Chinese Language Placement Test – Spring 2017 @ HSSB 3001E
Apr 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Visit the Chinese Language Program website for more information and to sign up for the test. Please fill out the sign-up sheet and send it to Chen-Chuan (Jennifer) Hsu,

Japanese Language Placement Test – Spring 2017 @ HSSB 3041
Apr 3 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Testing Dates:

Monday, April 3, 2:15-5:00PM (HSSB 3041)

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

Prof. Eleana Kim, “Pursuing Peace and Life in the Korean Demilitarized Zone” @ SSMS 2135
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Prof. Eleana Kim, "Pursuing Peace and Life in the Korean Demilitarized Zone" @ SSMS 2135 | Isla Vista | California | United States
With the discovery of rare and endangered species in areas around the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and inspired by the paradoxical flourishing of nonhuman nature in the context of unending war, a wide network of scientists, bureaucrats, journalists, natural scientists, citizen ecologists, and others have become captured by a utopian vision in which nature, peace, and life constitute a tightly-wound bundle of naturalized associations.  Especially since the late 1990s, in the context of increasingly dire planetary futures presented by global climate change and mass extinction, as well as with the deteriorating prospects of national reunification or reconciliation between the two Koreas, the DMZ’s nature has offered the conceptual ground for mainstream and marginal imaginaries of peace in South Korea and beyond. While it would be easy to dismiss these hopeful discourses as naive and romanticizing, this paper seeks to take them seriously as empirically-grounded logics in which the existence of biodiversity of the DMZ offers potentially alternatives to the present political impasse. How is the DMZ’s nature temporally operationalized as transhistorical and universal, connecting a pre-division, yet national, space to a “context yet to come” of a post-division Korea? What imaginative possibilities does it offer beyond state-centric and nationalist frameworks for unification?
Eleana Kim is a sociocultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching focuses on kinship, nationalism, political ecology, and posthumanism. Her current research on the Korean DMZ has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the ACLS. Her first book, Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging, received the 2012 James B. Palais Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the 2012 Association of Asian American Studies Social Science book award.
This is an East Asia Center event, cosponsored by the departments of Anthropology, History, and East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies as well as the Reinventing Japan Research Focus Group.
Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) @ HSSB 2234
Apr 15 all-day

The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) will be held at UCSB on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Registration date: By March 12, 2017 

Registration fee: The regular fee is US$40. Fee for traditional character or group test takers is US$30.

Registration form is available at HSSB 2234

Mock Test website:

For the information of registration, please contact Bella Chen

For more information about the TOCFL, please reference the website at

Prof. Ning Zhang, “Confucianism and Politics in Contemporary China” @ HSSB 2212
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

“Confucianism and Politics in Contemporary China”

Prof. Ning Zhang, Political Science, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Sponsored by Confucius Institute.