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Ted Osius

Nothing Is Impossible, America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam: A Talk by Ambassador Ted Osius 2023.02.03

Friday, February 3, 2023 at 5:00pm CASE Building, 4th Floor Chancellor's Auditorium A reception with light refreshments will follow the talk. A diplomat for nearly thirty years, Ted Osius served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, a country he has loved since serving there in the 1990s, when he helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first U.S...

Annual Conference of CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association 2023.02.04

Tina Lu , Yale University 4:20 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023 UMC, Aspen Rooms “How to Read a Seventeenth-Century Book” Although it is mentioned in other seventeenth-century texts and strongly associated with Sun Yunqiu, Jingshi (Anatomy of Lenses, sometime after 1681) was only rediscovered in 2015; it is one of a handful of seventeenth-century Chinese texts that allude to a Chinese-made telescope. I find this slender volume (which includes many...
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Hearts and Minds 2023.02.04

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 7:30pm Munzinger Auditorium The Center for Asian Studies and The International Film Series commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords with a special free screening of the documentary, HEARTS AND MINDS. With a special video intro by the film's director, Peter Davis! Here is a documentary about Vietnam that doesn't really level with us on a simple technical level. If we...
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Anthropology of Japan Series: “Religion in Contemporary Japan” 2023.02.08

Public lecture: Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023 11:15am-12:05pm MT, on Zoom Register here in advance. Dr. Levi McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University This presentation introduces religion in contemporary Japan. McLaughlin will introduce Japan’s diverse religious landscape by describing how people’s everyday interactions with Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and other religious sites, as well as within politics and other spheres, instantiate religion in Japanese...

Creative Culturally Inclusive Learning Environments: Incorporating Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) 2023.02.13

Monday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. on Zoom An information session and roundtable discussion hosted by the Center for Asian Studies. Speakers will include Asian Languages and Civilizations faculty members Katherine Alexander , Assistant Professor of Chinese, Marjorie Burge , Assistant Professor of Japanese, and Evelyn Shih , Assistant Professor of Chinese. Moderated by Center for Asian Studies Executive Director Danielle Rocheleau Salaz . CLAC is a curricular framework that provides...
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Anthropology of Japan Series: “The Bust of Harry S. Truman” 2023.02.15

Public lecture: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023 11:15am-12:05pm MT, on Zoom Register here is advance. In 2020, the 75th year anniversary of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese ceramic artist Momoko Usami was given a public commission to create a bust of Harry S. Truman for Hotel Kansas City. Truman may have advocated for civil rights domestically, but he also authorized the dropping of atomic bombs on Usami’s...
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Words that Got Around: Early Japanese Literary Transmission in a Comparative Context 2023.02.20

Monday, February 20, 5:00-6:30pm, HUMN 135 Joshua Frydman, University of Oklahoma Excavations in recent decades have uncovered inscriptions of poetry from the seventh through tenth centuries in Japan, many of which are on objects that were thrown away, as well as “graffiti” on buildings. These inscriptions comprised networks of "informal" transmission of poems and tropes separate from more formal avenues of circulation. A comparative approach to similar behavior in other...

Palm Oil Voices: Making Audible and Tactile Deforested Futures in Indonesia 2023.02.21

Tuesday, February 21 at 3pm MST In person CASE room W313 - in-person capacity is very limited or Register for the zoom here Bonnie Etherington will be speaking via Zoom, and will not be on the Boulder Campus for this event. Event hosted by Carla Jones , Associate Professor of Anthropology CU Boulder With Discussant Colleen Scanlan Lyons , Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force In her book Indigenous Species...

Azadi! Azadi! Azadi! : The ontologizing capacity of caste 2023.02.23

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 12:45pm CASE Building room W311 Rooted in the historical present of the brahmanical nation, this project traces the imperial spectacle ( Rana, 2011) to discern the rhetoric of enemy-making. I juxtapose the understanding of caste as a hierarchical structure against an affectual and ontological understanding of caste as a hierarchizing force . To do this, I turn towards the spectaclized violences of...
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Tibetan Losar (New Year) Celebration 2023.02.24

Friday, February 24, 2023 5pm - 7pm The Hive, ALTEC Hellems Building
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Disclosing Food Allergies in Japan: Reading the Air, Imagination, and Trouble 2023.02.27

Public lecture: Monday, Feb 27, 2023 11:15am-12:05pm MT, on Zoom Register here in advance. Dr. Emma Cook Associate Professor, Modern Japanese Studies Program, Hokkaido University, Japan Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (2022-2023) In this talk I explore how young adults with food allergies in Japan “read the air” and try to avoid creating trouble for others and themselves in their practices of allergy disclosure. I...

Global Asias Cyber Chat: Circulation of Contemporary Social Movements across Global Asia and Asian America 2023.03.07

Join the conversation about social movements circulating in Global Asia and Asian America. Event Information: Date : Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Time : 12:30pm - 1:30pm MT Location : Virtual | Zoom Registration : Event is free and open to the public. Event Description: The event topic on the circulation of contemporary social justice movements will examine interconnections among social movements in Asia and across a variety of Asian...
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High altitude hunting, horses, and human prehistory in the Mongolian Altai 2023.03.09

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 12:45pm CASE Building Room W311 Despite the importance of Mongolia's horse cultures in shaping Eurasian prehistory, the origins of the region's unique pastoral cultures have proven difficult to trace in the archaeological record. New discoveries from archaeological research at high altitude snow and ice patches in the Altai Mountain range shows that mountain hunting has played a key role in subsistence in...
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Tukdam: Between Worlds 2023.03.09

A new documentary film by Donagh Coleman Thursday, March 9, 2023 Reception at 6pm Film begins at 6:30pm (91 min.) discussion with Donagh Coleman after the film CASE Chancellor's Hall and Auditorium, 4th floor In what Tibetans call tukdam, deceased meditators show no signs of death for days or weeks. Juxtaposing ground-breaking scientific research and Tibetan perspectives, this creative documentary challenges our notions of life and death, and where we...
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Settler Garrison: Debt Imperialism, Militarism, and Transpacific Imaginaries 2023.03.21

Tuesday, March 21 at 5pm CASE Building, room E422 Book talk by Jodi Kim , Professor, Media & Cultural Studies, University of California Riverside Jodi Kim’s research and teaching interests are at the intersections of Asian American studies, critical ethnic and race studies, postcolonial theory, feminist epistemologies, and critiques of US empire and militarism. Her first book, Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War (University of Minnesota...
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When Work is Worship: Technology, Labor and the Figure of Vishwakarma - “Maker of the Universe” 2023.03.21

Tuesday, March 21 4pm Paleo Hall, CU Boulder Museum of Natural History This will be a public lecture by Professor Kenneth George , (Anthropology) The Australian National University, as part of a two-talk series for this year's Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology. He and his partner, Professor Kirin Narayan, are co-PIs of a multi-year, multi-sited project on the renewed interest in venerating Vishwakarma in contemporary India. Vishwakarma, the deity associated...
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Gao Yufang: Snow leopards and Tibetan herders: Pursuing harmonious coexistence in China's first national park 2023.04.07

Friday, April 7 at 3:35pm to 5:00pm In person: Guggenheim Geography, 205 1475 Central Campus Mall, Boulder, CO 80309 Dial-In Information Join Zoom Meeting:
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Upstream from the Aral Sea catastrophe: is response-ability and social learning possible? 2023.04.13

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, April 13, 12:45pm - 1:45pm CASE Building, room E422 Ethnographic and artistic renditions of waterscapes frequently highlight local interactions and understandings, such as otherwise ‘invisible’ reed bed economies. But national and global water policy arenas still widely depend on universalizing languages and blue-print principles to forge political consensus. So what allows embedded, ethnographic and artistic forms of knowing to carry across spatial and temporal scales, to...
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Re-reading apparent climate displacement as cumulative socio-natural displacement in eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia 2023.04.14

April 14, 2023 3:35pm - 5pm In person: GUGG 205 Or dial in: Lisa Kelley Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Science University of Colorado, Denver Climate-induced displacement is attracting increasing media, state, and scholarly attention, albeit often in a way that situates migration as either an example of climate adaptation or a failure thereof. Whether depicted as success or failure, both framings invisibilize the pre-existing socio-environmental processes that...

Center for Asian Studies Symposium 2023.04.21

Friday, April 21 CASE Building E422 CAS will be hosting its annual symposium, which will be relevant to the annual theme . Tentative Schedule: 10:30-12 Roundtable: Indigeneity 1-2:30 Roundtable: Environmental Justice in Asia 2:45-4:15 Keynote: Sunil Amrath, Yale University Followed by a reception in the Chancellor's Hall Please check back for more information in the coming weeks.