Room 339
Gyewon Kim (Assistant Professor, Communication)
“Rumors and Uncanny Experiences of Early Meiji Photography.”
This event is co-hosted by the School of Art & Design.

Wednesday, December 4, 1:30-2:30pm, Langdale/GCB 1081
Daisuke Ito (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
“Asian Subgroups' Differences in Attitudes toward Alcohol Use and Risky Behaviors.”
This event is co-hosted by the Department of Sociology.

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2013 China Town Hall

Monday, October 28, 2013
Registration at 6:00 pm, Program at 6:30 pm
200 Tower Place, 3348 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
5th Floor Lounge and Room 501

“Are the Rules of the China Game Changing?
Trade Negotiations and Investment Policies”

Presented by The China Research Center, in cooperation with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

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Atlanta Asian Film Fest at Cinefest 2013

The Asian Studies Center is delighted to once again be a sponsor of the Atlanta Asian Film Festival, now in its 9th year. As part of our participation, GSU Cinefest will once again be screening some of the festival films. If you are a GSU student or faculty, you have free entrance to Cinefest. Below is a list of the films that GSU Cinefest will be screening as part of the festival.

FLOATING CITY (Hong Kong/China, Drama, 104 minutes)
Director: Yim Ho
Saturday Oct 12, 2013, 3:00 pm

DONT STOP BELIEVIN (U.S., 2012, 113 minutes, Documentary)
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013, 3pm

CHANTHALY (Laos, 2012, Horror, 120 minutes)
Director: Mattie Do
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013, 3pm
Presented by Laotian American Community Center (LACCGA)

A RAINY DAY FOR EARTHWORMS (USA, 2013, Short film, 15 mins)
Director: Gary Mei
Tuesday Oct 22, 2013, 2: 45pm

CROCODILE IN THE YANGTZE (USA, Documentary, 2012, 75 minutes)
Director: Porter Erisman
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013, 3:00pm
Note: there are two films on Tuesday, October 22. The first one is only 15 minutes long.

For more information about the AAFF: For more information about GSU Cinefest:

Hope to see you at one of the films!!

Asian Studies Reception

Friday, October 11, 2013
Troy Moore Library, Langdale/GBC 9th Floor

Come join us for our kick-off for the 2013-2014 academic year. Learn more about the Asia programs at GSU, meet people interested in Asia, and learn about various events related to Asia taking place at GSU. Food will be served. So we can have a rough head count, please RSVP (only if you plan to attend) by October 4, 2013 to Feel free to share this with your students, friends and colleagues.

Hosted by the Asian Studies Center and the Asian Studies Club

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9th Atlanta Asian Film Festival - Premiere Night Screening Gala

Friday Oct 11, 2013
6:30 pm
Plaza Theatre, Ponce De Leon Avenue, Atlanta

An exciting lineup of films and documentaries by emerging film makers are scheduled for this year's festival. Being the largest festival of its kind in the Southeast, AAFF has earned the reputation for its platform in showcasing emerging talents and film makers.

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Project RENEW and Legacies of the Vietnam War

Wednesday October 2, 2013
100 Auburn Avenue Auditorium

Chuck Seary and his Project RENEW team will present the work they are doing to eliminate landmines in Vietnam and address legacies of the Vietnam war.

For more information about Project RENEW, see:

This event is sponsored by the Honors College, the Department of History and the Asian Studies Center. It is free and open to the public.

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Atlanta Korean Film Festival

All films will be screened at Cinefest Film Theater, GSU

Film Screening and Q & A with
Director Kim Jee-Woon & Actor Ryoo Seung - Yong
Film: The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Saturday, September 21, 2013
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

Film: Hahaha by Hong Sang-Soo
Monday, September 23, 2013
7:00 pm
Two friends have a drink together and share their experience of 'Tongyeong'.

Film: A Tale of Two Sisters by Kim Jee-Woon
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 pm
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. 

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Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
9:30am - 4pm (lunch provided)
Speaker's Auditorium, Student Center, GSU

The Asia & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) will be hosting in collaboration with OCA a free workshop for leadership training, financial literacy and professional development. High school students, college students and their parents are all welcome to attend. The event also highlights scholarship opportunities for Asian & Pacific Islander Americans. Lunch is provided and there is no cost, but you must register.

For more information and to register click here

Confucius Institute at GSU Distinguished Lecture Series
“Hong Kong: Art, Food, Wine, and Business”

Anita Chan, Director of Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, New York

Friday, September 13, 2013
4:00 pm
Troy Moore Library
939 General Classroom Building

Ms. Chan's talk promises to be a very informative one to all those interested in the cultural and business aspects of Hong Kong. We look forward to having you at this great event.

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Who's Who in the Asian American Communities Awards

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
Rialto Center
Noon-2pm: Luncheon
2:15-3:45pm: Conference
3:45 - 5:45pm: Asian Cultural Mini-Fest & Career Fair
6-8pm: 8th Annual WWAAC Awards
8-10pm: WWAAC After Party

WWAAC will be holding a conference and award ceremony at the GSU Rialto Center for its annual recognition of accomplished Asian Americans. GSU Students and Faculty can attend events for free starting at 3:45pm. For more information, please click here

WWAAC is also looking for volunteers for the event. If you are interested contact Myles Villoria at

Young Ambassadors of Taiwan

Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
3:20 - 3:50 pm
New Welcome Center at 100 Auburn Avenue

Want to hear a presentation about Taiwan from the official Young Ambassadors of Taiwan? These ambassadors travel the world to inform others about their culture. This special delegation is visiting GSU, and eager to share their country's history and culture with our students in an unique cultural presentation. If you are interested, please email Grace Junghyun Lee.