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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

Fall 2017

Faculty Updates

Adam Liff Hits the Ground Running at IU


Adam Liff began teeaching in EALC as an Assistant Professor of East Asian International Relations in 2015 and since that time has maintained a busy schedule which includes teaching, organizing and maintaining campus events, and all the while producing original research for publication. His primary fields of academic study are international relations and security studies with particular focus given to the foreign relations of Japan and China, U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, and the impact of the rise of China on the region and the world


In addition to teaching classes in the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) Professor Liff directs and organizes the “East Asia and the World” speaker series. A new lecture series at IU Bloomington, “East Asia and the World” has enjoyed a successful first year bringing in scholars and policymakers from the United States and beyond. Each semester this year, several speakers were welcomed to IU Bloomington as part of the “East Asia and the World” series. They discussed a variety of topics concerning present day East Asia and each lecturer drew large crowds of students, faculty, and other members of the Bloomington community.


Adding to his already busy schedule Professor Liff was published six times during the 2015-16 school year including an article in the Wall Street Journal. “The Limits of Growth” appeared on March 5th following China’s announcement that it would expand its military budget in the wake of the continued, albeit slowed, growth of its GDP. The article examines the tough decisions that China faces with its budget in the face of modern realities and international relations. The article can be found at


Professor Liff’s success has not gone unnoticed. The former post-doctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program one of twelve scholars selected for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation’s “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” program. The Mansfield Foundation, along with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, have identified and selected scholars for this program every year since 2009. The groups look for American professionals who show potential to become Japan specialists and policy experts. It is a two-year program designed to bring scholars with diverse expertise and perspectives together to help build on policy understanding and development in the U.S.-Japan relationship.


Indiana University is clearly very lucky to have a young, distinguished scholar such as Professor Liff in its ranks. EASC would like to congratulate him on his many accomplishments and wish him the best in his future work.



Faculty, Students at IU Bloomington Receive Grants for International Research and Teaching


Eleven faculty members and six graduate students on the IU Bloomington campus have received the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration, totaling more than $265,000.


The award program provides grants to faculty and students to support new directions in international research and area studies including collaborations that extend well beyond the campus.


The Mellon program offers four specific funding opportunities: short-term faculty fellowships, graduate dissertation fellowships, curriculum development fellowships and innovative workshops. The awarded projects cover the countries in the current round include Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.


Patrick Shih is an Assistant Professor of Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing. His research utilizes mixed methods approaches to tackle research problems in human-computer interaction, social media, collective intelligence, crowdsourcing, and online and geographic communities. He will be using one of the Mellon short-term faculty fellowships to pursue his research project titled, “Understanding Cross-Cultural Differences of Crowd Work in U.S., Taiwan, and China.”



Professor Charles Lin Granted Tenure


Chien-Jer (Charles) Lin is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and the Cognitive Science Program. He has taught at IU since 2009 and during that time he has taught courses related to Chinese linguistics, culture, and syntax & semantics. This May, EALC proudly announced that Professor Lin had received tenure in the department. Additionally he received the annual teaching award at the departmental level: The Trustee's Teaching Award, for exemplary service in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Retired Faculty Member Sumie Jones Receives NEH Grant


Dr. Sumie Jones, Professor Emerita in Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Residential Fellow at IU’s Institute for Advanced Study was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to compile an anthology of Modern Japanese literature. The NEH grant in the category of “Scholarly Texts and Translations” will support the completion of Volume I of “A Kamigata Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Metropolitan Centers, 1600-1750.” Compiled in collaboration with specialists from around the world, this volume contains prose, songs, and various illustrations and is meant to contribute to the canon of Japanese literature translated into English.


IU to Lose Valuable East Asian Faculty Members


At the end of the spring semester IU will lose three valuable faculty members who have taught courses related to East Asia during their time at IU.


Christopher Atwood, Associate Professor in Central Eurasian Studies, has taught at IU since 1996 and served at the Central Eurasian Studies Department Chair from 2007-2013. He teaches courses pertaining to China, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia and Inner Asia. He will be taking up a position at Penn State University beginning in the Fall 2016.


Yunseong Cheon has served as a special lecturer in EALC, Korean Language since 2014. Following the conclusion of the spring semester she will be moving to California.


Michiko Suzuki and Michael Foster will also both be leaving IU to pursue other endeavors at UC Davis following the conclusion of the semester. Michiko, an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, taught courses related to Japanese history, culture, literature and film. Michael, an Associate Professor in EALC and Folklore & Ethnomusicology, taught Japanese folklore, literature and Film.


Richard Rubinger is a Professor of EALC and Adjunct Professor in History and Education. He was first hired in 1989 and has taught at IU for twenty-seven years. Prior to that he was hired by Vanderbilt University in 1974 to set up their Japanese language program, he earned his PhD in Japanese studies from Columbia University in 1979 and taught at both the University of Hawaii and Columbia University. His research has focused on Tokugawa and Meiji Japan, western science in 19th century Japan, and educational practices and literacy in Japan. He will be retiring at the conclusion of the Spring 2016 semester.


Professors Atwood, Cheon, Foster, Rubinger, and Suzuki will all be missed at IU and EASC would like to wish them the best in their future endeavors and thank them for their valuable contributions to studies of East Asia at IU.



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