Asian Studies Program
The Asian Studies Program at Northeastern encourages students to look carefully and critically at the complex ways that people in Asian countries have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world in both the past and the present.Majors & Minors
Learn about the students who studied Asian Studies.
- Alex's identity as an Asian American fueled her interest in East Asia from middle school and throughout college.
- Alex spent her first year at Smith College, then transferred to Northeastern in her second year.
- Alex decided to double-major in Economics and Asian Studies. She wanted both the quantitative social science experience and a focused humanities education.
- Learning more through Asian Studies helped validate that there was a range of experiences within both Asia and the Asian Diaspora.
- Alex's favorite courses, Chinese Film and Chinese Pop Culture, were taught by Professor Benny Shaffer. She enjoyed being able to connect pop culture to historical and social happenings.
- For her co-op, Alex served as the iCater Admin Assistant for the Pine Street Inn, a leading provider of homelessness services. Her role included social media, event planning, course instruction, and more.
- The co-op fundamentally changed how Alex viewed the world, pushing her to think about how we can go about lessening human suffering...
- Originally from suburban Georgia, Seaton received the National Merit Scholarship to attend Northeastern.
- Through the Civic Engagement Program, Seaton volunteered with the National Braille Press where he learned about disability advocacy.
- Since the beginning of his Northeastern career, Seaton was an active member of the Progressive Student Alliance. He was involved with HOWL (Huskies Organizing with Labor).
- In his sophomore year, Seaton served as an eBoard member of Students Against Institutional Discrimination, which provided students programming about institutional/system racism.
- Seaton changed his major to Asian Studies in his junior year.
- Seaton was introduced to the Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship by the Chinese Department. He received the award to study and work in China for six months.
- Seaton completed one full semester of coursework in China, as well as an internship with the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce...
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
Asian Studies at Northeastern University
With the dawn of the 21st Century, Asia has become the fastest growing continent on the globe. Diverse and fascinating, the Asian societies are rising in economic prominence, and are exerting increasing political, social and cultural influence on the world. Founded in 1984, Asian Studies at Northeastern is an interdepartmental program that focuses on the histories, cultures, and politics of the dynamic nation-states of East, Southeast and South Asia, while also exploring their transnational interactions and their global diasporas, especially to the United States. In so doing, it encourages students to look carefully and critically at the complex ways that people in Asian countries have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world in both the past and the present.
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Asian Studies Program
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