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February 22, 2019

Zainichi Literature

IEAS is pleased to announce the publication of the new edited volume, Zainichi Literature: Japanese Writings by Ethnic Koreans (Transnational Korea 3), edited by John Lie. This collection of translated works highlights a selection of writings in translation by Zainichi (diasporic Koreans in Japan).

February 11, 2019

Deadline Extended: February 27

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

January 1, 2019

November 30, 2018

The Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. This year, we are pleased to announce that Professor Steven Vogel, the Il Han Professor in Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, has been chosen as a recipient of this award.

November 1, 2018

Steven S. Lee. Cross-Currents. Vol. 7, No. 2. University of Hawai'i Press | This special issue of Cross-Currents builds on existing scholarship by revisiting Russian and Soviet visions of revolution and their fraught, indelible imprint on China, Japan, and Korea.
Sungyun Lim. Global Korea 2. UC Press. | This book offers a dynamic revisionist account of the Japanese colonial rule of Korea (1910–1945) by examining the roles of women in the civil courts.

September 1, 2018

July 2, 2018

Dylan Davis became associate director at the UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) in June 2018. Before that he was The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Korea (2015-18). Davis has extensive professional and academic experience focused on Korea and its development, and has worked in-country with government and academic institutions. With over a decade of experience, Davis has been honored with numerous awards from institutions such as the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, The Asia Foundation, and the University of California, Berkeley.

June 2, 2018

After a thorough (and exhausting) search, which brought 5 candidates in from around the globe and involved extensive consultation with the Executive Committee and the Institute’s staff, the hiring committee chose former CKS Program Director Dylan Davis to be IEAS’s next Associate Director.

June 1, 2018

Jinsoo An. Global Korea 1. UC Press. | Relating postcolonial discourses to a reading of Manchurian action films, kisaeng and gangster films, and revenge horror films, Parameters of Disavowal shows how filmmakers reworked, recontextualized, and erased ideas and symbols of colonial power.

April 12, 2018

Nicolas Tackett, a History Department faculty member affiliated with the Center for Chinese Studies was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships in 2018. The awards went to 173 scholars "on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise." 

April 6, 2018

The Center for Chinese Studies would like to recognize Jianye He, librarian for Chinese materials at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, for her continued excellence in service to the community of China scholars. Many library users -- faculty, students, visiting scholars -- appreciate her care and diligence in finding materials relevant to their research. Thank you, Jianye!

March 13, 2018

The Center for Korean Studies is pleased to welcome Kelsey Williams, who has been hired as the new Program Director.

March 1, 2018

Clare You, ed. Yangwon Ha, ed. Transnational Korea 2. IEAS Publications. | This volume of essays examines the development of Korean language education in expatriate Korean communities, and the role that the Korean government has played in the spread of the Korean language abroad.

January 22, 2018

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library recently received a gift from Ms. Leying Jiang (UC Davis, M.A. '93) and her husband, Professor Scott Rozelle (B.S. '79), of the newly published reprint of the Wenlan ge siku quanshu 文瀾閣四庫全書.

October 27, 2017

The Center for Korean Studies community was saddened to learn of the death on October 24, 2017 of Professor Hong Yung Lee. Professor Lee was on the UC Berkeley faculty for nearly thirty years, and among his many responsibilities and accomplishments, he served as the CKS Chair for ten years. A celebration of Hong Yung Lee's life and career was held on January 21, 2018, at UC Berkeley. Professor John Lie, also a previous CKS Chair and Hong Yung Lee's colleague for many years, offered the following brief summary of Professor Lee's life and work:

October 25, 2017

Hong Yung Lee came of age during a turbulent period in Korean history. Born in colonial Korea in 1939, his childhood was marked by political events triumphant and tragic: from Liberation in 1945 to the Korean War (1950-53). He came of age during the rule of Syngman Rhee – widely perceived to be corrupt and ineffectual – and it is not altogether surprising that his initial choice of career was journalism, which he studied at Yonsei University.

July 7, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Jinsoo An for joining the tenured ranks of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures!

May 28, 2017

Professor Clare You of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (retired) and former Chair of CKS was awarded the Manhae Grand Prize for 2017 from the Manhae Foundation in South Korea. Congratulations, Professor You!

May 12, 2017

Professor Laura C. Nelson has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Korea Journal for a two-year term beginning in 2017. Congratulations, Professor Nelson!