Final program for MARAAS42

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Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November, 2013


SESSION I (SAT 8:45-10:15)


PANEL 1: Asia-U.S. Educational Exchanges: Case Studies, Personal Experiences, and Broad Implications (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair: Lisong Liu, Susquehanna University

a)     Alicia Sornson, Susquehanna University

The United States, China and Educational Exchanges: Factors in the Future Evolution of the Relationship

b)    Kristina Sherman, Susquehanna University

‘The Details of a Happy Marriage:’ The Senshu-Susquehanna Exchange Program

c)     Michelle Delgado, Susquehanna University

Ties in Local Communities and Across the Pacific: Perspectives of a Student Participating in the Shenshu Exchange Program and Later Studying in Japan

d)    Mary Rice, Susquehanna University

SU-Senshu Exchange Program: Impacts on Students and Communities


PANEL 2: Cross Cultural Production, Consumption, and Interactions: Representations of China and China’s Self-Representation on the Global Stage

Chair: Yinghong Cheng, Delaware State University

Discussant: Jingyuan Zhang, Georgetown University

a       Yinghong Cheng, Delaware State University

Race, Class and Gender in China’s International Self Image

b      Ping Fu, Towson University

Cross-cultural Consumption and Production on Chinese TV Screen-scape

c       Dandan Chen, Farmingdale State College

Western Perspective, Asian Market, and the Rise of China:  Images of China in Global Cinema


PANEL 3: First Impressions and Beyond: Love, Life and Literature and Modern Japanese Engagement with the World

Chair: Paul Reagan, Villanova University/Temple University

a)     Paul Reagan, Villanova University/Temple University

The Travel Diaries and Letters of Natsume Sōseki, Abe Jirō, Watsuji Tetsurō, and Kuki Shūzō

b)    Masako Nakagawa, Villanova University

The Tale of Genji meets Ulysses in Maruya Saiichi’s Kagayaku hi no miya (1925-2012)

c)     Sharlie Conroy Ushioda, Independent Scholar

Kokusai Kekkon (International Marriage): Meiji Style


PANEL 4: The Korean Peninsula: Questions of Security and Survival

Chair: Charles Kraus, The George Washington University

a)     Jason Park, University of Pennsylvania

Security from Within: Addressing the North Korean Regime’s Insecurity Dilemma through Non-State-Centric International Economic Engagement

b)    Charles Kraus, The George Washington University

Bridging East Asia’s Revolutions: The Overseas Chinese in North Korea, 1945-1953

c)     Gui-Young Hong, Independent Scholar

Exposing the State’s Violence against Civilians during the Jeju 4.3 Incident: Representations in Art and Literature

d)    SungWha Oh, University of Pittsburgh

The History and Future of Farmers’ Markets in North Korea


PANEL 5: Indian Women at the Global Crossroads: Education, Entrepreneurship and Enlightenment

Chair: Ancy Jose, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India

a)     Ancy Jose, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India

The Crossroads of Women and Education in India

b)    Mona Bhatia, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India

The Crossroads of Women and Entrepreneurship in India

c)     Moushumi Datta, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India

The Crossroads of Women and Empowerment in India

SESSION II (SAT 10:30-12:00)


PANEL 6: Economic Development, Labor and Gender in China

Chair: Linda Dwyer, Salisbury University

a)     David Owen, Millersville University

The Impact of Economic Development on Interest in Politics across China: A Hierarchical Level Analysis

b)    Dennis Karr, University of Maryland

Did U.S. Activity in East Asia Open China’s Door?

c)     Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University

The Changing Nature of Labor Unrest in China

d)    Kristen Tran, Binghamton University

The Political Economy of Domestic Substitutes: A Critical Assessment of Contemporary Transfer of Paid Reproductive Labor as Struggle against Global Capitalism on a Continuum


PANEL 7: Cultural Hybridity or Cannibalization: Western Consumption of Asian Art and Music

Chair: Michael Laver, Rochester Institute of Technology

a)     Artur Lozano-Mendez, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Social Prescriptions of Consumerism: kawaii culture as deviant behavior in Japan and in global techno-Orientalism

b)    Gooyong Kim, Temple University

Here Come Girls’ Generation at the Pinnacle of “K” Pop to the United States: Hallyu’s Cultural Hybridity Revisited

c)     Megan Czerwinski, University of Pennsylvania

The Gutai Dialogue: Global Intersections in Japanese Art

d)    Michael Laver, Rochester Institute of Technology

Most Exquisite Curiosities of Nature and Art: Object D’art as Gifts in Tokugawa Japan


PANEL 8: Religion and Philosophy in Asia: Intersections with the West?

Chair: Chung-Min Tu, University of Delaware

a)     Bina Gupta, University of Missouri

Is Indian Philosophy Radically Different from Western Philosophy?

b)    Chung-Min Tu, University of Delaware

A Buddhist Dialogue with Postmodernity: Derrida, Deleuze, and Nagarjuna

c)     Timothy Golden, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

East and West: “Divine Racism” in the Rig Veda and the Bible


PANEL 9: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Identity in Asia

Chair: Marlene Mayo, University of Maryland

a)     Anna Peak, Temple University

Technology, Typewriters, and British Sinophobia

b)    Nicole CuUnjieng, Yale University

Internationalized Anti-colonial Nationalism and Pan-Asianism in the Political Philosophy and Resistance Movement of Phan Boi Chau

c)     Marlene Mayo, University of Maryland

Encountering Asia, Informing America: Eleanor Roosevelt in India and Japan


PANEL 10: Pacific Crossings: Asian Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair: Meredith Oyen, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Discussant: Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland Baltimore County

a)     Courtney Bullock, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Korean Small Business in Ellicott City, MD

b)    Lindsay Wilson, University of Maryland Baltimore County

The Naval Legacy

c)     Toyin Fadiran, University of Maryland Baltimore County

“Linsanity” and the Chinese American Experience

SESSION III (SAT 2:00-3:30)


PANEL 11: South Asia in the 21st Century: Politics, Society, and Culture

Chair: Valerian DeSousa, West Chester University

c)     Divya Balasubramaniam, St. Josephs’s University

Obesity a Public Health Problem in the Developing World: A Study on School Going Children in Rural and Urban India

d)    Brian Cannon, University of Pennsylvania

(Re-)Theorizing Bollywood: An Extra-textual Approach for the Liberal Moment

e)     Shishav Parajuli, Villanova University

The Crisis of Cultural Hegemony in Nepal: Ethnic Participation in the Maoist Revolution

f)     Valerian DeSousa, West Chester University

Migration, Ethnicity, and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Indians in Portugal


PANEL 12: Encounters with the Other: Asian/Western Intersections

Chair: Ricky Law, Carnegie Mellon University

b)    Hideo Watanabe, William Patterson University

Revelations in Yokohama in the 19th Century

c)     Armen Bakalian, University of Pittsburgh

Before Meckel: Prussian Influence in Japanese Military Modernization

d)    Ricky Law, Carnegie Mellon University

Endearing Words: Interwar Japanese Lectures on Germany

d)    Dieu Nguyen, Temple University

Rituals of Colonial Domination: From Vietnamese Heavenly Offerings to French Republican Celebrations, 1860s-1940s


PANEL 13: Remembrance of China’s Past: Memory-writing, Story-telling, Theatrical Innovation, and Translation

Chair: Zu Xiaomin, Princeton University

Discussant: Karen Kingsbury, Chatham University

a)     Shuchen Xiang, Penn State University

The Subject of Memory: The Self in Tao’an Dream Reminiscences (陶庵梦忆)

b)    Wang Wei-Chih, Penn State University

Storytelling and Recollecting Self: Stan Lai’s A Dream Like a Dream

c)     Xiaomin Zu, Princeton University

Buddhist ‘Structures of Feeling’ in the Modernist ‘Peking Opera’—The Matanga Girl

d)    Lea Pao,  Penn State University
Translation as Memory: Wang Jiaxin’s Paul Celan


PANEL 14: Immersive Worlds: Genre, Graphics and Racial Representation in Japanese Videogames (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair and Discussant: Rachael Hutchinson, University of Delaware

a)     Steven Bankert, University of Delaware

From the Limit Break to the Hadoken: Immersion in Japanese Videogames

b)    Nathan Clark, University of Delaware

Beyond the Screen: Graphics and their Effects on Immersion in Role-Playing Games

c)     Jaron Shim, University of Delaware

Final Fantasy is Racially Undiversified


PANEL 15: Law, Political Participation, and Nation Building in Asia

Chair: Mark McNicholas, Penn State University Altoona

a)     Darryl Flaherty, University of Delaware

Popularizing and Peddling Legal Norms: ‘Law as a Pastime’ in 1930s Japan

b)    Catherine Scott, New School for Social Research

The Influence of Postcolonial Thought and Development Challenges on South Asian Discourses of International Law

c)     Mark McNicholas, Penn State University Altoona

Treading the Paths of Speech in Mid-Qing China:  A Commoner Advises the Emperor, 1805-1815

d)    Yajun Mo, Long Island University, C.W. Post

Tourism, Nation-building, and Regional Network: the China Travel Service, 1923-1937

SESSION IV (SAT 3:45-5:15)


PANEL 16: Gender Trouble in Modern Japan: Art, Literature, and Popular Culture

Chair: Eleanor Kerkham, University of Maryland

a)     Leslie Winston, Independent Scholar

Takabatake Kashō’s Bishōnen and Shōjo Meet Halfway

b)    Kyoko Taniguchi, Lehigh University

Sentimentalized Motherhood in Hosoda Mamoru’s ‘Wolf Children Ame and Yuki’

c)     Yuri Seung, Temple University

The Fall of the House: The Collapse of Family Tradition in Miyuki Miyabe’s ‘All She Was Worth’

d)    Erik Ropers, Towson University

Bad Gangster Girls: Representations of Women in Japanese Manga


PANEL 17: Transformative Moments in East Asia: Literature, Art, and Architecture

Chair: Ilaria Scaglia, Columbus State University

a)     Ilaria Scaglia, Columbus State University

“Balm in Years of Strain:” Displaying Internationalism through Chinese Art in the 1930s

b)    Miyabi Goto, Princeton University

The Ideal-Real Discourse: Tracing Literary Debates in Meiji 20s Japan

c)     Sijie Ren, University of Pennsylvania

Imperial Nostalgias: Re-inventions of the Past in Building Practices of the Tang Dynasty and Contemporary China


PANEL 18: Philosophy beyond Cultural Boundary

Chair: Ann Pang-White, The University of Scranton

a)     Benjamin Turcea, The University of Scranton

Central Ethical Principles in Kantianism, Christianity, and Confucianism

b)    Becca Cangemi, The Commonwealth Medical College

A Cross Cultural Approach to Gender Relations

c)     Ann Pang-White, The University of Scranton

The Teaching of Emptiness and Woman in Buddhism: Tradition in Transition. 


PANEL 19: Issues in South Asian Society (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair: Valerian DeSousa, West Chester University

a)     Ashley Ash, West Chester University

Maternal and Reproductive Health in Rural India

b)    Hannah Wikowski, West Chester University

A Critical Look at India’s Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

c)     Peter Vanni, West Chester University

The Exportation and Exploitation of Forced Labor in the Indian Ocean

d)    Caroline Pitocchelli, West Chester University

Identity Formation in the Diaspora: The Case of Indian Americans


PANEL 20: Perspectives on Health and Medicine in East Asia

Chair: Yuki Terazawa, Hofstra University

a)     Jamyung Choi, University of Pennsylvania

Beyond Subsistence: Health and Middle-class Mobility at Tokyo Imperial University

b)    Wayne Soon, Princeton University

Global Technology, Medical Adaption, and the Chinese Diaspora: Universalizing Health Care in China, 1938-1949

c)     Janice Xu, Holy Family University

Grassroots Environmental Activism in the Right-To-Know Movement on Air Quality in Chinese Cities

SESSION V (SUN 8:45-10:15)


PANEL 21: Regional Tensions – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Chair: Will Mayborn, Boston College

a)     Shryll Whittaker, Seton Hall University

The Structural and Political Constraints of ASEAN in Addressing South China Sea Territorial Disputes

b)    Will Mayborn, Boston College

The Diaoyu/Senkaku Island Dispute: State Competition and Coercive Diplomacy as Barriers to Regional Integration

c)     Syed S. Uddin-Ahmed, St. John’s University

Uyghur Muslim Minorities: From Mao to the Present

d)    Culver Ladd S., Payap University

Asia’s Global Intersections: Thailand and Burma (Myanmar)


PANEL 22: Perspectives on China (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair: Cecilia Chien, West Chester University

a)     Thien-Chan Vu, University of Delaware

Urban-Centric & Issue-Specific: NGOs Address the Education Needs of Migrant Communities in Beijing

b)    Sook Yee Leung, Chatham University

A Native Development

c)     Xijing Zhang, Dickinson College

Masculinity of Eunuchs in the Ming and Qing Dynasties


PANEL 23: Indian Philosophy and Contemporary Philosophical Problems (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair: Suk Choi, Towson University

a)     Michael Trossbach, Towson University

The Vegetarian Imperative

b)    Madeline Georgvich, Towson University

An Analysis of Perrett’s Middle Way on Abortion

c)     Charles Schroyer, Towson University

Jainism and Ecology: Is It Really Ecological?


Workshop: India and Pakistan – A Geopolitical Review

a)     Jose Ancy, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India

b)    Mona Bhatia, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India

c)     Moushumi Datta, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai, India


Workshop: Student Exchange and Transnational Linkages

a)     Anna Zeng, Johns Hopkins University

b)    Robert DeVico, American University

SESSION VI (SUN 10:30-12)


PANEL 24: Asian Responses to Environmental Issues and Natural Disasters

Chair: Shawn Bender, Dickinson College

a)     Xiangli Ding, SUNY, Buffalo

Green as Civilized: Forest in South and Central Manchuria, 1860-1945

b)    Jonathan Abel, Penn State University

Radiating Media

c)     Shigehiro Suzuki, Villanova University

The Role of NGO in the Recovery and Reconstruction from Natural Disasters: Japan Platform and the 2011 Japan earthquake


PANEL 25: Perspectives on East Asia (Undergraduate Panel)

Chair: David Kenley, Elizabethtown College

a)     Frank Mondelli, Swarthmore College

The Emperor’s Naked Army: Japanese Reflections in the Late Showa Era

b)    Isabella D’Ascanio, Elizabethtown University

Women Missionaries in a Brethren Church:  Anna Blough, Nettie Senger, and Women’s Work in China, 1911-1940

c)     Caitlin Whirt, Elizabethtown University

Bible Women:  Female Chinese Converts and their Evangelistic Role


PANEL 26: Reflections on Education, Language, and Scholarship in Asia

Chair: Nusrat Sohail, East Windsor Regional Schools

a)     Michael Dutko, Seton Hall University

Ijime in Japanese schools; its climate, causes and possible solutions

b)    Qian Xie, Confucius Institute University of Rhode Island

Ideology as Decisive Factor in Promoting Chinese Language and Culture in United States

c)     Man Shun Yeung, The University of Hong Kong

An Attempt to Adapt Traditional Chinese Scholarship to Modern American Practice: The US Library of Congress’s Classification Scheme for Old-Style Chinese Books, 1910s-1940s

d)     Nusrat Sohail, East Windsor Regional Schools

Developing Proficiency Using Global Project Based Learning


PANEL 27: Philadelphia: Hub of the Earliest Interactions Between Japan and America

Chair: Masako Hamada, Villanova University

a)     Masako Hamada, Villanova University

Philadelphia: Hub of the Earliest Interactions between Japan and America.

b)    Tetsuko Toda, Yamanashi Prefectural University, Japan

Mary Morris and her Relationship with Japanese People

c)     Teune Kazumi,  Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia and Japan Today

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