Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for June 25-July 3, 2020
Happy Dragon Boat Festival! Chinese communities celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu jie) today in honor of beloved Warring States era minister and poet Qu Yuan.  The pandemic has curtailed such popular activities as dragon boat racing this year, but many will still enjoy rice dumplings (zongzi) wrapped in bamboo leaves and filled with a variety of ingredients, including pork, water chestnuts, and mushrooms. Image of rice dumplings from the household of CEAS manager of social media, Gen Tan.
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Korean Studies Colloquium

"Being a Woman in a Male Body: Queer Fugitivity and Feminized Labor in Authoritarian South Korea" with Todd Henry

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 10 pm EDT, (11 am Friday Seoul time)
For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.
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Attention Asian and Asian-American Faculty, Staff, and Post-docs:

Penn Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), Pan-Asian Faculty & Staff Association (PAFSA), Restorative Practices @ Penn, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Special Services/Division of Public Safety, and Penn Global are organizing two restorative practice dialogues in the next two weeks:
  • Tuesday, June 30th from 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM, Mandarin Chinese Session w/ Xiumei (Mei) Long (龙秀美), Dr. Yuhong He (何宇红), & Dr. Renyu Liu (刘仁玉)
  • Tuesday, July 7th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, English Session w/ Dr. Soumya Madabhushi, Sana Saeed, & Dr. Anh Le
For more information and to register for either session, visit the program's Eventbrite page and contact with any questions.
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Korean Studies Colloquium

"Superwoman Schema: Overworking at Home And The Workplace" with Eunsil Oh

Thursday, July 2, 2020 @ 10 pm EDT, (11 am Friday Seoul time)
For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.
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Penn East Asia Faculty Selections for Summertime Reading

Linda Chance, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

The Books: “Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan,” by Eiko Maruko; “Sacred Cesium Ground,” by Kimura Yusuke

Why I Picked Them: “Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan”—During the stay-home period of the pandemic, reports are that many people are tidying up with the help of the KonMari method. Kondō Marie has her own religio-aesthetic notion of her sources, but Eiko Maruko Siniawer’s “Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan” will tell you the real story of Japan’s struggles with material affluence and unpack KonMari and other antimaterialists to boot.

“Sacred Cesium Ground”—Kimura Yūsuke’s “Sacred Cesium Ground” is clear-eyed fiction about the clean-up after the 3-11 nuclear meltdown. Pair it with a viewing of documentary footage about “Hope Ranch” in Namie, where an activist is keeping about 260 head of wagyū cattle alive, survivors from the 3,500 who were in the exclusion zone around Fukushima Daiichi in 2011.

Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
As of Wednesday, June 24, Shofuso is again open for public visits. Shofuso will be open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday through Friday and 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. While visitors won't be allowed into the house, the doors and windows will be open making the rooms visible from the outside, as Shofuso has adopted new policies following guidance from the CDC and the City of Philadelphia. For more information, visit Shofuso's website.

See this and other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
Attention Penn Graduate Students: Perry World House is now accepting applications for the PWH Graduate Associates Program. Students from every discipline and Penn school are eligible. See here for more details. Application deadline is July 13th, 2020.

  • Japanese Research Fellowship (formerly the Hakuhodo Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship) is now taking applications. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Northeast Asia Council Grants. The AAS Northeast Asia Council is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 round of its grant programs in Japan Studies and Korean Studies, made possible with support from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Korea Foundation. Grants are available for short-term research travel, or to organize seminars or small scholarly conferences on Japan or Korean Studies. Application deadline is October 1, 2020.
Opportunities for Regional Educators
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) lists online events, some of which are open to Act 48 support for PA teachers.

Online Film Discussion Group: "Hot Nights + Cold War Film Series: Exploring the Cold War in Asia". SCREENSHOT: ASIA and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh present Hot Nights/Cold War, an exploration of the Cold War through film. Join screenings films from Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam throughout the summer, and meet to discuss the historical contexts and cinematographic elements. The film series is open and free to the public. Curriculum component available for participating educators. Act 48 hours available to PA educators.
To learn more and register, please click here.

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is hosting a group of upcoming webinars. These webinars focus on the Ties that Bind project that seeks out local connections between the US and East Asia:

Ties that Bind: Chinese in New England (and more)
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Wing-kai To, Bridgewater State University
Ties that Bind: Japanese in New England (and beyond)
Monday, July 27, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Gary Mukai, Stanford University
Ties that Bind: Mississippi Delta Chinese
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn, creators of

Resources for Teaching about Racial Discrimination during the Coronavirus Crisis
This list was compiled by our NCTA colleagues at the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the University of Colorado. It includes online resources for teachers looking to address challenges related to labeling and racism that might in our communities and media in the wake of this global health crisis.
Click here to view the online resources list.

TedEd animated course material "A day in the life of a teenage samurai", developed with Constantine N. Vaporis. See here for TedEd video and more information.

Free Japanese-Inspired Food Education Course
The Wa-Shokuiku free online program is designed for students studying at home. The course consists of 4 units that focus on 4 different topics to expose students to Japanese food culture and foodways. Each unit has 10 short sections which include fun and educational videos, cook-off competition videos, nutrition, recipes, activities, global food issues, interactive comment boxes and a unit quiz. Online course available until July 7th, 2020.

For more information about these and other programs and resources, visit the NCTA website
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