Past Events



From Zhuangzi’s Gourd to Cinderella’s Pumpkin

Gua 瓜 as a Vehicle for the Imagination
Christopher Rea
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Please join us for the next lecture in the EALC Speakers' Colloquium.



Vietnamese Language Program Movie Screening and Discussion

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As part of the Guest Lecture Series for 2024, the Vietnamese Language Program is hosting a movie screening of Three Seasons and a discussion with the director, Tony Bui. See below for details.



Aspiration, Ambition, and Confucian Debates on Human Nature

Hannah Kim
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Please join us for the next lecture in the EALC Speakers' Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.



The Use of Useless Books

Collecting, Archiving, and Bibliophilic Knowledge in Prewar Japan
Nathan Shockey
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Please join us for the next lecture in the EALC Speakers' Colloquium. 



Resurgence of the Yuan Non-Han Ancestry in Late Qing China

Tomoyasu Iiyama
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This talk attempts to shed light on the largely unknown trajectories of the resurgence and evolution of Yuan non-Han ancestries in north China from the late eighteenth century through the…



The Tarikh-i Hamidi

A Late-Qing Uyghur History
Eric Schluessel
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Co-sponsored with History, CEAS, and the Penn Forum for Global Islamic Studies. 

Graduate students are invited, and encouraged, to attend a special lunch session: 

"Teaching and researching Uyghur…



EALC Speakers' Colloquium Event

Wenkai He
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Please join us for the next lecture in the EALC Speakers' Colloquium. Wenkai He will be presenting on his recent book Public Interest and State Legitimation: Early Modern England, Japan, and China



The Cloud Collar and the Legacy of the Mongol Empire

Eiren Shea
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An unusual talismanic shirt, shaped like the top half of a caftan and made for Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I (d. 1403) features a prominent cloud collar motif on the chest and back of the garment, evoking the Mongol…



Rethinking the Circuits of Cold War Culture:

International Dance Exchanges in Mao-Era China
Emily Wilcox, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, William & Mary
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Lasting from the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, the Mao era is often misunderstood as a time of “isolation” and “closing off from the world.” On the…



Pikachu Bon Dance 2023

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Join us on the College Green for Bon Odori.  Enjoy dancing and Japanese treats!

All are welcome.  No registration is required.



Chih-jen Melvin Lee Dissertation Defense

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Please join us for the dissertation defense of Chih-jen Melvin Lee on July 14, 2023 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The defense will be held in Williams Hall, Room 844.



Nikita A. Kuzmin Dissertation Defense

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Please join us for the dissertation defense of Nikita A. Kuzmin on June 28, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The defense will be held in-person at the Van Pelt Library (Candice and Robert Willoughby East Asian Studies …



2023 American Association of Teachers of Korean Annual Conference and Professional Development Workshop

Transformative Language Learning Through Real World Engagement
Jun 15, 2023 - Jun 17, 2023 at -

The Korean Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is pleased to announce that the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK)’s 28th…



Third Annual Chinese Character Art Exhibition

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Come to the Williams Hall Café to tour the Third Annual Chinese Character Art Exhibition. 48 works featuring unique renderings of Chinese characters will be on display. Students from Penn, Harvard, MIT, Boston…



5th Annual GSRC Graduate Student Conference

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5th Annual GSRC Graduate Student Conference

"Untold Narratives and Entangled Perspectives in East Asia"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ruodi Duan, Haverford College

Co-sponsored by the Department of…



Contextualizing Numbers

A Study of Grain Prices in the Mongol Yuan Dynasty
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Speaker: Chunyuan Li of Harvard University.

This event will also be streamed live via Zoom. To register, please use the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/contextualizing-numbers-grain-…



Numbering According to Their Custom

Population Registration, Mobilization and the Decimal Military Administrative System of the Mongol Empire
Simon Berger
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Speaker: Simon Berger of the School of Advanced Studies in Social Science (EHESS), Paris. 

This event will also be streamed live via Zoom. To register, please use the following link: 

https://www.…



Study Abroad in Japan

Information Session
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Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan while at Penn?  Please join us and learn about the program options, the application process in this live session!  You will also have the…



EALC Graduate Student Colloquium Event

Workshop: How to Write Abstracts
Dr. So-Rim Lee
Oct 24, 2022 - at -

As announced via Discord, GSRC will be having its third event of the semester with Professor So-Rim Lee! She has graciously agreed to make time to talk to graduate students about how to write abstracts,…



Pikachu Bon Dance

(Bon Odori)
Oct 13, 2022 - at -

The Japanese Language Program is hosting their first ever dance event!  Come practice the Pikachu Bon Dance with us!

Don't know what the Pikachu Bon Dance is?  You can practice ahead of time with these…