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Prof. Min Ye appointed first Rosenberg Institute Scholar at Suffolk University

April 20th, 2020

The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University is pleased to announce that we have appointed our first Rosenberg Institute Scholar. She is Dr. Min Ye, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University. As part of this appointment, Dr. Ye will prepare a research paper which the Rosenberg Institute will publish on its website.  The title of her research paper is “China and the Corona Virus: China remains a pragmatic globalist.” The paper examines the debates among policy communities in China and actions by the Chinese state to combat the corona epidemic and revive the economy. It suggests that... More

Yoon Sun Yang wins the James B. Palais Book Prize (Korea) from the AAS

March 9th, 2020

Associate Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Yoon Sun Yang's monograph, From Domestic Women to Sensitive Men: Translating the Individual in Colonial Korea, won the 2020 James B. Palais Prize of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). The Palais Prize is "given annually to an outstanding scholar of Korean studies from any discipline or country specialization to recognize distinguished scholarly work on Korea." It's the only book prize the AAS gives in Korean, and she will receive it at the upcoming national conference in March, which is being held here in Boston. In From Domestic Women to Sensitive Young Men: Translating... More

Congratulations to three BUCSA-affiliated Faculty Promoted to Full Professor!

March 9th, 2020

BUCSA is delighted to congratulate three affiliated colleagues on their recent promotions to full professors! Cheryl Knott, CAS, Anthropology, examines orangutan and great ape physiology and behavior, focusing on how primates cope with environmental changes – particularly those resulting in fluctuating food availability. She is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, has authored dozens of book chapters and journal articles chronicling her research, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and other forums on orangutans, great apes, and rainforest conservation. In 2017, she received the Orang Utan Republik Foundation’s Pongo Environmental Award for ongoing conservation efforts in Borneo, Indonesia.     Nancy Smith-Hefner, CAS, More

The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design (Worcester Art Museum, March 28-June 28, 2020)

December 5th, 2019

The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to present The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design March 28 – June 28, 2020 Keisai Eisen, Modern-Style Beauties in Snow, early-mid 1820s, published by Sanoya Kihei (Japanese), color woodblock print, John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.146, Worcester Art Museum The Kimono in Print is the first ever show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Artists during these periods, through the wide circulation of prints, documented ever-evolving trends in fashion, popularized certain styles of dress, and even designed kimonos. More

Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso (Worcester Art Museum, April 25 – July 26, 2020)

December 5th, 2019

The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to present Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso April 25 – July 26, 2020 CHISO,Furisode, 1938, Yuzen dyeing, embroidery, Collection of CHISO Co. Ltd, © CHISO The first ever exhibition outside Japan of historic and contemporary kimonos from the collection of Chiso—the distinguished Kyoto-based kimono house founded in 1555—will include 13 kimonos from the mid-1600s to 2000s. Also on display will be an original, handcrafted contemporary wedding kimono specially commissioned by the Worcester Art Museum with motifs inspired by the seven hills of Worcester—as well as a video documenting the contemporary creation of a kimono from start to finish. More

Rudolf G. Wagner (1941-2019)

October 28th, 2019

It is with great sorrow that the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) has learned of the passing of Rudolf G. Wagner on 25 October 2019. Professor Wagner was one of the world’s leading sinologists and founder and co-director of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He was also the husband of Catherine Vance Yeh, Professor in Boston University’s Department of World Languages and Literature and former Director of BUCSA. In a long and eminent career, Professor Wagner established himself as one of the world’s... More

Kinh Vu’s Journey from Vietnam Orphan to BU Music Professor

October 28th, 2019

A new book examines what music can do for displaced persons, which this CFA faculty member knows firsthand. See the full video in BU Today:

A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min (Peabody Essex Museum, through May 17, 2020)

May 24th, 2019

Voyage into 19th-century China through one of PEM’s photographic treasures, John Thomson’s album Foochow and the River Min. This intimate exhibition features more than 40 striking landscapes, city views and portrait studies that Thomson captured as he traveled in the southeastern Fujian province. Photographs by contemporary artist Luo Dan, who was inspired by Thomson to undertake a similar journey in southwestern China, complement the presentation. A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation, Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard, Kate and Ford O'Neil and the East India... More

Archaic Avant-Garde: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection (Worcester Art Museum, through March 1, 2020)

May 24th, 2019

While modern and contemporary artists are known to have looked outside their immediate cultural realm to expand their sources for modern inspiration, many of them at the same time were also looking at their own culture's ancient techniques and forms. Archaic Avant-Garde focuses on contemporary Japan's leading ceramicists who have explored and experimented with ancient Japanese pottery techniques and forms to invigorate their own modern creations. This case rotation features works from such renowned late twentieth-century potters as Kamoda Shoji, Mori Togaku, and Mihara Ken, to emerging stars such as Isezaki Koichiro.

Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global, at the Peabody Essex Museum (ongoing)

May 22nd, 2019

Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global at the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA Discover the beauty and complex stories behind PEM’s celebrated Japanese export art collection. The new installation takes visitors on a journey through time — from the arrival of Portuguese merchants in the 1500s through Japan’s emergence on the world stage in the late 19th century and beyond. Throughout, the story is punctuated with stunning works of art, including extraordinary loans from a private collection and many objects on view for the first time since PEM’s 2016 exhibition Asia in Amsterdam. Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global is made possible by... More