2012 Asian Studies Focus Award Celebration

Kyogen and Buyo

On Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, as part of the Asian Studies Focus Award Celebration, PCC was treated to set of classical Japanese performance -- two dances "Kyoto Children" and "Itako Dejima" and a play, "The Mountain Wizard and the Persimmons". Watch a video of the performance!

The guest performers included:

Scene from a Kyogen Play

Photograph Courtesy of Zenchiku Tokuichiroo http://www.zenchiku.org/

Dr. Laurence Kominz, Professor of Japanese Language, Literature, and Drama at Portland State University. He researches and writes on Kabuki, Kyogen and plays of Yukio Mishima.

Aimee Zink, Sophomore  at Portland State University. She has been in several of Kominz' Kyogen productions.

Rachel Miller, Senior at Portland State University. She has also been in several Japanese productions at PSU, including the Kabuki play performed on June 10, 2012 at PSU.

After the performance, the audience headed over to the PAC Lobby for the actual award ceremony, where eighteen students were recognized for the Asian Studies Focus Award in the 2011-2012 academic year. Linda Gerber, Sylvania's Campus gave opening remarks, and Ron Ross, Asian Studies Committee member, invited each of the student who were present to come to the front of the room to say a few words.

Of the eighteen students who received the award, the following eleven students attended the ceremony:  

  1. Jennifer Broussard
  2. An Do
  3. Nicholas Friday
  4. Dezerae Guerero
  5. Kyle Huckins
  6. Jesse McWhirter
  7. Eli Patton
  8. Ember Pickering
  9. Malynda Rasmussen
  10. Jeffrey Wise
  11. John Zink

Sponsors of the event included the Internationalization Initiative, The Division of English and World Languages and the Japanese Program specifically, and Tokai Carbon USA.