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NEWS: Hellfire: Addressing Japan’s Post-War Identity and Experience

October 7th, 2015 in Fall 2015, Featured, News.

On Tuesday evening students and faculty joined professors Thomas Berger (BU), Alice Tseng (BU), and Franziska Seraphim (Boston College) for a screening of the 1986 documentary Hellfire: Journey through Hiroshima. Detailing the artistic method and meaning behind the infamous Hiroshima Panels by husband and wife artists Iri and Toshi Maruki, the panels have become global fixtures in understanding the atrocities of war. Depicting the grotesque and mangled bodies of the victims following the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima (which the two have described as Hell), the panels have since been viewed as a graphic message advocating for permanent disarmament and world peace. Following the film, professors Berger, Tseng and Seraphim participated in a panel discussing the lingering impact of... More

10/5: Asian Studies Fall 2015 Reception

October 2nd, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015.

Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Ziskind Lounge, George Sherman Union, Second Floor The Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and the Asian Studies Initiative cordially invite you to join us in celebration at our Fall Reception! Come socialize with faculty, scholars and students associated with the study of Asia and help us build the BUCSA community. Please RSVP to or via the form below. Thanks and hope to see you all there!

10/6: Hiroshima and the Postwar Japanese Experience

October 2nd, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Location: 871 Commonwealth Ave (CGS), Room 511 In partnership with the A Call for Peace: Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels & Artifacts from the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki art exhibit at BU's Stone Gallery, BUCSA and HAA is hosting a panel discussion focused on Hiroshima and its lasting effects in Japan following World War II.  We will be screening the 1986 film Hellfire: A Journey Through Hiroshima, which will be promptly followed by a panel discussion. Professor of International Relations Thomas Berger (BU), Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture Alice Tseng (BU), and Associate Professor of History Franziska Seraphim (Boston College) will be participating in what is sure to be a lively and engaging discussion.   Please join us Tuesday, October 6, 2015... More

NEWS: Riding the “Korean Wave”

October 2nd, 2015 in Fall 2015, Featured, News.

Forget Hurricane Joaquin, BU has been hit by the "Korean Wave." Increasing interest in all-things related to Korean culture has spread across campus, with many professors and faculty taking note. BU Today recently reported on this phenomenon and the effects it has had not only on student life, but academia as well: In little more than a decade, South Korea has become a major exporter of pop culture, fueled by the popularity of Korean pop (K-pop) music and videos on YouTube and serialized TV K-dramas. Teenagers and college students are largely responsible for the growing embrace of all things Korean, popularly referred to as the “Korean Wave,” so it’s no surprise to see signs of it around BU. But here... More

10/11: 2015 Yellow River Cantata

September 29th, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015, Featured.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Location: Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave. Thanks to a generous gift from BU Trustee Hugo X. Shong, COM '87, BU faculty, staff, & students can receive two free tickets per BU ID to the 2015 Yellow River Cantata at Agganis Arena on Sunday, October 11th at 7:30 pm. Directed by Wanjun Qiao, the Yellow River Cantata features 1,000 singers from more than 20 different choruses from the U.S. and Canada. The Yellow River Cantata is by Chinese composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945). Composed in Yan'an in early 1939 during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the work was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran. It is recommended that tickets be picked up in advance as availability... More

NEWS: Thomas Christensen Addresses China’s Rising Role

September 18th, 2015 in Fall 2015, Featured, News.

Nearly 70 students, faculty, and government officials crowded in at the Frederick S. Pardee School for Global Studies on Monday to hear Professor Thomas J. Christensen speak about the real challenges facing diplomats in dealing with China. After a welcome full of admiration, Christensen began by defining what he believed the "China challenge" to be. He dismissed the idea that China presents a significant security risk or peer competitor to the United States in terms of military might or global influence. Christensen focused on the power that China does have in terms of being able to destabilize the region, as well as the responsibilities it faces to become actively engaged in global governance. If China remains neutral or actively opposes movements toward nonproliferation, financial... More

NEWS: Julie Klinger Wins East Asia Professorship

September 15th, 2015 in Fall 2015, Featured, News.

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies has released a statement regarding the Julie Klinger's award: Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was awarded the East Asia Studies Career Development Professorship by the BU Office of the Provost. [...] The award was announced on Sept. 11, and was was launched this past January through the backing of a BU alumnus based in Taiwan. It recognizes assistant professors in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication, the College of Fine Arts, and the Questrom School of Business whose research is specific to East Asia. The award includes a three-year, non-renewable stipend designed to support scholarly or creative... More

9/14: The China Challenge: Shaping the Choice of a Rising Power

September 2nd, 2015 in Announcements, Events, Fall 2015, News.

Date: Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Location: Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road China is primarily seen as a threatening rival superpower to the United States, especially in the context of U.S. relations and alliances in the Asia-Pacific.  In his new book The China Challenge:  Shaping the Choice of a Rising Power, Thomas J. Christensen argues against this zero-sum vision.  On the contrary, he explains and examines a new paradigm in which the U.S. must dissuade China from instigating regional aggression while still encouraging the country's participation in regional and global order.  Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a compelling new assessment of U.S.-China relations that is essential reading for anyone interested in... More

9/17: Division of Regional and Thematic Studies Fall 2015 Reception

August 31st, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015, Featured.

Date: Monday, Sept. 17, 2015 Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road Professor Timothy Longman, Chair of the Committee of Directors of the Division of Regional and Thematic Studies of the Pardee School of Global Studies invites you to our first Fall Welcome Reception. Come socialize with faculty affiliated with the various interdisciplinary programs in the Pardee School who work on diverse regions of the world. We are seeking to build an intellectual community of scholars committed to international and area studies and would love to have you come join us! RSVP below by Monday, September 14.        

NEWS: BUCSA Researcher Grant Rhode awarded Taiwan Fellowship

May 31st, 2015 in News, Spring 2015.

The Center for the Study of Asia congratulates BUCSA Visiting Researcher Grant F. Rhode, who has been awarded a Taiwan Fellowship to research and write on Taiwan’s approach to disputes in the East and South China Seas.  The fellowship will support four months of research in Taiwan from June through October, 2015.  While in Taiwan, Dr. Rhode will be affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Taiwan University Dr. Rhode has been a BUCSA Visiting Researcher since 2012, has organized several activities and events with the Center and in collaboration with BU faculty on campus and beyond. While affiliated with BUCSA, Dr. Rhode has conducted research on Asian maritime issues and on China educational... More