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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2012

Upcoming Events

Flagship Chinese Institute Programs Begin in June

Flaghip Chinese InstituteThe Flagship Chinese Institute is an intensive Mandarin Chinese training program for beginning to advanced students committed to participatory, experiential, and immersion-style learning.  FCI provides one year of instruction in 8 weeks of study and full university credit for both undergraduate and graduate students. This year FCI is offering Levels one (1st year), two (2nd-year), three (3rd-year) and two new thematic courses that require students to have already obtained 4th year proficiency. Levels one, two, and three will take place from June 3 to July 28 and advanced courses have two offerings from June 3 to June 30 or July 1 to 28.

 Please note that Level 1 requires no previous experience with Mandarin Chinese.

Applications are currently being accepted for level 1 only.  For more information please visit our website at, or feel free to e-mail us at

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2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

On July 8-13, 2012, 25 high school teachers of English and world literature will attend the fourteenth annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop hosted by EASC in Bloomington. This workshop’s intensive focus on East Asian literature and history provides the background and materials needed to incorporate an East Asian component into the participants’ curriculum. The week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities culminates in the development of classroom-ready lesson plans. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for their classroom. For more information see the Web site, or contact EASC outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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2012 NCTA Residential Program-“Window on Economic Development in China: the View from Hangzhou.”

July 8-22, Dr. Kristin Stapleton (History, University at Buffalo) will be leading a group of 20 NCTA seminar alumni on a new NCTA initiative—a two week residential summer study program at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.  The NCTA national coordinating site at the University of Pittsburgh is organizing this residential summer program for its own teachers as well as those from four other NCTA national coordinating sites, including Indiana University. Indiana University NCTA seminar alumni Kenneth Darnell (2011 NCTA seminar in Chicago), Mary Davis (2010 NCTA seminar in Chicago), and Melanie Krob (2008 NCTA seminar in New Orleans) have been selected to participate in the program.

This program will explore aspects of Chinese history and culture with a particular focus on economic development over the long run and in recent decades. Among the topics to be examined are: 1) the nature of the educational system in various periods of Chinese history and its relationship to the economy, 2) patterns of development in agriculture and industry and how government policy has shaped them, and 3) the role of cities in the Chinese economy. Mornings will be devoted to lectures and seminars provided by Zhejiang University faculty as well as daily lessons in “survival Chinese.” The University will also provide field trips to such locations as a tea plantation and rural village.

This program includes an online orientation and follow up, as well as written classroom implementation plans. The program is supported by a grant from The Freeman Foundation.

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IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop: Asian Film and Media

August 6-7 the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Research Center Consortium will hold its sixth annual IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop in Urbana-Champaign. The workshop is designed to enable students just beginning work on their dissertations, as well as those farther along, to engage in intensive discussions of their own and each other’s projects. Additionally, the workshop will give eight doctoral students from across the country an opportunity to discuss chapters from in-process dissertations or dissertation proposals and receive critical feedback from the faculty leaders. The workshop will be led by a multi-disciplinary team of consortium faculty: Gary Xu (East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Stephanie DeBoer (Communications and Culture), and Gregory A. Waller (Communications and Culture).

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Conference on Engaging Enemies in Spring 2013

Specialists in the theory and practice of conflict resolution - from academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the public sector – will gather in Bloomington in April 2013 to study the strategy and modalities of engaging adversaries. The principal objective is to bring together theorists and practitioners who can delve deeply into engagement as a strategic alternative to confrontation between rival or hostile states. Both the theory and practice of engagement will be explored and in particular the links between them with a view toward deciphering when and how engagement has seemed to succeed or fail. 

This event will be the fifth in a series that began in 2006 on the theme of “Historical Reconciliation in Northeast Asia”. Over the years, closed workshops and public conferences have explored China-Japan, North-South Korea, and China-Taiwan relations, the nuclear-weapon issue in and around the Korean peninsula, and ways to avoid a US-China space race, all with a view toward recommending specific policies and policy directions that may reduce tensions, build trust, and set a path toward cooperative approaches to regional security. As the security situation in Northeast Asia remains volatile and subject to major changes—due to China’s rise, domestic political shifts, weapons development, and uncertain alliance relationships, among other causes—the usefulness of diplomacy, economic and other incentives, and other nonmilitary approaches to conflict becomes more apparent than ever. The 2013 conference will focus particularly on North Korea and Iran.

Joining lead organizers at Portland State University, the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and the Australian National University, are the Office of International Affairs at IUPUI, the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, EASC, East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for the Student of the Middle East, Central Eurasian Studies, and the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.

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