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A bridge for Tomorrow

 

 

 

Departmental Presentation of the Major adn Minor

Oct. 28th, 12pm Campus Center 205

(Lunch will be provided)

 

 

EAL NEW COURSES FOR FALL 2014

Attachment: EAL New Course Offerings for Fall 2014

EAL 247 Gender and Sexuality in Japan: Literature, Film, Anime, Manga

MW 1:10-2:30PM

Haeng-ja Chung

This course explores how writers have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality from the Heian Period through the modern era. Drawing on literary sources as well as film, anime, and manga, we will analyze how gender and sexuality have been represented over 1,000 years in Japan. Examination of different media and texts from different historical momentsilluminates how the notions of gender and sexuality have transformed over timeas well as how the intersection of gender and sexuality manifests in these stories. All readings, lecture, discussion, and writing willbe in English.{L} 4 credits

 

EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature

TR 1:10-2:30PM

Kimberly Kono

Through close readings of literary texts produced from 1868 until the present, this course will familiarize you with various points in Japan’s modern cultural history. In our discussions of these texts in the different trajectories of modern Japanese literature, we will also address theoretical questions about literature, history, identity, gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, colonialism, modernism and translation. Readings will include works by such writers as Natsume Soseki, Enchi Fumiko, Nobel Prize winner Oe Kenzaburo, and Murakami Haruki. All readings are in English translation.  {L} 4 credits  

 

CLT 239/EAL 239 Intimacy in Contemporary Chinese Women's Fiction

MW 1:10-2:20PM

Sabina Knight

How do stories about love, romance, and desire (including extramarital affairs, serial relationships and love between women) challenge our assumptions about identity? How do pursuits, successes, and failures of intimacy lead to personal and social change? An exploration of major themes through close readings of contemporary fiction by women from China, Taiwan, Tibet, and Chinese diasporas. Readings are in English translation and no background in China or Chinese is required. {L} 4 Credits

 

 

HANAMI

"Eat, Laugh, and Celebrate Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival"

April 19, 12:00-3:30 p.m, CC Carroll Room

 

Annual Department Lecture

"What Makes Mo Yan A Nobel Prize Winner in Literature?"

April 11, 4:30 p.m, Neilson Library Browsing Room

When Mo Yan, a Chinese novelist, won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2012, numerous debates arose on the issue of whether or not he deserved the honor. This symposium will bring together two leading scholars, who will discuss their research on Modern Chinese Literature and how its translation can promote culture understanding.

Shelley Chan, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Wittenberg University, will address the issue on why Mo Yan has been scrutinized in the context of political reason, and how readers should open their eyes/minds to what they are reading.The title of Professor Chan’s talkis"To Speak Or Not To Speak, That Is Not The Question: On Mo Yan’s Winning of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature" Howard Choy, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University, will do a comparative study on Mo Yan and Gao Xingjian. Gao received his Nobel Prize in 2000. In 1987 he left China and settled down a year later in Paris as a political refugee. After the massacre on the Square of Heavenly Peace in 1989 he left the Chinese Communist Party.The title of Professor Choy’s talk is:"Between Chineseness and Foreignness: Gao Xingjian and Mo Yan in the Age of Globalization"

In addition to the symposium, both speakers will hold a Global Salon atnoon(Friday, April 11th) in the Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall, Smith College. The title of the Global Salon is“Obsessionwith China, Obsession with Nobel Prize?”

Red Soghum, a film by Zhang Yimou (adapted from Mo Yan’s novel) will be screened on Sunday, April 6that 2:00 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Lewis Global Studies Center, the Comparative Literature Program, the Lecture Committee and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.

Poster

 

Lecture by Cynthea J. Bogel

March 25, 5 p.m. Seelye Hall 106

"Art Outside the Temple: Contemporary Buddhist-Inspired Artistic Production and Display"

Professor Bogel will speak on the longstanding traditions of Buddhist icons and Buddhists artist, in light of the recent spate of art exhibitions “inspired by the Buddhist notions of emptiness and impermanence, " featuring “artists that draw inspiration from one of the world’s great religions,” and work “influenced by Buddhism, theoretical physics, and prehistoric cultures,” and the burgeoning number of artists who describe themselves as Buddhist. The current trends raise questions about how we assess artists’ relationships to Buddhism across nations and cultures ("whose Buddhism?") and the motivations behind the art and its display.

Poster

 

 

NTU 2014 Summer + Program & Explore Taiwan!

National Taiwan University (NTU) Invites students and schools to take part in its programs for summer 2014. Program offerings include: Summer Intensive Program for Chinese Language & Culture, Summer Program for Laboratory Research & Culture, Biodiversity, Agriculture and Culture of Taiwan, Summer Program for Biotechnology, Global LEAD Summer Program, International Trade Law and Practice Summer Program, Understanding Taiwan in Global Settings, Summer Program on Developmental Biology, Emerging Technology in Civil and Building Engineering: BIM. For more information, visit NTU's program website.

 

Summer Study 2014 in Japan

Study at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto. Click here for more information.

 

Early Deadline for 66th JASC and 7th KASC

January 31st is the early deadline for applying to the 7th Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and the 66th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC).

The program websites are: www.iscdc.org/jasc/andwww.iscdc.org/kasc/.

 

 

 

Summer study 2014 in Japan at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto

Click the link for more information

 
 

UN essay competition Many Languages, One World

In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and as part of the UN Academic Impact's commitment to multilingual education, ELS Educational services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) are launching a global essay contest for university and college students on global citizenship and understanding, one of the 10 principles of UNAI.

The contest, Many Languages, One World, supports international education and multilingualism through the continued study of the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The official launch of the competition took place on Monday 14 October with a signing ceremony at UN Headquarters between the UN Department of Public Information and the ELS Educational Services where remarks were made by guests in all six official languages.

To qualify, students must write their essays in one of the six languages, which must not be their mother-tongue. The language must be the entrant’s second or third language, and not the principal medium of instruction in her or his education.

The essay competition will culminate in an international conference of selected winners, who will be awarded a full expense paid 5 day trip to New York where they will convene in a United Nations Youth Forum and Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The Forum participants will discuss chosen principles of the United Nations Academic Impact, share ideas and formulate plans that they can take back to their home institutions in order to generate discussion and local action to support the Academic Impact principles. They will also have the opportunity to interact with other international scholars and tour New York City.

The essay, should not exceed 2,000 words, should explore how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding. The essay should reflect the entrant’s academic, cultural and national context, and should outline a programme of action to support the principles of the United Nations Academic Impact.

Each submission must include a certification from institutional representative attesting that the entrant is a student of the institution, in good standing, and that the essay is written in a language that is not the institution’s primary language of instruction.

Entries should be uploaded to the contest website by the closing date of 21 February 2014.

 

 

Opportunities in Hong Kong for ASIANetwork Members

The Hang Seng Management College (www.hsmc.edu.hk) is a private, English-medium business-oriented tertiary college in Hong Kong expanding from 3,000 to 5,000 students. It now offers five free-standing undergraduate honors degrees. In collaboration with the Hong Kong America Center (HKAC), the HSMC is initiating two new exchange programs for which ASIANetwork member colleges are welcome to participate.

1. The English Teaching Fellows program is for recent BA graduates from American liberal arts colleges to spend two years as a junior faculty member teaching English under supervision of senior instructors in the English Department. They will be given a monthly stipend, furnished housing on/near campus, health insurance, work visa, and access to high-quality Putonghua instruction.

Please send initial inquiries of interest in any of the above programs to Ms. Pauline Lau at the HKAC at:paulinelau@cuhk.edu.hk. Tel: 852 3943 8748.

 

 

November 14-18, 2013

Invitation to Apply for Student Participation at the

Global Research Exchange Symposium at Ochanomizu University, Japan

Ochamonizu University is launching a new project, named the Global Research Exchange at Ochanomizu University (aka Great-Ocha) to give undergraduate students an opportunity to present their ideas in a symposium-like setting held at Ochamonizu University in November 2013.We strongly believe that this will give our participants a fruitful moment to expand their academic perspective and deepen the ideas of their field of study.

This year’s topic is “What happens when different cultures meet?”In the symposium, participants will make a presentation in English that may be the basis of a senior thesis or research paper related to that topic.A brief question and answer session will follow.

Smith juniors or seniors with a major or minor in either EAS or EALS are invited to apply.Students who are currently studying abroad are also eligible.There are no language pre-requisites for this opportunity.All expenses related to international travel, room & board, and conference fees are fully covered by Ochamonizu University.

If you are eligible and would like to apply, please submit a letter of interest explaining why you would like to participate, along with 1) a brief (150 word) explanation of your presentation topic, 2) your resume and 3) a copy of your transcript to the Lewis Global Studies Center. The deadline is September 23, 2013.

Please contact Rebecca Hovey, Dean for International Study, at rhovey@smith.edu if you have further questions.

 

 

November 7, 2013

ACC study Abroad Information Session

 

 

October 30, 2013

Presentation of the EALL Major

 

October 25, 2013

Chinese Learning Workshop

Friday, Oct. 25th

12:15pm-1:00pm

Seelye 207

 

 

October 24, 2013

AKP study Abroad Information Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 24

7pm-8:30 pm

Seelye 202

(Japanese refreshments will be served.)

*PLEASE NOTE: EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature has been canceled for Fall 2013 but will be offered again in Spring 2015.

 

 

October 2, 2013

A MOVING STORY: TRANSPORTING PEOPLE AND GOODS IN CHINA

History, triumphs and troubles, future.

A multimedia presentation by

Janice (Zjemi) Moulton, PhD

& George (Robin) Robinson, PhD

China’s citizens once needed permission to leave their home town or city but now these 1.3 billion people travel freely. Shanghai and Beijing residents vacation in Tibet, while Tibetans travel and work throughout the rest of China. The ubiquitous bicycle is being replaced by BMWs, and Buicks. Over 120 million electric vehicles, from bikes to busses, carry commuters to work.

Eighteen Chinese cities boast continually expanding metro/subway systems, and 40 more are building or plan to build their own. China now has thirty private airlines, an intercity high-speed rail system that is the envy of the world, and inland waterways that carry nearly 2 trillion tons of freight per year.

But rapid development brings problems: China, with only 3 percent of the world’s vehicles and the largest superhighway system on earth, has 24 percent of the world’s traffic fatalities. Major cities hire traffic assistants to guide pedestrians across frenetic city boulevards. Instead of queuing for a bus or subway, many Chinese commuters stampede like US bargain hunters on the day after Thanksgiving.

The rapid development of transportation has also allowed system-wide corruption that matches the greed of the Railroad Robber Barons of our own history.

With photos and video we will share our experiences and research. We’ve logged hundreds of miles on foot, traveled by bicycle, car, taxi, bus, train, plane, ferry and riverboat, within and between cities and through the countryside, navigating ultramodern subways, surviving a near-death experience in a taxi driving the wrong way on an interstate highway. We’ve researched 5000 years of Chinese transportation and followed stories of greed, murder, disasters and cover-ups in the transportation industry.

 

 

 

 

September 25, 2013

 

Elizabeth Miller '81 Lecture

Risk Taking and Its Rewards:
A Conversation on Leadership and Entrepreneurship



Wednesday

September 25.

4:45-6:00pm.


Ford Hall, Room 240

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Moderated by President Kathleen McCartney

Join alumnae Jeannie Cho Lee '90 and Annie Morita '90, who will talk about their choices and challenges since leaving Smith.

Annie Morita is Chief of Staff at Oriental DreamWorks Film & Television in Shanghai, China. Jeannie Cho Lee is founder of asianpalate.com, a site that aims to lead intelligent and insightful discussions about food and wine in Asia.

For full speaker biographies, please click here.

If you would like to arrive early, a reception will begin at 4:00pm.

Sponsored by
The Lazarus Center for Career Development
The Office of the President
Dean of the College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much for raising the funds for the Hope for Japan campaign. I really appreciate your generosity and support for the people in the affected regions.