Prof. Terry Kleeman, “Daoism as a Communal Religion” @ HSSB 2212
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

“Daoism as a Communal Religion”

Prof. Terry Kleeman, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012 HSSB, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Sponsored by Confucius Institute

Lisa Yoneyama: “Remnants of American Justice: Race and Sexuality of Japan’s Revisionism” @ SSMS 2135
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lisa Yoneyama: "Remnants of American Justice: Race and Sexuality of Japan’s Revisionism" @ SSMS 2135 | Isla Vista | California | United States

The U.S.-led post-conflict transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific War’s aftermath has not only rendered certain violences illegible and unredressable. It also left many colonial legacies intact. In Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes  I argued that, much more than products of the East Asian state policies capitalizing on the anti-Japanese sentiments or the ethnonational politics of recognition in North America, the transnational efforts especially intensifying since the1990s to bring justice to the victims of Japanese imperial violence must be seen as a trace of failed justice—in particular, the failure of decolonization—under the Cold War. This presentation considers the Japanese conservative revisionism in the transpacific “Comfort Women” redress culture. Once critiqued conjunctively across the seemingly discrepant categories and geographies, Japan’s revisionism and the post-1990s redress culture of which it is a part can reveal the disavowed history of violence and entanglement, while pointing to the limits of pursuing justice within the bounds of Cold War formations and their structuring legacies.

Lisa Yoneyama received her B.A. in German Language Studies and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the memory politics of war and colonial empires, gender and militarism, transnationalism, nuclearism, and the transpacific Cold War U.S.-Asia relations. Yoneyama taught cultural studies, gender studies, and Asian and Asian American studies in Literature Department, University of California, San Diego, where she also served as Director for the Program for Japanese Studies and Critical Gender Studies. Since 2011 Yoneyama has been teaching at University of Toronto. Her book publications include: Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory (University of California, 1999), a co-edited volume, Perilous Memories: Asia-Pacific War(s) (Duke University Press, 2001), Violence, War, Redress: Politics of Multiculturalism (published in Japanese, Iwanami Shoten, 2003), and Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes (Duke University Press, 2016).

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies.

Japanese Language Placement Test – Summer 2017 @ HSSB 2235
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day

Testing Dates:


If you have studied Japanese previously or speak it at home, you MUST take the placement exam to take Japanese language courses at UCSB.

To sign up for the placement test, please send your background information sheet to Yoko Yamauchi <> by Wednesday, May 31. You can download the information sheet from the link below.

For all summer course inquiries before or after May 31, 2017, please contact Yoko Yamauchi at <>.

Remember to fill-out and bring the information sheet found here on the Japanese Language Program Website!

Takashi Fujitani: “Two Unforgivens: Clint Eastwood, Lee Sang-il, and Traveling Westerns” @ SSMS 2135
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

About the Talk

In this presentation, Prof. Fujitani reads Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il’s “remake” (Yurusarezaru mono, 2013) of the original. While the few Anglophone critics who have reviewed Lee’s version have generally treated it as a competent but fairly unremarkable copy of the original, Fujitani argues that the film, set in Hokkaidō, is in many ways a far more radical and challenging exploration of key themes taken up by Eastwood. These include violence, law, the outlaw, sovereign power, the right to kill, and historical accountability. At the same time, Lee takes up several issues that Eastwood simply leaves as background to his story — in particular race, indigeneity, and settler colonialism. While the Western has been a staple genre in Eastwood’s long career leading up to Unforgiven, it is the first and so far only Western made by the much younger Lee. Lee’s first film, Chong (1998, 2001), is in part based upon his own life growing up as an ethnic Korean in Japan. His more well-known films include Hula Girl (2006), The Villain (Akunin, 2010, and Rage (Ikari, 2016).


About the Speaker

Takashi Fujitani is Professor of History at the University of Toronto where he is also the Dr. David Chu Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies. His major works include:  Splendid Monarchy (UC Press, 1996); Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans in WWII (UC Press, 2011) and Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (co-edited, Duke U. Press, 2001). He is also editor of the series Asia Pacific Modern (UC Press). He is currently working on three major projects with the tentative titles:  Cold War Clint: Asia and the World of an American Icon; Whose ‘Good War’?: The Asia Pacific War(s); The Sovereign Remains: Essays on the Japanese Monarchy and Questions of Sovereignty.


Co-sponsored by the departments of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, Asian American Studies, Film & Media Studies, and History as well as the Reinventin Japan Research Focus Group.

Chinese Language Placement Test – Fall 2017 @ HSSB 2252
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

If you have studied Chinese previously or speak it at home, you still must take the placement exam to take Chinese language courses at UCSB.

The placement test is online test and consists of listening, speaking, reading and writing with beginner and intermediate levels.  It takes about 2-3 hours, depending on your level of Chinese.

The Dates

  • Oct. 3, Tuesday, from 2:00-3:30 pm. At HSSB 2252
  • Oct. 4, Wednesday, from 3:30-4:30 pm. At HSSB 2252

To Participate:

  1. Please sign up in advance by sending your background information sheet to the Chinese Language Coordinator, Daoxiong GuanInformation Sheet (MS-word)
    Information Sheet (form-fillable PDF) edit only with Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro!
  2. Choose the date and time

1) The dates above are the only dates for Fall Quarter 2017

2) How to prepare for the placement test:  Review the materials (textbooks) of the course(s) you have taken before. Refer to the course descriptions for more information on the each level of our Chinese courses. If you have a certain course you wish to take, look at the course description of the course prior to it.

Visit the Chinese Language Program website for more information about the program.