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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2007

IU East Asia News

Summer Photography Program in Osaka
poster for first biannual summer Photography Program in OsakaThe first biannual Summer Photography Program in Osaka took place this summer, directed by Osamu James Nakagawa (Photography, Fine Arts). Ten undergraduate and graduate students spent five weeks in Japan attending workshops and lectures by local artists, visiting galleries, and meeting with museum curators and gallery directors. Academic studies were conducted at Shasen, the Japan Institute of Photography and Film, in Osaka for the first four weeks of the program, with short excursions to Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima. The program ended with a week in Tokyo. Throughout the program students worked on a self-portrait project based on the topic of self vs. other. An exhibit of this work was held November 16 at the Art Hospital in Bloomington.

The program will next be offered in summer 2009. For more information, visit the IU Overseas Study Web site.

Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business

In February 2007 the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business was established with the goal to document and analyze the patterns that emerge in the interaction between China’s political, economic, and international issues in a way that provides relevant information to scholars, the business community, and policymakers. Directed by Scott Kennedy (EALC and Political Science), RCCPB takes advantage of IU’s long-standing strength in the study of contemporary China from multiple disciplines and research traditions.

The new center’s inaugural event was held on September 7 with two addresses on the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses, “Will U.S.-China Relations Survive an American Election Season?” and “Then and Now: Some Longer-Term Perspectives on Politics and Business in China Today,” both by Robert Kapp, former president of the U.S.-China Business Council. On October 24, RCCPB presented a roundtable discussion on the domestic and international aspects of the political situation in Burma titled “Burma’s Political Crisis: The Fate of the Saffron Revolution.” On November 6, Victor Yuan, chairman of Horizon Research Consultancy Group, delivered a talk titled “Looking Over the Horizon: Surveying Business and Social Life in China” about trends in business and social science polling in China.

Please visit RCCPB’s Web site for information on upcoming events.