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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 16, February 3, 2012

The weekly CEAS Newsletter notifies East Asianists in our region of events and opportunities of interest. Notices appear under eight 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. Call for Submissions
  8. Opportunities for Teachers

* Indicates notices appearing 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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Phila-Nipponica Project 2012: Deadline Extended until February 10, 2012!

Phila-Nipponica is intended to educate “beginners” about Japan, offering a broad base of history and culture in preparation for a study-tour of Japan, with a focus on: Recovering Japan: Preparing Philadelphia Area Educators to Teach about Japan as It Responds to the Disasters of 2011.

We are currently seeking applications from social studies, science, and humanities teachers in middle and high schools who have a strong interest in developing or enhancing a Japan studies program.

Project activities include:
  • Three intensive all-day Saturday seminars with scholars on the University of Pennsylvania campus. (Attendance is mandatory.)
  • A 17-day study tour of Japan in June–July 2012. Tentative dates are June 22–July 9. You must be available all of this period.
  • Three mandatory curriculum implementation sessions in Fall 2012, with a final presentation of your Japan teaching plan.

The application deadline has been extended until February 10, 2012!

Please mail or fax your application to:
Melissa Jen DiFrancesco, Assistant Director
Center for East Asian Studies
255 S. 36th Street
642 Williams Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104–6305
Fax: 215.573.2561

* STUDENT NEWS: 2nd Annual University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Symposium to Feature Korean War Research

Francis Miller, a junior in the EALC-Chinese Major program, will be presenting his research on the Korean War and its coverage in the Daily Pennsylvanian at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. See more about Francis' research here.



In conjunction with the Provost’s office and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the CURF Undergraduate Advisory Board is presenting the 2nd annual University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Symposium on February 9, 2012. 

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together undergraduates involved in research from every department across all four schools, as well as attendees who might be interested in getting involved in research as undergraduates. There will also a vote for the audience's choice best poster and a judges' panel best poster.

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall and is open to the Penn Community.

(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

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


** East Asia Law Review Symposium - Corruption in Asia: Law & Governance, Corporate Responsibility, and Media

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Silverman Hall, Room 240B in the Penn Law School
1:00 - 1:20 PM


1:20 - 1:30 PM Welcome & Introduction
Welcome by Amy Gadsden, Associate Dean for International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania
1:30 - 1:55 PM Keynote Speech
Corruption in Asia: Challenges and Progress
Laura B. Sherman, Senior Legal Advisor, Transparency International-USA
1:55 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 4:00 PM Panel Discussion, Moderated by Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Innocents Abroad: Culture, Corruption and Compliance Challenges in East Asia | Roger J. Magnuson, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

The Moral Imperative for Nonstate Actors to Refrain from Corruption Acts |
Philip M. Nichols, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Who Bribes Authoritarian Rulers and Why-Evidence from China |
Yuhua Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

The "Production" of Corruption in China's Courts and Its Broader Implications | Ling Li, Senior Research Fellow, US-Asia Law Institute, New York University

Financial Journalism- Conflicts of Interest and Ethics-- A Case Study of HK | Damian Tambini, Convenor, MSC Communications Regulation and Policy and Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, The London School of Economics and Political Science (via Skype)
4:00 - 4:10 PM Closing Remarks
4:10 - 5:00 PM Reception


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 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


Jinping Wang, Mellon Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania - "The Emerging Role of Clergy:Buddhist and Daoist Networks in North China under Mongol Rule"

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Fisher-Bennett 401

In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, men and women in the Shanxi region of north China rebuilt local society under the leadership of Buddhist and Daoist clergy. Those men and women left thousands of inscriptional records on stone steles, some only recently discovered. This body of fresh sources demonstrates that after the Mongol conquest destroyed numerous families and lineages in the early thirteenth century, Daoist and Buddhist clergy formed extensive new networks. In these networks, ordinary women gained support from prefectural/provincial governors to build shelters for orphaned children; destitute scholars found alternate careers in editing, printing, and teaching the new Daoist canon. In addition, both Daoist and Buddhist clergy actively cooperated with villagers to rebuild local irrigated ditches and to organize irrigation associations.
While Neo-Confucian institutions—such as private schools, community compacts, and lineage organizations—were prominent in the south, religious organizations and village associations prevailed in the north, where Neo-Confucian teachings had little impact. This contrast is crucial. First, it shows that the Confucian-educated literati were by no means the social elite throughout traditional China at all times. Second, it runs counter to the conventional argument that religious institutions declined in China as crucial social institutions after the Song dynasty and Confucian schools and corporate lineage estates took their place. Last, it rebuts the assumptions that the southern model of social change was replicated in other regions of China.


* CEAS Humanities Colloquium


Yao Lu, Assistant Professor, Sociology at Columbia University - "The Social Process of Chinese International Migration to the US and Europe"

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: McNeil 103

* Co-sponosred by CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia, Penn Population Studies Center


Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China - "China’s Impact on the International Human Rights System

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

* CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium, Penn Law School


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(II) Regional Events Related to East Asia

“Pacific Encounter: The Japanese Iwakura Embassy in America in 1872”

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County Gallery Library
Directions: http://www.umbc.edu/aboutumbc/directions.php

The Asian Studies Program at UMBC would like the pleasure of your company at the third lecture in our inaugural series of events on February 8 at 4 p.m. Our distinguished speaker is Professor Martin C. Collcutt (Department of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University), whose talk is entitled: “Pacific Encounter: The Japanese Iwakura Embassy in America in 1872”

Reception to follow the event (open to the public)

  * Asian Studies Program at UMBC


* UNKNOWN JAPAN III Film Series: Oddities and Endings

Date: Every Wednesday from February 8 - March 14, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Bellevue (Broad & Walnut)

"Unknown Japan III" is a film series of Japanese films, previously unreleased in this country to be held every Wednesday night starting Feb 8 for 6 weeks. All screenings are at The Bellevue (Broad & Walnut) 7th floor at 7pm.

  * Presented by The Japan America Society of greater Philadelphia and Cinedelphia.com. 


* Buddhist Ethics Reading Group

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 5 Ivy Lane, Princeton University
Website: http://www.princeton.edu/csr/current-research/buddhist/berg/

The Buddhist Ethics Reading Group (BERG) is a forum for all to consider and evaluate, from many angles, a Buddhist approach to ethics. The 2011-2012 group will meet approximately once a month over dinner to discuss the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryāvatāra) by the great Indian Buddhist author Śāntideva. The book is a classic of Buddhist ethics, in which moral challenges, psychological insights, and a distinctive wit coalesce into strategic advice for personal cultivation. From a unique, Buddhist perspective, the work addresses universal questions of responsibility, compassion and nonviolence. The conversations will each be addressed to a passage from the Guide, and co-facilitated by Prof. Jonathan Gold of the Department of Religion and Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak, a Tibetan monk and a leading teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the NY/NJ area. 


Contact Jonathan Gold (jcgold@princeton.edu) to reserve dinner.


Temple Under Auspicious Clouds: Sino-Japanese Connections and the Search for Buddhist-Chinese Architecture

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University


Understanding “Wa”: How to Build Better Relationships in a Japanese Work Environment - Friday, February 17, Registration deadline: February 14, 2012

Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
To Register: http://japanphilly.org/catalog/36


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


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


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

** Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) Now accepting applications for Summer 2012 - DEADLINE EXTENSION until Monday, February 6th at 5pm

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 deadline has been extended until Monday, February 6th at 5:00 pm

The requirements have been pared down , based on the short timeline, so this will be plenty of time to get the application finished!

To complete the application you'll need to email me to let me know you’re applying and send me the following documents in PDF form:

·         Personal statement (500 words)
·         List of which internships you’re interested in
·         Resume
·         2 recommendations

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.

* Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG, Recreational Specialty Instructor - deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

RSI is a seasonal hourly position at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Japanese House and Garden is a 17th century style Japanese house in the west section of Fairmount Park.  RSIs are an integral part of the site’s day-to-day operations and serve an important role in interacting with the public.

Key Responsibilities
- Assist in caring for and maintaining the historic Japanese house, including cleaning and light gardening
- Provide tours of the house and garden to groups and casual visitors
- Promote site security and compliance with site policies
- Lead special programs for group tours (e.g. tea tasting, origami lesson)
- Staff the guardhouse, including admissions, gift shop, phone calls, email
- Daily cash register bookkeeping
- Staff special programs (e.g. Moonviewing, Summer Concert)
- Staff private rentals (e.g. weddings and commitment ceremonies)
- Other duties as assigned

Desired Competencies
- Oral communications – Will have an interest in working with the public and strives to present the best possible attitude when presenting information about the organization.  This person should enjoy working with both children and adults.
- Sensitivity – Will work with guests from a variety of cultural, social, and age backgrounds.
- Interpersonal skills – Will work well with others in this small and close-knit organization.  This person should be able to build and maintain strong and positive relationships.
- Creativity – Plays an active role in customizing tours and activities for guests.  Should handle unexpected situations well.
- Outdoorsy – Comfortable working outdoors for extended periods of time while still maintaining an energetic, friendly, and professional demeanor.

Website:  http://www.shofuso.com/?page_id=1664

Applications due by March 1st.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter via mail, email, or fax to:
Derek Finn, Site and Program Manager
Friends of the Japanese House and Garden
5070 Parkside Ave. #2104
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fax: 215-878-5097

* DK’s International Programs in Beijing, China - Instructors Needed

DK Education, based in Beijing, provides international education programs to Chinese students interested in going to university in the United States. We are currently looking to recruit around twenty new teachers for the fall semester of next year.  The instructor positions are challenging jobs with large amounts of responsibility, but present valuable opportunities for people who want to learn more about China and gain international work experience.

The English website contains information on the positions, the programs and how to apply, and can be found at this link  http://dkip.com.cn/en/

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

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.

Penn Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships - deadline to apply: March 2, 2012

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.

The goals of the fellowship program are:  

  • To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area or international studies.
  • To foster foreign language acquisition and fluency.
  • To develop a domestic pool of international experts to meet national needs.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.    

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two complete and separate applications.   

Students receiving Academic Year Fellowships must be enrolled in full-time study for the duration of the FLAS award and must take one language course and one related area or international studies course each semester. Academic Year Fellows must be admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania. FLAS awards may be used in some cases for students participating in official overseas language programs and in very limited cases for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQ page or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator.   

Summer Fellowships are for intensive language programs either domestically or abroad and require a separate application from the Academic Year Fellowship (minimum contact hours and duration of summer courses are outlined in the FLAS FAQ section).

Website: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/flas/


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(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries (in order of application deadline)

2012 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 0 “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.

* Meiji University, Japanese Language Program (Summer) - deadline to apply: April 30, 2012

Following up on it 2011 program, the Meiji University Japanese Language Education Center will offer a short-term Japanese Language Program in July to August 2012.

The program cultivates study of Japanese language, culture and society from various aspects.

Highly motivated participants can expect Meiji University’s up-to-date educational, media and support facilities to meet their every need. A Meiji University affiliated organization, the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures is available any time and Japanese students will support your study of Japanese and join various events with you.

Website: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/mjlp/summer.html

* Meiji University, "Cool Japan" Summer Program - earlybird deadline to apply: February 29, 2012; final deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

The Meiji University Cool Japan Summer Program 2012 is a series of lectures, workshops and field trips on a wide variety of subjects relating to Japan's contemporary image. In this program, we will explore and contextualize these disparate phenomena to create a clearer image of "Japan" in today’s global society. We invite you to discuss many issues of "Japan" with some of the leading researchers in the fields of humanities and social sciences, including lecturers from the professional business field. Through this course, you can acquire a broader understanding of Japanese culture, as well as its creativity and potential.

Website: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/cooljapan/index.html

* Meiji University, Summer Program in the Social Sciences - deadline to apply: May 18, 2012

This two-week summer program is designed for non-Japanese students to study law, politics and economics in socio-cultural contexts in Japan. All courses are conducted in Japanese in an interactive way. The program will provide the opportunity to discuss hot issues in contemporary Japanese society. Course topics include the constitutionality of citizen lay participation as lay judges in court trials, recent developments in Japanese-style employment, Japanese views of life and death, problems arising from the shrinking population, the future of the Japanese economy, the feasibility of East Asian Community and others.

The program also includes field trips to important institutions such as the national Diet, the Court, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a law firm and a prison.

Meiji University is located at the center of Tokyo, where participants will be able to see and learn how legal, political and economic institutions function in the Japanese society. We welcome everybody who would like to learn about Japan in Japanese.

Website: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/sssp/index.html

* Institute for Field Research, Yangguanzhai (China) Summer Program

This course has two goals: (1) to introduce students to field methods in archaeology--including a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab, and field cataloging methods; and (2) to give students a basic exposure to the materials of Chinese archaeology and to how archaeology is practiced in China.

The course will take place at the prehistoric village site of Yangguanzhai in the Jing River Valley, approximately 25 kilometers north of the ancient city of Xi’an, in northwest China. This field school is a collaborative project between the Institute for Field Research, the Shaanxi Archaeological Academy and Xibei University in Xi’an, China, and California State University Northridge. The course begins on June 17 and will meet every weekday until July 21. Students will spend the first week in Xi’an for five days of lectures and instructional museum tours. The classroom lectures will focus on some of the most important archaeological finds in the Wei River valley, as well as discussing various anthropological themes as they relate to the Yangshao culture and the Yangguanzhai site. Important themes covered in the class include origin of agriculture, animal domestication, sedentary villages, ritual, and craft specialization.

The following four weeks will be spent in the field performing survey, excavation, and lab work at the Yangguanzhai Station near the Yangguanzhai site. Students will live in a student dormitory at Xibei University while in Xi’an and in the Mingzhu Hotel near the site while at Yangguanzhai.

Location: China-Yangguanzhai
Region: Asia
Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Ye Wa
Dates: Jun 17, 2012 - Jul 21, 2012
Enrollment Status: OPEN
Website: http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/current/china-yangguanzhai

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(VI) Conferences and Workshops (in order of application deadline)

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-America Student Conference (KASC) and Japan-America Student Conference(JASC) - deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and Japan-America Student Conference(JASC) are recruiting bright and adventurous college (and grad) students for summer 2012. JASC is the oldest student-run exchange between the U.S. and Japan, founded in 1934. KASC launched in 2008, answering the call for closer ties between students in the U.S. and Korea.

In themselves, the Conferences are an unforgettable experience. Each lasts nearly a month (KASC: July 2-29; JASC: July 25-August 19), involving students from the U.S. and partner country. This year, the Conferences take place in the States. Universities across the nation will host students as they travel to four diverse sites. All selected applicants become delegates, who research roundtable topics and meet with experts in their respective fields. Each Conference boasts 5-8 roundtables, ranging from politics to the arts. These KASC and JASC pages share greater detail of sites and roundtables.

The Conferences are held in English, no Korean or Japanese language skills are required! Students may come from all sorts of backgrounds and academic disciplines. The only eligibility requirements are fulltime enrollment as undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S.—and genuine interest in U.S.-Asia relations. The student participation fee is $3000 for U.S. students (the real cost is more than $7000). Each year, students of JASC and KASC meet with great success in raising these funds or securing financial assistance from their schools.

Website to Apply: www.iscdc.org.

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.


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(VII) Call for Submissions (in order of application deadline)

* Michigan Journal of Asian Studies Call for Submissions - deadline to apply: February 21, 2012

The Michigan Journal of Asian Studies is a peer-reviewed, general interest, scholarly journal that aims to provide graduate and undergraduate students around the world with a venue for publication of research, analytical papers, and book reviews from all academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities pertaining to South, Southeast, Inner, and East Asia. It is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michgian

Our first call for submissions was an unqualified success, with two issues scheduled to be published this semester. Also, we have recently signed an agreement with EBSCO, which will allow the articles we publish to be searchable in library databases around the world.

We are now calling for submissions for the Winter 2012 term, and I was hoping you could forward this opportunity on to the students in your department. The deadline for submissions is February 21st. Questions and submissions can be sent to michiganjournalofasianstudies@umich.edu.

Submission guidelines and further information about the Michigan Journal of Asian Studies may be found at our website: <http://m-jas.org/>.

* Lamp Post, A Journal of Christian Thought at University of Pennsylvania - deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

Lamp Post exists to foster Christian thought and dialogue in the Penn community.

We are now open for submissions until March 3rd, 2012.
Submissions are limited to 3 pieces of work per person, and you must be Penn-affiliated.
Please email us your work(s) as an attachment to penn.christian.journal@gmail.com.

1. All forms of submissions are welcome.
(academic papers, photos, artworks, short fictions, poems, interviews, etc.)
2. Word count: 2000 max
3. Attach to the email as a Word document, single-spaced!
4. Include an article summary in your email, which will potentially serve as the tagline in the printed issue.
5. Include a short biography of yourself.
(year, major, profession – one sentence is sufficient)
6. Citations should follow the MLA Style, scriptural citations should contain the translation/version.
7. Any images should be attached separately at the highest resolution possible as a TIFF or a JPEG.

Website: http://pennchristianjournal.wordpress.com/

Penn Science, Technology, and Society Journal - deadline to apply: March 16, 2012

The STSC Undergraduate Advisory Board is proud to announce the launching of the STSC journal, Momentum.

If you are interested in submitting work to Momentum, please email stsc.momentum.journal@gmail.com with a copy of your submission and a short statement (no more than a paragraph) about why it is appropriate. All types of work are eligible - not just strictly academic work - provided it is relevant to STSC. Examples include:

  • Papers written for a course, independent study projects, theses
  • Short critical pieces on contemporary issues (i.e. op ed pieces from an STSC perspective, commentary on current events)
  • Reviews of books, movies, museum exhibitions, etc.
  • Photographic projects, artistic or digital/multimedia work

Submissions Due: Friday, March 16th 
Journal Slated to be Released in April

Additional Roles: Interested in design, layout, formatting and/or editing? We’re looking for students to help with other aspects of putting together the journal besides writing. Email stsc.momentum.journal@gmail.com with any questions or to find out more information.

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:


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

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.

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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