News and Events
Student Won First Place in Japanese Essay Contest
April 9, 2013
Jennifer Shin, currently a senior at Boston College, have been awarded first place in the Advanced Division of the Essay Category at the Japanese Language Contest held by the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston. She won the first place in the Advanced Level of the Speech Category 2 years ago and third place in the Advanced Essay Category 3 years ago in the same contest.
Congratulations to her and to all her teachers at the Japanese Language Program for these remarkable achievements!
High Tech, Low Life: A Film Coming Soon at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
April 3-10, 2013
The film appeals to anyone with an interest in current Chinese politics, journalism, and human rights.
This exciting new documentary, HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE,is about two of China's first citizen journalists. The film follows 57-year-old “Tiger Temple,” who earns the title of China’s first citizen reporter after he impulsively documents an unfolding murder, and 27-year-old “Zola” who recognizes the opportunity to increase his fame and future prospects by reporting on sensitive news throughout China.
From the perspective of vastly different generations, Zola and Tiger Temple must both reconcile an evolving sense of individualism, social responsibility and personal sacrifice. The juxtaposition of Zola’s coming-of-age journey from produce vendor to internet celebrity, and Tiger Temple’s commitment to understanding China’s tumultuous past provides an alternate portrait of China and of news-gathering in the 21st century.
Student in Advanced Chinese Wins Prize in Speech Contest
March 23, 2013
Good news! Hyunjung Chang, a student in Advanced Chinese classes (SL246, Advanced Chinese II and SL366 Business Chinese) was selected as a finalist to participate in the 3rd Annual “Chinese Bridge” Speech Contest for University Students in New England (hosted by the Confucius Institute) on March 23rd at UMass Boston. She won third place against competition from students from Harvard, MIT, and Tufts, etc. As a result, she also won the International Exchange Scholarship (Youxue Longjiang) offered by Educational Center in Heilongjiang, China for a free cultural trip (20 days) to Northeast China.
Hyunjung Chang’s excellent essay also impressed a journalist from the popular local bilingual (Chinese-English) newspaper “Bostonese”, who praised her essay as one of the best among the competitors and invited her to publish it on their newspaper. The essay is entitled “Tianjin—The Place Where I Developed My Dreams”. It is also available online: http://bostonese.com/?p=7266
Remembering to End a Forgotten War: Oral History, Art and Activism
November 19, 2012, Monday, 12:00 noon
Department of Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology COLLOQUIUM
Ramsay Liem, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psychology, BC Visiting Scholar, Center for Human Rights and International Justice
For Korean American survivors and their children, the Korean War remains a source of shared pain and national division. In spite of the magnitude of loss engendered by the War and the pivotal role this conflict played in shaping U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, most Americans can barely recall the Korean "police action." Ironically, it is best remembered in the popular U.S. culture as the "Forgotten War."
A light lunch will be served.
Leading with Inspiration and Compassion: A Lunch with Lama Tenzin
October 9, 2012, Tuesday, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center at Boston College - 140 Commonwealth Avenue - Newton, MA
Boston College is honored to host an international visit and tour stop by Tibetan monk Lama Tenzin, co-founder of the Girls Institute for Technology in India (G.I.F.T.) and featured star of the 2009 Documentary, “Walking the Waking Journey.” The movie portrays the heroic journey Lama Tenzin endured to aid young children in some of the most difficult terrain in the world.
Please join host Greg Zlevor from Westwood International in the Murray Function Room in Yawkey Center at Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA. We will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9. It will be a wonderful and compassionate way to spend your afternoon.
We will hear first hand the epic journey of Lama Tenzin, have an opportunity for questions and answers, and share in a short meditation. Lama Tenzin will share his formula and commitment for compassion and spreading its message around the world.
China, Environmental Change, and the Early Modern World
October 23, 2012, Tuesday, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall, Room 521
RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 17
Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.
What if the “modern world”—the one we live in and has been developing for just the past 150 years—had not emerged out of the early modern world? What would our world be like? In terms of the relationship of humans to the environment, we would probably be living in a world something like China in the 18th and 19th centuries. Professor Marks’s talk will explore these linkages among China, environmental changes and challenges, and the early modern world in ways that promises to shed new light on that historical period.
Robert B. Marks is Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History at Whittier College in southern California where he has been teaching since receiving his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His most recent book is China: Its Environment and History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Other publications include Tigers, Rice, Silk and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China (1998; translated into Chinese and published by Jiangsu Renmin Chubanshe in 2009), and The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century (2009). He received the Harry Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award in 2001.