The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary unit composed of faculty members whose teaching and research focus primarily on China, Japan, Korea, and bordering areas.
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CEAS Featured Program: A Tale of Two Capitals: A Comparative Study of Development in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar
Application deadline extended to Monday, February 15!
This is an exciting program for Penn Chinese language learners to visit the capitals of China and Mongolia, and attend classes at the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing and at the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar. This program is designed for Penn students to continue learning and developing Chinese speaking skills and literacy, with a special focus on Chinese and Mongolian culture. Students will be introduced to the positive and negative aspects of the rapid development of China and Mongolia, and will be exposed to real-world experiences using learned language to discuss issues with development and business professionals and university student peers in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar.
Program Fee: $3,000 including airfare, housing, visa fees, orientation, the course in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar, and cultural excursions and activities. A $1,000 Penn Global scholarship will be awarded to each of the selected ten (10) program participants, making the total cost $2,000.
Students with at least one year of Chinese language are encouraged to apply! Please find here the online application as well as a hard copy of the form available for download. If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Dettmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Event: Nathaniel M. Smith,
Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona - "New Nationalisms and the Anti-Establishment Right in Japan"
Thursday, February 25, 4:30pm
Room B26 Stiteler Hall
Amid questions about a broader shift to the right in Japanese politics, this paper considers the view from the street: how have rightist activists retooled to engage the changing terrain of civil society, from the antinuclear movement to recent but virulent forms of anti-Korean and anti-Chinese activism, in the context of Abe's second coming? A core characteristic of the postwar Right is self-definition by opposition— political programs oriented around "anti" stances. This antagonistic sentiment echoes daily from armored vans and megaphones across the Japanese archipelago, not infrequently punctuated by violence. In the 1990s, however, the polarity of reactionary stances that oriented rightist activism was disturbed by events including the end of the Cold War, the decline of domestic leftist groups, the death of the Showa Emperor, legal changes affecting rightists' ability to secure funding, and the extended economic malaise. Against this backdrop, the popular groundswell of post-3.11 anti-nuclear activism and its troubling twin, the rise of anti-foreign activism led by "new conservative" groups such as the Zaitokukai, have significantly remapped the terrain of Japanese civil society. Rightist street activism is navigating these emergent phenomena in Japan by employing novel and decidedly national arguments to renew the ideology of the Right even as it rejects in turn both the nuclear state and the anti-nuclear Left, and both anti-foreigner activism as well as "bad" foreigners. But if an anti-establishment stance is core to the Right, how have they assessed Abe's return, a premier critiqued by many as representing a nationalist turn for Japan?
A cultural anthropologist specializing in Japan, Dr. Smith's research focuses on nationalism, social movements, and organized crime. His current manuscript is an ethnography of the moral and social worlds of Japan's prominent rightist activist groups that traces their trajectory from the early post-WWII years, beyond the Cold War, and into the contemporary terrain of post-3.11 civil society. He maintains broad interest in the history of Japan anthropology, urban studies and inter-Asian migration, and sound and visual studies of Japan. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith spent two years serving as Japan Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies as part of the Issues in Contemporary Asia series.
East Asian Area Studies (EAST) Major and Minor
For additional information about the East Asian Area Studies (EAST) Major and Minor please visit the Degree, Programs and Requirements page or contact EAST Faculty Advisor, Dr. Ayako Kano.