News

January 1, 2016

With a generous gift from the government of Mongolia, UC Berkeley and the Institute of East Asian Studies are delighted to announce the establishment of the Mongolia Initiative. Under the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Mongolia Initiative will bring together UC Berkeley's diverse resources related to Mongolia. Mongolia is now being taught on campus for the first time in many years, the first Visiting Scholar has been selected, the library acquisitioogram is being expanded, and plans are underway for future courses and conferences on Mongolia.

Professor Cahill's video lecture series Gazing into the Past is now available! Both this series and his first, A Pure and Remote View, are viewable, for free, in HD (1080p). These lectures by UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus James Cahill are a legacy of his life's work in the history of the visual arts of China. They include Cahill's stimulating commentary and thousands of high-resolution images of paintings with close-in details.

As part of its Mongolia Initiative, IEAS has put aside special funding for graduate student research proposals that incorporate Mongolia-related topics. Students should apply for this funding through the regular competition for continuing students.  These same rules and application procedures should be followed for the special Mongolian funding.

October 1, 2015

Steven S. Lee. Columbia University Press. | The Ethnic Avant-Garde makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde."

September 1, 2015

April 6, 2015

Andrew Jones — former chair of the Center for Chinese Studies — is one of three UC Berkeley faculty awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships in 2015. The awards went to 175 scholars, scientists and artists who have shown “prior achievement and exceptional promise” to assist them in furthering their work in their field of study.

March 16, 2015

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. A unique program especially designed for students who will be representing their state, as well as the United States, and acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Please share the information below with any of your students who would be interested in applying for a scholarship studying Mandarin and culture in Taiwan.

March 9, 2015

The 14th issue of IEAS's open-access, interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now available online.

Read the co-editors' Note to Our Readers for a description of the contents.   This special issue, guest edited by Suzy Kim (Rutgers) features research articles on the theme of "(De)Memorializing the Korean War: A Critical Invention." Along with book reviews, the March issue also features a visual exhibit of Chinese pen-and-ink drawings — "Picturing Science in China" — curated by Lisa Claypool (U Alberta).

March 2, 2015

The Haas Junior Scholars Program for Doctoral Candidates at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) allows Berkeley PhD candidates from various disciplines in East Asian studies to come together for twice-monthly meetings of Doctoral Candidate Working Groups during the academic year to discuss perspectives, methodological approaches, empirical research and original findings centered on their dissertation projects. Participants are expected to share draft chapters of research in progress and to receive feedback from peers.

February 2, 2015

Dylan Davis, Program Director for CKS since 2011, will be be leaving IEAS in late February to become the Asia Foundation's new Country Representative in Korea. Dylan has been a tireless promoter of Korean studies at Berkeley and a wonderful colleague to all, and we will miss his enthusiasm and good cheer in Berkeley. His new position with the Asia Foundation will allow him to bring his talents to a larger stage, where he will help develop programs focusing on Korea's efforts to expand and deepen international development cooperation and knowledge-sharing within the Asia-Pacific region.

January 1, 2015

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Professor Emeritus James Bosson, who taught Mongolian and Tibetan in the Department of Oriental Languages (now the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures) from 1963 until 1996, was awarded the Order of the Polar Star Medal of Mongolia for his contributions to Mongolian studies in the United States. The author of a standard language textbook of Mongolian and several scholarly works on Mongolian culture, Professor Bosson trained many of the Mongolianists active in the field today.

The 15th issue of IEAS's open-access, interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now available online.

The 13th issue of IEAS's open-access, interactive e-journal "Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review" is now available online.

Please read the co-editors' Note to Readers for a description of the contents, or cross-currents. This issue features China-related research articles on topics including scouting, wartime cartoons, patriotic music, copper mining, and gardens. Along with book reviews, the December issue also features a photo essay, "Tibet in the 1930s: Theos Bernard's Legacy at UC Berkeley."

December 1, 2014

John Lie, ed. Transnational Korea 1. IEAS Publications. | The Center for Korean Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the first title in the "Transnational Korea" series, the first English-language book of its kind to address multiculturalism in South Korea.

October 1, 2014

John Lie. UC Press. | This book seeks at once to describe and explain the emergence of export-oriented South Korean popular music and to make sense of larger South Korean economic and cultural transformations.

September 2, 2014

The 12th issue of IEAS's open-access, interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now available online.

We're delighted to report that IEAS has been awarded both the National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies grants for the 2014-18 cycle. These Title VI grants will provide $220K in NRC program funds and $253.5K in FLAS fellowships for students (both academic year and summer). This amounts to $473,500 per year for East Asian studies at Berkeley, or $1,894,000 over the next four years.

July 1, 2014

After 29 years at Fulton and Kittredge in Berkeley, IEAS has moved to sparkling new quarters. Our new address is 1995 University Avenue at the corner of University and Milvia (just 3 blocks from the west entrance of the campus, current home of Berkeley Extension). Our offices are located on the penthouse level, in suites 510 and 520.

June 2, 2014

The 11th issue of IEAS's open-access, interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now available online.

May 1, 2014

Update: A memorial service honoring Professor Emeritus James Cahill has been scheduled for Saturday May 10, 2014, 3:30 p.m., at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Gund Theater, at 2625 Durant Avenue. A reception will follow.