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

March 27th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

  You’ve passed by it at least a few times and perhaps have been to a restaurant or two there during your time in Boston. It ranks top three of its kind in U.S. and it’s the home of several Asian-American cultures in New England. Welcome to Boston Chinatown! Join us for a walking tour to explore the past, present and future of Chinatown by visiting various historical sites and hidden cultural gems in the neighborhood. Professor Wing-Kai To, from Bridgewater State College will guide us and bring us back in time to learn how urban renewal affected Chinatown in the 1960's and residents’ efforts in revitalizing the once vibrant community. The tour is aim to give you a better understanding on... More

EVENT: Indian Americans: The Life and Work of a New Immigrant Community. What can Chinese in America Learn? (04/16/14)

March 27th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

  Time: 4:00 pm -6:00 pm, Wednesday, April 16 Location: 1 Silber Way, Kenmore Room (9th Floor)

EVENT: Mapping the Kumbh Mela: A presentation by Rahul Mehrotra (03/27/14)

March 24th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

  The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious festival that occurs every twelve years at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in the city of Allahabad. Since its inception early in the first millennium CE, the Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world; today it draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks to bathe in the auspicious rivers. The Mela provides a forum for both individual and collective expressions of faith as pilgrims, religious teachers, and followers of monastic orders converge from all parts of India. The Mela also inspires interdisciplinary research in a number of complementary fields. Pilgrimage and religious studies, public health, design, communications, business, and infrastructure... More

EVENT: BENDING ADVERSITY: Japan and the Art of Survival with David Pilling (03/21/14)

March 17th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

  In Bending Adversity, Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan. Free and Open to the Public - Book Signing and Reception to Follow Co-sponsored by Japan Society Boston and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University Time: 6:00 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014 Location: The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road

EVENT: Inconsequence: Some Little Known Mutinies Around 1946 – A lecture by Leela Gandhi (04/03/14)

March 16th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

  Join us for a presentation by Leela Gandhi, professor of English, University of Chicago; Committee of Southern Asian Cultures and Societies; and senior fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory. Gandhi will discuss the outbreak of anti-imperial global mutinies in the demobilization era, with a particular focus on the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946. The talk will draw upon trial proceedings for the perpetrators of this outbreak, and analyses its negative reception in the national and world media. Co-sponsored by Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), the Society, Politics and Culture Workshop of the Department of Sociology, India Initiatives, BU Global Programs Time: 5:00 pm-6:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014 Location: College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth... More

EVENT: Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All – A lecture by Costas Lapavitsas

February 26th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Spring 2014.

Join us for a lecture by Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The lecture celebrates the release by Verso Press of Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All. Lapavitsas explores the roots of the recent economic crisis in terms of "financialization," the most salient feature of which is the rise of financial profit, in part extracted directly from households through financial expropriation, and discusses the options available for controlling finance and resolutions to the current crisis. The event will be moderated by Cornel Ban, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University and a specialist in the political economy of crises and transitions. Costas Lapavitsas's research interests include the relationship of... More

NEWS: Boston University Asian Alumni Meeting in Beijing

February 26th, 2014 in Featured, News, Spring 2014.

Boston University alumni are on the move — around the world! This March, BU alumni are meeting in Beijing for BU Momentum, the largest gathering of alumni in Asia in Boston University history. This weekend-long event combines BU’s 5th Asian Alumni Festival and 5th Asian Business Forum into one can’t-miss opportunity to network, reconnect with classmates, and celebrate the energy and trajectory of your alma mater. The gathering is going to take place at the five-star China World Hotel for three days of cultural excursions, networking events, business panels, celebrations, and more. Date: March 28-March 30 Location: China World Hotel No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, 100004, China Check also the profile of one of our most successful alumni in China, Hugo Shong, Boston University Trustee, and based in Beijing, More

NEWS: Special Report: China-A Generation Comes to Learn, and Returns to Build

February 25th, 2014 in News.

1. Fortunate Ones--by Sara Rimer Defined by being only children and empowered by a roaring economy, Chinese students are seizing the best college education in the world. 2. Visiting Scholars--by Rich Barlow As Chinese students meet the challenges of a new language and new ways to learn, higher education finds new ways to welcome them. 3. Nation Builders--by Art Jahnke China's nextgen returns home with ideas and skills that will energize business and influence economies around the world. For the complete report, click here.

EVENT: “Experimenting with Apsara 飛天: Mei Lanfang’s New Opera ‘Fairy Gives Flowers to the Earth’ and Peking Opera Modernism” Workshop (03/07/2014)

February 21st, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Spring 2014.

“梅蘭芳《天女散花》”討論會 Participants: Eileen Cheng-Yin Chow (Duke University) Wai-Yee Li (Harvard University) David Wang (Harvard University) Eugene Wang (Harvard University) Rudolf Wagner (Heidelberg University) Catherine Yeh (Boston University) Conference abstract: Mei Lanfang’s new opera “Tiannü sanhua” 天女散花 performed in 1917 can be considered as a milestone in the history of Peking opera. It was an artistic tour de force: an opera newly written by Mei’s supporters and tailored to him; a new dance arrangement that integrated singing, new types of costumes, a new makeup (including hairdo), and a new stage design and lighting with props. It was also an event of unprecedented social engagement of literati, politicians turned patrons, a new breed of newspaper theater critics, as well as photographers and eventually painters. Billed as a major event at... More

OPPORTUNITIES: University of Missouri Japan Summer Program, June 16~ August 12, 2014

February 21st, 2014 in Fellowships, Opportunities.

Again this year we are inviting applications from students from other colleges and universities for the University of Missouri Japan Summer Program. Students train in traditional Japanese puppetry, Taiko Drumming, Kyudo Archery, and other Japanese performing and martial arts, while learning Japanese and living with Japanese host families. University of Missouri Japan Summer Program, June 16~ August 12, 2014 Like and Share on Facebook: Applications are now being accepted for the University of Missouri 2014 Summer Japan Program. College and university students or graduates from any institution are welcome to apply for the program. Students begin in the Kansai region of Japan in pre-program activities in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Wakayama. The Program then moves to a seaside youth hostel in Tokushima on the... More