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March 2021

Small Talk: Critiquinng Heteronormativity, Resisting Heteronormativity by Tze-lan Deborah Sang

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Flyer for "Small Talk: Critiquing Heteronormativity, Resisting Heteronormativity" by Tze-Ian Deborah Sang on 3/8/21 at 6:30-8:00PM

Zoom Link: http://bit.ly/TaiwanSoundScreen

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Creating Virtual Reality in 18th-Century Chinese Painting and Prints by Dr. Kristina Kleughten

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Flyer for Zoom talk "Creating Virtual Reality in 18th Century in 18th Century Chinese Painting and Prints" by Kristina Kleutghen on 3/9 at 2PM

"Creating Virtual Reality in 18th-Century Chinese Painting and Prints" Tuesday, March 9, 2021    2:00pm (PST) tinyurl.com/VRin18thC (Zoom: 846 6268 232) Virtual reality was an essential component of eighteenth-century Chinese art, particularly in paintings and prints that evolved out of the artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe. These works created visions of extended realities for both imperial and popular consumption. Although on the surface they seem to have little in common, when we examine them side-by-side, we find a shared…

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April 2021

Joshua Fogel, “Lingvo Internacia: The Esperanto Movement in China and Japan, 1905-1932”

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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In this talk for the Transregional East Asia Research Focus Group, Joshua Fogel will present on “Lingvo Internacia: The Esperanto Movement in China and Japan, 1905-1932.” Date: April 8, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm REGISTRATION HERE. Joshua Fogel is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair at York University, Toronto. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s Transregional East Asia Research Focus Group

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Taiwan Makes History I: The Gender of Empire

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Join us for the first event in the Center for Taiwan Studies three-part panel series Taiwan Makes History on "The Gender of Empire," guest directed and moderated by Kirsten Ziomek (Adelphi University)! We will welcome historians Fang Yu Hu (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), Tadashi Ishikawa (University of Central Florida), and Sayaka Chatani (National University of Singapore) to discuss how the lens of gender can change our understanding of the Taiwanese colonial research. The panelists will introduce their current research…

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Kelly Hammond, “Supporting the Faith, Building the Empire: Imperial Japan’s Islamic Policies in World War II”

April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Flyer for Zoom talk "Supporting the Faith, Building the Empire: Imperial Japan's Islamic Policies in World War II" on 4/21 from 4PM to 5:30PM

This talk will examine some of the ways that the Japanese Empire curried favors to Muslims in China, and later throughout East Asia, in the lead up to and throughout World War II. Drawing on examples from my recent book, China’s Muslims and Japan’s Empire: Centering Islam in World War II, the talk will present viewers with concrete policies and explore some of the ways that the Japanese Government envisioned themselves as the benevolent protectors of Islam while at the…

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May 2021

Gordon Matthews, “The World in Guangzhou: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China’s Global Marketplace”

May 13 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Flyer for The World in Guangzhou, a live zoom talk on 5/13, 8PM-9:30PM

Join us THURSDAY (5/13/2021) at 8PM-9:30PM (PST) to hear from Professor Gordon Mathews (Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong) about his recent publication The World in Guangzhou: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China's Global Marketplace. Join us via Zoom: http://bit.ly/EACTalks (Zoom ID: 925 5728 2471) ABSTRACT: Only decades ago, the population of Guangzhou was almost wholly Chinese. Today, it is a truly global city, a place where people from around the world go to make new lives, find themselves, or further their careers. A large…

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Thinking about Race and Ethnicity in Imperial China

May 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Flyer for Zoom talk "Thinking about Race and Ethnicity in Imperial China" by Shao-yun Yang on 5/27 at 4-5:30PM

For much of the twentieth century, discussions of imperial-era Chinese identity were framed according to three conceptual categories then current in the social sciences: culture, race, and nation. In the 1980s, Western historians began shifting to a new conceptual framework: ethnicity. Despite skepticism in some quarters, ethnicity remains the framework within which most historians analyze politicized identities encompassing aspects of both culture and nation. But does “race” as a concept still have any place in this picture? What if we…

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November 2021

Guest Talk with Tom Gill: Sudden Exile, Sudden Wealth: Fukushima’s Nuclear Aristocracy in Exile

November 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 broke up local communities by forcing their inhabitants into exile in locations scattered though the prefecture.  In subsequent years, government compensation policy created further divisions within these ruptured communities, by providing wildly varying amounts of compensation according to the classification of danger in each district.  The most handsomely compensated were those in the "hard-to-return-zones" where many households received the equivalent of US $1 million dollars or more.  They have been cursed with…

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December 2021

Make Mars Beautiful: The Aesthetics of Sino-forming in the Chinese Century

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

China plans to send its first manned mission to Mars by 2033, and eventually establish a permanent colony on the planet. Many outside China see this ambitious turn towards space colonization as an attempt to establish global leadership in science and technology. But what is the cultural significance of Mars and Martian colonization for the Chinese? To form a better appreciation for Chinese conceptualizations of the relationship between nature and humanity that will shape the country’s interplanetary future, George Zhu…

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Rosewood: Endangered Species Conservation and the Rise of Global China

December 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Rosewood is the world’s most trafficked endangered species by value, accounting for larger outlays than ivory, rhino horn, and big cats put together. Nearly all rosewood logs are sent to China, fueling a $26 billion market for classically styled furniture. Vast expeditions across Asia and Africa search for the majestic timber, and legions of Chinese ships sail for Madagascar, where rosewood is purchased straight from the forest. The international response has been to interdict the trade, but this misunderstands both…

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