NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (AP) — On a rural road just after daybreak, villagers young and old kneel reverently before a single file of ochre-robed women, filling their bowls with rice, curries, fruits and sweets. In this country, it’s a rare sight.

Thailand’s top Buddhist authority bars women from becoming monks. Read more »

ASU’s Andrew Smith and Badinqiuying Publish Paper on Rangeland Degradation in Western China

Herbivory and Competition of Tibetan Steppe Vegetation in Winter Pasture: Effects of Livestock Exclosure and Plateau Pika Reduction


Richard B. Harris.*, Wang Wenying, Badinqiuying, Andrew T. Smith, Donald J. Bedunah

Published July, 24, 2015 in PLoS ONE



Rangeland degradation has been identified as a serious concern in alpine regions of western China on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau (QTP). Read more »

The University of Virginia’s Study Abroad Program in New Delhi

Deadline: October 1, 2015  

The University of Virginia is inaugurating an undergraduate study abroad program in India spring semester 2016.  The program will be based in New Delhi and affiliated with Jamia Millia Islamia.  The curriculum is designed to maximize flexibility in order to accommodate the interests of a broad range of students.   Read more »

Vietnamese 1 and Vietnamese 2 Now Online Courses at ASU

VTN 101 – Elementary Vietnamese 1 (5 credits) will be offered as an online course via Arizona State University Online this fall semester (August 20-December 4) and will be taught by Lê Phạm Thúy-Kim, co-author of Let’s Speak Vietnamese and Chúng ta nói textbooks and workbooks and many web-based learning activities for learners of Vietnamese.
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Brooke Schedneck Publishes New Book

The Center for Asian research wishes to congratulate Brooke Schedneck, recent PhD recipient in the Religious Studies faculty unit, on the publication ofThailand's International Meditation Centers- Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices her book, Thailand’s International Meditation Centers: Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices, by Routledge in their Religion in Contemporary Asia Series. This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. Read more »

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