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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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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 National 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.

Go to UW CALENDAR to register. (registration encouraged for receiving information on event details, changes and reminders.)

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Entertainment Industry in Korea: Synergy of Industrialization and Democratization

Tuesday January 27, 2015
Thomson 317

Sang Jo Jong

Center for Korea Studies

 South Korea is unique in the sense that it achieved both industrialization and democratization in just half a century. During the course of rapid changes, it became clear that much benefit can be gained from the synergy of industrialization and democratization. In this colloquium, Prof. Sang Jo Jong will share with the audience how the entertainment industry was one of the sectors that benefited from such a synergy. His real-life case study on the entertainment industry in Korea will provide law and policy implications in other nations as well.

Currenntly serving as the Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Prof. Sang Jo Jong is the Dean and Professor of Law at Seoul National University. He graduated from Seoul National University and completed his Ph.D. studies at the London School of Economics. His researches and teachings focus on copyright, trademark, patent, and unfair competition laws. Prof. Jong has served as a civilian member of the Presidential Council of Intellectual Property, the Director of the Center for Law & Technology, Seoul National University and a Panel Member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. His publications include “The Legal Protection of Computer Programs with Particular Reference to U.K., U.S., Japan & Korea,” “Contributory Infringement of Patents in Korea,” “Property versus Misappropriation: Legal Protection for Databases in Korea,” “Criminalization of Netizens for the Access to On-line Music,” and “Fair Use: A Tale of Two Cities, Intellectual Property in Common Law and Civil Law.”

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Returning Spirits

Wednesday January 28, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Amalia Rubin, M.A. Candidate, University of Washington, JSIS

Since the end of the socialist period, both Buddhism and Shamanism, the two traditional faiths of Mongolia, have undergone a great revival in the now-democratic Republic of Mongolia. With newly open borders and friendly visa policies, the country has also been flooded with Christian missionaries, eager to convert the post-soviet nations. As the three faiths have struggled to claim the souls of the first generation with religious freedom, Shamanism, despite its often-dubious standing and lack of historical official support, is reviving at an unprecedented speed. Furthermore, with nearly half of the Mongolian population residing in Ulaanbaatar, the traditionally countryside practice of Shamanism is now taking roots in a capital city. Drawing on fieldwork and literature, we will discuss 21st century shamanism in Ulaanbaatar and what it means to be a shaman in a city of nearly one and a half million people.

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February 2015

Jesters on the Streets: Satire in North Korea

Thursday February 5, 2015
Thomson 317

Dmitry mironenko

Center for Korea Studies

As the Soviet state was going through the process of de-Stalinization at home and trying to implement the same policies abroad in its satellite countries, it brought the public in close contact with a rich body of satire, both contemporary and classic. The impact of this campaign on the North Korean society at large was profound as much as it was unexpected in its outcome. A call for an all-out satirical offensive was not too enthusiastically embraced by professional writers, but found a welcome audience with ordinary people who were also invited to participate in the nationwide process of satirizing their fellows. The working masses took to the new fad of self-made satire, finding in it the justification for their own tricks and pranks, much to the chagrin of cultural officials, as their productions quickly began to take them outside the boundaries set by the new policy. As a result, we see an explosion of street play during this period, with the street itself emerging as a site of play in the absence of a well-developed infrastructure of leisure and entertainment. This paper describes the genesis of the North Korean jester, first, as an object of official representation and, later, as an object of self-representation and the main protagonist of everyday shows of comic disobedience, which lay at the foundation of an emerging pervasive culture of antidiscipline.

Dima Mironenko received his B.A. in Diplomacy/Korean Studies from Moscow State University of International Relations in 2005 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Korean History and Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University in 2007 and 2014, respectively. Dima’s research interests encompass cultural history, cinema and visual studies, humor, and the study of gender and sexuality. His dissertation “A Jester with Chameleon Faces: Laughter and Comedy in North Korea, 1954-1969” explores the question of agency within the realm of everyday living by looking at the emergence of a laughing subject in North Korea in the wake of the Korean War (1950-53) and the state’s efforts to discipline this subject through cinema. Dima is the founder of the Korean Cinémathèque at Harvard which he curated from 2009 to 2012. He is currently a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. In 2000, Dima spent a semester as an exchange student at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang


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Falling Oil Prices: China, Russia and the Gulf States

Sunday February 15, 2015
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce 1301 Fifth Ave, Ste 1500

Samantha Paxton,


Dr. David Bachman
Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies, University of Washington

Mr. Derek Norberg
President, Council for U.S.-Russia Relations
Executive Director, Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP)

Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Ave, Ste 1500

Complimentary for members (including all UW faculty/staff) and students | $10 for non-members

Register at

For questions, contact Samantha Paxton/206.389.7319206.389.7319 /


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The Disappearing Future: Korean Literature during the Asia-Pacific War

Tuesday February 17, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
Thomson 317

Janet Poole

Center for Korea Studies

 The future seems to disappear from Korean fiction written under late 1930s colonial fascist rule as a stream of protagonists wind their weary way through a repetitive daily life, dreaming of past glories or present escapes. Critics at the time noted the widespread phenomenon of nostalgia and the craze for reading the classics; revolutionaries struggled to imagine a transformed, and postcolonial, society; and all writers had to confront the shrinking space of publication for printed letters and the demand to write in the imperial language, Japanese. Yet what forms of time come to the fore when the future seemingly disappears and what does this suggest about modernism in the Japanese empire and in a global fascist moment?

Janet Poole teaches Korean literature and cultural theory at the University of Toronto. Her exploration of Korean modernist writers’ response to Japanese fascist occupation during the Pacific War recently appeared as When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination of Late Colonial Korea (Columbia University Press, 2014). She has translated the works of many writers from colonial Korea, including a collection of anecdotal essays published during the Pacific War by Yi T'aejun, Eastern Sentiments (Columbia University Press, paperback edition, 2013), and a bilingual edition of Ch’oe Myŏngik’s melancholic elegy to interwar Pyongyang, Walking in the Rain (ASIA Publishers, 2015). 

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A River Flows Through It: Transboundary Waters in China-India Relations

Thursday February 19, 2015
Allen Auditorium of Allen Library

UW South Asia Center, East Asia Center, & China Studies Program

Dr. Selina Ho’s research focus is on politics and international relations, with an area specialty in China Studies. She is most interested in water as a strategic resource, and has worked on China’s municipal water sector and transboundary river policies. A senior research fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, she is currently working on a comparative study of public goods provision in China and India, focusing specifically on the municipal water sectors in both countries.

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The Origins of Property Rights: from Monkeys to Modern Society

Friday February 20, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Room 447 William H. Gates Hall

Professor Masanobu Kato, Nagoya Gakuin University

Sponsored by the Asian Law Center

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Professor Masanobu Kato is considered to be one of Japan’s leading civil code scholars. His works in Product Liability, Torts, Unjust Enrichment and Financial Leasing Contracts are regarded as definitive treatises in Japan. In addition, he has authored books and articles in commercial law, civil procedure, international transactions, intellectual property, labor, administration, tax, environmental, American, and Chinese law. Professor Kato is also well known for authoring a series of five civil code textbooks entitled: “Contemporary Civil Code System of Japan," and is planning to release the sixth and final volume “Family Law.”




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The Dream of a Muslim Mikado: India, Japan and the Global Campaign for Islam

Friday February 27, 2015
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thomson Hall 101 University of Washington, Seattle

UW South Asia Center

In recent years, UCLA Professor Nile Green has focused on positioning Islam and Muslims in global history through such topics as intellectual and technological interchange between Asia and Europe; Muslim global travel writings; the transnational genealogy of Afghan modernism; and the world history of ‘Islamic’ printing. He has also used the networks forged by Sufi brotherhoods to understand pre-modern and early modern mechanisms of Muslim expansion from the Middle East to China and beyond. One hallmark of his writing has been to join together the study of the early modern and modern periods, not least with regard to the question of multiple globalisms and globalizations.

A reception in Thomson Hall 317 will follow Dr. Green’s talk.

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April 2015

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Change in Japanese Entrepreneurship: the Case of ORIX

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

Yoshihiko Miyauchi, Senior Chairman of ORIX Corporation

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

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A look at the changing Japanese corporation and entrepreneurship from WWII to present day. Japanese business icon and ORIX corporation senior chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi demonstrates the changes in entrepreneurship through a close examination of ORIX's experience from the post-war high economic growth period to the bubble burst of the early 1990s, and as shaped by current 'Abenomic' policies and global economics.Yoshihiko Miyauchi is the Senior Chairman 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.

Free and open to the public

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May 2015

Trans-Pacific Networks of Japanese Immigrant Settler Colonialism, 1919 -1940

Friday May 1, 2015
3:30-5:00 PM
Communications Room 120

Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania

Co-sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest with support from the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and History

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Professor Azuma sheds light on how deeply the history of prewar Japanese America was intertwined with that of Japanese imperialism. Inspired by the success of British colonialism in its settler colonies, many Japanese migrant ideologues and practitioners of national expansion embraced a popular notion of frontier conquest with the American West as a key prototype. This talk will highlight one example of such an intersection between Japan’s state endeavors to colonize new territories and the experiences of migrant resettlers from the American West.

Eiichiro Azuma is Alan Charles Kors Term Chair Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford, 2005), which received four book prizes. Azuma also coedited, with Gordon Chang of Stanford University, Yuji Ichioka, Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History (Stanford, 2006). Currently, he is working on two book projects while co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History with David Yoo (UCLA). 

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Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2014-15: Rising China and Japanís Future: Seeking a Way to Co-Exist

Thursday May 28, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220

Ryosei Kokubun, President of the National Defense Academy of Japan

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

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Japan and China have been facing a variety of difficult challenges since the second half of 1990s, particularly in the past ten years. In contrast to most analyses that focus on power shift theory, Professor Kokubun will discuss the domestic factors of politics in the two countries.

Ryosei Kokubun is president of the National Defense Academy of Japan and Executive Vice President of the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA). He taught law and politics at Keio University until 2012, where he was dean and faculty of the Graduate School of Law and Politics. His research topics focus on international relations in East Asia with a particular focus on China-Japan relations. Check back for more information closer to the event date.

Free and open to the public


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East Asia Center
University of Washington
301 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6938 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

William Lavely, Director
Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach
Kristi Roundtree, Associate Director
Stefanie Doolittle, Program Assistant
Curtis Reed, Program Coordinator