July 1, 2019

Prof. Aihwa Ong is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Pheng Cheah who has completed his five-year term. Prof. Ong will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2020, when she will be succeeded by Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management). 

The Center for Chinese Studies welcomes Sophie Volpp as the new faculty chair effective July 1, 2019. She is currently Associate Professor and Comparative Literature Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley.

We would also like to thank prior faculty chair You-tien Hsing for her leadership and support in the past five years.

June 25, 2019

CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) graduate student fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year to Jennifer Duque (Ethnic Studies) and Aaron Gatdula (City & Regional Planning) to study Filipino, Ngoc-Mai Phan (Ethnic Studies) to study Vietnamese, and Justin Weinstock (Anthropology) to study Thai. Chyrylle Digsay (South & Southeast Asian Studies and Legal Studies) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Filipino.

May 7, 2019

The CJS-JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellowship Award provides opportunities for both pre- and postdoctoral students from the University of California, Berkeley to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other research institutions under the guidance of a host sponsor. The fellowship is for a term of 1-12 months, and is open to all fields of the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and the natural sciences. 

April 17, 2019

Hae Yeon Choo, ed., John Lie, ed., Laura C. Nelson, ed. Transnational Korea 4. IEAS Publications. | This volume of essays by leading critical scholars examines gender and class in twenty-first-century South Korea from a transnational and intersectional perspective.

April 8, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Jones, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and member of the IEAS Executive Committee, on winning a 2019 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award.

Nominated by faculty colleagues and current and former graduate students, the award recipients have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to helping UC Berkeley graduate students to succeed academically, professionally, and personally.

An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 16 (4:00–6:00pm) at the Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste Street).

April 2, 2019

The Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that Dr. Uk Heo, Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been chosen as the new Editor of the journal Asian Survey.

March 1, 2019

February 22, 2019

John Lie, ed. Transnational Korea 3. IEAS Publications. | This collection of translated works highlights a selection of writings in translation by Zainichi (diasporic Koreans in Japan).

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."