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2021-2022 Academic Year Events

Asia Center Welcome EventWelcome Mandarin DLI, Asian Studies & U

Please join faculty, staff, and students of the U’sAsian Studies Program, Asia Center andConfucius Institute for a welcome lunch anddiscussion about opportunities to further buildand apply your Mandarin Chinese languageskills here at the U. In addition to a free lunch,members of the Asian Studies community willshare information about majors in Asian Studies,Chinese, and other languages, a Sociology“CLAC” course taught in Mandarin, Scholarshipsfor language study & study abroad, ChineseConversation Corner, and more!
We are excited to welcome you to the U, andlook forward to getting know you andsupporting your learning of language andinternational and area studies!

Red Ants Be Global Ready

Learn more about global opportunities on campus, such as majors, learning abroad, scholarships, internships, and more. Get your passport stamped and receive free international food.

This program is made possible with support from the Asia Center, Center for Latin American Studies, International Studies, Middle East Studies, Learning Abroad, Career and Professional Development, World Languages and Cultures, Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Business, Health and Prosperity at Eccles.

Losing Afghanistan on the Installment PlanLosing Afghanistan on the Installment Plan

Christine Fair, Security Studies Professor at Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service will discuss key factors that made any victory, howsoever defined, in Afghanistan impossible.⁠

This program is made possible with support from the Asia Center and Hinckley Institute of Politics.

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Call Her GandaFilm Screening and Discussion:

Call Her Ganda

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case-an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and Jennifer’s mother-galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism.

All are welcome to participate in this documentary screening and conversation exploring gender and justice, gender-based violence, and the experiences of transgender people in the context of U.S. militarism and imperialism in the Philippines.


  • Judith Mirkinson, President of the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition and Cofounder, Gabriela Network
  • Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

This film will have live commentary followed by a short post film discussion.

Call Her Ganda Film Screening and Resources


Utah Film Center, Asian American Student Association (AASA), Center for Equity and Student Belonging, Asian Pacific Islanders American Advocates Utah (OCA), Gender-Based Violence Consortium, Asia Center, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Utah Chapter

FLAS Info SessionsForeign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Information Sessions

Come learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships! The online application will be available in November, 2021 and is due on Friday, January 28, 2022 for both Summer 2022 (6-10 week intensive language programs abroad or in the US- perhaps virtual depending on travel restrictions) and Academic Year 2022-2023 (2-semester language and area study at the University of Utah) awards. Only one application is needed if you are applying for both awards.


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The Donut King flyerUntold Stories: The Donut King

Join us for a film screening and discussion of The Donut King directed by Alice Gu, about Cambodian immigrant Ted Ngoy’s journey building a donut empire right in OC, California. The event will begin at 5:00 pm, with post-film discussion following the film, as well as refreshments and donuts to enjoy! 

This program is made possible with support from the Asia Center and Asian American Student Association (AASA) at the University of Utah.

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Going Global 2021Going Global Career Panel 2021

Each year International and Area Studies in conjnction with the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Utah coordinates our Going Global event to highlight the global careers, international experiences, and language skills and how those skills and experiences have benefitted them in the workplace. The career panel lasts one hour, in which panelists will answer questions about their careers and the value of global experiences. Following the panel there will be a one-hour networking session. Each networker will be in a Zoom breakout room, and attendees can move from room-to-room freely to meet with each networker.

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See who will be our  panelists and networkers

Dr. Haan presents Asian Immigration to Canada and Related Social Policy


Dr. Haan is Canada Research Chair in Migration & Ethnic Relations at Western University in Ontario, Canada. He uses 'big data' to understand how people respond to changes in industry: do they move when their plant closes? Do they rely on social assistance? Answers will inform debates on a wide range of topics, including employment insurance, labour market development, immigration and, more generally, the role of governments and citizens in a post-industrial welfare state.

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Last Updated: 12/10/21