Recently, I watched a friend’s parent arrive on campus to help him move from one apartment to another. The scene made me recall my former life with my own parents, my family, and my hometown, Xi’an, China. It has been three years since I moved away from my home. Before I turned 18 years old, I never lived away from my family — my school was a mere five-minute drive from my home.
Recently, I got a phone call from one of my best friends since high school. She lives in China and attends university in Beijing. After our chat, I started thinking about the differences between college life for a Chinese student here and in China. As an international student, I love my life in Iowa City and the American opportunities I have to experience. Still, I embrace my Chinese roots.
Dan Ojwang of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, will present a public talk at the UI Monday, Sept. 30, on “Queering the Indian Ocean: Gender, Sexuality and Language in Recent East African Indian Writing.” The talk begins at 11:30 a.m. in Gerber Lounge, 304 English Philosophy Building.
The UI African Studies Program cordially invites the university community and the general public to an informal reception for this year’s African participants in the International Writing Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-6 p.m., in University Capitol Center 2780. Please invite your colleagues, students, friends of Africa, and lovers of literature.
In China, we order our dormitory food rather than choosing different kinds of food from a buffet. So American dormitory food is definitely more complex than Chinese. But the type of food is limited because only American options are available. I think it is better to add more types of food to the buffet, because more international students are coming here. Now, I’ve been here for three years and love everything about Iowa. But I am still on the journey to find different types of American food to eat.
Jacqueline Asiimwe, a social justice and political rights activist from Uganda, will give a presentation at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 23, on “The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in Uganda.” Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the University Capitol Centre, Room 2390.
The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will continue its fall seminar series Friday, Sept. 20, will a presentation by Niraja Gopal Jayal on “Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Room 2390, University Capitol Centre.
Some party hosts like the American music — such as the Billboard Top 100. Others like Chinese pop music. Only one thing is missing from these parties — more American students to play with us. It would bring our cultures together; they could bring their games to us, and we could show them our Mahjong, and we could learn from each other.
In response to a growing number of Chinese students, the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business has made an effort to improving language barriers with a number of faculty and staff members. At the heart of the topic stands the notion of specifically improving pronunciation of Chinese student names.
Dr. Ajailiu Niumai will present a talk Thursday, Sept. 5 on “Trafficked Survivors and Commoditization of Women’s Bodies: A Study in Andhra Pradesh and Manipur, North East India.” Her presentation will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be served.
Come enjoy a night of North Indian Classical music when Niche Entertainment presents a free concert, “Bhairav se Bhairavi,” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, from 7-10 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall on the lower level of the Old Capitol Mall. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and community members are invited to attend.
The University of Iowa is trading English for Mandarin and Facebook for WeChat to reach out to international students.
The university has announced it will hire a new global external-relations coordinator to connect the university with international alumni through social media throughout the world. The new coordinator will be in charge of developing, maintaining, and nurturing a program of international alumni relationships.
Community members who wish to become friends with international students at the University of Iowa are invited to join Friends of International Students for their annual picnic to kick off the school year on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4-6 p.m. at Lower City Park, Shelter #12, in Iowa City.
Two Japanese Kizuna Fellows shared their touching first-hand accounts of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 in a presentation Monday, August 5, at the Johnson County Crisis Center where the two are interning for the summer. In addition to their personal experiences, they discussed the food-bank system of Japan and the struggles of their home communities to return to normal life.
Emi Inomoto and Misato Abe from the Kizuna Project will share their unique experiences of living in Japan during the deadly earthquake and tsunami of 2011 in a presentation Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, from 10-11 a.m. at the Johnson County Crisis Center. The event is free and open to the public.