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October 14, 2013

BERKELEY — On a campus already well known for its scholarship in Korean culture, language, and literature, a new $3 million gift from Samsung Electronics announced today (October 2, 2013) promises to solidify the University of California, Berkeley, as a global center in this field for years to come.

The gift will allow UC Berkeley to strengthen its teaching and research at the Center for Korean Studies (CKS) and the Institute of East Asian Studies, at a time of rising worldwide interest in everything from the history and politics of Korea to its current cinema and pop music.

October 2, 2013

On a campus already well known for its scholarship in Korean culture, language, and literature, a new $3 million gift from Samsung Electronics announced today (October 2, 2013) promises to solidify the University of California, Berkeley, as a global center in this field for years to come.

August 12, 2013

Joyce Kislitzin Kallgren, who previously held positions as Editor of Asian Survey, Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies, and Associate Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, passed away on August 3, 2013.

June 17, 2013

The 7th issue of IEAS's interactive e-journal "Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review" is now online.

Special issue: "Law, Society, and Politics in Republican China"

Read the co-editors’  Note to our Readers for a description of the contents, or visit https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-7(link is external).

April 2, 2013

The 6th issue of IEAS's interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now online.

March 1, 2013

Mday March 22, is World Water Day. We invite you or any of your colleagues to submit manuscripts dealing with water in contemporary Asian politics for possible publication in a special issue of Asian Survey.

February 1, 2013

The fifth issue of IEAS's interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now online. This is a special issue devoted to the theme of "Transcolonial Film Coproductions in the Japanese Empire: Antinomies in the Colonial Archive" (guest edited by Takashi Fujitani (U Toronto) and Nayoung Aimee Kwon (Duke University). The issue also features book review essays and a photo essay about historical Changchun.

January 1, 2013

The Dr. C.F. Koo and Cecilia Koo Chair endowment was established in 2008 at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Koo was a distinguished business leader and statesman who led the Taiwan-based Pan-Asian Group, and who served as senior advisor to successive presidents of Taiwan. As Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, he also helped to arrange the first direct talks between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

Wen-hsin Yeh, ed. Korea Research Monograph 36. IEAS Publications. | By drawing attention to mobility in subjectivity—to the contested nature of subjectivity in the processes of mobility—this volume seeks to connect the experiences of the Korean diaspora with those of the homeland, thereby enriching an understanding of Korean nationalism from its flip side.

The May 2013 issue of Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is available. Volume 2, No. 1 features articles on the theme of "Transcolonial Film Coproductions in the Japanese Empire: Antinomies in the Colonial Archive" and four review essays about recent publications in Asian Studies. Click here to see the Table of Contents. To purchase single volumes of Cross-Currents, or to subscribe, please visit the University of Hawai'i Press website.

The Center for Japanese Studies, in partnership with the Institute of East Asian Studies, announces its Japan-America Student Conference scholarships for Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are open to any full-time UC Berkeley student with an interest in Japan.

The 65th JASC Conference will take place in Kyoto, Iwate, Tokyo, and Nagasaki from July 29 to August 24, 2013.

November 1, 2012

Barry Eichengreen. Dwight H. Perkins. Kwanho Shin. Harvard East Asian Monographs 350. Harvard University Press. | From Miracle to Maturity offers a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of the growth of the Korean economy, starting with the aggregate sources of growth (growth of the labor force, the stock of capital, and productivity) and then delving deeper into the roles played by structural change, exports, foreign investment, and financial development.

January 1, 2012

Wayne Patterson. Korea Research Monographs 35. IEAS Publications. | This book on William Nelson Lovatt, Korea's first commissioner of customs in Pusan, looks at the informal imperialism exercised by China over Korea in the 1880s.

November 19, 2008

In posters, the propagandistic function of art under Mao is most clearly revealed. Widely distributed and cheaply available, the posters produced during the Cultural Revolution era address (or elide) problems and goals, instruct viewers on everything from army conduct to birth control, and celebrate the revolutionary spirit in the lives of the people and in the person of Chairman Mao. The posters on view offer a sampling of this revolutionary vision from 1969 to 1978, with one final poster from 1985 illustrating the change in the post-Cultural Revolution era.

September 1, 2008

China is the epicenter of rapid urbanization, provoking responses from artists, photographers, and filmmakers whose focus ranges from optimistic expansiveness to radical dislocation. In this two-day international symposium, leading curators, critics and scholars will look at artists working in different mediums as they react to the new Chinese megacity.

August 5, 2008

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Center for Japanese Studies, Harumi Murakami will present a reading and lecture in Japanese and English, to be followed by a conversation with Roland Kelts. The presentation will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Zellerbach Hall on the Berkeley campus.

July 1, 2008

IEAS is pleased to announce a three-year Cross-Straits research project will culminate in a major scholarly publication intended to fill a critical gap in existing English-language scholarly understanding of the relationships across the Taiwan Strait. Cross-Straits relationships between the Mainland and Taiwan are among the most critical issues in today's East Asia. Despite much journalistic coverage and editorial commentary, in-depth scholarly examinations of the many facets of related issues are yet to be undertaken in North American academia.

April 15, 2008

March 10, 2008

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library - the first freestanding structure at a United States university erected solely for East Asian collections — opened its doors to the public on Monday, March 17. Housing nearly one million volumes, the facility occupies a prominent, central-campus location next to Memorial Glade and Doe Library, reflecting Berkeley's role as a worldwide Pacific Rim hub for scholars of East Asian studies. The building brings together under one roof the vast collections that have been stored at several locations on and off campus.

March 4, 2008

Thai painting (19th century) depicting the Buddha flanked by his two chief disciples, Sāriputta and Moggallāna

The 2008 Numata Lecture in Buddhist Studies will be given at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20th by Dr. Rupert Gethin. Gethin is the Numata Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at U.C. Berkeley for Spring 2008. He is a Reader in Buddhist Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and co-director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies, at the University of Bristol, and (since 2003) President of the Pali Text Society.