Asian Studies Brown Bag Series

Asian Studies Brown Bag Series

The Asian Studies Brown Bag Talk Series was established as a small group of UAlberta interdisciplinary researchers in 2017. It focuses on topics that connect Japan with its neighbours, including China, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, and India as well as promoting transnational studies in Asia. It offers a great opportunity for both international and Canadian graduate students who are interested in Asia to expand their networks, meeting other students and faculty members at the University of Alberta. Everyone is welcome to join our talk as part of the audience or as a speaker. For more information, please contact


Past Talks

February 10, 2021
Jennifer Quist
World Literature and Chinese-English Creative Writing: A Translingual Way

January 20, 2021
Wenzhu Li, Femininity
Zhai Yongming’s “Lightly Injured People, Gravely Wounded City”

October 20, 2020 
Laura Velazquez
Wor(l)d to Belong: Mobility in Zheng Chouyu’s “Life in the mountains” and “Buddhist Chant”

February 12, 2020 (TELUS Centre 131)
Chiho Ogawa and Yoshi Ono
The Ikema Dialect of Miyako: Some Challenges Working on an Endangered Language in Okinawa, Japan

January 22, 2020 (TELUS Centre 131)
T.M. Mamos
Database Animals: Postmodernism and OTAKU culture in Azuma Hiroki's OTAKU

November 27, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Clara Iwasaki
Gendered Translation: The Transpacific Career Of Lao She's The Drum Singers

November 6, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Haiyan Xie
Misreading The Politics Of Chinese Fiction: The Case Of Yan Lianke's Child

September 25, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Xiaoting Li
Interpersonal Touch in Mandarin Interaction

April 10, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Christopher Lupke
How Translation Can Rescue the Humanities:Personhood, Narrative, and Global Modernity in Soseki's Kokoro

March 20, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Anne Commons
Cautionary Tales: Danger and Didacticism in the Toshiyori zuinō

March 6, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Mei Mingxue Nan
Making sense of nonsense: Revisioning Liu Na'ou (1905-1940) from a Sinophone perspective

February 13, 2019 (TELUS Centre 131)
Daniel Fried

January 16, 2019 (Room: TELUS Centre 215E)
Ashley Esarey
Struggle for 100% Freedom': The Legacy of Nylon Cheng (鄭南榕) and Taiwan's Democratization

November 21, 2018 (Room: TELUS Centre 131)
David Quinter
Performing Icons and Bodies: Chōgen, Kujō Kanezane, and the Restoration of the Tōdaiji Great Buddha

September 26, 2018 (Room: TELUS Centre 131)
Ryan Dunch
Making Books to Make Readers to Make Converts: Early Protestant Missionary Publishing in Chinese, 1818-1843

March 28, 2018 (Room: CAB 369)
Saori Daiju, MA Student, Department of East Asian Studies
The unspecified use of the Japanese demonstrative are 'that' in everyday speech

February 14, 2018 (Room: Tory 2-58)
Letitia Johnson, MA Student, Department of History and Classics
The Case of Dr. Masajiro Miyazaki: Health Care Provisions by and for the Nikkei in Canada during World War II

January 24, 2018
(Room: CAB 357)
Yoichi Mukai, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Linguistics
The Effect of Speech Style on Phonetic Reduction of Nasals and Voiced Stops In Japanese

November 22, 2017 (Room: CAB 357)
Tsugumi Okabe, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Manga, Murder & Mystery: Mapping the Boundaries of Detective Fiction