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Winter 1998

East Asia Watch: New Student Organization Devoted to East Asian Studies

IN AN EFFORT TO offer students an additional forum to discover and discuss East Asian Studies, a new student organization has been formed at the University of Virginia. "East Asia Watch" will start up this semester with an impressive schedule of events. The group was organized by three graduate students and an undergraduate student as a way of promoting the academic study of East Asia at UVa and to stimulate interaction between students and professors who have a common interest in East Asia. The events sponsored by the group this semester include "brown-bag lunch" talks by professors from the departments of History, Government, and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and a panel on teaching English in Asia. The group is cross-disciplinary and committed to both graduate and undergraduate students and their respective needs. According to Jon Jones, the founder and President of East Asia Watch, the key to the group's longevity will be student support, and by involving students from a variety of departments, both graduate and undergraduate, with concentrations in all East and Southeast Asian countries, East Asia Watch will flourish and continue to develop to meet the needs of the Asian Studies community at UVa. Currently at UVa there are approximately forty undergraduates majoring in Asian Studies, seven graduate students enrolled in the MA program in East Asian Studies, and a host of other students receiving graduate degrees with concentrations in Asia. Jones encourages all interested students to be involved and hopes that both students and professors will participate in leading events.

For guidance, East Asia Watch will look to the East Asia professors at UVa and the East Asia Center to ensure that the organization meets its objectives. In addition, East Asia Watch will work closely with Prof. Gilbert Roy, Director of the undergraduate Asian Studies program, in order to further develop undergraduate interest in Asian Studies. To join the East Asia Watch e-mail list to receive information on upcoming events, e-mail Jon Jones at "jej3z@virginia.edu." The organization will soon have its own e-mail address and web site which will include this semester's schedule of events. The first event will be on Friday, January 23, from 11:00-12:00 in 225 Minor Hall where Bradly W. Reed of the History Department will speak at a "brown-bag lunch" with bagels and drinks available.

SEC/AAS Meeting To Be Held in Charlottesville

THE EAST ASIA CENTER and the Center for South Asian Studies will host the annual meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS) during the weekend of January 16-18 at the Omni Hotel, Charlottesville. This year the conference will include twenty-two panels with over a hundred panel participants. James Scott, President of the Association for Asian Studies, will give the keynote address on Saturday evening. The full schedule of events is included on page 3 of this issue of the East Asia Center Newsletter. All UVA students and non-Asia faculty may attend any and all sessions free of charge. The sessions run from Saturday morning until Sunday morning

East Asia Events Spring 1998

January 16-18 Southeast Conference/Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Omni Hotel.

Thursday, January 22 John M. Rosenfield, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University: "The Rebirth of Japanese Buddhist Art in the Early Modern Age." 5:00 pm, 153 Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the McIntire Department of Art.

Friday, January 23 John M. Rosenfield, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University: Colloqium on "The Study of Japanese Art, State of the Field" 3:00-5:00 pm, Bayly Art Museum.

January 30-31 Asian-American Student Conference. Newcomb Hall. http://scs.student.virginia.edu/~asian/aasc

Sunday, February 8 James Godfrey, Director, Chinese Works of Art, Sotheby's, New York: "From the University to Sotheby's: An Adventure in Asian Art." 3:00 pm, 153 Campbell Hall. Weedon Lecture Series.

Thursday, February 12 Brantly Womack, Professor of Government, University of Virginia: "America and Asia in the Global Century." 4:00 pm, South Meeting Room, Newcomb Hall. Part of the Global Issues Forum, co-sponsored by the International Studies Center and the Office of International Health.

Tuesday, March 3 J. Edward Kidder, Jr., Professor Emeritus, International Christian University, Tokyo: "The Lucky Seventh: Early Horyu-ji Temple." 5:30 pm, 153 Campbell Hall. Part of the Weedon Lecture Series.

Monday, March 23 Fukushima Roshi, Abbot of Tofukuji, Kyoto: "Zen Buddhism." 4:00 pm, Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall.

Monday, March 30 Janice Brown, Associate Professor of Japanese, University of Alberta, Canada: "Belching Fire, Dancing Naked, Spitting Blood: Hayashi Fumiko and the Japanese Poetic Tradition." TBA.

January 16-18, 1998
Omni Hotel-Charlottesville
Host Institution: University of Virginia
World Wide Web: http://www.virginia.edu/eastasia/secaas.html


REGISTRATION 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
WORKSHOP: Teaching About Asia 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
PERFORMANCE: Charlottesville Gamelan Ensemble 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.


SESSION A 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Panel A.1 Asian Finance and Development in Local and International Perspective
Panel A.2 Lost Horizons
Panel A.3 The Art of Things Seen and Unseen
Panel A.4 Gulfs and Bridges Across the Pacific Rim
Panel A.5 Globalization and South Asia

BREAK 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

SESSION B 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Panel B.1 Cross-Strait Relations After the Return of Hong Kong
Panel B.2 Faces of Shiva: Papers on Indian History Presented in Honor of Stanley Wolpert
Panel B.3 War, Technology, and Culture in Asia
Panel B.4 The West Looks at Asia, Asia Looks at the West

BUSINESS LUNCH 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

SESSION C 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Panel C.1 Vietnamese Literature in Traditional, Modern, and Global Perspective
Panel C.2 Aspects of Chinese Culture < BR > Panel C.3 Religion and Status in South Asia
Panel C.4 New Patterns of Asian Commerce

SESSION D 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Panel D.1 Idealism, Development Work, and War: The International Voluntary Service in Laos and Vietnam, 1964-1971
Panel D.2 Institutional and Cultural Change in Modern Chinese Economic History
Panel D.3 Continuity and Change in Asian Traditions
Panel D.4 Gender and Identity in South Asian Tradition
Panel D.5 Within Chinese Walls

AAS PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: James Scott 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

RECEPTION 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


SESSION E 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Panel E.1 Central Asia: Yesterday and Today
Panel E.2 Southeast Asia: The Continuing Search for Identity
Panel E.3 New Views on Traditional Asia
Panel E.4 The Concept of Power in South Asia: Religion of the Indus Valley and Beyond

The Ellen Bayard Weedon East Asia Travel Grants

Each year the Grants Committee of the East Asia Center allocates money to be used to defray the cost of travel to East Asia by University faculty members and students. These funds may be used to cover all or part of a round trip airfare between Charlottesville and East Asia. Travel within an East Asian country will not be covered by an Ellen Bayard Weedon travel grant.


The Ellen Bayard Weedon travel grant is available to any University of Virginia faculty member or student who:

In addition, student applicants must intend to enroll in structured programs offered by accredited academic institutions in East Asia, or plan to pursue a specific research project.


Applicants intending to spend two to eight weeks in East Asia under the conditions outlined herein may apply for a travel grant to cover partial (25% or more) round trip air fare between Charlottesville and East Asia.

Applicants intending to spend eight weeks or more in East Asia under the conditions outlined herein may apply for a travel grant to cover up to full round trip air fare between Charlottesville and East Asia

Under special circumstances students and faculty members may apply for up to full round trip air fare regardless of length of stay in East Asia, provided the trip has a sound and genuine professional or academic purpose, i.e., to attend a professional conference, to conduct research that can only be conducted in East Asia, etc.

A trip designed to enable a student or a faculty member simply to 'visit' East Asia will not be funded.


Travel grant applications shall be judged according to the selection committee's assessment of the quality of the applicant, the intellectual and academic cohesiveness of the applicant's project, and financial need. Preference shall be given to the applicants who have not recently been to East Asia and, in the following order, to:

1. research, language and cultural study;

2. participation in study tours;

3. participation in conferences.

No single travel grant shall exceed one-third of available funds, and normally no more than half of the available funds shall be allocated to faculty members.


Application forms are available at the East Asia Center, 224 Minor Hall. Completed applications are due by February 15, and should be returned to the East Center (phone: 924-7836).