Eastern Illinois University Award Ceremony & Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia

April 24, 2014


Asian Studies at Eastern Illinois University is pleased to announce this year's Interdisciplinary Student Conference on Asia in Charleston, Illinois on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

April 24, 2014
 10:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. 
1895 Room, MLK, Jr. Union
Asian Studies Award Ceremony & Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia

Welcome & Award Announcement, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
- Dr. Jinhee Lee (History), Coordinator of Asian Studies
- Dr. Eunseong Kim (Journalism), Chair of Awards Committee

Student Panel I, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Panel Chair: Dr. ShamAh Md-Yunus (Education)

- Quentin Spannagel (History), “The Carter Administration and the Taiwan Relations Act
- Mohammed A. Rayhan (Economics), "Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Asian Least Developed Countries (ALDCs): An Evaluation"
- Samyukta Ghimire (Economics), "The Impact of Remittance Flows on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation"
- Courtney E. Harfmann (Sociology), "Women's Role in Politics: The cases of Southeast Asia and Latin America"

[Faculty discussants: Drs. Edmund Wehrle , Mukti Upadhyay, and Eunseong Kim]

Roundtable Discussion, 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
“What to Teach about Asia in American Universities?”

Moderator: Dr. Mukti Upadhyay (Economics)           
Panelists: Profs. Marko Grünhagen (Business), Jinhee Lee (History), Brian Mann (History), Jyoti Panjwani (English), and Gordon Tucker (Biological Science)


Speaker Session, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

“Territorial Disputes in Contemporary Asia”

“The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Territorial Dispute between Japan and China” by Dr. Rustin Gates (Bradley University)

-          Prof. Gates (Ph.D., Harvard) is a specialist in the history of Japanese international relations. He has written on Japan and World War I, and his current research examines Japan’s Self-Defense Forces in the context of US-Japan relations during the Cold War.

“Dokdo: A Key to Understanding Political History of Northeast Asia in the Twentieth Century” by Dr. Jongnam Choi (Western Illinois University)

-          Prof. Choi (Ph.D., University of Georgia) was trained as a specialist in climate change, sustainability, and human health at Seoul National University and the University of Georgia. His current interest includes political geography and geographic education.

Student Panel II, 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

Panel Chair: Dr. Jinhee Lee (History)

- Yagya P. Sharma (Economics), "The Effects of International Trade on GDP Growth: Study of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Nations"
- Matthew Richardson (Musicology, Northwestern University), “Can Idols be Avant Garde?: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and the Possibilities of Cultural Critiques in Japanese Idol Pop”
- J. Matthew Knake (History, Western Illinois University), “Education Means Liberty: Filipino Students, Pensionados, and U.S. Colonial Education; Agency, Resistance, and Reform"

[Faculty discussants: Drs. Jon Coit and Jinhee Lee]

Concluding Remarks

*Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia is sponsored by the EIU Foundation’s Redden Grants and Faculty Development Collaboration Grants. Asian Studies would like to thank the College of Arts and Humanities, the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity, the Minority Affairs Office, History Department, and all faculty and student members who make this meaningful interdisciplinary program possible, especially  the members of Asian Studies Executive, Awards, Publicity, and Colloquium Committees, and Ms. Connie Clarkson and Ms. Donna Nichols for their administrative support.  

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