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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2012

Faculty Updates

Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies) has published a Turkish translation (Ankara 2011) of his 2009 book Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (Princeton University Press, 2009). A Korean translation is currently being edited and should appear soon, and a Japanese translation is now underway as well. He had two articles published: “Pyrrho’s Logic: A Reexamination of Aristocles’ Record of Timon’s Account” in Elenchos along with “The Central Eurasian Culture Complex in the Tibetan Empire: The Imperial Cult and Early Buddhism” in the Ruth Erken, ed., 1000 Jahre asiatisch-europäische Begegnung (Peter Lang, 2011). He gave several lectures, including “Pyrrhonism and Madhyamaka: Indian sources of Hellenistic philosophy” at the University of London in December; “The translations of Avicenna’s De anima and the origins of the quaestiones disputatae method” at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in December; “Greek Smorgasbord or Buddhist Narratives? Identification of Pyrrho’s Thought and Practice” at the international conference ‘Buddhist Text Corpora and Iconography along the Silk Road: Dynamics of Transfer and Interaction’ at Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr-Universität Bochum in November; and “Forest Sramanas and Urban Sramanas: Megasthenes and Pyrrho’s Testimonies on the Lifestyles of Early Buddhist Monks at the conference ‘Locating Religions. Contact, Diversity and Translocality’. Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr-Universität Bochum in February. He has also organized an international conference ‘The Influence of Central Eurasian Religious Beliefs on the Cultures of the Periphery’ held at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in April, which had a panel on early China and one on early Buddhism.

Michael Dylan Foster (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) is currently doing field research on ritual and tourism on the island of Shimo-Koshikijima in Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan. In March, he gave public lectures on issues of tradition and tourism at the Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange in Kanazawa City and also at the Toyama Prefectural Library in Toyama City, Japan. His chapter titled “Early Modern Past to Post-Modern Future: Changing Discourses of Japanese Monsters” was published in the Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (Ashgate, 2012).

Heon Joo Jung (EALC) had a previously published paper in Asian Survey titled “The Rise and Fall of Anti-American Sentiment in South Korea: Deconstructing Hegemonic Ideas and Threat Perception” revised and reprinted as a chapter titled “The Rise and Fall of Anti-Americanism in South Korea” in the Zhiqun Zhu, ed., New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2012). He presented a paper titled “Who Invests in North Korea and Why?: Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment in North Korea and Its Policy Implications” at the Annual Conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Toronto, Canada, in March. In April, he delivered a paper titled “Implementing International Best Practice in Hard Times: Financial Regulatory Reform in South Korea” at the Annual Convention of International Studies Association (ISA) in San Diego. He was invited to the Workshop, ‘Financial Statecraft and Ascendant Powers: Latin America and Asia after the 2008-2010 Global Financial Crisis’ (sponsored by the Latin American Studies Association, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USC School of International Relations, and the USC Center for International Studies) at the University of Southern California to present his paper titled “Politics of Finance and Financial Regulation in South Korea.” in April.

Funded by EASC travel funds as well as the Overseas Conference Grant from The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, Yoshihisa Kitagawa (Linguistics) presented a paper titled "Case Reincarnated" with graduate student Junghyoe Yoon (Linguistics) at the Seventh International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics at Hiroshima University in February. He had his paper titled "Decomposing Overt Syntax" published in Japanese/Korean Linguistics and co-authored a paper with Ock-Hwan Kim titled "Selective Reproduction in NP-Ellipsis" published in Japanese/Korean Linguistics.

Keiko Kuriyama (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present a paper titled “Hiroshima as a LAC Course Topic: Implementing the Connections, Comparisons, and Communities Standards,” at the 2012 American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Annual Spring Conference held in Toronto in March. She also served as the chair of the panel titled “The Comparisons, Connections, and Communities Standards in Post-secondary Japanese Language Education: Examples of Interdisciplinary Approaches and Content Community-based Instruction.”

Charles Lin (EALC) was awarded travel grants from EASC and Overseas Conference Grant from the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs to present his paper titled “Typological Perspectives on Relative Clause Processing: Thematic Mapping, Case Markedness, Filler-gap Integrations, and their Relative Timing” at the Workshop on the Timing of Grammar: Experimental and Theoretical Considerations in Generative Linguistics in the Old World at University of Potsdam, Germany in March. He gave a talk on “Restrictiveness and Information Status of Chinese Relative Clauses: Evidence from Discourse Comprehension” at the Pragmatics Festival at IU in April. His article titled “Distinguishing Grammatical and Processing Explanations of Syntactic Acceptability” has been published in Search of Grammar: Experimental and Corpus-Based Studies in the Language and Linguistics Monograph Series.

Manling Luo (EALC) has been awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies fellowship to support her book project, “Literati Story-telling in Late Medieval China.” The book is the first full-length study on the community-building function of story exchange among Chinese literati (scholar-officials) from the mid-eighth to the mid-tenth century. Her study reveals that story-telling enabled late medieval literati to adjust to the fundamental transformation from aristocracy to meritocracy by developing new paradigms for collective identity. Employing a historically and culturally contextualized analysis, the project will expand our understanding of a widely acknowledged watershed in Chinese history and of story-telling as a universal yet complex human phenomenon. She will be on leave 2012-2013 to complete her book.

Scott O’Bryan (EALC; History) received EASC travel funds to present his paper titled “Hiroshima as City and Event: A Coordinated Approach to Historical and Language Studies from a Disciplinary Point of View" at the Association for Asian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada in March.

Aaron Stalnaker (Religious Studies; director of graduate studies, Department of Religious Studies) was invited to give a lecture titled “Xunzi’s Moral Analysis of War and Some of its Contemporary Implications” at Hong Kong Baptist University during a conference on Chinese Ethics of War and Peace, in August. His co-edited book Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism: Shaping a Third Wave of Comparative Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) with Elizabeth M. Bucar will be released in November. He had three articles accepted for publication: “Xunzi’s Moral Analysis of War and Some of its Contemporary Implications” in the Journal of Military Ethics, “Confucianism, Democracy, and the Virtue of Deference” in Dao: a Journal of Comparative Philosophy, and “Mastery, Authority, and Hierarchy in the ‘Inner Chapters’ of the Zhuangziin Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal which will also to be reprinted in Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism volume (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). His entry for “Xunzi” was accepted In International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013)

Michiko Suzuki (EALC) article "Shinju fujin, Newspapers and Celebrity in Taisho Japan" is forthcoming in Japan Review. She organized a panel for the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto in March and presented a paper titled "The Meaning of Fat: Okamoto Kanoko’s Nikutai no shinkyoku (1936).” She also received the Office of the Vice President for Research New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship to conduct research this summer in Tokyo.

Sue Tuohy (EALC; Ethnomusicology and Folklore) was awarded EASC travel funds to present her paper "Folksong as Heritage, Business, and Entertainment: The Diversification of Hua'er Performance and Discourse in Northwest China" at the Chinese Oral and Performing Literature Conference in Toronto, Canada in March

Xin Zhang (History) received an EASC travel grant to deliver his paper "Transforming Commercial Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century: the Zhenjiang Story" at the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, Canada in March.

Introducing our IU Faculty: Masato Ogawa (Education, IU Kokomo)

Masato OgawaMy name is Masato Ogawa, an associate professor of social studies education in the School of Education at IU Kokomo. I started teaching at IU Kokomo in the fall of 2005. I teach elementary and secondary social studies methods, the Freshman Learning Community, foundations of education, secondary education methods, and economics education. In 2010, Iand my colleague Joung Yeon Kim (Business, IU Kokomo) were awarded an EASC curriculum development grant to develop a new course, E100 East Asia: An Introduction. We first taught the class in spring 2011. I have also received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award in 2009 and 2011.

My focus on international studies through the lens of social studies education, diversity and multicultural education, and social studies education in the United States has afforded me the opportunity to conduct several research studies with scholars from the United States and abroad. I have published six articles in peer-reviewed international and national journals during my time at IU Kokomo. My major publications include “Causation, Controversy and Contrition: Recent Developments in the Japanese History Textbook Content and Selection Process” in Oxford Studies in Comparative Education and “Social Studies Pre-Service Teachers’ Knowledge and Notions of Citizenship: Implications for Teacher Education” in Action in Teacher Education. I recently published my book chapter in Handbook of Teaching and Learning the Social Studies edited by the Japanese Educational Association for the Social Studies. My three international presentations were at the invitations of the Japanese Educational Research Association for the Social Studies, the Japanese Civic Education Association, and the majority of my other research presentations were at the National Council for the Social Studies and the American Educational Research Association conferences, both of which are highly respected professional gatherings in the field of social studies education and educational research.

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Introducing our IU Faculty: Mieko Yamada (Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne)

Mieko YamadaMy name is Mieko Yamada. I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). My specific areas of expertise are the Sociology of Education and Race/Ethnic Relations. Since I joined IPFW in fall 2007, I have taught various undergraduate courses in sociology: the introductory course of Principles of Sociology; and the advanced courses of Education and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Modern Japanese Society. In addition, I enjoy mentoring graduate students in our MA program and in the graduate courses Sociology of Education, Applied Research Methods, and Evaluation Research.

My research encompasses the following fields: the Sociology of Education, Race and Ethnicity, and Japanese Studies. I am interested in examining how cultural attitudes and practices are impacted by globalization and postmodern values. During the summer of 2011, I conducted surveys and interviews in Japan in order to investigate how university students perceived domestic cultural and linguistic diversities. Another research project focuses on the popular culture of tattooing in Japan and extricates the cultural complexity and multiplicity of meanings of the practices. I present my work at sociological conferences such as the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). My major publications have appeared in the following international and multidisciplinary journals: Japanese Studies Review, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. If you are interested in my scholarship, please contact me

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Vivian Ling

Visiting Professor, EALC

Director, Chinese Flagship Program

Vivian LingWhen Vivian Ling and her family moved to the United States from Taiwan she imagined she might have a career in academia, but she pictured herself in the fields of math, science, or architecture. Unfortunately, few women in the 1960s were admitted into graduate programs in these fields, and as a result Ling’s teachers persuaded her to capitalize on her bilingual abilities by pursuing a career in East Asian studies. Although many China scholars during the 1960s and 1970s were resigned to a life in the ivory tower due to China’s isolation, Ling was inspired by the rich and exciting experiences of the professors who encouraged her to study China. Ling recalls, “I had some very fine professors…I thought these were all people who were pursuing something out of the ordinary. At the time you really had to have a passion to go into China Studies. There was no job security.”

Even before she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1971, Ling began teaching Chinese language. Chinese language teachers were difficult to find then, and her skills were in great demand. Still, Ling found most of her best students going into law or medicine, and she longed for the opportunity to open her students’ eyes more through immersion in China. China’s opening up in the late 1970s offered new opportunities for Ling’s career. Suddenly, she and her contemporaries could go to China, they could collaborate with Chinese scholars, and the number of students interested in studying China grew. Ling was now able to explore mainland China and introduce her students to a different side of Chinese politics, society, and culture. Over the past thirty years she has encountered many opportunities to pass along her knowledge with many well respected Chinese language programs such as Oberlin College, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), the Associated Colleges in China (ACC), and Middlebury Chinese Language School. In addition to her contributions to language study, Ling has also edited the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association(JCLTA) and authored several books and articles including A Dictionary of New Terms and Phrases of Contemporary China (New World Press, 2000).

Today, through IU’s Chinese Flagship Program, Ling’s best students now have the opportunity to pursue a career every bit as exciting as hers. Coming out of retirement, Ling says she could not turn down the opportunity to continue building the highly successful Chinese language program at IU. Ling adds, “IU has all the resources here already: faculty covering many subjects, scholarships, strong resource centers, and an excellent language program that trains professionally functional Chinese speakers in just four years. In March, Ling was able to use some of these resources to participate in the CIBER Business Language Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her participation, funded by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and supported by EASC as a Title VI initiative, allowed Ling to contribute her knowledge of language study to the linking of language learners and businesses.

Throughout her career, Ling has had an enormous impact on the lives of her students and peers, developing generations of Chinese language speakers in a global environment where knowledge of China has become a strategic necessity for governments, businesses, and communities. Jean Robinson (Executive Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Political Science), who took her first two years of Chinese language with Professor Ling, adds, “I am so delighted that she is here to help us push our Chinese instruction learning and teaching forward. Because of what I learned from her pedagogically, I have understood that when my students failed to get it, it was my responsibility to stop, rethink the class, and help them learn the materials in a different way”. Ling often ponders the Chinese metaphor táoli man tianxià ( 桃李满天下- students are teachers’ peaches and plums growing all over the world). And indeed, the excellence of her many students ought to be regarded as a ‘fruit of her labor’.

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