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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

January 2012


EASC Experiences 47 percent cut in Federal National Resource Center Funding

Like all other federally supported National Resource Centers across the country, this spring EASC was informed of an imminent 47 percent cut in its federal Title VI Department of Education National Resource Center funding.  This surprising and significant cut was the result of congressional budget negotiations to raise the United States’ debt limit. While the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program was spared in the 2011-2012 academic year, the likelihood of continued FLAS funding is contingent on the Title VI budget being restored. EASC remains cautiously optimistic of continued FLAS and NRC funding; however, the likelihood of additional cuts in EASC’s federal budget remains. Although EASC faces a daunting challenge in providing continued support and resources to nurture current and future professionals in foreign language proficiency and international knowledge and awareness, we are also collaborating with new domestic and national governmental and nongovernmental partners to keep our center strong and relevant in a time of unquestioned change in how higher education does business.

Coordinating with other National Resource Centers and EASC’s Title VI consortium partner, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), EASC has been carefully considering which programs to support through collective prioritization. Some of these priorities include continuing our highly successful national dissertations workshops and our IU-UIUC cross-campus teaching and learning initiatives, as well as modest support for faculty travel and research, and sustaining the teaching and learning of East Asian languages and cultures. As EASC moves forward in adjusting to new challenges, we will seek additional sources of funding to help sustain the level of achievement that EASC’s staff, supporters, and friends have worked so hard to accomplish.  If you would like to help in this effort, please know that even small amounts can make a big difference to our bottom line.  For information on how to give to EASC click here.

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EASC Welcomes New Associate Director

As many of you are now aware, Margaret Key, EASC’s associate director, resigned in September to accept a new position as Chief of Staff for David Zaret, VP of International Affairs, Office of the Vice President of International Affairs (OVPIA). Having successfully completed a national search, we at EASC are delighted to introduce our new associate director, Dr. Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang.

Dr. Kang recently completed her doctoral degree in Human Resource Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Her doctoral research on Korean corporate expatriate development in the United States received the “Hardie Dissertation Proposal Award” from the UIUC College of Education. In March 2011, Dr. Kang was honored with the “Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award” from the Academy of Human Resource Development for best annual article in the journal, Human Resource Development International. Dr. Kang completed a bachelor’s degree in Korean literature and language and holds a master’s degree in Japanese Studies from UIUC’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Dr. Kang taught Korean language and culture at universities in both Korea and the United States for eight years, and she enjoyed introducing students to East Asian culture through traditional and social activities, visual media, and field trips.

Dr. Kang also brings to EASC deep managerial and administrative experience in human resources, including executive development programming. She worked for five years as the director of both general operations and executive programs at the Sangnam Institute of Management at Yonsei University, the premier provider for management education in Korea. During her time at Yonsei, Dr. Kang coordinated a joint Yonsei-University of Washington Executive MBA program, as well as cross-cultural training programs between Korea and the United States. As for her personal hobbies, Dr. Kang is a music lover and organized and taught with “Guitar Lovers,” a classical guitar ensemble club in Champaign, Illinois. She loves to listen to and play cello and saxophone, is a gourmet cook, and enjoys watching movies and traveling.

When asked about her feelings upon accepting the EASC associate director position, Dr. Kang responded, “I’m very excited to join EASC, and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and love of East Asian culture with the community at Indiana University. I truly believe that the programs at EASC can change lives as we help students and our community develop global perspectives and engage in cross-cultural communication.” Please join us in welcoming Hye-Seung Kang to EASC.

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Governing Educational Desire in China

In November, Andrew Kipnis (Senior Fellow, School of Archeology and Anthropology and Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University) delivered a lecture on the impact of China’s ubiquitous desire for schooling and education on household and national economic priorities, birthrates, ethnic relations, and patterns of governance.  Kipnis drew from his recent book on Governing Educational Desire:  Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China to provide a thought-provoking reflection on what educational desire can tell us about the relationship between culture and governance.  Following the talk, a breakout session with Dr. Kipnis provided graduate students further opportunity to explore these issues and their own research. Dr. Kipnis’ visit to IU was sponsored by EASC, the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business, and the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute.

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5th Annual CHINA Town Hall:  Local Connections, National Reflections

In November, the 5th Annual CHINA Town Hall, organized nationally by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and hosted locally by EASC, the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business, and the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, was held on the Bloomington campus. Recognizing that China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States, CHINA Town Hall offers a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the country and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.

The evening began with a webcast by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor and current counselor and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Dr. Brzezinski discussed issues important to U.S.-China relations by responding to emailed questions from audience members nationwide.

Following Dr. Brzezinski’s remarks, Andrew Kipnis (Senior Fellow, School of Archeology and Anthropology and Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University) delivered a talk titled “Chinese Nation-Building as, Instead of, and Before Globalization” during which he explored nation-building in China in an era of globalization. Faculty, students, staff, and community members took part in this open forum.

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“Making War, Making Peace in East Asia”: The Perry Encounter

This October, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences “Making War, Making Peace” Themester initiative, EASC cosponsored an exhibition of Japanese prints at the IU Art Museum and an accompanying lecture by George Wilson (emeritus, EALC and History; former director, EASC) on “The Perry Encounter: 1853-1854.”

In his talk, Wilson described the arrival of the USS Susquehanna steam frigate in Edo, then the capital of Japan, to enable a treaty with Japan that might  ensure non-interference in American maritime ventures.  As Lynn Schoch (Office of the Vice President for International Affairs; Director of Information Resources) noted, “Professor Wilson’s lecture marked the opening of an exhibition of several images which combine the delicate Japanese artistry of line and color with billowing black smoke and fearful military monsters. With the help of these drawings, we can imagine how the townspeople of Edo felt—the terror and panic, and the fascination–that the arrival of the Western military produced.” To read more about the Perry Encounter, see  Office of the Vice President for International Affairs’ “International Moments.” 

Other events cosponsored by EASC and the College of Arts and Sciences as part of this year’s Themester included a film series on the theme of war and peace held in the IU Cinema and a mini-symposium on “The 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic of China.”  Each year Themester events offer a “vigorous exchange of ideas” in a variety of settings, including classes, workshops, exhibits, performances, and lectures.

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East Asian Film Series at the IU Cinema

The East Asian Film Series, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences 2011 Themester: Making War, Making Peace, filled the 300-seat IU Cinema with a presentation in October of the Chinese docudrama 24 City (Zhang Ke Jia, 2008).  Drawing on in-depth interviews with director Kazuo Hara, Ken Ruoff (History, Portland State University) engaged the audience in a lively discussion of the November showing of the Japanese documentary The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (Kazuo Hara, 1987). The series concluded in December with the Korean documentary Repatriation (Kim Dong-won, 2003). The East Asian Film Series will continue next spring with three films scheduled for January 16, February 6, and a February 27 presentation of the Japanese thriller Pulse (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2001).

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“Symposium on “The 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic of China”

Geremie Barme at a podiumOctober’s Symposium on the “The 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic of China” featured a stellar cast of scholars, including Geremie R. Barmé (Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University; Director, Australian Center on China in the World), Jeffrey Wasserstrom (History, University of California Irvine; former director, EASC), Kristin Stapleton (History, University at Buffalo; Director of Asian Studies), and IU faculty members Sue Tuohy (Senior Lecturer, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology), Sara Friedman (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and EALC), and Ethan Michelson (Associate Professor of EALC, Sociology, and Law). 

Employing three distinct lenses, Barmé, Wasserstrom,  and Stapleton described the significance of the Xinhai Revolution (1911-1912) in China’s past, present and future.  Through media and art, Professor Barmé examined how revolutionary events have informed contemporary China’s national identity and reflected upon how a China no longer led by the Communist Party might in the future remember and depict the Xinhai Revolution. Professor Wassertrom explained how the “father of China’s revolution,” Sun Yatsen, figures in the legacy of the Xinhai Revolution from both sides of the Taiwan straits.  Professor Stapleton considered the Xinhai events through reference to Sichuan novelist Li Jieren’s trilogy of novels, including Ripples Over Stagnant Water. The stories provide a strong ethnographic portrait of regional and national politics in early 20th Century China. Discussions throughout the day emphasized the duality of meaning in recent Chinese history--one event or memorial can highlight both the perceived failures and the glories of China.

Christopher Atwood (Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies) wrapped up the day of discussions, noting the simultaneous processes of federalization and centralization at work in China today. The symposium was organized by the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute and EASC, and was cosponsored by Themester 2011 and the Institute for Advanced Study.

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East Asian Career Night

In October, EASC cosponsored its fifth annual East Asian Career Night.  Over 30 undergraduate and graduate students attended the two-hour event in the Indiana Memorial Union to learn from six panelists about education and career opportunities in East Asia.  Jackson Boyar (undergraduate student, EALC) described his junior year studying in China with the Indiana University Chinese Flagship Program. Michelle Hertzfeld (M.A., EALC; MPA, Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management, 2010) explained her work as an International Relations Specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service.  Ms. Hertzfeld is responsible for maintaining cooperation with China, as well as overseeing other international collaboration involving climate, data and scientific exchange.  Stephen Meyers (B.A., EALC, 2007; M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University, 2009) introduced his work as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as a political/military analyst for the Department of Defense after receiving funding for study in China through the David L. Boren undergraduate scholarship and the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP).   Ting Gootee (B.A., Beijing University; M.A., Purdue University; M.B.A., Kelley School of Business, IU Bloomington) shared her experiences serving as Vice President of Investments for Indiana's 21st Research & Technology Fund.  Ms. Gootee also provides China-related advisory services for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and serves on the Board of Sonar Med and the Business Liaison Committee of the America China Society of Indiana.  Joanna Davis (B.A., Anthropology) talked about her eleven years as the Manager of External Relations for the IU Art Museum, as well as her current responsibilities as Outreach Coordinator and Advisor for the Indiana University Chinese Flagship Program.  Finally, Heungseok Oh (B.A., Hankuk University; M.B.A., Kelley School of Business, IU Bloomington) described life as Global Product Manager for Cook Medical’s Peripheral Intervention Strategic Business Unit, as well as previous work for Astrazeneca in Korea as a Medical Sales Representative. The evening concluded with a Q & A and informal networking session.

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Introduction to Cantonese Course
Taught in the Fall

EASC partnered with the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute (PAI) to offer an introductory course in Cantonese during the Fall 2011 semester.  The course was designed to enable students to use conversational Cantonese confidently in standard social situations by the end of the term.  The lingua franca of Hong Kong and Macau as well as Guangdong Province, Cantonese shares many grammatical structures and much vocabulary with Mandarin; yet, largely due to differences in pronunciation Cantonese remains unintelligible to many speakers of Mandarin. The course was delivered from ANU by videoconference technology and taught by Wai Lam Che (College of Asia and the Pacific, School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University) using Mandarin as the medium of instruction.  Daniel Yeung, a doctoral student from Hong Kong in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, served as local tutor for participating IU students.

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

The Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium held its fifth annual IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop in Bloomington in July. Eight doctoral students from across the country whose dissertations concern Chinese law and social, political, or cultural conflicts in modern and contemporary China participated in this event, which provided them with a chance to discuss chapters from in-process dissertations or dissertation proposals and receive critical feedback from the faculty leaders and each other. The workshop was led by Ho-fung Hung (Sociology), Klaus Mühlhahn (History and EALC), and Shao Dan (EALC and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Participants were Jin Gong (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Erika Kuever (IU Bloomington), Yan Long (University of Michigan), Lillian Hsiao-Ling Su (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Chen Jye (Phebie) Thum (University of Pittsburgh), Fayin Xu (University of Kentucky), Ying Xue (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Taisu Zhang (Yale University).

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Global Indiana’s East Asia-related Activities

In June 2011, Global Indiana organized its first successful Professional Development Tour—a 12-day study tour to China.  With recruitment assistance from EASC and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, 24 participants from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Alabama joined together to learn through experience about Chinese culture and education. Starting in Shanghai, the tour made additional stops in Hangzhou, Guilin, and Yangshuo. A home stay in Hangzhou made it possible for tour participants to get to know the families of students attending Global Indiana’s partner school New Century Foreign Language School.  For more information about future tours please contact Becky Burton at or (317) 713-5776.

In October, Global Indiana’s Zhejiang Educator Exchange Program welcomed to Indiana its first group of Chinese education officials led by Mr. Peidong Shu, Division Chief of Zhejiang Province Department of Education. Global Indiana has been partnering with Zhejiang Province and sending Indiana educators to China for the past four years. The Chinese educators were hosted by partner schools throughout the state.

Global Indiana is a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis whose mission is to prepare Indiana students to participate successfully in the global community by infusing curriculum with a global perspective, promoting the study of global economics, and creating international travel and educational exchange opportunities.

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2011 Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

In July, EASC hosted its 13th annual Freeman Foundation funded workshop on Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School on the IU Bloomington campus. Twenty high school English and world literature teachers from around the country participated in this intensive one week of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, and benefited from the experience and knowledge of a stellar group of East Asianists: Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), China historian Klaus Mühlhahn (History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin), Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), Japan historian George Wilson (emeritus, EALC and History; former director, EASC, IU Bloomington), and Korean literature and history specialist Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri). Every afternoon, a curriculum consultant, Cecilia Boyce (English, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL), led teaching strategy sessions to help teachers develop lesson plans for their classrooms. In addition to attending lectures and discussions, participants also enjoyed cultural activities such as an ikebana session and Taiji practice, as well as screenings of East Asian films. As a final activity, participants used works such as Sei Shōnagon’s The Pillow Book, Lu Xun’s “A Madman’s Diary,” and the Korean tale “The Song of a Faithful Wife: Ch’un-hyang,” to create syllabi designed to introduce high school students to the richness of East Asian literature. For more information about the July 2011 workshop please click here.

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2011 National NCTA Study Tour

In June and July two alumni of EASC’s National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminar program joined 12 other NCTA alumni from around the country for a 15-day study tour to China, themed “China’s Role in the World.” Sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, the study tour included visits to historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, as well as cultural landmarks such as the Shanghai Museum and the Olympic Village. Visits to K-12 schools were also arranged for the group. With a focus on China’s historic and contemporary global role, the study tour provided depth of understanding and valuable firsthand experience for participants. The two EASC NCTA alumni who participated in the study tour were Donna Shurr (Family and Consumer Science, Oberlin High School, Oberlin, OH), and Maral Eidell (World Studies & World History, Chicago Academy High School, Chicago, IL). Read about the tour here.

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2011 NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars

In the spring and summer of 2011 EASC conducted seven National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars. Nearly 150 K-12 educators throughout the Midwest and the South – in Chicago, IL; New Albany, IN; West Lafayette, IN; Lexington, KY; Marquette, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Columbus, Ohio; and in Birmingham, AL learned about the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Those who successfully completed the seminars received books, school resources, and stipends. For more information about upcoming NCTA seminars, please see the NCTA seminar Web page.

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