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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2010

Faculty Updates

Allen F. Anderson (Criminal Justice, IU South Bend), along with several Chinese colleagues, published "An Exploratory Survey of Money Boys and HIV Transmission Risk in Jilin Province, PR China" in AIDS Research and Therapy in June.

Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies) was at the Research Institute for the Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies from May to September. He traveled to Japan on a research fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for a major project on the ethnolinguistic history of Central Eurasia and East Asia. In May he delivered a paper, "On the Ethnolinguistic Position of Manchu and the Manchus within Central Eurasia and East Asia," at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Manchu History Society (Manzokushi Kenkyūkai), held at Komazawa University. He published a State of the Field article, "Could There Be a Korean–Japanese Linguistic Relationship Theory? Science, the Data, and the Alternatives," in the International Journal of Asian Studies. He also presented a paper titled "Tengri, the Comitatus, and Islam" at the international conference "The Turks and Islam" held at IU Bloomington in September.

Bovingdon book cover The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land, by Gardner Bovingdon (Central Eurasian Studies and EALC), was recently released by Columbia University Press. Read a description here.

In September Michael Dylan Foster (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) was featured on the interview program "Interchange" on local radio station WFHB (91.3 FM). In the interview he discusses his research on yōkai (monsters, demons) and tales of the supernatural. You can listen to the program, titled "Michael Dylan Foster: Folklore of Fear," here.

Sara Friedman (Anthropology and Gender Studies) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present her paper "Reproducing the Taiwanese National Population Anxieties in an Age of Marital Migration" at the Inter-Asian Connections II Workshop: Reproduction Migration in Asia, which takes place in Singapore in December.

Ho-fung Hung (Sociology) won the Social Science History Association President's Book Award for his book Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty, forthcoming from Columbia University Press. His paper "Global Crisis, China, and the Strange Death of the East Asian Developmental Model" was presented at "The Global Economic Crisis" conference in Zurich this September and won first prize for the Best Research Paper Award 2010 of the World Society Foundation in Switzerland.

Sumie Jones (emerita, EALC and Comparative Literature) has published a booklet, The Shirokoya Scandal, consisting of translations of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese works based on an actual adultery/kidnap/rape/extortion/murder case, judged by the famed magistrate Ōoka Tadasuke during the eighteenth century. It is volume 23 of the "Episodic Festschrift" for Howard Hibbett (Hollywood: highmoonoon, 2010). She has co-edited with Breon Mitchell (Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature; director, Lilly Library) the latest issue of the Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, for which she has also written a critical introduction and an article titled "Vanishing Boundaries: Translation in a Multilingual World." For additional details regarding this issue of the Yearbook, see the report here. Through the Institute for Advanced Study, she has been awarded a supplementary grant of $53,000 (including IU's matching funds) from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which earlier supported her Edo-Meiji Anthology Project for four years. The anthology project is expected to be completed in another year.

Heon Joo Jung (EALC) has published three papers: "The Rise and Fall of Anti-American Sentiment in South Korea: Deconstructing Hegemonic Ideas and Threat Perception" in Asian Survey, "Financial Regulatory Reform in South Korea Then and Now" in the Korea Observer, and "Financial Regionalism in East Asia: Regional Surveillance Cooperation and Enforcement Problem" in Pacific Focus.

Keiko Kuriyama (EALC) presented a paper, “Content-enriched Instruction: CBI for Lower-level Foreign Language Classes” at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) held at the University of British Columbia in August.  To support this trip, she received a travel grant from the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). 

An exhibit of works by Osamu James Nakagawa (Fine Arts), titled "remains," is on display at the Pictura Gallery in Bloomington through December 31. Read about the exhibit here. Also, the IU Art Museum has acquired his work "Remembering Okinawa," which deals with the "suicide cliffs" in Okinawa, where a large number of Okinawans took their own lives immediately prior to and during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. This work is on display in the Gallery of the Art of the Western World through December 31.

photo of a Japanese gate overgrown with vegegation by Osamu James Nakagawa


Yuri Obata (Communication Arts, IU South Bend) presented a paper titled "Conflicting Discourses about Nuclear Weapons: After President Obama's Vision" at the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture in Toronto in August.

Michael Robinson (EALC) participated in the Global Forum for Civilization and Peace held annually by the Academy of Korean Studies in September. This year's theme was "A World without Boundaries," and he delivered a paper on "Nationalism and Historical Narrative: Legitimating National Space." In December he will participate in a panel discussion on "Recently Discovered Korean Films: Colonial Film and the Origins of Korean Cinema" at Harvard, which will be the culmination of a weeklong film festival.

Natsuko Tsujimura (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present her paper "The Role of Lexical Semantics in Innovative Construction" and a co-authored paper, "Code-Switching and Hip Hop in Japanese" at the 39th New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference in San Antonio in November.

Charles Lin

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Charles Lin standing in front of bookcaseAs an undergraduate majoring in English at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, Charles Lin took his interest in language learning a step farther than most students. He became interested in learning not just the hows of speaking English but the whys of the language as well. "There was a moment when I realized that the reason I liked learning languages was that I liked the structure." Lin recalls. "I liked to know about the puzzles within the language and how to figure them out." That drive to decipher linguistic puzzles combined with a desire to understand how language shapes perception led Lin to pursue graduate degrees in linguistics at National Chengchi University (M.A.) and linguistics and anthropology at the University of Arizona (M.A., Ph.D.).

Lin specializes in psycholinguistics, which deals with the relationship between language and cognition. "Studying language naturally leads to studying how the mind works," Lin explains. "I am interested in the psychology of language—how the brain actually functions to use language." Lin and other psycholinguists seek to understand how people acquire and process language to understand structure and meaning. Lin is also interested in learning whether and how different language systems shape people's views of objects and ideas.

Using Chinese as his base language, Lin designs experiments that test specific issues in language processing. Lin is establishing the Language and Cognition Laboratory at IU through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). He hopes that the lab will give students and faculty the opportunity to advance research on East Asian languages as well as the universal properties of language processing.

During the 2009-10 academic year, his first at IU, Lin taught East Asian Psycholinguistics and Introduction to Chinese Linguistics. He also taught Chinese language classes. Whereas in Taiwan he taught English to native Chinese speakers, now at IU he is teaching Chinese to native English speakers. This reversal, he says, has given him a more complete picture of language structure in general and new insights into language processing for speakers and learners of Chinese. In the future he plans to develop undergraduate classes on language and cognition and looks forward to having more opportunities to "make psycholinguistics relevant to East Asian languages."

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