Mount Holyoke College
Archives and Special Collections
Asian Studies Program
Record Group Number: RG 18.46
The Asian Studies program was officially organized in May, 1979.
Since its creation it has relied on a close cooperation among the
Five Colleges. Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program which
provides students with a knowledge of Asian history, culture, and
language. Courses are spread throughout a wide range of departments
including Art, Geography, History, International Relations, Politics,
Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, and Women's Studies.
Description of Records:
The Asian Studies Program records contain articles, posters, a sponsorship
request, and annual reports. The various articles contain information
on topics such as computerized Chinese language lessons at Mount
Holyoke, the first Pioneer Valley Chinese Festival, and a Mount
Holyoke News feature titled "Focus on Asian Studies". There is a
pamphlet/poster for a film series highlighting the women of India
called "Images of Indian Women." Also included in the records is
a sponsorship request for a lecture by Professor John Paul on Dr.
Ida Scudder, a pioneer in medicine and women's health in India,
and a poster advertising the lecture. The annual reports, from the
years 1979-1993, contain information on staffing, evaluations of
all the faculty members in the program, enrollment, and government
funding of the Asian Studies Program. Information on the Asian Studies
curriculum includes discussions on course development, descriptions
of various courses such as Asian Art, History, and Religion, and
information on lecture series. Also included is information about
Elliot House, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the Japanese Meditation
Garden. There are lists of awards presented to majors and future
plans of graduating seniors in the program are laid out.
Cite as: Asian Studies Records, Mount Holyoke
College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.
Access Restrictions: Records are restricted
to use by the office/department of origin for 25 years from date
of record creation.