Event Archive

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 4:30pm
Asian Studies Brown Bag
Dr. Nobuko Yamasaki 
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures,
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Asian Studies 
Ri Kōran: Posing and Passing as a “Cultured Native”
Please join the Asian Studies program for a virtual brown bag research presentation and conversation. Dr. Nobuko Yamasaki (MLL, Asian Studies, WGSS) will present her current  research on the Japanese actress and singer Yamaguchi Yoshiko / Ri Kōran / Li Xianglan (1920–2014). Ri Kōran spent much of her early film career passing as a Chinese woman. 

This presentation examines the methods through which Ri Kōran, like her film character Meilan in Suzhou Nights (1941), is used to serve propagandist ends, by manifesting imperial Japan's racial ideology. In this light, the film is revealed as reflecting the Japanese government’s increasing ideological closeness with that of the Nazi regime. 
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Friday, October 15, 2021 - 4:30pm
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Asian Studies | Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission | Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies 
Beyond Cute: The Serious Work of Kawaii in Contemporary Japan
Dr. Laura Miller 
Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of History
University of Missouri–St. Louis  
Dr. Nobuko Yamasaki  (moderator)
Assistant Professor of Japanese, Department of Modern Languages and Literature 
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies
Lehigh University 
From the adorable Kumamon mascot to the hard rock band Baby Metal, the world adores Japan’s unique aesthetic of kawaii (cute). When most people think about kawaii, they imagine the fluffy, frilly, and frivolous. Yet the cute aesthetic has spread beyond expected domains into politics, conduct literature, history textbooks, and elsewhere. Japanese cute can also extend beyond the saccharine, encompassing the weird or disturbing. The kawaii aesthetic serves legitimate and important social and cultural functions. It is a clever way to do the work of informing us, admonishing us, and convincing us. It provides an outlet for creativity and humor. From signs cautioning riders to watch the closing of doors on trains, to posters in medical clinics, cute pleasantly reprimands, warns, and guides. This presentation will take us beyond the expected forms of kawaii to a spectrum of cute and grotesque cute (guro kawaii) found in school textbooks, public service posters, and religious artifacts, emphasizing the critical role of this aesthetic in contemporary society.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:30pm
Humanities Center

Meghan Hynson, colloquium: "A Balinese "Call to Prayer": Sounding Religious Nationalism and Local Identity in the Puja Tri Sandhya"

Reception available on the Humanities Center's outdoor porch after the presentation.


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In this presentation, Prof. Hynson examines the Puja Tri Sandhya, a Balinese Hindu prayer that has been broadcast into the soundscape of Bali since 2001. By charting the development of the prayer, she explores the religious politics of post-independence Indonesia, which called for the Balinese to adopt the Puja Tri Sandhya as a condition for religious legitimacy in the new nation. The Puja Tri Sandhya is likened to a Balinese “call to prayer” and compared to Muslim and Christian soundings of religion in the archipelago to assert how these broadcasts sonically reify the national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (“Unity in Diversity”), and participate in a sounding of religious nationalism. The sonic components of the Puja Tri Sandhya (when it is sounded, the vocal style, and the gender wayangand genta bell accompaniment) are also discussed and argued to infuse the invented display of religiosity with authority and facilitate a mediation between technology, space, and local identity.   Meghan Hynson is a visiting assistant professor of music at the University of San Diego. She received a BM in Music Education from Boston University, and her MA and PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. She was most recently an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Monmouth University and has also served as a faculty member at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hynson has spent over a decade living and studying in Southeast Asia, where she has conducted extensive research on religious and gender politics in the performing arts of Bali and West Java, Indonesia. She has offered globally-oriented courses such as World Music, Global Popular Music, Music and Gender, and Music and Religion. From 2016-2019, she was the director of the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble and, in 2019, toured internationally as a vocalist for the Indonesian pop band, the Dangdut Cowboys, under the invitation of the US State Department. Throughout her career, she has developed world music curricula and outreach programs for K-12 schools, worked with major museums and international world music festivals, and been the voice for global diversity through music via various campus and community activities.

Meghan Hynson, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of San Diego.

A Music Department, Asian Studies and Humanities Center Collaboration.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 4:30pm
Williams Hall, Maida Family Terrace/Rain Location: Williams Hall Roemmele Global Commons
CAS Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors Dialogue and Networking Event
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5 x 10 Professional Growth and Success
Free Swag | Refreshments | Bring a Friend
Our Programs 
Africana Studies | Asian Studies | Cognitive Science | Environmental Studies | Film & Documentary Studies | Global Studies | Health, Medicine, & Society | Jewish Studies | Latin American & Latino Studies | Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies 
First-Year, Sophomore Experience, and Transfer Students 
Learn about interdisciplinary majors & minors in the College of Arts and Sciences through dialogue and networking with faculty from each of our programs.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:30pm
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 2021 International Lecture:
"From Sick Man of Asia to Sick Uncle Sam: The Case of Traditional Chinese Medicine and COVID-19" 
Marta E. Hanson 韓嵩 PhD
The Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Medicine
Co-sponsored by: Programs of Asian Studies and Health, Medicine and Society
For most of the twentieth century, the racist trope “Sick man of Asia” haunted Chinese rulers and people alike; now, the roles have reversed with all the healthcare problems in the US that the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare. “Sick Uncle Sam” is the new focus of the world’s concern over a what appears to be a declining superpower. How did this happen?
This talk will provide some ways to consider answering this complex question from a historical perspective. Additionally, this talk will focus on the current debates over the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for integrated treatments of Covid-19 patients in mainland China and compare them with those debates over 17 years ago about using TCM for treating SARS. This comparison allows one to examine thematic continuities in medical skepticism and highlight what has changed in terms of clinical practice, Chinese government support,  and media coverage of the phenomenon.  
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 7:00pm
VIRTUAL China Town Hall: Sino-American Maritime Security Problems
Join communities across the United States in a national conversation on China
Featuring renowned investor, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author Ray Dalio and Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, USN (retired), for an on-site talk.
"Sino-American Maritime Security Problems"
Facilitated by the Department of International Relations and Asian Studies Program, Lehigh University
Join Professor Yinan He at https://bit.ly/2I2LNSE
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Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 4:30pm

5 x 10 CAS Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors Dialogue/Networking VIRTUAL Event
CAS Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors can help you get on the right road to success!

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5 x 10 Professional Growth and Success
First-Year and Transfer Students 
Learn about interdisciplinary majors & minors within the College of Arts and Sciences through dialogue and networking with faculty in chat rooms for each of our programs. 
Our Programs include:
Africana Studies
Asian Studies
Cognitive Science
Environmental Studies
Film and Documentary Studies
Global Studies
Health, Medicine, and Society
Jewish Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 4:30pm
Asian Studies Program and the Department of International Relations Efron Speaker Series
Yesterday’s Tiananmen, Today’s Hong Kong
Victoria Tin-bor Hui
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame 
VIRTUAL EVENT: Join Professors Lee and He - https://lehigh.zoom.us/j/95964075663
Hui will narrate Hong Kong’s struggle for freedom and democracy through two protest slogans: from “Today’s Tiananmen, Tomorrow’s Hong Kong” in 1989 to “Today’s Tibet/Xinjiang, Tomorrow’s Hong Kong” in 2020. For three decades, Hong Kong people have struggled for democracy so as to preserve their preexisting freedoms. Chinese leaders, on the other hand, have tried to make Hong Kong safe for the Chinese Communist Party. International observers once believed that all was well in Hong Kong so long as Beijing did not roll out military tanks. This view missed the fact that the Tiananmen crackdown carried sub-military elements, especially outside of the capital city: the use of security agents to beat people to death in the city of Chengdu, the fomentation of “riots,” the narration of “the truth” about security forces and protesters , and the use of patriotic education and censorship to create “Tiananmen amnesia.” These are the same tactics that Beijing has deployed in Hong Kong in 2019-20.  
Victoria Tin-bor Hui is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hui studies contentious politics and Hong Kong’s democracy movement. She has testified at Congress and written for Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Democracy, Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Diplomat, and other channels. Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history. She has published War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe, “The Emergence and Demise of Nascent Constitutional Rights,” “Cultural Diversity and Coercive Cultural Homogenization in Chinese History,” “Confucian Pacifism or Confucian Confusion?”, “The China Dream: Revival of What Historical Greatness?”, among others. 
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 5:00pm
Lewis Lab, Room 270
2019/Lulu Wang/100 min.
In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. WithThe Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves. [Synopsis © A24]
Free and Open ONLY to Lehigh students/faculty/staff
Co-sponsored by Asian Studies and Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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Monday, March 2, 2020 - 4:00pm
Lamberton Hall, Great Room

Asian Culture Celebration - It's the Year of the RAT!

Join us for a celebration that includes calligraphy, JPOP Dancing, Tea Ceremony and much more!

Asian food and prizes.

All are welcome.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:30pm
Chandler Ullmann Hall, Room 216
India remains a country mired in poverty, with two-thirds of its 1.3 billion people living on little more than a few dollars day. Just as telling, the country’s informal working population numbers nearly 500 million, or approximately eighty percent of the entire labor force. Despite these figures and the related structural disadvantages that imperil the lives of so many, the Indian elite maintain that the poor need only work harder and they, too, can become rich. The results of this ambitious ten-year ethnography at exclusive golf clubs in Bangalore shatter such self-serving illusions. In Narrow Fairways, Patrick Inglis
combines participant observation, interviews, and archival research to show how social mobility among the poor lower-caste golf caddies who carry the golf sets of wealthy upper-caste members at these clubs is ultimately constrained and narrowed. The book highlights how elites secure and extend class and caste privileges, while also delivering a necessary rebuke to India’s present development strategy, which pays far too little attention to promoting quality health care, education, and other basic social services that would deliver real opportunities to the poor.
Patrick Inglis is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College. He teaches and writes on labor, inequality, and global development. His first book centers on the lives of poor and lowercaste caddies who carry the golf sets of members at exclusive clubs in Bangalore, India. In addition to ongoing research on poverty alleviation at an English-language boarding school outside Bangalore, he is also developing a new project on the attitudes and dispositions of elites in Mexico City.
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Asian Studies, Humanities Center and Global Studies.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:15pm
Lewis Lab, Room 270
2004/Alice Wu/97 min.
When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she's pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn't want a roommate, especially since she's met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town. [Synopsis © Screen Gems, Inc.]
Free and open only to Lehigh students/faculty/staff.
Co-sponsors: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Asian Studies
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Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 2:00pm
Lehigh University, Global Commons Room, Williams Hall, 31 Williams Drive. Bethlehem, PA 18015
Buiding Home Away from Home - Join us as we learn from each other, from experiences of building a community and explore what it means to build a home away from home.
Click for more info & RSVP here: https://buildhomeawayfromhome.eventbrite.com

The Lehigh Valley-JAJAJA, with support from the US-Japan Council, and Asian Studies Program at Lehigh University is hosting a summit to highlight our community of Japanese in America, Japanese Americans, and Japanese Aficionados in the region. Attendees will hear from a panel of local representatives as well as participate in a customized workshop facilitated by the esteemed speaker, author, and professional development coach, Shawn Kent Hayashi.
Doors open and check-in: 1:30 pm
Program: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Parking: Parking is available at the Zoellner Arts Center (420 E. Packer Drive)
Summit Agenda:
- Part 1: Portraits of Japan in the Lehigh Valley
Moderated panel of 3 local representatives
- Part 2: Community Building Workshop
             Facilitated by Shawn Kent Hayashi
What to expect:
Summit will be conducted in English but spoken Japanese is welcomed. Summit program will be printed bilingually (English and Japanese). Q&A portions can be in English or Japanese and translators will be able to assist.
- This is a family-friendly event (5yrs old +). Let us know if you're bringing young children and we can make accommodations.
- This event is ideal for young adults (middle-school to college students)
- Light refreshments and Japanese appetizers will be provided
This program is made possible by the funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the U.S.- Japan Council.
For more information:
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:30pm
LUAG Lower Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Music Department, Asian Studies, Film Studies, Humanities Center, and LUAG

Wong Kar Wai's Soundtracks: Music, Bricolage, Representation
Giorgio Biancorosso
University of Hong Kong

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 4:30pm
Neville Hall, Room 003
1977/Jun’ya Sato/132 min.
A mystery like no other, Proof of the Man spans two continents and 40 years going back and forth between Tokyo and New York. When a black American visitor to Japan is killed in 1977 the murder investigation uncovers embarrassing and deadly secrets that go back to the Occupation Army of the late 1940’s. A mixture of top Japanese and American film stars join together to solve the crime, going only on two clues… The words “Straw Hat” and a volume of poetry dating back to 1947.
[Synopsis © Kadokawa Entertainment]
Co-sponsors: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Asian Studies
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