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


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. 

  • East Asian Studies Center
  • University of Southern California
  • 823 W. 34th Street
  • College House (CLH 101)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089