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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

December 2014


Chinese Tidings Help Expand Chinese Language Education at IU

This fall IU’s Chinese Flagship Center continued is annual Chinese Tidings Lecture series which is designed to increase opportunities for authentic interaction in Chinese. Chinese Tidings is presented entirely in Chinese and is designed to stimulate discussion on a wide range of topics while fostering cultural literacy and language skills.


The Fall 2015 series included four lectures that examined history, personal identity, and ethnic, linguistic, and cultural dilemmas. Highlighting the series were lectures by IU’s own Eliot Sperling on Tibet and by He Xiangyang, a renowned Chinese literary critic, on the ways Chinese women contend with problems relating to the self, society, and humanity.

Due to the continued success and enthusiastic participation of the IU community the Chinese Tidings Lecture series will continue during the Spring Semester. Topics will range from the challenges of conducting ethnographies in rural China to using social media to promote intercultural communication between Chinese and American students.


The series is open to native speakers of Chinese, students of the language, and even those with no proficiency, since simultaneous summary translations are provided throughout the lectures by Flagship students. Chinese speakers of all levels are encouraged to attend these exciting lectures and to contribute to the growing Chinese and Chinese education community at IU Bloomington.



Students Engage Authors at East Asian Book Workshops

 In Spring 2014, Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center began a new program to complement its Colloquium Series, the East Asian Book workshop.Unlike the colloquium and various special events held by the East Asian Studies Center, the book workshop is a specialized program which allows the students to get a more thorough grasp on the subject matter. This semester EASC was happy to host Christina Klein (Boston College) and Nicole Constable (University of Pittsburgh) and allow student to engage directly with works on East Asia and the scholars who wrote them.


EASC hosted Christina Klein on Friday, October 23rd. Professor Klein is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Boston College and her research includes American studies, film studies, American literature, and the literature and culture of America’s encounters with Asia. For the book workshop students read Professor Klein’s 2003 book, Cold War Orientalism: Asia and the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961. Students were able to discuss with Professer Klein about the creation of culture, global integration, and the growth in influence of the United States in Asia.


The second Book Workshop featured Nicole Constable and her recent book Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor (2014). As an anthropologist of transnationalism, migration, and gender and reproductive labor, Professor Constable examined the experiences of Indonesian and Filipina women in Hong Kong and whether migrants are viewed as people or rather just as temporary labor. The discussion brought interesting insight to questions of global problems of mobility, family, and citizenship.


The East Asian Studies Center hopes to continue the success of the East Asian Book Workshop series during the Spring 2016 semester. For information on the Spring 2014 program, please email




IU2U Program Expanded to Reach More Incoming International Students and Families

IU2U Program Expanded to reach more incoming international students and families


This semester Indiana University expanded its IU2U program to include visits to India, South Korea, and a location expansion in China. The program is a collaborative effort at Indiana University Bloomington that introduces incoming international students to life at IU.


The program launched in 2014 with sessions in Beijing, China, and now includes a stop in Shanghai this year.


IU2U fosters student success by offering international students the opportunity to prepare for the academics, culture and engagement opportunities they will find at IU Bloomington. Currently, 251 students and 200 parents have registered to participate in this year’s session. The figures represent more than 30 percent of all undergraduate international students starting at IU this fall.


While students attend workshops to learn about student culture, setting academic and personal goals, curricular planning and course selection, their parents are invited to attend workshops on helping from home and education in the U.S. IU staff and current undergraduate students will lead sessions.


For more information about IU2U and the team of students traveling for this year’s workshops, visit the IU2U website. A video about last year’s inaugural trip is available online.




IU Cinema Features Four Films for East Asian Film Series

The East Asian Film Series is an annual event sponsored by EASC, IU Cinema, and other Indiana University departments. It is screened at the IU Cinema during the Spring and Fall semesters in Bloomington.


This semester the series filled the 300 seat IU Cinema for four films. The semester began with a screening of Ryuchi Hiroki’s Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014) which was followed by Zhangke Jia’s drama The World (Zhangke Jia, 2004). The third installment of the series treated viewers to Wi-ding Ho’s Pinoy Sunday which was followed by Kwang-su Park’s A Single Spark to conclude the series. The East Asian Film Series will continue during Spring 2016 semester with more exciting and educational films!


IU Cinema is a world-class facility and program dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in its traditional and modern forms. For more information on the facility or programs, call 812-856-9540 or




Music Helps Celebrate End of WWII and Korean Independence

This October IU proudly welcomed Dr. Hye Won Jo for a piano recital commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII to celebrate the 70th Independence Day of Korea.  Her recital was hosted by the East Asian Studies Center and the Jacobs School of Music.


An IU alumnus, Dr. Jo is a young and promising pianist from Korea. As part of her tour Dr. Jo was invited to give recitals to celebrate national and diplomatic events around the world including South Korea, the United States, Australia, and countries throughout Europe.