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Susan Napier discusses Japanese popular culture

Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Dr. Susan Napier, Director of the Japanese Program at Tufts University, spoke on "Of Consumption, Cosplay, and Canaries: Japanese Power at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century" on December 10.

Chinese Filmmaker Zi'en Cui Presents Night Scene and Discusses Gay Activism and Underground Filmmaking in China

by Kai-man Chang

Fri, Nov 21, 2008

On Wednesday, October 29, the Center for East Asian Studies invited Chinese film director Zi'en Cui to screen his film, Night Scene, at the Student Union Theater. Cui is not only a renowned director but also a screenwriter, film scholar, novelist, and outspoken gay activist in China. He has written, produced, and directed seventeen films that have shown at film festivals worldwide. He has also published nine novels, one of which, Uncle's Past, won the 2001 Radio Literature Award in Germany. As one of the founders of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, Cui is currently a deputy researcher at the Beijing Film Academy.

Dr. Namhee Lee of the Department of History at UCLA discusses the "Park Chung-hee Syndrome"

by Hye Eun Choi

Fri, Nov 21, 2008

Dr. Namhee Lee, associate Professor of Modern Korean History at the University of California at Los Angeles, delivered a lecture titled "The 'Park Chung Hee Syndrome' and the Discourse of Triumphalism in South Korea." Her lecture was about the problem of historical memory and how it relates to modern perceptions among South Koreans of former president Park Chung-hee. Dr. Lee identified two kinds of historical memory: state memory, which is the understanding of the past supported and propagated by the state and social institutions, and counter memory, which is the version of history developed by groups opposed to the state. This binary understanding of modern history has characterized South Korean public discourse up to the present. Dr. Lee argued that there is much at stake depending on whose version of history is accepted as correct or true.

Taiwan's New Wave Cinema Film Festival

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

From November 13-16, the Center for East Asian Studies, Department of Radio-Television-Film, and the Taiwanese Student Association in cooperation with Austin Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and Taipai Economic and Cultural Office, Houston, featured the films of the notable Director Hou Hsiao-hsien. The event showcased three films: "Three Times," "A City of Sadness," and "Dust in the Wind."

Rebecca Ruhlen presents on "Middle-Classness and Gender in Invocations of Public and Private: 1990s South Korean Feminist Activism"

Summary by Jae Lee

Mon, Nov 3, 2008

Professor Rebecca Ruhlen, Assistant Professor of History Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, discussed South Korean feminist activism in the 1990s. The success of South Korean women's activist movement contradicts the belief shared among many Americans toward East Asian societies. Unlike many Americans' prejudices and stereotypes against East Asian societies that label the societies as uncivilized or gender unequal, Ruhlen explores the success of the 1990s South Korean women's feminist movement. Focusing on the movement's particularity within South Korean context, Ruhlen argues that the conceptualization of public and private spheres in the 1990s South Korea involves subjectivities shaped not only by gender but also by social class, specifically middle-classness.

East Asia Graduate Student Forum Screens Wings of Defeat

Sat, Nov 1, 2008

On November 17, the East Asian Graduate Student Forum, in cooperation with CEAS, featured a screening of the film "Wings of Defeat," a documentary chronicling the lives of former Japanese kamikaze pilots. It followed with a QandA session with the director, Risa Morimoto, and an informal graduate student roundtable discussion.

Economist Ulrike Schaede speaks on Japan's economic growth in the 21st Century

written by Duc Huynh

Tue, Sep 30, 2008

Duc Huynh, an MA student in the Department of Asian Studies, provides a summary of Professor Ulrike Schaede's seminar entitled: "Japan's Corporate Renewal: Choose and Focus' Strategies and 21st Century Business Practices."

Bill Hurst on China 2007-2008: A Year in Review

by Emily Anderson

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

On Friday September 5th, the Center for East Asian Studies invited Dr. Bill Hurst of the Government Department at the University of Texas to speak on events in China over the past year. Concentrating on four key events—the 17th Party Conference, the earthquake in Sichuan Province, the Olympics torch relay/ethnic protests, and the Olympics—Dr. Hurst addressed these episodes through analyzing their impact on China's elite and masses as well as the international reaction.

CEAS Photo Contest

Mon, Jun 9, 2008

Enter the Center for East Asian Studies Photo Contest for a chance to have your photos featured in CEAS publications or on the CEAS website!

Alexis Dudden on Japan-Korea relations

by Hye Eun Choi

Tue, Apr 22, 2008

On April 18, 2008, the Center for East Asian Studies held a seminar by an enthusiastic and very engaging lecturer, Dr. Alexis Dudden, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut. Her most recent book, Troubled Apologies: Among Japan, Korea and the United States, will be appearing in bookstores shortly. Hye Eun Choi, an MA student in Asian Languages and Cultures studying Modern Korean history focusing on nationalism and relations with Japan, wrote a summary of her talk.

Donald Sutton discusses the interplay of ritual and identity at Huanglong, a religious site in China

by Euhwa Tran

Tue, Apr 22, 2008

Donald Sutton is a Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His area of interest is ritual and folk religion, and he has published a number of works on religious and social change in twentieth century Taiwan and late imperial social relations as explored through religion in China. His current project focuses on ethnicity and religion in remote areas, which was the topic of his lecture: "Contesting Sacred Space: Rituals of Tibetans, Han Chinese Pilgrims and Tourists at a Chinese World Heritage Site." A description of his talk was provided by Euhwa Tran, MA student in the Department of Asian studies specializing on Modern Chinese history and culture.

Jordan Sand on Urban Nostalgia

by Maeri Megumi

Tue, Apr 1, 2008

On March 28, 2008, Jordan Sand, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Georgetown University, presented a fascinating talk entitled "Speculation and Memory: Postmodernity in Japan as a Property Issue." Maeri Megumi, Ph.D. candidate in Asian Cultures and Languages specializing in Japanese literature, provided a summary of the talk.

Scott North discusses gender imbalances in family work in Japan

by Kate Page-Lippsmeyer

Thu, Mar 6, 2008

Kate Page-Lippsmeyer, an MA student of Japanese literature and film in the Department of Asian Studies, provides a synopsis of Professor North's research on gender roles in Japan.

Anthropologist Laurel Kendall speaks on Korean folk symbols

written by Emily Anderson

Thu, Mar 6, 2008

Emily Anderson, a Master's student in the Department of Asian Studies specializing in Korean history, gives a synopsis of Columbia University anthropologist Laurel Kendall's talk on the transformation of changsung from fearsome village guardians to cultural commodities

A Stolen Gaze Returned: Erik Mueggler on technology as cultural mediator

by Robert Emerson

Fri, Feb 15, 2008

Robert Emerson, an MA candidate in Asian Cultures and Languages interested in classical Chinese poetry, contributed this article for our website.

Dr. Chiu-Mi Lai on Center Outreach

Tue, Feb 12, 2008

The center interviews Professor Chiu-Mi Lai, who is involved with outreach activities at the Center.

Professor Nancy Stalker, Fulbright Scholar, researches ikebana in Tokyo

Wed, Jan 30, 2008

Professor Nancy Stalker, Department of Asian Studies, received a Fulbright grant for 2007 – 2008 to conduct research in Japan.