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January 9, 2013

Freeman 2012 Student Experiences

Keep up to date and learn about what some of our current Freeman Fellows are doing!

Hello friends,I thought that you would be interested in following my blog that I
will be keeping this winter while interning for Pathways to
Development, an NGO organization working to to improve the quality of
life of Cambodia’s rural poor through several grassroots programs
focusing on community development, sustainability, and child health
and education. Here is the link: am excited and proud to be learning from and contributing to an
organization that is making a difference in the world. I hope you had
a great holiday season!

Cheers from Phnom Penh,


December 10, 2012

Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series

This lecture series honors the professional and personal legacy of Mr. Myung Sup Lim, founder of Optrontec, Korea’s foremost producer of optical components.  Much as Optrontec endeavors to bring the world into focus with its pioneering optical technologies, this lecture series aims to bring the history and culture of Korea into focus. It has been generously funded by Mr. Myung Sup Lim’s son, Mr. Jee-Youn Lim, who has succeeded his father as CEO of Optrontec. This generous gift will enable CAPS to sponsor lectures by some of the world’s foremost authorities on Korea and will also bring attention to UO’s burgeoning concentration in Korean Studies.

Mr. Myung Sup Lim was a self-made man who believed in the power of education to transform lives. The drive and intelligence that propelled him through his own educational career, and into a position with Samsung Heavy Industries, brought him immediate success. Posted to London early in his career, where he studied international finance, he was named a company director within ten years of joining Samsung. But Mr. Lim had a professional vision of his own that led to the creation of one of the world’s leading optical component companies, Optrontec, in 1989.

Mr. Lim was a family man who, not surprisingly, married a teacher. Together, they raised two children, whose own success attests to the values they instilled. Mr. Myung Sup Lim died (too) young—before he could fulfill his retirement dream of traveling the world with his wife—but he left behind a professional and personal legacy that lives on in this international lecture series.

We owe gratitude to Mr. Jee-Youn Lim for his generosity and to Mr. Myung Sup Lim for the exemplary life that inspired it.

임명섭의 한국학자 강의 시리즈는 대한민국 광전자부품산업의 선두적인 역할을 담당하고 있는 옵트론텍의 창설자 고(故) 임명섭 대표이사의 업적과 개인적인 족적을 기린다. 옵트론텍이 세계 광전자 기술을 선도하는 데 주력하는 것처럼, 임명섭의 한국학자 강의 시리즈도 한국의 역사와 문화를 드높이는 데에 그 목적을 두고 있다. 이 강의 시리즈는 고 임명섭 대표이사의 아들인 임지윤 현(現) 옵트론텍 대표이사의 후원으로 이 년 동안 (2012년-2014년) 운영된다. 이번 임지윤 대표이사의 관대한 지원으로  CAPS는 한국학계 최고 권위자들의 초청 강의를 주관할 수 있게 되었으며 이는 동시에 오리건 대학교내 급증하는 한국학 연구에 대한 관심을 고취시키는 데 큰 기여를 할 수 있게 될 것이다.

임명섭 대표이사는 자수성가한 기업인으로 교육의 힘이 삶의 질을 바꿀 수 있다고 믿는 사람이었다. 그는 뛰어난 총명함과 학구열을 원동력으로 하여 학업을 성공적으로 마친 후 곧 삼성중공업에 입사하게 되며 빠른 성공을 거두게 된다. 입사한 지 얼마 되지 않아 런던 주재원으로 파견 되었고 그 곳에서 그는 국제금융을 전공하게 된다. 삼성에 입사한 지 10년이 채 되지 않아 그는 회사 디렉터로 임명을 받았으나, 임 대표이사 자신의 세계 광전자 기술을 이끄는 회사 중 하나를 설립하겠다는 강한 의지로 1989년에 자회사인 옵트론텍을 창립하게 된다.

임명섭 대표이사는 교사의 아내를 둔 가정적인 남편이었다. 슬하에 두 명의 자녀가 있는데, 이 두 자녀들의 성공적인 삶은 임명섭 대표이사 내외의 철저한 가치관 교육을 방증하고 있다. 임 대표이사는 그의 은퇴의 꿈이었던 아내와의 세계여행을 이루지 못한 채 세상을 떠났지만 그가 이루어 놓은 업적과 개인적인 발자취는 이 국제강의 시리즈 안에 살아 숨쉬게 될 것이다.

CAPS는 임지윤 대표의 아낌없는 후원과 현시대를 살고 있는 우리를 고무시키는 모범적인 삶을 살다가 가신 고 임명섭 대표에게 다시 한번 진심어린 감사를 드린다.

To apply for a Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series, please click here to access the online form.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Past Events


Thursday, May 4, 2017
South Korean Democracy and What It Needs Next Week:
A Digital Rights Activist’s Point of View
Crater Lake North, EMU, 4:00 pm



Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Glossolalia and Cacophony in South Korea
Browsing Room, Knight Library, 4:00 pm





Monday, May 23, 2016
Communication Technologies and Urban Neighborhoods in Seoul
191 Ansett Hall, 4:00 pm





Friday, February 12, 2016
Spartan Creativity:
The Rise of Korea’s Samsung Empire
185 Lillis Hall, 2:00 pm




Traditional Korean Art Religion

Friday, October 16, 2015
Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series
“Traditional Korean Religion and Art in East Asian Perspectives”
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm



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




Thursday, May 15th, 2014
“The Function of the Constitutional Court of Korea in the Development of Democracy and the Rule of Law”
Ford Alumni Center, Room 403



Friday, May 2, 2014
Korea and Regional Relations
White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St.
4:00 pm





Thursday, May 1, 2014
Korean Cinema Today
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
3:00 pm





Monday, February 10, 2014
The Shifting Images of Korea Through the Lens of National Geographic Since 1890
PLC, Room 159
4:00 pm




Monday, April 8, 2013
Shared Youth Predicaments: Education Notes Among South Korea, Finland, and the US
Gerlinger Lounge
4:00 pm



Monday, February 4, 2013
They Think They’re Normal: Explaining North Korea
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30 pm



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dragon King, War, and Esoteric Ritual: Rethinking the Twin Pagodas of Unified Silla (676-935)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Lecture Hall
4:00 pm



Other Korean Studies Resources at the UO

Korean Language Courses (Levels 1-4, offered through East Asian Languages and Literatures)

Korean Studies Affiliate Faculty


Korean Art Collection at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Knight Library Korean Collection



















November 29, 2012

South Asia Course Offerings

November 27, 2012

Urban Planning in China – Nov 30, 2012

Chinese Urban Planning System and Unique Practices in Chengdu City

The Sustainable Cities Initiative would like to invite you to its first visiting scholar Mr. Peng Tang’s presentation titled “Chinese Urban Planning System and Unique Practices in Chengdu City.”

Peng will talk about urban planning process in China, Chengdu urban-rural integration plan, Chengdu world garden city plan, and Chengdu ecological system plan.

DATE: Friday, November 30th
TIME: 11:30am – 12:30pm
LOCATION: University of Oregon, Hendricks Hall, Room 100

Pizza and soda provided!

SCI China: Visiting Scholars Program

The SCI China visiting scholar program offers opportunities to scholars and practitioners from China to come to Oregon to conduct applied research on planning and design strategies for sustainable urban development. Mr. Peng Tang is the first “graduate” of this program. He spent the past 9 months in Eugene and Portland auditing classes, conducting literature research, and participating in professional activities.

Peng is the Vice President of Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design.  His previous research includes analysis of Chengdu spatial structure, study of the urban and rural form of Chengdu, Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration Coordinated Development Planning, and etc.

Peng holds a master degree in Urban Planning and Design from Tsinghua University, two Bachelor degrees in Economic and Urban planning from Peking University.

Think you can make it?

Please RSVP to Hong Wu if you plan to attend.

November 26, 2012

Academic Exchange Opportunities – Nov 20, 2012

For UO affiliates – Invitation to explore academic exchange possibilities and research partnerships

Are you interested in connecting with researchers in your discipline in China? The Confucius Institute for Global China Studies at the University of Oregon aims to facilitate research connections with East China Normal University, our partner university in Shanghai.

If you would like to learn more about ECNU or would like to be introduced to colleagues at ECNU you are cordially invited to join us at the upcoming drop-in meeting!

Doug Blandy, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs will share impressions of his recent visit and the staff of the UO Confucius Institute will provide information.

Tuesday, November 20, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Knight Library Browsing Room
Refreshments will be provided

For more info, please call 346-5056.
November 14, 2012

The Revolutionary – Nov 17, 2012

More Information: CLICK HERE

October 8, 2012

KFLC Call for Papers – Nov 15, 2012

66th Annual
KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference
April 18-20, 2013 – University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky

East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) Studies

Deadline for Abstract Submission: November 15, 2012

The KFLC (formerly the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference) is proud to open sessions devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) Studies.  Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field, including, but not limited to:

·         Class, gender, ethnicity/race
·         Colonialism and Diaspora
Memory, violence, and nation
Popular culture in global markets
Performance, agency, and identity
·         Ethics of literary-cultural studies
·         Classical literature; new readings
·         Media studies, music studies, film studies
·         Social movements – justice, citizenship, and resistance
·         The avant-garde – arts in contexts
·         Body, space, and the public sphere
·         The politics of writing – writing within/against culture

Sessions are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 3-5 papers will be considered.

The KFLC has a tradition of attracting scholars from a broad range of languages and specializations.
 This year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic Studies, East Asian Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Neo-Latin Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Language Technology, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation and Cultural Studies.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should include author’s name, affiliation and contact information.

Panel proposals of 3-5 presentations should be submitted as follows: The panel organizer should e-mail a panel proposal to the track director of his or her division.  The panel proposal cannot exceed one page in length and should include the theme of the panel, the organizer’s name and contact information, and the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants.  Each participant MUST submit an individual abstract using our online system in addition to the panel proposal.  Please indicate that your presentation is part of a pre-organized panel and list the title and organizer of the panel in the abstract.

Papers should be read in English to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and conversation.  Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. All presenters must pay the appropriate registration fee by February 15, 2013 to be included in the program.

To submit abstracts and panel proposals BY NOVEMBER 15, 2012, please use the KFLC link: For more information on conference logistics, please visit

October 4, 2012

Visiting position in Chinese Religion – Aug 2013

Two-Year Visiting Position in Chinese Religion

Reed College seeks applications for a two-year visiting position in Chinese Religion for the 2013-15 academic years, to commence August 2013.  Appointments are normally made at the assistant professor level.  We seek outstanding, critically self-reflective candidates, and we look for experience in teaching as well as the ability to advise student research projects on a wide range of topics in religious studies.

Reed College is a selective liberal arts institution with a commitment to high standards of scholarship and teaching excellence in a seminar setting. The appointee will be expected to teach the equivalent of five one-semester courses over the academic year, and this will include teaching in the team-taught yearlong Chinese humanities program devoted to the Han and Song dynasties. The position also involves supervising yearlong senior thesis projects.

While a PhD is preferred, candidates who are ABD in Religion will also be considered for appointment.  The Religion Department is using Interfolio to collect faculty job applications electronically.  Through Interfolio, please submit a cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation.  Because Reed College is a community that values cultural and intellectual diversity as essential to the excellence of our academic program, we also encourage candidates to convey in their cover letter or other application materials how their specific contributions to campus diversity might support the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by 1 December 2012 to guarantee full consideration.  For further information about this position, please contact K.E. Brashier (
For more info, or to apply, please visit
September 25, 2012

2011-2012 Events

2011-12 Events

Spring Term


April 18-22, 2012
Cinema Pacific
For a full list of programming please visit:




Friday, April 20, 2012
Cinema Pacific Film Festival
“Overheard 2”
Regal Valley River Center
7:30 pm




Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cinema Pacific Film Festival
“The Heavenly Kings”
Bijou Art Cinemas
10:00 am



Saturday, April 21, 2012
Cinema Pacific Film Festival
“A Simple Life (Tao Jie)”
Bijou Art Cinemas
6:45 pm





Thursday May 3, 2012
Haru’s Journey
A film by Masahiro Kobayashi
Mills International Center at Erb Memorial Union





May 11-12, 2012
Asian Studies Program
Area Studies in Global Context, The ‘Place’ of Asia
Ford Lecture Hall






Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Confucius Institute Event
“China’s Visual Culture: Observations by Bertha Lum and Elizabeth Keith”
A lecture by Lisa Claypool, Associate Professor or Art History and Mactaggart Art Collection Curator, University of Alberta, Canada
Ford Lecture Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
5:30 pm



Thursday, May 24, 2012
Myung Sub Lim Lecture Series in Korean Studies
“Dragon King, War, and Esoteric Ritual: Rethinking the Twin Pagodas of Unified Silla (676-935)”
Youn-mi Kim, Assistant Professor of Art History, Ohio State University
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Lecture Hall
4:00 pm


Thursday, May 31, 2012
Jeremiah Lecture
Joseph Needham (1900-1995) from science to Science and Civilization in China
A lecture by Dieter Kuhn, Professor Emeritus, Würzburg University, Germany
Ford Lecture Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
3:00 pm


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Confucius Institute Event
Director Shu Haolun will introduce the film and host a discussion and question and answer session after the film.
Willamette 110
6:30 pm



Thursday, May 31, 2012
“Fukushima Hula Girls”
Mills International Center at EMU





Thursday, May 31, 2012
“Hula Girl”
Feature Movie
Mills International Center at EMU




Friday, June 8, 2012
“The Power Geometry of Globalized Parenting”
Pei-Chia Lan, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
Oregon Humanities Center Conference Room, 159 PLC
12:00 pm




Friday, June 8, 2012
“Furious (Inter)Nationalism: youth, right-wing politics, and very abrasive music in Japan”
Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Faculty Fellow, UCSB
Fenton Hall 117
4:00 pm



Winter Term

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
“What the U.S. Can Learn from China”
Ann Lee, Author, Senior Fellow – Demos
China’s economy is the second largest in the world and many predict it will surpass the United States’ by 2020.  Rather than viewing China’s power and influence as a threat, Ann Lee, author of the new book What the U.S. Can Learn from China and a senior fellow at Demos focusing on issues of global economics and finance, asks: What can America learn from its competition?
Following the talk, Ms. Lee will sign copies of her book.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Religious Studies Event
“Global Rebellion: Religion and Violence among South & Central Asian Muslims”
Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at UC-Santa Barbara
McKenzie Hall, Room 240A
7:30 pm


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Confucius Institute Event
“The Limits of Expression: Some Unexpected Consequences of Modern Chinese Language Reform”
Theodore Huters, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California at Los Angeles
Knight Library Browsing Room
12:00 pm


Saturday, February 18, 2012
CHOUEI SATO, Shamisen, with Chieko Shirokane and Simon Hutchinson
Beall Concert Hall
School of Music & Dance – World Music Series
Co-sponsors:  Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and the UO Center for Asian & Pacific Studies
Tickets:  $12 General Admission, $8 Students & Seniors.  Available in advance from the UO Ticket Office (541-346-4363;, or at the door.


February 20, 2012

Jeremiah Lecture
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Eating Dog”
Robert Ji-Song Ku, Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jeremiah Lecture
“Regional Policies of Development and Main Functional Zoning in China”
Weidong Liu, Professor in Economic Geography, Chinese Academy of Science
Condon 106
4:00 pm


Friday, March 2, 2012

Political Science Speaker Series
“Perpetuating Authoritatianism in the PRC”
Teresa Wright, Ph.D., Cal State Long Beach
Mackenzie 240C


Monday, March 5, 2012

Jeremiah Lectures
“Food for Good or Evil? Buddhist Precepts and Food as Depicted in Medieval Japanese Handscroll Paintings” Satomi Yamamoto and “An Examination of The Miraculous Origins of Kitano Tenjin Shrine (13th c.)” Akira Takagishi
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm



Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Jeremiah Lecture
“Stranger Intimacy and Transits Between Asia and the Americas”
Nayan Shah, Dept of History, University of California, San Diego
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30 pm


March 11, 2012

Confucius Institute Event
“Reflections on the Shanghai Communiqué and U.S.-China Relations”
Ambassador Nicholas Platt, American diplomat and participant in the
Nixon/Kissinger entourage.
Ford Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 4pm







March 15, 2012

Panel Discussion “40 years of US-China Business Relations”
Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Studio One
9.00 am-12:30 pm




Fall Term 



Saturday, October 1, 2011
Confucius Institute Event
An Evening of Classical Chinese Music
7:30 p.m. Beall Concert Hall
Tickets $10 (general), $5 (students & children)
Available through the EMU Ticket Office




Thursday, October 6, 2011
Artists Talk: “Everyday Life in a Megacity: Pictures from Bangladesh”
Mills International Center –EMU
11:00 am
Reception to follow in the  EMU’s Adell McMillan Gallery




Thursday, October 13, 2011
Jeremiah Lecture
“Intercultural Communication and the Future of Korean Identity”
Min-Sun Kim, Professor of Communicology, University of Hawaii; Editor of Korean Studies
Mills International Center – EMU
2:30 pm



Monday, October 17, 2011
Jeremiah Lecture
“Marital Borders: Nation, Population, and Sovereignty across the Taiwan Strait”
Sara Friedman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30 pm



Thursday, October 20, 2011
Jeremiah Lecture
Documentary Showing and Discussion
“Does Microfinance Work?”
A Conversation between Danish Filmmaker Tom Heinemann and UO anthropologist Lamia Karim
PLC, Room 180
7:00 pm



Friday, October 21, 2011
Confucius Institute Event
“Book Culture and Intellectual Life on the Qing Frontier”
Cynthia Brokaw (Professor of History, Brown University)
3:30 pm – Knight Library Browsing Room





Thursday, October 27, 2011
Confucius Institute Event
“Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China”
Book discussion by author Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University
Knight Library Browsing Room
4:00 pm



Friday, November 4, 2011

CAPS/Asian Studies Reception
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30-5:00 pm



Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Jeremiah Lecture
“Charter 2008 – Past and Present Dissents in China”
Dr. Debasish Chaudhuri, Ph D in Chinese Studies,
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi
Mills International Center
3:30 pm


Thursday, Nov 10, 2011

Brownbag Lunch
“Designing the New Cities of China”
Jie Hu, Director and Chief Designer, Department of Landscape Architecture Beijing Tsinhua Urban Planning and Design Institute
231 Lawerence Hall


Thursday, Nov 10, 2011
“Designing the New Cities of China”
Jie Hu, Director and Chief Designer, Department of Landscape Architecture Beijing Tsinhua Urban Planning and Design Institute
110 Fenton Hall
5:30 pm


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jeremiah Lecture
“Understanding Japan:  Expressed but Unspoken”
Jeanie Fuji, Adjunct Instructor of Japanese, University of Oregon
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Ford Lecture Hall
11:00 am



Past Events, Listed by Academic Year



September 12, 2012

Masterworks of Ancient China – Sept 22, 2012


Saturday, September 22, 1 p.m., Whitsell Auditorium

Join us as leading American experts unravel the mysteries surrounding these spectacular exemplars of ancient Chinese art by exploring the archaeological and historical contexts in which they were created.

Strange Beasts from the Aristocratic Tombs of Chu
Cortney Chaffin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Money Trees of the Han Dynasty
Susan Erickson, Ph.D.
Professor of Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Panel Discussion
Kenneth Brashier, Ph.D., Moderator
Professor of Religion and Chinese Studies, Reed College, Portland

The conference is free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are recommended and available online or on site.

The Masterworks of Ancient Chinese Art conference is made possible in part by
The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Delta Airlines.

Image caption: Zhenmushou (Two-headed tomb guardian), China, Chu culture, 4th–3rd century BCE, Wood, antlers, and lacquer, Portland Art Museum, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection of Early Chinese Art.

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