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  • Chasing Colonial Ghosts: South Korean Attempts to Bring Closure to Pro-Japanese Issues

    Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 4:30 pm

    To the surprise of many South Koreans, in 2004 then president Roh Moo-hyun announced that lingering pro-Japanese collaboration issues would join other crimes of contemporary Korean history to be investigated in the extensive Truth and Reconciliation project that the national assembly eventually passed. After all, the Korean peninsula had been liberated from Japanese colonial rule for six decades; investigations under the 1948 Anti-Traitor Act had been terminated the following year.

  • Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

    Wed, Sep 2, 2020, 4:30 pm

    Intelligence communities are everywhere and always in motion. Japan's has been no exception, often shifting in response to dramatic analytical and organizational failures, changes in the regional and global balance, and sudden technological developments. In the first half of the 20th century, Japan had a full spectrum intelligence apparatus. This came apart with defeat in WWII and subordination to the United States.  After the Cold War, shifts in the security environment and major intelligence failures stimulated rethinking by Tokyo.

  • Pictures and Voices from a Paper Empire: Late Meiji (1868-1912) Magazines and Modern Japanese Mass Culture

    Wed, Feb 19, 2020, 4:30 pm

    The turn of the century was a watershed moment for periodical publishing in Japan, as a highly literate populace began subscribing to magazines in the many thousands. This talk will examine the roles of industrially reproduced photographic images and oral performance genres in the development of mass market-oriented discursive spaces for Japanese literary writing and modern popular culture.

  • A Study of Korean Language Teachers' Perception of the Professionalism of Teaching Korean

    Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 10:30 am

    Of three essential elements of teaching and learning, such as an instructor, a learner, contents, the roles and functions of instructors are the most important in teaching and learning.  A few research explored the role and feature of a Korean language teacher as a professional up to now. This study is firstly to analyze and categorize the research on Korean teachers. And it is to explore how Korean teachers perceive the constructs composed of knowledge, skills, personality, and attitude toward Korean language education according to their education career variables.

  • POSTPONED-"Vale poco” [of little value]- a Forgotten Spanish-Chinese Dictionary in a Manila archive

    Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 4:30 pm

    In April 2017 researchers from National Tsing Hua University (NTSU) of Taiwan in search of Chinese materials in the Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomás (AUST) in Manila “re-discovered” an obsolete Spanish-Chinese dictionary. Its 1944 catalog description—vale poco, of little value—sparked their curiosity. It turned out that the Dictionario Hispanico-Sinicum was comprised of four columns: one each for the Spanish word, its counterpart in Chinese characters, the pronunciation of the Chinese word in romanized Hokkien (Minnan), and the pronunciation in romanized Mandarin.

  • POSTPONED: Cantonese Migrants and the Qing State in Reconstruction-Era Guangxi: Examinees and Subofficials

    Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 4:30 pm

    The socio-political crisis that plagued southern China during the mid-nineteenth century both emerged from and disrupted existing patterns of Cantonese migration and trade along the West River basin.  Nevertheless, the reassertion of Qing control during the reconstruction era provided Cantonese migrants with expanded and novel opportunities to do what their predecessors had long done in the upriver frontier, turning state institutions and policies toward their own ends of socioeconomic advancement. The clearest manifestation of new opportunities in the wake of crisis was the further expansi

  • Uncovering Xinjiang: What's happening to China's Uyghurs?

    Mon, Dec 9, 2019, 4:30 pm

    Over a million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily detained in concentration camps in China's Xinjiang Province. What exactly is going on in Xinjiang, why is China treating the Uyghurs in this fashion, and why has so little been done so far?

    Join us for this panel discussion to hear from experts on the issue, who will share their personal stories and analysis of the situation.

    Catered reception to follow.

  • POSTPONED: Two Women Korean Philosophers in the 18th-19th Centuries

    Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 4:30 pm

    I shall introduce two Korean women Confucian philosophers from the late Joseon Dynasty (18th-19thcentury)—Im Yunjidang 任允摯堂(1721-93) and Gang Jeongildang 姜靜一堂(1772-1832), offer brief biographies of each and suggest some ways in which the conditions in which they lived influenced and informed the issues and concerns that one finds in their philosophy. I will also briefly analyze a few of their writings and sketch some of the ways their work can contribute to contemporary philosophy. 

  • Liberation through Labor? The Urban Commune Movement in Beijing

    Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

    In the years between 1958 and 1962, the Urban Commune movement was promoted as a radical effort to change the daily lives of Chinese city residents, including their relationship to work, eating, care of the self and of the family.

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