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East Asian Forum

Faculty and staff and members of the academic community of the West Michigan region engaged in ongoing projects and interests related to East Asia are invited to participate in WMU's East Asian Forum planned for Friday, April 17, 2015. The forum will include panel presentations and a keynote speaker. Panel submission deadline is January 31.  Information.

Economics, Chinese language profs receive
Light Center research grants

Dr. C. James Hueng and Dr. Xiaojun Wang are the recipients of the fourth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. Each awardee will receive $3,000 to support a research project and publication.

About the projects

Dr. James HuengHueng, a professor of economics, will undertake a project titled "Measuring Real Business Conditions in China." He plans to build a daily business-cycle index for China, with a possible extension to Taiwan. Using the index, he also will revisit Chinese economic issues, including the effects of monetary and fiscal policies on business conditions.

The project will broaden the international aspects of Hueng's research agenda to include Greater China. He plans to build academic connections with Chinese scholars and to showcase Chinese economic studies and research at WMU by submitting articles to China-related economics journals.

Dr Xiaojun WangWang, a professor of world languages and literatures who teaches Chinese, will work on a project titled "From a Career Map to Career Chinese—Bridging the Gaps Between Language Learning and Career Development." He plans to integrate language acquisition with career development by surveying current students about their career goals and identifying areas of need.

A major focus of Wang's project will be on developing core vocabulary to use in teaching. His goal is to provide Chinese-language teachers with an updated and expanded list of Chinese vocabulary related to career development. Additionally, Wang plans to develop teaching resources about culture and knowledge in the workplace and about how to balance language teaching with cultural awareness and career development.

Light Center grants

Light Center Research grants are awarded annually and provide support to WMU faculty members for research and creative activities that support the study of Greater China.

Spring 2015 lectures

Thursday, March 19

4:30 p.m., 2028 Brown Hall

"Cold War Discourse and the Creation of the Global Child—United States–Taiwan Crosscultural Perspectives," by Dr. Mei-Ying Wu, Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of literature at University of Minnesota and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Information.  

Thursday, March 26

6 p.m., Putney Lecture Hall, Fetzer Center

"Thoughts on the Big Questions of Chinese Public Management," by Dr. Matthew S. Mingus, professor and doctoral director, School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University.  Information.

Spring 2015 China brown bag meetings

Friday, March 20
Noon, Bernhard Center Room 204

“Crosscultural Dialogues and Disputes—Children's Literature Studies in China and the United States,” by Dr. Mei-Ying Wu, University of Minnesota and National Cheng Kung Univesity in Taiwan. Free lunch provided; reservation required.
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Spring lectures

"Sex Worker, Drug Addiction and AIDS Prevention: Anthropological Study in a City of Southwest China," by Dr. Linyou Lan, Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Minzu University of China.  4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information

"The Mandatory Mandarin: An Archival Study of Qing Dynasty Language Policy," by Dr. Hongyuan Dong, assistant professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics at George Washington University.  4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.


Fall lectures

"Enduring Echoes in a Changing Landscape: History of China's Land Tax," which will be presented by Dr. Yan Xu, Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong.  The talk is scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

Dr. Xiaobing Li, professor and chair of the department of History and Geography, director of the Western Pacific Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma, will be featured speaker on October 9.  Professor Li's public lecture titled "The Dragon's Tale: Modernizing the Chinese Military and What It Means to the United States" at 5 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

Spring lectures

"Globalization, Chinese culture and the Expression of Higher Education System in Taiwan," by Dr. Tien-hui Chiang, National University of Tainan professor of education, President, Taiwan Association for Sociology of Education and Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, C&A department.  The talk is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

"Rural Women's Employment and the Chinese State: 60 Years of Changes," a lecture by Dr. Yukun Hu, associate professor, Institute of Population Research, Peking University and Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University.  This lecture is scheduled for 4;30 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

Third Light Center research grant awarded to business professors

Dr. Bernard Han and Dr. Andrew Targowski, Western Michigan University professors of business information systems, were recently awarded the third annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for their book project, "Chinese Civilization in the 21st Century."  


Fall lectures

"Taiwan and China in a World of Globalization," by Dr. Tse-kang Leng, Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica (IPSAS) research fellow, professor of Political Science at National Chengchi University, Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Virginia.  This talk is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

"Magical and Religious Seals and the Sources of Chinese Buddhism," by Dr. Paul Copp, associate professor at the University of Chicago.  The talk is scheduled for 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

"Managing Hegemony in East Asia: Chinese rise in Historical perspective," by Yuan-kang Wang, associate professor, department of Sociology at Western Michigan University.  This talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in room 2730 Sangren Hall.  Information.

"Human Resource Management in China under the Transition Economy," by Dr. Shuming Zhao, President of the International Association of Chinese Management Research and President for Jiangsu Provincial Association of Human Resource Management.  This talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Schneider Hall room 1120.  Information.

Second Light Center research grant awarded to marketing professor

Dr. Ann Veeck, Western Michigan University professor of marketing, recently was awarded the second Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for her project, "Food Consumption Patterns in Urban China, 1996-2013."

Spring lectures

"Second Language Education and Applications in America and China," by Lei Pan, lecturer from School of Foreign Languages in Central China Northern University Wuhan, Hubei.  The talk is scheduled for 5 p.m., March 21 in room 3025 Brown Hall.  Information.

Dr. Clara Wing-chung Ho, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at Northeastern University and professor at Hong Kong Baptist University gave a talk at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in room 2028 Brown Hall.  Her talk was titled "Were Chinese Women Interested in History? Evidences from their Works in the Ming-Qing Period." Information.

"Rebalancing or Debalancing: The U.S. Strategies and New East Asian Order," by Dr. Ling Wei, professor of international studies and director of the East Asian Studies Center at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.  The talk is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in room 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.


Fall lectures

"Chinese Engagement with Africa: The Case of Madagascar," by Dr. Gregory Veeck and Sokhna H.A. Diop, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University.  5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 Brown Hall Room 2028.  Information.

"The Origin Myth of the Xianbel: The Significance of the Gaxiandong Cave," by Dr. Albert Dien, professor emeritus, Standford University.  5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 Brown Hall Room 2028.  Information

Spring lectures

"What was the Early Chinese Language Like?" by Professor William Baxter, department of Linguistics and Asian Languages and Culture, University of Michigan.  4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in 1028 Brown Hall.  Information.

Light Center's first research grant awarded to sociology professor

Dr. Yuan-Kang Wang, an associate professor in Western Michigan University’s Department of Sociology, was awarded the first Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant in April 2012 for his project, “The Art of Domination: Managing Regional Hegemony in Qing China and the United States.”


Fall lectures

"Cross-Strait Relations and Theories of International Relations," by Dr. Szu-yin Ho, professor of Political Science, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.  4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information.

"The Bombing of Chungking: the Image of China's Wartime Capital during WWII," by Dr. Zhang Jin, Chongqing University School of Literature and Journalism, Fulbright Research Scholar, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.  Talk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 in 2028 Brown Hall.  Information

"Mammon and the Muse: C. T. Loo and the Formation of the Chinese Art Collection at the Freer Gallery of Art, 1915-1951," by Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang, project specialist of Chinese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.  5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 Brown Hall Room 2028.  Information.

Spring lectures

"An Interreligious Perspective on Confucian Humanism," by Dr. Tu Weiming, chair and professor of Chinese History and Philosophy at Harvard University and distinguished lifetime professor of Philosophy at Peking University.  5:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, WMU Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall.  Information.

"A Chinese Family in Business, War, and Revolution," by Dr. Sherman Cochran, Hu Shih professor of Chinese History, Cornell University.  5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 WMU Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall.  Information.


Light Center hosts internal conference on Chinese studies

On Thursday, Nov. 18, Western Michigan University’s Light Center for Chinese Studies held an internal conference on research interests and opportunities in Chinese studies that attracted research summaries from 30 WMU faculty and graduate students. Participants of the conference representing multiple disciplines gathered at WMU's Fetzer Center to give presentations on their research.

Internal conference on Chinese studies planned for November

Western Michigan University’s Light Center for Chinese Studies invites WMU faculty, staff and students to attend an internal conference on research interests and opportunities in Chinese studies from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Room 1040 of the Fetzer Center.

China is focus of economics lecture series beginning Oct. 20

Six nationally and internationally recognized economists will address U.S. economic relations with China as part of the 2010-11 Werner Sichel Lecture Series at Western Michigan University. Dr. Robert Koopman, acting director for the Office of Operations at the United States International Trade Commission, will open the series at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall with his presentation, "Value Chains in Global Production Networks—China and Asia in a Global Context."

China scholar to speak at opening of WMU's Light Center

Western Michigan University will celebrate the formal opening of its Light Center for Chinese Studies Monday, Oct. 11, with an on-campus lecture by Dr. Stephen R. MacKinnon, renowned China scholar and professor of history at Arizona State University. MacKinnon's lecture will be followed by a reception. Both events are free and open to the public.

KIA announces new Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art

The Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art will open at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Aug. 28. The new exhibit's opening is co-sponsored by Western Michigan University's Light Center for Chinese Studies.