Category: Announcements

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.


EVENT: Daoism: Tradition and Transition (05/29/14-06/01/14)

April 22nd, 2014


For the last ten years, the series of international conferences on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism throughout the world. The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), and Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012). In honor of its great success and as a tribute to Boston University for the initial conference, the 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies will take place once again at Boston University.

This year’s conference theme is “Daoism: Tradition and Transition.” The focus is on Daoist thought, history, and practice—with particular attention to the impact Daoism has exercised in Chinese history and the contemporary world. Panel topics include DaodejingZhuangziHuainanzi, Comparative Philosophy, Daoist Ritual, Doaist Ethics, and more.

For more information, click here.


EVENT: China Today: A conversation with Heino Klinck and David Barboza (04/22/14)

April 15th, 2014

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Join us for a two-part conversation with Heino Klinck and David Barboza about US-China military cooperation, and the wealth and corruption of China’s senior leaders.

“US-China Military-to-Military Relations in a Competitive Cooperation Context.” 

Colonel Heino Klinck, Chief of the Strategic Leadership Division Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate for the U.S. Army, served with distinction in numerous strategic positions worldwide, including six years as a U.S. Army attaché in Beijing and in Hong Kong.

“China’s Senior Leaders: Wealth and Corruption”

David Barboza graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in history, and has been a correspondent for The New York Times based in Shanghai, China, since 2004. In 2013, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting “for his striking exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government, including billions in secret wealth owned by relatives of the prime minister.”

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Tuesday April 22, 2014

Location:  IR Conference Room, Room 101, Dept. of International Relations, Boston University, 152 Bay State Road, entrance on Silber Way



EVENT: Asian Cultural Fair (04/25/14)

April 10th, 2014


Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University invites BU Terriers to the second annual Asian Cultural Fair! This year, partnering with BU’s Chinese Students AssociationBUICBoston University Kazakh Student UnionBU Vietnamese Student Association and Boston University Persian Club, we offer you a virtual day trip to Asia, experiencing the diverse cultures and cuisines.

The free, fun-filled, festive event features music, cultural games and food! Guests will enjoy authentic East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian, and Western Asian/Middle Eastern delectable cuisines right here on-campus. Don’t miss the chance to stop by ASIABU’s booth to taste some freshly brewed Taiwanese tea or get the amazing Henna tattoo from BUIC to make the day! More activities will be announced shortly.

There’s more: after completing your journey in Asia by visitingthe cultural booths, you can enter the raffle for the chance to win free BUBBLE TEA!

The fair is on a first-come, first served basis. Come early if you don’t want to go home with an empty stomach! No reservation is required.

The event is partially funded by your undergraduate student fee and sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia.


EVENT: Sattariya: A Classical Indian Dance Performance by Prateesha Suresh (04/23/2014)

April 8th, 2014

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Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm on April 23, 2014

Location: College of Fine Arts Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Free and Open to the Public!


EVENT: Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada (04/15/14)

April 6th, 2014

Join us for a reading and conversation with the internationally renowned writer Yoko TawadaTawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, where she received a PhD in German literature, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German and has published several books—stories, novels, poems, plays, essays—in both languages. She has received numerous awards for her writing including the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture), the Tanizaki Prize, the Goethe Medal (an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany), and the prestigious Yomiurui Prize for Literature. New Directions has published her story collections Where Europe Begins (with a Preface by Wim Wenders) and Facing the Bridge, and her novel of Catherine Deneuve obsession, The Naked Eye, and a stand alone edition of her famous story, The Bridegroom Was a Dog.

This event will be moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott and Peter Schwartz. Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish. She has published numerous translations of novels, stories, and plays by Murakami Haruki, Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana, and others. Schwartz is Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature at Boston University. His interests include the Enlightenment (as historical event and unfinished process), European neoclassicism and modernism, American, French, Dutch and Japanese literature, early film and photography, the history of New York City, the critical work of the Frankfurt School, and the “science of culture” (Kulturwissenschaft) of the art historian Aby Warburg and his circle.

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This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University and the Japan Society Boston in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Boston and the literary journal AGNI.

Yoko Tawada and free jazz percussionist Paul Lovens come together for a rare performance of interacting verse and music with onomatopoeic elements at the Goethe Institute Boston on Wednesday, April 16. Texts will be read in German with projected English translations. No knowledge of German is necessary. [More info]


NEWS: Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series-Red Baraat: Bhangra, Funk, Dhol n’ Brass Band (04/14/14)

April 2nd, 2014

Boston University
BU Central (775 Commonwealth Ave)
George Sherman Union Basement

FREE to all BU members
with pre-concert talk by Shalini Ayyagari (American University)


Red Baraat is wild — and loud. It’s also a genre unto itself. The Brooklyn ensemble self-identifies as “dhol ‘n’ brass,” a hybrid of Indian bhangra, contemporary Indian dance music that mixes Punjabi folk beats with popular contemporary genres, and New Orleans brass band music. One of the best party bands around, Brooklyn-based 8-piece band Red Baarat plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India’s wedding celebrations with a dash of D.C. go-go beats, brass funk, and hip-hop. Red Baraat has performed at the White House, the flagship TED Conference in 2012, Google’s Mountain View Campus, and closed the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for nearly 200 dates a year. It’s here where the band does what it does best- communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.

Red Baraat will be joined on stage by BU’s own award-winning student bhangra group, BU Bhangra.

Live on NPR’s Tiny Desk, click here.


EVENT: ASIABU Boston Chinatown Tour (04/12/14)

March 27th, 2014

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You’ve passed by it at least a few times and perhaps have been to a restaurant or two there during your time in Boston. It ranks top three of its kind in U.S. and it’s the home of several Asian-American cultures in New England. Welcome to Boston Chinatown! Join us for a walking tour to explore the past, present and future of Chinatown by visiting various historical sites and hidden cultural gems in the neighborhood.

Professor Wing-Kai To, from Bridgewater State College will guide us and bring us back in time to learn how urban renewal affected Chinatown in the 1960’s and residents’ efforts in revitalizing the once vibrant community. The tour is aim to give you a better understanding on the history of Chinese immigration to the Boston area, which will help us better appreciate modern-day Chinatown.

• We will meet at 10:20 am in front of BU bookstore (Barnes & Noble) to depart to Chinatown via the Green line. You may also choose to meet up with us in front of the Boylston Station at 10:45am. The tour ends at around 12pm and we will treat ourselves with delicious Dim Sum lunch inside the Chinatown!

• The tour is FREE for BU community, but a reservation is required. Please email with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER before APR 5 to secure your spot.

• The capacity of the tour is limited, and spaces do run out fast. So email us today and prepare to enjoy an April afternoon in Chinatown!

Register here.