Thursday, September 29, 2022

We will be welcoming Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, as part of UVA's continuing "Assessment of China's Belt and Road Initiative" project. Author of Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World (winner of the 1993 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association), he has appeared on NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, and written for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Al-Hayat and the International Herald Tribune. His talk "Worst but for All the Rest: Why China Still Benefits from BRI Investments" will be held Thursday, September 29, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Monroe 122. 

To join the concurrent livestream of the event on Zoom, please register here.

Friday, September 30, 2022

The UVA East Asia Center will be hosting Michael Berry, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA, as the first speaker in our fall speaker series. Professor Berry’s areas of research include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, popular culture in modern China, and literary translation. His approach is transnational and his work addresses the richness and diversity of Chinese art and culture as it has manifested itself in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Sinophone communities. His forthcoming book Translation, Disinformation, and Wuhan Diary: Anatomy of a Transpacific Cyber Campaign (2022) traces the online controversy surrounding Fang Fang’s account of the novel coronavirus outbreak and first city-wide lockdown in Wuhan during 2020. 

The lecture will be held Friday, September 30 on Zoom, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. To attend, please register for the livestream here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Please join us as we welcome Tansen Sen, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai, for a lecture as part of the University of Virginia's "Assessment of China's Belt and Road Initiative" project speaker series. Professor Sen has done extensive research in India, China, Japan, and Singapore with grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Japan Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He was the founding head of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center in Singapore and served on the Governing Board of the Nalanda University. His talk "Inventing the 'Maritime Silk Road'" will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Monroe 130.

To attend the event via our concurrent livestream on Zoom, please register here.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hotel A conference room, join the East Asia Center and Media Studies Professor Lori Morimoto for the second showing in our Fall 2022 Film Series, "In Between Days," directed by So Yong Kim. Award winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, In Between Days conveys an extraordinary sense of intimacy in depicting a young Korean immigrant's journey toward self-discovery.

Friday, October 7, 2022

We're honored to host David Lampton, Senior Fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, for a talk as part of UVA's "Assessment of China's Belt and Road Initiative" project speaker series. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Professor Lampton is the author of many books, including The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds, with prior publications appearing in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other venues popular and academic in both the western world and in Chinese speaking societies. His talk "China's Drive for Connectivity in Southeast Asia: High-Speed Railway Development" will be held Friday, October 7, from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. in New Cabell Hall 309.

To join the event via our concurrent livestream on Zoom, please register here.

Friday, October 14, 2022

The UVA East Asia Center and Department of History are excited to host Aaron Skabelund, Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, as part of our Fall Speaker Series. Professor Skabelund specializes in modern Japanese history, with an emphasis in the social and cultural history of imperialism, animals, and the military. His talk "Inglorious, Illegal Bastards: Japan’s Self-Defense Force During the Cold War" will be held Friday, October 14, in New Cabell Hall 309. 

Friday, October 21, 2022

We will be joined by Christopher Cullen, Emeritus Director of the Needham Research Institute and Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge, for a special Coughlin Lecture on East Asia "Science and Civilization in China: A Century of Changing Perspectives and Approaches." The talk, co-sponsored by the Department of Astronomy, will be held Friday, October 21, from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. in Monroe 122.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Join us as we welcome Holly Stephens, Lecturer in Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Edinburgh, for her East Asia Center Speaker Series lecture "Cotton, Capital, and Colonialism in Southern Korea, 1910-1945." The talk, streaming live on Zoom, will be held Friday, October 28, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

To attend the event, please register here.

Friday, November 11, 2022

The East Asia Center is pleased to host Yuan Julian Chen, Franklin Humanities Fellow at Duke University's Global Asia Initiative and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, as part of our fall speaker series. Her current book manuscript, tentatively titled "Kaifeng: What it Took to Feed, Furnish, and Fortify the World's Largest City, 960-1127," is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her talk "Kaifeng's Rise, Fall and Ecological Legacy" will be held November 11, 2022, on Zoom. To register for the event, please visit