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Rajiv Shah, former USAID administrator, will be the Rockefeller Foundation’s next president. Photo by: Sean K. Harp / U.S. Department of Defense

Published: Friday, 13 Jan 2017
Author: Paige Magdalene Korner
Department: Asian Studies Center

Rajiv Shah, a former administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, will be the Rockefeller Foundation's next president, the U.S.-based philanthropic organization announced on Wednesday.

Published: Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016
Author: Paige Magdalene Korner
Department: Asian Studies Center

By Eric Freedman

Water is a precious commodity in rural Uzbekistan. It's in short supply but essential for the cotton and wheat that are the landlocked Central Asian country's "strategic export commodities" providing 30 percent of its gross domestic product.

Water is just as essential for peasants who grow most of their own food.

Published: Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016
Author: Julie Allison Hagstrom
Department: Asian Studies Center

In Japan, China, and Korea, traditional artists have found unique ways to tell stories, ways their countries recognize as national treasures that must be passed to future generations. Nearly a year ago, the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University began talking about bringing performers from these traditions to MSU to share their arts with students, faculty and the community members.

Published: Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016
Author: Julie Allison Hagstrom
Department: Asian Studies Center

Art forms from Japan, China and Korea — three East Asian countries with distinct cultures — come together this week for a three-day exploration of Asian performing arts.

Tuesday morning, the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University launched "Join the Beat," an ambitious series of East Asian performance arts events. Each day focuses on a different cultural tradition, offering workshops, performances and chances to meet the artists. Tuesday's events showcased rakugo,

Published: Friday, 27 May 2016
Author: Mamduh Abukar Muridi
Department: Asian Studies Center

President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Hiroshima, although not without certain risks, is timely. Some might even see it as overdue. Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki since those cities were obliterated by American atomic bombs in 1945. Both cities eventually rebuilt successfully, and many of their citizens and elected leaders have dedicated themselves to reminding the world of the horrors of war and advocating for...



Published: Monday, 21 Mar 2016
Author: Mamduh Abukar Muridi
Department: Asian Studies Center

Catherine Ryu, associate professor of Japanese literature and culture, has created a game that makes it easier to learn Mandarin Chinese. Using the various tones of different bird species and colors she has been able to match them to the four major tones used in Mandarin helping the player of the game practice and recognize each tone.

Published: Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015
Author: Alexis Jourdayn Pierce
Department: Asian Studies Center

We're in the midst of an extremely sensitive period in our nation's history. San Bernardino is reeling. Our hearts are heavy. It is natural to want to take action.

Enter presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump is calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Published: Monday, 23 Nov 2015
Author: Tessa Lynn Raymond
Department: Asian Studies Center

Michigan State University researcher Joan Rose has been named an honorary citizen of Singapore for her significant contributions in developing a safe and sustainable water system in the island nation.

Published: Monday, 23 Nov 2015
Author: Tessa Lynn Raymond
Department: Asian Studies Center

St. Vincent Catholic Charities could help up to 100 refugees resettle in Lansing within a year if federal government approves.

Published: Friday, 20 Nov 2015
Author: Tessa Lynn Raymond
Department: Asian Studies Center

For the 11th year in a row, the annual Israel Fest put on by ASMSU, MSU Hillel and the Jewish Student Union successfully celebrated Israeli culture through food, dance and art.