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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2009

Faculty News

Christopher P. Atwood (Central Eurasian Studies) presented several papers that summarize chapters from his book manuscript tentatively titled “Tribal Mirage: Khans, Pastures, and Families on China’s Inner Asian Frontier.” These papers include: “What Were the Qonggirads in the Yuan: A Segmentary Lineage, a Descent Group, or a Principality?” presented at the “Family and the State in Chinggisid and Post-Chinggisid Central Eurasia” conference at IU in September; “Mongols and Kazakhs: Two Alternative Types of Inner Asian Nomadic Social Structure,” presented at Seoul National University in October; and “How the Mongols Got a Word for Tribe—and What It Means,” presented at EASC’s East Asian Colloquium in November. In two other invited presentations, he surveyed aspects of the history of Mongolian studies: “Paul Pelliot and Mongolian Studies,” presented at the “Paul Pelliot (1878-1945), De l'histoire à la légende” colloquium at the Collège de France and Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres in Paris in October and “The Academic Tradition of Mongolian Studies in the U.S.A.” at the “Academic Traditions of Mongolian Studies” conference at Dankook University in October.

Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies), who received the 2008–09 Fulbright-University of Vienna Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Cultural Studies award, is currently at the University of Vienna, where he is teaching three courses: Ethnolinguistic History of East Asia, Old Tibetan, and History of Central Eurasia. His new book, Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (Princeton University Press, 2009), has just been published. His article “A Note on the Name and Identity of the Junghars” appeared in Mongolian Studies 29 (2009). In November he gave a lecture titled “Scholastic Argument Structure in Medieval Central Asian Philosophical Texts” as part of the Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium. The lecture was drawn from a book in progress, tentatively titled “The Central Asian Origins of Modern Science.” In January he delivered a lecture, “The Central Eurasian Culture Complex and Its Influence on the Formation of Chinese Civilization,” as part of EASC’s East Asian Colloquium Series. The lecture was partly drawn from research on the formation and reconstruction of early Old Chinese.

Stephanie DeBoer (Communication and Culture) participated in the Pan-Asian roundtable “Coproduction, Market-Crossing, Image-Traveling: Toward a Pan-Asian Cinema?” in March at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ho-fung Hung (Sociology) presented a paper titled “Asian Tiger in Extremis: Sources and Limits of China’s Global Financial Power” at the “Regional Powers, New Developmental States, and Global Governance: BRICSA in the New World Order” conference at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies in March, which explored how global cooperation among Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa could help pull the global economy out of the current crisis. His paper “Cultural Strategies and the Political Economy of Protest in Mid-Qing China, 1740–1839” was published in Social Science History 33:1 (2009). In November and January Hung was interviewed by RTHK, Hong Kong’s government-run radio station, on the implications of the Obama presidency to China and the rest of Asia. Also, in March he appeared on the radio show “Open Source with Christopher Lydon,” where he discussed the origins of the current global economic crisis and the role of countries with emerging economies such as China and India in bringing the global economy back into balance.

Michael Foster (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) was the guest speaker at the Meeting New Authors Roundtable “Monstrous Discourses and Popular Knowledge: Writing about Japanese Yōkai in English” in February at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His article “What Time is this Picture? Cameraphones, Tourism, and the Digital Gaze in Japan” will be published in the May issue of Social Identities 15:3 (2009). He has received a Short-term Research Travel to Japan grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies to conduct research this summer on his project “Producing and Consuming Heritage in Japan: Tourism and the Namahage.”

Sara Friedman (Anthropology and Gender Studies) gave a talk on “The Politics of Intimacy in China” at the University of California, Berkeley in March. This talk examined the politicization of marriage and other intimate bonds in the Greater China region, drawing on research from the Maoist and post-Mao eras and contemporary cross-strait relations.

Heon Joo Jung (EALC) received travel funds from EASC to present “East Asian Financial Regionalism: Taking Seriously Domestic Capacity and Sovereignty Cost” at the Midwest Political Science Association annual conference in April. He also received an EASC curriculum development grant to revise his course Understanding Two Koreas: Politics, Society, and U.S. Policy.

Hyo Sang Lee (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present “A Hybrid of Old and New: A Unified Account of the Tense-Aspect System of Korean” at Chronos 8: International Conference on Tense, Aspect, Mood, and Modality in October.

Manling Luo (EALC) received an EASC curriculum development grant to design a new course, Ghosts, Immortals, Animal Spirits: Encountering the Supernatural in Traditional Chinese Culture, to be taught in spring 2010.

Klaus Mühlhahn (History) recently published Criminal Justice in China: A History (Harvard University Press, 2009). His article “The Dark Side of Globalization: The Concentration Camps in Republican China in Global Perspective” appeared in World History Connected 6:1 (2009). Another article, “Prostitution in der ‘Musterkolonie’ Kiautschou,” appeared in Frauen in den deutschen Kolonien (Ch. Links Verlag, 2009).

Osamu James Nakagawa's photograph of a cliff in OkinawaOsamu James Nakagawa (Photography) was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in April to support his work on images of gama (caves) from the Okinawa “suicide cliff” from which thousands of people jumped to their deaths at the end of World War II. His Gama series will be presented for the first time at a solo exhibition at the Sakima Art Museum in Okinawa June 17–July 20, 2009. Gama also received a grant from the IU Faculty Research Support Program through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. In March Nakagawa presented his Banta (cliffs) photographic series at the forty-sixth Society of Photographic Education National Conference in Dallas. Banta was supported by an IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program grant and a College Arts and Humanities Institute grant. The Sepia International Gallery in New York has exhibited Banta, which received favorable reviews, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased two of his large-scale digital prints.

Michael Robinson (EALC) is the incoming chair of EALC, replacing Robert Eno. He will begin his term in July. Robinson will teach a Mini University class in June through the IU Alumni Association. The mini-course, Through the Looking Glass: Assessing Current and Future Affairs on the Korean Peninsula, will assess the current state of the peninsula with emphasis on South Korean economic issues, political issues, relations between North and South Korea, and the larger context of northeast Asia.

Masato Ogawa (Education, IU Kokomo) published an article titled “A Comparison of Global Education in the United States and Japan: Is Global Education Universal?” in Global Education 11 with Yoriko Hashizaki of Kobe University and Misato Yamaguchi of Ohio State University.

Edie Sarra (EALC) won the Trustees Teaching Award from EALC for the 2008–09 academic year. She also received an EASC curriculum development grant to revise her course Unreal Dwellings: Houses, Huts, and Palaces in Japanese Culture, to be taught in fall 2009.

Michiko Suzuki (EALC) received the Office of the Vice Provost for Research Summer Faculty Fellowship and the College Arts and Humanities Institute Travel and Research Grant to work on her second book project this summer. This project explores the female body in twentieth-century Japanese print media and popular culture, particularly in relation to issues of war and empire. Her first book, “Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture,” will be published by Stanford University Press in November 2009.

Kevin Tsai (Comparative Literature) received an EASC curriculum development grant to revise his Introduction to East Asian Poetry course.

Natsuko Tsujimura (EALC) received travel funds from EASC to present “The Nature of Lexical Choice in Construction Variation” at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference in November.

Sue Tuohy (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) received an EASC travel grant to present “Olympic Performances: Mass-mediated and Participatory Displays of China” at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual meeting in October. She also received an EASC curriculum development grant to revise her course Cultural Diversity in China. Last summer she traveled to China to conduct fieldwork on hua’er song festivals in Gansu province as well as to document cultural performances associated with the Olympics, tourism, and heritage preservation efforts. She traveled to Hong Kong in April to present her paper “Representations of Western Music in Chinese Films” at the “East Meets West: Sino-Western Musical Relations/Intersections/Receptions/Representations” conference. She will continue fieldwork in China in May.

Gregory Waller (Communication and Culture) received travel funds from EASC to present “16mm Japan for the American Non-Theatrical Market” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in May.

George Wilson (History and EALC) taught an honors seminar in the Hutton Honors College this spring. The course, HON H204 The Atom Bomb, World War II, and Japan, focused on the end process marking the war in the Pacific. Readings came from a wide range of books that cover both the Japanese and American sides of this process, concentrating on the development and use of the bomb in August 1945.

Reiko Yonogi (Foreign Language, IUPUI) received travel funds from EASC to present “Motherhood and Sexuality in Okamoto Kanoko’s ‘A Mother’s Love’” at the Japan Studies Association’s fifteenth annual conference in January.

Lin Zou (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present “The Malicious Women Victim: Popular Narratives of Women’s Desires in Leftist Chinese Cinema of the Early Twentieth Century” at the Modern Language Association convention in December.

Stephanie DeBoer
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture

Stephanie DeBoer Now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture, Stephanie DeBoer first came to Bloomington in 1996 as a master’s student in EALC and the Department of Comparative Literature, not to research transnational film and media coproductions in East Asia as she does now, but to study modernist and contemporary East Asian literature. In fact, before coming to IU as a graduate student, she hadn’t known that one could study film—her undergraduate college hadn’t offered film studies. She was hooked after just one class on Chinese film with then EALC professor Yingjin Zhang (now with the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego). She found a way to include film in her M.A. thesis, by examining the intersections between modernist “New Perceptionist” writers in Tokyo and Shanghai and ideas of the modern city and film. Under Zhang’s guidance, DeBoer next entered a Ph.D. program in the School of Cinema-Television (now the School of Cinematic Arts) at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation covered Japanese and Chinese language film and media coproductions—those produced across the media capitals of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, and Shanghai—over the second half of the twentieth century. And in spring 2007 she returned to IU, where her interest in film studies began a decade earlier.

Although change is inevitable—people move on, buildings go up and come down—DeBoer finds that in many important ways IU is the same school she first came to know and love. “I’ve retained a certain sense of the geography here and of the relationships established between departments. I found the possibilities of interdisciplinarity offered by IU very appealing as an M.A. student, and I continue to find this appealing today.” Being part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary community of media scholars and East Asianists has been a boon to DeBoer: her research demands not only an understanding of art and cinema but also of historic, political, and social issues in the filmmakers’ social context.

This semester DeBoer is teaching INTL I205 International Communication, an undergraduate course on the intersection between digital media and globalization, and CMCL C652 Globalization of Media, a graduate seminar on film and media and the construction of space and place. In the fall she will teach CMCL C202 Media in the Global Context, a course that will include case studies on the dynamics of media exchange between North America and the Asia Pacific, such as exchanges in film genres, the dynamics of anime traffic, and the possibilities of mobile media. She looks forward to developing in her students an appreciation for how “film and media production ‘out there’ in East Asia and the Asia Pacific has implications for our lives here—not only as it encourages us to understand particular cultural trajectories, but also as it remains entwined with the production and circulation of film and media here in the United States.”

Keiko Kuriyama
Assistant professor, EALC

Keiko Kuriyama

In 1990 a Japanese stock broker named Keiko Kuriyama decided to visit Toronto for a few months to improve her English, and she liked North America so much she stayed. “You just never know about life,” she said laughing. After completing the bachelor’s degree she had begun in Japan and earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics from the University at Buffalo, she taught Japanese for five years at Princeton University and served as coordinator of the Japanese program for one year at Randolph College.

During her graduate program Kuriyama taught Japanese in a variety of settings as a teaching assistant, such as schools and private companies. Although teaching many different types of students is one way to develop one’s teaching style, sometimes lessons are best learned through observation. “I learned a lot at Buffalo, but I learned more at Princeton,” she said, explaining that as a lecturer in a large Japanese program she benefitted from observing many different instructors, each having a unique instructional style. This exposure piqued her interest in teaching pedagogy. “I want pedagogy students to experience the same thing that I experienced—to learn that there’s more than one way to teach a language class. You can develop your own style, and your personality can show through your teaching. The more you develop your own style, the more comfortable you will be.”

It was also at Princeton that Kuriyama first developed an online placement test. As EALC’s new Japanese language program coordinator, she is again designing an online placement test, funded by EASC’s Title VI grant. This will make EALC the first IU department to develop such an exam, which will test all four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In the speaking section, students will answer open-ended prompts such as “What do you think about anime’s influence in the United States?” by talking into a computer microphone. A faculty member will grade the audio file after the test has been completed, a more time-efficient way to evaluate speaking ability than scheduling hundreds of oral exams before the semester begins. EASC’s Title VI consortium partner, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is jointly funding this project and will adopt the test for its own use this fall.

Kuriyama devotes her life outside of work to her four-year-old daughter, Mika. “She’s my whole life when I’m not teaching,” she said. Like her mother, Mika is already showing an interest in languages and the beginning stages of the same adventurous spirit that prompted Kuriyama to move to Toronto. “She has many Korean classmates, so she can speak a little Korean,” Kuriyama said. “She says she wants to move to Korea when she’s older.”

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