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The East Asia Center hosts a broad array of events covering the arts, humanities and social sciences. These events range from academic lectures by professors from the U.S. and East Asia to film festivals featuring documentary and feature films.

 


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September 2014


Understanding Korea Workshop

Saturday September 27, 2014
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Husky Union Building Lyceum

Emily Curtis, Sung Kim, Youngdae Kim, Lucy Park, Bonnie Tilland, Won Man Lee, Hyunjuhng Ahn, Jeehun Kim, Sundo hwang, Soohee Kim

Asian Languages and Literature (UW), National Korean Studies Seminar, Korean cultural Center Los Angeles

soohee@uw.edu

 


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October 2014


Messages from Taiwan: Recreating Tradition through Musical Composition

Thursday October 2, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Gowen Hall 322

Professor Shih-Hui Chen, Rice University

East Asia Library, National Central Library of Taiwan

cgreed@uw.edu


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Careers in Asian Law: Perspective from a UW Alumnus

Thursday October 2, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Jody Chafee, MA '88 JD '91, Director & Expert Counsel at Starbucks

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature

For more information contact asianll@uw.edu

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature invites all interested students to an informal presentation and questions and-answer session from a UW Jackson School and School of Law alumnus about his perspectives on careers in the field of Asian law. Mr. Chafee is a commercial attorney at Starbucks Coffee Company and was formerly a principal at Riddell Williams law firm in Seattle. He focuses on technology, corporate and securities transactions. He received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1985. He has a Masters of International Studies in Japan Area Studies (1988) and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (1991). His course work included numerous classes in Japanese language and literature. Mr. Chafee was formerly with the Seattle firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky and served as a foreign legal consultant with Miyake Hatasawa and Yamasaki in Tokyo, Japan.


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Stars and Seasons: Can We Replicate Ancient Chinese Celestial Measurements?

Friday October 3, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Christopher Cullen, Honorary Professor of the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Cambridge

cgreed@uw.edu

Historians of ancient astronomy in China and elsewhere tend to spend most of their time looking at texts, sometimes supplemented by the few surviving artefacts relevant to their investigations. For those interested in the quantitative aspects of astronomy, there are also sophisticated 'planetarium' computer programmes that can show the positions of celestial bodies as seen from any position on earth, and at any instant in the past few thousand years. It is quite rare to find historians of astronomy who spend much time looking at the sky itself. There may be good reasons for this: for instance, we may fear that the 'gaze' of a modern researcher on the sky can differ in important respects from that of an ancient observer, and hence that any conclusions based on such experience may be misleading. Without discounting such fears, this talk will describe some attempts to reconstruct certain ancient Chinese observational procedures, and will reflect on what may be learned from such an experiment.


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The Archaeology of a Looting: The Modern History of the Warring States Silk Manuscripts from the Chu Tomb at Zidanku, Changsha

Friday October 10, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Donald Harper, Centennial Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Chicago

cgreed@uw.edu

The so-called Chu Silk Manuscript was the world's most famous looted Chinese manuscript of the 1940s and 1950s, and since the 1960s the manuscript has been in the collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Since the 1970s evidence from a variety of circumstances and sources sheds light on its excavation in Changsha in 1942 in the Warring States tomb at Zidanku and its transference to the United States in 1946 together with more silk manuscripts found in the same lacquered basket in the tomb. Finally, with the reappearance of the other silk manuscripts and the basket in the 1990s all Zidanku Silk Manuscripts are now reunited at the Sackler/Freer Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The Zidanku Silk Manuscripts were looted, but we can provide a quasi-archaeological provenance. Their modern history is relevant to the 2000s when ancient Chinese manuscript lootings are increasingly frequent and evidence of the manuscripts' provenance is not forthcoming.


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Producing Some Na Ceremonies: Film Screening and Discussion

Monday October 13, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Tami Blumenfield Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Furman University

cgreed@uw.edu

Some Na Ceremonies, created by Na directors Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji and produced by U.S. anthropologist Tami Blumenfield, is a montage of five short pieces. Representations of Na people (also known as Moso) usually center on their matrilineal  kinship system, overlooking religion, a central aspect in the lives of Na people. This film's directors decided to intervene in this omission, capturing important ceremonies on digital video. Ranging from a village film festival, to a pig-sacrifice ceremony, to a three-day funerary ceremony, the ceremonies presented here are riveting, elaborate and meaningful. By avoiding interpretation or voice-over narration but using carefully crafted visual images, the film emphasizes the partiality of any representational attempt. The ceremonies presented are but a glimpse of a much larger ceremonial and spiritual world.

Some Na Ceremonies is an outgrowth of the Moso Media Project, a collaborative, participatory media project that involved providing resources and training for Na people interested in creating and editing digital media, then facilitating community conversations.

Tami Blumenfield is an anthropologist of China and filmmaker. She is the James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Furman University. She received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2010. Blumenfield researches educational practices, cultural heritage politics, social change and media production in ethnically diverse regions of southwest China. Much of her research has explored social change in Na villages located in and around tourist zones near Lugu Lake. Her book manuscript Screening Moso: Communities of Media in Southwest China, supported by a publication fellowship from the American Association for University Women, discusses her collaboration and participatory media project with the Moso Folk Museum and involvement with the Moso Culture Research Association.

 


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Panel on Women's Economic Rights in Africa and Asia

Thursday October 16, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Reception to follow
Thomson 101, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Presented by UW Center for Human Rights and Landesa. Sponsored by: China Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies, South Asia Center, Gates Public Service Program, Sustainable International Development L.L.M. Program, Center for Global Studies and East Asia Center.

uwchr@uw.edu

Women’s Land Rights as Economic Rights. Speakers are visiting professionals from Africa, China and India.

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Followed by Reception (7:30 - 8:30 pm)
University of Washington, Thomson hall, room 101

Fibian LukaloFibian Lukalo, Ph.D., Education Sociology and Gender, University of Cambridge
Director, Research and Advocacy, Kenya National Land Commission

Currently the director of research and advocacy for Kenya’s National Land Commission, Fibian Lukalo views gender as a vital component to decision-making around the legal demands of land reform and its utilization in communities. Fibian Lukalo received her PhD in educational sociology and gender in 2010 from the University of Cambridge. With extensive experience in research, program development, and consultancy work in East Africa, Fibian has advanced African gender studies through projects conducted with the Lake Victoria Sida-Sarec Initiative, the Nordic African Institute (Gender, Youth and Age and Food Project), CODESRIA-Senegal, and OSSREA-Ethiopia.

Sabita ParidaSabita Parida, M.A., Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, Heller
Program Coordinator, Smallholder Agriculture & Climate Change, Oxfam India

Sabita Parida manages Oxfam India’s smallholder agriculture and climate change program, which includes an objective to increase women farmers’ access to and control over land. Sabita has worked at Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), helping rural women increase their farm incomes through the introduction of new production technologies. She is currently pursuing studies in policy development and gender, receiving a Ford Foundation scholarship to attend Brandeis University’s MA program in sustainable international development.

Xiaopeng PangXiaopeng Pang, Ph.D., Economics, Renmin University of China
Associate Professor, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development

Deputy Director of the Rural Development Institute, Renmin University of China, Beijing
Xiaopeng Pang teaches courses in development economics, Chinese economy, and rural development. She has also been invited as a visiting professor to teach at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and to conduct research at the University of California, Davis. Xiaopeng’s research focuses on Chinese village elections, poverty reduction and rural development, and gender and public policy, and she has contributed to numerous studies in these areas. She is currently conducting research on bringing a gender perspective to the process of public policy development using evidence from China’s rural education policy.

This is event is generously sponsored by China Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies, South Asia Center, Gates Public Service Program, Sustainable International Development L.L.M. Program, Center for Global Studies and East Asia Center.

 


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Bao Shichen and Grain Tribute Reform in Early Nineteenth-Century China

Thursday October 16, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

William Rowe, John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History, Johns Hopkins University

cgreed@uw.edu

The Qing empire in the early nineteenth century was wracked by a pervasive sense of crisis, which led to a broad-based reform movement, both in and out of government. One of the major policy areas of both the crisis and the reform efforts – arguably the centerpiece of it all – was the highly controversial and protracted  debate over the reform of the grain tribute system and the proposed move from shipment of southern tax grain north via the Grand Canal under bureaucratic auspices to shipment along the maritime coast via private commercial carriers.

What I propose to do here is offer a systematic reading of writings on this issue by one individual who was very close to the center of the debate: Bao Shichen (1775-1855). My goal is to determine what Bao and other reformers felt was at stake in this crisis – that is, what needed to be defended or protected – as well as what were the capabilities and limitations of the (faltering?) imperial state to deal with this, and what might have been the impact of changing times on the situation as a whole.

In short, what I hope to present is a contribution to our overall understanding of what the reformism of this era was about, and of the significance of this historical moment in Qing and imperial history.


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Food Globalization in Prehistory

Friday October 17, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Xinyi Liu, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis

cgreed@uw.edu

Scholarly interest has increasingly focused on an episode of Old World globalization of food resources that significantly predates the ‘Silk Road’. The impetus behind this growth of interest has been the expansion of bio-archaeological research in Central and East Asia over the past decade. This paper considers the agents responsible for the food globalization process in prehistory and the forms they took. One of the key aspects of the Trans-Eurasian movements of crops in prehistory was that the movements were not to regions devoid of existing starch-based agriculture, but instead constituted an addition to that agricultural system. Other economic plants, such as grapes, dates and peas, also moved significant distances. However, the novel starchy crops held a particular significance; they went on to become significant staple foods in many of their new destinations. Drawn from recent discovery from western China, I will take into consideration differences in the projected archaeological signatures of different potential agents involved in transmission of the crops.


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"Fifteen Years of Justice System Reform in Japan."

Tuesday October 21, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gates Hall 447

Professor Dan Foote

Asian Law Center

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu.


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The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism

Tuesday October 28, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Thompson Hall Room 317

Sébastien Lechavelier, L'École des Hautes Études (EHESS)

Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Job & Gertrud Tamaki endowment

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

Contrary to the dominant vision which perceives Japan as suffering from "arthritis," an affliction that may have caused the long stagnation that began in the early 1990s,  Sébastien Lechavelier uses a political economy analysis at three levels (corporate, institution, and social compromise) to contend that Japanese capitalism has experienced a great transformation since the early 1980s. He argues that liberalization has come with increasing corporate diversity and inequalities.

 

Sébastien Lechevalier is Associate Professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He is also President of Fondation France Japon de l’EHESS (EHESS Paris日仏財団) and director of the French network of Asian Studies (GIS “Asie”). His research focuses on the Japanese economy, corporate diversity, evolution of welfare systems in Asia, and inequalities. His recent publications include: The Great Transformation of the Japanese Capitalism (Routledge, 2014; forthcoming in Japanese from Iwanami Shoten), “Bringing Asia into the Comparative Capitalism Perspective”, special issue of Socio Economic Review (co-edited with B. Amable, S. Casper & C. Storz, 2013), “Wage and Productivity Differentials in Japan. The role of Labor Market Mechanisms” (with Y. Kalantzis, & R. Kambayashi; Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 2012). He will also edit a special issue of Review of World Economics on “Globalization and labor market outcomes: de-industrialization, job security, and wage inequalities” in 2015.


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The Measurement of Longitude in 17th-18th Century China and Its Applications in Astronomy and Geography

Friday October 31, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Xiaoshun Sun, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

cgreed@uw.edu


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November 2014


Children's Well-being in Contemporary China: Poverty and Inequality in the Children's Well-Being Survey 2014

Monday November 3, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Parrington Hall 305

Wen-Jui Han, New York University and NYC-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai

cgreed@uw.edu


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The Rise of Explication in the Mathematics of Late Imperial China

Friday November 7, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Jeff Chen, Associate Professor of Mathematics, St. Could State University

cgreed@uw.edu

In the textual tradition of Chinese mathematics, reasoning or explanation did not figured prominently with few exceptions. This long-held practice of not including explanations in mathematical works was especially prevalent in treatises composed during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). This began to change however in the first part of the 17thcollaborators embarked on various projects to translate European scientific into Chinese. By the end of the 17th or steps in computational algorithms became a fixture in the main text of most treatises. In this presentation, the comparison will be made of mathematical works in three categories: Ming treatises composed before the arrival of the Jesuits, geometric texts that attempt to make translated works more accessible, and those on traditional subjects with ample explanation in the main texts. The focus of the analysis is on the arrangement of various types of content material
in the main texts in the treatises. Based on our preliminary investigation, our thesis is that the introduction of European mathematics into China served as a catalyst to inspire the emergence in the main texts of explanations, which previously took place in oral exchanges between masters and disciples or in the correspondence between friends. Moreover, the presence of explanations in the text, resembling the commentary and annotations in classical studies, elevated the status of mathematics from a collection of problems and solutions similar to a practitioner’s manual to legitimate intellectual study. We will also examine what explanation in mathematics meant to scholars in the 17th century when the Jesuits and their Chinese century, explanations of underlying principles century.


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Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Loctaion TBD

Brett Walker, Montana State University

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

The massive earthquake of 2011 unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire communities. Along with an enduring nuclear legacy, it also left an estimated 25 millions tons of rubble, much of it contaminated with asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins. Indeed, the unnatural disaster of cleaning up Japan’s pulverized and aerosolized built environment remained. This talk investigates asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Part of a larger Guggenheim-funded project concerned with the unmaking of the modern built world, and what it means for the future of human health.)

   

Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.


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Korea Peninsula Forum 2014: Northeast Asian Regional Dynamics

Wednesday November 12, 2014
6:00-7:30 PM
Kane Hall - Walker-Ames Room

Christopher Hill

Center for Korea Studies

uwcks@uw.edu

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea and currently the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, to give a public presentation. The Korea Peninsula Forum aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond. The Forum is proposed and sponsored by the Center for Korea Studies at University of Washington and will be supported by Korea Foundation.


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Translating Murakami Haruki

Friday November 14, 2014
5:00-6:30 PM
Location TBD

Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Boston University

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu


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Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future

Monday November 17, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gates Hall 133

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Former United State Trade Representative

Asian Law Center

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu


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Yamagiwa and the Origins of Chemical Carcinogenesis

Friday November 21, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Allen Library, Allen Auditorium

James Bartholomew, Emeritus Professor Ohio State University

Sponsored by he UW Japan Studies Program and Seattle Art Museum Garden Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Bartholomew will also present at the Seattle Art Museum November 22 in the Stimson Auditorium. For ticket information visit: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/GardenCenter/default.asp

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

 


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"SOUTH KOREA-THE WORLD’S MOST WIRED NATION: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet."

Tuesday November 25, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gates Hall 447

Professor Sang Jo Jong

Asian Law Center

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu


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December 2014


Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture 2014 *** SAVE THE DATE ***

Wednesday December 3, 2014
7:00 PM
Kane Hall 225

Daniel H. Foote, Professor of Law University of Washinton and University of Tokyo

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture Endowment

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

Check back for more information to posted soon including registration information. 


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Science Fiction in South and North Korea

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00PM
Thomson 317

Dong-won Kim

Center for Korea Studies

uwcks@uw.edu

 Why have science fiction novels and movies been so unpopular in South Korea? Why have North Korean leaders so enthusiastically supported science fiction? How and in what way have their political, cultural and historical backgrounds influenced making different attitudes toward science fiction? By analyzing science fiction in South and North Korea, Dr. Dong-won Kim will show you very different popular images of science and technology in two Koreas and search the causes of these strange phenomena.

Dr. Dong-Won Kim is a historian of science. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 1991.He has taught at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1994-2005), Johns Hopkins University (1998-99. 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2012) and Harvard University (2013 -). He was the Dean of the College of Cultural Science at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (2009-2012). Since the fall of 2008, he has been the president of the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, which provides young scholars with fellowships and grants.


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Doubled Languages and the Divided “I” in the Early Fiction of Kim Talsu

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Location TBD

Christina Yi, University of British Columbia

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

The unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers in 1945 introduced a decisive discursive break for what had previously been an empire spanning across Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Allied Occupation of Japan (1945–1952) witnessed lasting changes not only in the political arena, but also in the ways “Japan” and “the Japanese” themselves were defined and discussed. This talk illuminates some of these postwar changes – as well as some prewar continuities – by looking at the writings of Kim Talsu (1919–1997), one of the most prominent zainichi (resident Korean) writers of his generation. Born in Korea but raised primarily in Japan, Kim remained in Japan after the war and became heavily involved in leftist politics and literary culture there. While his post-1945 fiction celebrated the end of the Japanese empire, the forms those narratives took ironically underscored the impossibility of fully separating the colonial from the “post”-colonial.

 

 

Christina Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of British Columbia. In 2011, Christina was awarded the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize for her translation of Kim Saryang’s “Tenma” (Pegasus). She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons in East Asia.


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East Asia Center
University of Washington
301 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6938 phone
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William Lavely, Director
Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach
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