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CH-50332-07
Stepping East: Asian Studies at Calvin College
Daniel Bays, Calvin College

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=CH-50332-07

The China Threat: Perception versus Reality (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: The China Threat: Perception versus Reality
Writer: Qin Herzberg
Writer: Larry Herzberg
Director: Calvin College Film Productions
Producer: Calvin College Film Productions
Abstract: China is the most populous nation in the world, the second largest economy, and one of the two largest trading partners of the United States. And yet a large percentage of the American people view China's rise as a threat to the U.S., either militarily or economically or both. According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research survey, 71 percent of American consider China an economic threat to the U.S., while 51 percent consider China a military threat. The frequent reports in the American media about human rights abuses in China add to a rather dark view of that country on the part of the American public. When surveyed, 68 percent of Americans suggest that China is doing a bad job respecting the human rights of its citizens. Larry and Qin Herzberg, both professors of Chinese language and culture at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI spent several summers interviewing people from different walks of life across the U.S. as to their views on China. To answer their concerns as well as those voiced in the media, they interviewed professors of Chinese history, religion, philosophy, and business, who have spent the last three decades or more studying China and traveling there regularly. They also interviewed a Canadian reporter, an American missionary, and a New Zealander restaurant manager who have lived in China for many years. Included in the video are also interviews with two American businessmen who oversee factories in China. These people with a true knowledge of China were asked to comment on the negative feelings and fears so many Americans have about China. In particular, they were asked to answer these three basic questions: Is China an economic threat to the U.S.? Is it a military threat? Exactly now widespread are human rights abuses in China, especially as regards religious freedom? This film is designed to give Americans and other Westerners a better and more nuanced understanding of the rising superpower in the world.
Year: 2012
Format: Video
Format: DVD

Why the Korean Peninsula? (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Why the Korean Peninsula?
Abstract: Dr. Park will discuss the tensions on the Korean peninsula between North and South Korea. What is going on in North and South Korea? How much do we know and why do we need to know? What are those six world powers doing there, including the USA?
Author: Dr. John S. Park, Azusa Pacific University
Date: 03/15/11
Location: Calvin College

Christian Modern Womanhood in Korea (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Christian Modern Womanhood in Korea
Abstract: Dr. Choi will trace the genealogy of modern womanhood in the encounters between Koreans and American Protestant missionaries in colonial Korea (1910-1945). She will show that what it meant to be a “modern” Korean woman was deeply bound up in such diverse themes as Korean nationalism, Confucian gender practices, images of the West and Christianity, and growing desires for selfhood.
Author: Dr. Hyaeweol Choi, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Date: 04/12/11
Location: Calvin College

Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics
Abstract: Has China’s pacifist Confucian culture constrained its use of force in the past and what are the implications for today’s international politics?
Author: Dr. Yuan-kang Wang, Western Michigan University
Date: 04/07/11
Location: Calvin College

Confusions over Confucianism (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Confusions over Confucianism
Abstract: What are the historical concepts, methodological issues, and contemporary realities of Confucianism in China today?
Author: Dr. Anna Xiao Dong Sun, Kenyon College
Date: 11/15/11
Location: Calvin College

Godzilla and Japanese Culture (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Godzilla and Japanese Culture
Abstract: Dr. Tsutsui will examine the early Godzilla films produced in Japan and speak to us on their cultural and historical significance in post WWII Japan.
Author: Dr. William Tsutsui, Southern Methodist University
Date: 03/07/12
Location: Calvin College

The Enemy within: Malcontent Koreans within the Japanese Empire (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Enemy within: Malcontent Koreans within the Japanese Empire
Abstract: Dr. Lee will speak to us regarding her research surrounding the riots during the aftermath of the 1923 earthquake and the killing of many Koreans in Tokyo. She will lead us in examining the competing narratives of collective violence in the early twentieth century Japanese empire.
Author: Dr. Jinhee Lee, Eastern Illinois University
Date: 03/13/12
Location: Calvin College

The Intellectual Discourse of the Extra human in Early Imperial China (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Intellectual Discourse of the Extra human in Early Imperial China
Abstract: Dr. Winslett will speak to us regarding his research on the representations of deities in Chinese texts from before 220 CE which is part of his book project entitled “Theism in Pre-Qin China” co- authored with Dr. Kelly Clark.
Author: Dr. Justin Winslett, University of Oxford
Date: 04/09/12
Location: Calvin College

The Mission of Christian Higher Education: the Case for a Korean Christian University (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Mission of Christian Higher Education: the Case for a Korean Christian University
Abstract: Dr. Kim will speak to us regarding his educational philosophy based on cross border, multi- disciplinary, and whole person education with a global perspective.
Author: Dr. Young-Gil Kim, Handong Global University
Date: 04/10/12
Location: Calvin College

Buddhist Temples and Social Relations in Rural Japan (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Buddhist Temples and Social Relations in Rural Japan
Abstract: This talk explores community Buddhist temples in rural Japan, a seldom discussed and inadequately researched facet of daily life within smaller Japanese communities. While famous pilgrimage sites like the Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto represent the iconic image of Japanese Buddhism, locally operating community temples represent the typical religious encounter for the majority of Japanese. This lecture will provide a close analysis of the structural, interpersonal, and functional dynamics of community temples in small rural Japanese communities.
Author: Aaron Delgaty
Date: 10/04/12
Location: Calvin College

Embracing Uncertainty in China (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Embracing Uncertainty in China
Abstract: Elena spent several weeks in China in August 2012 researching speech and language therapy and care for children with cleft palates. She will tell us about her experiences while traveling there, being inspired to work in China, and her ultimate goal of showing God’s love and sovereignty throughout her trip.
Author: Elena Chong, Calvin College speech pathology graduate student
Date: 04/01/13
Location: Calvin College

Qigong and the Animal Frolics: Chinese Martial Arts and Nature (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Qigong and the Animal Frolics: Chinese Martial Arts and Nature
Abstract: Through the practice of this most ancient form of active qigong (energy cultivation) we learn from and gain greater appreciation of the natural world. As part of the lecture-demonstration, the audience will be led through some of the movements inspired by animals that include the crane, the bear, the tiger, the monkey, and the deer.
Author: Nancy Herzberg
Date: 04/04/13
Location: Calvin College

Daoist Sages and Christian Saints (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Daoist Sages and Christian Saints
Abstract: Through the contemplative practice of “Jesus Qigong”, ancient Daoist philosophy (the Way of Nature) is united with the practice of St. Francis of Assisi, who taught the Way of Love. Nancy will demonstrate and lead us through meditation and movement accompanied by music.
Author: Nancy Herzberg
Date: 04/05/13
Location: Calvin College

Fukushima Today: Ongoing Issues that face the Community (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Fukushima Today: Ongoing Issues that face the Community
Abstract: Mr. Kida will present some of the ongoing issues in Fukushima, Japan that were the result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
Author: Keiji Kida, pastor of Fukushima Bible Church and member of the Fukushima Hope Project
Date: 04/11/13
Location: Calvin College

Songs from China and Lieder bend (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Songs from China and Lieder bend
Abstract: Ms. Zheng and Ms. Laothai, both graduate students at the University of Minnesota will present two performances on campus. The first will feature all Chinese music sung in Chinese and the second will be a selection of Lieder bend, songs from the romantic German tradition.
Author: Banchinda Laothai, piano
Author: Wei Zheng, soprano
Date: 03/12/12
Location: Calvin College


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