Pictured: Last week we celebrated the retirement of Dr. Katy Carlitz. After more than fifteen years as the Asian Studies Center's Assistant Director for Student Affairs, Dr. Carlitz has finally made the decision to retire and work on her latest book.
Upcoming Events
Sounds from the East:
Composers in Japanese Musical Modernity
When: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Speaker: Bonnie Wade
Professor of Music
University of California, Berkeley

Who "the creator of new music" is in Japanese culture changed from the pre-modern performer-composer of traditional musical contexts when the mid-19th century government of the emerging nation-state decided to absorb and normalize music from Europe and America as a technology in a massive modernization process. In this talk, Dr. Bonnie Wade will elucidate how the separation of the functions of performing and composing in the creation of new music was a response to the emergent conditions of Japanese musical modernity and situate composers as creative individuals who by exercising considerable artistic flexibility in their creative production remain "close to the people" while also participating in the shared
international cultural space of Western music.

Pottery Distribution Networks in Hongshan Core Zone Communities in Western Liaoning, Northeastern China
When: Friday, April 22
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: 3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Speaker: Li Tao
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Pittsburgh


Job Opening:
Non-Tenure Stream Visiting Assistant Professor
 East Asian Languages and Literatures 2016-2017

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year non-tenure stream appointment as (NTS) visiting assistant professor, beginning September, 2016, pending budgetary approval. Areas of teaching and research interest of the successful candidate should include Korean film, modern and contemporary literature, performance, visual studies, and popular culture. Responsibilities will include teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring students, other normal service duties in the Department, and working with other Asia specialists on campus. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant area of Korean studies by the start of the appointment and have at least one year of experience teaching at a North American college or university.

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, statements of teaching and research, samples of scholarly work, evidence of teaching ability (e.g., student teaching evaluations), and three reference letters to Korean Search Committee on-line via the link above. In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Thursday March 31, 2016. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

The Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology:
Accepting New Proposals

Dr. Pamela J. Stewart and Prof. Andrew Strathern (Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh) have just entered into a contract for a Book Series with Palgrave-Macmillan serving as the Co-Editors for a new Series on their research topic of Disaster Anthropology. the purview of their series includes the impacts on people from environmental disasters, and the human actions involved in the magnitude of disasters, such as, conflicts leading to movements of peoples, migrations of people due to climatic changes, forced relocation of peoples, etc. The series covers a wide variety of vital and emergent contemporary topics of prime significance in the world. It will p rovide a venue for works on environmental and human-made disasters from earthquakes to industrial pollution. As series editors they welcome submissions of single-authored, multi-authored, and high quality thematic edited collections. If you are interested please contact

Kanopy Film Streaming Service

The University of Pittsburgh Library Service is pleased to announce that the Library has recently introduced the new Netflix-like video streaming service, Kanopy. Kanopy has more than 26,000 films in its collection that range in genre from award-winning documentaries to educational and instructional videos on every topic imaginable. 


Mock Chinese Oral Proficiency Interview Opportunity

Are you interested in taking your language skills to the next level? Professor Hsieh of the East Asian Languages and Literature Department is in the process of obtaining her certificate to be a Chinese OPI rater. What is the OPI? The OPI or Oral Proficiency Interview is a speaking exam used by organizations and government agencies to determine your level of language proficiency. If you are interested in finding out your oral proficiency Professor Hsieh is searching for interviewees to have a mock Chinese Oral Proficiency Interview. Contact her at to schedule a time or to find out more information regarding the process. If you are interested in learning more about the OPI in general check out their link HERE

Are you a student interest in working for the Asian Studies Center? The Asian Studies Center is looking to fill three positions for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year! The positions include: Student Ambassador, Student Engagement Intern, and Chinese Language Social Media Intern. If you would like to apply you must be a currently enrolled Asian Studies Certificate student of outstanding ability. The deadline for applications is April 5th. For more information regarding these openings please see HERE.
Curating Contemporary Chinese Art

In the Fall Semester of 2016 renowned theorist, writer, and curator of contemporary Chinese art, Professor Gao Minglu will teach a seminar in the HAA department titled Curating Contemporary Chinese Art. Part of this course will include a voluntary two week trip (Sept. 9-25) to Beijing, China, where students will meet with Chinese artists, curators, and other art professionals and gather material for an exhibition at the University Art Gallery. With the support of the Confucius Institute, HAA Department, and others, each student will receive a significant amount of financial support for the cost of the trip, including room, board, and flight. If you have any questions please email Madeline at

Pitt Study Abroad Programs in Asia
The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh would like to encourage all students to study abroad especially somewhere in Asia. To faciliate this process the Asian Studies Center has worked together with Pitt's Study Abroad Office to find the program that best suits your preferred area of study. The University of Pittsburgh has partnerships with universities in countries like China, Japan, and South Korea. If you would like to learn more visit the Pitt Study Abroad website

Indo-Pacific Council

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants

Are you interested in South Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Pacific Islands? If you are enrolled in an approved degree program at the University of Pittsburgh you may be eligible for research funding. The Indo-Pacific Council is offering research and student conference participation grants for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Students may receive up to $1000 of funding. For more information contact Laura Brown at 
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