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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2014

IU East Asia News

IU President Michael McRobbie Wraps Up Delegation to Asia

In May 2014, IU President Michael McRobbie embarked on a two week trip to Asia to renew and strengthen partnerships with academic and governmental institutions in China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, and to enhance ties with IU alumni in those countries. A highlight of his journey was the inauguration of IU’s second international gateway office, in Beijing, which will serve as a primary place of contact for Chinese students and support a wide variety of activities, including faculty and student research, conferences and workshops, study abroad programs, distance learning initiatives and alumni engagement efforts. As part of the trip, McRobbie also met with U.S. Ambassadors Caroline Kennedy (Japan), Max Baucus (China), David Carden (former, ASEAN), and David Shear (Vietnam).

A full account of the trip can be found on the IU Goes to Asia blog.

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Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business Sends Interns to China

As part of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business (RCCPB) joint Initiative on Philanthropy in China, three students will be sent to intern with philanthropic organizations across China this summer. The students selected were:

Geoff Stewart (B.A., EALC/Economics)

Kelly McCarthy (B.A., Political Science/Chinese)

Tao Ling (M.A. Sociology, IUPUI)

The internship, which is fully-funded, will have students working 30-40 hours/week with an NGO, foundation, or corporate responsibility office for two months. Internship awardees were selected from eligible students attending the US’s first university course entirely dedicated to philanthropy in China. Students from IU’s Bloomington campus and the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis have jointly attended the simultaneously broadcasted course, taught by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Director of International Programs Angela Bies and RCCPB Director Scott Kennedy.


The three-year Initiative on Philanthropy in China includes in-depth scholarly research by a team of experts from the US and China, a series of workshops and conferences, publication and dissemination of research findings, and on-the-ground learning opportunities for IU students. The initiative will also learn by doing, carrying out its own philanthropic endeavor in China that addresses a challenge facing Chinese society. The Initiative on Philanthropy in China is funded with generous support from the Ford Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Indiana University. The internship itself is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Advisors on the initiative include the Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute and the China Foundation Center.


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Pan Asia Institute Selects 2014 Asia Pacific Week Delegates

Asia Pacific Week 2014 was held June 23 through June 26, 2014 on the Australia National University campus in Canberra. Asia Pacific Week brings leading experts on the Asia Pacific region together with 100 of the world’s top students to engage in discussions on Asia’s economic, political and cultural development amid the backdrop of a rapidly globalizing 21st century.

From lectures by some of the world’s top experts on Asia and the Pacific to informative exercises and panel discussions, conference delegates learned from and interacted with a broad cross-section of academics, politicians and journalists.

The 2014 conference theme, “GlobaliseAsian,” explored the region's growing prowess and its future role in globalization while challenging the assumption that modernization equals westernization. The ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute provided travel grants to four IU students from various disciplines to attend Asia Pacific Week 2014. These delegates are Brian Cwiek (Ph.D., History/Central Eurasian Studies), Kristin Froehle (B.S., Kelley School of Business), Teresa Nichols (Ph.D., Anthropology) and Jeremy Wainscott (B.A., Arts Management).

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15th Annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar

The 15th annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar took place on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at Binford Elementary School in Bloomington, IN with an estimated 1,500 children and adults attending. The first day was set aside for Bloomington-area fourth graders. On Saturday, everyone, young and old, was able to attend the Family Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for international music, crafts, games, and other fun activities. The East Asian Studies Center, with help from our wonderful volunteers, hosted activities such as Korean fan making, Chinese lantern crafts, and Year of the Horse coloring.

EASC volunteers, in addition to assisting with activities, also shared their experience and knowledge of East Asia with children and adults alike at the EASC table, as well as at the bazaar’s World Language table.

For more information, visit the Lotus Blossoms Web site.

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2013-14 Chinese Tidings Lecture Series Recap

The IU Chinese Flagship Program continued its Chinese Tidings lecture series this year with a series of eight presentations. In September, Fuxing Xiao (former vice-editor-in-chief, People’s Literature) presented “Everybody Eats: The Past and Present of Old Beijing Restaurants.” Later that month, Yilong Lu (Sociology, Renmin University) gave a talk titled “Will Villages End?—Development and the Future of Rural China.” The series continued in October with a visit by Wenqi Dong (School of Public Administration, Central South University), who spoke on the “The Historical Development and Current Status of Chinese Non-Profit Organizations.” Bringing the fall semester to a close was Xifan Yang (Musicology, Nanjing University), who presented “Folklore, the Arts, and the Current Status of Chinese Ethnic Minorities.”

The spring semester began with IU doctoral student Ke Li (Sociology)’s talk in late January titled “Divorce Litigation and Gender Inequality in Rural China.” In the following month another doctoral candidate, Zejun (Gary) Zhou (Education Policy Studies), presented “National Stereotypes: Othering and Being Othered in the Lives of Upper Middle Chinese Youth.” Rounding out this year’s series were talks by Joyce Man (SPEA), who presented on “China’s Housing Policy and Housing Markets: Current Issues and Challenges,” and Tie Xiao (EALC), with a talk on “Yaogun China.”

Featuring both native and non-native speakers presenting entirely in Chinese, the series is offered to stimulate discussion on a range of topics and to foster language skills and cultural literacy. Simultaneous summary translations are displayed throughout the lectures to accommodate those with little or no Chinese proficiency. Previously recorded talks can be found here.

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