East Asia Center Lecture Series

November 11, 2022

Yuan Julian Chen, Duke University

"Kaifeng’s Rise, Fall and Ecological Legacy"

October 28, 2022

Holly Stephens, University of Edinburgh

"Cotton, Capital, and Colonialism in Southern Korea, 1910-1945"



September 30, 2022

Michael Berry, The University of California, Los Angeles

"COVID-19, Text, Power: Fang Fang and the Birth of the ‘Wuhan Diary’ Genre"



April 1, 2022

Guobin Yang, The University of Pennsylvania

"The Wuhan Lockdown and the Limits of Critique"



March 25, 2022

Richard C. Bush, Brookings Institution

"China's Hong Kong and Taiwan Problems: A Semi-Leninist Policy Meets Popular Response"



February 25, 2022

Hsiao-Wen Cheng, University of Pennsylvania

"Writing a History of Sexuality for Premodern China: Some Methodological Reflections"



February 18, 2022

Richard H. Lawrence, Jr, Overlook Investments Group

"Investing in Asia: The Overlook Model"



February 11, 2022

David S. Law, University of Virginia

"Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments: The Case of Taiwan"



November 12, 2021

Maya Stiller, University of Kansas

"Elite Graffiti, Kinship, and Social Capital: Cultural Pilgrimages to Kŭmgangsan in Pre-1900 Korea"

October 29, 2021

Gregory Smits, Penn State University

"A New Model of Early Ryukyuan History"

October 15, 2021

Paul Groner, University of Virginia

"Eison’s 叡尊 (1201-1290) Reformation of the Japanese Buddhist Ordinations"



September 17, 2021

Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan

"Prototype Nation: China & the Contested Promise of Innovation"

April 23, 2021

David Fedman, the University of California-Irvine

"Beyond the Green Archipelago: Japan's Empire of Forestry in Korea and Beyond"

April 16, 2021

Aike Peter Rots, University of Oslo, Norway

"Of Gods & Whales: Popular Rituals, Environmental Change, and the Necessity of Intra-Asian Comparison"

April 8, 2021

Jeffrey Nicolaisen, Visiting Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University

"Inequality of Equalities: The Taiwanese Buddhist Encounter with Liberal Humanism and Taiwan’s Indigenous People"

April 8, 2021

Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc, Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States

"The United States and Vietnam: Ney Dynamics" Part Two

April 2, 2021

Amitav Acharya, American University

"ASEAN and Regional Order in Southeast Asia"

March 19, 2021

Xin Conan-Wu, The College of William and Mary

"The Walled Grove: Chinese Gardens in History"

March 4, 2021

Daniel Kritenbrink, US Ambassador to Vietnam

"The United States and Vietnam: New Dynamics"

February 5, 2021

Timothy Grose

"Uyghurs are Uyghurs. They Aren’t Muslim:" Forging "Modern" Chinese Citizens in Xinjiang

November 18, 2020

Naomi Standen

"Taking China out of Premodern Global History: Bodies, Threads and Fabrics"

November 13, 2020

Eddy U

"Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification"

October 29, 2020

Sonya Lee

"Island Illusion: Recreating Avalokiteshvara at Mt. Putuo in Sichuan during Song-dynasty China"

October 16, 2020

Graham F. Odell

"State Reconstitution in China, Japan and East Africa"

October 9, 2020

Ezra F. Vogel

"China-Japan: 1895-2010, The Interim of Japan on Top"

October 2, 2020

Evan A. Feigenbaum

"China, Asia, and the US: Foreground and Lost Ground"

September 25, 2020

Bob Davis, Lingling Wei, Wall Street Journal

"China & the US - A Superpower Showdown"

February 14, 2020

Dr. Perry Link, University of California, Riverside

"Three Turning Points in Chinese Popular Political Thought since 1949"

November 1, 2019

Dr. Koji Murata, Doshisha Univeristy

"The US-Japan Alliance in the Trump Era"

October 25, 2019

Dr. Robert Weller, Boston University

"Anti-Heroic Agents: The Gendered Dynamics of Religious Change in Urbanizing China"

October 21, 2019

Duncan Clark, BDA China, & Syaru Shirley Lin, UVA Visiting Professor

"The Rise of Alibaba and Prospects for Technological Innovation in China"

October 11, 2019

Dr. Josh Eisenman, University of Notre Dame

"Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change and Economic Development"




Taisu Zhang, Yale Law School
"Legality in Contemporary Chinese Politics"


To-Hai Liou, National Chengchi University
"Taiwan's New Southbound Policy and Asian Economic Integration"


Xiao Ren, Fudan University
"China and the Denuclearization of North Korea: History in the Making?"


Minxin Pei, Claremond McKenna College
"Autopsy of a Failed Policy: Why China's One Party Political Regime Made America's Engagement Unsuccessful"


Takeshi Watanabe, Wesleyan University
"How to Treat Spirit Possessions in the Heian Japan: Eiga monogatari and the Potential of Historical Writing for Healing"


Paul Goldin, University of Pennsylvania
"Self Interest in Early Chinese Texts"



Johnathan Skaff, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
"Slavery of the Silk Road of the Tang Empire"


Martin Schoenhals, UNC Chapel Hill
"'Civilizing' China: Cultural Beliefs about the Urban & Modern in the People's Republic of China"


Fred Damon, University of Virginia
"Chinese Astronomical Systems in the South Pacific? Conforming Earth to Heaven Through the Reaches of the Austronesian World"



François Jullien, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
"There is No Such Thing as Cultural Identity, but We Shall Defend a Culture’s Resources"




Jonathan Best, Wesleyan University
"Empress Jingu's Magical Conquest of Korea: A Legend of Multiple Uses"




Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University
"A Strange Gift and Stranger Beneficiaries: 1,650 Sutras Copied for the Tibetan Emperor"



Nicole Willock, Old Dominion University
"Lineages of the Literacy: Religious Repertoires and the Cultural Revolution"



Ian Johnson, Journalist
"China's Religious Revival"



Holly Gayley, The University of Colorado, Boulder
"Epistolary Intimacy in the Love Letters of a Buddhist Tantric Couple"