Life, work, and child characters of Hayao Miyazaki: April 29 2pm

Cross-posted from Pitt’s Asian Studies Center:

The Japan Foundation, New York will start a special Studio Ghibli series as part of our Pop Culture Series! For the first episode on Studio Ghibli, we will take a closer look at the life of Hayao Miyazaki, the director of Studio Ghibli, and how it influenced his work, especially the children characters he created. Please join us for a discussion on Friday April 29 at 2 pm EDT with two anime experts, Susan Napier and Helen McCarthy. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. If you have any questions about Miyazaki’s worldview and characters, please submit them through Eventbrite when you register. Register

Chatham Asian Studies: Congrats to grads! Welcome to newcomers; upcoming events

Hello everyone:
Congrats to all on reaching the end of the spring term–
and a triple round for this year’s May graduates earning an Asian Studies certificate:
恭喜你毕业了    卒業おめでとうございます    졸업을 축하해
Plus, an early welcome to students enrolled in CST235 East Asian Cinema this fall: glad to add you to the email list–
  • feel free to send Dr. Kingsbury a quick “unsubscribe” if that’s your preference
  • grads will be dropped from this list unless they request otherwise
Asian Studies Intern Jennie Piotrzkowski has been hard at work improving this blog, and we’ll soon have a new round of featured student projects to showcase here.  (If you’re one of those project-makers, please remember to coordinate with her this week and next.)
We’re all hoping for a return to IN PERSON study abroad next year, and Dr. Tippen and I will soon be turning wheels toward the 5-week program next May and June, at Tunghai University in Taiwan.  Chatham also has strong program partners in Japan, South Korea, China, and elsewhere–so, if study abroad is on your horizon, be sure to connect with Karin Chipman so you can make the most of those opportunities (including scholarship/funding possibilities).
For those interested in Taiwan (and all the issues that connect through it), here’s an important talk by longtime U.S. diplomat Richard Bush, next week, May 5 9:00am. The topics he’ll be addressing affect not only Taiwan, but global power balances and democratic values over the coming decades.  Hope to see you there–
best wishes for a brilliant May ahead,

Welcome to this site!

This is the new site for information about International Studies certificates, courses, and activities at Chatham.  It also features student projects from these courses and activities. We hope this will be a useful resource for all students and faculty engaged with international life in and beyond our campus.  Welcome!

Ten Taiwanese Women


Ten Taiwanese Women

Experienced Entrepreneurs in Small Restaurant and Lodging Businesses

Chatham University 2014 ASIANetwork-Freeman Research Team



Chloe Bell, Diana Cabrera, Ashley Henry, Kristina Hruska, Rachel McNorton, Sook Yee Leung, Karen S. Kingsbury, Charlotte E. Lott




Excerpt from the Introduction by Dr. Karen Kingsbury:

“In May and June of 2014, a Chatham College research team went from Pittsburgh to Taiwan to study women proprietors of small-scale restaurant and lodging businesses. Their research was both exploratory and disciplined, reaching out to new people in unfamiliar places while carefully following social science protocols for interview technique and data-recording.

The team, comprised of six undergraduate students and two professors, conducted interviews in central, southern, and eastern Taiwan, and also on the smaller island of Penghu. Inspired by a similar project con- ducted by Scott Simon and published as Sweet and Sour: Life-Worlds of Taipei Women Entrepreneurs (Rowman and Little eld, 2003), the Chatham researchers focused instead on smaller cities, well outside the capital megalopolis that Taipei has become. The women interviewed for this project are owners (or co-owners) of eleven different establishments. The interviewers asked about the general organization and pattern of each business, including considerations related to visual and spatial design; they also asked about any gender-equity issues the women had faced, the role of relationship networks in starting and maintaining a business, the impact of family dynamics, and the women’s own perceptions of and attitudes toward feminism. In addition, the researchers developed a printed survey questionnaire that was completed by each of the interviewees, along with about three dozen other women proprietors in a wider range of businesses.”


The above link will take you to a PDF of Ten Taiwanese Women. Print copies are available from Dr. Kingsbury.