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January 11, 2021

January 5, 2021

January 1, 2021

Hyunjoo Kim, Yerim Kim, Boduerae Kwon, Hyeryoung Lee, Theodore Jun Yoo. Korea Research Monograph 38. IEAS Publications. | The authors of this volume offer analyses of a wide range of topics—from refugee displacement to street politics, from anti-communism and democracy to militarization—and discuss the links between cultural productions and their sociohistorical contexts.

December 11, 2020

IEAS has joined Project MUSE to offer our e-books to libraries and other institutions. The first two titles are now available and more will be added in the coming months. The e-books are accessible through institutional subscription.  

December 1, 2020

Japan America Student Conference Scholarships

Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Center for Japanese Studies grants full scholarships to the Japan-American Student Conference(link is external) for Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are open to any full-time student with an interest in Japan.

October 2, 2020


Countless studies have shown that local officials are less responsive to ethnic minority citizens. Surprisingly, we find no similar pattern of discrimination by Taiwanese local officials. In an online contacting experiment, we send citizen service requests to the websites of 358 township and district chiefs, randomly varying the name of the putative citizen to reflect an indigenous or an ethnically Chinese identity and collecting data on officials' responses. We find that officials are equally responsive to both identities.

August 21, 2020

The Los Angeles Review of Books posted a review this week of our recently published book, What Is Korean Literature? by Professor Youngmin Kwon and Professor Bruce Fulton.

What Is Korean Literature? is available to purchase here.

August 18, 2020

CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year to Alan Yeh (French) to study Vietnamese, and to three incoming graduate students: Christian Gilberti (South & Southeast Asian Studies) will study Burmese and Daniel Owen (South & Southeast Asian Studies) and Jennifer Silver (Anthropology) will study Indonesian. Rose Marie Schweis (South & Southeast Asian Studies) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Thai.

August 5, 2020

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Korean Studies, tenure track, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021.

Both softcover books and PDF e-books are now available again for purchase through the IEAS online bookstore. The Publication Office’s newest books are on the literatures of Korea and Japan: What is Korean Literature?, by Youngmin Kwon and Bruce Fulton and The Rhetoric of Death and Discipleship in Premodern Japan, by H. Mack Horton.

August 3, 2020

Our own Franck Billé (Program Director for the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies) is the editor of the new edited volume Voluminous States: Sovereignty, Materiality, and the Territorial Imagination (Duke University Press, 2020), with chapter contributions from UC Berkeley faculty (Prof. Aihwa Ong) and graduate students (including Lisa Min).

July 14, 2020

Professor Junko Habu from the Department of Anthropology is the new CJS Chair effective July 1, 2020.

July 1, 2020

In January 2020, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen won reelection with a commanding 57 percent of the vote. The result was a setback for China's Taiwan policy under Xi Jinping, and it demonstrated the impressive resilience of Taiwan's democracy in the face of a relentless pressure campaign from Beijing. These elections illustrated a paradox: Taiwan's economy is deeply entwined with the Chinese mainland's, yet Taiwan has proved especially resistant to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence operations.

Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Aihwa Ong who served as interim chair for 2019-20. Prof. Peluso will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2024.

June 23, 2020

If Tsai Ing-wen is superstitious, she should be worried: second term presidents in Taiwan appear to be cursed. Much like President Tsai, her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou started his second term on a confident and triumphant note.

June 5, 2020

June 2, 2020

CSEAS affiliated faculty Prof. Khatharya Um has received this year's Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity, presented to a UC Berkeley faculty member who has "an extraordinary record of accomplishment in advancing equity, inclusion and diversity through their scholarship, research, teaching, and public or univers

May 5, 2020

This volume outlines the major developments, characteristics, genres, and figures of the Korean literary tradition. It includes examples, in English translation, of each of the genres and works by several of the major figures discussed in the text. Both the classical and modern periods are covered.

April 29, 2020

Asian Survey’s March/April 2020 issue (60:2) is out, and, like all University of California Press journals, it is being made available to the public via open access through the end of June.

The issue features a three-article series on political representation,  headlined by a paper on Authoritarianism, Authority, and Representation by the distinguished democratic theorist Adam Przeworski.

March 25, 2020


As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to threaten and disrupt lives across the globe, Taiwan, a small island which has long endured diplomatic isolation on the international stage, is suddenly held up as the “gold standard” for how to contain this pandemic (Smith, 2020). As of March 25th, Taiwan has only 216 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus among a population of 23 million and maintains a low community transmission rate.