Chinese students are studying at Iowa’s two largest public universities in record numbers. The University of Iowa welcomed 1,737 students from China in fall 2011 — half its international student population. The numbers are similar at Iowa State University (ISU), which enrolled 1,849 Chinese students (54 percent of all international students). Each school has an enrollment of about 30,000, and international students make up 11 percent of each campus.
The University of Iowa has seen a surge in Chinese student enrollment. Just over half of the UI international student population is from China (1,737 students) and numbers have increased dramatically in the past five years.
Iowans and Chinese say ties have been strengthened over the years by graduate students who stay here to teach and work, Chinese adoptions, and native Iowans who travel across the Pacific to live, work and study. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Iowa this week is the latest in a growing effort to build business and cultural connections.
After seven months in the Philippines on a Fulbright grant, returning to graduate school at the University of Iowa is my obligation and my privilege. But the cravings that strike me now are the most visceral manifestations of homesickness I’ve ever known. When I think of breakfast, I want only silog, or pan de sal, or taho. When I think of condiments, I want only vinegar or calamansi or banana ketchup. I wake up craving every variation of pork that Filipinos do so deftly and heart-stoppingly: bagnet from Malate. Sisig from Trellis. Lechón from anywhere.
Last spring, our College of Pharmacy hosted Prof. Nguyen Van Hung (MD, PhD), Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacy and Family Medicine Unit at Haiphong Medical University in Vietnam. It is not unusual, of course, for us to host visiting faculty from abroad: in fact, we have visitors on campus from abroad on a weekly basis, perhaps even on a daily basis, throughout the academic year. What made Hung’s visit special was that he was in residence for the entire spring semester as a Fulbright scholar, working on long-term goals for pharmacy education and practice in Vietnam. Another thing that made it special is that his visit began discussions toward what promises to be a comprehensive, deep partnership between the University of Iowa and his home institution, Haiphong Medical University.
The ethnographic research elucidates ways in which young women’s care labor is appropriated by the state temporary employment as “free labor” in South Korea, building upon John Krinsky’s notion of free labor as state orchestrated exploitation of workers. Through experience of school social workers who are hired and laid off by the state-run Education Welfare Priority Project as a window of thinking about gendered free labor, this talk examines the uniqueness of South Korean education and welfare reforms in the context of constructing two kinds of youth subjects through the Project: first, older youth as care givers through unstable labor as school social workers; and second, younger youth as care receiver and psychological objects in the context of attributing their problems to individual and internal issues. Further, tracing recent unionization efforts among the school social workers, this talk attempts to understand the context of why and how care labor is not readily recognized as a source of exploitation among school social workers. The talk will contribute to advancing analytic tools for understanding the intersection of state employment/exploitation and gendered care labor as an emerging labor neoliberal sector.
The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) was viewed with suspicion by Iron Curtain countries during the depths of the Cold War. The Eastern European writers who were allowed to participate could expect to be taken into custody immediately upon their return home, for debriefing to determine if their thinking had been polluted by contact with the decadent West.
Other writers were simply denied permission to depart for Iowa City. Among the writers from the Communist bloc who were prevented from attending, one stood out, although not immediately. The world is now mourning the Dec. 18 passing of Vaclav Havel, the widely honored first president of a democratic Czech Republic whose plans to attend the IWP were derailed 43 years ago.
Chinese students have flocked to American universities in record numbers in recent years, and officials at Iowa’s regent universities say to keep up they have added advisers and counselors, formed committees to monitor the students’ needs and pay special attention to orientation and language programs.
“China has happened to the United States, period,” University of Iowa Director of Admissions Mike Barron said. “They just simply have a lot of well-qualified students that their own universities can’t handle.”
Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka will present a lecture titled “Technology and the Writer: Open Book and Closed Text,” Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. He will also receive the Rex D. Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the African Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public.
The African Studies Program, a part of UI International Programs, will present the award in memory of UI faculty member Rex Honey to recognize Soyinka’s outstanding contribution to world literature and his continuing advocacy of human rights reforms in Nigeria and around the globe.
(Media-Newswire.com) – “Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity,” a conference hosted by the University of Iowa Department of Classics and School of Music, will include free Oct. 28 and 30 performances of the oldest surviving opera, Jacopo Peri’s “Euridice.” The performances by the UI Opera Studio, conducted from the keyboard by faculty member Gregory Hand, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Riverside Recital Hall.
Abstract: By analyzing a single trophy photograph by West German enfant terrible Herbert Tobias and viewing it as both a material object and performative practice, Evans suggests ways to move beyond the documentary impulse towards a methodology that captures and historicizes key and distinct elements of queer life in the era of the Sexual Revolution. At the intersection of artist intent, socio-historical context, and individual interpretation, she argues, erotic photography can answer a host of historical questions about same-sex desire and visibility, provided we are willing to embrace affect and subjectivity as serious categories of historical investigation.
Scotland, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Brazil were some of the countries that were presented at the Global Village open house on Oct. 16, 2011.
Plenty of multicultural fun was had as students living in the Global Village set up multiple booths around the 8th floor of Mayflower, each one showcasing a different country. Each booth had samples of food from the chosen country along with other cultural artifacts.
Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Oct. 27 and 28 sponsored by International Programs.
The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.
Want to experience something fantastic, even otherworldly?
Can you imagine standing on the grasslands of Mongolia and listening to the ancient art of throat-singing?
Most likely, you’ve never heard anything like it, and you’ll never forget it if you join us for a live performance and discussion with AnDa Union on Oct. 28. The music and conversation start at noon in room 2780, University Capitol Centre. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
WorldCanvass Studio guests will convene around the topic “The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia and Regional Security” in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Admission is free and open to the public.