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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 6, October 14, 2011

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

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

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

* Indicates notices appearing here for the first time.

To get the latest information and updates on CEAS events, please follow us on Twitter (@PennCEAS) or visit our Events page.

(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CHINESE STUDIES - 53rd Annual Conference | hosted by University of Pennsylvania

Date: Friday October 14 - Sunday October 16, 2011
Location: University of Pennsylvania
Information: Please visit the AACS Conference website for more information about the program and registration.
  Note: This conference registration fee is waived for all Penn students


WU YU-SHAN, Director and Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica (Taipei) - "Power Transition in East Asia and Taipei’s Rapprochement with Beijing: Hedging, Pivot-playing, or Bandwagoning?"

Date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Meyerson Hall B3 | 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Today in East Asia the continental and maritime alliance systems face each other, reviving a pattern of the 1950’s, though in a looser form. Balance of power changes rapidly in the region, primarily reflecting the steady rise of China. What is the impact of power shift on alliance configurations in East Asia? Traditional balance-of-power realism, power transition model, and strategic triangle theory point to different directions.

A synthetic model is designed to capture the dynamics of alliance shift in East Asia. Particular attention is paid to the rapprochement across the Taiwan Straits under the Ma Ying-jeou’s watch, one of the most dramatic changes of relations in the region. What is the essence of Ma’s new policy towards mainland China? What is the direction that it will take if power gravity continues to shift in China’s favor? To be more precise, is Taipei pursuing hedging, pivot-playing, or bandwagoning? Which role is a more accurate characterization of Taipei’s behavior? Is it sustainable?

  *CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium, co-sponsored with Foreign Policy Research Institute


* MYENG K HA, Commissioner for the Busan Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority (BJFEZ), Korea - "The Future Lies in Korea - With a Focus on the Busan Jinhae Free Economic Zone  (BJFEZ)"

Date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, reception to follow
Location: Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

Mr. Myeng K Ha, Commissioner for the Busan Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority, Korea, will present on BJFEZ's concept, mission and vision in the context of international affairs, business and the dynamics of an international organization.  Prior to speaking at Penn he will address the Fall Symposium of the Institute for Korean American Studies at the Rayburn House Office Building, US House of Representatives in Washington, DC.  The BJFEZ is one of the most dynamic and vibrant free economic zones in Asia.

  *This event is sponsored by the Organizational  Dynamics Graduate Studies program in the School of Arts and Sciences, and is free and open to the Penn Community. See http://eng.bjfez.net for more information on the BFJEZ.


ROSELYN HSUEH, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Temple University - "China's Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization"

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: Rare Book Room, Tanenbaum 253 (inside Biddle law Library)

Professor Hsueh will discuss her new book, China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization (Cornell University Press, 2011).  Today, China is governed by a new economic model that marks a radical break from the Mao and Deng eras. The new China departs fundamentally from that of the East Asian developmental state and its Communist past. But it is not a liberal economic model. How can China retain elements of a statist economic model when it has liberalized foreign direct investment more than any other major developing country in recent years? How can it retain state control over critical sectors and meet commitments made in its accession to the World Trade Organization? What does this mode of economic integration reveal about China’s state capacity and development strategy? In this seminar, Professor Hsueh will address these questions, arguing that China has complemented liberalization at the economy-wide level with selective reregulation at the sectoral level. This mode of economic integration contrasts with the manifestly different approaches to globalization found in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.  Professor Hsueh’s presentation will be followed by commentary on her book by Professor Yuhua Wang of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science.


Co-Sponsored by Penn Program on Regulation and the Penn East Asia Law Review


NORIKO HORIGUCHI, University of Tennessee - "Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan's Imperial Body"

Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Stiteler Hall B21 | 208 S. 37th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In her presentation at the CEAS Humanities Colloquium at Penn, Horiguchi will demonstrate how women’s actions and representations of women’s bodies redrew the border and expanded, rather than transcended, the empire of Japan.

Based on a chapter from her book, Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan’s Imperial Body (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, December 2011), Horiguchi specifically analyzes the boundary-crossing writings of a prominent female author Hayashi Fumiko (1904–1951). In Hayashi’s writings—and in Naruse Mikio’s postwar film adaptations of Hayashi’s novels—Horiguchi reveals how women asserted their own agency by transgressing the borders of nation and gender. At the same time, we see how Hayashi’s work, conducted under various colonial conditions, ended up reinforcing Japanese nationalism, racialism, and imperial expansion. In her reappraisal of the paradoxical positions of Hayashi and her female characters, Horiguchi complicates narratives of Japanese empire and of women’s role in its expansion.

  *CEAS Humanities Colloquium


4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age - "Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions"

Date: Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2011

Friday Workshop & Reception: Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Saturday Symposium: University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall,
G17 Auditorium (entrance at rear of building) , 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA


In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the 4th annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's symposium will explore a range of issues relating to Asian reading and writing cultures, especially as they pertain to the manuscript source. Our focus will be on Asian manuscripts from the Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian traditions. We will bring together scholars representing these traditions to examine the ways in which hand-produced texts shape both meaning and interpretation, and to a larger extent, the cultural norms that define their use.  We will also consider the role that modern digital technology can play to facilitate the study of manuscripts today.

An addition to the program this year is the Friday afternoon workshop: Bringing Out the Best from Your Collections:  Ask the Experts!, to be held Friday, October 21, 2-5 pm, at the Free Library of Philadelphia (Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, Room 108).  This workshop is geared especially toward librarians and curators who oversee collections of Asian manuscript material but is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about caring for and interpreting these fascinating and often little understood objects.

For more information on the symposium and workshop and for registration, go to http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium4.html .


YOUNG MOK-KIM, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, New York - "Emerging Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for the US"

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall

Ambassador Young-mok Kim was appointed to the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York in August 2010. He has held many positions related to either Korea-U.S. bi-lateral relations or to the security of the Korean peninsula. He served as political secretary at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. and assumed the posts of Director, Deputy Director General of the North American Affairs Bureau of MOFA (1992 and 1998) and Director-General of the Office of Planning for the Light Water Reactor Project (1995).

He served in New York as Minister at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York (1999-2002). He was then appointed as Deputy Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), in charge of policy toward North Korea and the nuclear power project implementation. He participated in a number of negotiations with North Korea on nuclear program, and he was one of the early members in designing the mission of Korea Energy Development Organization(2003-2005).

Ambassador Kim also served in Côte d'Ivoire, Singapore, and he assumed the post of Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran (2007-2010).
  *Korea Current Affairs Forum, James Joo Jin-Kim Program in Korean Studies, co-sponsored by Penn Lauder-CIBER, the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics, and the International Relations Program


* PETER DUUS, William H. Bonsall Professor of Japanese History, Emeritus; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution - "Rediscovering America: Japanese Perspectives on the American Century"

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: College Hall, Room 209

Early impressions of Japanese visitors to the United States were naive – and usually positive. The country and its people often appeared to them exotic, confusing or opaque but rarely threatening. By the turn of the twentieth century, however, their observations became more complex, tinged with criticism, resentment and often hostility. Some have characterized this as the beginning of Japan’s “love-hate” relationship with the United States but that hardly does justice to the ambivalence of Japanese perspectives on the United States during the American Century.  It oversimplifies their range, and it ignores the fact that positive and negative perspectives often went hand in hand. As one postwar visitor noted, “Can someone close to us sometimes be our enemy and our conqueror, sometimes our lover and our teacher, and moreover our dominator too? . . .For the Japanese, the United States of America is a country just like such a person.”  The talk will explore the ambivalence reflected in accounts of visitors to America as it emerged as a hegemonic world power and as a society that often awed and appalled them.

  * Co-sponsored by CEAS and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia


MARY GALLAGHER, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan - "Bottom-Up Implementation?  Legal Mobilization as Law Enforcement in China"

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall 245
MG Mary Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. Professor Gallagher received her Ph.D. in Politics in 2001 from Princeton University and her B.A. from Smith College in 1991. She was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China. It was funded by the Fulbright Association and the National Science Foundation. Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society. The underlying question that drives her research in all of these areas is whether the development of markets is linked to the sequential development of democratic politics and legal rationality. Put simply, she is interested in the relationships between capitalism, law and democracy. Her empirical research in China is used to explore these larger theoretical questions.

* Annual CEAS-Lauder Lecture, co-sponsored by CEAS and Penn Lauder-CIBER


DONALD TREIMAN, Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Faculty Associate of UCLA’s California Center for Population Research - "The Determinants and Consequences of Hukou (Registration Status) Mobility in China"

Date: Monday, October 31, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: McNeil 103
DT * Co-sponsored by CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium Series, Penn Population Studies Center

(II) Regional East Asia Events

* AUTHOR'S TALK & A SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE LEGACY OF C. C. WANG - Through a Chinese Connoisseur’s Eye: Private Notes of C.C. Wang

Date: October 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: China Institute in America, 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Cost: $20 member / $25 non-member

Through a Chinese Connoisseur’s Eye: Private Notes of C.C. Wang

C.C. Wang’s collection of private notes was written over a 40 year period, on paintings in the Palace Museum in Taipei and other collections he has studied. These detailed annotations open the door to the inner thoughts of a formidable collector, demonstrating his expertise and thought process as a connoisseur of Chinese literati painting. Included are paintings now housed in museums from his own collection, with the provenance and background of the nineteenth and twentieth century Chinese collections. Kathleen Yang was first introduced to C.C. Wang in 1962 by her mother, when he was asked to make an authoritative evaluation of three paintings belonging to the family. For three years, she consulted Wang weekly to ensure accuracy in the translation of his comments from Chinese to English for the publication of his private notes. Yang, a graduate of Harvard University, studied with C.C. Wang for many decades to understand the traditional connoisseurship of Chinese classical painting, a system that has existed for many centuries in China, where one’s knowledge is transmitted from mentor to mentee.

Special Symposium: The Legacy of C.C. Wang

In celebration of the publication of Through a Chinese Connoisseur’s Eye: Private Notes of C.C. Wang, three distinguished panelists will speak about Wang’s connoisseurship, their experience working with him, and his noted collection of Chinese paintings. Speakers include Jerome Silbergeld, P. Y. & Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University, David Sensabaugh, Curator of Asian Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and Arnold Chang, renowned artist and art historian who studied under C.C. Wang. Followed by a light reception.

  Click here for the pdf flyer of event.



* Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition Opening at TCNJ - October 26

Date: October 26th, 2011
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m
Location: Art Gallery, Art & Interactive Multimedia (AIMM) Building - The College of New Jersey

Exhibition Opening Reception with a musical performance by Guzheng Master Yang Yi and members of the Yang Yi GuZheng Academy

Gallery On View - October 26 - December 11, 2011

Artists' Roundtable Discussion: Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Room 102, AIMM Building

Artists Include: Cui Fei, Sin-ying Ho, Hu Bing, Song Xin, Tan LiQin, Zhang Hongtu, O Zhang, Zheng Lianjie


* Korean Painting, Hankookwah and Calligraphy: The Expression of Nonstop Silence - Art Exhibition open until October 30, 2011

Date: present – Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
Location: 6705 Old York Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19126
Admission: Free
Gallery Description:

Philip Jaisohn Gallery is pleased to present Contemporary Korean Painting and Calligraphy Group Exhibition :The Expression of Nonstop Silence, curated by Insook Seol. Silence is rooted in meditation, and meditation lies at the bottom of finding the truth. Silence brings one closer to God, and, according to Mother Theresa, it is the way to express one’s spirit. However, it is difficult for modern people who are constantly exposed to a variety of visual sensory appeals to come to terms with the silence flowing into a deep, inner world. That’s perhaps the reason that Zen may become the icon of the silence. Dhyana, a Zen term, means “empty mind”. The empty mind is void of worldly desires, and Zen is beyond silence. That makes “Dharma Exhibition” important, especially for some people who work hard to find who they are in the inner world. I believe that Korean painting and calligraphic can be the way to find Zen of the Truth. Through this exhibition, I would like to seek various expressions of the silence in the deep, inner mind of Hankookwha painters and Korean calligraphers and to amplify the imagination of the audience in order to find the nature of tranquility.

Participating Artists: Seungsook Chang, Soohyen Cho, Hyundong Cho Jeonsook Choi, Dongsoon Choi, Seongyul Choi Sungmo Hong, Insoon Kim, Busik Kim Myungsook Kim, Taejin Kim, Youngjoo Kwon Choulgyu Lee, Seoung Yeon Lee, Namsu Lee Jaeseong Moon, Choonseong Park, Changhee Ryu Bongja Ryu, Jihoon Shin

  For additional information or to request images, please send an email to: pjaisohngallery@gmail.com


Foreign Policy Research Institute & Reserve Officers Association Conference - "Contested Terrain: China's Periphery and International Relations in Asia"

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Reserve Officers Association, One Constitution Avenue NE, Washington DC
Speakers Include:

Michael Green, Georgetown University and Center for Strategic and International Studies - "Implications for U.S. Policy and Interests"

John Garver, Georgia Tech, “China’s Relations with South Asia: Cooperation, Conflict and Implications for the United States”

Allen Carlson, Cornell University, “A Hard or Soft Frontier?: New Chinese Discussions about Securing China’s Territorial Periphery”

Jacques deLisle, FPRI and University of Pennsylvania, “Sea Changes?: China’s Approach(es) to Territorial Claims and Sovereignty in the South China Sea.”

  To register for the conference, please e-mail Miyano Horiuchi: mh@fpri.org



Confucius Classroom Opening at Berks County Intermediate Unit - November 9, 2011

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
12:00-2:30 pm
Opening of classroom at Berks County Intermediate Unit. This event includes opening remarks by a representative from the Chinese Embassy, and from from the director of the University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute. This will be followed by student performances and an interactive Ribbon Dance performance by Nai Ni Chen dance company.
7:30 pm
Performance by Colorful China. Colorful China, sponsored by World Artists Experience will be performing at Wilson High School in West Lawn. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, this group showcases the ethnic minorities of the country.

Location: Berks County Intermediate Unit, Wilson High School in West Lawn


All events are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Sue Calvin at suecal@berksiu.org.

(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities

* JET Programme Information Session at University of Pennsylvania

Date: Friday, October 14th, 2011
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Moore Building, Room 212 | 200 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104

Are you interested in Japan? Are you interested in living in Japan and teaching English?  If so, come to the informational meeting held at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Japanese Consulate in New York will send two people to the Philadelphia area to provide information and to answer all the questions you might have about the program. 

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme invites university graduates from overseas to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. Established in 1987, the programme has earned a high reputation, both in Japan and overseas, for its efforts in youth and cultural exchanges, and has become one of the largest exchange programmes in the world. The programme offers university graduates the opportunity to serve in local government organizations as well as public and private primary, junior high and senior high schools.


http://www.jetprogramme.org/ | http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/jet/



* Wharton China Business Society presents: Teach For China Info Session with Recruiting Manager

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26th
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall F92

Join us for a brief information session about the Teach For China program. Partnered with Teach for America, Teach for China is a post-graduation teach abroad opportunity in rural China. The program aims to recruit highly qualified, highly motivated 2012 graduates who want to make a genuine impact on the lives of China's underprivileged rural children. Come to the Teach for China information session and learn how you can make a lasting difference in lives of thousands of Chinese students as well as your own. 

Light refreshments will be served.

UPenn Teach for China Staff & Wharton China Business Society


University of Southern California - seeking Assistant Professor in Early Modern and/or Modern Japanese Literature

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) is currently conducting a search for a tenure-track assistant professor in Early Modern and/or Modern Japanese Literature.

Applications should be complete by November 4, 2011, as files will begin to reviewed on that date. 

Should you have any questions about the search, please contact Lori Meeks (meeks@usc.edu) or Akira Lippit (lippit@usc.edu), who is serving as chair of the search committee.

(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities

* Center for Historical Studies, Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards - deadline to apply: November 18, 2011

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for one grant to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange
Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. The grant must be used by October 31, 2012.

E-mail: umdhistorycenter@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.history.umd.edu/HistoryCenter/index.htm
Program URL: http://www.history.umd.edu/HistoryCenter/images/20th%20c%20Awards_announcement%202012.pdf


* Japan Foundation, Japanese Studies Fellowship Program--Scholars & Researchers - deadline to apply: 12/01/2011

Support is provided to scholars and researchers involved in Japanese studies in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences to conduct research in Japan.  The duration of the award is two to twelve months.

E-mail: info@jfny.org
Web Site: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e
Program URL: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/intel.html


* Reischauer (Edwin O.) Institute of Japanese Studies, Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies - deadline to apply: January 3, 2012

The sponsor will offer several postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese studies to recent PhDs of exceptional promise, to give them the opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts.

E-mail: tgilman@fas.harvard.edu
Web Site: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~rijs/fellowships/postdoctoral.html


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


Alliance for Global Education - Scholarship for $7,000 to the Globalization Then and Now: Xi'an and the Silk Road program, deadline: November 1

The Alliance for Global Education is offering a special scholarship to study abroad in China during spring 2012.  This $7,000 merit and need-based scholarship is open to all spring 2012 applicants to the Globalization Then and Now: Xi'an and the Silk Road program, hosted by Shaanxi Normal University. 

Applicants must be accepted into the Xi’an program, demonstrate financial need, and show a vested interest in the specific coursework and experiential components of the program.  Students from non-traditional majors or minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship applications for Xi'an must be submitted by November 1, 2011.  For more information on the program visit http://www.allianceglobaled.org/china/xian/globalization-then-and-now

Additional need-based scholarships of up to $4,500 are available to students who have been accepted into any Alliance program at our sites in Beijing, Shanghai, or Xi’an.

Please refer your students to http://www.allianceglobaled.org/finances/alliance-scholarships to apply and for more information on other financial aid opportunities.


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship - deadline: November 1

Asian Cultural Council
Title: Taiwan Fellowship Program
E-mail: acc@accny.org
Web Site: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org
Program URL: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/?page_id=16
SYNOPSIS:  The sponsor provides support to artists, scholars, and specialists from Taiwan for research, study, and creative work in the United States.  The sponsor also supports American arts specialists visiting Taiwan to participate in cultural exchange projects organized by local arts institutions.
Deadline(s): 11/01/2011

If you are from Taiwan, please visit


2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - Deadline: November 15, 2011

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.  

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here: http://www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm#prerequisites.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The CLS Program has planned outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2011. Check out the CLS webpage or our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship, as we may be coming to your institution!

For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.


AsiaNetwork - Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellow Program - deadline: December 1

Sponsor: AsiaNetwork
Title: Student-Faculty Fellows Program
Web Site:
Program URL:
The sponsor provides a summer fellowship program for student-faculty teams to encourage undergraduate research in Asia during the summer of 2012.


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship - deadline: December 1

Sponsor: Social Science Research Council
Title: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship
E-mail: japan@ssrc.org
Web Site: http://fellowships.ssrc.org
Program URL: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/jsps-fellowship/
SYNOPSIS:  The sponsor provides recent PhD recipients and ABDs with opportunities to conduct research in Japan under the leadership of a host researcher. Fellows are encouraged to advance their own research and at the same time closely collaborate with young Japanese researchers and contribute to Japanese research communities. Applications are welcome from all social science and humanities disciplines and need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan.

Deadline(s to apply): 12/01/2011

(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries

Japanese Language Proficiency Test - Last test date of 2011

Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Time: 12:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Bartley Hall Villanova University
Website: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html


(VI) Conferences and Workshops

Teaching About Asia Workshop for K -12 Teachers: The Many Faces of Modern Asia - Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies

Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frist Campus Center, Multipurpose Room, B Level, Princeton University
Directions: For directions to Princeton University, campus maps, and visitor parking:

Help your students understand the complexities of modern Asia:
In the 21st century, Asia has emerged as the fastest developing region of the world. Some facts:
• Two out of the three largest economies in the world, China and Japan, are in Asia. In addition, India and South Korea are major centers of technological innovation.
• China and India are two of the world’s major military powers.
• Asian countries represent major producers of nuclear power, for both military and civilian use.
• Asian crisis hotspots continue to command our attention - such as the persisting conflicts between  India/Pakistan/Afghanistan, or between North and South Korea. Recent natural disasters - from Japan to Bangladesh, and Indonesia to China - have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and uprooted and displaced millions more.

In addition to talks and discussions, the workshop program will include a choice of tours of the highlights of the Asian Collection in the Princeton Art Museum, or of a special exhibit by the Cotsen Collection of Princeton University’s Firestone Library, featuring children’s and youth literature, periodicals, and posters from 20th century Asia.

The registration fee of $15 includes Friday lunch and refreshments, workshop handouts, workshop participation  certificate, and, if desired, free attendance of the following Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies Conference on October 22-23 (excluding Saturday lunch and dinner).

For online workshop registration and further information on the MAR-AAS conference: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/maraas/

Alternatively, registration checks payable to MAR-AAS may be sent to:

Dr. A. Maria Toyoda
Interim Treasurer MAR/AAS
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

On-site registration will be possible on the day of the event from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Professional Development Credit:
Each participant will receive a certificate for 6 hours of professional development credit, meeting state requirements.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Lesley Solomon, Workshop Coordinator, at lesley86@hotmail.com.
The Teaching About Asia Workshop is part of the 40th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies  October 21 - 23, 2011


40th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference at Princeton University -"Human Rights and Social Justice in Asia"

October 22 - October 23, 2011 | Princeton University, Princeton NJ

Human Rights and Social Justice in Asia is the theme for the next MAR/AAS Conference, hosted by Princeton University.

Questions may be directed to the 2011 Program Co-Chairs:

Dr. Charles Desnoyers, LaSalle University [desnoyer@lasalle.edu]
Dr. A. Maria Toyoda, Villanova University [amaria.toyoda@villanova.edu]
or sent to midatlanticAAS@gmail.com

To register for the conference, please go to the MAR/AAS conference website.


Call for Papers: Myths and Orthodoxies in East Asian Art and History, Princeton University Graduate Symposium - deadline: November 6

Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art
Saturday, 3 March 2012
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Cosponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum

Keynote Speaker: Professor Donald F. McCallum, Department of Art History, UCLA Asuka Myths and Orthodoxies: Ikarugadera – Umayado no ōji – Hōryūji

Myths and orthodoxies have given rise to compelling beliefs and canonical lineages in the arts and art histories of East Asia. The narratives of myths and orthodoxies uphold certain “truths” at the expense of others and serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But what kind of history becomes an “orthodoxy,” and what sort of story can we call a “myth”? How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides? How do visualized myths and orthodoxies shape what we believe?  Do we believe the textual or the spoken more readily than the visual? Do visual materials help create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in ways that text can never accomplish? How do the uses of “myth” and “orthodoxy” in discussions of historiography change our understanding of history and art history? Does identifying myths and orthodoxies tend to serve a revisionist purpose? When something is called a myth, is the validity of its message automatically called into question? How do orthodoxies remodel their self-evident “truths” as they progress through time?

We invite graduate students in East Asian art history and related fields to submit abstracts of 300–400 words for papers that will address myths and orthodoxies in their various forms. Please send your abstract with a copy of your curriculum vitae by  Monday, 7 November 2011, to:

Michael Hatch and Mimi Chusid
Department of Art and Archaeology, McCormick Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1018

CEAS Center for East Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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