East Asia Center Faculty Forum September 20

September 9, 2019

East Asia Center Fall Reception September 13

September 3, 2019

East Asia Center 2019 Spring Newsletter

August 26, 2019

Our spring newsletter features a message from our director, Dorothy Wong, as well as a variety of updates about faculty and graduate students publications and activities. Make sure to take a look!

"Asian Art from the Permanent and Select Private Collections" Exhibition at the Fralin Museum (until Nov. 10, 2019)

August 22, 2019

The Fralin Museum of Art’s permanent collection encompasses a wide range of cultures and periods. Over the Museum’s history, particular strengths have grown in the collections of East and South Asian paintings. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the permanent collection with select loans from private collections, is curated by Professors Dorothy Wong and Daniel Ehnbom to illustrate the breadth of the holdings in these areas. On view will be works from China, Japan, and India ranging from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries.

"Complementing & Competing Visions of China's Belt & Road Initiative" Conference March 2019

February 15, 2019

The East Asia Center with host the conference, Complementing and Competing Visions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, on March 2, 2019 (Saturday).

As China consolidates its emerging position as a world power, the major dynamics of this process involves China’s projection of its influence in investments and other geostrategic interests into surrounding regions from Africa through South and Southeast Asia and into Central Asia. This conference brings these collaborative and competing interests into focus by exploring China’s means and objectives, contrasting them with perspectives from surrounding regions. The dialectical format will bring out balanced and comprehensive perspectives of use to policy-makers and scholars in coming to terms with the emergent new world order of the twenty-first century.

This event is free and open to the public, funded by grants from the East Asia Center and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.

UVA Symposium on Korea September 28th, 2018

September 27, 2018

The Candlelight Revolution and the Prospects for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

U.S. President Donald Trump met with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. It was the first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States of America (USA) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). They signed a joint statement, agreeing on several issues including security guarantees for North Korea, new peaceful relations, and reaffirmation of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It was a remarkable turn of events over a short period of time. For comparison, in 2017, Pyongyang conducted ICBM tests and an alleged “hydrogen bomb” test, declared the completion of a strategic nuclear force, and even threatened to annihilate the United States.

Why the sudden change? Three leading experts on Korea -- Professor Paik, Nak-chung from Korea, Professor Philip Zelikow from University of Virginia, and Professor Jae-Jung Suh from Japan -- delivered presentations to shed lights on the question at the inaugural UVA Symposium on Korea, held in the Harrison Auditorium on September 28th, 2018. The conference was well attended by students, faculty members, and the general public who showed a great deal of enthusiasm.

Professor Paik explained in his keynote speech that the ‘candlelight revolution’, which began with massive nationwide demonstrations of 2016-17, eventually brought down the Park Geun Hye government, and ushered in the new presidency of MOON Jae In.  Calling itself the candlelight government, Moon’s administration is the chief driving force in the whole process of the great changes occurring in the Korean peninsula. Professor Paik further argued that, after the Panmunjom Declaration by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un in April 2018, the June 12 US-North Korea summit in Singapore, and the September Pyongyang Declaration at the third and latest summit meeting between the two Korean leaders, the movement for peace in the Korean peninsula has acquired an irreversible momentum. Prof. Zelikow offered an American perspective on how diplomacy with North Korea can work. He observed that a one-track devotion to ending the nuclear program will force all other important issues to queue up behind it. In contrast, he argued, a multi-track process would actually do more to ease progress on denuclearization, as well as multiple other fronts. Prof. Suh stated that the possibility of peace was created by the North’s new leadership that initiated the transition from the military-first politics to the economy-first strategy, symbolized by LEDs lighting skyscrapers in Pyongyang. The possibility was turned into a virtuous cycle of diplomacy and peace after the candlelight demonstrations in the South helped install the Moon Jae In administration that prioritized peace over confrontation. He argued that the United States has a historic choice to make between continuing the past of confrontation and nuclear weapons and opening the future of peace and denuclearization.

In the subsequent panel discussion session, chaired by Prof. Youngju Ryu from University of Michigan, the three speakers agreed that politicians and policy makers should rise above politics and come up with a coherent strategy for peace and denuclearization in Korea. And it takes a well-informed, activated citizenry to force the leaders to seize this opportunity to bring everlasting peace to the Korean peninsula.

This symposium was generously sponsored by the East Asia Center, the Pavilion Seminars Program, the Department of Politics, the Department of Physics, and the UVA Korea Society.

Prof. Paik's article on the subject, published in The Asia-Pacific Journal, can be found here





Professor Paik, Nak-chung delivering his keynote speech, ‘Candlelight Revolution, South Korean Democracy, and Changes in the Peninsula.’



Professor John Owen of Department of Politics, who was a co-organizer of the symposium, introducing Professor Youngju Ryu from University of Michigan who chaired the panel discussion session. Sitting are three panelists, Jae-Jung Suh, Philip Zelikow, and Paik, Nak-chung (from left).



Professor Paik, Nak-chung, and Professor Seung-Hun Lee of Department of Physics, who was a co-organizer of the symposium with students of his Pavilion Seminar class, Science & Politics.

Fall East Asia Center Speaker Series Announced

August 28, 2018

Fall Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia Announced

August 28, 2018

Spring 2019 Speaker Series

August 22, 2018

Speaker Series Video Recordings Available to View Online

August 22, 2018

East Asia Center has begun recording both our lecture series and the Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia.  Both sets have been catalogued and posted to the new "Videos" tab on our website, and all future lectures we record will be posted there as well.

2018 East Asia Center Newsletter

June 4, 2018

The latest edition of the East Asia Center's newsletter has now been published.


Spring Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia Announced

February 21, 2018

Spring EAC Lecture Series Announced

February 9, 2018

Jim Lambiasi (Architecture, '90) Narrates Documentary

January 25, 2018

This past Winter, UVa Alum Jim Lambiasi (Architecture, '90) narrated a NHK documentary on notable architecture in Hiroshima and Onomichi. He traveled for 5 days interviewing the people who work hard to support the buildings, ranging from famous landmarks to small guest houses. 

To watch, please click here or visit the "Other Recordings" page under our Video heading.



August 31, 2017


August 31, 2017

2017 East Asia Center Newsletter

May 16, 2017

The latest edition of the East Asia Center's newsletter has now been published.

To read or download it, please click here.




Announcing Funding Opportunity for UVA Faculty and Students to Study In China

May 3, 2017

The Fudan University Fellows Program and East China Normal University ECNU-UVA Visiting Scholar Program provides funding (airfare, housing and/or per diem) to graduate students and/or faculty to do research at those universities in Shanghai.  Here’s a chart showing some of the differences between the two funding sources:

*There is no minimum number of days required as long as most time is spent at ECNU and the per diem is for up to 10 weeks total, divided between 1-5 faculty, so faculty may receive per diems for shorter or longer than 2 weeks according to total number of visiting faculty per annum.

**Depends on Category and Period of Stay. Monthly stipend is 5,000 CNY/month for students, 10,000 CNY/month for assistant professors and post-docs, and 15,000 CNY/month for associate professors and professors.

***Depends on Period of Stay. Daily stipend is 1,000 CNY/day.

Introducing the B.A./M.A. Joint Program for Current UVa Undergrads

February 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia Announced

February 6, 2017

East Asia Center Spring 2017 Speaker Series Announced

January 30, 2017

New Informational Flyer in M.A. in East Asian Studies Now Available

November 8, 2016

Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia, Fall Series 2016

October 18, 2016



All events are free and open to the public.


East Asia Center Fall Lecture Series Announced

September 10, 2016


The UVA East Asia Center is proud to announce the finalization of our Fall Lecture Series for Fall 2016.  


All events are free and open to the public.


Chinese Language Program at UVA Reaches Beyond Borders

July 26, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 26, 2016 — Mid-July at the University of Virginia can appear deceptively quiet. Thick, soupy heat and the occasional thunderstorm collude to keep people indoors, leaving the brick-paved walkways on grounds nearly empty. But venture to room 211 on the second floor of Gibson Hall and you will find a virtual reality; secondary students from around the country learning Mandarin. The catch? None of them are actually in the room – physically anyway. The students, from around the country, link to a special online platform to learn Mandarin Chinese, one of the languages deemed critical by the U.S. government. Their teachers, however, are in the room, and are learning to teach through an online curriculum custom-designed at UVA as part of “STARTALK,” a government-funded program that expands and improves the teaching and learning of such under-taught languages as Mandarin and Arabic. The STARTALK program has been a big draw at UVA since 2008, attracting teachers who want to enhance their instructional skills and students from Virginia and beyond interested in learning one of these languages – in this case, Chinese.

But this year is different. The addition of the online platform has made the program much more accessible, and the students love it. “I really enjoy the ability to learn one-on-one with a teacher,” said Wilson Turner, who is tuning in to the classes from Baltimore. Turner is able to collaborate with his classmates, too. “I also like being able to view the way my classmates finished their homework assignments, because it gives me an idea of what to do for mine if I’m confused,” the rising 10th-grader said. It’s one way students are allowed to cross check their work.

UVA’s STARTALK program is highly sought-after by students and teachers alike. This year alone, 140 people nationwide applied. Twelve teachers – four of whom are college-level instructors – and 36 students were selected. Miao-fen Tseng is an associate professor of Chinese and the inaugural director of UVA’s Institute of World Languages. She develops and oversees the STARTALK program, and said the online component distinguishes UVA from others around the country. Her team tested three different online platforms and selected one called WIZIQ because it is student-centered. “We are very satisfied with the interactive functions,” she said. “A lot of online courses put materials online and students learn on their own. But where is the quality? How do we closely monitor to make sure that learning takes place?”  WIZIQ, she said, makes that possible because teachers and students interact one-on-one in real time. “We are making the history to explore and pilot a program on how languages can be taught right and well online,” Tseng said. “We have put interaction as a central notion for everything we created.” On a recent day, students embarked on a virtual trip to Beijing, landing in an airport, connecting with host families and visiting a local school. “They talk about their daily classes and how to use their break time to do physical exercise,” Tseng said.

For the teachers, the five-week program began June 20 with two weeks of online learning in their home states, followed by a three-week residential experience at UVA. Lili Kessinger teaches Chinese at a high school in Connecticut and is excited to take what she is learning at UVA back to her students at Staples High School. “I just love the idea of how I can use this technology to deliver lessons to students,” she said. “I’ve been in many other STARTALK programs. They all have their own specialty, but I think the tools that I am learning in this program are going to benefit me a lot.” While the program is free for teachers and students, Kessinger is paying to earn five graduate-level UVA credits. “Teachers have the option to participate for free or to pay for credits,” she said. “I want to have the opportunity to transfer my credit to my second graduate degree.” That degree is going to be in second-language acquisition. “I’m just thrilled to be here. Coming in here, I know I am going to be learning a lot. It’s just a really innovative and forward-thinking program,” she said.


This article was originally published by NBC 29 News, in Charlottesville Va.  The link to the story is found here.