BUCSA News Archives

Portraits of Freedom: The Womxn Driving our Freedom Movements (Cabot Library, Harvard)(March 29 2024)

March 25th, 2024

Portraits of Freedom is meant to commemorate the women who have played pivotal roles in the Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Konger, and Taiwanese freedom movements in government, academia, activism, etc… through a photo exhibition featuring portraits and snapshots of these women accompanied by text describing their story. In addition to the exhibition, a launch event will be held on Friday, March 29th at 6:30PM with dinner included where speakers from these movements in the Boston area will be invited to reflect on their experiences and their appreciation for the women who have carried these movements forward. A discussion and audience Q&A... More

Heaven and Earth: The Blue Maps of China (at the Leventhal Map & Education Center, Boston Public Library, opening in May 2024)

February 23rd, 2024

The next exhibition at the Leventhal Center, opening in May 2024, takes a close look at an extraordinary pair of maps from early nineteenth-century China. This exhibition, Heaven and Earth: The Blue Maps of China, will draw viewers into conversations about Chinese material culture, the circulation of printing techniques around the world, and the different perspectives on space and place that emerge from different intellectual traditions. Click here to read an interview with Dr. Richard Pegg, the guest curator of Heaven and Earth, about these extraordinary maps  https://www.leventhalmap.org/articles/interview-richard-pegg/?utm_source=emailoctopus&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2024-01-22%20General%20Newsletter) 大清萬年一統地理全圖 Daqing wannian yitong dili quantu; Complete map of the geography of the everlasting, More

Occasional Papers on Asia No. 6: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at Ten: The World According to China, and China According to the World, by Rebin Najmalddin (Pardee School, Boston University)

February 19th, 2024

We are pleased to present the latest volume in our BUCSA series, Occasional Papers on Asia. In this volume, Rebin Najmalddin (Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University) provides an excellent summary of the presentations and panel discussions from the October 12-13, 2023 conference, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at Ten: The World According to China, and China According to the World, co-organized by Grant Rhode (Pardee School, Boston University) and Andrew Wilson (US Naval War College).   You can read this new Occasional Papers here and you can read more about the series of past presentations and conferences around the topic... More

“Hallyu! The Korean Wave” exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, opens March 24, 2024

January 31st, 2024

From tradition to trendsetting Today, South Korea is a cultural superpower—a global trendsetter producing award-winning films like Parasite, riveting dramas like Squid Game, and chart-topping music by K-pop groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK. But behind the country’s meteoric rise to the world stage—a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave, or hallyu—is the story of remarkable resilience and innovation. Just a century ago, Korea was in search of a new national identity, following its occupation by Japan and the Korean War. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, the country has rapidly transformed its economy and international reputation. At the same time, its creative outputs are deeply rooted... More

New exhibition “Performance and Court in Indonesia” showcases Indonesian shadow puppets (Yale Art Gallery, New Haven)

January 18th, 2024

“Performance and Court in Indonesia” is a new display for the Yale Art Gallery's Indo-Pacific department featuring Indonesian shadow puppets (“wayang kulit”) from the Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest Collection. At the center of the gallery is a screen where a selection of puppets depicts scenes from the Indic epic “Mahabharata,” which is popular in Javanese performances. Currently on view is a scene from the play “Irawan Rabi” (Irawan’s Wedding). Arjuna, shown at left, is accompanied by his two wives, Sumbadra and Srikandhi. They have come to tell Abimanyu, Arjuna and Sumbadra’s son, that he cannot marry his beloved... More

Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor (Worcester Art Museum, through Feb. 28, 2024)

January 17th, 2024

Samurai, members of Japan's warrior class, ruled the country for nearly a millennium, from the 12th through the 19thcentury, and continue to be revered as symbols of bravery, loyalty, and honor. While they initially rose to power due to their military prowess, they maintained their elevated positions through political, financial, and cultural acumen. They were expected to hold administrative positions within their military government. In addition, and in contrast to the brutality of their profession, they also became highly-cultivated individuals, practicing and supporting the arts, such as calligraphy and painting. The elaborate arms and armor of the samurai thus speak... More

Congratulations on the publication of a new Soong Mayling biography with Esther Hu 胡斯慧 serving as English editor/translator!

January 10th, 2024

We are pleased to note the recent publication of a new illustrated biography of Soong Mayling 宋美齡 (Madame Chiang Kai-shek, 1899-2003), entitled 佳美的腳蹤:宋美齡與她的時代 (Soong Mayling and Her Era: A Legacy of Grace and Resilience), edited by CHEN Liwen 陳立文, with Esther Hu 胡斯慧 serving as English editor and translator. The book attempts to break the stereotype of "great men" by exploring the nuances of the relationship, responsibilities, and commitments between Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling in political, national, and personal spheres. The publisher notes that this book records Soong Mayling's life in three sections: The first section, from birth, growth, to... More