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Spotlight on Asia Lectures & Cultural Forums regularly presents programs exploring everything from current scholarly research to local and global perspectives on current affairs and cultural experiences.  Lectures and presentations, book talks and readings, demonstrations, workshops, visual art exhibitions, Asian film and performing arts are regularly featured.


Spotlight on Asia


January 27, 7:00 pm

PM PAD YATRA: Documentary on Environmentalism and Tibetan Buddhism 

Venue: 5th Ave Cinema 



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Past Events

Winter 2016


December 1, 2016 6:00 PM
North Bay of Bengal as a Rub-region: An Indian Perspective on the China Factor

PSU's Center for Japanese Studies features the epic Japanese Kabuki play The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai.  Directed by Larry Kominz, PSU Professor of Japanese.  Performed by PSU students in English over 8 nights, February 25 - March 5, 2016.  [Read more] Supporting lectures, leading up to the Kabuki performance include:

January 21, 2016
Dr. David Atherton, University of Colorado
The Art of Vengeance in Early Modern Japan:  Realitites & Imagination 
PSU Native American Student Center

February 4, 2016
Dr. Maribeth Graybill, Curator of Asian Art, Portland Art Museum
The 47 Loyal Samurai in Ukiyo-e Prints
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327-9

February 19, 2016
Dr. Linda C. Ehrlich, Case-Western University
A Center of the Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai on Film: From the Silent Screen to Keanu Reeves 

March 7, 2016
Dr. Donald Keene and Tsuruzawa Asazo
A Journey through Sin, Redemption, Miracles and High Adventure:  The Tale of the High Priest Kochi
Combined lecture/performance of a recently rediscovered proto-bunraku play text
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom 


June 3, 2015
PSU Center for Japanese Studies & School of Music
Drama!  Dance!  Drums!

May 17, 2015
Strings of 3 Nations:  Music of China, Japan & Korea 

May 14, 2015
Asian Pacific Islander American (API) Heritage Month Event:
Challenging Institutional Racism and Coalition Building within the API Community

Tues, May 12, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Engaging Asia:  Lessons & Perspectives 
Living the American Dream:The Journey from Asian Immigrant to Becoming A Successful Business Professional and International Lawyer 

Thurs, April 30, 6:00 PM
Spotlight on South Asia 
Nepali Literature and New Nepali Identities
Ms. Manjushree Thapa

April 25, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) College Leadership Training

Mon, March 2, 4:00 PM
Film Screening & Discussion: 
The Land of Many Palaces (China/USA 2014) 

SAT, March 7, 9:30 AM
First Saturday East Asia Program 
Music of the Guqin:  Introduction and Musical Rendition
Jim Binkley 

Wed, March 11,  6:00 PM
Dialogs Across Asia 
Expression, Repression, Terror & Backlash:  A glimpse of 6 Asian Films & Conversion w/PSU Asian Film Experts 

March 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
PSU Cambodian Student Association (CSA)
Film:  Cambodian Son 

April 24, 2014
PSU Center for Japanese Studies 
Tales of Ise: the shrines, their priests and patrons in post war Japan
Dr.  John Breen, International Research Centre for Japanese Studies, Kyoto Japan

April 23, 2014
Japanese Businesses in Oregon:  Discover 'Japan' in our community
A panel presentation  


February 7, 2012
Men in Spirit: The Masculinization of Taiwanese Buddhist Nuns 
A lecture by Dr. Hillary Crane, Linfield College
View event PHOTO >>

December 9, 2011
Teach East Asia Youth Forum
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon
Hosted by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies
View event PHOTOS >>
View event VIDEOS >> 

October 17, 2011
Spectacular Compassion: 'Natural' Disasters and National Mourning in China's Tibet" 
A lecture by Dr. Charlene Makley, Professor of Anthropology at Reed College