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Chinese Speakers and Learners: CLIC Again this Summer!

Culture and Language Integration in Chinese and English (CLIC), a joint program run by the Language Center and the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), will continue to online conduct Chinese and English conversation sessions in summer 2021. This program is primarily intended for American high school students who received 6-8 years of immersion Chinese education and international students from China. However, students from anywhere in the county who are native speakers of English or Chinese, and are learning the other language, are invited to participate.

CourseShare: Three Korean e-school Courses for Fall

The University of Minnesota (UMN) Korean language program, led by Hangtae Cho, has long been an active participant in the Korea Foundation’s global e-school initiative, which uses the existing CourseShare structure to share courses in Korean Studies in the Big Ten, providing students with an opportunity to explore a range of topics related to Korean history, culture and modern life. For Fall 2021, UMN students have three courses to choose from, including a well-established course taught by Dr. Cho himself.
Chinese Flagship students with Mountain in China

The Chinese Flagship Program: Creating Global Citizens

The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies has been awarded the renewal of the Chinese Flagship Grant. This federal grant funds the Chinese Flagship Program, which prepares students to be global professionals fluent in Chinese language and culture. Program Director Ning Ma explains how students will benefit from the grant—from intensive Chinese language courses to funded study abroad programs.
Shir Alon poses for a portrait outdoors.

A Common Thread: Using Literature to Connect Larger Ideas

Oil, feminism, minorities, and genies. All of these are the focus of classes taught by new Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Professor Shir Alon. Her classes are rooted in her comparative literature background. “I feel that literature provides us with tools and metaphors to think about our social and political life in ways that are more powerful than anything else that I’ve encountered,” she says.
Photo of student Ray Barney

An Activist in the Making

Ray Barney is a senior at the University of Minnesota double-majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies (GWSS) and Asian languages and literatures (ALL) with a minor in art. They are already doing work informed by feminist, Black, trans, and queer praxis. With the tools and opportunities they’ve gained during their time at the University of Minnesota, Barney hopes to be a part of the shared fight for shared liberation.
Christine Marran

Looking Within to See Beyond

“Humans have long viewed themselves as more special than anything else, and that impedes our ability to think critically about the environment,” says Christine Marran. Marran is the chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and a professor of Japanese literature and cultural studies.

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