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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 21, Friday March 23, 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:

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

* Indicates notices appearing for the first time.

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

(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

The 2012 Intercollegiate US-­China Healthcare Conference - "Transforming the Face of Chinese Healthcare"

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Location: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Conference Website: http://uschinahealthcare.com/

Keynote Speakers:

  • George Gleason, Vice President, CURE Healthcare Management Services
  • Dr. David Rutstein, Vice President, Medical Affairs, United Family Healthcare
  • Dr. David Roye Jr., CEO & President, International Healthcare Leadership
  • Sheldon Dorenfest, CEO, The Dorenfest China Healthcare Group

Panels provided:

  • Biotech & Pharma Panel
  • Health & Wellness Delivery Panel
  • Senior Care Delivery Panel
  • Health Policy & Investment Panel

This day-long conference seeks to explore issues regarding the increasing globalization of healthcare, especially between the US and China. It will do so by bringing together influential speakers, experts, and representatives from diverse backgrounds including medicine, public health, biotechnology, venture capitalism, and management. We will also include opportunities for discussions, debates, and workshops in the hopes of creating a unique experience where both speakers and participants will gain from the free exchange of ideas and the chance to foster the next generation of health care leaders.

Conference Registration


  * Hosted by Global China Connection, Payer+Provider, and Penn Biotech Group


James Zhaojie Li, Tsinghua University Law School - "The Impact of International Human Rights in China—Reception into Chinese Law and Chinese Views on the ‘Responsibility to Protect’”

Date: Monday, March 27, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

Li's talk will discuss the impact of international human rights on contemporary China followed by my observation on the reception of international human rights law into China's domestic law.  Within that context he would like to discuss "Responsibility to Protect" and China's attitude thereto.

James Zhaojie Li received his LL.B. from Peking University, both his LL.M. and Master in Information and Library Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and his S.J.D. from the University of Toronto. He is a Professor of International Law at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing, China. Prior to joining the faculty at Tsinghua Law School, he taught in the Department of Law at Peking University. He has served as Co-Chief Editor for the Chinese Yearbook of International Law, and serves as Vice President of the Chinese Society of International Law. He is widely published in both the English and Chinese languages.


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


Timon Screech, Professor of the History of Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London - "Cargo of the New Year's Gift: The Early English East India Company and the Japan Trade"

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stiteler B26

The New Year's Gift left London in 1614 bound for points east, hopefully as far as Japan. It had on board a most unusual cargo. Having been set up in 1600 the English East India Company was experimenting with its merchandise. Most of their exports were wool or tin, but they believed value-added items would raise more revenue. The Gift's cargo included some 100 oil paintings, commissioned in both England and France, on a variety of theme. It also seems to have had a large number of prints. These duly arrived in first India and then Japan, were some were given away as presents and some were sold.

This lecture is part of a book-length study of the cargo, the motivation for sending it, the appearance and subject-matter of the pictures, and the impact they had. The cargo of the New Year's Gift is unique in the history of all the European East India Companies.


* CEAS Humanities Colloquium


* Jerome Cohen, New York University Law School - "China and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights: Political Dissent and Other Issues"

Date: Monday, April 2, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

Professor Jerome Cohen is the senior American expert on East Asian law. As Director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School from 1964-1979, he helped pioneer the introduction of East Asian legal systems and perspectives into American legal curricula.

Each year, Jerome Cohen teaches a course on Chinese law and society. In some years he offers a third course on comparative international law, analyzing how countries with a Confucian tradition relate to the international laws and traditions of the "Christian West." In another course, he explores international business contracts and economic cooperation with East Asia.

In addition to these formal courses, Professor Cohen coordinates a Chinese language colloquium that attracts key figures in Chinese law and hosts a weekly Asia Hour for students, featuring informal (and frequently autobiographical) talks by prominent diplomatic and government officials, leading academics, and other influential practitioners in the East Asian legal area.


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


* Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at UCLA - “Is Feminism Translatable? Taiwan, Spivak, A-Wu”

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: TBA

Using Gayatri Spivak’s encounter with Taiwan feminists in 2002 as a starting point, this lecture will explore the by now seemingly clichéd question of the translatability of feminism across geocultural differences. Thinking anew questions of difference and (in)commensurabilty as activated by the location of a small island nation, Taiwan, and its own feminist faultlines, this lecture seeks to further the discussion of an ethics of encounter in transnational feminist practices.


* Sponsored by the EALC Rickett Fund


* Film Screening - Akira (1988)

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Annenberg 110 (3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104)

Introduction by Frank Chance, Associate Director of the Center for East Asian Studies

"One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic." - Excerpt from rottentomatoes.com


* Center for East Asian Studies; co-sponsored by Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and the 2012 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival


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(II) Regional Events Related to East Asia

Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival - Manzairaku: Performing Kyogen, Tenshu-Monogatari, and Dengaku

Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Ibrahim Theater, International House Philadelphia
Website: http://ihousephilly.org/events/cherry-blossom-festival/

Introduced by Dr Frank Chance, Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Manzairaku, a group whose name literally means “all year joy,” are coming from Japan to perform traditional theater for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

Kyogen is said to have been established as a form of performing art during the Muromachi period. It takes its roots in both Japanese indigenous performance and Sangaku – a Chinese artistic entertainment with comical mimicry and acrobatics that was introduced to Japan during the Nara period (710-784/794). The development of those elements combined became known as Sarugaku in the Heian period, where it was refined with the support of religious institutions and eventually laid the foundation for what has been known
since the sixteenth century as “the drama of humanity”, or kyogen. Kyogen wittily demonstrates the ‘108 ridicules of worldly human beings’, a familiar notion in Buddhism.

Japanese actress Keiko Matsuzaka performs a reading of Tenshu-Monogatari. Not simply a “reading”, the style of the piece is more like a play with music. Set in medieval Japan, Tenshu Monogatari tells the story of a forbidden love between a god and a human. Ms Matsuzaka is an award-winning actress, winner of Best Actress of Hochi Film Award for The Gate of Youth, Tora-san’s Love in Osaka and The Sting of Death.

Originally Dengaku were rural rice-planting festivities incorporating dances performed by villagers throughout Japan. Throughout the 11th to 16th centuries, these dances were introduced to Kyoto (and other cities) where they enjoyed great popularity before becoming virtually extinct in the culture. The late kyogen master Mannojo Nomura (1959-2004) created a more widely-appealing and contemporary form of dengaku. For this program, Manzairaku performs Daidengaku through combined various dances.

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


Lost Harp of the Silk Road - featuring Tomoko Sugawara on Harp

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm

Leonard Nimoy Thalia @ Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway @ 95th Street

Website: http://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/World_Music_Institute/TomokoSugawara.html

This fascinating program offers a rare opportunity to hear the kugo angular harp that disappeared from the world stage some 300 years ago. Harpist Tomoko Sugawara performs on a modern rendition that honors the essence of this ancient instrument that was popular along the Silk Road and revered for centuries in Near and Far Eastern religions. Sugawara’s music is deeply emotional and expressive, interweaving compositions from the Tang Dynasty China and 13th century Iran and Spain with modern commissioned works. She is joined by Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi – flute), Carlo Valte (oud – lute), and Danny Mallon (bendir and darabukka - drums) in this program of acoustic music and informal talk.

  * This program is funded in part by the Japan Foundation, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, and the Asahi Beer Arts Foundation.


The Jungle School by Butet Manurung - Author Meet & Greet and Book Reading

Date: Monday, April 2, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Philadelphia City Institute Library, 1905 Locust Street

Philadelphia is a center of higher education for the world — and yet, how many of our professors or students, philosophers or writers could survive and prosper if they had to teach literacy to an aboriginal people with no infrastructure and no support in the tropical jungles of Jambi in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia?

But that is what our speaker, Butet Manurung, did in the firmly held belief that literacy was the only way that the Orang Rimba could survive as the 'civilized' world increasingly encroached on their lands.“Butet does not strike one as the 'jungle woman' she is made out to be. It is hard to imagine her going through dense tropical jungles armed with a machete or to think of this beautiful young woman living alone in the rainforests of Jambi with the Orang Rimba for the past 10 years. Butet has done just that, and single-handedly brought literacy to hundreds of young children of the tribe. Today an army of young energized volunteers use her syllabus and techniques in many remote and isolated communities in Indonesia.”

The Orang Rimba are the gentlest and most courteous people one can imagine. They number in the hundreds, live in thatched huts, wear loin cloths, hunt for deer, snakes and wild boar. They also fish and forage for roots and underground tubers. Manurung writes:“I was told how they were tricked into putting their thumbprint on a piece of paper which they were duped into believing was a letter of appreciation from the local district head. It turned out to be a land-deed to evict them from their lands…I have six representatives who have been taught everything about conservation laws, human rights laws, etc. They have been sent across Indonesia to learn life and advocacy skills.”

Butet will describe her experiences in the jungle and read excerpts from The Jungle School. The Jungle School will be available for sale and signing. Proceeds benefit the SOKOLA Foundation



* The 3rd Annual Cherry Blossom 5K Walk/Run

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM
Website: http://sakura.japanphilly.org/node/12

Registration Fee: $20 JASGP members; $25 non-members

In the morning hours just before the commencement of Sakura Sunday, both amateur and experienced athletes will take to the streets for the 3rd Annual Cherry Blossom 5K.

This event has been established to benefit the JASGP Community Tree Planting Project, which aims to:

  • beautify the Philadelphia landscape with the continued planting and maintenance of cherry blossom trees
  • set the backdrop for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
  • foster environmental appreciation and awareness inspired by Japanese culture
  • continue a legacy that began in 1926 with the Japanese government's donation of 1,600 flowering trees to the City of Philadelphia

The run will be followed by Sakura Sunday, the centerpiece event of the Festival.

  * Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia - A Project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia


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

AmerAsian School in Okinawa Employment Opportunity

  • Location: Ginowan City, Okinawa, Japan
  • Place of Work: NPO AmerAsian School in Okinawa
  • Job Description: Elementary Teacher, Planning and teaching all subject excluding Japanese
  • Working Hours: 8:00 – 16:00 Monday through Friday (Due to events, there may be work on Saturday)
  • Employment Period: Year contract starting from the second week of April, 2012; (For those that are interested may renew their contract)
  • Requirements: College graduate and possess U.S. teaching credential. Passionate and has a professional awareness towards education.  In particular, has a desire to teacher child whose first language is not English.

NPO AmerAsian School in Okinawa is a private educational institution approved by the local Board of Education.  The students register with local Japanese public schools and attend AASO.  AASO report each student’s attendance and academic record to their registered public schools.  The school year begins and ends the same period as Japanese public schools; April to March.  Holidays are selected among Japanese and American holidays.

* Wharton China Business Society: Asia-Pacific Internship Program - deadline to apply: March 29, 2012

Resume Drop Deadline: March 29, 11:59PM
Wharton China Business Society's Asia-Pacific Internship Program seeks to connect companies in the Greater China region with Penn to provide students an invaluable learning and cultural experience.  Employers in a range of industries are seeking students with various majors, backgrounds, and fluency in mandarin. Compensation and internship length vary. The PowerPoint presentation highlights all of the opportunities available.

To apply: Every candidate can apply to up to three positions by emailing wcbscareer@gmail.com his or her resume in LastName_FirstName.pdf format by March 29, 11:59PM. Send a separate email for each position with the subject: LastName, FirstName, CompanyName, ChoiceRank.

Please check out the powerpoint that can be downloaded from http://whartonchina.com/career/ for more detailed instructions.


Seton Hall University- Chinese Civilization Teaching Position for 2012-2013 - deadline to apply: March 30, 2012

Seton Hall University seeks applicants for a term appointment (2012-2013) Assistant Professor in Chinese Civilization, with ability to teach Chinese Literature and/or East Asian Politics courses. The position will be in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. by August 2012 in history, political science, literature or a related field. Teaching responsibilities for research and service active faculty are 9 credits per semester.  Candidates will teach introductory and graduate Chinese Civilization courses and upper level courses on Chinese Literature and/or East Asian Politics, as well as graduate courses.  Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendations to Dr. Edwin Leung (leungedw@shu.edu), Chair, China Search Committee, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079.  The deadline for application is ASAP and/or March 30, 2012.

Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan - Summer 2012 Internship Opportunity - deadline to apply: March 30, 2012

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan seeks unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for the Summer term. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate.

The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information, educational services, and programs to the public. We strive to build bridges between cultures through various activities such as film screenings, art exhibitions, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts.

Website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JICC/employment.html#intern

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(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:

  1. A description of the research project.
  2. A budget explaining the expenses the grant is to cover and a statement of all current and pending support for the research project.
  3. 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 (emansfie@sas.upenn.edu) and its Associate Director, Avery Goldstein (agoldstn@sas.upenn.edu).

Website: https://bc.sas.upenn.edu/browne-center-research-grants


Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (UGRAD)-Host Institutions - deadline to apply: March 30, 2012

Applications are now available for institutions interested in being considered as a host for the 2012-2013 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD) will provide fellowships for 62 promising underrepresented, non-elite undergraduate students from Eurasia and Central Asia for one academic year of fulltime, non-degree study in the United States in any academic field.

E-mail: ugrad@irex.org
Web Site: http://www.irex.org/application/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-eurasia-and-central-asia-global-ugrad-host-univers
Program URL: http://www.irex.org/project/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-eurasia-and-central-asia-global-ugrad


Full scholarships for post-graduate study at Donghua University, Shanghai - deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

Apply for a full scholarship to pursue a post-graduate degree at Donghua University in Shanghai. Unlike your undergraduate study abroad experience, you will not be studying in a program geared towards foreigners. Instead, you will be a fully matriculated, fully funded graduate student completing a degree in Chinese alongside Chinese peers. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Donghua University in Shanghai, a CET partner, is offering ten full postgraduate scholarships to foreign students to commence studies in fall 2012. Donghua is home to a wide variety of Master’s and Doctoral programs, all of which are open to scholarship recipients. (Note that Donghua does not offer a graduate degree in Chinese Language, Linguistics or Literature.) The scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2012.

Scholarships include:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Monthly stipend
  • Up to one full year of Chinese language instruction at Donghua before the start of postgraduate studies (as necessary, according to scholarship recipient language level)

CET is not involved in the scholarship selection process. Scholarship details are below.  For inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Liu Wensheng, Admissions Officer
Donghua University
International Cultural Exchange School
International Students Admissions Department
Email: ices [at] dhu [dot] edu [dot] cn (include DHU 3.31 postgraduate scholarships in the subject line)
Phone: 86-21-6237-8595, ext.11

E-mail: http://cetacademicprograms.com/2012/02/29/full-scholarships-for-post-graduate-study-at-donghua-university-shanghai/


Japanese Association of University Women International Fellowship - deadline to apply: April 20, 2012

The Japanese Association of University Women takes pleasure in announcing its 2012 International Fellowships Programme for women who are carrying out or would like to carry out independent research or advanced study at the post-graduate level in Japan.

E-mail: jauw@jauw.org
Web Site: http://www.afgwnsw.org.au/
Program URL: http://www.beasiswaonline.net/2012/02/international-fellowships-programme.html

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meiji University, "Cool Japan" Summer Program - deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

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

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

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.

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

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.

Website: www.cbs.edu.np/summer-courses/

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

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

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

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

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

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

* UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation’s Project Third Summer Training Workshop - "The Relationship Between National Security and Technology in China" - deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

The UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation’s Project on the Study of Innovation and Technology in China is now accepting applications for our Third Summer Training Workshop on the Relationship Between National Security and Technology in China. This two week workshop will be held on July 9-20, 2012 in La Jolla, California. Additional details and applications for graduate students and junior faculty are attached. Acceptance into this program is awarded on a competitive basis and applications are due by March 31, 2012. We have a small number of grants available for graduate students which cover the program cost and in some cases cover travel expenses as well.

Questions can be directed to me at igcc-temp2@ucsd.edu or 858-534-9536. Additional information about this project and our summer training program can be found at igcc.ucsd.edu/SITC.

Woodenfish Project’s 10th Year of the “Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program” (HBMLP) - deadline to apply: April 15, 2012

The Woodenfish Project’s tenth year of the “Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program” (HBMLP) in Taiwan, will run from July 15th to August 12th, 2012.

Over the past nine years, the Woodenfish Project has offered undergraduate and graduate students the rare opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom, by experiencing authentic monastic life at Fo Guang Shan monastery in Taiwan. Since 2002, I have watched this program evolve and become a key factor in the maturation of all involved. Dozens of Woodenfish alumni have continued on to pursue graduate studies in related fields. It has truly been a life changing experience for us all.

For the past three summers, we have also been offering another program, “Buddhism in China”, to bring scholars, graduates and upper-level undergraduates to the historical sacred mountains and famous temples of China. This program provides a great opportunity for our colleagues and students in Chinese studies to experience firsthand the development of religious culture in China.

In order to continue the success of these programs, please extend these rare opportunities to your students by promoting this year’s programs at your college or university. Those students with an emphasis on the fields of Buddhism and Chinese culture or language are strongly encouraged to apply. There will be a rolling admissions process for both programs, with the same final application deadline of April 15th, 2012.

HBMLP Website: www.woodenfish.org/taiwan
Buddhim in China Website: www.woodenfish.org/china
Contact information of the program coordinators: woodenfishproject@gmail.com.

* 5th Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) - deadline to apply EXTENDED: April 16, 2012

The 5th Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) this year will take place from July 2nd to July 29th and will bring together 50 Korean and U.S. students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The two delegations will study, work, live, and travel together as a group, visiting four regions in the U.S.

Last year, the 4th KASC took place in Korea, where the delegates had the opportunity to travel and hold the Conference at Gwangju, Jeju Island, Busan, and Seoul.

This year, the 5th KASC will explore the theme: New Possibilities, Infinite Potential. Supported by student leaders--the 5th KASC Executive Committee--student delegates will join Roundtables to discuss related topics. Roundtables are comprised of equal numbers of delegates from each country.

To be eligible, you must complete your application by April 16, 2012 as a full-time university student in the U.S. or Korea. For more information on academics, travel, or participation fees ($3,000-$3,500 per student), contact kasc@iscdc.org.


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.

Website: http://www.allex.org/programs/summerchinese/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Korean Studies Advancement Center in Andong - deadline to apply: May 15, 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 jskim@koreastudy.or.kr (Dr. Jong Seok Kim, conference organizer) and namlin.hur@ubc.ca (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.

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

* GEOO Summer Travel Programs for Educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. 

GEEO is offering 13 different travel programs for the summer of 2012: India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey 8 day, Turkey 15 day, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. Space is limited! 

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST. 


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 betkoz@berksiu.org for assistance. For conference questions please contact Susan Calvin, ASC Program Administrator at 610-987-8639 or suecal@berksiu.org     


2012-2013 China Exchange Initiative US China Admininistrator Shadowing Project - deadline to apply: March 30, 2012

Berks County Intermediate Unit, in partnership with the China Exchange Initiative, is pleased to invite Pennsylvania Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Directors and Principals to participate in the 2012-2013 U.S. China Administrator  Shadowing Project, a program designed to establish ongoing sister school relationships between schools in the US and schools in China.

As part of the Project, each participating PA school is matched to a school in China. In the fall of 2012 the Chinese administrator will visit the PA sister school. In turn, in the spring of 2013 the PA administrator will visit the sister school in China. This is an outstanding opportunity for school districts who embrace the vision of developing globally competent students.

The bulk of program costs will be subsidized by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. The value of the program is approximately $4500. However, participants will only be required to submit an $1800 co-pay, which covers transportation to, from, and within China; accommodations and meals in China; and other costs.

The application form can be downloaded here.
Additional details can be found here.

Completed applications must be sent to Connie Skipper conski@berksiu.org or Dr. Bonnie Troxell at bontro@berksiu.org no later than March 30, 2012.

Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute - deadline to apply: April 1, 2012

The Second Annual Confucian Studies Summer Institute is taking place at the Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China, June 9 to July 7, 2012.

This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture (and select graduate students) will be led by professors Roger T. Ames (University of Hawaii), Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore) and Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University), with a special series of lectures by Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown University). Our time together will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips.

Given China’s rapid political and economic rise, anticipating the weight and measure of China’s growing influence has become a serious academic concern. To meet this urgent situation effectively, scholars must not only be aware of current affairs, but must also be sensitized through exposure to canonical texts and their interpretive contexts to take Chinese culture on its own terms. The purpose of this program is to read such texts carefully and make them our own.

For more information please contact us at:

Phone: 86-10-8881-5305

Emailnishansummercewrbw@gmail.com or  cewrbeiwai@bfsu.edu.cn

Center for East-West Relations
Beijing Foreign Studies University
2 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District, Beijing, 100089

Website: http://cewren.user.d-jet.com/list.aspx?cid=12

Sponsors of this event include:
Center for East-West Relations, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy
Beijing Sihai Confucian Academy
School of Chinese Classics, Wuhan University
Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University School of English
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Middlesex Community College

* STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy (for high-school students) - 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, 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

Apply Now until May 18, 2012!

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

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