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  From the Asian Studies Outreach Program

ASOP News from January 17

Happy Chinese New Year!

Year of the Dragon According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the year of the Dragon, the dragon being the most powerful sign in the Chinese zodiac. This year, Chinese New Year falls on January 23, 2012, and our dragon will be celebrating with the Vermont Chinese School at a New Year Celebration in Burlington. The event will take place this Saturday, January 21, from noon to five. For information about tickets, contact ASOP office.

GIAC Reunion On a quiet Sunday morning, 28 high school students from all across the state gathered at the University of Vermont to talk about China and the Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures. Alumni of the overseas program provided the next cohort of travelers to China with advice on what to expect, what to bring, and how to be a traveler and not just a tourist. Read what happened on our website

Second Graders Ring in New Year with Dragon Workshop . "Thank you for sharing the dragon with us!" reads one of the many thank you notes Gerry Gatz received at the end of the dragon workshop in St. Johnsbury School. With a 40-foot dragon puppet and a workshop on Eastern dragon symbolism, students were thrilled to learn more about the mystic creature. Find out more about the workshop on our website

Thai Spirit House. The Asian Studies Outreach Program received an amazing gift of a Thai and Japanese collection of teaching materials from a Toni Williams, a Vermont teacher. Included in the amazing collection was a Thai Spirit House, an artifact that is a perfect stepping stone into Thai culture for students. For information on how to reserve the Thai Spirit house, or how to book a Thai culture workshop on Thai folklore and culture, contact our office.

Host a Visiting Scholar To help assist Vermont schools in teaching about Asia, ASOP directly invites Visiting Scholars from China and Thailand and interns from Japan. They share various aspects of their culture to Vermont students. To find out how your school can host a Visiting Scholar, visit our website.

Follow us on Twitter at @AsianStudiesVT for the latest news from China, Japan and Thailand.