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  1. May

    1. Kanchan (Kanji Championship) @ HSSB 4080
      2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      Kanchan_imageThe Japanese Language Program is hosting a Kanchan, or Kanji Championship!

      Are you taking a Japanese course now? Or, have you studied Japanese before at  UCSB, SBCC, at another college, high school, or somewhere else? Congratulations! You are qualified to participate in this big, fun, yet educational event, and compete  for a fabulous prize and certificate!

      The participants will join in fun games, using their knowledge of kanji characters and compounds to compete with other students of Japanese. There will be 4 levels, as described below. Please choose the most appropriate level considering your abilities. If you don’t know which level is right, please contact your Japanese teacher. If you are an SBCC student, please contact Chikako Shinagawa, providing information about how much you have studied and where.

      Entry Deadline: Friday, April 11

      For more information, please go to Japanese Language Program site.

  2. May

    1. Roberta Strippoli on “Lady Hotoke in Ishikawa Prefecture” @ SSMS Building, 2nd Floor, 2135
      5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      Lady Hotoke in Ishikawa Prefecture: Manuscripts, Oral Legends, Heritage Sites

      by Roberta Strippoli

      State University of New York, Binghamton

      Roberta Strippoli

      Roberta Strippoli

      Kaga Province (present-day Ishikawa Prefecture) is the setting of Hotoke no hara (Hotoke’s Field or Buddha’s Field), a Noh play that provides a sequel to the story of the performers Giō and Hotoke narrated in Heike monogatari. In the Noh play Lady Hotoke, a former lover of the Taira leader Kiyomori, appears as a ghost to a group of traveling monks and urges them to pray for her salvation. The play has inspired a number of stories about Hotoke’s life and death in Kaga Province, which circulated both orally and in written form, and whose popularity peaked in the Tokugawa period. Some of these stories are contained in two engi narratives that accompany two statues still preserved locally, one of Lady Hotoke, and one of the Buddha Amida.

      Strippoli lecture

      This talk will explore the legends of Lady Hotoke found in Ishikawa Prefecture and their connection with the Noh play, statues, and heritage sites. The sacred nature of the statues and of the sites amplifies the religious content of the Noh play, in which spirit pacification is performed and salvation is granted not only to Lady Hotoke, but also to the plants and insects of Hotoke’s Field.

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  3. Jun

    1. Japanese Language Placement Test – Summer 2014 @ HSSB 2214
      1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      Testing Date:

      Monday, June 23, 1:00-2:30PM @ HSSB 2214

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

  4. Oct

    1. Japanese Language Placement Test – Fall 2014 (all-day)
      Oct 1 – Oct 2

      Testing Date:

      Wednesday, October 1 @ 1PM (HSSB 2252)
      Wednesday, October 1 @ 2:30PM (HSSB 2252)
      Thursday, October 2 @ 3:30PM  (HSSB 2252)

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

  5. Oct

    1. Chinese Language Placement Test – Fall 2014
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Testing Date:

      Thursday, October 2nd
      HSSB 4080

      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 Hsu,

  6. Oct

    1. 2014 Orientation and Welcome Meeting @ HSSB 3041
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Come find what you can learn in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies!

      At the orientation meeting, you will learn all about:

      • Exciting, useful, and enlightening information about our programs!
      • Cutting edge, yet down to earth professors and language instructors of the program!

      You will find yourself with a new desire to major/minor in Japanese / Chinese / East Asian Studies!

      Also, there will also be food and drinks!

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  7. Nov

    1. The Memory Project: Independent Chinese Documentary Film Festival (all-day)
      Nov 6 – Nov 7

      Featuring Wu Wenguang, Zou Xueping, Zhang Mengqi and Li Xinmin

      Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 @ HSSB 6020 McCune Conference Room

      • 6:30 Because of Hunger: Diary I (90 min. 2013; dir. Wu Wenguang)
      • 8:00 Documenting Contemporary China: Panel Discussion with Wu Wenguang, Zou Xueping, Zhang Mengqi, and Li Xinmin

      Friday Nov 7, 2014 @ UCSB, MultiCultural Center Theater

      • 10:00 Trash Village (82 min. 2013; dir. Zou Xueping)
      • 1:00 Self-Portrait (77 min. 2013; dir. Zhang Mengqi)
      • 3:00 Huamulin, Boy Xiaoqiang (76 min. 2013; dir. Li Xinmin)

      pdf (icon) Wu Wenguang flyer

      Organized and Sponsored by the
      East Asia Center and the Mellichamp Global Studies Fund

      Special thanks: Multicultural Center, Interdisciplinary Humanities CenterDuke University, Susan Tai, Friends of Asian Art, UCSB East Asian Library, Yiman Wang, Tanya Lee, Michael Curtin

  8. Nov

    1. “Dust in the Wind” Film Screening @ Multicultural Center Theater
      4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
      Hou Hsiao Hsien

      Hou Hsiao Hsien

      Taiwanese filmmaker, Hou Hsiao Hsien’s critically acclaimed movie portrays Ay-yuan and Ah-yun who grow up together in the small mining town of Jiufen which is in economic decline. After graduating from junior high school, Ah-yuan leaves for Taipei where he finds work as an apprentice in a printing house and attends school at night. Ah-yun also leaves for Taipei to work as an assistant seamstress in a tailor’s shop. Living in the big city presents difficulties for both of them. Ah-yuan is drafted into military service and on the eve of his departure, Ah-yan gives him a special present — 1096 self addressed and stamped envelopes — wishing him to write her every day during the three year military service period. The film follows this young couple through lost love and innocence.

      Refreshments served before screening

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

      Dust in the Wind

      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.)

  9. Nov

    1. Talk: Anne Allison on “Greeting the Dead: Managing Solitary Existence in Japan” @ McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Anne Allison


      Anne Allison
      Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology & Professor of Women’s Studies
      Duke University

      About the talk

      At a moment when the Japanese population is declining, marriage and birth rates are down, one-third of people live alone while one-fourth are 65 or older, and reports of “lonely death” (of solitary people whose bodies are discovered days, or weeks, after death) are commonplace, the social ecology of existence is undergoing radical change in 21st century Japan. While long-term bonds – to company, family, locale — were once the earmarks of this ”group-oriented society,” today it is living, and dying, alone that marks Japan’s new era of “single-ification” and “disconnected society” [muen shakai). How the rise of single-ification affects the management of death – both those already dead as weLL as those at risk of dying in/from solitude – is the subject of this talk. Looking at new practices of burying/memorializing the dead, new trends in both single and solitary Lifestyles, and new initiatives in dealing with suicide, Allison considers how the neoliberal shift to “self-responsibility” plays out in the everyday rhythms of being with/out others for post-social Japanese.

      About the Speaker

      Anne Allison is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology as well as Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. She researches the intersections between political economy, everyday Life, and the imagination in the context of late capitalist, post-industrial Japan.

      Sponsored by the IHC’s Reinventing “Japan” RFG, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, the East Asia Center, the Center for Research on Women and Social Justice/Hull Chair, the Department of Anthropology, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

  10. Nov

    1. Talk: Stefania Travagnin Discusses “The Mediascape of Religion in China” @ SSMS 2135
      5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      Stefania Travagnin


      Stefania Travagnin
      Rosalind Franklin Fellow and
      Assistant Professor of Religion in Asia
      University of Groningen
      The Netherlands

      About the Talk

      Religious media and mediated religions are already a well visible component of the cultural dynamics in mainland China and Taiwan. On the one hand, we find several Sangha members keeping their personal and ‘professional’ blogs, and temples and religious
      organizations run their own website and TV channels. On the other hand, religious images and contents are adopted more and more often in secular advertising and cinema. The result is a ‘mediascape’ that offers people new ways to relate to their own religion, brings
      about crucial transformations in the social role played overturns fundamental elements of Chinese religions, and reveals modes of political intervention in the religious sphere.This lecture will discuss the religious mediascape in contemporary China and Taiwan through the analysis of case studies.Mediascape of Religion in China image

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