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  1. Nov

    1. Talk: Juhn Ahn on “When Crows Cry and Rain Starts to Fall: Mongols, Temples, and the Late Koryǒ Elite” @ McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


      Juhn Ahn
      University of Michigan

      About the talk

      Yŏnbok-sa, a grand Korean Buddhist temple that once stood in the heart of the Koryŏ capital, Kaegyŏng, as a memorial temple for the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, became the site of a heated controversy over the legitimacy of Buddhism itself. Using the story of Yŏnbok-sa as a backdrop, this talk will examine why this controversy came about and how it was related to the fall of the Koryŏ and rise of the Chosŏn dynasty.


      This talk is funded by the Department of Religious Studies, the East Asia Center, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  2. Dec

    1. “God Man Dog” 流浪神狗人 Film Screening + Q&A @ Multipurpose Room
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      God Man Dog FIlm

      Singing Chen (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

      Singing Chen
      (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

      Director/Writer, Singing Chen brings us a story of interwoven lives in God Man Dog. Ching, a depressed hand model, tries to release herself from the pain of losing a newborn baby, but neither religious belief nor random affairs can help her. Her husband is an architect, deeply involved in the power/money games of the real eastate business. An Aboriginal couple, Biung and Mei, toil to live a poor life, transporting top grade peaches between a remote tribe in Taidong and Taipei city every day. Yet they find themselves valued less than even the peaches. One legged Yellow Bull drives a truck, filled with deserted god statues of various sizes, roaming around to pick up and shelter more. A homeless boy accompanies him, collecting amulets to earn blessings. Then there’s a fatal car accident caused by a stray dog. The lives of the three groups of characters converge and are changed as a result.

      Refreshments served before screening

      Film in Chinese with English Subtitles. Q&A in English and Chinese.

      Sponsored by Center for Taiwanese StudiesEast Asia Center, Taiwanese Student Association, UCSB Taiwan Academy, Ministry of Culture (R.O.C.), Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (L.A.)

  3. Jan

    1. Chinese Language Placement Test – Winter 2014 @ HSSB 4080
      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,

    2. Japanese Language Placement Test – Winter 2015 @ HSSB 3041
      3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

      View the Japanese Language Program Website for more information and to sign up for the test.