East Asia National Resource Center - NRC

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) at GWU is supported by the Title VI grant to engage the broader public on issues of importance in East Asia.

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06/05/2024

The NRC is proud to announce that Celeste Arrington will be our new Co-Director starting on July 1st, 2024. Celeste is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also Director of the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS). Her research interests include law and social change, legal professionals, social movements, comparative policy processes, and disability rights, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. She is also interested in the international relations and security of Northeast Asia and transnational activism. Her research has received support from numerous fellowships and programs. She is author of Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Governmental Accountability in Japan and South Korea (Cornell, 2016) and many articles. She co-edited Rights Claiming in South Korea with Patricia Goedde and is finishing a monograph entitled From Manners to Rules: Activism for Legalistic Policy Solutions in South Korea and Japan (forthcoming, Cambridge). GW’s Office of the Vice President for Research awarded her the 2021 Early Career Research Scholar Award.

06/05/2024

The NRC is proud to announce that Eric Schluessel will be our new Principal Investigator and Co-director starting on July 1st, 2024. Eric is an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a social historian of China and Central Asia. His primary interest is in the Xinjiang region, past and present. He looks forward to working with our partners across the DC region and beyond to promote public understanding of East Asia!

05/24/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center is proud to announce that Professor Jisoo M. Kim, Co-director of the East Asia NRC, has been selected as a Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2024–2025 academic year.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University—also known as Harvard Radcliffe Institute—is one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary exploration. It brings students, scholars, artists, and practitioners together to pursue curiosity-driven research, expand human understanding, and grapple with questions that demand insight from across disciplines.

Jisoo M. Kim is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. Her research interests lie in law, gender and sexuality, emotions, affect, and forensic medicine. At Radcliffe, she will conduct research at the Schlesinger Library and work on a book that investigates the criminalization of heterosexual intimacies and unequal power structures in marriage in Korean history.

05/24/2024

On May 23, the East Asia NRC organized a workshop for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that gave historical perspectives on migration in China and Korea along with teaching strategies for K 12 teachers. Professor Ji-Yeoh Jo, the Director of the Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina and an expert on Korean migration, and Professor Meredith Oyen, a specialist in the history of Sino-American relations at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, discussed major historical events affecting Chinese and Korean migration and shared lists of resources for teachers.

Many thanks to Professor Jo and Professor Oyen for sharing their expertise and to all of the MCPS teachers and staff who attended!

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Image Description: An image of the champion Chinese Hose Team of America, who won the great Hub-and-Hub race at Deadwood, Dak., July 4th, 1888.

04/22/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) held an event on Thursday, April 18th, entitled “Diversity in Asian Studies: Session 2.”

Kanako Uzawa, Assistant Professor for the Global Station for Indigenous Studies and Cultural Diversity at Hokkaido University in Japan and associated researcher at the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo in Norway, discussed Ainu culture and language. She also discussed an exhibit of Ainu art that she is a co-curator of at the University of Michigan’s museum of art, with a working title of “Weaving the Past Through the Present.”

Patrick Heinrich, Professor of Japanese Studies and Sociolinguistics at the Department of Asian and Mediterranean African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, discussed the diversity of Ryukyuan language, and his study associating language with happiness and health. His language and well-being in Yomitan-Village study saw that speaking the local language leads to higher life satisfaction in village life.

Following the presentation, there was an engaging Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

This event recording has been posted on YouTube. It is also located on the NRC website.

04/12/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), the Taiwan Education and Research Program (TERP) and the Uyghur Studies Initiative held an event on Thursday, April 11th, entitled “Diversity in Asian Studies: Session 1.”

Henning Klöter, Professor of Modern Chinese Languages and Literatures at the Humboldt University of Berlin, discussed the linguistic complexity of Taiwan and language planning efforts in the country since 1945. Dr. Mirshad Ghalip, a recently graduated PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University, discussed his recent quantitative research where he measured the language attitudes of 76 Uyghur participants in Uyghur, English and Mandarin. He also discussed his qualitative research which further studied the language ideologies of a smaller group of interviewees.

Following the presentation, there was an engaging Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

This event recording will be posted on YouTube shortly, and will be located on the NRC website.

04/04/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) will be hosting the second session of our Diversity in Asian Studies event series on Thursday, 4/18/2024.

This event will be hosted on zoom.

Registration link: https://lnkd.in/e9ZhMMHN

Please join us!

04/03/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) and the George Washington Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) will be hosting a Korea Policy Forum event on Tuesday, 4/16/2024.

This virtual event will take place from 9 am - 10:15 am Eastern Time.

This event will be hosted on zoom.

Registration link: https://lnkd.in/e5tkbDs7

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03/29/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) and the Taiwan Education and Research Program (TERP) will be hosting the first session of our Diversity in Asian Studies event series on Thursday, 4/11/2024.

This event will be hosted on zoom.

Registration link: https://lnkd.in/ej8Y2jAh

Please join us!

03/29/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), and the George Washington Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) hosted an East Asia Intersections Event on Thursday, March 28th, entitled “Stitching the 24-Hour City: Life, Labor, and the Problem of Speed in Seoul.” Seo Young Park, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College discussed her research on the lived experiences of garment workers in Dongdaemun and their relationship to the fast fashion clothing that they produce.

Following the presentation, there was an engaging Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

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03/21/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), and the George Washington Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) will be hosting an event on Thursday, 3/28/2024, titled: "Stitching the 24 hour city: life labor, and problem of speed in Seoul ."

This event will be hosted on zoom.

Registration link: https://lnkd.in/ew43eeMM

Please join us!

03/21/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) will be hosting an event on Wednesday, 4/3/2024, titled: "Reading The Three-Body Problem as Utopian International Thought"

This event will be hosted on zoom.

Registration link: https://lnkd.in/eQs_ETsw

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03/14/2024

The East Asia National Resource Center hosted Spelman College students for a professional development program for the 5th time since the initiation of our partnership with Spelman in 2018.

The students had the opportunity to hear from GW faculty, current graduate students in the Elliott School, and even Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, Dr. Ayres.

They also took part in off-campus site visits to the State Department, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Twin Oaks.

Hosting these intelligent and driven students was a truly wonderful experience and we look forward to welcoming more students from Spelman in the future.

03/13/2024

GWIKS and the East Asia National Resource Center - NRC invites you to our next Book Talk event with Director of the Center for Korea Studies at the University of Washington Dr. Yong-Chool Ha who will be presenting on his new book, "Late Industrialization, Tradition, and Social Change in South Korea."

Join us either in person or virtually on Friday, March 22nd, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM for this special book talk lecture from Ha as he narrows the gap between political economy and sociology in the study of late industrialization. RSVP and learn more details about the event at go.gwu.edu/yongchoolha.

03/05/2024

Check out the Gitter Fellowship for Advanced Chinese Language Study!! Applications due March 11!

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The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), Taiwan Education and Research Program (TERP), and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) hosted a Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Event on Tuesday, February 20th, entitled “Duty and Emotion: Polarities of filial identity in contemporary sinophone culture.” This thought-provoking seminar was led by Professor of Chinese cultural studies at the University of Alberta, Christopher Lupke, who explored the emotional terrain of filial relationships in contemporary Sinophone works while examining the work of Huang Chunming, Bai Xianyong, Wang Wenxing, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and the contemporary US-based poet Zhang Er.

Following the presentation, there was an engaging Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

The recording of this event is available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PEZmAkZjyk&t=239s

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The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) hosted the third virtual session of our China Peripheries Seminar on Wednesday, February 14th, entitled “Religion and Security.” This thought-provoking seminar was led by two informative experts, Assistant Professor of Chinese politics at the University of Manchester, David Stroup, who spoke about the sinicization of Islam in China, and Professor of political science and international relations at the University of Birmingham, Tsering Topygal, who discussed China’s security and Tibet policy. Professor Stroup outlined topics including President Xi’s intrusive implementation of sinicization, the implications of document number 10 of the Xinjiang Papers, and mosque reforms. Professor Topygal presented his case study on Tibet describing China’s existential insecurities and their nationalities policy.

Following the presentations, there was an interesting and insightful Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

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The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) hosted the second virtual session of our China Peripheries Seminar on Thursday, February 8th, entitled “Ecology and Development.” This exciting seminar was led by two incredible experts, Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Emily Yeh, who introduced themes related to development and environment in Tibet, and Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the Simon Fraser University, Guldana Salimjan, who discussed ecology and settler colonialism in Xinjiang. Professor Yeh outlined how the CCP’s goal of transforming Tibet into a tourist attraction has negatively affected the local economy and ecology in the region. Professor Salimjan presented her ethnographic research showing the effect of state-directed land use policy and tourism promotion on ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang.

Following the presentations, there was an interesting and insightful Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

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The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) hosted the first virtual session of our China Peripheries Seminar on Wednesday, January 31st, entitled “Political Movements.” This engaging seminar was led by two incredible experts, Professor in Political Economy at the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, Ho-Fung Hung, who discussed grassroots protests in Hong Kong, and Assistant Professor in the Government Department at Franklin and Marshall College, Wei-Ting Yen, who discussed populism and the Covid-19 pandemic in Taiwan. Professor Yen explained how Taiwan’s unique political position enabled it to marshall a highly effective response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Hung spoke about the implications of the recent National Security Law and Article 23 on business in Hong Kong and the exodus of wealth from the city.

Following the presentations, there was a stimulating Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

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The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), George Washington Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) hosted a Korea Policy Forum event on Wednesday, December 13th, entitled "Linking the European and Asian Theaters?: Strategic Implications of New North Korea-Russia Relations," at The George Washington University, and the Research Institute for National Security Affairs at Korea National Defense University. We had an engaging discussion on the deepening cooperation between North Korea and Russia, and how these two countries carry significant ramifications for the geopolitical landscape in both Northeast Asia and Europe, led by four incredible experts (Young Jun Kim, Patrick Cronin, Inhyo Sul, and Sharon Squassoni), who each presented on specific topics regarding North Korea-Russia Relations.

Following the presentations, there was a captivating roundtable discussion and Q&A session. Thank you to all who participated!

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This past May, we invited our Professional Development Program 2022 cohort to for the program wrap-up and in-person site visits to various partners, including the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office, National Bureau of Asian Research, and others. We hope that our program provided an enriching experience for the next generation of scholars!

05/17/2022

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04/20/2022

Join us IN-PERSON on Friday April 29 at 2pm EDT for a Tibet-China Dialogue Colloquium! The event will be featuring a keynote by the current elected leader of the Central Tibet Administration, Penpa Tsering, and a panel of Tibet experts and China scholars. Learn more and register at the link in our bio.

04/19/2022

Join us this Friday at 3:30pm EDT on Zoom for a talk with Dr. Roberta Strippoli on the Tale of Heike, a classical text! The talk will discuss stories featuring that appeared for the first time in the text, a 14th century Japanese narrative about the war between two military clans. Learn more and RSVP at the link in our bio! The event will be conducted over Zoom.

04/08/2022

Join us for a talk with Assistant Secretary Daniel Kritenbrink from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the for the unveiling of the U.S. Strategy in-person on April 26 at 2pm EDT
! RSVP link in bio!

04/04/2022

Join us and GW's East Asian Languages/Lit Dept for a talk on the Tale of Nakamaro with Dr. Gustav Heldt from this Friday, Apr 8 at 3:30pm EDT! RSVP link is in our bio. The event will take place in-person at Rome Hall room 459.

04/01/2022

Join us for a panel discussion on 50 Years After the Nixon-Mao Summit with Fintan Hoey, Tanvi Madan, and James Lee to discuss POVs from , , and on April 18 at 12:30 pm EDT! RSVP link in bio.

03/31/2022

RSVP today (link in bio) for a book launch with Prof. Robert Sutter on the release of the 4th edition of his book on ! The talk will be on April 14 at 12pm EDT. Guests have the option of attending in-person or through Zoom.

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