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Taiko Lesson – Learn Obon Festival Drumming

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play Bon Daiko (Japanese Obon festival drumming)? Isaku Kageyama, a taiko instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute, offers free Bon Daiko lessons on his website. The first few lessons will focus on fundamentals and basic patterns, and will progress from there. You can also download music files and sheet music, and use these recordings for free at your local festival.

 

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Careers in the Humanities

A how-to workshop on exploring diverse career paths with Brian DeGrazia and Sonia Nayak

What should a job search look like during a pandemic? How can you transfer and translate the skills you've gained from a PhD program as you consider more diverse career paths—and center your own wants and needs in the process? Join staff members from the MLA to learn how to define priorities for your job search, how to expand your network in a meaningful way, and other concrete steps you can take toward finding a job that speaks to you—as well as how the MLA can support you in your search and throughout your career.

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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

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2020 Fall Internatioanl Conference on Chinese Language Instruction

Call For Proposals!

The Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) is inviting submission of proposals for the 2020 Fall International Conference on Chinese Language Instruction. Due to ongoing developments of the pandemic, the conference will be held online on Zoom, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.

The theme of this year’s conference will be “Challenges and Opportunities of Chinese Language Instruction in the New Era”

 

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The 18th International Conference on Language, Innovation, Culture, & Education (ICLICE)

Call For Paper!

The 18th International Conference on Language, Innovation, Culture, and Education is a multi-disciplinary forum that will bring together leading scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss key topics and research findings in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.

With the theme “Diversity in Academia: Discussing the impact of different cultural perspectives on academic research”, the 18th ICLICE organizing committee is calling for papers to be presented at the event.

 

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International Conference on Korean Language, Literature and Linguistics

Call for Contributions!

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

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The Asian Conference on Language (ACL2021)

Call for Papers!

With the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University’s Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that ACL2021 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, and for the meeting of people and ideas.

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Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies

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Submissions Now Open! 

The Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and local host the Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcome proposals for the 60th annual meeting.

The program committee welcomes proposals for individual or panel presentations and round tables. The virtual format provides new possibilities for creative panel formats and the deployment of asynchronous conversations alongside real-time discussions, so you are encouraged to consider innovative structures in your proposals. There is no conference theme, but all presentations should be on topics in Asian Studies, writ large.

Please submit your proposals online here.

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TROY-STAR Summer Camp Teachers Program 2020

TROY-STAR Chinese Summer Camp for teachers, in its 11th year, is to develop a cadre of teachers of Mandarin with the dispositions, knowledge, and skills needed to create and support a new generation of highly effective World Language educators.....LEARN MORE
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Intern with JASA!

Do you have an interest in Japanese culture or want to learn how a non-profit organization runs? Maybe you're studying Japanese, International Relations, or Business and need an internship credit for your degree? 

Consider an internship with JASA! We've had interns from several universities across central Alabama 

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The lastest world news on Culture, Arts, and Society of world's most innovative countries

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Instant Chinese Delicacies a Big Hit

Instant hot and sour rice noodles, instant snail rice noodles, self-heating hotpots -- China's slew of instant delicacies are stimulating...

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Making Ancient Art Relevant For Modern Audiences

He Ting and Xiao Han were classmates at Shanghai Normal University, where they majored in traditional Chinese painting, an ancient art they were so enthralled with that they decided to make a career out of promoting it in the modern era.

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Organic Tea Is A Natural Cup Of Delight In Fujian

FUZHOU-Under the soft sunbeams in early summer, farmers are busy plucking tender leaves at a tea garden in the tranquil ravines of the lush Wuyi mountains in East China's Fujian province.

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City Embraces Rich Cultural Heritage Again

A warm southerly breeze carries the scent of flowers, and Suzhou in Jiangsu province is back verdant in the extreme, amid hope and anticipation as long-awaited cultural performances are finally returning.

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The ongoing exhibition, Infinite Compassion: The Calligraphy of Zhao Puchu, at Shanghai Museum features 93 of Zhao's works, including calligraphy pieces, poems and other documents

Works Of Famous Calligrapher On Show

The exhibition, Infinite Compassion: The Calligraphy of Zhao Puchu, which provides a glimpse into the life of the patriotic religious leader, opened at Shanghai Museum on May 21, the 20th anniversary of his death.  

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Paper-Weaving Painting

Paper-weaving painting has enjoyed a longstanding history in Gansu — an art form renowned for its delicate interweaving columns and rows that makes it virtually impossible to tell...

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Night scene in ancient city of Luoyang

Night Scene in Ancient City of Luoyang

Luoyang is a city in the confluence area of the Luo and Yellow rivers in the west of Central China's Henan province. Home to world heritage sites such as...

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Yi woman from deep mountains sews prosperous life

Yi Woman from Deep Mountains Sews Prosperous Life

Had Shen Xiaoying not run away from a remote village in Southwest China's Sichuan province more than 30 years ago, she would have...

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 Shanghai festival livelier than ever

Shanghai Festival Livelier Than Ever

Unlike previous editions, this year's Shanghai Wine & Spirits Festival does not have a confirmed end date. Rather, apart from the main  event that kicked off on June 6, the festival will...

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Revised novel on Palace Museum treasure published

Revised Novel on Palace Museum Treasure Published

A revised version of the novel "Shou Zang," which means "treasure keeping" in English, has been published by the People's Literature Publishing House to...

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Brewing Civilization

Tea is more than a drink. It's a significant component of shared cultures and individual lifestyles, and the ancient beverage is...

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 Better life looms large in Shanxi villages

 Better Life Looms Large in Shanxi Villages

Munian, literally translated as "mother's handmade cloth", is a type of rough fabric made with a millennia-old weaving craft unique to...

 

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Lotus park leads to village growth spurt

Lotus Park Leads to Village Growth Spurt

Over 230 hectares of lotuses are flourishing in the Qintang district of Guigang, a city in the...

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Ancient canal trickles back as popular retreat

Ancient Canal Trickles Back as Popular Retreat

Thrusting a pole into the water, Ai Junming, 58, weaves his way through a lengthy canal on his aged wooden boat, framing a quaint...

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2,800-year-old carriage in Shaanxi restored

2,800-year-old Carriage in Shaanxi
Restored

After a 3-year effort by scholars and archeologists, the relic of a bronze-cog carriage from the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC) has been successfully restored in...

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Shanghai International Film Festival draws large crowds

Shanghai International Film Festival Draws Large Crowds

The 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival came to a close on Aug 2 after attracting some 147,502 cinemagoers...

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Beacon excavation sheds light on ancient garrison life

Beacon excavation sheds light on ancient garrison life

What was life like for soldiers 1,200 years ago? How did they guard the border? What did they do after work and how did they...

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Kyoto Kimono - A Colorful Cut Above The Rest

Japanese kimono was at its most resplendent from the Azuchi-Momoyama period (late 16th century) through to the middle of the Edo period (1603-1867). During this time, Kyoto was the origin of the newest styles of kimono fashion.

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Traditional Culture vs New Culture 

Japan has a distinct, fascinating culture that is unlike any other countries, and will leave a lasting impression with you! This is part of what makes it such a captivating country to visit and it is certainly one of the most unique countries in the world!

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Omotenashi

In Japan, there is a deep-rooted culture, which comes from sado (tea ceremony), called omotenashi, meaning to wholeheartedly look after guests. The term is a microcosm of the country itself, representing the Japanese mindset of hospitality centring around care rather than expectation.

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Japanese Gardens

Mizuhiki is a classic Japanese decorative string made of paper that is a reminder of the beauty in Japan. Traditionally, it is used to add a pop of color to gift wrapping and to envelopes, which are used when gifting money, but today, it has inspired people to get more creative with its uses by making chic small pieces or incorporating it into accessories.

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Japanese Craft "Mizuhiki" Adds Colors to Life

Mizuhiki is a classic Japanese decorative string made of paper that is a reminder of the beauty in Japan. Traditionally, it is used to add a pop of color to gift wrapping and to envelopes, which are used when gifting money, but today, it has inspired people to get more creative with its uses by making chic small pieces or incorporating it into accessories.

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Japan’s tastiest Umaibo (giant cheese puffs)

Japan’s Tastiest Umaibo (giant cheese puffs)

One of the ever-popular pocket money snacks in Japan is Umaibo, literally “Tasty Stick”, a 10 yen 10 centimetre or more stick of...

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Watari-um celebrates a mother's legacy

Watari-um Celebrates a Mother's Legacy

Koichi Watari, 60, has lived and breathed art since childhood, but whether he was always a fan is another story.

“You could say I positively disliked art, and...

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 Japan - Countries and Culture

Japan - Countries and Culture

The Japanese names, Nihon and Nippon, are alternative readings of written characters that mean "origin of the sun" ("Land of the Rising Sun").

European names for the country probably originated with...

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Japanese Confucianism

Japanese Confucianism

The Japanese are an often misunderstood people. Arising from a land of paddy fields and feudal landlords about one hundred and fifty years ago, the Asia-Pacific has...

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Design for the Ages: Discover Japan’s History Through Art & Architecture

Design for the Ages: Discover Japan’s History Through Art & Architecture

From idyllic architecture of ancient Kyoto to the majestic sculptures of old-time Nara to the stunning paintings of Edo, Japan surely is...

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Cultural Values of Japan

Cultural Values of Japan

Japanese values are thoroughly rooted in all aspects of life, and will always impact family, work, and social interactions. Family ties are strong in Japan and bind not only the living extended family but...

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Japanese Food: The Basics

Japanese Food: The Basics

The typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice (gohan), a bowl of miso soup (miso shiru), pickled vegetable...

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The Many Types of Traditional Music and Dance Celebrated in Japan!

The Many Types of Traditional Music and Dance Celebrated in Japan!

Japan is a country with a rich and interesting history devoted to music and dance. It has managed to salvage and re-ignite traditional dances and...

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The Japanese Family System

The Japanese Family System

Like many Asian family systems, the Japanese family system was an extended family which included distant relatives as well as...

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Sushi. What Is It and What Does It Mean to Japanese People?

Sushi. What Is It and What Does It Mean to Japanese People?

Sushi has become a familiar food the world over. The image of sushi is so strong that many foreigners will...

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Korean History and Political Geography

Koreans often use the proverb “when whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken” to describe their country’s victimization at the hands of larger, more powerful neighbors. China, as the largest and most technologically and culturally advanced society in East Asia, exerted the most important outside influence on Korea until modern times.

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South Korean Traditional Cuisine

Since ancient times, the Korean people have maintained a belief that food and medicine have the same origin and hence perform the same function, following the adage that 'food is the best medicine'. 

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UNESCO Heritage In Korea

Since the earliest settlements on the Korean Peninsula and in southeastern Manchuria during prehistoric times, the people of Korea have developed a distinctive culture based on their unique artistic sensibility.

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Gugak - Korean's Traditional Arts

The term gugak, which literally means “national music,” refers to traditional Korean music and other related art forms including songs, dances... 

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Religious Influence on Korean Art

In Korea, landscape painting—rather than figure paintings or historical paintings as in the Western world—became the preeminent form in part because nature itself was considered sacred...

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Hidden Korea

Hidden Korea

Like all agricultural societies, Korean life has always centered on tightly knit families. Large families...

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Calligraphy – the art of writing

Calligraphy – The Art of Writing

A cherished Korean art form that conveys the artists' emotions while illustrating the strength, purity...

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 Myeolchi Ssambap

Myeolchi Ssambap

Located on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula and overflowing with things to see and eat, Gyeongsangnam-do Province is famous for...

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 National Museum of Korea to reopen with largest exhibition of state-designated treasures

National Museum of Korea to Reopen with The Largest Exhibition of State-designated Treasures

The National Museum of Korea is reopening on Wednesday with its largest-ever exhibition of national treasures.The Cultural Heritage Administration and...

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Korean Tradition

Korean Tradition

Many ancient Korean traditions survive today, evidence of the durability and resilience of traditional Korean culture. Impressive and magnificent stone...

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Hansik (Korean Cuisine) – an abundance of tastes, ingredients, dishes - and surprises

Hansik (Korean Cuisine) 

Hansik is renowned the world over for its exceptional use of fresh local, seasonal ingredients to create a wide variety of...

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Korean Arts

Korean Arts

Traditional Korean arts are unique cultural treasures that have been bequeathed from master artisan to master artisan since antiquity. Inspired by the natural world, these beautiful traditional handicrafts...

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Korean Dance

Korean Dance

Korea has an exceptionally rich dance culture and, as in most Asian countries, Korean traditional theatre also employs dance or at least a dance-like,...

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Royal Palaces of Korea – beautiful symbols of strength and service

Royal Palaces of Korea – Beautiful Symbols of Strength and Service

The home and political seat of Korea's kings, traditional palaces are magnificent examples of the beautiful aesthetics...

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5 Traditional Dance From South Korean

5 Traditional Dance From South Korean

South Korea is famous not only because of its drama and music alone. But K-Pop fever has penetrated to...

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Food Culture in Vietnam

 The country boasts one of the most diverse, delicious and healthy gastronomies in the world. The main ingredients used in Vietnamese food are rice and its derivatives, fish sauce and vegetable.

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Vietnamese Cultural Dances

Traditional Vietnamese dance includes several different forms. These include: dance as performed in Vietnamese theatre and opera, dances performed at festivals, and royal dances of the imperial court.

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Vietnamese Traditional Stilt Houses

Four thousand years ago, Vietnamese people were building stilt houses similar to those in use today. Suited to flood-prone plains and to steep mountain slopes, these houses remain popular among many of Vietnam’s 54 different ethnic groups.

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10 Best Festivals in Vietnam

10 Best Festivals in Vietnam

Festivals in Vietnam offer visitors the best opportunity for getting up close and personal with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. Despite undergoing...

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Religion in Vietnam

Religion in Vietnam

Vietnam is officially an atheist country, as declared by the country's communist regime. Although in theory the country enjoys freedom of religion, in practice there are...

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Vietnamese Traditional Costumes: History, Culture and Where to Find Them

The traditional costumes of a country tell many stories about its history and culture. Vietnamese costumes have been affected by many cultures in the world from the past to present, making them more beautiful and educational. If you’re looking for a little information on these costumes and where to find them, keep reading.

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Variety show to feature Cửu Long culture

Variety show to feature Cửu Long culture

A variery show featuring the Cửu Long culture and lifestyle will be staged by young artists of the Phương Nam Theatre at Gia Định Park in...

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Vietnamese Cuisine Culture

Vietnamese Cuisine Culture

One of the most effective ways to discover a culture is to start with its cuisine. In this blog, join us on the journey to...

 

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 Confucianism in Vietnam

Confucianism in Vietnam

Vietnam becomes the home to millions of religious followers with myriad religions including Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism,...

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Non La – A Symbol of Vietnamese’ Charm and Romance

Non La – A Symbol of Vietnamese’ Charm and Romance

When travelling throughout Vietnam, tourists never fail to take notice of the local charming ladies donned in Áo Dài (Vietnamese traditional long dress) and...

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