Providing leadership, coordination and support for East Asian studies at the University of Southern California.

Academic Year 2016-17 FLAS Awardees

For academic year 2016-17, EASC has awarded FLAS fellowships to one graduate student and six undergraduate students. Please join us in congratulating our seven academic year FLAS fellows! 

Noel Askins - Business AdministrationEast Asian Languages and Cultures
Edith Conn - East Asian Languages and Cultures; International Relations
Julia Harten (PhD) - Public Policy and Management
Melissa Kil - East Asian Area Studies
Grace Liu - Biochemistry
Chandler Toffa - East Asian Area Studies; Film and Television Production
Lauren Zattera - Global Health; International Relations 

Event Wrap: Spring 2016 EASC Grad Mixer

EASC hosted its Spring 2016 Grad Mixer in our new location in CAS to celebrate our affiliated graduate students’ completion of another successful academic year. They came from various departments and schools such as Art History, Comp Lit, EAAS, EALC, English and Gender Studies, History, Public Policy, and Politics and Int’l Relations (POIR), but all share in their research focus on East Asia. Please look out for our student achievements issue in next week’s eNewlsetter where we will highlight some of their amazing accomplishments this past year.

EASC Faculty Announcements

Please join us in congratulating our affiliated faculty on their recent accomplishments!

Brian Bernards - Raubenheimer Junior Faculty Award
Akira LippitFaculty Mentoring Faculty Award
Sunyoung ParkFaculty Mentoring Graduate Students Award

Brian Bernards - Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship (SSRC)
Youngmin Choe - Academy of Korean Studies Laboratory Grant; Korean Foundation Fellowship for Field Research
Hee Ju & Audrey Li– STARTALK for Korean Language (NSA)
Daniel LynchChian Ching-kuo Foundation
Miya Mizuta - Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award 
Satoko Shimazaki Association for Asian Studies Book Subvention Grant; Waseda University Book Subvention Grant 

Kyung Moon Hwang
Youngmin Choe
Associate Professor
Satoko Shimazaki
Associate Professor
Yi-Hsien Liu
Assistant Professor of Teaching 

Brian Bernards
 - Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature (University of Washington Press, 2015)
Youngmin Choe - Tourist Distractions: Traveling and Feeling in Transnational Hallyu Cinema (Duke University Press, 2016)
Kyung Moon Hwang - Rationalizing Korea: The Rise of the Modern State, 1894-1945 (University of California Press, 2015)
Annette Kim - Sidewalk City: Remapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
Sunyoung Park - The Proletarian Wave: Literature and Leftist Culture in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2015)
Rhacel Parrenas - Intimate Industries: Restructuring (Im)Material Labor in Asia (Duke University Press, 2016)
Satoko Shimazaki - Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Event Wrap: Memorial for Prof. Eugene Cooper

Students, faculty, and community members gathered from all over the world at the University Club on Monday, March 28 to celebrate the life of Prof. Eugene Cooper. With Prof. Lutkehaus of Anthropology as the MC, colleagues and former students took turn to speak about their fond memories of a lively spirit that passed too soon. The memorial closed with Prof. Cooper's favorite Blue Grass music and even a recording of his own music. A collection of memories, tributes, stories, and condolences has been collected by Dr. Jennifer Cool and can be found on the event page. Also there, one could find information on an educational fund for Prof. Cooper's 7-year-old son Gabe.

EASC Global East Asia Blogs

Last summer, EASC sent two groups of undergraduate students to China and Japan on our Global East Asia study-abroad program. Each cohort blogged about their amazing research and travel experiences so please check it out here: China and Japan.

Follow EASC

Please encourage others to sign up for our weekly eNewsletter for information on events, funding and job opportunities, news and more throughout the year. For those who are new to our mailing list, check out our East Asia Events Around USC & LA CalendarOther Funding CalendarVideosand eNewsletter archive. We also invite you to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


Giving Website

The EASC Video offers a concise look at EASC and its activities.

What impact do we have on the community? Take a look at the EASC Fact Sheet and find out!

Be sure to visit our upcoming events page to see all of the events organized and co-sponsored by EASC this semester!

>Printable event flyer


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In the May 02, 2016 issue:

>Academic Year 2016-17 FLAS Awardees
>Event Wrap: Spring 2016 EASC Grad Mixer
>EASC Faculty Announcements
>Event Wrap: Memorial for Prof. Eugene Cooper
>East Asia Summer Courses
>Events Around LA


Technology Helps Adults in Taiwan Improve Management of Diabetes
May 4th, 2016
USC News featured the Intergenerational Mobile Technology Opportunitites Program (IMTOP) founded by USC Trustee Daniel M. Tsai and his wife Irene Chen that helps teach diabetes management in Taiwan.

No Lectern, No Laptop? No Problem for Trojans and their teachers hiking on SoCal's acenic trails
May 3th, 2016
USC News features former USC Flas fellow Jack Koppa and EASC director Brett Sheehan, who talk about the growing student-run hiking program. 

Beijing International Film Festival Attracts USC Faculty
May 3rd, 2016
USC News featured USC Associate Professor of Practice Jason E. Squire, who delivered a keynote at the Beijing International Film Festival.

'Kung Fu Panda' Coup? How DreamWorks Could Benefit NBCUniversal in China
April 29th, 2016
The Hollywood Reporter quoted USC Dornsife's Stanley Rosen about Universal's business strategy in China.


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