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October 8, 2018

Studying Republican Vietnam: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects

Studying Republican Vietnam
Hotel and Travel Logistics
Call for Papers
Conference Schedule

Studying Republican Vietnam
October 14-15, 2019  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Redwood Auditorium, EMU, UO Campus

The National Assembly of the Republic of Vietnam, Saigon

Scholarly interest in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) has surged in the last decade. The conventional wisdom in Western scholarship until recently was closely in line with communist propaganda, either ignoring the RVN or portraying it as an American creation in the US global struggle against communism. In this narrative, the government led by Ho Chi Minh and his successors represented the true aspirations of most Vietnamese, while the RVN had little domestic legitimacy. The conflict in Vietnam during 1955-1975 was less a civil war than an American war against the Vietnamese nation as a whole.

Saigon, October 26, 1956, National Day in the Republic of Vietnam

The recently expanding interest in Republican Vietnam stems from a combination of newly available sources since the late 1990s and the emergence of a younger generation of historians less shackled by the biases of the previous generation. The new scholarship rejects the old binary of communists-as-patriots versus anticommunists-as-collaborators. Communism is treated as merely one of many political tendencies in modern Vietnam and had no more inherent legitimacy than its rivals. Republican, monarchist and anticommunist ideologies and organizations are given full agency as agents of history who contributed to the evolution of contemporary Vietnam despite their eventual defeat at the hands of the communists. In the new scholarship, the conflicts between and within North and South Vietnam were at the core civil wars whose origins can be traced back to the 1920s’ clashes in colonial Vietnam among republican, communist, monarchist and other ideas.

The events that transpired since 1975 left behind legacies as complicated as the war itself. After its military victory, the communist regime sought to eradicate any traces of the RVN by imprisoning its former personnel, nationalizing its capitalist economy, and suppressing its lively culture and robust civil society. Unwilling or unable to bear the hardship, persecution, and communist dictatorship, hundreds of thousands fled Vietnam, creating the largest exodus in the country’s history. Among what the diaspora carried with it to foreign shores were certain Republican values, memories of the RVN, and the trauma of life under communism.  Among South Vietnamese who stayed behind, the legacies persisted and re-emerged in various aspects when the regime was forced to accept market reform in the late 1980s.

A street scene in Saigon, c. 1967

Republican Vietnam is a broad subject, extending through the 20th century and beyond. The issues range from the spread of Republican ideas to French Indochina at the turn of the century to the memories of the RVN among the diaspora and the resurgence of Republican values in Vietnam today, and everything in between.

Studying Republican Vietnam Conference
University of Oregon
October 14-15, 2019

Attendees of the conference will be staying at the Phoenix Inn, just a few blocks from the UO campus. Rooms have already been booked for invited speakers. Your stay includes free wifi, use of the facilities (fitness room, pool, business center) and a complimentary hot breakfast.

Eugene Airport Transportation
The Phoenix Hotel provides an airport shuttle that runs from 7:00 am to 1:00 am every day. The shuttle requires scheduling in advance. If you have not yet provided your travel details to the organizers, please send them to Holly Lakey (lakey [at] so that we can add you to the shuttle list. If you are traveling outside the shuttle hours, we will arrange alternate transportation as needed.

Meals will be provided to invited speakers during the conference. If you have any special dietary needs/restrictions, please notify Holly Lakey (lakey [at] so we can ensure you will be accommodated.

We invite proposals from US, international and Vietnam-based scholars to address the following questions and topics:

  • Vietnamese republicanism: its character, history, evolution, current status, and historical relations to communism and monarchism
  • The RVN’s life and legacies: political, security, economic, social, cultural, religious and educational institutions and policies under the RVN
  • The experience of the RVN in nation-building and in the struggle for democratic rule and constitutional order compared with other postcolonial contexts
  • The evolution of Republican ideas, leaderships, and institutions from the First Republic (1955-63) to the Interregnum (1963-67) to the Second Republic (1967-75)
  • The significance of the Republican experience in Vietnamese history; lessons from that experience
  • Parallels between the civil wars of 20th-century Vietnam and earlier civil wars in Vietnamese history
  • Historiography of the RVN: in today’s Vietnam, in foreign scholarship, among the diaspora
  • Anticommunism in Vietnam and among the diaspora abroad: its main themes and organizations; its relationship with republicanism
  • The diaspora: political, economic, cultural, religious, and educational organizations; issues of trauma, memories, and identity
  • The study of the RVN and Vietnamese republicanism: challenges and prospects

Please submit your paper proposals by March 1st, 2019 to Tuong Vu, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon, at Authors whose proposals are selected will be notified by April 15th, 2019. A draft of proposed papers is due by August 15th.

Paper presenters will be provided with funds for travel and accommodation during the Workshop. We expect to edit and publish workshop papers with a university press.

This is the tenative schedule and may be subject to change.

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September 25, 2018

2017-18 Events

Summer Term


Building Osaka: Urban Dynamics Across Fifteen Centuries


June 26-28, 2018  Gerlinger Lounge and Knight Library
For full schedule and details, please follow this link.

Spring Term

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Vital Voices: Languages and Cultures from Around the World
Engage with linguists and community members about endangered languages
Frybread taco sale & silent auction benefit NILI Summer Institute scholarship fund
Many Nations Longhouse
6:30 pm




Thursday, May 3, 2018
Film Screening: “Comrade Kim Goes Flying”
2012 North Korean comedy
Discussion panel following screening
Part of “Behind the Headlines”
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Ford Hall
5:00 pm




Friday, May 4, 2018
Behind the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics, Society, and Culture
One-day workshop featuring keynote and several panels
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Hall
8:45 am – 5:30 pm
See link for full schedule








Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Tibetan Buddhism in the World
May 14th at 7:00 pm in Lillis 182
May 15th at 12:00 pm in PLC 159


Winter Term


Thursday, March 1, 2018
Vertical Living: A Catalyst for Women’s Liberation in Postwar Japan
Barbara Sato, Professor Emerita of History, Seikei University
Lillis 185, 12:00 pm





Friday, March 16, 2018 – RESCHEDULED for MAY 3, 2018
Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest
Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Portland State University
Knight Library Browsing Room, 7:00 pm



Thursday, April 5, 2018
Law, Politics, and Impeachment in South Korea: President Park Geun-Hye’s Case in Comparative Perspective
The Honorable Tae Sup Keum
Congressman of the 20th National Assembly, Republic of Korea
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm





Friday, April 6, 2018
China and the West before the ‘Silk Routes’: Cultural Contacts, 2000-100 BCE

Lothar von Falkenhausen, Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History, University of California Los Angeles
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm




Fall Term



Putting China in the World:
From Universal Theory to Contextual Theorizing
John Agnew, Department of Geography
University of California Los Angeles
106 Condon Hall
September 28, 2017
4:00 pm




Repackaging Early-Modern Play for the Modern (Wartime) Day
Matthew Shores, Visiting Professor of Japanese
University of Colorado Boulder
145 Straub Hall
October 20, 2017
5:00 pm




The Politics of Concern: Global Maoism and Asian Studies in the Long Sixties
Fabio Lanza, Associate Professor of History
University of Arizona
166 Lawrence Hall
November 9, 2017
3:30 pm




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

3:30-5:30 pm @ Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
(doors open at 3:00)

  • 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 Sesshohseki (“Death Stone”)

 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 Death Stone, a tale of a possessed stone that ends life.

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’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; the Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Fund in Art History; 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, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.

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.

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