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September 2010 CEAS Newsletter

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Signing Marks Launch of Taiwan Studies at UW-Madison

    TECO signing Dean Gilles Bousquet

    On Tuesday, September 9th, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Chancellor Biddy Martin, Dean and Vice Provost Gilles Bousquet, Huei-wen Hsu, director of the Cultural Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, and Professor Nicole Huang, director of CEAS. This was the culmination of more than two years of work, and it lays the groundwork for a Taiwan Studies Program in East Asian Studies. CEAS faculty will build new courses relating to the study of Taiwan, and continue teaching already existing courses with Taiwan components. In addition to this academic backdrop, CEAS will host more Taiwan-related events in the future. Look forward to course offerings, as well as more Taiwan-related events and resources on campus, like the upcoming October 15th talk by Prof. Hsiu-Chuang Deppman “Representations of the New Woman in Post 1980s Taiwan Cinema.”
    TECO signing group photo

    Thank you to all of the faculty and friends who have worked to make this initiative a success!


    (In the photo at the top left) Dean of International Studies Gilles Bousquet signs a memorandum of understanding with Director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.
    (In the photo at the right) Group photo of the new Taiwan Studies signing with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.


    Click here to read a story from the Division of International Studies, see a photo slideshow of the signing, and read about the history of the proposal in a Q&A with CEAS director Nicole Huang.

What CEAS Faculty are Reading: Rania Huntington

    Rania Huntington

    "Much of my reading recently has been very specialized, circling around the poems, letters, and miscellaneous prose of a nineteenth-century family whose lives I’ve come to know more intimately than those of my biological ancestors from that time period (only partly because my ancestors wrote and published a lot less.) Here are a few items of more general interest instead.

    As I’ve been preparing to teach the survey class on Chinese literature I’ve been reading chapters from the recently published Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, edited by Kang-yi Sun Zhang and Stephen Owen. It is an ambitious project, many years in the making. I’m not far enough through it to assess the whole yet, but it is interesting to see an attempt at fitting literary history into a coherent narrative when so much scholarship in recent years has been devoted to questioning assumptions behind a conventional narrative of the rise and fall of literary forms.

    Online, the Chinese Text Project is a useful tool that I recommend to my students of Classical Chinese. It offers searchable versions of many pre-Han and Han texts, as well as a Classical Chinese-English dictionary. Although these texts aren’t the versions one would want to cite in serious research, they are very accessible and helpful for reviewing usages of words and patterns. The site just added a new feature, “Wenyanwen roulette”, which will post a random Classical Chinese passage from its database to Facebook (or Twitter, but I haven’t tried that) for you daily. As I result I’ve read fragmentary snippets of many texts I otherwise wouldn’t touch. I’m not sure what I’ve learned from it but it amuses me to have bits of Mozi or medical texts in with the other updates on Facebook."

CEAS Student Profile: David Klug

    David Klug

    Double majoring in East Asian Studies and Political Science, David Klug is a senior at UW Madison. Despite his standing, David is also attempting to declare a third major and is currently considering Economics, International Studies, or Asian Art History. As David himself says, “The problem with a big university like UW is that there are almost too many things you can choose to study.”

    After a friend introduced him to Chinese cinema in 2004, David decided to pursue this new interest and expand his knowledge of China – and East Asia as a whole – which, at the time, was unsubstantial due to a lack of East Asian-related curriculum at his high school. David enrolled as an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point in 2007, and transferred to UW-Madison in the fall of 2009. At Stevens Point, David studied East Asian geography, film, history, and art history. Out of all of his Asia-related classes at Stevens Point, he found the interdisciplinary approach to Professor Cortney Chaffin’s art history class, to be the most interesting and influential. When David enrolled in Mandarin Chinese courses at Madison, he even adopted his original Chinese name, Badashanren, from a Qing dynasty painter.

    The impetus for David’s transfer to UW-Madison was the encouragement of a close hometown friend, who was similarly transferring to UW-Madison from UW-Milwaukee. Attracted by Madison’s strong East Asian Studies program and rigorous Chinese language courses, David transferred to UW-Madison and took up an East Asia-intensive course load immediately. Among his classes at UW-Madison, Professor Melanie Manion’s Political Power in Contemporary China course, and Professor Mark Meulenbeld’s Genres of Asian Religious Writing and Topics in Chinese Literature: Traditional Chinese Popular Culture were his favorites. Outside of class, David participates in the Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC), and practices his Mandarin by watching Chinese films and learning to sing Chinese music. Next year David plans to either study abroad in Hong Kong or Beijing for a semester.

    Besides East Asia, David’s other interests include television, film, and music. At UW-Stevens Point, he was a radio DJ for two years at WWSP 90FM and a programming consultant for UWSP’s student TV station (SPTv), where he also hosted and produced a music video show called PMTV (Point Music Television). David currently works part-time as a Production Assistant at PBS, and is considering combining his two interests in China and television by working at CCTV (China Central Television) after graduation. Then, after networking, mastering Chinese, and gaining work experience in China, David plans to return to the United States and attend graduate school in order to pursue his real ambition of becoming a professor.

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