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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2010

Upcoming Events

East Asian Film Series at New IU Cinema

In February EASC will resume its long-running East Asian Film Series, which has been on hiatus this fall, with a revamped series to take place in the new 300-seat IU Cinema. Directed by Stephanie DeBoer (Communication and Culture) and cosponsored by the IU Cinema, the new East Asian Film Series will include both cultural and contemporary films and will provide an image quality and a viewing experience on par with the top 10 university cinema facilities in the United States. The spring 2011 series will include:

Saturday, February 5: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (Zhang Yimou, 2009; in Mandarin with English subtitles)

Saturday, March 26: The Housemaid (Im Sang-soo, 2010; in Korean with English subtitles)

Saturday, April 23: Japanese film, TBA

Admission will be free, but tickets will be required. Tickets may be acquired through the IU Auditorium box office next semester during regular ticket office hours (Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and in the IU Cinema lobby 30 minutes prior to the screening.

To read more about the IU Cinema, see the IU news release

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Lifelong Learning Course on Contemporary China

In February and March the IU School of Continuing Studies will offer a Lifelong Learning course sponsored by EASC and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center titled Cars, Currency, and Conflict: Three Issues Concerning Today’s China and How They Are Connected. Taught by Timothy Grose, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, the course will explore why so many Chinese urbanites continue to buy cars when city streets are already so congested, how China’s “pegging” of its currency affects what Chinese consumers buy and why U.S. lawmakers are so concerned about it, and how all of this impacts members of marginalized groups, such as Tibetans and Uyghurs, who have not experienced the benefits of China’s economic growth.

The course will be offered at the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Ave.) on three Thursdays: February 17, 24, and March 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Registration begins December 1. For more information, contact IU Bloomington Continuing Studies at or (812) 855-9335.

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Symposium on “Difference and Constitutionalism in Asia”

The ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute and the Maurer School of Law’s Center for Constitutional Democracy will host a symposium on “Difference and Constitutionalism in Asia” March 4-5, 2011 on the IU Bloomington campus. The conference will bring together scholars from IU, The Australian National University (ANU), and other universities in the United States and abroad to address the challenges of difference and constitutionalism from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.The focus will be explicitly comparative, with panels organized around five themes: gender, ethnicity and race, the urban-rural divide, religion, and language.

This conference is cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of the Middle East. For additional details, see the conference Web site.

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Roundtable on Lessons from Post-Communism: “The Economic Recession: Opportunities and Challenges in Economies in Transition”

“The Economic Recession: Opportunities and Challenges in Economies in Transition” will be the topic of the 2011 Indiana Roundtable on Lessons from Post-Communism, which will be held on April 6.  Organized by the Russian and East European Institute (REEI) and cosponsored by EASC and other area studies centers, this all-day public event will feature Paul Marer, Professor of Business at Central European University in Budapest, Barry J. Naughton, Professor of Chinese and International Affairs at University of California, San Diego, and Vladimir Popov, Professor at the New Economic School in Moscow. Michael Alexeev (Economics) and William Fierman (Political Science and Central Eurasian Studies) will serve as moderators. For additional details, please contact REEI at

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2011 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

July 11-15, 2011, EASC will hold its 13th annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop at IU Bloomington. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, this workshop is designed to immerse literature teachers in East Asian literature and history and provide them with the background and materials necessary to incorporate an East Asian component into their courses. An intense week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities will culminate in the participants’ developing classroom-ready lesson plans. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for their classroom. Admission to the workshop is on a rolling basis, so apply early to secure a spot.  For more information, see the Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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