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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2009

IU East Asia News

Flagship Chinese Language Institute

The Flagship Chinese Language Institute to be held at IU this summer will offer 8 hours of undergraduate credit to 30 learners of Mandarin Chinese with or without prior Chinese language experience. This intensive eight-week residential program will allow participants to experience a full spectrum of active learning experiences. Students will live in a campus residence center while working in a variety of campus settings including classrooms, computer clusters, and language labs. This program is open to incoming freshmen, undergraduate students, and graduate students at the beginning and intermediate levels of Chinese.

The priority application deadline is May 4; the final deadline is May 10. For more information, please visit the IU Flagship Web site.

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Transcendent: The Photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948). Conic Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature, 2004. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto. © Hiroshi SugimotoThis spring the IU Art Museum is featuring an exhibition of 14 black-and-white photographs by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto titled Transcendent: The Photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto. Sugimoto’s portrayals of seascapes, theaters, architecture, and abstract forms explore ideas of photography as a time machine and the limitlessness of space. This exhibition, which will be open until May 10, is supported by the Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Curator for Asian Art and IU Art Museum’s Arc Fund. See the report on local NPR affiliate WFIU’s Web site.

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“U.S.-China Business Cooperation in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs”

The Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB) hosted a three-day conference in April that addressed increasing business cooperation between the United States and China. Opening panel speakers included Huang Ping, consul general for the People’s Republic of China in Chicago; Yang Wei, president of Zhejiang University; Gregory Ballard, mayor of Indianapolis; and Michael McRobbie, president of IU. Approximately 50 speakers from both countries presented at the conference, which was sponsored by RCCPB, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, Center for International Business and Education Research, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Maurer School of Law, and Office of the Vice President for Engagement. The first day of the conference was broadcast live, with many viewing from China. See the Web site for a detailed agenda.

This conference is part of RCCPB’s three-year Initiative in Entrepreneurship and U.S.-China Business Cooperation. The purpose of this initiative is to examine the evolving behavior of American and Chinese entrepreneurs and the environment in which they operate and to provide opportunities for collaboration between entrepreneurs, academics, and policy makers. Research by RCCPB senior associates and faculty from Zhejiang University’s School of Management, School of Economics, and Guanghua Law School constitutes the core of the initiative.

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School of Journalism Courses Visit South Korea and Japan

Two courses offered through the School of Journalism traveled to East Asia on study tours over spring break. Lesa Hatley Major (Journalism) led her J460 Technology, Change, and the News students to Seoul as part of a four-credit course designed to help advanced undergraduates understand and appropriately use cutting-edge technology to create innovative news coverage. While in Seoul the 25 students visited historical and cultural sites and met with journalists, mass communication professionals, and professors. They also visited IU alumni living and working in the Seoul area. The class kept a blog while they were on their trip.

Meanwhile, Jim Bright’s (Journalism) J460 International Public Relations students traveled to Tokyo to meet with news and public relations organizations. Jumping right into work on their first day, they toured the Fuji television station, one of the largest television networks in Japan. They also visited the office of Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers, toured Nissan’s Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Division headquarters, and exchanged business cards and school fight songs with journalism students at Waseda University. See the class blog for more details about the study tour.

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LAMP Study Tour to South Korea

Michael Robinson’s (EALC) L416 Globalization and the Culture of Business in East Asia in the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) visited South Korea over spring break. The 14 students explored the post-World War II emergence of East Asia as a locus of economic, technological, and cultural dynamism and the characteristics of this unique East Asian variant of capitalism. To conduct research for term projects ranging from public spaces and monuments to politics and history, the students also toured the Korean Folk Museum and the Korean War Museum in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

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SPEA Scholars in Global Citizenship Program Course Returns to South Korea

This May Matt Auer (Environmental Science and dean, Hutton Honors College) will lead undergraduates to South Korea as part of a spring semester V450 Scholars in Global Citizenship, the second year this course has been offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). The course’s experiential component in South Korea will encourage students to consider how globalization affects governments, businesses, community organizations, and ordinary people. Students will also examine how South Korea is developing governance institutions in the public and nonprofit sectors to manage globalization. Please see the course’s Web site for more information.

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