New Summer Program in China Led by Berea Professors

Yunnan, China“Past and Present in the Middle Kingdom,” a BIST (Berea International Summer Term) course being offered in July 2014, will take Berea College students to China’s Yunnan Province as well as the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing for an intensive investigation of the world’s once and future superpower.  The course will be taught by Professors Robert Foster and Rebecca Bates.  Applications are due by October 15, 2013.  For more information, see

Caleb Towers ’12 Teaches in Taiwan

Caleb TowersCaleb Towers ’12 has accepted a one-year position as an English teacher in Taipei, Taiwan.  Caleb plans to take advantage of his time in Taiwan by improving his Chinese language skills and visiting neighboring countries during the generous amount of vacation time provided by his employer.

Sarah Resnick ’11 to Study at Monterey Institute of International Studies


Sarah Resnick - Japan 2013Sarah Resnick ’11, who has spent the last eighteen months teaching English in Japan through the JET Program, has been accepted by the M.A. program in International Education Management offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS).  MIIS is among the most prestigious language and international policy studies schools in the United States.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Bereans in Japan: As Three Return, Three Depart

As the 2012-13 academic year draws to a close, three Asian Studies majors now studying in Japan soon will return to campus: Fatima King ’14 (currently at Kansai Gaidai University),  Sharon Lee ’14 (also currently at Kyushu University), and Amber Welch ’15 (also currently at Kyushu University).  This summer and fall, three more Asian Studies majors will journey to Japan: Kate Durland ’13 (with the KIIS Japan summer program), Katie Fawley ’15 (fall term at Kansai Gaidai University), and Hunter Kennoy ’15 (academic year at Kyushu University).  The Asian Studies Program is proud of these students and grateful for the invaluable assistance provided to them by our campus’ Center for International Education.

New Art History Professor in Fall 2013

Ashley Elston

Dr. Ashley Elston

The Asian Studies Program is happy to welcome Dr. Ashley Elston, who will join the faculty in Art History beginning in August 2013.  Dr. Elston previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Rollins College.  A specialist in medieval and Renaissance Christian art and architecture, Dr. Elson also plans to offer cross-listed courses on Buddhist art and East Asian art history at Berea.


Noah White ’13 Accepted by JET Program

Noah White in Japan, 2012Noah White ’13 has accepted a position with the highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program! Since 1987, nearly five thousand college and university graduates from all around the world have taught their native languages in Japan through the JET Program, which is administered by the Japanese government in cooperation with 38 other national governments.  This August, Noah will join more than 2,600 Americans (including several Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET.

Five Professors Receive Grants for Study in Asia/Pacific This Summer

The Asian Studies Program congratulates Professors Shan Ayers, Rebecca Bates, Robert Foster, Gordon Gray, and Michelle Tooley on their acceptance by various intensive study programs based in the Asia/Pacific region this summer!  Professor Ayers and Tooley will study Chinese and Japanese art, literature, and religion at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Professors Bates and Foster will study Indian culture and history in India through the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Finally, as previously announced, Professor Gray will study in Vietnam through the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program.

Professor Richey’s New Book

Confucius in East Asia coverDr. Jeffrey L. Richey’s book, Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s History in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam recently was published in the Association for Asian Studies’ Key Issues in Asian Studies series.  The book, which is intended primarily for high school and college students, introduces fundamental patterns of East Asian history, spirituality, society, and politics through the lens of Confucianism’s development and impact in the region.