2014 East Asia Seminar: The Past in the Present: East Asia and Our Contemporary World

March 26-27, 2014

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Program Flyer

Schedule at a Glance

Emailed Articles, Readings and Study Guides

Concurrent Sessions Descriptions

2014 Japan Study Visit


*Registration is $175 for one seminar and $325 for both.

*A team of 4+ attending the SAME seminar is $150 per person.  (see flyer)


Featured Speakers


Jennifer Ho. Jennifer Ho is an associate professor in the department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also serves as the director of graduate studies for English. She teaches classes in critical race theory, contemporary American literature, and Asian American literature.  Her research and publications are focused on investigating anti-racism and Asian American culture, as seen in her current monograph, Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture, which examines various types of ambiguous Asian Americans.

C. Harrison KimCheehyung Harrison Kim. Cheehyung Harrison Kim is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Duke University. He studies the history of North Korea and East Asia.  He was born in Seoul and grew up in Singapore, the Philippines, Texas, and New York City. He received a Ph.D. in East Asian history from Columbia University. Harrison’s publications include “Total, Thus Broken: North Korea’s Terrain of Subjectivity” in The Journal of Korean Studies and “North Korea’s Vinalon City: Industrialism as Socialist Everyday Life” in the journal Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique. He is currently writing his first book, on the everyday life of North Korea’s factory workers in the 1960s. In the fall, Harrison will be joining the University of Missouri’s history department as its assistant professor in East Asian history.  Before that, he will be visiting North Korea in the summer.

Eric MullerEric Muller. Eric Muller is the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He came to UNC at Chapel Hill in 1998 from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he began his academic career.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree at Yale Law School. From 2008 through 2011, he served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the UNC School of Law. In 2010 and 2011, he received the Frederick B. McCall Award for excellence in teaching at the law school. He also received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1997. His scholarly research focuses primarily on the wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II.


Morgan Pitelka. Morgan Pitelka is Director of the Carolina Asia Center, Associate Professor in the Asian Studies Department and Adjunct Associate Professor in the History Department. He came to UNC in 2010 after teaching for 9 years at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he served as Chair of the Asian Studies Department. A historian of premodern Japan, his publications include Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice (2003), Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan (2005), and What’s the Use of Art? Asian Visual and Material Culture in Context (2007, with Jan Mrazek). For the past two years he has been the inaugural Director of the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies, a collaborative endeavor of Duke, NCSU, and UNC, established with the aid of a major grant from the Japan Foundation.

 Sasser_Jim_flJames Sasser. Senator James Sasser has spent more than a quarter-century in public life, as a Senator from Tennessee, Ambassador of the United States to the People’s Republic of China, educator, and as one of the leading commentators on Sino-US relations and the inner workings of the U.S. Senate. Prior to his appointment as ambassador by President Clinton, Sasser served as a United States Senator from Tennessee  from 1977-1995.  After leaving the Senate and before assuming his duties in Beijing, Sasser, was a Fellow at the  Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Harvard University (1995) and he was named the J.B. and Maurice C.  Shapiro Visiting Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs during the  2000 school year.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, vice-chairman of the Committee on  US-China Relations, vice-chairman of the US-China Foundation, and a member of the Yale University International Advisory Board of the Culture and Civilization of China. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Honors Burch Field Research Seminar in Domestic and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a 1958 graduate of Vanderbilt University, 1961 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, and was honored as the law school’s distinguished alumnus in 1998.



Schedule At-A-Glance*

Wednesday, March 26 Thursday, March 27
12:30 Check In and Registration 8:00 Coffee, Juice and Pastries
1:30 Welcome
Charlé LaMonica and Katharine Robinson
World View
UNC at Chapel Hill
9:00 North Korea in Our Connected World
Presentation Text
Cheehyung Harrison Kim, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and History
Duke University 
1:45 East Asia in World Affairs
Senator James Sasser,
former U.S. Ambassador to China
Global Research Institute
UNC at Chapel Hill
Interview conducted by Frank Stasio, host
The State of Things, North Carolina Public Radio
10:15 BREAK
2:45 Understanding Immigration, Citizenship & Identity Through the Story of One Chinese American Family
Jennifer Ho, English
UNC at Chapel Hill
10:30 Concurrent Sessions I
3:45 BREAK  
4:00 Japan in the World: Or, Why Global History is Empty Without Japan
Morgan Pitelka, Asian Studies and
Carolina Asia Center
UNC at Chapel Hill
  1. The Shadow of the Past in Taiwan and Mainland China Today
Shelley Rigger, Political Science
Davidson College
Friday Center Atrium
UNC at Chapel Hill
  2. A Nuclear North Korea?
Joe Caddell, Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense
UNC at Chapel Hill
      3. Tweeting Fukushima: Social Media’s Response to Disaster
Andrew Binder, Communication
NC State University
      4. China’s One-child Policy
Yong Cai, Sociology
UNC at Chapel Hill
    11:30 LUNCH
Japan Study Visit participants meet for orientation and lunch.
    12:45 Concurrent Sessions II
      GRADES K-5
1. Kamishibai: Japanese Story Telling in the Classroom
Laurie Wolf,
Local Writer, Performer and Teacher
      2. Chanoyu (Traditional Japanese Tea) Demonstration
Yoshiko Ono, Yuka Nakanishi, and Members
Triangle Chanoyu Club
Nippon Club of the Triangle
      3. A Whole New World: Visiting Teachers from China Share Their Experiences as New North Carolina Teachers (panel)
June Chen, Moderator
Center for International Understanding
The University of North Carolina
Gao Mingming, Cabarrus County Schools
Huo Qingfang, Onslow County Schools
Huang Yiping, Buncombe County Schools
Fan Zeyuan, Wake County Public Schools
      4. Promoting Business Collaboration Between NC and Asia
John C. Loyack, International Trade
North Carolina Department of Commerce
    1:45 BREAK
    2:00 Concurrent Sessions III
      GRADES K-5
      1. Incorporating Chinese Language and Culture in Your Classroom
Li-Chen Chin, Intercultural Programs
Duke University
      2. Taiko Workshop
Rocky and Yoko Iwashima, Triangle Taiko
Nippon Club of the Triangle
      3. Joint Venture: Pitt Community College Partnership with Wuxi Institute of Technology
Dan Mayo, Public Services and Fine Arts
Pitt Community College
      4. English Education in China: The Past and the Present
Ding Yan, Foreign Language College
Shanghai Business School
    3:15 Civil Rights and Security: Japanese Incarceration in World War II
Eric Muller, Center for Faculty Excellence and School of Law
UNC at Chapel Hill
    4:00 Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Charlé LaMonica, World View
UNC at Chapel Hill
    4:15 Book Signing with Eric Muller