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East Asia Now
20 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Brigid Vance on Dream Divination in the Ming Era
Lawrence University’s Professor Brigid Vance discusses her background that led to her studying the intellectual and socio-cultural history of Ming Dynasty China. Her current research focuses on the legacy and cultural import of dreams and dream divination in late imperial China, including dream interpretation and how knowledge about dreams are disseminated. Along with the historical aspects, she talks about how dreams are discussed in modern China.
25 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Matt Alt, "Pure Invention: How Japan Made the Modern World"
In this episode CEAS Associate Director David Fields and Tokyo-based author Matt Alt discuss "fantasy delivery devices," the first karaoke machine and Alt's new book Pure Invention: How Japan Made the Modern World. For more on Matt Alt and to purchase a copy of the book visit https://www.mattalt.com/.
16 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Junko Habu On What Food Insecurity in Pre-Modern Japan Can Teach Us About Sustainability
In this episode CEAS Associate Director David Fields speaks with Junko Habu, professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley. Habu discusses her interest in food security in Jomon Japan and what lessons prehistoric societies can teach us in our own quest for sustainability.
47 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Jean-Pierre Cabestan, "China Tomorrow: Democracy Or Dictatorship?"
This episode features a talk given by Jean-Pierre Cabestan on his recent book China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship? Cabestan is a political scientist at Hong Kong Baptist University. This talk was given in Madison in fall 2019.
53 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Toshihiro Nakayama, "How Japan Handled the ‘Trump Shock’ and learned to Live with it"
This episode features a talk given by Toshihiro Nakayama titled “"How Japan Handled the ‘Trump Shock’ and learned to Live with it: Understanding Japan-US Relations from a Japanese Perspective." Nakayama is a prominent Japanese public intellectual, a Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy at Keio University in Tokyo, and a journalist.
1 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
TransAsia and the World is now East Asia Now
We are excited to announce that TransAsia and the World is transitioning to East Asia Now an outreach initiative of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. We look forward to continuing to bring you programming touching on a wide range of topics in East Asian Studies and on issues connecting East Asia and the United States, including lectures, interviews, and discussions. Please look for new episodes in the coming weeks.
27 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
Justin Tse on Asian American Religion
Episode 15 - Justin Tse discusses the trans-Pacific lives of Cantonese Protestants, his approach to the study of Asian American history and religion, and the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement.
33 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
Joseph Ho on Missionary Photography in Republican China
Galen Poor and Joshua Tan interview Joseph Ho about his intersecting interests in the modern history of Christianity in China and the history of photography. Learn about cultural encounters between Americans and China in the early twentieth century, the unique position of American missionaries in early twentieth century China, the history of photography and film-making in China, and how photographs and other visual materials are a rich and unique archival source to do history. Joseph Ho is an Assistant Professor of History at Albion College. He completed his PhD in history from the University of Michigan in 2017. Ho is the co-editor of War and Occupation in China: The Letters of an American Missionary from Hangzhou, 1937-1938.
35 minutes | May 23, 2019
Kathleen Gutierrez on the Politics of Nomenclature in the Philippines
Episode 13 - Philip Cerepak and Galen Poor interview PhD candidate Kathleen Gutierrez of the University of California-Berkeley about the politics of nomenclature and binomial naming systems for plants in the Philippines during the early twentieth century. Learn about colonialism and science, the relationship between local and Western naming systems, and how Filipino scientists attuned themselves to global naming conventions for plants.
40 minutes | May 9, 2019
Tom Mullaney on the History of Science and Technology
Episode 12 - Galen Poor and Aijie Shi interview Tom Mullaney, Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University. He discusses how thinking about technology changes how we understand Asian and global history. Learn about grand narratives in the history of science, the importance of studying low-impact inventions, and how systems of knowledge, practice and politics are embodied in everyday technologies.
41 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
Lin Li on The Transnational Redress Movement
Episode 11 - Galen Poor and Phillip Cerepak interview Lin Li, a PhD Candidate at UW-Madison. She discusses the politics of historical memory around Comfort Women in East Asia. Learn how the efforts of Comfort Women activists have always crossed national boundaries, flummoxing ideas like national tragedy and memory.
44 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Madihah Akhter on the Muslim Matriarchies of India
Episode 10 - Galen Poor and Joy Block interview Madihah Akhter, a Ph.D Candidate in History at Stanford University. Akhter shares a fascinating set of stories about the Begum of Bhopal, Shah Jahan - a powerful female sultan of one of India's princely states. As Indians across the British Empire conceptualized independence for India, the Begum offered a vision that prioritized Islamic femininity and princely power.
33 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
Sarah Mellors on Birth Control in China
Episode 09 - Galen Poor & Joy Block interview Professor Sarah Mellors, Assistant Professor of History at Missouri State University. Mellors discusses birth control in China during the Republican and early Communist eras. Learn how Chinese families thought about and practiced birth control before the One-Child Policy.
45 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
Ayako Kano on Gender, the Largest Category of Human Experience
Episode 08 - Our Gender series kicks off as Sam Timinsky interviews Ayako Kano, Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Their wide ranging discussion covers gender, family, labor, and the current Abe administration's policies in Japan. Kano explains the ways in which gender penetrates nearly every aspect of an individual's life and claims that activism or policy-making related to gender strike at the heart of a society's culture and politics.
45 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
William Noseworthy on State-Sponsored Violence in Cambodia & Indonesia
Episode 7 - Joy Block and Galen Poor talk with William Noseworthy, Assistant Professor of History at McNeese State University. A specialist in Southeast Asian History, Noseworthy compares the political violence in Indonesia under Suharto and in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Noseworthy looks into how both events pursued policies of genocide. Whether directed against communists or non-communists ostensibly, violence in both countries held strong ethnic and sometimes religious components.
37 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Felix Jiménez Botta on the Politics of Cold War Humanitarianism
Episode 6 - Our series on Political Violence opens up our transnational perspective to consider how humanitarian organizations and political parties in Germany built strategies around reactions to leftwing violence in South America. These leftist groups sometimes associated with violent Maoism. In today's podcast Felix walks us through the complex relationship between political violence abroad and domestic political struggles in Germany. Join Sam Timinsky and Galen Poor as they talk with Felix Jiménez Botta, recent PhD graduate in History from Boston College.
44 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Alex Macartney on Right to Violence & the Japanese Left
Episode 05 - Sam Timinsky and Joy Block talk with Alex Macartney, teaching fellow in Japanese & German History at Georgetown University. Also listen to excerpts of a talk he gave about two "Red Army" movements that helped define international Left-wing violence in the 1960s - one in Japan and the other in West Germany. Macartney discusses the logic that made both groups choose to practice political violence, and draws attention to global developments, transnational connections, and gendered violence.
35 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
William Marotti on Political Violence as a Strategy of Resistance
Episode 04 - Sam Timinsky interviews William Marotti, associate professor at UCLA, about why non-governmental groups resort to political violence. Listen to today's conversation, as Marotti defines "political violence" and explains why political groups - such as the Japanese New Left in the late 1960s - used violence as a strategy of political protest and activism.
35 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
David Fields on North Korea Today
Episode 03b - Joy Block and Galen Poor interview David Fields, deputy director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution who earned his PhD studying the division of Korea. Enjoy our conversation with him as we look back at the historical context of our North Korea moment and the significance of the past year of developments in North Korean affairs.
38 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
Roundtable on the North Korea Crisis
Episode 03a - On September 22, 2017, scholars from the University of Wisconsin-Madison held a roundtable discussion about what they called the “North Korea Crisis.” In the months previous, North Korea had reached several milestones in nuclear weapon development, and breakdowns in diplomacy between North Korea and the United States threatened war. The panel included Eunsook Jung (Political Science), Louise Young (History), and Andrew Kydd (Political Science). Hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies.
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