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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2010

Faculty Updates

Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies) was awarded the 2009 PROSE Award of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers in the category “World History and Biography/Autobiography” for his book Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (Princeton University Press, 2009). He also received a Long Term Research Fellowship, awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He is in Japan this summer at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies working on an ethnolinguistic history of East Asia, tentatively titled “Between Blue and Yellow Seas.”

Sheena Choi (Educational Studies, IU-Purdue University Fort Wayne) received EASC conference travel funding to present her paper “Protesting Identity: Memories of the Kwangju Uprising and Effects on the Identity Formation of Youths” at the World Congress of Comparative Education Council in Istanbul in June.

Joseph Coleman (Journalism) received an Abe Fellowship to spend the summer researching Japan’s aging workers. He will be looking at the ways Japanese businesses and municipalities are trying to keep seniors in the workforce, seniors’ own motivations for continuing work, and the associated social and health benefits.

Stephanie DeBoer (Communication and Culture) received an Exploration Traveling Fellowship Grant from the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), for her project “The Production and Design of New Rising Media.”

Marc Dollinger (Business) authored “Extending the Resource Based View to the Mega-Event: Entrepreneurial Rents and Innovation” with X. Li and C. Mooney, forthcoming in Management and Organization Review’s special issue on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Pandemonium ParadecoverMichael Dylan Foster’s (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) book Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai (University of California Press) won the 2009 Chicago Folklore Prize for best book-length work of folklore scholarship, awarded jointly by the American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago. From January to March 2010, Foster was a Foreign Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. While in Japan, he pursued ongoing fieldwork on ritual and tourism in Kagoshima and Akita Prefectures. In April Foster presented a paper titled “The UNESCO Effect: A Report from an Island in Japan” at the annual meeting of the Western States Folklore Society held at Willamette University in Salem, OR. He also gave an invited lecture at Willamette titled “A Brief History of Shapeshifting: Magical Animals and Modern Landscapes in Japan.”

Sarah Friedman (Anthropology and Gender Studies) received 2010 Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Funding from OVPR. This award will allow her to complete field research for her book project, “Exceptional Citizens: Chinese Marital Immigrants, Contested Borders, and National Anxieties across the Taiwan Strait.” Ji-Ping Sha (Mathematics) is her partner on the award.

Joseph Hoffmann (Law) will spend two weeks in August teaching at the University of Tokyo Law School Summer School.

Ho-fung Hung (Sociology) received a 2009 IU Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, a campus-wide award for those who show promise of achieving great distinction as scholars or artists. This semester he was invited to present his research on China in the global crisis at the University of Calcutta, City University of Hong Kong, York University, and Johns Hopkins University. He also gave lectures on the long-term pattern of Chinese protests at Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and University of California, San Diego. Professor Hung was featured in the New York Times “Room for Debate” section on China’s minorities. He was also interviewed for his article “America’s Head Servant? PRC’s Dilemma in the Global Crisis,” which was published as a lead article in the November/December issue of New Left Review in major newspapers around the world such as The Guardian (UK), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), Expresso (Portugal), and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). A shorter version of the article was translated into Chinese and published in China in Jingji guancha bao (Economic Observer, January 11, 2010) and Xinhua yuebao (New China Monthly, March 2010). He also delivered a talk titled “Protest with Chinese Characteristics Past and Present” for the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April.

Heon Joo Jung (EALC) was awarded a travel grant from EASC for a presentation on “Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance in Korea” at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in March.

Keiko Kuriyama (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present “CBI for Lower Level Japanese Classes: Developing Ballman’s Model of Content-enriched Instruction” at the American Association for Applied Linguistics 2010 annual conference in Atlanta, GA in March. She was an invited speaker at the 2010 Japanese Language Workshop, “Content-Community Based Instruction in Japanese,” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in April. The title of her presentation was “Teaching Content to Lower Level Foreign Language Students.” She also gave a presentation titled “Anxiety and Motivation in First-Year Japanese: How True Beginners and Advanced Beginners Affect Each Other” at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese at Purdue University in May.

Hyo Sang Lee (EALC) has been invited to give a talk at the 20th International Conference on Korean Language Education in August in Seoul. His talk is tentatively titled “Fallacies on Grammar and Teaching Grammar in Korean Language Education.”

Charles Lin (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present his paper “Comprehending Chinese Relative Clauses in Context: Thematic Patterns and Grammatical Functions” at the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics in May.

Xiaoqing Diana Lin (History and Philosophy, IU Northwest) was awarded an EASC curriculum development grant to develop a new course, China, Japan, and the U.S. in the 20th and 21st Centuries, which will first be taught in spring 2011. She also received an Exploration Traveling Fellowship Grant from OVPR’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program for her project “Philosophy in China in the 1950s, the Case of the Philosophy Department at Peking University.”

Manling Luo (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present a paper titled “The Power of Assorted Knowledge: A Mid-Tang Case of Miscellany” at the 220th Meeting of the American Oriental Society in March.

Osamu James Nakagawa (Photography), who has spent the past year in Japan on a Guggenheim Fellowship, received the 2009 New Photographer of the Year Higashikawa Award for his work on his Banta (cliffs) and Gama (caves) series, representing the landscapes that witnessed the mass suicides of thousands of Okinawans at the end of World War II. He also had a solo exhibition, titled “Banta: Stained Memory, Osamu James Nakagawa,” at the Nikon Salon in Tokyo in January and February and the Nikon Salon in Osaka in May. In June, his exhibition “Remains, 2001-2009,” was held at the Tosei Gallery in Tokyo.

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Osamu James Nakagawa stands in the gallery at his exhibition at the Tosei Gallery in Tokyo.

Yosuke Nirei (History, IU South Bend) received an EASC curriculum development grant for a new history course to be taught starting in fall 2010, T390 Japan through Literature and Film.

Scott O’Bryan (EALC and History) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present the paper “Population Anxiety and Systemic Environmentalism: Japan in the World Population Conference of 1974” at the Southern Japan Seminar in March.

Masato Ogawa (Education, IU Kokomo) and his colleague Joung Yeon Kim (Business, IU Kokomo) were awarded an EASC curriculum development grant to develop a new course, E100 East Asia: An Introduction. The course will be first taught in spring 2011.

Rowland Ricketts (Textiles) received a New Frontiers grant, part of OVPR’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program, for his project “Indi-Growing Blue—Art, Public Engagement, and the Cycle of Indigo Farming.” By creating a first-hand experience of the cycle of Japanese indigo farming and processing, and by investing participants as collaborators in the creative process, this project will generate raw materials and documentation for upcoming exhibitions as well as lay a foundation for future indigo cultivation at IU. He also received a research grant from the IU Scholarship on Teaching and Learning program for a project titled “Imago Score,” which investigates how mutual engagement in the creative process transforms a student’s ability to acquire knowledge and solve problems. A collaboration with Selene Carter (Contemporary Dance) and Amy Burrell (Textiles), the outcome of the project will be an Imago Score Web site where teachers from around the country can adapt the Imago Score to their own educational settings in order to foreground and support integrative, collaborative, and experiential learning.

In June Michael Robinson (EALC) taught a course titled “Divided Korea: Prospects for Conflict, Reconciliation, and Reunification” for the IU Mini University, a week-long continuing-education program sponsored by the IU Alumni Association.

Yu Shen (History, IU Southeast) was awarded an EASC curriculum development grant to develop a new history course to be taught starting in fall 2010, G200 Film and Society: China.

Aaron Stalnaker (Religious Studies) received a New Perspectives grant from OVPR’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program to host “Shaping the Third Wave of Comparative Religious Ethics,” a workshop for junior and recently tenured scholars in comparative religious ethics. Seven scholars will participate in the workshop, which will be held in early October, and each participant will produce an essay, leading to an edited volume that will attempt to chart new directions for the field. Professor Stalnaker was also part of an interdisciplinary team of IU researchers who received a nearly $200,000 grant from the University of Chicago to study empathy. The two-year project, “Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Perspectives,” was one of 19 awardees chosen from nearly 700 applications in the competition.

babylon east bok coverMarvin Sterling’s (Anthropology) first book Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae and Rastafari in Japan has been published by Duke University Press. Read a description here.

Lynn Struve (History and EALC) spent six months as Visiting Chaired Professor in the History Institute of National Central University in Taiwan teaching a graduate course on “Hotspots in Later-Imperial Chinese History.” She also gave lectures and conference presentations about her course and her research on late-Ming and early-Qing dream culture at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan University, Taiwan Normal University, Chengchi University, and National Central University, and for the Ming Studies Society.

In April Judith Stubbs (History of Art, Curator of Asian Art) gave a lecture titled “Images of the Floating World: A Brief History of Japanese Ukiyoe Prints” related to the Lilly Library exhibition “From Cai Lun to Ukiyoe: Paper and Print in East Asia” curated by Lesley Ham (M.A. student, Journalism and Folklore and Ethnomusicology). Read more about the exhibition here.

Michiko Suzuki (EALC) was in Tokyo for three months this winter conducting research as a Visiting Scholar at the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University. She gave a talk titled “Reconsidering Gendered Modernity: Love Marriage and Divorce in Prewar Japanese Literature” at the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy in March. In April she gave a talk titled “Writing about Love, Women and Modernity” at the UIUC’s Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies Japan Workshop and also gave a guest lecture in a class on postmodern Japanese literature as part of the Illinois/Indiana Cross-campus Teaching program.

In April Kevin Tsai (Comparative Literature, EALC, and Program in Ancient Studies) delivered a talk titled “Taxation and Immortality in the Worst Play of China” at a workshop sponsored by UIUC’s Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. In collaboration with Jonathan Abel (Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University), he organized a seminar titled “Restrategizing Essentialism” for the American Comparative Literature Association. Also, in May he taught a two-day Illinois/Indiana Summer Seminar titled “The Art of Reading Chinese Literature” with Professor Zong-qi Cai (EALC, UIUC). Read more about the IL/IN Summer Seminar here.

Sue Tuohy (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) presented “Anthologizing, Performing, and Narrating the Chinese National Past through Music” for a panel on Sonic Nationalism and Collective Memory in China at the Association for Asian Studies conference in March. Her articles on “Cui Jian,” “Popular Music,” and “Music, Propaganda, and Mass Mobilization” were published in the Encyclopedia of Modern China, edited by David Pong (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009). She also received an EASC travel grant to present a paper titled “Song Anthologies in China: Preservation, Propagation, Politics, and Pedagogy” to the Study Group for Musics of East Asia at the International Council for Traditional Music in Seoul in August.

Gregory Waller (Communication and Culture) presented “Japan-in-America: The Turn of the Twentieth Century” as the keynote speaker for the University of Kent’s “Symposium: The Interdisciplinary and the Intermedial,” held in May.

In June George Wilson (EALC and History; former director, EASC) taught a course on “The Atom Bomb and Japan in World War II” for the IU Mini University.

EASC Friend and Colleague Jeffrey Wasserstrom Reflects on Hitting the Road with His New Book, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know

Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s (former director, EASC) new Oxford University Press monograph, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, is making a splash at a book tour up and down both U.S. coasts. Professor (and soon-to-be chair) of the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine, and editor of The Journal of Asian Studies, Jeff is a genuine public scholar whose essays appear in a wide range of blogs, journals, and magazines. His new book is being used by many K-12 teachers, including those involved in the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. See Jeff’s recent discussion about the book at:

Heather Blair

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

heather blair Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Professor Heather Blair had a love of hiking from the very start. It seemed only natural, then, that when she first went to Japan after graduating from college she spent all of her free time hiking in the mountains. Right away she noticed something that seemed peculiar to her: at the top of every mountain stood some sort of religious-looking structure. Having become an Asian studies major only as a senior, she had no knowledge of Japanese religion. The mountain-top temples and shrines that she came upon intrigued her. “I got really curious about those temples and those shrines,” Blair recalls, “and I thought, ‘I want to know the back story.’”

“I became interested in Japanese religion by being in Japan and seeing structures and practices, and thinking, ‘What the heck is going on here?’” To answer that question, Blair returned to the United States for graduate school in religious studies, where she discovered another hook: language study. “The ability to get into primary texts was really thrilling,” she says, and kept her going throughout her graduate study at Columbia University (M.A.) and later at Harvard (Ph.D.). After focusing on mainline Buddhist studies, Blair returned to Japan—and to the mountains—for her dissertation research. Her research affiliation at the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo led her to Mount Kinpusen, a sacred site, still active today, with a religious history dating back to the 10th century. As a “backpacking historian,” Blair researched the history and construction of religion on and around Mt. Kinpusen. “I am interested in how people make places sacred,” she says. By visiting religious sites, she gains insight into the “construction and imagination of a particular place as a religiously significant site.”

During the 2009-10 school year, her first at IU, Blair taught religious studies classes such as Religions of the East (now called Asian Religions), Japanese Religions, East Asian Buddhism, and Sacred Mountains in Asian Religion. She is also developing a new course on religion and popular culture in East Asia, tentatively titled Kung Fu Heroes and Anime Goddesses, in which students will examine classical historic and religious texts in order to consider the ways in which religious motifs are put into play in contemporary popular media, as well as the ways in which popular culture involves the re-imagination and retelling of history.

She is currently working on her first book, “Peak of Gold,” which examines the roles played by Mt. Kinpusen in ritual, politics, and textual production among political and social elites at the turn of the eleventh century. Blair is also planning a second book project, a study of the religious practices of aristocratic lay people in Japan during the early medieval period (the 11th and 12th centuries). In order to expand our view of the religious lifestyles of un-ordained men and women, the book will examine material culture and non-canonical, non-doctrinal texts.

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