Southern California East Asia Colloquium Series

The Southern California East Asia Colloquium Series, funded by EASC’s Department of Education Title VI grant, supports lectures, workshops, conferences and colloquia that bring experts in diverse fields to USC each year to discuss the latest topics on East Asia.  

Past Events


The Struggle for Democracy in 1980s East Asia with Dr. Chaohua Wang

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Independent scholar, Dr. Chaohua Wang, gave a special lecture on the 1989 Tianamen incident in the context of various democratic mass protests in East Asia during the 1980's and their significance in the democratization of most of East Asia.


EASC Interdisciplinary Symposium on East Asian Business

Friday, April 15, 2016
A guidance committee of USC faculty met to discuss topics and themes within East Asian Business to feature for upcoming interdisciplinary symposiums.


Japanese American Studies: New Perspectives on Religion, History, and Society
Saturday, March 12, 2016
EASC Co-sponsored
Leading scholars of Japanese American studies explored how texts, faith, identities, and communities are transplanted, translated, and transformed in a Japanese America positioned beyond national boundaries.


The Mongol-Yuan in Chinese History with Prof. LIU Yingsheng

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Dr. LIU Yingshen discussed the literature and history of the Yuan dynasty in the greater contact of the Mongol World Empire.


North Korea's Futures
Monday, October 26, 2015
Dr. Andrei Lankov discussed the internal and international politics involved in North Korea and the possible outcomes of the current situation.


Joint Consortium Dissertation Workshop on Medieval East Asia at University of Illinois
Friday-Saturday, May 8-10, 2015
Graduate student workshop to engage students in intensive discussions on their own and others' research projects with schedules follow-up meetings.


Memory, Moment, and Mobility in East Asia: East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Graduate student conference on building interdisciplinary forums of exchange on current research on East Asia.


Festschrift in Honor of John "Jack" E. Wils, Jr.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Scholars from around the world present reasearch to be published in a scholarly book in honor of Professor Emeritus John E. Wills, Jr.


K-pop Mania: South Korea's Place in the Sun
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Jie-Ae Sohn, former President of the South Korean Broadcasting foundation, gives instrospective look into K-pop and its role on South Korean public diplomacy initiatives.


Reading and Discussion with Award-winning Novelist Fuminori Nakamura
Monday, November 10, 2014
Reading and discussion with award-winning contemporary Japanese crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura, who read from his Oe Prize-winning thriller, Last Winter We Parted.


Globalizing Japanese Universities: An Inside View from the University of Tokyo
Friday, November 21, 2014
Lecture and discussion on the drecreasing number of Japanese students studying abroad, and what the University of Tokyo is doing to alter it.


West Coast International Relations in Asia Workshop
November 3, 2014
Workshop on building networks and academic collaboration between scholars and Ph.D students at west coast universities dealing with international relations in Asia.



Normativity and Nations: "Japanese" Literature in Brazil
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Lecture and discussion with Ted Mack, Associate Professsor of Modern Japanese Literature at University of Washington.

Junkyard Planet: A Lecture and Q&A with Adam Minter
December 3, 2013
Lecture and discussion journalist Adam Minter about his book Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade.


Fuminori Nakamura: Reading, Q&A & Book Signing
April 22, 2013
Reading and discussion with award-winning contemporary Japanese crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura, who read from his Oe Prize-winning thriller, The Thief.


Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts
March 8, 2013
Keynote address by Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.


Buddhist Futures: Conceptions of Modernity and Temporality in Modern Japanese Buddhism
November 9, 2012
International conference investigating how Japanese Buddhists since the Meiji period have responded and contributed to conceptions of progress and time in modernity.


A Return to the Original I Ching (The Book of Changes): New Perspectives on Gender, Divination, and the Enduring Meaning of a Chinese Classic
September 19, 2012
Talk by Margaret J. Pearson, Professor Emerita of History at Skidmore College, on her translation of the I Ching (Book of Changes) entitled, The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes.


Kucha and the Silk Road
November 13, 2010
At this one-day symposium, top scholars in the field gathered from universities across the nation and Europe to examine the cave temples of Kucha, which are now located in the westernmost part of China and rank among some of the most significant monuments along the ancient Silk Road. 

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  • 3454 Trousdale Parkway
  • College Administrative Services Building (CAS) 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154