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Spring 1997

Schoppa Named New Director of East Asia Center

Leonard J. Schoppa, Jr, Associate Professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, will become the East Asia Center's new Director. The appointment, which commences in May, will be for three years.

Dr. Schoppa arrived at the University of Virginia seven years ago as an Assistant Professor after receiving his doctorate from Oxford University. In September 1996 he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He has written a number of articles on Japanese politics and the Japanese education system. His most recent book is entitled Bargaining With Japan: What American Pressure Can and Cannot Do (Columbia University Press, 1997).

Dr. Schoppa will be filling the position that Brantly Womack, also of the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, has held since 1994. He agrees that he has big shoes to fill when it comes to his new position as Director of the East Asia Center, and he emphasizes that he will continue to carry out Dr. Womack's legacy of team work among the Center faculty associates from the departments of Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Government, History, Religious Studies and the School of Architecture and the Curry School of Education.

In addition, Dr. Schoppa intends to continue to develop the Center into a nationally recognized academic and entrepreneurial center for East Asian studies. Conferences such as last semester's "Asia to 2010" and last month's "Hong Kong 1997: Today and Tomorrow" bring exposure to Asian Studies at the University and further the mission of the Center. With Asian Studies at UVa gaining popularity with students, Dr. Schoppa will work to bring in Asianists in all fields. He will pay special attention to the departments of Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. In the long run, Dr. Schoppa maintains, Asian Studies at UVa will rise or fall according to the strengths of individual departments; therefore, it is imperative to work closely with the Dean's Office and specific departments to help realize his objective.

Dr. Schoppa also would like to see expanded enrollments in the MA and joint MBA/MA programs in East Asian Studies. There has been a drop-off in applicants from the Darden School of Business Administration over the past few years. Dr. Schoppa promises to work with Darden to help attract a steady stream of business students into the joint-degree program.


Paul Groner of the Department of Religious Studies has been recommended for promotion to Full Professor by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Diane Hoffman of the Department of Leadership, Foundations, & Policy (Curry School of Education) was an invited speaker at the Second Annual Conference on Contemporary Diaspora: Asian-Pacific Perspectives at Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Japan, March 10-12.

Gilbert Roy of the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures will be co-leader of a Calligraphy Exchange delegation to China this summer from June 26-July 14. The delegation will be visiting Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Huang Shan. The cost is $2665, covering airfare from New York or Chicago, airport taxes, all transportation, lodging, lunch and dinner, and tickets for tours. Contact Prof. Roy for more information (804-924-3275 or gwr2v@virginia.edu). In addition, Prof. Roy is featured in the latest issue of Explorations, the newsletter published by the Office of the Provost for Research at UVa.

Len Schoppa of the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs has published a new book, Bargaining with Japan: What American Pressure Can and Cannot Do. Those interested can find more information by visiting Prof. Schoppa's web page at http://faraday.clas.virginia.edu/~ljs2k

John Shepherd of the Department of Anthropology has been recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Shepherd will be on leave next academic year 1997-1998 studying the historical demography of Taiwan. He will be on a Mellon Fellowship and work at the Department of Demography at the University of California-Berkeley.

Brantly Womack of the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs chaired a panel at the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Chicago on "Perspectives on US-China Relations." The panel was one of the best attended of the conference, and it included a paper by Wang Yan, an associate professor at Beijing's Foreign Affairs College who is currently in residence at UVa on a senior Fulbright. Another paper presenter was Leng Tse-kang, a 1995 UVa PhD graduate. Two of the panel's commentators also had UVa connections. Liu Debin, professor and chair of the History Department at Jilin University, is currently in residence at UVa on a senior Fulbright. Robert Sutter of the Congressional Research Service has been a frequent in East Asia Center events.

Prof. Womack's "Vietnam 1996: Reform Immobilism" was published in the January 1997 issue of Asian Survey. He also presented his paper, "Une theorie minimale du democratie" at the "Universalisme Politique et relativisme culturel: le cas japonais" conference at the University of Bordeaux in March.


Jamie Berger, a MA student in East Asian Studies, will be pursuing his PhD in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University next year.

Jim Tybur, a fourth-year Systems Engineering major, was selected as one of forty-five national Luce Foundation finalists this year.


Patti Austin (MA/East Asian Studies, 1996) continues to improve her Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Michelle Bugay (Asian Studies, 1994) after two rewarding years in Japan with the JET Program decided to postpone graduate school and has begun work at AFS-USA.

Bill Hamilton (Asian Studies, 1992) is now employed by Cambridge Energy Research Associates in Cambridge, MA, and spends a good deal of time in Japan where he is a research fellow with the Institute of Energy Economics.

Carol (Rosenthal) Kaufman (Asian Studies, 1982) is completing her PhD in Song Literature at the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Neighbors (Asian Studies, 1986) will attend graduate school at UCLA next year.

Carol (Rosenthal) Kaufman (Asian Studies, 1982) is completing her PhD in Song Literature at the University of Michigan.

Newell Ann Van Auken (Asian Studies, 1991) just completed her MA thesis in Chinese Linguistics at the University of Washington. She and her husband, Van, are expecting their first child in August.

Thanks to Outgoing East Asia Center Director Brantly Womack

The East Asia Center will have a new director in May, when Professor Brantly Womack will turn over the position to Professor Len Schoppa.

Professor Womack worked to transform the Center into a shared endeavor of the Center's Director and its faculty associates. Faculty committees on admissions, grants, speakers, and publications became an integral part in the management of these areas of Center operations. At the same time, under Dr. Womack's leadership the Center office has taken on the organization of conferences such as last Fall's "Asia to 2010," jointly organized with the Atlantic Council, and this Spring's "Hong Kong 1997: Today and Tomorrow," organized with the UVa Student Council.

Ronald G. Dimberg, Director of the International Studies Center and Womack's predecessor at the Center, commends "Dr. Womack on his successful efforts to bring order to the East Asian Studies program through a carefully committee structure." Dr. Dimberg adds with a smile, "He has guided the program through the transition, in the words of a former UVa East Asianist, 'benevolent despotism to rational bureaucracy.'"

Michiko Wilson, Chair of the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, states that Professor Womack's leadership has really given the Center a morale boost and a more inclusive sense of identity. "Hurrah for Brantly!" she adds.

"Three cheers," too, from Center staffers who would like to send a special thanks to their advisor and Center boss. Professor Womack's participatory vision of the Center has included giving more responsibility and latitude to Center assistants. Project-oriented assignments and Mr. Womack's great management style have made working for the Center a significant learning experience. Asian Studies at the University of Virginia has flourished under Dr. Womack's tenure, and he will certainly be missed.


Previous Speakers/events:

Senior Researchers from Taiwan's Institute of International Relations. Panel on "China and Taiwan: A Multidimensional Relationship." January 16.

Charles Kao, Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1987 to 1996, on the relations between the United States and Hong Kong after 1997. February 4.

Al Reyes, correspondent Asiaweek. "The Press in Asia: Reporting in Hong Kong and Singapore." February 6.

"Hong Kong 1997:Today and Tomorrow" Conference, co-sponsored by UVa Student Council. The topics of the conference included the history, economy, and politics of Hong Kong, and the future of greater China. March 22.

James Scott, President of the Association for Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at Yale University. As part of the Page-Barbour Lecture Series, presented three talks on "The State and the People Who Move." March 25-27.

Terry Kleeman, Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions at the College of William and Mary. "Both Citizens and Barbarians Found Security Therein: Taoism and Ethnic Identity in Early Medieval Sichuan." March 28.

International Center Library's Asian Collection

Can't find any books on the contemporary Chinese cultures in Alderman? Can't find any Vietnamese cookbooks in Clemons? Need more information on teaching English in Taiwan? Want to do some research on intercultural education, communication, and understanding? Come to the International Center Library! The International Center Library is located in 21 University Circle, just off Rugby Road. It has a wide collection of travel guides, dictionaries, videos, and audiocassettes from all over the world. Information on contemporary cultures, holidays, arts, folk dance music, cuisine, customs, and manners is its specialty.

The Parents Fund has recently allowed the library to expand its Pacific Rim collections. Below is a sample of our recent acquisitions:

Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans
The Japanese Woman: Traditional Image and Changing Reality
Mekong: The Last River

Our large collections of materials on teaching English abroad, as well as work/internship/study abroad program draws many students even from OCPP! Below are some of our newest additions:

Guide to Careers in World Affairs
The Directory of Overseas Summer Jobs

The International Center Library welcomes students, faculty, and community borrowers. Our loan period is two weeks for most items. Telephone renewals are possible. The library is open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Evenings and weekend hours are possible by appointment. Call the Library at 924-3301 or the International Center at 924-7983 for any questions or comments. Visit our web page for the most updated information (http://minerva.acc.Virginia.EDU/~intl_lib/homepage.html).

Art Department Hires New Faculty Member

Beginning next Fall the UVa Art Department will have a new professor. Dorothy Wong hails from Hong Kong and received her BA from the International Christian University in Tokyo (art history), M.Phil. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chinese art), and PhD from Harvard University (art history, 95). Her specialization is Chinese Buddhist art of the Six Dynasties and Tang periods, but has broader interests in religious art and ritual and in painting. Her current book project is on Chinese Buddhist steles of the Northern & Southern Dynasties. Previously she has worked as an editor for Orientations, an Asian art magazine based in Hong Kong, and for the last two years she has been teaching Asian art at Florida State University.

Conference "Hong Kong 1997: Today and Tomorrow"

The East Asia Center assisted the Student Council with the organization of "Hong Kong 1997: Today and Tomorrow," a conference on the past, present, and future of Hong Kong. The conference was designed to increase University student awareness and understanding of Hong Kong in anticipation of the British colony's reversion to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. About eighty people gathered in Wilson Hall auditorium on Saturday, March 22, 1997, for this one-day event.

"Cautious optimism" could have been the subtitle of the conference, for it seemed to be the theme underlying most of the speakers' presentations. While highlighting potential problems such as the degree to which Hong Kong's existing social, economic, and political systems will be left to function independently in the "one country, two systems" arrangement, most of the invited scholars remained optimistic about the ability of Hong Kong to both survive and continue to thrive as a "Special Administrative Region" of China. Center Director Brantly Womack observed that the media invasion of Hong Kong to cover the handover to Chinese rule might generate its own news.

The conference day was divided into two sections: Hong Kong Today and Hong Kong Tomorrow. Issues explored during the morning session on Hong Kong Today included "Issues Facing Hong Kong Today" by Christopher Jackson, Minister of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Washington; "Domestic Political Developments" by Professor James Tang of Hong Kong University; and "Diplomacy" by Professor William Dorrill, President of Longwood College. The morning presentations informed the audience where Hong Kong stands today and how the agreement to return Hong Kong to China was reached by Britain and the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1984. A highlight of the day was the luncheon keynote address by John Kamm, a former head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a noted campaigner for human rights in China. Kamm's address was on "Hong Kong's Reversion to China: Idealism and Realism in US Foreign Policy."

Examining current trends and attempting to carry those out into the future of "Hong Kong Tomorrow" were the tasks of the afternoon speakers. Brantly Womack, Director of the East Asia Center and Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at UVa, spoke on "Hong Kong's Future Economic Development" as a part of China. Francis Sham, a retired Hong Kong journalist and educator, spoke movingly on a personal level of the effects of the transition to Chinese rule on himself and his family members in his address on "Society and the Transition to Chinese Rule." PRC scholar Chi-An Hu spoke on the international relations aspects of "Hong Kong's Integration into Greater China and Asia." Robert Sutter of the Congressional Research Service finished the day's presentations with a talk on the role of the U.S. Congress in China Policy and ways in which Hong Kong could become an issue in U.S.-China relations.

The East Asia Center wishes to express its thanks to all the conference presenters; Dean Kwon, Student Council Vice President for Organizations, who was the Chief Student Council Organizer of the Conference; and the hard-working students of the Chinese Student Association, Hong Kong Student Association, and International Relations Organization for making the conference such a success.