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* China

Wang Tiekun on "Reforming the Chinese Characters"

Time: 11-12:15pm, Tuesday, April 19
Location: JMZ3120
Language: Chinese

Speaker: SUN Hongkai
Professor, Director-General of Language Information Management, PRC Ministry of Education, will give a talk on reforming the Chinese characters.


SUN Hongkai on "New Challenges and Tasks for Language Planning in China"

Time: 11am-12:15pm, Tuesday, April 12
Location: 3120 Jiménez Hal
Language: Chinese

Speaker: SUN Hongkai
Professor, Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology,Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


"The Chinese Youth Club (CYC) Experience" Film Screening (click to join)

Time: Friday, March 4 (6:30-8:00 p.m. Reception, 8:00 p.m. Screening)
Location: Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Note: Free Parking available in Lot 1/Z adjacent to Center; Black Tie Optional

"The CYC Experience," a documentary film, chronicles a Chinese version of the uniquely American tale of a 'new beginning in a new land.' The film tells the story of the Chinese Youth Club and its importance to family and community, with Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown as the backdrop.

There is no cost for the event, which includes a reception, film screening about the CYC, and a dessert bar afterward. Parking is FREE. A $25 per person donation is suggested, to benefit the Melanie Lee Easley Memorial Fund (She is Harry Guey Lee's daughter) & the Chinese Youth Club. VIP Sponsor: a $200 suggested donation will include a DVD gift pack, valued at $50.

Penny Lee, a University of Maryland, College Park Alumnus (RTVF major, Class of '83), is an award-winning professional television editor. Her background encompasses television projects for broadcast clients including Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic TV, TLC, HGTV and others. She has been actively involved with Washington CYC for over 30 years.


“New Opportunities for U.S.- China Cooperation:Exchanges in Higher Education”
(click to download flyer)

Time: Friday, February 11, 2011, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Mary’s Hall / Language House

The Confucius Institute and the College of Education, University of Maryland-College Park is pleased to present Dr. David C. Chang with a lecture and discussion on “New Opportunities for U.S.- China Cooperation: Exchanges in Higher Education”. Dr. David C. Chang is chancellor of Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Dr. David C. Chang is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of electromagnetics, as well as an entrepreneur and a distinguished civic personality. He has been chancellor of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn, New York, for 6 years, after serving as its president for 11 years. Among other posts, Dr. Chang was dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Motorola Professor of Engineering at Arizona State University from 1992-94; and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1987-1992.

Dr. Chang received his M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University, and his B.S. in electrical engineering from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He is a specialist in electromagnetic theory, with over 300 publications in journal articles and books. As an internationalist, Dr. Chang has been interested in the many facets of globalization, particularly its impact on economics and culture around the world. He has long been active in international education, particularly in the Greater China Region.


* Japan

“Postwar Japanese Art, 1945-1989: Primary Documents” (click to download flyer)

Time: Thursday 3/17/2011, 12-2 PM
Location: 2120 Francis Scott Key Hall

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and University of University of Maryland Libraries are pleased to invite you to a Brown Bag Talk featuring Justin Jesty, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on “Postwar Japanese Art, 1945-1989: Primary Documents” on Thursday March 17, 2011.

Dr. Jesty is the recipient of the 2011 Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and University of Maryland Libraries ‘20th Century Japan Research Award’.

For more information about this event, please visit the History Department website or call 301-405-4260.


Modernity Stripped Bare Opening Reception and Exhibition (click to see picture)

Time: 3/16/11 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: 2202 Art-Sociology Buliding

The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland is excited to present an exhibition of the work of five photographers currently living and working in Japan who have chosen to use the nude to examine how our bodies mediate interpersonal relationships.

The exhibition, titled "Modernity Stripped Bare: Undressing the Nude in Contemporary Japanese Photography", will feature photographs by Ryoko Suzuki, Yurie Nagashima, Ryudai Takano, Riichi Yamaguchi, and Manabu Yamanaka. These works confront a wide range of issues including gender, sexuality, physical deformation, ageing, and isolation.
The public opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. With the exception of the University of Maryland’s spring break from March 21–March 26, the exhibition will be open to the public through Saturday, April 23, 2011.

For more information about this exhibition, please visit The Art Gallery's website or call 301-405-2763.


The Uses of Deceit, Deception, and Disguise in Plays by Yukio Mishima (click to download flyer)

Time: 3/7/11 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Hornbake Library, Nonprint Media Services, Room H

The Department of East Asian Studies, Japan Speaker Series and the Center for East Asian Studies present Dr. Larry Kominz speaking on 'The Use of Deceit, Deveption, and Disguise in Plays by Yukio Mishima' on March 7, 2011. The talk is accompanied with vedio footage of students performing Mishima kabuki palys.

Dr. Larry Kominz is the Director of the Center for Japanese Studies in Portland State University, Oregan. Dr. Kominz is a Japan Editor for the Asian Theatre Journal, and author of several books and articles on kabuki and perdorming arts in Japan.


* Asia

In the Mix: Asian Popular Music and Culture (click to register)

Time: Friday, 3/25/2011 - Saturday, 3/26/2011
Location: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

The conference invites musicians and music industry professionals to contribute their thoughts on their own experiences, thereby adding practical insight into the mix of scholarly discussions. In so doing, we seek to deepen our understanding of artists, musics, and scenes as perceived by fans, promoters, and academics in actual and theoretical contexts.

In addition to paper panels and discussions, the conference will include a special talk by DJ Krush—a pioneer of Japanese hip-hop and internationally known DJ/producer, known for his varied soundscapes of hip-hop beats and Japanese sonic references—followed by a performance by DJ Krush.

For more information about this exhibition, please visit http://www.princeton.edu/asianpop/index.xml.



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Internships at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) is currently soliciting resumes for summer internships (paid) in Washington, DC, working on Chinese human rights and rule of law issues. We value the contribution that interns make to our work, and we have benefited from the intellectual and practical contributions of the interns who have worked with us so far. We are also gratified about the number of very highly qualified people who apply to work with us as interns each year.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the CECC via fax at (202) 226-3804, attention: Judy Wright, Director of Administration, or via e-mail to Judy Wright (Judy.Wright@mail.house.gov). Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China.

The CECC seeks interns for three periods of the year:

Applications Must Be Received By Our Office No Later Than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time
Fall Semester
September 15-December 15
July 1
Spring Semester
February 1-May 1
November 1
June 15-August 15
February 1

Those who wish to apply for internships should understand the following:

* CECC interns receive a salary of $10/hour;
* Interns must be U.S. citizens;
* We regret that interns are not eligible for federal benefits.
* During the fall and spring semesters, CECC internships are part-time, and we expect interns to work between 15 and 20 hours per week;
* During the summer, CECC internships are full-time, and we expect summer interns to work between 32 and 40 hours per week;
* Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
* Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on websites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
* Interns will conduct research and writing projects on human rights and rule of law issues in China under the supervision of Commission staff. Interns may also assist with researching and updating records on the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database. Interns may also be invited or required to attend some of the many rule of law and human rights events organized by the Commission and other organizations in Washington, D.C.
* Although our interns are generally current students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, others are also welcome to apply.

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East Asia Forum
The East Asia Forum was born ten years ago out of a conviction that graduate students very frequently produce scholarship of publishable quality, but find few outlets to display it in a landscape crowded with the work of better established academics. Along with several colleagues in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, I hit upon the idea of producing an annual journal, which would feature the best papers of our own graduate students. Our aim was twofold. We sought not only to showcase the variety of research taking place in our doctoral programme, but also to expose graduate students to the processes of revision and rigourous external review which would later become a part of their lives in the academy.

As the East Asia Forum began to take on a life of its own, a partnership was formed with doctoral students in the East Asian field at York University, and in recent years, articles by young scholars from American and Asian Universities have found their way into the journal. These latter are the more outstanding papers presented at the International Graduate Student Conference held each year in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. In the previous nine years, more than forty articles on a wide range of subjects have appeared in the East Asia Forum. The choice of articles for review has always been left to a student editorial board, whose members are rotated each year so that as many students as possible are exposed to the experience of academic publication. The index of articles in this volume will suggest that while China-related subjects claimed the most attention in the early years of the journal, the last few years have reflected a greater emphasis on Japan, Korea and Taiwan as the field of East Asian studies broadens, becomes more cross-cultural, and reflects a greater commonality of East Asian approaches to current discourses such as those concerned with nation/nationalism, post-modernism, memory, civil society, gender and identity.

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