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October 20, 2015

Chinese Culture on a Global Stage

CAPS Chinese Culture poster

Saturday, October 24th

Chinese Culture on a Global Stage

A symposium in honor of Wendy Larson

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1:00 – 4:30 pm



Symposium Program

1:00 pm
Welcome Remarks
Bryna Goodman, Professor of Chinese History, University of Oregon

1:10 pm
“The Obscure Face of Modernity in Early 20th-Century Chinese Literature,” Theodore Huters, Professor Emeritus, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA

1:45 pm 
Filial Piety in Motion: From Mother Love to Spiritual Love in Modernizing China,” Maram Epstein, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon

2:20 pm 
“The Measure of Mind: Interiority and Internationalism in Wendy Larson’s Work,” Roy Chan, Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon

2:55-3:05 pm
Coffee Break

3:05 pm 
“‘The Women’s Voice’: The Chinese Independent Feminist Movement,” Rui Shen, Associate Professor of Chinese and Director of the Chinese Studies Program, Morehouse College

3:40 pm 
“Tak tahu cakap, Ah! Awak apa bangsa? Cina, bukan? [Can’t you speak, Ah! What ethnicity are you? Chinese, no? ]: Representing the Sinophone Truly in Tsai Ming-liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (黑眼圈)  Pheng Cheah,Chair of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Professor of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

4:15 pm
Closing Remarks
Steve Durrant, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon

This event is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and is cosponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies, and the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies.  For more information, please call 541-346-1521.

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


September 14, 2015

South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) 2016, UO-Portland

CAPS SACPAN Jeremiah-Riaz Poster

The University of Oregon will host the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) on February 5-6, 2016 at the UO White Stag Building in Portland, Oregon.

Following on the successes of previous SACPAN meetings, we invite faculty and graduate students from UW, UBC, UO, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Reed College, Lewis and Clark and area institutions to informally outline on-going, evolving, and new research on South Asia and its diasporas. We have two types of presentation formats; individual presenters and organized panels. Each presenter will get 15 minutes to present their research. Organized panels will be in a roundtable format that leaves more time for discussion of critical issues.

  • Each session will have 15 minutes dedicated to comments from the audience
  • For organized panels, panel chairs may include a discussant as part of the panel
  • Individual paper presenters will be grouped thematically
  • Each session will run for 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • We encourage lively collegial critique and feedback



Press Release
South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest 2016

Forum Location
The University of Oregon White Stag Building is located at 70 NW Couch Street in the Old Town Chinatown Historic District. The entire conference will take place in this building. Check-in will begin at 3:30pm outside of room 142/144.


This event is cosponsored by the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, and the University of British Columbia.  For more information, please call Jonathon Campbell at 541-346-5068 or

Conference Pictures

August 19, 2015

2014-15 Events

2014-15 Events

Spring Term

CAPS Lim-Jong Poster

Thursday, April 9, 2015
“South Korea as the World’s Most Wired Nation: Its Digital Democracy as a Real-Life Case Study”
by Jo Jong, Seoul National University School of Law, Korea
110 Knight Law Center
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.



CAPS Jeremiah-Adams Poster
Monday, April 20, 2015
“Contemporary Human Rights Challenges in Asia”
Brad Adams, Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
Oak Room, EMU
3:00 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Perry Poster
Saturday, April 25, 2015
“China’s Higher Education Reform: A New Great Leap Forward?”
Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University
White Stag Building, Room 142/144 (Portland)
4:15 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Pepinsky poster
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
“The Problem with Peripheries: Lessons from Southeast Asia and Beyond”
Thomas B. Pepinsky, Cornell University
Browsing Room, Knight Library
12:00 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Majumdar Poster
Thursday, May 7, 2015
“The Indian History of a Global Category”
Dr. Rochona Majumdar, University of Chicago
Gerlinger Lounge
3:00 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Takamiya Poster

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
“The Prehistory of the Ryukyu Archipelago in Japan, with a Special Focus on Discoveries from Amami and Okinawa”
Professor Hiroto Takamiya, Research Center for Pacific Islands, Kagoshima University
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:00 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Holden Poster
Tuesday, May 26, 2014
“Divorce (Khul) at the Women’s Initiative in Pakistan and in the Diaspora”
Dr. Livia Holden, Karakoram International University, Pakistan
110 Knight Law Library
4:00 pm




Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015
“Japanese and Korean Mediascapes: Youth, Popular Culture, and Nation”
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
For more information, [click here.]



Winter Term

CAPS Ancient China Poster


February 13-14, 2015
Ancient China: Texts, Traditions, and Transformations
A symposium in honor of Steven Durrant
For conference program, [click here].




CAPS Jeremiah-Rymeski Poster

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
“Bhutan: Can Happiness Sustain Tourism?”
by Jay Rymeski
375 McKenzie Hall
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Griffen Poster


Friday, February 27, 2015
Jeremiah Lecture Series
“‘Ping Pong Diplomacy’: Mao, Nixon and the Art of Soft Power”
by Nicholas Griffin
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm

Fall Term

CAPS reception card 2015


Friday, October 3, 2014
CAPS/Asian Studies Annual Reception
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art 

Papé Reception Hall
3:00 – 5:00 pm




Monday, October 6, 2014

Jeremiah Lecture
“Linguistic Politeness in Korean: Phonetics and Multimodality”
Bodo Winter,  University of California, Merced
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30-5:30 pm


Friday, October 10, 2014
Conference: Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia
Many Nations Longhouse
9:00 am – 5 pm
For conference schedule please [click here].




CAPS Lim-Robinson Poster

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lecture: Moral Society and Amoral State: Political/Social Controversies in South Korea
Michael Robinson, Indiana University
McKenzie Hall, Room 375
12:00 pm



October 25-26, 2014
Conference: China in Asia: Historical Connections and Contemporary Engagement
Alumni Lounge, Gerlinger Hall
Oct 25: 9:00am – 5pm
Oct 26: 9:00am – 1pm
For the full conference schedule please [click here].

CAPS Vietnam poster
November 5-8, 2014

Conference: Engaging with Vietnam
EMU Ballroom
For more information about registering please [click here].




CAPS City in S. Asia Poster

November 13-14, 2014
Conference: The City in South Asia and Its Transnational Connections
Knight Library, Browsing Room
Nov 13: 11:00am – 4pm
Nov 14: 10:00am – 5:30pm
For the full conference schedule please [click here].




CAPS Jeremiah-Kern Poster

Friday, December 5, 2014
Lecture: Comix East and West?! The Shocking Transnational Affair of Japanese and Euro-American Comics (And Their Manga, Manhwa, Manhua Lovechildren)
Adam Kern, Professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Browsing Room, Knight Library
1:00 pm

August 17, 2015

Cultivating Korea: Enriching East Asian Curriculum with Korean Studies

Workshop: Cultivating Korea: Enriching East Asian Curriculum with Korean Studies

Friday, August 21st, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm
White Stag Block, UO Portland

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This one day workshop is aimed at faculty who are interested in developing curriculum that incorporates Korean Studies into East Asian coursework. The workshop will provide a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the subject, with thoughts and examples that can be brought into the classroom. Speakers will explore Korea through the lenses of history, language, cinema, arts and culture.

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


Workshop Schedule:

10 am: Opening Remarks (Lucien Brown, University of Oregon)

10:10 am: “Broad Palette, Complicated Design: Teaching Large Ideas Using the Korean Historical Experience” Michael Robinson (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University)

11:40 am: “Language, Ideology, and Power in the Two Koreas” Lucien Brown (East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon)

1:10 pm: Lunch Break

1:50 pm: “History from Things: Korean Culture Reflected in Art” Anne Rose Kitagawa (Chief Curator, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon)

3:20 pm: “Korean Cinema, Cinematic Korea: Nation, History, Culture” Dong Hoon Kim (East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon)

4:50 pm: Closing Remarks (Anne Rose Kitagawa, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art)


Further updates to this page will include links to content. Please check back after the event.

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


February 27, 2015

UO-Karakoram International University Partnership


Purpose of the Project

As a U.S. State Department grant funded project, the primary goal is to foster a partnership that aims to promote academic interchange between Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit, Pakistan and the University of Oregon (UO) by bringing faculty members into conversation about research and teaching, especially regarding innovative curricular development at KIU in environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Project Activities

Over the course of three years:

  • Five groups of four KIU faculty members each will spend approximately three months at the UO. During this time, they will focus on working with UO research and teaching faculty, as well as professional development staff on curriculum development and academic scholarship
  • In turn, five groups of UO faculty members and professional development staff each will spend approximately two weeks at KIU working with teaching faculty and professional development staff to review curricular and program developments
  • Establish an interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Sustainability; this may be incorporated into the existing IMARC (Integrated Mountain Area Research Centre) but with a distinct mandate
  • Establish a Teaching Effectiveness program and an English institute to assist KIU faculty as part of establishing a Continuing Faculty Professional Development Center
  • Explore possibilities to establish a Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship at KIU
  • Develop and enhance library resources at KIU to increase access to information for students and faculty
  • Provide funding for professional equipment as identified in the course of the partnership

All exchanges will explore potential research collaborations. The Partnership will strive to develop enduring academic and institutional relationships that will persist after the grant period concludes.

For more details, click here to read the official project announcement.

Join our Facebook page to follow our activities and events! We are regularly updating with pictures and posts on our most recent activity.

To find out more about KIU, visit their website.


February 5, 2015

Re-Inventing Japan: University Stimulation of Local Economies in Japan and the US

New International Summer Opportunity for Students!

Re-Inventing Japan:  University Stimulation of Local Economies in Japan and the US

June 22 – July 17, 2015
Eugene, Oregon and Akita, Japan


Akita Mountain VillageOverview

In this collaborative, intercultural program, an elite group of UO students will team up with select students from Akita International University (AIU) in Japan for 4 weeks (2 weeks in Oregon and 2 weeks in Japan) to explore the history, development, present status, and future of local contributions of universities in Akita and Oregon to local economies.  Students will participate in lectures, field research, and analysis in Oregon and Japan, culminating in a formal, public presentation based on their comparative study.  For program information and to see a detailed course syllabus please follow this link.

This program is ideal for undergraduate or graduate students interested in Business, Economics, Political Science, Asian Studies, or International Studies.  While there are no prerequisites, students must have strong analytical and research skills.  Knowledge of Japan and Japanese language is helpful, but not required.

The program will be led by two faculty members, Tetsuya Toyoda from Akita International University (International Law) and Jeff Stolle from the University of Oregon (Management), and will be managed by the UO’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.



  • Akita International University (AIU: Kokusai Kyoyo Daigaku in Japanese) is a small, English-speaking, liberal arts college founded in 2004.  Because of its highly globalized curriculum, it attracts competitive students from all over Japan.
  • Funded by the Japan Ministry of Education and Akita International University, students from Akita International University and the University of Oregon will work on international teams on an interdisciplinary topic.  It will give them hands-on experience working in an international setting, both in Oregon and in Japan.
  • Students will gain valuable skills in international teamwork, research, and presentations through an intensive research project.
  • The Oregon session will include a two-day trip to Portland for business and government visits.



The Oregon portion will be held on the UO campus from June 22 – July 4.  There will be a two-day trip to Portland on June 25-26. The Japan portion will be held in Akita, Japan, from July 5 – July 17.

Akita is the capital city of Akita Prefecture, located in the Tōhoku region of Japan.  It takes about one hour by airplane or four hours by train to get to Akita from Tokyo.  The local economy is principally agricultural, including fishing, forestry and rice farming.  It is famous for its sake and has hundreds of hot springs (onsen).


Registration and Credits

Students participating in this program will be registered and will receive 4 credits from Akita International University.


Application Process:

To be considered, all applications need to submit the following:

  1. An application form, found here:  AIU-UO Program Application
  2. UO Transcripts
  3. The names and phone numbers of three references

Please bring in a hardcopy of the application to the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, located in 110 Gerlinger Hall. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on March 2, 2015.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students across majors and fields at the UO as well as other universities. To be eligible, students must have by departure:

  • an overall GPA of 3.3 or above
  • completed at least 45 credits (freshman year complete)
  • no Japanese language required, though knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese is preferred

Students must also make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university and the University of Oregon.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, please contact Lori O’Hollaren before applying.


Selection and Participation

Participants must meet the eligibility requirements for their chosen program, and be prepared academically and socially to succeed in an intensive, international and intercultural program.  Participants must satisfactorily complete the following:

  • well-written program application
  • interview process for finalists (week of March 9th)
  • timely submission of required paperwork
  • attendance at pre-departure orientation sessions
  • payment of program fees

Program participants must also demonstrate the ability to be successful overseas through evidence of maturity, motivation, and flexibility, and such other characteristics as the selection committee deems relevant.


Program Details

Summer 2015: June 22 to July 17, 2015



While in Eugene, no accommodations will be provided to UO students.  When in Japan, local housing will be provided on the AIU campus.  Students are responsible for their own meals (approximately $200 for 2 weeks in Japan).  The program will cover the 2 nights in Portland on June 25-26 for a field trip.


Financial Information

The program will cover the following expenses:

  • Round-trip airfare to Japan
  • AIU tuition and fees
  • Shared hotel accommodations in Portland, Oregon for two nights


UO students are required to cover:

  • A $1500 Program Fee*
  • Lodging and meals while in Eugene
  • Books and materials (approximately $50)
  • Meals while in Japan (approximately $200)
  • Personal expenses

*Scholarships of up to $500 will be available.  Please see application for details.


Further Information

Lori O’Hollaren, 110 Gerlinger Hall, 541-346-1521,

Jeff Stolle, 428 Lillis Hall, 541-684-3800,

January 27, 2015

English Language Proficiency Verification

You will need to verify your English language proficiency is sufficient enough to successfully participate in your program and to function on a day-to-day basis. It may be verified and documented in one of the following two ways:


  • a signed letter from your home institution stating that you are an employee at the institution, and English is the language you teaches , or conduct research or business on a day-to-day basis This is a sample letter; Please feel free to use it if it works for you. Foreign Institutiuon English Language Proficiency Verification[1]


Once I get all of this information, I will submit the papers to our office of International Affairs.  They will issue the J-1 paperwork, which I will then send to you.  Please let me know which address is best to use for Federal Express delivery.

January 16, 2015

Conference: Ancient China: Texts, Traditions and Transformations

CAPS Ancient China Poster

Ancient China: Texts, Traditions, and Transformations

A Symposium in Honor of Stephen W. Durrant

This symposium brings together colleagues, research associates, and former graduate students to present research on early Chinese literature and culture in honor of Dr. Stephen W. Durrant’s long career. The Symposium will begin on Friday, February 13th with a public lecture by Dr. Wendy Larson, (Professor Emeritus, East Asian Languages and Literatures), followed on Saturday, February 14th with nine research presentations by scholars in the field of Chinese Studies on topics including paleography, textual study and criticism, historiography, Manchu studies, narrative, and cultural studies.


Friday, February 13

Keynote Lecture
Knight Library Browsing Room
5:00 pm (Reception to Follow)

“Every Day in Every Way: Optimism in 1950s China and America”
Wendy Larson, University of Oregon

Saturday, February 14

Symposium Papers
Gerlinger Lounge
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am
Welcome Remarks

9:15 am
“A Publicly Posted Document from the Xin Period”
Charles Sanft, University of Tennessee

10:00 am
“Harmonizing with the Unseen: The Tradition of Lord Pei, Perfected of Pure Numen”
Matthew Wells, University of Kentucky

10:45 am
“Materialized Filial Piety: The Body and Filial Piety in Early Texts”
Jianjun He, University of Kentucky

11:30 am
“The Uses of Barbarians in Early China”
Li Waiyee, Harvard University

12:15 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm
“New Thoughts on Pleasure in Zhuangzi”
Michael Nylan, University of California Berkeley

2:15 pm
“Nurhaci in the Yargiyan kooli
Stephen Wadley, Portland State University

3:00 pm
“Narratives of Ritual Adjudication”
David Schaberg, University of California Los Angeles

3:45 pm
“Further Thoughts on Liu Zhiji and Sima Qian”
Esther Klein, University of Sydney

4:15 pm
“Warming up the Past: Paul Serruys, Stephen Durrant, and the Voices of Ancient China”
Anthony Clark, Whitworth University

This event is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and is cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional funding provided by the Jeremiah Lecture Series Fund and the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. For more info, please call 541-346-1521.

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