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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2009


IL/IN Symposium: “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989”

In commemoration of the ninetieth anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the twentieth anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, EASC and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sponsored a symposium titled “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989” in February. This event featured panels, a keynote address by Perry Link (East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University), and an evening talk by Ellen Johnston Laing (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan) on “Art and Politics on the Eve of the Chinese Revolution.” For more details on the symposium, see the Web page.

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Wings of Defeat Director’s Talk and Film Screening

Wings of Defeat poster showing a plane and a pilotIn February documentary filmmaker Risa Morimoto visited IU to screen her 2007 documentary Wings of Defeat, which reevaluates the experiences and legacy of Japan’s suicide pilots of World War II, the legendary kamikaze, and features intimate interviews with surviving kamikaze. Funded by EASC’s Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II grant, Morimoto’s visit also included a pre-film dinner with select undergraduate students and a post-film discussion about the film-making process.

Coproduced by Japanese-born writer Linda Hoaglund, Wings of Defeat offers a rare opportunity to hear the perspectives of those who trained for, flew, and survived suicide missions, as well as Americans who survived such attacks. The film has won numerous awards, most recently the Bloomington-based Organization of American Historians 2009 Erik Barnouw Award.

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“China in Africa” Conference

EASC and the African Studies Program (ASP) hosted the “China in Africa” conference in March, which examined China’s increasing financial and political involvement in Africa. Funded by EASC’s and ASP’s Title VI grants, the two-day event included panels on topics ranging from economics and politics to history and anthropology. The second day was devoted to planning future research. Additional details are available on the Web page.

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Indiana Roundtable on Post-Communism: “Citizenship and Post-Communism”

This April’s Indiana Roundtable on Post-Communism, “Citizenship and Post-Communism,” featured Ching Kwan Lee (Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles), a specialist on the politics of rights and changing citizenship regimes in China, as well as Jan Kubik (Political Science, Rutgers University) and Madeleine Reeves (Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester). EASC faculty member Sara Friedman (Anthropology and Gender Studies) and Padraic Kenney (History) prepared the provocation statement to which the speakers responded, and EASC faculty member Nick Cullather (History) served as a discussant. This annual event is organized by the Russian and East European Institute and was cosponsored by EASC, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, and the Maurer School of Law. For more details, see the Roundtable’s Web page.

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Third Annual POSCO NGO Fellowship Abroad Conference

Hosted by EASC, 10 POSCO Fellows, representatives from the POSCO TJ Park Foundation in Seoul, and committee members from the five universities comprising the POSCO NGO Fellowship program consortium gathered at IU for the third annual POSCO NGO Fellowship Abroad Conference in May. IU’s 2008-09 POSCO Fellows Seonghwan Jeon and Jaeseok Kim presented the results of the research they have been conducting during their sabbatical at IU this past year—Jeon on his project “Successful Cases of City Planning for Quality of Life in the U.S.” and Kim on “Citizens’ Participation and Leadership in Local Governance: A Comparison between Gwangju namgu, Korea, and Bloomington, Indiana, USA.”

The POSCO NGO Fellowship program enables key personnel of Korean non-government organizations (NGOs) to study at IU, Columbia University, George Washington University, Stanford University, and the University of British Columbia. Funded generously by the POSCO TJ Park Foundation, the program is the first of its kind, providing Korean NGO practitioners the chance to conduct research abroad and present their findings at an annual conference.

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Summer Scholarships for EALC Undergraduates

EASC is providing scholarships for three EALC undergraduate students to study or conduct research in East Asia over the summer. Funded by EASC’s Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II grant, this scholarship program offers students who have not yet traveled to East Asia the opportunity to experience the languages and cultures firsthand. Bradley Good, a junior majoring in EALC and the Individualized Major Program, will use his scholarship to conduct anthropological research on traditional food markets in Japan. Adam Molon, a senior majoring in EALC, math, and finance and international business, will pursue a study of China’s emerging credit card market. Tess Weinberg, a senior majoring in EALC and psychology, plans to combine formal language study at the University of Arizona’s Trident Language Program in Nagoya, Japan with a translation project for an independent study course.

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Kelley School of Business Emerging Economics Course Visits South Korea and China

This semester the Kelley School of Business offered a G255 Emerging Economics course and study tour, with two sections focusing on Korea and China. Funded by the Center for International Business Education and Research and EASC’s Title VI grant, students headed to Korea and China first spent five weeks studying the languages and cultures of those countries under the instruction of Michael Robinson (EALC) and Michelle Hertzfeld (M.A. student, EALC; M.P.A. student, School of Public and Environmental Affairs).

The 18 students who went to China for 10 days visited Zhejiang University and the city of Hangzhou and then traveled to Shanghai. With the current global economic crisis slowing growth in China, the timing of the trip exposed students to a rapidly changing picture of this economic powerhouse. The 20 students who traveled to Seoul examined the Korean economy and the sources of its rapid transformation since 1960, including a look at chaebols—powerful, government-supported global conglomerates such as Samsung. They also studied the sources of the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98 and the subsequent economic reforms. Students and faculty documented the China and South Korea trips on class blogs.

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“Area Studies in the Future of Higher Education” Conference

Areas studies centers at IU jointly presented the conference “Area Studies in Shaping the Global Future at IU” in February, which examined the role area studies play in higher education and brought attention to IU’s strong engagement and investment in area studies. The conference also recognized the thirtieth anniversary of EASC and the fiftieth anniversary of the Russian and East European Institute. Speakers included Richard Miles, the current U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, Miriam Kazanjian (consultant, Coalition for International Education), and faculty from several disciplines and world regions. Among the IU faculty who participated were EASC faculty members Michael Robinson (EALC) and Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director, EASC).

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Title VI Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration

In March a national conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Title VI funding was held in Washington, D.C. The conference examined accomplishments of the Title VI program, highlighted its continued need, and addressed the future direction of Title VI. See the Title VI fiftieth anniversary conference Web site for more information.

The Title VI program is administered by the International Education Programs Service, which is located in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Title VI originally began as a response to the launch of Sputnik and the U.S. government’s recognition that schools of higher education needed a stronger and broader capacity in foreign language and area studies. Title VI was later incorporated into the Higher Education Act of 1965. Three programs included in the original 1958 legislation continue today: the National Resource Centers (NRC) program, the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program, and the International Research and Studies program. Over time, additional programs have been added to Title VI to address the nation’s growing interest in international education. Title VI programs now address business needs, undergraduate education, international and area studies, technology use, and overall improvement of foreign language training and assessment. EASC has received multi-year grants for NRC funding three times since the center opened in 1979. It is currently in the third year of a four-year Title VI grant and will reapply for Title VI funding this fall.

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Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective

The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission has awarded Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective its tenth annual Human Rights Award. This award recognizes individuals or groups who have made specific significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations, or civility in the Bloomington community. Voices and Visions is a multi-faceted project that presents educational content about Islam to the general public and business communities through podcasts, a Web site, film screenings, workshops, and art exhibits. IU’s Center for the Study of Global Change directs the project with support from EASC and other IU area studies centers and units.

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New Tech High School’s Chinese Language Program

Since spring 2008 EASC has been collaborating with New Tech High School to establish Bloomington’s first secondary-school Chinese language program. In preparation for the start of the formal language program in fall 2009, visiting scholar Xiaoyang Huang (Ph.D. student, Institute of Applied Linguistics, Zhejiang University) has been leading an after-school Chinese Club at New Tech, in which students have begun to learn some basic vocabulary and phrases, as well as traditional Chinese arts such as paper cutting, calligraphy, and knot tying. Since March, 23 New Tech students have also been attending a weekly language class taught by Huang, following the first 10 lessons of the beginning-level curriculum developed by participants in last summer’s Chinese Pedagogy Institute under the direction of Jennifer Liu (EALC). The entire curriculum is available here.

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IL/IN East Asia Fair: Transforming Blue: From Seed to Dye, Indigo in East Asia

EASC hosted the annual IL/IN East Asia Fair in Terre Haute this April. Titled “Transforming Blue: From Seed to Dye, Indigo in East Asia,” the workshop was led by EASC faculty member Rowland Ricketts (Fine Arts) and Cathy Bullington, an art teacher at Bedford Middle School. Students learned about indigo farming and processing in Japan, dyeing methods, and how indigo is used in fashion today. They then tried their hand at basic indigo dyeing techniques such as itajime (folding and clamping) and arashi (pole wrapping). This annual event is sponsored by the Title VI IL/IN East Asia National Resource Center Consortium.

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Content-Based Instruction for Beginning-Level Japanese: A K–16 Pedagogy Workshop

EASC, in collaboration with the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese, held a one-day workshop for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of Japanese titled “Content-Based Instruction for Beginning-Level Japanese” in Indianapolis in April. Led by Keiko Kuriyama (EALC), Misako Matsubara (EALC), and Molly Jeon (Bloomington High School North, Bloomington, IN), the workshop presented an overview of the Content-Based Instruction (CBI) approach and guided participants in the development of CBI-oriented activities out of authentic materials based on manga and anime. This event was funded by EASC’s Title VI National Resource Center grant.

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Geography and History of the World Workshops

To help prepare Indiana high school teachers for the new Geography and History of the World state standards, EASC and IU’s Center for Social Studies and International Education, along with four other IU area studies centers (African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute), are presenting four workshops this spring on the theme of “Conflict and Cooperation” (Standard 7) in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Jasper. The East Asian sessions at the workshops are led by Travis Selmier (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science). For more information on the workshops, see the Web page.

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New K–12 Lesson Plan on Tibet and China

A new K–12 lesson plan on Tibet and China is available on EASC’s Web site at
This lesson plan addresses Standard 7 (Conflict and Cooperation) of the Geography and History of the World standards for Indiana high schools through a case study of the conflict between Tibet and China and includes all readings, resources, and activities needed for classroom implementation. It was developed by curriculum specialist Connie Ables (Ph.D. student, Curriculum and Instruction), an award-winning former high school history teacher, and Travis Selmier (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science).

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IL/IN K–12 Teacher Workshop: “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: 1919, 1949, 1969, 1989”

An old-fashioned looking postcard showing Chairman Mao and the Red Guards holding Little Red Books
EASC and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented a free K–12 educator workshop, “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: 1919, 1949, 1969, 1989” in Urbana-Champaign in April. The main presenter was Charles W. Hayford (History, Northwestern University), who illustrated how popular demonstrations and official public displays tell the “story of revolution” in different ways in different years. Through discussion and teaching strategy sessions the workshop helped teachers gain insight into the debates between competing views within China and make comparisons with the stories told during the French, Russian, and American revolutions. This workshop was funded by the Title VI IL/IN East Asia National Resource Center Consortium grant.

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2008–09 U.S.-China Principal Shadowing Project

Eight Chinese principals from the provinces of Anshan and Shenyang visited Indiana schools this winter as part of the U.S.-China Principal Shadowing Project. Their visit began with an official welcome by Caterina Blitzer (International Education Specialist, Center for Curriculum and Instructional Leadership) of the Indiana Department of Education, lectures on the structure and governance of American schools, and a panel discussion on best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. After a week of lectures on American education and sightseeing in the Indianapolis area, organized by the Indiana Association of School Principals and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents with the support of the China Exchange Initiative (CEI), the principals spent one week shadowing their counterparts at middle and high schools throughout the state, living with host families and participating in school and community events. The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and Global Indiana supported the project by providing an orientation session for the American participants last fall.

As an outgrowth of the 2008 Shadowing Project, in April teachers and students from Clay High School in South Bend and Discovery Middle School in Granger visited Chinese partner schools in Anshan with principals Ruth Warren and Sheryll Harper. They prepared for their trip by studying Chinese language and culture at their schools.

For more information on the U.S.-China Principal Shadowing Project cosponsored by CEI and the China Education Association for International Exchange in China’s Ministry of Education, visit

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IU World Language Fest

One hundred and seventy-five Indiana high school students from across the state took part in IU’s first annual World Language Festival this March. Sponsored by the Center for Language Technology and Instructional Enrichment and the College of Arts and Sciences, the festival included more than 70 sessions by IU faculty and students, who presented language learning through interactive displays, skits, and mini-lessons. Title VI National Resource Center sponsors included EASC, West European Studies National Resource Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute.

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