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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2010

IU East Asia News

IU to Establish Beijing Offices for Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business

IU’s Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business (RCCPB) has been awarded a three-year, $250,000 grant by the Henry Luce Foundation to establish a permanent presence in Beijing later this year. In addition to the new offices in Beijing, the Luce grant, combined with additional support of about $450,000 from 15 academic and research centers at IU, will support the RCCPB’s Initiative on China and Global Governance, which seeks to better understand China’s involvement in international issues such as trade, finance, technology, energy, the environment, and competition policy. The RCCPB will become the first American university-based research center to operate in China. By supporting research, conferences, and publications by leading scholars, the RCCPB hopes to take projects in a new direction, away from the more common general education and language training programs already established by many U.S.-based universities. Professor Scott Kennedy (EALC and Political Science), the director of the RCCPB, will spend most of the next academic year in China working to set up the center. For additional details, please see the RCCPB’s Web site.

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IU’s East Asian Collection Named One of 25 Most Distinguished East Asian Collections in the U.S.

IU’s East Asian Collection is featured in Collecting Asia: East Asian Libraries in North America, 1868-2008, published this year by the Association for Asian Studies. This volume provides a history of the events and people that shaped 25 of the most distinguished East Asian collections in the United States. Written by Wen-ling Liu (Librarian for East Asian Studies), the report on IU’s East Asian Collection traces its origin from a small collection of books acquired in 1950 by Ssu-Yu Teng, a newly appointed professor of Chinese, Japanese, and Far Eastern history, to the present-day collection of approximately 280,000 volumes in East Asian languages.

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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 generously funded by STARTALK grants.

The fourth annual Chinese Pedagogy Institute, a professional development opportunity for current and prospective secondary school teachers of Chinese, is being held June 13-July 1 at IU’s Bradford Woods facility 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 immersion program for middle and high school students from across the country, provides solid grounding in all four linguistic skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—and is complemented by cultural studies with an emphasis on Chinese music and martial arts. This year’s CLI takes place June 10-30 on the Bloomington campus.

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

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Pan Asia Institute Update

In September 2009, IU president Michael A. McRobbie joined with vice chancellor Ian W. Chubb, the chief executive of the Australian National University (ANU), in signing an agreement for the creation of a jointly-operated Pan Asia Institute (PAI). The institute, headed by co-directors Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director, EASC) and Kent Anderson, Professor and Director of the School of Culture, History and Language in ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific, combines the complementary academic strengths of the two universities into a single research and teaching enterprise with expertise that encompasses a broad range of Asian countries. The ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute aims to foster scholarly endeavors, exchanges, academic programs, and collaboration on a broad range of issues related to Asia. Asia is defined very broadly to include the region from Turkey to Polynesia and everywhere in between. To these ends, the PAI develops and administers undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and administrative exchanges; coordinates the exchange of distinguished faculty and visiting scholars; identifies opportunities for cross-institutional collaborative research and coordinates related symposia, workshops, and conferences; develops coursework that capitalizes on the strengths and supplements the offerings of each institution in the field of pan-Asian studies; and works toward the establishment of shared undergraduate and graduate minors and majors.

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PAI Opportunities for IU Faculty and Students

There are many opportunities for EASC faculty and students to work with faculty, students, and staff at ANU to expand and support the scholarship of the pan-Asian region. In particular, ANU will be enhancing its teaching and research in public policy, supported by a new government investment of 111.7 million Australian dollars. Among other initiatives, this funding will support the Australian Centre on China in the World, the National Security College, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). In addition, students with an academic interest in Asia are encouraged to consider the many opportunities available for study of the region under the Pan Asia Institute. Each year, up to three undergraduate and two graduate students from both ANU and IU will be selected for semester-long exchanges. The first student to participate in the PAI exchange is IU undergraduate student Chris Zakian, who will begin his program at ANU in July. Up to two faculty members from both ANU and IU will be selected for a six-week exchange designed to facilitate the faculty members’ research and expand their professional contacts across the institutions. Additionally, the Institute will host distinguished faculty who will lecture on their areas of expertise. The Institute also helps to facilitate the visits of faculty throughout the year. In the January 2010 term, the Institute hosted the visit of Dr. Heidi Ross to ANU as well as the stays of Dr. Nicholas Glasgow, Dean of the College of Medicine, and Dr. Richard Baker, Deputy Dean of Science, at IU. Furthermore, this past semester PAI has offered to IU students a course in introductory Indonesian, which will be continued in the fall with the addition of Mongolian to ANU students. Pending Title VI funding, EASC will assist PAI in offering Cantonese to IU students beginning fall 2011, when both first- and second-year Indonesian will also be offered.

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Difference and Constitutionalism in Asia Symposium, March 3-5, 2011

With generous support from the IU Institute for Advanced Study and partnering with the IU Maurer School of Law’s Center for Constitutional Democracy, the PAI will host a symposium on “Difference and Constitutionalism in Asia,” to be held March 3-5, 2011 on the Bloomington campus. The symposium will bring together ANU and IU faculty as well as scholars from the United States and abroad to examine this timely topic. The symposium will be followed by a one-day workshop that will allow for the discussion of research directions, future meetings, and possibilities for publication.

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IU Students Participate in ANU Asia Pacific Week

PAI supports ANU’s annual Asia Pacific Week, a conference and summer school that brings together hundreds of Ph.D. candidates from Australia and overseas who are committed to understanding the world’s most dynamic region. During a week of activities, participants present their research interests, meet other students and academics, participate in a wide range of training activities, and are introduced to the rich holdings of the ANU Library and the National Library of Australia. With generous support from ANU, four IUB doctoral students attended the 2010 Asia Pacific Week: Yimin Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies), Piin-Shiuan Wu (Folklore and Ethnomusicology), Timothy Rich (Political Science), and Xin Fan (History). Says Fan of the experience, “It was a very productive trip. . . . I presented my research to scholars in my field and received feedback [that] helped me to rethink the significance of my research in a broader context. . . . I got to know graduate students in the field of East Asian studies from all over the world, [and we began] to discuss the possibility of future cooperative work. . . .”

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Special Exhibition at Lilly Library, “From Cai Lun to Ukiyoe: Paper and Print in East Asia”

Lesley Ham (M.A. student, Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Journalism) curated a Lilly Library exhibition, “From Cai Lun to Ukiyoe: Paper and Print in East Asia,” which ran from April 15 through May 15. The exhibition traced the evolution of paper as an important technology as well as an art form, from its invention in China (according to legend, by the eunuch Cai Lun in 105, but actually invented much earlier), to its dissemination in Korea and Japan. The exhibition also detailed the development of woodblock printing and moveable type in China, which allowed for the large-scale dissemination of religious texts and the spread of Buddhism. In addition to illustrations of early printing and books, from simple woodblocks to specimens printed with moveable type, it also included displays documenting the development of printing in Japan, where the highly stylized ehon, or picture books, gave rise to the beautiful woodblock prints of the ukiyoe school of art in the Edo period.

Three events related to the central themes of paper, print, and books in Asia were held in conjunction with the exhibition. Calligrapher James Yang gave a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy; IU Art Museum’s curator of Asian art Judith Stubbs presented the lecture “Images of the Floating World: A Brief History of Japanese Ukiyoe Prints”; and Jim Canary, Head Conservator of the Lilly Library, gave a talk on the history of the book in the Himalayas.

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