37th Annual Meeting

Southwest Conference on Asian Studies

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

October 3 and 4, 2008

Click here for Pre-registration Form


2008 Organizing Committee

Nancy Stalker                                                             Program Chair             
Tracy Steele                                                               Local Arrangements Chair 
Robert  Shadle                                                            Local Arrangements Assistant Chair
Edward Jeter                                                               Technology Assistant

SWCAS Officers 2007-2008

Nancy Stalker                                                             President
Paul Clark                                                                   Vice-President
Harold Tanner                                                             Secretary-Treasurer
Stephen Field                                                              Webmaster
Tracy Steele                                                                Council of Conferences Representative


Wing Chung Ng
Li Xiaobing
Hans Stockton
Carrie Liu Currier
Johan Elverskog

Proposed 2009 SWCAS 38th Annual Meeting: October 16 & 17 at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Local Arrangements: Nancy Stalker; Program Chair: Paul Clark




SWCAS Conference Schedule

Friday Morning, October 3

9:00 - 9:30 AM Registration and Welcome in Beto Criminal Justice Centre Lobby.  Onsite registration is $60 per person.

9:30 - 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions

Session 1, Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room A: Religion and Representation in South and East Asia
Matthew Milligan, University of Texas at Austin, "The Presentation of Buddhist Donative Epigraphy at Sanchi"
Seth Clippard, Arizona State University, "The Perfection of Power and Wisdom: Differing Conceptions of Wutai shan in the Eighth Century"
Lisa Balabanlilar, Rice University, "A Mughal Emperor's Views of Self and Empire: Self Presentation and Imperial Identity on the Subcontinent"
Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University,  "Portraits of Muhammad from Ghazan Khan to Kurt Westergaard"
Chair: Stephen Lindquist, Southern Methodist University

Session 2, Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room B: East Asian Film & TV
Yipeng Shen, University of Oregon, “Immoral Passion, Transnational Prostitution and the Recuperation of Chinese Masculine Identity”
Jing Yang, University of Texas at Austin, “The Constructed Chinese Women in Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou and Jia Zhangke's Xiao Wu
Eunjung Kim, Korea University, “Staggering Nationalism: Yasujiro Ozu's Post-war Japan”
Chair:  Paul Clark, West Texas A&M

LUNCH 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM –  Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room

Please pick up your box lunch at 11:30 in the hallway out the Flag Room.  Vegetarian selections were ordered for those whose pre-registration was received  by 9/26/2008.

Program:  Film Screening New Year Baby, award-winning documentary by Cambodian American Socheata Poeuv about her family's survival under the Khmer Rouge.  Socheata's family eventually relocated to Texas.  

Friday Afternoon, October 3

1:30 - 3:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

Session 1, Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room A:  Asian Diasporas
Joshua Fan, University of Texas at El Paso, “The Homeless Generation: Voices from the Invisible Chinese Diaspora"
Anna Marie Mallett, Texas Tech University, “Unheard Voices: The Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners and its Struggle for Freedom"
Soyoung Kwon, Purdue University, “Transient Sojourner to Permanent Sojourner - Korean entrepreneurs in China"
Sachi Ando, University of Texas at Arlington, “Asian Effect on Psychological and Socio-Cultural Adaptation"
Chair:  Carrie Currier, Texas Christian University

Session 2, Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room B:  Chinese History and Society: From Qing to Contemporary
Zhiguo Ye, University of Minnesota, "The Emerging of a New Imperial City: from the Empire's Political Center to the Battle Field of 'The Trade War'"
Harold Tanner, University of North Texas, "Close the Door and Beat the Dog: Mao Zedong, Lin Biao and the Liao-Shen Campaign"
Hua-Lun Huang, University of Louisiana Lafayette, "Beauty and the Bestial Solders: A Typological Analysis of Missing Chinese Comfort Women"
Shaohua Guo, University of Texas at Austin, "Writing in Cyberspace: Blogs of 'Internet Celebrity' and 'Celebrities Blogs' in China"
Chair:  Tracy Steele, Sam Houston State University

BREAK 3:30 - 4:00 PM

4:00 - 6:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

Session 1, Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room A:  Asian America in Transnational Perspective
Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania, "Trans-Pacific Migrations and Japanese Colonialism"
Madeline Hsu, University of Texas at Austin, " Reversing 'Brain Drains': Conceptualizing Elite Migration Flows"
Molly Hefner, University of Texas San Antonio, "Pershing's Chinese: Adaptive Identity in Revolution and Exclusion"
Chair and Comments:  Wing Chung Ng, University of Texas San Antonio,

Session 2, Beto Criminal Justice Building, Flag Room B:  Taiwan Under the Ma Presidency
Thomas J. Bellows, University of Texas at San Antonio, "Taiwan's 2008 Elections"
John F. Copper, Rhodes College, "The Ma Presidency and US-China-Taiwan Relations"
Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas, "Taiwan's External Relations under the Ma Presidency
Chair:  Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas

Friday Evening, October 3

DINNER 6:00 – 7:00 PM Barbecue dinner served in Beto Criminal Justice Building, Bates Room. 

7:15 PM, Academic Building 1 (AB1), Room 213: Live Video Conference Presentation:

Dr. Bih-Jaw Lin, Vice President, National Chenghi University, “Taiwan’s New Policy on Cross-Strait Relations under the New Administration”

Abstract: This presentation will briefly introduce the basic principles of President Ma’s policy on cross-strait relations: peace, stability, mutual benefit and diplomatic truce.  The main policy framework is based upon “the 92 consensus”, that is, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait accept the reality of one China, but each side has its respective interpretation.  Taiwan definitely will not pursue de jure independence, but insists that the status quo must be preserved.  The continuous existence of the Republic of China on Taiwan is a political and legal reality, and we hope that Beijing and Taipei can pursue a policy of mutual non-denial, so as to allow Taiwan to participate in international affairs activity.  The priority issues for the new administration to deal with are obviously trade, air links, investment and other people-to-people contracts.  Now, tourists from the mainland can visit Taiwan and chartered flights during the weekend have operated between several major cities across the Strait since July.  Much more liberalization measures are expected in the future.  On the whole, the spirit of cooperation has replaced the stereo-type thinking of confrontation and it will gradually usher the cross-strait relations to a new era.

This does not mean that Taiwan will lean totally to the mainland.  In this age of globalization, Taiwan has worked together with other newly industrialized countries to promote economic development and will continue its efforts in this area.  The new cooperative cross-strait relations will certainly move in parallel with Taiwan’s relations with the United States, Japan and other major industrialized countries.

Taiwan, in particular, treasures its relations with the United States, not only because we have shared the common values on democracy, human rights and the rule of law, but also our two countries have cooperated so effectively to maintain peace and stability in the Western Pacific.  Taiwan will continue to play this role in the future.  The United States will have a new administration next year and coincidentally, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.  This will certainly remind us the important ties between the United States and Taiwan and the contributions we have jointly made to the region.  Under President Ma, Taiwan will adopt a good neighborhood approach and we do hope that Beijing will respond positively to our call for change.

This evening's activities are sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston.  The video conference presentation is open to all members of the Sam Houston State University and Huntsville communities.

Saturday Morning, October 4

9:00 – 11:00  AM Concurrent Sessions

Session 1, Austin Hall, Second Floor: East Asian Art History
Tina Do Kyung Lee, Independent Scholar, "Green with Buddha: Celadon and the Aesthetics of Koryô Statehood"
Yun-Chiahn C. Sena, University of Texas at Austin, "Images of a Nation: Jiang Zhaohe's Refugees"
Jade D. Tran, The Ohio State University, "The ‘Charms’ of Modern Thai Relics"
Chair:  Nancy Stalker, University of Texas at Austin

Session 2, Peabody Memorial Library, First Floor: East Asian Diplomacy, Politics and Economics
Ronnie Littlejohn, Belmont University, "Can We Speak of an Emerging Confucian Political Philosophy?"
Jason Blazevic, Idaho State University, "Japan and the East China Sea: Realism, Policy and the Security Dilemma"
John H. Barnett, Emporia State University, "Doi Moi and its Impact on the Aquaculture Sector in Vietnam: 1986-2002"
Chair: Harold Tanner, University of North Texas

BREAK 11:00 – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Roundtable Session, Austin Hall, Second Floor
The State of Asian Studies in the Southwest Region
Rich Smith, Rice University, Chao Center for Asian Studies
Patricia Maclachlan, University of Texas at Austin, Center for East Asian Studies,
Itty Abraham, University of Texas at Austin South Asia Institute

LUNCH 12:30  - 2:00 PM   Keynote Speech by Robert Buswell, President of AAS, “Korea ’s Impact on the East Asian Buddhist Traditions.”  

The lunch will be held at China House Restaurant, 2105 Sam Houston Avenue (phone number 936-291-1830 in case anyone needs directions).  Lunch has been pre-ordered

Saturday Afternoon, October 4

2:00 - 3:30  PM Concurrent Sessions

Session 1, Austin Hall, Second Floor:  South Asian Regionality and Diaspora
Ian Woolford, University of Texas at Austin, "Vidyapati in North Indian Fiction and Performance"
Sucheta M. Choudhuri, University of Iowa, "Migrant Voices: Enacting Resistance in Shauna Singh Baldwin's 'English Lessons' and 'Devika'"
Lopita Nath, University of the Incarnate Word, "A little of Nepal: The Nepali Diaspora in the US in an Age of Globalization"
Chair:  Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University

Session 2, Peabody Memorial Library, First Floor: Disobedience in Motion: Case Studies of Protest in Modern East Asia
Duc Huynh, University of Texas at Austin,  "Rationales of Nationalism: Surveying the Effects of Colonial Modernization on Nationalist Movements in Vietnam
Emily Anderson, University of Texas at Austin, "Clipping the Quills: The Korean "Anti-Press Law Campaign of 1964"
Hye Eun Choi, University of Texas at Austin, "Resistance in Harmony: The Song Movement in the 80s and 90s in South Korea"
Chair:  Nancy Stalker, University of Texas at Austin

BREAK 3:30 - 3:45 PM

3:45 - 5:45  PM Concurrent Sessions

Session 1, Austin Hall, Second Floor:  Negotiating Foreign Identities, Religions and Bodies in Modern Japanese Literature and Film
Yoshihiro Mochizuki, University of Texas at Austin, “A Strategic Ibunshi Writer: Musahkôji Saneatsu”
Maeri Megumi, University of Texas at Austin, “Negotiating National and Religious Identities: Modern Christian Authors in Japan”
Kathryn Page-Lippsmeyer, “Destroying Boundaries: Reconciling the Conflicts Between Humans and Metal in Tetsuo: the Iron Man
Chair and Comments:  Kirsten Cather, University of Texas at Austin

Session 2, Peabody Memorial Library, First Floor:  Critiques of Mao: The Untold Story
Ed Jeter, Sam Houston State University, “Mao Zedong’s Early Life in Mao: The Unknown Story
Steven Crianza, Sam Houston State University, “A Critique of the Portrayal of the Xian Incident in Mao: The Untold Story
Chair and Comments:  Tracy Steele, Sam Houston State University

5:45  - 6:45 Board of Directors Meeting, Austin Hall, Second Floor: All Welcome