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October 15, 2010

Taiwan Film Festival

Taiwan Film Festival

October 20-22, 2010
Willamette Hall, Room 110

A festival of feature and documentary films, showcasing the finest and most innovative films of Taiwan’s Public Television Service.

Wednesday, October 20

5:45 pm – Birds Without Borders: Black-Faced Spoonbills
Release: 2009 (53 min)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dean Johnson

As a beautiful bird only found in the wetlands of Asia, the black-faced spoonbill is magnificently captured in HD. Meet the dedicated individuals, around the world, who share the goal of protecting this endanger animal’s remaining habitats.

7:00 pm – Opening Remarks and Reception (Willamette Atrium)

7:45 pm – Nyonya’s Taste of Life*
Release: 2007 (78 min)
Genre: Feature Film
Director: Wen Chih-yi
*Discussion with filmmaker after the screening

The film looks into the lives of Indonesian and Thai workers who come to Taiwan expecting a better life. Just like the complex flavors of Nyonya’s cuisine, with a mixture of sour, spicy, and sweet – the film is filled with misunderstandings, conflicts, miscommunications, and the reconciliation (or un-reconciliation) between Taiwanese and their guest workers.

Thursday, October 21

5:45 pm – The Secret in the Satchel
Release: 2007 (51 min)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Lin Tay-jou

For 10 years, university professor Lin Tay-jou has read thousands of student journals, giving him insights into their turbulent lives. He invites three of his students to document their stories in this film. Each one has different traumas and disadvantages; however, it does not prevent them from becoming more mature in real life.

7:00 pm – Brief Reception (Willamette Atrium)

7:30 pm – Taipei 24H*
Release: 2009 (94 min)
Genre: Feature Film
Directors: Cheng Fen-fen, Niu Cheng-zer, Debbie Hsu, Cheng Hsiao-tse, Lee Chi Y., Chen Yin-jung, An Je-yi Lee Kang-sheng
*Discussion with Lee Kang-sheng after the screening

“Taipei 24H” divides 24 hours in Taipei into 8 shorts. It opens with Cheng Fen-fen’s upbeat and comedic Share the Morning, and ends with Lee Kang-sheng running the final leg of this relay with Remembrance at 4am. Well-known director Tsai Ming-liang makes a rare appearance visiting a late night coffee shop. In between is Cheng Hsiao-tse’s love story Saver the Lover’s and DJ Chen’s magical ride on Taiwan’s subway, Dream Walker. Taipei 24H is a contemporary urban chronicle of a vibrant city rarely at sleep.

Friday, October 22

7:00 pm – The Wave Breaker
Release: 2009 (86 min)
Genre: Feature Film
Director: Zero Chou

Hao-yang is a young man with motor neuron disease, a terminal disease that has paralyzed him. Passed down by his father, his brother refuses to take the test to see if he too has the disease. As his mother fights for a cure, Hao-yang begs his younger brother to bring him to the ocean, a place of happiness for him.

All events will be held in Willamette 110 and are free and open to the public.

This Film Festival is presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (San Francisco). For more information about the entire festival, please click here. Local sponsors include the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
For more information, please call (541) 346-1521.

Birds Without Borders – Black-faced Spoonbills
2009 Special Prize for Biodiversity, EARTH VISION, Japan
2009 Asian TV Awards, Singapore
2009 AIB International Media Excellence Awards, UK
2009 Natural TIFF, Japan
2009 International Festival of Ornithological Film, France
2009 Green Wave 21st Century European Environment Festival, Bulgaria
2009 Green Screen , International Nature Film Festival, Germany

Nyonya’s Taste of Life
2008 Golden Chest International Television Festival, Bulgaria
2008 International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, Korea
2007 Best Single Drama/Best Actress/Best Director, Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan
2007 Women Make Waves Film, Taiwan

The Secret in the Satchel
2009 CINE Golden Eagle Award, U.S.A
2009 MOMA, Documentary Fortnight, U.S.A
2009 Asian Queer Film & Video Festival, Japan
2008 Golden Award, Shanghai TV Festival, China
2008 Golden Chest International Television Festival, Bulgaria
2008 INPUT, South Africa 2008 Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany
2008 Beijing Independent Film Festival, China
2007 Pusan International Film Festival, Korea
2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Switzerland

Taipei 24H
2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010 San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival, U.S.A.
2009 Best Feature Film, HDFEST, U.S.A.
2009 Official Selection, Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan
2009 Jury’s Special Prize, Seoul International Drama Awards, Korea
2009 Bronze Chest Prize, Golden Chest International TV Festival, Bulgaria
2009 Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan 2009 Pusan International Film Festival, Korea

Wave Breaker
2009 Women Make Waves Film, Taiwan

CAPS Working Group on South Asia


Anita Weiss, International Studies; Institutional Trustee to AIPS

South Asia Faculty
Shankha Chakraborty, Economics

Howard Davis, Architecture

Nil Deshpande, Physics

Jim Earl, English

Sangita Gopal, English

Veena Howard, Religious Studies

Lamia Karim, Anthropology

Mark Levy, Music

John Lukacs, Anthropology; Institutional Trustee to AIIS

Ken Liberman, Sociology

Randy McGowan, History

Nagesh Murthy, Decision Sciences

Eric Pederson, Linguistics

Bish Sen, Journalism and Communication

Norm Sundberg, Psychology

Sunil Khanna, Courtesy Appointment, Anthropology (Oregon State University)



Pacific Islands Studies

The Pacific Islands Studies Program offers individualized programs of study and research emphasizing Pacific island cultures. The University of Oregon has a long-standing educational and scholarly interest in the Pacific islands involving active researchers and teachers in many fields. The committee began as a formal body in 1987 and has worked since to coordinate instruction, research, and exchange programs at the university that are related to the Pacific islands. Interdisciplinary perspectives essential for understanding natural and cultural environments, cultural history and change, and educational and modern socioeconomic issues in the Pacific are stressed.

A wide range of faculty members of the University of Oregon conduct research and do teaching and training programs related to the Pacific Islands. Their expertise and inter-related interests provide an interdisciplinary perspective essential for understanding natural environments, cultural background and change, and modern socio-economic issues in the Pacific area.

Courses on Pacific subjects are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level and cover diverse topics. Students can enroll in undergraduate courses and advanced degree programs in various departments and through the Asian Studies Program. Pacific Islands Studies participates in the Asian Studies Program’s B.A. and M.A. degree programs by providing courses that may be used to satisfy degree requirements, e.g., in developing as secondary cultural or geographical area with Southeast Asia. Undergraduate- and graduate-level courses are available in anthropology and archaeology, art history, biology, geological sciences, international studies, political science, and sociology.

William Ayres, Anthropology, teaches classes on Pacific Islands archaeology and anthropology and organizes the program’s interdisciplinary Pacific Islands Studies class. Aletta Biersack, Anthropology, gives several courses on social anthropology, especially about New Guinea. Andrew Goble, History, has taught on Japan’s presence in the Pacific Islands. An interdisciplinary class on Pacific environments and resources is taught by William Ayres. Stephen Johnson integrates sociology and political science in his class on sociological patterns in developing Pacific countries. Richard Sundt, Art History, regularly offers a two course sequence on Pacific Islands art and works with students to exhibit their Pacific-inspired creations in the Krause Gallery.

The Pacific Island Archaeological Project, directed by William S. Ayres, offers students opportunities to participate in archaeological and anthropological study in the Pacific. Through several means, students visit the Pacific to carry out consulting and research projects in a variety of areas.

Training in selected Pacific Island languages is possible through individual study using tutors and materials developed at the Yamada Language Center. The center now has language-study modules for Pohnpeian and Kosraen.

I. Pacific Islands Studies Committee
  • William Ayres, Professor, Anthropology. Pacific archaeology and anthropology; research in Micronesia and Polynesia.
  • Aletta Biersack, Professor, Anthropology. Pacific ethnology and socio-cultural anthropology; research in New Guinea and Tonga.
  • Shirley Coale, Research Assoc., Education, Special education consultant, Micronesia.
  • Maradel Gale, Assoc. Professor., Ret., Professor, Planning, Public Policy and Management. Public policy and management training, Micronesia, Samoa, Fiji.
  • Richard Hildreth, Professor, Law. Micronesia and Australia, environmental law.
  • Adria Imada, Asst. Professor, Ethnic Studies/Anthropology. US Empire, performance and popular culture, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, and Asian America.
  • Kathy Poole, Overseas Program Coordinator, Office of International Programs. Coordinating programs in the Asia/Pacific region. Pacific experience in Fiji and Palau.
  • Judith Raiskin, Associate Professor and Director, Women’s Studies Program. Women’s studies and Pacific Islands post-colonial literature.
  • Greg Ringer, Adj. Asst. Professor. Planning, Public Policy and Management. International tourism, protected areas and sustainable community development.
  • Paula Rogers, Asst. Professor, East Asian Lang. and Lit.. Austronesian languages, Taiwan.
  • Richard Sundt, Associate Professor, Art History. Pacific art, traditional and contemporary.
  • Hilda Yee Young, Academic Advising. Pacific Islands; Hawai’ian Studies and student groups.
  • Dick Zeller, Research Assoc/Co-Director, Western Regional Resource Center: Special Education consultant; Micronesia and SamoaAffiliated Members:
  • Virginia Butler, Assoc. Professor, Anthropology, Portland State University; Pacific ecology/faunal studies.
  • Anne Chambers, Ph.D. Anthropology, Southern Oregon University.
  • Keith Chambers, Ph.D. Anthropology, Director of International Services, Southern Oregon University.
  • Rufino Mauricio, Ph.D. Anthropology, Chief Archaeologist, Federated States of Micronesia Historic Preservation Program. Pacific archaeology and traditional culture, Pacific Islands Studies.
  • Dick Dewey, School of Extended Studies, Portland State University; Palau ecology and resource conservation.
  • Osamu Kataoka, Assistant Professor, Kansai Gadai University, Osaka, Japan. Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Micronesian archaeology.
  • Suzanne McMenis, Graduate student, Education, University of Oregon. Western Micronesia
  • Gwen Scott, Graduate student, Geography, University of Oregon.
  • Joan Wozniak, PhD. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Oregon

Jeremiah Lecture Series Support

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is accepting proposals from UO faculty for speakers to visit the UO and deliver a public lecture on campus. These guests will be part of the Jeremiah Lecture Series, administered by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. We have funds to pay most expenses associated with the lecture, including honorarium, travel, publicity, reception, etc. Applicants are encouraged to include possible cosponsors in their applications. The visitors must lecture on a topic related to Asia and/or the Pacific and be relevant to a public audience.

To submit a proposal, please click here to complete the online application form.

Deadlines for invited speaker applications are:

Fall: November 16, 2018 (for speakers coming in winter/spring/summer 2019)
Spring: April 12, 2019 (for speakers coming fall/winter 2019-20)

For a hardcopy version of the application form, please contact Holly Lakey at

Engaging China: History, Culture, Politics

The “Engaging China” project represents a collaboration between the Lundquist College of Business and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon. The project grew out of a UO-wide East Asia initiative launched by the university president in 2004. It is supported by a two-year U.S. Department of Education Business and International Education grant.

The project aims to introduce faculty and students in the MBA program to the challenges and opportunities of business in China, and it works from the premise that cultural and historical knowledge are essential to business success. In preparation for this study tour to Beijing and Shanghai, faculty and students participated in a semester-long seminar series that featured lectures on Chinese culture, history, politics, economics, and business by UO faculty China experts and distinguished invited speakers. During the summer prior to the study tour, students worked through background reading assignments and worked up research projects related to an annual theme: Sports Marketing and the Beijing Olympics in Year 1 and Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Supply Chain in Year 2. Upon their return from the study tour, faculty participants will integrate their experience into the MBA curriculum, and student participants will submit final reports and generate presentations for local and regional businesspeople.

Now in its second year, the “Engaging China” project has made an indelible impact on the MBA program. Private donors have stepped up to offer continuing support, and the College of Business has committed itself over the long term to cultivate greater awareness of Asia’s place in the global economy, to revise the business curriculum accordingly, and thus to prepare select students for careers in international business.

It is our hope that the “Engaging China” project will stimulate other new international projects on campus, similarly conceived to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-cultural learning.

NACCL-23 Conference

The 23rd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-23)


The University of Oregon is pleased to host the 23rd Annual NACCL conference, to be held in Eugene, Oregon from June 17-19, 2011.

Registration and Panel Sessions will be held in the HEDCO Education Building, located on the University of Oregon campus near the intersection of 16th and Alder.

Call for Papers

NACCL-23 will continue to serve as a platform of scholarly exchange for researchers of all subfields of Chinese linguistics. Proposals of original studies on (but not limited to) the following topics are invited:

Phonetics/Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Morphology, Orthography, Historical linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Chinese Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, etc.

Papers are presented within a thirty-minute period with 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

NACCL-23 Scientific Committee

Susan Guion Anderson (UO)
Marjorie Chan (OSU)
Ying Chen (UO)
Scott DeLancey (UO)
Agnes He (SUNY, Stony Brook)
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt (UO)
Vsevolod Kapatsinski (UO)
Lizhen Peng (Zhejiang University)
Chaofen Sun (Stanford)
Hongyin Tao (UCLA)
Liang Tao (Ohio U)
Janet Xing (Western Washington University)

Keynote speakers

  • Walter Bisang, Professor of General and Comparative Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
  • Chu-Ren Huang, Chair Professor of Applied Chinese Language Studies and Dean of Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Agnes He, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies, SUNY Stony Brook
  • Fu-xiang Wu, Professor of Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China


Registration is now open!  Please click here to register.  Below is a summary of registration deadlines and fees.

Late Registration (through June 12):
Faculty Registrants: $200
Graduate Student Registrants: $140

Registration includes the following meals: daily coffee service, two lunch buffets, the opening reception on June 17 and the conference banquet at King Estate Winery on June 18.

Conference Program and Venue Information

All panel sessions will be held in the HEDCO Education Building, located at 1655 Alder Street on the University of Oregon Campus.  The exact rooms for the panel sessions are noted on the program.

Registration will begin at 7:50 am on Friday, June 17th in the HEDCO Lobby.  Opening remarks begin at 8:20 am.

To download the preliminary program, please open the attached PDF file: NACCL program – FINAL

To download a campus map with walking instructions, please open the attached PDF file: UO Map and Walking Directions

Audio/Visual Equipment

Each room will have a Mac laptop set up to a data projector for Powerpoint presentations.  To make for smooth transitions in between speakers, we ask that you put your presentation on a flash drive and use the laptop in the room, if possible. The rooms are also equipped with a DVD/CD player, document camera, and speakers.  If you need any equipment other than those listed for your presentation, please contact

Chairing a Panel

As chair of a panel your responsibility is to (1) introduce each presentation by announcing the name of the author(s) and the title of the presentation, and (2) to make sure that the whole panel starts on time and proceeds as planned. So please keep track of the time allotted to each presentation (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). You should not be concerned if you feel that you are not too familiar with the area(s) you are chairing, because it is not your responsibility to comment on the presentations.


We are hoping for nice weather during the conference, but weather in the Pacific Northwest can be very unpredictable in June.  The temperatures in Eugene are very mild, with the average high temperatures being 23°C (74°F) and lows of 9°C (49°F) for this time of year.  There’s a chance of rain showers the week of the conference, so it would be a good idea to bring an umbrella.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at four area hotels.  Hotel rooms in Eugene book very quickly in the summer, so we recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible.  Please see the list of lodging options below and follow the links to each hotel for more details on their facilities.

When making a reservation, please mention that you are with the NACCL group reservation.  Please note the Group Reservation Deadline for each hotel.  After that date, our reserved rooms will be released to the general public.

  • The Phoenix Inn (located near campus, about 5 blocks from the conference site)
    850 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, 97403
    Phone:  (541) 344-0001
    Special Conference Nightly Rate:  $119 + tax (breakfast included)
    Group Reservation Deadline:  May 16, 2011
  • Holiday Inn Express (located near campus, about 12 blocks from the conference site)
    2117 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, 97403
    Phone : (541) 342-1243
    Special Conference Nightly Rate:  $109 + tax (breakfast included)
    Group Reservation Deadline:  May 16, 2011 (use group code: NAC)
  • Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast (located near campus, about 5 blocks from the conference site)
    1910 University Street, Eugene,  97403
    Phone: (541) 484-6755
    Special Conference Nightly Rate:  $ 85+ tax (breakfast included)
    Group Reservation Deadline: April 1, 2011
  • The Campus Inn (located near campus, about 12 blocks from the conference site)
    390 East Broadway, Eugene, 97403
    Phone: (800) 888-6313 or (541) 343-3376
    Special Conference Nightly Rate:  $80+ tax (breakfast included)
    Group Reservation Deadline: May 16, 2011

Air Travel

Eugene, Oregon, is serviced by the Eugene Airport (airport code EUG). Please note that this is a small airport with limited flights, so it is advised to book your tickets early.

An alternative airport, the Portland International Airport, is a 2 ½ hour drive from Eugene.  The shuttle company that offers service between the Portland International Airport and the University of Oregon is City 2 City Shuttle.  Please visit their website or call (866) 999-8001 for schedules and fares.

Airport-Eugene Transportation

The OMNI Shuttle, located adjacent to baggage claim, provides shared ride door-to-door ground transportation from the airport to the Eugene metropolitan area. Visit their website or call (800) 741-5097 for reservations or more information.  One-way shuttle transportation to the UO campus will cost approximately $22 and will take around 25 minutes.  Taxis are also available and cost approximately $30 each way.

Conference Sponsorship

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