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January 18, 2019

2018-2019 Events

Winter Term











Rethinking Free Speech in East Asia

A Lecture Series

This lecture series is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. It is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center, the UO Law School, the Asian Studies Program, and the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair Endowment. For more information, please call (541) 346 – 5068



Tuesday, January 22, 2019  3:30 pm
Knight Library Browsing Hall
Majoritarian Oscillations and Judicial Serendipities: Free Speech in Korea







Thursday, January 31, 2019, 3:00 pm
Knight Library Browsing Hall
Free Speech in Japan: Forms of Speech, Forms of Suppression

Lawrence Repeta searches for the answer to questions about common forms of political speech and specific cases of police surveillance and suppression of speech deemed undesirable by the authorities.







Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:00 pm
Knight Library Browsing Hall
Living with the Mekong: Archeological Perspectives and Alternative Futures

Miriam Stark discusses how “seeing like a state” produced disastrous consequences that in some respects still resonate with life in the contemporary Lower Mekong basin.

October 14, 2015

Traditional Korean Religion and Art in East Asian Perspectives

Traditional Korean Art Religion

Traditional Korean Religion and Art in East Asian Perspectives
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Lecture Hall
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This cross-disciplinary workshop investigates the interrelationship between the religion and art of traditional Korea in East Asian perspectives. In three panels (death and religion, Buddhism and power, religious objects in art museums), the panelists examine the issues of religion, art, and social power from archaeology, art history, history, and religious studies. This event is open to the public.

Workshop Schedule

10:15 am: Opening Remarks
Lori O’Hollaren (Associate Director, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies)
Gyoung-Ah Lee (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

10:30 am: Panel I, Death and Religion

10:30-10:50 am: Texts, Tombs, and Tomb Texts: Writing and Death Ritual in Early China
Luke Habberstad (Religious Studies/East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon)

Over the last several decades, archaeologists in China have recovered many manuscripts from tombs that date from the late 5th century BCE to the second century CE. The sheer diversity of these manuscripts is their most striking feature: written on bamboo, wood, and silk, they include a stunning variety of textual material, from philosophical treatises to almanacs to ceremonial records. All of them, however, should be understood as ritual objects that played important roles in funeral rites. Even this ritual significance of interred manuscripts, however, defies easy categorization, and their idiosyncratic nature is just as striking as any overall pattern. Only when analyzed in the context of tomb architecture and interred funerary goods, which transformed significantly over the period under consideration, do we gain purchase on the significance of written manuscripts to notions of death and the afterlife in early China. Starting as early as the 5th century BCE, tombs started transforming into structures akin to palaces or residential structures, while collections of interred goods, previously populated by ritual bronze sets used in ancestral rites, became dominated by items for use in everyday life. Without denying the myriad purposes of and interpretive possibilities presented by funerary architecture, material goods, and written manuscripts, this talk emphasizes that in the early Chinese context all three collectively comforted and protected tomb occupants as they moved into the afterlife.

About the Speaker
Luke Habberstad studies the history, literature, ritual, and material culture of early China (5th century BCE-3rd century CE). He is especially interested in the intersection of politics and ritual practice during the Qin and Han dynasties. His work has been published in several edited volumes and journals, including Early China and the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture. He is currently completing a monograph entitled “Writing the Court in Early Imperial China: Politics, Institutions, and Status.”

10:50-11:10 am: Everland for the Deceased in Ancient Silla: New Findings from the Sacred Burials in Gyeongju, South Korea
Gyoung-Ah Lee (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

Gyeongju grew as a cultural and political center of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms that emerged in southeastern Korea well before the Common Era and unified the other two states, Goguryeo and Baekaje (Unified Silla, 676 to 935 CE). Royal tumuli have grabbed most of the archaeological attention in the Silla region since the turn of the century, but excavations have been limited to more or less visible tombs in the area called the Grand Tomb Park (Historic Sites of South Korea No. 512). Since 2007, long-term systematic fieldwork and a ground-penetrating radar survey in the area have mapped over 150 tumuli (mound burials) and underground burials. These findings illustrate mortuary practices over 300 years from the 3rd to 6th centuries and reflect social dynamics and the authority of Silla elite classes as well as the influence of indigenous beliefs and Buddhism.

About the Speaker
Lee investigates human-environmental interactions in terms of cultural relationships and social complexity in East Asia, aiming to document and to understand cultural niche construction, the transition to agriculture and complex society, crop domestication, and political economy in prehistoric and early historic East Asia. She is involved in projects in the Yellow River basin and the Dongbei region of China and in South Korea. She has secured multiple grants by the Henry Luce Foundation, National Geographic, Korea Research Foundation, Academy of Korean Studies, Korean Studies Promotion Service, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and University of Oregon. Her work appears in English, Korean, and Chinese, including Anthropocene, Anthropological Archaeological Science, Antiquity, Current Anthropology, The Holocene, Journal of Archaeological Science, PLOS ONE (Peer-Reviewed Open Access Publication of Public Library of Science), and PNAS (Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences US).

11:10-11:40 am: Moderated Discussion and Q&A
Moderator Ina Asim (History, University of Oregon)

Ina Asim is Associate Professor of History with a focus on pre-modern intellectual, social and material culture of China, including the material witnesses brought to daylight through contemporary archaeological excavations. She is working on a city biography of Nanjing and several projects in the Digital Humanities. She has served as Head of the Asian Studies Program and the Humanities Program at the University of Oregon and is currently the Director of the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies. She received her Ph.D. and her Habilitation from the University of Würzburg in Germany.

11:40 am-1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 pm: Panel II, Buddhism and Power

1:00-1:20 pm: Rethinking Sŏkkuram, the Stone Grotto Chapel
Sunkyung Kim (Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California)

Sŏkkuram is arguably the most representative monument in Korea, functioning as a proud “national emblem.” Scholarly discussions over the past century have agreed on such fundamental issues as its date, benefactors, construction methods and stylistic lineage. There have been, however, unwarranted assumptions and disputes about the prototype of its overall design, iconographic program, doctrinal/sectarian orientation as well as the identity of its primary deity. Here I reflect on the conventional master narrative of its donor and construction, to tease out Sŏkkuram’s role and even essence during eight-century Silla. This talk incorporates recent developments from studies of Korean Buddhism and its visual culture, reading Sŏkkuram as a “Heavenly Palace (K. Ch’ŏn’gung天宮)” and searching for its architectural origin within the Central Asian tradition.

About the Speaker
Sunkyung Kim got her B.A and M.A in Art History from Seoul National University, Korea, and Ph.D from Duke University with a dissertation entitled “Decline of the Law, Death of the Monk: Buddhist Texts and Images in the Anyang Caves of Late Sixth-century China.” She has received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, a research fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council, and a travel grant from the Sejong Society of Korean Studies. During her time as a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar/lecturer at the University of Southern California, she also served as a research associate for the “InscriptiFact Project” at the Archeology Center at USC and worked with the Korean National Museum on optimizing digital images of inscriptions of the 7-8th century stone steles and sculptures. Her research interests encompass Buddhist art, mortuary practices and visuality in early medieval China and Korea, East Asian visual culture and religion in general.  Her publications have appeared in Archives of Asian Art, The Journal of Korean Studies, Asia Major, Art History Forum, and Art History and Visual Culture.

1:20-1:40 pm: Resonances: Translated Words and Transmitted Ideas in Early East Asian Reliquaries
Akiko Walley (History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon)

The centrality of relic worship was acknowledged and often eagerly embraced as Buddhism made its way eastward through dynasties and kingdoms in China, on the Korean peninsula, and in the Japanese archipelago. The early reliquaries discovered from these regions often came in multiple containers nested inside each other, generally following the South Asian and Gandharan precedents. Beyond this general similarity, however, the reliquary sets typically included varying combinations of vessel types, materials, and ornamentational schemes, and the total number of vessels used also frequently varied from one set to another. Focusing on the vessels used in the fifth- to eighth-century reliquary sets found in China, Korea, and Japan, this study proposes the mediation of translation—a required process in the transmission of the religion from India to China—as a possible source of the commonalities and diversities observed in the East Asian reliquary sets.

About the Speaker
Akiko Walley received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009. She specializes in Japanese Buddhist art and archaeology from the 7th and 8th centuries. Her monograph, Constructing the Dharma King: The Hōryūji Shaka Triad and the Birth of the Prince Shōtoku Cult, is scheduled to be published in 2015 from Brill Press as Volume 15 of their Japanese Visual Culture series. Other recent publications include: “Flowers of Compassion: Tamamushi Shrine and the Nature of Devotion in Seventh-century Japan,” Artibus Asiae 72, no. 2 (2012); “Inscribing and Ascribing Merit: Buddhist Vows and the Hōryūji Shaka Triad,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 73, no. 2 (2013); and a forthcoming article, “Figuring Salvation: The Hōryūji Clay Sūtra Tableaux,” Archives of Asian Art 64, no. 2 (2015).

1:40-2:00 pm: The Hidden Buddha of Zenkōji and the Sacred Geography of Kaichō Exhibition in Early Modern Japan
Nam-lin Hur (Centre for Korean Research, University of British Columbia)

Kaichō denotes “opening of a curtain,” and it refers to the special, public exhibition of a hi-Butsu or a “secret Buddha,” which is otherwise enshrined in a sealed receptacle and kept “secret” behind its “curtain.” A kaichō is a special religious event designed to provide an opportunity for Buddhist followers to appeal directly to the divine compassion of a secret deity. Among many kaichō Buddhist temples, Zenkōji, which had a secret Amida, stood out in terms of popularity and reputation in the early modern period. In this presentation, Hur discusses one of the contributing factors that helped the Zenkōji Amida enjoy the highest status as a hi-Butsu in early modern Japan – its association with the Western Paradise, which was successfully pronounced in the sacred geography of temple’s location, layout, and ritual formula. This sacred geography helped establish both Zenkōji as an entrance to the other world and the Zenkōji Amida as a guide who would lead the worshippers to the Western Paradise.

About the Speaker
Nam-lin Hur (Ph.D., Princeton) is a professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. His teaching focuses upon pre-modern Japanese history and international relations in pre-modern East Asia. His publications include: Prayer and Play in Late Tokugawa Japan: Asakusa Sensōji and Edo Society (Harvard University Asia Center, 2000) and Death and Social Order in Tokugawa Japan: Buddhism, Anti-Christianity, and the Danka System (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007). His current research involves Japan’s invasion of Korea in 1592-1598, kaichō and Buddhist culture in early modern Japan, and Confucian cultural politics and society in Chosŏn Korea.

2:00-2:30 pm: Moderated discussion and Q&A
Moderator Mark Unno (Religious Studies, University of Oregon)

Mark Unno is Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, and served as Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research is in Classical Japanese Buddhism, in particular Shin Buddhism, Zen, and Shingon. He also works in the areas of comparative religious thought, Buddhism and psychotherapy, and interrreligious dialogue. He is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light (2004), editor of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures (2006) as well as articles and translations in the foregoing fields.

2:30-3:00 pm: Coffee Break

3:00 pm: Panel III, Religious Objects in Art Museums

3:00-3:20 pm: From Temple to Museum: Exhibiting Korean Buddhist Art
Hyonjeong Kim Han (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco)

Korean objects in museums outside of Korea are all displaced from their original contexts and places. In order to provide accurate backgrounds and stories of Korean artworks on display in their galleries, curators have tried to develop creative display methods. Exhibiting Buddhist art is more complex as religion and iconography of the objects must be discussed in the display and explanations of religious objects. How would Korean Buddhist artwork be perceived by modern viewers who are unfamiliar with Korean traditional culture? How much religious content should be incorporated when displaying Buddhist art in museums? Can Buddhist objects be looked at more as works of art than religious icons? This presentation will examine ways to these questions, and will review examples of how to display Korean Buddhist art.

About the Speaker
A specialist in Korean and Chinese painting, Hyonjeong Kim Han joined the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in July 2010.  In 2011 she was the curator for the presentation of a special exhibition, Poetry in Clay: Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.  She organized a special exhibition titled In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty, and guest curated for the SFO Museum, Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea, a show focusing on ceramics comprised of contemporary artists from Korea. She is now preparing a special exhibition, Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea, the first show in the States solely focusing on the subject, opening April 29, 2016. Prior to this, Hyonjeong Kim Han worked at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) as Associate Curator of Korean and Chinese art as well as the acting head of the Chinese and Korean Art department since 2006. In Korea, from 2004 to 2006, Hyonjeong worked as a senior researcher in the Institute of Korean Painting and was concurrently a lecturer of Asian art history at Seoul National University.

3:20-3:40 pm: When/Where Religious Items Become ‘Art’: Early Korean Buddhist Material in the JSMA
Anne Rose Kitagawa (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon)

Art museums are repositories of many types of artifacts, including icons and ritual objects associated with various religious traditions.  The nature of these sacred works creates potential for both cultural understanding and inadvertent misappropriation.  This presentation will introduce a variety of ritual objects whose existence in the art museum reflects a shift from religious to aesthetic/cultural function and provides context for teaching not just art historical, but also ethical and philosophical issues.

About the Speaker
The child of professors, Anne Rose Kitagawa had the privilege of early exposure to the arts of Asia. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in East Asian Studies and Art History, she worked at the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Ohio and the Art Institute of Chicago before receiving a Mellon Fellowship to study Japanese Art and Archeology at Princeton University. Later she worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Harvard Art Museums before coming to Oregon in 2010 to become Chief Curator of Collections & Asian Art and the Director of Academic Programs at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. She now curates and collaborates with UO faculty and students to research and present this museum’s distinguished collections of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese art and has published about postwar Japanese prints, Tale of Genji illustrations, the JSMA’s Korean collection, Japanese lacquer, Asian painting conservation, and the teaching of Asian art in a museum context. Her most recent publication Expanding Frontiers: The Jack and Susy Wadsworth Collection of Postwar Japanese Prints was an exhibition catalogue co-edited with UO Professor Akiko Walley and includes original research and writing by many of their students.

3:40-4:10 pm: Moderated Discussion and Q&A
Moderator Charles Lachman (History of Art and Architecture)

Charles Lachman holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (Toronto) and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies (McMaster). His publications include  “Images” In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press [In Press]; “Buddhism: Image As Icon, Image as Art,” Chapter 27 in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts, ed. Frank Burch Brown (Oxford University Press, 2014); and “Art,” in Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism, ed. Donald Lopez (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).

4:10-4:20: Short Break

4:20-4:50 pm: Open Floor Discussion

4:50 pm: Closing Remarks
Akiko Walley (History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon)


The link below will take you to the program for the workshop:
Traditional Korean Religion and Art in East Asian Perspectives Workshop


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


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

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.

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