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The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, housed under the Global Studies Institute, is a research and outreach center devoted to promoting understanding of the Asia-Pacific region. Its primary aim is to foster collaborative and individual research engaging Asia-interested scholars from the UO, the nation, and around the world. The Center is distinctive in terms of its geographic scope with a programmatic focus on East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.


Upcoming Events…

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
4:00 PM
Crater Lake North, EMU
“Toward an Understanding of 1980s-90s Literary and Cultural History: Calamity, Martyrdom, and the Candlelight Revolution in Yi In-hui’s novel In the Name of Laborers
Cheon Jung-hwan
Professor of Modern Korean Literature and Culture
Sungkyunkwan University

Friday, January 31, 2020
3:15 pm
Collier House
Provincializing Western Modernism: Ping-Ponging the New Universality
Gavin Lee
Soochow University

In this talk, Lee draws on his research in transnational musical modernism in Singapore and Suzhou (near Shanghai) to innovate conceptual frameworks that accommodate the new trends of comparativism and universality across all the music disciplines, while keeping in mind theories of difference. At the turn of the twenty-first century, musical, self- and inter-ethnic alienation weaves a connecting thread through heterogeneous global sociality. Ethnic affiliations and musical affinities fray and re-form in relation to multiple musics, and dominant notions of Chinese culture and Western music are simultaneously reinforced, and challenged through syncretism, reinvention, and resistance. This gives rise to phenomena ranging from cultural counterpoint, to cultural palimpsest, and transcolonial minoritarianism. Lee adopts a “whole culture,” assemblage view of transnational “modernism” that extends beyond the post-tonal repertoire to encompass the entire sphere of rapidly changing musical culture, conducting a micro investigation of affect through case studies of composers and listeners. In expanding the temporal and spatial boundaries of Western modernism, the affective networks of transnational musical circuits “provincialize” Europe (to use Dipesh Chakrabarty’s formulation). The de-ontologization of universality (comparative analytics have a horizon of universality) into the difference created by asymmetry of power–and vice versa–results in an internally incommensurate, bivalent epistemic structure that shapes a new understanding of transnational modernism.


Funding Opportunities: Deadlines Approaching!

FREEMAN INTERNSHIP FELLOWSHIP (for fall internships): With a growing number of young Americans graduating into careers that will engage them with colleagues in Asia, the Freeman Foundation seeks to assist colleges and universities in expanding opportunities for U.S. students to work as interns in East and Southeast Asia as part of their undergraduate or graduate studies.  The UO has been awarded a grant from the Freeman Foundation to award and administer these internship fellowships, which will provide stipends to UO student interns to offset travel and living expenses overseas.
Winter/spring internships: November 22, 2018
Spring/summer internships: February 21, 2019
Summer internships: April 22, 2019
Fall internships: July 22, 2019 and September 23, 2019

JEREMIAH PUBLIC LECTURES: Proposals will be accepted for speakers to visit the UO and deliver a public lecture on campus. We have funds to pay most expenses associated with the lecture, including honorarium, travel, publicity, reception, etc. The visitors must lecture on a topic related to Asia and/or the Pacific and be relevant to a public audience.
Speakers in winter/spring: November 15, 2019
Speakers in summer/fall: April 10, 2020

MYUNG SUP LIM PUBLIC LECTURES: This lecture series honors the professional and personal legacy of Mr. Myung Sup Lim, founder of Optrontec, Korea’s foremost producer of optical components. Much as Optrontec endeavors to bring the world into focus with its pioneering optical technologies, this lecture series aims to bring the history and culture of Korea into focus.
Speakers in winter/spring: November 15, 2019
Speakers in summer/fall: April 10, 2020

YOKO MCCLAIN LECTURE SERIES IN JAPANESE STUDIES: The Yoko McClain endowment fund wishes to bring outstanding scholars to the UO campus from other highly regarded institutions to give lectures and/or seminars to augment the ongoing work by faculty in the Japanese Language and Literature program.  This fund will act as a lasting tribute to the life and work of Yoko McClain, which will help foster and promote scholarship within the discipline upon which she has had such an important impact.
Speakers in winter/spring: November 15, 2019
Speakers in summer/fall: April 10, 2020

CAPS SMALL GRANTS FOR FACULTY : Awards of up to $500 in support of the professional activities of CAPS faculty. Awards will be made for the following purposes: travel to conferences to present papers (once funds from the faculty member’s department have been exhausted), travel to library, museum, and archival collections; and expenses related to book and article production and publication.
Round 1: November 15, 2019
Round 2: April 10, 2020

CAPS SMALL GRANTS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: Awards of up to $500 in support of the professional activities of graduate students studying Asia. Awards will be made for the following purposes: travel to conferences to present papers, travel to library, museum, and archival collections; and expenses related to book and article production and publication.
Round 1: November 15, 2019
Round 2: April 10, 2020

CAPS READING GROUPS: Grants of $500 will be made to establish CAPS focused reading groups that meet to discuss articles and books on a topic within the CAPS fields. The application must be made by a group of no fewer than three CAPS faculty.
Deadline: November 15, 2019


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Best Lecture Series
CAPS presents short lectures and event recordings on East Asia. Check out our new website!


Oregon East Asia Network (OEAN)
East Asianists from around Oregon can connect and collaborate here. And did we mention, we have funding?

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The Gertrude Bass Warner Papers are now online!
CAPS has partnered with the UO Digital Scholarship Center to digitize a collection of personal correspondence, notes, travel diaries and ephemera belonging to Gertrude Bass Warner. Mrs. Warner traveled extensively to build her collection, to study, and to promote multiculturalism and appreciation for Asian culture. She was the founder and director of the UO Fine Art Museum and she has donated over 3,700 works of art to the Jordan Schintzer Museum of Art. The digitization of her papers has been generously supported by Title VI National Resource Center funding. You can find the collection of her papers on Oregon Digital at this link:


Chinese Literature Podcast

Two UO Graduate Students, Robert Moore and Lee Moore, discuss Chinese literature in their podcast. Check out this amazing duo’s podcast here. It’s also available on iTunes.




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Check out the Chinese Language and Culture Club at Edison Elementary School. With funding from CAPS and in collaboration with the Language Teaching Specialization Program in the UO Department of Linguistics, the CLCC brings Chinese language and culture to students after school. Learn more about the CLCC here.


The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is a Member of:

          American Institute of Pakistan Studies


       American Institute of Indian Studies


    American Institute of Bangladesh Studies


  Japan-America Society of Oregon


   Northwest China Council 




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