UISFL 2016-2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:  Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program
The China Project

Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:
Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development

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2017 Summer Institute Presenting Faculty

Year One Summer Seminar Co-Directors: 

Peter HERSHOCK is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and EducationSpecialist at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His work with ASDP over the past the past twenty years has centered on designing and conducting faculty- and institutional-development programs aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. As part of the EWC Education Program, he has collaborated in designing and hosting international leadership programs and research seminars that examine the relationship among higher education, globalization, equity and diversity. Trained in Asian and comparative philosophy, his main research work has focused on using Buddhist conceptual resources to reflect on contemporary issues of global concern. His books include: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (edited, 2007); Educations and their Purposes: A Conversation among Cultures (edited, 2008); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); and Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015).

Shana BROWN focuses on 19th- and 20th-century China, in particular intellectual and cultural history. A Fulbright scholar, she has degrees from Amherst College and the University of California, Berkeley, and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Dr. Brown researches Chinese politics and visual culture, collecting practices, and gender. Publications include Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography (University of Hawaii, 2011); “Chinese Women as Collectors and Bibliophiles at the Turn-of-the-Century,” in Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Objects, 1770-1950, (Ashgate, 2009); and “Sha Fei, the Jin-Cha-Ji Pictorial, and the Ideology of Chinese Wartime Photojournalism,” in Visual Culture in Wartime China (Institute of East Asian Studies, 2012).
Year-One Summer Project Language Specialist:

Cindy NING is Associate Director of the University of Hawaii’s Center for Chinese Studies, US director of its Confucius Institute, and author of the innovative textbooks Encounters: Chinese Language & Culture Books 1-4 (Yale University Press, 2011, 2012, 2015); co-published beginning in 2013 as 环球汉语by the China International Publishing Group).

She teaches or has taught regular and experimental first- through fourth-year Chinese language courses, a Chinese film course, and an interdisciplinary course on China at the University of Hawai’i. She has been president and executive director of the US-based Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), and president of the Chinese Language Education Association of Hawaii, as well as of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers. She frequently presents or conducts workshops both nationally and internationally on standards- and task-based language education, and the combination of 21st century skills with language learning. Since 2008 she has been director and principal investigator for the STARTALK Chinese summer teacher training workshop and student camp funded by the US Department of Defense. She holds a PhD in Chinese literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

                                                     Year One Summer Institute Presenters:

Michelle T. KING is Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from Berkeley in 2007. She specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese cultural history, with a focus on gender. Her first book, Between Birth and Death: Female Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford University Press, 2014), examines the historical roots of the identification of female infanticide as a Chinese cultural practice, presenting the varied perspectives of those concerned with the fate of an unwanted Chinese daughter: a late imperial Chinese mother in the immediate moments following birth, a male Chinese philanthropist dedicated to rectifying moral behavior in his community, Western Sinological experts preoccupied with determining the comparative prevalence of the practice, Catholic missionaries and schoolchildren intent on saving the souls of heathen Chinese children, and turn-of-the-century reformers grappling with the problem as a challenge for an emerging nation. Her current research project centers on the career of Taiwan’s pioneering cookbook author and television celebrity, Fu Pei-mei, as a window onto changes in postwar society, including the development of foodways as a critical national political project, shifting gender roles, and the transnational construction of identity through successive generations. She has received a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Program in China Studies fellowship and was named a research fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in support of this new project. She also received an American Council of Learned Societies/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation grant for “Culinary Nationalism in Asia,” a conference she organized at UNC Chapel Hill in 2017.

Kate Lingley is Associate Professor of Chinese Art History at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  She was educated at Harvard University, Peking University, and the University of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. in 2004.  Professor Lingley's research focuses on Buddhist votive sculpture of the Northern and Southern Dynasties period, with a particular interest in the social history of religious art. Her dissertation was a study of donor figures as representations of the self-image of Buddhist art patrons in the sixth century.  She is interested in the social significance of representation, religious practice, and identity, particularly ethnic identity, in a period in which non-Chinese peoples ruled much of North China.  This has led to a further interest in Chinese identity in a range of historical periods.  Her most recent public project was an exhibition of Chinese painting and calligraphy from Honolulu collections, that focused on the work of reformers of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the representation of identity in Northern Dynasties China by examining the relationship between tomb portraits and Buddhist donor portraits from the same period.

Franklin PERKINS is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. His main teaching and research interests are in early Chinese philosophy, early modern European philosophy, and in the challenges of doing philosophy in a comparative or intercultural context.  He is the author of Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light (Cambridge 2004), Leibniz: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury 2007), and Heaven and Earth are not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy (Indiana 2014), and he was co-editor of Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems (Cambridge 2015) (with Chenyang Li). His books have been translated into Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese.

Wensheng WANG is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Born and raised in China, Prof. Wang received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.  He was a Mellon/ACLS Fellow and currently serves as the Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of World History. Prof. Wang’s first book, entitled White Lotus Rebels and South China Pirates: Crisis and Reform in the Qing Empire, was published by the Harvard University Press in 2014. His other publications appear in peer-reviewed journals, edited volume, and encyclopedia. Trained as a historian of late imperial China and East Asia, Prof. Wang’s research interests include empire building, popular religion, cultural politics, and maritime interactions etc.

Paola Zamperini has a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature and Women and Gender Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests span traditional and contemporary Chinese literature, popular culture, the body, romance, sexuality and gender, Buddhism in China, Tibet, and East Asia, fashion practices, film studies and cinema. She is particularly intrigued by how in the universe of Chinese culture, both past and present, performance, text, and gender merge and collide to create both individual and collective subjectivities. In particular, she has been studying and writing about the ways in which women and men in fiction deal with desire and love in late imperial novels, as reflected by her most recent book, Lost Bodies: Prostitution and Masculinity in Late Qing Fiction (Brill University Press, 2010). To date, she has written and published extensively about women, sensuality and spiritual resonance in pre-modern Chinese literature. She has recently focused on early twentieth century Chinese women’s magazines and journals, as well as on the ways in which fashion is represented in pre-modern and contemporary Chinese Fiction and Visual Culture.