Summer 2019 Spector-Yang Awards

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The second cohort of Stanley Spector and Richard Yang Award recipients share their experiences in East Asia during the summer of 2019.

Ai Weiwei: Displacement and Replacement

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We asked Yuqian Yan, a postdoctoral fellow in Chinese performance cultures in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, to respond to the Kemper Art Museum’s exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Bare Life, and to attend the museum’s sold-out Q&A with Ai Weiwei on September 26. (The exhibit continues through January 5.) Here, she brings her expertise in spectatorship and Chinese performance culture to bear on the controversial Chinese artist and filmmaker’s works, which draw attention to the struggles of millions of people in China and around the world.

Translation as meditation

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Ji-Eun Lee talks about the art of translation and her newest translation project, "I Met Loh Kiwan."

The global anthropocene: what does the fox say?

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On October 25, Michael Bathgate (Saint Xavier University) will deliver the third annual Robert Morrell Memorial Lecture in Asian Religions on the subject of “Foxes, Gods, and Monsters in the Edo Anthropocene.”

Haiyan Lee to visit campus on 10/18

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A Q&A with Haiyan Lee (Stanford University) in advance of her talk on "A Sino-Jewish Encounter, A Humanitarian Fantasy."

Letter from the chair

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Marvin Marcus, professor of Japanese literature and comparative literature, took over as chair of EALC this fall.

Alumni spotlight: Jarrell Sieff '94

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Jarrell Sieff (AB, '94) discusses sake, international business, and living and working in Japan.

Folktales as cultural literacy

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Mimi Kim, teaching professor of Korean language, is the co-author of a new Korean language textbook that uses folktales as a springboard for language learning. The 21 stories that make up Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea progress through increasingly challenging levels of diction and vocabulary while developing students’ cultural literacy.

From all of us in East Asian Languages and Cultures, welcome Chancellor Martin!

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Congratulations Chancellor Martin

Sun Yat-Sen's Connection to China and the U.S.

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NPR article with Zhao Ma

Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea

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Mimi Kim's new book Tigers, Fairies, and Gods: Enchanting Folktales from Korea is for Korean language learners who want to improve their proficiency while learning about Korean culture. Reading the folktales in this book, students will gain a deeper understanding of Korean culture and improve their communication skills in the language.

Lingchei Letty Chen wins Taiwan studies grant

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Lingchei Letty Chen, associate professor of modern Chinese language and literature in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a three-year, $195,000 grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education.