PSU Faculty Focus Series

Each quarter the Institute for Asian Studies highlights current Asia related work and research of PSU's own faculty.  PSU Faculty Focus events are often sponsored or co-sponsored by, or coordinated in conjunction with, our campus and community partners.

Winter 2018 EVENTS:

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 Let Peace Be Dammed: A History of Dams and the Hydropolitics of Division in Korea

Thurs, MARCH 15, 2018 - 4pm

Smith Memorial Student Union 
SMSU RM 238 | 

 In this talk, Professor Kim will trace the Korean history of dams, water, and the hydropolitics of division to address the often overlooked environmental aspects of division.

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Dr. Danny Kim, Professor of Korean Studies, Portland State University

 

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TUE, January 30, 2018
6:00 pm 

Dr. Danny Kim, Professor of Korean Studies, Portland State University
Colonial Korea’s Short Haired Rebels: Actresses, Cross-dressers, Gisaeng, and the Refashioning of Femininity in 1920s Korea

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

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Spring 2018 EVENTS:

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Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938-1943

Friday, April 20 2018, 6:00 pm

Native American Student & Community Center 110
(710 SW Jackson Street, Portland, OR)
 

Imperial Japan’s heritage landscape expanded along with the growing empire. This essay focuses on Japanese tourism to, as well as tourism planning and promotion for, three continental destinations, Mukden, Nanjing, and Qufu, from 1938 to 1943. 

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Ken Ruoff - Professor in the modern history of East Asia at Portland State University.

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The Abdication of Japan’s Emperor Akihito in Historical Perspective

Tues, May 22, 2018 | 6pm

Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327/8/9

This talk will examine the history of the monarchy in modern Japan, with a particular focus the pluralistic manner in which the political right has interpreted the monarchy in postwar Japan.

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Ken Ruoff - Professor in the modern history of East Asia at Portland State University

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Winter 2017 EVENTS:

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Faculty Focus Lecture Series
The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017   |   6:30 PM

Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. 

Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

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PSU's Quarterly Korea Program & IAS Faculty Focus presents 
Splendid Metal Crowns of the Paekche Kingdom in Korea and Japan

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   |   6:30 PM

Dr. JungHee Lee will explore the syncretic subject matters of Buddhism and Taoism and style of the art of Paekche to illuminate the dynamic relationships among the art of Paekche, Kaya, Silla, Koguryo and Japan. 

Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Room 294, 1825 SW Broadway
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Introduction to the Uyghur People and Culture in Xinjiang, China:

History of Xinjiang and its Ethnic Cultures

Saturday, March 4, 2017   |   9:30 AM

The first of a 3-part program series to learn about the Uyghur people and their culture. In Part I Dr. Baihetiyaer Tuerxun, retired Professor of History from Xinjiang University, China, who currently holds a courtesy appointment with the PSU Dept. of History.  [Read more]

Location: PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center, Room 230, 1800 SW 6th Ave 
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The “Spirit” of Confucian Education in Contemporary China: Songyang Academy and Zhengzhou University

Friday, March 17, 2017    |      6:30 PM

Dr. Linda Walton, PSU Professor Emerita of History.  
One of the “Four Great Academies” of the Northern Song (960-1126), Songyang Academy’s 嵩阳书院 recent reincarnation is one example of “academy fever” (shuyuan re 书院热) in China today.  What can the relationship between Songyang Academy and Zhengzhou University tell us about current debates in China concerning modern university education, Confucianism, and “National Studies fever” (国学热).

Location: PSU Academic & Student & Recreation Center, room 215 

 

 

 

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PAST EVENTS:

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FALL 2016

An Introduction to the Manchus
Saturday, November 5, 2016 
A primer about the Manchus—who they were, where they came from, and their significance in Chinese history. An introduction to the language will follow with a look at some of its features and possible connections with other languages.

Literati Life and Neo-Confucianism in Song China
Saturday, December 3, 2016
An exploration of the intersection between thought and society during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), highlighting the ways in which family life and relationships between men and women were influenced by NeoConfucianism.
 

 

SPRING 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016
Some Other China Dreams:  Chinese SF ("Science Fiction & " Speculative Fiction")
Dr. Jeffrey Kinkley, Departments of History and World Languages & Literatures, Portland State University
Presented by the Confucius Institute at PSU 

Saturday, May 7, 2016 
First Saturday East Asia Program
Beyond A Scenic Spot:  The Making and Remaking of West Lake 
Dr. Desmond Cheung, Department of History, Portland State University Friday,

May 20, 2016 
Stories of the Buddha from Kizil caves and Khotan in Taklimakan Desert
Dr. Junghee Lee, Professor of Asian Art History, Portland State University
Presented by the Confucius Institute at PSU 

WINTER 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 
Ethnic Minorities in Asia
A panel of PSU Faculty will share interdisciplinary perspectives on ethnic minorities in India, Nepal & Singapore.
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SPRING 2015

Wed, April 22, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
IAS Faculty Focus Series
Contraceptive Trusting and Trusting Contraception in India
Dr. Jennifer Aengst


 Sat, May 2, 2015
First Saturday East Asia Program
Negotiating Cultures: Chinese Christian Converts in the Ming-Qing Era
Dr. Desmond Cheung

Sat, June 13,2015 
First Saturday East Asia Program
Guardians of the Charma, or of the Empire?:  Pacific University's Luohan hand scroll by Zhou Xun (1649-1729)
Dr. Ann Wetherell

  

WINTER 2015

Sat, January 10, 2015 
Culture & History of the Uyghur in Xinjiang, China
Dr. Tugrul Keskin, PSU Professor of International Studies
Sponsored by the First Saturday Asia Program 
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Wed, January 21, 2015 
"The End of Development?  Vietnam's adaptation to automation"
Dr. John Gallup, PSU Professor of Economics
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Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies 

Thur, January 29, 2015 
"Mozart vs. Clementi" piano lecture-recital, featuring IAS affiliated faculty --Wynn Kiyama, Susan Chan & Julia Lee
Sponsored by the PSU School of Music 

February 14, 2015 
Echos of China:  Contemporary Chinese Piano Music
Dr. Susan Chan, PSU Professor of Piano 
together with Dr. Elise Yun, Professor of Piano at Soochow University School of Music, Suzhou, China
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Co-sponsored by the PSU School of Music and the Confucius Institute at PSU 

February 26, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Memory Wars in East Asia II:  Master Narratives of Modern Korean History Told in Museums in Korea
Dr. Ken Ruoff, PSU Professor of Japanese & East Asian History
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Co-sponsored by the PSU Center for Japanese Studies, PSU Friends of History, and PSU Institute for Asian Studies 

March 6, 2015 
India Changes Course
Dr. Priya Kapoor, PSU Associate Professor of International Studies
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Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the PSU International Studies Dept. 

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 
Expression, Repression, Terror, and Backlash: 
A Glimpse of Six Asian Films and a Conversation with PSU Asian Film Scholars

Dialogs Across Asia
Join us for lively discussion with four PSU faculty and Asian Film experts about the themes of expression, repression, terror and backlash as depicted in select films from India, China, Hong Kong and Japan.  Read more >>

FALL 2014

Sat, December 6, 2014 
First Saturday PDX:  East Asian Program Series 
Confucian Sacred Landscapes 
Dr. Linda Walton, Emerita Professor of Chinese History, Portland State Univ  

 

November 20, 2014
Smash and Spit! Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China" 
Dr. Desmond Cheung, PSU Professor of Chinese History
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Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies 

 

November 18, 2014
Memory Wars in East Asia I:  Pluralistic Memories in Japan
Dr. Ken Ruoff, PSU Professor of Japanese & East Asian History
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Co-sponsored by the PSU Center for Japanese Studies, PSU Friends of History, and PSU Institute for Asian Studies

 

October 24, 2014
"From killers to love hunks: Shifting Visions Of Mainlanders In Hong Kong Film - Changes In Hong Kong Movies From The 1980's To The Present.” 
Dr. Mary Erbaugh, PSU Adjunct Professor and Research Associate at UO
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Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU 

 

SPRING 2014

May 3, 2014  
Portlandʼs Other Historic Chinese Gardens: Organic Vegetable Farmers
Dr. Tracy J. Prince, Scholar in Residence at the Portland Center for Public Humanities, PSU
Presented by the First Saturday East Asian Program Committee and Institute for Asian Studies
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Dr. Yiping Fang, Assistant Professor at PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Understanding Development Challenges in China’s Drive for Urbanization
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU.

 

Friday, February 28 
On Thinking for Oneself in Mao's China - Introducing the internationally acclaimed documentary film maker HU Jie and his work
Dr. Jennifer Ruth, Professor of English at Portland State Universtiy will discuss three documentary films by Chinese film maker HU Jie.
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Exploring the Boundaries of Taiko in Japan and North America
Wynn Kiyama, Assistant Professor of Music, Portland State University
Location:  PSU Lincoln Hall room 75
Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies & School of Music 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014
Academies in Contemporary China as Sites of Cultural Heritage Tourism
A lecture by Dr. Linda Walton, Professor Emerita of History and International Studies at Portland State University
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU 

 

January 12, 2014

Lecture on Japanese Samurai 
Ken Ruoff, Professor of Japanese History 
Portland Art Museum
Sponsored by the Portland Art Museum 

 

FALL 2013

 

November 20, 2013
Presented by the PSU Center for Japanese Studies
What Makes PSU's Japanese Language Program Among the Best in the World?
Panel of faculty members from the PSU Japanese Program in the Department of World Languages and Literature

 

November 15, 2013
Presented by the Confucius Institute at PSU
China's Forgotten Hero: Hu Yaobang
Dr. Bruce Gilley, Professor of Political Science

 

November 6, 2013
Presented by the Confucius Institute at PSU
Will China Rule the World? 
Dr. Ronald Tammen, Professor & Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

 

May 14, 2013
Presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Lesbian Fiction as Historical Fiction: Gender, Nationalism, and Sexual Politics in the South Asian Novel
Dr. Sridevi (Sri) Nair, PSU Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program

 

March 7, 2013
Presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Community Radio in India
Dr. Priya Kapoor, PSU Department of Communication 

 

November 19, 2012
Presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Asian-Americans: Achievements Mask Challenges
Dr. JungHee Lee, PSU Professor of Social Work and Dr. Lewis Bank of the Regional Research Institute for Human Services, School of Social Work and Oregon Social Learning Center, will present an update on their current research about Asian-Americans.

 

June 3, 2012
Piano Recital
Susan Chan, PSU Professor of Piano 
Presented by the PSU School of Music, with support from the Institute for Asian Studies 

 

February 15, 2012
Kim III:  North Korea Under a New Leader 
Dr. Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Division of Political Science, Portland State University
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Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies 

 

February 16, 2011
Will South Korea Have Enough Water in the Future?
Dr. Heejung Chang, Professor of Geography, Portland State University 
Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies