Contemporary Korean Fiction: Recitation by Bae Suah

Acclaimed writer Bae Suah will be reading from her recent novel, Recitation, followed by discussion and Q & A.

Bae Suah is one of Korea’s most highly acclaimed contemporary writers. She is the award-winning author of more than ten short story collections and five novels, including Nowhere to be Found, longlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Prize. Open Letter Books and Deep Vellum published her novels, A Greater Music and Recitation, respectively, in 2016 and 2017.

Enclave 飛地: Documentary Screening and Director Q & A

Screening with Director Li Wei 李维 Q & A

As China took a leap forward economically, what happened to the rural population that was being left behind, physically and financially? Who was to educate the rural children? Li Wei’s The Enclave serves as an intimate and nuanced lens through which one can see this world of the left-behind, their loss, grief, failure, numbness, and above all, the unfairness of their world.

Instead of Disaster: Japanese Cinema after "3/11"

This paper looks at the convergence of disaster and cinema, specifically with regard to framing of catastrophe on screen.  It returns to the events of March 11, 2011, when a massive earthquake and tsunami initiated a nuclear crisis in Japan, whose effects were felt globally.  Aside from the discrete nature of this event, “3/11,” as it has come to be called in Japan, evoked memories of a prior atomic crisis, namely the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, as well as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil.

The 11th Annual Jansen Lecture: Japan’s Bovine Revolution: On the Origins and Social Consequences of "Kobe Beef"

"Kobe beef" is today a globally recognized synonym for the pleasures of carnivorous indulgence.  But how was it that a port town in Japan, a country in which there were long standing taboos against killing cattle, came to have such a strong association with the production of beef?  This lecture will provide answers to this question, delving into the history of food, animal-human relations, social caste and cross-cultural contact in the Japanese archipelago in the context of the great social transformations of the nineteenth century.

Modern Chinese Literature and Republican Era(1912-49)Literature

The lecture will be in Mandarin with English translation.

In the past decade, the most noteworthy phenomenon in mainland China's modern literature research is the advancement of the concept of "Literature of the Republic of China" and a series of discussions following afterwards. The objective of this concept of literary history was for independent literary development in the traditional political ideology while at the same time reflecting the reality of research separated from the historical context of China.

Origins of Japanese Epigraphy: Inscriptions of the Ancient Capitals (Kokyō ibun; 1818/1912)

In 1818, the antiquarian and philologist Kariya Ekisai (1775-1835) edited an annotated compendium of pre-Heian epigraphs in the pioneering work Inscriptions of the Ancient Capitals (Kokyō ibun).  Preceded by a two-century-long renaissance in the study of Japanese antiquity, this work joined a number of proto-archaeological treatises by collectors and aficionados who had begun to investigate the physical artifacts of the distant past.  As a philologist, Ekisai focused on the texts of the inscriptions in his commentaries, but he also considered the provenance and physical co


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