East-West Center Participant Testimonials

Institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum

Deborah Sipe
Deborah Sipe

I attended the Infusing East Asia into the Curriculum Institute last summer. I did find the Institute a wonderfully stimulating experience. It reminded me of the best days of my college experience - stimulating lectures by very knowledgeable individuals, with the opportunity for further exploration of ideas and lively discussion sessions. The readings were also very thought-provoking. I felt I learned a lot from the experience.

Jane Rognlie

Participation in the East West Center’s institute “Infusing East Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum” was a phenomenal educational experience! Faculty from across the United States came together in a beautiful setting for 3 weeks of immersion in Japanese and Chinese history, politics, economics, philosophy, literature, fine arts, and the environment. Experts such as Roger Ames and Fred Lau gave engaging lectures and led lively discussions. Institute participants also attended films and musical performances, visited museums, and merrily toured the island of Oahu. This institute instilled in me a passion for learning more about Asian cultures and inspired me to enhance the library’s collection of Asian-themed books and films to support internationalization at PCC.

Sharon Hennessy
Sharon Hennessy

I was one of three PCC participants at the East-West Center institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum in the summer of 2007. For me, the three-week institute was a perfect beginning to a year-long focus on China and Asia and a wonderful immersion. Scholars provided daily lectures on many topics: histories of China and Japan, eastern philosophy (Confucius, the Doa De Jing, Buddhism), Asian art, contemporary economics, and current socio-political issues such as the Chinese environmental movement and human rights. The cohort of participants were fascinating people too! We had many experiences outside of the lecture hall: a Japanese Tea Ceremony, film nights, and many excursions in Honolulu which supported the immersion in all things Asian.