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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2013

Faculty Updates

Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies) published an article titled, “On Zhangzhung and Bon,” in Henk Blezer, ed., Emerging Bon (IITBS GmbH, 2012). He has also been awarded a short-term research fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and will be traveling to Tokyo this summer to work mainly on Old Chinese loanwords in Japanese and Korean.

Michael Dylan Foster (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) is currently on leave in Japan as a Visiting Research Scholar at the International Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto where he is concentrating on a project called “Visiting Strangers: Gods, Ethnographers, and Tourists in Japan.” In the fall he published a book chapter titled “21 Seiki kara miru Yanagita Kunio to yôkai,” in Sekai no naka no Yanagita Kunio. This spring, his article “Shikaku-teki sôzôkai: ‘Koshikijima no Toshidon’ ni okeru miru/mirareru kankei no ichi kôsatsu [The Optic Imaginary: Thoughts on the Relationship of Seeing and Being Seen in ‘Koshikijima no Toshidon’]” was published in the journal Nihon minzokugaku and “Inviting the Uninvited Guest: Ritual, Festival, Tourism, and the Namahage of Japan” is forthcoming from the Journal of American Folklore. In February, he was an invited panelist at The First ‘Namahage’ Symposium in Oga City, Akita Prefecture, Japan.

Sara Friedman (EALC; Anthropology; Gender Studies) published a book chapter titled “Another Kind of Love? Debating Homosexuality and Same-Sex Intimacy Through Taiwanese and Chinese Film Reception” in Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia, eds. Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein (Duke University Press, 2012). She received a $3000 Grant-in-Aid from the IU Office of the Vice-President for Research to support her research project, “Planning for Old Age as a Migrant: Resources, Care, and Claiming a Sense of Home.” She has also been accepted as a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow for 2013-14, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) at IU.

Ling-yu Hung (Anthropology) is developing a five-year (2013-2017) multidisciplinary project to investigate the relationship among environment, population, and technology in the middle Tao River valley, Gansu, northwestern China during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages (ca. 4500-500 BC). She been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mellon Innovating International Research and Teaching Award: Short Term Faculty Fellowship to conduct archaeological field research in the Tao River in northwestern China and laboratory analysis at Peking University this summer. Also, three students (Christopher J. Moore; Sarah R. Zlotnick; Dillon Smith) from her class on Chinese Archaeology and Ancient East Asian Material Culture presented “The Archaeology, History, and Influence of China” at the 2013 Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) symposium.

In June, 2012, Sumie Jones (emerita, EALC and Comparative Literature) participated in an international symposium in Tokyo titled, “Travels to Foreign Lands and the Formation of Monogatari.” In Part I, which was dedicated to the memory of historian Herbert Plutschow, she gave a lecture titled, “Channeling Tradition into Capitalist Waters: Travels Beyond Borders in Early Modern Japanese Popular Literature.” In Part II, which focused on novelist Ōba Minako’s work, Jones presented a paper titled, “When a Woman Turns into a Novelist: Ōba Minako and Seattle.” An Edo Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Mega City, 1750-1850, edited by Sumie Jones with Kenji Watanabe was recently released by the University of Hawaii Press.  It is the first of three volumes resulting from a long-running project, “Early Modern Japanese Literature: Research and Translation,” directed by Jones and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Toshiba International Foundation. Read a Description here.

Scott Kennedy (EALC and Political Science; director, Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business) received EASC travel funds to present his paper “Chinas Rare Earths Sector: Explaining Policy Failure in a Critical Case” in March at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in San Diego.

Charles Lin (EALC) received the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration Short Term Faculty Fellowship to conduct his research on the influence of non-alphabetic orthography on Mandarin speech perception. He was awarded an EASC travel grant to present his paper titled: “Effects of Syntactic Complexity and Animacy on the Initiation Times for Head-final Relative Clauses” at the 26th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference in Columbia, South Carolina in March.

Vivian Ling (EALC; Director of Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy) received EASC travel funds to present her paper “New Meaning and Challenges to ‘Learning for Practical Usage’ in Chinese Language Teaching” in April at the Princeton Conference on Chinese Language Instruction Princeton, New Jersey.

EASC awarded Manling Luo (EALC) a travel grant to present her paper “Engaging the Abnormal: The Representations of Yao in Tang Narratives” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in San Diego in March.

Scott O’Bryan (EALC and History) received EASC travel funds to present his paper titled “Affluence in the Thermal City: Heat, Social Capital and the Built Environment of Tokyo” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in San Diego in March.

Henghua Su (EALC) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present her paper titled “Business Chinese in Innovative Content-based Instruction: Integrating Authentic Case Materials with Adapted Business Chinese Simulation” at The Fourth Business Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan in March.


Faculty Profile
Henghua Su
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Chinese Language Program Coordinator

“If you give someone a fish he will eat for one day; if you teach him to fish he will eat forever,” says Henghua Su, explaining that this proverb reflects her motivation as professor of Chinese and coordinator of IU’s Chinese Language Program.

Hailing from Zhejiang Province in Southeast China, Su’s path to IU has been circuitous: using her academic preparation in modern English literature from the Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Su initially worked as a translator in Shanghai. From there she launched a freelance career in which she contracted with some of the world’s largest corporations. As exciting as this line of work was, Su felt unsatisfied.  Restless to take her career in a new direction, she realized she would much rather be “teaching how to fish.” 

Su was inspired to pursue a career in academia by her grandfather, a retired professor of Chinese literature and history at a Normal University in Northeastern China.  She recalls sitting in one of his classes as a young girl and thinking that she too would become a teacher someday. Still vibrant at 92 years old, Su notes that she is “amazed at his constant curiosity” and claims her grandfather as a “constant inspiration” for all that she does.

Her path to Indiana began at Utah State University, where she earned her first Master degree in Second Language Teaching. Following this were MAs in both Chinese and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then a PhD in Chinese from the same institution. While working toward her doctoral degree, Su was also an assistant program director for the Chinese study abroad program at Nankai University. Su found the perfect fit for her skills and academic training at IU, and notes that she is “delighted to be working at such a beautiful campus.”  Her research interests span both theory and practice, and she is especially interested in exploring the dynamic interrelationship between motivation, learning strategies and learning outcome and identifying motivational strategies for teaching Chinese. This entails recognizing the unique aptitudes of students as well as the different difficulties they face. It also involves making students aware of the learning strategies they may be unconsciously using as they study a foreign language. Su‘s efforts in second language acquisition were recently rewarded with the prestigious Jiede Empirical Research Grant for Chinese Pedagogy/Chinese Applied Linguistics, awarded by the Chinese Language Teachers Association, which funded her qualitative research in language learning motivation.

At IU, Su sees the need to promote the Chinese program to the greater public and other universities. Some highlights of her first year have been the organization of the first Chinese speech contest and the launching of a Chinese journal through IU’s Chinese Language Flagship program. The future of the IU Chinese program is in good hands. Good luck (in Chinese) Professor Su!

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