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New Challenges for Peace and Security in East Asia: Perspectives on Japan’s Future

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Abe, the Japanese government is proactively working to solve the major challenges Japan faces. Consul-General Kato discusses these challenges and outlines Japan’s path forward to prosperity.

Consul-General Motohiko Kato arrived to Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville in October 2012 by way of Manila, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines. A career diplomat, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1982 after passing Japan’s foreign-service examination. Consul-General Kato’s primary mission is to care for Japanese citizens in their families residing in the Southeast, protect the interests of Japanese companies, and promote Japanese culture and business throughout these five states. 

Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Location: 
Student Center Room 211

Famed Cherry Blossoms to Find Their Kentucky Home on Campus

As Japan gifted Washington D.C. with cherry trees in 1912, offspring of those original trees are being donated to Kentucky and four will be planted at UK. A dedication ceremony will be held for this gift on April 26.

American Studies at Shanghai University: Andy Doolen

With the help of a generous grant from the U.S. State Department, UK has been able to forge a partnership across the Pacific. On March 29th, 2012, three UK scholars will go to deliver lectures for the Inaugural Symposium for the American Studies Center at Shanghai. Rich Schein and Patricia Ehrkamp from the Department of Geography and Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History will be lecturing on "Urbanization in the American South." The symposium will be the first of its kind at Shanghai University, but will be followed later this semester with another series of presentations about Appalachian art, literature and culture in May. 

Andy Doolen, an associate professor in the Department of English and Director of the American Studies program, is also serving as the Director of the American Studies Center in Shanghai. In this podcast, Doolen talks about the upcoming symposium, the story behind the partnership, and what UK and Shanghai University aspire to do for one another in the future. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman

 

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Japanese Bluegrass Sound Comes to Kentucky

Tsugaru shamisen musicians Oyama x Nitta will present a concert at UK on April 1 as part of the Kentucky Cherry Blossom Festival. Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta are known for using the Tsugaru shamisen instrument to bring a modern sensibility to ancient, highly percussive folk music sometimes referred to as "Japanese bluegrass."

A&S Faculty Travel to India to Strengthen Ties in International Education

Two A&S professors head to India to foster relationships in higher education as part of an international delegation.

UK Asia Center Hosts Japanese Tea Ceremony

On May 29 and June 12 at 2pm in the Art Museum.
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