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EALCS PhD student Kai Wasson wins Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace and will be attending Middlebury’s intensive Korean language program this summer.

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, our own Kai Wasson will be one of the Kathryn Davis fellows.

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

Report: International Conference on the Future of US-China Economic Relations

The International Conference on Future US-China Economic Relations is committed to improving mutual understanding of the political economy of US-China relations. The intention is to provide a platform for academic exchanges between scholars from China and the United States. China has become a major influence on world economic growth. As China is now moving into a new more normal phase of economic development, its economic slowdown is having much bigger policy implications and global impacts than expected. Renminbi (RMB) internationalization has been a focal point in recent years. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), One-Belt-One-Road, G20, and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have also brought attention to US-China economic diplomacy.

This conference intends to bring together leading scholars from China and the United States, representing a wide range of research programs, to exchange ideas on the study of current issues in US-China economic relations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political economy of trade and financial relations as well as regional and global issues. We will also welcome perspectives from International Relations that shed light on US-China economic diplomacy.