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Bridging the Pacific

2014 Events Archive

Thursday — May 1, 2014 — 5:00-6:30 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Xavier Room

Kaifeng and Beyond: Jewish Life in China, Past and Present

Israel and EzraThree international experts on the history, spirituality, and current situation of China’s Jews, from the oldest Jewish community in Kaifeng to modern refugees in Shanghai and the Northeast, will present their findings in a workshop setting. Dr. Jordan Paper will speak on "The Chinese Jewish Understanding of God.” Dr. Xu Xin will talk about three waves of Jewish immigration to China 1850-1949, discussing what brought them, how they fared, and why they eventually left. Rabbi Anson Laytner will examine the Jewish community in Kaifeng from the 1950s on, with a focus on their contemporary situation, including issues of identity, economics and immigration. Adjunct Professor Andrew Ramer will serve as discussant. Presentations will be followed by a Q & A. Moderated by Andrea Lingenfelter, 2013-14 Kiriyama Fellow, USF.

Cosponsored by: The Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

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Tuesday – April 22, 2014
USF Fromm Hall, Berman Room

OFF THE GRID: Asian Inspiration & Entrepreneurship

A talk by Matt Cohen, CEO & Founder, Off the Grid

off the grid logoOriginally from Denver, Colorado, Matt Cohen’s travels took him all the way to Japan, where he taught English with the JET program for more than three years. It was there that Matt first experienced one of Asia’s fabled night markets. “While living in Japan I got interested in classic Asian night markets, and I wanted to create a similar experience in the United States… I also became hopelessly obsessed with ramen [that is often sold off food carts].” With this in mind, Matt returned to the States and settled in the Bay Area, where he launched his critically acclaimed ramen cart, Tabe. In 2010, Matt founded Off the Grid, effectively bringing much of the feeling of an Asian market state-side.

Cosponsored by: “The New USF Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation — starting in Fall 2014”

Community Partner: JET Alumni Association of Northern California

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Thursday — April 3, 2014 — 4:00-6:00 PM
USF Main Campus, McLaren Center Room 252

Interrogating Intersectionality in North East Asia: How do Race, Gender and Class work in contemporary Japan, South Korea, and China?

China Japan Korea FlagsThis mini-symposium explores how race, gender and class compete as well as coalesce in China, South Korea and Japan as individuals and groups seek to navigate the social and political spheres. Several prominent social scientists will present their work on North East Asian societies and facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion on the analytical utility and applicability of the intersectional approach.

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Tuesday — February 11, 2014 — 5:00 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Berman Room

Journeys through Time and Space: Bridging Worlds with Translation
A talk by Andrea Lingenfelter, Ph.D.
2013-14 Kiriyama Fellow, USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies

Bird PersimmonTranslating contemporary Chinese literature, Andrea Lingenfelter bridges cultures via a craft that intersects scholarship and art. Dr. Lingenfelter will talk about what she has learned in her life as a translator of poetry, fiction, and film subtitles. Informed by decades of experience with different genres, she will address some of the issues that confront the translator—rhetoric, style, esthetics, sound and syntax, idioms, culture, audience, and ethics.

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Tuesday — January 28, 2014 — 5:00 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Xavier Room 


Celebrating the Year of the Horse: Guzheng in Concert

Join the Center for Asia Pacific Studies as we celebrate the Year of the Horse. We’ve invited Weishan Liu (Virtuoso and Music Director) and Anna Wong (Artist) of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society to help us ring in the lunar new year by horse 3performing a variety of traditional, classical, folk, and contemporary guzheng music.