Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter
2011 - 2012: Issue No. 26, Friday April 27, 2012 - Next week's newsletter (May 4th) will be the last of Spring 2012!
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The weekly CEAS Newsletter notifies East Asianists in our region of events and opportunities of interest. Notices appear under eight headings:
- University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events
- Regional East Asia Events
- Employment and Internship Opportunities
- Fellowship and Award Opportunities
- East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries
- Conferences and Workshops
- Call for Submissions
- Opportunities for Teachers
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If you have notices in these categories that you would like posted here, please
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(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events
* Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) Logo Design Contest
The Center for the Study of Contemporary China is currently inviting suggestions from Penn community for the Center's logo. Entries should be received by June 1, 2012. The logo should
- Signal that the CSCC is a Penn entity
- Reflect the CSCC’s focus on contemporary China
- Be consistent with the CSCC’s mission
- Use the following formats: jpg, pdf, or tiff.
- Be suitable for a variety of media and wide range of sizes since it will be used for the CSCC’s redesigned website, letterhead stationery, and business cards.
Each entry should be submitted as an attachment via e-mail sent to:
In your email, please include the full name and contact information of the designer. The designer of the winning entry will be notified by September 1, 2012. The winning entry will be prominently featured on the CSCC’s redesigned website (with credit to the winner), and its designer will win $250.
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(II) Regional Events Related to East Asia
* John H. Maurer, US Naval War College - "'Why Should There be a War with Japan?': Winston Churchill and Great Britain’s Strategic Predicament during the 1920s"
||Thursday, May 3, 2012
||11:30 am to 12:30 pm
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19102 [display map]
In the aftermath of the First World War, Great Britain faced a serious strategic challenge in the emergence of imperial Japan as a rival naval power. The rapid growth in the Japanese navy’s strength threatened the security and interests of Britain’s empire in Asia. At the center of British strategic decision making about how to respond to Japan’s naval challenge was Winston Churchill. Determined to take an active role in directing Britain’s grand strategy, Churchill assessed the price tag and risk of alternative strategies for hedging against Japan’s rising power. Churchill downplayed the likelihood of war with Japan. In an oft quoted letter to Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Churchill wrote: “why should there be a war with Japan? I do not believe there is the slightest chance of it in our lifetime.” Of course, in a tragic irony of History, Churchill’s words would later come back to haunt him, fated as he was to serve as Britain’s prime minister when Japan attacked the British Empire in December 1941.
Professor John H. Maurer, Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College, and member of the Orbis editorial board, will give a presentation about how Churchill and British leaders faced awkward political, economic, and strategic tradeoffs in contending with a rising naval challenger in Asia. A combination of adverse economic factors—a slow growing economy, high unemployment, an overvalued currency that hurt international competitiveness, a heavy debt burden, and growing entitlement costs—put immense pressure on the British government to economize in defense spending. By the 1920s, Britain had become a “frugal superpower” that could ill afford an arms race against a rising power in Asia. It was Churchill’s hard lot, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, to face these economic and strategic realities. That as sagacious a statesman as Churchill misjudged the danger of war with Japan, believing that Japanese leaders would act as responsible stakeholders on the international stage, highlights the pitfalls that can bedevil even the very best strategic assessments. Churchill’s assessment of the constraints hurting Britain’s strategic competitiveness in meeting the challenge posed by Japan provides a parable, a warning of potential dangers looming up before the United States in the twenty-first century.
Professor Maurer serves as the Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Before joining the faculty of the Naval War College, he served as executive editor of Orbis, and held the position of senior research fellow at FPRI. He served on the Secretary of the Navy’s advisory committee on naval history. He is the author or editor of books examining the outbreak of the First World War, military interventions in the developing world, naval arms control between the two world wars, and a study about Winston Churchill’s views on British foreign policy and strategy. His current research includes a study about Winston Churchill and Great Britain’s decline as a world power. At the College, he teaches an elective course on Churchill and grand strategy. In June 2001, he received the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
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* Marc Grossman, U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador
||Thursday, May 10, 2012
||5:30 pm - Registration and wine reception
6:00 pm - Program
7:00 pm - Adjournment
||Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 N. 17th Street
The position of U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, initially held by Richard Holbrooke, was established in January 2009 as part of the president's three-pronged foreign policy of diplomacy, development, and defense. Ambassador Marc Grossman replaced the late Ambassador Holbrooke last year as the U.S. was beginning to plan its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and had hopes of a diplomatic settlement in the region through negotiations with the Taliban.
Amid enormous challenges this year including the seething rage of Afghan citizens toward the U.S. and its military presence after several incidents including the recent slaughter of Afghan citizens by a U.S. soldier, failed negotiations with the Taliban, and growing strains in the relationship with neighboring Pakistan, Ambassador Grossman joins The Philadelphia Inquirer's foreign affairs columnist, Trudy Rubin, to offer an assessment of the current situation in the region.
Members of World Affairs Council:
Program and Wine Reception: $30
Program and Wine Reception: $45
Full-time students with valid ID
Program only: $10
* Panel Discussion - "America in the World: Obama's Foreign Policy"
||Wednesday, May 23, 2012
||5:30 pm - Registration and wine reception
6:00 pm - Panel discussion
7:15 pm - Book Signing
||World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M., Philadelphia, PA
Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign envisioned both enhanced international relationships and the restoration of America’s image abroad resulting from a greater reliance on diplomatic efforts, rather than military intervention, to address global threats and challenges. After three years in office, this approach has been tested on a number of fronts and the administration’s emerging foreign and defense policy strategy—which has come to be referred to as “the Obama Doctrine”—now advocates using unilateral force, if necessary, against direct threats to the United States, while relying on multilateral responses, not necessarily by force, against indirect threats that have more of a global security impact.
As we approach the 2012 election, amidst Republican assertions of the failures of Barack Obama’s policies, a panel of experts, including Fawaz Gerges, Charles Kupchan and Michael Swaine, join us to explore the President’s record with regard to crises and challenges in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Members of World Affairs Council:
Program and wine reception: $18 or lecture pass
Program and wine reception: $28
Full-time students with valid ID
Program only: $10
* Jack Perkowski - "From Wall Street to the Great Wall: An American Capitalist in China"
||Monday, June 11, 2012
||5:30 pm - Registration and wine reception
6:00 pm - Program
7:00 pm - Adjournment
||Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 N. 17th Street
No westerner knows China like Jack Perkowski, investment banker turned entrepreneur, who went to China and built one of the most successful companies in its automotive industry.
Upon graduating Cum Laude from Yale and with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was named a Baker Scholar, Jack spent eighteen years on Wall Street, rising to head of investment banking at PaineWebber. Well before others recognized the significant role that China would play in the global economy, Jack spent three years investigating opportunities in Asia and China and, in 1994, founded ASIMCO, an automotive components company based in Beijing, China.
In 2009, Perkowski established JFP Holdings, a merchant bank for China, to help global companies develop and implement their China strategies and to assist Chinese companies in developing global footprints.
Jack Perkowski was featured in the best-selling book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman. In 2008, he authored Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China.
Join us to hear how one man helped to successfully lead the way for American business development in China.
Members of World Affairs Council:
Program and wine reception: $18 or lecture pass
Program and wine reception: $28
Full-time students with valid ID
Program only: $10
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(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities (in order of application deadline)
Cultural Division, Taipei Economic Cultural Office in New York - Program Coordinator - deadline to apply: May 11, 2012
Start Date: June 4th, 2012
Background: The Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York represents Taiwan’s Ministry of Education in New York and aims to promote educational relationship between Taiwan and the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assisting in networking with mainstream educational institutions and organizations
Drafting and correcting emails and letters in English and/or Chinese
Acting as liaison to Taiwanese students and handling funding requests from Taiwanese student associations
Assisting in planning and implementing of educational events
Other administrative tasks (accounting duties, website maintenance, office supply procurement, etc.)
US citizen or Permanent resident
Bachelor Degree (Spring 2012 graduates are welcome to apply)
Fluency in English, strong writing skills
Chinese speaking and reading ability (As a foreign office, the work environment is primarily Mandarin-speaking. While the position requires strong Chinese speaking and reading skills, there is certainly room for improvement. )
Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Application Details: To apply, kindly send cover letter and CV/Resume to Alan@edutwny.org by May 11th.
World Affairs Council Summer Internships
- Bodine High School for International Affairs Intern
- Corporate Intern
- Membership Intern
- Programs Intern
- Technology and Communications Intern
- Travel Intern
Applications for Summer 2012 openings with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia are now being accepted. If you would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resumé, and brief writing sample to Careers. Please specify the area(s) with which you would be interested in interning. No phone calls, please.
Positions are unpaid and are open to college undergraduates and recent graduates with a strong interest in international affairs. The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, possess strong computer skills, the ability to work independently as well as in a team, a good command of English, and strong writing skills. We seek a commitment of at least 8-10 hours per week (1 full day or two half-days preferred.) Interns are encouraged to attend the Council's speaker events when possible. College credit can be arranged. Reasonable travel expenses are covered.
Zhimeng Education - Educational Consultant in China (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo)
Zhimeng Education is a Shanghai-based leading education company that provides Chinese students American college admission counseling service and English Test-Preparation courses. Currently, in addition to the Shanghai office, we have two branch offices in two other cities, namely Hangzhou and Ningbo. Our multi-national team, comprising of over 15 consultants, teachers, and staff members, assist students in meeting the demands of American colleges. Co-founded by graduates of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Swarthmore College, we are committed to helping our students realize their dreams through our professionalism and dedication. As educators, we strive to develop our students and give them the tools necessary for college success in the U.S. As employers, we highly value our employees, and we are equally committed to developing their leadership and professional abilities.
This is an entry-level, full-time position in our consultant team. As an educational consultant, you will work with a team of local Chinese advisors and assistants to help Chinese high school students with their American college applications. 55-60 work hours during the peak season (September to December) is expected. Up to 20hrs weekly English teaching on SAT and TOEFL is expected during the non-peak season from January to August.
Major responsibilities include:
1. Meet students to discuss their college choices and application strategies
2. Brainstorm with students on their essay topics
3. Revise and edit students’ college essays
4. Instruct the students to complete the application documents.
5. Deliver presentations at marketing seminars
6. Teach English (mainly speaking & writing)
Graduates by the summer of 2012
Rising senior students who wish to work for a half-year (until December) or a year term.
Chinese fluency is preferred but not required
Annual Salary $20,000 (note: the average annual salary in Shanghai, converted into U.S dollars, is approximately about $7,000)
Annual Bonus up to $20,000
Housing in the downtown area
Weekly courses to learn Chinese
Please send your resume to Haichao Wu at Haichao@zhimeng.hk and we will contact you via email as soon as possible.
(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities (in order of application deadline)
PENN STUDENTS ONLY: Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics Faculty & Graduate Student Research Grants - rolling application deadline
The Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics invites applications from Penn standing faculty and graduate students for research grants for the fiscal year 2012-13. The Center is interested in supporting scholarly projects that are related to all areas of international relations, but we are particularly interested in research bearing on international security and the international political economy.
Over the course of an academic year, faculty may receive up to $5,000 and students may receive up to $1,500 to cover research expenses. Grants can be used to support travel and field research, to purchase supplies, and to hire research assistants.
We invite all faculty and graduate students at Penn whose research interests fit within the broad mission of the Browne Center to submit applications. Applications should be no longer than five pages and include the following:
- A description of the research project.
- A budget explaining the expenses the grant is to cover and a statement of all current and pending support for the research project.
- The principal investigator's curriculum vitae.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, starting immediately. Proposals should be submitted to the Center’s Director, Edward Mansfield (email@example.com) and its Associate Director, Avery Goldstein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PENN STUDENTS ONLY: Y. H. Park Fellowship in Korean Studies - deadline to apply: early May 2012
The Y.H. Park Fellowship funds a Ph.D. or a master student in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea. Applicants are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their degrees. They must have sufficient Korean-language proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations. The Park Fellowship will provide funding of approximately $33,000 (sufficient to cover the cost of Reduced Ph.D. Tuition, a 12-month stipend and health insurance). In order to apply, student must first secure nomination by the head of his or her department/program. Each year, the deadline is usually in early May. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Education Karen Lawrence.
* 2012 Donghwa East Meets West International Essay Competition - deadline to apply: May 25, 2012
Donghwa Cultural Foundation (DCF) is a non-profit organization located in Englewood, New Jersey. By introducing the fundamental values of both Eastern and Western cultures. DCF is dedicated to provide a better understanding and appreciation of different traditions, ideas, and practices in order to develop a more peaceful and harmonious world. 2012 Donghwa: East Meets West International Essay Competition is open to all high school and college undergraduate students.
- High School grades 9-12 (800 min. – 1,000 words max.)
- College (undergraduates) (1,200 min. – 1,500 words max.)
Entry Fee: $15
By Check: Make a check payable to Donghwa Cultural Foundation
- By Credit Card: Contact us at 201-871-3033 or email us at email@example.com
Grand prize (one round Trip Air Ticket to Korea)
- Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prizes (Scholarship)
Application Website: http://www.donghwaculture.org/emwie.html
To Apply: For an entry form and additional information, please contact us by phone (201-871-3033) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). All submissions should be sent by email by May 25.
Topics (Select one)
1. Discuss your interest in traditional and modern Asian culture, and explore:
a) How such knowledge has impacted your cultural awareness of other countries.
b) How such knowledge has impacted your cultural awareness of living and residing in America
2. Discuss the effect of "Eastern Culture on Western Culture" and explore:
a) How each culture has engaged each other, and the resulting transformations and impacts on specific countries, people, on issues such as law, economics, trade, in the 20th and/or 21st Centuries.
b) How each culture has engaged each other in the context of globalization, and its impact on popular culture topics like the media, music, movie/TV, and technology in the 20th and/or 21st Centuries.
3. Discuss your Asian/Asian American, or Korean/Korean American cultural identity and explore:
a) How such knowledge has affected your appreciation of Eastern and/or Western cultures.
b) How such knowledge has affected your cross-cultural experience and perspective.
c) How such knowledge has affected your community involvement.
East Asia Institute (EAI) Fellows Program
on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia - deadline to apply: July 16, 2012
The East Asia Institute (EAI) based in Seoul, South Korea, invites applications for its Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia. Funded by the Japan Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange of Taiwan, and YBM/KIS, an education institute of Korea, the Fellows Program targets East Asia specialists with cutting-edge expertise in political science, international relations, and sociology for an international exchange program with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research with a comparative perspective in the study of East Asia. The EAI Fellows present seminars and lectures, based on an unpublished article on current issues submitted solely for the purpose of the Fellows Program, at two or more Partner Institutions in East Asia.
Program: The Program is designed to give the Fellows the flexibility required to bring out the best of their expertise in seminars and lectures. Fellows choose the subjects of their articles, seminars, and lectures within the broadly defined themes of peace, governance, and development in East Asia in order to make the visitation an integral part of their on-going research. Fellows are free to decide how they will divide their time among two or more Partner Institutions, giving a seminar and a lecture apiece at each of the sites chosen. The Partner Institutions are the East Asia Institute in Seoul, Fudan University in Shanghai, Keio University in Tokyo, Peking University in Beijing, and National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Eligibility: The EAI Fellows Program is intended for tenured, tenure-track, and untenured East Asia specialized professors based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other non-Asian regions, conducting research in the fields of political science, international relations, and sociology.
Selection Process: The EAI will select up to five Fellows in 2012. The representatives of the Partner Institutions plus an Advisor based in the United States select EAI Fellows through an annual competition.
Support: The program provides funds ranging from USD 8,000 to 10,000 for each of the Fellows. The grant covers an honorarium for the article, seminar, and lecture as well as the cost of ground transportation, round-trip economy-class international air flight, hotel accommodation, meals, and a per diem for a total of three-week stay in East Asia (see comments on Application Forms).
Application: For further details and instructions on how to apply, please download a booklet titled "Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia" available online at Fellows Program or e-mail email@example.com for assistance. All application materials must be type-written and in English.
Deadline: Applications for fellowships must be received no later than July 16, 2012. The results of the competition will be announced by the end of August, 2012, by both e-mail and letter.
For further inquiry, please contact:
Executive Director, Young-Hwan Shin (Mr.)
Fellows Program on Peace, Governance
and Development in East Asia
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Programs - East Asia and the Pacific - Japan - Journalism - deadline to apply: August 1, 2012
The sponsor provides research awards in journalism at
institutions in Japan. Applicants must be working journalists and have at least three years of experience. Applicants may be Japan specialists or non-specialists. Research can be conducted in English; proficiency in Japanese is not required but desirable. Awards are three to nine months in duration.
Program URL: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3104
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Programs -East Asia and the Pacific--Japan--All Disciplines (Research) - deadline to apply: August 1, 2012
The sponsor will provide approximately five research awards in all disciplines at an institution in Japan. The award is for three to nine months. Japanese language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required.
Program URL: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3102
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Programs -East Asia and the Pacific--Korea--Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts - deadline to apply: August 1, 2012
The sponsor provides approximately three research awards in social sciences, humanities, or fine arts at an institution in Korea. The award is for three to ten months. Korean language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required. Applicants may be academics or professionals and may be Korea specialists or non-specialists. Applicants must have a minimum of five years of work experience in their field beyond the terminal degree.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Programs -East Asia and the Pacific--Taiwan--Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences (Teaching) - deadline to apply: August 1, 2012
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will provide lecturing awards in the fields of arts, education, humanities, professional fields and social sciences at institutions in Taiwan. Grants are for five to ten months in duration. Approximately five awards will be provided. Applicants may be academics or professionals. Applicants must be at least three years beyond the completion of their terminal degree at the time of application and have research publications or produced a creative portfolio in the last three years. Exceptions may be made for applications in professional fields or the arts where other bodies of work may qualify. All teaching is done in English.
Program URL: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3126
Council for International Exchange of Scholars ,Fulbright Programs--East Asia and the Pacific--Taiwan--Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences (Research) - deadline to apply: August 1, 2012
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will provide research awards in the fields of arts, education, humanities, professional fields, and social sciences at institutions
in Taiwan. Grants are for three to ten months. Approximately six awards will be given. Applicants may be academics or professionals. Applicants must be at least three years beyond the completion of their terminal degree at the time of application and have research publications or produced a creative portfolio in the last three years. Exceptions may be made for applications in professional fields or the arts where other bodies of work may qualify. Mandarin language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required.
Program URL: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3125
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Programs - East Asia and the Pacific--Korea--U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Program - deadline to apply: November 1, 2012
The sponsor provides support for approximately eight international education administrators to attend meetings with representatives of Korean universities, private-sector agencies and organizations and selected government agencies at various institutions in Korea. Applicants must be international education administrators (for example, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors or foreign student admissions) or senior-level university administrators with substantial (at least 60 percent of their time) responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of their institutions. Applicants must be affiliated with a two- or four-year college or
university or a non-profit international education exchange organization. They must also have a minimum of five years of full-time work experience in international education. Preference is given to applicants who have not had significant professional visits to Korea in the past five years. The duration of the program is two weeks.
Program URL: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3111
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Programs - East Asia and the Pacific--Japan--US-Japan International Education Administrators Program - deadline to apply: November 1, 2012
The sponsor provides seminar awards for the U.S.-Japan International Education Administrators Program to visit various institutions in Japan. Applicants must be international education
administrators (for example, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors and foreign student admissions) or senior-level university administrators (deans, vice presidents, provosts and presidents) with substantial (at least 25 percent) responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of their institutions. Applicants must be affiliated with a two- or four-year college, university or a nonprofit international education exchange organization and have a minimum of
five years of full-time work experience in the field of international education. Preference is given to applicants who have not had significant professional visits to Japan in the last five years and who indicate an institutional interest in increasing the number of Japanese students on their campus. Awards are two weeks in duration.
Program URL: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3106
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(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries (in order of application deadline)
Music of Korea (MUSC-166/EALC-084) - Fall 2012 Course Opportunity
There is a new course, Music of Korea (MUSC-166/EALC-084), which Dr. Matthew Schreibeis will be teaching in fall 2012. This course will survey the music of Korea with the goal of placing specific musical genres in cultural and historic contexts. A wide-ranging approach will emphasize the diversity of Korea's musical styles, including, court, folk, popular (K-pop), film, and contemporary classical music. No prior knowledge in Korean language or culture is presumed.
The course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 until 3:00.
For more information, please e-mail Dr. Matthew Schreibeis at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beijing Foreign Studies University, Master’s in East-West Relations - deadline to apply: April 30, 2012
The Center for East-West Relations (CEWR) at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China is now accepting applications for the East-West Relations M.A. program to begin Fall 2012. This unique M.A. program focuses on the importance of culture in international diplomacy and international communication. The curriculum is constructed in a way to provide students with an understanding of the background assumptions and priorities that inform Eastern and Western policies and practices. All major courses will be taught in English, but students will be expected to participate in Chinese language courses during the two-year program.
We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about culture in an international setting with some of the best scholars of comparative politics, philosophy, and culture.
Information about the program can also be found on our website at www.cewr-china.com.
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.
Program Dates: July 31st ~ 24th 2012 (4 weeks)
This summer program offers a unique opportunity to focus on Chinese language acquisition as well as expanding the understanding of Taiwan culture, social heritage, music, geographical environment and resources. Our Summer Program would be a very interesting option for your students. Since 2010, the first time National Taiwan University started running its Summer+ Programs, we have been welcoming more students from over the world. It is our hope that NTU's newly expanded range of study opportunities will meet the study abroad and research needs of your students.
Details of the programs can also be found on our website: http://www.oia.ntu.edu.tw.
All interested students can apply directly at http://www.oia.ntu.edu.tw/tcschool/apply/outexstd_post.asp?StudentType=1
Email Address: email@example.com.
Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies, Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese Summer Programs - deadline to apply: May 1, 2012
Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies is now accepting applications for its Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese summer intensive language courses offered in 2012. This summer the language programs include three levels of colloquial Tibetan (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), beginning Sanskrit, and beginning Nepalese. An introductory Buddhist Studies intensive, combining study and a meditation practicum, is also offered.
The courses, which are structured as a full immersion into the local languages and cultures, include the opportunity to live with Tibetan and Nepalese families. All classes are held at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, just a few minutes' walk from the Great Stupa of Boudhanath in the Kathmandu Valley.
Bioethics in China Course (Open to all alumni, business professionals, and external graduate students) - deadline to register: May 15, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania will be offering a graduate course in the Fall semester, titled “Bioethics in China: Research, Industry, and Practice”. In addition to lectures at Penn, students will travel to Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai (August 24-September 4) where the program will include site visits, academic lectures, and meetings with policy makers, Chinese and expatriate business leaders and others. This course is open to alumni, business professionals, and external graduate students (closed to undergraduate students).
This course will provide executive students a broad understanding of bioethical issues in China, specifically:
• Challenges in conducting business and research in China, including organizational practices and business ethics.
• Ethical considerations in outsourcing clinical trials to China
• Pharmaceutical marketing practices in China
• Physician-Patient interactions and the notions of autonomy
• Ethics in health policy
• Intellectual property and the regulatory landscape in China
The class size limited to 14 students and the registration deadline is May 15th. More information and a flyer can be found at: http://www.med.upenn.edu/mbe/mbechina.shtml
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.
Scholarship Information: Meiji University Summer Program in the Social Sciences has been selected as one of Student Exchange Support Programs 2012 (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) by JASSO (Japan Student Service Organization). Meiji University offers JPY80,000 scholarship to participants who are undergraduate or graduate students of foreign universities and meet some requirements set by JASSO, and we have stilla few spots for scholarship candidates. Please refer to the following website for detailed scholarship information.
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(VI) Conferences and Workshops (in order of application deadline)
ALLEX Foundation Intensive Summer Chinese Language Program - deadline to apply: April 30, 2012
Program Dates: June 25 – August 10, 2012
Portland State University, Oregon
Application Deadline: April 30, 2012
(Applications received after April 30th will be considered as space permits.)
This course is designed to train you to speak and listen to Mandarin Chinese, and to introduce you to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course you will be expected to perform in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at a basic level of proficiency. You will not only learn to speak the language; you will also develop an understanding of Chinese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach you not just to speak Chinese, but to function successfully in Chinese culture using Mandarin—to present yourself as an intelligent person in Chinese culture using the Chinese language. You will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations. In each setting you will learn how to perform in the Chinese language in a culturally appropriate way.
This course is appropriate for:
1) Students with no Chinese background. The course will assume that you have no exposure to Chinese language.
2) Students with one to two years of high school or college Chinese in courses that focus on reading and writing. This course focuses on oral proficiency. Some of our most successful students have come from Portland area high school Chinese programs.
3) College students, high school students (age 15 or higher), business people, and others are welcome to apply.
Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop - deadline to apply: May 1, 2012
The SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop seeks to create a sustained network of advanced graduate students and faculty by providing the opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress. The workshop is open to participants from all fields in the social sciences and humanities and from institutions throughout the US and Canada. Individual students lead discussions of their projects with mentor faculty and student peers from various disciplines to receive creative and critical input on improving their fieldwork plans or writing strategies. Based on narrative project descriptions submitted as part of the application packet, participants will prepare a synthetic essay incorporating all projects, from which broader methodological and thematic discussions will be developed and incorporated into the four-day agenda.
When: July 18-22, 2012
Where: Pacific Grove, CA - Asilomar Conference Center
Application Deadline: May 1, 2012
This year's mentor faculty include Suk-Young Kim (University of California, Santa Barbara), Katherine Moon (Wellesley College), Robert Oppenheim (University of Texas at Austin), and Jun Yoo (University of Hawaii at Manoa).
The workshop welcomes applications from students who have not yet begun fieldwork, who are currently in the field, and those who are in the process of writing their dissertations. In most cases, the SSRC will fully cover participants' travel, lodging and meals for the duration of the workshop. Limited funds are available for participants traveling from outside the United States. Funding for the program is provided by the Korea Foundation.
Eligibility and Application
- Full-time advanced graduate students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled at US or Canadian institutions are eligible for the workshop.
- Applicants must have an approved dissertation prospectus at the time of application, but cannot have completed writing for final submission.
- Special consideration will be given to students from universities that are not major Korean Studies institutions.
A narrative description of the dissertation topic, short application form and a letter of recommendation from the student's primary advisor are required as part of the application.
Download the application here.
Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference - "Challenges and Prospects: Envisioning Global Transformations" - deadline to apply: May 20, 2012
Dates: August 24-28, 2012
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Partnership University: National Chengchi University
Conference Theme: Challenges and Prospects: Envisioning Global Transformations
The transformation of Asia has been nothing short of extraordinary: its achievements in recent years would have been hard to imagine in past decades. Asia, with its diverse economic, demographic, and political systems, must now use its newfound voice to play a more prominent role in today's world.
The HPAIR 2012 Asia Conference seeks to bring together future and current leaders from around the world to engage in a five-day dialogue, addressing the events that have helped to shape the current status of Asia on the world stage. The conference will challenge its participants to think critically about questions surrounding Asia's future. In the wake of the recent global financial recession, what should Asia do to recover from and prevent similar meltdowns in the future? How should Asia respond to the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and military instability in other parts of the world? How can Asian countries preserve their traditions while the pressures of globalization push them towards modernization? What roles should governments and businesses play in bridging the numerous expanding gaps found both between and within nations?
As we turn the corner on the first decade of the 21st century, the decisions made today will prove critical to the success of Asia tomorrow.
* Illinois/Indiana National Dissertation Workshop "Asian Film and Media” - deadline to apply: May 30, 2012
Start Time: Monday August 6, 2012 09:00 AM
End Time: Tuesday August 7, 2012 04:30 PM
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (specific on campus location TBA)
Contact: Jeffrey Friedman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC) is pleased to announce its sixth annual IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop in the field of Asian Film and Media. The workshop will be held August 6-7 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts whose dissertation projects concern Asian film and media, broadly conceived, are invited to apply. Areas of interest include film, communications, fine arts, anthropology, history, and sociology, among others. The workshop is designed to enable students just beginning work on their dissertations, as well as those farther along, to engage in intensive discussions of their own and each other’s projects. Possibilities for continuing networks among interested students and faculty will also be explored. The workshop will be limited to eight participants, and the cost of the workshop, some meals, and two nights’ lodging will be covered by the IL/IN East Asia NRC.
The workshop will be led by Gary Xu, Associate Professor in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Stephanie DeBoer, Assistant Professor in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington; and Professor Gregory A. Waller in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have drafted a dissertation research proposal, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. Those in the early phases of writing are also encouraged to apply. In order to prepare the ground for a productive exchange, participants must come to the workshop having read and prepared comments on the other participants’ writing samples.
The application deadline is May 30, 2012.
Application materials consist of two items:
(1) a current CV
(2) a 4-6-page double-spaced dissertation proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied).
Applications should be submitted by e-mail attachment to email@example.com. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop no later than June 15, 2012.
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(VII) Call for Submissions (in order of submission deadline)
American Association for Chinese Studies 54th Annual Conference at Georgia Tech, Atlanta - deadline to submit: May 1, 2012
We invite scholars of all disciplines in Chinese Studies to submit proposals for papers, roundtables, and panels for the 54th Annual Conference of the AACS, hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology. The program committee prefers proposals for complete panels, including a panel chair, 3-4 presenters of papers, and a discussant. The committee especially welcomes theme panels that help integrate the conference.
Examples of possible themes:
·“Challenges to Leadership and Succession in China and Taiwan”
· “Issues of Science and Technology in Greater China”
· “Cultural and Social Spillovers of Cross-Strait Economic Integration”
· “Social Change and the New Generation of Chinese”
The committee welcomes proposals for individual papers and will attempt to place the presenter on an appropriate panel. Too, the committee encourages proposals from graduate students; the AACS has initiated an award for the best graduate student paper at the conference. As in past years, proposals for roundtables featuring special events of broad significance, such as the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, are invited. Overall, our goal is to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, the social sciences, education and business-related subjects.
The deadline for panel and roundtable proposals is April 13, 2012, and for individual papers May 1, 2012. Please send your proposal (including an abstract of 250 words) by e-mail to members of the program committee: Jerry McBeath (chair), firstname.lastname@example.org; Linda Chiang, email@example.com; and Ya-chen Chen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
* ASIAN POPULAR CULTURE, MPCA/MACA Conference 2012 Columbus, Ohio - deadline to submit: May 31, 2012
The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting papers, abstracts and panel proposals for the 2012 annual conference.
ASIAN POPULAR CULTURE call for papers
Seeking presentations on all elements of popular culture throughout Asia, including the Pacific Islands, South Asia, SouthEast Asia, India, and Western Asia (the Middle East).
Deadline for receipt of proposals has been extended to May 31, 2012.
Submissions should be made via email to the appropriate area chair - for ASIAN POPULAR CULTURE, Matt Duncan email@example.com
The conference will be held Friday-Sunday, 12-14 October 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
Before you submit, make sure you have done the following:
• Your submission must have a full title as well as an abstract/paper/panel.
• You must include the name, affiliation, and email address of each author/participant. If you do not include an email address, you must include a postal address.
• You must indicate if you need a TV/DVD player for your presentation. NOTE: The only audio-visual equipment available from the Association will be a DVD player and monitor, and you must ask for it at the time you submit your proposal. With appropriate preparation, a DVD player can play audio, video, and still images.
• If necessary, you must indicate potential scheduling conflicts.
• If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your submission.
Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times: Friday 2:30pm-7:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-6:15pm, and Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm. We may begin at 12:45pm on Friday if demand so dictates.
A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2012. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference. For privacy reasons, we do not publish e-mail addresses in the online version of the program.
All participants must be members of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association. Membership is $50 for students with ID, retirees, and unemployed, and $80 for all others. Membership is for the calendar year through December 2012. The membership fee is separate from the conference registration fee.
All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $80 for students with ID, retirees, and unemployed, and $110 for all others. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2012. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.)
Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA.
Korean Studies Advancement Center in Andong - deadline to submit: July 30, 2012
The Korean Studies Advancement Center in Andong is seeking original academic papers in English on any aspect or topic related to Andong in terms of history, culture, society, philosophy, religion, folklore, literature, music, geography, or any other field of interest. Those who submit a paper by May 15, 2012 and are selected will be invited to the Andonghak (安東學, Andong Studies) International Conference to be held on June 25-26, 2012. This conference, which is being held to encourage scholars to conduct research on Andong-related topics, is open to anyone who is interested in Andong Studies.
Length of paper: more than 8,000 words
We request papers and contact information be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Jong Seok Kim, conference organizer) and email@example.com (Dr. Nam-lin Hur, conference coordinator).
Those who are invited will be offered full expenses including round-trip transportation to Andong in Korea, accommodation (4 nights at Andong Korean Studies Advancement Center) and meals, and a one-day guided tour of Andong on June 27.
Those who are invited will be notified by May 20, 2012. The Korean Studies Advancement Center expects to publish papers presented at the Conference in Andonghak yŏn’gu, volume 11 in December, 2012. The deadline of submission of papers for publication is July 30, 2012.
11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities - deadline to submit: August 17, 2012
The 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held from January 11th (Friday) to January 14th (Monday), 2013 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. Oahu is often nicknamed "the gathering place". The 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields from all over the world.
The main goal of the 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.
Information on the Call for Papers, Submission and Studies can be found here: http://www.hichumanities.org/cfp_artshumanities.php
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(VIII) Opportunities for Teachers (in order of deadline to apply)
Fourth Annual Asian Studies Collaborative Conference - Global Understanding: Developing a Framework for K-12 Educators
When: May 8, 2012, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Ed Centre, 2101 Centre Avenue Reading, PA
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lori E. Murray, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of America
Dr. Murray is a national security expert and a longstanding member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Forum in Stamford, CT. During the Clinton Administration, she served as assistant director for Multilateral Affairs of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Dr. Murray’s congressional experience includes senior legislative assistant and national security policy for a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations
Closing Keynote Speaker: Yo Azama, the 2012 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year
Yo Azama has taught Japanese at all levels at North Salinas High School in California. Azama has published widely in the field of language education and culture and has received many awards since beginning his teaching career 15 years ago.
Additional conference strands will include Wilson School District’s Global Academy model and an interactive World Quest session. Lunch is included in the conference cost.
Cost $45 - Berks County Schools; $60-out of county schools; $25-university students.
Please share the attached date-saver with your colleagues and staff. Registration is open in our "MyLearningPlan" online registration system at: www.berksiu.org, or click here.
- Under Quick Links select MyLearningPlan
- Scroll to Step 1 "Click here to view the catalog"
- Activities are listed by date
- Enter May 8 in date range or
- Enter "Asian" in search box to bring to the top of the list
- Clicking the title will give you full information
- Click the orange rectangle at the top - "Click to enroll"
- Proceed either as a new user or a registered user.
If you have any difficulties enrolling, please feel free to contact Beth Kozloski at 610-987-8489 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. For conference questions please contact Susan Calvin, ASC Program Administrator at 610-987-8639 or email@example.com
World Savvy Bangladesh Exchange (for high school students AND teachers) - deadline to apply: April 30, 2012
World Savvy, an educational non profit, is currently accepting applications from high school youth and teachers from all disciplines for a FREE cultural exchange program to Bangladesh. It’s a nine-month program beginning in Fall 2012, with a month of travel to Bangladesh in winter 2012 (tentatively scheduled from Dec. 16, 2012-Jan. 11, 2013). We’ve found that the most effective way to find our talented cohort is through word of mouth, especially from teachers or mentors pointing out this opportunity to youth or peers who would be particularly well suited for this.
Anything you can do to help us spread the word about this program would be most appreciated! Please see the information below and on our website. Note that applicants must be from a 100 mile radius of New York City, San Francisco, or Minneapolis-St. Paul, must be U.S. citizens, and youth applicants must be between the ages of 15-17.
* STARTALK Excellence in Leadership Summer Institute, June 1-5, 2012, hosted by Penn Center for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning with Technology (PLC) - deadline to apply: May 1, 2012
The Penn Center for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning with Technology (PLC) will host the second STARTALK Excellence in Leadership Summer Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia from June 1-5, 2012. The STARTALK grant pays travel expenses, meals and accommodations.
The program of the Summer Institute is designed for Leader-Teachers to:
- Gain leadership know-how
- Strengthen existing programs
- Expand and solidify programs
- Discuss current pedagogical trends in language education
- Promote and implement curricular changes
- Endorse lasting efficacy of robust learning outcomes
- Practice pedagogically-sound applications of technology
- Engage in succinct field building opportunities
For each of the languages (Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu), the Summer Institute invites no more than five participants each. These participants must hold positions as principals, supervisors of world language and/or language program directors who wish to implement curricular changes and gain leadership know-how in an effort to strengthen, expand and solidify their respective programs. These leaders become STARTALK multiplicators who in turn will promote and implement programmatic and curricular changes.
10th Annual Summer Institute for Learning a Second Language for Business Communication - deadline to apply: May 14, 2012
June 10 - 16, 2012 - University of Pennsylvania
To meet the demand for second-language educators who can incorporate business content into sound language education, the Penn Lauder CIBER Summer Institute trains educators in curriculum and lesson planning oriented toward professional content and contexts. The Summer Institute focuses on a learner-centered approach to business language instruction.
The Summer Institute is aimed at second-language educators with little business knowledge. Topics covered include: Business Fundamentals; Teaching Business Language Methodology; Curriculum Design Exercises.
International Travel Opportunity Summer 2012 for Educators - deadline to apply: May 15, 2012
Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies
June 14—24, 2012
- This ten-day excursion into Japanese culture and its internationally recognized rural educational system provides a revealing look into an exemplary education system.
- Participants will explore schools in both urban and rural locales, meet educational leaders, and investigate leader and teacher preparation to learn first-hand how the system works.
- Interspersed throughout the field study will be opportunities for sight-seeing and cultural exploration.
Japan Field Study Brochure
Japan Field Study Registration Form
STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy (please encourage your students to apply!) - deadline to apply: May 18, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania is delighted to announce the sixth year of its summer STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy. The University of Pennsylvania’s STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy is an intensive Chinese language program that couples Penn’s internationally known Chinese language and studies programs with its extensive experience in intellectual development programs for high school students. For more information on how to apply, please visit our STARTALK website.
Summer 2012 Dates: July 2 - August 10, 2012Apply Now until May 18, 2012!
• Curriculum tracks in Intensive Beginning Chinese I and II
• Language instruction Monday through Friday
• Lectures on Chinese culture, literature, religion, history, and philosophy on Wednesdays
• One-on-one practice sessions with language teachers
• Language lab instruction in writing and website navigation
• After-school field trips and dance and martial arts demonstrations
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