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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Project Core Faculty

Project Director: 

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).

Year-One Summer Seminar Co-Director:

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-Two Summer Seminar Co-Director:

Guobin YANG
is a Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and Center for East Asian Studies. His research areas cover digital media and critical social theory, global communication, social movements, activist media, cultural sociology, and media and politics in China.

His books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009, winner of the best book award of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010), The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (Columbia University Press, 2016), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 vols. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003). He is the editor of China's Contested Internet (June 2015), The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (with Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 2016), and Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007).

He is co-editor (with Zhongdang Pan) of Communication and the Public. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Social Media + Society, The International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Communication, Global Media and China, The China Quarterly, Chinese Journal of Sociology, the "Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches" book series, the "Global Asia" book series of the Amsterdam University Press, and on the advisory boards of Asiascape: Digital Asia and Critical Prespectives on Citizen Media. He received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Writing and Research Grant" (2003) and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (2003-2004). Previously he taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and as an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.
Year-Three Field Seminar Academic Director:

Frederick LAU is the Chair and Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi, and president of the Society for Asian Music. An ethnomusicologist, flutist, and conductor, he is the author of Music in China (Oxford, 2008) and co-editor of Locating East Asia in Western Art Music (Wesleyan, 2004) and Vocal Music and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Music: Unlimited Voices in East Asia and the West (Routledge, 2013), and is also the series editor of Music and Performing Arts of Asian and the Pacific.  His articles have been published in journals such as Yearbook for International Council for Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, British Review for Ethnomusicology, Journal of Musicological Research, Sojourn, as book chapters in collected volumes and in encyclopedias.  Lau received his master and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a performance diploma from the London Guildhall School of Music.  He also spent time as a research associate at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has conducted field research in China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, and the U.S.  His area of research includes Chinese and Western music, particularly on issues related to identity, nationalism, modernization, politics, globalization, Chinese music in the diaspora, as well as issues related to 20th century Western avant-garde music.
Project Language Specialist:

Cynthia 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 U of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Academic Advisor:

Roger T. AMES is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i and editor of Philosophy East & West and China Review International. He has authored several interpretative studies of Chinese philosophy and culture: Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture (1995), and Thinking From the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture (1998) (all with D.L. Hall), and most recently Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary (2011). His publications include translations of Chinese classics: Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare (1993); Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare (1996) and Tracing Dao to its Source (1997) (both with D.C. Lau); the Confucian Analects (1998) and the Classic of Family Reverence: A Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing (2009) (both with H. Rosemont), Focusing the Familiar: A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the Zhongyong (2001), and A Philosophical Translation of the Daodejing: Making This Life Significant (with D.L. Hall) (2003). Recently he has undertaken several projects that entail the intersection of contemporary issues and cultural understanding. His Democracy of the Dead: Dewey, Confucius, and the Hope for Democracy in China (with D.L. Hall) (1999), and Confucian Role Ethics: Doing Justice to Justice (forthcoming) are a product of this effort. Almost all of his publications are now available in Chinese translation, including his philosophical translations of Chinese canonical texts. He has most recently been engaged in compiling the new Blackwell Sourcebook of Classical Chinese Philosophy, and in writing articles promoting a conversation between American pragmatism and Confucianism.

External Evaluator: 

Timothy Weston earned his Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000 he published a co-edited collection of essays entitled China beyond the Headlines (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), in 2004 he published The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals and Chinese Political Culture, 1898-1929 (University of California Press), and in 2007 another co-edited book, China's Transformations: The Stories in and beyond the Headlines (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). A third co-edited volume, China in and beyond the Headlines, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2012. He has also published several articles and book chapters. His current research focuses on journalists and journalism in modern China. Professor Weston also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Asian Studies and is Faculty Director for the Undergraduate Program in Asian Studies.