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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2010

Student Updates

Undergraduate Award Winners

Congratulations to the following undergraduate EALC majors who have received EALC scholarships:

  • Katie Jenkins received the Yasuda Scholarship, which was created in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Yasuda for undergraduates demonstrating excellence in Japanese studies.

  • Jackson Boyar, Chinese; Jordan Green, Japanese; and Jaimie Yang, Korean were awarded Uehara Scholarships. This scholarship was created in honor of the late professor Toyoaki Uehara for undergraduates showing excellence in East Asian studies.
  • Erika Gustafson received the Gines Scholarship, an award given by James Gines and his wife, Noriko, to undergraduates combining excellence in an East Asian language with excellence in professional school studies.
  • Allesandra Watson received the Paul Nutter Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory and honor of Paul Nutter, an EALC Japanese major, for students in any East Asian language demonstrating the same heart and commitment to learning that Paul expressed.
  • Joanna Fearing was awarded the Korean Visiting Scholars’ Award. This award was made possible by the IU Korean Visiting Scholars Association and was established to help promote excellence in the study of Korean language and culture.

The following EALC undergraduates received EASC prizes for excellence in East Asian studies: Caleb Maxson (EALC and Finance)—the SOFOKS Award for Korean Studies; Emilia Blaser (EALC and Chemistry)—the Alpine Prize for Japanese Studies; and Patrick Johndro (EALC)—the Undergraduate Award for Chinese Studies. Caleb graduated in May with Highest Distinction and with Honors. Emilia also graduated in May with Highest Distinction and will begin studies at the IU School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. Patrick is a rising junior and is studying Chinese this summer at the Associated Colleges in China program in Beijing. Congratulations to all for their hard work!

Summer 2010 FLAS Awards

EASC awarded four summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships this year to undergraduates in the IU Chinese Flagship Program:

  • Jackson Boyar (EALC) is using his FLAS to study 5th-year Chinese at the Princeton in Beijing program. Jackson also received a FLAS travel grant to cover his travel to China.
  • Brian Inlow (EALC and International Studies) is pursuing 2nd-year Chinese at the IU Flagship Chinese Institute in Bloomington.
  • Luke Martineac (International Business and Business Economics and Public Policy) is spending his summer studying 5th-year Chinese at the Princeton in Beijing program. Luke also received a FLAS travel grant to cover travel costs.
  • Max Wallace (Chemistry) is studying 3rd-year Chinese at the IU Flagship Chinese Institute in Bloomington.
Other Student News

Xin Fan (History) received a 2010-11 Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship from the University Graduate School and will be teaching at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne starting in the fall. In January he received a travel grant from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to present a paper titled “Beyond History and Politics, Debates on the Asiatic Mode of Production in World-Historical Writing of the People’s Republic of China.” He also presented a paper for the Asia Pacific Week at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra on “Who Killed Homer in China: Scholarship, Politics, and Culture” for which he received a grant from the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute.

Abraham Gerber (EALC) is participating in the Associated Colleges in China (ACC) Field Studies Program on a Luce Foundation Fellowship and a Fulbright travel grant. The ACC Field Studies Program combines field experiences in rural China with advanced language courses in a seven-week total immersion program for advanced students of Chinese.

Lesley Ham (Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Journalism) was the curator of an exhibition at the Lilly Library in April and May titled “From Cai Lun to Ukiyoe: Paper and Print in East Asia.” Read more about it here.

This year Erik Hammerstrom (Ph.D., Religious Studies) was a Mellon Fellow at the Needham Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, where he led a text-reading seminar and presented his paper “Buddhist Promotion of Revolutionary Science in Post-May Fourth China” at the Genealogies of Science in Asia: Cross-Cultural Appropriation Conference. In February Erik successfully defended his dissertation titled “Buddhists Discuss Science in Modern China (1895-1949)” and passed with departmental honors. He received his Ph.D. in March and has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. In June Erik’s first article, “The Expression ‘The Myriad Dharmas Are Only Consciousness’ in Early 20th-Century Chinese Buddhism” will appear in the Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal. In addition, he presented “Wáng Xiǎoxú’s 王小徐 (1875-1948) Kēxué zhī gēnběn wèn  科學之根本問題 (Basic Problematics of Science): Science and the Development of a Modern Buddhist Worldview” for the text-reading seminar at the Needham Research Institute and presented “Are All Worldly Things Evolving or Regressing?: Use of Evolution among Chinese Buddhists in the 1920s” at IU’s Religious Studies Graduate Conference, “Religion, Nature, and Innovation” which was held in February.

Yan He (Geography) received an EASC conference travel grant to present a paper titled “‘Splendid China’ Park: A Case Study of Cultural Contestation between China and the United States” at the 2010 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in April.

Hsin-Wen Hsu (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) received EASC travel funds to present “Sounding Ethnicity: The Musical Meditation of Hakka Consciousness in Chuang-yuan (Mau-yo) Monthly in Postwar Taiwan, 1962-1981” at the Study Group for Musics of East Asia at the International Council for Traditional Music in Seoul in August.

Ju Young Jin (Comparative Literature) was awarded an EASC travel grant to support a presentation on “Nihilistic Nation (Un)building in Postmodern Korean Literature: Kim Young-Ha’s Black Flower” at the American Comparative Literature Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting in April.

Jihye Lee (Second Language Studies) received EASC travel funds to present a paper titled “Discourse Markers by Learners of Korean as a Foreign Language” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Korean in June.

Ke Li (Sociology) was awarded a 2010-11 International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and, with Ethan Michelson (Sociology and EALC) as a co-PI, a 2010-11 Grant for Improving Doctoral Dissertation Research from the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Science Program. Ke received an EASC travel grant for a paper on “Rhetoric and Tactics: Talks of State Law in a Legal Workers’ Office” that she presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Overseas Young Chinese Forum on “China’s Legal Reform at Crossroads” at the University of Chicago in May. She also participated in the 2010 Illinois/Indiana National Dissertation Workshop on Gender and Sexuality in Modern East Asia in June.

In January Jonathan Pettit (EALC and Religious Studies) delivered his dissertation colloquium on his project “Borrowed Landscapes: The Temple and the Abbot in Medieval China, 500-700 CE.” He is currently a visiting scholar at Sichuan University in China as a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History.

Joanne Quimby (Ph.D., EALC and Comparative Literature) successfully defended her dissertation “Narratives of Sexuality and Embodiment: Performative Identities and Abject Agency in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Japanese Women Writers” in April. She completed her dual Ph.D. in May.

Tim Rich (Political Science) has received several grants for dissertation research in East Asia: an Asiatic Research Institute fellowship from Korea University for summer research in Korea, a National Science Foundation East Asian and Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship for summer research in Taiwan in 2009, and a fellowship from the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. He presented “Status for Sale: Taiwan and the Competition for Diplomatic Recognition” at the International Studies Association Midwest conference in November, which has been accepted for publication in an edited volume. He had an article titled “Can Democratic Consolidation Make a Country Less Secure? The Case of Taiwan” in the Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia 8, no.1 (2009). He also had a letter published in the Taipei Times in January titled “What’s behind PRC Aid?” on China’s offer of post-earthquake aid to Haiti.

Liyan Shen (EALC and Comparative Literature) received EASC travel funds to present her paper “Sexuality and Religion in the Late-Ming Dramatist Xu Wei’s Chan Master Yu” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in March.

Morgan Swartz (M.S.Ed., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) completed her master’s degree in International and Comparative Education in May.

Hsiang-ning Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received an EASC travel grant to present “Transnational Identity of Taiwanese Adolescents Studying in China” at the 54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society in March.

Lei Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) was awarded EASC travel funds to present her paper “I Want a Good Future: Post-Compulsory Education, Girls’ Aspirations and Expectations, and Empowerment” at the 54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society in March.

Yimin Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received an EASC travel grant for her presentation on “Beyond the Examination? Negotiating Reform Policies of College Entrance Examination in China” at the 54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society in March.

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