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November 2009 CEAS Newsletter

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You Are Invited...

    Workshop on Kabuki and Japanese Culture to be held on January 23rd , 2010, for K-16 in-service and pre-service teachers, and for interested alumni. There will be credit options available for professional development. The workshop will be led by CEAS faculty David Furumoto, Charo D’Etcheverry, and Sarah Thal, as well as Chazen Museum Print Curator Andrew Stevens. Click here for more details.

    Graduation Reception Celebration. CEAS will hold a party for our graduating majors and certificates on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 from 4-6 pm at the University Club. We hope you can come too! Faculty, alumni and fellow CEAS students are encouraged to come to wish our students well and enjoy the party. The University Club is on Library Mall, 803 State St. Please RSVP to eas@intl-institute.wisc.edu by December 7th to help us ensure that there will be enough food.

What CEAS Faculty are Reading: Blogs and Online Journals

    Starting next month, we will ask individual faculty member to give reading suggestions for our newsletter readers. This month we asked them for some blog suggestions:
    The China Beat - Based at University of California-Irvine, this group blog, written by China scholars and journalists, bills itself as "blogging how the East is read," but provides some original coverage in addition to critical perspectives on other published English-language reports. http://www.thechinabeat.org/
    Danwei - Contributors based in the PRC provide both original news and translated stories from the Mainland Chinese media, as well as video shows and podcasts about China. http://www.danwei.org/
    DPRK Studies - This blog by two authors working on North Korean affairs in the Washington, D.C. area has become relatively inactive, but still provides occasional updates and historical perspectives on North Korean issues (especially security and other issues of concern to the U.S.) http://www.dprkstudies.org/
    Leonid Petrov's Korea Vision - This website, by a Russian- and Australian-trained professor in Korean Studies at the University of Sydney (Australia), offers Professor Petrov's perspectives on both North and South Korea, as well as their relations to Russia and Australia. http://leonidpetrov.wordpress.com/
    A Gust of Popular Feeling - This active blog, written by an American expat in Seoul, comments (and keeps up with other blogs) on South Korean society, culture, and current events. http://populargusts.blogspot.com/
    EastSouthWestNorth Blog - Although it's not very impressive visually, this blog provides a quick look at news stories (often including several stories on the same topic) about Greater China and the world, in both English and Chinese. http://www.zonaeuropa.com/weblog.htm
    The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus - This peer-reviewed journal, coordinated by academics in Japan, the United States, and Australia, provides critical, often "left-leaning" analyses of geopolitics, economics, history, culture, and society in the Asia-Pacific region. http://www.japanfocus.org/
    Frog in a Well - Not terribly active any more, these "Collaborative Weblogs Dedicated to East Asian History” occasionally provide interesting historical insights on current events. Postings in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. http://www.froginawell.net/

CEAS Student Profile: Piyanut Sripanawongsa

    Piyuanut SripanawongsaOne of the 15 East Asian Studies majors who will be celebrating graduation this December, Piyanut Sripanawongsa is student-teaching Chinese language full-time this semester at Memorial High School on Madison’s west side. Piyanut, like many of our students, has more than one major: a Chinese Education major in the Education School, a major in East Asian Languages and Literature, and the East Asian Studies major.

    Piyanut grew up in Northeastern Thailand. She began her study of Mandarin Chinese after she finished high school and went to Guangzhou, China, to study abroad. Later she got married and moved to Madison, enrolling at the UW. When she began her undergraduate career Piyanut decided to continue in Chinese and expand her knowledge of Chinese literature, so she majored in East Asian Languages and Literature. In order to better understand background history and culture she enrolled in some East Asian Studies courses. Not long thereafter she decided to double-major in East Asian Studies. That, combined with her desire to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture, including East Asian societies, brought her to her third major, Chinese Education.

    Piyanut says that one of her most memorable courses was EAS 222, Introduction to East Asian Civilization, a survey course on societies of China, Korea, and Japan. Piyanut saw it as a good starting place for future study. She enjoyed the task of writing reports on outside events. “I wrote a report on Professor Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney’s talk about her book Kamikaze Diaries,” she commented. “I really liked being able to apply what I had learned in class to real life events.”

    She also enjoyed EAS 301, 21st Century Chinese society, taught by Richard Miller. “The teaching and learning for this class was not passive,” she explained. “Dr. Miller gave us the tools we needed, and had us research and investigate topics about modern China that we were most interested in. I actually learned a lot from my classmates in this course, as they gave presentations on topics they saw as important.”

    After graduation, Piyanut plans to teach K-12 Chinese.

    To meet Piyanut and the other graduating seniors, please join us at our reception on December 15th. (See above.)

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