Dominic Steavu edits journal issue on Intellectual Resistance in East Asian History

Medieval History Journal CoverThe recent issue of The Medieval History Journal on “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History,” edited by EALCS Professor Dominic Steavu, has just been published. This is the first time the flagship journal devoted an entire issue to East Asia. Collectively, the volume’s authors probe the roles of intellectuals in social and political resistance to hegemonic ideologies.

Challenging western theories of the role of intellectuals, the essays in the volume offer a range of East Asian perspectives. In addition to Professor Steavu’s visionary introductory essay on “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History” and another article on “Cosmogony and the Origin of Inequality: A Utopian Perspective from Taoist Sources,” EALCS Professor Fabio Rambelli contributed, “The Vicissitudes of the Mahāsammata in East Asia: The Buddhist Origin Myth of Kingship and Traces of a Republican Imagination.” Other contributions include James A. Benn’s on “Self-immolation, Resistance and Millenarianism in Medieval Chinese Buddhism,” Gil Raz’s “‘Conversion of the Barbarians’ Discourse as Proto Han Nationalism,” Ari Daniel Levine’s “Stages of Decline: Cultural Memory, Urban Nostalgia and Political Indignation as Imaginaries of Resistance in Yue Ke’s Pillar Histories,” and Grégoire Espesset’s “Local Resistance in Early Medieval Chinese Historiography and the Problem of Religious Overinterpretation.”

Dominic Steavu
Professor Dominic Steavu

New logo for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies


One of the Japan’s leading graphic designers, Terashima Masayuki, has created a new logo for our department. The decorative patterns are modeled on early modern Japanese family crests (kamon), with elements from Japanese and Chinese traditional design. The logo comes in two variants, one in Chinese and the other in Japanese (both with characters written in the ancient seal style), to represent figuratively the two countries’ shared heritage and their cultural differences.

Mr. Terashima gifted the logo to the department.

Links to Terashima Masayuki’s own websites:

Download the logos here:

Chinese Logo
Chinese Logo Variant
Japanese Logo Variant
Japanese Logo Variant

Undergraduate scholarship for Reitaku University, Japan, September 2015 to July 2016

About the Program

The goal of the Reitaku Foundation of America Undergraduate Scholarship Program is to promote educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Japan. Founded in 1959, Reitaku University has 2,800 students; approximately 19 percent of the population is from overseas. Two undergraduate scholarships are usually offered each year.

Scholarship Period

September 2015 – July 2016


Round-trip airfare, university tuition, dormitory fees, and a modest food stipend.

Application Requirements

  • US Citizenship
  • Full-time undergraduate student at a US student
  • Advanced level of Japanese language proficiency
  • Under 25 years of age
  • Application submitted before February 15, 2015


February 15, 2015

Apply now!

Send completed forms to:

Prof. Kazunobu Horiuchi
Reitaku University
2-1-1 Hikarigaoka, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8686

Fall 2014 Course Open – FAMST187JC / FAMST232JC: Japanese Cinema

Instructor: Professor Naoki Yamamoto

Meeting Time: M 5:00-7:50; W 6:00-7:50

Location: SSMS 2013

Course Description:

Since Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, Japanese cinema has remained one of the most influential national cinemas in world film history. With its unique creativity and productivity, it has served not only as a great inspiration for filmmakers from all over the world but also as the subject of heated debates among scholars in the US and Europe since the inception of film studies in the 1960s. By critically reviewing the ways in which a generation of Western scholars have embraced—or rather, fabricated—the “uniqueness” of Japanese cinema, this course will clarify what kind of cultural and geopolitical tensions were at play in the formative period of film studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered in this seminar include: the Orientalist gaze of the West on Japanese culture; Japanese cinema’s deviations from classical Hollywood norms; the Japanese New Wave; political filmmaking in the late 1960s; distinctive genres (horror, yakuza, anime); and Japanese cinema in the age of globalization. Throughout the course, participants are expected to attain critical skills and knowledge to contextualize our daily consumption of cultures of the “Other.”

2014 Kanchan Kanji Championship

The participants in this year’s Kanchan Kanji Championship joined in on fun games while using their knowledge of kanji characters and compounds to compete with other students of Japanese. There were 4 levels, approximately corresponding to years spent in the Japanese Language Program here at UCSB. Be sure to visit again for information on other upcoming festivities.

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Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) Now Available

China smog
NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of smog over Eastern China on December 7, 2013

The Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) is a new PhD emphasis, launched in 2014, with goal of providing UCSB doctoral students in participating departments an opportunity to receive training and mentorship in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences beyond the normal scope of their degree programs.

View the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) page for full details.

Rilla Peng Wins 1st Place in CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest

Rilla Peng displays her trophy for winning
Rilla Peng displays her trophy for winning the Chinese Speech Contest

Congratulations to Rilla Peng who won first place in the 39th annual CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest in the college level advanced Chinese division.

About CLTAC:

The Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit educational and professional organization. The mission of CLTAC is to promote the study, teaching, and research of the Chinese language and culture on all educational levels; to provide a platform for Chinese instructors to share and exchange teaching experience, ideas and information; to serve as a source for professional development and lifelong teaching; to enhance the quality of Chinese language teaching at all levels; to provide a network of support service to Chinese language teachers; to enhance the awareness of the importance of the Chinese language and culture.

Reminder: EAP Study Abroad Program Deadlines Nearing!

EAP Study Abroad Program Internships in East Asia: Applications due by February 14 (Fall/Year 2014 Programs) and May 16 (Spring 2015 Programs).

Apply Here!

Freeman Foundation Internships

Apply for the EAP Freeman Foundation Internship Scholarship and you may receive a $3,000 or $5,000 stipend to help with internship-related costs. More information, here.

All Programs in East Asian

Several other study abroad programs in East Asia are still available, check the EAP deadline’s for more information.