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EALCS Ph.D. candidate Carl Gabrielson awarded Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Dissertation Fellowship for 2018-2019

Carl at his prospectus defense with his committee

EALCS Ph.D. candidate Carl Gabrielson has been awarded a Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Dissertation Fellowship for 2018-2019. Carl will spend one year in Japan conducting ethnographic research on and around U.S. military bases. His research focuses on interpersonal relations between Japanese people and the Americans from the bases, as well as the overlapping spaces of the bases and their surrounding communities. He argues that these relationships and spaces create channels for both intentional and unintentional forms of militarization and surveillance to affect the everyday lives of both groups. Carl will be based out of Meio University in Nago, Okinawa, where we will be hosted by University President Yamazato Katsunori.

Chinese Language Placement Test for Fall Quarter 2018

Chinese Language Placement Test for fall quarter of 2018 is scheduled on the following dates. You can go to either date to take it.

  • September 26 Wednesday 3:00 to 4:30 pm. At HSSB 2252
  • October 2, Tuesday 3:00-4:30 at HSSB 2252

There are two levels of the test: beginning level and inter mediate level. Both of the tests are written tests.

If you are a native Chinese and plan to get a waiver for your GE course, you need to bring in a copy of your school diploma (middle school or high school) as a proof. In that case, you don’t need to take the test.

The Chinese Language Program

“Sōseki” Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist by Professor John Nathan

Prof. John Nathan published his new book, Sōseki” Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist from Columbia University Press.

In this biography, John Nathan provides a lucid and vivid account of a great writer laboring to create a remarkably original oeuvre in spite of the physical and mental illness that plagued him all his life. He traces Sōseki’s complex and contradictory character, offering rigorous close readings of Sōseki’s groundbreaking experiments with narrative strategies, irony, and multiple points of view as well as recounting excruciating hospital stays and recurrent attacks of paranoid delusion. Drawing on previously untranslated letters and diaries, published reminiscences, and passages from Sōseki’s fiction, Nathan renders intimate scenes of the writer’s life and distills a portrait of a tormented yet unflaggingly original author. The first full-length study of Sōseki in fifty years, Nathan’s biography elevates Sōseki to his rightful place as a great synthesizer of literary traditions and a brilliant chronicler of universal experience who, no less than his Western contemporaries, anticipated the modernism of the twentieth century.

Full article available here:

Columbia University Press

https://cup.columbia.edu/book/sseki/9780231171427

Stanford University Press Publishes “The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China” by Professor Xiaowei Zheng

Professor Xiaowei Zheng has just published her monograph The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China with Stanford University Press. China’s 1911 Revolution was a momentous political transformation. Its leaders, however, were not rebellious troublemakers on the periphery of imperial order. On the contrary, they were a powerful political and economic elite deeply entrenched in local society and well-respected both for their imperially sanctioned cultural credentials and for their mastery of new ideas. The revolution they spearheaded produced a new, democratic political culture that enshrined national sovereignty, constitutionalism, and the rights of the people as indisputable principles. Based upon previously untapped Qing and Republican sources, The Politics of Rights is a nuanced and colorful chronicle of the revolution as it occurred in local and regional areas. Zheng explores the ideas that motivated the revolution, the popularization of those ideas, and their animating impact on the Chinese people at large. The focus of the book is on the transformative effect that revolution has on people and what they learn from it. For more information, please see her blog post China’s Political Paradox.

EALCS PhD students win Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace and scholarships for summer language study

Every summer since 2007, Fellows for Peace has brought 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to the Middlebury Language Schools and the Monterey Institute, where they build skills in foreign language or policy studies.

This summer, EALCS announces that THREE of our own – Keita Moore, Kai Wasson, and Winni Ni –will be Kathryn Davis Fellows. Keita and Kai will study Korean at Middlebury at Mills, and Winni will study Japanese at Middlebury in Vermont. She will be joined by Kaitlyn Ugoretz who won a Middlebury scholarship to study Japanese.

 

Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace

The Language Schools at Middlebury College in Vermont and in California, at Middlebury at Mills, are recognized around the world as premier sites of language study. An environment of complete immersion produces cultural fluency in addition to linguistic competence, and participants are encouraged to live the language they are learning. Davis Fellowships for Peace are available in all of the Language Schools: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Thomas Mazanec announces international conference, “Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier”

On February 9-10, 2018, the international conference “Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier” will convene in the McCune Conference Room at UC Santa Barbara. The conference, organized by EALCS assistant professor Thomas Mazanec, will bring together twelve scholars from around the globe to present examples of the groundbreaking research taking place at the intersection of digital humanities and classical Chinese literary studies. Covering poetry, prose, fiction, history, linguistics, and philosophy over the course of two millennia, these studies will show how computing technologies can help researchers uncover previously unseen patterns and networks in their materials, shedding new light on premodern texts.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

When: February 9-10, 2018
Where: McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB, UC Santa Barbara

For more information, including list of participants and conference schedule, please visit http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/event/conference-patterns-networks-classical-chinese-literature-notes-digital-frontier/.

Iwanami Shoten releases Japanese translation of Prof. John Nathan’s memoir “Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere”

On November 22, 2017, Iwanami Shoten (岩波書店) published 日本放浪記 (Nippon hoorooki), the Japanese translation of John Nathan’s 2008 memoir, Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere.

From best-selling novelist Mizumura Minae’s  comment on the cover of the Japanese edition:

“This is a tale of one man’s ambition, his disappointments, and his loves, and is at the same time an invaluable chronicle of Japan’s postwar literary community. Unflaggingly fascinating!”

Praise from American critics:

“In narrating the events of his life, in its ups, downs and (predominantly) swerves, Nathan brings a talent for characterization, a splendid ability in scene setting, and an acute power of dramatizing incidents…His portrait of his stormy relationships with strong personalities, such as Mishima, Shintaro Katsu, and Sony chairman Norio Ohga are pointed and insightful, often yielding memorable moments…an enthralling read.”(Evergreen Review, 2008)

“Nathan is a practiced storyteller. “Living Carelessly” is an engaging chronicle of his passionate lifelong involvement with Japan.  It offers a vivid picture  of Japanese culture from someone who infiltrated it intimately…”Living Carelessly” is also a candid confessional portrait of a man so driven to prove his artistic talents (to himself and to others) that his achievements in several realms fail to satisfy him. Yet as this memoir makes clear, his achievements, while falling short of his dreams–whose don’t?–add up to more than he thinks.”  (Los Angeles Times Book Review, March 30, 2008).

In “Nurturing Warriors” UCSB Current Highlights Prof. Sabine Frühstück’s “Playing War”

Japan’s history of war, from the late 19thcentury to the present, shifts dramatically at the conclusion of World War II. After a series of intense conflicts, beginning with the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95, Japan embraced peace and anti-militarism.

Despite the bifurcation of eras, says a UC Santa Barbara scholar, one aspect of Japanese culture remains unchanged: the use of children to validate war and sentimentalize peace: In “Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan” (University of California Press, 2017) Sabine Frühstück, a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, explores the nexus of children and war in the country.

Read more on The Current