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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2014

Upcoming Events

EASC and KSA present Second Annual Korean Night

Indiana University’s Korean Night is an annual celebration of the Korean culture and a great chance to experience the rich heritage. Partnering once again with the Korean Students Association, the EASC is preparing for another successful Korean Night, which will take place on October 4th at the Wright School of Education Building (201 N Rose Ave.) on the Indiana University campus. This year we are excited to celebrate the traditional Korean holiday of Chuseok, or autumn harvest festival. Kicking off at 2 p.m., pre-event culture tables will provide entertainment for guests, with various traditional games and activities. Performances will include Samulnori, Taekwondo, K-pop dance, and more. Guests will also be treated to a sampling of delicious Korean cuisine and, tying in with the university's Themester: Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Sciences, a screening of the 2008 film “Siggaek (Le Grand Chef)” will take place in the Education auditorium. To make the event more fruitful, Korean Consul General Sang Il Kim from Chicago will attend to give his remarks for the opening ceremony. The event is open to the students, faculty and the public and is a wonderful experience for teachers and children of all ages. We hope to share to see your face and share this wonderful event with you and your family!

Do you have questions about Korean Night? Would you like to contribute a cultural performance or volunteer to help? We would love to have you! Please contact us at or 812.855.3765.

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Sneak Peek at Themester 2014:
Eat, Drink 7 Think: Food from Art to Science

A program of the College of Arts and Sciences, Themester 2014: Eat Drink Think: Food from Art to Sciences will feature many tie-ins with East Asian studies at IU. EASC is planning a variety of talks and events that will explore the foodways of China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan while helping us think through the ways “in which our representations and consumption of foodconnects us to our social, cultural, and biological worlds.” Here are just a few upcoming events to whet your appetites:

East Asian Colloquium Series:

“Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry”
Jeffrey Alexander (History, University of Wisconsin, Parkside)
Friday, September 12, 2014
Location TBA

East Asian Special Lecture Series, in conjunction with the IU Art Museum:

“Good Mourning: Coping with Grief in a Confucian Way”
Michael Ing (Religious Studies, IU Bloomington)
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Lecture: 1:00 p.m. Art History 102 (Tentative)
Reception: 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Second Floor Atrium, IU Art Museum

East Asian Special Events Series:

Indiana University’s Second Annual Korean Night
Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:30-9 p.m. IU School of Education Atrium/Auditorium
Featuring rice-cake making demos, a sampling of Korean cuisine, and much more!

EASC’s East Asian Film Series will also be serving up some cinematic treats in conjunction with Themester 2014 that are sure to suit every taste.  Planned for the fall are three films:

Monday, Sept. 22–Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1985)
Saturday, Oct. 4–Le Grande Chef (Jeon Yun-Su, 2007)
Monday, Oct. 20–Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (Ang Lee, 1994)

Event details will be updated and posted to the EASC Programs and Events Calendar. Be sure to check back in early fall!

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2014 NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminar in Michigan

From July 11 to 15th, EASC will support a weeklong Teaching about East Asia seminar at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI for local area teachers. The seminar will feature an overview of the histories and cultures of Japan, China, and Korea with a special emphasis on Common Core pedagogy, best practices, classroom applications, and resources. More information can be found on the seminar flyer.

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2014 NCTA Teaching about East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

From July 6 to 11th, 2014, EASC will hold its 16th annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop at IU Bloomington. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, this workshop’s intention is to immerse teachers in East Asian literature and history; thereby providing them with the background and materials necessary to introduce an East Asian component into their curriculum. Participants will develop classroom-ready lesson plans as the culmination of an intensive week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for the classroom. Participation is limited to 25 teachers. For more information, see the Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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