Summer Workshop: Study Noh, Kyogen, and Buyo in Japan

The intensive summer program in Kyoto, Traditional Theatre Training (T.T.T.) 2015, invites applications to its 31st annual program.

Orientation on 24 July (Fri) will be followed by daily, intensive training 25 July (Sat) to August 11(Tue). A professionally costumed recital will be held on the Oe Noh Stage on 12 August (Wed).

Master-teachers of the Kanze school (noh), Okura school (kyogen), and Wakayagi school (Nihon buyo classical dance) offer an immersive, authentic experience to artists and scholars. Orientation and training will be conducted in the air-conditioned studios of the Kyoto Art Center. 

Please find further information at the following links:


Contact email (English and Japanese):

There are early bird and student/artist discounts, and special rates on hotels, hopefully making this affordable to participants, Japanese and non-, from around the world.

We look forward to seeing you in Kyoto this summer!

Dr. Matthew Shores (Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge)
Program Director T.T.T. 2015

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Job Opening: ASIANetwork-Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows

job opening - 5Location:   Indiana, United States
Position:   Post-Doctoral Fellow

ASIANetwork – Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program

With the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, ASIANetwork, a consortium of over 150 North American colleges, is providing financial support for the hiring of teaching fellow positions at our member colleges for the next two years.  For more information about the positions for our 2015-16 program and links to the position postings, go to and click the Teaching Fellows Job Listing link.  Application deadlines and procedures vary.

  • Bucknell University – Asian Studies (Islam in Asia or Politics of South and Southeast Asia)
  • Luther College – Asian Art History
  • Marietta College – Asian Studies and Chinese History

What is ASIANetwork?

A consortium of over 150 North American colleges, ASIANetwork strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles in an ever more interdependent world.  For more information, see:

Deadline: November, 30, 2015


Teodora (Teddy) O. Amoloza
Director, ASIANetwork-Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900


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Job Opening: Manager, International Marketing & Student Recruiting, Pierce College District

job opening - 5Institution: Pierce College District
Location: Lakewood, WA
Application Due: 04/03/2015
Education: BA/BS

Reporting directly to the Executive Director of International Education, this position is responsible for international student marketing and recruitment for the Pierce College District. The Manager is responsible for the recruitment of international students, development of relationships with overseas recruiting agents and various agencies including partner colleges/universities and consulate offices as appropriate. Additionally, this position develops the annual marketing and recruiting plan, and creation and maintenance of all necessary contracts and agreements and related databases.

About the Program
The mission of International Education at Pierce College is to foster international relationships and opportunities district-wide through the recruitment and admission of international students, to provide an array of quality student services to assist international students with completion of their studies, and to assist the College in building partnerships on campus and in the community to enhance our multicultural perspective and experience.

At this time, we have almost 300 international students, one third of them in the Intensive English Program (IEP) and two thirds in college programs. The department has a staff of eight full-time faculty and staff and numerous part-time faculty and staff providing direct support to the program. Most of our students are from East Asia and enter through the IEP and transition to college level courses to complete the Associate degree and transfer to a university. In addition we offer short-term programs with international partnerships and send a small number of students abroad to study.

Essential Functions:

  • Recruit International Students: Develop and advance relationships with overseas recruiting agents and various agencies including partner colleges/universities and consulate offices as appropriate; respond to inquiries about the College from students, recruiting agencies, staff and the public; develop relationships with local high schools and recruit international transfer students.
  • International Marketing Plan: Develop annual marketing plan and annual proposal for overseas recruiting and advertising activities; establish travel itineraries and complete necessary travel documents within Washington State purchasing and travel guidelines.
  • Promotional Materials: Select overseas publications for advertising; coordinate with the district marketing department or contracted designer to create advertising and promotional materials for both electronic and hard copy; update information on the department website.
  • Partnerships and Database Management: Manage relationships with agents and partner colleges; create and maintain necessary contracts and agreements, records, and related databases.
  • Admissions & Agent Commission: Work with the admissions staff to help problem solve international student admission issues; coordinate commission payment structure and timeline.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, International Relations, or related fields to international education from an accredited college or university
  • Experience in international student related marketing, recruiting, student services, higher education, or related field
  • Knowledge of student visa process and I-20 rules and regulations in accordance with SEVIS Immigration policies
  • Understand international education needs and markets with reference to community college education
  • Experience in strategic planning and marketing development

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Supervisory experience and effective supervisory skills to include coaching and mentoring to support employees in achieving the college mission and their individual professional goals; demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership in a dynamic work environment
  • Communicates effectively and collaboratively with individuals, and internal and external organizations; applies effective written and oral communication techniques to convey clear and timely messages; has sound presentation skills
  • Commitment to diverse community; values open-mindedness, inclusion, multicultural perspective and multiple ways of knowing, thinking, and being; helps create a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity; values organizational diversity; treats others with respect; promotes cooperation
  • Working knowledge of MS Office to include Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet, presentation and database software
  • Strong positive interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and build effective working relationships
  • Utilizes excellent time management and problem solving techniques, and use of professional judgment in complex situations; demonstrates strong project management skills
  • Willingness and ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others; participates and fosters teamwork; promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables
  • Strong organizational skills including prioritizing, multi-tasking, and keeping track of information or work in progress while ensuring accuracy
  • Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities; responds to change with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives
  • Demonstrates responsible personal and professional conduct, which contributes to the overall mission and goals of the College; accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work; earns trust, respect, and confidence from the College community; can be relied upon to achieve excellent results
  • Adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty

Conditions of Employment: Must have the ability to obtain a passport to travel internationally.

Terms of Employment:
This is a full time administrative exempt position. Scheduled hours may vary with frequent travel overseas. This position may travel occasionally and travel between Pierce College campuses/sites is required as necessary.

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Book Announcement: Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia

Leaving for the Rising SunLeaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia 

by Jiang Wu, Associate Profess, Department of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona


Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN-10: 0199393133

ISBN-13: 978-0199393138



In 1654 Zen Master Yinyuan traveled from China to Japan. Seven years later his monastery, Manpukuji, was built and he had founded a new tradition, called Obaku. In this sequel to his 2008 book, Enlightenment in Dispute, Jiang Wu tells the story of the tremendous obstacles faced by Yinyuan, drawing parallels between his experiences and the broader political and cultural context in which he lived.

Yinyuan claimed to have inherited the “Authentic Transmission of the Linji Sect.” After arriving in Japan, he was able to persuade the Shogun to build a new Ming-style monastery for the establishment of his Obaku school. His arrival in Japan coincided with a series of historical developments, including the Ming-Qing transition, the consolidation of early Tokugawa power, the growth of Nagasaki trade, and rising Japanese interests in Chinese learning and artistic pursuits. While Yinyuan’s travel is known in scholarly circles, the significance of his journey within East Asian history has not been fully explored. Leaving for the Rising Sun provides a unique opportunity to reexamine the crisis in the continent and responses from other parts of East Asia. Using Yinyuan’s story as a bridge between China and Japan, Wu demonstrates that the monk’s significance is far greater than the temporary success of a religious sect. Rather, Yinyuan imported to Japan a new discourse of authenticity that gave rise to indigenous movements that challenged, and led to the eventual breakup of, a China-centered world order.

Available Now at

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Job Opening: Post-doctoral fellowship, East Asian Studies

job opening - 5Institution: Tel Aviv University, East Asian Studies
Location: Israel
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Department of East Asian Studies

Asia on Its Own TermsTowards New Terminology and Narratives for Research in Asian Studies

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The program Asia on Its Own Terms Program (funded by Yad Hanadiv) of the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University will award a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of Asian Studies.

Program Objective:

In recent years there is a growing scholarly interest in transitional processes in East and South Asian countries. Nonetheless, so far there have been relatively few attempts of an integrated and comparative study of these regions by venturing across geographical, political, and linguistic boundaries. The Asia on Its Own Terms program aims to readdress this shortcoming by facilitating interdisciplinary and cross-regional dialogues between scholars and students specializing in China, India and Japan. It is “border-crossing” both in cutting across parochial regionalism and artificial borders, and in cutting across disciplines.


The one-year fellowship of up to $30,000 will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. The recipient fellow will work with senior faculty members from the Department of East Asian Studies. Fellows will engage in their own research, while contributing to the department’s joint undertaking for creating a new set of scholarly tools and terminology as defined by the program.


Candidates are limited to those who by October 1, 2015 are in possession of a PhD, or those who were awarded a PhD within the last five years (Tel Aviv University PhD holders are not eligible to apply). Candidates are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of eligibility for a PhD degree
  • Three letters of reference
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A writing sample
  • A description of the work to be undertaken as fellow
  • An endorsement from the faculty member with whom they will be working.

Candidates must submit their applications by March 31, 2015 to the Academic Committee Yad Hanadiv Fund, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel. The letters of reference should be sent directly by email to

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Job Opening: Curator of Asian Art, Smith College

job opening - 5Institution: Smith College
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Position: Curator

Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art

Smith College Museum of Art

Smith College is accepting applications for the Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art position.  Reporting to the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, this positon develops the program for the Asian Art Gallery.  Oversee all aspects of the Museum’s research, interpretation, and presentation of its growing Asian art collection.


Education/Experience: Masters’ degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Asian art history and culture or related discipline, with at least 4 years of museum experience, or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Skills:  Demonstrated knowledge of the exhibition process, and a record of publication and public speaking. Broad knowledge of Asian art and culture, particularly the arts of East Asia, but knowledge of South Asian, Central Asian, and Western Asian art are also acceptable.  Familiarity with major art historical periods and styles, and proficiency in at least one Asian language (fluency preferred).  Excellent communication, both written and verbal, and effective leadership and interpersonal skills.  Outstanding collaborator with highly developed administrative and organizational capabilities and a deep commitment to a cross-disciplinary approach to original works of art within a liberal arts college.  Prior experience teaching or working with undergraduate students would be an additional strength.

Review of application will begin immediately.  To be considered for this position and to review job description, visit

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer

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Fun Link Friday: the art of kintsugi

While many people might think of a broken bowl or cracked ceramic pieces as beyond repair and having lost their beauty as perfect objects, other see opportunity for a different kind of aesthetic.


Colossal featured an article last year on kintsugi 金継ぎ, or “gold joinery,” which they describe as

a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.

There’s a video from a kintsugi workshop that happened in London which talks about the process and shows the work up close. You can also google kintsugi even in English and find some amazing images of this kind of art. Be sure to check it out!

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