Asian Studies

Asian Studies Activities, 2009-2010

Prepared by Takako Yamaguchi, updated by Bryan Hull

The following activities and initiatives are the Asian Studies committee's ongoing work.

Becoming the regional center

PCC became the regional center for the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) through the East-West Center, which is housed at University of HI campus, in late spring of 2009. The Asian Studies committee made recommendations to the College, with the huge support of Dr. Chris Chairsell, for PCC to become the regional center.

Title VI sub-grant

PCC is one of six colleges nationwide to receive the Title VI sub-grant through the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) East-West Center, used to build an integrated Chinese language and culture focus at the college. A multi-disciplinary cohort of PCC faculty were chosen to participate in a two-week Residential Workshop at the East-West Center. During the next three years, starting in 2011, the cohort received support while building or enhancing courses with an emphasis on China, including the new Chinese language and culture courses. The committee completed the grant application to ASDP under the leadership of Deborah Sipe and Craig Kolins, with help of Stuart Cowburn of the PCC Grants office. Led by Sylvia Gray (History), the cohort members include: David Armontrout (History), Martha Bailey (Philosophy), Kathy Casto (Composition and Literature), Kathleen Doss (Speech), Bryan Hull (Composition and Literature), Dorothy Payton (Architectural Drafting), Julie Anne Poncet (Art History), Hsiao-yun Shotwell (Chinese), Michael Sonnleitner (Political Science), Grace Van Ness (Health) and Catherine Zimmerman (Gerontology).

Participation of student representatives

The Asian studies committee successfully recruited three student representatives, representing four campus centers and three countries: Korea, India and Vietnam.

Participation of faculty and staff

The Asian Studies committee welcomes faculty and staff from all areas. Active members of multi-disciplines include but are not limited to: Tom Huminski, Deborah Sipe, Ron Ross, Sylvia Gray, Bryan Hull, Dave Stout, Phyllis Shen, Jane Rognlie, Martha Bailey, Jane Zunkel, Derek Gladwin, Jeffer Daykin, Marlene Eid, Hsiao-Yun Shotwell and Takako Yamaguchi. Additional supporters and guests include: Craig Kolins, Maria Caruso, Kerry Pataki, Davina Ramirez, Jean D’arc Campbell and Kevin Chan.

Developing the Chinese language curriculum

To qualify for the Title VI Grant application through the ASDP, Asian Studies committee member Takako Yamaguchi assisted in the Chinese language program development. Craig and Nancy, with the help of Dave Stout and World Languages SAC member Charma Boeschen, hired a new Chinese instructor, Hsiao-Yun Shotwell. Our first Chinese Culture class was taught spring 2010 at Cascade Campus and First Year Chinese language classes began in fall 2010. Second Year Chinese language classes were approved by the Curriculum committee to be offered fall 2011.

New Asian Studies Focus Award brochure

Our brochure has a new Chinese look, in a bright red color. Craig Kolin's office sponsored the cost of printing.

Collaboration and Networking with surrounding institutions

Jeffer Daykin, RC History, often shares information regarding PSU sponsoring events and projects.

Collaboration and Networking within PCC

Derek Gladwin, RC English, recommended the Koto (Japanese musical instrument) player Yukiko Vossen as a feature artist for the SE ASPCC Culture event. Nhi Vu, our Vietnamese student representative at Southeast approved the recommendation.

Sponsoring the speaker series:
  • Winter: Dr. Jiyu Yang visited Tom Huminski’s Literature class. Dr. Yang spoke about and demonstrated the Chinese scholarly arts of poetry and calligraphy. (SY SHINE Fund sponsored)
  • Spring: Dr. Susanne Griffin visited Marlene Eid’s Women’s Studies class. Dr. Griffin spoke about the education and women in Afghanistan. (RC Fund sponsored)
  • Rose Okada and Friends visited Sylvia Gray’s Indian History class. They brought North Indian Classical Music which involved several instruments. (SY SHINE Fund sponsored)
  • Dr. Cyndy Ning, Chinese pedagogy specialist, of U of HI visited PCC. Dr. Ning met with the new Chinese language instructor. She also demonstrated beginning Mandarin lesson. Audience included instructors of World Languages, History, English and Music. (ASDP and East West Center sponsored her visit)
Asian Studies Focus Award Celebration:

Six students completed the Focus Awards this year. Of those, three students will be present at the Focus Award Celebration to be honored (SHINE Fund sponsored). The main audience will be Maria Caruso’s Japanese Lit class. Dr. Linda Gerber will greet the students on May 19th.

  • NW China Council – Begun meeting on a monthly basis for an informal China Educator’s Network event at the Shanghai Noble House Restaurant.
  • Friendship Association of Portland – contact person is Phyllis Shen. Asian Studies committee was a co-sponsor for their Chinese New Year event in February.
  • Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association – contact person is Bonnie Starkey.