Archive for October, 2015

Don’t miss Archaeology First Thursday! Nov. 5th-Easter Island

Hello all–

The PSU Anthropology Department and the Anthropology Student Association invite you to join us on November 5th, for our next  Archaeology First Thursday presentation.

Dr. Terry Hunt (Univ. Oregon) will present
Transporting Easter Island’s  Giant Statues

How were the multi-ton statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) transported over a rugged landscape to reach every corner of the island? Did carving and moving statues contribute to the ancient society’s downfall, or help to sustain it?  Based on more than a decade of archaeological research on Rapa Nui, Professor Terry Hunt addresses these questions in this presentation. Perhaps Rapa Nui has a lesson for us today, but Hunt provides compelling evidence that it is not the one that has been so popular for many years.   The larger context for Dr. Hunt’s presentation is found in his recent book, The Statues that Walkedand other recent publications.

The presentation will take place at 4 pm  in Smith Memorial Student Union in Room 236.
As always, this presentation is free and open to the public.    We look forward to seeing you all here!


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PSU’s Fall Career & Internship Fair

Don’t miss out on PSU’s Fall Career and Internship Fair starting next week!


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Institute for Asian Studies Fall News & Events!

Institute for Asian Studies – Portland State University




In this Issue:

  1.  2015 Fall IAS Newsletter
    2.  Up-coming Events at PSU
  1. Scholarships (for students) with October/November deadlines
    4.  Call for Proposals (for faculty & graduate students)


  1.  FALL 2015 – IAS NEWSLETTER [Click to view]





“Storylines: Art and Remote Conflict” 

Sabina Haque, adjunct faculty member in the School of Art & Design at Portland State University, presents an art exhibit “Storylines: Art and Remote Conflict” and panel discussion.  Her work draws on South Asian folk rituals, oral histories, video performance and hand-drawn animation to explore the turbulent transformations of identity and place. “Storylines” is a three part, multi-sensory installation exploring loss, memory and renewal.  [READ MORE]

Exhibit on view:  October 7 – 28, 2015

Littman Gallery, 2nd Floor, Smith Memorial Student Union,
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland

November 5, 6:00 PM
PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents

Operation Tomodachi:
The Cooperation Between Japan’s Self Defense Forces and the U.S. Military in the aftermath of the 11 March 2011 Triple Disaster
(Earthquake/Tsunami/Fukushima Nuclear Plant Meltdown)

A public presentation
by General Eiji Kimizuka,
Ret. Chief of Japan’s Land Defense Forces at the time of the triple disaster

[View event details] 

LOCATION:  Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

Free & open to the public


YCT:  Youth Chinese Language Proficiency Test

Register by November 9 

for the next Youth Chinese Proficiency (YCT) Exam

offered on November 21 at Portland State University

YCT:  Youth Chinese Test is China’s official, standardized Chinese language proficiency test for non-native primary and secondary school students.

The Confucius Institute at PSU offers the YCT and HSK Chinese Proficiency Exams on the Portland State campus several times a year.   [LEARN MORE]




National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)    [Click for details]

Study abroad scholarship sponsored by the U.S. government for H.S. students

Apply by October 29, 2015

Summer Fellowship in Asia    [Click for details]
(through the National Science Foundation – NSF) for graduate students in STEM (science, engineering, and education) with an interest in going research in East Asia during summer 2016. Must be US citizen or permanent resident.
Appy by November 12, 2015

Critical Language Scholarship Program  [Click for details] 

Scholarships to attend intensive summer language institutes (overseas) in thirteen critical foreign languages. Languages include all major Asian and Middles Eastern languages.
Apply by November 23, 2015
View list of past PSU student recipients >>

Academy of Korean Studies, 2015 Graduate Fellowship  [Click for details]
for 6 months, either Spring/Summer 2016 or Fall 2016/Winter 2017
Apply by November 20, 2015


  1. CALLFORPROPOSALS (for Faculty & Graduate Students)


Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) 22nd Annual National Conference 
March 17-19, 2016

Washington, DC

Deadline for proposal submission has been extended til October 30, 2015

ASDP invites proposals for individual papers, panels, poster sessions, or roundtable sessions.
View details >>


South Asia of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN)
February 5-6, 2016
UO White Stag Building, Portland, Oregon
Deadline for proposal submission is October 31, 2015

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Asian Studies Section of the 58th Annual Western Social Science Associations’ (WSSA) annual conference 

April 13-16, 2016

Reno, NV

Deadline for proposal submission is December 1, 2015

To submit proposal and abstractvisit,, then click on “Sections” and scroll down to the Asian Studies section.

Proposals for individual papers and panels on research related to social, political, economic, and cultural issues in the Asian region are welcomed. The WSSA Conference also seeks proposals from graduate students; it is anticipated that at leastone and possibly more panels of graduate student papers will be included in the program this year.


South Asian Studies Association (SASA), 10th Annual Conference, “India at the Crossroads”

March 18-20, 2016

New Dehli, India

Deadline for proposal submission is December 31, 2015

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PSU Internationalization Grants

Although details are not yet available, the Institute for Asian Studies has learned that an RFP will be going out sometime this Fall for international related projects/programs scheduled to be implemented during Winter & Spring terms 2016.  The IAS Office will forward more information as details become available.

In the meantime, please view past program information, including a list of past awardees at


Japan Society for the Pomotion of Science (JSPS) / Gakushin for short

Faculty with an interest in programs/projects/research with Japanese partners

may find interest in programs and funding available through this foundation.

Joyce, Director of PSU’s Office International Partnerships is available to assist faculty with proposals and identifying institutional partners that may be good matches for the work.

View JSPS Program details >>

Institute for Asian Studies – Portland State University

Please see below for addition events that were not included in yesterday’s E-News announcement.
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 AM
Portland Community College – Asian Studies Committee presents – 

Chinese Responses to New Qing History:
Bridging the gap between both sides  

Dr. Sz-Ming Ge, Head of Research, National Museum of History, Taiwan
Visiting Scholar at the Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies Harvard University 

Location: Cascade Hall, Room 102, Cascade Campus, Portland Community College 
Click to view address and campus map >>

Please note –the 10/24/15, 2:00 PM lecture at Portland State has been CANCELLED. We hope you can join us instead at the PCC- Cascade Campus at 10:00 AM for the same talk.

Scholars in China and Taiwan have lately intensified criticisms of their counterparts, mostly Americans, in the New Qing History camp. This spontaneous and unanimous movement across the Taiwan Strait has resulted in at least two publication schemes, with a book already in print in Taipei and a large-scale translation project in progress in Ili (Xinjiang). The speaker, Dr. Sz-Ming Ge, who is currently in Harvard University for his Manchu studies, is following such a development closely and will share his own views.

Dr. Sz Ming Ge’s current research project, “A Renewed Look at ‘New Qing History,'” examines the value of Manchu in connection with the use of original Qing history materials.

Free and open to the public.

[View event details >>] 

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:00 Noon

PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents
Beyond the Limits to Growth:
New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan

Location: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), rooms 296/298, 1825 SW Broadway Ave.

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama, a prominent academic and leading authority on global sustainability. He is President Emeritus of the University of Tokyo and Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Japan is not endowed with natural resources, and damage from environmental pollution is easily incurred. The dual phenomena of low birthrate and aging population are also rapidly growing more serious as is the overcrowding of the cities and the depopulation of the countryside. Dr. Komiyama explores answers to the problems Japan faces now, and other nations will face in the near future.

Free and open to the public.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015,  9:30 AM
First Saturday PDX:  Asia Program Series
The Construction of Portland Lansu Chinese Garden:
A DVD Presentation 

John Williams, Construction Management

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Chinese Garden, we will take a look back in time to see how the Garden was constructed  with materials and craftsmen from Suzhou, China.  Beginning in 1998, traditional Chinese tools and methodologies were melded together with seismic, handicapped access and building codes of Portland and Oregon to create  the “Garden of Awakening Orchids. (蘭蘇園)”.  

Location:  Academic & Student Recreation Center Auditorium Room 001,
Portland State University, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Portland

Free and open to the public

For more info on this and other upcoming programs in the First Saturday PDX Asia Program Series, click here >>

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Bad Hair, the Venezuelan film winner of the Golden Shell screens October 29th at HT


Dear Friends,
The Portland Latin American Film Festival invites you to the screening of the Venezuelan film Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) directed by Mariana Rondón.

The screening will be held on Thursday, October 29th at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE 41st Ave. Portland, OR 97212) at 7:00 PM. The film is shown in Spanish with English subtitles.
Join HISPANIC PROS for pre networking social gathering at 6:00 PM. The film starts at 7:00 PM. .
With minor-key delicacy, Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) focuses on a nine-year old boy exploring issues of identity and desire that he doesn’t yet understand, and the exhausted mother socially conditioned to suppress his self-discovery. Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondón trains an unsentimental eye on these two loving but conflicted figures, viewed in the vivid context of a hostile overpopulated city. The result is a spare non-realistic drama that holds attention and emotional involvement with its debt balance of toughness and sensitivity, states The Hollywood Reporter.
The film has received numerous awards, including the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2013 and theSpecial Jury Award at the Havana Film Festival for Best Film.
The after party will be at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave.) with music by DJ Blas.
Tickets are $9.00 and can be purchased ON LINE, and at the door the day of the event at the Hollywood Theatre.
Portland Latin American Film Festival (PDXLAFF) serves the community as a non-profit cultural promoter under the guidance of the Hollywood Theatre.

Click here to  RSVP & MORE INFO.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, film start at 7:00 PM

Thank you for your support!

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Archaeology field school Opportunity in Alaska

The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from students interested in archaeology or related disciplines to join our 2016 summer field school in Alaska. Research will focus on the newly discovered Holzman site along Shaw Creek where large mammal bones, mammoth ivory fragments, and stone tools have been found dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. Join our research team in the scenic Tanana Valley as we investigate the question, who were the First Alaskans?

Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available (3:1), this program emphasizes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. For more information about the Adelphi in Alaska Archaeological Field School please see the attached flyer and visit website.


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Cultural Anthropology Internships at Yosemite National Park – Applications Due 10/23/15

Interns assist with various cultural anthropology research and tribal consultation tasks at the park.  Interns work directly with Cultural Anthropologist and PSU alumnus, Brye Lefler, and would likely assist PSU Associate Research Professor, Doug Deur, with archival and ethnographic research as well.
We welcome PSU students and graduates to apply, in our effort to strengthen the collaborative research relationship between PSU and Yosemite National Park.
Applications are due by October 23, 2015.  Please see the link below for more information.

National Council for Preservation Education

Academic year 2015-2016 Internships
the National Park Service 

The National Park Service and partnering agencies will offer internships during the academic year of 2015-2016. This notice covers the period January to May 2016. A separate notice will be distributed in January 2016 for summer 2016 positions. Stipends are issued based on a rate of twelve dollars per hour. The exact starting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in an academic program in historic preservation or an allied field, or very recently graduated (degree received August 2014 or later). Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours in this program; previous interns in the program must stay within this overall limit.

2657/2658/2659/2660/2661/2662/2663/2664/2665/2666. Yosemite National Park, Branch of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology Program: With direction and support from the park’s cultural anthropologist, assists with the evaluation of culturally significant resources in the park. These encompass botanical, archeological, hydrological, and other natural and cultural resources with traditional cultural significance to the American Indian tribes and communities associated with the park. Duties may include primary and secondary research at the park’s Archives and Research Library, as well as other local repositories; assisting with tribal meetings and field visits; mapping and photographing field resources; assembling resource documentation; and assisting with report preparation. Archival and documentary research skills essential; background in cultural anthropology, knowledge of and interest in Native American issues, and demonstrated experience with systematic qualitative research highly desired. The intern must be professional, well-organized, and attentive to detail. Work will occur in office and field settings, requiring extensive hours in office, library and archive settings. Some hiking across rough terrain at high elevations may also be required. Valid driver’s license required. Low to moderately priced park housing available. Located in El Portal, CA (480 hours).
Brye Lefler
Cultural Anthropologist
American Indian Consultation Program
Resources Management & Science
Yosemite National Park
5083 Foresta Road
P.O. Box 700-W
El Portal, CA 95318

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October Events

Institute for Asian Studies
Portland State University
Fall 2015

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

October 3, 9:30 AM 
First Saturday PDX Monthly Program Series
Elegant Graffiti: Art of Public Writing in Traditional China
Dr. Lei Xu, Professor of Art History, Oregon State Univ
A public presentation about the 6th to 12th century accumulation of hundreds of ancient calligraphy inscriptions on stone carvings on Jiaoshan, a famous island in the Yangzi River.
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Sunday, October 4, 2015
7:00-8:30 PM  
(doors open at 6:30)
Impressions of China:
a performance by the student performing arts troupe from Soochow University


A Chinese cultural performance by the Soochow University Student Art Troupe featuring traditional Chinese instrumental music, Chinese opera and martial arts. Ticket (required) are FREE.  Available at the PSU Box Office,  purchase tickets online,  or at the door starting at 6:15 PM.Location:  Main Gym, Peter W. Stott Center, Portland State University
930 SW Hall St, Portland

Monday, October 5, 3:45 PM
CHINA Town Hall
This national day of programming on China feature a live webcast panel discussion at 4:00 pm on Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States, followed by a public presentation (5-6:30 pm)Analyzing U.S.-China Economic Relations in the Wake of President Xi Jinping’s Visit to the United States, by Amy Celico, a leading China expert and principal of the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washinton DC.      [View event details]          [Facebook]

October 13,  6:00 PM
Oregon Success Stories in Doing Business with Japan
The Story of Pendleton Woolen Mills in Japan View event details >>

Thursday, October 22, 6:00 PM
Portland ‘s Old Japan Town:
A Charity Event for Tsunami Recovery in Japan
This 2-part program features a public presentation by, George Nakata, “Portland’s Japan Town was my home”  — a history of Portland’s Old Japan Town as told by a former resident, followed by musical performance by Jon Nakamatsu, world-renowned  Japanese-American pianist and gold medalist of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  Tickets $32/general admission; $17 students; available AT THE PSU Box Office, online, or by tel. 503-725-3307
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Saturday, October 24, 2:00 PM
Chinese Responses to New Qing History:
Bridging the gap between both sides  

Dr. Sz-Ming Ge, Head of Research, National Museum of History, Taiwan
Visiting Scholar at the Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies Harvard University
[View event details]  

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Bound for Graduate School? Strategies to Prepare for Admission to Your Graduate/Professional School of Choice

There will be a free presentation as part of Portland State Mind called Bound for Graduate School? Strategies to Prepare for Admission to Graduate and Professional School. 
The event will be on October 27 at 3:30PM in the Browsing Lounge in Smith. Don Asher, a well known expert on graduate school preparation, will be the speaker for the presentation.

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Free Tickets: Environmental Justice for All with Van Jones + Social Capital Research to Action

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Van Jones at PSU Oct. 28

Van Jones brings his brand of environmental justice to PSU

On October 28, CNN commentator Van Jones will take on issues of social justice, the green economy, and the environment in a keynote talk at Portland State University. Tickets are free for all PSU faculty, staff, and students.

Van Jones is an attorney, civil rights activist, and advocate for a green economy, viewing so-called green jobs as a tangible method to escape poverty and link social, economic, and environmental sustainability. His work caught the attention of President Barrack Obama who in early 2009 appointed Jones to be the Special Advisor for Green Jobs for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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MAX Light Rail

PSU faculty to lead international research on cities & extreme weather

PSU faculty are part of an international research project to study how urban areas can be more resilient to increasingly common extreme weather events. Portland will be one of nine cities in the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, a five-year project funded by $12 million from the National Science Foundation.

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PSU Salmon Safe Ceremony

PSU’s campus is Salmon-Safe Certified

PSU’s 47-acre campus has been recertified under the Salmon-Safe program for protection of urban water quality and habitat. The Salmon-Safe certification recognizes PSU’s efforts to restore an ecologically functional urban landscape while protecting downstream water quality in the nearby Willamette River through actions on campus.

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