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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

April 2011

IU East Asia News

CCLP's Summer STARTALK Programs

IU's Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy is offering two Chinese language programs this summer—one for teachers and one for students of Mandarin Chinese. Both programs are funded by STARTALK grants.

The fifth annual Chinese Pedagogy Institute, a professional development opportunity for current and prospective secondary school teachers of Chinese, will be held June 12–29 at IU's Bradford Woods and on the Bloomington campus. The institute consists of one week of intensive training followed by a week-and-a-half practicum teaching high school students from across the country.

The Chinese Language Institute (CLI), a three-week residential semi-immersion program for high school students from across the country, provides solid grounding in all four linguistic skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—and is complemented by Chinese cultural studies. This year’s CLI takes place June 9–29 on the Bloomington campus.

STARTALK is a National Security Language Initiative project that supports summer programs in critical needs languages.

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Singing Hoosiers to Tour China

Singing Hoosiers choir performanceForty members of the Singing Hoosiers, a vocal ensemble from the IU Jacobs School of Music, will tour China in May. In addition to performing major concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, the group will visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall and will perform smaller concerts with Chinese choral ensembles. The group will perform selections from a repertoire that includes music from the Broadway stage, popular and folk music from the United States, and a medley of Chinese songs. Read more about their trip here.

The Singing Hoosiers

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EALC Students at Nanzan Lead Disaster Relief Efforts

Following the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, two IU undergraduate students studying at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan were key organizers of relief efforts this spring at their university. Andrew Johnson (EALC; Linguistics) and Jennifer McDougall (EALC) took the lead in arranging a meeting with the university's Office of Student Earthquake Disaster Relief Fundraising to discuss integrating international students into the relief efforts, after which Jennifer organized the international students wishing to help and Andrew handled communications between the office and the international students, translating information into English on the Office's Web page.

As Andrew reports, as a result of their efforts, “the number of international students taking part in the donation collection has been roughly equal to the number of Japanese students volunteering. Jennifer and I have both been participating actively in these drives. Along with the desire to help, we hope to express our support and gratitude to the people of Japan, who have been such kind hosts to us, and express international solidarity in Japan's time of need. One gets the sense that they were not necessarily expecting this, so we hope to show Japanese people that they are absolutely not alone in facing this disaster.”

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IU Professors Release Results of Survey on Americans' Views of China

Professors Emily Metzgar (Journalism) and Lars Willnat (Journalism) recently completed a survey of Americans' views of China. Conducted days after President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States in January, the survey posed a variety of questions to adult Americans regarding their perceptions of China and its people. The initial findings were presented in March at a Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business co-organized conference at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The survey found that the vast majority of Americans (86 percent) have a favorable view of the Chinese people. It also showed that Americans differentiate their impressions of the Chinese government from their opinions of the Chinese people. The survey, combined with Metzgar's and Willnat's content analysis of U.S. media coverage, will provide insight into the influence of the media on public opinion of China. To read more about the survey findings, see the IU News Room report and the School of Journalism Web site.

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RCCPB/CIBER China Study Tour

In March the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business and the Center for International Business Education & Research led a delegation of 17 business executives, journalists, and IU scholars and staff on an eight-day trip to southeastern China. In addition to meetings with government officials in Zhejiang and visits to bioscience, electronics manufacturing, automotive, and e-commerce companies in Hangzhou and Shanghai, the trip included a two-day conference at Zhejiang University, “U.S.-China Business Cooperation in the 21st Century: U.S. China Economic and Trade Relations during the Period of the Post-Global Economic Crisis.” Additional support for the study tour came from EASC, Cornerstone Information Systems, the IU School of Journalism, and the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs. To learn more about the trip, see the IU Takes You to China blog and the Indiana Business Journal's Report from China blog.

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Symposium on “Difference and Constitutionalism in Pan-Asia”

In March IU hosted a symposium on “Difference and Constitutionalism in Pan-Asia,” which brought together more than a dozen IU specialists as well as scholars and experts from The Australian National University (ANU), Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Toronto, and the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand. The two-day symposium examined how countries across the region of Asia look to their constitutions as mechanisms for taming the societal disruptions that result from differences in religion, race and ethnicity, gender, language, and the rural/urban divide. The symposium was sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Democracy in the IU Maurer School of Law, the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, and the Center for the Study of the Middle East, with additional support from the Institute for Advanced Study, the Maurer School of Law, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, and ANU.

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IU Awarded Graduate Chinese Flagship Program

Starting this fall IU will be the home of the only graduate-level Chinese language Flagship program in the country. Funded by an initial two-year, $565,000 grant from the National Security Education Program within the U.S. Department of Defense, the Flagship graduate program will allow Chinese Flagship Logograduate students to achieve superior Chinese language skills through a combination of intensive study abroad and a series of course “clusters,” with each cluster comprising one disciplinary content course (such as China's Political Economy, Chinese Cinema, etc.) taught in English and one language-focused course covering similar content but taught entirely in Chinese, with an emphasis on advanced Chinese discourse and rhetorical forms. The program will be housed in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and directed by Jennifer Liu (EALC; director, Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy), along with the undergraduate Chinese Flagship program. Students who complete the graduate program will receive an M.A. in Chinese with a Chinese Flagship Track. Five students will enroll in the program this fall.

Read the IU News Room report.

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Chinese Tidings Lecture Series

The IU Chinese Flagship Program continued its Chinese Tidings lecture series this spring with a series of four lectures. In January Edwin Darlington Way (Ph.D. student, Political Science) gave a talk titled “An Analysis of the Characteristics, Trends, and Economic Impact of China's Anti-Dumping Activity.” Ho-fung Hung (Sociology) presented in February on “China, the Global Economic Crisis, and the East Asian Model.” Xiaoyun Yu (Business) delivered the third lecture, titled “A Brief Overview of China's Financial System.” The final lecture of the semester, “Cross-Strait Marriages in a Changing Cross-Strait Political Environment,” was presented by Sara Friedman (Anthropology; Gender Studies; EALC). The lecture series will continue in the fall.

The Chinese Tidings lecture series features both native and non-native speakers presenting entirely in Chinese and is offered to stimulate discussion on a range of topics and to foster language skills and cultural literacy. Simultaneous summary translations are displayed throughout the lectures to accommodate those with little or no Chinese proficiency.

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Cultural Immersion Projects Wins International Award

The IU School of Education's Cultural Immersion Projects has won a 2011 Innovation Award from the University Design Consortium, an international organization founded to challenge public universities around the world to develop innovative strategies to address complex 21st-century issues.

Cultural Immersion Projects is the nation's leading program to place pre-service teachers in practicum experiences overseas, on Native American reservations, and in urban areas. Since the program began in 1972, nearly 4,000 pre-service teachers have gained professional experiences all over the world, including in Zibo, China and Hiroshima, Japan.

The Consortium praised the program's “creativity in addressing different cultures within and across countries as a major facet for the placement.” This award adds to the national and international recognition the program already has received. In 2001 the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education honored the Cultural Immersion Projects with the Best Practice Award for Global and International Teacher Education. In 2005 the program earned the Goldman Sachs Higher Education Prize for Excellence in International Education, along with EASC and the Center for the Study of Global Change.

Read the IU News Room report.

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¡Sacabuche! Performs The Map and Music of Matteo Ricci in China

¡Sacabuche!, a brass ensemble based at the IU Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute, presented the international premiere of its multi-media program The Map and Music of Matteo Ricci at the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing in December. It also performed at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing's 798 Art District and offered residency activities at some of Beijing's top universities and music conservatories.

Matteo Ricci was the Italian Jesuit priest whose journey to China in the late 16th century resulted in the first map in Chinese that combined eastern and western hemispheres. In addition to Italian and Chinese music from Ricci's time period, the program included a digitized projection of Ricci's 1602 map, dramatic readings of Ricci's writings, a lecture-demonstration regarding the map, the music, and the creative process, and new music composed for ¡Sacabuche! by Chinese composer Huang Ruo and American composer Eli Marshall.

See also the IU News Room report and the ¡Sacabuche! blog.

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