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December 2009 CEAS Newsletter


Our Congratulations to...

    Ceas Graduates and Graduated Certificate Holders
    ReceptionOn December 15th, CEAS held a reception for our graduates at the University Club. This semester’s graduating majors were Tamar Land, Daniel Addison Kimber Smith, Piyanut Sripanawongsa, Alexander Scott Lewein, Gretchen Goble, Lindsay Kate Keogh and Sharry Shu Yuan Zhang. The graduating certificate holders this semester were Mitsue Terao, Louise Behnke, Michelle Gans, Michelle Mary Kruse, and Leslie Jung Wisniewski. Good luck to all of you! Thank you to all the faculty who stopped by: Isao Kamata, Charles Kim, Dianna Xu, Sarah Thal, as well as American Center for Mongolian Studies Director Brian White and Assistant Dean of the Division of International Studies Marianne Bird Bear.

    (In the photo at the left) Richard Miller and Dreux Montgomery hand CEAS graduate Addison Smith an award at the reception on December 15th

    CEAS-affiliated Award Winners Congratulations also to Daisy Yan Du and Chiharu Shima, who won International Studies graduate field awards, and to Jamon Van den Hoek, who was a runner-up for the award. This semester Students living in University Housing nominated Bruce Esplin, instructor of EAS 222: Introduction to East Asian Civilization, and Tianlin Wang, instructor for elementary Chinese, as Honored Instructors. Congratulations to you both!

What CEAS Faculty are Reading: Charles Kim

    Charles Kim“Lately, I’ve been visiting Darcy Paquet’s site on South Korean cinema. Paquet, an American living in South Korea, began this informative site as a hobby in 1999, when he started posting his reviews of Korean films. Since this modest beginning, the page has expanded to include bios of Korean filmmakers and actors, a bibliography of Korean cinema, yearly box-office results, and other useful information and links. Over the past decade, his review staff has also grown a great deal. Nowadays, ten contributors send in reviews and essays from around the world to help him keep track of noteworthy films and emerging figures in the thriving South Korean film industry. While the site has a lot of good information on early Korean film, it is most valuable as a resource for post-1995 South Korean cinema. For Madisonites, Paquet’s film page is a great resource for locating cinematic gems from Four Star Video Heaven’s outstanding Korean collection.”

    “I also just enjoyed reading an article written by a former teacher, Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson. Titled “Culinary Nationalism,” it examines an older example of the phenomenon in early twentieth-century France before turning to its globalized contours in the early twenty-first-century present. She closes with a brief analysis of Le Grand Chef (Sikkaek), a popular South Korean graphic novel that has been adapted into a TV series and film. For Ferguson, Le Grand Chef exhibits trademark qualities of contemporary culinary nationalism as it operates in countries around the world. Her article will appear in the February issue of Gastronomica.”

    Charles Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and specializes in Korean history since 1945. He will be teaching two courses in the spring: "Films and Historical Understanding: Korea", and "Introduction to East Asian History: Korea”

CEAS Student Profile: Miriam Leung Che Lau

    Miriam Leung Che Lau (劉亮之) is in the first semester of her PhD program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature here at the UW-Madison. She is interested in a cross-cultural study of Chinese and Japanese theatre traditions, Peking Opera and kabuki theatre. While Miriam was born and raised in Hong Kong, her interest in Chinese operatic traditions was actually sparked when working on her Master’s thesis--in the School of English--at the University of Hong Kong. For her thesis Miriam wrote on the adaptations of Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen’s works into Chinese opera, like A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler.
    Miriam Leung Che LauNext semester Miriam will take Professor Rania Huntington’s seminar in Chinese literature: Studies in Chinese Drama, which will cover the histories of various forms of Chinese theater including Peking Opera. Miriam says, “Drama is a mixed genre.” In order to fully understand this genre she is currently building a foundation by studying East Asian poetry, fiction, literature, and other humanities courses. In addition to these courses, to supplement her research with the extensive materials available in Japanese, next semester Miriam will also begin studying Japanese. When asked about her plans for the future Miriam replied, “If I were to get my doctorate tomorrow I would go into academia and become a professor,” either teaching in the United States or in Hong Kong. The photo to the left is Miriam (left) practicing the very controlled technique of “swinging water-sleeves” with her teacher Li Hui from the Shanghai Theatre Academy, when she was in Shanghai last summer.

    Miriam’s interest in Japanese kabuki theatre is newfound since her arrival at the UW-Madison in September. This semester she audited a Master of Fine Arts course with Professor David Furumoto, who is the director of the upcoming UW Theatre kabuki production called Narukami: The Thunder God. Unlike her previous experiences studying in Hong Kong, where Japanese and Chinese Studies departments are quite separate, here at the UW she is able to do a comparative study of theatre traditions.

    If you are interested in attending a live Japanese kabuki performance, Prof. David Furumoto will be directing “Narukami: the Thunder God” this spring. There will also be a workshop on kabuki and Japanese culture open to area teachers and interested alumni on January 23rd. Learn how to register for the workshop here.

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