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  1. Oct
    26
    Mon
    2015

    1. Lecture by Elizabeth Oyler – Time and History in The Tale of the Heike: Narrating the Genpei War (1180-1185) @ SSMS 2135
      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      The Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature are pleased to announce a talk by Professor Elizabeth Oyler of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, on Monday, October 26th, entitled, “Time and History in The Tale of the Heike: Narrating the Genpei War (1180-1185).”

      Background Information

      The Tale of the Heike, often called “Japan’s epic,” recounts one of the most divisive and consequential conflicts in Japan’s history: the Genpei War that brought the first shogun to power and ushered in the age of the warriors.The war represents a number of important symbolic losses.The child-emperor Antoku drowned in the final battle, and one of the three regalia marking divine sanction of the imperial line was also lost at sea.The Taira clan, whose ambition precipitated the war, was completely destroyed, and a new center for the warrior government was established far from the imperial capital.This presentation discuss-es how the variant texts of The Tale of the Heikeframe the war, ranging from a Buddhist par-able to a celebration of the establishment of warrior rule.

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  2. Nov
    5
    Thu
    2015

    1. Lecture by Donald J. Harper – The Seat of Grand One (Taiyi) and New Light on an Old Problem: How Did Daoist Religion Happen? @ McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      At the apex of the spirit world scene painted on the west wall inside the Eastern Han
      tomb at Haotan 郝灘, Shaanxi, is an elaborately executed zuo 坐 “seat” with the
      graphs Taiyi zuo 大一坐 “seat of Grand One” written in the upper part. The same
      divine seat recurs in the contemporary tomb at Yangqiaopan 楊橋畔, Shaanxi, but
      unlabeled. The murals open new lines of speculation on the religious ideas
      and practices of people throughout the Han realm in the first two centuries of the
      Common Era, and necessitate renewed investigation of the emergence of Daoist
      religion from Han common religion.

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      Co-sponsored with UCSB Confucius Institute and East Asia Center.

  3. Nov
    10
    Tue
    2015

    1. Lecture by Eric C. Rath: Life Before (Boxed) Lunch in Japan @ SSMS 2135
      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      bentoLunch is both older and newer in Japan than we might imagine.  The midday meal is said to have become a norm by the 1700s when most of the population finally broke with ancient precedent to dine at the middle of the day.  However, the notion that ancient courtly and religious practices prevented people from satisfying their growling stomachs deserves reconsideration.  In the early twentieth century in some locales farmers consumed four, five, or even six meals a day, so it is illogical to assume that their forebears, who labored equally as hard, would deny themselves food energy at noon time.

      But eating a midday meal — or even several of them — is not the same as creating and having lunch.  Lunch was a new category of meal, a modern custom introduced through Western culinary culture by cookbook writers in the early twentieth century.  The history of lunch can be traced through changing approaches to creating obento, the packaged meals that have become synonymous today with “boxed lunches.”  This talk reviews early modern and modern bento cookbooks in the context of the history of lunch in Japan charting how fancy boxed meals evolved into prosaic packed lunches, which still retain a distinct culinary flair when resources, creativity, and energy allow.

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  4. Nov
    12
    Thu
    2015

    1. China in the Global Economy: A Dialogue @ HSSB 4080
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      UCSB Confucius Institute Presents a Free Public Event 
      聖塔芭芭拉加州大學孔子学院講演

      China in the Global Economy: A Dialogue

      featuring…

      Prof. Benjamin Cohen
      Political Science, UCSB

      Benjamin Cohen is Professor of International Political Economy. His latest book, Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry (2015) was named Globalization Book of the Year by the Capital Ebbs and Flows Blog.

      Prof. Lijuan Zhang
      School of Economics,
      Shandong University, China

      Lijuan Zhang is Professor of Economics, specializing in International Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy and in U.S.-China Trade Relations. She was Fulbright Scholar and adjunct Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and Research Fellow at Harvard University.

      In the past three decades, the world has come to realize the increasing importance of the Chinese economy, its manufacturing and its overseas investments, to the global economy. Recently, factors such as the slowing of Chinese economy, the Chinese stock market tumble, and the de-valuation of the Chinese currency combined to send shudders throughout the global economy. Wherein lies China’s influence on the global economy, and what does the world expect and hope for from China?

  5. Nov
    14
    Sat
    2015

    1. Graduate Student Workshops on Buddhist Textual Studies (all-day) @ IHC Research Seminar Room (HSSB 6056)
      Nov 14

      Interdisciplinary Symposium and Workshops Hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara

      November 14 and 15, 2015
      Humanities and Social Studies Building
      6F, UC Santa Barbara

      Organized by the Japanese research group on “International perspectives on interdisciplinary research on Japanese Buddhism”(多分野複合の視角から見た日本仏教の国際的研究)with the support of JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A).

      Participants:

      • Ōkubo Ryōshun (Waseda University),
      • Minowa Kenryō (Tokyo University),
      • Sonehara Satoshi (Tohoku University),
      • Kikuchi Hiroki (Tokyo University),
      • Uejima Susumu (Kyoto University),
      • Yoshida Kazuhiko (Nagoya City University),
      • Jose Cabezón (UCSB),
      • Fabio Rambelli (UCSB),
      • Dominic Steavu (UCSB)

      Co-organized by UC Santa Barbara ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies and UC Santa Barbara XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies.

      Co-sponsored by: Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Department of Religious Studies, East Asia Center, Comparative Literature Program, and Translation Studies Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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      Graduate Student Workshops on Buddhist Textual Studies

      Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
      Location: IHC Research Seminar Room,
      Humanities and Social Studies Building
      (HSSB, 6F, Room 6056)

       

      also…

      Symposium: Rethinking the Textual Approach to Buddhist Studies—Issues and Methodologies

      Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
      Location: McCune Conference Room,
      Humanities and Social Studies Building
      (HSSB, 6F, Room 6020)

      Presentations and discussions will be made in Japanese and in English.

  6. Nov
    15
    Sun
    2015

    1. Symposium: Rethinking the Textual Approach to Buddhist Studies—Issues and Methodologies (all-day) @ McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
      Nov 15

      Interdisciplinary Symposium and Workshops Hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara

      November 14 and 15, 2015
      Humanities and Social Studies Building
      6F, UC Santa Barbara

      Organized by the Japanese research group on “International perspectives on interdisciplinary research on Japanese Buddhism”(多分野複合の視角から見た日本仏教の国際的研究)with the support of JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A).

      Participants:

      • Ōkubo Ryōshun (Waseda University),
      • Minowa Kenryō (Tokyo University),
      • Sonehara Satoshi (Tohoku University),
      • Kikuchi Hiroki (Tokyo University),
      • Uejima Susumu (Kyoto University),
      • Yoshida Kazuhiko (Nagoya City University),
      • Jose Cabezón (UCSB),
      • Fabio Rambelli (UCSB),
      • Dominic Steavu (UCSB)

      Co-organized by UC Santa Barbara ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies and UC Santa Barbara XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in Buddhist Studies.

      Co-sponsored by: Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Department of Religious Studies, East Asia Center, Comparative Literature Program, and Translation Studies Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

      Download event flyer and schedule (.pdf)

      Symposium:

      Rethinking the Textual Approach to Buddhist Studies—Issues and
      Methodologies
      Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
      Location: McCune Conference Room,
      Humanities and Social Studies Building
      (HSSB, 6F, Room 6020)

      Presentations and discussions will be made in Japanese and in English.

      Graduate Student Workshops on Buddhist Textual Studies

      Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
      Location: IHC Research Seminar Room,
      Humanities and Social Studies Building
      (HSSB, 6F, Room 6056)

  7. Nov
    24
    Tue
    2015

    1. Nakamura Gankyō Kabuki Performance @ MultiCultural Center Theater
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Nakamura Gankyo Kabuki still shotAn evening with professional Kabuki actor Nakamura Gankyō. A rare opportunity to see demonstrations and explanations of acting patterns (kata), as well as performances of scenes from one of Kabuki’s most beloved plays.

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      Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Department of Theatre and Dance, and UCSB MultiCultural Center

  8. Jan
    4
    Mon
    2016

    1. Chinese Language Placement Test – Winter 2016 @ HSSB 2252
      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, hsu@eastasian.ucsb.edu.

    2. Japanese Language Placement Test – Winter 2016 @ HSSB 3001E
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Testing Dates:

      January 4, 3:00PM (HSSB 3001E)

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

  9. Feb
    1
    Mon
    2016

    1. Meet-the-Artist Conversation with Lin Hwai-min, Founder and Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan @ Multicultural Center Theater
      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Lin Hwai-minHosted by Dr. Michael Berry, Director, UCSB East Asian Center; Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

      International renowned choreographer and honored in 2013 with the prestigious Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, Lin Hwai-min often draws his initial inspiration from traditional Asian culture and aesthetics. Join Mr. Lin and UCSB Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies for a conversation on Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s history and contribution to Taiwanese culture and identity.

      Co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, East Asian Culture Center, the MultiCultural Center.