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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2009

Upcoming Events

SOFOKS Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Korean Studies

On May 2 EASC and the Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS) will hold a golf tournament fundraiser at Southern Dunes Golf Course in Indianapolis. Prizes will be awarded to winners and give-aways to all participants. The $60 registration fee also includes an evening reception and dinner. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m., and the reception and dinner begin at 5:30 p.m.

A private fundraising organization founded 25 years ago under the leadership of Heun Y. Yune, M.D., now Professor Emeritus of Radiology at the IU School of Medicine, SOFOKS is a committed union between community and higher education ensuring continued support for Korean studies and young Korean studies scholars at IU. Since its founding, SOFOKS members have donated more than $200,000 to support students and faculty engaged in studying Korean language and culture. These donations have provided for, among other things, an annual fellowship for graduate students and an annual Excellence in Korean Studies award for undergraduates.

All are welcome to participate in the tournament; on-site registration will be accepted. Contact easc [at] indiana [dot] edu (EASC) for details.

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EALC/Education Study Tour to Japan and China

Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director, EASC) will lead 16 undergraduates to Kyoto and Beijing in May as the culmination of their spring semester course offered through EALC and the School of Education, E497/F401 Challenges of World-Class Schooling in Japan and China. In Kyoto the group will be joined by Yasuko Ito Watt, EALC professor emerita. During this two-week study tour students will visit schools, speak to educators, students, and policy makers, and observe the nature and content of educational reform currently underway in both societies. They will also work on individual research projects and will present their findings at a symposium at Tsinghua University. The tour will complement their class meetings this spring, in which they compared the educational systems of Japan and China using textual sources. This study tour is funded by EASC’s Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II grant.

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IL/IN Summer Seminar: Interpreting Technology and Race in East Asia

Sponsored by the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC Consortium), this year’s IL/IN Summer Seminar is titled “Interpreting Technology and Race in East Asia.” It will examine the ways in which technology influences and is influenced by cultural identity and social interactions in East Asia, using the lens of race to explore historical, contemporary, and emerging interpretations of the connections between technology and human existence.

The annual IL/IN Summer Seminar gives graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the Midwest the opportunity to intensively study with some of IL/IN's leading scholars and to create continuing networks for collaboration and exchange. Next summer’s seminar will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop: Korean Culture and Society

The Title VI IL/IN East Asia NRC Consortium will hold a summer dissertation workshop on Korean culture and society July 30–31 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Doctoral students whose dissertations focus on some aspect of Korean society and culture are invited to apply. This workshop is designed to enable students just beginning to write or those who are more advanced in their writing to engage in intensive discussions with faculty and each other. Each student will be given time to present a chapter from his or her work in progress, and faculty members will then respond to the presentation.

Eight students will be selected for participation, and they will be mentored at the workshop by three faculty from the IL/IN East Asia NRC: Nancy Abelmann (Anthropology and EALC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Shin-Kap Han (Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Michael Robinson (EALC, IU). All application materials must be received by May 29, 2009. Please email eaps [at] illinois [dot] edu (EAPS) for information on how to apply.

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NCTA Study Tour: “Shangri-La Tour of China”

Selected alumni of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars will embark on a “Shangri-La Tour of China” in June. In addition to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, the 20 study tour participants will visit Yunnan, a province in the southwestern China that is home to approximately 25 ethnic minority groups, making it the most culturally diverse province in China. Richard Bohr (History and director, Asian Studies, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University) joins this year’s tour as the faculty expert. John Frank (History, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN) returns to the study tour as the curriculum consultant.

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Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

This summer’s eleventh annual Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop will welcome 25 high school English and world literature teachers to Bloomington July 12–18 for an intensive study of traditional and modern literature from China, Japan, and Korea. Lecture and discussion sessions with literature and history presenters will be augmented by films and cultural activities such as ikebana and taiji. Upon completion of lesson plans, participants will receive $300 book-buying grants for their schools. Klaus Mühlhahn (History) joins the workshop for the first time as the Chinese history specialist. Other presenters include Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Korean literature and history specialist Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri), Japanese historian Scott O’Bryan (EALC), and curriculum consultant Cecilia Boyce (English, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL). This workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.

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