Join Us, January 29 at 7pm for a Film Screening: “Fearless” (2006)

A 2006 film starring Jet Li as real life martial artist Huo Yuanjia
Tuesday, Jan 29 @ 7pm
Ed Center 118

This film depicts a variety of Chinese environments, which we will also encounter in China this summer: bustling market streets, public martial arts performances, lavish banquets at fancy restaurants, peasants in the rice paddies, worship at temples. “Fearless” also deals with important topics like the relationship between Chinese nationalism, martial arts, and spiritual transcendence (though you don’t have to know any of that to appreciate this entertaining film— but if you want some background— e-mail me and I’ll send you a 5 page PDF reading).

If you’re planning to join Drs Siegler and Gibas on their Summer Abroad trip to China, this film should be a “must-see” to help you get excited about the upcoming trip while also providing you with some background.  If you’re not sure yet about making the trip, this film may help you decide.

In any case, please join us— and spread the word!

Study Abroad in China! (Summer 2013)

Join Drs. Elijah Siegler and Piotr Gibas on their China: Religion and Culture trip this summer!

Dates: June 4, 2013 – June 25, 2013

Courses Offered: Religious Studies and International Studies

RELS 205: Sacred Texts of the East

ASST240: Special Topics – Food, Culture and the Environment in China

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2013

Description: In this program to China, two separate courses will be offered, one concerned with Religion and the other with the everyday lives of the Chinese, including what they eat, their culture and their environments. The Religious Studies course will involve in-depth readings of several important Daoist, Buddhist Confucian, and modern texts. Wherever possible, students will read and discuss texts in the locations where they were written or used. The Asian Studies Course will focus on one of the world’s favorite cuisines and will explore the culinary traditions of China in their social and environmental context.

See this Flyer for full Details!



Learn More at the Study Abroad Fair!!

Date: January 29

Place: Physician’s Auditorium

Time: 9-2:30

“I was trying to get with you’: Getting with the Politics of South Asian American Masculinity.”

Join the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Health and Human Performance, and Women’s and Gender Studies for a public lecture:

Title: “I was trying to get with you’: Getting with the Politics of South Asian American Masculinity”

Speaker: Dr. Stan Thangaraj, a post-doctoral fellow in Sociology at Vanderbilt University

Date: January 31, 2013

Time: 3:00pm

Location: The Alumni Center of the Education, Health, and Human Performance Building


Please consider supporting Dr. Thangaraj’s outstanding research and important work with communities of color in the Nashville and Atlanta communities.

Abstract: As sport is imagined as neutral site structured through meritocracy, South Asian American participation in a quintessentially American sport like basketball provides an interesting venue to understanding the politics of sport, the different relationship of this community to basketball, and the gendered, racial, and sexualized realm of citizenship.  In this paper, I demonstrate how South Asian American men practice a sport masculinity as a means to escape the
queering, emasculating experiences they have had in other public venues.  In the process of performing what they consider a normative masculinity, these young South Asian American men simultaneously expand the contours of South Asian America by foreclosing it to various gendered, sexual, classed, and racial others.  This is an ethnographic project conducted on co-ethnic only South Asian American basketball leagues and is part of book manuscript I am currently working on.

Guest Lecture: Her Stories: Women’s Autobiographies in Hindi

Join the Asian Studies program in welcoming Monika Browarczyk, Professor of Hindi language and literature at Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznan, Poland and this year she is a Fulbright Scholar at UT Austin, who will be giving a public lecture on her research regarding womens’ life writings in Hindi in post-colonial India.

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Time: 2pm

*free and open to the public