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Japanese Rakugo Storytelling with English Subtitles 

Monday, February 6

6:30-8:00 PM at Stokes Hall, S195 Auditorium

Rakugo is an over 400-years-old traditional comic storytelling and voice acting art. Using only a folding fan and a small hand cloth as props, the solo Rakugo storyteller, Yanagiya Sankyo, brought a highly entertaining story to life by voicing an entire cast of colorful characters.


Asia: Past, Present, Future

Saturday-Sunday, January 28-29

Gasson Hall

This is the 2017 New England Regional Conference of the Association of Asian Studies. A variety of scholarly and artistic projects related to Asia were present at the conference. 




Four Centuries of Jesuit History in China

Tuesday, November 29

2:30-4:00 PM at Stokes Hall North, Room N203

This panel presents new editions from the Institute of Jesuit Sources and other recent work on the deep engagement of the Jesuits with China, from the early modern to the modern period. 


The Rat by Eric Nam

Tuesday, November 1

7:30 PM at Lyons Dining Hall

International entertainment star Eric Nam returned to BC to give a talk about his experiences and share his songs with attended audience.


"TELL THE PRIME MINISTER": Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Professor Eiji Oguma

Thursday, September 22

5:00 PM at Higgins 300

The documentary film is about the anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in March 2011. After the film screening, there was a panel discussion with Professor Eiji Oguma from Kelo University in Tokyo, Japan.


Feminist Activism in China: A Conversation with Lu Pin

Wednesday, April 6

4:00 PM at McGuinn Hall 121

Since 2012, in concert with the new wave of global protests, Chinese feminist and queer activists have staged a wide range of performance activism in China. Please come and join Lü Pin, a Leading Chinese feminist, for a conversation on feminist activism in China and its future.


40 Years of Exploration and Conservation in China and Beyond

Tuesday, March 29

5:00 PM at Stokes Hall S195 

Dr. Wong discussed his over four decade-long career in exploration to the remotest parts of China, from his early career with the National Geographic and de ning four great river sources of Asia to his subsequent conservation efforts throughout China. He also discussed his recent work in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, and the Philippines.


The Man and His Image: Art & Propaganda at the Court of the Qianlong Emperor of China (1735-1799) and the Jesuits’ Role

Tuesday, March 22

12:00 PM at Devlin Hall, Room 117

The last Chinese imperial dynasty, Qianlong, carefully manufactured his imperial image through art but also enjoyed artistic pursuits during leisure time. Chinese artisans and European Jesuit painters collaborated in decorating his intimate retreat, designed by the emperor himself. Can we separate Qianlong the man from his image, using Chinese and Jesuit sources? This presentation by Professor Eugenio Menegon offers a re ection on this conundrum, and explores the daily life of Qian-long in search for an answer.




The 14th Annual Japanese Speech Presentation at Boston College
ボストンカレッジ・アジア研究プログラム主催: 第14回ボストン近郊日本語スピーチ発表会

Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 2 p.m. at Higgins Hall 300 Auditorium
2015年11月14日(土曜日) 午後2時開演、4時半閉演 ボストンカレッジ・ヒギンズホール300号室

The Asian Studies Program at Boston College is honored to host the 14th Annual Japanese Speech Presentation for Boston area colleges. Students from nine local universities spoke on topics from traditional customs to contemporary pop culture.

Participating Colleges: Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Wellesley College, University of Massachusetts Boston

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, Consul General of Japan in Boston
来賓:ボストン総領事・姫野勉 氏


The Values of Spontaneity

November 12th, 2015, 5 p.m. at Fulton Hall 511 Auditorium

While many share a belief in the value of spontaneity, there is less of a consensus concerning what spontaneity is. This talk will discuss two Chinese views of spontaneity found in Confucian and Daoist texts from the pre-Qin (before 221 B.C.E.) period. These two early Chinese conceptions of spontaneity can help us better understand some of our own intuitions about the ethical value of spontaneity.


Entering Asia: The Cartographic Imagination of the Early Modern World through Japanese Eyes

September 16, 2015 at 4:30pm at Robsham Theater

The idea of Asia as a “continent” was introduced to the Chinese-reading world by the Jesuits. But how did Asians see themselves in the world? This visually stunning lecture surveys how Japanese and other mapmakers responded with their own imaginative syntheses of Buddhist cosmology and Matteo Ricci’s geographical categories in popular prints from the 17th to the early 19th centuries.




Asian Studies Distinguished Lecture Series: the Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture.

November 17, 2014 at 7:15 p.m. in Stokes S461

Euny Hong will be coming to Boston College on Monday, November 17 to speak about her new book, The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture.  Hong, a journalist who grew up in Chicago and Seoul, delves into the world of contemporary Korean music, TV dramas, film, and video games.  Through interviews and research she explores the Korean government’s carefully orchestrated plan to become the world’s #1 exporter of popular culture. This is Hong’s only Boston area event. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Asian Studies Career Navigator Series: Doing Business in China
November 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Fulton 245; Reception to follow

The Asian Studies Career Navigator Series enables current BC students to meet and learn from distinguished BC alumni, parents, and other affiliates who have made Asia a focal point of their successful professional careers. Asian Studies faculty members will help contextualize and facilitate discussions. Our distinguished speakers will share their professional expertise, personal experiences, and general career advice with students who are interested in the study of Asian languages, cultures, and contemporary affairs.

Join us to hear members of the BC family offer invaluable inspirations, role models, and vital social connections to the professional communities that may help pave the way to a rewarding career. The inaugural event of the new Asian Studies Career Navigator Series, Doing Business in China: A Panel Discussion will bring to campus:

  • Tom McCarthy CSOM ’72, Chairman, Beijing International Group
  • Alan Lunder, CEO, Black Diamond Equipment, International Outdoor Industry
  • Gregory Stoller, Adjunct Lecturer, Carroll School of Management
  • Professor Amy La Combe ’90 of the Carroll School of Management will moderate the panel discussion.

Come learn from these successful BC leaders in various professional spheres and get a valuable opportunity to interact with them at the reception afterwards.


Students Won First and Third Places in Japanese Language Contest 
April 14, 2014

The annual Japanese language contest sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan, Boston was held in April.  Among many students from prestigious colleges, Dolan Bortner (sophomore) won the first place in the Intermediate Level of the Speech division, and Dawn Hu (junior) won the third place in the Intermediate Level of the Essay division! Thank all the BC participants for their hard work and splendid performance! Congratulations to them and to all their teachers at the Japanese language program for these remarkable achievements!


Philippine Society Family Weekend 

March 20- 23, 2014

The theme of the Philippine Society weekend this year is "No'on at Ngayon," or "Then and Now". The events will explore the past, present, and future of the Philippines and what it means to be of Philippine heritage today. There will be a Friends and Family Banquet, a buffet-style dinner with Filipino cuisine catered by BC Dining. Cheryl Diaz-Meyer, an award-winning photojournalist will be invited to speak about her work during the banquet.

The banquet will be on Friday, March 21 in the Heights Room.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. RSVP needed by filling out this form. Contact person: Charlotte Shih (


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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 two years ago and third place in the Advanced Essay Category three 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”.



Remembering to End a Forgotten War:  Oral History, Art and Activism
November 19, 2012, Monday, 12:00 p.m.
Campion 139

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.

Donations for Lama Tenzin’s work with G.I.F.T. will be accepted.
Please join us for this unique opportunity.
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China, Environmental Change, and the Early Modern World
October 23, 2012, Tuesday, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall, Room 521
RSVP e-mail to 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.

E-mail: Professor Ling Zhang
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"The Kims' Three Bodies: How Dynastic Succession Works in North Korea"
March 29 Thursday, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Devlin 008
Part of the Global Korea 2011-2012

Professor Bruce Cumings, foremost U.S. scholar of the Korean War, is Department Chairperson and Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, Dept of History, University of Chicago.

Additional sponsorship from The Institute of Liberal Arts, Political Science International Relations Lecture Series, and History Department.

Coffee and Conversation with Professor Bruce Cumings
March 29 Thursday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Intitute of Liberal Arts Seminar Room, 10 Stone Ave.
Part of the Global Korea 2011-2012

Author of "Parallax Visions", "North Korea: Another Country", and "The Korean War: A History".

Sponsored by AS & AASP, Asian Caucus and Korean Student Association.

"Senses and Values of Oneness”: A Lecture on East Asian Philosophy and Religion in Comparative Perspective
April 2 Monday, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Devlin 101

The lecture explores different ways in which people do or might claim themselves to be “one” with other parts of the world or with the universe at large and what ethical implications might come with recognizing and living in light of such a conception of the self. In particular, I am interested in how such views about the self and its relationship with the rest of the world entail or imply various types and levels of care for other people, creatures, or things. I will discuss a range of views currently being discussed among contemporary psychologists and philosophers but my primary purpose is to describe the views of several Chinese neo-Confucian thinkers, most prominently Wang Yangming, and bring them into dialogue with modern psychology and philosophy. Open to the Public; Free Admission.

Philip J. Ivanhoe, who earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University, is Professor of Philosophy at City University of Hong Kong. He has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books and published more than fifty articles and numerous dictionary and encyclopedia entries on Chinese and Western religious and ethical thought and its contemporary implications. Among his more recent publications are The Essays and Letters of Zhang Xuecheng (Stanford University Press), the co-edited anthology Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously: Contemporary Theories and Applications (with YU Kam-por and Julia TAO, SUNY Press), Readings in the Lu-Wang School of Neo-Confucianism (Hackett Publishing Company) and the co-edited anthology Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (with Rebecca Walker, Oxford University Press). Sponsored by Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies Program, and Institute of the Liberal Arts.

Novelist Min Jin Lee, author of "Free Food for Millionaires" November 9
7:00 p.m., Devlin 101
Part of the Global Korea 2011-2012

"Representing Slavery: Class and Status in Late Choson Korea"
October 21
3:00-5:00 p.m., Devlin 026
Part of the Global Korea 2011-2012

Joy S. Kim, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Made in Jingdezhen: The Local History of Global Ceramic Objects, 1200-1600
September 26
5:00-6:30 p.m., Higgins 300

Lecture by Professor Anne Gerritsen. Professor Gerritsen is a specialist in early modern Chinese and global history focusing on material culture, and among other activities co-directs the Global Jingdezhen Project.
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program.

Prof. Ronnie Po-chia Hsia—The World of Matteo Ricci
September 21
5:30-7:00 p.m., Murray Function Room, 426 Yawkey Center
Sponsored by Institute of Liberal Arts, Jesuit Institute, History Department, Asian Studies, Chinese Students Association.

Dr. Ramsey Liam Given Cornerstone Award
September 16
Dr. Ramsey Liam was honored with the Cornerstone Award at the Asian American Resource Workshop Annual Banquet this year.

Save Jeju Island, South Korea
September 15
7:00 p.m., Gasson 305
Mr. Koh Gilchun, prominent Korean artist activist and icon of “Sasam” art that reveals the truth of the April 3rd massacre and promotes healing, reunification, and peace. His art and activism are also at the center of the struggle in Gangjeong against the new base construction.

Mr. Matthew Hoey, Outreach Coordinator, Campaign to Save Jeju Island and Advisor, The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, introduced Mr. Koh.

This event is part of the Global Korea series at Boston College.
Sponsored by: Asian Caucus, Korean Student Association, Asian Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation.

Turning the Yellow Peril into the Model Minority: The Legal Terrain of Brain Drains
February 7
4:30 p.m., Connolly House

Madeline Hsu is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her award-winning monograph, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home (2000), explores migration and transnationalism between China and the US in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her current research examines Cold War era migration and culture.

This event is part of the Global Asia Project at Boston College.
Sponsored by Asian and Asian American Studies programs, Institute for the Liberal Arts.

Walang Hiya Reading: A Celebration of Filipino Writing
February 23
7:00-9:00 p.m., Corcoran Commons 205B Newton Room

Editors Lolan Buhain Sevila and Roseli Llano, together with fiction writers Grace Talusan and Ricco Siasoco, will discuss the anthology Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice. This anthology is committed to using the narrative as a departure point for personal and political transformation. Featuring short fiction and poetry from emerging Pilipino and Pilipino-American writers.

Sponsored by Asian and Asian American Studies programs, Institute for the Liberal Arts.

Chinese Modernism and European Time
February 28
4:30 p.m., Maloney Hall 429, 21 Campanella Way

Eric Hayot is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and the Director of the Asian Studies Program at Penn State University. His two monographs, Chinese Dreams (2004) and The Hypothetical Mandarin (2009), explore different facets of cultural translation, symbolism, and appropriation between China and the West.

This event is part of the Global Asia Project at Boston College.
Sponsored by Asian and Asian American Studies programs, Institute for the Liberal Arts.



The Fall Asian and Asian American Studies Reception, with Keynote Speaker Nancy Abelmann
October 21, 2010
7:00 p.m., Devlin 008

"Reflections on The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problem of Segregation"
Nancy Abelmann is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois. She will be discussing her recent book, an ethnographic study of the tensions between the ideals of higher education and the experiences of Korean American undergraduates at the University of Illinois.
A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.
Sponsored by Asian and Asian American Studies programs.

Beyond Ricci: Celebrating 400 Years of the Chinese Catholic Church (film launch)
October 7, 2010
7:00 p.m., Devlin 008
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of legendary Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci in Beijing. Two Jesuits, Jeremy Clarke SJ and Jim McDermott SJ, took their backpacks, a tripod and a camera and traveled throughout China retracing the steps of this fascinating proponent of cross-cultural exchange. See their story as they celebrate 400 years of Chinese Catholic history.

This is the first public airing in the United States of the film. Fr. Clarke, who wrote, produced and directed the film, will host the film launch and answer audience questions.
Sponsored by History Department, Asian Studies, Fine Arts/Film Studies.

Global Asia Film Series presents: After Life (1998)
October 4, 2010
5:00 p.m., Higgins 300
What happens after death - or before rebirth?
Japanese director Kirokazu Kore-eda sets this film in an intermediate state where the souls of the recently deceased review their lives before moving on. Each person must choose one particularly precious memory from his or her life to take into eternity. With echoes of Buddhist esotericism, Plato's Myth of Er, Dante's Purgatory, and Islamic etschatology, Kore-eda's ordinary citizens of Tokyo (none of them actors) mirror for each of us the process through which we all gradually discover the real meaning of life.
Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts, Asian and Asian American Studies programs, and Professor James Morris.

Part of the Global Asia initiative, which seeks to promote scholarship and dialogue about Asia and Asian American among BC students, faculty, and staff.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
April 2010
The Asian Pacific Heritage Month Committee, in association with Asian Caucus and the Asian-themed student groups on campus and the Office of AHANA Student Programs present a month of programming to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of Asian Pacific American culture and experience.
Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Committee, Asian Caucus and its associated student organizations, Asian American Studies, the Office of AHANA Student Programs, and others.

Jennifer Shin, a student of Advanced Japanese at BC, has won third prize for the Japanese Essay Contest, a New England area student competition, sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. The topic of her essay was "Face Under the Mask." An award ceremony will take place at Consul General Tsuji's official residence in Brookline on April 26.

Liberation Through Images: Seeing the Buddha in Indian Art and Architecture
April 26, 2010
4:30-6:00 p.m., Devlin 101
Andrew Rotman, a professor of religion at Smith College, will deliver a presentation in connection with the McMullen Museum's spring 2010 exhibit, Asian Journeys.
Sponsored by Lowell Humanities Series and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Dr. Yang Jianli
April 26, 2010
8:00 p.m., Higgins 300
Dr. Yang is the Chairman of the Boston-based Foundation for China in the 21st Century, which promotes constitutional democracy for China. He was a Tiananmen Square activist in 1989 and because of his ongoing political activism, he was blacklisted by the Chinese government. In 2004 he was sentenced to five years in jail by a Chinese court for returning to China. In this presentation, Dr. Yang will speak about his personal experiences in China, including his five years in jail there, China's political development after the Tiananmen Square incident, and his perspectives for democratization in China.
Sponsored by Chinese Students' Association.

The Legends of SEASA: Ramakien
April 23, 2010
6:30 p.m., Gasson 100
The Southeast Asian Student Association will host their annual culture show. This year's show travels through the traditional Southeast Asian tale of Ramakien.
Sponsored by SEASA.

Karin Chien presents the Chinatown Film Project
April 14, 2010
4:00-6:00 p.m., Fulton 220
The Chinatown Film Project tackles Chinatown's elusiveness and its stereotyped representations by constructing new images. It consists of ten original short films by some of New York's most exciting filmmakers, including Jem Cohen, Cary Fukunaga, and Wayne Wang.

Karin Chien is an independent film producer based in New York City and the curator of the Chinatown Film Project. She is also president of dGenerate Films, which distributes the best of contemporary Chinese independent cinema.
Sponsored by American Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Office of AHANA Student Programs.

Who's Art Is It Anyway? The Continuing Saga of Summer Palace Loot
April 7, 2010
4:30-6:00 p.m., Devlin 101
Ever since their initial seizure, objects taken from the Summer Palace (Beijing) by French and British forces in 1860 have appeared at auction houses in Paris, London, and Hong Kong. Recently, the government of the People's Republic of China logged formal protests against the sale of these objects and has made efforts to repatriate them. James Hevia, professor of International History of the New Collegiate Division and director of the International Studies Program at the University of Chicago will provide an overview of the history of the circulation and non-circulation of Summer Palace plunder, review the legal status of the objects at issue, and address the question of whose art is it anyway.
Sponsored by Lowell Humanities Series and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Dr. William Chittick: The Sufi Influence on Chinese Muslim Thought
Dr. Sachiko Murata: The Neo-Confucian Sympathies of Chinese Muslims

March 11, 2010
4:30-6:00 p.m., Higgins 300
Drs. William Chittick and Sachiko Murata are professors of religious studies at Stony Brook University. These presentations are part of the Islamic Civilization & Societies Department's Distinguished Lecture Series and the Theology Department's Comparative Theology Program.
Sponsored by Islamic Civilization and Societies Department; Theology Department, Comparative Theology Program.

Bold Words Loud Tongue V
February 25, 2010
This performance/spoken word event will feature Southeast Asian artists AJ Rafael and Ruby Veridiano-Ching, along with an open mic for audience participants. Bold Words Loud Tongue was created to celebrate Southeast Asian and Asian identity in the form of expression and through the culture of hip hop. It strives to not only shatter Southeast Asian and Asian stereotypes but also to help members of the greater Boston College community to embrace their own identities and empower themselves.
Sponsored by Southeast Asian Student Association.

Paris by Night: Vietnam Unwrapped
February 20, 2010
The Vietnamese Students' Association presents its second annual culture show. The event features free admission and free food with games, prizes and a culture show.

Public Exhibition Opening for Asian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-war America
February 8, 2010
BC community members and the public are invited to a free opening celebration of the McMullen Museum's spring 2010 exhibit Asian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-war America. BC jazz ensemble BC bOp will provide music.

The Asia Society, New York: John D. Rockefeller III's Vision to Integrate Culture, Commerce, and Current Affairs
February 4, 2010
Dr. Vishakha Desai, President and CEO of the Asia Society and a scholar of Asian Art, will discuss John D. Rockefeller III's intentions in founding the Asia Society in 1956, to combine culture, commerce, and current affairs. This event opens the programming associated with the McMullen Museum's spring 2010 exhibit, Asian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-war America.
Sponsored by Lowell Humanities Series, the Institute for Liberal Arts, and the McMullen Museum.

Professor Rebecca Nedostup, a faculty member of the BC History department and the current Director of the Asian Studies minor has published Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity (Harvard University Press, 2010).

January 2010
The acclaimed exhibition Asian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-war America will be on display at the McMullen Museum from February 6 to June 6, 2010. A series of events hosted on campus will complement the exhibit.



iVSA Masquerade Ball
December 4, 2009
The Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Associations of the New England are are sponsoring a Masquerade Ball to help raise money for an annual scholarship given to a high school senior.
Sponsored by Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Associations.

From Mind to Mic Concert
November 19, 2009
Mind to Mic aims to destroy Asian stereotypes and to promote Asian American heritage through self-expression and musical performances.
Sponsored by Asian Caucus.

Hosea Hirata: "Poetry and Truth: In the Case of Hiroshima Poet, Araki Yasusada"
November 16, 2009
Professor Hosea Hirata, of Tufts University, will deliver a presentation on poet Araki Yasusada
Sponsored by Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies program, Institute of Liberal Arts, Boston College.

November 16, 2009
A recent article in The Heights discusses the growth in interest of all things Asian at BC.

Beijing, Berlin, and Beyond
November 9, 2009
Professor James Bernauer, SJ, of Boston College's Philosophy Department, and Professor Nicholas Jose, of Harvard University's Australian Studies program and former cultural counselor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1987-1990 will discuss the history and memory of the Tiananmen Square incident and the fall of the Berlin Wall in commemoration of their respective twentieth anniversaries this year.
Sponsored by Asian Studies, German Studies Department, History department.

Check out the Spring 2011 course listings for the Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Note: two new courses - MU 307 Musics of Asia and PO406 Chinese Politics.

Tim Be Told
November 5, 2009
Musical act Tim Be Told with opening act Synergy.
Sponsored by Vietnamese Student Association.

What I Wish I Had Known About China
November 4, 2009
Professor Rebecca Nedostup, a faculty member in the History Department and the current Director of Asian Studies, will speak about her experiences in China, discussing different perspectives on China that students might not get from U.S. media.
Sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy.

Looking for Refuge: Pastor Chun Ki Won and the North Korean Human Rights Crisis
October 22, 2009
One of the primary figures in North Korean refugee work over the last ten years, Pastor Chun Ki Won has endured North Korean prisons, helped hundreds of North Korean refugees escape, and built a network of orphanages and shelters in China, Cambodia, Thailand, and Mongolia.

We hope you will join us in learning about the prevailing human rights issues that exist today in North Korea and the Chinese borders. Pastor Chun will address: Issues surrounding the capture of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists who were recently released from North Korea, and its political and humanitarian ramifications; the lack of discussion regarding negotiations between the United States and North Korea and why this is so; and opportunities for students and young professionals in this field. There will also be a brief showing of the award-winning 2005 documentary, “Seoul Train,” which follows the dangerous journeys of North Korean defectors fleeing through or to China. The event will close with a Q&A session.

Sponsored by Boston College Law School's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Christian Legal Society, Holocaust/Human Rights Project, Amnesty International, Korean Students Association, Boston University Law School's APALSA, and Harvard University Law School's APALSA.

Psychology: A Book Reading by Kevin Nadal
October 22, 2009
Dr. Kevin Nadal, a Filipino professor at John Jay College, comes to do a book reading for his new book on Filipino American psychology.
Sponsored by Philippine Society of BC, Psychology department.

Maxine Hong Kingston: "The Art of Making Peace"
October 14, 2009
The author, Maxine Hong Kingston, gives a reading and talk about her writing as part of the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series. A book signing will follow.
Sponsored by Lowell Humanities Series, Asian American Studies program, Asian Studies program. Front Row video of Kingston delivering a reading from her work  Hawaii One Summer (1987) as part of the Lowell Humanities Series.

Asian and Asian American Studies Fall Reception
October 8, 2009
The Asian and Asian American Studies programs held their first joint reception with students, faculty, and staff from across the university in attendance.

Discover Asia
October 7, 2009
The Office of International Programs hosts an event where returned and prospective BC students, as well as international exchange students, highlight study opportunities in Asia.

Acts of Elaboration: A Symposium on Asian American Studies in the Northeast
May 29-30, 2009
This symposium highlights new research by junior Asian American Studies scholars working in the Northeast, and to provide a forum for intellectual exchange with more senior scholars. It also seeks to showcase how the field of Asian American Studies as it takes greater root in the Northeast is developing beyond a state of emergence toward an extended period of elaboration, as advances in thought build on already established insights. The symposium is part of an annual series of events started at Dartmouth and continued at Fordham last year designed to provide support for junior Asian Americanists working in the Northeast and, in the process, to contribute to the growth of a community of scholars in the region who are interested in Asian American Studies.
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program and the Institute for Liberal Arts
Symposium schedule.

"Good Asian Drivers"
April 21, 2009
Presented by: Kit Yan and Melissa Li
This dynamic duo will grace us with a slam poetry and music performance to be followed by a workshop on race, gender, and sexuality. "When nationally recognized slam poet Kit Yan approached award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Li about quitting their jobs and driving across the country in the winter of 2007, he didn't think she would be crazy enough to say yes. Their goal is straightforward: make art that moves an entire generation, increase queer Asian visibility, provoke dialogue on issues that affect GLBT, Asian-American, artist, and activist communities, encourage more diversity in the media, and have a hell of a blast doing it!"
Sponsored by Women’s Studies Program.

"A Reading by Ha Jin"
April 16, 2009
Presented by: Ha Jin
Part of the Lowell Humanities Series. Ha Jin is an associate professor in English at Boston University. Waiting, his first full-length novel, was the winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Sponsored by Lowell Humanities Series.

"Stage Presence: Conversations on Filipino American Performances"
April 2, 2009
Presented by: Theodore Gonsalves
Author, Musician, Professor, Gonsalves will talk about a collection of essays and interviews with Filipino American Performing artists.
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program.

"Talkin' about the Revolution: China Today"
April 1, 2009
Presented by Geremie Barmé
Australian Sinologist Professor Geremie Barmé will reflect on China’s tumultuous twentieth-century and the various ways to approach Chinese history. Professor Barmé is a Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra. In 2004 Professor Barmé was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize for Modern China and in 2005 the John E. O’Connor Film Award from the American Historical Association. His film credits include The Gate of Heavenly Peace and Morning Sun, about the Cultural Revolution. He also produces the China Heritage Quarterly.
Sponsored by History department.

"The Work of the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Uncovering the Hidden Story of the Korean War"
March 26, 2009
Presented by Kim Dong-Chun, Standing Commissioner, South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Human Rights and Peace Center, Sungkonghoe University.
Sponsored by Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

"Modern Anachronisms? Conservative Diehards and Indian Constitutional Reform, 1918-1935"
March 25, 2009
Presented by Neil Fleming
Neil Fleming, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Westminster College, will present his paper as part of the History Department’s Dissertation Workshop.
Sponsored by History department.

"Loung Ung"
March 19, 2009
Presented by Loung Ung
Loung Ung is an internationally recognized Cambodian-American human rights activist. Her critically acclaimed memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, details her and her family’s suffering under the reign of Pol Pot throughout the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979). She was trained as a child soldier and confronted the tragic story of starvation, forced labor, beatings, separation from family members, and the deaths of her mother, father and siblings.

After four years of physical and mental devastation, Ung was reunited with a brother, and together they escaped to Thailand and eventually to the United States. Fifteen years later, Ung returned to Cambodia to commemorate the victims of the Khmer Rouge only to discover twenty of her family members were murdered. Today, Ung has devoted her life to achieving justice and reconciliation in Cambodia. Ung is National Spokesperson for the “Campaign for a Landmine Free World.”
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program.

Conference: Interreligious Hospitality in the Five Wisdom Traditions
March 13, 2009
"Hospitality in Jewish Culture," panel with Ed Kaplan, Brandeis University and Jacob Meskin, Hebrew College, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
March 14, 2009

"Hospitality in Christian Culture," panel with Catherine Cornille, Boston College and Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

"Hospitality in Muslim Culture," panel with Dana Sajdi, Boston College and Joseph Lumbard, Brandeis University, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"Hospitality in Hindu Culture," panel with Francis Clooney, Harvard University, and Swami Tyagananda, Harvard University and Vedanta Institute, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

"Hospitality in Buddhist Culture," panel with Andy Rotman, Amherst College and John Makransky, Boston College, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts.

"Hip Hop, Race, and the Obama Moment"
February 12, 2009
Presented by Jeff Chang
The New Yorker calls Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, “one of the most urgent and passionate histories of popular music ever written.” In it, Chang traverses continents, cultures and decades to reveal how hip-hop came to crystallize a multiracial generation’s worldview, and how it continues to define the lives of millions of young people around the world. In a wide-ranging discussion on his book, his own life, and his new research on the development of multiculturalism, Chang will discuss the possibility that we are experiencing a generational change in thinking about race.
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program, the American Studies Program, and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

"What Is Asian American Studies?"
February 3, 2009
Presented by Evelyn Hu-DeHart
Evelyn Hu-DeHart will paint a broad panorama of where research into Asian Americans is currently headed from a historical perspective, touching on the construction of race and freedom that stretches as far back as the 17th- and 18th-century galleon trade between Acapulco and Manila and the mingling of Chinese coolies and African slaves on 19th-century Cuban plantations. Hu-DeHart is Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University.
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program.

"Pilgrimages to Sheshan, Shanghai's holy mountain"
January 28, 2009
Presented by Jeremy Clark, S.J., Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department
Jeremy Clark, S.J., a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Boston College, presented this paper as part of the Dissertation Workshop series hosted by the Department.
Sponsored by History department.



"The Rise of China"
November 24, 2008
Presented by Robert S. Ross
Professor Ross of BC's Political Science Department and Professor Fewsmith of Boston University will speak on this panel about the rise of China, American security, and the political, social, and cultural consequences of economic development in this vast country which has now emerged at the forefront of the world's stage.
Sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy.

"Anime Revolution: Rethinking Media in a Global, Digital Era"
November 12, 2008
Presented by Ian Condry
Ian Condry will discuss the global power of Japanese anime. His talk will explore how anime challenges America-centric notions of media success by introducing new ways of thinking about transnational cultural flows (from Japan to the world) and transmedia connections (between anime, comic books, toys, and more).
Condry, a cultural anthropologist at MIT, is the author of "Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization" (Duke University Press, 2006)
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program.