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Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Ghatu dancers in Koudi, Gorkha, Nepal, 2007

Prof. Barbara Andaya on Art of the Ancestors: “Speaking to the Spirits”

Professor Barbara Andaya’s recent article for the Art of the Ancestors online educational platform focuses on women in Asian indigenous religions. The full article, “Speaking to the Spirits: Thinking Comparatively about Women in Asian Indigenous Beliefs,” can be found here, along with photos of Southeast Asian religious practices and objects.

Art of the Ancestors is “a dynamic nonprofit educational platform exploring the artistic traditions of the peoples and civilizations of Southeast Asia and Oceania.” Professor Andaya’s article links these traditions with others throughout Asia, looking especially at older women’s roles in belief and practice.

Photo of Ghatu dancers, Koudi, Gorkha, Nepal, 2007
Photo (Anna Stirr, 2007): Young Gurung girls in Koudi, Gorkha, Nepal are possessed by the goddess Saraswati while they act out the Ghatu dance-drama, held each year at the May/June full moon. The older girls have previously danced Ghatu, and their role is to guide the entranced young ones through the dance and keep them safe until Saraswati leaves their bodies.

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