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Most East Asia Program events are part of the interdisciplinary initiatives that the program has developed over many years through the work of our faculty and students. Be sure to look at past events and activities of these initiatives.  

Upcoming Events

4:45 pm


The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative (CCCI) is excited to welcome Meg Rithmire, Business Administration, Harvard Business School to speak on, "The Dangerous Politics of State-Business Relations in Contemporary China."

Why have relations between the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese private-…

3:00 pm

Biotechnology Building, G10

Free expression is a human right and cornerstone of a democratic society.

The U.S. Constitution enshrines the right to free expression, but not all those who reside within the country’s borders have equal protection. Some migrants to the U.S. are leaving situations where their rights were threatened, and…

4:45 pm

Physical Sciences Building, 120

Talk Description: China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed

China’s Communist Party seized power in 1949 after a long period of guerrilla insurgency followed by full-scale war, but the Chinese revolution was just beginning. What were the distinctive accomplishments and failures of that revolutionary period, and…

5:00 pm

A.D. White House, Guerlac Room

Michelle Cho, University of Toronto.

Retro trends in popular media are a common feature of contemporary cultures across the globe. Nowhere is the nostalgia for 20th century vibes more prominent than South Korea. This talk will discuss “new retro”(aka “newtro/뉴트로)” aesthetics in South Korea, focusing on the…

3:30 pm

Rockefeller Hall, 374 Asian Studies Lounge

Animating Forces by Andrew Schonebaum.

The Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium (CCCC) 古文品讀 is a reading group for scholars interested in premodern Sinographic text (古文). We are pleased to welcome Andrew Schonebaum, East Asian Studies, Maryland University to lead this month's text-reading.

12:30 pm

Uris Hall, 153

The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) gives students multiple ways to engage with Southeast Asia. Affiliate with our program to be informed of all SEAP events and activities. Undergraduates who minor in Southeast Asian Studies are advised by SEAP Program Faculty advisors who collaborate with them to construct a course…

4:45 pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 64

Bryan Hikari Hartzheim, Waseda University.

As the architect of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, video game director Hideo Kojima is synonymous with the “stealth game” genre, where tension and excitement is created from players avoiding enemies rather than confronting them. Through the franchise, Kojima also…

4:45 pm


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports U.S. citizens to study, conduct research in any field, or teach English in more than 150 countries. Students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year. Recent graduates are welcome to apply through…

5:00 pm

Statler Hall, 165

Planning for study abroad? No matter how you identify or where you're studying, early planning is the key to a successful study abroad experience.

Join us for a facilitated discussion with fellow students about navigating your intersectional identities while studying abroad. A panel of returned study…

3:30 pm

Rockefeller Hall, 374 Asian Studies Lounge

Epitaphs Made Widely Available by Man Xu, History, Tufts University

The Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium (CCCC) 古文品讀 , a reading group for scholars interested in premodern Sinographic text (古文), is welcomes Man Xu, History, Tufts University to lead this month's Classical Chinese text-reading.

9:00 am

Africana Studies and Research Center

This conference brings together scholars undertaking new research on questions of democratic resistance and sources of resilience in response to global evidence of democratic backsliding.

We will work together to analyze domestic and international factors, including institutions, civil society, political…

12:00 pm

Uris Hall, 204

Y.S. Lee, author of Sustainable Peace in Northeast Asia (Anthem Press, 2023) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School speaks about his book which examines the causes of lasting and complex tensions in the region and explores possible solutions to build lasting peace here. Introduced by Yun-chien Chang,…

4:45 pm

Myron Taylor Hall, 182

Ji Li, of US-China Business and Law at UC Irvine, will discuss his book titled Negotiating Legality: Chinese Companies in the U.S. Legal System (soon to be published in May 2024 by Cambridge University Press). Introduced by Yun-chien Chang, the Jack G. Clarke Professor in East Asian Law.

Book description:…

3:30 pm

Rockefeller, 374 Asian Studies Lounge

Su-yeon Seo, (Cornell grad student, Asian Studies) will lead final Classical Chinese text-reading for this semester titled Naming and Knowledge in the East Asian Sea.

The group meets monthly during the semester to explore a variety of classical Chinese texts and styles. Other premodern texts linked to…

4:45 pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 64

Youngju Ryu, Modern Korean Literature, University of Michigan

“President by Night” is the infamous nickname Park Chung Hee once gave to Pang Il-yŏng, the head of Chosun ilbo, South Korea’s largest daily newspaper. The nickname reveals the symbiotic nature of the relationship between the press and political…

4:45 pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 64

Stormy Seas: Taiwan's Democracy under the Shadow of China by Thunghong Lin, Academia Sinica, Stanford University. Introduced by Eli Friedman (ILR School).

In an era where democratic nations globally face the risk of regression, the question arises: How can a small democratic country survive the…

4:45 pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 64

Day 1: Book Talk – SARS Stories: Affect and Archive of the 2003 Pandemic

Speaker: Belinda Kong (Asian Studies and English, Bowdoin College)

In SARS Stories, Belinda Kong delves into the cultural archive of the 2003 SARS pandemic, examining Chinese-language creative works and social practices at the…

10:00 am

Physical Sciences Building, 401

Day 2: Pandemic Archives: Media, Geopolitics, and Temporalities of Crisis

About this workshop:

As the world enters its fourth year living with the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop critically examines the conceptual tools that are available to capture the shifting temporalities of this chronic crisis…