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Matt Coss receives a Chancellor’s Award

April 19, 2016

Senior Chinese major Matt Coss has received the Class of 1938 Joseph F. Patterson Jr. & Alice M. Patterson International Leadership Award! Established in 1977, this award is presented to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contribution to increasing international awareness and understanding.

Department of Asian Studies Statement on HB2

April 18, 2016

In light of the recent passage of NC House Bill 2 (HB2), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Asian Studies affirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment.  We are fully committed to the University’s Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on “age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.”  (See the full university policy at We also endorse the protections encoded in Federal Title VII and Title IX regulations.


Caroline Zullo is Carolina’s first Carnegie Junior Fellow

April 13, 2016

Caroline Zullo, an Arabic minor from the class of 2015, has been selected for the elite Carnegie Junior Fellows Program. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has given this prestigious award for 25 years, and Caroline is the very first ever recipient from Carolina. The Junior Fellows, who are recent graduates with career interests in international affairs, work in Washington as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment. Click here for the full story.

Gang Yue Combines Research, Teaching, and Volunteerism with Tibet NGO

April 4, 2016

Machik is a Washington, D.C.-based international NGO that operates on the rural Tibetan Plateau and beyond. Its work is rooted in community-based education and, in addition to running schools, extends to youth leaderships training programs, energy and environmental projects, and initiatives to increase women’s access to education and economic resources. After inviting Dr. Losang Ragbey, Machik’s executive director, to speak to his ASIA 453 class, Dr. Gang Yue began working with Machik himself, visiting and engaging with one of its schools in Tibet and speaking by invitation to public audiences of diverse backgrounds. He also refers UNC students to Machik’s volunteer and internship programs. Dr. Yue joined the Machik Advisory Board in 2008 and regularly participates in teleconferences with other board members. He considers this volunteer work part of his broader ethnographic fieldwork, as his interactions with Tibetans and multinational volunteers and supporters have enriched his scholarly work and informed its ethos. For Dr. Yue’s latest participation as a panelist in the second MachikWeekendX (MWx), visit


Pamela Lothspeich Brings Ramlila Theatre from India to the Classroom

April 4, 2016

Since 2006 Professor Lothspeich has been conducting research for a book on a form of Indian theatre called Ramlila which enacts the story of the Hindu god Ram. Ramlila productions occur across much of Hindi-speaking North India every fall and may run three to five hours per night over the course of two weeks or more. In the last eight years Professor Lothspeich has attended the Ramlila festival in India five times and has seen productions, both amateur and professional, at eighteen different venues across the state of Uttar Pradesh, though she has a special fondness for three amateur productions in and around the city of Bareilly. In October 2014, she curated a photo and video exhibit on Ramlila at the largest annual conference on South Asia, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Professor Lothspeich regularly incorporates her knowledge, as well as abundant media and oral histories from her research in her courses ASIA 332, ‘The Story of Ram in Indian Culture’. In this course, students perform their own plays based on the Ramayana as a capstone to their learning. Besides ASIA 332, Professor Lothspeich also enjoys teaching a course on the other Hindu epic, ASIA 333, ‘The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined’. The Mahabharata was the subject of her first book, Epic Nation: Reimagining the Mahabharata in the Age of Empire (Delhi: OUP, 2009).

Nadia Yaqub Joins JMEWS

April 4, 2016

Nadia Yaqub, associate professor of Arabic language and culture, has joined the editorial collective of JMEWS: Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, the official journal of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies. Edited by Frances Hasso (Duke, Women’s Studies and International Comparative Studies), Banu Gokariksel (UNC Chapel Hill, Geography), and Miriam Cooke (Duke, Asian and Middle East Studies), JMEWS is an interdisciplinary journal that advances the fields of Middle East gender, sexuality, and women’s studies through the contributions of academics, artists, and activists from around the globe working in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. JMEWS publishes area-specific research informed by transnational feminist, sexuality, masculinity, and cultural theories and scholarship. It is particularly interested in work that employs historical, ethnographic, literary, textual, and visual analyses and methodologies. The journal also publishes book and film reviews, review essays, and dissertation abstracts that highlight theoretical innovation in gender and sexuality studies focused on the Middle East. For more information visit