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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2012


UIUC’s Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies Announces New Interim Director

In May, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) announced a new interim director while Elizabeth Oyler (East Asian Languages and Cultures, UIUC) is on leave. Futing Tim Liao (Sociology; Statistics, UIUC) will be taking over the helm at CEAPS as interim director for the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to his new position at CEAPS, Liao also serves as the editor of Sage’s Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series. Since 2006 EASC has been privileged to collaborate with UIUC's CEAPS through Title VI National Resource Center funding. The EASC/CEAPS partnership is only one of two such Department of Education funded consortiums in the nation, the other being the Asia Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) at the University of Southern California (USC) consortium.

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IU Art Museum Features Chinese Papercuts and Xiaobing Tang Lecture

From January through May 2012 the IU Art Museum featured an exhibit from a selection of papercuts by Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang (professor and deputy dean, Cultural Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing; director of Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Center). Chinese papercuts traditionally portray symbols of good fortune, for example, gods and animals, guardians and children, money and food. But in the hands of an artist such as Qiao Xiaoguang, they can be descriptors of modern life. Complimenting the Qiao Xiaoguang papercut exhibit, Professor Xiaobing Tang (Comparative Literature, University of Michigan) was invited to give a lecture in April titled “Looking for Art in Contemporary China”. Professor Tang’s talk, sponsored by EASC and the IU Art Museum, was immediately followed by a reception at the IU Art Museum allowing guests to engage in lively discussions with Tang. While in Bloomington, Professor Tang also participated in a National Consortium for Teaching about Asia NCTA enrichment event on “Art in Asia”. To read more about the NCTA enrichment event go here.

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Roundtable on Lessons from Post-Communism: “Energy and Conservation”

April’s Indiana Roundtable on Lessons from Post-Communism, “Energy and Conservation,” featured speakers Judith Shapiro (School of International Service; Director, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, American University), Peter Rutland (Government, Wesleyan University), and Peter Thomson (Director, Sustainable Development Department of the Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank) presenting their responses to questions regarding energy and conservation. Scott O’Bryan (EALC and History) served as the moderator for the morning session’s public roundtable with additional input from scholars Gardner Bovingdon (EALC and Central Eurasian Studies) and Matthew Auer (School of Public and Environmental Affairs; dean, Hutton Honors College). The roundtable focused on several questions such as “energy solutions that are now being considered in the various post-communist regions of the world and what differences drive the quests for energy security in China on one side or in Eastern Europe or Russia on the other?” and “how are the events at Fukushima likely to affect plans by post-communist states like China or their long-term approaches to implementing them?”

In the afternoon the focus of discussion shifted to effective pedagogies for teaching courses on the topics related to energy and conservation. Moderated by Padraic Kenney (History; director, Russian and East European Institute), presenters Zhimin Lee (Political Science, Valparaiso University), Sergei Zhuk, (History, Ball State University), and Andrew Buck (Sociology, University of Southern Indiana) outlined three different pedagogical challenges and joined with faculty and graduate students in an exploration of approaches to communicating these complex issues to students in different settings—two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities. More information about the 2012 Roundtable on Lessons from Post-Communism can be found here. .

This event was organized by the Russian and East European Institute and was cosponsored by EASC, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the European Union Center.

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East Asian Film Series at the IU Cinema

The spring 2012 East Asian Film Series at the IU Cinema featured three films representing different genres from Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan. The series began in January with the Korean drama A Tale of Two Sisters (Jee-won Kim, 2008). February featured two films beginning with the Hong Kong horror film Abnormal Beauty (Oxide Pang Chun, 2004) followed by the Japanese thriller Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001) The East Asian Film Series will continue in the fall with a series of films based on the College of Arts and Sciences 2012 Themester: Good Behavior, Bad Behavior: Molecules to Morality. The series begins with Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012) on September 6, 7, and 8, followed by Bounce Ko-Gals (Masato Harada, 1997) on September 20, and concluding with Bad Movie (Sun-Woo Jang, 1997) on November 8.

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Year 15 NCTA Grant Received

This spring EASC received a $305,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation to fund National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars for an additional year, Year 15 (2012-13) of the NCTA program. The NCTA program provides introductory, 33-hour Teaching about Asia seminars for middle and high school teachers in the Midwest and South interested in incorporating East Asia into their curricula. For more information about our seminars, see EASC's NCTA Web site.

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NCTA Enrichment Event on “Art in Asia”

In April, 12 K-12 teachers from around the Midwest participated in an all-day NCTA enrichment event hosted at the Indiana University Art Museum titled “Art in Asia.” The day began with a tour of the museum’s Asian collection led by its curator, Judith Stubbs, followed by a lecture on art in contemporary China by Xiaobing Tang (Comparative Literature, University of Michigan). Afterwards participants were treated to a light reception and given the opportunity to view the museum’s Chinese paper cuts exhibit. A certificate of participation was awarded to all educators in attendance.

Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the goal of EASC’s annual NCTA enrichment event is to enhance teaching and learning about East Asia for K-12 teachers, including alumni of our NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars.

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Global Indiana's “China Wave IX” Trip

In April Global Indiana sponsored a Key Educational Leaders trip to China. The eleven-day tour, known as “China Wave IX,” was Global Indiana’s ninth such trip to China since 2006. Wave trips build partnerships between K-12 schools in Indiana and schools in Zhejiang Province, Indiana’s sister state in China. The tour included visits to cultural landmarks such as the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors, as well as visits to partner schools in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang and Indianapolis’ sister city. Cedarville Elementary School, East Noble Schools, Jefferson and Harrison Elementary Schools, and Shelbyville Central Schools participated in this spring's trip.

Global Indiana is a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis whose mission is to prepare Indiana students to participate successfully in the global community by infusing curriculum with a global perspective, promoting the study of global economics, and creating international travel and educational exchange opportunities.

K-12 educators interested in participating in future trips should contact Phil Boley, Executive Director of Global Indiana at 317-370-5767.

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The 13th Lotus Blossom World Bazaar

The thirteenth annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar took place on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at Binford Elementary in Bloomington. Although the first day was set aside for Bloomington-area schools, everyone, young and old, attended the Family Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for international music, crafts, games, and other fun activities. The East Asian Studies Center’s booth hosted activities such as Korean fan making, Japanese lantern crafts, and Chinese calligraphy. For more information, visit the Lotus Blossoms Web site.

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Japan Olympiad of Indiana

The twelfth annual Japanese Olympiad of Indiana was held at DePauw University in February, cosponsored by EASC and the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese. This competition brought together more than 140 students of Japanese from 13 Indiana high schools to test their knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and history in a fast-paced “Jeopardy”-style competition.

Chesterton High School won the second-year Japanese competition and placed third in the third- year Japanese competition. Michigan City High School won the third-year level, and North Central High School won the fourth-year level. In addition to competing in the Japanese Olympiad, participants took part in a variety of cultural activities, including learning tea ceremony, watching Japanese movies, learning origami, making crafts, and learning Japanese games.

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The First Midwest Conference on International Education

The first Midwest Conference on International Education kicked off in Indianapolis at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC) in February. Organized by Global Indiana and CIESC, this two-day event brought together school administrators, scholars, and educators committed to global awareness and success in an interconnected world society for an array of panel discussions and presentations. Sessions included “Global Indiana: Who Are We and Where Are We Going?”, “Building a Chinese Language and Cultural Program in a K-12 Public School,” and the EASC led panel, “Educating Students and Teachers about East Asia.” The Keynote Speaker, Merry Merryfield (School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University) discussed ways in which K-12 teachers teach about the world and connections between global and multicultural education. It is hoped that this Conference will become an annual event in the region.

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Geography and History of the World Workshops in Indiana

To help prepare Indiana high school teachers to incorporate the Geography and History of the World state standards into their classrooms, EASC and IU’s Center for Social Studies and International Education (CSSIE), along with five other IU area studies centers (African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute), provide professional development workshops for social studies teachers.

In December EASC helped lead two all-day workshops on the theme of “Citizenship, Globalization, and Human Rights” (across the Social Studies Standards), one in Charlestown and one in Greencastle. At each workshop Tim Rich (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science, Indiana University) gave a presentation on “Human Rights in North Korea,” which was followed by a teaching strategy session delivered by curriculum specialist and CSSIE associate director Arlene Benitez. For more information on the workshops, see the Web page.

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