Dear EASC Colleagues, Students, and Friends,
We hope you enjoy reading this end-of-the-academic-year round-up of EASC faculty, student, and Center achievements. There’s no doubt 2009-10 has been filled with hard work and exciting initiatives. EASC outreach programs and colloquium series presentations, as well as special symposia and events have been packed. Students and faculty have been funded in the pursuit of path-breaking research. Even though our Title VI funding reapplication process involved many anxious days and nights, EASC and its consortium partner University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies succeeded in submitting to the Department of Education what we hope will be a winning proposal. We have our collective fingers crossed until July, when we will be notified about continued funding and re-designation as a National Resource Center (NRC). In spite of the volatility of the stock market, EASC and its six other National Consortium for Teaching about Asia partner sites were successful in securing Freeman Foundation funding, for the 13th straight year, to continue to run the best seminars in the nation supporting public school teachers’ knowledge about and engagement in the study of East Asia. And, finally, after months of discussion following EASC’s external review, EASC has finally moved from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to the College of Arts and Sciences; we hope EASC’s new administrative home will link the Center’s multi-faceted educational mission more directly to those of other NRCs and better serve the entire East Asia studies community.
I’d be remiss and immodest if I didn’t recognize here that EASC is hardly the only East Asian engaged game in town. Activities blossoming across IU’s campuses, as well as across the State, are hard to keep up with—but surely make us all stronger. Special kudos go to Professors Jennifer Liu (EALC) and Scott Kennedy (EALC and Political Science) for their tireless efforts in creating international centers of excellence in Chinese Politics and Business and Chinese Language Pedagogy. Collaboration on East Asian research projects and teaching initiatives also continue to grow at a breathtaking pace, particularly in the professional schools, such as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the Maurer School of Law, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which are creating joint teaching programs and research collaborations that benefit both undergraduate and graduate level teaching about East Asia. Currently, IU has formalized partnerships at various levels with 17 institutions in China, 15 in Korea, four in Japan, four in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and three in Taiwan, and this does not include the scores of informal collaboration between faculty members with colleagues in East Asia. Likewise, the State of Indiana has seen the development of new organizations that foster business, educational, and community linkages between Indiana and East Asia, including the newly organized China Alliance and the Asia Learning Center organized through the International Center of Indianapolis, and Global Indiana (see http://globalindianainc.org/).
If we have missed any of your activities below or you have new ideas to enhance East Asian studies at IU, please contact us—and have a wonderful and productive summer.