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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

January 2012

Student Updates


Peter Faggen (Religious Studies) received an EASC travel grant to attend the November American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Francisco, where he presented his paper “Re-centering the Sino-Tibetan Frontier:  Power, Authority and Conflict in the Gungru Khandroma Female Lineage Near Labrang.”

Timothy Grose (Central Eurasian Studies) has just completed an article, “Secular ‘Saints’ of Xinjiang: Qurban Tulum, Qadir Baqi, and the Installation of ‘Ethnic Unity’ Heroes,” which has been accepted for publication in the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs.

Shingo Hamada (Anthropology) is currently conducting ethnographic fieldwork in northern Japan, funded by dissertation research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. His research focuses on how fishery science and technologies influence the perception and practice of coastal resource conservation. He is also investigating the impacts of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami on coastal fisheries in order to understand how recovery efforts may lead coastal fishing communities to develop resilience or social vulnerability towards natural disturbance and climate change.

In November, Haiyan Liu (Criminology) presented her paper, “The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in China and the United States:  Law & Society and IP Enforcement and Criminological Perspectives,” at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., with the support of an EASC travel grant.

Timothy S. Rich (Political Science) received research grants from the Korea Foundation and Academy of Korean Studies this year and presented a paper, “The East Asian Divergence: National and District Level Competition in Mixed Systems,” at the Asian Election Studies conference in Daejon, South Korea.  He was also a guest researcher at Waseda University's Organization for Japan-US Studies.  Timothy received travel funds from EASC to present “The East Asian Divergence: National and District Level Competition in Mixed Systems” at the November International Studies Association-Midwest Conference in St. Louis.  Continuing his very productive year, Timothy recently published in Election Studies (Korea) and was invited as a guest contributor to a Taiwan elections blog hosted at the University of Nottingham.            

Wanxia Zhao (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) will be presenting her paper, "The Developing Purposes of Low-income College Students in China’s Elite Universities," at the March 2012 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver. She will participate in the "Global Higher Education and Visions of Social Justice” paper session.

Zejun Zhou (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received EASC travel funding to present a paper in October at the Fourth Worldwide Forum for Comparative Education in Beijing.  His paper was titled, “When Old Tricks Meet a New Dog: A Case Study of Shanghai Government Education Policy as Practices of Power on the International School Sector.”

Yimin Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) traveled to rural Shaanxi province in mid-October to conduct field research for her dissertation, tentatively titled “Rebuilding Hope and Sustainability: Constructing the Meaning of ‘Green’ in a Post-Earthquake Rural School in China.” In October, she also participated in the Fourth Worldwide Forum for Comparative Education, held at Beijing Normal University.  There, she served as a student speaker for a roundtable discussion on doctoral student mentoring, which was jointly hosted by Beijing Normal University and IU.  Yimin is a recipient of the 2011 Robert F. Arnove Travel Grant Award from the School of Education. She also received the Overseas Young Chinese Scholar Forum (OYCF)-Ford Teaching Fellowship to teach a short-term course titled “Education for Sustainable Development: Examining Global to Local Influences, Challenges, and Opportunities” at Lanzhou University in China.

Wei Wang (Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies) will be presenting a paper titled “A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Service Challenges for People with Reduced Mobility:  Perceptions Among Flight Attendants” at the 17th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism in Auburn, Alabama this January.  Wei received an EALC travel grant to help fund the opportunity.

Ye Zhang (Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies) received an EALC travel grant to fund her paper presentation at the 17th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism.  Ye’s paper, “Modeling International Demand for Hong Kong Tourism with Panel Data Analysis,” will be presented at the January conference in Alabama.