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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2015

Faculty Updates

Professor Christopher I. Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies) recently published “The Aramaic Source of the East Asian Word for ‘Buddhist Monastery’: On the Spread of Central Asian Monasticism in the Kushan Period” in the Journal Asiatique 302.1 (2014), pages 109-136. His monograph, “Greek Buddha: Pyrrho’s encounter with Early Buddhism,” has been accepted for publication by Princeton University Press and is due to appear in spring 2015.

Professor of Practice Joseph Coleman (Media School, Journalism) has authored Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in February 2015. The book, built on four years of reporting and research, examines the aging of labor forces in advanced industrial societies, featuring interviews with older workers, the companies that employ them, government officials and experts in the field. Coleman, a former foreign correspondent and Associated Press bureau chief in Tokyo, traveled to Japan, France, Sweden and around the United States with funding from two Abe Fellowships financed by the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership and awarded by the New York-based Social Science Research Council.

Associate Professor Sara Friedman (Anthropology and Gender Studies) was awarded a TECO travel grant for her upcoming paper presentation titled “‘Marrying Out’ of Family and Nation: Immigrant Husbands across the Taiwan Strait" at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting on December 3-7 in Washington, DC.

Assistant Professor Jennifer Goodlander (Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance) recently performed “Dimba and Dimbi,” a Balinese shadow puppet show, at the UNIMA Asia-Pacific International Puppet Festival in Nanchung, China, where her troupe won an award for group performance. Afterward she spent another week in China researching shadow puppetry in Chengdu, Kunming, and Shanghai. Her recent publications include “Local Traditions and National Identity: Youth and Dance in Bali,” included in Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance (Routledge, 2014), and“Plaza Indonesia: Performing Modernity in a Shopping Mall,” in Play and Performance: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces (Routledge, 2014). She has been invited to contribute to sections in Routledge’s 2015 edition of the Handbook on Asian Theatre on “Women Dalang in Indonesia,” “Fate of Traditional Performance in Southeast Asia” and “Contemporary Theatre in Laos.” She also provided review comments for the section on “Contemporary Theatre in Cambodia.” On December 12 she will kick off an exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Indonesian Puppetry called “Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia.” The exhibit is co-curated with students from the theatre department’s Museums and Performance course.

Assistant Professor Ling-yu Hung (Anthropology, EALC) is a resident scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at National Taiwan University from July to December, 2014. In late July, she presented theories on the origins of Chinese civilization at the Institute’s international workshop themed “The Chinese Consciousness in the East Asian Sphere.” In late August, she delivered an invited talk about her research on the Majiayao Culture at Academia Sinica in Taipei. In September, she presented a paper, titled “The Production and Circulation of the Majiayao, Banshan, and Machang Painted Pottery,” at the International Forum on the Majiayao Culture, an event held in Lintao, Gansu Province, China that commemorated the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the Majiayao archaeological site. Professor Hung was also awarded a TECO travel grant for her upcoming paper presentation titled “People of the Central Taiwan Highlands: Insights from Archaeology” at the Taiwan: The View from the South conference on January 6-9, 2015 at Australian National University.

Assistant Professor Michael Ing (Religious Studies) was awarded an EASC travel grant for the presentation of his paper “The Limits of Moral Maturity” at the American Philosophical Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia on December 27-30.

Assistant Professor Adam P. Liff (EALC) has deferred his formal start date at IU for one year to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. Since the last newsletter Adam has presented his research to audiences at the American Political Science Association’s annual conference, the U.S.-Japan Program and Reischauer Institute at Harvard University, and a conference on China’s People’s Liberation Army in Washington, D.C. He has also published articles on U.S.-China relations (Foreign Affairs), security affairs in the Asia-Pacific region (International Security), and Japanese security policy (PacNet).

Assistant Professor Manling Luo (EALC) was awarded a TECO travel grant for her recent paper presentation titled “Women in the Complete Records of Court and Country” at the Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society Western Branch on October 30-November 1 at Stanford University.

Assistant Professor Rowland Ricketts (Fine Arts) was awarded an EASC travel grant for the presentation of his paper “Looking Back to Move Forward: The Challenges and Potential of a Sustainable Practice” at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium in Los Angeles on September 8-14.

Associate Professor Michiko Suzuki (EALC, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies) was an invited participant at the Scholars' Day Workshop held in October at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition "Kimono: A Modern History."

Assistant Professor Henghua Su (EALC) was awarded an EASC travel grant for the presentation of her papers “Linking, motivation in Chinese with national standards for foreign language learning” and “Motivation in SLA and TCFL: Where we are and where we are going” at the 2014 International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Taipei on December 23-28.

Associate Professor Mieko Yamada (Sociology, IPFW) will be publishing The Role of English Teaching in Modern Japan: Diversity and Multiculturalism through English Language Education in a Globalized Era through Routledge Press in 2015. More information about her forthcoming book may be found here.

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