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Tiphani Dixon

Tiphani Dixon

Masters Student in East Asian Studies and EASC Volunteer

Tiphani Dixon is currently seeking a Master's degree with a concentration in East Asian Studies. She is the cultural ambassador for Japan within the East Asian Studies Department. In this capacity, Tiphani has participated in the Lotus Blossom World Bazaar for the past two years, helping elementary school students experience East Asian culture through crafts. Additionally, she developed a presentation regarding musical instruments native to Japan, which was broadcast via satellite to an elementary school in Alabama. Tiphani also assisted with the student-run Korea Night, and developed a presentation for Japan Olympiad that explained the elements of karate to high-school students in the lower Midwest region. She is also in contact with the Office of Overseas Study at IU, and assisted in study abroad orientation by providing an overview of adjusting to life in Japan.

Tiphani believes intercultural communication, exposure, and intentional interactions are the keys to establishing globally conscious individuals. It is because of this philosophy that she loves volunteering, working with people, and promoting interest in East Asia.


The center has an active volunteer program, with opportunities for East Asian nationals and others with an interest in East Asia to help with outreach programs to K-12 students.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  1. Visits to local elementary schools to help with our Exploring East Asia through Stories program by:
    • telling part of the story in the language of your country,
    • helping with a craft or other hands-on activity, or
    • answering questions about your country.
  2. Visits to area retirement centers to provide programs on daily life and culture, current events, and food.
  3. Interacting with students and teachers in other cities via Video Distance Learning (VDL) on topics such as language, New Year’s celebrations, and music.

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar at Binford Elementary School

(No longer taking volunteers)

The Lotus Blossom World Bazaar, which is a two-day World Music and Arts Festival, is coming up soon, and we would like to encourage you to participate in this lively world bazaar by volunteering at EASC’s activity and world languages tables! It provides a lively atmosphere for multicultural discovery, artistic creation, and hands-on fun. The first day is devoted to 4th-graders from Monroe County schools, and the second day is free and open to the public, for families.


Visit these video links for a better idea of the atmosphere, excitement, and fun of the Bazaar:

Date and Time: March 27-28, 2015

Friday, March 27 <Children’s Bazaar>
Session one: 9:50 - 11:05
Session two: 11:05 – 12:30
Session three: 12:15 – 1:30

Saturday, March 28 <Family Day>
Session one: 10:45 – 12:00
Session two: 11:45 – 1:00
Session three: 12:45 – 2:00

Location: 2300 East Second Street, Bloomington, IN 47401

BY CAR: You can park across the street in the church (of the Latter Day Saints) parking lot. Click here for a map. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT ON FRIDAY. It is fine to park in the school parking lot on Saturday.

BY BUS: If you are riding the bus it looks like the #3 and #9 are the closest you can get to the school.Take a look at the Bloomington transit website for exact times and routes.

WALKING: If the weather is nice, the walk is probably around 20 minutes or so to the school from the center of IU campus.

How to participate:

1. Volunteering for the EASC Activity Table: Volunteers will help students in making Korean fans; coloring pages with a Year of the Sheep theme; making Chinese paper lanterns. EASC will provide supplies.

2. Volunteering for the World Languages Table: There will be a World Languages Table in which volunteers are asked to teach students how to write and say simple phrases in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

Volunteer Appreciation: A limited number of Lotus T-shirts will be given out to volunteers who work the entire day on either Friday or Saturday. All volunteers for EASC will be invited to our spring party, where they will receive a certificate of appreciation.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please tell us which time slot you would like to work, emailing us at: You’re more than welcome to sign up for multiple sessions. If you would like to bring a friend to volunteer with you, please notify us first as all volunteers’ names must be on our list for you to enter the school. Knowledge of China, Japan, or Korea and enthusiasm for working with kids is a big plus!

Teaching Chinese language and culture at University Elementary School

Date: For the spring 2015 semester (as soon as we can start through May 8th)
Time: Every Friday from either 10:30-11:10am or 12:10-12:50pm (the later time would probably be better, if it works for volunteers)
Location: 1111 North Russell Road, Bloomington, IN 47408

Description: This project aims to teach 3rd grade students (ages 8-9) Chinese language (putonghua) and culture, once a week (some weeks may have to be off due to previously scheduled events, like field trips and school vacations). Volunteers could use provided lesson plans or plan their own lessons. The school has some materials (some books and DVDs) available, and volunteers are also welcome to bring in their own items to share.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above events, please contact the East Asian Studies Center at