Center for Asian Studies University of Colorado at Boulder
Excerpt below taken from the Center for Asian Studies homepage, it is worth visiting this site. You'd be surprised at what you find.
The Center for Asian Studies (CAS) is an interdisciplinary organization located on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado that brings together faculty, students, and community members to encourage and support Asian scholarship across disciplinary and college boundaries.
CAS has recently been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as one of only three National Resource Centers for Asian Studies nationwide, a credit to the strength of CU’s Asian language and area studies programs.
CAS organizes events, supports research and teaching, and acts as a key resource for students and scholars with an interest in Asian Studies. The Center’s area of focus encompasses all of Asia, from China and Japan to the countries of the Middle East.
Center for Asian Studies Mission Statement
To promote research by supporting faculty research initiatives.
To coordinate and support Asian area instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
To disseminate knowledge of Asia in the schools and broader community.
The University of Colorado is, in terms of the quality and breadth of faculty and library holdings, a leader in the Rocky Mountain region in studies related to Asia.
CAS supports the University’s commitment to maintaining and expanding its leadership role in the region by helping to coordinate activities connected with this mission.
On Friday March 19th, Professor Tetsuji Atsuji from Kyoto University came to give a lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Asian Studies Center about the use of kanji (Chinese characters) in modern day Japan.
The theme of his lecture focused on how kanji was viewed in post-WW2 Japan and how the use of kanji will change from here on out. In it he mentions that in post-WW2 Japan there were restrictions placed on the use of standardized kanji. People were also strongly discouraged against using kanji as much as possible when writing Japanese. However, with the spread of IT electronics, it became easier to write sentences using kanji and so the importance of kanji was reevaluated.
Along with his duties as a professor with a PhD in Kanji Studies, Mr. Atsuji has also been actively involved in the NHK TV program called “shiru wo tanoshimu, nihongo naruhodo juku,” a show geared towards learning fun new things about the Japanese language.
There are a total of 10 separate videos that complete this lecture. They are found on You Tube, a link is available on the Consulate General of Japan's website Denver, CO USA and also on the website for The Center for Asian Studies a University of Colorado at Boulder affiliated website.
There are approximately 70 Japanese companies present in Colorado. Including many advanced industries such as electronics makers and manufacturers' branch offices.
Japan is Colorado's third largest foreign trade partner after Canada and Mexico. The main export products are Computer and electronic products.
The state government has a representative office in Tokyo.
Japanese Residents and Japanese Americans Japanese Residents and Japanese Americans
There are approximately 4,193 Japanese residents of Colorado (as of October 2007). Many residents live within the Denver metropolitan area. But there are also Japanese citizens living in other cities such as Colorado Springs and Boulder.
The number of Japanese-Americans living in Colorado is estimated at over 10,000, many of them participate in many activities organized by the Japan-America Society of Colorado, and the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. They foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the Japanese society and the local society.
In 1990, the "Teikyo University Group" opened "Teikyo Loretto Heights University" in Denver, each year many Japanese students come here to study.
This page opens up to the upcoming Event Guide. But there is tons of information on this website. Take a look if you have any questions drop me an e-mail, and I'll try and find the answer for you if I don't already have one.