Asian Forum at WMU

Watch opening remarks from the 2017 Asian Forum by Dr. Jeffrey Angles, professor of Japanese and winner of the 2017 Yomiuiri Prize for Literature in Poetry.

The 5th annual Asian Forum is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Western Michigan University (download the 2019 conference schedule). Attendance is free but requires registration.


The purpose of the Asian Forum at WMU is to provide a forum for scholars at WMU and in the West Michigan area who work on Asia to share their research and to learn about ways in which to network with other faculty.  We are particularly interested in providing a space for junior scholars to make connections that will enhance their work going forward. Graduate students and visiting scholars are also welcome to participate. The forum consists of individual research presentations (15 minutes followed by 5 minutes Q&A) and a lunch workshop on teaching and research.

The Asian Forum is sponsored by the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Confucius Institute at WMU, Soga Japan Center and the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. For more information, contact director of Asian Initiatives, Dr. Ying Zeng, at or +1 (269) 387-3840.  

For more information, contact the conference facilitator: 

Dr. Ying Zeng
Director of Asian Initiatives
+1 (269) 387- 3840

Past Asian Forums

2018 Asian Form

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Stephen MacKinnon
Emeritus Professor
Director of Center for Asian Studies
Arizona State University

Dr. Alisa Freedman
Professor & Editor-in-Chief of U.S. Japan Women's Journal
University of Oregon 


  • Communicating Colonial Discourse in Asia
  • Development of Physical Education and Sports in Modern China
  • Economy, Education and Finance
  • History and Society
  • Language and Arts
  • The Demonic and Otherworldly in Medieval Japan

Print 2018 Asian Forum Program  

2017 Asian Forum  

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Jeffrey Angles
Professor of Japanese 
Western Michigan University


  • Art, Culture and Society
  • Current Scholarship on South Asia Across Languages, Perspectives and Time
  • Individual Presentations

Print 2017 Asian Forum Program

2016 Asian Forum

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Graeme Wilkinson
Vice-chancellor & Professor
Sunway University, Malaysia


  • Creating and Advancing Partnerships in Japan
  • Language and Education in Modern China
  • Culture and Society in Medieval China
  • Collaborative Researchers on Land, Water and Environment
  • Research on Sports Development Issues
  • Challenges in Economic Transformation

Print 2016 Asian Forum Program 

2015 East Asian Forum

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Timothy Light
Professor Emeritus & Former Provost 
Western Michigan University


  • Environment and Tourism in China
  • Language and Literature
  • History, Literature and Religion of Japan
  • Asia and Globalization
  • Business and Finance

Print 2015 Asian Forum Program.