Monday, March 2, 2020

Tayyab Safdar presents "The China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Progress, Opportunities and Perils"

Join us as Dr. Tayyab Safdar, Post-Doctoral Researcher for the Centre of Development Studies & China Centre, Jesus College at the University of Cambridge, presents his research on "The China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Progress, Opportunities and Perils." This talk, part of the University of Virginia's "Assessment of China's Belt and Road Initiative" will be held in Monroe 122, from 6:00-7:30pm.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

An Appreciation of Director Bong Joon Ho: Two Seminal Films

Friday, February 28, 2020

"Nourishing Japan" Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Film-maker Alexis Agliano Sanborn

Documentary film-maker Alexis Agliano Sanborn will join us for a screening of her film "Nourishing Japan," which looks at the impact of recent changes in Japanese law that effect the way food is served at schools, as well as a panel discussion featuring Dr. Kathleen Porter, nutrition expert and Assistant Professor of Research for the UVA School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences, Jordan Johnson (Garden Team Manager for the local Schoolyard Garden program); and Leon Nunez (Food Justice Associate for the same program, who came up through the city schools and has been working with the garden program since he was a middle school student).

 Join us February 28, in Nau 101, from 3:15-5:00pm.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop with Local Artist Jing Shui

Local artist Jing Shui will be leading a Chinese art technique workshop Thursday, February 20, from 3:00-5:30pm in New Cabell Hall 298 Language Commons Suite. 

Please RSVP for the event at

Friday, February 14, 2020

"Three Turning Points in Chinese Popular Political Thought since 1949" with Dr. Perry Link

"Three Turning Points in Chinese Popular Political Thought since 1949", a talk by the esteemed East Asian scholar Dr. Perry Link, followed by a townhall conversation on Hong Kong with Harry Harding, will be held Friday, February 14, in the Harrison-Small Auditorium, from 2:00-5:00pm, with reception following. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Friday, February 7, 2020

East Asia Center Faculty Forum

The East Asia Center Spring 2020 faculty forum will be held February 7, with presentations by Howard Epstein (Professor of Environmental Sciences and Department Chair) and Philip Potter (Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy and Director of the National Security Policy Center). Professor Epstein will speak on the "Environment of the Tibetan Plateau," with Professor Potter sharing thoughts on "China's War on Terror." Please join us in Monroe 116, from 3:15 - 5:00pm, with reception following.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Chinese Cooking Class at Kyoto Restaurant

Saturday, November 16, 2019

2019 Fall Speaker Series

Friday, November 15, 2019

Assessing the Politics and Economics of China's Belt and Road Initiative

Please visit our website to RSVP for the afternoon workshop and to learn more!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Jonathan Padwe presents "Pol Pot's War On Diversity: "Mastery," Ideology and Ecology in Khmer Rouge Cambodia"

Friday, November 1, 2019

Koji Murata of Doshisa University speaks on "The US-Japan Alliance in the Trump Era"

Friday, October 25, 2019

Robert Weller presents "Anti-Heroic Agents"

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Dialogue between Duncan Clark and Shirley Lin "The Rise of Alibaba and Prospects for Technological Innovation in China"

Friday, October 18, 2019

Sarah Jacoby presents "Technologies of Sexuality in Tibetan Buddhism"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matthew King presents "Counter-modern Buddhism in Revolutionary Inner Asia"

Counter-modern Buddhism in Revolutionary Inner Asia

October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Drawing from his recent book Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing (Columbia University Press 2019), Matthew King will share the story of one Khalkha monk’s failed efforts to render the collapse of the Qing and Tsarist empires, the rise of nationalist and socialist revolutionary movements, and the rationalizing influences of science and public culture sensible to his Tibeto-Mongolian scholastic tradition. The emphasis in this talk will be on ways that attention to “counter-modern Buddhisms” helps illuminate under-researched landscapes of social and religious imagination across 19th-20th century Asia and re-figures Buddhist Studies into a form of critique in the humanities today.

Matthew King is Associate Professor of Transnational Buddhism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California-Riverside, where he also currently serves as Chair of Asian Studies.

Sponsorship of this event is shared between the East Asia Center, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, and the UVA Tibet Center.


October 15

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Nau Hall 342
1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Tibet Center
East Asia Center
Virginia Center for the Study of Religion

Friday, October 11, 2019

Josh Eisenman presents "Red China's Green Revolution"

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Joshua Eisenman presents "Insurmountable Asymmetry" Belt and Road Initiative Talk

Friday, September 27, 2019

Chinese Painting Workshop with local artist Jing Shui

Friday, September 20, 2019

East Asia Center Faculty Forum September 20

Friday, September 13, 2019

East Asia Center Fall Reception September 13

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Complementing and Competing Visions of China's Belt and Road Initiative


Friday, March 1, 2019

Xiao Ren Talk - "China and the Denuclearization of Korea: History in the Making?"

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mixin Pei Talk - "Autopsy of a Failed Policy: Why China’s One-Party Political Regime Made America’s Engagement Unsuccessful"

Friday, February 15, 2019

Webb Keane Talk - "Perspectives on Religion in Indonesia: Materiality, Ethics, Ontology, Politics

Friday, November 30, 2018

Erin Swails Talk - Environmental Science in Indonesia

Part of the Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia.  Location and Flier coming soon.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Ben Tran Talk - Air Conditioned Socialism

Part of the Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia.  Location and Flier coming soon.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Scott Seligman - The Third Degree: Triple Murder, Your Miranda Rights, and UVA's First Chinese Student

Friday, November 9, 2018

East Asia Center Faculty Forum: Manuel Lerdau, Esther Lorenz, Brantly Womack

Location and Flier coming soon.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Networking and Welcome Reception of Leaders Advancing Democracy - Mongolia

Friday, November 2, 2018

Sandy Miller Talk - A Reverence for Ink: Collecting Chinese Ink Painting

Friday, October 19, 2018

Takeshi Watanabe Talk - How to Treat Spirit Possessions in Heian Japan: Eiga monogatari and the Potential of Historical Writing for Healing

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tansen Sen Talk - India, China, and the World: A Connected History

Friday, September 28, 2018

Korean Candlelight Revolution and Its Aftermath for Peace in Korean Peninsula

Friday, September 21, 2018

Paul Goldin Talk - Self Interest and Manipulation in Early Chinese Texts

Friday, September 21, 2018

Michelle Sorensen Talk - Euhemerism and Feminism in the Transmission of the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Tradition

Friday, September 14, 2018

East Asia Center Fall Reception

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Prasenjit Duara - Spiritual Ecologies: Sustainability & Transcendence in Contemporary Asia (3:00, Minor 110)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Jonathan Skaff - Slavery on the Silk Road of the Tang Empire (3:15, Monroe 124)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chang Changhong - Buddhist Murals in the Caves of Ngari, Western Tibet (5:00, Rouss 403)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Alexandra Kaloyanides - New Buddhist Movements in Burma's Konbaung Dynasty (5:00pm, Rouss 403)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Kenneth Dean - The Rise of the Underworld Deities in Singapore: Transformations of Religious Space (5:00pm @ Rouss 410)

Friday, March 30, 2018

John Ardussi - Secular & Political Mural Art from Himalayan Lands (3:15, Monroe 124)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Guoqi Xu - Modern Sports & The Idea of China (3:15, Monroe 124)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Martin Schoenhals - Cultural Beliefs about the Urban & Modern in the People's Republic of China (1:00pm, Brooks Hall Commons)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Krisopher Kersey - Lecture on Japanese Art (3:15, Monroe 124)

Friday, February 9, 2018

East Asia Center Faculty Forum with Sylvia Chong, Mark Metcalf, and Shiqiao Li (3:15, Monroe 124)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fred Damon - Chinese Astronomical Systems in the South Pacific: Conforming Earth to Heaven through Reaches of the Austronesian World (3:15, Monroe 124)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Francois Jullien - There's No Such Thing as Cultural Identity, but We Will Defend a Culture's Resources (5:00pm @ Minor 125)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Juliet Bryant - Influenza Research in Vietnam, 4:00pm @ Pinn Hall, Room 1-17

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jonathan Best - Empress Jingū's Magical Conquest of Korea, a Legend of Multiple Uses (3:15pm @ Monroe 122)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Brandon Dotson - A Strange Gift and its Stranger Beneficiaries: 1,650 Sutras Copied for the Tibetan Emperor (3:15 pm @ Monroe 122)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Nicole Willock - Lineages of the Literary: Religious Repertoires and the Cultural Revolution (3:15pm @ Monroe 122)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ruth Barnes - Indian Textiles from the Lands Below the Winds: Trades with Southeast Asia (6:00pm @ Campbell 160)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ian Johnson - China's Religious Revival (5:00pm @ Nau 101)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Carlos Rojas - Killing Time: Anticipating and Commemorating the Hong Kong Handover (3:15pm @ Monroe 122)

Friday, October 6, 2017

East Asia Center Faculty Forum

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Trian Nguyen - Paid to Remember: A Study of Portrait Images of Temples Patrons in the Vietnamese Buddhist Tradition (5:00pm @ Campbell 158)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Holly Gayley - Epistolary Intimacy in the Love Letters of a Buddhist Tantric Couple (5:00pm @ Nau 211)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Anne Blackburn - Making Buddhist Kingdoms Across the Indian Ocean (5:00pm @ Monroe 110)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Julia Cassaniti - Ghostly Affects: Emotion and Subjectivity in Contemporary Thai Buddhist Mindfulness (3:15 @ Monroe 124)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ron Dimberg - East Asian Studies at UVA: Content and Context (5:00pm @ The Fralin Museum)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Anatoly Detwyler - Information Theory and Modern Chinese Literature (3:15pm @ Monroe 124)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sonya Rhie Quintanilla - The Cleveland Hunaman: Art, Epic, and Repatriation (6:00pm @ Campbell 153)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Eric Reinders - Between Chinese and English Spirit Worlds (3:15pm @ Monroe 124)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Kate Crosby - Buddhist Mediation as Technology and the Effects of Modernity (12:00pm @ Maury 209)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Karen Fang - Cinema Censorship & the Media Citizenship in the Hong Kong film "Ten Years" (6:00pm @ Clark 107)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rossana Ditangco - From Low and Slow to Fast and Furious: The Changing Landscape of HIV and AIDS in the Philippines (5:00pm @ Monroe 122)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Weiyu Zhang - The Internet and New Social Formation in China: Fandom Publics in the Making (5:00pm @ Monroe 124)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daniel Hirshberg - Himalayan Syncretism & the Emergence of Padmasambhava as Rdo Rje Gro Lod (4:00pm @ Nau 211)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jae-Jung Suh - Kim Jong Un vs. Trump: Doomsday for Korea? (5:00pm @ Rouss 403)

Friday, February 24, 2017

East Asia Center Faculty Forum (3:15 @ Monroe Hall)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Matthew Kapstein - Other People's Philology: Uses of Sanskrit in Tibet and China, 15th - 18th c. (3:15pm @ Monroe 124)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Max Ward - Oshima Nagisa's Death by Hanging (3:15 @ Monroe 124)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ruth Barnes - Indian Textiles for the Lands Below the Winds: The Trade with Southeast Asia (6:00pm @ Campbell 153)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Nelson Family Lecture on Southeast Asia: Ambassador Jakob Tobing

Thursday, November 17, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Beth McKillop

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Nelson Family Lecture on Southeast Asia: Kenneth George

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Robert Borgen

Friday, October 28, 2016

Nelson Family Lecture on Southeast Asia: Prashanth Parameswaran

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia: Greg Levine

Friday, October 21, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Hiroaki Sato

Thursday, October 20, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Mimi Yiengpruksawan

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia: Dr. Erin Vogel

Friday, October 7, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Vincent Leung

Thursday, September 29, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Guobin Yang

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Film Screening: "Cape No. 7"

Wednesday, 9/28 at 7:00pm
Monroe Hall, Room 124

In the 1940s near the end of the Japanese era of Taiwan, an unnamed teacher is dispatched to the southernmost town of Hengchun and falls in love with a local girl with the Japanese name Kojima Tomoko . After the Surrender of Japan, the teacher is forced to return home, as Taiwan was placed under the administrative control of the Republic of China. On his trip home, he pens seven love letters to express his regret for leaving Kojima Tomoko, who originally planned to elope with him to Japan.

More than 60 years later, an unusual group of people form a band to perform at a beach concert, while the lead singer searches for the intended recipient of the seven undelivered love letters.

Taiwan's highest grossing film and the country's official entry into the 81st Academy Awards, "Cape No 7" is a story filled with humor, romance and nostalgia.

Friday, September 23, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Shirley Lin

Friday, September 16, 2016

EAC Lecture Series: Claudia Rosett, "Why Tiananmen Still Haunts Us: An Eye-Witness Account"

Friday, September 2, 2016

East Asia Center Fall Reception 2016