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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2008

IU East Asia News

Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy Receives
$1 Million Language Flagship Grant

IU’s new Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (CCLP), directed by Jennifer Liu (EALC), has received a three-year $1 million grant from the Diffusion of Innovation program of The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) within the U.S. Department of Defense. The Language Flagship is a network of Flagship Centers at institutions of higher education and K-12 programs that “seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.”

CCLP will create a two-year Flagship curricular track within EALC, aimed at linking advanced-level academic coursework to Chinese language development in all disciplines of Chinese studies, both in the College of Arts and Sciences and in other schools in which Chinese studies faculty teach. This curriculum will allow undergraduates to achieve superior Chinese language skills through a combination of intensive study abroad and a series of course “clusters,” with each cluster comprising one disciplinary content course (such as China’s Political Economy, Chinese Cinema, Law and Society in China, etc.) taught in English and one language-focused course covering similar content but taught entirely in Chinese, with an emphasis on advanced Chinese discourse and rhetorical forms. In the second year students will study in China, initially through direct enrollment for a semester at Nanjing University, followed by a four- to six-month professional internship keyed to the individual student’s career goals and interests.

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IU Establishes New Asian American Studies Program

In September university administrators announced the establishment of an interdisciplinary Asian American Studies Program. This program will initially offer an undergraduate minor in Asian American studies, with an undergraduate major and Ph.D. minor to be added in future years. Asian American studies courses are already offered at IU, and these will count towards the program’s undergraduate minor. Joan Pong Linton (English) will serve as the program’s interim director. The program will also include fifteen adjunct faculty members from various departments in the College and the Schools of Education, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and Journalism, including Michael Robinson (EALC). For more information, please visit

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IU President McRobbie Leads University Delegation to South Korea and China

In late October IU President Michael McRobbie led a delegation to South Korea and China to establish new partnership agreements with research universities, strengthen ties with IU alumni, and participate in a major conference on the globalization of higher education. The trip to South Korea included visits to Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul National University (SNU), and Yonsei University. McRobbie and SKKU President Jung-Don Seo signed a general agreement of friendship and cooperation that is expected to further IU’s existing relationship with SKKU in business and law and lay a foundation for collaborations in informatics and other areas of scholarship as well. At SNU McRobbie signed a new agreement that will enhance IU’s existing link with SNU in bioinformatics and expand collaborative work in other areas, including IU’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) and Jacobs School of Music. IU also discussed future partnership opportunities with officials at Yonsei University, with whom IU has had an agreement since 1986.

While in Seoul, the delegation also attended a concert performed by alumni of the Jacobs School of Music and a reception and dinner with the Korea Alumni Club. After six days in Korea, McRobbie continued on to China to speak about IU’s International Strategic Plan at the Fifth Beijing Forum, an annual international academic conference that promotes academic and cultural exchange in the Asia-Pacific region. While in Beijing IU and Peking University (PKU) officials expanded upon their existing partnership by signing an agreement of friendship and cooperation. IU’s Kelley School of Business, School of Informatics, School of HPER, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Center on Philanthropy are currently in discussion with their PKU counterparts about new and expanded linkages.

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IU School of Education Delegation to China

Led by Dean Gerardo Gonzalez, a School of Education delegation visited China for ten days this fall to explore new possibilities for collaboration and to strengthen existing partnerships with six Chinese universities. All of the universities the delegation visited—Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beihang University, and Beijing Normal University in Beijing; East China Normal University in Shanghai; and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou—currently have ties to the School of Education, either through signed partnership agreements or through less structured exchanges of visiting scholars and students, and among the goals of the trip was to formalize exchanges that have been evolving over the past decade or more. Another goal of the delegation was to plan a joint conference on higher education policy reform. This would be the second such conference that the School of Education has co-sponsored with Chinese institutions. The first was held in China in the 1990s under then dean Don Warren, who was a member of this year’s delegation.

In addition to Dean Gonzalez and Dean Emeritus Warren, the delegation comprised four faculty members, including EASC director Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) and a graduate student, Yuhao Cen (Ph.D. student, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies).

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HPER Strengthens Ties with Chinese Institutions

The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) signed or renewed international agreements with six Chinese universities, including Peking University School of Public Health and Hong Kong Baptist University. The agreements are designed to strengthen HPER’s and IU’s commitment to global public health and international research collaborations. HPER has initiated discussions with six additional universities and government agencies in China to pursue future relationships.

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School of Medicine Faculty Member Receives Two Grants to Study HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse in China

Johnny J. He (Microbiology and Immunology, IU School of Medicine) received two grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to carry out projects related to HIV/AIDS and drug abuse in China. With funding from the grant “Drug Abuse and NeuroAIDS in China,” He will study the neurobehavioral complications of HIV/AIDS in China. The grant will also fund the training of Chinese NeuroAIDS researchers. He’s second grant supported the “Sino-U.S. Symposium in Drug Abuse, HIV and HCV Comorbidity.” Held in October in conjunction with the Tenth National Biennial Conference on Drug Dependence in Xian, this symposium facilitated exchange between U.S. and Chinese researchers on the complications that arise from drug abuse in patients infected with HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV).

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