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News: Spring 2019

"Three KU students attended the 1st Midwest Korean Speech Contest at Northwestern University. They were among 42 competitors from 17 school.

Christie Ngoh (pictured) won 1st prize in the Beginner level with a scholarship to study in Korea for one semester, and Rebecca Reutzel shared 3rd place in the Advanced level with a $300 monetary award. 



Faculty News: Spring 2017

Eric Rath, Professor of History, was quoted in an article from The New Yorker Mon, 01/02/2017 "Japan copes with the disappearing eel."

John Head, Professor of Law, has a new book: International Law and Agroecological Husbandry: Building Legal Foundations for a New Agriculture. (Routledge, 2017). Related article: "Law professor outlines steps to achieve global, sustainable agriculture."

Faculty News: Fall 2016

Sherry Fowler, Professor of Japanese Art History, has a new book: Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan. (University of Hawai'i Press, 2016)

John Kennedy, Associate Professor of Political Science, is co-author of an article in the journal China Quarterly that suggests the gender imbalance in China is not as large as previously thought. Read more about this research in recent articles from NPR, CNN, and the Washington Post.

Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has recently been in the news talking about results of international standarized tests. Read more in recent articles in The Diplomat, and the Washington Post.

Raj Bhala, Distinguished Professor of Law, has been in several recent news articles talking about international trade, especially as it relates to China, and the TPP. Read more in Bloomberg News, Christian Science Monitor, the Kansas City Star.

So-Min Cheong, CEAS Director and Associate Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, received an award of nearly $600,000 from the National Academy's Gulf Research Program. Related article: "Researcher examines role of nonprofits in community recovery from Deepwater Horizon oil spill"

Eric Rath, Professor of History, has a new book: Japan's Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity (Reaktion Books, 2016). Related article: "Maybe you aren't what you eat, food and culture scholar says."

Statement from Director

Dear CEAS Community,

I hope you and your families are all well. As you know the university has announced the closures of most if not all events for the Spring semester. Therefore, CEAS will also suspend all events for the rest of the semester.  This includes the Silk Road Symposium, the North Korea Inside Out conference, the Kite Festival as well as Tea and Talks and invited speakers. We will reschedule these events for Fall 2020.

The most important thing is the health and well being of the university and Lawrence community. This is a challenging time, but we will get through this and CEAS events will continue in Fall. You can follow CEAS information and schedule changes on CEAS web page and social media. 

Take Care,

John Kennedy

Director of the Center for East Asian Studies

East Asia Events

All Spring 2020 events have been cancelled or reschuled for Fall 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

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