Six students from the Master in Asia Pacific Studies program were invited to present their research at the annual East West Center conference in Hawaii.
Students, faculty, and staff kicked off the Lunar New Year at a campus celebration Feb. 19 that included a lion dance troupe performance and traditional Asian dumplings for snacks.
Two visiting scholars will be in residence at the Center this spring conducting research on transnationalism, postcoloniality, and comparative Chinese literature.
Dr. Dayna Barnes, Kiriyama Fellow at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies was recently published in the journal Japanese Studies. The article examines popular representations of Japan and China before and during the war, assesses the ideas of key figures from the press, and considers the ways in which media and policy interacted through the influence of opinion leaders. These prepared the way for the ‘soft’ peace relying on Japanese cooperation that would become the basis for a new alliance between America and Japan.
From "Karate Kid" to Training One's qi: Chinese Scholars Share Their Research in Progress
From selling Sun-Maid raisins in the 1920s and pens to socialists in the 1950s, to Land Rover and Louis Vuitton in the 90’s – the Center’s fall symposium explored historical and contemporary cross-cultural encounters between China and the US through advertising.
Professor John Nelson, Theology and Religious Studies and Academic Director of the MAPS program, is a co-winner of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize for Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2013). Experimental Buddhism is one of the first studies to give readers a sense of what is happening on the front lines as a growing number of Buddhist priests try to reboot their roles and traditions to gain greater significance in Japanese society.
The Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program continues to develop in exciting and innovative ways, with a diverse group of students pursuing academic interests and opportunities for professional growth.
Dayna Barnes completed her Ph.D. in International History at the London School of Economics, where she also received an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations. Her research interests include 20th century international relations and US-Japan relations. Dr Barnes has received grants and awards from organizations including the North East Asia Council, Roosevelt Study Center, Harry S. Truman Library, Sasakawa Foundation, and the Japan Foundation.
The editors of Asia Pacific Perspectives are pleased to introduce the Spring/Summer 2014 issue. This issue, guest edited by 2013-14 Kiriyama Fellow Andrea Lingenfelter, explores some of the ways that the “Digital Turn” has affected the Asia-Pacific region.
Professor Antoni Ucerler, SJ, has been named the new Director of the USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. The Ricci Institute serves as an international academic and educational resource center for East-West cultural and global history, with an emphasis on Christianity in China.
Through his review of the 19th and 20th centuries in China, Prof. Mungello suggested that the presence of the Catholic Church contributed to the transformation of a mission church into an indigenous religion in modern China. In the process, the Catholic invasion enriched Chinese culture while the Chinese church enriched Catholicism and made it more universal.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of its establishment, the Ricci Institute initiated a new lecture series this fall named after its founding director Rev. Edward J. Malatesta, S.J.