Category: Announcements

EVENTS: “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” Film Screening and Dialog with Director (12/10/2014)

November 24th, 2014

Co-sponsored by BU Center for the Study of Asia, OCAC Boston, TECO Boston Education Division, BU Taiwanese Student Association, Harvard Taiwanese Student Association. Free tickets are available for BU faculty and students. Email for more information.



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EVENTS: Passion & Compassion: Images of Love in Indian Art (12/04/2014)

October 29th, 2014

The BU Center for the Study of AsiaBU Global Programs India Initiatives and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts cordially invite you to to join us for a private tour of the South Asia Gallery followed by a discussion and a wine and cheese reception.


Passion & Compassion: Images of Love in Indian Art
Discussion, Private Tour of the South & Southeast Asia Gallery & Wine/Cheese Reception

Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts; &

David Eckel, Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University.

A moderated discussion will be led by Deepti Nijhawan, Director of Boston University Global Programs India Initiatives.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: South & Southeast Asia Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Each person requires a ticket ($25) to enter the MFA (free for members & students with valid ID).
On arrival at the MFA, please come directly to the South and Southeast Asia Gallery.


BU affiliates only (faculty/staff, students, alumni). Limited spaces available; please register below:

Passion & Compassion: Images of Love in Indian Art

Event Registration

Parking: paid parking available at MFA parking garage/lot.  Metered parking is difficult to find in the area, so please plan your time accordingly.

Laura Weinstein is Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She completed her Ph.D. under Professor Vidya Dehejia at Columbia University, where she researched a group of illustrated manuscripts produced in the South Indian city of Hyderabad in the sixteenth-century.  Since arriving at the MFA, Boston, in 2009, she has curated several exhibitions of Persian and Indian paintings as well as an exhibition of Qur’an pages from the MFA’s collection. In 2011 she led the reinstallation of the Museum’s South and Southeast Asian collections. She is currently working on a touring exhibition of the highlights of the MFA’s Islamic art collection and an accompanying catalog.

David Eckel is Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Religion at Boston University. His scholarly interests include the history of Buddhism in India and Tibet, the relationship between Buddhism and other Indian religions, the expansion and adaptation of Buddhism in Asia and the West, Buddhist narrative traditions and their relationship to Buddhist ethics, and the connection between philosophical theory and religious practice. His teaching at Boston University has been recognized by the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence (1998). He also has served as the Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities (2002-5) and as Director of the Core Curriculum (2007-13).

His publications include Bhaviveka and His Buddhist Opponents (Harvard); Buddhism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places (Oxford); To See the Buddha: A Philosopher’s Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness (Princeton); and “Is There a Buddhist Philosophy of Nature?” in Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions).

Before joining the faculty at Boston University, he served as Associate Professor at Harvard Divinity School and as Administrative Director of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions. In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he delivered a series of lectures entitled “Modes of Recognition: Aspects of Theory in Mahayana Buddhist Narrative.”


EVENTS: Taiwan Forum: Taiwan’s Election, Cross-Strait Relations, and Taiwan’s Role in East Asia (12/01/2014-12/02/2014)

October 22nd, 2014


Organized by the BU Center for the Study of Asia, Pardee School of Global Studies,  Harvard University Taiwan Studies Workshop, 

with support from the ROC Ministry of Education, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston 

After years of tension and uncertainty in the Taiwan Strait area, cross-Strait relations have been remarkably stable in recent years. But the politics of both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan are always changing, and it is uncertain if this stability will hold.  This symposium will look at the November 29 municipal elections and what they suggest about trends in Taiwan. What are the regional and global implications of these trends? Can China and Taiwan maintain a stable and productive relationship?

This symposium will take place over two days.

The first day, December 1, will take place at the Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston University, 3:00-5:00 (reception to follow). The second day, December 2, will take place at the John K. Fairbank Center, Harvard University.

December 1: “The November 29 Elections”

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Monday, December 1
Location: Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston (closest T stop on Green B line is Boston University EAST)


John Hsieh, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina
  “The November 29th Elections: Who Won?”

Tung Chen-yuan, Distinguished Professor at  the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, National Chengchi University
  “Asia-Pacific Economic Integration and Cross-Strait Economic Relations.”

Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor and Chair, Davidson College
  “Political Trends in Taiwan: Identity, the Sunflower Movement, and Cross-Strait Relations”

Andrew Yang, Assistant Professor, Sun Yat-sen University and former Minister of Defense, Republic of China
  “Political Trends in Taiwan: Implications for National Defense”

December 2: Taiwan in International Perspective

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesday, December 2
Location: Harvard University, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, CGIS South, Room S020, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge


Richard Bush, Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
  “Taiwan and Asia”

Raymond Burghardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, American Institute in Taiwan
  “An American Perspective on Taiwan”

Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center
  “The State of Cross-Strait Relations”

Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Smith College
  “Cross-Strait Relations: The China, United States, Taiwan Tangle”

Steven Young, former Director, American Institute in Taiwan
“The United States and Taiwan”


EVENTS: Japanese Noh and Global Theaters (11/02/2014)

October 17th, 2014

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The traditional Japanese stage art of noh is famous for the austere beauty of its chant, dance, and ethereal instrumental accompaniment. One of the oldest continuously performed arts in the world, it has also inspired many modern Western artists with its aesthetic of concentrated stillness. Join David Crandall and other members of Theatre Nohgaku as they perform excerpts from old and new pieces in both Japanese and English, and explore with BU professor Carrie Preston how noh continues to inspire creative work today.

Time: 2:00PM – 4:00PM, November 2nd, 2014

Location: Boston Playwrights’ Theater, 949 Commonwealth Avenue

Please click here to register for the event.


EVENT: And the Bride Wore White: Japanese Crown Prince Yoshihito’s Modern Wedding as National Spectacle (11/12/2014)

October 7th, 2014



“When Crown Prince Yoshihito of Japan wedded Kujō Sadako in the year 1900, theirs was the first imperial wedding production in the nation’s modern period. Fully reported in daily newspapers and captured in woodblock prints, the wedding featured the royal couple in full sartorial splendor—highlighting the bride’s multiple costume changes that included a white wedding dress—and performing the intricacies of newly prescribed nuptial protocols for the new era. This talk will explore visual representations of the 1900 wedding and the construction of modern imperial matrimony as performance and spectacle.”

Aligning with Boston University Center for the Study of Asia‘s theme of “Asia in Love” this year, ASIABU is honored to invite Alice Y. Tseng, associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture, to share her latest research with us. Relive the early-20-century royal wedding through prints, photographs, and images of architecture.

Japanese tea and mochi (sticky rice cake), the traditional wedding desserts that bring good luck, would be served.

Time: 4PM, Wednesday, November 12

Location: Room 203, 154 Bay State Road, Boston.

SpeakerAlice Y. Tseng, Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture


EVENT: The Japanese Kimono-Now and Then (10/30/2014)

September 29th, 2014

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Presented by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), The Japan Society of Boston and The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan.

Join us as we welcome a delegation from one of the leading kimono Schools in Japan who will present a retrospective of kimono styles, from modern to ancient. Free and open to the public .

Performance from 7:00-8:30 in the Ballroom
Reception from 8:30-10:00 in the Lounge

Time: 7pm-1opm, October 30, 2014

Location: Boston University Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, Ninth Floor, One Silber Way, oston, MA 02215

 Seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Please click here to register. 


EVENT: Japanese English Lunch Exchange

September 11th, 2014

Fall 2014 Japanese Lunch Exchanges Flyer

Meet BU students who are studying Japanese and Japanese students who are studying English! This is an informal way to meet BU students interested in Japanese and American culture and language. Eat your lunch and talk with a BU / CELOP student.

Time: Every Friday 12:15-2:00, September 12-December 5

Location: GSU FoodCourt Back Court Room, 775 Commonwealth Ave.


EVENT: The Future is Now: Urban Asia in the 21st Century (10/08/2014)

September 8th, 2014



A one-day conference at Boston University exploring how Asia’s cities are reshaping concepts of urban development.

Co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Initiative on Cities, Global Programs India Initiatives, and the Center for Global Health and Development, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and BU’s Metropolitan College.

Conference Overview

The Asian continent is home to a vast array of cities and urban conditions. From the futurism of Dubai, to the extreme contrast of wealth and squalor in Mumbai, to the spectacular rise of Shanghai and Beijing as global nodes of political and economic power, cities in Asia in the 21st century are redefining notions – both positive and negative — of urbanization. While it is impossible to identify a single model of urban development, cities across Asia are providing examples of ways governmental institutions, the private sector, and civil society generate and manage rates of urbanization at scales previously unimaginable; they are pushing the boundaries of technology, governance, ecological sustainability, and the very concept of progress. Based on the proposition that cities provide a critical lens into social, cultural, economic, and political relationships, and by association humanity’s capacity to solve social and ecological problems, this conference asks: how are Asia’s cities reshaping accepted knowledge about processes of urbanization and urban management? Speakers will examine established theories of urbanization and urban management and ask whether we have the appropriate intellectual and policy toolkit to address issues associated with rapidly expanding cities in the 21st century .

Time: October 8, 2014

Location: Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way

For more information about the conference, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by October 1. Click here to RSVP.


EVENT: Asian Studies Fall Reception (09/17/2014)

September 8th, 2014

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Join us for the annual Asian Studies Fall Reception, brought to you by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) and Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University (ASIABU). The event is free and open to the public, with live performance from Asia and Asian food! Come catch up with friends and colleagues, and  learn about upcoming activities and our yearly theme “Asia in Love.”

Time: 4 – 6 pm, Wednesday, September 17

Location: GSU Alley (Lower lever of George Sherman Union on 775 Commonwealth Ave.)


EVENT: American Association of Teachers of Korean 19th Annual Conference (06/19/14-06/21/14)

April 23rd, 2014

June 19-21, 2014
Boston University
Boston, MA

Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating Connections


Conference & Workshop Theme:

Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating Connections

The topic of teaching and learning through study of literature and films has been a matter of considerable interest to language educators. Renewed interest in this approach has been generated by The National Standards for Korean Teaching, which frames curricular and materials developments in the five inter-related areas: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. Use of film and literature in language teaching is a quintessential example of connections between language teaching and other academic disciplines. Curriculum that bridges students’ linguistic needs and interests to content areas is in greater demand as the number of advanced language learners (heritage speakers with diverse backgrounds in particular) is increasing. More challenging and stimulating materials can be developed by grafting literature and film onto language classes. Highlighting connections between language and film/literature can encourage students to explore Korean culture in greater depth and get a more nuanced understanding of language and culture. Ongoing discussion is needed on strengthening connections between Korean language instruction and academic topics considered in other disciplines for the benefit of students and teachers in Korean education.

With the theme “Korean Language Teaching through Film and Literature: Creating Connections”, the 19th annual AATK meeting invites proposals for exploring how to enrich and augment language curricula with cinematic and literary texts and use them to help students become astute readers and interpreters of diverse texts. We encourage submission of workshop proposals and conference abstracts that report, analyze, and discuss course and material developments involving film and literature, initiatives and strategies for collaboration across disciplines, and practical and theoretical issues regarding the use of content from other areas. We also welcome proposals and abstracts that discuss other aspects of learning and teaching of the Korean language.

For more information, click here.