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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 14, January 20, 2012

The weekly CEAS Newsletter notifies East Asianists in our region of events and opportunities of interest. Notices appear under six headings:

  1. University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events
  2. Regional East Asia Events
  3. Employment and Internship Opportunities
  4. Fellowship and Award Opportunities
  5. East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries
  6. Conferences and Workshops
  7. Opportunities for Teachers

* Indicates notices appearing here for the first time.

If you have notices in these categories that you would like posted here, please send them to meljen@sas.upenn.edu.

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Starting on January 30, 2012, Mondays at 4:30 pm
Silverman Hall, Room 240B in the Penn Law School

(In conjunction with LAW 924001: CHINA AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS - taught by Professor Jacques deLisle)

This spring semester, the University of Pennsylvania offers a lecture series and seminar on China and human rights.  China’s human rights record and China’s approach to international human rights law and norms are issues of major and growing international concern as China becomes more powerful and influential.  Human rights are also a perennial point of friction in relations between the United States and China.  Led by Jacques deLisle (Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn), this program will bring to Penn leading experts from academia, the public sector and NGOs in China and the United States to address selected aspects of human rights in China.  Topics include the role of law—and its limits—in protecting human rights and providing redress, China’s engagement with international human rights regimes, the role of “rights protection” lawyers, religious liberties, media freedom, treatment of political dissidents, elections and democratic rights, discrimination against people with communicable diseases, the effect of international human rights law in China, and other issues.

Speakers include:
- Bob Fu, China Aid Association
- Carl Minzner, Fordham University Law School
- James Zhaojie Li, Tsinghua University Law School
- Eva Pils, Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Tiancheng Wang, Penn Law School
- Sharon Hom, Human Rights in China
- Harry Wu, Laogai Research Foundation
- Jerome Cohen, NYU Law School
- Amy Gadsden, Penn Law School
- A panel of Chinese judges, and others


FEATURED PROGRAM FOR EDUCATORS: Asia Day - February 28, 2012 at the Penn Museum, 8:45 am - 2:00 pm  

ASIA DAY 2012 is a one-day event is aimed to stimulate and pique high school students' interest in Asia and promote a better understanding of this region. The students not only gain valuable information about Asia from experts (Penn faculty and graduate students) in the respective fields but also get a taste of Asian cuisine, participate in interactive performances and activities, and experience a day at the Penn campus!

ASIA DAY 2012 will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the invited school will be responsible for arranging transportation of its students to and from the venue. There are no other costs associated with this program. ASIA DAY 2012 is directed at high school students with a limit of 30 students from each school, accompanied by their teacher, to participate in this fun- filled educational event which starts with registration at 8:45 a.m. and will end at around 2:30 p.m. A lunch of Asian cuisine will be served between activities. Attendance is mandatory for all sessions and details about the day’s schedule will be provided to you before the event.

Call Melissa DiFrancesco at 215-573-4203 or e-mail meljen@sas.upenn.edu with any questions you might have. Registration for ASIA DAY 2012 is on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in participating, please reply ASAP and no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

  * Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, South Asia Center, and the International Classroom at the Penn Museum

(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

Stephan Haggard, Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies; Director of the Korea-Pacific Program, University of California at San Diego - "North Korea: Quo Vadis?"

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012:
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Stiteler Hall B26
  North Korea is now experiencing a leadership transition. But since the great famine of the mid-1990s, North Korea has been undergoing a broader social transformation as well. Drawing on an analysis of the famine and surveys of refugees and firms doing business in North Korea reveals a highly rigid order coupled with a process of "marketization from below" that poses both political and economic challenges for the regime.

* Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and James Joo Jin-Kim Program in Korean Studies


Bob Fu, President and Founder of China Aid Association, "Religious Freedom/Human Rights, Rule of Law in PRC and US Foreign Policy"

Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Silverman Hall, Room 240B in the Penn Law School

Bob (Xiqiu) Fu is one of the leading voices in the world for the persecuted church in China. He was born and raised in mainland China and graduated from School of International Relations of People's (Renmin) University in Beijing. He later taught English to Communist Party officials at the Beijing Administrative College and Beijing Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1993-1996. He pastored a house church in Beijing until he and his wife were jailed for two months for "illegal evangelism" in 1996.

Bob and his wife, Heidi, fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997. Bob founded the China Aid Association (CAA) in order to draw international attention to China's gross human rights violations against house church Christians. As president of CAA, Bob has testified before the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the House International Relations Committee, US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the Task Force on International Religious Freedom. He has also testified before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (USCHR), the Foreign Press Association, and diplomats of EU member states and leaders of the European Union Commission and the European Parliament including the EU Parliament Vice-President, Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott. President George W Bush invited him along with four other freedom fighters to the White House in 2008 for consultation about religious freedom and human rights in China. 

Bob is a visiting professor in Religion and Philosophy at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Research PHD candidate at Durham University, UK.  In addition to being the China analyst for Voice of the Martyrs, Bob is the Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Law and Religion Monitor, a journal on religious freedom and the rule of law in China, and the guest editor for Chinese Law and Government, a journal by University of California, Los Angles. He received the 2007 John Leland Religious Liberty Award from the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). He and Heidi have three children, Daniel, Tracy and Melissa. Bob is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English.


* CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium Series


Jae-Jung Suh, Johns Hopkins University, "Regional Public Sphere? Historical Contentions and Dialogues in Northeast Asia"

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Stiteler Hall B26
  Northeast Asian countries have been engaged in disputes over history.  While their historical contentions have caused suspicions and frictions among them, I argue that they have also served as a medium of dialogue that helps establish a common understanding about the individual countries’ contemporary reality and future direction.  Historical contentions contribute to such a dialogue if and only if two conditions are met: regional actors recognize each other as legitimate participants in a dialogue about the salient past; and they contend over the past within a common framework of meaning. In the immediate post-war period, the region’s order began as a collection of parallel national spheres where the region’s actors remained within a common framework but without recognizing others’ legitimacy. Northeast Asia, through historical contentions in the 1980s and 1990s, produced an embryonic form of a regional public sphere that made possible transnational communications about the region’s future and each nation’s desires, but it now stands at a fork between strengthening the regional public sphere and fracturing it into a collection of nationalist spheres. The region’s future hangs in the balance between a positive transnational interdependence among regionalist discourses that nurture each other and a degenerative interdependence among nationalist discourses that feed on each other.

* Korean Studies Colloquium Series, James Joo Jin-Kim Program in Korean Studies


* Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University - "Deng's Foreign Policies and their Current Implications"

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Claudia Cohen Hall 402

Once described by Mao Zedong as a “needle inside a ball of cotton,” Deng was the pragmatic yet disciplined driving force behind China’s radical transformation in the late twentieth century. He confronted the damage wrought by the Cultural Revolution, dissolved Mao’s cult of personality, and loosened the economic and social policies that had stunted China’s growth. Obsessed with modernization and technology, Deng opened trade relations with the West, which lifted hundreds of millions of his countrymen out of poverty. Yet at the same time he answered to his authoritarian roots, most notably when he ordered the crackdown in June 1989 at Tiananmen Square.

Deng’s youthful commitment to the Communist Party was cemented in Paris in the early 1920s, among a group of Chinese student-workers that also included Zhou Enlai. Deng returned home in 1927 to join the Chinese Revolution on the ground floor. In the fifty years of his tumultuous rise to power, he endured accusations, purges, and even exile before becoming China’s preeminent leader from 1978 to 1989 and again in 1992. When he reached the top, Deng saw an opportunity to creatively destroy much of the economic system he had helped build for five decades as a loyal follower of Mao—and he did not hesitate.


* CEAS Distinguished Lecturer


Film Series: Earthquakes and Tsunamis (all films will be subtitled in English)

Date: Thursdays in February 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: McNeil Hall, Room 309 (Penn Campus

February 2: Nihon chinbotsu (Japan Sinks), 1973
- Classic film of a classic novel about what happens to the Japanese people during evacuation

February 9: Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu (Everyone but Japan Sinks), 2006
- Parody of the classic film and its remakes

February 16: Mari to koinu no monogatari (A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies), 2007
Heartwarming story of a dog who gives birth to puppies on the day of an earthquake

February 23: Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo), 2008
- Miyazaki Hayao's story of a fish that becomes a girl, ending with an underwater city.


* CEAS Film Series, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden


Chinese For Families, Songs, Dance, Crafts, Ancient China Trivia Game, Lion Dancing & more

Date: Saturday February 4, 2012
Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Penn Museum, 33rd & Spruce Streets Philadelphia

Join Chinese for Families at 11:30 in Rainey Auditorium.

New Year Puppet Shows, performances crafts and events all day. Challenge our experts in the China Trivia Game at 12:00.

Become an Emperor Empress 2:00-4:00 in the Chinese Rotunda.

Free with Museum Admission.

Chinese for Families would like to invite you to:


* Chinese for Families

(II) Regional Events Related to East Asia

* Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation Chinese New Year Celebration Events

January 21-22, 10am-4pm - 10th St. Plaza
Flower Market

January 21, 6-9pm - Abakus 227 N. 10th Street
Chinese New Year Party, Music by DJ Wreckless and DJ Art

January 22, 11:45 pm - 10th and Race Streets
New Year's Eve, "Bringing in the New Year" Midnight Parade

January 29, 11am-2:30 pm - 227 N. 10th Street
Sunday Parade, featuring Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance and Kung Fu performance

* Society of Young Korean Americans (SYKA) Event Planning/Organization Meeting

Come out as we plan for the K-pop Dance Festival party in February and grow the organization!

Where: Penn Bookstore Cafe (36th and Walnut)
When: Tuesdays, starting 1/24/12, from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

E-mail: sykaphilly@gmail.com
Website: www.sykaphilly.org


EducationWeek Webinar: E-Learning Goes Global - Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET - FREE

From professional development for teachers in China to the use of open-source resources for students in foreign countries, e-learning is bringing new techniques, expert teachers, and an awareness of life in other countries to students around the globe. Online learning is helping a variety of countries overcome a lack of infrastructure, rural isolation, and a shortage of qualified teachers. This webinar will examine the state of online learning internationally and highlight various countries moving ahead in this arena. It will also take a close look at the use of mobile technologies for education in Africa, where mobile phones, iPads, and laptops are helping to bring new learning opportunities to students living in remote villages or in dangerous areas.

Presenters: Allison Powell, vice president, state and district services, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL); Robert Spielvogel, chief technology officer, Education Development Center Inc.

Moderator: Michelle Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions
Description: https://event.on24.com/images/clear.gifDescription: https://event.on24.com/images/clear.gifNo phone is required to participate in the webinar. The event is not close-captioned.

Register here for the free live webinar.

Understanding “Wa”: How to Build Better Relationships in a Japanese Work Environment - Friday, February 17, early registration deadline: January 26, 2012

Understanding Wa is a full-day interactive workshop designed to educate and prepare professionals for the formalities and rituals in Japanese business culture. Led by Brian Szepkouski, co-author of Business Passport to Japan, the program will explore business practices, etiquette, taboos and differences in business norms through group discussions and activities.

Participants receive:

  • Invaluable cross-cultural training
  • Opportunity to discuss personal experiences with an expert
  • Japanese lunch with etiquette lesson
  • Copy of Business Passport to Japan - Updated & Revised Edition, by Brian Szepkouski and Sue Shinomiya

Friday, February 17, 2012, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Register Online / 215-790-3810

Early Registration (before 1/26/12) – $200 JASGP members / $225 non-members
Regular Registration (1/26 – 2/14) - $225 JASGP members / $250 non-members

(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities (in order of application deadline)

Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) Now accepting applications for Summer 2012 - deadline to apply: February 1, 2012

The University of Pennsylvania’s International Internship Program (IIP) offers Penn students the amazing opportunity to intern with an established non-governmental or non-profit organization for eight to twelve weeks in the summer.  This is an exciting opportunity to work directly for an NGO or a local organization in a developing country.  In the past, IIP has sent students to Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Rwanda, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Tanzania, India and China!  Check the IIP website to see the variety of internship opportunities available.   

Accepted students will be given a stipend for travel and housing expenses, generously funded by the Office of the Provost.  The IIP application consists of a common application for all internship placements, in which students may list their placement preferences.   The Application will close on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Please note that complete information about the application process and each of the three programs is available at the start of the application.

Requirements include:
- Two recommendations
- Official University transcript
- Resume (submitted both online and in hard copy)
- Personal statement

More information about the International Internship Program is available at:  http://sa.oip.upenn.edu/iip Please read the IIP FAQ’s document on the website before opening an application. Please direct questions to: Cara Bonnington, carab@pobox.upenn.edu


Dream Corps 2012 Summer Volunteer Program Call for Application - deadline to apply: February 19, 2012

Volunteer in rural China this summer for libraries and reading education from May 20 – June 24, 2012.

Apply online @ www.dreamcorps.org by Feb 19, 2012

Dream Corps is recruiting about 65 international volunteers to participate in its 2012 Summer Volunteer Program in rural schools (township elementary or middle schools) and villages of China.

Volunteers will take part in activities that include:

  • Establishing and developing libraries: decorations, cataloging books, electronic cataloging system set-ups, and library policy making.
  • Reading programs: “Library Month”, “Reading Aloud”, “Science and Reading”, English Reading, and crafts.
  • Understanding and learning from locals: communicating with the local teachers, home visits, community research, and promoting reading in the community.

The program consists of 4 days of training in Beijing, 3 weeks of volunteer work on assigned volunteer sites, and 3 days concluding forum in Beijing.

Please visit our website at www.dreamcorps.org for more information or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dreamcorps.  For additional questions regarding the application and volunteer selection process, please contact volunteer@dreamcorps.org.

(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities (in order of application deadline)

Inter-University Board for Chinese Language Studies - Chinese Language Fellowships - deadline to apply: January 27, 2012

Fellowships provide support for students who aspire to truly advanced competence in Chinese language, whether they be undergraduates, graduates, professionals, or established scholars.

E-mail: iub@berkeley.edu
Web Site: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/
Program URL: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/admissions_deadlines.html
DEADLINE NOTE: The Summer Program has a rolling admissions policy until January 27, 2012. There is no financial aid for the summer session.

Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards - deadline to apply: January 31, 2012

Stephen C. Soong (1919–1996) was a prolific writer and translator, as well as an active figure in the promotion of translation education and research. To commemorate his contributions in this field, the Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards were set up in 1997 by RCT, with a generous donation from the Soong family. It gives recognition to academics who have made contributions to original research in Chinese Translation Studies, particularly in the use of first-hand sources for historical and cultural investigations.

Website: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/rct/ts/soong_awards.html

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme (2012 / 2013) - deadline to apply: January 31, 2012

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Lee Jung Sen’s lifelong promotion of the study of Chinese art. Dr. Lee Jung Sen was the founder of Bei Shan Tang Foundation and a distinguished philanthropist in Hong Kong who valued the importance of the arts to a society and the need to nurture cultural development. He was a major benefactor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and supported the building of its Institute of Chinese Studies and the Art Museum. He also supported numerous museums and art institutions in China and abroad, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Shanghai Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oriental Ceramic Society and Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in London.

Website: http://www.jsleefellowship.org/

AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Japan Grants - deadline to apply: February 1, 2012

The AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) has a number of Japan grants available due to the generous funding of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, but the grant deadline is fast approaching.  Grants are available in a number of categories including: United States or Japan research travel; Japan conference/seminar/workshop funding; Japan Instructional materials; etc. 

The grant deadline for receiving applications in our Ann Arbor office is February 1, 2012.  Award notification will be made by the end of April and submitted projects must begin after May 1, 2012 to be considered. Please note:

  • Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and seminars/workshops/conferences must be held in the United States. Institutional applicants must be located within the USA.
  • For the United States and Japan research travel categories only, applicants must be current AAS members at the time of application.
Please see the AAS website for further details and application forms: http://www.asian-studies.org/grants/main.htm#NEAC-JAPAN

Boren Scholarships Program - deadline to apply: February 9, 2012

The sponsor provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

E-mail: boren@iie.org
Program URL: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

* Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connection - deadline to apply: February 13, 2012

The SSRC is pleased to announce a pilot postdoctoral fellowship program that will support transregional research under the rubric Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections. Its purpose is to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that don't fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies in the United States. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships will help junior scholars (those at the postdoctoral stage, one to seven years out of the PhD) complete first books and/or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the program will create networks and shared resources that will support Fellows well beyond the grant period.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research will thus provide promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers. As stressed by SSRC president Craig Calhoun, "Recent PhDs have written brilliant dissertations bringing new excitement to the social sciences and humanities by taking on the intellectual challenges of innovative transregional work. We want to help them complete, consolidate, and expand the work they've undertaken."

The intellectual thrust of the pilot project will be the re-conceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Proposals submitted for the fellowship competition should bear upon processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and trans-local contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). The broad focus of the program is intended to advance transregional research as well as to establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Fifteen fellowships will be awarded over the two-year course of the pilot program.

Questions can be addressed to transregional@ssrc.org
Website: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/transregional-research-fellowship/

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore- Fellowship in Confucianism and Asian Studies - deadline to apply: February 15, 2012

The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore invites to apply for fellowships in areas related to the museum’s collections, and specifically in Peranakan material culture, Confucianism, or Christianity in Asia (up to 1800) – topics of future exhibitions. We prize multi-disciplinary work, cross-cultural studies, and research on ongoing projects at ACM. The geographical area of research should be Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, or West Asia (Islamic world).

Applications close on 15 February 2012. Please visit http://acm.org.sg/research/research_fellowship.asp for application information and contact nhb_acm_rpu@nhb.gov.sg for enquiries.

(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries

2012 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled “Negotiations and Impacts: Water Policy Across China’s Loess Plateau.”- deadline to apply: February 15, 2012

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Historical Environment and Socioeconomic Development of Northwest China at Shaanxi Normal University and the Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center of Northwest University announce the call for applications for the 2012 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled “Negotiations and Impacts: Water Policy Across China’s Loess Plateau.” This unique program in social science research will be conducted in Pittsburgh, PA, and in Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces, China in the summer of 2012. Twelve highly-qualified undergraduates and a team of faculty mentors will undertake collaborative research on how economic development and societal change is impacting China’s already precarious environmental position across the Yellow River Loess Plateau. The six-week program will be conducted between June 12 and July 22, 2012.

The program’s primary objective is to mentor students through the complete process of designing a research agenda and performing primary research in the social sciences at an international field site. It includes a unique combination of close mentoring, student/faculty teamwork, multidisciplinary research, and international field experience. Student participation will be encouraged from all fields of the social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, geography, environmental studies, economics, political science, Asian studies, history, and land/resource management. Juniors and non-graduating seniors are particularly encouraged to apply. Graduate students are not eligible. Applicants are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Faculty mentors include Pierre Landry, Roberta Soltz, and James Cook of the University of Pittsburgh.

Costs of participation (travel, room, board), including the payment of a significant research stipend, will be paid by the program. Student participants are only responsible for their travel to/from the University of Pittsburgh and passport/visa fees.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2012.
Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/academics/china-nsf/index.html.

The City University of Hong Kong Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a focus on Asia and Asian writing - deadline to apply for 2012 Cohort: March 31, 2012

The CityU Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is now accepting applicants for the 2012 Cohort, which begins next summer. We are the only MFA in the world with a specific focus on Asia and Asian writing in English.

We're also the only low-residency MFA in Asia, and offer a flexible and affordable international course of study for those with busy lives. Candidates for the degree may be resident anywhere in the world. This model is designed for individualized and highly effective one-on-one distance mentoring by our international faculty, supplemented by short and intensive writing workshop residencies in Hong Kong.

Launched in 2010, this two-year, 45-credit postgraduate degree is taught by well-published, award-winning, international poets and writers who are all experienced and qualified teachers of advanced creative writing. The CityU MFA programme is an intensive and rigorous curriculum that accepts applicants in three genres: creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry.*
To ensure programme quality, we take a limited number of applicants each year and candidates for the degree are admitted to specialize in one of the three genres offered. The main criterion of admission is the quality of the applicant's creative work, and applicants are advised to send their best writing samples for consideration.**

For detailed information, please visit http://www.english.cityu.edu.hk/mfa.

Admission consultation sessions
 with Xu Xi, Writer-in-Residence & MFA Programme Leader are available by appointment (in person or by phone/SKYPE). Email mfawriting@cityu.edu.hk or call +852 3442.8732.

(VI) Conferences and Workshops (in order of deadline to apply)

USA Pavilion and University of Virginia Student Ambassador Program - deadline to apply: February 10th, 2012

The USA Pavilion at Expo 2012 will present an interactive, exciting and educational story that highlights America’s relationship with the Expo theme of the “Living Ocean and Coast.” Featuring the themes of Diversity, Wonder and Solutions, the USA Pavilion will share the voices and hopes of the American people with our friends and partners in Korea and around the globe. The 12,000-square foot exhibition space will house exhibits and programming that represent the unique and diverse nature of America’s ocean and coastal environments and communities.

College undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to be part of this one in a lifetime experience through the Student Ambassador Program, a partnership between the USA Pavilion and the University of Virginia. This program recruits and trains volunteer students to serve as guides and national representatives for the Unites States at Expo 2012 in Yeosu South Korea.

For more information on Expo 2012, Yeosu Korea please visit: http://eng.expo2012.kr/

The program provides students with:

  • The opportunity to represent the USA and its States to the millions of people who will visit Expo 2012;
  • A unique educational experience as countries, organizations and businesses showcase their research and technological innovations as they relate to the Expo theme;
  • Valuable experience living and working in Korea and in an international setting to prepare students for future involvement on the global stage of international relations and business; and
  • College credit via an accompanying complimentary online course.

Program Description:

  • Student Ambassadors will act as the face of America and will interact directly with visitors as well as with Pavilion staff, partners, government officials and dignitaries; and
  • Student Ambassadors will rotate positions within the Pavilion throughout the Expo (such as greeters, admin support, protocol support, sponsor/marketing coordination and programming support).
  • A Director of the Student Ambassador Program, in conjunctions with the USA Pavilion Management team, will be on site throughout the Expo.

Website: http://www.pavilion2012.org/student-ambassadors/

Korea Human Rights Foundation 2012 Global Human Rights Essay Contest - deadline to apply: March 15, 2012

The 2012 Global Human Rights Essay Contest on “Human Right City” (Human Rights City Essay Contest, hereafter HRC Essay Contest) is a joint initiative by The Institute for Social Development and Policy Research of Seoul National University, Korea and the Korea Human Rights Foundation with support of the Metropolitan City of Gwangju.

The HRC Essay Contest was launched in order to promote the idea of a human rights city as a means to localize human rights in the context of glocalization (global_local). Its primary goal is to promote youth participation in the building of a human rights city through the articulation of their visions, ideas and experiences.

3 finalists to be chosen among submissions will be invited to the 2012 WHRCF (Gwangju, 16-18 May 2012) to compete in the finals.  They will make public presentation of their essay before judges on 16 May 2012 during the WHRCF.  

Deadline for the registration to participate is 31 January and actual deadline of essay submissions will be 15 March 2012.   

All students, undergraduate and graduate and youth before age 35 interested in the topic of human rights city are encouraged to apply.

Please visit our website for more info: http://humanrightscity.net/eng/subpage.php?pagecode=060101

 With any inquires regarding the contest please feel free to contact Ms Soo Yon SUH, sooyonsuh@gmail.com research fellow at KHRF who is in charge of the project.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Permanent Seminar for the Histories of Film Theories - deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

The Permanent Seminar on the Histories of Film Theories will hold the first-ever conference (September 27-30, 2012 in Ann Arbor, MI) devoted to the histories of film theory in East Asia. The Scientific Board invites proposals for 20-minute papers concerning any aspect of and period of the history of film theory in Korea, Japan, and Sinophone Asia.

Deadline for 200-word proposals in MS-Word: March 31, 2012
Send to amnornes@umich.edu

The history of film theory has largely been a Euro-American story. However, the Scientific Board of the Permanent Seminar recognizes that it actually has a global dimension that has yet to be adequately mapped. It plans to bring its annual conference to the University of Michigan—this will be the first, broad scholarly gathering devoted to the histories of film theory in East Asia. Our scope is broad. It encompasses classical philosophical approaches to film aesthetics (“essence”), questions of media ontology (“relationship to reality”), intermediality (“the other arts”), spectatorship and questions of perception and psychology (“individual viewers”) as well as sociological approaches to film (“society at large”).

Over the last two decades, Film Studies has matured into a dynamic field characterized by vital debates between well-defined theoretical paradigms. At the same time the field has seen a turn to history on several levels. Film theorists have increasingly become interested in the history of their own approaches to film, situating film theory within the broader histories of philosophy, psychology and other disciplines and fields that have traditionally provided key concepts and arguments to film theory. Among of the indicators for this new interest is the Permanent Seminar for the History of Film Theory, an international association of film theorists founded by Jane Gaines and Francesco Cassetti in 2008. It holds a biennial conference that alternates with smaller workshops on narrow themes. 

The Michigan conference will feature a keynote speech by Aaron Gerow (Yale), panels, a special film screening with professional benshi Kataoka Ichiro, and breakaway sessions. The breakaway sessions will be devoted to two groups of scholars that are currently working on volumes of theory in translation from Chinese (eds., Jason McGrath [Minnesota] and Guo-Juin Hong [Duke]) and Japanese (eds., Aaron Gerow [Yale], Iwamoto Kenji [Waseda] and Markus Nornes [UM]) respectively; thus, the conference will provide a much needed forum for these groups to meet and discuss their book projects, which will eventually commemorate this field-changing conference.  

For more information on the Permanent Seminar on the Histories of Film Theories:

(VII) Opportunities for Teachers (in order of deadline to apply)

US-Japan Foundation - Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award - deadline to apply and nominate: February 1, 2012

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award was approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees in September 2001 and recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.

The award is open to current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States. There are two award categories, one in the humanities and one in Japanese language.

Previous award recipients often have over 10 years of teaching experience and have been engaged in teaching their students about Japan for a substantial period of time.  Candidates must demonstrate sustained commitment to improving mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese, and must have made a significant contribution to enhancing students’ knowledge of Japan.

Applicants for the Japanese language category must have excellent command of the Japanese language and may be contacted by members of the selection committee to verify this.

Web Site: http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.html

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) Opportunity to Host Exchange Teachers from China - deadline to apply: February 1, 2012

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) provides U.S. K-12 schools with the opportunity to host fully funded exchange teachers from Egypt and China for an entire academic year in order to begin or further grow an Arabic or Mandarin program. Public, private, or religious schools from all corners of the nation are encouraged to apply. Bring the world to your school by introducing Arabic or Chinese language and culture to your students.

TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support. To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects.

To learn more about the program benefits and requirements, please read about our Program Timeline and Details, or check out our introduction video.
To apply, please visit www.tclprogram.org or email tclp@americancouncils.org.

Extended Program Application Deadline: February 1, 2012

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers Summer 2012- deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Please contact the specific projects listed below for more information about the programs and the application process.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2012 (postmark)

Amount of Award
NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), or $3,900 (5 weeks).

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete, provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks Workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:
Adjunct faculty, community college faculty, and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.Up to two spaces in each seminar and three spaces in each institute are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

Web Site: http://www.neh.gov/projects/si-university.html

Intensive Summer Language Institutes for U.S. Classroom Teachers - deadline to apply: March 2, 2012

Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/isli or email isli@americancouncils.org.

Program Application Deadline: March 2, 2012

East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University Applications for 2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop - deadline to apply: March 5, 2012

For full-time high school teachers of English and World Literature:
The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University is pleased to announce that applications for 2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop is now available online.  Now in its 14th year, the workshop will take place on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington July 8–13, 2012. The application deadline is March 5, 2012. For more details and for the application, please visit:http://www.iu.edu/~easc/outreach/educators/literature/index.shtml (scroll down to the bottom for the application form). Each day professors and experts will lead lectures and discussions of the literature and history of China, Japan, and Korea. Every afternoon a high school world literature teacher experienced in teaching East Asian literature will lead strategy sessions on how to teach the works at the high school level.

Participation includes:
- Set of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary works covered in workshop (mailed to participants prior to workshop)
- Free lodging at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel
-  At least one meal a day
- Certificate of completion
- Option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University at in-state rate
- $300 school resource-buying grant for purchasing East Asian literature for classroom use, provided upon completion of all requirements
- Access to curricular resources on the workshop’s Google website

Participants are responsible for a $100 registration fee, transportation to and from Bloomington, and any food that is not provided by the workshop.  Please direct questions to Cathy Gao (leigao@indiana.edu), Outreach Coordinator at the East Asian Studies Center. 


Center for East Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
642 Williams Hall | 255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Tel: 215-573-4203 | Fax: 215-573-2561
E-mail: ceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu