Manuscript Review

A centerpiece of the East Asian Studies Center’s efforts to support all forms of research that deal with East Asia at USC is the manuscript review. Any USC faculty working on a book that deals with East Asia in some way are eligible for possible support. The program is designed to provide helpful and timely feedback to faculty preparing monographs or other similarly large academic works prior to submission for publication.

The core of the program is the manuscript review seminar. Rather than simply requesting individual reviewers to provide comments on the work, the EASC staff organizes a review seminar in which two invited external reviewers, USC faculty and students, and the author can all interact and respond to each other's comments in order to collectively devise strategies for strengthening the final text. The only stipulation for attending the review seminar is a commitment to read the entire manuscript that is under review – this will maximize thoughtful and helpful discussion. As an endeavor in collegial constructive criticism, the review seminar represents the best of academic enterprises.

Manuscripts selected for participation in the review program will be copied and distributed to USC faculty and graduate students as well as two external reviewers identified by the author in collaboration with the EASC. EASC will then arrange a review seminar in which the reviewers and any interested USC faculty and students gather to discuss the work and assist the author in developing strategies for the manuscript's improvement and possible placement for publication. A dinner follows the seminar at a local venue.

EASC covers all costs for the program, including copying and distribution of the manuscript, travel, accommodation and honoraria for the external reviewers, and dinner following the seminar. Because the preparation time for securing external reviewers is quite long, please contact EASC at least six months prior to when the manuscript is likely to be completed.

This program is open to all USC faculty with manuscripts that are near completion, but yet not so polished and finalized that they may still benefit from the review. Questions about manuscript review should be addressed to 

Opening to China: A Memoir of Normalization 1981-1982
Monday, March 21, 2016
Charlotte Furth, Professor Emeritus of History

Camp Dharma
Friday, March 11, 2016
Duncan Williams, Associate Professor of Religion, and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Network Nation: Communication and Economic Restructuring in China
January 23, 2015
Yu Hong, Assistant Professor of Communications

Overcoming Darwin: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japanese Thought (1868-1970)
August 18, 2014
Clinton Godart, Assistant Professor of History, Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Writing the South Seas: Postcolonial Literature and the Nanyang Imagination
December 7, 2012
Brian Bernards, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Industrial Eden: Missionaries, Developmental States, and a Chinese Capitalist Family, 1900-1952
April 13, 2012
Brett Sheehan
, Associate Professor of History

EASC Grad Forum

In the EASC Grad Forum series, a rotating panel of USC faculty address important topics for the professionalization of graduate students such as research, dissertation writing, publishing, effective CVs, networking, interviews and job talks. Graduate students studying East Asia from any field are welcome to attend. 

EASC Grad Forum: Public Speaking
March 7, 2016

EASC Grad Forum: Portfolio Management
February 1, 2016

EASC Grad Forum: Work/Life Balance and Time Management
November 9, 2015

EASC Grad Forum: Work/Life Balance and Time Management
February 2, 2015

EASC Grad Forum: Public Speaking for Non-Native Speakers
January 26, 2015

EASC Grad Forum: Every Talk is a Jobtalk
November 19, 2014

EASC Grad Forum: Every Talk is a Jobtalk

April 9, 2014

EASC Grad Forum: Public Speaking for Non-Native Speakers
February 26, 2014

EASC Grad Forum: Research
March 13, 2013

EASC Grad Forum: Professionalization

March 6, 2013

East Asia Career Panel

The East Asia Career Panel is an annual event EASC organizes as a part of as a part of USC Career Fest. It is aimed at all undergraduate and graduate students interested in using East Asian language and area studies skills in their future professions and learning about the different career options available. Our impressive alumni panelists come from East Asia-related professions in fields such as business consulting, international trade, non-profit, marketing, and education.

2016 East Asia Career Panel
January 27, 2016

2015 East Asia Career Panel
January 28, 2015

2014 East Asia Career Panel
January 28, 2014

2013 East Asia Career Panel
January 30, 2013 

Professionalization Seminars 

The EASC Professionalization Seminars bring USC Alumni from various majors who utilized East Asia area studies skills in their careers to address important topics and issues for undergraduate students interested in seeking careers utilizing their East Asian area studies knowledge and skills.

Careers in Transpacific Business and Politics - Jon Kaji
Thursday, November 12, 2015

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