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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.
Thursday October 16, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Reception to follow
Thomson 101, University of Washington, Seattle Campus
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 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.
Thursday October 16, 2014
Thomson Hall 317
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.
Friday October 17, 2014
Thomson Hall 317
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.
Tuesday October 21, 2014
Gates Hall 447
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Tuesday October 28, 2014
Thomson Hall Room 317
In contrast with 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 Lechevalier 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 edition in Japanese from Iwanami Shoten), Bringing Asia into the Comparative Capitalism Perspective, a special issue of Socio Economic Review (co-edited with B. Amable, S. Casper & C. Storz, 2013), and 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.
Friday October 31, 2014
Thomson Hall 317
By the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the Jesuit missionaries introduced the concept of geographical longitude to China. The longitudinal measurement was important to the Chinese in two respects: astronomically and geographically. The Chinese astronomers were obliged to predict ominous celestial phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses. The measurement of longitude was used for predicting the exact moment of an eclipse in different places, especially for provincial capitals. Also it was realized that accurate measurement of longitude and latitude were essential for map making. From 1708 to 1707, the Kangxi Emperor commissioned Jesuit missionaries to survey the empire. The result was the unprecedented work entitle The Complete Atlas the Qing Empire. In this talk the speaker will investigate the methods used for measuring the longitude, and the accuracy of this data. He will also point out that the geodesic survey was not only a Chinese undertaking of calendar-making and the geodesic survey of the Qing Empire, but also a part of a global endeavor for the measurement of the meridian and for the controversy over the shape of earth.
Sun Xiaochun is Professor of the History of Science at the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He studied astronomy in Nanjing University. He received his Ph.D. in History of Astronomy from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993 and his second Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He has published primarily on the history of Chinese astronomy and co-authored The Chinese Sky during the Han (Leiden: Brill, 1997). Currently he serves as Vice-President of Commission 41 on History of Astronomy of IAU, and a corresponding member of International Academy of the History of Science.
Monday November 3, 2014
Parrington Hall 305
Thursday November 6, 2014
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library
Anne Pyle will talk about her experience, the printing method and memories of her teacher, Watanabe Sadao.
Anne H.H. Pyle is a graduate of Skidmore College and has a master's degree in art education from Columbia University. She studied oil painting at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts and with Hobsen Pittman of the Philadelphia Academy. In Japan she studied printmaking with two of Japan's leading print artists, Yoshida Toshi and Watanabe Sadao. She was Watanabe's only private student and presently owns one of the largest collections of his work. She has written extensively and lectured to various church and university groups on his life and art.
Friday November 7, 2014
Thomson Hall 317
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.
Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Savery Hall Room 166
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.
Wednesday November 12, 2014
Kane Hall - Walker-Ames Room
5:30 - 7:00 PM: Reception
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Ambassador Hill’s talk
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Panel discussion, Q&A session
For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, which aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to give a public presentation. Ambassador Christopher Hill will discuss the current events surrounding Northeast Asia, drawing on his foreign service experience to elucidate underlying causes as well as consequences on the region’s geopolitical dynamics and the US-South Korea relations.
The presentation will start at 7:00 PM and last approximately an hour, following the reception at 5:30 PM. Moderated by Professor Donald Hellmann, Professors Kenneth Pyle, David Bachman, and Clark Sorensen will discuss the dimensions and implications of his talk. Finally, the forum will be open for questions and answers from the general public.
Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010. In addition to overseeing the Josef Korbel School, Ambassador Hill is author of the forthcoming Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
Friday November 14, 2014
Thomson Hall 317
Modern acupuncture developed in China in stages corresponding to China's dominant international trading partners. This talk examines the influence of Japanese science on acupuncture before 1949, the Soviet Union's influence during the Maoist period, the influence of the United States during the period of Chinese economic reform, and concludes with a description of how China's own influence as a major economic power is reflected in the new WHO standards for acupuncture.
Bridie Andrews studied biology and the history of medicine in the UK. Her book, The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, was recently published by the University of British Columbia Press. She also co-edited Medical Transitions in Twentieth Century China (Indiana University Press, 2014). Currently associate professor of history at Bentley University, she has worked at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and SOAS (University of London).
Friday November 14, 2014
Communications Room 226
Haruki Murakami once wrote, “I often receive questions from the translators translating my books, which I reply to. There are many cases when I myself do not understand what I wrote. [. . .] If a translation can be read smoothly and effortlessly, and thus enjoyably, then it does its job as a translation perfectly well—that is my basic stance as the original author.” Given these sentiments, one may well ask whether the translator should consult with the author at all, especially when he does not understand the target language. This presentation will discuss a different kind of collaboration – one not involving the author – between translators of Haruki Murakami’s work translating into languages other than English, and will explore some of the ways in which the absence or presence of an English translation influences the choices made by Murakami translators into other languages.
Educated in Poland and Japan, Anna Zielinska-Elliott teaches Japanese language, literature, and translation studies at Boston University, where she is head of the Japanese language program. She is also a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish. Best known as a translator of Murakami Haruki, she has also translated Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana and other writers, and is the author of a literary guidebook to Murakami’s Tokyo as well as articles on Murakami and on European translation practices relating to contemporary Japanese fiction. Currently, she is editing a forthcoming special issue of Japanese Language and Literature on translating Murakami in Europe.
Monday November 17, 2014
Gates Hall 133
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Friday November 21, 2014
Allen Library, Allen Auditorium
During World War I whose centennial we presently acknowledge, a little-known professor of pathology at Tokyo University – Katsusaburo Yamagiwa – proved for the first time that chemical exposure can cause cancer in human beings and some other animals. He and his associate, Koichi Ichikawa, generated cancer in a laboratory setting by painting coal tar on the epithelial tissue of rabbits’ ears. This was a path-breaking achievement in the history of modern medicine and its implications resonate to this day. The generation of tumors took about 22 months. Convincing everyone they had succeeded took another eight years. And proper recognition took considerably longer (perhaps a dozen more). What did it mean? And why should we care? The reasons are multi-faceted and complex, and will be explored in this seminar.
Professor Bartholomew is a specialist in modern Japanese history, chiefly interested in the history of science, medicine, higher education, and business in Japan. In 1985-86, he held a research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His 1989 book, The Formation of Science in Japan received the 1992 Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society and was issued in paperback in February 1993. In March 2001, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to write a book on Japan and the Nobel science prizes, 1901-1949.
Tuesday November 25, 2014
Gates Hall 447
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Friday December 5, 2014
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.
Friday December 5, 2014
Savery Hall Room 132
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.
Monday December 8, 2014
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library
Tracing the background of Christianity in Japan from its introduction to the present, Dr. Notehelfer will make note of the challenges that Christians faced in Modern Japan, World War II, and the Postwar period and will highlight Sadao Watanabe's links to the Mingei Movement and its efforts to counter the pressures of a modern, industrialized society.
Fred G. Notehelfer was born to German Missionary parents in Japan in 1939. He grew up in Tokyo, graduated from the American School in Japan, and received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1962. His Ph.D. was taken at Princeton University in 1968 in Japanese History. After teaching briefly at Princeton he joined the UCLA History Department in 1969. From 1975-1995 he served as the UCLA Director of the USC-UCLA Joint Center in East Asian Studies and since 1992 he has directed the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies.
Notehelfer specializes in the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. He is particularly interested in the social and intellectual history of Japan's transition from a "traditional" to a modern society. He is also interested in what Japanese have done with universal systems of thought imported into Japan from the West and Asia. His books include Kōtoku Shōsui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical (Cambridge, 1971); American Samurai: Captain L.L Janes and Japan (Princeton, 1985); and Japan Through American Eyes, the Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama, 1859-1866 (Princeton, 1992). He has recently completed an abridged edition of the Francis Hall journal which has been published by Westview Press 2001.” (http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/history/notehelfer/)
Monday October 27, 2014 to Tuesday December 30, 2014
Exhibit held in Allen Library's North Lobby and in the East Asia Library (Located at Gowen Hall 3rd Floor)
This exhibit shows works of Japanese printmaker and artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), famous for his biblical prints which were influenced by the mingei-undo, the Japanese folk art movement of the late 1920s and 1930s. This exhibit showcases Watanabe's stencil prints, original stencils, tools of the artist, and monographs from the UW East Asia Library collection on mingei and mingei artists.
Monday January 26, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220
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Taro Kono of the Japan Diet House of Representatives will give a talk about Japan's changing energy dynamics in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Rep. Kono is currently serving his 6th term in office. Kono has championed consumer issues in LDP and successfully established the new labeling rules on Genetically Modified Organisms. He sponsored the Consumer Protection Law of 2004 and enacted the Anti-Skimming Law of 2005, and has played a leading role in the passage of legislation on various environmental issues including leading the debate on global warming issues. His criticism of Japan's nuclear policy and his opposition to the building of new nuclear power plants has been in the spotlight since the 2011 disaster.
Free and open to the public.
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