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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)


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May 14, 2015

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

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

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


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

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


Friday, May 29

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

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

11:00 am

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

1:15 pm

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

3:45 pm

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

5:30 pm

Saturday, May 30

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

11:30 am
Coffee Break

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

1:15 pm
Lunch Break

2:15 pm
Closing Discussion


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.

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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.

November 3, 2014

Engaging with Vietnam Conference Program

CAPS Vietnam poster

Thursday, 6 November 2014

8:00am     Registration
8:30am     Opening Remarks
Location:  Ballroom, Erb Memorial Union (EMU)

Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs, University of Oregon
Peter Arnade, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Tuong Vu, Phan Le Ha, and Liam Kelley, Conference Co-Chairs and Co-Conveners
Dang Van Minh, Vice President of Thai Nguyen University, and co-organizer of the 5th Engaging with Vietnam Conference

Location: Ballroom
Moderator: Peter Zinoman

Christopher Goscha, University of Quebec at Montreal
Beyond Vietnamese Exceptionalism: On Vietnam, Another History

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

Discussant: Liam C. Kelley, University of Hawai’i at Manoa


BALLROOM: The Internationalization of Higher Education, National Cultural Identity, and Neoliberalism: A Look at Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Vietnam
Moderator: David Ericson

Osman Barnawi, Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
English and Internationalization of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: Challenges, Risks, and

Joyce Kho, Monash University Alumnus
Internationalization of Higher Education and Questions of Identity in Malaysia: A Policy Analysis

Phan Le Ha, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Western Universities in Vietnam: A Comparative Analysis of Missions, Values, and Commitments to Local Capacity Building

GUMWOOD ROOM: The Powers of the Written Word
Moderator: Nguyen Tuan Cuong

Le Nguyen Long, University of Missouri
Travel, Travel Writings, and the Formation of Vietnamese National Identity in the Early 20th Century

Nguyen Quoc Vinh, Harvard University
Postwar Historiography on Nguyen Hue and the Tay Son period (1771-1802) and the Rise of Counter-Memories from the Margins in the Vietnamese Diaspora

Thomas A. Bass, SUNY Albany
Censorship in Vietnam: Forcing Writers to the Periphery

MAPLE ROOM: Education and Training in the Age of Globalization
Moderator: Dang Van Minh

Phung Ha Thanh and Nguyen Thanh Ha, Michigan State University
Contemporary Comparative Criticisms around Vietnamese Education: The Perpetuation of Inequality

Cuong Huy Nguyen, Michigan State University and Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy
The Inclusion of Mindfulness into Education: A New Direction of Educational Studies

Michael Salzman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Globalization, Education, Culture and Anxiety

OAK ROOM: Economic Reform in Vietnam: Theory vs. Realities
Moderator: Bui Tran Phuong

Vu Thanh Tu Anh, Fulbright Economics Teaching Program and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
WTO Accession and the Political Economy of State-Owned Enterprise Reform in Vietnam

Dinh The Phong, Business-Innovation Centre
Network-Based Integration as an Economic Model & Industrialization Concept for Vietnam in the 21st Century

Thi Thu Huong Nguyen, Curtin University
Decentralization in Vietnam and its Impact on Public Service Delivery

12:00pm-1:00pm      LUNCH

1:00pm-2:00pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BALLROOM: Challenges in the Incorporation of Ethnic Communities
Moderator: William Chapman

Tran Dinh Lam, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU, HCMC
The Economic, Cultural and Social Life of Bahnar People Sustainable Development

GUMWOOD ROOM: New Spatial and Cultural Dimensions of Vietnamese History
Moderator: Liam C. Kelley

John K. Whitmore, University of Michigan, and James A. Anderson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Dong World and Vietnam, Highlands and Lowlands Re-conceived

Kathlene Baldanza, Pennsylvania State University, and Nhung Tuyet Tran, University of Toronto
A Cultural Fluorescence in the Nguyen Cochinchina? Neo-Confucian Morality and Medical Teachings in 18th Century Wood Block Prints

MAPLE ROOM: Understanding Development and Its Future in Vietnam
Moderator: Benedict Kerkvliet

John Luke Gallup, Portland State University
The End of Development?

Jonathan Warren, University of Washington
The Problem with Reconnecting

OAK ROOM: Diasporic Communities in Europe: Subjectivity and Positionality
Moderator: Peter Arnade

Grażyna Szymańska-Matusiewicz, University of Warsaw
Vietnamese Migrant Communities in Eastern Europe: Remnant of a Post-War Era or Potential of
Future Cooperation? Case of the Vietnamese from Poland

Josef An-Zhi Jian, National Chi Nan University
Invisible, Indistinct and then Represented: The Process of Forming the ‘Subjectivity’ of the German
Vietnamese after the Year 1990

2:10pm-3:10pm     BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BALLROOM: Urban Governance: Visions and Contradictions
Moderator: Erik Harms

Jacob O. Weger, University of Georgia
Towards an Urban Political Ecology of Thu Thiem Development Project, Ho Chi Minh City

Khanh Pham, Portland State University
Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Navigating the Contradictions Between Economic Growth and Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam

GUMWOOD ROOM: Demystifying Ho Chi Minh
Moderator: Tuong Vu

Alex-Thai Dinh Vo, Cornell University
Nguyen Thi Nam: The Herald of Incalculable Consequences
Kimloan Hill, University of California, San Diego
A Reassessment of Ho Chi Minh’s Whereabouts in 1911-1919

MAPLE ROOM: Diasporic Communities: Identity and Connections
Moderator: Janet Hoskins

Anh Phung Ngo, York University, Canada
Case Study of the Vietnamese in Toronto: Representations of Identity

Hoang Anh Ngoc, Université Catholique de l’Ouest
Digital Connections Between Vietnamese Catholics in Vietnam and Vietnamese Catholics in Diaspora

OAK ROOM: Higher Education: Policy and Politics
Moderator: David Ericson

Diep Tran, Victoria University of Wellington
Policy Alternatives for Private Higher Education in Vietnam: Surpassing with New Approach

Mary Beth Marklein, George Mason University
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: U.S. Policy and Politics in Vietnam Higher Education Reform

3:10pm-3:30pm     BREAK


Moderator: Angie Ngoc Tran

Peter Zinoman, University of California-Berkeley
De-Stalinization and Revisionism in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam: New Research on Nhan Van Giai Pham

Nu-Anh Tran, University of Connecticut
Contested Identities: Nationalism, Anticommunism, and Internationalism in the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1959

Nguyen Tuan Cuong, Vietnam National University-Hanoi
Nationalism, Decolonization and Tradition: The Promotion of Confucianism in South Vietnam 1955-1975 and the Role of Nguyen Dang Thuc

Discussant: Glenn May, University of Oregon

Friday, 7 November 2014

Location: Ballroom
Moderator: Nu-Anh Tran

Erik Harms, Yale University
Modern Views, Unblocked: Looking into the Distance in Phu My Hung, a Vietnamese New Urban Zone

Kimberly Hoang, Boston College
Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work

Angie Ngoc Tran, CSU Monterey Bay
Hope Across Borders: Three Ethnic Groups in Labor Migrations Between Vietnam and Malaysia

Discussant: Benedict Kerkvliet, Australian National University & University of Hawai’i at Manoa

10:15am-10:30am     BREAK

10:30am-12:15pm     BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BALLROOM: Socialization in/through Education
Moderator: Dang Van Huan

Duong Bich Hang, Lehigh University
Socialization Policy: Evidence from Vietnam

Violette Hoang-Phuong Ho, University of California Los Angeles
Female Students at An Giang University, Vietnam: College As A Way to Fulfill Familial Obligations

Phuoc Duong, University of California, Riverside
Numeracy and Examination as Discipline and Reason: An Analysis of General Education in Da Nang City, Vietnam

GUMWOOD ROOM: New Interpretations of War and Leadership
Moderator: Peter Zinoman

Zachary Shore, Naval Postgraduate School
A Sense of the Enemy: Le Duan’s Strategic Empathy for America

Peter Hunt, King’s College London
Dien Bien Phu at Sixty: Changing Perspectives on the Battle at the Boundary of Vietnamese Space,
History and Identity

Sean Fear, Cornell University
The Ambiguous Legacy of Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam’s Second Republic (1967- 1975)

MAPLE ROOM: Vietnamese in the Diaspora: Culture, History, and Identity
Moderator: Lan Chu

Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University
From Reeducation Camps to Little Saigons: Historicizing Vietnamese American Anticommunism

An Tuan Nguyen, Northern Arizona University
Post-Refugee Vietnamese Professionals in the U.S.: Rethinking Vietnamese American Immigration

Discussant: Lan Chu, Occidental College

OAK ROOM: On the Frontiers of Cross-Cultural Education
Moderator: Michael Salzman

Khanh Nguyen Bui and Chau Nguyen Thi Ngoc, University of Georgia
The Application of Project-Based Learning in Teaching Secondary Students – An Investigation and Case Study in Lawrence S. Ting School

Vo Huong Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City University of Education and Ilene Crawford, Southern
Connecticut State University
Crossing Cultural Borders in Literature: Pain or Gain? Experiences Teaching American Literature to English Majors in Vietnam

Nhung Thi Hong Nguyen, Monash University, Springvale Indo Chinese Ethnic School, and
Mang-Non Vietnamese Language School
Using Games to Enhance Learning and Teaching Vietnamese Language in Australia

12:15pm-1:15pm    LUNCH

1:15pm-2:15pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS

GUMWOOD ROOM: Leadership Development in the U.S. and Vietnam
Moderator: David Ericson

Van Thi Minh Huyen, Texas A&M University
Emerging Leadership Development in the US Business Sector and Implications for Vietnam

Phuong To Tam, Texas A&M University and Foreign Trade University, Ha Noi
Non-profit Leadership Development in the U.S. and Implications for Vietnam

MAPLE ROOM: War, Landscape, and Technology
Moderator: Christopher Goscha

Scott Frey, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Agent Orange and America at War in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

Edward Miller, Dartmouth College and David Biggs, University of California-Riverside
Landscape, Ecology, and Counterinsurgency in South Vietnam: The Strange Saga of Binh Hung Village

OAK ROOM: Vietnam between China and Champa
Moderator: Liam C. Kelley

Kwok-leong Tang, Pennsylvania State University
Honoring the Cultural Heritage of Our Nation: the Revisions of Enshrinement in the Temple of
Literature in the Minh Mang period (1820-1841)

William B. Noseworthy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peripheries of Vietnamese History and the Cham Ong Tai Manuscript, 1651-1975

2:15pm-2:30pm    BREAK

Location: Ballroom
Moderator: Liam C. Kelley

Bui Tran Phuong, Hoa Sen University
To Submit to Globalization or to Tempt a Proactive and Responsible Internationalization?

Dang Van Huan, Portland State University and Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
The Legacies of a Socialist State and the Lack of Radical Change in Higher Education Policy on Institutional Autonomy in Vietnam

Discussant: Phan Le Ha, University of Hawai’i at Manoa & Monash University, Australia

3:45pm-4:00pm     BREAK

Location: Ballroom
Moderator: Kimberly Hoang

Janet Hoskins, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Victor Hugo’s Spiritual Sons in Vietnam: The Colonial Cult of the Occult and Postcolonial Connections

William Chapman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Adjuncts to Empire: The EFEO and the Conservation of Cham Antiquities
Discussant: Tuan Hoang

5:15pm-5:45pm     CLOSING CEREMONY

Location: Ballroom
Moderators: Phan Le Ha and Tuong Vu

Closing Remarks: Donald Young, Dean, College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa



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 7, 2014

Conference: Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia

Friday, October 10, 2014

Conference: Comparative Historical Ecology in Ancient Northeast Asia


Many Nations Longhouse

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


University of Toronto and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies are organizing a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Coun­cil of Canada Partnership Development Workshop, the second of the three part series. Guest speakers from US, Canada, China, and UK will discuss the diverse responses of early people to climate changes and their impacts on local ecology in China, Korea and Japan during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. University of Oregon scholars will present historical ecology in North America and Pacific Islands. By examining past human-environmental interactions, the workshop will contribute to our better understanding of contemporary global warming and sustainability issues.


9:00–11:30 am Morning Session

9:00–9:15 am

Welcome with Jeff Hanes (History, CAPS, University of Oregon)

9:15–9:30 am

How can partnerships facilitate comparative analysis of human ecology in East Asian prehistory? Gary Crawford (Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)

9:30–9:45 am

Action from China: Research on climatic change and human adaptation
Xing Gao (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleo-anthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

9:45–10:00 am

Micro-blade industry from the last glacial maximum to Holocene in China
Ying Guan (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleo-anthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

10:00–10:15 am Q & A

10:15–10:30 am Morning Tea Break

10:30–10:45 am

Resolving the effects of human predation on marine resources: Pacific and Caribbean case studies
Scott Fitzpatrick (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

10:45–11:00 am

New archaeological evidence for origin and development of rice cultivation in the lower regions of the Yangtze River
Yunfei Zheng (Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Relics and Archae­ology, China)

11:00–11:15 am

Pattern of human niche construction at the early Neolithic Kuahuqiao site
Yan Pan (Cultural Heritage & Museology, Fundan University, China)

11:15–11:30 am Q & A

11:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch

1:00–5:00 pm Afternoon Session

1:00–1:15 pm

Archaeology and historical ecology of California’s Northern Channel Islands
Jon Erlandson (Anthropology, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon)

1:15–1:30 pm

Early-Middle Jomon chronology and pollen
Junko Habu (Anthropology, University of California Berkeley)

1:30–1:45 pm

Metastable ecosystems along the Shinano-Chikuma River, central Japan: approaches and challenges
Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UK)

1:45–2:00 pm

Historical ecology of human impacts on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Terry Hunt (Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon)

2:00–2:15 pm Q & A

2:15–2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Break

2:30–2:45 pm

Neolithic culture at the Houtaomuga site, Jilin province, Northeast China
Lixin Wang (Research Center for Chinese Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University, China)

2:45–3:00 pm

Comparative perspectives on Neolithic niche construction in northern China and eastern-southern Korea
Gyoung-Ah Lee (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

3:00–3:15 pm

The archaeology of Pacific herring
Madonna Moss (Anthropology, University of Oregon)

3:15–3:30 pm Q & A

3:30–3:45 pm Afternoon Tea Break

3:45–4:00 pm

10-year archaebotany at Shandong University, China
Qian Yang, Hui Fang, Xuexiang Chen (Archaeology, Shandong University)

4:00–4:15 pm

Students’ research on historical ecology at University of Oregon

4:15–4:30 pm

Concluding remarks
Gary Crawford (Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)

4:30–5:00 pm


September 11, 2014

2013-14 Events

2013-14 Events

Spring Term

Thursday, April 10, 2014
“Fiction’s Family: Zhan Xi, Zhan Kai, and the Business of Women in Late Qing China”
Ellen Widmer, Mayling Soong Professor of Chinese Studies, Wellesley College
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm



Friday, April 18, 2014
“The Current State of the Aspect Hypothesis in L1 and L2 Acquisition”
Yashuro Shirai, Professor of Linguistics, University if Pittsburgh
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:00 pm



Friday, April 18, 2014
“Copyright and Media Pluralism in China”
UO School of Law, Room 142
8:30 am – 4:40 pm



Monday, April 21, 2014
“The Disappearance of Sombath Somphone: Implications for Civil Society and Human Rights in Laos”
A Special Appearance by Shui-Meng Ng
Unitarian Universalist Church
1685 W. 13th Ave., Eugene
5:30 pm



Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Jeremiah Lecture Series
“Tales of Ise: The Shrines, Their Priests and Patrons in Post-war Japan”
John Breen, Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto
Allen Hall, Room 140
4:00 pm



Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Yoko McClain Lecture Series in Japanese Studies
“Animating Reality: The Film Theory of Imamura Taihei”
Aaron Gerow, Professor of Film Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
Ford Alumni Center, Room 202
4:00 pm


Wednesday, April 30, 2014
“A conversation with Asian Studies Distinguished Speaker: Amitav Ghosh”
Knight Library, Browsing Room
4:00 pm



Thursday, May 1, 2014
Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series
“Korean Cinema Today”
Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator Emeritus for Film of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
3:00 pm


Friday, May 2, 2014
Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series
“Korea and Regional Relations”
Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President of The Korea Society
White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St.
4:00 pm


Friday, May 9, 2014
Yoko McClain Lecture Series in Japanese Studies
“Visible Rhymes, Inaudible Echoes: Script and Sound in the Sinitic Poetry of Modern Japan.”
Matthew Fraleigh, Associate Professor, East Asian Literature and Culture, Brandeis University
McKenzie 375
3:30 pm


Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Lecture: “The Function of the Constitutional Court of Korea in the Development of Democracy and the Rule of Law”
Jongik Chon, Associate Professor, School of Law
Seoul National University
Ford Alumni Center, Room 403


Saturday, May 17, 2014
Lecture: “Introduction to Chinese and Korean Ceramics”
Robert D. Mowry, Retired Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and Senior Lecturer on Chinese and Korean Art, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard
2:00 pm



Sunday, May 18, 2014
Workshop: “Connoisseurship of Chinese and Korean Ceramics”
Robert D. Mowry, Jordan Schnitzer Museum
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Limited to 12 participants; $60 per person (info and registration: or 541-346-0968)


Monday, May 19th, 2014
Lecture: “On the Road in Olympic Era Tokyo”
Bruce Suttmeier, Associate Professor of Japanese
Lewis & Clark College
Ford Alumni Center, Room 403
3:30 pm



CAPS Jeremiah-Honig-Zhao Poster
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jeremiah Lecture
“Sent-down Youth and Rural Economic Development in China: The Cultural Revolution and Its Contemporary Legacies”
Emily Honig, Professor, Department of History, UC Santa Cruz and Xiaojian Zhao, Professor,  Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Executive Board Room, Ford Alumni Center (4th Floor)
4:00 pm


Winter Term

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Yoko McClain Lecture Series in Japanese Studies
“Japanese Friendship Dolls”
Alan Scott Pate, Alan Scott Pate Antique Japanese Dolls
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Lecture Hall
5:30 pm


Monday, February 10, 2014
Myung Sup Lim Series
“The Shifting Images of Korea Through the Lens of National Geographic Since 1890″
Dr. Young Hoon Kim, Professor, Department of Korean Studies; Director.
Research Institute of Korean Culture, Ewha Womans University
PLC, Room 159
4:00 pm


Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Yoko McClain Lecture Series in Japanese Studies
Symposium: “The Art of Japanese Traditional Theater”
Presenters:  Laurence Kominz, Portland State University; Alan Pate, Alan Scott Pate Antique Japanese Dolls
Matt Shores, University of Hawaii; Glynne Walley, University of Oregon
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Lecture Hall
1:00 – 4:00 pm


Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Bollywood Nights Film Screening: Luck By Chance
Presented by the UO Asian Studies Program
Lawrence Hall, Room 166



Monday, March 3, 2014
“Heady Flights and Costly Slips: The Fantasy and the Reality of Garden Swings in Classic Chinese Fiction”
Andrew Plaks, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Knight Library Browsing Room
2:00 pm


Friday, March 7, 2014
“The Power and Reach of the Tongan Maritime State: Long-Distance Voyaging, Monumental Architecture and Elite Leadership”
Geoffrey Clark, Archaeology and Natural History, The Australian National University
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm



Fall Term

Friday, October 4, 2013
CAPS/Asian Studies/JSMA Annual Reception
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
3:00-5:00 pm


Saturday, October 5, 2013
Picturing Global China: Contemporary Art from Shanghai and Beyond
A Cross-Cultural Panel Discussion
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Lecture Hall
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Please click here to view the conference program.


Thursday, October 17, 2013
Jeremiah Lecture
“Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai’i”
Dr Franklin Odo, Founding Director of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and former Chief of Asian Division Library of Congress
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jeremiah Lecture
“Christianity’s Dialogue with Buddhism in Japan”
James Heisig, Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm


Thursday, November 7, 2013
Jeremiah Lecture
Postcolonial Literature as World Literature: World Heritage Preservation and the Unworlding of the Subaltern World in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide”
Pheng Cheah, Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm


Thursday, November 7, 2013
Jeremiah Lecture
“FDI Networks in Production and Innovation in China: Beyond New Regionalism, Beyond Global Production Networks”
Yehua Dennis Wei, Department of Geography, University of Utah
Condon Hall, Room 106
4:00 pm



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