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Boston University in Belgium: A Workshop on Chinese-Western Cultural Relations in the Early Modern Era

August 7th, 2014 in Featured, News, Summer 2014.

Participants and guests at the Leuven Workshop A workshop jointly organized by Boston University and the University of Leuven on the history of Chinese-European relations was successfully held on May 26-27, 2014 in the historic university town of Leuven (Louvain), in Flanders, Belgium. The workshop was coordinated by Professor Eugenio Menegon (Department of History, and Director of the BU center for the Study of Asia, Boston University) and Professor Nicolas Standaert (Department of Chinese Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium). Supported by generous funding from the College of Arts and Sciences at BU, and the Department of Chinese Studies at KU Leuven, this gathering of scholars focused on the topic of “materiality” in the cultural exchange between China and Europe in the 17th and... More

EVENT IN REVIEW: BU Asian Studies Spring Reception (04/28/2014)

May 8th, 2014 in Event in Review, Events, Featured, Spring 2014.

The Boston University Asian Studies Spring Reception took place on Monday, April 28, 2014 in the beautiful BU Castle on Bay State Road. The reception warmly welcomed friends of the BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) at the conclusion of the semester, including Asian Studies faculty across BU, visiting scholars, board members of the student organization ASIABU, representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and students in the Asian Studies programs with outstanding achievements. The reception, as is tradition, was generously hosted by BUCSA supporter and BU alum Al Petras, Senior Vice President at Bank of America and Senior Service Delivery Manager Technology Consultant for China Construction Bank. BUCSA Director Eugenio Menegon highlighted the achievements BUCSA made over the past academic year, and proudly announced the publication... More

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

April 23rd, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Summer 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 ConnectionsThe 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... More

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

April 22nd, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Summer 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... More

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

April 15th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

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... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Taiwan Ministry of Education Short Term Research Grant

April 12th, 2014 in Fellowships, Graduate, Opportunities.

As the concept of the "global village" evolved, Asia has become a focal point in the 21st century. The ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) would like to encourage international students and scholars to undertake 2 to 6 months short term research activities in Taiwan. It also seeks to promote mutual understanding and academic cooperation between Taiwan and the international community. "The Ministry of Education Short Term Research Award" was established to provide financial assistance to those who are pursuing a Ph.D. degree or Post-Doctoral fellows, whose fields of studies are related to Taiwanese culture, social science, art or its related comparative research areas to conduct their research in Taiwan. The award includes: 1. A monthly research subsidy: NT$25,000 (equivalent of US$830)... More

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

April 10th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 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 Association, BUIC, Boston University Kazakh Student Union, BU 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... More

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

April 8th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

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 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Spring 2014.

Join us for a reading and conversation with the internationally renowned writer Yoko Tawada. Tawada 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... More

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

April 2nd, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Featured, News, Spring 2014.

Boston University BU Central (775 Commonwealth Ave) George Sherman Union Basement FREE to all BU members FEATURING DANCE PERFORMANCE BY BU BHANGRA with pre-concert talk by Shalini Ayyagari (American University) ABOUT RED BARAAT 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... More