[KS] Asian Studies Conference at Hofstra University: Asia Transforming: Old Values, New Presences (Combined NYCAS-MAR/AAS) September 18-20, 2014

Patricia M. Welch Patricia.M.Welch at hofstra.edu
Mon Sep 8 09:12:13 EDT 2014

 Please post the following announcement regarding the upcoming conference at Hofstra University:

Hofstra University will host an international conference on Asian Studies, between September 18-20, 2014.  This conference, "Asia Transforming: Old Values, New Presences" is being sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), and the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR-AAS), two of the regional associations affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).  We are very excited about the conference.

The conference will have over 180 scholars from around the world presenting papers and three keynote speakers, including Mrinalini Sinha, the Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and current president of the Association of Asian Studies, Bridget Welsh, senior research fellow at National Taiwan University, and Marlene Mayo, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, and recipient of the MAR/AAS Distinguished Asianist Award.  The conference also features a series of events concerning the history and legacy of the practice of systematized military sexual slavery by the Japanese in the Asia-Pacific War.  These events include a large scale poster exhibit (which will be located in the library during the semester and in the MPR during the conference itself), a symposium featuring Pyong Gap Min, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College, and Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar and Shu-Hua Kang, activist and social worker, and executive director of the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, and an academic panel that also focuses on issues related to the topic of Sexual Slavery and Sex Trafficking, and a screening of the film "Song of the Reed," which tells the stories of five Taiwanese survivors.  These events are public outreach, and will be free and open to the public.

In addition, the Hofstra University Museum will have two related exhibits, including "Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art," (highlighting innovative works by contemporary artists from Asia), and "Exploring the Centuries: 3rd-20th Century Asian Art," featuring works from the Hofstra University permanent collection.  Later this fall, the museum will host an outreach event for teachers.  Finally, the conference will include a performance and workshop by the Taiko Masala Drum Ensemble.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please see: http://www.hofstra.edu/Community/culctr/culctr_events_Association-Asian-Studies.html

Patricia Welch
Yuki Terazawa
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