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 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"