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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2009

IU East Asia News

ANU/IU Joint Pan-Asian Institute Established

In September IU President Michael A. McRobbie signed a partnership agreement with Australian National University (ANU) for the creation of a jointly operated Pan-Asian Institute. The institute will combine the complementary academic strengths of the two universities into a single research and teaching enterprise focusing on a broad range of Asian countries. 

Located in the capital city of Canberra, ANU is Australia’s top-ranked university and has one of the world’s leading Southeast Asian studies programs.  Through interactive video courses IU students will be able to study Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese and will be able to participate in ANU’s overseas studies programs. ANU students will have access to IU’s courses in Pashto, Uzbeck, and Uyghur. Undergraduate and graduate student exchanges are also planned, as are extended faculty visits and a distinguished lecturer series.

The institute will be headed by co-directors, one at each university, who will jointly oversee its programs and academic offerings.  At IU the co-director will be Heidi Ross (professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director, EASC).  “It is a privilege to be involved in the creation of the Pan-Asian Institute, which has benefitted from the energetic participation of faculty from many disciplines,” Ross said. “The resources that ANU and IU bring together across the hemispheres are extraordinary, including talented faculty and students who will join together in globally informed exploration of issues—energy, transmigration, sustainable development—critically important to our mutual future. This must be a central mission of higher education, to engage educators and students in the building of multilateral institutions that embody the most creative, interdisciplinary and pluralistic knowledge, thinking and action.”

See the IU News Room’s news release.

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IU Alumni Reconnect in Seoul

More than 330 IU alumni from seven countries attended the IU International Alumni Conference and Reunion in Seoul June 5-7. Designed to enable alumni to reconnect with former classmates and meet other  IU alumni living in Asia, the reunion featured social events that highlighted Korean culture and IU alumni talent. Heon Joo Jung (EALC) attended as EASC’s representative and was impressed by the attendees’ loyalty and enthusiasm for IU and the lively fellowship among them. “It was really amazing to see so many IU alumni in the middle of Seoul, South Korea. Regardless of age, school, and nationality, I found that those at the reunion shared great pride and a sense of community. I sat next to an alumnus from Japan who was talking with one from South Korea about their lives in Bloomington back in the early 1990s when both were graduate students. It was as though they were working on a jigsaw puzzle to put pieces of their lives back together then. It was a really wonderful experience to see and feel their joy, pride, and connectedness,” says Jung.

IU Alumni Association President Tom Martz answers questions from admitted Korean students following the reception.The weekend’s events were attended by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Vice President for International Affairs Patrick O’Meara, and several deans and served to bolster connections with South Korean academic institutions.  “With dramatically expanding economies and some of the world’s premier systems of higher education,” McRobbie says, “[Asia] is providing significant educational and research opportunities for students and faculty.”  See the report below on the new J.D./M.B.A. program with Sungkyunkwan University to read more about one of the connections McRobbie strengthened during his visit.

A photo snapped at the conclusion of the banquet.





















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CCLP’s New Chinese Tidings Lecture Series

This fall the Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (CCLP) inaugurated its Chinese Tidings Lecture Series, in which native and non-native speakers present lectures in Chinese accompanied by simultaneous English summary translations.  The first two talks of the semester were given by Dan Li (Kelley School of Business) and Scott Kennedy (East Asian Languages and Cultures and Political Science). The fall series will conclude on December 3rd with a lecture on the future of higher education in China by Visiting Professor Xin Luo of Peking University (6:00 -7:00 p.m. in Ballantine Hall 006).

This series is supported by CCLP and the IU Chinese Language Flagship Program and is designed to increase opportunities for authentic interaction in Chinese between fluent speakers and students of the language, including IU’s Flagship students.  The lectures are free and open to the public and provide a chance to build knowledge of Chinese language and culture, ask questions and have conversations in Chinese, and create professional networks. Following selected lectures,  Jennifer Liu (EALC and Director, CCLP and Chinese Language Flagship) meets with Flagship and other interested students of Chinese to discuss their experiences with the lecture and strategies for improving comprehension and interactive skills.

The Chinese Tidings Lecture Series will continue next semester with four Thursday evening lectures. For information, please contact Chris Crookham at

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CCLP’s Summer STARTALK Programs

IU’s Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy offered two Chinese language programs this summer—one for teachers and one for students of Mandarin Chinese. The programs were funded by STARTALK grants totaling nearly $170,000.

The Chinese Pedagogy Institute, a program for middle and high school teachers of Chinese, which was also offered in 2007 and 2008, welcomed 20 teachers to campus for a two-and-a-half-week residential institute, the first week of which was spent at IU’s Bradford Woods facility before participants moved to campus for a one-week practicum. The Chinese Language Institute, a program for middle and high school students, provided three weeks of on-campus instruction for local students and a final week of online distance learning.

STARTALK is a National Security Language Initiative project that supports summer programs in critical needs languages such as Chinese and Arabic. For more information about CCLP’s STARTALK Chinese programs, go to:

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IU School of Law and SKKU Launch J.D./M.B.A. Program

A new joint degree program will soon link two world-class graduate programs, the IU Maurer School of Law and Sungkyunkwan University’s School of Business.  Believed to be the first joint degree program between a U.S. law school and an international M.B.A. program, J.D./M.B.A. candidates will spend the first, third, and fourth years at the School of Law and the second year at SKKU and at a Korea-based summer internship.  This unique combination of multidisciplinary studies and an international component will prepare students for careers in law and business in a variety of settings around the world.  To view the program announcement, please visit the IU News Room.

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