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2014 News

Professor Alex Huang is a Keynote Speaker at a Mentoring Event 

Alexa Huang, Professor of English, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs, is the first non-Korean keynote speaker at the 5th annual mentoring seminar co-organized by KOWIN DC ( with the Korean language and culture program and the Korean Student Association at GW: 

The 5th Annual KOWIN DC Leadership Seminar 

Korean Women’s Place in the Sun:

Celebrating Diversity and Enhancing the Culture of Inclusion

Co-organized by

The Korean Language and Culture Program and the Korean Student Association

The George Washington University

Mount Vernon Campus

Hand Chapel

2100 Foxhall Road NW 
Washington, DC 20007

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:00-3:00 p.m.

Three Korean professors of the EALL Department, Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Miok Pak, and Yunkyoung Kang, are members of this year’s KOWIN DC Seminar Committee, playing a key role in organizing this major mentoring workshop for women of Korean descent and whoever would like to network with them. The Seminar is open to the public free of charge. However, space is limited and reservations are required. Whoever wishes to register should contact Dr. Miok Pak, pakm@gwu.edu202-994-1804 with name, affiliation, email address, and phone number(s) and three mentoring sessions in the order of preference. Program


Alexa Huang receives an American Council of Learned Society fellowship

Our faculty affiliate Alexa Huang has received the American Council of Learned Society's Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for her book project Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press). She will be in residence at the Folger Library for 2014-2015 to conduct research. The Burkhardt fellowships provide leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects. The Burkhardt Fellowships are generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They are named for Frederick Burkhardt, President Emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise.

Alexa Huang's book identifies three broad themes that distinguish interpretations of local cultures and Shakespeare in modern Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Singapore from their counterparts in other parts of the world: they are leading to a more equitable globalization in artistic terms, they serve as a forum where artists and audiences can grapple with contemporary issues, and through international tour activities they are reshaping debates about the relationships between the East and the West. Asian interpretations of Shakespeare matter to Western readers because of their impact on American and European performance cultures, as exemplified by the worldwide recognition of the works of Ong Keng Sen, Akira Kurosawa, and their peers. The history of East Asian Shakespeares as a body of works—as opposed to random stories about cross-cultural encounter—allows us to better understand the processes of localizing artistic ideas through transnational collaboration.

Professor Chaves Spoke at Art Exhibition

Professor Jonathan Chaves gave the keynote address at the opening of the exhibition, No Eye Flowers, works of calligraphy, painting and ceramics by Stephen Addiss. He also authored the lead essay in the catalogue. Stephen Addiss, newly emeritus Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond (where the exhibition is being held from Feb. through May, 2014), is one of the few Westerners to master the art of calligraphy as practiced in Japan, working both in Chinese and in Japanese styles. His innovative explorations of the medium have been exhibited throughout the USA and Canada, as well as in Taiwan and in Japan.


(Pictured above) Addiss, Chaves and Richard Waller, Director of Museums for the University of Richmond and curator of the exhibition (l to r)


(Pictured above) Prof. Chaves delivering the keynote address.

The Artful Recluse, to which Professor Jonathan Chaves is a major contributor, has just won The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award

Professor Chaves wrote the chapter titled "Traces buried among the market towns: Literary Expressions of Reclusion.” in Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai, "The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China.” (catalogue of an exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2012), which is the winner of Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions, 2014. The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions is one of two awards granted annually to the finest scholarly art books of the year as adjudged by the College Art Association (CAA). This is the primary association of art historians in the nation. In addition to the chapter mentioned above, Professor Chaves also did numerous translations for the exhibition and catalogue of poems and other texts found in the paintings and calligraphies.

2013 News

Professor Jonathan Chaves' video-interview on his new book "Every Rock A Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing"

When he was in NY for the China Institute book-signing, Professor Jonathan Chaves was also invited to do a video-interview to be posted on line for the "Chinafile" project, in which authors of current and recent books dealing with China are interviewed, and then the questions edited out, leaving a statement about the volume by the author. You can watch the video here:

Professor Shoko Hamano brings the AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee Seminar to GW

YouTube Video

Professor Shoko Hamano recently led the AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee Seminar at GW. Participants learned about the AP Japanese language and culture program and its support resources, and participated in instruction-designing activities led by Yo Azama, ACTFL’s 2012 National Language Teacher of the Year.

 The keynote lecture was delivered by Professor Emeritus Seiichi Makino of Princeton University.

Professor Liana Chen is a winner of a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Liana Chen, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, has been awarded a year-long research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. She will spend her sabbatical year (2013-14) working on her monograph, "Staging the Empire: A History of Qing Court Theatre, 1662-1924."

The official award letter notes that "American Council of Learned Societies and Henry Luce Foundation research fellowships seek to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the U.S. through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers," and congratulates Prof. Chen for being "selected from a very strong pool of applicants."

Expressing her gratitude to various colleagues and units, Dr. Chen said, "Needless to say, I am very grateful to your support and guidance over the past three years. The award of the Columbian College Facilitating Fund (CCFF) in 2012 has been absolutely instrumental and really boosted my chance of getting the ACLS fellowship. My ACLS project grew out of my earlier project supported by CCFF."

Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud Recites her Poem at the Ceremony Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice of the Korean War at the National Mall

 Young-Key Kim-Renaud reciting her poem at the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Armistice of the Korean WarOn July YK-recitingPoem-60thAnniv-KorWarArmistice-ceremony_OutsideBillboard_20130727_KenjiSAWAI-photo27, 2013, Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, recited her poem entitled "I Remember," describing her experience of the War in the pre-ceremony program at the ceremony commemorating the 6oth aniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean war, attended by President Barack Obama and more than 7,000 Korean War veterans from all over the world and their families, friends, and supporters, at the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall, Washington, DC.

21st Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities is on Cultural Diplomacy

In the 21st Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities at GW, scholars and diplomats discussed how Korea represented and explained itself to the world through the arts, the media, and pub lic diplomacy, in which communication takes place between citizens of different nations, or between citizens and governments, as opposed to communication solely between governments. Ambassador Ho Young Ahn set the stage by delivering a succinct and informative talk on Korean cultural diplomacy in the context of the history of Korean diplomacy over the last half a century.Kathleen Stephens, former ambassador to Korea, Kyung Hyun Kim of U.C., Irvine, Katharine Moon of Wellesley College, Yoon-shik Park and Dana Tai Soon Burgess of GW, and Ji-Young Lee of American University all presented their own views of cultural diplomacy based on their extensive academic and personal experiences.

2012 News

Japanese Students Dance with Dancers from Japan

On March 27, 2012, as part of the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival, a group of GW students studying Japanese participated in a workshop on a dance tradition called Daidengaku. Daidengaku literally means “great rice field rejoicing” and originates in the folk dances traditionally performed throughout rural Japan. The workshop was led by Mr. Manzo Nomura, who, as a Kyōgen master, was honored by the Japanese government as a bearer of an "Important Intangible Cultural Heritage."  On the following day the students danced with dancers from Japan in a public performance at Hand Chapel on Mt. Vernon Campus. Mr. Nomura and  renowned actress Keiko Matsuzaka joined the dancers. For more information and a lively video, see Channel 9's news report.

20th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities is on 100 Years of Modern Korean Literature

HMS-21 General Discussion_20131013The 20th annual HMS Collloquium celebrated a century of modern Korean literature that has flourished through the tumultuous modern history of Korea. The highlight of this colloquium was a dialog between distinguished literary scholars teaching at US universitities and internationally known, prize-winning Korean authors, and the Washington audience. Featured speakers included three Korean authors, Hye-kyung Lee, Jung-hee Oh, and Sae-young Oh; and literary scholars, Keong-Hee Choi of the University of Chicago, Theodore Hughes of Columbia University, Yung-Hee Kim of the University of Hawai'i, Ji-Eun Lee of Washington University in St. Louis, and Youngju Ryu of the University of Michigan. On the eve of the Colloquium, the Korean authors spoke at a special event provided at the Korean Cultural Center of the Korean Embassy.

Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud Receives the 2012 Washington Literary Society's New Writer Award.

Young-Key Kim-Renaud receiving the 2012 New Writer Award_20121209Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Chair of the EALL Dept. and Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs, received the 2012 Washington Korean Literature Society’s New Writer Award for her poem "I Remember," a long poem reminiscing the Korean War she experienced as a child.


2011 News

Professor Jonathan Chaves Delivered Three Lectures in Chinese to Captive Audience in China. 

Jonathan Chaves lectures at Shanghai UniversityIn spring, 2011, Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, was invited by Shanghai University School of Liberal Arts to deliver three lectures in Chinese (with some English) to deliver three lectures there in the capacity of Visiting Scholar. The first lecture was on the early Qing-Dynasty painter, Wu Li 吳歷(1632-1718), one of the first ordained Chinese Catholic priests, and his remarkable poetry based on Christian theology. The second was on the challenges involved in the translation of Chinese poetry into English, with an emphasis on the question of rhyme. And the third was a general survey of recent studies in Chinese literature in the West (USA and Canada especially). The third one was recorded by a Chinese company that posts on-line lectures of (mostly Chinese) professors on all subject matter: (requires Adobe Flash Player, free download)

19th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities is on Korean Theatre (

The 19th Hahn Moo-Sook (HMS) Colloquium celebrated the beauty of Korean performance traditions. Distinguished scholars and directors discussed performances in South Korea, North Korea and in the Korean Diaspora, and the internationalization of Korean theatre. The highlight of this year's event was the visit of Master OhTae Suk from Seoul, and on the eve of the Colloquium, the screening of his award-winning production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (recipient of a Herald Angel’s Award at the 2011 Edinburgh International Arts Festival), to be followed by a Q&A session.

Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud Receives the 2011 Distinguished Korean of the Year Award.

Young-Key Kim-Renaud receiving the 2011 Distinguished Korean Award_20111118Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, receives the Distinguished Korean of the Year Award for
her life-time achievement. The ceremony took place by the on November 19, 2011, at Tyson's Corner, VA.

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