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About MCAA & SWCAS

About MCAA

The MCAA was founded in 1952, has had a long relationship with the University of Kansas, and has held 5 of its annual conferences at KU (1953, 1956, 1967, 1974, 1983). Former KU faculty member Grant Goodman, who served as MCAA president in 1974, established an archive of MCAA material at KU’s Spencer Research Library. Current KU faculty member Faye Xiao is on the MCAA Advisory Board. For more information on the history of MCAA please see the MCAA website at http://asia.isp.msu.edu/MCAA/history.htm.

MCAA Executive Committee 2014

President
Arjun Guneratne
Macalester College

Vice President
Kai-wing Chow
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Past President
Rebecca Copeland
Washington University in St. Louis

Executive Secretary
Greg Guelcher 
Morningside College

COC Representative
Katherine Bowie
University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Megan Greene
University of Kansas

MCAA Advisory Board

Northeast Asia

Hiromi Mizuno
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Oyler
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

China and Inner Asia

Sara Friedman
Indiana University

Hui Faye Xiao
University of Kansas

South Asia

Mahendra Lawati
Western Michigan University

Southeast Asia

Trude Jacobsen
Northern Illinois University

 

About SWCAS

SWCAS was founded in 1972 and although most of its conferences have been held in Texas, its membership includes faculty from institutions in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Its current President, John Barnett, is on the faculty at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and has a close relationship with KU’s Center for East Asian Studies. For more information about SWCAS, please see its website at http://www.trinity.edu/org/swcas/about.html.

 

SWCAS Executive Committee 2014

President:  John H. Barnett,
Emporia State University

Vice-President: Lopita Nath,
University of the Incarnate Word

Secretary/Treasurer: Stephen Field,
Trinity University

COC. Rep.: Paul Clark,
West Texas A&M University

Past President: Hans Stockton,
University of St. Thomas

 


JET Program

Applications for the 2015 JET Program are now available at this website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/. The deadline is Friday, November 14th.

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

We had a good time on Tuesday learning more about Japanese Sweets. If you missed the lecture (or if you attended, and now want to learn more about this topic) check out the link below, for a whole magazine issue devoted to the topic of Japanese Snacks and Sweets. This magazine, Niponica, is published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. http://web-japan.org/niponica/
niponica
Cover: Tai-yaki cakes made from a wheat flour and egg dough. The dough is stuffed with an bean paste, then pressed into a fish-shaped mold to be baked. (Kotai-yaki, by Tourindou Co. Ltd., Photo by Takeuchi Akio)

In Step to Lower Carbon Emissions, China Will Place a Limit on Coal Use in 2020 http://t.co/qyO8dUcriu
Inside KU: Protein research, biodiesel fuel, and KU's Bioscience & Technology Business Center "Inside KU" takes a look at how the expanded Bioscience & Technology Business Center (http://bit.ly/1zzPvrw) brings a number of beneficial services to small start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Also: A KU startup at the BTBC, KanPro, is producing proteins for research in medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences (See http://bit.ly/1DSY3s9). KU Innovation and Collaboration focuses on turning the university’s research into industry (See http://bit.ly/ZTOKZF). The "Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative" grows algae to provide a sustainable source for biodiesel fuel (See http://bit.ly/1oPRovz). Undergraduate Research Awards allow students to explore their fields deeper (See http://bit.ly/KUcugr). **The Time Warner Cable Sports Network's "Inside KU" is hosted by Jeannie Hodes.**


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