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CEAPS E-News: August 24th-28th, 2020

Faculty Updates

CEAPS is delighted to welcome new faculty affiliate Myoung-Sun Song, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Korean Culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and (national) identity in Korean media and popular culture. She is the author of Hanguk Hip Hop: Global Rap in South Korea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), the first scholarly book-length study on the subject. Before coming to Illinois, she taught at Sogang University in Seoul. Prof. Song is teaching a new course “Hanguk Hip Hop: Global Rap in South Korea” this semester.

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Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, CEAPS affiliate and Director of Korean Language Program at EALC, is a co-author of the newly released textbook, Integrated Korean: Accelerated 1 and 2 (University of Hawai'i Press, 2020). As stated in the publisher’s website, Korean is the seventh most commonly spoken language in the United States, and Korean heritage students make up a substantial portion of Korean learners at the college level. Many schools offer a separate heritage track for learning Korean, but until now there has been no textbook designed specifically for heritage learners as well as the increasing number of students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing intensive learning to build on their prior experience with Korean. "Integrated Korean: Accelerated 1 and 2" is the first textbook to directly address the linguistic needs and abilities of these learners in a single academic year.

Outreach Update

CEAPS, in collaboration with area and international centers at Illinois Global Institute (IGI), recently presented a two-day professional development workshop to help educators navigate the challenges of remote learning during the global pandemic. The Summer 2020 Virtual Educators Workshop “K-14 Education during COVID-19 in the U.S. and Abroad” took place on July 28 and 29 with multiple webinars and roundtables presented by university faculty and experienced K-12 educators in the U.S. and other world regions.  Topics covered include online education methods and platforms, technology-enhanced language teaching, the impact of COVID-19 on education, online resources, and international approaches to education during the pandemic. Over 100 educators in the U.S. and around the world participated in the workshop. Workshop recordings and materials are now available here and on CEAPS website. CEAPS and IGI centers at University of Illinois will continue to offer e-learning and global curriculum enrichment support to teachers, students, and parents. Please visit our websites for more information about upcoming programs.

The Summer 2020 Virtual Educators Workshop is sponsored by the University of Illinois Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, emann Center for Brazilian Studies and Illinois Global Institute, with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grants.

2020-2021 CEAPS FLAS Fellows

Congratulations, 2020-2021 CEAPS FLAS Fellows!

We are excited to welcome a new cohort of graduate and undergraduate fellows to our community of FLAS scholars and alumni this year:

Luke Beifuss (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Anabelle Clark (Dance)
Kolten Conklen (Global Studies)
Aynur Namik (Biological Studies)

Iain Burns (Urban Planning)
Anna Ford (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Amy Gorgone (Linguistics)
John Meyer (Education Policy, Organization & Leadership)

CEAPS FLAS Program supports graduate and undergraduate study in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages in combination with East Asian studies or East Asian aspects of professional studies. For more information about FLAS programs offered by CEAPS and other area and international studies centers at University of Illinois, visit CEAPS website and the University of Illinois FLAS website.

Virtual Dissertation Workshop

IL-IN East Asia Consortium
Virtual Dissertation Workshop on East Asia
Theme: Social and Racial Relations in East Asia Yesterday and Today

October 15, 2020 (in conjunction with Virtual MCAA hosted by Indiana University, October 16-18, 2020)

Application Form (Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020)

Indiana University East Asian Studies Center and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies are pleased to announce the IL/IN Consortium National Dissertation Workshop on “Social and Racial Relations in East Asia Yesterday and Today” on October 15, 2020. The workshop is designed to enable students to present and engage in intensive discussions of their work in broader East Asian and multidisciplinary contexts. It will be led by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty mentors from the two universities.

All doctoral students whose area of research falls within East Asia are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in the United States and must have begun to draft a dissertation, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, September 4, 2020.

Contacts: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS - Yuchia Chang, yuchia@illinois.edu | INDIANA UNIVERSITY - Theresa Kang, kang43@indiana.edu

Event This Week
Stories Old and New Book Cover 
Stories Old and New (ISBN: 9780295978444) 

VASP Brown Bag
Narrative Style in the English Rendition of Marginal and Interlineal Comments Embedded in Feng Menglong’s Gujin xiaoshuo
Ximeng Lang (Wuhan University, China)
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CDT

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Gujin xiaoshuo is the first collection of vernacular short stories entitled Sanyan edited by Feng Menglong in the Ming dynasty. Feng’s marginal and interlineal comments embedded in the works give readers a glimpse of his standpoint on friendship, love and the civil service examinations. With the release of whole translation of Gujin xiaoshuo by Yang Shuhui and Yang Yunqin, the marginal and interlineal comments are beneficial to distinguish between the reliable narrator and unreliable narrator in the English context. The unique storyteller-narrator expresses explicit voice of the author, while the implied author’s point does not always coincide with the storyteller-narrator’s words. The narrative style employed in the English rendition of these remarks can prove, strengthen or undermine the storyteller-narrator’s expressions unveiling the mask of the concrete views of the implied author.  

Upcoming Events

CEAPS Brown Bag
Renewable energy and the challenges of land use in Southeast Asia: a comparative analysis of Indonesia and the Philippines
Sean Kennedy (Urbana & Regional Planning, UIUC)
September 17, 2020, 3-4:30 pm CDT

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations aims to quadruple its installed renewable energy capacity by 2025. Southeast Asia has abundant renewable energy resources – including solar, wind, and geothermal – yet difficulties in acquiring land pose significant barriers to project development. This study compares and contrasts the processes of land acquisition and potential implications for local land uses and livelihoods associated with two large-scale wind projects in Indonesia and the Philippines. Despite similarities in technologies and resource availability, the land acquisition requirements for the Philippine project were found to be almost 8 times greater than that of the Indonesian project when measured on a per megawatt basis. Variation in land requirements are attributed to differences in processes for determining compensation, restrictions on land acquisition related to agrarian reform efforts, and the extent to which local governments can meaningfully engage in the environmental review process. The findings support policy recommendations that respond to energy challenges in a way that attends to the specificity of local political-ecological contexts and broader climate and development goals.


CEAPS Brown Bag
Hong Kong Identity and Migration Past, Present, and Future
Gordon Mathews
(Chinese University of Hong Kong)
September 24, 2020, 10-11:30 am CDT

Hong Kong has throughout most of its history been a place full of "people from elsewhere," from China and from all over the world, often in transit to somewhere else. Until the 1970s, and 1980s few people identified Hong Kong as their cultural home. Hong Kong cultural identity emerged only in this era—but ironically, this took place in the shadow of its potential disappearance with Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997.  However, to the surprise of many analysts, this has not happened yet: over the past twenty years since Hong Kong’s handover, Hong Kong has been a “city of protest,” largely based on Hongkongers emphasizing their differences from mainland China, extolling democracy and freedom of expression, and wholly failing to comprehend “love of country” in a way that many people elsewhere in the world take for granted. But that era now seems over. With the passage of the National Security Law in 2020, and dramatic new Chinese control over Hong Kong, is Hong Kong identity coming to an end? Will we see a new surge in emigration as Hongkongers flee their city? Or can Hong Kong identity continue as a distinctive identity within China, but taking new, presumably apolitical forms?


MEXT Research Scholarship
Application Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020

Interview & Test Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (tentative)

Application FAQs
Guidelines and Application Forms

The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is accepting applications for the 2021 Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT; Monbukagakusho) Research Scholarship. The MEXT Research Scholarship offers applicants the opportunity to spend 18 or 24 months conducting independent research under a Japanese professor. Any field of study is eligible for the scholarship, but applicants must find a Japanese professor willing to supervise their research.


Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship
Applications Deadline: October 30, 2020

With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research into Japan and deepening understanding of Japan, the Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.