CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • U. of I. seniors among Boren Scholarships recipients

    EALC student Gabriel Wacks awarded prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in China

    Gabriel Wacks, an East Asian Languages and Cultures major, has been offered a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to support his academic year intensive Chinese language studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Please visit the university's website to read the full news story: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/651522

  • 4/2/2018
    IFLIP ANNOUNCES NEW SUMMER CLASSES! Classes are now three weeks! Registration begins March 15, 2018. Open to members of the University community and to the general public.Classes meet Monday through Friday, two hours a day, for three weeks, except holidays. Taught by advanced graduate students or faculty. Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit
  • Fall 2018 Korean Studies Courses

    EALC 367 CIC History of Modern Korea (4:45 - 7 pm on W)

    This is a course focused on the historical experience of modern Korea. The major themes of the course focus on the transformation of Korea from an agrarian, bureaucratic/aristocratic society into two, dynamic, authoritarian, industrialized and, in the case of post 1987 South Korea, democratizing, states. We will trace the Korean response to the influx of Western political power in Asia after 1840 and examine the effects of the intrusion of capitalism and imperialism on the Korean peninsula at the end of the 19th century. Since 1900, intellectual, political, social, and economic change in Korea has been extraordinarily rapid. In succession, Koreans have had to endure and respond to a forty year colonial intrusion of Japanese power, a re-occupation after 1945 by the U.S. and Soviet Union, a catastrophic civil war, and the lingering effects of political division. How the modern Korean state and society has evolved as a response to these changes and forces will be our central concern. We will have to consider how the traditional legacy affected the emerging blend of old and new that shaped modern Korea. In doing so, we will better be able to understand the unique shape of contemporary Korea’s social/political order and its place in the emerging world order of the 21st century. Korea’s 20th century has spawned a number of contesting historical narratives; we will actively evaluate these different views of the past while we explore the intersection between history and politics. In doing so we will develop our own sense of what it means to be historically minded.


    EALC 398 CIC Film Culture in Korea (1:30-3 pm on TR)

    This class offers a survey of films produced during the last hundred years in South Korea. In order to better understand the resurgence of Korean films in recent years and the critical acclaim that they have received domestically and globally, the course will examine representative films, directors, and genres from the inception of the industry in the colonial era through the recent years. Through the screening and in-depth discussions of the films, students will gain insights into the larger historical, social, and cultural contexts that informed and shaped the production and consumption of the films. This course, therefore, will explore the history of Korean cinema through the framework of national/transnational cinema discourse, auteur/genre theory, globalization, the division system, and the problem of nation/state. While working through different genres of historical drama, melodrama, literary adaptation, horror, mystery, and monster films, we will discuss topics pertaining to family, sexuality, gender, cultural tradition, national identity, social movement, and urbanization. We will also pay particular attention to the production of films and the role of censorship, and how artistic assertion and negotiation are reflected in their final cut.

  • Digital Asia Teacher Workshop (April 7th, 2018, 9 am-12 pm, 101 International Studies Building | Registration Deadline: April 2)

    Digital Asia Teacher Workshop 
    April 7th, 2018, 9 am-12 pm
    101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign)
    Registration Deadline: April 2

    Join us on Saturday, April 7th to learn more about our exciting, new on-line curricular resource: Digital Asia.

    Digital Asia uses documentary films as a foundation for an interactive, student-driven learning experience. While students watch the films, “pop ups” appear on the screen which provide more information, link to a website, show a picture, or connect to additional resources. Students can choose to respond to the prompts to learn more about the source material, or they can choose to simply just watch the movie. Each film is accompanied by additional educational resources such as introductory PowerPoints, curriculum guides, and source documentation.

    This workshop is free and open to current and pre-service teachers in grades 5-12 and community colleges. Workshop participants will discover strategies to use Digital Asia as an educational tool, work with other teachers to develop classroom appllications, and earn PDH credits for participation.

    Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

    Digital Asia is made possible by generous funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.

  • Call for Papers - Planting China: The Illinois Symposium on Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment (Deadline: March 15, 2018)


    Call for Papers
    Planting China: The Illinois Symposium on Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment
    April 21, 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Submission deadline: March 15, 2018

    Keynote address:
    Peter Lavelle (Assistant Professor of History, Temple University), “Chinese Agriculture in the Age of High Imperialism”

    Sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

    UIUC organizers:

    Dr. Jeffrey Martin (Anthropology/EALC)
    Dr. SHAN Depeng (visiting scholar from Southwest University for Nationalities, PRC)
    Mark Frank (EALC)
    LIAO Yue (Anthropology)

    When China scholars meet across disciplines we often talk about agriculture, but it is rarely the organizing principle. The premise of this symposium is that agrarian studies is absolutely central to understanding China’s past and present. In dynastic China most people were farmers, most of the materials used in daily life were grown, and most taxes were assessed on farmland. The internecine strife of the twentieth century was largely an agrarian drama. China’s transition to an industrial economy over the past three decades has had a profound impact on the agrarian sector, facilitating what Philip Huang calls “China’s hidden agricultural revolution”. Neither the social nor physical landscapes of China can be understood apart from the past and present of human-plant relationships.

    The terms “agriculture, society, and the environment” in our title do not refer to three distinct areas of study, but rather, to the nexus of those categories, which is where we situate agrarian studies. The goal of this symposium is a robust conversation on two questions: What should the field of Chinese agrarian studies look like? What is its relevance to the study of gender, ethnicity, and other theoretical issues? And how does it matter for our understanding of China’s contemporary challenges and opportunities? This is a conversation that will contribute to agrarian studies as an inherently interdisciplinary and transregional way of approaching historical and contemporary problems, combining insights from the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

    Towards this goal, we invite sympathetically-minded scholars and practitioners working in any discipline or time-period to propose papers which might contribute to the theme of “Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment”. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 200 words. We especially seek proposals from women and members of other groups that are underrepresented in the field, as well as papers that expand or challenge the conventional boundaries of agrarian studies. Proposals centered on regions outside of China are also welcome, provided that they establish relevance to Chinese agrarian studies. Limited travel funding is available for speakers visiting from outside of central Illinois.

    All topics pertinent to the broad theme of the symposium are welcome, but some of the organizers’ core interests include:

    *             Archaeology and the “deep history” of agrarian states

    *             Agriculture and empire, agriculture and nationalism

    *             Gender, ethnicity, and farming

    *             The history of scientific agriculture

    *             Climate change and Agricultural sustainability

    *             Farmer cooperatives and the solidarity economy.

    Information/Paper Submission: https://chineseagriculture.org/2018-symposium/