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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2009

Faculty News

Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies) published Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages III (Halle: IITBS GmbH, 2008). His book on Koguryo, a medieval language of Manchuria and Korea, has been reprinted under the title Koguryo, the Language of Japan’s Continental Relatives: An Introduction to the Historical-Comparative Study of the Japanese-Koguryoic Languages, with a Preliminary Description of Archaic Northeastern Middle Chinese (Leiden: Brill, 2008).

Michael Dylan Foster (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) received an EASC travel grant in October to attend the American Folklore Society annual meeting in Boise where he chaired a panel on Sacred Places and Imagined Spaces: Land, Community, and Nation in Japan and presented a paper titled “Shapeshifting Landscapes and the Legend of the Counterfeit Train.” In October he also gave a talk on “Folklore and Modernity in Japan: The Case of the Tanuki” as part of the Japan Speaker Series at the University of Maryland. Foster will give a presentation titled “The Truth behind The Ring: Fukurai Tomokichi and the ‘Senrigan Incident’” as part of the EASC Colloquium Series in December.

Sara Friedman (Anthropology and Gender Studies) will be a residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. from January to May 2010.  In addition, her article “Determing ‘Truth’ at the Border: Immigration Interviews, Chinese Marital Migrants, and Taiwan’s Sovereignty Dilemmas” is forthcoming from the journal Citizenship Studies. Friedman received an EASC travel grant to present “Insuring Security: Personal and National Citizenship Strategies in Cross-Strait Marriages” at the Society for East Asian Anthropology conference in Taipei in July.

Jeffery Hart’s (Political Science) co-edited book, The Politics of International Economic Relations (Boston: Wadsworth, 2010), was published in its seventh edition.  He also published a chapter in J.P. Singh’s (ed.) International Cultural Policies and Power (Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) titled “Toward a Political Economy of Digital Culture” and a chapter in Darcy Gerbarg’s (ed.) Television Goes Digital (New York: Springer, 2009) titled “Video on the Internet: The Content Question.” His article “The Transition to Digital Television in the United States: The Endgame,” will be published in the first issue of International Journal of Digital Television (2010). He delivered his paper “The Transition to Digital Television in the United States: The Endgame,” at a conference on Digital TV Transitions: DTV Switchover, Mobile TV, IPTV – Lessons and Projections at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University in New York in October and gave a presentation on “Theories of International Relations” as part of the IU Student Foreign Policy Initiative in Bloomington in September.  He has also accepted a position as Chair of the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association from February 2009 until February 2010.

Cover Photo Ho-fung Hung (Sociology) won multiple awards at the American Sociological Association for his article “Agricultural Revolution and Elite Reproduction in Qing China,” published in American Sociological Review in August 2008. They include the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Article) Award for the Section on Political Sociology, Best Research Paper Award for the Section on Asia and Asian America, and an Honorable Mention for the Best Article Award for the Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology. Hung’s edited book, China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism, was published in September by the Johns Hopkins University Press. His article “America’s Head Servant? PRC’s Dilemma in the Global Crisis” appeared as the leading article of the November/December issue of the New Left Review. In May, Hung participated in the “Pre-BRIC Summit Preparatory Meeting” co-organized by the Observer Research Foundation and the Ministry of External Affairs of the Indian government in New Delhi. In the same month he presented a paper on China and the global crisis at the conference “The Dynamics of Global Crisis, Antisystemic Movements, and New Model of Hegemony” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. In July, he gave a talk on China’s recovery from the global crisis at the Institute of Sociology at the Academia Sinica in Taipei. Hung received an EASC travel grant to present “Grandpa State instead of Bourgeois State? Patrimonial Politics in China’s Age of Commerce” at the Social Science History Association’s annual meeting in Long Beach, CA in November.

Keiko Kuriyama (EALC) has presented several papers, including: “What Is Cognitively Engaging and Demanding Content Material for Language Learners? Exploring the Use of CBI in Beginner-Level Japanese” at the 2009 Association of Teachers of Japanese Seminar in Chicago in March and “An Examination of Advanced-Beginner Japanese: Attitude Surveys of Pure and Advanced Beginners” at the 21st Annual Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese, held at Michigan State University in April. Kuriyama was the keynote speaker at EASC’s workshop, “Content-Based Instruction for Beginning-Level Japanese: A K-16 Pedagogy Workshop” at IUPUI in April. The title of her presentation was “Content-Based Instruction for Beginning-Level Japanese.” She was also a main presenter at the Japanese Language Workshop at the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association conference in November, delivering a paper titled “Content-Based Instruction for Beginning- and Intermediate-Level Japanese Learners.”

Charles Lin (EALC) gave a talk on “Thematic Patterns and Comprehending Chinese Relative Clauses in Context” at the IU Linguistics colloquium series in October. Also, with his former student Yi-Rung Chen, Lin had a poster on “The Effect of Sense Relatedness on Lexical Ambiguity Resolution: Evidence from Chinese Verbs” at the International Conference on the Processing of East Asian Languages in Beijing.

Ethan Michelson (EALC, Sociology, and Law) and Ho-Fung Hung (Sociology) were co-winners of the 2009 Research Article Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America.  Michelson also won the Gordon White Prize for most original article or research report published in The China Quarterly in 2008. He is currently in Beijing on a Fulbright-Hays grant conducting research on a project titled “State-Society Relations and Local History in Rural China” and has recently completed a national survey of Chinese lawyers. More information about this follow-up to his original 2000 survey is available here.

cover photo Klaus Mühlhahn (History) received the American Historical Association’s 2009 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History for his book, Criminal Justice in China—A History. His paper, “National Studies and Global Entanglements: The Re-Envisioning of China in the Early 20th Century” was published in Trans-pacific Interactions: The United States and China, 1880-1950 by Vanessa Kuennemann and Ruth Mayer (eds.).  He published a paper titled “Grassroots Transformation in Contemporary China” (co-authored by Yong Gui and Weihong Ma) in the Journal of Contemporary Asia (August 2009).  He also published the paper “The Dark Side of Globalization: The Concentration Camps in Republican China in Global Perspective” in World History Connected (2009).

Osamu James Nakagawa (Fine Arts) received an EASC travel grant to support an exhibition of his art titled “Banta/Gama: Osamu James Nakagawa” in Okinawa, Japan in May. He is currently on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Japan carrying out work on images of gama (caves) from the Okinawa “suicide cliff” from which thousands of people jumped to their deaths at the end of World War II.

Yosuke Nirei (History, IU South Bend) received EASC travel funds to present “The Gospels of Globalism: Moral and Religious Discourses of Japanese Protestant Journalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs in Oxford, OH in October.

cover photo Scott O’Bryan’s (EALC and History) first book, The Growth Idea: Purpose and Prosperity in Postwar Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2009) was published this summer. This book was the winner of Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute 2007-08 First Book Award. O’Bryan gave a lecture on this book in October as part of the Japan Workshop: Meeting New Authors series, sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Masato Ogawa (Education, IU Kokomo) received the Trustees Teaching Award and the first IU Kokomo Chancellor’s Diversity Excellence Award for the 2008-09 academic year. He was invited to a symposium of the annual conference of the Japanese Social Studies Research Association in October at Hirosaki University in Aomori, Japan, where he presented “Realities and Issues Facing Social Studies Education in the United States under the No Child Left Behind Act.” He recently published a co-authored article titled “Whose History? An Analysis of the Korean War in History Textbooks from the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China” in Social Studies.

Rowland Ricketts (Fine Arts) held an exhibit of textile work titled “immanent blue” in New Harmony, IN from August to October. The exhibit was an installation of two larger works—a series of felted and dyed stones on the perimeter with a 30-foot long partition dividing the space.

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Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director, EASC) has been named the IU co-director of the new Pan-Asian Institute, which will be jointly operated by the Australian National University (ANU). 

Edith Sarra (EALC, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature) received an EASC travel grant to present “Likeable Ladies: Late Heian Conversations about Ideal Women” at the “Women of Talent in Times of Trouble: Creative Personalities in the Late Heian/Early Kamakura Period” conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May.

Travis Selmier (Kelley School of Business) presented “The Politics of Cross-border Bank Acquisitions: Comparing the Cases of Brazil and China” at the Brazilian International Relations Association—International Studies Association Joint Meeting on Diversity and Inequality in World Politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July.

Aaron Stalnaker (Religious Studies) received EASC travel funds to present “Disputing the Ethics of Ritual in Early China” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal in November.

Marvin Sterling (Anthropology) received a Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Travel Award for three months of research this summer on the Japanese community in Jamaica.

cover photo Michiko Suzuki’s (EALC) first book, Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture, was published by Stanford University Press in November. She received an EASC travel grant to present a paper titled “Gendered Virtues and Social Progress: The Case of Otto no teiso” in November at the annual meeting of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies.

Kevin Tsai (Comparative Literature, EALC, and Program in Ancient Studies) authored “Translating Chinese Poetry with a Forked Tongue,” forthcoming in the Yearbook of Comparative Literature. The essay begins with a discussion of the commonality that George W. Bush’s evangelical rhetoric shares with certain strategies for translating classical Chinese poetry. He also served on a grant panel for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. He continues to co-chair the Literary Translation Seminar at the Institute of Advanced Study.

Natsuko Tsujimura (EALC and Linguistics) received an EASC travel grant to present “The Manifestation of Intrasentential Code-Switching in Japanese Hip-Hop” at the 19th Japanese and Korean Linguistics Conference in Manoa in November.

Sue Tuohy (Folklore and Ethnomusicology and EALC) received EASC funding to present “Concepts and Categories of ‘Indigenous’ in Ethnomusicology and in the Study of Music in China” at the 14th International Conference of the Asia-Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology in Hangzhou, China in November.

Manling Luo

Assistant Professor, EALC

Manling LuoFrom a young age Manling Luo loved to read stories. Unlike most avid readers, however, Luo turned her passion for literature into a career as a scholar of traditional Chinese literature. Luo did her undergraduate work at Peking University, where she was inspired by those of her professors who returned from schools in the United States with ways of looking at and analyzing literature that she and her Chinese peers had never been exposed to before. It was this experience that led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Chinese and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis. After completing her degree, Luo accepted a position teaching Chinese language and literature at Washington State University. Since January 2009, she has been an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Luo says that when it comes to research, she greatly appreciates being at IU. “I really like the kind of research support that IU provides for the faculty,” Luo says, adding that she particularly enjoys the libraries that IU has to offer. Luo’s research passions have always been directed toward traditional literature. Her doctoral research focused on the published literature of medieval China. Now, she’s interested in comparing that to marginal writing—what Chinese men of learning wrote in their private notes or in the margins of their books. She’s excited to see how their unpublished stories, conversations, thoughts, and experiences reflected the identity of Chinese lettered men of the time.

This fall, Luo is teaching fourth-year Chinese and a survey class on traditional Chinese literature.  In the spring she’ll be teaching literary Chinese and a new class she has recently developed called Encountering the Supernatural in Traditional Chinese Culture.  Supernatural elements are so fundamental to traditional Chinese literature, she explains, that she’s hoping the class will provide a broad survey of Chinese literature as well as a medium for focusing on common elements of Chinese supernatural legends, such as foxes and ghosts. 

Having been so influenced by the literary approaches her U.S.-trained professors introduced her to as a college student, Luo is eager to keep the flow of information and ideas open between the United States, China, and Japan. When asked what her future plans are, she said that she hopes to remain in Bloomington for the rest of her professional life. “I love Bloomington,” she says.  “There are so many parks in town.  It’s really green.” Luo gestures to a tree outside her window and says, “I’m from southern China, so I love trees.”

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