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The East Asia Center hosts a broad array of events covering the arts, humanities and social sciences. These events range from academic lectures by professors from the U.S. and East Asia to film festivals featuring documentary and feature films.


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November 2014

"SOUTH KOREA-THE WORLD’S MOST WIRED NATION: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet."

Tuesday November 25, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gates Hall 447

Professor Sang Jo Jong

Asian Law Center

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December 2014

A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship

Tuesday December 2, 2014
3:30-5:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, Room 115

Sponsored by the Asian Law Center

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The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a long standing tradition of research and scholarship on Asian and comparative law and by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. We are honored to host many senior legal career professionals, policy makers and eminent academics from around the world. Please join Dean Testy, faculty and friends for

A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship
- Presenting the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary Publication, and
- Honoring our distinguished Visiting Scholars 

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Learn more about the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary publication Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law, and about UW Law's 2014-15 Visiting Scholars.


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Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture 2014: Japan’s New “Jury” System: A Five-Year Progress Report

Wednesday December 3, 2014
7:00 PM
Kane Hall 225

Daniel H. Foote, Professor of Law University of Washington and University of Tokyo

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture Endowment

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In May 2009, following a five-year period for planning and preparation, Japan’s new so-called jury system went into operation. The talk will begin with a discussion of the background and debates leading up to introduction of the new system, including the motivations for introduction and concerns surrounding the system before it went into effect. The talk then will turn to an appraisal of the system based on its first five years in operation.

Daniel Foote teaches Fall and Winter Terms at the University of Washington and Summer Term at the University of Tokyo. Since becoming professor at the University of Tokyo in 2000, Foote has been a close observer of the overall justice system reform process and an active participant in legal education and other reforms. He has served on numerous governmental and professional committees, including the Roundtable Discussion Group on Criminal Policy convened by the Public Prosecutor General of Japan and the Citizens’ Council of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

7:00 PM Lecture

8:00 PM Reception

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Science Fiction in South and North Korea

Friday December 5, 2014
Thomson 317

Dong-won Kim

Center for Korea Studies

 Why have science fiction novels and movies been so unpopular in South Korea? Why have North Korean leaders so enthusiastically supported science fiction? How and in what way have their political, cultural and historical backgrounds influenced making different attitudes toward science fiction? By analyzing science fiction in South and North Korea, Dr. Dong-won Kim will show you very different popular images of science and technology in two Koreas and search the causes of these strange phenomena.

Dr. Dong-Won Kim is a historian of science. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 1991.He has taught at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1994-2005), Johns Hopkins University (1998-99. 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2012) and Harvard University (2013 -). He was the Dean of the College of Cultural Science at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (2009-2012). Since the fall of 2008, he has been the president of the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, which provides young scholars with fellowships and grants.

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Doubled Languages and the Divided “I” in the Early Fiction of Kim Talsu

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Savery Hall Room 132

Christina Yi, University of British Columbia

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

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The unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers in 1945 introduced a decisive discursive break for what had previously been an empire spanning across Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Allied Occupation of Japan (1945–1952) witnessed lasting changes not only in the political arena, but also in the ways “Japan” and “the Japanese” themselves were defined and discussed. This talk illuminates some of these postwar changes – as well as some prewar continuities – by looking at the writings of Kim Talsu (1919–1997), one of the most prominent zainichi (resident Korean) writers of his generation. Born in Korea but raised primarily in Japan, Kim remained in Japan after the war and became heavily involved in leftist politics and literary culture there. While his post-1945 fiction celebrated the end of the Japanese empire, the forms those narratives took ironically underscored the impossibility of fully separating the colonial from the “post”-colonial.


Christina Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of British Columbia. In 2011, Christina was awarded the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize for her translation of Kim Saryang’s “Tenma” (Pegasus). She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons in East Asia.

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Christianity in Japan: Some Observations on Sadao Watanabe's Faith

Monday December 8, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Fred G. Notehelfer

Sponsored by the UW Libraries

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Tracing the background of Christianity in Japan from its introduction to the present, Dr. Notehelfer will make note of the challenges that Christians faced in Modern Japan, World War II, and the Postwar period and will highlight Sadao Watanabe's links to the Mingei Movement and its efforts to counter the pressures of a modern, industrialized society.


Fred G. Notehelfer was born to German Missionary parents in Japan in 1939. He grew up in Tokyo, graduated from the American School in Japan, and received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1962. His Ph.D. was taken at Princeton University in 1968 in Japanese History. After teaching briefly at Princeton he joined the UCLA History Department in 1969. From 1975-1995 he served as the UCLA Director of the USC-UCLA Joint Center in East Asian Studies and since 1992 he has directed the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies.

Notehelfer specializes in the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. He is particularly interested in the social and intellectual history of Japan's transition from a "traditional" to a modern society. He is also interested in what Japanese have done with universal systems of thought imported into Japan from the West and Asia. His books include Kōtoku Shōsui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical (Cambridge, 1971); American Samurai: Captain L.L Janes and Japan (Princeton, 1985); and Japan Through American Eyes, the Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama, 1859-1866 (Princeton, 1992). He has recently completed an abridged edition of the Francis Hall journal which has been published by Westview Press 2001.” (

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Exhibit: Art Prints of Watanabe Sadao: Christianity through Japanese Folk Art

Monday October 27, 2014 to Tuesday December 30, 2014

Exhibit held in Allen Library's North Lobby and in the East Asia Library (Located at Gowen Hall 3rd Floor)

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This exhibit shows works of Japanese printmaker and artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), famous for his biblical prints which were influenced by the mingei-undo, the Japanese folk art movement of the late 1920s and 1930s. This exhibit showcases Watanabe's stencil prints, original stencils, tools of the artist, and monographs from the UW East Asia Library collection on mingei and mingei artists.

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January 2015

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Japan's Energy Challenges after Fukushima

Monday January 26, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Taro Kono, Japan Diet House of Representatives

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

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Taro Kono of the Japan Diet House of Representatives will give a talk about Japan's changing energy dynamics in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Rep. Kono is currently serving his 6th term in office. Kono has championed consumer issues in LDP and successfully established the new labeling rules on Genetically Modified Organisms. He sponsored the Consumer Protection Law of 2004 and enacted the Anti-Skimming Law of 2005, and has played a leading role in the passage of legislation on various environmental issues including leading the debate on global warming issues. His criticism of Japan's nuclear policy and his opposition to the building of new nuclear power plants has been in the spotlight since the 2011 disaster.

Free and open to the public.

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April 2015

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Yoshihiko Miyauchi

Monday April 27, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Yoshihiko Miyauchi

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Mitsubishi Corporation

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Yoshihiko Miyauchi is the Chair of the Orix Foundation, and until recently was CEO of the Orix Corporation -- one of Japan's largest leasing and leading diversified financial services conglomerate in 24 countries worldwide.

Miyauchi received a BA from Kwansei Gakuin University in 1958, followed by an MBA in 1960 from the University of Washington. In addition to being one of Japan's top corporate leaders, Miyauchi is a strong advocate of regulatory reform and serves as president of the Council for Promoting Regulatory Reform, an advisory board to the prime minister of Japan.

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Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach
Kristi Roundtree, Associate Director
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