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annual report 2016 in review

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Director’s Note By So-Min Cheong CEAS Director Greetings from the KU Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)! 2016 has been an eventful year as we embrace change and transform ourselves to serve you better. KU has new leadership at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Provost’s Office to guide us in this era of budget cuts in higher education. Our new provost, Neeli Bendapudi, loves to see KU enhance student education and diversity on campus. Our new dean, Carl Lejuez, envisions a student-centered research intensive college. He has also created a new office of diversity, inclusion, and equity within the College. Our new associate dean, Henry Bial, is working with all area studies centers to support and promote center activities. The Center is very fortunate to have their support, and quite excited to work with them to help advance KU goals and benefit the Center. The Center also has gone through some changes with the departure of the outgoing associate dean, Marsha Haufler and the former director, Megan Greene. Because of their support throughout the years,


CEAS News p. 3 Faculty News, p. 4-5 East Asia Library, p. 6 Temporal Turn exhibit, p. 6 KCTA and KU Confucius Institute, p. 7 Student Scholarships, p. 8-9 Outreach Highlights, p. 10-11

Children perform a song in Chinese at the 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration.

the Center has continued to win Title VI from the U.S. Department of Education and other grants; increased CEAS staff to five; established a new M.A. program; and enriched education and outreach activities. I am very grateful to inherit a strong and capable Center, and wish them all the best in future endeavors. CEAS as usual held two annual East Asian holiday events: the Lunar New Year party and the Mid-Autumn Moon Viewing. With an attendance of 150 and 300 people, respectively, 2016 was a banner year. We also enjoyed a gathering of KU faculty and students at the fall potluck graciously hosted by our Professor Emeritus Jill Kleinberg of Business. Her house was awesome and we thank her profusely for letting us in! Jun Fu, our FLAS coordinator, managed various student scholarships that the Center offers including our prominent Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship. She participated in the International Jayhawk Festival, Study Abroad Fair, Global KEY Symposium

in the School of Business, and MidAmerica Asian Culture Festival. She also assisted with the International Program and the Applied English Center to support Chinese visitors. In November, Jun has organized a successful ACTFL Training workshop in collaboration with the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. In addition to campus activities, we have several outreach events to boast of. The East Asia Litfest 2016 brought 250 middle school students up from 50 from the previous year to meet with authors of books about East Asia under the direction of Randi Hacker, the Outreach Director. New also this year was the “Changing Face of Asia” film festival, led by Randi with the support of the Lawrence Arts Center, the KU Department of Film and Media Studies, and the KU Confucius Institute. Close to 200 people attended one or more of the six films. Randi’s presentation on the Postcards (which recently marked its 100th show) at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs was well-received and resulted in the Outreach Director at the University of Illinois Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies posting it on their website. Our language program at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center was also called “the most successful volunteer program” they’ve ever had. Nancy Hope, who has been with the Center since 1999, will be turning her work with K-14 educators over to another upon retirement next year. In the meantime she is digitizing many of her materials. Thanks to Nancy, who conducted two online professional development courses for the National Consortium for Teaching

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE about Asia and Asia for Educators this year, we have expanded our catalog of online courses. More than 60 educators nationwide participated in these courses that used Voices of East Asia: Essential Readings from Antiquity to the Present, a textbook Nancy co-edited with Maggie Childs for Routledge. Ayako Mizumura is pleased to continue serving as the program advisor for the M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, now in its second year with one graduate and four students currently enrolled. We expect at least one new incoming student in Spring 2017. Ayako is dedicated to fostering a student-friendly environment and helping students with their varied academic and non-academic needs. CEAS is one of the KU area studies centers that participates in the Master’s Accelerator Program (MAP) which launches in the spring of 2017. We anticipate attracting more international applicants over the next several years. See “CEAS M.A. Program” on Page 3, and “Featured Alum” on Page 9 for updates! Now I’d like to turn our attention to all the CEAS affiliate faculty who have supported the Center throughout the years. I enjoyed meeting every one of you and getting to know you from our campus and community activities this year. I firmly believe that the Center can only advance with sustained and increased faculty participation. With that in mind, I’d like to welcome John Kennedy, ChangHwan Kim,

Randi Hacker, Outreach Director, visits a Girl Scout Troop in Shawnee.

and Akiko Takeyama to the CEAS advisory committee, where they join continuing committee members Maggie Childs, Vickie Doll, and Ben Uchiyama. In addition, I have created a couple of new faculty committees to help with the Center programs and initiatives: a new graduate committee for the CEAS M.A. program consisting of Alfred Ho, Hyunjin Seo, and Maki Kaneko and a new diversity program whose members include Hye Sun Cho, ChangHwan Kim, Ayako Mizumura, Akiko Takeyama, Hong Tien Vu, and Yong Zhao. We are excited to launch this program, which aligns with the diversity initiatives of the College and the Provost. One notable new faculty to report is Yong Zhao, who arrived at KU this fall. He is the Foundation

Distinguished Professor in the School of Education, with considerable expertise in education and China. In October, he worked with us to create a half-day conference with a view to strengthening partnerships between CEAS and the KU School of Education. This is a great example of faculty participation that enhances the Center’s activities. We hope to find ways in the coming year to work more closely with faculty to promote their research, courses, publications and other accomplishments. In the midst of budget cuts at the University of Kansas, the Center is diversifying its funding base in order to sustain and increase activities and support East Asian education and research. The Center is already contemplating the next Title VI proposal, and turning more to research activities in keeping with the College’s initiatives. Your interest and support are crucial in this time of need to keep up with existing activities and outreach programs. I am very happy to report that our private donations have increased this year. I strongly encourage you to consider giving to benefit all those engaged and interested in East Asia at KU and beyond. In closing, I extend my gratitude to CEAS staff Jun, Randi, Nancy, Ayako, and Megan. I also thank all who have supported us by taking interest, showing up, offering program assistance, working on committees, giving talks, and simply listening.


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CEAS produces specialists in East Asian languages and cultures and provides expertise on East Asia to the state, region, and nation. On campus, CEAS supports teaching, curriculum development, faculty and student research, the library, and media resources. CEAS outreach programs enrich the educational experience of KU students, provide training and educational materials for K-12 teachers and educators at other post-secondary institutions, and make the university’s East Asian resources, including faculty expertise, available to the community, business, government, and the media.

So-Min Cheong Director

Sheree Welch Willis Executive Director, KU Confucius Institute

Ayako Mizumura Assistant Director

Kevin Liu Associate Director, KU Confucius Institute

Randi Hacker Outreach Director Jun Fu Program Coordinator Megan Phelps Communications Specialist Nancy Hope Associate Director, KCTA Associate Director for Special Projects, KU Confucius Institute

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conference focuses on Education IN Memoriam: About 60 KU faculty members, staff, and students met at the Oread Hotel on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 for a half-day conference focused on “Strengthening Partnerships Between the KU School of Education and KU Center for East Asian Studies.” The keynote speaker was Yong Zhao, who joined the KU School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in fall of 2016 as KU’s latest Foundation Distinguished Professor. He spoke about “High Performing Eastern Asian Education and Its Implications for America.” The event was an opportunity for many in the KU community to meet Zhao, who is known for his research and publications on globalization and education, education reforms around the world, and Chinese language learning, among other topics. The conference was also a chance to bring together faculty and students in teacher education with those who pursue other aspects of East Asian studies, and consider their shared interests across disciplines. Other KU faculty members delivering talks included Tailan Chi, Professor of International Business, who spoke on the effects of China’s education system on Chinese businesses; ChangHwan Kim, Associate Professor of

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Yong Zhao, left, gave the keynote at an event bringing together CEAS and the KU School of Education.

Sociology, who talked about the gender earnings gaps among recent college graduates in South Korea; and Sherry Fowler, Professor of Japanese Art History, who discussed what can be learned from premodern Japanese Buddhist books. Also speaking at the event were Henry Bial, Associate Dean for International and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Rick Ginsberg, Dean of the School of Education, who delivered opening remarks, as did So-Min Cheong, Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. All talks were followed by question and answer sessions, with a concluding reception that offered more opportunities for discussion. Our thanks to the KU School of Education for partnering with us on this event!

Updates to CEAS M.A. Program We are pleased to announce that as of November 2016, we have formed a new graduate committee that will oversee the CEAS M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies. This new CEAS Graduate Committee consists of the following faculty as regular members: Alfred Ho, Professor of Public Affairs & Administration; Maki Kaneko, Associate Professor, Japanese Art History; and Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications.

In addition, So-Min Cheong, the CEAS Director, and Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, will serve as ex-officio members. The committee will be chaired by Alfred Ho for the first year, and is responsible for overseeing matters concerning graduate admission and policies to improve and strengthen the CEAS M.A. program. Thank you again, Alfred, Maki and Hyunjin for agreeing to serve on the CEAS Graduate Committee.  — Ayako Mizumura

Many in the KU community will remember George Cameron “Cappy” Hurst, who passed away on June 30, 2016 in Philadelphia at the age of 75. Hurst was a professor of history and East Asian studies at KU from 1969-1995. During his years at KU, he served in many roles, including chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and multiple terms as the Director of the KU Center for East Asian Studies. After leaving KU, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked from 1995 to 2010 as a Professor of Japanese and Korean Studies, also serving as the Director of that institution’s Center for East Asian Studies and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Colleagues remember him as a dedicated teacher, who was committed to education both inside and outside the classroom. He organized and took part in numerous symposia, conference panels, and guest lectures, and was involved in many projects aimed at helping other educators learn and teach about East Asia. He founded the Phila-Nipponica program, which over the course of 18 years took 160 middle and high school teachers from the Philadelphia area to Japan. Hurst was a prolific author, whose interests focused on the history of medieval Japan and martial arts. He was also interested in contemporary events in Asia, writing opinion pieces for news outlets such as the Korea Times and the Japan Times. He is survived by his wife, Nayop Hurst, and by his three children and three grandchildren.

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new CEAS AFfiliated Faculty Yong Zhao is joining CEAS as a Core Faculty member. He is also new to KU — Zhao joined the KU School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies this fall as KU’s newest Foundation Distinguished Professor. This program is an initiative between the university and the state of Kansas to attract eminent scholars to KU. Zhao was formerly the presidential chair and professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon. He is known for his research and publications on a number of topics, but especially for his work in globalization and education, education reforms around the world, technology in education, and China and Chinese-language learning. Zhao has published more than 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World. He also holds a courtesy appointment with the KU School of Business.


Alexander Diener is joining CEAS as an Associate Faculty member. He is an Associate Professor in the Geography department and the Director of the KU Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. He joined the KU faculty in 2012. His work in East Asia has primarily been in Mongolia, though he has also written about diasporic Koreans and the South China Sea border issues. His first book, published in 2004, was Homeland Conceptions and Ethnic Integration among Kazakhstan’s Germans and Koreans, which dealt with the Koryo Saram in Central Asia, their relations with South Korea and perceptions of a historic homeland in the Russian Far East. His second book, One Homeland or Two?: Nationalization and Transnationalization of Mongolia’s Kazakhs dealt with Mongolian Kazakhs and their negotiation of a homeland following the collapse of the Soviet Union. For this project, he conducted over six months of fieldwork in Mongolia. His current project in Mongolia is related to connectivity in Northeast Asia.

Promotions, Publications, and other faculty news Christopher Anderson, Business, was promoted to Full Professor. He was also awarded sabbatical leave and an Anthony Redwood International Faculty Development award to spend 10 weeks as a visiting scholar at Chongqing University School of Economics & Business Administration in Chongqing, China. He also recently received a Red Pen Award for referee service to the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. J. Christopher Brown, Environmental Studies, received the 2016 George and Eleanor Woodyard Award, which recognizes KU faculty members who have provided outstanding leadership in international education at KU. Hui Cai, Architecture, co-led an international joint studio with the School of Architecture at Nanjing Tech, China in spring 2015. The success of the class, which brought KU and NJ Tech students together to design an intergenerational community, led to the signing of a Technical, Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding between the two schools. Under it they 4 university of kansas

agree to continue to collaborate on joint research, study and educational activities, and to exchange scholars, faculty and students. So-Min Cheong, Geography, has been chosen to participate in the scoping meeting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Oceans and the Cryosphere, which will be held in Monaco in December 2016. She also received an award of nearly $600,000 from the Gulf Research Program, which is administered by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Her project, “Community Cohesion and Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” will take place over the next two years, and includes collaborators from Stanford. Kelly Chong, Sociology, received a book contract with Routledge for Love Across Borders: Asian Americans and the Politics of Intermarriage and Family-Making. Tailan Chi, International Business, started serving as an editor on the Journal of International Business Studies in June 2016.

Changming Duan, Educational Psychology, received the 2016 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award from the Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, Society of Counseling Psychology. Arienne Dwyer, Anthropology, and her research team, which includes KU Ph.D. students Gülnar Eziz and Akbar Amat, have been working on making manuscripts in late Chaghatay, the antecedent language of modern Uyghur and Uzbek, available online. To date they have published eight manuscript transcriptions and over 60 digital facsimiles on the project website: atmo.html. The project, “Annotating Turki Manuscripts from the Jarring Collection Online,” runs through 2017. Kris Ercums, Spencer Museum of Art, was promoted to Associate Curator, and organized the new exhibition “Temporal Turn.” (See Page 6.) Sherry Fowler, Art History, was promoted to Full Professor. Her book Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan was published by University of Hawaiʻi Press in November.

FACULTY NEWS Megan Greene, History, was recognized at the Fall Faculty Potluck with the 2016 CEAS Faculty Service Award for her ongoing support of Center activities, and by the CEAS Advisory Board, with special thanks for her service to the Center through her seven years as Director. John Head, Law, completed a book manuscript that is currently in publication at Routledge Press. The book, International Law and Agroecological Husbandry, is expected to be released by December 2016. He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for 2016-2017, which he is currently enjoying in Canada. It is the Fulbright Research Chair in Global Governance, and the host institutions are the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the University of Waterloo. Virginia Harper Ho, Law, was promoted to Full Professor, and was selected by the Law School as the inaugural Edwin W. Hecker, Jr. Teaching Fellow for 2016-2019. Alfred Tat-kei Ho, Public Affairs and Administration, was promoted to Full Professor. He also received the 2015 best paper award from the American Review of Public Administration. Maki Kaneko, History of Art, recently completed a catalog essay for St. Louis Art Museum, presented a paper at the Image & Gender Study Meeting (Tokyo), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Sophia University (Tokyo). ChangHwan Kim, Sociology, was awarded a grant to do research on “Education and Social Mobility in Korea” for the next three years. Keith McMahon, EALC, is celebrating the publication of his sixth book, Celestial Women: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Song to Qing, and the French translation of his

fifth book, Sexe et Pouvoir a la Cour de Chine. Yoonmi Nam, Visual Art, had four solo exhibitions and 15 group exhibitions nationally and internationally during the past year. Her works were placed in four different public collections and she was awarded the Art in Print Award as one of the semifinalists for the Print Center’s 90th Annual International Competition in Philadelphia. Eric Rath, History, has a new book, Japan’s Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity, that was released by Reaktion Books in September. Hyunjin Seo, Journalism, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Maya Stiller, Art History, is a Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, August 2015 - July 2016. Daniel Stevenson, Religious Studies, gave a three-day intensive Master’s Seminar at Yale University, Oct 13-16, 2016. Akiko Takeyama, Anthropology, had a book published in spring 2016: Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club. Ketty Wong-Cruz, Music, was elected and served as Chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Latin American Studies Section. Benjamin Uchiyama, History, received a contract with Cambridge Press for a book tentatively titled: Carnival War: A Cultural History of Wartime Japan, 1937–1945. Yan Bing Zhang, Communications, received two top paper awards from the National Communication Association. Jie Zhang, Linguistics, was promoted to Full Professor. If you are a CEAS faculty member and have news you’d like to share, send us an email!

Title VI-Related Faculty Awards The following were awarded travel grant and new course development awards for the year 2016. International Research Travel Hyesun Cho, Education Changming Duan, Education Jungsil Lee, History of Art Maya Stiller, History of Art Akiko Takeyama, Anthropology Crispin Williams, EALC Ketty Wong-Cruz, Music Faye Xiao, EALC Jie Zhang, Linguistics Travel to Conferences Edward Canda, Social Welfare Kelly Chong, Sociology Vickie Doll, East Asian Library Sherry Fowler, History of Art Michiko Ito, East Asian Library Maki Kaneko, History of Art Jungsil Jenny Lee, History of Art Yan Li, EALC Yao Li, CEAS Keith McMahon, EALC Sanako Mitsugi, Linguistics Yoonmi Nam, Visual Art Akiko Takeyama, Anthropology Benjamin Uchiyama, History Crispin Williams, EALC Kyoim Yun, EALC Yan Bing Zhang, Communications Course Development Awards Yan Li, EALC For a project on “Exploring Chinese Culture through Characters,” developing two online Chinese literacy courses Sanako Mitsugi, Linguistics For a course on “Culture and Communication in Japan” Faye Xiao, EALC For an East Asian Languages and Cultures course on “Gender and Society in Modern China”

Many faculty and graduate students participated in the 2016 East Asia Research Forums organized by Eric Rath, professor of history, and librarians Vickie Doll and Michiko Ito.

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2016 East Asia Library Highlights By Vickie Doll, Chinese and Korean Studies Librarian The East Asian Library at the University of Kansas continues to build its collection to support the teaching, learning, and research goals of the KU Center for East Asian Studies and the Midwest region. The KU East Asian Collection ranks among the top 20 collections in North America, and 11th among publicly funded collections in the United States. East Asian Studies electronic resources can be found at A variety of subject guides and East Asian course guides can be found at research. Korean databases. The East Asian Library was awarded the 2016 Korean language e-resource grant by the Korea Foundation to support the subscription costs of Korean databases. The grant provided $5,000 (44%) and the library contributed $6,250 (56%) to pay for the Korean e-resources subscription costs. EAL also received $2,000 worth of materials from the BooksOnKorea program. Travel grant. Michael McCarty,

Above: One of the donated Korean woodblock print boards.

Visiting Assistant Professor at Rice University, received the 2016 travel grant award. He is polishing his translation of a 13th-century Japanese text, as well as a 13thcentury text by a Buddhist monk. Research forums. The East Asian Studies annual research forums were held in April — one for graduate students on April 22, and one for faculty on April 29. These forums provide venues for students to present their scholarly efforts, for faculty to learn about what others have been working on, and for everyone to gain feedback from peers and faculty. Donations. The library received more than 500 volumes donated by family members of the late professor —

Clyde Stoltenberg (1947-2013). In addition, family members of the deceased KU alumnus, Roger D. Meyer, East Asian Studies (1965) and M.A. in History (1967), donated more than 1,000 volumes of Meyer’s private collection. We also recently received two Korean woodblock print boards of Korean Confucianism works donated by a Kansas resident. Both boards are carved with Korean Hanja on both sides. One was for a book published around 1867 and the other for a book from the late 1800s. These boards are housed at Spencer Special Collections and are a great addition to the Spencer Research Library’s collection of printing blocks, plates, and stones.

“temporal Turn” Exhibit opens at spencer museum of art The Spencer Museum of Art invites viewers to contemplate the past, present and future with the exhibition “Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia,” which runs from Nov. 10, 2016 March 12, 2017. This major international exhibition at the University of Kansas features 26 contemporary artists from across Asia whose work explores ideas about time, history and memory. In addition to works from the museum’s permanent collection, “Temporal Turn” includes international loans and site-specific commissions by four artists-inresidence. Organized by Kris Ercums, Spencer Museum curator of global contemporary and Asian art, the 6 university of kansas

exhibition addresses a range of issues, such as our ongoing relationship with technology, climate change, globalization, and changing attitudes toward gender and national identity. “‘Temporal Turn’ presents a diverse range of visions of our future world with work that attempts to bridge art and science in new ways,” Ercums said. “I hope that audiences will enjoy the incredible array of art and ideas and expand their understanding of this vibrant region of the world.” Artists-in-residence, Konoike Tomoko (Japan), Rohini Devasher (India), Park Jaeyoung (Korea) and Sahej Rahal (India) worked at the Spencer Museum during October and November to create new art for

the exhibition. “These imaginative commissions enliven the exhibition,” Ercums said. “Together they reveal the potential for wonder in considering varied interpretations of our past, present and future.” Gallery talks, film screenings and art activities will further engage the public with the curious and inventive ideas presented in “Temporal Turn.” Major support for this exhibition was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council and the Japan Foundation.  — KU News Service


KCTA Programs for teachers and community members By Nancy Hope, Associate Director, KCTA The Kansas Consortium for Teaching about East Asia (KCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation of New York and Stowe, Vermont, has been helping K-14 educators learn and teach about China, Korea and Japan for the past 16 years. During this time, KCTA’s “East Asia History and Culture for Teachers” class has trained nearly 500 educators, with training sessions offered both online and in face-to-face settings. Educators who complete this 24-hour introduction to the geography, history, literature, and arts of East Asia gain resources for teaching about these subjects, and are able to add increased East Asian content to their respective curricula. Each year, KCTA conducts a workshop focused on a specific aspect of Japanese history and culture in conjunction with the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival at Johnson County Community College. In October 2016, 33 educators and their students

Taiko drumming practice during an October workshop for K-14 educators.

took part in this year’s workshop on “Samurai in Motion,” which examined the martial, philosophical and cultural aspects of Japan’s warrior class. Educators heard presentations and received teaching resources, as well as gaining hands-on experience with taiko drumming. Participants were first able to practice with Three Trails Taiko of Olathe, Kansas, and then were invited on stage to drum with the group as part of the Festival.

KCTA reaches educators with news and resources through its “KCTA E-news.” More than 600 educators received each of 20 issues of KCTA E-News in 2016. This newsletter is also reposted in its entirety on KCTA’s Facebook page ( kansas.consortium.teaching.about. asia) while selections appear on the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia ( website. Also this year, KCTA provided curriculum consultation for K-14 educators throughout the Midwest, made public presentations on East Asian topics for the Kansas Humanities Council and for KU’s OSHER Institute, and judged the Japanese calligraphy of students in Kansas and Missouri. As part of a grant from the Longview Foundation, KCTA also facilitated a follow-up presentation on evaluating global competencies in Kansas teacher education programs for the annual conference of the Kansas Association of Teacher Educators held in April in Wichita. Visit us online at

2016 highlights from the KU Confucius Institute By Kevin Liu, Associate Director, CIKU In 2016, the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas partnered with other units at KU to offer China-related public programming and outreach to K-12 schools. We worked with CEAS to deliver workshops for teachers, provide travel funding for faculty and graduate students, offer scholarships, and host a Chinese language speech contest. The Institute also worked with OIP, the School of Education, and CEAS to offer a special two-month program on current trends in U.S. education to a group of short-term study abroad students from Central China Normal University. We have continued to teach about Chinese language and culture in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas by partnering with heritage associations and

Instructors from the Confucius Institute, at the 2016 Moon Viewing Party cosponsored by CEAS and the Institute.

other local organizations to host or contribute to programming such as the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival culture fair and evening gala at Johnson County Community College, the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, and other events. Facilitating access to Chinese

language learning for audiences outside of the university continues to be a goal of the Institute. In 2016, the Institute again offered corporate training and non-credit classes for local community members and continued to develop and test distance learning techniques, primarily by offering video-conferenced distance learning Chinese language classes for K–12 schools. The Institute has initiated a shift from specialized video-conferencing equipment to cloud-based solutions which allows for greater flexibility and freedom of access. We also began offering independent study classes and individual tutoring sessions for both high school students and local community members. Plans for 2017 include public events, collaboration with the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, and expanded offerings for corporate training. center for east asian studies 7


EAST ASIA SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS FOR 2016 These students received scholarships for summer 2016 or the 2016-2017 academic year. Current students can find information about available scholarships from KU and other institutions at scholarships.

Jill Kleinberg Scholarship

Isaiah Hastings is an undergraduate student majoring in business administration and Japanese. He also received a FLAS fellowship. See more information on next page.

Chinese Government Scholarship

Gentry Toman is an undergraduate student majoring in anthropology and Chinese Language and Literature. She is studying Chinese at Shaanxi Normal University for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Okubo Award

Weitian Yan is a graduate student in Art History. His essay “Brushing Yang Jie’s Encomiums on a Narrative Scroll” was selected as the winner of the 2016 Okubo Award.

FLAS students meet in spring of 2016 to discuss current and future language study.


Philip Bradshaw is an undergraduate student majoring in biology and Chinese. He took 3rd year Chinese at the Princeton in Beijing summer program in China. He is taking 4th year Chinese at Beijing Normal University in China for the fall semester and then will be back at KU in the spring semester. In the future, he hopes to work for a U.S. firm partnering with Chinese private companies in the field of biochemistry. He is from Lawrence, Kansas.

Michael Burns is an undergraduate student majoring in computer science and minoring in Japanese. He took 2nd year Japanese at the Hokkaido International Foundation Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program in Japan. His primary goal of studying abroad is to be as immersed in the language and culture as possible. He is from Leawood, Kansas. Justin Connolly is an undergraduate student majoring in Japanese. He is taking 3rd year

FEATURED FLAS STUDENT: KATIE HARDING, STUDYING KOREAN What are you studying? East Asian Languages and Cultures with Korean and Pre-Medicine What has been your favorite course so far? It was a course on colonial Korea. This course went in-depth on the experiences and struggles of the time period and expanded my knowledge on how Korea became the country it is today.

It was an invaluable experience to get a feel for what it could be like working abroad and utilizing Korean in everyday life.

Kathleen Harding is a junior from Olathe, Kansas, and a 2016-2017 FLAS recipient.

What do you want to do after graduation? I plan on going to medical school. Specifically, I want to become a doctor and work in South Korea.

which is so different from English and interacting with people who speak Korean.

How did you decide to study Korean? I was introduced to Korean culture five years ago and started learning the language for fun. Learning Korean quickly became my passion and developed my desire to eventually work in South Korea. I enjoy studying Korean grammar,

Have you studied abroad? Yes, I went to South Korea this past summer and interned in Gyeonggido Gwangju. I participated in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) practicum and created and implemented my own lesson plan in the classroom.

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How do you practice your language skills? There are multiple free online resources including entertaining podcasts and shows. I’ve watched over 50 Korean dramas and they’ve helped me with pronunciation and grammar. What would you say to other students considering taking Korean? Studying Korean may require a lot of work, but it is extremely rewarding. Going to Korea was one of the best experiences of my life and gave me even more reason to believe in the importance of studying other languages and cultures in order to become a wellrounded, active global citizen and connect with people around the world.

SCHOLARSHIPS Japanese at KU for the fall semester and will study abroad at Nanzan University in Japan for the spring semester. His career goals include working for a Japanese relations branch of an American company. He is from Overland Park, Kansas. Mallory Copeland is an undergraduate student majoring in environmental science and Chinese. She took 2nd year Chinese at the CET Summer Intensive Chinese Language in Kunming, China, and is taking 3rd year Chinese at KU. Her career goals are to work for the state department as a representative of U.S. environmental interests abroad. She is from Topeka, Kansas. Kathleen Harding is an undergraduate student majoring in pre-med and Korean. She is taking 3rd year Korean at KU. Read more about her in the profile on the previous page. Isaiah Hastings is an undergraduate student majoring in business administration and Japanese. He is taking 3rd year Japanese at KU in the fall semester and will study abroad at Sophia

University in Japan for the spring semester. His ideal job would be to start his own video game design company, with branches in both the United States and Japan. He is from Lawrence, Kansas. William Hill is a graduate student in EALC. He took 4th year Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center of National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. Taiwan is the main focus of his research, and this experience will help him immensely as he continues to work on his thesis. He is from Overland Park, Kansas. Andrew Kustodowicz is a graduate student in history. He studied 4th year Japanese at Middlebury Summer Intensive Language Program. He hopes to become a professor of Japanese history. He is from Deland, Florida. Rachel Quist is a graduate student in art history. She studied 4th year Japanese at the InterUniversity Center for Japanese Language studies in Yokohama, Japan and is studying 5th year Japanese at KU. In the future she wants to work either in museums or in an educational context, and

she is open to a government career as well. She is from Brookline, Massachusetts. Brian Rogers is a graduate student in history. He is studying 4th year Japanese at KU. He hopes to teach modern Japanese history at a university in either the U.S. or Japan. He is from Prairie Village, Kansas. Laura Searcy is a graduate student in anthropology. She is studying 1st year Uyghur at KU and is conducting her graduate research on language contact between Uyghur people and Han Chinese in Xinjiang. She is from Liberty, Missouri. Naomi Waterhouse-Johnson is an undergraduate student majoring in Japanese and Korean. She is taking 3rd year Japanese at KU during the fall semester and will study abroad at J.F. Oberlin University in Japan during the spring semester. She plans to pursue a TESOL certification in order to teach English abroad and eventually to teach Korean and Japanese in Kansas. She is from Topeka, Kansas.

FEATURED ALUM: MATTHEW SCHLOSSER, CEAS M.A. You came to KU to take the CEAS M.A. program track specifically designed for Foreign Area Officers (FAOs). What are you doing now? I am temporarily assigned (for one year) to be the intelligence liaison officer for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. What does that involve? My primary duty is to provide daily briefings to the Assistant Secretary and her staff, but I also chase down the answers to questions that arise during the briefings, task the various intelligence agencies to research and produce new reports based on calendar items in her intermediate future, and find and schedule guest briefers. How did your time at KU prepare you for this position? CEAS did a phenomenal job of preparing me for this high stress, but incredibly rewarding, job and I see the benefits

Matthew Schlosser was the first graduate of the CEAS M.A. Program in Fall 2014.

in my daily work. The two summer classes I did with Dr. Greene (one on China/Taiwan/Hong Kong, one on Japanese development aid to Southeast Asia) have turned out to be the most useful to me in sorting through mountains of information every morning and deciding what is important enough to occupy the Assistant Secretary’s time, but really, all ten courses, taken as a whole, have been indispensable to me for understanding Asian values, priorities, and processes.

What were you doing before you came to KU? Immediately prior to coming to KU, I spent a year in Japan, completing internships in the embassy and at various military headquarters, as well as taking language classes and traveling throughout Japan, and making trips to Korea, Taiwan, and China. It’s hard to say whether it would be better to complete that in-country training before or after graduate studies. My experiences in Northeast Asia allowed me to bring something extra to the classroom, but I learned much at KU that would have enabled me to get more out of my travels. What would you tell someone else considering the CEAS M.A. program? Go for it! CEAS’s multidisciplinary approach served me very well. A longer version of this article is online at

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Outreach Highlights from 2016 By Randi Hacker CEAS Outreach Director Greetings from 208 Bailey aka EA Outreach HQ. The Center continues to be the go-to spot for things East Asia in the schools and the community in Lawrence and beyond. Our events this year ran the gamut from bad movies to good food as we crossed new frontiers in East Asia outreach. Nerikiri Class. Nerikiri are traditional Japanese sweets fashioned from dough that’s made of sweet potato and red and white bean paste. Led by Assistant Director Ayako Mizumura and presented through Project Sunrise, parents and their kids got the chance to create nerikiri creatures and eat them. The Changing Face of East Asia in Hollywood. 12 years in the making, this film festival was finally realized thanks to funding from our Title VI grant and the willing partnership of the Lawrence Arts Center and the KU Confucius Institute. Our program consisted of six films — Shanghai Express, The Conqueror, The Manchurian Candidate, Enter the Dragon, The Karate Kid and Better Luck Tomorrow. These films were chosen because they provide an overview of the way Asians have been portrayed by Hollywood over the past century or so. Shanghai Express features Anna May Wong, one of the few actual Asians playing an Asian in a film. In most cases, Asians were played by white people. For example, The Conqueror, consistently voted one of the 10 worst films of all time, has John Wayne playing Genghis Khan and absolutely none of the Asians in The Manchurian Candidate are Asian at all. Patrick Terry, Ph.D., Candidate in KU’s Department of Film provided a fantastic slideshow and introductory lecture. Thanks to Lawrence’s own Bimi Bakery, Japanese-style baked goods, snacks and green tea were available between screenings. The Center also offered patrons 10 university of kansas

Examples of homemade nerikiri, a type of Japanese sweet.

the chance to make their own hachimaki (headbands) just like Daniel wears in The Karate Kid. Close to 200 people came to one or more of the movies making this our most successful film festival ever. It’s Debatable. This year’s debate topic, “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China” seemed tailormade for the Center. And so we offered a presentation on China to coaches and students throughout our outreach area. History professor and former CEAS Director, Megan Greene, visited debate camps and classrooms to deliver her infopacked PowerPoint and answer questions to give high school debaters a deeper understanding of the issue and of China so they can use this knowledge to inform their arguments. Extended Outreach Initiative. Over the last seven years, the Center has provided students in the residential school at the Douglas County Juvenile Center with language lessons in Chinese, Japanese and, more recently, Korean. Two years ago, we invited the other international centers to join in. In this way, we were able to add Hindi, Yiddish and Russian and, in a departure from the language

model, Ashtanga yoga. According to staff and faculty at the Detention Center, ours is the longest running and most successful volunteer program ever offered to the students. Who You Gonna Call? When OIP needed someone to give staff members a crash course in pinyin pronunciation and Chinese naming conventions, they called on CEAS. On July 12th, Outreach Director Randi Hacker gave a short presentation about this to 75 faculty and staff members. Hy Five for Hyvee. In a first time collaboration, CEAS teamed up with the HyVee on 6th Street to put some Asian plants into their garden and then to give cooking classes to middle school and high school students using same as a vegetarian filling for hand-wrapped dumplings. East Asia LitFest 2016 was a wild success. Attendance was five times that of LitFest 2015 — up from 50 to 250 including middle schoolers from Leawood, Kansas. Our authors this year were Alan Gratz who wrote Samurai Shortstop about baseball in Meiji Era Japan, Maurene Goo who wrote Since You Asked about a Korean teen and the way she handles her immigrant parents’ expectations and Josanne La Valley who wrote The Vine Basket about life among the Uyghur people of Western China. In a giant techno-step forward, Josanne Skyped in. We also offered five hands-on break out sessions after the presentations: Two writing workshops led by our attending authors, Alan and Maurene, and three workshops led by talented Lawrence locals: an illustration workshop led by Ian Patterson, a bookmaking workshop led by Liza MacKinnon and a Chinese brush calligraphy workshop led by Hong Zhang. OMG! Last year saw the wrap-up of Volume 13 of Outreach Notes! Thanks to all the teachers who have written to tell me how useful they find it. Here’s to Volume (gasp!) 14.


2016 campus & community events Sept. 8 | Tea and Talk “Was Michitsuna’s Mother Lovesick or Proud? Overcoming Ethnocentrism in Reading a Tenth-century Memoir” Maggie Childs, Associate Professor and Chair, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Here are a few highlights of events from the past year. Feb. 4 | International Jayhawk Festival We joined with other international programs at KU for this information fair designed for first-year students. Feb. 12 | Lunar New Year Party We celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Monkey with food, music and other cultural activities.

Sept. 15 | Moon Viewing Party This annual campus and community party included music, poetry and mooncakes. Co-sponsored by the KU Confucius Institute.

Feb. 18 | Tea and Talk “Korean Mothers’ Agency and Role in Heritage Language Maintenance in the U.S. Midwest” Hyesun Cho, Assistant Professor, Education and Ji-Yeon Lee, Lecturer, East Asian Languages and Cultures March 3 | Tea and Talk “Engaging North Korea: Lessons Learned Through Journalism and Science Exchanges” Hyunjin Seo, Assistant Professor, Journalism March 10 | Ceramics Lecture “A Dialogue on the History of Chinese and Korean Ceramics” Zuo Zhengyao, ceramic artist and curator of Guangzhou University City Museum. Co-sponsored by the KU Ceramics Program.

April 16-17 | Film Festival: The Changing Face of Asia in Hollywood This series of films explored the changing representation of Asians in Hollywood films: Shanghai Express (1932); The Conqueror (1956); The Manchurian Candidate (1962); Enter the Dragon (1973); The Karate Kid (1984); and Better Luck Tomorrow (2002). Co-sponsored by the KU Confucius Institute, and the Lawrence Arts Center.

March 29 | Tea and Talk “The YMCA Wartime Service Organization in Shanghai, 1937-1941.” Kristin Mulready-Stone, Associate Professor of History Kansas State University

April 18 | Wallace Johnson Memorial Lecture “Qubilai’s Muslim Grandson: Religion and Politics in the Historiography of Chinggisid China” Ruth Dunnell, Professor of Asian History, Kenyon College

April 14 | Grant K. Goodman Lecture in Japanese Studies “Ghost Dances: Studio Ghibli’s Haunting Legacy” Susan Napier Professor, Japanese Studies, Tufts University

April 28 | Tea and Talk “Beautiful Men as Painting Subjects: Kimura Ryōko’s ‘Ikemen’ Painting” Maki Kaneko, Associate Professor, Art History

Oct. 25 | East Asia and Education Conference This free half-day conference was co-sponsored by the KU School of Education. Speakers included Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education; Tailan Chi, Professor, International Business; ChangHwan Kim, Associate Professor, Sociology, and Sherry Fowler, Professor, Japanese Art History Nov. 10 | Tea and Talk “Soap Operas as a Matchmaker: Analyzing the Effects of South Korean TV Dramas on Vietnamese Women’s Marital Intentions” Hong Tien Vu, Assistant Professor, Journalism Nov. 15 | Tea and Talk “Struggle for Utopia: The Korean Expressionism of Lee Jung-seob (1916-1956)” Jungsil Jenny Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor, Kress Foundation Department of Art History Keep up to date with our upcoming events on the CEAS website at You can also find our events on Facebook at www.

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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS GIFTS RECEIVED IN 2016 (TO DATE) Robert J. and Young Hee Chudy Sara J. Dziadosz Marsha Haufler Diantha H. Johnson Jill Kleinberg

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