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April 2014

Han Migration to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: Between State Schemes and Migrants’ Strategies

Thursday April 10, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern


Han migration and settlement in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China is a hotly debated issue among the Xinjiang scholars and within the region itself. While it is often discussed using statistical data as a large-scale historical process, this talk will argue for a more differentiated view of Han migrants. It will demonstrate that in the popular discourse the Han are distinguished into numerous categories like Profit-Driven Migrants, Border Supporters, Qualified Personnel, Educated Youth, and others. Accordingly, this talk will suggest that Han migrants to Xinjiang should not be understood as a homogeneous category of participants in a singular state project intended to establish state control over the region. High return rates demonstrate that state
attempts to make Han settle in Xinjiang are only partly successful, and that migrants follow their own strategies when situation permits, rather than fulfill the government’s plans. On the other hand, though very diverse, the sheer numbers of Han migrants do change Xinjiang culturally, spatially, demographically and economically. The talk will be based on data collected during a ten-month period of fieldwork in 2011-2012 that focused geographically on the district of Aqsu, in southern Xinjiang.

Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern (Switzerland). She received an MA in Chinese Studies from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland) and her PhD from the Institute of Social Anthropology in Bern. In her doctoral research she examined the ways in which Han maintain and move between multiple identities, including Han minzu identity, native place identities and other collective modes of identification. Since 2008 she has worked as a university lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology and the
Institute of Central Asian Studies at the University of Bern, as well as a guest professor at the Cultural Studies Department at the University of St. Gallen. In 2011 she began conducting research on the expansion of transportation networks and migration to, from, and within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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May 2014

Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture - Transplanting Buddhism on the Korean Peninsula

Tuesday May 13, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225)

Robert Buswell, Professor of Buddhist Studies at UCLA

Asian Languages & Literature


Robert E. Buswell Jr., Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, is the Irving and Jean Stone Chair in Humanities at UCLA, and the founding director of the university’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies. From 2009-2011, he served concurrently as founding director of the Dongguk Institute for Buddhist Studies Research (Pulgyo Haksurwon) at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea. Buswell has published fifteen books and some forty articles on various aspects of the Chinese, Korean, and Indian traditions of Buddhism, as well as on Korean religions more broadly.

This lectureship was established in memory of Andrew L. Markus, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Washington from 1986-1995. Established through the generosity of family and friends, this annual lecture honors Professor Markus's contribution to the study of Asian languages and literatures.

The lecture series brings to the University of Washington distinguished scholars in the field of Asian Languages and Literature. The annual lecture is considered the premiere public event sponsored by the department and is the highest honor that the department can bestow on a scholar in the field.

The Markus lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available.


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East Asian Security Challenges and Japan's New Strategy under Abe

Wednesday May 28, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 210

Shinichi Kitaoka, National Graduate Institure for Policy Studies

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

For information on details and registration for this event please contact japan@uw.edu

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2013-14

   Shinichi Kitaoka is a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Executive Director of Research for the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS). He is a leading scholar in modern Japanese political and diplomatic history and has published on topics such as security issues, foreign policy, domestic politics, constitutional revision, and the United Nations. He earned degrees from the University of Tokyo (BA 1971, MA 1973, and Ph.D. 1976) and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University (1981-83). Dr. Kitaoka’s activities as a public intellectual include the participation in bilateral talks with the U.S., China (Japan-China 21st Century Friendship Committee), Korea (Japan-Korea Joint Study of History), Germany, India, and Singapore. Currently he is the Chairman of the Japanese scholars in Japan-China Joint Study of History that was established by President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2006.

Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. To register for this event contact JAPAN@UW.EDU


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Madeleine Yue Dong, Chair

Asia Studies Program Coordinator

China Studies Program Coordinator
Curtis Reed