Happy First Anniversary!

Center for Asian Studies-Newsletter Issue 2

The Latest News From The Center

  • News Asian Courses Are Launched This Fall Semester

  • Workshop On Chinese Pronunciation For Faculty and Staff

  • The Fifth Asian Culture Forum Was Held On September 26th

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The First Anniversary Report

Established on September 1, 2019, The Center for Asian Studies has completed its first year of operation. During the first six months, when academic life was not disrupted by COVID-19, the Center sponsored or co-sponsored a series of successful events that included a concert by Korean pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, four Forums about Asian Culture presented by four distinguished academics from China, and the 2019 Anlin Ku Lecture presented by Dr. Ying-Ying Chang, a distinguished scientist from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Dennis Kratz, Founding Director of the Center, gave three public lectures related to the work of the Center. Also during this period, the Center continued to sponsor Chinese Language classes and organized Chinese proficiency tests for the public.

Since mid-March, even though COVID-19 caused a sudden halt to all scheduled events and activities for the spring semester, the Center still has achieved several of its goals. We shifted our spring courses online and continued to offer them online in summer; co-sponsored two webinars about Asia; completed formation of the Center's administrative committee and held three committee meetings; and established the Center's International Advisory Board, Faculty Advisory Board and Student Advisory Council. The Associate Directors, Dr. Mingdong Gu and Dr. Karl Ho, have been engaged in establishing international partnerships and exchange programs with universities in Asia. Among their work, a Taiwan Initiative will form part of a University commitment to Taiwan Studies.

The new semester has initiated another of the Center's projects: Collaborating with the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College, the Center offered its first credit course in Asian Studies - HONS 3199 (Issues in Asian Studies). This course explores contemporary interdisciplinary topics in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering of Asian countries. Other projects are going well. Introductory Hindi - a new non-credit Asian language course - has been added to the Center's curriculum and successfully offered from September 1st. On September 17, an online workshop entitled Pronouncing Chinese Names, presented by Professor Bei Chen, one of the Center's affiliated faculty, attracted almost 100 participants. On September 26, founding director Dr. Dennis Kratz gave a successful live online lecture "Odysseus Meets The Monkey King", the fifth Asian Culture Forum since the establishment of the Center.

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Thank You, Partners! You Help The Center Grow!

Partner Spotlight - Crow Museum of Asian Art

In January of 2019, the Trammell and Margaret Crow family has donated the entire collection of the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art, together with $23 million of support funding, to The University of Texas at Dallas to create the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas.

The University will continue to operate the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art in its current space in the downtown Dallas Arts District, where it has been located for more than 20 years. The gift funding will provide for the design and construction of a second museum on the UT Dallas campus, which will allow for a wider range of the full collection to be viewed by the public.

Amy Lewis Hofland, who has led the Crow Museum since 2002 and will continue in her leadership role for both museum sites.

CAS International Advisory Board Members

CAS International Advisory Board is composed of scholars, entrepreneurs and philanthropists from the United States and other countries of the world.


  • Da Hsuan Feng: Board Chairman, former Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Bing Xie (TI): Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Applications, Texas Instruments
  • Almas Muscatwalla: Founding Member and Executive Director, Faith Forward Dallas
  • Charlie Chen: Chairman/CEO of DFW Technology, Inc.
  • Pauline Chen: CFO of DFW Technology, Inc.
  • Jonathan Stalling: Harold J and Ruth Newman Chair for US-China Issues at Oklahoma University
  • Chazmon Gates (TI): Legal Counsel, Texas Instruments
  • Stefanie Schneidler: philanthropist
  • Michael Szonyi: Frank Wen-hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History and Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
  • Guo Hua Yan: Vice President of Beijing University of Foreign Studies
  • Jordan Cowman: Attorney-a-Law, Traurig Greenberg LLP
  • Dr. Peter Mathieson: Principal (President) University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Professor Bali Deepak: Professor of Chinese, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India)
  • Professor Kidder Smith: Professor )ret.) Bowdoin University, retired
  • Paul Pass – Executive Director, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth

Upcoming Event Announcement

Please join our online Asian Culture Forum on November 7. "Japanese Culture and Society in Hayao Miyazaki's Animations and Movies" by Professor Nami Kroska. Register Here:
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