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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2012

IU East Asia News

IU Students Named Delegates to Asia Pacific Week 2012

A record number of IU students were selected as delegates to Asia Pacific Week 2012, to be held at the Australian National University (ANU) July 8-13.  Asia Pacific Week brings together 100 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to meet with leading experts on the Asia-Pacific region.  Participants will engage in a series of dynamic discussions and events focused on developments and trends in what can be considered the focus region of the 21st Century.  This year’s program will include panel presentations by numerous student delegates.

Selected this year from more than 425 applications world-wide were six IU students:  Erica Bramlet (School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Mimi Chan (Kelley School of Business), Yajing Chen (Education), Trang Pham (School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Anthony Ross (EALC), and Shuang Zhao (Political Science and School of Public and Environmental Affairs).  These delegates have received funding to support their participation from the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, the Hutton Honors College, and the ANU.  Additional information about Asia Pacific Week 2012 can be found here.

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Conference on China and Global Governance

The IU Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB), in cooperation with the Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis, held the Conference on China and Global Governance in March at Bloomington. Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, scholars from the US, China, and Europe presented findings from research projects on growing Chinese involvement in international regimes related to investment, monetary policy, foreign exchange, intellectual property rights, rule of law, foreign aid, labor, public health, and climate change. 

Workshop founder and Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom (Political Science; senior research director, Workshop in Political Theory and Political Analysis), who gave the conference’s keynote address, discussed how it is important to take a polycentric approach to effectively address issues such as climate change. IU faculty members Tim Bartley (Sociology) and Scott Kennedy (EALC; Political Science) presented papers; while IU-based commentators included: Matt Auer (School of Public and Environmental Affairs), David Fidler (Maurer School of Law), Jeff Hart (Political Science), Bruce Jaffee (Kelley School of Business), Marshall Leaffer (Maurer School of Law), Dan Li (Kelley School of Business), Mike McGinnis (Political Science; director, Workshop in Political Theory and Political Analysis), Ethan Michelson (Sociology), and Larry Singell (Economics; dean, College of Arts & Sciences). 

Previous conferences as part of the RCCPB’s Initiative on China and Global Governance were held in Beijing in July 2010 and October 2011, and the final conference will be held in Geneva in September 2012. Results are being issued through the center’s working paper series, an edited volume, and other publications.

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14 IU Students Participate in Translation Project on the Great East Japan Earthquake Documentary Film

March 11th marked the one year commemoration of Japan’s historical natural disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake. Currently, 14 IU Bloomington students are participating in a project to write English subtitles for a new documentary film about the disaster entitled Kyoo o mamoru (Protecting Today). The film was directed and produced by Ms. Yuka Kan’no, a junior at Yamanashi Prefectural University. Ms. Kanno is from Rikuzen-takata city in Iwate prefecture. She lost her home and three close friends to the tsunami.

In the documentary, which was presented at the Yamanashi Film Festival in 2011, Kan’no interviews nine earthquake and tsunami victims including her own friends and mother. With Ms. Kan’no’s permission, the translation project was initiated by Kazumi Hatasa (Japanese, Purdue University). Hatasa views the project as a significant educational opportunity for Japanese language students at a number of U.S universities and colleges. Currently students from 10 different universities are involved in the project, including IU Bloomington. Keiko Kuriyama (EALC), the coordinator of the Japanese Program at IU, has enlisted several advanced Japanese language students as well as native Japanese speakers to participate in the translation project. Kuriyama has paired Japanese language students who are native English speakers with native Japanese speakers to work together to transcribe interviews and commentary from the film. One of the participants is the current vice president of the IU Japanese Student Association. In April, a film screening of the documentary was held on the IU Bloomington campus.    

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Jonathan Spence Lecture at IU Bloomington

In March, distinguished historian Jonathan Spence (emeritus, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University) gave a talk at the Master Classes in the Humanities: The Art of Interpretation lecture series at IU Bloomington. His lecture, “Two Ways of Knowing: The Shredded Blanket and the Memory Palace,” examined ideas and interpretations about knowing the past as explored in two of his books, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (Faber and Faber, 1984) and The Questions of Hu (Faber and Faber, 1989). The lecture focused on Matteo Ricci in China in 1596 and John Hu in Paris in 1725, and drew on the images of Ricci’s memory palace and the shredded blanket of Hu. Widely regarded as the foremost historian of China in the world today, Spence discussed his own interpretations of the ideas and images in his own work and engaged the audience with his meticulous scholarship and literary flair. Watch the Jonathan Spence lecture here.

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IU Bloomington Hosts 19th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference

In March, 10 faculty members from the Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) department served as chairs for the 19th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference featuring 13 faculty participants from China, eight of them from Peking University. The conference offered multiple discussion sessions on topics ranging from “Xinjiang from the Qing to the Modern Era” to “Studies in Tibetan and Chinese Inner Asian History”. Following the panel sessions James Millward (History, Georgetown University) provided the keynote address titled “What is the Silk Road? Musings on Central Eurasian Studies and the Field of History”. Read more about the conference here.

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Charles Hill Visits IU

This March Charles Hill visited Indiana University Bloomington, delivering two Patten Foundation Lectures and conducting a roundtable for graduate students with an interest in China.  Hill’s second lecture, “Grand Strategy: An American Problem?” included a discussion of how challenges in East Asia impact U.S. policies toward world diplomacy. The roundtable discussion with graduate students focused on how Sino-American relations have evolved throughout the People’s Republic of China’s history; and what a more assertive China might mean for the world. Charles Hill retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1992 after a notable career that included working closely with Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. Hill is now a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and a lecturer in international studies at Yale University.  The Patten Lecture Series is the oldest lecture series at Indiana University, featuring more than 150 scholars since 1937.  

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Chinese Tidings Lecture Series

The IU Chinese Flagship Program continued its Chinese Tidings lecture series this spring with a series of three presentations. In February, Li Xing (professor, Minzu University of China) gave a talk titled “Knowledge System and Humanistic Spirit of Chinese Ethnic Festivals.” Jackson Boyar (B.A., EALC; Chinese Flagship program) presented in March on “A Revolutionary Model in Chinese Education: The Political Context of SUST’s Management without State Support”. In April, Zhangju Li (editor, Asian America Today) delivered the final lecture, titled “Propaganda and Media in China”. The lecture series will continue in the fall with a lecture by David Luesink (Medical Humanities, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) in August. Additional lectures for the fall are planned and will be announced as soon as dates are established.  

The Chinese Tidings lecture series features both native and non-native speakers presenting entirely in Chinese and is offered to stimulate discussion on a range of topics and to foster language skills and cultural literacy. Simultaneous summary translations are displayed throughout the lectures to accommodate those with little or no Chinese proficiency.

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Visiting Administrator from Zhejiang University Studies U.S. Higher Education Internationalization Efforts

Ms. Sun Feifei, Program Coordinator of Hong Kong Macao & Taiwan Affairs in the Office of Hong Kong Macao & Taiwan Affairs at Zhejiang University, spent three weeks on the Bloomington campus meeting with colleagues and exploring different approaches to campus internationalization efforts.  Of particular interest were ways that IU encourages faculty and student involvement in international exchanges and research, how it promotes the university to prospective international exchange students, and the challenges and benefits of strategic partnerships with other U.S. universities that enhance international engagement.

Ms. Sun’s visit was made possible by the IU-Zhejiang University exchange agreement dating back to 1982 and was coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

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Changing of the Guard at the Pan Asia Institute

The ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute (PAI) bid a fond farewell in January to Kent Anderson (director, School of Culture, History, and Language; co-director, PAI at Australian National University).  Kent, a Japanese and comparative legal scholar, was appointed as Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Affairs at the University of Adelaide. Kent’s effort and enthusiasm in supporting the development of the Pan Asia Institute were crucial to the success of its establishment and his same passion and dedication will no doubt aid the University of Adelaide in its continuing internationalization endeavors.

Ariel Heryanto (associate director, PAI at Australian National University) is on sabbatical for 2012.  Serving as acting co-directors of the PAI in the interim are Nicholas Farrelly (research fellow, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies) and McComas Taylor (head of the South Asia Program, School of Culture, History and Language). Both have been actively involved in PAI programming; Nicholas was a lead organizer for a fall 2011 workshop on Zomia and McComas both coordinated and enrolled in the IU-taught Mongolian classes in 2011.  Nicholas and McComas bring unique insights and expertise to PAI research and language activities, and we look forward to working with them.

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