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Cheow-Thia Chan

Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore

Cornell Project: “Sinophone Styles: Worlding Representations and Imaginaries in Malaysian Chinese Fiction"

Present research:

Cheow-Thia Chan’s dissertation project "Styles of Connection: Place-based Imaginaries and Identities in Modern Malaysian Chinese Literature” conceptualizes Chinese literary production attributed to the Southeast Asian country as a dynamic locus that has involved transregional historical forces rather than as a static accumulation of texts.

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Birgit Geipel

EAP unpaid Intern


Birgit Geipel is a PhD-Candidate in the Comparative Literature Department at University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include modern Korean, German and Asian American literature and film. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar of the East Asia Program at Cornell University. She is in the process of writing her dissertation titled “Literary and Cinematic Discourses of National Division and Unification in Korea and Germany”.

EAP Faculty Host: Pedro Erber

Expected Visitation Dates: 4/1/17 to 8/31/2017

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Hyun-ho Joo

Associate Professor at Yonsei University

In Spring 2017 the East Asia Program is sponsoring along with the Department of Asian Studies visiting assistant professor Hyun-ho Joo, who will teach ASIAN 2218, Introduction to Korea.

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Ben Judkins, Ph.D.

Formerly Assistant Professor at University of Utah, now a local resident

Project Title: Kung Fu Diplomacy: Soft Power, Martial Arts and the Development of China’s Global Brand

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Marc Keane

Visiting Scholar; Landscape Architect and author of books about Japanese Gardens

Cornell project: To represent EAP in its collaborations with Johnson Museum, Landscape Arch. Dep't. and Cornell Plantations on Asian (Japanese) garden design, to include possible lecturing on the topic.

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Masaki Matsubara

Advisor, researcher & meditation teacher, BDK America, Moraga California

Cornell project: Plans to work with Professor Law and Ellen Avril (Johnson Museum of Art), on a variety of the projects on teaching Japanese religion with the museum’s tremendously valuable and rare collection.

* Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, “Society for the Promotion of Buddhism”

Expected Visitation Dates: 6/1/16 to 5/31/2017


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Qian Shi

Professor & Vice-Dean, School of Art and Design, Jiangsu University of Technology

Project at Cornell: Cultural communication and integration of China with other countries

EAP Faculty Host: An-Yi Pan

Expected visitation dates: 9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017

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Koji Toba

Dr. Koji Toba is a Professor of Japanese Literature at the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University. Initially, he started his research focusing on Abe Kobo and his contemporaries, then gradually extended his field of research to the cultural and political movements of the 1950s. He has been researching circle movements, reportage and documentary films, and authors such as Sugiura Minpei, Ishikawa Jun, Kaiko Takeshi, Fuji Masaharu, Komatsu Sakyo, and Ota Yoko.

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Liping Wei

Associate Professor Department of Finance, School of Economics and Management, University of Weifang

Project Title: Research on the Relations between Effect of Non-balance Financial Development and Disparity

Short Bio: Liping Wei, is an associate Professor from Weifang University of China, Ph.D. Economics with research interests in Applied Economics, Marxist Economics, and Financial Economics etc. Her research goal is to improve public awareness by making through the relations between finance and the unfair distribution. 

Expected Visitation Dates: 9/1/2016 to 8/31/2017

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Jan Zeserson

EAP Courtesy Professor, Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP)

Specializations:Intersection and negotiation of professional and folk explanations of illness; Ethnographic research methods; Japanese language and culture.

Jan teaches Japanese culture courses to incarcerated college students, for Cornell, through the Cornell Prison Education Program.  Her office is located in G02D-3 Uris Hall on the Cornell central campus.

Expected Visitation Dates: 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2017

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Ke Zhao

Professor of Humanities and Social Science, National University of Defense Technology, China.

Zhao ke received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Sichuan University, majoring in urban history of modern China. He taught modern Chinese history in humanities and social science college of National University of Defense Technology from 2000. His research focuses on the municipal reform movement in 1920s-1930s, especially American-trained urban planners group in 1920s. He is also interested in intellectuals of modern China.

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Qinghua Zhuang

Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Communication, Tan Kah Kee College, Xiamen University

Cornell project: to conduct research and produce a book-length study of the mutually influencing relationship between Puxian opera (a form of regional drama) and Puxian local culture.