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Watch the Asian Women Leaders Forum panel discussion

In case you were unable to attend, you can now watch the opening panel for the Asian Women Leaders Forum at Boston University. BUCSA Asian Women Leaders Forum panel Introductions from Catherine Yeh, Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, and Ann E. Cudd, Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences. Moderated by Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies. Panelists are feminist writer, publisher and social activist Urvashi Butalia of India, cultural anthropologist and social activist Haejoang Cho of South Korea, award winning artist, educator and community engagement designer Hiroko Kikuchi of Japan and writer, critic and former culture minister Lung Yingtai of Taiwan.

The Cultural Revolution and Cinema: An International Symposium

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:30am to 5:30pmLocation: Room S020, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MAMore information: http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/event/cultural-revolution-and-cinema-international-symposium?delta=0What was cultural about the Cultural Revolution, or was the decade only a cultural desert? Upon the fiftieth anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, this symposium considers the cinematic production and reception, practices and legacies of that tumultuous decade. The mass criticism of several “poisonous weed” films in the mid-1960s helped to launch the Cultural Revolution, and the 1970s saw the expansion of the film exhibition network and radical growth of film audiences. If film was the mass medium that reached the most number of people, were these people simply “brainwashed” by what they saw, or were there more alternative modes of reception? With... More

NEWS: Nine BU scholars in Seattle at Association for Asian Studies Meeting, March 31-April 3, 2016

Later this month, nine BU scholars and faculty members will head to Seattle to participate in the annual conference for the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).  Covering regions from East Asia, South Asia, to Southeast Asia and in areas such as anthropology to gender and sexuality to communications to business management, the AAS is aimed at bringing together academics and professionals knowledgeable about Asia's history and how the region is in modern day. Below is a list of the BU scholars and their panels. For a full program and description of the panels, please click here. China and Inner Asia PANEL: Chinese Christianity Revisited: The John Sung Papers and Chinese Evangelistic Materials - Sponsored by CEAL Committee on Chinese Materials "Class and Conversion: An... More

Asian Women Leaders Forum

      Urvashi Butalia (India) Urvashi Butalia co-founded Kali for Women in 1984 and in 2003, Zubaan. With over 35 years of experience in feminist and independent publishing, she has a formidable reputation in the industry in India and abroad. She also has a long involvement in the women’s movement in India, and is a well-known writer, both in academia and in the literary world. She has several works to her credit, key among which is her path-breaking study of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India which won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has also taught publishing for over 20 years and is on the advisory boards of a number of national and international organizations. She has received... More

POSTPONED: Lecture by Dr. Lung Yingtai, Former Minister of Culture of Taiwan, Celebrated Writer & Public Intellectual

Suspicion, Distrust, and Cultural Exchanges: China-Taiwan relation viewed from the creative industry perspective POSTPONED to Fall 2016 due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Boston University Lung Yingtai will join three other distinguished guests as the panelists for the Asian Women Leaders Forum at Boston University, April 8 - 9. Learn more and RSVP at the event page.      Lung Yingtai, former Minister of Culture, is also a celebrated writer, literary critic and public intellectual. Having written 30 books, Lung not only has a large number of devoted readers in her native Taiwan, but her works also have great influence in the Chinese-language world in Hong Kong, China, and North America. After receiving her doctorate in English Literature from Kansas State University, Lung Yingtai taught in several universities, including University of Heidelberg. More

NEWS: Professor Stephen Turnbull lectures on “The Real Samurai”

Scholar of samurai history Dr. Stephen Turnbull presented a talk on “The Real Samurai: The True Story Behind the Masks” to a packed audience of students and faculty at the Pardee School on January 26, 2016.    Dr. Turnbull wove a fascinating tale of the place of samurai in Japanese traditional society, accompanied by a rich series of images of samurai armor and artifacts produced over several centuries.  The talk ranged beyond traditional Japan to include both foreign ventures by samurai and the penetration of the bushido code of the samurai into the twentieth century.  Punctuated by humor and amusing anecdotes dispelling myths about both samurai and ninja, the presentation led to a lively round of questions and answers. Professor Turnbull traveled... More