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|September 16, 2015:||Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania - "The Pagoda in Kherlen Bars"
|12:00 - 1:00 PM, Williams Hall Room 844|
|For this brown bag talk, Nancy Steinhardt will discuss a Khitan pagoda (Liao Empire) at a walled ruin situated in present-day far eastern Mongolia, Kherlen Bars. Please bring your own lunch.|
|* American Center for Mongolian Studies Brown Bag Lunch|
|September 30, 2015:||Victor Cha, Georgetown University - "Pivot to Asia: Accident or Choice?"|
|5:00 - 6:30 PM, Annenberg Hall Room 111|
|The lecture will examine the U.S. “pivot” or “rebalance” and look at the challenges and opportunities that remain for the administration. The speaker will pay special attention to the origins of the pivot, looking at the domestic politics and personnel that were critical to the formulation of the administration’s strategy, and discuss the expectations and the road ahead for the remaining two years of the Obama administration.|
|* James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, Korean Studies Colloquium|
|October 1, 2015:||W. F. Vande Walle, Professor of Japanese Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - "From Herbals to Natural History: The Case of Tokugawa Japan"|
|4:30 - 6:00 PM, Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium
Reception to follow in Cafe 58
|Before the sixteenth century, herbalists and phytographers relied on Greek and Roman texts, notably Dioscorides’ De materia medica, rather than on empirical observation. When Renaissance botanists tried to correlate Dioscorides’ plant descriptions to the reality of their native floras, they found many discrepancies. Thus they realized that their compass was not reliable, and classical authority had to be supplanted by empirical scrutiny. German botanists were the first to initiate this paradigm shift, followed by their colleagues in the Low Countries, among others Rembert Dodoens (1516/17-1585). The herbals they produced gradually shifted their focus from healing to inventorying, thus helping to lay the foundation for the development of natural history.
Herbal studies in Japan, like many other fields of science, were based on knowledge transmitted from China. Some polymaths, including Kaibara Ekiken (1630-1714) and 平賀源内 (1728-1779), to some extent inspired by Dodoens’ herbal and Jan Jonsten’s (1603-1675) works on natural history, started questioning this classical authority and stressed the need for empirical study, thus generating a paradigm shift that was analogous to the one made in the West. However, while in the West the herbal tradition represented by Dodoens was superseded by natural history, in Japan both traditions co-existed for a long time. While in the 1820’s the integral translation of Dodoens’ herbal was under way, Itô Keisuke (1803-1901) was preparing the first introduction of the Linnaean system in Japan. His comprehensive presentation of the Linnaean system, Nihon sanbutsushi 日本産物志 was only published in 1873, five years after the Meiji Restoration.
|* Sponsored by the Penn Global Engagement Fund, the Center for the Integrated Study of Japan, and the Center for East Asian Studies Humanities Colloquium|
|October 5, 2015:||National Committee on United States–China Relations China Town Hall - "Local Connections, National Reflections"|
|6:00 PM - “The Future of State Capitalism in China” by Yasheng Huang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7:00 PM - Live national webcast on U.S.-China Relations, featuring Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Stiteler Hall, Room B26
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.
The 2015 program will feature a live webcast panel discussion with Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. The panel will discuss Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. The webcast will be followed by local presentations at venues across the country by on-site China specialists addressing topics of interest to the local community.
Penn is pleased to announce our local presentation will be given by Yasheng Huang of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Yasheng Huang is the international program professor in Chinese economy and business and a professor of global economics and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also an associate dean at MIT Sloan School of Management. Huang founded and runs the China Lab and the India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in those countries improve their management skills. He is an expert source on international business, political economy, and international management. In collaboration with other scholars, Huang is conducting research on human capital formation in China and India, entrepreneurship, and ethnic and labor-intensive foreign direct investment (FDI). Prior to MIT Sloan, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. Huang also served as a consultant to the World Bank. Huang has held or received prestigious fellowships, such as the National Fellowship at Stanford University and the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, a fellow at the Center for Chinese Economic Research and the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a fellow at the William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow. In 2010, he was named by National Asia Research Program as one of the most outstanding scholars in the United States conducting research on issues of policy importance to the United States. He is serving as an independent director and as a member of academic advisory board of a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Huang holds a BA in government from Harvard College and a PhD in government from Harvard University.
|* Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China|
|October 12, 2015:||Edward Shaughnessy, University of Chicago - "The Method of Milfoil Divination: A First Look at the Qinghua University Manuscript Shi Fa 筮法"|
|3:30 - 5:00 PM, Stiteler Hall, Room B21|
|Shi fa 筮法 is a manuscript contained in Vol. 4 of Qinghua daxue cang Zhanguo zhu jian 清華大學藏戰國竹簡, the publication of Warring States manuscripts that Qinghua University obtained by way of an anonymous donation in 2008. The text is written in the form of tables and illustrations on sixty-three numbered bamboo strips, and provides prognostications for the results of milfoil divination, expressed in groupings of four trigrams each, for seventeen different topics. In addition, the text includes twelve other sections that describe associations of the eight basic trigrams produced by milfoil divination. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the manuscript is a diagram of trigram positions correlated with the human body. In this paper, I present first an overview of the manuscript, followed by a complete translation.|
|* CEAS Humanities Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations|
|October 29, 2015:||Linda Hasunuma, Franklin and Marshall College - "Beyond Womenomics: Women's Activism and Civil Society in Post-3.11 Japan"|
|4:30 - 6:00 PM, Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111|
|Since the Triple Disasters of 3.11, Japan has seen a resurgence of political activism and volunteerism, especially among women. Activists, NPOs (non-profit organizations), NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and voluntary organizations continue to help women manage needs related to the disaster and prolonged relocation, such as the safety of their food and environment, the physical and mental wellbeing of their families, and ongoing decontamination efforts. Online and on the ground, women have formed alliances and networks across Japan and across countries. Yet because women find solutions outside of the political system, the gap between civil society--where they are actively engaged--and Japan’s political institutions has deepened, further marginalizing women from the political process. The changes in the political landscape since the 1990s continue to relegate women and their political allies to the third sector. For Japan to realize a truly inclusive democracy and promote gender equality, it must go beyond its current "Womenomics" agenda and do more to incorporate and represent the views of women at the grassroots level.|
|* CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium|
|November 5, 2015:||Mark Selden, Cornell University - "Legacies: Historical Memories of War and Colonialism and Contemporary Conflicts in East Asia"
|4:30 - 6:00 PM, Van Pelt Library, Class of '55|
|The Asia-Pacific War and colonial legacies continue to shape the geopolitics of contemporary East Asia, defying attempts to ease tensions throughout the region. I consider examples of two kinds of legacies and why they continue to poison relations between Japan and Korea and Japan and China at a time of major power shifts in the region. First, territorial conflicts over tiny islets involving Korea and Japan over Dokdo-Takeshima and Japan and China over Senkakus/Diaoyu. Second, the continued fierce conflict, particularly involving Korea-Japan and China-Japan over the military ‘comfort women’, the sexual slaves of wartime Japan. Together they illustrate the challenges to the formation of a viable East Asian community.|
|* James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies Distinguished Lecture|
|November 12, 2015:||Constantine Vaporis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - "The Edo Man and the Satsuma Sweet Potato: Early Modern Travel through a Japanese Prism"|
|4:30 - 6:30 PM, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th Floor|
Travel in Japan in the early modern era (1600-1868) involved religious zeal, recreation, a search for therapeutic healing, and a desire for discovery, but also elements of political obligation and coercion. It connected commoners with the state in a way that few other institutions of the time did, while elites became engaged in it in an unparalleled fashion. This talk will explore the contours of some of these elements that defined travel in Japan in the early modern era, with an eye to their global context.
This event is part of the Penn Year of Discovery Series, with the Center for the Integrated Study of Japan Colloquium, Discovering the Early Modern through Tokugawa Japan and is co-sponsored by the Penn Global Engagement Fund and the Center for East Asian Studies
|* Penn Year of Discovery Series, with the Center for the Integrated Study of Japan Colloquium, Discovering the Early Modern through Tokugawa Japan|
|November 16, 2015:||Peter Perdue, Yale University - "Two Rogues in Nineteenth-Century Shanghai: Reflections on Asia Inside Out"|
|4:30 - 6:00 PM, College Hall, Room 209|
|Recent studies of modern Asia have aimed to transcend nationalist histories by examining connections between Asian countries. This stress on inter-Asian relations, turning Asia“inside-out,”offers new ways of looking at Asian geography. Many scholars have focused on borderlands, such as the grasslands of Central Eurasia, the highlands of South China and Southeast Asia, or the maritime regions. But besides regional studies, we can also follow the colorful lives of individuals who shaped these transnational movements. I will discuss several individuals active on the south China coast from the Ming dynasty through 20th centuries to show how some rather disreputable characters furthered processes of globalization.|
|* CEAS Humanities Colloquium Series|
|November 18, 2015:||Korean Studies Colloquium with George L. Kallander and Michael J. Pettid|
|5 - 6:30 PM, Stiteler Hall, Room B21|
Two special guests will be part of the Korean Studies Colloquium:
George L. Kallander, Associate Director of History, Syracuse University - "Elite Leisure and the Hunt in Choson Dynasty Korea"
Michael J. Pettid, Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies and Coordinator of Korean Studies, Binghamton University - "Daily Life in Choson Korea: Answering Questions About Food, Housing, Costume and Other Aspects of Daily Life"
|* James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies Korean Studies Colloquium|
|December 4, 2015:||Peter Kornicki, University of Cambridge|
|3:30 - 5:00 PM, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401|
|* ACLS Workshop, co-sponsored with the Center for the Integrated Study of Japan and the Reading Asian Manuscripts Faculty Working Group|
|January 25, 2016:||James Farrer, Sophia University|
|5:15 - 6:45 PM, Location B21 Stiteler Hall|
|* CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium|
|February 4, 2016:||Mary Gallagher,
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
"China's Authoritarian Legality"
(Time and Location changed) Thursday, February 4, 12PM,
Over the past decade the Chinese government has passed some of the most protective labor and employment laws in the world and begun a massive urbanization scheme allowing rural migrant workers to gain urban residency and access to urban social welfare. In the past year, however, the government has also launched an unprecedented crackdown on NGOs and labor lawyers and activists who mobilized to educate workers about their legal rights and assist them in the resolution of workplace disputes and strikes. These two impulses – one of enhanced protection and the other of increased repression – are linked.
Professor Gallagher argues that the government's promotion of high labor standards is part of its strategic goal to shift China's development model to a consumption-led economy with growing technological expertise. These changes are not the romantic political ideologies of a workers' party; they are the challenges of an ambitious middle-income nation confronting the exhaustion of its previous developmental model. Workplace reforms and new workplace rights are not tactical responses to the grievances of a marginalized working class; they are strategic levers for the state to push the Chinese labor force into a new development model and a more sustainable path of urbanization. For workers, however, the government's attention to these issues has been emboldening. Through the promulgation and heavy propagation of new legal rights at the workplace, the government has raised expectations of workers and expanded political space for rights' mobilization.
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.
Food will be provided.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies as part of the Issues in Contemporary Asia series, and by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) at the University of Pennsylvania
|* CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium|
|February 10, 2016:||Dima Mironenko, Yale University "Clowns, Illusionists, and Jugglers: North Korean Circus in Film and Everyday Life"|
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Location B21 Stiteler Hall
In 1966, Pyongyang releases its first color light comedy film, Merry Ring, ushering a new era of politically correct cinema in North Korea. An adaptation of Charlie Chaplin's 1928 silent classic,The Circus, this inaugural 1960s production marks an historic shift in the way Pyongyang now approaches political education of its citizens. Centered largely on the emulation of Hollywood-style technical finesse and showmanship, Merry Ring and its timing coincide with a new interest in the Western circus among North Korea's cultural architects and public at large. The talk revisits this critical turning point in North Korean cultural history, examining the implications of the new privileged place for the circus in cinema and everyday life within an emerging new politics of socialist spectacle.
Dima Mironenko is Postdoctoral Associate & Lecturer in East Asian Languages and Literatures, Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University
|* James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies symposium|
|January 25, 2016:||
Nathaniel M. Smith, University of Arizona "New Nationalisms and the Anti-Establishment Right in Japan"
Time and place TBA
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?
|* CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium|
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