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August 16, 2018

Flowers of Performance: Workshops on Japanese Noh Traditional Theatre


The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is pleased to present four days of events on Traditional Japanese Noh Theatre, to be held at the University of Oregon, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Portland Art Museum. The events, which will include performances and workshops, are to be led by TAKEDA Tomoyuki, an active performer from one of the most prestigious schools of Noh, the Kanze School. Established in the fourteenth century, Noh is characterized by austere simplicity of performance and profoundly poetic plots. In a series of four workshops (two of which will be accompanied by costumed performance), Takeda-sensei and his troupe will cover a range of topics from history, dance and chanting to costumes and masks. Audiences will have the opportunity to take part in a dance and chanting sequence, and to learn about costumes through dressing demonstrations.

All workshops are free and open to the public.* You are invited to participate in any and all of them.

*Seating is limited for the Portland workshops. Be sure to reserve your ticket today!


Saturday, September 29: Experiential workshop on Noh dance and chanting

7-9 pm @ Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
(doors open at 6:30)

  • Tickets required (number of participant limited). Please follow this link to register for tickets. Please print out the registration and bring it with you to the event.
  • Participants will learn the basic movements of Noh and a simplified version of the Oimatsu (“Old Pine”) dance sequence.

Sunday, September 30: Introduction to Noh with a performance from the play, Hanjo (“Lady Ban”)

 6-8 pm @ Portland Art Museum, Fields Sunken Ballroom
(doors opens at 5:30)

  • Tickets required. Please follow this link to register for tickets. Please print out the registration and bring it with you to the event.
  • Introduction to Noh staging and performance, including demonstrations of chanting and costuming. The workshop will culminate in a performance of excerpts from Lady Ban (a tale of true love between a courtesan and courtier).


Monday, October 1: Haseltine Lecture on Noh costume (sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture)

  • 5-6:30 pm @ Redwood Auditorium, EMU
  • Presentation on Noh costumes, culminating in a costuming demonstration (kitsuke). We will discuss history, materials and designs of a Noh costume.

Tuesday, October 2: Introduction to Noh with performance from the plays, Hanjo (“Lady Ban”) and Tsuchigumo (“Earth Spider”)

 5-7 pm @ Redwood Auditorium, EMU

  • Introduction to Noh history and performance, culminating in a performance of excerpts from the plays Lady Ban—a tale of true love between a courtesan and courtier—and Earth Spider, an exciting warrior tale of vanquishing a monstrous spider.

This series of workshops is made possible through generous support from the following: Takashi Takeda Memorial Nohgaku Foundation, the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center, the Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Fund in Art History, and the Yoko McClain Fund at the University of Oregon; a Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture from the Los Angeles Office of the Japan Foundation; and the Portland Art Museum.

Videos of the Noh experience can be found at

June 26, 2018

Building Osaka Conference Abstracts

This packet contains abstracts for all presentations at the “Building Osaka: Urban Dynamics Across Fifteen Centuries” conference at the UO on June 26-28, 2018. The main conference page can be found here, and additional related readings on Osaka are here.

June 17, 2018

Building Osaka Conference Related Readings

June 10, 2018

Building Osaka: Urban Dynamics Across Fifteen Centuries





Please join us at our international conference on June 26-28, 2018.

Conference Schedule:

June 26, 2018 – Gerlinger Lounge

8:30 am: Welcome Remarks

9:00 am – 11:30 am: Panel I: Naniwa and Ancient Periods

“5世紀に始まる難波の都市的発展 Naniwa’s Development as an Urban Center from the 5th Century.” Naofumi Kishimoto, Osaka City University

“日本古代の国家形成と大阪湾岸 State Formation in Ancient Japan and the Ōsaka Bay Coast.” Akira Furuichi, Kobe University

“Relic-texts, Sages and Vows: Shitennōji in Ancient and Medieval Japan.” Michael Como, Columbia University

“Through Time and Space: Symbolic Function of Minituarization in Ōda Haiji Reliquary Set 時空を超えて:太田廃寺出土舎利容器にみられるミニチュア化の象徴性.” Akiko Walley, University of Oregon

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel II: Late Medieval and Early Modern Transition Era

“大阪地域の流通‧都市の変容と宗教、武家” The Impact on Religion and Warriors of the Transformations in Trade and Cities in the Ōsaka Region.” Hiroshi Niki, Osaka City University

“中世天王寺の空間構造と寺院社会 Spatial Structure and Social Dynamics of Medieval Tennōji Temple and Its Surrounds.” Ken’ichi Osawa, Osaka Museum of History

“Becoming an Urban Doctor: Medicines, Patients, and Social Networks in the Ōsaka Tenma Honganji jinai Temple District, 1586-1587 町医になる:大阪天満本願寺寺内に於ける薬剤、患者、と社会ネットワーク、天正14-15年間を中心に.” Andrew Edmund Goble, University of Oregon

“Rennyo and Osaka: Beyond ‘Elite’ versus ‘Common’.” Mark Unno, University of Oregon


June 27, 2018 – Gerlinger Lounge

8: 30 am – 11:30 am: Panel III: Early Modern Period

“近世大阪の薬種流通 The Trade in Medicines in Early Modern Ōsaka.” Watanabe Sachiko, Independent Scholar

“In Osaka they do not understand it but they enjoy it anyway: Kyokutei Bakin, Edo popular fiction, and the Osaka publishing world.” Glynne Walley, University of Oregon

“近世日本の都市と農村-大阪と和泉 Early Modern Japanese Cities and Villages – a Look at Ōsaka and Izumi.” Takashi Tsukada, Osaka City University

“Rulings on Tokugawa Status Infringements and Local Governing Practices in Early Meiji Ōsaka Court Records.” Timothy Amos, National University of Singapore

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel IV: Meiji Period to the Present

‘近代大阪の民衆世界と都市社会構造 The Commoner World of Modern Ōsaka and the Structure of Urban Society.” Ashita Saga, Osaka City University

“’Who Owns Ōsaka?’ The Production of Space and Architecture in the Modern City.” Jeffrey Hanes, University of Oregon

“Adapting Ōsaka: The Makioka Sisters on Film.” Michael Cronin, College of William and Mary

“Ōsaka dialect as a semiotic clue: Affective fathers speak (fake) Ōsaka dialect! 大阪弁と父親像.” Cindi SturtzSreetharan, Arizona State University and Kaori Idemaru, University of Oregon


June 28, 2018 – Knight Library 267B

9:00- 10:30 am: Panel V: Osaka Connections: Past and Present

“Commerce and Collector Communities: Nōsatsu Networks in Greater Taisho Osaka, 1910 to 1930商人社会の趣味人コミュニティー:大正大大阪時代の納札ネットワーク(1910 ~ 1930年頃).” Kevin McDowell, University of Oregon and Kumiko McDowell, University of Oregon

“Osaka, Second Cities, and the New Urban History 大阪、 いわゆる第二都市の研究、と新たな都市史の最前観点. Louise Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison


For readings related to urban dynamics in Osaka, please follow this link. For a collection of conference abstracts, please follow this link.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Department of History, Jeremiah Lecture Series, Asian Studies Program, Yoko McClain Lecture Series for Japanese Studies, Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Northeast Asia Council.

April 20, 2018

Beyond the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics, Society, and Culture


Behind the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics, Society, and Culture
One-Day Workshop and Film Screening
Part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of UO’s Asian Studies Program

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm: Film Screening of “Comrade Kim Goes Flying”
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:45 am: “Behind the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics,
Society, and Culture” Workshop
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Hall

Thursday, May 3, 2018: “Comrade Kim Goes Flying”
Screening of the 2012 film “Comrade Kim Goes Flying” filmed entirely in North Korea. The film tells the story of a young coal miner and her dreams of becoming an acrobat. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring

Sangita Gopal, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, UO
Dong Hoon Kim, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, UO
Immanuel Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies, Binghamton University

Friday, May 4, 2018: “Behind the Headlines” Workshop
North Korea is much in the news these days, yet the country remains mysterious to most Americans. This one-day workshop brings world-renowned experts on North Korea to the UO campus, giving the public an opportunity to learn what’s behind the headlines and how to interpret the ongoing tensions between North Korea and the international community.

8:45 am: Introduction and Welcome Address

9:00 am: Keynote Address: “Three Extraordinary Things That Are Common between Two Korean Societies” by Heonik Kwon, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

10:30 am: Historical and Comparative Perspectives of Politics
Chair: Han Yong Sup, Vice President and Professor, Korean National Defense University

Youngjun Kim, Professor, Korean National Defense University: “Origins of North Korean Garrison State and the Making of the North Korean Middle Class”

Tuong Vu, Professor, Political Science, UO: “The North Korean Revolution in Comparative Perspective”

1:15 pm: Domestic and International Dynamics
Chair: Jane Cramer, Associate Professor, Political Science, UO

Hyung Gu Lynn, Professor, AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research, University of British Columbia: “Past Presents: North Korea’s History-Based Policies”

Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University: “The Art of the Deal with North Korea: The Case for Engagement”

2:15 pm: Society and Culture
Chair: HyeRyoung Ok, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communications, UO

Sandra Fahy, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University: “The State as Ventriloquist: North Korea’s Ersatz Civil Society and Human Rights”

Dafna Zur, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University: “Making Science Moral in Postwar North Korean Youth Culture”

3:45 pm: Arts and Media
Chair: Jina Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College/UO Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Dong Hoon Kim, Associate Professor, UO Cinema Studies: “Between Self-reliance and Globalism: North Korean Cinema on a Global Stage”

Immanuel Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University: “I Spy a Spy: Social Anxiety in North Korean Comedy Film Boasting Too Much”

September 29, 2017

2016-17 Events

Spring Term


Sinophonic Detours
E. K. Tan, State University of New York
Yu-ting Huang, Amherst College
Brian Bernards, University of Southern California
Alison Groppe, University of Oregon
Friday, May 19, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm
Alumni Lounge, Gerlinger Hall




South Korean Democracy and What It Needs Next Week: A Digital Rights Activist’s Point of View
Kyung-Sin Park
Professor at Korea University Law School and Executive Director at Open Net Korea
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Crater Lake North Room, EMU
4:00 p.m.



Buddhist Experience in Modern Japanese Religion and Philosophy
Keynote Speakers:
Bret Davis, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University in Maryland.
Melissa Anne-Marie Curley, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Studies
Friday, April 21,2017  4:00 pm
129 McKenzie Hall
Saturday, April 22, 2017  9:30am – 3:30pm
375 McKenzie Hall


Making Mao: History, Memory, and the Meaning of a World Figure
Timothy Cheek
Professor and Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research Institute of Asian Research and Department of History , University of British Columbia
Thursday, April 20,2017
Knight Library Browsing Room
12:00 p.m.




The Origins of Japanese American Literature are Queer and Mixed
Andrew Leong
Assistant Professor of English, Northwestern University
Monday, April 17, 2017
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30 p.m.




Winter Term



Design and Demonstration: Edo-Period Culture and Society through the Lens of Senshafuda
Masaya Takiguchi
Faculty of Arts and Literature, Seiko University
Friday, March 10, 2017
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 p.m.




The Building Blocks of Masculine Desirability: Semiotic Partials, Dialect, and Affect
Cindi SturtzSreetharan
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Thursday, March 2, 2017
175 McKenzie Hall
3:00 p.m.




Writing the Fukushima Disaster
Furukawa Hideo, award-winning Japanese author
Doug Slaymaker, Professor of Japanese, University of Kentucky
Monday, February 20, 2017
Knight Library Browsing Room
6:00 p.m.



Glossolalia and Cacophony in South Korea
Nicholas Harkness, John L. Loeb
Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 p.m.





Comparing Early Empires: Rome and China
Michael Nylan, Professor of History
University of California at Berkeley
Friday, February 10, 2017
Crater Lake North Room, Erb Memorial Union
4:00 p.m.





Found in Translation
Ken Tadashi Oshima,
Department of Architecture, University of Washington
Friday, February 10, 2017
125 McKenzie Hall
11:30 a.m.




Godzilla; Cool Japan, and the Making of a Global Icon
William Tsutsui, President and Professor of History, Hendrix College
Friday, February 3, 2017
125 McKenzie Hall
1:30 a.m.





Why I Have Failed: Reflections on Translating the Zuozhuan
Stephen Durrant, Professor Emeritus, Chinese Literature Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm



Fall Term


CAPS reception card 2015


CAPS Reception
Friday, November 4th, 2016
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Papé Reception Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art




mcclain-shibasaki-october-13-2016The Literature of Location
Bilingual Reading in English and Japanese by
Shibasaki Tomoka with introduction by
Kendall Heitzman, University of Iowa
October 13, 2016
Crater Lake North, EMU
2:00 pm



Film Screening: A Day on the Planet

(Japanese with English subtitles)
October 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm
132 Global Scholars Hall
Companion to The Literature of Location event (see above)




China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
featuring Henry Kissinger via webcast
Live speaker: Dr. Kristen McDonald
October 18, 2016
110 Knight Law Center
4:00 pm



china-now-film-screenings-october-20-2016China Now: Independent Visions
Films introduced by Shelly Kracier,
China film curator
October 20 and 21, 2016
Ford Lecture Hall, JSMA
Films starting at 2:30 on Thursday
and 2:00 on Friday
See link for full schedule


August 14, 2017

New Political Realities in East Asia

New Political Realities in East Asia
Professional Development Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
White Stag Block, UO Portland, Room 346

This one-day workshop is aimed at faculty who are interested in developing curriculum that incorporates aspects of contemporary politics in East Asia into their courses. The workshop provides a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the current political situations in China, Japan, and Korea. Speakers will provide approachable topics with examples, and the workshop schedule allows ample time for questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies.

New Political Realities in East Asia 

Presented by the UO Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and Title VI National Resource Center for East Asian Studies (NRC)

9:30 am: Opening remarks by Jeffrey Hanes, Director CAPS and NRC; Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon

9:45 am: Participant introductions

10:00 am: Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Portland State University. “East Asia Hot Spots: North Korea and the South China Sea.” 
This talk will examine the North Korea nuclear issue and the South China Sea dispute from the perspective of all the major players, particularly the US, China, and the two Koreas, and Japan. Equal attention will be given to the background and evolution of the issue, and to possible paths to conflict management.

11:30 am: Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Lewis and Clark College. “Causes and Consequences of Globalization: East Asia and the U.S.”
This talk will explore the forces that shaped contemporary globalization dynamics and the resulting new international division of labor, with special emphasis on East Asia and the United States. It will highlight the ways in which the economic contradictions and imbalances generated by the globalization process led to the “Great Recession” and the current weak global recovery. It will also discuss the implications of the sustained slowdown in international economic trade and growth for working people in East Asia and the United States.

12:50 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm: Tuong Vu, Director, Asian Studies Program; Professor, Political Science, University of Oregon. “East Asia’s New Nationalism: Causes and Consequences for Peace and Development.” 

This talk will discuss the rise of a new nationalism following the end of the Cold War in Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. It will focus on the causes of this region-wide phenomenon and its consequences for peace and development in the region.

3:30 pm: Lee Rumbarger, Director, Teaching Engagement Program, University of Oregon. “Designing Student Learning Experiences.”
In this interactive session, we’ll consider how to incorporate this year’s workshop theme into future and existing courses. What are your goals for student learning? How can you create compelling entry points, assessments, and occasions to deepen student reflection and learning? We’ll sketch a module or unit and brainstorm ways to make what you’re discussing as faculty experts come alive for your students in the classroom.

4:50 pm: Closing Remarks by Jeffrey Hanes, Director CAPS and NRC; Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon

November 4, 2016

Best Lecture Series


CAPS is developing a Best Lecture Series website as a resource for those interested in East Asia. These talks are designed to be short introductions to subjects, but with enough detail to spark an interest in the viewer. We are recording talks by faculty, visiting scholars, and invited speakers. These talks, depending on the topic, level, and language, are intended for use in university and college classrooms, foreign language classes, K-12 classes and by the general public.

If you are interested in giving a Best Lecture talk, please email Holly Lakey at with your idea. We will book studio time and pay for recording, as well as provide the speaker with a small stipend. If you have a East Asia live event coming up and think it might fit as a Best Lecture event, let Holly know. And keep checking back at the Best Lecture website here for updates.

February 23, 2016

2018‒2019 Japan America Friendship Fund Scholarship


The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is please to offer multiple Japanese America Friendship Fund Scholarships to students who are planning to study in Japan during the summer 2018 and for the coming school year. The Japan America Friendship Fund is a travel scholarship intended to provide assistance for students who will study Japanese language and culture in country. By so doing, they will be participating in sustaining and improving Japanese/American relations and understanding. This fund is made possible by the generosity of the late University of Oregon Professor Emerita, Yoko McClain.


To be eligible for a Japanese America Friendship Fund Scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

1) Candidates must be U.S. Citizens.

2) Candidates must be majoring or minoring in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL).

3) Candidates must have applied to study abroad in Japan for summer 2018 or for the coming school year. When you apply for this scholarship, you donʼt need to have been accepted yet.

Award and Requirements:

1) The recipients, who study abroad for at least one academic term, will be awarded $2000 each. Those students who study abroad for more than a single academic term are eligible to receive $3000 each. No student will be awarded more than $3000 in a single application cycle. The application cycle is from summer to spring each year.

2) To be considered as a candidate for the Japan America Friendship Fund, the applicants will submit the following document via email to Miku Fukasaku by Friday, April 20, 2018: (a) a completed application form (b) language reference form filled out by the instructor of your most recently completed (and graded) Japanese language class.

3) EALL faculty will select the recipients based on their classroom performance and other pertinent factors.

4) The recipients will submit proof of acceptance of the program abroad before receiving the scholarship.

5) Upon completion of their program, the recipients will each turn in a one or two page report reflecting their experiences along with some photos and give a short presentation on their experiences.

If you have any questions, please contact Miku Fukasaku (

Japan America Friendship Fund Application

Japan America Friendship Fund Reference Form

Japan American Friendship Fund Announcement

February 11, 2016

Wegmann Scholarship for Chinese Studies

This scholarship supports undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Chinese and accepted to a University of Oregon-sponsored study abroad program in China or Taiwan. The scholarship may be used to assist students with all standard educational expenses including tuition, fees, books, miscellaneous supplies, room and board, and travel associated with the study abroad experience.

Scholarship Criteria:
-Undergraduate standing
-Study of Chinese
-Academic merit
-Students must have completed at least 1 year of Chinese language study
-Students must be accepted to a UO-sponsored study abroad program in China or Taiwan for a minimum of 6 months of study
*Preference will be given to Oregon residents and Chinese majors.

Deadline for Fall 2016: April 1, 2016
Deadline for Winter/Spring 2017: October 1, 2016

For more information about study abroad programs in China and Taiwan, and to apply for the Wegmann scholarship, please see the Global Education Oregon website here.

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