Friday, November 22, 2013

Call for Abstracts: 3rd Annual UBC/UW Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies

Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific

The Masters of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) Program at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the University of Washington will be hosting the third annual UBC/UW graduate student conference on Asian studies. The conference will be held from April 10th – 12th , 2014, at the UBC Vancouver campus in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The UBC/UW conference is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to compare methodologies and discuss current research on the Asia Pacific region. Conference participants can interact, network and collaborate with peers from different institutions and across a wide range of academic disciplines.

In addition to highlighting completed research projects, the UBC/UW conference will serve as an opportunity to develop works in progress. Alongside more traditional research presentations, there will also be a roundtable discussion aimed at tackling methodological and thematic challenges.
Currently enrolled graduate students interested in presenting their work and/or participating in the roundtable discussion are welcomed to do so according to the following guidelines:

Application Guidelines

The conference organizers ask that all applicants…

 a. be currently enrolled in a graduate/postgraduate studies program
 b. submit abstracts focused on issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region
c. limit abstracts to a maximum of 300 words
d. include a short personal biography (100 word limit) along with their abstracts

Abstracts must be received by January 15th,  2014.

The conference organizers will respond to all applicants by mid February regarding the status of their abstracts/ presentations. 

For general inquiries concerning the conference, please contact:  

For abstract submissions as well as submission inquiries, please contact:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Japan Resource Center's new trial database subscription: Nikkei Telecom 21

Check out our trial database subscription to Nikkei Telecom 21, the largest business database in Japan. Access the trial and corresponding feedback form from the GRC website through Dec 2. You can access English language materials through the “English Menu.” Let us know what you think!

Call for Applicatio​ns: 7th Korea-Amer​ica Student Conference

For students interested in Korea-U.S. relations, there is an exciting opportunity to participate in the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC)!

KASC is a student-led, academic and cultural exchange program launched in 2008 to build closer ties between young leaders in both countries. Each year, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Korea are competitively selected to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Korea-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in Korea. KASC emphasizes developing personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place. The Conference is an experience which will help you grow as leaders, build mutual understanding, and forge life-long friendships.

During the length of the Conference, you will have the opportunity to participate in:
-       Roundtable discussions on a topic pertaining to both the U.S. and Korea.
Topics are now available online!
-       Fun and educational field trips and lectures.
Travel to Gangwon-do, Seoul, Jeju Island, and Busan.
Site descriptions are available online!
-       Receptions and networking opportunities with prominent individuals.
-       Final Forum to present Roundtable ideas to KASC alumni and the general public.

Students from all fields of study are welcome!
No previous experience in Korean language, or studies, is required.

More information regarding the 7th conference is now available on KASC’s main webpage.
You can also send an email with any of your questions to:

Applications are available online, and the priority deadline is January 31, 2014.
The final deadline is March 1, 2014.

We encourage you to apply for a life changing summer at the 7th KASC!

State Department Fellowship Program Deadlines Are Approaching!

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program 

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks exceptional undergraduate and graduate students wishing to pursue a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. The Graduate Fellowship Program awards up to $35,000 annually toward a two-year master’s degree.  The Summer Enrichment Program for undergraduates provides greater insight into U.S. foreign policy and careers in international affairs.  The Charles B. Rangel Fellowship application deadline is January 17, 2014. The Summer Enrichment Program deadline is February 10, 2014. Get an early start and visit the website today.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program 

The 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program recruits talented students in academic programs related to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The Program provides funding to dedicated students as they prepare academically and professionally to pursue a role in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.  The application deadline for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for college juniors) is January 24, 2014; the deadline for the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for graduating seniors and recent graduates) is February 7, 2014.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sigur Center Tea Times Featured in China Daily

Aiming for 100,000
More American students are going to China to study under the 100,000 Strong Initiative and finding it to be a life-changing experience, Chen Weihua reports from Washington.
It was 4 pm and Chinese tea time at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University on a recent Thursday. Caitlin Keliher, a senior, was taking part in a group chat in Chinese led by the center's director Edward McCord, a professor of Chinese history.
The topics were mostly China related, ranging from studying there and learning Mandarin to Chinese warlords in the 1920s, a subject that is McCord's specialty.
Keliher, a double major in economics and Chinese who has studied the language since her final year at a high school in Boston, spent six months last year at the Minzu University of China in Beijing to hone her language skills.
"I had five hours of Chinese language class there every day and the progress was tremendous. But since coming back, my language skill has deteriorated, so I come here to practice," Keliher said in fluent Chinese.
Sitting next to her was Luis Rodriguez, a sophomore majoring in international trade with a minor in Chinese. Also speaking in Chinese, he said he started to learn the language in high school in Miami and plans to study in China next year……”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Call for Papers for the 17th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference

Crossroads of East Asia: The 17th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

February 21 - February 23, 2014

The Harvard East Asia Society invites currently enrolled graduate students from around the world, working across all disciplines to submit papers for its annual conference, which will be held on the weekend of February 21-23, 2014 at Harvard University.

The theme of this year's conference is the "Crossroads of East Asia." The committee invites papers that access East Asia through its movements and intersections, in areas including but not limited to the geographical, cultural, and sociopolitical. Preference will be given to papers that engage different disciplines and regions in conversation and reflection. For information on the conference theme, please visit our website at

The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual event which provides an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia. The conference allows young scholars to present their research to both their peers and to eminent scholars in East Asian Studies. All panels will be moderated by Harvard University faculty. The conference will also allow participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short bio of 100 words or less, to by November 22, 2013. Abstracts over 300 words will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible, to allow time for processing.

Eligibility and Application Guidelines:

1.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems).
2.  Papers must be related to East or Inner Asia.
3.  Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words, and bios no more than 100 words, submitted exactly as directed on the HEAS Individual Paper Application Form.
4.  Deadline for abstract submission:  NOVEMBER 22, 2013 


For general conference inquiries, please contact:

For abstract submission inquiries, please contact:

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Japan Resource Center's new trial database subscription: Nikkei Telecom 21

Japan Resource Center is pleased to announce a trial database subscription, Nikkei Telecom 21. You can access English language materials through the “English Menu.” Nikkei is the largest business database in Japan containing five of Nikkei daily newspapers from the early 1980s to the present, the Nikkei English News from the late 1980s, the English weekly journal, Nikkei Weekly since 1983, and more information services. Explore the database on the GRC website  through Dec 2, 2013 and please fill in the online feedback form to let us know what you think!