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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

April 2011

Upcoming Events

IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop: Chinese Law, Conflict, and Society

July 20-21 the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Research Center Consortium will hold its fifth annual IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop in Bloomington. The workshop will give eight doctoral students from across the country an opportunity to discuss chapters from in-process dissertations or dissertation proposals and receive critical feedback from the faculty leaders and each other. The workshop will be led by a multi-disciplinary team of consortium faculty: Ho-fung Hung (Sociology), Klaus Mühlhahn (History; EALC), and Shao Dan (East Asian Languages and Cultures; Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

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New Fall Course: Introduction to Cantonese

EASC and the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute (PAI) will offer an introductory course in Cantonese in Fall 2011. This 300-level course (COLL-C 300 [32107] and COLL-C 500 [32108]) will be taught by Australian National University (ANU) faculty member William Che through videoconference technology. Using Mandarin as the medium of instruction, the class will provide advanced students as well as native speakers of Mandarin with an opportunity to learn basic Cantonese conversation skills by the end of the semester.

Course times are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Given the differences in ANU's and IU's academic calendars, the class will run from August 29 through November 14, 2011. Prerequisites are Third-Year Chinese II (EALC-C 302 or C-534), Mandarin as a first language, or consent. For course authorization, e-mail PAI at, or call 855-0269.

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"Making War, Making Peace in East Asia"

In collaboration with the "Making War, Making Peace" Themester initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, EASC will host a series of multidisciplinary teaching and learning activities this fall called "Making War, Making Peace in East Asia." Generously supported by the Themester program, events will include 1) a film series on the theme of war and peace to be held in the IU Cinema, including Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2011) on October 17 and The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Hara Kazuo, 1987) on November 10; 2) a mini-symposium on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese republic on October 13-14; and 3) an exhibition of Japanese prints at the IU Art Museum with an accompanying lecture by Professor Emeritus George Wilson (EALC and History; former director, EASC) on "The Perry Expedition: Opening of Japan, 1852-1854."

Scheduled for October 13-14, the 100th anniversary mini-symposium will feature three contemporary Chinese historians, including an encore return to IU by Professor Jeff Wasserstrom, past director of EASC, current editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, professor of history at University of California, Irvine, and author of a number of recent volumes including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know and Global Shanghai, 1850-2010. Joining Jeff will be Professor Geremie R. Barmé, Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World and Professor, School of Culture, History and Language at The Australian National University. Professor Barmé's recent publications include Forbidden City (Harvard University, 2008), China Candid: The People on the People's Republic (University of California Press, 2006) and The Great Wall of China (Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, 2006). One of Professor Barmé's earlier books, An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (1898-1975), was awarded the prestigious Association for Asian Studies Joseph Levenson Prize for Modern China in 2004. Professor Barmé's talk is part of the 2011-12 Branigin Lecture Series supported by the Institute for Advanced Study. Kristin Stapleton, Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, will also be drawing on her lively scholarship at the symposium. Professor Stapleton is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books including Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937 (Cambridge, 2000), The Human Tradition in Modern China, (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) and East Asia: a New History (Pearson Longman, 2009).

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NCTA Summer Seminar in Birmingham, AL

In June EASC will offer a one-week residential NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar in Birmingham, AL for K-12 educators. Taught by William Womack (History, Samford University), the seminar will take place June 20-24. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars provide a broad overview of the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea and give participants the opportunity to discuss classroom applications and resources. Texts are free for all participants, and school resources and stipends are provided to those who successfully complete the seminar.

For more information about the seminar, please visit EASC's NCTA Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

On July 11-15 EASC will hold it thirteenth annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop in Bloomington. Attended by 25 high school teachers of English and world literature, this workshop's intensive focus on East Asian literature and history provides the background and materials needed to incorporate an East Asian component into their curriculum. The week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities culminates in the development of classroom-ready lesson plans. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants' schools receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for their classroom. For more information see the Web site, or contact EASC outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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