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The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies promotes the awareness, understanding and knowledge of Asia both within and beyond the University community and provides a forum for integrated and interdisciplinary research and teaching on Asia.

The Liu Institute's primary regions of focus are East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

News

Call for Papers - 2017 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

Author: Tessa Raymond

The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies is pleased to host the 66th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, September 15–16, 2017. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels, and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.…

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2017 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

Author: Tessa Raymond

The Japan Information Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship are now available. This scholarship offers current undergraduate students majoring in Japanese Language, Japanese Literature, Japanese Studies, or Japanese Culture an opportunity to deepen their understandings through academic study at one of several universities in Japan.…

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Enroll in ASIA 30841: "Contemporary India: Politics, Society and the Economy"

Author: Tessa Raymond

India, the second-largest country in the world in terms of population, is widely known as a study in contrasts. It is the largest democracy in the world, it has the third-highest level of gross domestic product by some measures, it is one of the highest growing economies and, as a member of the BRICS, it is considered to be an emerging economic powerhouse. Yet it also has the world's largest concentration of the poor according to some measures, deep socio-economic cleavages, and conflicts that often erupt in violence. After providing a brief historical background, this course examines these contrasts by analyzing recent developments in the politics, society and the economy. Among the topics covered, often in comparative perspective, are the nature of democracy, economic growth, human development, poverty and income inequality, caste, gender and the rise of religious fundamentalism. …

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Events

Tushu 圖書: The Complementarity of Words and Graphic Images in the Exposition of East Asian Thought and Religion

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Location: C103 Hesburgh Center

Robert Gimello (Professor of Theology) will discuss his most recent book, consisting in a translation and interpretation of a famous 7th century Sino-Korean Buddhist text that artfully combines verbal exposition with graphic design.  This text — The Map of the Domain of Truth according to the One Vehicle (一乘法界圖)  — exemplifies the process by which Buddhism came under the influence to the ancient Chinese predilection for graphic expression of religious and philosophical ideas (cf. the hexagrams of the Yijing (易經), The Luo River Chart (洛書 ) and The Yellow River Map (河圖), the "magic square" design in sacred architecture as in The Nine Chamber Hall of Light (九室明堂), The Diagram of the Great Ultimate 太極圖, etc.).…

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Opiate of the Masses with Chinese Characteristics - Interpreting Recent Developments in China's Religion Policy

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Location: 106 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Late​ ​in 2016, China released its newly revised Religious Services Law, which was immediately panned by critics as an aggressive intrusion into protected religious freedoms. In fact, the

Thomas Dubois

law is hardly new. It is consistent with the very specific way that the Communist Party has interpreted religious freedoms in the decades since the 1982 promulgation of “Basic Ideas and Policies Concerning Our Country’s Religious Question in the Socialist Era” initiated a more apparently tolerant stance. In this talk, Thomas DuBois traces the development of Chinese religion policy over three decades, closing with a discussion of the new law, and the recent rapprochement between China and the Vatican.…

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Chinese Martial Arts Open Class: Tai Chi - Pushing Hands

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Location: Rolfs Activity Room 1

Dr. Zhanguo Peng is an associate professor from the Institute of Chinese Philosophy at Lanzhou University, China. As the 7th generation of descendant of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, he has practiced Tai Chi for over 20 years and is especially skilled in Pushing Hands. In 2007, he won the championship of Pushing Hands Competition in Gansu province, China. He was awarded Band Six of Chinese Martial Arts and is currently the judge and the guide for the Chinese Martial Arts Association. …

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