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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

April 2011

Faculty Updates

Christopher Atwood (Central Eurasian Studies) received an EASC travel grant to present his paper “Chinese Merchants and Mongolian Independence” in March at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu.

In March Heather Blair (Religious Studies) served as chair and discussant for a session titled “Transcription and Transformation: Buddhist Scribal and Manuscript Cultures in Japan, Tibet, and Thailand” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu.

Xiaoqing Diana Chen Lin (History, IU Northwest) has been awarded a 2011 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant for her project “Feng Youlan and 20th-century China.”

Nick Cullather (History) gave a talk in April titled “The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle against Poverty in Asia” at the 2011 Poynter Center Roundtable at the IU Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions.

Stephanie DeBoer (Communication and Culture) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present her paper “Toward an Indeterminate Cultural Regionalism: Co-production Markets and the (Spatial) Production of ‘Asian’ Film” in March at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in New Orleans.

Michael Dylan Foster (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) received the 2011 IU Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. In February he delivered the keynote lecture on “Tanuki Speaks: The Phantom Train Legend as Counter-Narrative” at the Colorado University-Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association Annual Conference. His article “The UNESCO Effect: Confidence, Defamiliarization, and a New Element in the Discourse on a Japanese Island,” is forthcoming this year from the Journal of Folklore Research. He is also the chair of the planning committee for the 2011 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, which will take place in Bloomington October 12-15. This year’s meeting will include a large number of participants from Asia, especially China and Japan. You can read more about the 2011 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting here.

In March Roger L. Janelli (emeritus, Folklore and Ethnomusicology; EALC) served as chair and discussant for a session titled “Pop Culture to Migration: Refashioning Identities in East Asia” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu.

Heon Joo Jung (EALC) received EASC travel funds to present a paper titled “Implementing International Best Practice in Hard Times: Financial Regulatory Reform in South Korea” in April at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Also, in March he was invited to give a talk on “Reassessing Financial Reform in South Korea: Politics of the Credit Card Crisis in 2003 and Its Aftermath” at the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Kennedy (EALC; Political Science) received an EASC travel grant to present his paper “Fragmented Influence: Business Lobbying in China in Comparative Perspective” in March at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu.

Keiko Kuriyama (EALC) was awarded EASC travel funds to present a paper, “Challenges of Using CBI in Lower-level FL Classes: Toward a Practical Model of CBI for Beginning-level Students,” at the 18th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum at Princeton University in May. In November she received the 2010 Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Japanese.

Charles Lin (EALC) published a book chapter in Interfaces in Linguistics: New Research Perspectives (Raffaella Folli and Christiane Ulbrich, eds., Oxford University Press) titled “Processing (In)alienable Possessions at the Syntax-Semantics Interface.” He also published a book chapter in Processing and Producing Head-final Structures (Hiroko Hashimoto, Jerry Packard, and Yuki Hirose, eds., Springer) titled “Garden Path in the Processing of Head-Final Relative Clauses.” He presented a co-authored poster titled "The Timing of Syntactic Commitment during L2 Processing: Evidence from Eye Movement in Reading English Relative Clauses" at the 24th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing at Stanford University in March. He also gave a talk on Chinese relative clause processing at Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April.

In addition to receiving a 2011 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant (see sidebar above), Manling Luo (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present her paper “Humor and Irony in Tang Miscellaneous Writings” in March at the American Oriental Society 221st Annual Meeting in Chicago. She also gave a talk titled “Literati Story-telling and Community in Tang (618-907) Miscellanies” in April at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In February Ethan Michelson (Sociology; EALC; Law) had a paper titled “Public Goods and State-Society Relations: An Impact Study of China’s Rural Stimulus” published as Working Paper #4 by the IU Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business.

Klaus Mühlhahn (History) published a book chapter in The People’s Republic of China at 60: An International Assessment (William C. Kirby, ed.) titled “‘Turning Rubbish into Something Useful’: Crime and Punishment in Mao’s China,” which was published by the Harvard Asia Center. He also participated in a roundtable discussion titled “‘Shengshi Zhongguo,’ Flourishing China: Myths and Realities” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu in March.

Osamu James Nakagawa (Photography) is having a solo exhibition, Banta: Osamu James Nakagawa, at the 1839 Contemporary Galleryin Taipei, Taiwan through May 29. An exhibition of the same name is also being held at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY through September 25. Work from his Guggenheim Fellowship project on his Gama (caves) series was shown during the AIPAD Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory Center in New York City in March. A solo exhibition, Kai following the Cycle of Life, will be on display at the Tanto Tempo Gallery in Kobe, Japan from June 9 to July 15. He has also been invited to mount a solo exhibition during the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Ballarat, Australia from August 20 to September 18.

Scott O’Bryan (EALC; History) received an EASC travel grant to present his paper “The Air of the City: Tokyo, Heat Islands, and the Climatic Dilemmas of the Late Twentieth Century” at the Conference on Environmental History of Japan: “Society and Environment in the Japanese Past” in Honolulu in March.

Masato Ogawa (Education, IU Kokomo) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present his paper “30 Years after the 1982 Japan/United States Textbook Study Project: How Are They Portrayed?” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April.

A solo exhibit of works by Rowland Ricketts (Fine Arts), titled “Past Present: The Indigo Work of Rowland Ricketts,” was displayed at Wright State University in Dayton last fall. The exhibit examined the history and production of indigo in the (Japanese) process he uses and included a large number of historical Japanese indigo-dyed textiles from his collection as well as his own contemporary work. View a slideshow of images from the exhibition here.

Book Cover: Modern East Asia Michael Robinson (EALC) co-authored the book Modern East Asia: An Integrated History published by Pearson, which will be available in July. He contributed to the Korean narratives, biographies, and diaspora sections of the book. Read the description here.

In addition to receiving the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award (see sidebar here), in April Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; director, EASC; co-director, ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute) and Kent Anderson (co-director, ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute; director, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University) delivered a joint presentation at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC. Part of the Australian Ambassador’s 2011 Speaker Series, the talk was titled “Unprepared for the Next Strategic Challenge in Asia? Some Lessons from the Past.”

Richard Rubinger (EALC) has published a chapter titled “Thought, Education, and Literacies in Early Modern Japan” in a forthcoming book by Westview Press, Japan Emerges: Essays on Premodern Japan (Karl Friday, ed.).

Michiko Suzuki’s (EALC) book Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture (Stanford University Press, 2010) is a winner of the 2010 Outstanding Academic Title, sponsored by Choice. Her article titled “The Husband’s Chastity: Progress, Equality and Difference in 1930s Japan” has been accepted for publication in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She has been awarded a Japan Studies grant by the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies to conduct research in Tokyo this summer. Also, in February she gave a talk titled “Reading Chastity: 1930s Feminism and Japanese Popular Literature” for Michigan State University’s Asian Studies Center Colloquium series on “Health, Sex, and Feminism in the Trans-Pacific World.”

Introducing our IU Faculty: Wan-Ning Bao (Sociology, IUPUI)

Head shot of Wan-Ning BaoMy name is Wan-Ning Bao, and I am an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I started teaching at IUPUI in the fall of 1999. My teaching and research specialty is criminology, and I teach courses such as Crime and Society, Control of Crime, and Victimology. I also teach Introduction to Sociology every semester. I have incorporated a service learning component in my criminology classes since 2002 and developed SOC R495 Sociological Study of China, a summer study abroad program at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

My research project focuses on testing Western criminological theories in China. More specifically, I use Robert Agnew’s General Strain Theory (GST) as a theoretical framework to study how China’s drastic social changes have increased the amount of strain in young people’s lives, which has resulted in the rising rate of juvenile delinquency. Since 2002, I have made two research trips to China, traveling to different cities and collecting both quantitative and qualitative data on middle- and high-school students. As the first application of GST to crime and delinquency in China, my research has provided empirical evidence for some of the major theoretical propositions in the theory and demonstrated the applicability of Western theories to the current situation in China. I presented findings from my research at conferences of the American Society of Criminology and published several papers in major American journals such as International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology and Sociological Focus. I also published chapters in Contemporary Readings in Criminology (Gennifer Furst, ed.) published by Sage Publications in 2008 and Social Science Book Series: Western Criminology (Liqun Cao and Xin Ren, eds.) published by Renmin University Press in 2008.