Events: Asian Pacific Forum

The Asian Pacific Forum is an interdisciplinary colloquium series for graduate students in East Asian Studies at Duke. Held monthly during the academic year, the Forum provides masters and doctoral students with the unique opportunity to share their research with peers and faculty. The Forum also provides a venue for students to hear presentations from visiting scholars and faculty experts from institutions across the Triangle and the Southeast.

Spring 2015

April: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations, Part II

  • Catherine Barzler - “The Political Afterlife of Tiananmen in Hong Kong”
  • Runhuan Bian - “Reading Li Zhi: Genuine Emptiness in the Learning Of no Self and Others"
  • Wenjun Ruan - “Between Dewesternization and Rewesternization: A Paean of the Chinese Dream"
  • Birong Wang - “Living the unlivable: a consciousness of the present in the cinematic worlds of Lou Ye and Tsai Ming-Liang”

April: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations, Part I

  • Yimin Shen - "Beijing Hui Women after 1978”
  • Wenyi Yang - "Rethinking the Space of Juan Cun"

March: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations

  • Alex Nickley - "Space, Place and the Race to Ecotopia: Contextualizing China's Eco-cities"
  • Minhui Shen - "Behind the Pneumoconiosis Epidemic in China: The Curtailed Rights of the Victims of Pneumoconiosis"
  • Yue Veronica Zhao - "Madness, Nostalgia and Urban Demolition in Contemporary Chinese Films"

Fall 2014

November: Presentations by APSI Summer Research Fellows

  • Jing Chen - "Performance or Pedagogy: Transitional Role of Institutionalized Kunqu Opera”
  • Anna Huang - “Progress and Temporality in Urban China” 

October: Presentations by APSI Summer Research Fellows

  • Xingzhou Hu - "China Fire: Rock, Space and Performativity"
  • Yifan Wang - "Guangchangwu" (experience of her fieldwork)

September: Presentations by APSI Summer Research Fellows

  • Cindy Cheng - "Political Economy of the Food Safety Situation in China"
  • Janice Jeong - "Diasporic Networks of Chinese-speaking Muslims from the late nineteenth century to the present"

Spring 2014

April: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations, Part II

  • Tessa Handa - "The Postcard: Negotiating Modernity, Mediality, and Aesthetics in Late Meiji Japan"
  • Shanni Zhao - "If You Are the One Syndrome: Discursive Right, Affective Labor, and 'Leftover' Women Discourse in Post-Socialist China"

April: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations, Part I

  • Ying Cui - "Gender and Ethnicity: Chaoxianzu in Chinese and South Korean Films
  • Simiao Liu - "When Fandom Meets 'We-Media': Chinese Fans of Japanese Anime, Comic, and Game on Weibo"
  • Chen Wang - "Overseas Upstream Mergers and Acquisitions in the Petrochemical Industry in China"

March: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations

  • Hairong Ruan - "The Paradox of De-Marginalization: A Dialogue Between 'Lenin's Kisses' and 'Dream of Ding Village'"
  • Yang Yi - "Upgrading the Chinese Economy from a Global Value Chain Perspective: Implications for the Ongoing Five Year Plan and the New Leadership Meeting in November 2013"
  • Mian (Helen) Wu - "'Who am I?' The Transcultural Identities of Overseas Chinese at the Intersection of Social Media Use and Rising Technoconsumerism"

February: MA in East Asian Studies Capstone Presentations

  • Yiqing Liu - "Iyashi Culture in Japan"
  • Maotao Wen - "Qiang Ethnic Group in China and the Preservation of its Core Culture"

Janaury: Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information Session with Alejandro Martinez from Duke's Office of Research Support

Fall 2013

November: Presentations by APSI Summer Research Fellows

  • Ana Huang (PhD, Cultural Anthropology) - "Queer Women and Activism in Beijing"
  • Shanni Zhao (MA, East Asian Studies) - "Constructing the Publics of Government: Exploration and Challenge in the Chinese Government's Weibo Management"

October: Presentations by APSI Summer Research Fellows

  • Yiqing Liu (MA, East Asian Studies) - "Welcome Home My Lady: A Study of Butler Cafes in Tokyo"
  • Matt Mitchell (PhD, Religion) - "The 16th Century Travels of the Nuns of Zenkoji's Daihongan Convent"
  • Hairong Ruan (MA, East Asian Studies) - "Exhibiting Experimental Art in Present China: An Observation on Chinese Experimental Art in Summer 2013"

September: Presentations by APSI Summer Research Fellows

  • Yidong Gong (PhD, Cultural Anthropology) - "Mediating Spaces and Professionalism: The Delivery of China's Medical Expertise in South Sudan and Uganda"
  • Maotao Wen (MA, East Asian Studies) - "Qiang/Rrmea People: Its Legacy and Identity"


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