INTS Supports Student’s Conference Participation

IMG_9992-2 IMG_9990-2 IMG_9998-2Victoria Huynh (class of 2021) attended the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Women’s Lead #ImReady Conference in Berkeley on November 3rd.  She reported:

“I found myself amidst self-identified AAPI women and girls having traversed the nation to be within a space that we’ve rarely had before. Through my internship with under activist Dr. Jenn Fang, I worked with AAPI Women Lead’s Communications Associate’s & Youth Leader Celine Jusuf, co-founders Dr. Connie Wun and Jenny Wun, and my editor Dr. Fang to promote through social media for the conference while taking notes and engaging with speakers and participants as to construct an article for the conference and the #ImReady movement itself. Remembering the efforts of queer, disabled women of color, particularly Tarana Burke who began the #MeToo movement, #ImReady is more than a single event, but the iterative (re)Centering of Asian American and Pacific Islander women everywhere and the violence they face, so as to engage in solidarity with misrepresented and underrepresented communities.

It was more than humbling, it was self-enabling; We were claiming cultural sovereignty and owning our womxnhood… ”

Read the rest of Victoria’s story here

Jessica Graham speaks on Brazilian history and Bolsonaro’s election

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On Oct 31, Jessica Graham, Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego, visited Soka University to present “Black Internationalism in Brazil in the 1930s.”  Speaking to a packed room, Dr. Graham explored striking contrasts and continuities with contemporary Brazil and thus was particularly engaging only a week after the election Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s controversial President-elect.  One fascinating continuity is the way that politics and race frame the other.  In the 1930s, the battle between the (fascist) integralistas and communists helped reconfigure conceptions of race and build international bridges.   Likewise, race played an important role in recent Bolsonaro’s election, with most Brazilians who identify as “black” voting against Bolsonaro.  Five Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students attended, all wearing the yellow and green of Brazil’s flag.  Dr. Graham’s last slide was of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro Councilperson who was assassinated in 2014.  Franco was vocal advocate of Brazil’s own “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Ha Chau Ngo Receives INTS Award for Poster Presentation

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Ha Chau Ngo, undergraduate at Soka University of America, and Andrew Nguy, undergraduate at Pomona College were the two winners of the International Studies sponsored undergraduate poster competition at the 56th Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (19-20 October 2018).  Ha Chau won “First Place” and an award for her research and poster “Vietnamese women in propaganda production”.  Andrew Nguy won “Second Place” and an award for “Turning a New Leaf: Obaku’s Introduction of Loose-leaf Tea and Syncretic Buddhist Practice from China to Tokugawa Japan.”  Congratulations to both!

iDebate Rwanda and a “Post-Genocidal Generation”

On Friday 14 2018, International Studies and Student Activities welcomed iDebate Rwanda for a public presentation named “What Rwanda teaches us about the dangers of polarization: Building discourse in a post-genocidal generation.” The Rwandan delegation began with a general overview of Rwanda and the Rwandan genocide, and then shared their personal stories with 42 students who attended. The event engendered important conversations and meaningful connections between the Rwandan delegation and participants.


Welcome class of 2022!

On August 9, Ian Read introduced the Concentration to the new class of 2022. INTS faculty look forward to welcoming these students into their classroom and eventually working with them in advanced projects and Capstones.

Shane Barter & INTS Student Amanda Boralessa co-author a new publications

INTS Professor Shane Barter and student Amanda Boralessa (2018) have published a chapter in the newly-released Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia, edited by Shiping Hua.  Their chapter, “Southeast Asia: Unity in ASEAN” explores foreign policy in the region and beyond.  Congratulations on this joint effort!
Routledge website (to purchase).  Google Books.

Sada Sud (Class of 2018) Attends Major Political Science Conference

Sada Sud attended and presented a research [poster at the Western Political Science Association Conference in San Francisco on March 29-31, 2018. She reported:

“The academic value gained [through the conference] was immense. I was able to talk to other academics and undergraduate students interested in Middle Eastern geopolitics. Questions and inquiries raised by them served as a helpful insight into what more could be added to the draft of my capstone as well as what I need to focus on and clarify in the revision process. (…) After my poster presentation, I attended another panel on political discourses, which had a variety of papers being discussed, including the impact of voice pitch on political perception. (…) Overall, my capstone writing experience and research skills acquired at SUA prepared me well to make the most of this conference.”

Sada’s participation at the conference was partially supported by INTS funding.



INTS faculty convene “Sokatric Seminar” on Global Issues

On November 8th, INTS faculty Tetsushi Ogata and Ian Read engaged in a productive conversation with more than ten students regarding SUA’s engagement with global news and issues.  Topics discussed:  the role of Facebook in conveying news and its limitations as a forum for discussion; an SUA supported news radio show or podcast; ways to bring speakers representing diverse points of view to campus.

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