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From left: Matthew Erskine (USC), John P. Burns (University of Hong Kong), Jiro Kokuryo (Keio University) and Jongryn Mo (Yonsei University). Photo courtesy of the University of Hong Kong.

Enriching East Asian Studies

May 19, 2014

USC students soon will join counterparts from other elite universities around the world in a unique study-abroad experience. Along with Cornell, Georgetown and Princeton universities; King’s College London and the…

The 2014 Boren Scholars include Kayla Foster, Benjamin Miles and Linda Wang, who are tapped to play leadership roles around the world.

A Commitment to National Security

May 15, 2014

Three USC Dornsife students have been awarded 2014 Boren Scholarships, which will support them for a year of study overseas in countries critical to the United States’ national security: Japan, China and Senegal. The…

The gift from Shinnyo-en will enhance the center’s mission to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC, and in the broader intellectual community of Japanese studies. It represents one of the largest gifts ever given to a center dedicated to the study of Japan in North America. Photo courtesy of Shinnyo-en.

A Deeper Connection

March 14, 2014

The Shinnyo-en Buddhist order has made a historic $6.6 million gift for the study of Japan to the University of Southern California. The newly named USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was established in…

Joseph Hawkins is a professor of anthropology at USC Dornsife and director of ONE Archives at USC Libraries. But in a former life, he was at the epicenter of fine dining in Los Angeles. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

The Corner Booth

January 24, 2014

For students of USC Dornsife anthropologist Joseph Hawkins, fieldwork could require a reservation at Spago. Fortunately, Hawkins has the connections to make those kinds of arrangements. Wolfgang Puck’s legendary…

<em>Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation</em> by Jacques Hymans of USC Dornsife has won a third major award: the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

Improving World Order

December 4, 2013

A book about nuclear proliferation by Jacques Hymans, associate professor of international relations at USC Dornsife, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. A $100,000 prize is attached to the…

Rhacel Parreñas of sociology studies sex trafficking in Japan

Filipina Hostesses Forced Out of Work, USC Dornsife Professor Says

April 12, 2012

More than 70,000 women are being denied the opportunity to earn a decent wage because of rules created and enforced by the United States, according to USC Dornsife professor Rhacel Parreñas. The sociologist testified…

Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC, was born in Poland and at age 6 moved to Harbin, China, one of the largest Jewish communities in the Far East. He studied violin in Japan and after waiting 12 years for a visa to come to the United States, began graduate studies at Columbia University. Berton became a consultant for the Library of Congress one year after his arrival to the U.S. Photo by Jie Gu.

The "Godfather" of Japanese Studies

December 8, 2011

Dapper in a formal tailcoat, Peter Berton stood between American and Japanese flags as he accepted the Order of the Rising Sun. The Japanese government honored the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations…

Duncan Ryûken Williams is the new director of the USC School of Religion, and the founder and co-director of the newly created USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

Enlightening the West

November 16, 2011

Born in Tokyo to a Japanese Buddhist mother and a British Christian father, Duncan Ryûken Williams believes it is his destiny to serve as a bridge between the religions and cultures of his upbringing. “I’ve…

Students soak up Japanese culture dining in L.A.'s Little Tokyo. Photo by Nicole Katekaru.

Land of the Rising Sun in the City of Angels

June 28, 2011

Wendy Barrios was on the fourth floor of a building at Tokyo International University (TIU) the afternoon of March 11, 2011, when the floor began to tremble. She was taking a break between her classes at TIU, where she was…

The group visits Jeju-do, Korea's largest island, located south of the western side of the peninsula in South Korea. Front left to right: Jimisha Tolliver, Bonnie Au, Michelle Lee, Andrew Chung and Alyson Kil. Back row: Verenice Torres and Duke Yin. Photo courtesy of Michelle Lee.

Undergrads Find their Seoul Mate

January 11, 2011

Growing up in Tampa, Fl., where Koreans comprise less than 1 percent of the population, Jimisha Tolliver had never heard of lotus chips. When visiting Korea for the first time, the USC College senior couldn’t get enough…