Asian Studies Latest Events 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer Asian Studies at Michigan State University <![CDATA[The Annual Israeli Film Festival]]> Apples from the Desert 1:45-3:50pm
2014, Hebrew. Directed by Matti Harari and Arik Lubetsky. Rivka lives in Jerusalem with her Orthodox Jewish family. Unhappy with her life, she is attracted to the secular world and runs away with a man to a kibbutz in the desert. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by Professor Yael Aronoff.
Arabic Movie 4:00-5:45pm
2015, Arabic and Hebrew. Documentary. Directed by Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni. Many Israelis are still nostalgic about the old Friday afternoon ritual. Everyone would watch the Arabic movie from Egypt, which allowed some Israelis to "return" to their original homeland. This film will be followed by a dinner. Introduction by Ellen and Dany Rothfeld.
Baba Joon 6:30-8:45pm
2015, Farsi and Hebrew. Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son, Moti, turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade. But Moti's passion is fixing up old cars, and Yitzhak learns that his son is just as stubborn as he is. Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) for Best Film 2015. Israel's submission for U.S. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by the director, Yuval Delshad
2017-10-01T16:26:16-04:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Yael Aronoff
<![CDATA[The Annual Israeli Film Festival]]> Sand Storm
2016, Arabic. Directed by Elite Zexer. As wedding festivities begin in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband's marriage to a second wife. Meanwhile her daughter, Layla, is involved with a man from her university. Jalila tries to bury the indignity of her husband and his new bride while attempting to contain her daughter's situation—but Layla sees a new life for herself. Winner of six Ophirs. Israel's submission for U.S. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by Wafa Alkrenawi, former Fulbright Scholar at MSU.
2017-10-01T16:29:26-04:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Jewish Studies Program
<![CDATA[Arabic Tea and Conversation Hour]]> Arabic Diwan is a gathering of Arabic students who are in the Arabic program, where they speak hte language and learn about the culture in a relaxed environemnt with our Fulbright teaching assistant. Students from all Arabic language levels are encouraged to attend. Also, we extend the invitation to the Arabic-speaking students at the English Center.

2017-01-23T12:39:48-05:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 International Studies and Programs
<![CDATA[Mysteries of The Afterlife: Transcending Death in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam]]> Based on his ongoing research, in this lecture Professor J. Edward Wright will address this and other questions related to the power of afterlife beliefs and images of heaven.

2017-04-04T11:46:55-04:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 International Studies and Programs
<![CDATA[The US Policy towards Korea, China, and Japan: Challenges and Prospects]]> Dr. Jin Park Distinguished Chair Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS); Former Chairman, Foreign Affairs, Trade and National Unification Committee, ROK National Assembly; Chairman, Korean-American Association; Chairman, Asia Future Institute.

Dr. Jin Park, a renowned Korean scholar and politician, will talk about the implications and prospects of recent U.S. foreign policy initiatives toward Northeast Asia including Korea, China and Japan under the new Trump administration. Korea and Japan, as key allies of the U.S. sharing democracy and market economy, are coping to digest the impact of America First policy in terms of defense cost sharing and free trade regime such as the Korea-U.S. FTA and the TPP. The U.S. will have to deal with diverse geopolitical and economic challenges in Northeast Asia, particularly by the rise of China, regional rivalry between China and Japan, South Korea's alliance management with the U.S. and, last but not least, North Korean security threats. Meanwhile, the interplay of domestic politics and changing dynamics of trilateralism among the three countries in the region will reversely influence the U.S. foreign policy directions in the future.

2017-03-30T11:59:32-04:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Asian Studies Center
<![CDATA[The Bacchus Lady Screening]]> The Korean Program presents

A Special Screening with Director E J-yong: The Bacchus Lady


Reception: 6:00-­7:00 P.M.
Screening: 7:00-­9:30 P.M.


Synopsis: So-young makes a meager living by selling herself to old men. She is a "Bacchus lady", an elderly prostitute who approaches potential clients with a bottle of the popular Korean energy drink Bacchus and the phrase "Care for a drink?" As a young woman, she used to sell herself to American soldiers. Perhaps driven by the painful memory of giving up her half-black infant son for adoption, she is unable to ignore the motherless Korean-Filipino child she meets while visiting the hospital. Despite help from her social outcast neighbors like Madame Tina, her transgender landlady, or Do-hoon, a poor young man with a prosthetic leg, she struggles to care for the child. One day, Jae-woo, a former client, informs her that Song, another regular, has been hospitalized following a stroke. She visits the hospital to discover the man completely paralyzed. Song begs her to end his life, a request that causes her both bewilderment and dismay.

Director Bio: Director and screenwriter E J-yong graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts in 1991. His films include: the debut feature, An Affair (1998), recognized for its visually unique minimalism and the deep emotions it conveys; the joint Korean-Japanese made film Asako In Ruby Shoes (2000); his remarkable adaptation of the classic French novel Les Liasons dangereuses in the Joseon Dynasty-set film Untold Scandal (2003); Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006), a film about high school students with cartoon-like imaginations; The Actresses (2009); Behind the Camera (2012); My Brilliant Life (2014); and The Bacchus Lady (2016). He is well regarded in the Korean film industry for his stylistic choices and diverse array of works that explore the boundary between fiction and non-fiction and carefully crafted visuals and ideas.

The film screening at Michigan State University is made possible by the Korea Foundation, the Korea International Trade Association, the Asian Studies Center and Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU.

* This film contains adult content and themes. Viewer discretion is advised.


2017-07-04T11:57:00-04:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 International Studies and Programs
<![CDATA[Two Unforgivens: A Transpacific Story of Traveling Westerns]]> Part of the Asian Studies Center Colloquium on Transnational East Asia

In this presentation Professor Fujitani reads Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il's remake Yurusarezaru mono (2013). Fujitani argues that Lee's film, set in Hokkaido, is in many ways a radical and challenging exploration of key themes taken up by Eastwood. These include violence, law, the outlaw, sovereign power, the right to kill, and historical accountability. At the same time, Lee takes up several issues that Eastwood simply leaves as background to his story in particular race, indigeneity, and settler colonialism.
Takashi Fujitani is Professor of History at the University of Toronto where he is also the Dr. David Chu Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies. His major works include: Splendid Monarchy (UC Press, 1996); Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans in WWII (UC Press, 2011) and Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (co-edited, Duke U. Press, 2001). He is also editor of the series Asia Pacific Modern (UC Press).
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center
Co-sponsors: Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Japan Council


2016-12-12T12:33:04-05:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Asian Studies Center
<![CDATA[Pacific Islander Poetry and Politics]]> A lecture by Craig Santos Perez.

This lecture is part of the 2017 Global Perspectives Colloquium:  Arts & Aesthetics in Archipelagic Contexts.

This colloquia centers artistic and scholarly works emerging from Oceania, East Asia, Africa, and Caribbean archipelagos. This archipelagic perspective will enable an engagement with the global impact and influence of what are often thought of as insular and isolated islands. With sustained attention to migration and diaspora, music and literary productions, and geopolitical symbolism and empire, this colloquia infuses archipelagic experiences into contemporary understandings of culture and society.

2017-02-16T16:16:18-05:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 International Studies and Programs
<![CDATA[Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from Imperial and Post-Imperial Japan]]> Part of the Asian Studies Center Colloquium on Transnational East Asia

Reception to follow

Japan built a wartime empire in Asia during the global moment of the twenties and thirties, when the rise of anti-colonial nationalism brought new pressures on longstanding imperial structures. After the cataclysm of World War II shattered the foundations of colonial empires and divided the globe up into the first, second, and third worlds, Japan lost its colonies while creating a trading imperium under the American cold war umbrella. This lecture looks at Japan in the world before and after World War II in an effort to understand the ruptures and continuities in imperial formations across the twentieth century.

Louise Young is Vilas Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on modern Japan, especially social and cultural history. She is the author of Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism (winner of John K. Fairbank and Hiromi Arisawa prizes) and Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan. She is currently working on a history of the idea of class in nineteenth and twentieth century Japan.

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center

Co-sponsors: Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Japan Council
2016-12-12T12:19:21-05:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Asian Studies Center
<![CDATA[Schwarzman Scholars Information Session]]> Schwarzman Scholars is a highly-selective, fully-funded international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master's Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience includes unparalleled opportunities in and outside of the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/ internships, and travel seminars around China.

The program takes place at the state-of-the-art Schwarzman College, where Scholars will engage in a dynamic core curriculum concentrating in public policy, international studies, or business and economics. The program is open to students and young professionals up to 28 years old of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. Visit for additional information on the upcoming application process, which will open in April. A representative from Schwarzman Scholars will be present at:

To register visit: https://schwarzmantsingh ua.hobsonsrad m0x6 702at.ssc


Applications open in April for 2018/2019 class.

2017-03-28T11:58:06-04:00 2017-04-23T03:58:02-04:00 Asian Studies Center