Visiting Scholar Spotlight: Sri "Tina" Agustina

Sri “Tina” Agustina is a lecturer at Syiah Kuala University at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, teaching courses in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Marine Chemistry, and Oceanography. Oberlin Shansi has been thrilled to welcome her as a Spring 2019 Visiting Scholar. Since arriving in late January, Tina has been taking full advantage of a range of opportunities at Oberlin. She’s audited classes, taken ExCos, joined a musical group, and explored Northern Ohio. In the classes she’s taking in the Chemistry department here in Oberlin, Tina’s been observing classroom management and course organization. She’s also paid close attention to communication styles between Oberlin students and professors. Tina wants to in

Visiting Scholar Spotlight: Fan Yue

In Fall 2018, Oberlin Shansi had the pleasure of welcoming Fan Yue (范悦), the most recent visiting Chinese Instructor from Beijing Normal University. In Beijing Normal University, Fan Yue studies Teaching Chinese to English Speakers. Her time in the classroom and in group study sessions with Oberlin students has given her the opportunity to further develop her teaching skills while gaining valuable real-world experience. Before applying to the Shansi Visiting Scholars Program, Fan Yue was impressed with the level of diversity that the Oberlin website presented. The faces of Oberlin, to her, reflected the image of America she had built from what she’d read in books and seen on television. Sinc

Raga Revelry Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Raga Revelry Film Screening and Panel Discussion/Q+A Wednesday, April 24, 7-9:30 pm at the Birenbaum, Hotel at Oberlin Raga Revelry introduces viewers to the tradition of North Indian classical music. For thousands of years, musicians have dedicated their lives to raga, which evokes a vivid range of emotions and moods and invites the listener to go beyond a limited perspective of self-awareness. In Raga Revelry, performer and musicologist Vijay Kuchlu transports the viewer to the center of Indian spirituality and culture. Heartfelt performances and interviews from legendary musicians, along with the joyful camaraderie between the artists, unfold the rasa — or soul — of this music. P

LGBT Art & Activism in Taiwan: Zine Release Party

This coming Monday, April 22nd at 4:30 pm Jenn Lin '20 and Sheng Kao '20 will be hosting a zine release party at the Multicultural Resource Center. This winter term they went to Taiwan through Shansi's In-Asia Grant Program and interviewed LGBTQ activists and community members. Their zine, "Crystal Bridges" is a culmination of their experience. We hope you can join us! Here is the facebook event:

Healthcare in India: In-Asia Grant presentation by Julia Pindaro '20

Join us this Friday, April 19th at 4:45 in Peters 101 for an In-Asia Grant presentation given by Julia Pinardo '20 on Healthcare in India. "Apollo Hospital, one of the first corporate hospitals in India, and the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI), one of the largest health non-profits in India, both seek to provide quality health care in Hyderabad. However, their funding differs significantly and impacts their work. Join Julia to learn about her experience shadowing at the two organizations, the government's role in health care, and health care system barriers."

Join us in welcoming our 2019-2021 Indonesia Fellows

Please join us in welcoming our new Indonesia Fellows Nikaio (Niko) Thomashow ’19 (December) who started their fellowship this February at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Sydney Allen ’19 who will be going to Gadjah Mada this summer, and Emily Peterson ’19 who will be going to Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh this summer. Nikaio (Niko) Thomashow graduated from Oberlin in December 2018 with a degree in Dance with a focus in Performance of Identity. Throughout their time there, Nikaio was involved in and a leader for many student groups, including the Filipinx American Student Association, Koreo, and Kinetik. In their second year, they founded Queer and Formal Reasoning (QFR), Ober

Refugees & Resilience

Join Rumi Shammin, Associate Professor & Chair of the Environmental Studies Program, to learn about his current research project on "Refugees & Resilience: Stories from Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh." The presentation will be on Friday, April 19th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Severance 108. Pizza will be served.

Join us in welcoming our 2019-2021 Japan Fellows

Please join us in welcoming our 2019-2021 Japan Fellows Sara Chang '19 and Emily Eisenstein '19 who will both go to J.F. Oberlin College in Machida, Japan and start language training this summer. We'll also be posting about our new Indonesia fellows soon. Sara Chang is one of two 2019-2021 fellows for J.F. Oberlin University. She graduated from Oberlin in 2019 with a neuroscience major on the pre-med track. She was a four-year member and three-year captain of the women’s volleyball team. Apart from athletics, Sara assisted in neuroscience research and interned with the American Red Cross. While she has no experience with Japan, Sara studied Mandarin for 9 years and spent the spring of 2018 i

Community Based Learning & Environment in Hong Kong

Join us tomorrow, April 12th for a presentation by the LIASE 2019 Winter Term Study Trip to Hong Kong "Community Based Learning & Environment in Hong Kong." It will be held in Severance 108 from 12-1pm and pizza will be served.

"Come You Back to Maynila Bay: Mahjong Art Installation & Workshop

Join Karl Orozco, Oberlin class of 2013 and former Shansi Fellow to Banda Aceh from 2013-2015, for his Mahjong Art Installation & Workshop "Come You Back to Maynila Bay." It will be held in the Cat in the Cream on Sunday, April 14th from 12pm-3pm and is presented by the Asia America Art Collective.

Story of Peace: Shigeko Sasamori, Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor

Come hear Shigeko Sasamori's personal account of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Friday April 12th 3:30-4:30 pm in King 106. Professor Kazumi Hatasa of Purdue University will also jointly tell her story in the aftermath of the bombing and recovery period in Hiroshima.

Join us in welcoming our 2019-2021 India Fellows

Please join us in welcoming our 2019-2021 India Fellows Kate Little '19 (December) going to Lady Doak College in Madurai and Kiran Melnyk '17 going to Jagori Grameen in Himachal Pradesh. They'll begin their 2-year fellowships this summer with language training. Look out for our posts about our Indonesia and Japan fellows next week. Kate Little graduated in December 2018 with a double major in English and Environmental Studies. She grew up in the sleepy beach town of Indianola, Washington, where she enjoys kayaking and hiking while home. Kate spent her summers interning at Humanities Washington, a Seattle-based nonprofit, where she edited Spark magazine and wrote articles on events around th

Parks and the Environment in Sichuan China

Parks and the Environment in Sichuan China” Friday April 5, 2019 12:00-1:00, Severance 108--Join us for pizza and a presentation by student & faculty participants in the WT19 study trip to China. With Trip Leader Professor Amanda Schmidt (Geology).

Join us in welcoming our new China Fellows

Please join us in welcoming our new China fellows Mackenzie Lew ’19 going to Beijing Normal University and Le’Priya White ’19 going to Shanxi Agricultural University! They will start their fellowships this summer with language training. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be posting about our new fellows going to Indonesia, India, and Japan. Mackenzie Lew ‘19, a History and Comparative American studies double major, is the 2019-2020 Fellow to Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. After studying Mandarin for several years, she is excited to begin immersing herself in Chinese language and culture. While at Oberlin, she has been active in the Asian American community on campus as a mem

Shansi Prize 2019 - Call for Applications

The purpose of the Shansi Prize is to recognize the work of a graduating senior that demonstrates an exceptional understanding of an aspect of Asia and is based on the values of mutual understanding, respect and learning. Graduating Seniors from both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Conservatory of Music are encouraged to submit their works. All formats are eligible, including written work, artwork, class or research projects, musical compositions, and performance pieces. The Shansi Prize is for the amount of $500. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 15th, 2019 at noon. Applications must include a letter of support from an Oberlin Faculty member. Interested students can find o

"Designing Sustainability" - Job Talk by Victoria Nguyen

Please join Oberlin LIASE (Asian Studies and the Environment) and the Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and East Asian Studies for job talk by Victoria Nguyen titled "Designing Sustainability: Containment, Circulation, and Contingency, in Beijing." Victoria Nguyen is completing her PhD in Anthropology, University of Chicago. with an expected degree date of June 2019. Her dissertation is "Urban Interrupted: An Ethnography of Urbanization and its Others in Contemporary China." Nguyen has a BA from McGill University and a MA in Religion from University of Toronto. The postdoc is jointly housed in Anthro, EAS, and Environmental Studies, with Anthropology as the primary host.

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