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May 14, 2015

Conference: Japanese and Korean Mediascapes: Youth, Popular Culture, and Nation

CAPS_Mediascapes_conferenceJapanese and Korean Mediascapes: Youth, Popular Culture, and Nation

Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
The University of Oregon


This two-day event will explore the globalization of Japanese and Korean popular culture with an eye to major historical movements and media trends. Through case studies of television dramas, video games, popular music, comics, and other media, we will investigate how popular culture, especially trends among youth, has shaped world views, defined artistic genres, and altered commercial landscapes. We will question how this cultural exchange can soothe historical tensions and help lead to better political relations. This is one of the first conferences at the University of Oregon or elsewhere to examine Japanese and Korean popular culture together.

Sponsored by: The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, and is cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Asian Studies Program, the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies, the Global Studies Institute, the Jeremiah Lecture Series Fund, the Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series Fund, the Department of Political Science, and the Cinema Studies Program.


Friday, May 29

9:15 am
Opening Remarks
Jeff hanes, Alisa Freedman, HyeRyoung Ok

9:30 am
Panel 1 — Visualizing History and Youth Movements
Moderator: Jeff Hanes
Presenters: Shunya Yoshimi (University of Tokyo); Shige (CJ) Suzuki (Baruch College, City University of New York)

11:00 am

11:15 am
Panel 2 — Trans/National Mediascapes, Gender, and Mobility
Moderator: Bish Sen
Presenters: Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University); Dong Hoon Kim (University of Oregon); Alisa Freedman (University of Oregon)

1:15 pm

2:15 pm
Panel 3 — Pop Music and the Politics of Idols
Moderator: Loren Kajikawa
Presenters: Eun Young Jung (University of California, San Diego); Toby Slade (University of Tokyo)

3:45 pm

4:00 pm
Graduate Panel
Moderator: Michael Arnold, LeRon Harrison
Presenters: Emily Cole, Michelle Crowson, Akiko Hirao, John Moore, Stephen Murnion

5:30 pm

Saturday, May 30

10:00 am
Panel 4 — Games, Fans, and Social Play
Moderator: Julie Voelker-Morris
Presenters: Florence Chee (Loyola University Chicago); Kathryn Hemmann (George Mason University)

11:30 am
Coffee Break

11:45 am
Panel 5 — Fan Activism and Popular Culture
Moderator: Sangita Gopal
Presenters: Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia); HyeRyoung Ok (University of Oregon)

1:15 pm
Lunch Break

2:15 pm
Closing Discussion


October 23, 2014

The City in South Asia and Its Transnational Connections

Asian Studies Conference on The City in South Asia and Its Transnational Connections

presented with the assistance of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS)

November 13-14, 2014 Knight Library Browsing Room, University of Oregon  

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Keynote Lecture: Thomas Blom Hansen Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology, Stanford University Spatial Memory and Urban Imagination in South Asia

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Panel 1: Consumption, Class and Resistance in the City Chair: Bryna Goodman, Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon

Douglas Haynes, Professor, Dept. of History, Dartmouth College Beyond the Colonial City?  The Transformation of the European Community in Bombay, 1920-1947″

Abigail McGowan, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Vermont, Burlington Home Life as City Life:  The Urban Domestic in Interwar Western India

Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria, Assistant Professor,Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University Unruly Landscapes: Spatial Contestation in Early Twentieth Century Bombay”

Discussant: Sangita Gopal, Associate Professor, Department of English and Cinema Studies, University of Oregon

Friday November 14th 2014

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Panel 2: Urban Real Estate and Its Peripheries 

Chair: Andrew Verner, Director, Ph.D. Program, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon

Matthew Hull, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Cities and Property

Nikhil Rao, Associate Professor, Department of History, Wellesley College Approaching the Urban Edge: Changing Perceptions of Bombay’s Periphery

Asher Ghertner, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Rutgers University When is the State? Flux, Porosity and Exclusion in Delhi’s State Spaces

Discussant: Dan Buck, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Asian Studies, University of Oregon

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Panel 3: Urban Infrastructure and the City in History

Chair: Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon

Tarini Bedi, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago Mimicry, Friction and Trans-Urban Imaginaries: Mumbai Taxis/Singapore Style

Arafaat Valiani, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon Entrepreneurship and Urban Land Markets in Postcolonial Mumbai and Karachi 

Douglas Haynes, Professor, Dept. of History, Dartmouth College & Nikhil Rao, Associate Professor, Department of History, Wesleyan College Beyond the Colonial City: Re-Evaluating the Urban History of India, 1920-1970

Discussant: Arafaat A. Valiani, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Roundtable Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Moderated by Arafaat A. Valiani, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon Contact person: Lori O’Hollaren Assistant Director Center for Asian and Pacific Studies Email:

Sponsored by the following at the University of Oregon:

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS)
Asian Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Office of International Affairs
Academic Affairs
Oregon Humanities Council
Department of History
Department of Anthropology
Robert D. Clark Honors College
Planning, Public Policy and Management


October 14, 2014

China-in-Asia Conference: Historical Connections and Contemporary Engagement

China in Asia:
Historical Connections and
Contemporary Engagement

October 25 – 26, 2014
Gerlinger Lounge
University of Oregon

Hosted by the Center for Asia and Pacific Studies and the Department of Geography

Organizer: Dr. Xiaobo Su (

Conference Schedule

Saturday, October 25 


Opening remarks: Xiaobo Su and Amy Lobben, Head, Department of Geography


Plenary Address: Wendy Larson, University of Oregon
The Cross-Cultural Imaginary: Zhang Yimou and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

10:15am—10:30am Coffee Break


Session 1: Arts, History, and Geopolitics
Stan Brunn, University of Kentucky
China’s Visual Geopolitics: Branding, Stamps and Memories

Rachel Wong, Harvard University
Plekhanov in China: A Reception History of “Art and Social Life”

Krishnendra Meena, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Re-production of Geopolitical Spaces: the Case of Indo-Pacific

Jianxiong Ma (Chair)

12:00pm—1:00pm Lunch Break


Session 2: Transnational Business with Chinese Characteristics
Jason Petrulis, Oberlin College
Moving wigs through Kai Tak:Trading a global commodity in 1960s-70s Hong Kong

Laura Elder, St. Mary’s College Notre Dame
Prospecting for power by using Islamic Finance as a gateway into China

Andrew Hao, University of Pennsylvania
Who is Afraid of Chinese Corporate Social Responsibility?: The Transnational Economics and Politics of Suspicion

Stan Brunn (Chair)

2:30pm—3:00pm Coffee Break


Session 3: Transnational Connections: The Past and the Present
Edy Parsons, Mount Mercy University
Changing Dynamics of Sino-Japanese Relations: Territorial Disputes and Regional Rivalry

Tuong Vu, University of Oregon
State Formation on China’s Southern Frontier: Vietnam as a Shadow Empire and Hegemon

Lena Dabova, Saint Petersburg State University
Tibet in China and India bilateral relations: historical and legal perspectives

Yuanfei Wang, University of Georgia
Capitalizing on Java: Emerging Imperialism, Historiography, and Vernacular Fiction in Late Ming China

Eric Vanden Bussche (Chair)


Sunday, October 26


Plenary address: Jianxiong Ma, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clustered Communities and Transportation Routes: The Wa Lands Neighboring the Lahu and the Dai on the Frontier

9:45am—10:00am Coffee Break


Session 4: Boundary and the Politics of Bordering
Eric Vanden Bussche, Stanford University
Adjusting the Tributary System in the Age of Imperialism: Crafting Qing China’s New Relationship with Burma and Southeast Asia” (1886-1910)

Nianshen Song, Vassar College
Boundaries of All under Heaven: Comparing Qing’s Demarcations with Korea, Russia, and Vietnam

Edy Parsons (Chair)

11:00am—11:15am Coffee Break


Session 5: The Geographic Expansion of Chinese Forces
Dylan Brady, University of Oregon
Chinese Rail: Producing National Territory from the Inside Out

Tom Ptak, University of Oregon
The Geopolitical Nature of Southwest China’s Energy Conduit, Yunnan Province

Xiaobo Su (Chair)

12:15pm-1:00pm Closing Discussion


This event is made possible with generous support from:

The Social Science Research Council
College of Arts and Sciences,University of Oregon
Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Oregon
Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Office of International Affairs, University of Oregon


May 2, 2013

Foodways in China: New Scholarly Trajectories

International Conference

“Foodways in China: New Scholarly Trajectories”
May 9-10, 2013 – Gerlinger Lounge



Scholarship on Chinese foodways has grown at a steady rate over the last few decades, following the publication of two landmark works that outlined the importance of food in Chinese political, cultural, and social organization.

The international conference ‘Foodways in China’ will provide a venue to discuss research that has augmented the largely anthropological and historical contributions of those earlier works, and new work by scholars based in the Humanities and Social Sciences that engages insights from the emerging interdisciplinary field of Food Studies.

Preliminary Conference Program*
*subject to change

May 8, Wednesday, Willamette 110 

  • 6:30 pm – A Bite of China, public screening of Chinese documentary
  • Followed by commentary and discussion

May 9, Thursday, Gerlinger Hall, Alumni Lounge

  • 9:00 am – Coffee and Registration
  • 9:30 am – Introduction
  • 10:00 am – Panel I: Regionalism and Nostaliga

Food and Memory: Traumatic Nostalgia in the Chinese Hinterland, Piotr Gibas, College of Charleston

 Making Sense of the ex-Capital: Duck, Noodles and Curry in the Nanjing Decade, Beatrice Schraa, UC Berkeley

 A Taste of Authenticity: Soybeans and the Politics of Modern Chineseness in Republican China, Jia-Chen Fu, Case University

 Discussant: Francoise Sabban, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

  • 12:00 pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:30 pm – Panel II:  Historic Concepts of Food and Drink

Alcohol and Morals in Early China, Roel Sterckx, Cambridge University

The Art of Eating Whatever You Can: Environmental Statecraft and Famine Foodstuff Manuals in Late Imperial China, Tim Sedo, Concordia University

Contract in My Soup: Chinese Contract Formation and Ritual Eating and Drunkenness, Mary Szto, Hamline Law School

Discussant:  Ina Asim, University of Oregon

  • 3:30 pm – Afternoon Break
  • 4:00 pm – Ethnic Food, Ethnic Medicine, Judith Farquhar, University of Chicago

May 10, Friday, Gerlinger Hall, Alumni Lounge

  • 9:15 am – Panel III:  Agriculture and Political Economy

Rice Supplies and the Chinese-American partnership in Taiwan, 1950s Emily M. Hill, Queen’s University

Pork and Beans: Food Security Politics and the Reconfiguration of Diets and Agriculture in Post-Reform China, Mindi Schneider, Cornell University

Discussant:  Daniel Buck, University of Oregon

  • 10:45 am – Coffee break
  • 11:00 am – Panel IV: New Consumerisms

High Quality in an Urban Consumer Society: Rice, Governance, and Consumer Citizenship, Amy Zader, Rutgers University

Promoting a “Local Speciality”: Goat’s Milk Cheese (Rubing) in Shilin and Kunming, Jakob Klein, School of Oriental and Asian Studies

Discussant: Joanna Waley-Cohen, New York University

  • 12:30 pm – Lunch Break
  • 2:45 pm – Chinese Food Artifacts: Special Installation in Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Tour by Ina Asim, University of Oregon
  • 4:00 pm – Concluding Remarks, Mareile Flitsch, University of Zürich

Co-sponsors include the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geography, the Oregon Humanities Center, the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Department of History, the Department of Anthropology, the Humanities Program, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.


April 23, 2013

UO Delegation Leads Faculty Development Event in Japan

UO Delegation Leads Faculty Development Event in Japan

A five-person delegation from the University of Oregon led a two-day faculty development workshop at Nagoya University March 16-17, 2013. The Japanese Ministry of Education’s Global 30 initiative sponsored the program. Launched in 2008, this high-profile initiative aims to internationalize Japanese higher education by creating new English-language degree programs, recruiting international students, and providing opportunities for Japanese students to study abroad. UO’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, which facilitated three earlier G-30 faculty development workshops at the University of Oregon, provided the planning and logistical support for the team that took this pioneering workshop on the road. Remarking on the success of the workshop, CAPS Director Jeff Hanes notes: “The UO faculty development team brought their energy and expertise to the steep pedagogical challenges facing Japan’s signature program for the internationalization of higher education—and made a significant impact.”

Oregon’s team worked with 40 Japanese and international faculty members from eight Japanese universities to improve their English presentation skills and learn about evidence-based best teaching practices, focusing particularly on making the classroom more interactive. Lee Rumbarger, Director of the Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP); Trish Pashby, Senior Instructor at the American English Institute (AEI); Georgeanne Cooper, Former Director of the Teaching Effectiveness Program, and Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program (UO-SLP) co-facilitated the workshop. Highlighting the international nature of the G-30 initiative, the faculty participants were from 15 nations. CAPS Director Jeff Hanes accompanied the team, providing on-the-ground logistical support for the program. CAPS Assistant Director Lori O’Hollaren supervised planning of the operation, and East Asia Coordinator, Yifang Zhang, worked with organizers at Nagoya University to fine tune workshop organization and logistics.

The workshop weekend included small- and large-group sessions like “Interactive Lecture Techniques,” “Teaching in English,” “Teaching to a Diverse Student Audience,” “Learning Objectives and Backward Design,” and “The External Brain.” Each participant delivered a 10-minute mini-lecture in their fields of expertise incorporating interactive lecture techniques. The UO facilitators have expertise in each of these areas and offer training opportunities to graduate students and faculty at the UO on these topics.

During a closing discussion, participants articulated ideas from the workshop they planned to experiment with to incorporate big- and small-scale revisions in their own courses, such as incorporating midterm course evaluations, “minute-papers,” i-clickers, in-class demonstrations and a range of peer learning activities.

G-30 faculty members expressed satisfaction with the workshop and excitement about returning to their teaching with new ideas and drawing form the group’s collective energy. Some of the participants’ observations in a follow-up survey include:

“[I]nteractive, practical and encouraging atmosphere throughout session…I really liked being a student of very good teachers.”

“It was most stimulating to lean the importance of affirmative attitude to students. Interactive teaching is rare in the Japanese classes and most of the lectures including mine tend to be unidirectional. Teaching by questioning was a refreshing idea to me. Although I knew the importance of interaction in the class, I was not practical enough. Your lectures gave me lots of useful hints. I also liked the international atmosphere in the class thanks to many non Japanese participants.”

“The workshop was very impressive and helpful.  Until now, I thought that university lectures were an opportunity to obtain knowledge written in a textbook through well-summarized teacher’s notes.  Through the workshop, however, I could learn that a good lecture should be interactive, well organized, informative, and enjoyable.  The teachers from University of Oregon showed me attractive lectures not only by clear speech, motions and good materials but also by kind answers to any questions.  I deeply appreciate their efforts and passions.”

UO’s faculty development relationship with this group began in 2010 when CAPS paired TEP and AEI with administrators and faculty from Nagoya University looking to improve teaching on their campus. Over the past three years, 18 Nagoya University faculty and administrators have participated in multiday training programs on the University of Oregon campus. The March 2013 program was the first time that faculty from TEP, AEI, UO-SLP, and CAPS have been invited to Nagoya University to facilitate a workshop on that campus.

April 11, 2013

CAPS Newsletter

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March 12, 2013

Watumill Scholarship for Study Abroad in India

Watumull Scholarship for Study Abroad in India

March 5, 2013

Indiana University-Bloomington: Framing the Global, Call for papers


November 29, 2012

South Asia Course Offerings

November 27, 2012

Urban Planning in China – Nov 30, 2012

Chinese Urban Planning System and Unique Practices in Chengdu City

The Sustainable Cities Initiative would like to invite you to its first visiting scholar Mr. Peng Tang’s presentation titled “Chinese Urban Planning System and Unique Practices in Chengdu City.”

Peng will talk about urban planning process in China, Chengdu urban-rural integration plan, Chengdu world garden city plan, and Chengdu ecological system plan.

DATE: Friday, November 30th
TIME: 11:30am – 12:30pm
LOCATION: University of Oregon, Hendricks Hall, Room 100

Pizza and soda provided!

SCI China: Visiting Scholars Program

The SCI China visiting scholar program offers opportunities to scholars and practitioners from China to come to Oregon to conduct applied research on planning and design strategies for sustainable urban development. Mr. Peng Tang is the first “graduate” of this program. He spent the past 9 months in Eugene and Portland auditing classes, conducting literature research, and participating in professional activities.

Peng is the Vice President of Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design.  His previous research includes analysis of Chengdu spatial structure, study of the urban and rural form of Chengdu, Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration Coordinated Development Planning, and etc.

Peng holds a master degree in Urban Planning and Design from Tsinghua University, two Bachelor degrees in Economic and Urban planning from Peking University.

Think you can make it?

Please RSVP to Hong Wu if you plan to attend.

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