News

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!

April 21, 2017

By Joel Bahr, | April 21, 2017 | Originally published in Berkeley News

Paul Fonoroff has two rules when it comes to collecting. “You have to be passionate about it,” he deadpans. “And it has to be something that no one else is interested in.”

Professor Youngmin Kwon of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures was awarded the Sejong Cultural Award for 2017 by the South Korean government. Congratulations, Professor Kwon!

Paul Fonoroff has two rules when it comes to collecting. "You have to be passionate about it," he deadpans. "And it has to be something that no one else is interested in."

April 7, 2017

C. K. Cho, the former CEO of Korean Airlines and a long-time supporter of CKS, has committed to give CKS 200k, which will be rolled into a $1 million endowment he established some years ago.

February 24, 2017

Our colleague, Professor Emeritus in History David Keightley, passed away February 23, 2017. He died peacefully in his sleep.

David Keightley was born in London in 1932. He received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1969 with a dissertation entitled "Public Work in Ancient China: A Study of Forced Labor in the Shang and Early Chou.”

January 1, 2017

Our colleague, Professor Emeritus in History David Keightley, passed away February 23, 2017. He died peacefully in his sleep.

David Keightley was born in London in 1932. He received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1969 with a dissertation entitled "Public Work in Ancient China: A Study of Forced Labor in the Shang and Early Chou.”

October 20, 2016

Hong Yung Lee, ed. Sunil Kim, ed. Logos Verlag Berlin. | The contributors of this edited volume delineate the shifting role of the Korean state from the developmental state, which led economic development by guiding investment in strategic industries through various means, to a slightly subtler role as a regulator, supervising the operation of the market in the changing economic environment.

June 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Aihwa Ong — Professor and the Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology — has been named chair of the Group in Asian Studies. Professor Ong's research interests have always dealt with the particular entanglements of politics, technology, and culture that co-constitute changing societies on the Asia Pacific rim. Currently, her work focuses on modes of governing, biomedical science, and contemporary art in diverse Asian contexts.

April 11, 2016

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online catalogue, available here:

http://ieas.berkeley.edu/publications/catalogue

Through the site, you can order our softcover books, as well as pdf e-books of newer titles. Choose the bundle of book and e-book for a discount! Chapters of some multiple-contributor volumes are available for sale individually--perfect for course reading.

The site also features:

April 4, 2016

The Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), headed by Professor of Political Science Vinod K. Aggarwal, has joined IEAS as of April, 2016. Created in 1996, BASC conducts multidisciplinary research on political, economic, and business trends in the Asia-Pacific, especially related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Its primary mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge to decision makers in the public and private spheres to facilitate the creation of mutually beneficial cooperation in the business, academic, and policy-making communities.

February 9, 2016

As part of its 6-year “Top University Strategic Alliance” (TUSA) agreement with the Taiwan Ministry of Education and a consortium of twelve Taiwan universities, the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) is pleased to offer additional short-term teaching opportunities in Taiwan for UC Berkeley ladder rank faculty during calendar year 2016. Applications can be accepted for stays in Taiwan during the spring or summer months of 2016, the fall term, or during December 2016. No funding is available for stays that continue into 2017.