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EIU Asian Studies Minor


 Asian Heritage Month 2021


Campus Film Screening: Asian Americans PBS Documentary

Monday, April 5, 3-8 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Charleston/Mattoon Room

This five-part series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, international relations and cultural innovation. It is a timely, clear-eyed look at the vital role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation.

April 10th -- Korean Art Song Concert    -- Korean Art Song Concert


AAPI: #EIUnited Against Asian Hate Virtual Candlelight Vigil

Monday, April 12, 6 - 7 pm

Join the EIU community to stand against racism and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The vigil will pay tribute to the victims and will include a virtual candle ceremony, reflections focusing on racism and the challenges faced by the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community.

Virtual Awards Ceremony  -- See recorded meeting here.

April 16th, 1PM -- Virtual Talk.    Academic Freedom and Academic Integrity: Japanese History as an Example . 

Join the Event: Academic Freedom and Academic Integrity

A Harvard law professor has sparked international backlash after publishing a historical revisionist article on Japan’s WWII war crimes in an academic journal. The peer-reviewed law and economics article argued that the victims of the Japanese military sex slavery during WWII (so-called “Comfort Women”) actually chose their positions for money under contract. Following expressions of concern from thousands of scholars around the world, the journal is investigating the case for potential retraction. On the other hand, atrocity denialism groups have argued that the critics are threatening the author’s freedom of speech, if not academic freedom. Two EIU historians Prof. Jinhee Lee and Mr. Seth Fisher will introduce the context, current state, and potential consequences of this controversy over Japanese history reflecting on the vital issues of academic integrity in the era of fake news, conspiracy theories, and pseudo-science. 

Videos Celebrating Asian Culture   

Shanghai Skyline by Pascal Wu

CHINA by Yushi Wang

Wedang Uwuh by Robert Petersen


Asian Heritage Poster Display on the Library Quad

Poster Display

Poster designs by Freya Zhu, poster fabrication by Matt Boonstra, Robert Petersen, and Ann Coddington.

Booth Library developed a resource guide for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage


Summer 2022 Courses

HIS 4870 The Two Koreas (online) - Lee

Fall 2021 Courses

ART 2012G: Asian Art - Petersen

HIS 4775 Women in East Asia MW 4:30-5:45 - Lee

WLC 1101: Chinese I - MTWR 1-1:50 pm - TBA


Chinese Language Course 


Spring 2022 Courses








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Robert S. Petersen, Ph.D Asian Studies Coordinator

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