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Thursday, January 17 | Forum: “China’s New Leadership and Why It Matters”
The Brookline-Xi’an China Exchange held its annual reunion and China Exchange forum with Professor Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University, and Professor Robert Ross, Boston College. The panel discussion included recent China Exchange Program alumni Anna Russo and Vikram Mahadevan, and was moderated by Dr. Gary Schiffman, Chair, Social Studies Department, BHS.
Thursday, January 24 | Lecture: “Hanging a Sheep’s Head and Selling Dog Meat: Religion and Governance in China”
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Department of Anthropology, and the Center for the Study of Asia present Robert Weller. Dr. Robert Weller came to CURA and the Department of Anthropology at Boston University in 1990. His work here has concentrated on China in comparative perspective, although his specific interests have been nearly as eclectic as the Institute’s—from a critical examination of the role of culture in East Asian business to the latest changes in Chinese religion. Dr. Weller’s current research focuses on two areas. The first is the possibility of an “alternate civility” in China, which might help promote political change without sharing all the features usually associated with civil society in Western scholarship. The second topic is the transformation in the way nature and the environment are viewed in the modern world, looking at both global cultural influences and at the development of indigenous concepts in new economic and social systems.
Wednesday, January 30 | Lecture: “East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF) Lecture”
Prof. Yangjin Pak (Department of Archaeology Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea) presented: “Contested Heritage: Archaeological Research and Issues of Ethnic Identity in NE China. Support for the EAAF Lecture Series is provided by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.
Monday, February 11 | Forum: “Visible + Invisible Users: Internet, Social Media + Youth in Global Perspective”
The objective of this meeting is to offer a cultural yet technically informed reading of youth internet interactions in a global context. These interactions are usually treated as either quantifiable and measurable phenomena, or analyzed for their contents, but with little consideration for the specific forms of sociability that… MORE | REVIEW
Wednesday, February 13 | Lecture: “To Rise or Not to Rise? China, India and the Search for Technology and Power with Andrew Kennedy”
China and India are often described as rising powers in the 21st century. Yet debate surrounds whether and how fast they are rising vis-a-vis the US, and nowhere is this debate more important or more complex than in the domain of high technology. This talk compared China and India’s technological ascents, with particular interest in information and communication technologies, and considers the implications for the evolving balance of power. Andrew Kennedy is senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. His research focuses on international politics in Asia, with particular interest in Chinese and Indian foreign policy. He is the author of The International Ambitions of Mao and Nehru: National Efficacy Beliefs and the Making of Foreign Policy (2012), and his writings have also appeared in International Security, The China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, The Washington Post, and The Japan Times. Andrew Kennedy received his PhD in 2007 from Harvard University’s Department of Government. He also holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Wednesday, February 13 | Film Screening: “The Borrower Arrietty”
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House screened The Borrower Arrietty – Yonebayashi Hiromasa’s film about Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, who lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts.
Thursday, February 14 | Lecture: “Beautiful Bodies, Prosperous Lives and Global Identities: The Rise of New Goddess Cults in Thailand”
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), Department of Anthropology, and the Center for the Study of Asia present Rachelle Scott, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Friday, February 15 | Lecture: “The Problems and Prospects of Local/Global Flows in a Bengali Village with Frank Korom”
The Anthropology Department’s Graduate Lunch series hosted Frank Korom. This informal, illustrated talk focused on recent developments in the “village of painters” that Korom has been studying since 2001. The focus was on recent developments that have occurred since his first book about the Patua scroll painters came out in 2006. Since then, a number of global interventions of significant proportions have affected the village on a variety of levels, not least of which have been economic in nature. Yet new-found wealth has also brought about tensions within the community. Korom concludes that the pleasures of modernity are equally fraught with the dangers of social fragmentation due to ongoing competition in the marketplace of culture. A light lunch was served.
Friday, February 15 |Tea Talk: “Pop Music and Counter-Culture in South Korea”
The Korean Wave (hallyu) has been sweeping across Asia and the world since the 1990s. Korean soap operas, variety shows, popular music and movies have enjoyed phenomenal success in neighboring countries such as Japan and China and are beginning to develop a wide following in the West. Last year’s “Gangnam Style”, a rap song parodying Korea’s nouveau riche, unexpectedly became a world-wide smash hit. Is Korean pop music representing or subverting mainstream Korean culture? ASIABU held a Tea Talk with Professor Yoon Sun Yang from the Modern Languages and Comparative Literature (MLCL) department on popular music and counterculture in South Korea. Prof. Yang presented on the topic and a Q&A session was held. The popular Korean food Kim Bop was served.
Saturday, February 16 | Excursion: “Chinatown Walking Tour and Dim Sum with ASIABU”
We have all visited Chinatown at some point in our college years. However, have you ever wondered about the history of the neighborhood beyond tasty Chinese food? This tour enabled students to explore the past, present and future of Chinatown by visiting various historical sites and hidden cultural gems in the neighborhood. ASIABU students learned about how urban renewal affected Chinatown in the 1960′s and what people have done to revitalize the once vibrant community. By end of the tour, students gained a better understanding of the history of Chinese immigration to the Boston area, which helped them better appreciate modern-day Chinatown.
Tuesday, February 19 | Lecture: “Walking on a Tightrope- Abenomics on the Half Way”
Mr. Kuwajima discussed the proposed economic policies of new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, popularly known as “Abenomics.” Abenomics comprises three pillars: more assertive monetary policies to end deflation and promote economic activity, short-term fiscal stimulus, and structural reforms to encourage more innovation. Mr. Kuwajima then reviewed the premises and latest developments in this regard, and presented his own analysis of Abe’s economic policies. Mr. Kuwajima is the Chief Financial Officer of Aoyama Shachu, a Japanese non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating the Japanese economy and society by promoting innovation. He previously worked for Mitsui Corporation and for the Japanese consulting firm Dream Incubator. He earned a BA in Economics from Tokyo University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Thursday, February 21 | EAAF Roundtable Lunch Discussion: “Following the Footprints: Current Issues in the Antiquities Trade, Looted Sites, and International Responses”
The East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF) held an informal roundtable lunch discussion. on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 12:15-1:30 pm. Ms. Tess Davis (School of Social and Political Sciences University of Glasgow, former Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Washington, D.C.) discussed: “Following the Footprints: Current Issues in the Antiquities Trade, Looted Sites, and International Responses.”
Thursday, February 21 | Film Screening + Director Talk: “Mother Calling: Kali in Karachi (2012, 46mn)”
Jürgen Schaflechner presented his documentary on the Devipujak-Vagris of Karachi, a small Hindu community that worships a Mother Goddess. To ensure the members well being, the community is obliged to sacrifice a minimum of one male goat to the Goddess on the festival of Navaratri, which occurs twice a year. Due to this bond the Mother speaks regularly to the community through the mouth of the Bhopa, the Vagri’s medium and ritual healer. In these weekly sessions, called “Hazri”, the community seeks guidance and the fulfillment of particular wishes. The documentary portrayed the communities’ daily life and focuses on their desire to return home.
Monday, February 25 | Lecture: “Financial Recorm: The View from East Asia”
Since 2008, there have been enormous changes in financial regulation and supervision in the United States and Europe, as well as significant new standard-setting and rule-making at the global level through the G-20, Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee, International Association of Insurance Supervisors, etc. Much of this has been focused on increasing restrictions on financial institutions, in the form of capital adequacy, liquidity coverage, and limitations on business conduct. The actions of East Asian authorities have contrasted with the angst-driven policy-making of the United States and Europe. In Japan, regulation and supervision have seen few substantive changes, while Chinese authorities have by and large continued to pursue a path of measured liberalization. This presentation provided an overview and tentative explanations of regulatory trends in the two countries. The presentation was led by William W. Grimes, Department Chair of International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University.
Wednesday, February 27 | Film Screening: “Departures”
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presented Departures – Yojiro Takita’s film portraying Daigo Kobyashi decision to start over and moves back to his small hometown when his orchestra disbands. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.
Wednesday, February 27 | 100,000 Strong Discussions at Boston University
The Center for the Study of Asia hosted discussions about expanding the number of American students studying in China on February 27, 2013, at the Boston University Castle. BUCSA Director Eugenio Menegon welcomed those attending to participate in two discussion sessions.
Thursday, February 28 | Film Screening: “Rafting to Bombay”
The Center for the Study of Asia screened Rafting to Bombay – Irez Laufer’s moving film about his father’s return to his childhood home in India, where his family found refuge after escaping from Nazi-occupied Poland. The screening took place as part of Boston’s South Asian Film Festival with sponsorship from the South Asian Arts Council and the Consul General of Israel in Boston. The film was introduced by Abhisheka, Head of the Hindi-Urdu Language Program at Boston University.
Thursday, February 28 | The Politics of Halal in Not-So-Halal Malaysian Politics: A Commentary
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs presents Shamsul A.B., Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The lecture will discuss the politics of halal in not-so-halal Malaysian politics. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture.
Friday, March 1 | Japanese English Lunch Exchange
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.
Monday, March 4 | Empathy, Freedom, Saying No: An Indian Perspective on Palestine
Boston University Department of Religion Presents its 17th Annual Lecture: “Empathy, Freedom, Saying No: An Indian Perspective on Palestine” by David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the course of the last twelve years David Shulman has been active on the peace front in the south Hebron hills on the occupied West Bank. He has encountered raw forms of human wickedness as well as striking forms of empathic kindness. Dr. Shulman will use such first-hand experiences to probe the meaning of empathy in the light of ethical voices from Indian traditions, including those that have inspired Gandhian-style non-violent protest in Palestine. For more information contact Wendy at 617.353.2635
Monday, March 4 | Film Screening + Director Talk: Arjun & Alison
The Center for the Study of Europe is thrilled to welcome Sid Sharma for the US premier of Arjun & Alison. A revenge thriller written by Andy Conway, directed by Sid Sharma. Bad place, bad time, bad blood … When their best friend is the victim of a racist murder on a Birmingham campus, Alison, a feisty American student, and Arjun, an Indian who obsessively films everything, plot their revenge on Gordon, the rising star of the university’s controversial “English Society.” Arjun & Alison is a gritty new revenge thriller that tackles racism on all sides and takes no prisoners. Co-sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University.
Tuesday, March 5th | Imperial Circulations: Ideologies of Empire and Diplomatic Practices between Asia and Europe
From the BOSTON UNIVERSITY COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF THE PREMODERN WORLD WORKSHOP: Courts as Contact Zones Series “Imperial Circulations: Ideologies of Empire and Diplomatic Practices between Asia and Europe.” Presentations by Mark Elliott, Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Culture, Harvard University (“Conceptualizing Empire: Qing China and European notions of imperium, 17th- 18th centuries”) and Gregory Afinogenov, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University (“The Ambassador and his Audience: Performance and Knowledge in Early Modern Russian Diplomacy”).
Tuesday, March 5th | Does God Speak Tamil or Sanskrit? On the Infancy of a Tamil Goddess
The Boston University Program in Scripture & the Arts presents: David Shulman Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Many languages claim to be God’s most intimate and natural medium of communication. In southern India this theme involves the relations between Sanskrit and Tamil, two languages that are often seen as hostile entities by Tamil nationalists. However, in pre-modern south India they were bound together in a complex and complimentary relationship. Dr. Shulman will explore the Tamil-Sanskrit interface as seen in a seventeenth-century text by the great poet Kumarakuruparar on the infancy of the goddess Minaksi. Each verse of this poem projects a strong vision of the Tamil language itself as a living, thinking, feeling goddess. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 6 | Global Judaism in Focus: Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews
Join cultural anthropologist Alanna E. Cooper, who will discuss her new book, “Bukharan Jews and the Dynamic of Global Judaism”. Dr. Cooper, who received her doctorate from BU’s anthropology department, will share stories from her work among Bukharan Jews in Central Asia, Israel and New York. She offers an intimate portrayal of their Jewish experience, alongside a wide-angle lens on the maintenance of Jewish identity across the far reaches of the globe. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments to follow. Co-sponsored by The Other Within, The Boston University Anthropology Department, and the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University. For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Sarah Leventer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 11 | Global Education Massachusetts presents Kiran Bir Sethi
GEM (Global Education Massachusetts) is very excited to have Kiran Bir Sethi as its featured presenter at the meeting on March 11, 2013. Kiran is the founder of Design for Change, the largest global service learning movement designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. She is also the founder-director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, a highly successful school that puts her Design for Change framework into action. For more information regarding both of Kiran’s initiatives, please take a moment and view her fascinating TED talk. There is no charge for the meeting, but space is limited, so if planning to attend, please indicate by email to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 11 | Film Screening: Planet of Snail
The DocYard, Boston’s premiere bi-weekly film/discussion series is back for its 2013 Winter Season, with in-person Q&As with filmmakers and the best of nonfiction film screening at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Its subjects are a couple, Young-Chan, who is deaf and blind, relying on his tactile senses, and his wife, Soon-Ho. They are an inseparable part of each others’ lives and this is a minutely-observed and award-winning documentary and love story. Post-Screening Skype Q&A with Filmmaker Seung-Jun Yi For more information: www.thedocyard.com
Tuesday, March 19 | Formal Chinese Writing Workshop
You’ve studied Chinese for a couple years now. You can order dumplings and bubble tea like a pro. But, do you know how to phrase a polite thank you letter or new year’s greeting to your teacher or boss? Attend ASIABU’s Formal Chinese Writing Workshop, where Zong Zhang will teach you the elements of formal Chinese writing. Learning formal Chinese can help you in your academic and professional career. Your Chinese teachers, friends, business partners and other contacts will be amazed at your impeccable Chinese writing skills! Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, March 20 | Film Screening: Ponyo
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presents Ponyo – Miyazaki Hayao returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish — she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children.
Tuesday, March 26 | Symbolism and Restlessness: China’s Gay Community Searches for a Place in Law and Society
Join us for a talk by John C. Balzano, Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Law, on gay rights in China. Gay rights advocates in China have recently begun to seek additional legal protections for the LGBT community and to raise awareness and create more acceptance in Chinese society. The degree of success on certain issues has varied, but there have not been many gay rights milestones in recent years. This talk will explore the reasons behind this, as well as the smaller steps forward and promising trends.
Thursday, March 28 | An International Perspective on the Fight against Human Trafficking
Join us for a panel discussion with Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows speakers: Dr. Veerendra Mishra (India), a senior police officer and Assistant Inspector General of the Crime Investigation Department for the Madhya Pradesh State Police. Dr. Zohir Navjuvonov (Tajikistan) works as a National Program Coordinator at the International Organization for Migration in Tajikistan. Dr. Hari Paudel (Nepal) is the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in the Government of Nepal. Sponsored by Boston University’s Center for the Study of Asia, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, The Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, and the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public. Email email@example.com for more information.
Friday, March 29 | The East Asian Archaeology Forum presents: Traces of Japanese colonial landscapes
Jeff Chieh-fu Cheng (Department of Archaeology, Boston University) will present: Traces of Japanese colonial landscapes: Historical archaeology along the Pattonkan Trail 八通關古道 in central Taiwan” Support for the EAAF Lecture Series is provided by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.
Saturday, March 30 | Lecture on Historical Writing of France in Late-Qing Shanghai to Revisit East Asian Modernity
The New England Association of Chinese Professional has invited Dr. W.T. Lu from the Department of Chinese Literature, National Central University, one of our TUSA scholars at Harvard to give a talk on 3/30 2PM at Harvard. Her topic will be: On Historical Writing of France in Late-Qing Shanghai to Revisit East Asian Modernity ( the talk will be in Chinese). The study will focus on Wang Tao’s (1828-1897) historical writings of French during the late 19th century to revisit an aspect of East Asian Modernity. The discussion will focus on the four main issues: the intellectual community in Maijiaquan (Medhurst Circle, center around London Missionary Society Mission Press in the British Concession of Shanghai); the formation and transformation of French iconography in the late Qing Dynasty; the communication and responses between Sino-Japanese intellectual community; the cross-cultural interpretation in the late 19th century. The speaker hope that Wang’s writings offer an entry point to probe into other Sino-Japanese intellectuals’ different developmental processes in mapping out a world picture when they face the dynamic changes. This complicated yet multiple cross-cultural interpretation and translation phenomena is key to rethink East Asian Modernity in late 19th Century.
Wednesday, April 3 | A lecture by Professor Akio Takahara Tokyo University
China and Japan have new leaders, but their bilateral relations are at a delicate and difficult state. Join us for a lecture by Akio Takahara of Tokyo University. Takahara is a leading specialist on Japan on the China-Japan relations and a professor of contemporary Chinese politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo. His research interests include contemporary Chinese politics and its diplomacy. His publications include The Politics of Wage Policy in Post-Revolutionary China (1992), and “A Japanese Perspective on China’s Rise and the East Asian Order,” in Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng (eds), China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (2008).
Wednesday, April 3 | Music, Media, and the Creative Destruction of Japanoise
Join us for a lecture by David Novak, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Santa Barbara. Sonic YouthNoise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise has captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience. For its scattered listeners, Noise always seems to be new and to come from somewhere else: in North America, it was called “Japanoise.” But does Noise really belong to Japan? Is it even music at all? And why has Noise become such a compelling metaphor for the complexities of globalization and participatory media at the turn of the millennium? In Japanoise, David Novak draws on more than a decade of research in Japan and the United States to trace the “cultural feedback” that generates and sustains Noise. He provides a rich ethnographic account of live performances, the circulation of recordings, and the lives and creative practices of musicians and listeners. He explores the technologies of Noise and the productive distortions of its networks. Capturing the textures of feedback—its sonic and cultural layers and vibrations—Novak describes musical circulation through sound and listening, recording and performance, international exchange, and the social interpretations of media. Co-sponsored by BUCSA, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology.
Wednesday, April 3 | LiNK at Boston University presents Danny’s Story
LiNK at Boston University presents Danny’s Story. Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness on North Korean human rights violations and relocating North Korean refugees to the US and South Korea. LiNK will screen a new documentary chronicling the life of a North Korean refugee who has started a new life in the US, gained citizenship, and recently voted in the past presidential election. We will also be holding a question and answer session with representatives from LiNK Headquarters and announcing upcoming events. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 3 | Film Screening: Dreams
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presents Dreams- Akira Kurosawa’s film, showing a 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams of the film’s director, Akira Kurosawa at different stages of his life. The film is more imagery than dialogue.
Wednesday, April 3-6, 10 | Film Screening: HIGH TECH, LOW TECH
HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China¹s first citizen reporters as they travel the country – chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these formerly average citizens develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China¹s new social media landscape and evolving censorship regulations – All while avoiding the risk of political persecution. 88 min | USA/China | 2012 Directed by Stephen Maing http://hightechlowlifefilm.com/
Friday, April 5-7 | Lu Xun and East Asia – an International Conference
East Asia, as both a geopolitical and geopoetic domain, constituted a crucial part of Lu Xun’s engagement with China and the world. The issues that he confronted during his lifetime – such as national character and sovereignty, literature and cultural hegemony, the politics of body and spectrality, modernity and its disavowal – resonated beyond the political borders of the People’s Republic of China and to this day remain key concerns throughout the region. Yet, the extant paradigm of Lu Xun studies in China and the Sinological world tends to overlook this expansiveness in a way that recapitulates the very “Obsession with China” that Lu Xun sought to critique throughout his career. Thus, presenters at this conference will offer new scholarly perspectives that critique prevailing trends in Lu Xun Studies, explore possibilities for reading Lu Xun in a dialogical light, and uncover new grounds for fruitful comparison of Lu Xun and his oeuvre with writers and literary works from East Asia and beyond. By problematizing the dominant critical perspective and adopting instead the lens of contemporary East Asia, this conference aims to reposition Lu Xun as a key interface of transnational literary and cultural studies and to radically rethink the legacy of China’s leading author of modern literature. Conference held in conjunction with the 3rd Academy Forum of the International Society for Lu Xun Studies (ISLS)
Friday, April 5 | Film Screening: Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no sôretsu)
Directed by Toshio Matsumoto. With Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Toyosaburo Uchiyama Japan 1969, 35mm, b/w, 105 min. Japanese with English subtitles A carnivalesque melding of documentary verité and avant-garde psychedelia, Funeral Parade of Roses offers a shocking and ecstatic journey through the nocturnal underworld of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, following the strange misadventures of a rebellious drag queen fending off his/her rivals. Often cited as a major inspiration for Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Matsumoto’s breakthrough film is a visually audacious and lyrically abstract testament to the vertiginous daring of the postwar Japanese avant-garde art and film scenes. Matsumoto orchestrates a series of quite astonishing visual set pieces, including actual performances by the influential Fluxus-inspired street theater groups, the Zero Jigen and Genpei Akasegawa. Print from the HFA collection.
Friday, April 5 | Film Screening: Dear Summer Sister (Natsu No Imoto)
Directed by Nigisa Oshima. With Hosei Komatsu, Hiromi Kurita, Akiko Koyama Japan 1972, 35mm, color, 95 min. Japanese with English subtitles On the occasion of Okinawa’s release from American control, Oshima offered this poetic and wonderfully unpredictable exploration of the island and its inhabitants as a distorting mirror of Japan’s complex and tumultuous modern history. Loosely following a spirited young Tokyo woman’s travels through Okinawa in search of the half-brother she has never met, Dear Summer Sister leads us through a series of mysterious vignettes about the girl’s extended family and new found Okinawan acquaintances, each of whom hold sharply different opinions about the island’s history and future.
Saturday, April 6 | MIT Japanese Speech Contest (Boston Area Japanese Speech Event)
Ismael Rasa (LJ304) and Cheyanne Sinclair (LJ304) will be giving their speech. Their titles in Japanese are: 「ステレオタイプ世界との付き合い方」(Ismael) 「演歌に魅（み）せられて」(Cheyanne)
Saturday, April 6 | Asian Food Festival
Travel the world without leaving BU’s campus! Several Asia-related clubs at BU have joined together to present the Asian Food Festival, hosted by the Asian Studies Initiative at BU. A variety of dishes will be offered, representing the cuisines of Vietnam, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Iran, and Kazakhstan. Fill up your “passport” (will be provided at the event) while learning about the history and culture of different parts of Asia. Hear about upcoming Asia related academic, cultural, and professional events on campus. FREE OF CHARGE – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
Saturday, April 6 | Film Screening: Silence Has No Wings (Tobenai chinmoku)
Directed by Kazuo Kuroki. With Mariko Kaga, Minoru Hiranaka, Shoichi Ozawa Japan 1966, 16mm, b/w, 100 min. Japanese with English subtitles In sharp contrast to the psychosexually extreme cinema most often associated with the ATG avant-garde is Kuroku Kazuo’s profoundly lyrical and unclassifiable Silence Has No Wings, in which a young boy’s search for an elusive butterfly opens up to an allegorical meditation on the atomic bomb, the Cold War and the dark shadow of Japan’s militarized nationalism. A rare example of true film poetry, Silence Has No Wings sustains its hypnotic rhythm through the delirious beauty and haunting power of its imagery and the floating specter of the ethereal butterfly-woman played by Mariko Kaga. Originally produced by Toho, the studio shelved Kazuo’s film out of fear of controversy yet allowed it to be distributed by ATG, giving way to its quick recognition as an astute yet under-spoken work of sharp political protest.
Saturday, April 6 | Film Screening: The Human Bullet (Nikudan)
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto. With Minori Terada, Naoko Otani, Yunosuke Ito Japan 1968, 35mm, b/w, 117 min. Japanese with English subtitles Best known in the US for his dark and violent gangster and “anti-samurai” films of the 1960s, Kihachi Okamoto is equally renown for his celebrated and popular war films which drew directly from his own negative experience as a soldier during WWII. After directing Toho’s commercially successful star-studded war epic Japan’s Longest Day, Okamoto turned to ATG to explore a decidedly more idiosyncratic and personal vision of World War II, adapting the perspective of the individual rather than abstractly idolized soldier. A portrait of a hapless kamikaze submarine bomber floating in wait for his first and final assignment, Human Bullet uses an energetic flashback structure to inject unexpected humor into the film, recalling the soldier’s youth and comic misadventures in first love. Okamoto’s irreverence and rough love for the ill-fated soldier gives way to a bracing and poignantly unofficial history of the war.
Sunday, April 7-10 | BU at the National Chinese Language Conference
From April 7-9 2013, the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), which is “dedicated to encouraging dialogue in the field of Chinese language education and ensuring wide-scale success,” had their 6th annual conference in Boston.
Sunday, April 7 | Film Screening: Lost Lovers (Arakajime Uchinawareta Koibito-tachi yo)
Directed by Soichiro Tahara and Kunio Shimizu. With Renji Ishibashi, Kaori Momoi, Tenmei Kano Japan 1971, 35mm, b/w, 122 min. Japanese with English subtitles A poetic and vivid evocation of defeated youth looking back at Japan’s extinguished student protest movement and lost revolution, Lost Lovers is a stylistically innovative and unusual art film that anticipates the drifting, melancholy cinema of Shinji Aoyama and Tomita Katsuya. Lost Lovers follows the picaresque adventures of an indelible anti-hero crowned with the bittersweet aura of faded glory, a former champion pole vaulter turned drifter whose aimless path leads him to Japan’s remote North and into the company of a young deaf-dumb couple who calm the ex-athlete’s restless anger and teach him a new intuitive relationship with the world. The debut film of documentarian Tahara Soichiro and playwright Shimizu Konio, Lost Lovers intermixes verité style and theatrical performance to inject a spirited yet thoughtful restlessness to the film’s gently comic yet deeply poignant rendering of vulnerable dreamers.
Monday, April 8 | East Meets West In Poetics
Reading, reception and Q&A with acclaimed poets: Affa Michael Weaver and Eleanor Goodman. This event is given in tribute to Dr. Jim Reed, Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fullbright Association. Free and open to the public.
Monday, April 8 | The “Korean Diaspora Project” at Boston University: Presenting Our Research and Website
Join project director Dana Robert, Director, BU Center for Global Christianity and Mission, and researchers – Hye Jin Lee, Daewon Moon, and Douglas D. Tzan, PhD candidates in BU’s School of Theology – for a presentation of the first phase in a multi-year research project of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University and East Rock Institute on the history of the Korean Diaspora in Boston from 1950 to 1964. In those years, a small but influential number of Korean intellectuals made their home in the Boston area, drawn as students to the region’s numerous colleges and universities, including Boston University. These Korean intellectuals lived through a time of great change both in the United States and Korea, when both countries emerged to new positions in the world and struggled with internal conflicts that reflected their changed geopolitical roles. Event co-sponsored by Center for Global Christianity and Mission, BU Center for the Study of Asia, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures (chair in Korean Literature), and Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Monday, April 8 | Film Screening: Human (Ningen)
Directed by Kaneto Shindo. With Taiji Tonoyama, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Sato Japan 1962, 35mm, b/w, 117 min. Japanese with English subtitles Veteran filmmaker Kaneto Shindo’s sole ATG credit is a stark, at times harrowing, and dynamically stylized variation on the theme of human endurance so central to his long career. Shindo uses the gripping story of four men stranded on a small fishing boat far out in the Pacific Ocean in order to strip his declared human subject down to its most elemental, chronicling their intense struggle against the frightening, blinding power of hunger, despair and religious belief. The expanded canvas of Human’s black-and-white widescreen cinematography masterfully evokes the ocean’s vast and terrifying indifference and the gnawing tedium that pushes the men towards unthinkable acts.
Tuesday, April 9 | Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus Concert
Traditional Hymn: For Those We Love within the Veil; Paul Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. Itoh (Henstock) sensei will be singing as a member of BU Symphonic Chorus.
Tuesday, April 9 | Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus Concert
Traditional Hymn: For Those We Love within the Veil; Paul Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. Itoh (Henstock) sensei will be singing as a member of BU Symphonic Chorus.
Thursday, April 11 | Growth and Governance: Lessons from India and China
The East Asian Studies Program, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Asia, present Atul Kohli, David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at Boston University. The speakers will address the following questions: How do political regimes influence development? How does economic growth challenge political governance? In India and China, economic liberalization since 1980 has created some of the fastest growth stories in the developing world. Both countries, however, are facing political and social crises that challenge the sustainability of growth and the states’ capacity to govern the nations. What are these crises? What are the root causes? How can the rulers of the countries deal with these crises? Please email email@example.com to register.
Thursday, April 11 | Misora Hibari and the Popular Music of Cold War Japan: Mimesis, Alterity, Cosmopolitanism
Join us for a lecture by Michael Bourdaghs, Professor in Modern Japanese Literature at the University of Chicago. Misora Hibari (1937-1989) was Cold War Japan’s most important and influential popular singer. In his book Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop (2012), Michael Bourdaghs explored Hibari’s performances as negotiations of the complex interrelationship between the “mimesis” (“imitation”) of American pop music and various icons of Japanese cultural authenticity. In this lecture, Bourdaghs will revisit and rethink this argument in relation to Michael Taussig’s influential theories of mimesis, exploring in particular the significance of the cosmopolitanism evident in many of Hibari’s recordings from the 1950s and 60s. Michael Bourdaghs teaches modern Japanese literature, intellectual history, popular music, and literary and critical theory at the University of the Chicago. He is the author of Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical History of J-Pop (Columbia University Press, 2012) and of The Dawn that Never Comes: Shimazaki Tōson and Japanese Nationalism (2003). He has also edited several books, most recently The Linguistic Turn in Contemporary Japanese Literary Studies: Textuality, Language, Politics. (University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies (2010). Co-sponsored by BUCSA and BU Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures.
Friday, April 12 | Starr Forum: On the Rocks, China and Japan in the East China Sea
Speakers: Mike Mochizuki, George Washington University; Charles Glaser, George Washington University; Taylor Fravel, Political Science and Security Studies Program, MIT; Yukio Okamoto, Wilhelm Fellow, MIT Center for International Studies; Liu Weimin,Minister Counselor, Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. Moderator: Richard Samuels, Political Science and Center for International Studies, MIT This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Saturday, April 13 | Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods: Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan
Professor Menegon will lead us on a tour of the McMullen Museum at Boston College, located just outside Boston. The current special exhibit, entitled “Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods: Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan”, discusses the economic and religious exchange between Portuguese Jesuit missionaries/traders and Japan in the 17th century. This event is free of charge, but registration is required: Please e-mail your name and phone number to email@example.com if interested in attending.
Tuesday, April 16 | The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston invites you to attend a seminar on Taiwan’s relations with the US and Mainland China
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO-Boston) is pleased to invite you to attend a seminar on Taiwan’s relations with the United States and Mainland China. During the seminar, we will play a video conference between President Ma Ying-jeou, Republic of China (Taiwan), and Stanford University prerecorded on April 15 at 21:00 (EST) followed by a live panel discussion and Question & Answer session. The panelists include: Dr. William Grimes,Chair, Department of International Relations, Boston University, Boston MA Dr. Ronald Suleski, Director, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, Suffolk University, Boston MA Dr. Julian Chang, Executive Director, Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MA Mr. Bill Clifford, President & CEO, WorldBoston, Boston MA A light lunch will be provided. Please kindly RSVP to Rita Chen at617-259-1351 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org at your convenience. K&L Gates LLP is conveniently accessible by public transit: South Station/Downtown Crossing (Red Line), Boylston (Green Line) and Downtown Crossing (Orange Line). Parking is available for a fee in the State Street Financial Center garage.
Wednesday, April 17 | Film Screening: Kiki’s Delivery Service
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presents Kiki’s Delivery Service – Miyazaki Hayao’s film about Young Kiki and her cat learning to fly and set up a delivery service in a faraway city; a famous anime adventure.
Friday, April 19 | Courts as Contact Zones’ Series: Court and Exile: The Poetry of Ovid and Yu Xin
Join us for a lecture by Alexander Beecroft, Associate Professor in Classics and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina. The poets Ovid (43 BC-AD 17) and Yu Xin (AD 513-81) are both famous for the fact that each ended their lives in exile – Ovid as a result, he tells us, of carmen et error (“a song and a mistake”); that is, for his implication in the political and sexual scandals of Augustan Rome; Yu Xin, because he was sent on a diplomatic mission to the North by a Southern dynasty in Six Dynasties China, and was never allowed to return. The best-known poetry of each is only loosely connected to their exile: Ovid is most familiar for the erotic and epic poems he wrote prior to his exile, while the single most famous poem of Yu Xin, the Ai Jiangnan Fu (“Lament for the Land South of the River”) reflects on the fall of a southern dynasty and deals only briefly with events after his own exile. Both poets, then, construct personas as court poets, who are driven from the center to the periphery as a result of events beyond their control, and in general their representations of exile suggest that it is the precise opposite of life at court. And yet, fascinatingly, both poets write, during their exile, poetry targeted at other courts. A great deal of Yu Xin’s surviving corpus are poems directed at the Northern Zhou regime in which he lived his final decades. Less extensively, Ovid composes poems to Cotys, King of Thrace, and discusses the (quite possibly imaginary) project of writing poetry in the Getic language. Both poets, then, transfer the tropes of court poetry to a new court context, targeting both that audience and a (real or imagined) audience at home in Rome or Jiankang. Beecroft will explore the intriguing strategies by which each poet manages this delicate balance.
Friday, April 19 | Omatsuri
Japanese Student Association presents its biggest event of the year, the 8th annual OMATSURI spring festival. This year we’re bringing you our version of the traditional Japanese folklore called Momotar?, or if you directly translate it, Peach Boy Tar?. Along with the skit, we have a Taiko Drum performance, a fashion show, and few dance scenes lined up. And of course, what is a festival without food and games?! We are going to have some fun-filled games and traditional Japanese dishes, along with a raffle where you can win some legit prizes that you don’t want to miss! Tickets will be sold via Eventbrite ONLY! The Eventbrite link will be posted to the Facebook Event page as soon as it is set up, so please attend “going” to receive more information.
Saturday, April 20 | Ginkgo Fest: A Celebration of Ginkgo Biloba
Join three world renowned ginkgo experts for a celebration of all things ginkgo. The day will include lectures, a tour of the Arboretum’s Ginkgo biloba collection, and lunch with a variety of ginkgo nut dishes. Ginkgo artifacts and illustrations from the Harvard Libraries and collected paraphernalia will also be on display. So don your best ginkgo outfit (we know you have at least one article of clothing with a ginkgo leaf on it) and immerse yourself in the history and biology of this relict species. Speakers: Peter Crane, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale University William “Ned” Friedman, Director, Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum and Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Fee: $75 Arboretum member, $100 nonmember (Fee includes lunch. Reduced rates available for full-time undergraduates.) Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu This program is offered in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival. See more CSI events at cambridgesciencefestival.org Directions: http://arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/weld-hill-directions/
Tuesday, April 16 | Reception, Talk, Book Signing and Dinner with Dr. Toshi Yoshihara
Dr. Toshi Yoshihara of the US Naval War College will speak on The Future of Maritime Security in the Pacific, buffet dinner and book signing for Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S Maritime Strategy; a collaborative event with World Boston and the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia. To RSVP, please register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7816qj4e3c16690&oseq=&c=&ch=
Monday, April 22 | BUCSA Annual Spring Reception
Please join us for our annual Spring Reception, a once-a-year opportunity to meet colleagues, celebrate faculty publications and student achievements, and learn about potential and planned activities at BUCSA. Don’t miss it! This event will feature wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages, Asian hors d’oeuvre, pastries, and live music. Open to BU affiliates (students, faculty, staff, visiting researchers) and others by invitation. Please RSVP to email@example.com or 617-358-6915 by Thursday, April 18.
Tuesday, April 23 | Nepal at a Crossroads: Peace or Armed Conflict?
Join Amnesty International at Boston University for a special event with featured speakers Jitman Basnet, human rights lawyer and journalist, and Katherine Hughes- Fraitekh, Executive Director of Peace Brigades International USA. Basnet survived kidnapping and torture at the hands of Maoists and Nepal Army for his human rights activism. With the protection of PBI and international support, he continued to work for justice in Nepal even under threat. Learn about the methods, strategies, and tactics used to protect human rights activists in conflict zones around the world, and get a general overview of the work of PBI and Amnesty International. More information can be found on the PBI website: http://www.peacebrigades.org/ If you are driving and would like a complimentary parking pass, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 22.
Wednesday, April 24 | BU around the World: A Workshop for Graduating International Students
BU Alumni Relations, Career Services, and ISSO have teamed up to bring you “BU Around the World.” Join this workshop for international graduating students to understand the many benefits of being a BU alumnus/a. Learn more about the transition to professional employment, graduate school, building a professional network, and other career development tools. Get the inside scoop from international alumni, take part in a Q & A, and break out into smaller groups. discussions. $5 (The registration fee includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres) Questions/Comments/Concerns: Contact Kati Reusche, email@example.com.
Thursday, April 25 | Islamic Studies Faculty Seminar: “Tamil Sufism and its American Manifestation”
The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program invites you to a seminar with Dr. Frank Korom. Frank J. Korom is Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Boston University. Professor Korom’s talk will focus on the Tamil Sufi Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, whose origins are in south India but who came to the United States in the early 1970s from Sri Lanka, where he had been ministering since the late 1940s. By conveying the enigmatic life story of Bawa, focusing on his charisma and miraculous deeds, Prof. Korom suggests that Bawa was not an isolated oddity but rather a central exponent of what he calls “Dravidian” Sufism, which has its own internal logic drawing on a literary tradition more than a thousand years old. Although some aspects of his style of teaching resemble those of his counterparts in north India and elsewhere in the Sufi world (such as Southeast Asia), there are certain elements that are very distinctly Dravidian in nature.
Friday, April 26 | 2013 Hugo Shong Journalist of the year award ceremony for reporting on Asia
Boston University College of Communication awards 2013 Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year for Reporting on Asia to the Wall Street Journal’s Jeremy Page. Mr. Page, who has been covering China intermittently since 1997, joined The Wall Street Journal in 2010. Since then he has covered foreign relations, the military and Chinese domestic politics—most notably the Bo Xilai scandal and China’s leadership transition in 2012. To RSVP for luncheon attendance, please contact Ms. Lisa Cohen, Office the Dean, College of Communication: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 26 | Career Information Session: Japanese Companies
Are you interested in working for Japanese companies? TOP-New York, a Japanese recruiting company, is coming to Boston to host an individual Career Information Session. They will meet with individual students and conduct career consultations so that YOU can ask any questions that you have regarding working for the Japanese companies! They will provide useful career information about the Japanese industry job market, trends and more! In order to sign up and set your appointment, please contact Ms. Endo (Top-NY) at her office 212-983-0055 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 30 | EAAF Lecture: “Save Them, Share Them: The Conservation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage in China”
Please join us for an upcoming East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF) Lecture. Ms. Lynn BU (College of History and Culture, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China) will present: “Save Them, Share Them : The Conservation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage in China.”
Wednesday, May 1 | Film Screening: Tokyo Sonata
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presents Tokyo Sonata -Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film about an ordinary Japanese family who slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.
Friday, May 10 | BU-India Symposium
Consider that India, with 50% of its 1.2 billion people under 25 years of age, is estimated to be one of the youngest populations by 2020, where the average age will be 29 years compared with 37.5 in the US and China, 42 in Europe and 48 in Japan. India is also projected to be the fastest-growing economy among G20 countries between now and 2050. Based on internal economic measures, India already has 50 million people who have entered the middle class, which is expected to grow to 500 million by 2025. At that point, India will have the world’s largest English-speaking middle class seeking higher education.
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Wednesday, January 25 | Musicology and Ethnomusicology Lecture Series: “The Nexus of Music, Politics, and Identity in the Music of Japanese-American Issei”
A lecture by Susan Asei, Associate Professor of Asian Music at Northeastern University. Ansei’s interests are in Asian American music, particularly issues of music and identity, and Japanese folk performing arts.
Friday, January 27 | Workshop: “Global Education Strategies: US-China School Exchanges”
This workshop – sponsored by BUCSA in cooperation with Primary Source, a nonprofit that prepares teachers in global education; the China Exchange Initiative, an organization which facilitates secondary school exchange programs with China; and the Brookline (MA) China Exchange Committee – addressed the need for initiating more opportunities for pre-college exchanges with China, and for analysis of existing secondary and middle school exchanges.
Keynote speeches were given by Benjamin Liebman, Director of Columbia University’s Center for Chinese Legal Studies, and Kimberly McClure, Deputy Director of the “100,000 Strong Initiative,” U.S. Department of State. Liebman spoke about the reasons why secondary exchange programs with China are important, based on his experience traveling to China in 1986 with the first group of Newton, Massachusetts, high school students to attend the Beijing Jingshan School for a semester. McClure focussed on the “100,000 Strong Initiative”, a national effort to increase the number and diversity of American students studying in China with the goal of preparing the next generation of American experts on China, who will engage in what is arguably our nation’s most important and complex strategic relationship.
Panel discussions, featuring both educators and policy makers, centered around three topics: “Case Studies of U.S.-China School Partnerships,” “How to Build and Administer a U.S.-China School Exchange Program,” and “Benefits of U.S.- China Educational Exchange.”
Friday, January 27 | Lecture: “How Poetry Mattered in 1920s Korea” by Dr. Wayne de Femery
1st in a series of lectures by candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
Monday, January 30 | Lecture: “Nation and Gender in Modern Korean Literature: Focusing on Representations of Women in Tears of Blood (1906) and A Dream of Long Suffering (1913)” by Dr. Jooyeon Rhee
2nd in a series of lectures by candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
Friday, February 3 | Lecture: “Rationalizing the Strange: Historical Method versus Literary Strategy of the Samguk yusa” by Dr. Grace Koh
3rd in a series of lectures by candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
Monday, February 6 | Japanese Film Series: “Grave of the Fireflies”
In post-war Japan, just weeks before the American occupation, an act of magic resurrects a young derelict, transporting him and his little sister back to wartime and their wanderings through the countryside in search of safety and peace. Animated. Director: Takahata, Isao.
Monday, February 6 | Lecture: “Gender and the Rise of Modern Korean Fiction: Yi Injik’s Tears of Blood (1906) and Peony Hill (1913)” by Dr. Yoon Sun Yang
Last in a series of lectures by candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
Friday, February 10 | Chinese New Year Festival
The BU Chinese Student and Scholar Association celebrated the year of the Dragon with a Chinese lantern display, a food court, and a mini stage performance. In cooperation with BUCSA and the Chinese Language Department.
Monday, February 13 | Lecture: “Innovative Health Care for the Poor: Comparing China and India” by Tarun Khanna
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemman Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, offered insights into healthcare reform from his research in India and China. Mark Allen, Faculty Director of the Health Sector Management Program at BU School of Management moderated the talk. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Asia and the East Asian Studies Program at Boston University. [Blog post]
Tuesday, February 14 | “News Media of Taiwan” by Dennis Wu
Denis Wu, Associate Professor of Communication in Boston University’s College of Communication, presented findings from his in-depth interviews with Taiwanese media professionals and offered insights into the implications and ramifications for communication professionals, press freedom and democracy.
Friday, February 17 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “In Praise of Craftsmanship: Explorations of Craft Specialization and Workshop Organization in Early Bronze Age China”
East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF) Lecture with Dr. Yungti Li of the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica, Taipei. Supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities. [More information in ICEAACH website]
Saturday, February 18 | Graduate Musicology Conference: “Music and Violence: Conflict, Resistance, and Reconciliation”
Music and violence, linked since antiquity in ritual, myth, and art, were the themes at the fifth annual Boston University Graduate Musicology Conference, presented by the Boston University Music Society. Expressing seemingly disparate but closely entwined aspects of the human psyche, considered together they raise fundamental questions about creativity, discourse, and music’s role in society. Professor Ellen Koskoff from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester gave a keynote speech entitled “Musicians and Dancers in Contemporary Bali and Beyond: Agents of Change or of Soft Resistance?” [More information]
Thursday, February 23 | Lecture: “American Religion and Chinese Religion: The Promise and Pitfalls of Cultural Comparisons” by Richard Madsen
Richard Madsen from the University of California, San Diego, gave a talk at BU’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs as part of the Metanexus Lecture Series on Religion, Democracy, and Economy.
Monday, February 27 | ASIABU Tea Talk: “Beautiful Fighting Girl by Saito Tamaki”
ASIABU hosted its first book talk for all those interested in the Japanese otaku and anime culture with Beautiful Fighting Girl translator J. Keith Vincent.
Wednesday, February 29 | Panel Discussion: “China’s New Five Year Plan: Implications for Latin America”
Margaret Myers, Director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue and former China analyst and a Latin America analyst for the U.S. government in conversation with Edward Cunningham from BU’s Department of Geography and Environment. Moderated by Kevin P. Gallagher of BU’s Department of International Relations. Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, Boston University Latin American Studies Program, and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. [More information]
Wednesday, February 29 | Socratic Conversation: “The Special Strength of Weak Arguments: The Case of Japanese Political Debates” by Yoshiro Yano
Yoshiro Yano, a Visiting Scholar affiliated with BU’s Sociology Department, is a Japanese sociologist and Associate Professor of Sociology at Chuo University, Japan. His talk focussed on Japanese debates on the Iraq War in 2003 and concluded with a review of sociological theories on argumentation. Sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences at Boston University.
Monday, March 5 | Japanese Film Series: “Tampopo”
Tampopo, directed by Juzo Itami, follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo. She teams up with a truck driver in her quest for the perfect bowl of ramen. A satire about food & sex.
Monday, March 5 | Panel Discussion: Actor Networks in International Political Economy
This exploratory workshop brought together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss actors and networks in the international political economy, with particular reference to the role of the state and learning and activism within policy networks.
9:00 – 10:15 THE STATE AS ACTOR AND NETWORK IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
Leonard Seabrooke, Professor of International Political Economy, University of Warwick, and Ole Jacob Sending, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Professional Expertise in International Organizations
Daniel Mugge, Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy, University of Amsterdam
Governing Reflexive Finance
Cornel Ban, Postdoctoral scholar in international studies; deputy director of Brown’s Development Studies Program
Translating the IMF: Economists, Civil Society and the State in Transition Economies
Chair: Vivien A. Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
10:30 – 11:45 LEARNING AND ACTIVISM IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
David Glick, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University
Corporate Learning on Compliance
Leonard Seabrooke, Professor of International Political Economy, University of Warwick
Socialization and Policy Training in International Economic Organizations
Duncan Wigan, Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Professional Activism and Policy Influence from Europe: The Case of the Tax Justice Network
Chair: Kevin Gallagher, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Supported by Boston University and the European Commission’s Framework 7 Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks (GR:EEN). In cooperation with the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for International Relations at Boston University.
Monday, March 5 | International Conference: Liberty and Security in a Time of Global Re-ordering
This conference brought together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to reflect on human rights and security issues and the ways in which rights are seen as a legitimate part of the security discourse. Our aim was to “fix” the concept of security by focusing on the core demands of humanity in relation to freedom from fear and freedom from want, an approach is best encapsulated in the concept of “human security.” It has been a core commitment of the European Union to work for the enhancement of human security, and thereby human rights, around the world. A key test of how the EU adapts to a reshaped world order will be whether it can retain its commitment to such values.
12:45 – 1:00 OPENING REMARKS
Vivien A. Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
1:00 – 2:30 POWER RELATIONS AND GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN A TIME OF THE BRICS
Thomas Berger, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Frederik Ponjaert, Scientific Coordinator, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Tiewa Liu, Assistant Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Marco Valigi, Lecturer in Strategic Studies, ISPI
Chair: William Grimes, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
2:45 – 4:15 THE RISE OF THE BRICS: EMERGING ISSUES
Edward Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environment, Boston University
Stephen Kingah, Research Fellow, United Nations University; Senior Associate Researcher, Institute for European Studies
Manjari Miller, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Marcelo Saguier, Senior Researcher at the Latin American School of School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Argentina
Chair: Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
4:30 – 5:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
Tuesday, March 6 | International Conference: Liberty and Security in a Time of Global Re-ordering continued
9:00 – 10:30 EUROPE, THE US, AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Charles Dunbar, Lecturer in International Relations, Boston University
Irene Gendzier, Professor of Political Science, Boston University
A. Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University
Chair: Houchang Chehabi, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University
11:00 – 12:30 RELIGION, RADICALISATION AND COUNTER-TERRORISM
Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Robert Hefner, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
Sulastri Osman, Associate Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Kumar Ramakrishna, Associate Professor and Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Chair: A. Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University
1:30 – 2:30 KEY NOTE ADDRESS
Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University
2.45 – 4:15 CULTURAL DISCOURSES OF HUMAN SECURITY
George Christou, Associate Lecturer in European Politics, University of Warwick
Neta Crawford, Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Boston University
Oz Hassan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Warwick
Chair: George Christou, Associate Lecturer in European Politics, University of Warwick
Supported by Boston University and GR:EEN, a European Commission Framework 7 program examining the current and future role of the EU in an emerging multi-polar world. In cooperation with the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for International Relations at Boston University.
Wednesday, March 7 | ASIABU Tea Talk: “US-Iran Relations: From the Iranian Revolution to the Strait of Hormuz Crisis”
In this afternoon event, Professor Houchang Chehabi addressed the major forces that have shaped the uneasy, even tempestuous, relations between Iran and the US since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 from the invasion of Iran in 1980, the Contra Affair of 1985 and antagonistic policies towards Israel, to the controversial Iranian nuclear program and the recent Strait of Hormuz crisis.
Thursday, March 8 | Lecture: “Still Crazy after All These Years: A Guide to US-DPKR Relations”
A lecture by Robert Carlin, Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and co-chair of the National Committee on North Korea. Carlin has been following North Korea since 1974 and has more than 30 trips there. As senior policy advisor at the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) from 2002-2006, he led numerous delegations to the North for talks, observing developments in-country during the long trips that ensued. He was on the last ship to leave the Kumho construction site in North Korea when KEDO pulled out its remaining workers in January 2006. From 1989-2002, he was chief of the Northeast Asia Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. During much of that period, he also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Special Ambassador for talks with North Korea, and took part in all phases of US-DPRK negotiations from 1992-2000.
Monday, March 19 | Japanese Film Series: “Ocean Waves”
This remarkable film, one of the most intriguing high school dramas of all time, anime or live-action, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, tells the story of Rikako Muto, a girl from Tokyo who arrives at Kochi High School as a transfer student in the senior class and proceeds to upend the friendship of two boys, Taku Morisaki and Yutaka Mitsuno, both of whom get entangled in Rikako’s willful antics, one of whom falls for her immediately, while the other initially puts up powerful resistance. The film is done in a realistic style, with great attention to character design in the creation of its various high school seniors and their family members and to background details in the depiction of the film’s setting, the city of Kochi in western Japan.
Thursday, March 22 | Lecture: “Conflict Over the Chinese Exchange Rate: How Did We Get here and Where Do We Go?”
In this talk, sponsored by BU’s Global Development Program, Ming Zhang, a senior research fellow and deputy director of Department of International Finance at the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS), and deputy director of the Research Center for International Finance (RCIF) of CASS, discussed the historic movement of RMB exchange rate in the past 20 years, the pushing factors and potential impacts of RMB appreciation, and the direction of the reform of RMB exchange rate regime.
Monday, March 26 | Lecture: “The Art of Casual Encounter: Looking Backwards and Brushing Sleeves in Edo-Period Art”
This lecture on Edo-period art and culture, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Asia, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Group, featured Timon Screech from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Screech has recently completed modern critical editions of the accounts of two 18th-century European travellers to Japan: Carl Peter Thunberg and Isaac Titsingh. His current reseach project is related to the deification of the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the cult established for him at Nikko.
Tuesday, March 27 | Lecture: “Spiritual Capital in Practice: From Faith in Development to Developing Faith in Contemporary Islam”
This lecture, the latest in the Metanexus Series on Religion, Democracy, and Economy, sponsored by the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, featured Daromir Rudnyckyj, a member of the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. An anthropologist by training, his work is interdisciplinary and engages with religious studies, sociology, politics, history, and Asian studies among other fields. His current research examines the globalization of Islamic finance in Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, March 27 | ASIABU Book Talk: “Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals”
Several students gathered for intellectual exploration of otaku culture led by otaku expert, J. Keith Vincent. In preparation for the discussion, they read selections from Hiroki Azuma’s book, Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals.
Thursday, March 29 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “Sogdian Funerary Art in 6th Century China: Politics, Religion, and Transculturation along the Silk Road”
This East Asian Archaeology Forum, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Boston University, featured Jui-Man (Mandy) Wu, An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Wu’s research project is entitled “Legitimating Power and Constructing Identity: Cultural Crossovers in Mortuary Art in 6th Century Northern China Art History.” [More information on the ICEAACH website]
Friday, March 30 | Global Music Lunchtime Concert: “TAIKOPROJECT: The Evolution of Japanese/American Taiko Drumming”
Over 150 people filled the College of Fine Arts concert hall for a performance by Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT, an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers dedicated to promoting and advancing the American art of Japanese taiko drumming. Through public performances, education, and outreach activities, TAIKOPROJECT is committed to preserving taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese-American culture and heritage. In addition to maintaining taiko as a community-based tradition, TAIKOPROJECT also incorporates unconventional and innovative concepts to expand artistic boundaries — as exemplified in their collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and Usher. Through these values, TAIKOPROJECT seeks not only to entertain audiences, but also to inform them about the history and integrity of Japanese taiko as an evolving art form.
The Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series, organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology of the School of Music, showcases musicians, dancers, and performing artists steeped in non-Western traditions. The series aims to provide students and faculty with opportunities to explore diverse musical practices from the world over, which may otherwise not be easily accessible to them
Friday, March 30 | BU Taiwanese American Student Association event: “Night Market”
Saturday, April 1 | BU Filipino Student Association event: “ISA: The World is One”
Hosted by the BU’s Filipino Student Association, ISA: The World is One, one of the oldest and largest productions held at Boston University each year, featuring more than twelve students groups, and guest performers from around the country. In the national language of the Philippines, the word “isa” means “one.” ISA: The World is One has been entertaining and inspiring hundreds of people for over ten years now to embrace the diversity of the school’s student body, and highlight the talents of its amazing students through song, dance, and other forms of expression- traditional and modern.
Monday, April 2 | Lecture: “Difference and Hermeneutics: Comparative Approaches to the Premodern World”
Jan Assmann, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg from 1976 – 2003 and now Honorary Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies at Constance, Germany, delivered a keynote lecture as part of the Comparative Studies of the Premodern World initiative. A specialist on ancient Egyptian religion, literature and history, he has also published books and articles in the area of cultural theory (“cultural memory”), history of religion (“monotheism and cosmotheism”), literary theory and historical anthropology, Assmann’s books in English include, among several others, Moses the Egyptian (Harvard, 1997), Religion and Cultural Memory (Stanford University Press, 2005); The Price of Monotheism (Stanford University Press, 2009); and Cultural Memory and Early Civilizations (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Monday, April 2 | Japanese Film Series: “Shall We Dance?”
In this 1997 film by Masayuki Suo, a workaholic’s incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class- just to meet the sexy dance teacher. But when he finally muscles up the nerve for lessons, he winds up with a different instructor and her colorfully eccentric class of beginners! And now he’ll have to step lightly – and do some fancy footwork – if he expects to keep his new secret passion from his family and friends.
Wednesday, April 4 | Luncheon Discussion: ISA: The World is One
John H. Berthrong hosted a special event with Phillip J. Ivanhoe, a specialistin the history of East Asian philosophy and religion and their potential for contemporary ethical, political, and social thought. Ivanhoe has served as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Stanford University, as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, and as the Findlay Professor of Philosophy at Boston University before moving to City University of Hong Kong in 2007. Sponsored by the School of Theology’s Center for Global Christianity & Mission.
Thursday, April 5 | Lecture: “How to Keep Muslims Out: The Enigma of Civilization in India, China, and Europe”
Approximately 25 people gathered for a lecture by anthropologist Peter van der Veer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen. Van der Veer is author of Gods on Earth (LSE Monographs, 1988), Religious Nationalism (University of California Press, 1994), and Imperial Encounters (Princeton University Press, 2001). He has just finished a monograph on the comparative study of religion and nationalism in India and China.
Thursday, April 5 | ASIABU Tea Talk: “Smoke and Mirrors: Manliness, War, and Defeat in Japanese Cigarette Ads, 1930-1960″
Suzanne O’Brien presented the fascinating story of Japan’s descent into war and reemergence from the crucible of defeat and destruction against the backdrop of cigarette advertising between 1930 and 1960. Through images of idealized men from different social classes indulging in the decidedly male habit of cigarette smoking, she traced the profound changes in Japanese masculine identities across the divide of 1945.
Saturday, April 7 | Workshop: “Producing and Consuming Authenticity: Popular Culture in Asia”
This workshop, which took place as part of a three-year project titled “Leisure and Social Change: The Transcultural Flow of Concepts, Institutions and Practices across Asia,” launched last year with generous support from the Boston University Center for the Humanities, explored the ways in which leisure goods can serve as crucial means of articulating emergent identities that challenge or reshape received generational, gender, and national boundaries. Speakers included Christine Yano from the University of Hawai’i, Dan O’Neill from the University of California at Berkeley, and our own Marié Abe.
Thursday, April 12| Global Music Lunchtime Concert: “The Virtuoso Players of Chinese Folk Music”
This lunchtime concert featured master performers from the Department of Fine Arts of China Ocean University in Qingdao, China. Highly acclaimed, this group performs not only the traditional Chinese music, but also modern and contemporary Chinese folk music. Professor Kang Jiandong, artistic director of the group and supervisor of the doctoral program, leads the extremely talented and versatile group of six young Chinese teacher performers, who are touring throughout the U.S. this April. The group continues to develop and explore innovative programming to retain the traditional Chinese string and wind music and to absorb the essence of Western classical music.
The Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series, organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology of the School of Music, showcases musicians, dancers, and performing artists steeped in non-Western traditions. The series aims to provide students and faculty with opportunities to explore diverse musical practices from the world over, which may otherwise not be easily accessible to them.
Thursday, April 12| ASIABU Tea Talk: “Kazakh Nomads in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China”
Thomas Barfield chatted with ASIABU members and several others about Kazakh nomads in China’s largest region. The ancient lifestyles of the nomads, who migrate seasonally to graze their livestock,are under threat from Beijing to abandon their roaming lifestyle and join permanent settlements.
Saturday, April 14 | Bangladeshi Student Association event: “Pohela Boishakh 1419: A Bengali New Year Celebration”
Over 100 Bangladeshi students and friends gathered for an evening of joy and festivity to celebrate Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) with Bangladeshi cuisine catered by Royal Bengal and performances displaying Bangladeshi traditions, culture and heritage.
Monday, April 16 | Japanese Film Series: “Whisper of the Heart”
Yoshifumi Kondô’s film, scripted and storyboarded by Hayao Miyazaki, tells the story of Shizuku, who lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: ‘Seiji Amasawa’. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets a boy her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her ‘Prince of Books’. As she grows closer to him, she realises that he merely read all those books to bring himself closer to her. The boy Seiji aspires to be a violin maker in Italy, and it is his dreams that make Shizuku realise that she has no clear path for her life.
Tuesday, April 17 | Luncheon Discussion: “Reification, Homogenization, and Vulgarization: A History of Hong Yang Teaching”
In this lecture, Yang Der-Ruey presented his historicized reading of the discourses of Hong Yang Teaching. by pointing out some remarkable changes this “Teaching” has gone through, such as how the metaphoric myths narrated by the founder was reified as the literal history of the Genesis, how the “sacred world” was homogenized to become nothing more than a better replica of mundane world, and how this religion lost its challenging potential towards the status quo and completely merged with secular mores.
Hong Yang Teaching is one of the most important heterodox religions emerged in China in the late 16th century. Soon after it was founded in 1594, it became one of the most popular heterodox religions in the northern and northeastern China until the Jiaqing Reign (1796 – 1820). Later, due to the relentless prosecution of the Qing government, especially after the Guiyou Revolt (1813), it declined rapidly and was soon taken over by newer heterodoxies such as Sheng Xian Dao and Yi Guan Dao. After the last case of prosecution happened in 1840, it virtually disappeared from the public sight. However, it was found to have preserved and revived in Li, an agricultural county in mid-south Hebei.
Wednesday, April 17 | Lecture: “George Washington in China: The Image of a New Political Leader”
In this lecture, intellectual historian Rudolf Wagner discussed the Chinese appropriation of George Washington to frame the image of a public leader in a post-Imperial China. Early Chinese biographies of George Washington were indirectly discussing the features a new kind of Chinese public leader might have to embody if he was to lead China out of its demise. Here was the promise of a colony of almighty England that had won its independence under Washington’s leadership, and had set up institutions that now made it into a quickly rising power that was respected by all. Candidates for the role of China’s Washington were well aware of such expectations, and tried to adjust their performance on the political stage down to dress, mien, and gait.
Monday, April 23 | Lecture: “Democratic Careening: Accountability Dynamics Across Asia”
Dan Slater, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the author of Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2012), discussed his new project, tentatively titled Advancing Accountability: Democratic Dynamics in the Post-Colonial World. The motivating force behind Slater’s research is to explore and explain the social and historical foundations of political order and accountability. He proposed the term “careening” as a way of capturing the unsettledness that characterizes so many democracies that are clearly struggling but are not collapsing.
Wednesday, April 25 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “The Past in the Present: Archaeological Resource Management in Thailand”
Thanik Lertcharnrit from the Department of Archaeology at Silpakorn University in Bangkok gave a talk on Archaeological Resource Management in Thailand, where he has been doing research for more than a decade. Organized by the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History with support from the Center for the Humanities at Boston University. [More information on ICEAACH website]
Monday, April 30 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “Material Culture, Political Economy, and the Emergence of the Earliest Complex Societies of Korea”
A talk by anthropological archaeologist Martin Bale, Korea Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow working with the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute at Harvard University. Bale’s research focusses on the the prehistory and proto-history of the Korean peninsula in the period 3500 BC – 300 AD. He is interested in how and why the very earliest socio-politically complex polities formed, particularly from the perspective of agriculture, settlements, and political economy. Organized by the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History with support from the Center for the Humanities at Boston University.
Monday, April 30 | Japanese Film Series: “10 Promises to My Dog”
10 Promises to My Dog is a 2008 Japanese movie based on the book by Hare Kawaguchi and directed by Katsuhide Motoki. One day a puppy comes to the home of 12-year-old Akari, who has been trying hard to act strong after her mother falls ill. She immediately falls in love with the puppy and names it “Socks.” For a time, Akari and Socks are together day and night. However, as Akari grows up, her feelings and interests move away from Socks. Year by year, their distance grows, which also leads to physical distance as Akari moves to a far off city, and must leave Socks behind with a childhood friend. One day Akari remembers the promises that she made to Socks and to her deceased mother.
Friday, May 18 | Harvard Book Store: “Coffee Life in Japan: A Discussion with Merry White”
Harvard Book Store welcomed Merry White for a discussion of her new book on Japanese cafe culture, Coffee Life in Japan. This fascinating book—part ethnography, part memoir—traces Japan’s vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years, from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America. Coffee Life in Japan takes up themes as diverse as gender, privacy, perfectionism, and urbanism. White shows how coffee and coffee spaces have been central to the formation of Japanese notions about the uses of public space, social change, modernity, and pleasure. She describes how the café in Japan, from its start in 1888, has been a place to encounter new ideas and experiments in thought, behavior, sexuality , dress, and taste. It is where a person can be socially, artistically, or philosophically engaged or politically vocal. It is also, importantly, an urban oasis, where one can be private in public.
Friday, June 15 – Saturday, June 16 | Workshop: “Leisure and Money: The Dynamics of the Exchange of Goods, Lifestyles, and Institutions across Asia”
The economic, social, and cultural dynamics of leisure goods and services and their transcultural exchanges are a neglected field of scholarship. In view of the overwhelming importance these have gained as transcultural features not just in urban and many national economies, but also in the virtual world economy, this workshop was organized to bring together scholars involved in opening up the interdisciplinary cultural studies research field of “Leisure and Money” in both its historical and contemporary dimensions. Three areas were explored in detail: leisure goods and services as the site where new concepts, practices, and institutions are introduced that are largely gaining their value through their transcultural cache; transcultural exchanges in the ritualized relationship between the money economy and the gift economy of leisure; and the transcultural exchange in practices informing the agency of the providers and the consumers of leisure. [Workshop website]
Wednesday, September 12 | Waiting for the King: Kino’s Travels and the Global Imagination of Urban Places – A talk by Christophe Thouny
Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Location: College of Arts & Sciences | 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B12
The 2006 TV series Kino’s Travels 『キノの旅』(based on a “light novel” by Shigusawa KeiichI) follows the young girl (shōjo) Kino and her bike Hermès in their travels through a steam-punk world of European city-states. Kino comes, and leaves, never breaking the golden rule of a three-day stay during which s/he learns the customs and history of each city as retold by its inhabitants. Kino has no other aim on her travels than to remain a traveler, a shōjo suspended between childhood and adulthood, production and consumption. This talk will ask how the tension between home, travel and technology in Kino’s narrative helps us to rethink questions of belonging and sovereignty. It will also discuss what Ōtsuka Eiji and Azuma Hiroki’s recent works on the light novel have to tell us about the relation between urban subjectivity and mythic structures in global urban subcultures. Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. [Download flyer]
Tuesday, September 18 | Down: Indie Rock in the PRC – A film-screening with Andrew Field
Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101
Andrew Field, Director of BU Shanghai Programs, screens his new documentary. Filmed on the sweaty stages of underground rock clubs and music festivals, this indie rock doc takes viewers on a journey deep into the rock scene of a rapidly changing China. Through performances by some of China’s top indie rock bands and interviews with band members, rock club managers, concert organizers and record producers, Down: Indie Rock in the PRC highlights the music and the struggles that indie rock musicians are undergoing as they challenge the dominant values of mainstream Chinese society. Co-sponsored by BU Study Abroad. [More Info]
Tuesday, September 25 | Asian Studies Annual Reception
Time: 4 PM to 6 PM
Location: Howard Thurman Center | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)
Join Boston University’s Center for the Study of Asia and the Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University (ASIABU) for our annual Asian Studies reception. Meet Asian Studies faculty; BU administrators from Global Programs, Study Abroad, and Alumni Relations; Boston’s Asian consular personnel; and fellow undergraduate and graduate students. Enjoy live music and Asian cuisine. Free and open to everyone with an interest in Asian Studies at BU!
Wednesday, September 26 | A Treasure of Honor – A lecture by Dr. William S. Sax
Time: 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Sargent College | 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 300
William S. (‘Bo’) Sax, Chair of Ethnology at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg and an expert on ritual healing will deliver a paper on the pastoral societies at the headwaters of the Tons and Pabar Rivers in the Western Himalayas of North India, where tiny kingdoms were ruled by local deities through their oracles, defended by a special caste of warriors, and had more-or-less permanently hostile relations with their neighbors involving ritualized sheep rustling, headhunting, and related practices. Drawing on local ballads (pawara), Sax argues that honor was as much at stake in these hostilities as were material resources such as sheep and grazing rights. At the same time, he makes a plea for the continuing relevance of folklore for ethnological research. Sax has published extensively on pilgrimage, gender, theater, aesthetics, ritual healing and medical anthropology. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion and Anthropology.
Friday, September 28 | Muslim Devotional Art in India – A presentation by Yousuf Saeed
Time: 12 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Jewish Studies Center | 147 Bay State Road
Join us for a presentation on Islamic popular devotional art and visual culture in 20th century India with independent filmmaker and researcher Yousuf Saeed. Saeed weaves narrative of his own understanding of the faith with his research about the making of devotional art and its use by the masses. The coming of the earliest images of Mecca/Medina into India and their dissemination by the print industry along with the pictures of local Sufi shrines and saints is followed by an exploration of the adaptation of local Indian icons and symbols into Islamic iconography. Sponsored by Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at BU.
Monday, October 1 | The Story of My Assassins – A Conversation with Tarun Tejpal
Time: 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Boston University Photonics Center | 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor
Join us for a reading and conversation with journalist, publisher, and novelist Tarun Tejpal. Widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in India, Tejpal heads an independent news agency in India, Tehelka, that has broken new ground for its aggressive public interest journalism. Story of My Assassins is his second novel.
“A muscular, deeply incisive and deathly funny comment on twenty-first century India, The Story of My Assassins is a multi-layered novel that skillfully slashes through the subcontinent’s dubious spiritual serenity to lay bare every crippling divide of language, wealth and class. Trawling life and death in the dark underside, it inquires into the inexorable codes of power and wealth that propel societies. A triumph of disparate voices, unbearable realities, and impossible conundrums, this is a book that will forever change the way we look at the world around us.” Co-sponsored by the literary journal AGNI.
Tuesday, October 9 | Peepli Live – A film screening with the Akshaya Patra Foundation
Time: 6 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101
Join the Center for the Study of Asia and the Akshaya Patra Foundation for a special screening of Bollywood icon Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live!, a comic satire exploring farmer suicides in India and media and official responses. When indigent farmers Natha (Omkar Das) and Budhia (Raghuvir Yadav) stand to lose their land over a loan they can’t repay, a government official comes up with a modest proposal: Commit suicide and collect a subsidy that’s paid to the relatives of deceased farmers. As Natha weighs his options, a journalist learns of his predicament and the media circus begins. Anusha Rizvi directs this satirical take on a real-life crisis afflicting India’s underclass.
Akshaya Patra is an international charity in India that is feeding 1.3 million children a day through an innovative mid-day meal program that allows children to stay in school and complete their educations. Co-sponsored by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future.
Asia Film Week 2012 | Young Asia: Conversation Between Generations
Co-sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the Geddes Language Center, and Asian student organizations at Boston University. Monday’s symposium is co-sponsored by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.
Monday, October 22 | Student Symposium | “Young Asia: The Past and the Future”
Time: 4 – 6 PM Program, 6 – 7:30 PM Reception
Location: Pardee House, Boston University | 67 Bay State Road
Taiyi Sun (Graduate Student and Lecturer, Dept. of Political Science)
Cathy Yeh (Chinese Literature; Dept. of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures)
Eugenio Menegon (Chinese History, Department of History; Director, Center for the Study of Asia)
Nancy Smith-Hefner (South-East Asia, Dept. of Anthropology)
Kara Kexin Li (Undergraduate, COM) | “Banned Facebook and Chinese Micro Blogs: Social Media and Youth in China Today”
Peng Huang (Graduate Student, CAS, Economics) | “Worry-free Investing: Creating a safe Investment Channel for China’s Young Future”
Jully Chen (Undergraduate, CAS, Economics and International Relations) | “Back to the Land? Taiwan’s Agriculture and the Future of Young Farmers”
Amy Arim Kim (Undergraduate, CAS, Economics and International Relations) | “Hallyu as a Response: Globalization, Popular Culture and Their Effects on Youth”
Max Hasan (Undergraduate, CAS, Economics and International Relations) | “Innovating Indonesia: How the New Resourceful Youth is Redefining Traditions for a New Era”
Tuesday, October 23 | Japan
12:30 – 2 PM Sushi Lunch Talk | “From MOGA to Gyaru: Rebellious Girls in Japan”
Speaker: Sarah Frederick (Boston University)
Location: Japanese Language House | 206 Bay State Road
3 – 5 PM Japanese film screening | “Hula Girls” (2006), Director: Sang-il Lee
Introduction: Mariko Itoh Henstock (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B
6:30 – 9 PM Japanese film screening | “Akira” (1988), Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Guest Speaker: Susan Napier (Tufts University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101
Wednesday, October 24 | Korea
12:30 – 2 PM Live Korean Music Performance and Korean Lunch
Introduction: Yoon Sun Yang (Boston University)
Location: BU CENTRAL | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)
3 – 5 PM Korean film screening | “Bandhobi” (2009), Director: Shin Dong-Il
Introduction: Jaemin Roh (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B
6:30 – 9 PM Korean film screening | “Bleak Night” (2011), Director: Yoon Sung-Hyun
Guest Speaker: Michelle Cho (Brown University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101
Thursday, October 25 | China and Taiwan
12:30 – 2 PM Dim Sum Lunch Talk | “Young Thinkers and Social Change in Late Qing China”
Speaker: Hsiao-Chih Chang (Boston University)
Location: Chinese Language House | 172 Bay State Road
3 – 5 PM Chinese film screening | “Platform” (2000) Director: Jia Zhangke
Introduction: J. Keith Vincent (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B
6:30 – 9 PM Taiwanese film screening | “A Bright Summer Day” (1991) Director: Edward Yang
Guest Speaker: Eileen Chow (Duke University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101
Friday, October 26 | Bangladesh and India
3 – 5 PM Bangladeshi film screening | “Ontorjatra” (“Inner Journey”) (2006), Directors: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Introduction: Nazli Kibria (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B
5:30 – 7 PM Asian Dance and Indian Reception
Introduction: Sunil Sharma (Boston University)
Location: The Alley | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)
7:30 – 10 PM Hindi film screening | “Iqbal” (2005) Director: Nagesh Kuknoor
Guest Speaker: Lakshmi Srinivas (UMass Boston)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101
Wednesday, November 7 | Entering the Golden Age of Chinese Cinema – TAIWAN FORUM lecture by Peggy Chiao
Time: 4 PM to 6 PM
Location: School of Management |595 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th floor
Peggy Chiao is a distinguished Taiwanese filmmaker, producing films from Taiwan and China, and a professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts. She is engaged in film production, international distribution, and film criticism. Widely reputed for spearheading Taiwanese New Wave directors and China’s 5th & 6th Generation filmmakers onto the international festival circuit in the 1980s, she continues to actively promote Chinese-language cinema. Her production company Arc Light Films, founded in 1996, was behind many acclaimed international co-productions. In 2000, she set up Trigram Films to produce a string of popular, youth-oriented movies like Hear Me, Love You 10,000 Years, Me 19 and Tempest of First Love. Her most recent film (Associate Producer), Buddha Mountain, won Best Actress and Artistic Contribution Awards in the Tokyo Film Festival, 2010. Co-sponsored by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Boston, and the Center for the Humanities at Boston University.
Thursday, November 8 | Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West- TAIWAN FORUM lecture by Tonio Andrade
Time: 4 PM to 6 PM
Location: School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th floor
Tonio Andrade is associate professor of history at Emory University. He is the author of How Taiwan Became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century and Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West. In Lost Colony, Andrade reveals how “in the Sino-Dutch War–Europe’s first war with China–the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga. Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch and captured one of their largest and richest colonies–Taiwan. How did he do it? Examining the strengths and weaknesses of European and Chinese military techniques during the period, Andrade offers a balanced new perspective on long-held assumptions about Western power, Chinese might, and the nature of war.” Co-sponsored by the International History Institute. Funded by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office. [View book trailer on You Tube]
Friday, November 9 | Beijing Bicycle – A film screening with Peggy Chiao
Time: 7 PM to 10 PM
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B05
Join us for a talk with Peggy Chiao followed by a special screening of Beijing Bicycle 十七歲的單車. Chiao is an acclaimed filmmaker (see above), producer, and promoter of Chinese-language cinema. Beijing Bicycle is a 2001 Chinese drama film starring first-time actors Cui Lin and Li Bin. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February 2001 and won the Jury Grand Prix, but was subsequently banned in Mainland China. The ban was eventually lifted in 2004. The film revolves around a seventeen-year-old boy Guei (Cui) from the countryside who came to Beijing to seek work. He finds a job with a courier company, which assigns him a brand-new bicycle. After it is stolen one day, the stubborn Guei goes on a search for his missing bicycle. At the other end of the city, Jian (Li) is a schoolboy who buys Guei’s stolen bicycle from a second-hand market. When Guei’s search brings the two boys together, more than the ownership of the bicycle is brought into question. The film explores the theme of youth as well as a number of social issues, including class, youth delinquency, theft, and rural-urban socio-economic divisions and change. Followed by a Q + A with the producer. Co-sponsored by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Boston, and the Center for the Humanities at Boston University.
Tuesday, November 13 | Creating Global Citizens for the 21st Century: Education in and about China
Time: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Boston University Castle | 225 Bay State Road
Join us for a “Global Conversation” event with Debra Terzian, Director of Academic Affairs, BU Study Abroad; Lee Veitch, ASIABU Board Member and CAS student; and Steve Ellenwood, Faculty Director of the Center for Character and Social Responsibility, BU School of Education. Moderated by BUCSA Visiting Researchers Grant Rhode and Charlotte Mason, coordinators of China High School Exchange Programs in Brookline and Newton. Discussion takes place as part of International Education Week “Global Conversations” series.
Wednesday, November 28 | Taxing Real Estate in China and the US – A lecture by Xuehua Shi
Time: 12 PM to 2 PM
Location: Metropolitan College | 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B2B
In 1998, China reformed its benefit housing system to personal purchase system, so real estate market has been expanding very fast since then. However, in recent years, income gap has been getting bigger and bigger between cities and rural places and among people within same cities, the difference of people’s living space and environment has been getting obviously distinct. The continuous high house sale price and rent price in many cities have been a big burden for common people in particular for people with low income. To control house price, promote the health development of real estate market and to improve the living condition of common people became one of the top issues of Chinese central government and a main task of China’s macroeconomic control framework. In this context, Chinese central government adopted a new tax policy of levying personal real estate property tax in two pilot cities of Shanghai and Chongqing in the beginning of 2011.
Ms. Xuehua Shi’s talk introduced listeners to the the background of this tax policy, policy implementation in the two pilot cities and recent debates of this new tax in China. Shi is Program Officer at the Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She has been working in the Bureau for many years being responsible for managing international exchange projects between CASS and its counterparts in the United States and European countries.
Thursday, November 29 | The Strange Tale of the Richard Lane Collection – A lecture by Dr. Stephen Little
Time: 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Location: College of Arts & Sciences | 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 303A
Sponsored by the Department of the History of Art & Architecture and the Center for the Study of Asia, this lecture,by Dr. Stephen Little, Curator and head of the Chinese & Korean Art Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, introduced the enormous and largely unknown art collection of Dr. Richard Lane, the great late scholar of Ukiyo-e literature and art, who passed away in Kyoto in 2002. The lecture explores Lane’s history as a collector in Japan between 1952-2002, the bizarre and eclectic mix of works in the collection (roughly 10,000 scroll paintings and over 8,000 rare woodblock illustrated books), and the collection’s eventual acquisition by the museum in Honolulu when Little was its director. [Download flyer]
Monday, December 3 | Relations on the Rocks: China, Japan, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dispute
Time: 4 PM to 6 PM
Location: Terrace Lounge | George Sherman Union, 2nd floor
The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, administered by Japan but claimed by China, have long been a sticking point in Sino-Japanese relations. The historical dispute flared up again this year, as major rioting in China has attracted the attention of the international community. ASIABU organized a panel discussion with Professors Michael Corgan, William Grimes, and Robert Ross (Boston College) in order to analyze the political, economic, and naval security implications of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island dispute. [Download flyer]
Friday, December 7 | “Meet and Greet” for Graduate Students and Visiting Scholars
Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Location: Department of International Relations | 154 Bay State Road
A holiday celebration for graduate students, visiting researchers, and faculty from Asia, pursuing Asian topics, or just interested in learning more about Asian Studies at Boston University!
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Thursday, January 27 | Faculty Lunch: “2008 in China: From the uprising in Tibet and the Sichuan Earthquake to the Olympics”
Monday, February 7 | Lecture: “China and North Korea: The Never Ending Saga”
China’s relationship with North Korea (and its presumed influence over decision making in Pyongyang) constitute major considerations in US policy deliberations over the Korean peninsula and in the continued efforts to inhibit North Korea’s nuclear weapons development. However, these issues need to be understood in their fuller historical context. Jonathan D. Pollack, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, reviewed the complex history of relations between China and the DPRK, and how it could bear on future developments on the peninsula and in Northeast Asia as a whole. [Video]
Thursday, February 10 | Tea Talk: “Asia’s Sea of Troubles: the politics of Maritime disputes in the East Asian Region”
Why is the South China Sea important? Why did China and Vietnam enter conflict last year? Why does China consider the South China Sea as its core interest? Is it merely about territory? Is it about oil? Is it about balance of power? Is it about the ASEAN resisting China’s hegemony? Is it about the US trying to contain China? At the tea talk, Thomas Berger from the IR department provided his analysis. Hosted by the Asian Studies Initiative of Boston University.
Monday, February 14 | Pardee House Seminar: “What is Asia?”
This discussion, hosted by the Pardee Center in collaboration with BUCSA, and moderated by Pardee Center Director Adil Najam, featured David Eckel (BU Religion), Robert Hefner (BU Anthropology) ,and Eugenio Menegon (BU History). It took up the theme of BUCSA’s 2009 conference which was titled “The Idea of Asia” – echoed in a recent special issue of the Journal of Asian Studies which included a forum of special articles on the ‘meaning’ of Asia. The panelists also looked at what an Asian identity might mean in the future and in the context of what is already being called by some as an “Asian Century.” [More information on Pardee Center website] [Video]
Thursday, February 17 | Chinese New Year Party
This event, sponsored by the Chinese Conversation Club, the Chinese Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), featured student performances, a Chinese calligraphy competition, Chinese music and films and Chinese food.
Friday, February 18 – Saturday, February 19 | Graduate Research Conference: Expansion & Contraction of the International Neighborhood
This conference examined the multifaceted entity we might call the “international neighborhood” and the role it embodies in modern international relations. BUCSA Director Joseph Fewsmith moderated a panel entitled The Gears of Internal Policy & Development: China. Other panels included The Environment as Neighbor: International Development and Natural Resources, moderated by Ann Helwege, and Gated Communities? Regional Integration and the International Neighborhood, moderated by Kaija Schilde. The keynote address was given by award winning correspondent and BU alumnus Steven Kinzer. Sponsored by the BU Department of International Relations, the Center for International Relations, the BU Center for the Study of Asia, the Frederick H. Pardee Center for the Longer-Range Future, and the Graduate International Relations Council. [Conference website] [Blog post]
Wednesday, February 23 | Spring 2011 Geddes Japanese Film Series: “Ponyo”
“Ponyo,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is an animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to be human.
Thursday, February 24 | Lecture: “The Development of Traditional Chinese Vocal Music”
Boston University College of Fine Arts, School of Music, sponsored the visit of guest artist Liu Hui, President of Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Director of the Chinese Traditional Vocal Department and a renowned tenor. Liu Hui’s lecture on Chinese vocal music was given in Chinese and translated.
Friday, February 25 | Lecture: “Korean and U.S. Trade: Understanding KORUS-FTA”
In December 2010, the United States and the Republic of Korea agreed to a revised framework of the free trade agreement known as KORUS-FTA. The revised agreement will reduce tariffs between the two countries by 95% in the next five years. In this lecture, representatives from the Republic of Korea and business representatives from the United States will discuss this agreement and what it means for both countries economically. The featured speaker was Won-kyong Kim, a Consular officer at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington D.C. [Video]
Monday, February 28 | Lecture: “Courtly ‘Leisure’ in Europe and Asia: Social Routines, Consumption and Distinction under Dynastic Rule
Was leisure simply a goal in itself, a diversion necessary for rulers and elites occupied in a dense schedule of paperwork and social obligations? This public talk, given by Jeroen Duindam, Professor of Modern History at Leiden University, focused on leisure as practiced at early modern European courts, but pursued parallels with courts in West and East Asia. Duindam is author of Myths of Power: Norbert Elias and the Early Modern European Court and Vienna and Versailles: The Courts of Europe’s Dynastic Rivals 1550-1780. His current project is a result of cooperation with Ottomanists and Sinologists. His lecture at BU was sponsored by the Leisure Project, the Boston University Humanities Foundation, BU Center for the Study of Asia, and the Department of History.
Tuesday, March 1 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “On the Move: Migrant Populations and Policy Adjustments in Guangdong Province, China Over the Past Thirty Years”
This lecture, by YANG Xiaoliu, Associate Professor of Anthropology sy Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, was organized by the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History at Boston University in cooperation with the Department of Anthropology and BU Center for the Study of Asia and the support of the Boston University Humanities Foundation. [More information on ICEAACH website]
Wednesday, March 2 | Lecture: “Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History”
Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, offered an introduction to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He showed how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Afghanistan’s rulers mobilized rural militias to expel first the British and later the Soviets. Armed insurgency proved remarkably successful against the foreign occupiers, but it also undermined the Afghan government’s authority and rendered the country more difficult to govern as time passed. [Video]
Thursday, March 3 | Lecture: “Making Love to the Camera: Photography and the Feminization of Peking (1910-1930)”
This lecture by Catherine Yeh, Associate Professor of Chinese at Boston University, took place as part of the 2010-2011 “Lectures in Criticism,” sponsored by the Boston University Humanities Foundation in cooperation with the Departments of English, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and Romance Studies. The “Lectures in Criticism” series brings renowned scholars in the humanities to Boston University. It has run continuously since 1983, hosting four external speakers every year in addition to one member of the BU faculty. [Event flyer]
Monday, March 7 | “The Symbolic Possession of the World: European Cartography in Mughal Allegory”
In recent years cartography has been discovering itself as part of the humanities. One of the issues in question in this new dialogue between science and art is how maps conveyed messages of status and power. In this lecture, Ebba Koch examined the role of European cartography in the allegories of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (rul. 1605-27) and in history painting of his son and successor Shah Jahan (rul. 1628-58), the builder of the Taj Mahal. Ebba Koch is an architectural historian, an art historian, who defines and discusses cultural issues of interest to political, social and economic historians. She is a professor at the Institute of Art History in Vienna, Austria and a senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Wednesday, March 9 | Spring 2011 Geddes Japanese Film Series: Film: “Porco Rosso” (Kurenai no Buta)
Wednesday, March 23 | Spring 2011 Geddes Japanese Film Series: “Super no Onna” (The Supermarket Woman)
Thursday, March 31 | “An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music”
This event took place as part of LearnQuest Academy’s 5th Annual Music Conference, which commenced on the evening of March 31 with a collaborative presentation between a North Indian instrumental ensemble and a Boston University Jazz ensemble. Eminent flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee and tablist Yogesh Samsi comprised the Hindustani music ensemble and Colin Sapp on guitar, Michael Flanagan on saxophone, Greg Loughman on electric bass and Mike Connors on Western drums were part of the Boston University Jazz ensemble. Sponsored by the Department of Music at Boston University and LearnQuest Academy of Music. [Read about the conference at Lokvani.com]
Monday, April 4 | A conversation with Nina Paley and a screening of the groundbreaking film “Sita Sings the Blues”
“Sita Sings the Blues” was written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley, who weaves an autobiographical story with events from the Hindu scriptural text the Ramayana. The feature length film uses music, shadow puppets and novel animation techniques to re-imagine the artist’s experience through the lens of the god Rama’s wife, Sita. Sponsored by Boston University’s Program for Scripture and the Arts and the Core Curriculum. [Event flyer] [YouTube clip]
Wednesday, April 6 | Spring 2011 Geddes Japanese Film Series: “Only Yesterday” (Omoide Poroporo)
Thursday, April 7 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “Spatial Analysis of the Bronze Age Yangfutou Cemetery, Yunnan Province, China”
This presentation by Pochan CHEN, Professor of Anthropology at National Taiwan University, was organized by the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History at Boston University with the support of the Boston University Humanities Foundation. [More information on ICEAACH website]
Tuesday, April 12 | Lecture: “Blackness’ and Postcoloniality in Korean Literature and Culture”
This lecture by Dr. Jee Hyun An, Visiting Scholar in the Harvard-Yenching Institute and Associate Professor of English Literature at Seoul National University, took place as part of the African American Studies Spring Lecture series. An Jee Hyun’s current research project focuses on the representation of African Americans in Korean literature after the Korean War and representation of Koreans/Korean-Americans in the cultural works of African Americans, and how these representations influence the way in which racial/ethnic identifications are formed and transformed.
Tuesday, April 12 | Lecture: “The Japanese Print Access and Documentation Project (JPADP) and the meaning of leisure in Japanese prints”
Sarah Thompson, curator of Japanese prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, offered a presentation on the Japanese Print Access and Documentation Project (JPADP), discussing the effects of digitization on our current understanding, use, and appreciation of prints depicting leisure. Sarah is the author of an important essay titled “The Politics of Japanese Prints,” in a catalog titled Undercurrents in the Floating World (New York: Asia Society Galleries, 1991) that argues that beneath the superficial playfulness of woodblock prints, very serious political and social matters are being touched on and often subverted through this medium.
Friday, April 15 | Lecture: “Masculinity and Japan’s Foreign Relations”
Dr. Yumiko Mikanagi, author of Josei to seiji (“Women and Politics”) and Japan’s Trade Policy, discussed her newly published book, Masculinity and Japan’s Foreign Relations. Dr. Mikanagi is leading researcher in Japan on gender politics and on gender issues in international relations. [Listen to this lecture on WBUR] [Blog post]
Thursday, April 21 | Lecture and film screening: “‘Godzilla’ in Japan and the World”
A screening of the original 1954 Japanese-language film “Godzilla” (with subtitles) together with a presentation by the Japanese historian Gregory Pflugfelder of Columbia University. “Godzilla” was one of the earliest postwar cultural exports from Japan the meaning of which underwent radical transformations as it circulated beyond Japan’s borders. The serious anti-nuclear, pro-peace message of the Japanese Godzilla was downplayed in the American versions, which deleted substantial portions of the original and became increasingly kitschy with each successive sequel. Pflugfelder, who is writing a book about Godzilla in global circulation, discussed the way the film was publicized and received in the U.S., the Soviet Union and other places during the Cold War. [Blog post]
Tuesday, April 26 | Lecture: “Melodrama and the Indian Cinematic Form”
Ira Bhaskar, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, has critical interests in “historical poetics,” cinematic forms including melodrama, cinema and modern subjectivities, literature and film, and historical trauma, violence, memory and representation. She has published on narrative poetics, adaptation, and nationalism and cinema. Currently, she is currently editing a volume of Ritwik Ghatak’s film scripts – Ghatak’s Partition Quartet and is working on her book on Historical trauma, Memory and Representation in Indian cinema.
Thursday, April 28 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “Korea’s Treasures: Key Issues in Cultural Heritage Management”
In-Hwa Choi, of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage in Seoul, will discuss cultural heritage management. The talk, which was held at the Gabel Museum for Archaeology , was organized by the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History at Boston University with the support of the Boston University Humanities Foundation. [More information on ICEAACH website]
Tuesday, May 3 | 2011 Campagna-Kerven Lecture on Modern Turkey: “East, West, and Global Souls”
An award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Campagna-Kerven Lecture. Since 1996, the annual lecture has addressed a variety of themes on modern Turkish society, culture, and politics. Shafak has published 10 books that have been translated into more than 30 languages. She blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the multiple stories of minorities, immigrants, women subcultures, and “global souls.” Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, oral culture, and cultural politics. Hosted by the Boston University Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations. [View lecture on BUniverse]
Friday, September 16 | Faculty Lunch: “Impressions of the lifestyle, culture and customs of Tohoku (northern Japan) by a former Monbusho research scholar from the West”
Faculty luncheon featuring Anne Randerson, a member of the Boston University in Brussels faculty, researched and wrote her PhD dissertation in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, and in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, on “Human lifestyle and sensitivity towards nature,” a comparative study between Japan and the West from a religious perspective. As a Monbusho Japanese government academic research scholar and the only foreigner at Koriyama Women’s University for five of those six years, she conducted all her work in Japanese, which offered her an exceptional opportunity to see how the Japanese view the world, and nature.
Thursday, September 22 |Lecture: “Why Do Hindus Argue About Their Scripture and Who is Allowed to Hear It?”
A lecture by Wendy Doniger, Mircia Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago, with a response from David Frankfurter, Aurelio Chair in Boston University’s Department of Religion. Doniger offered a renowned expert’s view of the history of Hindu written and oral texts from antiquity to the present Internet age, when conservative factions use claims against scripture as the basis for attempts to ban works of religious art and literature. [Event flyer]
Wednesday, October 5 | Reception: “South Asia Studies at BU”
Thursday, October 6 | Lecture: “Iraq Agriculture: A Long History of Government Neglect”
Roger Owen, A. J. Meyer Professor of History at Harvard University, wrote his Oxford doctoral thesis on the history of cotton production in modern Egypt and, since then, has maintained a strong interest in the development of Middle Eastern agriculture in both Egypt and the Fertile Crescent, details of which can be found in his two books, The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800-1914 and, with Sevket Pamuk, A History of the Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century. He obtained a vivid and memorable first-hand look at the role of the twin rivers in Iraqi agricultural life during a visit to Baghdad during the flood season in May 1968.
Tuesday, October 11 | Asian Studies Annual Reception
Wednesday, October 12 | Lecture: “The Impact of the 2004 Tsunami on Sri Lankan Culture”
In this talk, Dennis McGilvray, a a veteran anthropologist, described in vivid detail the multiple ways that Sri Lanka has been impacted by the tsunami of 2004. McGilvray was part of an interdisciplinary team, funded by the National Science Foundation, that investigated the tragedy and its psychological and socioeconomic consequences. Their findings were published in an edited volume by Routledge in 2010. McGilvray’s ethnographic interests are in South Asia, with a research focus on the Tamils and Muslims of south India and Sri Lanka. Currently he is exploring transnational Sufism and Muslim saints’ shrines in Sri Lanka and southern India.
Thursday, October 13 |Fall 2011 Geddes Japanese Movie Series: “Welcome Back Mr. McDonald” (1997)
Wednesday, October 19 | Lecture: “U.S.-Pakistan Ties: A Troubled Foreign Policy Relationship”
In this lecture, BU alumna Aparna Pande addressed the troubled US-Pakistan relationship, answering such questions as: Are U.S.-Pakistani relations headed for a collapse? If so, what are the implications for American policy interests in South Asia including the War on Terror, fighting al-Qaeda forces, operations in Afghanistan, and relations with India? Pande, a Research Fellow with the Hudson Institute’s Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, is author of Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping India (Routledge, 2011), a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the history of Pakistan’s foreign policy, its foundations in the problems of Pakistani political identity, and its impact on relations with other countries, particularly the United States. [Blog post]
Thursday, October 20 | Fall 2011 Geddes Japanese Movie Series: “Castle in the Sky”
Monday, October 24 | ASIABU Tea Talk: Professor Joseph Fewsmith “Rethinking the 100th Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911″
Friday, October 28 | Lecture: “Cross-Straight Relations and International Relations Theory”
Over forty people attended this lecture on cross-straight relations by Ho Szu-yin, visiting scholar at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University where he is researching the historic and contemporary importance of deterrence as a strategic element in cross-strait relations. Ho Szu-yin received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986 and went on to teach at National Cheng-Chih University in Taiwan, where he later directed the Institute of International Relations.
Thursday, November 3 | Fall 2011 Geddes Japanese Movie Series: “Kabei: Our Mother”
Veteran Japanese filmmaker Yoji Yamada’s 80th feature film concerns a mother living in 1940s-era Tokyo who is forced to care for her two daughters alone after her husband is jailed for expressing reformist views on the Japanese invasion of China. Professor Shigeru Nogami (Mitsugoro Bando) is an outspoken man with some particularly unpopular political views, and for his role in speaking out against the Japanese invasion of China he is promptly jailed.
Friday, November 4 | Lecture: “After the Tsunami: Japan’s Economic Future”
Over forty students attended this lunchtime lecture by Richard Katz, Editor-in-Chief of The Oriental Economist Report (TOE) and a special correspondent for the Weekly Toyo Keizai, a leading Japanese weekly business magazine. Richard Katz is also the author of two books on Japan: The System that Soured – the Rise and Fall of the Japanese Economic Miracle (M.E. Sharpe, 1998) and Japanese Phoenix: The Long Road to Economic Revival (M.E. Sharpe, 2003). Katz’s take on Japan’s economic malaise is that it is the outcome of bad policies rather than deep structural flaws in the economy. [Blog post]
Wednesday, November 9 | Lecture: “The Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan”
Brett Walker, Regents Professor at Montana State University, gave a talk in the History Department on the topic of his book The Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan. Walker is winner of the 2010 George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in Environmental History from the American Society Environmental History.
Wednesday, November 9 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “The Incense Hall in Vernacular Hakka Architecture in Zhejiang, China: An Example from Shicang Village (1710-1850″
The International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History hosted a lecture by Professor Yuan Wang (Department of History, Shanghai Jiaotong University) on Hakka architecture. [More information on ICEAACH website]
Wednesday, November 9 | Film Screening: “Monpura”
The Bangladeshi Students’ Association hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed 2009 film, “Monpura.” In the film, a housemaid is killed by a local landlord’s son. His servant takes the blame for the murder, to save the landlord’s mentally ill son and is marooned in an island named Monpura. There the servant comes across a fisherman’s daughter.
Wednesday, November 16 | Lecture: “Deng Xiaoping, China and Japan”
Over 100 people attended this lecture by Ezra F. Vogel. Vogel presented highlights from his recent biography of the former leader of China Deng Xiaoping. In particular, he focussed on the changes in the relationship between China and Japan during Deng’s tenure from 1978 to 1992. Co-sponsored by the Japan Society of Boston. [Blog post] [Video]
Thursday, November 17 | Lecture: “Taiwan in a New Centennial: Cross-Strait Relations and Viable Diplomacy”
Almost 50 students gathered for a talk by Anne Hung, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston. The occasion for the event was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China (ROC). Ms. Hung addressed a variety of issues including Cross-Strait relations, flexible diplomacy, and Taiwan’s relations with other countries, including its most important ally, the United States. [Blog post]
Thursday, November 17 | Fall 2011 Geddes Japanese Movie Series: “Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro”
Thursday, December 1 | Fall 2011 Geddes Japanese Movie Series: “Tales from Earthsea”
Friday, December 2 | Lecture: “Betting on Biotech in East Asia: Innovation Beyond the Development State
Joe Wong, Associate Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Toronto, presented the findings from his new book, Betting on Biotech: Innovation beyond the Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 2011), which examines the emerging biotechnology sector in Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore. These economies have invested billions of dollars in biotech industries since the 1990s, but commercial blockbusters and commensurate profits have not followed. [Blog post] [Video]
Monday, December 5 | Lecture: “Sacred and Secular Art in the Court of Sultan Ahmed I”
A lecture by Emine Fetvaci, Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. A seventeenth-century album made for the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I brings together Persian mystical poetry, Ottoman paintings, and Dutch prints with Christian and mythological subject matter. The talk will examine the intersection of the sacred and the secular in the album, and discuss the paintings, prints, and calligraphies in the context of cross-cultural exchange. Organized by the Program in Scripture & the Arts at Boston University. [Event flyer]
Tuesday, December 6 | Lecture: “Awash in Debt: Chinese State Liabilities and Monetary and Welfare Implications”
A lecture by Victor C. Shih, political economist at Northwestern University. An immigrant to the United States from Hong Kong, Dr. Shih received his doctorate in Government from Harvard University, where he researched banking sector reform in China with the support of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. He is the author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, the first book to inquire about the linkages between elite politics and banking policies in China. Shih’s current research concerns Chinese banking policies, exchange rates, elite political dynamics and local government debt in China. [Blog post] [Video]
Tuesday, December 6 | Lecture: “Politics by All Means: Violence and Democracy in India”
A lecture by Thomas Hansen, Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Hansen is author of The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton, 1999) and Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay (Princeton, 2001). This lecture took place as part of the Fall 2011 Luce Seminar Series; it was organized by the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Asia.
Friday, December 9 | Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop: “Wayang Kulit: Behind the Scenes”
Shadow artist Maria Bodmann of Bali & Beyond revealed what goes on behind the screen, explaining the elements of Wayang Kulit, the famed shadow play theater of Bali and how the plays are performed, while Professor Brita Heimarck demonstrated the intricate gender wayang music that accompanies the shadow play and rites of passage ceremonies in Bali.
Saturday, December 10 | World Music Concert
The evening program included African drumming and dance, Greek music, and a Balinese Shadow Play performance featuring LA-based dalang, Maria Bodmann, and two gender wayang musicians: Boston University’s Brita Heimarck and her Berklee colleague, Erin McCoy.
Dating back to at least 930 AD, Wayang Kulit (Balinese Shadow Play) is one of world theatre’s oldest and most exciting events. The performance revolves around intricately designed puppets that enact myths bridging illusion and awareness. The instruments that make up the Balinese Gamelan specific to this form (Gender Wayang) create a rich musical tapestry. And the dalang, who serves as puppeteer, comedian and, in this case, bilingual narrator, weaves a tale that blurs the lines between myth and reality, sacred and mundane, current events and ancient legend.
Wednesday, December 14 | East Asian Archaeology Forum: “Writing Religion in Indonesia: Cultural Anthropology and Related Fields at Leiden University”
The International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History hosted a lecture by Risa Aizawa, from the Graduate School of Arts and Letters at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Sponsored by the Department of Archeology with support from the Boston University Center for the Humanities. [More information on ICEAACH website]
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February 18, 2010 | “An Indian Healthy Harvest Dinner”
Tulasi Srinivas, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Emerson College and Merry White, professor of Anthropology at Boston University, discussed Indian cuisine and recipes at the Culinary Arts Kitchen in the Fuller Building. The audience and the general public had a chance to join the feast.
February 18, 2010 | “Spice Girls: Globalization, ‘Indian’ Food and the Politics of Provisioning”
Globalization makes national boundaries porous, as people, culture, goods, and ideas cross boundaries, moving from one world to another. New links are forged between the social structure and economy, between global markets and local governments, and between diverse cultures and peoples. Food is a subtle text that incorporates these seismic social and economic changes as it is used variously as a signifier of cosmopolitanism, globalism, localism, traditionalism, or nationalism all emergent from these boundary-crossing endeavors. Tulasi Srinivas discussed and unpacked the emerging world of “Indian” food in the West; “Indian” new worlds of food packaging in India and New Jersey that enable global distribution; the hinterland of agricultural change in rural India that influences global eating habits; the shifting understanding of culinary knowledge evidenced through film and texts as they relate to earlier historical examples of globalizing Indian food, and the contemporary western understanding of what constitutes “Indian” food, seen in the British fascination with “curry” as the most popular takeout option. Spice Girls represent a new wave of Indian woman food entrepreneurs in Bangalore, India, New Jersey and London whose “authentic” packaged food is the basis for a changing conception of Indian food and unearths gendered provisioning practices that enable this new entrepreneurship.
February 20, 2010 | Performance: The 2010 Hope Show
The Boston University China Care Fund & Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, with support from the Hong Kong Student Association and the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, were pleased to present the 2010 Hope Show at the Tsai Performance Center, a benefit performance for the China Care Foundation. The show featured multiple performers and student acts. The proceeds benefited the China Care Foundation, an organization that pays for surgeries to correct disabilities and birth defects for Chinese orphans.
February 23, 2010 | “A Story from Burma” with Ma Thida
Ma Thida is a Burmese surgeon and writer. In addition to working at a nonprofit hospital and clinic, she is the editor and publisher of a youth magazine in Yangon and writes commentary for a monthly Burmese literary magazine. Recognized mostly for her short stories, she also writes nonfiction articles. Her first novel, The Sunflower, is in Burmese. Her works have been translated into Catalan, English, Japanese, and Macedonian. Thida has received a PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, a Reebok Human Rights Award, and an honorary award from the American Association of Arts and Sciences while she was in prison. She was at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2005 and at the International Writers Project at Brown University in 2008-2009. In this talk, Ma Thida described life in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, under military government using examples from her life as a medical doctor and as a freelance writer/journalist. She pondered the difficulties of living a free and just life in this society. She also read one of her short stories.
February 26, 2010 | “Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand” with Duncan McCargo
Since 2004, Thailand’s Malay Muslim majority southern border provinces have been the site of a low-intensity conflict that has claimed more than three thousand lives. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork in the region, Duncan McCargo discussed the origins, causes and character of the ongoing violence and outline ways in which the problems of the region could be addressed and ameliorated. At the core of his argument is the conviction that the conflict is essentially political in nature, and concerns the intensely contested legitimacy of Thai state power in the deep South. Duncan McCargo is professor of Southeast Asian politics at the University of Leeds. His most recent books are Rethinking Thailand’s Southern Violence (NUS Press, 2007) and Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell, 2008).
March 17, 2010 | Film: Cape No. 7
BUCSA and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Boston were pleased to present the Taiwanese film Cape No. 7. In the film, Aga, a band singer, returns to Hengchun with frustration. Tomoko is a Japanese model assigned to organize a local warm-up band for the Japanese super star beach concert. Together with five other ordinary Hengchun residents, who were not expected to be great or anything, they formed an impossible band.
March 18, 2010 | Lecture: “Placing Students at the Center of Teacher Learning” with Catherine Lewis
Currently director of lesson study research projects funded by NSF and IES and a senior research scientist at Mills College, Catherine Lewis comes from four generations of public school teachers. Fluent in Japanese, she has conducted research in Japanese and U.S. schools for 25 years. A graduate of Harvard University (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.), she is author of more than 40 publications on elementary education and child development. Using video from Japanese elementary schools, her presentation invited participants to explore Japanese ideas about student learning and development, and to consider how Japanese elementary teachers collaboratively study classroom life and learning. Participants watched teachers as they plan, teach, observe and discuss a science lesson on levers, using it as a window to consider student learning, student motivation, and teacher collaboration. This talk was co-sponsored by the School of Education and the Boston Children’s Museum.
March 19, 2010 | “Who Wants Trade Agreements in the Asian Pacific?” with Nobuhiro Hiwatari
With the Obama administration entering negotiations to join the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) and the Hatoyama government launching a vision of an East Asian Community (EAC), it might seem that regional trade agreements are gaining a new momentum. In order to assess the strength of these initiatives, Dr. Nobuhiro Hiwatari, professor of political economy/international political economy at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Tokyo, looked beyond official statements and examined what is characteristic of countries when they start negotiating a number of trade agreements. His analysis suggests that leading signatories of trade agreements tend to be global traders (as opposed to regional traders) with past experiences of currency crises whose governments have embarked on domestic reforms and adopted market-friendly policies. For these countries, trade agreements seem to be a devise to lock in their commitment to structural reforms and stabilization policies. Hiwatari’s current research focuses on the political and international financial determinants of disinflationary fiscal adjustment and structural reform among OECD countries as well as the impact of domestic regimes and U.S. structural power on the institutionalization of economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region.
March 22, 2010 | “From Peerless Pirs to Bold Bauleys: Tiger-charmers, Islam and the Forests of the Sundarbans” with Annu Jalais
In this talk Annu Jalais examined the historical relationship between wild animals and Islam as understood by tiger-charmers in the forests of the Sundarbans. She looks at the connection between Islam and the forest in light of Richard Eaton’s thesis in The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier in which he discusses how, from 1200 AD, Sufi holy men and their converts cleared the forests of the Bengal Delta. If the link between agriculture and Islam in the Bengali context has been documented, evidence of the strange relationship between Sufi holy men who cleared the forests of South and Eastern Bengal well into the 18th century and the wild animals of the region has remained unexplored. Through present-day ‘interactions’ between wild animals and tiger-charmers, Dr. Jalais weaved together the untold stories that lie in-between the transformation of the pirs of old Bengal to the tiger-charmers or bauleys of today. Jalais is the author of Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans (2010).
March 23, 2010 | Lecture: “Shifting Patterns of Dissent and Repression in a Changing China” with Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Jianli Yang
This talk looked at continuities and changes since the late 1970s that have led Chinese citizens to write manifestos criticizing the government or take to the streets, and at the ways state responses to these activities have changed during the last 30 years. The starting point was the Democracy Wall Movement, which led to Wei Jingsheng being sentenced to 15 years in prison for his famous “Fifth Modernization” poster, and the ending point was Liu Xiaobo’s sentencing to 11 years in prison for subversion last Christmas (due to his role in the “Charter ‘08” movement), with stops at the Tiananmen movement of 1989 and other pivotal events in between. In surveying this terrain, attention was paid to significant shifts over time in causes and modes of popular action, and the way activists are treated. Jeffrey Wasserstrom is a Professor of Chinese History at the University of California, Irvine, editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, and a co-founder of the “China Beat” blog/electronic magazine. Jianli Yang is an Associate Fellow at the Carr Center’s Human Rights and Social Movements Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University (ASIABU) co-sponsored this event.
March 25, 2010 | Lecture: “An Indonesia Future: Beyond Conflict, Islam, and Democracy” with Aguswandi
Indonesia, the most populous Islamic nation in the world, is experiencing their biggest democratic transition. The country is moving from an era defined by an undemocratic centralist government to become a beacon of democracy in Asia and a force of strong economic growth. In this talk, Aguswandi, a fellow in Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, discussed the challenge of building democracy, implementing reform and decentralization, as well as assessing the country’s risk of Islamic terrorism. Aguswandi has been working as a post-conflict adviser for various international organization; he writes regularly on conflict, Islam, and politics in Indonesia.
March 25, 2010 | Lecture: “China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom” with Richard Baum
In his audacious and illuminating memoir, Richard Baum, a senior China scholar and sometime policy advisor, reflects on forty years of learning about and interacting with the People’s Republic of China, from the height of Maoism during the author’s UC Berkeley student days in the volatile 1960s through globalization. Anecdotes from Baum’s professional life illustrate the alternately peculiar, frustrating, fascinating, and risky activity of China watching: the process by which outsiders gather and decipher official and unofficial information to figure out what’s really going on behind China’s veil of political secrecy and propaganda. Baum’s other publications include China in Ferment: Perspectives on the Cultural Revolution; Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party, and the Peasant Question, 1962-1966; Reform and Reaction in Post-Mao China: The Road to Tiananmen; and Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping.
March 31, 2010 | Film: “Autumn Gem”
“Autumn Gem” explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine Qiu Jin (1875-1907). An accomplished writer, women’s rights advocate, and leader of a revolutionary army, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. Compared to a “Chinese Joan of Arc,” she emerged as a national heroine who redefined what it meant to be a woman in early 20th-century China. The hour-long film featured interviews with scholars, archival materials, and dramatic recreation scenes based on Qiu Jin’s original writings. It was produced and directed by two San Francisco Bay Area Chinese American filmmakers, Rae Chang and Adam Tow.
April 1, 2010 | Lecture: “Japan’s New Administration and the Future of Japan-US Relations” with Consul-General Masaru Tsuji
Masaru Tsuji briefly took stock of existing Japan-U.S. relations and provided a perspective on future Japan-U.S. cooperation in light of the advent of the two new administrations. Mr. Tsuji started by exploring the results of Japan’s recent House of Representatives election. Then, given the importance and historical strength of the bilateral relationship, Mr. Tsuji examined ongoing Japan-U.S. cooperation in three broad areas: international policies, security, and global issues. He looked at how we work alone and together on the difficult foreign and security policy issues of our time, the world economy, and global issues such as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation. Mr. Masaru Tsuji arrived in Boston as Consul General of Japan in February 2009. Immediately before coming to Boston, Mr. Tsuji held the post of Director General for International Affairs at the Ministry of Defense. He was in charge of security and defense policy, working closely with NATO member countries as well as Asia-Pacific nations on issues of defense cooperation. In the area of security, Mr. Tsuji served as Director of National Security Policy at MOFA (1999-2001).
April 6, 2010 | Lecture: “A New Frontier in Xinjiang (China): State Control and Uyghur Dissent” with Mark Elliott and Rian Thum
The July 2009 violence in Urumqi has had dramatic consequences for inhabitants throughout the enormous region of Xinjiang. In the aftermath, the responses of the government and the populace have fashioned a new sense of normalcy. To shed light on the situation in the region today, this joint presentation provided historical background on Xinjiang’s incorporation into the modern Chinese state and then examined the nature of “the new normal,” looking in particular at changes in government policies toward the Uyghurs and in the ways Uyghurs approach their relationship to the Han-majority state. The speakers challenged some of the myths about Xinjiang propagated in both the Chinese and Western news media.
April 9, 2010 | Film: “Owl and the Sparrow”
In this film, Thuy, a scrappy ten year old who lives on the outskirts of the city, has no choice in life but to work in her uncle’s bamboo factory. That is, till she packs her bags to run away into the city. Forced to survive on her own, she sells roses on the streets and relies on the kindness of strangers. This is where she meets Lan, a beautiful flight attendant on a layover, and Hai, a lonely zookeeper hiding from a changing society. Stephane Gauger directed the film. Born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Orange County, California, Mr. Gauger received a BA degree in Theatre and French literature at Cal State Fullerton. His feature directing debut, Owl and the Sparrow, shot on location in Saigon, premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2007 and was winner of more than ten awards at international festivals, including the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the emerging filmmaker award at the Denver Film Festival, and the best narrative feature at the San Francisco International Asian American Festival. This event was sponsored by the Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education.
April 10, 2010 | Lecture: “Freedom From Fear: The Struggle for Human Rights in Burma” with Min Zin
Min Zin got involved in student activism early in his life. In 1988, when he was a 14-year-old high school student, a pro-democracy movement swept through Burma. He founded a nation-wide high school student union and worked closely with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He went into hiding in 1989 to avoid arrest by the military, and his underground activist-cum-writer life lasted for nine years until he fled across the Thai-Burma border in August 1997. He was a cultural page editor (1999 to 2002) of the Thailand-based Irrawaddy magazine (www.irrawaddy.org), later becoming its assistant editor (2002 to 2004). Shifting from print to radio journalism, from 2004 to 2007 Min Zin delivered hard news, commentary, features, and interviews as an international broadcaster with the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (Burmese Service). In 2001-2002, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Journalism. He is now a freelance journalist writing for the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Bangkok Post, The Irrawaddy and other publications. This event took place as part of the “Civic Voices: An International Democracy Memory Bank” project.
April 12, 2010 | Lecture: “Vietnamese Writing on the Vietnam War” with Kevin Bowen, Nguyen Ba Chung, and Fred Marchant
The focus of this event, hosted by the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and the Boston University College of General Studies, was Vietnamese poetry. Kevin Bowen, Nguyen Ba Chung, and Fred Marchant read poems and told personal stories about the war and about Vietnam. Kevin Bowen is the director of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He served with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and has returned to Vietnam many times, initiating cultural, educational, and humanitarian exchanges. A poet and translator, he has authored and edited more than a dozen collections of poetry and prose, most recently a collection of his own poems, Thai Binh: Great Peace (2009). Nguyen Ba Chung is a Research Associate at the William Joiner Center. He is the director of the Rockefeller Residency Program and coordinator of the center’s cultural exchanges with Vietnam. A writer, poet and translator, his essays and translations have appeared in numerous journals. Fred Marchant is a Professor of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program and Director of the Poetry Center at Suffolk University. His most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009), was named by Barnes and Noble Review as one of the five best books of poetry in 2009. He
April 14, 2010 | Film: “Love and Honor”
Professor Charles Inouye from Tufts University introduced the Japanese film, “Love and Honor” (Bushi no ichibun), directed by Yoji Yamada. The movie is about Shinnojo, a low level samurai, who lives with his pretty and loyal wife Kayo. He finds his position in a castle as a food-taster for a feudal lord to be boring and pointless, and dreams about opening a kendo school for the boys of all castes where he can teach fencing. Before he can act, he falls ill from the poisoned shellfish he tasted and becomes blind. Kayo is summoned by Shinnojo’s family to explain how the couple will survive. The film was co-sponsored by the Boston University Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, in cooperation with the Japan Society of Boston. A sushi reception followed the film.
April 15, 2010 | Lecture: “States of Play: Modernity, Pop Culture, and Soft Power in Japan’s Changing Leisure Politics” with David Leheny
When the Japanese government first began to make deliberate forays into “leisure industry policies” in the 1970s, it focused on developing industries that would allow a newly wealthy Japan to resemble other advanced industrial nations. The focus on Japanese consumption, however, shifted, as Japanese pop culture itself became a symbol of the country’s distinctiveness and resourcefulness. By 2002, Japanese government agencies would actively promote anime, manga, J-Pop, and games to other countries, both for economic benefits and for promoting the country’s “soft power.” In some ways, however, the shift conceals a deeper set of continuities regarding expectations of what a “normal” modern nation should look like, and these continuities tell us something both about global politics and about relatively durable, if malleable, understandings of national identity. David Leheny is the Henry Wendt III ’55 Professor of East Asian Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. Most of Leheny’s diverse research projects involve Japan’s reaction to and adoption of international norms, or standards of behavior that have prescriptive and constitutive effects on state action.
September 16, 2010 | Japanese Film Series: “A Taxing Woman”
September 22, 2010 | Symposium & Reception: “The Future of China
This symposium marked the publication by Roman and Littlefield of China Today, China Tomorrow. The publication has its origins in a December 2008 conference, organized by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future and the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of reform and opening in China. The goal of the conference was to consider the evolution of China’s society, economics, and politics over the course of those three decades and to think about the implications for the future of China. Symposium participants included Edward Cunningham from Boston University’s Department of Geography, Joe Fewsmith from International Relations and Political Science, Min Ye from International Relations, Robert Weller from Anthropology, and Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University.
September 24, 2010 | 2nd Annual Moonlight Ball
Organized by the Asian Student Union (ASU) in cooperation with the BU Taiwanese American Students Association (BUTASA), Singapore Collegiate Society (BUSCS), Chinese Students Association (CSA), Hong Kong Students Association (HKSA), Japanese Students Association (JSA), Vietnamese Students Association (VSA), Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPHI), and Lambda Phi Epsilon (LPhiE). For more information, feel free to check out the ASU facebook event page at or on the ASU website people.bu.edu/buasu
September 29, 2010 | Lecture and Demonstration: “The Language of Classical Indian Dance” with Mandakini Trivedi
Concealed beneath the rich and intricate fabric of Indian dance lays a system of mind – body discipline that is at once aesthetic, symbolic and yogic. Its themes steeped in mythology contain a wisdom that is still relevant to our times. Classical Indian dance is a dense idiom. It is many idioms rolled into one. Poetry, music, movement and stagecraft actually define the idiom while principles of painting, sculpture and architecture define its aesthetics and processes. What is created is an intricate stylized idiom that requires patience and a multi-faceted sensitivity of a high order. This coupled with the fact that it is a dynamic, performing idiom that destroys itself as it goes along, makes comprehension difficult. And finally, all this through a human form that we have ceased to see as sacred, makes the dance esoteric and remote.
Mandakini explains in an inter active, dialogue the intricate structure of Indian Dance, its vocabulary and grammar. She demonstrates how the classical Indian dance has managed to give form to a highly abstract thought and philosophy without loosing its child like enjoyable quality. Some of the many subjects the presentation covered are understanding the grammar of the grid in Indian Dance, mimetic stylization in Indian Dance, the concept of rasa or aesthetic delight, and the dance of Shiva among others.
September 30, 2010 | Japanese Film Series: “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” (Kaze no tani no Naushika)
October 13, 2010 | Annual Asian Studies Reception
Organizedby the student organization ASIABU and co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), the Asian Studies community at Boston University hosted an open, informal reception for all those interested in Asian Studies at BU.
October 14, 2010 | Lecture: “The Dragon’s Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa” with Deborah Brautigam
Deborah Brautigam is a professor at the School for International Service at American University. At this lecture, she will discuss the content of her new book, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa. “Is China a rogue donor, as some media pundits suggest? Or is China helping the developing world pave a pathway out of poverty, as the Chinese claim? In the last few years, China’s aid program has leapt out of the shadows. Media reports about huge aid packages, support for pariah regimes, regiments of Chinese labor, and the ruthless exploitation of workers and natural resources in some of the poorest countries in the world sparked fierce debates. These debates, however, took place with very few hard facts. China’s tradition of secrecy about its aid fueled rumors and speculation, making it difficult to gauge the risks and opportunities provided by China’s growing embrace.”
October 14, 2010 | Japanese Film Series: “Happiness of the Katakuris” (Katakuri-ke no koufuku)
October 15, 2010 | Lecture: “Separatism and Security in Xinjiang: One Year After the Urumqi Riots” with Michael Dillon
Michael Dillon is a China specialist with expertise in Chinese language and the history, politics and society of the Chinese world and is currently Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research expertise is interdisciplinary and includes historical and contemporary Xinjiang; Hui Muslims; ethnic minorities in China; China’s relations with Central Asia; Chinese border issues; and modern Chinese history. He has carried out fieldwork in Xinjiang, Gansu and Ningxia (the major Muslim regions of north-western China) and neighbouring territories, and has travelled extensively in China, most recently to Kashghar and other parts of southern Xinjiang in May 2010. He will discuss his recent experiences there, notably the Urumqi riots.
October 16, 2010 | Chinatown Walking Tour
The tour was led by Dr. Wing-kai To, Professor of History at Bridgewater State College and a Fulbright Visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese in Boston, 1870-1965, published by the Chinese Historical Society of New England.
Monday, October 18 – Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | Performance: Dance to Change the World with Mallika Sarabhai and the Darpana Musicians
Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 30 years. Always an activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Mallika began using her work for change. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. Since then Mallika has created numerous stage productions which have raised awareness, highlighted crucial issues and advocated change, several of which productions have toured internationally as well as throughout India. Co-sponsored by Boston University for the Center of Asia, CAS Core Curriculum, CFA School of Music, CFA School of Theatre, the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the School of Public Health
October 27, 2010 | Reception: Fall 2010 Chinese Oral Competition and Moon Festival
October 28, 2010 | Lecture: “Making Microsoft Japan” with Ron Hosogi
Ron Hosogi entered the technology industry in 1983, when he joined Microsoft Corporation to architect the company’s expansion into Asia. As Regional Director of Far East Operations, Hosogi founded Microsoft KK Japan in 1986, Microsoft CH Korea in 1987, and Microsoft Taiwan Corporation in 1989. After successfully establishing and managing these major subsidiary operations in Asia, Hosogi assumed leadership of Microsoft’s international OEM business in 1990, where as its director, he led sales and business development teams worldwide. During its growth phase, the OEM division was responsible for the widespread adoption of pre-installed Microsoft Windows on new personal computers. During his 22+ years at Microsoft, Hosogi has held a number of senior and executive positions for developing strategic initiatives and delivering positive results. He also successfully managed sales, marketing, operations, and product localization teams throughout his corporate career.
October 28, 2010 | Japanese Film Series: “Fireworks”
October 29, 2010 | South Asia Consortium Dinner
November 8, 2010 | Lecture: “Cases and Issues: The Work of the Dui Hua Foundation” with John Kamm
John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is founder and chairman of the Dui Hua Foundation, based in San Francisco California with offices in Hong Kong. The Dui Hua Foundation, under Kamm’s leadership, is committed to promoting respect for human rights in China and the United States, and concentrates its efforts on encouraging transparency, accountability, and the humanitarian treatment of prisoners. In addition to advising the US-China human rights dialogues, Dui Hua assists nearly all the other bilateral rights dialogues between China and western countries. Since 2005, Dui Hua has enjoyed consultative status with the United Nations, a distinction rarely given to NGOs that focus on China. The status was renewed in 2010. John Kamm was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Best Global Practices Award by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President George W. Bush in 2001. In September 2004, Kamm received a MacArthur Fellowship for “designing and implementing an original approach to freeing prisoners of conscience in China.” Kamm is the first businessman to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, which recognizes “individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and who have contributed importantly to society through their work.”
November 8 – November 12, 2010 | Conference: Becoming Asia: Asians Talking about Asians
Monday | Student Symposium: “Becoming Asia: Diversity, Cooperation, and Beyond”
Tuesday | India
Tuesday’s events consisted of an Asian Dance Demonstration and two film screenings: “Dr. Kotnis,” directed by V. Shantaram and introduced by Sunil Sharma, Associate Professor of Persian and Comparative Literature at Boston University, and “Chandni chock to China,” directed by Nikhil Advani and introduced by Richard Delacy, part-time lecturer in Hindi-Urdu at Boston University.
Wednesday | Japan
Wednesday’s events consisted of a Sushi lunch talk entitled “Something Borrowed, Something New” with Sarah Frederick, Associate Professor of Japanese at Boston University and two film screenings: “Three Resurrected Drunkards,” directed by Nagisa Oshima and introduced by Charles Warren, lecturer on film at BU and Harvard, and “The Burmese Harp,” directed by Kon Ichikawa and introduced by Suzanne O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History at BU.
Thursday | Korea
Thursday was the occasion for two more film screenings: “A Barefoot Dream,” directed by Kim Tae-Gyun and introduced by In Seul Hwang, President of the Asian Studies Initiative at BU, and “Lost Memories,” directed by Kim Ji-Woon and introduced by Jaemin Roh, Senior Lecturer in Korean and Head of the Korean Language Program at BU.
Friday | China
Friday’s events consisted of a Dim Sum lunch talk entitled, “Following the Spice Road: Chinese food culture” with Hsiao-Chih Chang, Lecturer in Chinese and Head of the Chinese Language Program at BU, and two film screenings: “The Devils on the Doorstep,” directed by Jiang Wen and introduced by Cathy Yeh, and “The City of Sadness,” directed by Ho Hsiao-Hsian, or Yi Yi.
“Becoming Asia: Asians Talking about Asia” was sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, in collaboration with The Chinese Students and Scholars Association, BU Asia Student Association, BU Korean Students Association, and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
November 11, 2010 | Japanese Film Series: “Sanjyuuro”
November 12, 2010 | Public Lecture: “The Making of Northeast Asia” with Kent Calder
In this lecture, Kent Calder, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer for East Asian Studies and the director of Japan Studies at Johns Hopkins University, talked about recent trends in the relationship among Japan, China, and Korea, as well as the broader forces driving this transformation, implications for global affairs, and theoretical paradigms for the comparative analysis of regionalism.
November 15, 2010 | Public Lecture: “Chinese Immigrants in Boston” with Wing-kai To
Wing-kai To is Professor of History at Bridgewater State College and a Fulbright Visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese in Boston, 1870-1965, published by the Chinese Historical Society of New England. Responding to Dr. To was Marilyn Halter, Professor of History and Research Associate in the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA).
November 16, 2010 | Public Lecture: “Buddhism and its Trust Networks Between Taiwan, Malaysia, and the United States”
November 19, 2010 | Symposium on Chinese Naval Modernization
December 2, 2010 | Japanese Film Series: “The Departure”
January 23, 2009 | Lecture: “Korea Exchange Bank: Crisis, Restructuring & Recovery” by Robert Fallon
In the spring of 2004, Dr. Robert Fallon became the first non-Korean to chair a publicly-traded South Korean corporation when he took over leadership of the Korea Exchange Bank. KEB was one of the leading Korean banks but remained troubled in the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis. When it was taken over by Lone Star Funds, Lone Star turned to Fallon, who drew on decades of experience in Asian finance. In his position as chairman, Fallon contributed to an extraordinary turnaround in KEB’s fortunes. In this lecture, he shared his perspective on that accomplishment and tied the problems in Korea to the current global financial crisis.
February 5, 2009 | Chinese New Year Party
The Chinese Conversation Club and the BU MLCL Chinese Program are pleased to present a party to celebrate the Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox). The event included student performances, calligrahy practice, music and films, Gong Fu, and food.
February 9, 2009 | Lecture: “Currency and Contest in East Asia: The Great Power Politics of Financial Regionalism” by William Grimes
Professor William Grimes discussed his recently published book of the same name, which examines the rise of regional financial cooperation in East Asia. The book examines the ways in which great power politics, economic interests, and market forces interact in efforts to ensure the stability of ASEAN+3 economies.
February 13-14, 2009 | Second Annual Student Conference on East Asia: “Evolving East Asia”
The BU Conference on East Asia aims to provide an interactive and open forum for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels from various institutions and diverse disciplines to share ideas and to discuss their works in progress with peers. The conference, intended for students at all levels of their undergraduate and graduate careers, aims to provide a positive and constructive inter-disciplinary setting in which students can discuss their research with their peers as well as those members of Boston University faculty who share expertise in various East Asian Studies.
The theme for the 2008/2009 BUCEA was “Evolving East Asia.” Subjects for submission and discussion engaged with the conference’s theme of regional change, growth, adaptation, and cultural integration over the past 160 years. For more information, please click here.
February 23, 2009 | Lecture: “Responsive Democracy: Increasing State Accountability in East Asia” by Jeeyang Baum
Professor Jeeyang Baum from the University of California, San Diego, presented her research on administrative reform and accountability in East Asia. In particular, she focused on the political causes and effects of the introduction of administrative procedure acts in South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
March 16, 2009 | Lecture: Modernization and Revolution in China: From the Opium Wars to World Power.
Three International History Institute (Boston University) authors and Fellows, Professors June Grasso, Jay Corrin, and Michael Kort, discussed their landmark book on modernization and revolution in China. They took questions and lead a discussion of key trends in modern Chinese history.
March 18, 2009 | Lecture : “Radical Enlightenment and Indian Religion: The Curious Case of Bernard and Picart” by Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam has written extensively on religion, trade, and politics in early modern India (15th-18th centuries). His multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion in economic and political transactions across the Indian Ocean holds broad implications for our understanding of the way religion impacts other aspects of culture. He has served as Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, as Chair in Indian History and Culture at the University of Oxford, and currently holds the Navin and Pratina Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA. For a PDF flier, please click here.
April 2-3, 2009 | Inaugural Conference: “The Idea of Asia”
On April 2-3, BUCSA held its inaugural conference. The event began on the evening of April 2 with a keynote address on “The Idea of Asia” by David Eckel of the Religion Department, a Metcalf Award winner who has been recognized as one of the finest teachers at Boston University. It was followed by a performance of Wayang Kali led by I Madé Sidia, an acclaimed dalang (shadow puppeteer) from one of Bali’s most accomplished families in this art form. The performance, which was introduced by CFA ethnomusicologist Brita Heimarck, combined the complex “classical” art form of Balinese shadow play with western theatrical and musical forms, based on a new interpretation of the Bharatayuda (Indian war) by the renowned Indonesian playwright, poet, and journalist Goenawan Mohamad. The second day of the conference included BU faculty panels on “The Idea of Asia,” “Cultural Transmission and the Boundaries of Asia,” and “Diasporas and Transnationalism in and out of Contemporary Asia.” It also featured a lecture by Harvard anthropologist Theodore Bestor on “Global Sushi” and a reading by BU’s National Book Award-winning writer Ha Jin from his recent novel, A Free Life. Parts of the event, including the Wayang Kali performance, Professor Bestor’s lecture, and Professor Jin’s reading, were filmed and are available for viewing on the BUCSA web site. The conference was co-sponsored by the BU Humanities Foundation, the CAS Core Curriculum, and the School of Music at the BU College of Fine Arts.
April 6-13, 2009 | Film Festival: “Zhang Yimou Week”
In recognition of BU’s award of an honorary doctorate to China’s most prominent film director, BUCSA also co-sponsored Zhang Yimou Week in cooperation with the Undergraduate Chinese Society, Chinese Student Association, ASIABU, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Department of Film & Television, Women’s Studies Program, Development & Alumni Relations, and International Programs. Over the course of eight days, BUCSA screened eight of Zhang’s films plus the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, accompanied by five roundtables involving both faculty and students. Films shown at the festival included Raise The Red Lantern (1991), The Story of Qiu Ju(1993), Hero (2002), Red Sorghum (1987), Ju Dou (1990), The Road Home (1999), To Live (1994), and Happy Times (2000).
Fall 2009 Semester | “South Asian Film Series”
The Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) was pleased present the 2009 South Asian Film Series. This year’s series featured numerous films from different regions of South Asia in five different languages (Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu, and English). Films featured in the series included: Parineeta (The Married Woman), 2005; Charulata (The Housewife), 1964; Alai Payuthey (Waves), 2000; Dev D, 2009; Umrao Jaan (The Courtesan), 1981; Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters), 2003; and Bollywood/Hollywood, 2002.
Fall 2009 Semester | “Fall 2009 Geddes Japanese Film Series”
BUCSA was pleased to present, in cooperation with the Boston University’s Geddes Language Center and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the Fall 2009 Japanese Film Series. Films were screened at the Geddes Center on the fifth floor of CAS starting at 6:30 p.m. Films during this semester included: After Life (1998), Twilight Samurai (2002), Taxing Woman (1987), Spirited Away (2001), Akira (1988), The Eel (1997), Princess Mononoke (1997), Naushika of the Valley of the Wind (1984), and Bounce KOGals (1997).
September 24, 2009 | Lecture: “The Gender Revolution in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Mothers by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of Sociology at Brown University, has conducted research on migrant Filipina domestic workers in Rome and Los Angeles, migrant entertainers in Tokyo, and transnational migrant families in the Philippines. She is currently writing a book on the labor and migration of Filipina hostesses in Tokyo’s nightlife industry. She is the author of the book Children of Global Migration, which explores Filipino migrant families with a focus on intergenerational family relationships from the perspectives of children.
September 23, 2009 | Lecture: “Who Really Gives Us Experiences of Awe and Ecstasy?” by Ronald Inden
Ronald Inden, Professor Emeritus in the Departments of History and of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and a major scholar in South Asian and post-colonial studies, discussed the shifting relationship of entertainment to the conventional religions in the US and the world and the problems of theorizing experience. Author of Imagining India (1990), a critical survey of the field of Indology and its history, Inden has more recently been working on popular entertainment and its relationship to religions, in South Asia, the USA, and elsewhere. Co-sponsored by the BU Humanities Foundation, BUCSA and BU Religion Department.
October 5, 2009 | Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies: “Chinese Cuisine and Banqueting: from Antiquity through the Eighteenth-Century Qianlong Emperor to the Present”
Joanna Waley-Cohen, Professor of History at New York University, and Merry White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, discussed Chinese cuisine and banqueting as Lilly Jan, from the Gastronomy Program at Boston University demonstrated historic recipes and the whole public had a chance to join in on the feast.
October 5, 2009 | Lecture: What’s Cooking?’ The Culinary Profession in Pre-modern China” by Joanna Waley-Cohen
In ancient China cooking was a metaphor for government and cooked food a metaphor for civilization. Over the centuries, gastronomic knowledge ranked in China alongside art and literature as one of the essential qualities of the refined sophisticate. Among other things, this meant that some cooks became ministers of state while others became celebrities, and many people devoted enormous energy to honing their culinary skills and knowledge, with sometimes unexpected consequences. In this talk Joanna Waley-Cohen of New York University described some of the different ways in which cooking sometimes proved to be a way of opening the door to fame and fortune for both men and women in pre-modern China.
October 7, 2009 | Lecture: “Famine and Socialism: Exploring the Cases of China and the Soviet Union” by Felix Wemheuer
Despite the fact that the Communist movement promised to abolish hunger, famines managed to occur several times under state socialism. The Soviet Union experienced a famine from 1919 to 1921, as well as from 1931 to 1933 and again in 1947. Famine also occurred in the People’s Republic of China (1959-1961). The talk will compare the Soviet and Chinese cases. It will raise questions of why these famines took place and what distinguishes “socialist” famines from famines elsewhere. Felix Wemheuer discussed the pre-revolutionary experiences with famine relief, the role of the leadership, the rural-urban divide, and the relationship between the peasants and the party in both countries. He also analyzed discourses of hunger in China (1949-1958) and the Soviet Union (1928-1940). In this context, Dr. Wemheuer explored how the definition of “enough food to make a living” became a highly political issue. In the end, he evaluated the capability of socialist regimes to deal with malnutrition and famine.
October 9, 2009 | Pardee House Seminar: “Global Development Beyond the Financial Crisis”
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future held a lunch seminar featuring Professor William W. Grimes and Professor Shahrukh Rafi Khan.
October 23, 2009 | “Fall 2009 Chinese Oral Competition”
Organized by BUCSA, in coordination with the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature Chinese Program and the BU Chinese Conversation Club
October 27, 2009 | Panel Discussion: “Cross-Cultural Religious Perspectives on Narrative.”
What is the role of story or narrative in human understanding? What specific human cognitive or imaginative capacities are required for the construction and discernment of narrative patterns in our lives? This event took place as part of the Institute of Philosophy and Religion at Boston University’s 2009-2010 series on the importance of philosophical and religious narrative in human self-understanding, culminating with a conference in Spring 2010 on philosophical and intellectual life-story writing. Participants included Michael Puett, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; Anne Monius, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University; M. David Eckel, Department of Religion, Boston University; and John Berthrong, Associate Dean, School of Theology, Boston University. Organized by the Institute of Philosophy and Religion at Boston University.
October 29, 2009 | Lecture: “The Dragon Is Really Breathing Fire: Marketing in China” by Stephan Bassett
Boston University and the Center for the Study of Asia were pleased to present Stephan Bassett, Managing Partner and Director Asia Pacific of Synomica, a branding, marketing, and business solutions team that focuses on emerging markets. Mr. Bassett has led the Global Brand Strategies seminar series for Columbia University MBA candidates; was a keynote speaker and panelist at the Asian CEO Forum in Beijing where he outlined the best ways to overcome hurdles and build profits in emerging economies; and served as a speaker at the Businessweek sponsored Shanghai Asian Leadership Forum on how to successfully master the art of leading a local organization for the success in Asia’s business environment.
November 4, 2009 | Lecture: “Place and Memory in the Singing Crane Garden” by Vera Schwarcz
Historian and poet Vera Schwarcz of Wesleyan University discussed her recent book Place and Memory in the Singing Crane Garden. At the heart of her investigation is a nearly forgotten garden on the campus of Peking University (Beida), once the personal sanctuary of a Manchu prince during the Qing dynasty. In 1860, a punitive expedition of British forces under the command of Lord Elgin looted the Summer Palace and incinerated the grounds, including the Singing Crane Garden. The owner of the garden, Prince Yihuan, chose to leave it in ruins. Thereafter, he wrote dark poems of grief centered on the ravaged landscape. One century later, during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the Singing Crane Garden became the site of trauma again, when it was used as the staging ground for denouncing university professors as counter-revolutionaries. Recently, this same piece of land underwent another makeover, becoming the site of the Arthur Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology. The place itself bears little trace of its turbulent history. Schwarcz draws on personal interviews and literary sources to restore an authentic past to a place where memories have been effaced.
November 9, 2009 | Lecture and Performance: “P’ansori” by Chan Park
Dr. Chan E. Park shared her insights into the distinctive aspects of Korea’s musical and narrative heritage with special attention to p’ansori, a form of story-singing. The exact origins of Korea’s p’ansori tradition are unclear, but it’s thought to have sprung from indigenous shaman chants. P’ansori proliferated throughout the nineteenth century, and in the 1960s was designated by the Korean government as an official intangible cultural treasure. In 2003 the art form was recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The program featured a lecture, a demonstration, and a questions period. This event has been generously co-sponsored by the Korea Society.
November 12, 2009 | Lecture: “US-Pakistan: Opportunities and Challenges” by Ambassador Husain Haqqani
Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Pakistan Ambassador to The United States will be speaking about the current situation in Pakistan and the status of Pakistan-US relations. Ambassador Haqqani has an extensive background in journalism, having worked as the East Asian correspondent for Arabia-The Islamic World Review and as the Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Ambassador Haqqani also has a notable career in government. He has served as an adviser to three Pakistani prime ministers and as Pakistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992 to 1993. Ambassador Haqqani is currently on a leave of absence from the Boston University Department of International Relations.
November 18, 2009 | Lecture: “After the Landslide: How Have the Democrats Changed Japanese Politics?” by Amy Catalinac and Tobias Harris
In September 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan won a massive landslide in the House of Representatives election. After more than fifty years of nearly unbroken rule by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, the Democrats promised to fundamentally reform Japanese politics and foreign policy. The election results led to widespread speculation about what the Democrats would (or could) do. Now, two months after the inauguration of Democratic Party-led cabinet, what do we know about the ability and determination of the new government to effect the changes that they pledged in their campaign manifesto? Amy Catalinac (Harvard University) and Tobias Harris (MIT) are young political scientists who have worked inside the LDP and DPJ parties and remain keen observers of Japan’s political scene. they recorded their observations at the time of the election through blogs.
November 30, 2009 | Lecture: “Prisoner of the State: the Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang by Bao Pu and Adi Ignatius
” In 1989, reformist leader and former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang publicly defied the Communist Party of China by sympathizing with the student protests in Tiananmen Square, a decision that resulted in his house arrest until his death in 2005. In this lecture, co-editors Bao Pu and Adi Ignatius told the extraordinary story of the release and importance of Zhao’s memoirs. Created in secret and smuggled out of China, they provide an unrivaled inside look at the Chinese leadership and new insights into the history of the Tiananmen struggle. The lecture was featured in BU Today.
December 3, 2009 | Reception: “Asian Studies Annual Reception.”
Organized by the student organization ASIABU and co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), the Asian Studies community at Boston University hosted an informal reception that was open and free to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and others interested in Asian Studies at BU.
December 11, 2009 | Lecture: “Long in the Making: Taiwan’s Institutionalized Party System” by Ten-jen Cheung
Professor Ten-jen Cheung of the College of William and Mary looked at the December 5 county magistrate elections in the context of Taiwan’s recent history. Professor Fewsmith served as a discussant. This lecture took place as part of court IR 582/PO 582, “Taiwan: Politics and Transformation.”
December 14, 2009 | Lecture: “A Conversation with Representative Taro Kono”
Representative Taro Kono spoke about recent developments in Japanese politics. Taro Kono has been a member of the Japanese Diet (parliament) since 1996, and is considered to be one of the leading politicians of his generation in Japan. Earlier this fall, he ran for the presidency of the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan’s main opposition party, garnering significant support from younger-generation politicians and coming in second. He is currently serving as the Director-General of the party’s International Bureau. Mr. Kono is considered to be a leading voice on international relations in Japan and has been at the center of a variety of debates, including U.S.-Japan security relations, promotion of a war memorial to serve as an alternative to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, and reform of the United Nations. He has also been deeply involved in economic issues, having worked in the private sector before entering politics. He has an unusual level of international experience, having graduate from Georgetown University with a degree in foreign service, interned with Alabama Congressman (now Senator) Richard Shelby, and lived in Singapore for two years.
January 25, 2008 | When East Is West and West Is East | Translating Murakami in Poland
Part of the Literary Translation Seminar (UNI HU 540), this lecture is open to the public. The speaker is Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Lecturer on Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Boston University.
February 15, 2008 | Performance Dimensions of Korean Poetry | Reading, Writing, Translating
Part of the Literary Translation Seminar (UNI HU 540), this lecture is open to the public. The speaker is David McCann, Director of the Korea Institute, and Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature, Harvard University.
March 24, 2008 | Pre-Departure HPAIR Luncheon
Boston University students selected to attend the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations met with faculty advisors, Professors Menegon, Fewsmith, and Grimes, as well as the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies to discuss the upcoming conference and the future of Asian studies at BU.
September 15, 2008 | Annual Lecture in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program: Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, President and CEO of the Asia Society (New York)
Dr. Desai is an internationally renown scholar of South Asian art. Recipient of numerous grants form the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture, and the American Institute of Indian Studies, she has published extensively on traditional Indian art and contemporary Asian art. Prior to joining the Asia Society (http |//www.asiasociety.org/) in 1990 (she is president since 2004), Dr. Devai was curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Islamic art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
October 15, 2008 | Public Lecture: “Stagnating WTO Negotiations and Japan’s Regional FTA Options”
The BU Center for the Study of Asia was pleased to present H.E. Yoichi Suzuki, Consul-General, Consulate-General of Japan in Boston in a lecture that discussed WTO and other trade negotiations from a Japanese perspective.
October 15, 2008 | Fall 2008 Japanese Movie Series: “The Funeral”
October 22, 2008 | Fall 2008 Japanese Movie Series: “In the Realm of the Senses”
October 29, 2008 | Fall 2008 Japanese Movie Series: “Maborosi”
October 29, 2008 | Asian Studies Annual Reception
Organized by the student organization ASIABU and co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA)
November 5, 2008 | Fall 2008 Japanese Movie Series: “Tampopo”
November 13, 2008 | Book Talk: “Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China’s Eternal First Lady”
Laura Tyson Li talked about her recent book, Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China’s Eternal First Lady, the first English-language biography of one of the world’s most influential, colorful, and controversial women in modern history. Madame Chiang’s life (1898-2003) spanned the twentieth century, much of it lived at the epicenter of events not only in the turbulent history of modern China, but in the epic struggles — World War Two, the Cold War — that engulfed the world for much of the twentieth century.
November 20, 2008 | Public Lecture: “Sino-U.S. Relations”
Jin Canorong of Renmin University spoke at Boston University on the current relations between the U.S. and China. The event was sponsored by the Center for International Relations and co-sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA).
December 3, 2008 | Film Screening: “Seoul Train”
Filmmakers Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butterworth set off for Korea and China with an ambitious plan to document the secretive Underground Railroad smuggling North Korean refugees out of China. The Chinese Government systematically arrests and forcibly repatriates hundreds of these refugees each month. Defecting from North Korea is a capital offense. Seoul Train is an expose into this growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis that threatens to undermine the stability of East Asian peace.
December 3, 2008 | Exhibition: “East Meets West”
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center held an exhibition to discover those who cross between the worlds of Southeast Asia and the West. The exhibition included writings, diaries, photographs, and letters in the personal collections of C. Y. Lee, Han Suyin, Bhabani Bhattacharya, R. K. Narayan, Eugene Burdick, and others.
December 8, 2008 | Pardee Center Conference: “Three Decades of Reform and Opening: Where is China Headed?”
The Pardee Center held an international conference titled, organized by Prof. Joseph Fewsmith, and included sessions on China’s economy, social order, politics, and development, and included a keynote address by Amb. Stapleton Roy. Other scheduled conference speakers included Edward Cunningham, Joseph Fewsmith, Sebastian Heilmann, Jamie Horsley, Joanna Lewis, Yawei Liu, Yuanli Liu, Barry Naughton, Elizabeth Perry, Jiantao Ren, Carl Riskin, Yanefi Sun, Robert Weller, Min Ye, and Yongnian Zheng.
January 22, 2007 | Lecture: “Chinese Buddhist Networks in the Wanli Period of the Ming Dynasty (1573-1620)”
Jennifer Eichman, Seton Hall University and Academia Sinica. Organized as part of the BU East Asian Religions Faculty Search.
January 29, 2007 | Lecture: “The Invention of ‘Religion’ in Meiji Japan”
Dr. Jason A. Josephson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University; PhD, Stanford University. Organized as part of the BU East Asian Religions Faculty Search.
February 5, 2007 | Japanese Literature Talk: “The Jostle and Push: Medieval Japanese Poets in Competitive Fields of Cultural Service”
Christian Ratcliff, PhD, Yale University. Organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
February 7, 2007 | Spring 2007 Asian Studies Reception
February 8, 2007 | Japanese Literature Talk: “Mishima Yukio: Camp, Kitsch, or Crazy?” by Keith Vincent (New York University)
Organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
February 12, 2007 | Japanese Literature Talk: “The Patterning of Collective Voice in Early Japanese Poetry”
Torquil Duthie, University of Pittsburgh. Organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
2007 Chinese New Year Party
Sponsored by Chinese Conversation Club and BU Dept. of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
February 14, 2007 | Japanese Literature Talk: “Fiction for Revolution in Early Twentieth Century Japan”
Samuel Perry, PhD, University of Chicago. Organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
March 7, 2007 | Rouner Memorial Lecture
Roger Ames, professor of Chinese philosophy at the University of Hawai’i, editor of the important journal Philosophy East and West, and a world authority on early Chinese thought and comparative philosophy, delivered the Rouner Memorial Lecture at BU’s Institute of Philosophy and Religion.
March 22nd-25th, 2007 | Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies
April 3, 2007 | Lecture: “The Taiyechi Royal Garden and Shangyanggong: New Light on Garden Archaeology of the Tang Dynasty “
Jiang Bo, Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing
April 4, 2007 | Lecture: “Several Questions Concerning the Origins of Ancient Chinese Civilization”
Prof. Wang Wei, Director, Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing
April 11, 2007 | Lecture: “Essentializing Hybridity: Cedric Dover’s conception of “the Eurasian” as an Emergent Race”
Emma Teng, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT
April 26, 2007: Spring Cultural Event
A brief slideshow on Islam in China and a live presentation by master calligrapher, Haji Noor Deen. Organized by the BU Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations and Islamic Society of Boston University.
June 20, 2007 | Lecture: “Taiwan’s Educational Reform and the Future of Taiwan” by Dr. Cheng-Sheng Tu, Minister of Education, Taiwan
October 23, 2007 | Fall 2007 Asian Studies Reception
Organized by ASIABU, this was an occasion for undergraduate and graduate studnets in Asian Studies to meet their peers, mingle with Asian Studies faculty, enjoy some Asian refreshments, and find out more about Asian Studies at BU!
November 16, 2007 | “Chinese Rap: Kuaiban and Popular Performance Arts in China”
A performance by Dr. Jan Walls. Sponsored by: BU East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, BU Department of Modern, Languages and Comparative Literature, ASIABU (Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University), Boston Children’s Museum.
November 30 – December 1, 2007 | 2007 Graduate Student Conference on East Asia at Boston University.
The BU Graduate Student Conference on East Asia aims to provide a forum for graduate students from various institutions and diverse disciplines to share ideas and to discuss their works in progress with peers and with leading scholars in the field of East Asian studies. As an interdisciplinary conference, the BU Graduate Conference on East Asia includes topics focusing on East Asian history and international history as pertains to East Asia, in addition to the current East Asian political, socio-economic, and cultural climates. Professor Emeritus Ezra Vogel of Harvard University gave the keynote address: “East Asia towards the year 2010: What the Region Should, Can, and Will Do.”
December 1, 2007 | All in Good Taste: A Boston Tea Party
The Howard Thurman Center sponsored a tasting of teas from around the world, as well as pastries, deserts, and games.
December 3, 2007 | Discussion on Environment in Western China
Prof. Zhang Jijiao and Prof. Du Fachun from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences offered a presentation on a WWF project, “Climate Change and its Impact on Local Environment in the Source Region of the Yangzi River” and “Ecological Migration in the West of China.”
September 30, 2005 | Lecture: “Deliver Us from Evil: Confession, Good Death, and Salvation in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Chinese Catholicism”
Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of History, Boston University
October 28, 2005 | Lecture: “Of Shrines, Hooligans and Atomic Bombs: The History Issue in East Asia”
Thomas Berger, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University
November 18, 2005 | Lecture: “Summoning Confucius: Inside Shi Lu’s Artistic Imagination during the Cultural Revolution”
Shelley Hawks, College of General Studies, Boston University
December 9, 2005 | Lecture: “A Yen for Asia? Japan’s Role in East Asian Regionalism”
William Grimes, Professor of International Relations, Boston University
January 27, 2006 | Roundtable on the Prospects for Asian Studies on Campus
February 24, 2005 | Lecture: “Gendering China? Mei Lanfang’s Visit to Japan, May 1919″
Catherine Yeh, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Boston University
March 24, 2006 | Lecture: “Preservation and Invention: Japan’s Imperial Museums in the Modern Period”
Alice Tseng, Associate Professor of Art History, Boston University
April 23, 2006 | Panel Discussion: “The EU-US-China Triangle”
Organized by the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University. A panel discussion on how China’s new position on the world stage may be affecting the U.S and Europe. To listen to this discussion, click here.
April 28, 2006 | Lecture: “Cafe Society in Japan: Urbanities of Space, Time and Coffee”
Merry White, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
October 3, 2006 | Delegation from Xiamen University (PRC) visiting BU
October 25, 2006 |Lecture: “Evil and Conventional Truth in Chinese Buddhist Thought”
Brook Ziporyn, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Northwestern University
November 2, 2006 | Delegation from Shandong University (PRC) visiting BU
November 7, 2006 | Japanese Butoh: Performance, Lecture, Workshop
Founder of GooSayTen, Itto Morita delivered a lecture with visuals at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) titled “Butoh Body: Japanese Conceptions of the Body and Butoh Dance.” The lecture was followed by a reception at CURA and a Butoh workshop.
November 8th, 2006 | “To the White, To the Sky”
GooSayTen Butoh Dance Duo Japanese Butoh performance presented by the Japan Society of Boston.