South Asia News

Two UNC Seniors Win Rhodes Scholarships

November 23, 2009

Elizabeth Blair “Libby” Longino has interned with a microcredit program in Vietnam, helped start a group combating child prostitution in Cambodia and completed an Outward Bound Wilderness Expedition in the Pacific Northwest. Henry Lawlor Spelman has worked in refugee camps in Tanzania, tutored underprivileged high school students and trekked more than 125 miles in Washington’s… Read more »

Exhibit to Display Indonesian Textiles

October 26, 2009

Indonesian textiles will be exhibited Nov. 3-15 at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A free public exhibit opening at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 will feature a talk plus Indonesian food and music. “Indonesian Textiles: Culture, Traditions and Techniques,” will include cloths from several regions of the… Read more »

The Unforgettable Glass of Chai

September 22, 2009

My last day in India was spent, after careful consideration, wandering around Old Delhi, desperately trying to soak in the essence of the city one last time before I boarded a plane bound for more familiar traditions. I took the metro (one of the only places in India where I actually felt cold) into the… Read more »

‘Hapa’ Now Means Pride in Ancestry

“Hapa,” derived from the Hawaiian word for “half,” used to be considered a derogatory word. Today, however, it has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry. Portraits of Hapa from across the United States will be displayed beginning Wednesday (July 1) at the FedEx… Read more »


May 28, 2009

I am no longer Sean McKeithan. I am Ngawang Jamtsho. I have been renamed. My new name means “huge, never-ending lake, extending to eternity.” In my previous life I was a reindeer, and there is a chance that in my next life I will be a bird. That is, in my opinion, a rather unappealing… Read more »

Deshpande Foundation Funds Students’ Public Health Efforts in India

Two teams of students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected by the Deshpande Foundation’s Innovators Program to lead projects in India this summer that address pressing public health needs in sanitation and reproductive health. Founded in 1996 by Gururaj (Desh) and Jaishree Deshpande, of Andover, Mass., the Foundation funds… Read more »