Events Archive

The Center for East Asian Studies hosts various types of events to showcase research connected to East Asia by our campus faculty and graduate students. See below for a partial listing of past events. See here for upcoming events.

2020

Jan. 24, East Asia Now: U.S. – China Trade Discussion

Feb. 4, What are you working on (#WAYWO)

Feb. 18, Jomon Food Diversity, Climate Change, and Long-Term Sustainability

Mar. 2, Perspectives on the Coronavirus Crisis in China

Mar. 3, A Global Enlightenment: Western Progress and Chinese Science

Jun. 11, COVID-19, Trade Tensions, Turbulent Markets — Trouble for Wisconsin Ag

2019

Feb. 28, Junji Nakagawa, “The Collapse of the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) & Japan’s Regional Trade Agreement Strategy in East Asia and the Pacific”

Mar. 6, Pär Cassel, “From Filial Subjects to Loyal Citizens: Representations of the Emperor in Late Imperial and Modern China”

Mar. 7, Jae Hyeok Shin, “Electoral Continuity and Change in South Korea, 1992–2017”

Mar. 12, Kuramoto Kazuhiro, “Foreign Relations in Pre-modern Japan”

Mar. 28, Yang Luo, “The Development of Chinese Calligraphy: A Cultural Evaluation”

Apr. 5, Symposium, “Histories of the Present: Postimperial Asia in the World”

Apr. 6, East Asian Language Pedagogy Workshop: “Assessment, Articulation, and Accountability”

Apr. 13, Rivi Handler-Spitz, “Li Zhi’s Pedagogy of Provocation”

Apr. 12-14, Sixth Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference: “Within and Beyond Asia”

Apr. 17, Sarah Schneewind, “Shrines to the Living and Chinese Government in Ming Times”

Apr. 24, Leta Hong Fincher, “The Feminist Awakening in China”

Apr. 25, “Tiananmen Square at 30 Years: The Future of Democracy and Human Rights”

Apr. 30, “China’s May 4th Movement”: A Roundtable Discussion

May 2, Dorothy Ko, “Blood, Sweat and Innovation: Stories from Porcelain Artisans in China”

Jun. 18, East Asia Now forum, U.S.-China Trade Tensions: What’s next for Central Wisconsin’s Agriculture

Sept. 17, What are you working on (#WAYWO)

Oct. 1, The Significance of 1949

Oct. 3, Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

Oct. 15, A German-Jewish “University” in China During World War II

Oct. 17, East Asia Now: Struggles in Wisconsin Farm Country: the trade war, weather, and workforce issues

Oct. 25, Where Taiwan Stands

Nov. 16, Tzu Chi: Serving with Compassion

Nov. 19, How to be an Expert (#ProfPrac)

Nov. 20, China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship 

Nov 21, How Japan Handled the ‘Trump Shock’ and Learned to Live with it: Understanding Japan-US Relations from a Japanese Perspective

Dec. 2, East Asia Now: Hong Kong in Turmoil

Dec. 3, Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of China’s Workers

Dec. 4, Internships and Vocational Skills Training in China

Dec. 4, After 25 Years of Humanitarian Aid, Why are North Koreans Still Hungry?

2018

Mar. 6, noon, Ingraham 336, UW-Madison Historian David Fields, “A Mere Scrap of Paper: The 1882 Korean-American Treaty, Syngman Rhee, and the Division of Korea.”

Mar. 13, 3:30 p.m., 1418 Van Hise, Dr. Boping Yuan of the University of Cambridge, “An Incremental Model of L2 Speech Production Mechanisms.” Sponsored by Chinese Language & Linguistics Program and Y.R. Chao Foundation with Second Language Acquisition and the Language Institute.

Apr. 3, 4 p.m., Ingraham 206, “Media and Communication in Contemporary China,” a panel of visiting scholars from China speaking about their research on contemporary China. Moderated by UW-Madison Communication Science Professor Zhongdang Pan.

Apr. 9, 3:30 p.m., Room 220, Teacher Education Building, Weili Zhao, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Re-Invigorating the Being of Language in International Educational Studies: Unpacking Confucius’ ‘Wind-Pedagogy’ in Yijing as an exemplar.” Sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Wisconsin China Initiative, and the Center for East Asian Studies.

Apr. 19, 5:30 p.m., Elvehjem L140, Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, “Domestic Cosmopolitanism: Rethinking Gender and Social Change in Republican China.” Sponsored by University Lectures Committee and Harvey Goldberg Center for the Study of Contemporary History.

Apr. 20, 2:00 p.m., 1920 Van Hise, 2018 Asian Studies Student Symposium hosted by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Sponsored by Center for South Asia and Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes.

Apr. 26, 5:30 p.m., UW Law School, Taekyoon Kim of Seoul National University, “Escape from Developmentalism: Forging Political Inventions for Modernizing South Korea’s Development Cooperation.” Hosted by UW-Madison political scientist Eunsook Jung.

Sep. 19, 5:30 p.m., Lubar Commons, 7200 Law, a panel discussion with Gi-Wook Shin (Sociology Professor and Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University) and Uk Heo (Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), moderated by David Fields. “What’s Next for North Korea? The realities behind denuclearization and the DPRK regime.” Hosted by the East Asian Legal Studies Center, with co-hosts UW Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of Political Science. Funded by the Korea Foundation.

Oct. 9, noon, Lubar Commons, 7200 Law, a panel discussion on “Realizing the Future of the Korean Peninsula” – with Soo Kim, former CIA North Korea Analyst, Yonho Kim, a senior researcher at John Hopkin’s School of Advanced International Studies, and Karl Friedhoff, a Fellow on Public Opinion and Asia Policy from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Co-sponsored by Department of Political Science, the Korean Economic Institute of America, East Asian Legal Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Gail and Hyuk Yu Korean Studies Fund.

Oct. 9, 5:00 p.m., Lubar Commons, North Korea Denuclearization Talks Simulation. Co-sponsored by Department of Political Science, the Korean Economic Institute of America, East Asian Legal Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Gail and Hyuk Yu Korean Studies Fund.

Nov. 15, noon, North Hall’s Ogg Room, UW-Madison Political Science Professor Emeritus Edward Friedman‘s lecture on “War by China? Post-Colonial Irredentism, the Return of Empire and the Quest for Hegemony.”

Nov. 15, 4:30 p.m., Pyle Center, Thomas Mullaney‘s lecture on “Asymmetries in Global Information and Language Technology, 1800 to the Present.”

Nov. 16,  University Club, Banquet Room, a panel discussion with Thomas Mullaney on his book The Chinese Typewriter: A History.

Nov. 29, noon, Room 422 (Ogg Room), North Hall, “Crafting Payoffs: Strategies and Effectiveness of China’s Economic Statecraft,” a talk by Audrye Wong (Ph.D. Candidate, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University)

Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m., 294 Van Hise, ALC Colloquium “Queer Reproductions and Kibyōshi in Early Modern Japan,” a talk by Michael Toole (Ph.D. Candidate, UW-Madison)

Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., Helen C. White 6191, “Myth & Reality in US-North Korean Relations,” a talk by Bruce Cumings, the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

Dec. 7, noon, Social Sciences 8417, “Daughters of the Han River: Intergenerational Educational Mobility, Motherhood, and Female Achievement in Contemporary Korea” by Eunsil Oh (Lecturer, Sociology, Harvard).

Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m., Social Sciences 8417, “Raising Global Elites from a Distance: Transnational Parenting of South Korean Students” by Juyeon Park (PhD Candidate, Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst).

Dec. 14, noon, Social Sciences 8417, “Democratic Glue: How Nationalism Holds Democracies Together” by Aram Hur (Postdoctoral Scholar, Wagner School of Public Service, NYU)

2017

The Spring Semester 2017 lecture series included talks on Samurai (Sarah Thal), East Asian textiles (Sherry Harlacher), and Korean tribute missions to China (Zhijun Ren).

Feb. 7, noon, Lubar Commons, 7200 Law, Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law Emeritus Charles Irish, “Trump Ascendance, the U.S. in Decline, and the New World Order: Implications for US Economic Relations with East Asia.”

Feb. 15, noon, 336 Ingraham, UW History Professor Sarah Thal, “The Way of the Samurai and the Backlash against Women’s Rights in 1890s Japan.”

Feb. 23, 4:00 p.m., 22 Ingraham, Robert J. Fouser, “Recreating a Hanok in Seoul: A Personal Journey.”

Mar. 10, Pyle Center, Burdick Vary Symposium”Histories of the Present: Postimperial Asia in the World.” UW historians joined by colleagues from Rice and Columbia in two panels: “Neo-Nationalisms and Empire” and “East Asian Regionalisms.”

Mar. 15, noon, Nancy Nicholas Hall, Room 1235, Sherry Harlacher, Director, Center for Textiles and Design, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison, “”East Asian Textile Highlights in the UW-Madison’s Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.”

Apr. 5, 6:30 p.m., Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Screening of the Bacchus Lady | Director Q&A.

Apr. 11, 4:15 p.m., 22 Ingraham, Professor Christopher Hanscom of UCLA, “Involuntary Resistance: Against Normalizing Society in Recent South Korean Film.”

Apr. 14, 3:30 p.m., 6210 Social Sciences, Mr. Hong Lei, Consul General of China to Chicago, “Sino-US Relations at a New Starting Point.”

Apr. 15, 5 p.m., The Crossing, 2017 Taiwanese Night Market hosted by Taiwanese Undergraduate Student Organization.

Apr. 23, 2 p.m., A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, a poetry reading by Gozo Yoshimasu and Sawako Nakayasu. Collaboration with the University of Iowa.

Apr. 25, 4 p.m., DeLuca Forum Discovery Building, The Chinese Exclusion Act, a public conversation, with filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu and panelists: Activist/Author Helen Zia, a rights perspective; UW Asian American Faculty Victor Jew, a history perspective; UW Law Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes, a legal perspective.

Sept. 22, 3 p.m., Pyle Center, roundtable on the North Korea Crisis. Comments from faculty experts from the departments of History and Political Science.

Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Pyle Center, African Lives in China: A Live Recording of the Sinica Podcast. The popular Sinica Podcast came to UW for a live show with special guest Lina Benabdallah.

Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m., Mead Public Library, Rocca Meeting Room, roundtable discussion on the North Korea Crisis. Comments and a Q&A with Eunsook Jung, Political Science; Charles Kim, History; Andrew Kydd, Political Science; & Louise Young, History. Moderated by David Fields.

Oct. 10, noon, 336 Ingraham, Florence C. Hsia, UW-Madison Professor of History of Science, “How to Use a Chinese Dictionary: The four-corner index.”

Nov. 7, noon, 336 Ingraham, Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, UW-Madison, “China’s New Legal and Political Framework for controlling Foreign NGOs.”

Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m., Masley Media Room, Red Gym, Dr. Zach Fredman, U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow, Dartmouth College, “The Jeep Girl Crisis of 1945. American Servicemen and Chinese Women in Wartime China.”

Dec. 4, noon, 336 Ingraham, UW-Madison Associate Professor of Japanese Literature Steve Ridgely, “Wada Basins and Aleatory Causation.”

Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Pyle Center Auditorium, Forum on North Korea, a free public discussion with comments from Edward Friedman, Eunsook Jung, Charles Kim, Andrew Kydd, Louise Young. Moderated by David Fields.

2016

Fall semester 2016 lectures focused on South Korean politics (Eunsook Jung), Taekwondo in America (Charles Kim), and Daoism in Ming China (Michael Naparstek).

Feb. 2, noon, 336 Ingraham, Bo Wang, “Learning to Waste through Cooking Sichuan Cuisine: Layered alterities in women’s culinary lessons in Shangri-La City, Tibetan Southwest China.”

Mar. 1, noon, 336 Ingraham, Alicia Foley, “Poking Holes in the Loyal Retainers: Comic Verses on Chūshingura.”

Apr. 5, noon, 336 Ingraham, Dominic DeSapio, “Blame without Accountability? The political effects of industrial accidents and environmental emergencies in China.”

Apr. 26, noon, 336 Ingraham, Hui Wang, School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, “Integrating Food into Community Development: Food safety as a “tool” to support community goals.”

May 3, noon, 336 Ingraham, Hye Eun Choi, “The Making of the Recording Industry in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945.”

Oct. 7, Pyle Center, Symposium “East Asian Studies after the Cold War.”

Oct. 19 – Nov. 5, Taiwanese Culture in Madison, a series of events honoring and sharing the rich tradition as well as the contemporary practice of arts and culture from Taiwan.

Nov. 3, noon, Law School, Room 3250, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Sungjoon Cho, “Law, Markets, and Globalization: An East Asian Perspective.”

Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m., 6210 Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Gary W. Crawford, “An Archaeological Exploration of the Dawn of Agriculture in Ancient China.”

Nov. 16, noon, 336 Ingraham, Charles Kim, “Taekwondo in America.”

2015

Oct. 13, noon, 340 Ingraham, Laura Jo-Han Wen, “Magic Lantern Shows and Screening Wars in Colonial Taiwan.”

Nov. 10, noon, 340 Ingraham, Daniel Kim, “The Emergence of a Modern Korean Intelligentsia.”

Dec. 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Pyle Center, Room 313, Symposium, “Japan and the Humanities Crisis.” A day of panels on the value and relevance of the humanities, the interplay between politics and higher education, and the meaning of recent Japanese Ministry of Education policy proposals to eliminate schools of education, humanities and the social sciences.

Dec. 8, noon, 340 Ingraham, James Homsey, “The Broad Faith: Assimilative Japanism in army education and national reform ideology.”

2014

Feb. 23, 3 p.m., Engineering Centers building Rm 1003, 威斯康辛大学学友会UW-Friends成立大会.

2013

Feb. 5, 4:00 p.m., B10 Ingraham, Tsering Shakya, University of British Columbia, “Self-Immolations in Tibet: The Changing Language of Protest.”

Mar. 21, 4:00 p.m., 6104 Social Sciences, David Slater, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo, “After the Quake: Social Media and Civil Society in Japan.”

2012

Jan. 24, 4:00 p.m., Pyle Center, Samuel O. Regalado, Professor of History, California State University-Stanislaus, “One Base at a Time: Baseball and the Nikkei People.”

Feb. 8, 4:00 p.m., 336 Ingraham, Jung-hye Shin, “Making Home, Declining Body, and Institutional Life, Are They at Odds?: Cross‐cultural approach to lived experience of home for the aged.”

Feb. 29, noon, 336 Ingraham, Thomas Noel Donnelly, “Gazing at the Universe: Re-reading Landscape with Tao Yuanming.”

Mar. 1, 4:00 p.m., 3401 Sterling, Shu-mei Shih, University of California, Los Angeles, “Is Feminism Translatable? Taiwan, Spivak, A-Wu.”

Mar. 1, 6:00 p.m., 5206 Social Sciences, Rowan Flad, Harvard University, “Bone Divination, Animal Sacrifice, and Power in Early China.”

Mar. 28, noon, 206 Ingraham, Min Ye Paing Hein, “Can Chinese Warlords Speak? War, Peace, Telegrams and the Chinese Republic.”

Apr. 11, 6:00 p.m., Liberty in North Korea “The People’s Crisis” humanitarian film screening and discussion.

Apr. 13, 1:00 p.m., Steven Chung, “Cold War Optics: ‘Asia.'”

Apr. 16, noon, 336 Ingraham, Shelly Chan, “When Diaspora meets the Motherland: Lim Boon Keng and Lu Xun at Amoy University, 1926-27.”

Apr. 24, noon, 336 Ingraham, Rachel Goc, “Expressions of Minority Identity in Popular Music in Japan.”

Apr. 26, 6:00 p.m., 5206 Social Sciences, June Jeong Lee, Seoul National University, “Food Production in Korea: Its Socioeconomic and Symbolic Meaning.”

Apr. 27, 5:00 p.m., L140 Elvehjem, Jaqueline Berndt, “Revisiting Barefoot Gen of Hiroshima: Japanese Manga (Comics) Studies in the Wake of the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdowns of 3-11.”

Oct. 4, 4:00 p.m., 206 Ingraham, Simon Wickham-Smith, “A Period of Darkness’: Mongol literature between the Purging of the Intelligentsia and the Death of Stalin (1938-1953).”

Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., 1266 Grainger, Yan Ki Richard Ho, City University of Hong Kong, “Asian Markets: Microstructural Issues and Beyond.”

Nov. 1, 4:00 p.m., 206 Ingraham, Alexander Diener, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Kansas, “City of Concrete and Felt: Negotiating Cultural Hybridity in Mongolia’s Capital of Ulaanbaatar.”

Nov. 9, noon, 260 Ingraham, Enrique Dussel Peters, Director of the Mexico-China Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), “Latin America and China: Trade, Tensions, and Opportunities.”

Nov. 16, noon, B30 Taylor Hall, Professor Jikun, head of Center of Chinese Agricultural Policy in Chinese Academy of Science, “China’s Food Security and Trade: Past Performance and Future Perspective.”