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August 17, 2017

CAPS Presents: New Political Realities in East Asia Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
White Stag Block, UO Portland, Room 346
Information can be found here.

This one-day workshop is aimed at faculty who are interested in developing curriculum that incorporates aspects of contemporary politics in East Asia into their courses. The workshop provides a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the current political situations in China, Japan, and Korea. Speakers will provide approachable topics with examples, and the workshop schedule allows ample time for questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies.

New Political Realities in East Asia

Presented by the UO Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and Title VI National Resource Center for East Asian Studies (NRC)

Schedule for the Day:
9:30 am: Opening remarks by Jeffrey Hanes, Director CAPS and NRC; Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon

9:45 am: Participant introductions

10:00 am: Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Portland State University. “East Asia Hot Spots: North Korea and the South China Sea.”

This talk will examine the North Korea nuclear issue and the South China Sea dispute from the perspective of all the major players, particularly the US, China, and the two Koreas, and Japan. Equal attention will be given to the background and evolution of the issue, and to possible paths to conflict management.

11:30 am: Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Lewis and Clark College. “Causes and Consequences of Globalization: East Asia and the U.S.”

This talk will explore the forces that shaped contemporary globalization dynamics and the resulting new international division of labor, with special emphasis on East Asia and the United States. It will highlight the ways in which the economic contradictions and imbalances generated by the globalization process led to the “Great Recession” and the current weak global recovery. It will also discuss the implications of the sustained slowdown in international economic trade and growth for working people in East Asia and the United States.

12:50 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm: Tuong Vu, Director, Asian Studies Program; Professor, Political Science, University of Oregon. “East Asia’s New Nationalism: Causes and Consequences for Peace and Development.”

This talk will discuss the rise of a new nationalism following the end of the Cold War in Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. It will focus on the causes of this region-wide phenomenon and its consequences for peace and development in the region.

3:30 pm: Lee Rumbarger, Director, Teaching Engagement Program, University of Oregon. “Designing Student Learning Experiences.”

In this interactive session, we’ll consider how to incorporate this year’s workshop theme into future and existing courses. What are your goals for student learning? How can you create compelling entry points, assessments, and occasions to deepen student reflection and learning? We’ll sketch a module or unit and brainstorm ways to make what you’re discussing as faculty experts come alive for your students in the classroom.

4:50 pm: Closing Remarks by Jeffrey Hanes, Director CAPS and NRC; Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon

April 27, 2017

Buddhism and East Asian Culture: Practice in Context

Buddhism and East Asian Culture: Practice in Context

Buddhism and East Asian Culture:
Practice in Context

Dr. Mark Unno, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism,
Religious Studies, University of Oregon

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238
1825 SW Broadway, Portland
FREE & Open to the public.

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There is a stereotype in the West of Buddhism: the solitary mediator sitting on a cushion, peaceful, a seeker of enlightenment. Yet, only a small percentage of Buddhists in Asia actually practice seated meditation. Instead, Buddhism in Asia is more often been woven into the fabric of culture through a wide range of practices, rituals, art, and institutions. In this presentation, Dr. Mark Unno, Associate Professor of East Asian Buddhism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon, will discuss selected strands of East Asian Buddhist practice and culture, with a particular emphasis on Zen, Pure Land, and the fine arts, such as Buddhist iconography and the Tea Ceremony. The practices of these disciplines will be examined in cultural context with comparative observations involving Western religion and culture.
About the speaker: Mark Unno is Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, and served as Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon (2011-14). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and his research is in Classical Japanese Buddhism, in particular Zen, Shin Buddhism, and Shingon Buddhism. He also works in the areas of comparative religion, Buddhism and psychotherapy, and interrreligious dialogue. He is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light (2004), editor of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures (2006) as well as articles in Buddhist journals such as Tricycle and Buddhadharma.

Sponsored by PSU Institute for Asian Studies with financial support from the the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon.

October 27, 2016

Sailing from Europe, Sailing from China: Charting Convergences in the 17th Century World


Sailing from Europe, Sailing from China: Charting Convergences in the 17th Century World
Timothy Brook, Professor of Chinese History and Republic of China Chair, Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
SMSU 327, Portland State University Campus

February 10, 2016

Guardians of the Dharma, or of the Empire? The Nine Luohans by Zhou Xun (1649-1729)

Guardians of the Dharma, or of the Empire? The Nine Luohans by Zhou Xun (1649-1729)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Pape Reception Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Lecture by Ann Wetherell
This talk explains an unpublished hand scroll of Buddhist luohans (“stream crossers”) in the collection of Pacific University. Signed the professional artist Zhou Xun, who worked in Nanjing, in the early part of the Qing dynasty, this energetic painting has much in common with the gently humorous images of luohans that gained popularity in the late Ming and Qing periods. However, aspects of this painting in light of the biography of the artists suggest a darker message of protest against the Manchu state.

January 21, 2016

North American Despicable Man: Race, Class, and the (Re)making of Chinese Masculinities in the United States

North American Despicable Man: Race, Class, and the (Re)making of Chinese Masculinities in the United States
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 221 Allen Hall, Lecture by Xia Zhang
The popular discourse of “North American despicable man” (beimei weisuo nan” in Chinese and “WSN” in short) is a term that refers to certain recent educated Chinese Immigrant men in the United States who are said to be unable to fit into mainstream American society, to be keen on gaining petty advantage at others’ expense, and to approach desired women with awkwardness. Xia Zhang’s research closely reads online posts drawn from the most visited social websites used by overseas Chinese where netizens hotly debate the issues of “North American Despicable man.” A significant but under-researched source for the study of the remaking of Chinese masculinity ideologies beyond China’s borders.

August 25, 2015

Events 2015

August 2015

Cultivating Korea: Enriching East Asian Curriculum with Korean Studies
This one day workshop was aimed at faculty who are interested in developing curriculum that incorporates Korean Studies into East Asian coursework. The workshop will provide a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the subject, with thoughts and examples that can be brought into the classroom. Speakers will explore Korea through the lenses of history, language, cinema, arts and culture. More information can be found here.


November 30, 2012

Events 2012

November 2012

Oregon-Tianjin Relations Forum
Friday, Nov. 30th at PSU (Smith Center Rooms 327-8-9)
Tianjin is a vibrant city of 12 million people. It is a metropolis in northern China and governed as one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Oregon and Tianjin are complimentary in their respective economies. In the last several years, frequent visits between Oregon and Tianjin in business, government, culture and education were exchanged. Both Oregon governor and two current Co-Speakers visited Tianjin in the last two years. The purpose of the forum is to engage and inform public of the potential benefits of a sister relationship with Tianjin and a mutual beneficial economic relationship. Experts from both sides are invited to shed lights on the future relationship.


“What Lies behind the Territorial Disputes between China and Japan?”
The PSU Center for Japanese Studies would like to bring your attention to a fascinating lecture by Hiro Ito, Associate Professor of Economics at Portland State University.  Professor Ito’s lecture, titled “What Lies behind the Territorial Disputes between China and Japan?”  will be held on Thursday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Portland State University’s Native American Student Community Center. This lecture is free and open to the public. We hope you will be able to join us.


China-Africa Development and the Other Cold War: Stories From the TAZARA Railway Project
Jamie Monson, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Macalester College
NOON, Friday, November 9, 2012
Browsing Room, Knight Library, 1501 Kincaid Street
From the late 1960s through the 1980s, tens of thousands of Chinese railway workers traveled to East Africa, where they participated in constructing the TAZARA Railway. The Tanzania Zambia Railway is an 1800 km line that stretches from the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam to the Zambian copperbelt. Chinese workers were joined in the surveying and construction work by about twice that number of African laborers, most of whom had little previous experience with railway work. This Cold War internationalist project was thus intended not only to build a physical railway, but also to train a cohort of young African “industrial men” who could go on to contribute to the development of their young nations.    The workers who participated in the TAZARA project – from Tanzania, Zambia and China – have strong memories of their experience and the ways it shaped their lives.    In this talk, Jamie Monson will share life histories of now-retired TAZARA railway workers from the three countries. Their stories offer a new lens through which to understand the history of Cold War development assistance between China and Africa.


“Cross-border rubber cultivation between China and Laos: The nation and regionalization for ethnic minority farmers”
Dr. Janet Sturgeon, Geography, Simon Fraser University
Thursday, Nov 8th
Talk begins at 4:00, Condon 106
Abstract: Ethnic minority farmers in Xishuangbanna, China and the adjacent Sing District of Laos have formed cross-border share-cropping arrangements allowing farmers from China to cultivate rubber trees on the land of their kin in Laos. This expansion of rubber takes place in the context of regionalization in the Greater Mekong Sub-region sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). We might expect the cross-border ties to strengthen ethnic ties in ways that undermine national identities. This study shows, however, that Xishuangbanna rubber farmers see themselves as “modern” and “wealthy” participants in China’s economic growth, and their relatives in Laos as “backward” and “poor”. The outcomes are neither regionalization as envisioned by the ADB, nor a resurgence of “Zomia” as described by van Schendel and Scott.

Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, and the Department of Geography.


Please join us for a corporate briefing of the most recent Oregon trade mission to Asia.
Come learn the newest information about doing business in that region along with connecting to new members and businesses.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 12:00
World Trade Center 2, Mezzanine Level
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR
Japan America Society of Oregon

The Portland Art Museum presents
The Mildred Schnitzer Annual Lecture in Asian Art
Thursday, November 8th, Lecture at 6:30 – 7:30PM @ the Portland Art Museum
Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Artist, Patron, Captive
A lecture by Patricia Ebrey, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Washington
Huizong came to the Song throne in 1100, at the age of 17, and reigned almost 26 years. Since his reign ended in the collapse of the Northern Song empire, traditional historians have viewed Huizong’s many cultural pursuits as vices. His love of painting and calligraphy was seen as self-indulgence, his faith in Daoism as self-delusion. Renowned scholar Ebrey looks at Huizong afresh, what he got from Daoism, and how he used art to add to the grandeur of the throne. Ebrey is author of a forthcoming monograph on Huizong. Free admission.


CHINA FILM NIGHT: Examination 1977
a film by JIANG, Haiyangwith English subtitles
Friday, November 2, 6:00pm
Willamette 110
The film Examination 1977 (2009) highlights the struggles and pursuit of many “Zhiqing,” the educated young people sent to the countryside for re-education during the Cultural Revolution. It follows their desperate efforts to escape and return to schooling in urban cities through the first university entrance examination restored in 1977 after its abolishment in 1966.

Co-sponsored by the UO Confucius Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures


October 2012

CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
As the Presidential election approaches, the U.S.-China relationship is in the news for both economic and geopolitical reasons.  CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts. Ambassador Locke will deliver a special address to be broadcast live to audiences in 60 cities and towns across the United States. He will then respond to questions from audience members nationwide, moderated by Stephen Orlins.

Prof. Poston‘s talk in Portland is: China’s Changing Demography: Impacts of Fertility, Ageing, and Migration on China, the U.S. and the World; and will address the impacts of the “one-child policy”, rapidly ageing population, and rural-to-urban migration on China and the rest of the world.

Ambassador Gary F. Locke has been U.S. Ambassador to China since August 2011. Previously, he served as the Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2011 where he was point person for achieving the President’s National Export Initiative, which achieved a thirty-two percent increase in exports to China from 2009 to 2010. Before his appointment to the President’s cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as governor of Washington, where he helped double the state’s exports to China, and as a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, David Wright Tremaine LLP, where he co-chaired the firm’s China practice.

Dudley L. Poston, Jr. is Professor of Sociology, and the Abell Professor of Liberal Arts, at Texas A&M University. Dr. Poston’s research interests include demography, human ecology, and the sociology of gender, with special attention to the populations of China, Taiwan, and Korea. While at Texas A&M, Dr. Poston also serves as Guest Professor of Demography at the People’s University in Beijing, China; Guest Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China; and Adjunct Professor of Demography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China.


On Saturday, November 10, the Dankook University Traditional Korean Dance Troupe, of South Korea will perform at the EMU for one performance (7 p.m. Ballroom).  This internationally acclaimed group’s performance is directed by the 1988 Seoul Olympics Opening Ceremony choreographer for the Korean traditional dance, Dr. Hyun Sook Kim. She is a professor of Dance and Dean of the Graduate School of Culture, Arts and Design.  The beautiful and symbolic performance displayed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games showed the world that South Korea has rebuilt from its past, moved forward and is a world leader in culture, business and sports.

The 21 member dance ensemble travels with the art director Dr. Kim; an assistant choreographer, Dr. Sunjung Kim; a trio of traditional Korean musicians; five graphics and lighting specialists.  The accompanying delegation from Dankook University includes President Hosung Chang, Ph.D.; Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Jae-Dong Lee, Ph.D. and several supporting staff members.

In addition to the tour of Oregon and showcasing this unique dance style, the overall purpose of DKU’s visit is to establish closer ties with the universities that are hosting the dance troupe.  Already, DKU has exiting ties between Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University, but the goal is not only to explore new ties with the University of Oregon and the Northwest Christian University in Eugene but also enhance the existing relations in order to increase cross cultural experiences, such as the performance of the dance troupe, educational and business ties.    President Chang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from OSU in 1993.   Many other faculty and staff have also earned advanced degrees at various Oregon universities.

The DKU delegation will be visiting Oregon between the dates of November 6-15.  They will be staying in Eugene and traveling to their performance locations.

Sponsored by: UO Korean Student Association, UO Office of International Affair, Department of Dance, and Center for Asian-Pacific Studies

“Flying Tigers: Chinese American Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945″
An Exhibition at Multnomah County Central Library
This exhibit highlights military and commercial Chinese American aviators in Oregon through the end of WWII, exploring the interweaving factors of the activism of Portland’s Chinese American community, political tension and change in China and the US, and development and promotion of an aviation industry in Oregon. The exhibition follows several Portland aviators: teenager Henry Wong, who built a plane in 1918 and attempted to enlist in the WWI US Army Air Corps; Major Arthur Chin and Hazel Ying Lee, who distinguished themselves in service to both the US and China; commercial pilot and instrument mechanic Leah Hing, and Pak On Lee, a new immigrant in 1935, who returned to China in 1941 as a member of the original Flying Tigers under the command of General Claire Chennault.

Chinese Americans in Oregon were extensively involved in aviation from the late nineteen-teens through the end of the Second World War. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, China founded a nascent republic that saw aviation as a key to a modern and secure nation, while Portland promoted itself as an aviation leader in the Northwest, built the Swan Island airport, and established aviation schools to train Chinese Americans as pilots and mechanics. Portland’s Chinese community forged relationships between the Chinese military and Portland aviation schools, and founded its own school to train Chinese American pilots for the Chinese Air Force. When the US entered WWII, Chinese Americans served in all branches of the US military. Chinese American aviators became heroes and heroines whose achievements were heralded in the local and national press.

A project of the Northwest China Council, the exhibit is co-curated by Dr. Ann Wetherell, Portland State
University, and Jim Carmin, John Wilson Special Collections librarian, and draws materials from the Multnomah County Library, Oregon Historical Society, Portland City Archives, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Oregon Aviation Historical Museum, Museum of Chinese in America, and several private collections.

About us: Established in 1980, Northwest China Council is an educational non-profit whose mission is to promote better understanding of all things Chinese, and be a regional resource in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Event Details:
WHAT: Flying Tigers Exhibition
WHEN: Aug. 30 – Oct. 28, 2012
WHERE: Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 801 S.W. Tenth Ave., Portland, OR 97201
COST: Free, and open to the public

PSU Institute for Asian Studies presents

Power, Wealth, and a Confucius for Today
A lecture by Peter K. Bol, Professor of East Asian Languages & Civilization, Harvard University
Friday, October 26, 2012 at 6:30pm in the Lincoln Recital Hall Room 75 at PSU

Over the last 2500 years Confucius has been several times reinterpreted to make him speak to the present.  And, so it is again today.  There is a Confucius for authoritarians and a Confucius for the liberal critics of authoritarianism.  But do Confucius and the Confucian tradition really have anything to say today?
Dr. Peter K. Bol is a renowned scholar of Neo-Confucianism and Chinese history at Harvard Univ.  His research is centered on the history of Chinese thought and society form the 8th–17th centuries.  He is the author of Neo-Confucianism in History and directs the Center for Geographic Analysis, the China Historical Geographic Information Systerms project, and the China Biographical Database project.

Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies and the Confucius Institute at Portland State Univ.

Chinese Medicine: A meeting of East and West
A free film screening
Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 PM
229 McKenzie Hall

Film: Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung
Run time: 29 minutes
This film was originally broadcast by Oregon Public Broadcasting and tells the story of two Chinese immigrants, Ing “Doc” Hay and Lung On, who opened a store and herbal apothecary in John Day called Kam Wah Chung. They originally came as two of thousands of Chinese miners in search of gold. Eventually, their store served Chinese and native Oregonians alike.
“Program provided courtesy of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society. Funding for Oregon Experience is provided by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust, and the Oregon Cultural Trust”

Film: Compassion Connects
Run time: 30 minutes
Against tremendous obstacles of poverty, in regions where the struggle to survive often usurp basic medical needs, five volunteer acupuncturists set up a health clinic in Nepal. Through the practice of healing, a connection between patient and volunteer emerges transcending the physical and leading both parties into a relationship of human connection and compassion that creates long-lasting effects within their communities. This film won “Best Local Documentary” in the 2012 Columbia Gorge Film Festival.
“Program provided courtesy of Acupuncture Relief Project, a non-profit organization providing free acupuncture since 2008 to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.”

Co-sponsored by the UO Confucius Institute and the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


“The Storied Self: Issues in Buddhist Narrativity”
October 19-20, 2012
Narrative studies is emerging as an increasingly significant component of the humanities, including religious studies. Narrativity with regard to selfhood concerns the tension between the need for narrative constructions of selfhood and the difficulty of establishing the basis for the narrative self within a diverse context of social constructions. This conference is designed to present Buddhist studies perspectives on the self in narrativity including critical questions regarding Buddhist constructions of selfhood. Drawing on the expertise of leading international researchers working in interdisciplinary collaboration, this project brings together specialists in such fields as Buddhist studies, history, literature, philosophy, and clinical psychology.

Friday, October 19 at 7:30 pm
Lawrence Hall, Room 177
Keynote Addresses by Jason Wirth (Seattle University) and Willoughby Britton (Brown University)
Respondent: Naoki Nabeshima (Ryukoku University ORC)

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gerlinger Lounge

Panel Discussions
Panel 1 – 9:00 – 11:30 am
Akiko Walley (University of Oregon), David Quinter (University of Alberta), Eric Tojimbara (University of Oregon)

Panel 2 – 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Richard Payne (Institute of Buddhist Studies), Elizabeth Grosz (University of Oregon) Jared Lindahl (Warren Wilson College)

Panel 3 – 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Naoki Nabeshima (Ryukoku University) and Maram Epstein (University of Oregon)
Conference organizer:  Mark Unno, Department Head and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oregon

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies Jeremiah Speaker Fund, the Department of Religious Studies, Ryukoku University, the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union, the Oregon Humanities Center, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Asian Studies Program, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

This event is free and open to the public.


September 2012

Inscribing a Cliff: Landscapes and Monuments in Medieval China
A presentation on calligraphy, the most revered art in China
Lei Xue, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Oregon State University
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Ford Lecture Hall Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Please join us in celebrating the anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the University of Oregon
A calligraphy demonstration follows the talk

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute and co-sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


Saturday, September 22, 1 p.m., Whitsell Auditorium
Join us as leading American experts unravel the mysteries surrounding these spectacular exemplars of ancient Chinese art by exploring the archaeological and historical contexts in which they were created.

Strange Beasts from the Aristocratic Tombs of Chu
Cortney Chaffin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Money Trees of the Han Dynasty
Susan Erickson, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Panel Discussion
Kenneth Brashier, Ph.D., Moderator, Professor of Religion and Chinese Studies, Reed College, Portland

The Masterworks of Ancient Chinese Art conference is made possible in part by The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Delta Airlines.


2012 Annual Meeting / Dinner
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 6:00 PM
Please join fellow members and guests for an enriching evening at the 2012 Annual Meeting at Wong’s King Restaurant. David W. Kohl, NWCC Board President, will start the meeting with a China Council update, including the election of new Board of Directors members and officers.

Keynote speaker K. Scott Wong will give a talk on the role of World War II in the transformation of Chinese America, which is part of NWCC’s “Flying Tigers” series. There will be a book sale and signing of Americans First, after the talk.

Prof. K. Scott Wong is James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs at Williams College, Williamstown MA, and author of Americans First: Chinese Americans in the Second World War(Temple, 2005), which received Honorable Mention for the History Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies, 2007. Dr. Wong received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Rutgers Univ., a M.A. in Asian Studies – Chinese History from Univ. of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from History Dept. at Univ. of Michigan.


August 2012

August 6-7, 2012: Illinois/Indiana National Dissertation Workshop “Asian Film and Media”

Start Time: Monday August 6, 2012 09:00 AM
End Time: Tuesday August 7, 2012 04:30 PM
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description: The Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC) is pleased to announce its sixth annual IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop in the field of Asian Film and Media. The workshop will be held August 6-7 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts whose dissertation projects concern Asian film and media, broadly conceived, are invited to apply. Areas of interest include film, communications, fine arts, anthropology, history, and sociology, among others. The workshop is designed to enable students just beginning work on their dissertations, as well as those farther along, to engage in intensive discussions of their own and each other’s projects. Possibilities for continuing networks among interested students and faculty will also be explored. The workshop will be limited to eight participants, and the cost of the workshop, some meals, and two nights’ lodging will be covered by the IL/IN East Asia NRC.

The workshop will be led by Gary Xu, Associate Professor in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Stephanie DeBoer, Assistant Professor in the department of  Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington; and Professor Gregory A.  Waller in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have drafted a dissertation research proposal, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. Those in the early phases of writing are also encouraged to apply. In order to prepare the ground for a productive exchange, participants must come to the workshop having read and prepared comments on the other participants’ writing samples.


June 2012

June 24-July 8, 2012: International Field Experience — Korean Art History and Archaeology

This intensive 15-day course is both a survey study of Korean art history and a field work course that includes excavation of archaeological sites in South Korea. The first eight days will be in Ulsan and at sites in the Ulsan area while the last six days will be in and around Seoul plus one travel day. The survey of Korean art includes the study of metal art crafts, ink paintings, folk paintings, and contemporary paintings, as well as visits to Buddhist temples such as Sokkuram and Pulguksa to view Buddhist architecture, sculpture, and paintings. We will study how Buddhism and Confucianism have influenced art and architecture through major cultural periods in Korean history.   The study of art history in this course will also include a survey of modern/contemporary art including cultural and political forces in current history influencing new artistic trends.

The fieldwork portions of the course include visits to important archaeological excavation sites from prehistoric and major historic periods in Korea. This fieldwork also includes a visit to the Gyeongju National Museum in Ulsan to study the gold artifacts from royal burial sites and to study tomb paintings. The course will also visit the Korean National Museum in Seoul that offers art history exhibits and significant artifacts from archaeological excavations. Like the museum visits with both art and archaeological significance, the visits to Buddhist temples to view art with historical significance also offers a look into Korea’s archaeological heritage. Lectures with field trips will help students understand the historical and cultural context for the archaeological excavations we will be visiting.


June 15-17, 2012: Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC)

Gonzaga University is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the ASPAC (Association for Asian Studies, Pacific) conference from June 15-17, 2012 in Spokane, WA.

In recognition of the profusion of cultural, political, historical, and environmental heralds of change associated with the year 2012, the theme for the conference will be Asia at the End of History: Beginnings, Ends, and Transformations. Any and all proposals dealing with topics in Asian Studies are welcome for submission, but in keeping with the world-transformational implications of the “2012 moment,” the organizers are looking for papers and panels that deal with Asia’s role in the prospects and possibilities of deep transformation in the historical world.


June 11-23, 2012: Japan Studies Institute, San Diego State University
Join your colleagues from both two and four year institutions around the country for a two-week intensive Summer Institute focused on the study of modern Japan. The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business and education.

About the Conference:
The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) offers college and university faculty members without prior experience in Japanese studies to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japan, both past and present. The institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Japanese studies into courses on their campuses. The Institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. Previous programs have included topics as diverse as wartime and occupation Japan, social relations and the changing role of women in Japan, Japanese foreign policy and regional relations, classical music, ikebana, calligraphy, survival Japanese, Japanese film in the classroom, and philosophical and religious traditions in Japan. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from morning until late afternoon. The formal program is complemented by a number of off-campus and evening activities. Institute faculty will include scholars, representatives from the local Japanese community, artists, journalists, and government officials.

The two week residential program is held on the San Diego State University campus. JSI Fellowships are available to cover most of the costs of the Institute for each participant. While attending the program, participants are housed in shared suites (separate bedrooms, common living area) in a dormitory on the university campus. Because of the intensive nature of the program, families cannot be accommodated and are not permitted to stay in the dormitory.


June 10, 2012: Drama! Dance! Drums! Kabuki Play and Taiko Concert by PSU Students  

Kabuki Play: The Medicine Peddler (a bravura play from the“Eighteen Great Plays”) will be performed in full costume and make-up, with live musical accompaniment. Directed by Prof. Laurence Kominz (in English) Taiko Concert: The Debut of PSU’s own PSU Taiko Ensemble. Under the direction of Prof. Wynn Kiyama

June 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Performance Hall
Presented by the PSU Center for Japanese Studies.
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A talk by Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Faculty Fellow at UCSB
Friday, June 08, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Fenton Hall 117

Student reception (open to all UO undergraduates and graduates)
Friday, June 08, 2012
Mills International Center
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Right-wing activists engage Japanese society with aggressive public oratory and noisy parades of sound trucks in urban areas. Their use of sonic activism is off-putting to the lay public, but it plays an important role in the internal dynamics of their activism. Contemporary hardcore punk music is a dynamic mix of mutually informed scenes of independent bands, fans, and small-scale record labels. Its distorted musical forms and DIY activist politics are part of an international and trans-temporal subcultural world. Each blast beat from a snare drum or snarling guitar lick, however, reasserts a host of aggressive and perhaps off-putting aesthetic choices.

The stories of young rightwing activists and musicians reveal how notions of national and international identity circulate in the reverberations of empire and punk rock in modern Japan. But what are we to make of an aggressive sound politics that pushes others away as it draws its producers closer together? This talk draws these ostensibly divergent forms of abrasive (but engaging) sonic and political practices into conversation to address the logics of performance, violence, and sociality that take shape behind the mic both on the activist right and in the worlds of underground music, and asks what they augur for the youth of Japan.

This event is made possible by generous support from the Japanese Global Scholars Program at UO, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, and the Department of Political Science.


June 8, 2012: “The Power Geometry of Globalized Parenting”

Pei-Chia Lan, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
Oregon Humanities Center Conference Room, 159 PLC
12:00 pm

Geographer Doreen Massey raised the term “power geometry” to describe people’s differential access to and control over time-space compression as a result of globalization. Based on in-depth interviews with Han-Chinese parents in Taiwan and Boston, my book project applies this theoretical lens to examine how globalization, as a non-liner and uneven process, impacts people’s ideas and practices of parenting, and how these impacts contribute to the reconstruction of ethnic culture and the reproduction of class inequality. In this talk, I will discuss how Taiwanese and Chinese immigrant parents across class divides negotiate social distinctions and cultural boundaries in the experience of child-rearing and how they parent transnationally.

Pei-Chia Lan is a professor of sociology at National Taiwan University and a Radcliffe-Yenching fellow at Harvard University during 2011-2012. She received a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University. Her fields of specialty include gender, work, and migration. She is the author of Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (Duke University Press, 2006), which won a 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association and a 2007 ICAS Book Prize for the best study in the field of social sciences from the International Convention of Asian Scholars.

This event is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and cosponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Asian Studies Program.  Additional funding provided by the UO’s National Resource Center for East Asian Studies.


May 2012

May 28, 2012: Asian/Pacific American Student Union Presents GONI, Korean Hip Hop Artist

Saturday, May 28, 2012
Lawrence Hall Room 115
Doors open at 5:30pm
Show starts at 6!
Admission: FREE

Goni is a Korean American hip hop artist from New Jersey who recently began his career in Summer 2011 with great success. He draws his inspiration from his life and personal experiences. Goni’s newfound love for Hip-Hop led him to appreciate the works of Eminem, Drunken Tiger, Dynamic Duo, and other great artists whose lyrical manifestations of relatable circumstances helped him believe that he was not alone.



May 3, 2012: Japanese Film Screening– Haru’s Journey

Mills International Center at Erb Memorial Union
6:30 pm

April 2009, the old man Tadao and his granddaughter Haru [Spring] go on a trip. Tadao, who lives in a lonely fishing village Mashike in Hokkaido, is a man who spent his life fishing the Pacific herring. He retired after injuring his leg, and lives alone with his granddaughter Haru after his only daughter killed herself. Haru was working as an elementary school nutritionist while taking care of her grandfather, but she lost her job when the school closed down. One day, Haru tells Tadao that she wants to move to the city to find a new job and that one of his siblings should look after him. Tadao is angry but has no choice. So, they set off on a journey to visit his estranged siblings in Tohoku (North–east part of Japan). Their journey develops around a theme of family reconciliation. Both understand the harshness of life and find the preciousness of human relations through their trip. It is a journey where Tadao looks back on his life and where Haru finds a new future.

This film screening is part of the commemoration of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

This event is cosponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Portland, the Japanese Student Organization and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon.


May 1-10. 2012: Lan Su Chinese Gardens Landscapes In Miniature– Unique Penjing (Bonsai) Exhibit

From May 1‑10, visitors to Lan Su have an opportunity to view a curious collection of even smaller miniature gardens and discover penjing; the ancient Chinese art of interpreting the world landscape into the miniscule. Penjing has been traced back to 221 BCE and is the precursor to bonsai, made popular by Japanese-style gardens and gardeners.

May 1‑10  Enjoy the unique exhibit featuring more than 20 exquisite penjing from local masters. Purchase your own penjing to take home to cherish.

May 3 – 2 p.m. Stroll exhibit with Glin Varco, Lan Su’s Horticulture Manager and Bonsai International Club member to learn about the different styles of penjing and appreciate the creativity and form of the potted miniatures.

May 5 – 3 p.m. Observe Mark Vossbrink, local penjing expert and member of the Bonsai International Club as he creates miniature landscapes and demonstrates the technical elements involved in penjing mastery.


May 1, 2012: Northwest China Council– Start Up Asia– Can China Out-Innovate America?
A Panel Discussion with Rebecca Fannin, journalist and author, & Keith Larson, VP of Intel Capital and
Book Signing with Rebecca Fannin, author of Startup Asia: Top Strategies for Cashing in on Asia’s Innovation Boom.

Sponsored by: K&L GATES LLP

The Panelists:   
Rebecca Fannin has established herself as the preeminent expert on the emerging innovation economics of Asia and is the author of Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia. Ms. Fannin pens a regular column for Forbes, writing about innovation and entrepreneurship in China, India and emerging markets. Her group Silicon Asia publishes e-newsletters and holds events in Asia and the U.S. for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, and develops thought leadership papers.

Keith Larson is the Vice President of Intel Capital and Managing Director of Manufacturing Sector, Taiwan and Korea Regions. He directs a team of investment managers responsible for identifying, evaluating, negotiating and monitoring investments in businesses of strategic interest to Intel in the areas of manufacturing and memory, as well as manages the investment teams in Taiwan and Korea. Mr. Larson is a member of the Technology Pioneers Selection Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis is an attorney in the Portland office of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP. Ms. Chin-Dennis has extensive experience dealing with international matters, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Chin-Dennis served as in-house counsel at the SAS Institute Inc. in North Carolina, and was the former Director of the World Trade Center of North Carolina.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 5:30pm, Book signing and reception (Hors d’oeuvres & No-host bar); 6:45pm, Overview of Startup Asia by Rebecca Fannin; Panel discussion

WHERE: Governor Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205


April 2012

April 26, 2012: Northwest China Council– Perspectives and Strategies to Attract Chinese Tourists to Oregon
with Max Song, Travel Oregon’s In-Country Representative for China

About the Program:
According to the US Travel Association, 215 million Chinese can now afford to visit the U.S. and each will spend an average of $7,200 per trip during the visit. Other statistics shows 800,000 Chinese tourists visited the U.S. in 2010, and that number is estimated to grow to over 2 million in 2016. Clearly attracting this ever increasing number of Chinese tourists to Oregon makes good sense for Oregon jobs and economy.

In 2011, Mr. Max Song was appointed by Travel Oregon as its in-country representative for China to boost the number of Chinese tourists visiting Oregon. Max will talk about his perspectives on the tastes and preferences of the Chinese tourists, update us on the latest visa application process, and share his vision and strategy on how to attract a good share of these Chinese tourists to Oregon.

About the Speaker:
Mr. Max Song has been in the hospitality business for over 27 years. He started his career in Shanghai working for Jin Jiang Tours, specializing in tours and logistic services and eventually taking charge of all the planning, sales activities, and operations. Max later worked in the United States serving as President and General Manager of Baoma Travel Limited and Champion Holidays San Francisco respectively.

Max moved back to Shanghai in 2002 and joined Hung & Kit Travel Business Consulting Limited and China Holiday Tours as General Manager. Through his leadership, Hung & Kit was able to move onto the international stage as it was appointed to be the GSA (General Service Agent) for Royal Caribbean Cruises, American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas Airways, Alamo Car Rental, Holland America Line, Seabourne Yacht, and Ethiopian Airlines. This position has enabled the Hung & Kit to establish strong connections and develop a great reputation in China’s travel industry.

Please join us in welcoming Max to Oregon and hearing his perspectives and strategies for increasing tourism for Oregon!

WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2012
5:00 – 5:30pm Check in & Networking, No-host bar
5:30 – 6:30pm Dinner and talk
6:30 – 7:00pm Networking

WHERE: The Mark Spencer Hotel
409 SW Eleventh Avenue.
Portland, OR 97205


April 13, 2012: Kick-off event for the 7th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

At The Shedd, 868 High Street, Eugene, Oregon 97401 (Corner of East Broadway and High Streets).

This event is free and will feature the film “Great Grandfather’s Drum” (

The feature documentary “Great Grandfather’s Drum” celebrates Japanese American culture and history in Hawaii.  It is an inspiring century-long story of struggle and success in the great American tradition; of harsh labor on the plantations, internment and patriotic heroism during WWII, asserting civil rights, and helping to establish statehood for Hawaii.  The story unfolds through an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese American drum ensemble, descendants of plantation workers, and by elders who lived this history.  Kay Fukumoto and her family formed Maui Taiko to continue the tradition of Obon Taiko music brought to Hawaii from Fukushima, Japan by her great grandfather and others a century ago.  Ms. Fukumoto is one of the first Japanese American woman taiko performers in the US.  The film connects history to the lives of people living today, and includes Maui Taiko’s performances on the giant drums.  We travel with Maui Taiko on a heartfelt journey back to Fukushima to seek their ancestral roots, to return the music brought from this region of Japan to Hawaii so long ago.


March 2012

March 12, 2012: Northwest China Council — Doing Business with China – What is New in 2012? How Can You be Successful? with Dr. Tao Yun and Penny Chen

About the Program:
The year 2012 is shaping up to be a very major year for China.  China’s economy is currently second only to the United States.  Major leadership transition is expected in late 2012 when the top leaders of China will take over for the next decade.  Its new 5-year plan points to many opportunities for Oregon companies.

What should Oregon business watch out for?  How can Oregon business professionals be more successful in the China market?   To kick off this year’s China Business Network programming, we have invited two very experienced and knowledgeable panelists to give us an update on the economic, political, taxes, and business regulation trends and changes in China; and discuss potential challenges and opportunities for Oregon businesses.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Tao Yun is CEO of Beijing ZBX Environmental Software Company (, Chairman of Beijing Startnet Communications Company (, and Managing Director of Fairway Advisory (Portland Oregon USA).

Dr. Yun also served as CEO of China Webex (subsidiary of Webex), Partner and China Managing Director of Chi Capital Group (a Hong Kong private equity firm).  In recent years, his expertise in building the infrastructure for China carbon market has been well recognized internationally.

He is one of the pioneers in China high tech and investment industries, with extensive experience in telecom, internet, investment, education, and recently carbon market.  He was one of the youngest board members among all Chinese public companies (elected in 1997) in charge of the IT sector of Xiamen Xindeco (Shenzhen Stock Exchange 000701) and was the first Global Governor of Pacific Telecom Council ( elected from mainland China.

Dr. Yun received his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. and M.S. from Beijing Agricultural University.

Penny Chen, Senior Manager, China Center of Excellence at KPMG LLP (
Penny is a Certified Tax Agent in China providing advisory on China tax and regulations.  She has extensive experience in providing tax planning and advisory services to listed companies and multinational conglomerates which invest in China.  She has assisted clients in numerous tax due diligence reviews, tax health check reviews and restructurings.  Penny joined KPMG in 2002 and is currently on a 2-year rotation in the U.S.  Penny holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is also a Hong Kong Certified Tax Advisor.

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2012
11:45am – Check in
12:00-1:30pm Buffet Lunch and talk
WHERE: Turnbull Center (3R)
U of O White Stag Block
70 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209
March 12, 2012: Panel — “The Shanghai Communiqué and 40 Years of U.S.-China Relations”
Nicholas Platt (former ambassador, in Nixon-Kissinger entourage)
William Kirby (TM Chang Professor Chinese Studies, Harvard University)
Shen Dingli (Dean of the Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University).
Robert Keatley (veteran journalist in Nixon-Kissinger entourage, (Asian Wall Street Journal

Ford Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 4pm

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute and cosponsored by the CAPS Jeremiah Lecture Fund and
NRC for East Asian Studies, the School of Journalism and Communication, the Department of History,
and the Asian Studies Program.

March 11, 2012: “Reflections on the Shanghai Communiqué and U.S.-China Relations”
Ambassador Nicholas Platt, American diplomat and participant in the Nixon/Kissinger entourage, will reflect on his China experiences with the Nixon-Kissinger visit, and after will read from his memoir China Boys, and show home movies from 1970s Beijing.

Ford Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 4pm

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute and cosponsored by the UO Office of Academic Affairs, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Humanities Program.

March 8, 2012: Presentation — “Nixon in China Then and Now,” A Conversation with Theater Director Peter Sellars
Avant-garde theater director Peter Sellars originally conceived of the opera and brought together composer John Adams and poet-librettist Alice Goodman for its creation. This year Sellars directed the opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Beall Hall, School of Music, 4:30pm

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute and cosponsored by the Clark Honors College and the Department of Theater Arts.


March 7, 2012: “Hidden Histories: the Libretto for Nixon in China”
Theodore Foss, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies,
University of Chicago.

The unusually literate, epic, and lyrical libretto weaves together actual speeches from the Nixon-kissinger trip, biblical verse, Mao’s poetry and news clippings – a work of art in itself.

Knight Library Browsing Room, 4pm

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute and cosponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.


March 6, 2012Jeremiah Lecture — “Stranger Intimacy and Transits Between Asia and the Americas”
Nayan Shah, Dept of History, University of California, San Diego
Knight Library Browsing Room at 3:30 pm


March 6, 2012: Panel — “Nixon in China Now and in the Future”
Eugene Opera artists Sam Helfrich (stage director), Peter Beudert (set), and Jonna Hayden (costumes), will discuss the opera Nixon in China and the new Eugene Opera interpretation.

Knight Library Browsing Room, 12 noon

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute and the Eugene Opera.


March 5, 2012Jeremiah Lectures 

“Food for Good or Evil? Buddhist Precepts and Food as Depicted in Medieval Japanese Handscroll Paintings”
Satomi Yamamoto, Associate Professor, Kyōritsu Women’s University, Tokyo

“An Examination of The Miraculous Origins of Kitano Tenjin Shrine (13th c.)”

Akira Takagishi, Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Knight Library Browsing Room at 4:00 pm


March 1, 2012Jeremiah Lecture — “Regional Policies of Development and Main Functional Zoning in China”
Weidong Liu, Professor in Economic Geography, Chinese Academy of Science
Condon 106 at 4:00 pm


March 1, 2012: Lecture — “Jiang Qing on Stage”
Roxane Witke, author of Comrade Chiang Ch’ing, with participation by Laura Wayte, Eugene Opera soprano who performs the role of Madame Mao (Jiang Qing) in the opera Nixon in China.

Thursday, March 1 at 12 noon in Knight Library Browsing Room

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute, cosponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the CAPS Jeremiah Lecture Fund and NRC for East Asian Studies.


February 2012

February 29, 2012: Lecture — “The Red Detachment of Women as a Model for
Cultural Revolution Art”

Richard Kraus (UO Political Science)
Introduction and revolutionary ballet, followed by questions and discussion

Wednesday, February 29 at 4pm in EMU Mills International Center

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute, cosponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.


February 27, 2012: “Catechisms of Consumption for the Material Girl in Early Modern Japan”  by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Berry


DATE: February 27, 3:30pm
LOCATION: Templeton Campus Center – Council Chamber, Lewis and Clark College (Portland)

For the 49th Annual Arthur L.Throckmorton Memorial Lecture in History, Mary Elizabeth Berry, chair of the Department of History and a Dean’s Professor of East Asian History at the University of California, Berkeley will give a talk entitled, “Catechisms of Consumption for the Material Girl in Early Modern Japan.”  Japan achieved a largely successful and deeply surprising conversion to a market economy in the seventeenth century.  Crucial to the change was the religion of profit, which exhorted hard work, smart work, and ruthless frugality. This talk explores the “problem” of consumption (was it legitimate? in what forms?) through the abundant advice manuals aimed at young women.


February 25, 2012: Northwest China Council’s Chinese New Year Auction and Banquet Gala — Year of the Dragon

5:00 – 6:50pm – Registration, Silent auction (2 phases), Live Music, No host bar
7:00 – 7:30pm – Lion dance, 2012 Flying Horse Award
7:30 – 9:00pm – Seven-course banquet dinner, and Live auction

Register for Auction & Banquet: 
The China Council invites you to attend the gala party. It will be a fun and exciting evening with great people, plenty of food and drink, entertainment, and the best silent and live auctions around. Bid on Delta Air Lines business-class world-wide round-trip tickets, Atiyehoriental rug, Delta domestic air line tickets, one week stay in New York City apartment, beach weekend, and other great items.

Legin Banquet Hall
8001 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206


February 24-25, 2012:  Lessons of Fukushima, A Symposium for Education Collaboration, Inspiration

The keynote address will be delivered by Brett Walker at 3:15 pm on Friday Feb. 24th. He will be speaking on “The 3.11 Triple Disaster and Japan’s Environmental Past.”  Professor Walker is Regents Professor at Montana State University the author of several books including Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (2010), winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize for Best Book in Environmental History.

Symposium panels will address:
-the health and environmental implications of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster;
-the management of communication and information during this crisis and related events;
-the social and cultural responses to the crisis in Japan and beyond — including the testimony of members of our campus community;
-the politics of nuclear regulation and anti-nuclear advocacy;
and the role of charitable organizations, volunteers, Mercy Corps, and citizen groups in assisting recovery efforts.

The symposium is designed to be accessible to a general audience and the format is intended to foster conversations. On Saturday Feb. 25 from 10 am-2 pm WU students will be presiding over a family-friendly activity room next to Paulus Lecture Hall that will feature informational displays, documentary footage, and lessons in folding origami peace cranes. Please mark this important event on your calendar and help us to spread the word to students and community members alike.

Friday, Feb 24: 3 PM-6 PM
Saturday, Feb. 25: 9 AM-3 PM
Willamette University-Salem, Oregon
Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center
Paulus Lecture Hall (Room 201)

Free and open to the public.


February 20, 2012Jeremiah Lecture — “What We Talk About When We Talk About Eating Dog”
Robert Ji-Song Ku, Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University
Knight Library Browsing Room at 4:00 pm


February 19, 2012Exhibit and Opening Reception – Nixon in China, Scenes from History and Stage
This exhibit, courtesy of the Nixon Library and Museum, documents the historic 1972 event that launched the normalization of U.S-China relations

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at 3:00 pm

This is the first of several events of “Nixon in China,” a partnership between the Eugene Opera and the University of Oregon.  A separate message with all events will be posted shortly.  For more information, please visit This is the first of several events of “Nixon in China,” a partnership between the Eugene Opera and the University of Oregon.


February 18, 2012: Taiwan Night

It’s this time of the year again!

Come celebrate our first ever Taiwan Night as we have just renamed our group from Chinese Student Association (CSA) to Taiwanese Student Association (TWSA)! This year we have centered our theme on the Taiwanese movies. As the recent blooming of the Taiwanese film industry, TWSA would like to present you this opportunities to explore Taiwanese cultures and tradition through the little movie that we filmed. Enjoy your night with our amazing performance, delicious Chinese dishes, bubble tea, and the chance to win big prizes such as TBA.

EVENT: 2012 TWSA Taiwan Night
WHERE: This event will be held in the EMU Ballroom


CHOUEI SATO, Shamisen, with Chieko Shirokane and Simon Hutchinson
Saturday, Feb. 18 • 8:00 p.m., Beall Concert Hall
School of Music & Dance – World Music Series
Co-sponsors:  Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and the UO Center for Asian & Pacific Studies

February 16, 2012: CHINA FILM NIGHT

Film Screening: I WISH I KNEW directed by JIA Zhangke.

McKenzie Hall 221, 6:00 pm-8:20 pm

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute.  Cosponsored by East Asian Languages and Literatures.


February 19, 2012 marks 70 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

Please join us for the first two events in a month-long series of programs that examine this era of our history.

February 11: Sweetheart Swing Dance featuring the Minidoka Swing Band at the Star Theatre, 13 Northwest 6th Ave., Portland from 7-10pm. Bring your best costume and swing dance for a chance at prizes!


February 16: “Civil Liberties in Wartime: The Internment of Japanese Americans,” a lecture by Dr. David Gray Adler, University of Idaho. Dr. Adler is director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho. He has published in the leading journals of his field, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the constitution and presidential power. 6:00pm at the PSU Native American Center (710 SW Jackson Street).


February 3, 2012: Seminar — On Opening New Possibilities for Academic Translations
11:00 a.m., 375 McKenzie Hall, 1101 Kincaid Street


February 2, 2012: Confucius Institute Event — “The Limits of Expression: Some Unexpected Consequences of Modern Chinese Language Reform”
Theodore Huters, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California at Los Angeles
Knight Library Browsing Room at 12:00 pm


January 2012

January 26, 2012: Religious Studies Event — “Global Rebellion: Religion and Violence among South & Central Asian Muslims”
Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at UC – Santa Barbara
McKenzie Hall, Room 240A, 7:30 pm



Dragon Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Dragon Personality Traits: energetic, excitable, stubborn but soft-hearted, born leader

The most colorful, sensational and joyous of all Chinese festivals, Lan Su’s annual celebration
for families and individuals roars with lion and dragon dances, glows with lanterns and entertains with cultural activities, dances and demonstrations. The two-­‐‑week schedule of events and more information is found at All activities and events are free with garden admission or membership.

Demonstrations include Chinese yo-­‐‑yo, tai chi, fan and sword demonstrations. Interactive activities include lantern making, dragon card coloring, storytelling, tai chi and more. Music and dance performances by local Chinese schools and cultural partners bring color and tradition while lectures on feng shui, food, calligraphy and holiday plants afford insights into the symbolism and history of the Lunar New Year.

Lion dances, the most colorful and loudest of New Year activities, welcome the year Monday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. The lion teams return each weekend day at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. In honor of the dragon, each weekend day at 4 p.m., a 40-­‐‑foot dragon dances its way through the serpentine paths in the garden! (New Year weekends are Saturday and Sunday, January 28 & 29, Saturday and Sunday, February 4 & 5).

Two magical nights of traditional Lantern Viewing close out the festival. On Sunday, February 5 and Monday, February 6, from 6:30 -­ 8:30 p.m., Lan Su glows with hanging lanterns while the lake shimmers with 200 red, floating lanterns. Entertainment includes a dragon procession led by Lee’s Association Lion and Dragon Dance Team and a magnificent Lantern Dance by the Portland Chinese Dance Troupe. These after-­‐‑hours events require a special admission ticket for entry.

Chinese New Year Sponsored by NW Natural and KGW NewsChannel 8


January 19, 2012Chinese New Year Celebration
Featuring Chinese erhu and pipa music by master artists
Wenjie Xia and Yi Zhou, of the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York
3:30 pm Buffet, 4:00 pm Remarks and concert begins
Alumni Lounge, Gerlinger Hall
Presented by the UO Confucius Institute


January 17, 2012: Northwest China Council and World Affairs Council presents –“What the U.S. Can Learn from China” by Ann Lee

About the Talk
At a time when many choose to complain about the United States economy, Ann Lee examines how China’s education policies, economic policies, financial markets, foreign policies, and strategic planning can be studied to positively impact our own.  Ann challenges much conventional wisdom and offers her ideas of how to cherry pick China’s best practices to foster much needed change at home.

About Ann Lee
Ann Lee, a senior fellow at Demos, focuses on issues of global economics and finance.  Ann is a former investment banker, hedge fund partner and is a frequent media commentator on economic issues. In addition to television and radio appearances on Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC and NPR, her op-eds have appeared in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Businessweek, Forbes, and Worth.  Ann is also an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University and a former visiting professor at Peking University where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. While she was teaching at Peking University, she also acted as an economic advisor to Chinese economic officials as well as to several large Chinese asset management firms. She was educated at U.C. Berkeley, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and Harvard Business School.

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 12 – 1:30pm
WHERE: UO White Stag Building, Room 142/144, 70 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209
COST: Free for NWCC & WAC members, $5/general, Optional Elephants sack lunch: $9.50

December 31, 2011

Events 2011

December 2011

December 1-31: Lan Su Chinese Garden Photography Member Exhibit

The ancient gardens of China aspired to replicate the beauty exhibited in traditional Chinese landscape painting. They are often referred to as “poetic gardens” and were designed to inspire creativity and act as a connector with nature.

In the eleven years of Lan Su Chinese Garden’s existence, visitors and members have been inspired to capture the harmony of art, architecture and design in photographs.

An exhibit of photographs taken by Lan Su’s photography members will be on display in the garden’s pavilions, during the month of December. Each photograph displayed has been inspired by a garden—many capture the magic of Lan Su itself.

All photographs are for sale and a portion of each sale benefits Lan Su’s ongoing programs and activities. The exhibit is free with garden admission or membership.

This is the second annual exhibit of works by Lan Su photography members. Those interested in becoming a photography member and contributors at future exhibits can enroll at


November 2011

November 29:  “It’s not about YOU: Language Clutter on the Japanese Landscape”
Presented by Dr. Pat Wetzel, Director of the PSU Japanese Language Program, Acting Vice Provost for International Affairs, and affiliated faculty of the Center for Japanese Studies.

6 p.m. in Smith Student Union, room 238.

This promises to be a fun and fascinating examination of language and culture that anyone who enjoys language and/or the study of language won’t want to miss. The Japanese Consul General for Portland, Mr. Takamichi Okabe will make introductory remarks.

The lecture is presented by the Center for Japanese Studies. It’s free and open to the public. Please visit the website  for more information.


November 22: PSU Institute for Asian Studies Lecture Series — “Not Made in China: Identity & Home in Sinophone Malaysian Fiction”

Location:  PSU campus, Cramer Hall room 158
Time:  4:00 – 5:30pm

Dr. Alison Groppe, Professor of Chinese Literature at University of Oregon, will discuss her current book project about what it means for Malaysia-born authors to write fiction in Chinese.  She will explore questions of identity and experience through the works of several acclaimed Malaysia-born Chinese authors.

Dr. Groppe’s current research focuses on Malaysian Chinese literature and its representation of cultural identity–mostly currently on the expressions of nostalgia for Chinese popular music, film and literature of the 1930s-1970s in contemporary Malaysian and Taiwan Sinophone stories and films, and what this nostalgia means for the construction and representation of contemporary Chinese identities.


November 17: China Education Network presents — A Panel on Academic “Doing Business in China” Study Tours

David W. Kohl, China Education Network Chair, will moderate a panel that will describe and discuss four school’s respective China Study tours as part of their institutions’ programs. The panel includes:

Andrew Earle – University of Oregon
Jeff Millard – Portland State University
Jonathan Cooley – Concordia University
Dr. John Orr – University of Portland

This is a good event for individuals and organizations wanting to learn more about what is out there for attendance purposes (students), as well as best practices and advice for administrators wanting to develop such programs (faculty).

When: 10:30am-noon

Where: Room 140/142
U of O White Stag Block
70 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Cost: $5/members, $10 non-members, $5 full-time students (includes coffee/tea and cookies)


November 16: National Committee on United States-China Relations presents — China Town Hall

LIVE WEBCAST: Zbigniew Brzenski  Counselor & Trustee, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington, DC

LIVE in PORTLAND: Melinda Herrold-Menzies, Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.

China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski was National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for his role in the normalization of U.S. – Chinese relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States”. Dr. Brzezinski will give an update on U.S. – China relations via live webcast from Washington, DC. He will then answer questions submitted from participating cities.

Dr. Melinda Herrold-Menzies is an Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pitzer College and The Claremont Colleges in the Intercollegiate Program of Environmental Analysis in Claremont, California. Her research focuses on conflicts around nature reserves and national parks in China and the Russian Far East. Other interests include environmental issues in China, conservation and development, gender issues, and California ecosystems.

Dr. Herrold-Menzies received her doctorate from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. She will speak on China’s response to environmental issues and climate change.

3:30 pm Registration & check-in
4:00-4:45 pm Zbigniew Brzenski, live Webcast, Washington, DC.
5:00-6:00 pm Melinda Herrold-Menzies, live event in Portland
6:00pm Adjourn

Where: Univ. of Oregon White Stag Building
70 NW Couch Street, Portland OR 97209

Cost: $5 NWCC members & students, $15 general. Please add $5 if paying at the door. (Event includes coffee, tea, and cookies)


November 15: Jeremiah Lecture — “Understanding Japan:  Expressed but Unspoken”
Jeanie Fuji, Adjunct Instructor of Japanese, University of Oregon
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Ford Lecture Hall, 11:00 am


November 9: Jeremiah Lecture — “Charter 2008 – Past and Present Dissents in China”
Dr. Debasish Chaudhuri, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.
Mills International Center, 3:30 pm

Publication of Charter 2008 is the most earnest effort by Chinese pro-democratic forces and human rights activists since the Tiananmen massacre in 1989. This effort is an attempt to promote liberal ideals as well as consolidate various dissenting voices across the country. The talk examines socio-political settings and the background in which the Charter is published. It also analyses the content of the Charter and its historical significance and deals with culture of protests and dissents in China in recent years.

Dr. Debasish Chaudhuri was educated in Mathematics and furthered his education in Chinese language, literature and culture from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Chinese Studies from University of Delhi. He received Human Resources Scholarship to pursue advance Chinese language training at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. His research interests include national minority problems in China, regional politics and economic development in Xinjiang. He is extensively travelled through Xinjiang.

Dr. Chaudhuri has held Research positions at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Center for Studies of Developing Societies and Center for Neighborhood Studies, VIF. He has taught Chinese Language in Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi. He is currently working on a project entitled Post Charter 2008 dissident movements and netizen activism further challenge CPC’s claim of offering a global alternative.


November 8 & 10: The Sustainable Cities Initiative and the UO Department of Landscape Architecture Present: “Designing the New Cities of China:  Blending Ancient Traditions with 21st Century Sustainability”

Portland Public Lecture: Nov. 8th at 6pm
White Stag Building 142/144
Designing the New Cities of China – Blending Ancient Traditions with 21st Century Sustainability

Eugene Public Lecture, Nov. 10th at 5:30pm
Fenton 110, U of O campus
From Regional Planning to Site Design – The Application of “Shan-shui City” Concept in Multi-scale Planning of New Cities in China

Jie Hu, Director and Chief Designer, Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute; Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Registered landscape architect in the U.S., member of ASLA; Former Director of the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture.

Best known for his internationally award-winning projects, Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park, Tieling Fanhe New City landscape planning, and Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Central Park, among many others, Prof. Hu believes understanding ecology is important in today’s contemporary landscape design and attempts to infuse his projects with the spirit of Chinese culture and tradition, the local culture, and also sound contemporary ecological science.


November 4: Northwest China Council 2011 Annual Meeting/Banquet

Please join fellow members and guests for an enriching evening at the 2011 Annual Meeting at Wong’s King Restaurant. Cathy Chinn, NWCC President, will start the meeting with a China Council update, including the election of new Board of Directors members.

Astoria, Oregon has a rich history reflecting the influence of cultures from around the world.  The Chinese played a significant role in this history, working in the canneries, building the city’s sewer system, construction of the railroads that would connect Astoria to Portland, and building the jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River.

The Garden of Surging Waves, the City of Astoria’s Bicentennial legacy gift, will help share an important piece of Astoria’s history and serve as a reminder not only of the Chinese contributions, but also to Oregon’s early ties to China that were first developed in the days of John Jacob Astoria and his trading business with Canton.

The Garden was initially planned to occupy a portion of Astoria’s famous Riverwalk; but has been moved to one with greater access and expanded visibility. Suenn Ho, urban designer, has begun work on the first phase of the Legion Block, located near City Hall and in the heart of downtown Astoria.  A ground-breaking event is expected in April of 2012 culminating the Bicentennial celebration.

You will hear details and updates about the Garden of Surging Waves from Mayor Willis L. Van Dusen and Suenn Ho.

When: Friday, November 4, 2011, 6:00 PM
6:00: no-host cocktails; 6:30: Annual business meeting; 7:00pm: Banquet dinner. 7:45: Keynote speakers

Where: Wong’s King Restaurant
8733 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97266

Cost: $35/members, $45/general, $25/students


November 4: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Faculty & Staff Open House

Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The JSMA invites faculty and staff of the UO, LCC, and NCU to come see what’s new at the museum.  Enjoy an afternoon reception, participate in a guided tour of Xiaoze Xie: Amplified Moments, 1993-2008 and other recent installations, and take advantage of this opportunity to meet museum staff. Please RSVP by October 28 to Sharon Kaplan at or (541) 346-0968.


November 4: CAPS/Asian Studies Reception
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:30-5:00 pm


November 1-30: Stunning Chrysanthemums Bring Fall Splendor to Lan Su Garden
The Chrysanthemum with its curling petals and elegant look has long been a favorite with the Chinese people. It is featured on the 1 yuan coin and in ancient and modern Chinese painting and decoration. As one of the “Four Honorable Plants” (plum, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo) it is the plant revered and associated with autumn. In celebration of this most noble of plants, the Lan Su will offer the following interesting experiences and activities:

November 4 & 11 at 1 p.m. – Take the Chrysanthemum Crawl with a garden horticulturist and gather historical, cultural and growing information
November 6 & 12 at 2 p.m. -­‐‑ Learn chrysanthemum flower-­‐‑arranging with Mark Vossbrink from Rainyday Flowers
All month -­‐‑ Enjoy the Garden in fall with the addition of eye-­‐‑popping plantings of chrysanthemums.
All month -­‐‑View the prize-­‐‑winning cut blooms from the Portland Chrysanthemum Society and the Lan Su collection
All month -­‐‑ Stop by the Teahouse and purchase a warming pot of chrysanthemum tea

All activities, barring tea purchase, are free with garden admission or membership; go to for more information


October 2011

October 29: Colloquium Program, UO Lectures on Japanese Art

On Saturday between 9:00 AM-5:00 PM the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Department of Art History will co-host a day-long colloquium featuring seven UO faculty members and one graduate student who will make short presentations about various works of art on display in the JSMA’s Japanese galleries.  The speakers, topics, and times are listed below:

8:45 AM
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Lecture Hall
Museum Opens (Note: only for colloquium attendees; galleries not open until 11:00 AM)

9:00 AM
Jill Hartz (JSMA Executive Director)

9:15 AM
Anne Rose Kitagawa (Chief Curator of Collections and Asian Art)
The JSMA & Gertrude Bass Warner’s Legacy

9:45 AM

10:00 AM
Akiko Walley (Art History)
Scraps of Truth: Sutra Fragments in the Collection of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

10:30 AM
Kevin Nute (Architecture)
Japanese Art and American Architecture

11:00 AM
Andrew Goble (History)
Water in Edo Art and Culture

11:45 AM
Lunch break & time to view the galleries

2:30 PM
Faith Kreskey (M.A. Candidate, Art History; JSMA Intern, co-curator of Sugoroku exhibition)
Fiendish Play: Game Mechanics and Interactive Spaces in Old Monster Yarns Chutes and Ladders

3:00 PM
Jason Webb (East Asian Languages and Literatures)
Genji as Spectacle: Viewing the Genji Illustrated Manuscript at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

3:30 PM

3:45 PM
Ron Lovinger (Landscape Architecture)
The Horikawa Canal: The Restoration and Transformation of an Eighth Century Water Road

4:15 PM
Glynne Walley (East Asian Languages and Literatures)
Diver Down or Bottoms Up? Teraoka Masami’s Kunisada Eclipsed

5:00 PM
Museum Closes


October 27: Celebrating Luxury — Still Life in Surimono

Announcing a special lecture at the Portland Art Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints from the Portland Art Museum.

A Lecture by John T. Carpenter
Thursday, October 27th at 6 pm in the Whitsell Auditorium
Curator of Japanese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the world’s leading authorities on surimono (privately published prints, often commissioned by poetry groups), Carpenter will explore the special qualities of still-life imagery in surimono, focusing on the poetry and prints he selected for the exhibition. Dr. Carpenter contributed the essay and catalogue section on surimono to the exhibition publication.  Carpenter has published widely on Japanese art, especially in the areas of calligraphy, painting, and woodblock prints.

Free with Museum admission. Click here for more information.


October 27: Confucius Institute Event — “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China”
Book discussion by author Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University, Knight Library Browsing Room, 4:00 pm


October 21: Confucius Institute Event — “Book Culture and Intellectual Life on the Qing Frontier”
Cynthia Brokaw (Professor of History, Brown University), Knight Library Browsing Room, 3:30 pm


October 20: Jeremiah Lecture — “Does Microfinance Work?”
Documentary Showing and DiscussionA Conversation between Danish Filmmaker Tom Heinemann and UO anthropologist Lamia Karim, PLC, Room 180, 7:00 pm

October 17: Jeremiah Lecture — “Marital Borders: Nation, Population, and Sovereignty across the Taiwan Strait”

Sara Friedman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University
Knight Library Browsing Room, 3:30 pm


October 13: Jeremiah Lecture — “The Future of Korean Identity and the Changes of Communication”
Min-Sun Kim, Professor of Communicology, University of Hawaii; Editor of Korean Studies
Mills International Center – EMU, 2:30 pm


October 13: Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies presents: “Why My Book ‘Poverty Superpower America’ Sold 500,000 Copies in Japan by Journalist Ms. Mika Tsutsumi
Smith Student Union 327/8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm


October 12: Welcome Dinner for the Chinese Delegation to The World Famous Mountains Conference in Portland
You are cordially invited to attend a dinner honoring 12 high ranking officials from Beijing and three famous mountains in China, who are attending the 3rd Annual World Famous Mountains Conference in Portland. The mountains represented are Emeishan, Huangshan, and Lushan. Taishan, the fourth famous mountain member of the association is unable to attend. Their leaders, together with representatives from the China Landscape and Historical Site Association and the Beijing UNESCO office, are meeting with delegates from 25 mountains around the world including Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kilimanjaro and four US mountains: Mount Rainier, Mt. Shasta, Shenandoah National Park and Mt. Hood. The World Famous Mountains Association was formed in China in 2009 with 12 founding members and has grown now to include 25 mountains represented from Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Philippines, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, and the USA. A growing number of these mountains are experiencing burgeoning demands for recreational pursuit and both public and private development. The purpose of the association is to provide a venue for members to collaborate in the exchange of information and in learning how to face the common challenges of managing the world’s most precious fragile mountain ecosystems. The primary focus is on issues focus such as natural resource protection, sustainable tourism, environmental education, and the conservation of our world’s cultural legacy. celebrating the connection between history, art, culture, heritage, and mountains. Preceding the dinner, Mr. Zheng Xiang, General Secretary and head of the Mt. Lushan Administrative Bureau and founder of the organization, will present a short illustrated talk about the association and its members, joined by Deputy Secretaries General Heidi  Zhu Dong, and Gary Larsen, former Supervisor of Mt. Hood National Forest. The conference is being hosted by Mt. Hood National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, at the World Forestry Center and Timberline Lodge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 6 – 7:30pm
Wong’s King Seafood Restaurant
8733 SE Division St. Portland, OR
Tickets $45/general, $40/members, $30/students; please add $5 if registering after 4pm Oct. 10


October 5: Japan-America Society of Oregon and Northwest China Council Invite you to a Corporate Briefing
Featuring: A Recap of the Governor’s Business Mission to Asia
Tim McCabe, Charlie Allcock, and other members of the delegation will present a debrief of Governor Kitzhaber’s September 2011 13-day trade mission to Japan, South Korea and China – three of Oregon’s largest trading partners.  Accessing international markets is a critical piece of the Governor’s plan to create jobs in Oregon.
Mr. Tim McCabe — Director, Oregon Business Development Department   
Mr. Charlie Allcock — Director, Business Development, Portland General Electric
Other Mission Delegates

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Two World Trade Center, Plaza Conference Room, 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland
No Charge
To download the flyer, click here.


October 4: Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies presents: “What Would it Take for Korea to Forgive Japan for the Past?” by Dr. Woon Do Choi
Memories of the “past,” in other words the period when Japan ruled Korea as a colony (1910-45), continue to color relations between the two major liberal democracies in East Asia. In this talk, Dr. Choi will introduce the difficulties of moving beyond painful memories but also suggest possibilities for coming to terms with the past. Issues he shall address include: What are the flash points in the history between Korea and Japan? Why should Korea forgive Japan? What is the price of forgiveness? What lessons can be learned from similar cases in Europe?

Tuesday, October 4 — 6-7:30 p.m.
Smith Student Union 327/8
Free and Open to the public
Co-sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies


October 2: Wisdom Arts Academy and Portland Community College presentA Concert of Music from the Tea Horse Silk Road
The concert features 3 master musicians from the minority regions of southern China (Guangxi Province) and local master musicians of Central Asia.

Sunday, October 2nd — 6:00pm
Portland Community College
Dan Moriarity Arts & Humanities Bldg.
735 N. Killingsworth St.  Portland, OR  97217
$25/general  $12/PCC Student & Staff with ID

For more information, click here.


October 1: Confucius Institute Event — An Evening of Classical Chinese Music
7:30 p.m. Beall Concert Hall
Tickets $10 (general), $5 (students & children)
Available through the EMU Ticket Office


October 1-31: Lan Su Chinese Garden Presents ESSENCE OF TEA
An October Infused with Cultural Experiences and Wrapped Around a Tea CupThe Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered tea consumption a mark of status and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor.

In October visitors to Lan Su Chinese Garden can participate in all kinds of tea activities
and experiences, including:

  • A display of antique and unique Chinese tea pots All Month
  • Meet tea experts and authors Featured Tuesdays at 2 p.m. (Oct. 4: Author James Norwood Pratt and Oct. 18: Author Diana Saltoon)
  • Feng shui tea tips Wednesdays -­‐‑ 1 p.m. (not Oct. 5)
  • Create your own tea blend
  • Experience a Gongfu tea ceremony Fridays – 1 p.m.
  • Poet Daniel Skatch-Mills reads his tea poetry Sunday Oct. 2 & Saturday Oct. 8

Visit the Lan Su Garden website for a complete schedule and details. All activities free with admission.

The Tao of Tea, operator of Lan Su Chinese Garden’s Teahouse, is the proud sponsor of October’s events.
The Teahouse is offering two opportunities for private tea tasting and tea travel presentation on Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 20, 6:30 -­‐‑ 8:30 p.m.

Limited reservations are $35 and must be confirmed in advance by calling The Tao of Tea at 503.224.8455.


September 2011

September 29: The Confucius Institute at PSU presents: Central Conservatory of Music Concert
The Central Conservatory of Music is the national leading music school in Beijing, China. Founded in 1950, the Conservatory offers courses to both Chinese nationals and foreign students, and caters for all levels from primary up to postgraduate programs. In recent years the Conservatory has developed strong relationships with overseas institutions and individuals. Foreign musicians and scholars are frequently invited to teach or offer lectures at the Conservatory which, in turn, also sends its own faculty members and students to other countries to pursue further studies, lecture, or give performances.

Thursday, September 29 — 6:30pm
PSU Smith Memorial Union Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Free and Open to the Public
Donation to the CI-PSU Scholarship Fund appreciated

For more information, click here.


September 28: Welcome dinner for musicians from China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing
Please join the Confucius Institute at Portland State University, Northwest China Council, and Portland-Suzhou Sister Cities Association for a dinner to welcome and meet the musicians from China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing

6:30 PM, Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Mandarin Cove Restaurant (111 SW Columbia St. # 1 Portland, OR 97201)
For event flyer, click here.


September 25: Master Musicians From Guangxi Province perform Benefit Concert at Lan Su Chinese Garden
Wisdom Arts Academy will present a special benefit concert, featuring traditional Chinese music and dance performances, inside the walls of Lan Su Chinese Garden. The concert introduces music from Southern China, especially music from ethnic minorities living in Guangxi province. Three master musicians from China join local Chinese musicians for a beautiful and rare music program. The Garden will echo with sounds from traditional Chinese instruments such as the Hulusi, Banhu, Duxinqin and Baowu, as well as the more common instruments of the Dizi, Erhu, Pipa, Guzheng and Yangqin. The students of the Wisdom Arts Academy will perform Chinese ethnic minority music and dance. Food and beverage will be available for sale.

Sunday, September 25 –– 7 p.m. in the Garden
239 N. W. Everett St., Portland, OR. 97209


Starting September 22 through Fall 2011: Mandarin Chinese Language Classes
The China Council is offering 10 weeks of Mandarin Chinese language starting Sept. 22, 2011 for students of all ability levels. Classes are small, fun, with lots of opportunity to interact. Students will receive individual attention. Students also learn phonetic Pinyin writing system and Chinese characters (including handwriting and Microsoft’s Chinese input method).


September 8: CHINA BUSINESS NETWORK presents: Mid-Autumn Networking Social
You are invited to  join the NWCC China  Business Network team and others with an interest in China for an early  evening networking event.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, 5pm – 7pm
Miller Nash LLP, US Bancorp Tower, 34th Floor111 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
$10 members, $20 non-members, $5 students
Please consider joining NWCC for member benefits.
Sponsored by Miller Nash.


June 2011

June 17-19: The 23rd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-23)
The University of Oregon is pleased to host the 23rd Annual NACCL conference, to be held in Eugene, Oregon from June 17-19, 2011.

NACCL-23 will continue to serve as a platform of scholarly exchange for researchers of all subfields of Chinese linguistics. Proposals of original studies on (but not limited to) the following topics are invited:

Phonetics/Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Morphology, Orthography, Historical linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Chinese Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, etc.

Papers are presented within a thirty-minute period with 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Registration for this event is now open! For more information, click here.


May 2011

May 16-20Business Oregon-World Trade Week
The International Road Show is an excellent opportunity for Oregon’s small- and medium-sized enterprises exporting goods and services to learn about assistance from state, local and federal government agencies designed to help Oregon companies tap into foreign markets.


May 19: Jeremiah Public Lecture — “Korea in the Japanese Colonial Gaze”
Taylor Atkins, Department of History, Northern Illinois University
McKenzie Hall, Room 375
3:30 pm 
This event is cosponsored by the Department of History


May 25: China, Chinese studies and the Internet by Jeffrey Barlow
6pm – 7:30pm Lecture
Room 140/142
U of O White Stag Block
70 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209
Tickets $5/members, $10 non-members, $5 full-time students (includes coffee/tea and cookies)