February 11

Two talks on North Korea

Dr. Park is University Professor at the University of Georgia and the Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the university. He has played an important role in promoting US-North Korea relationship. Park was awarded the “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize” in 2010.

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January 28

The International Conference on East Asian Colonialism and Literature

Ron’s report:

The academic conference I attended in Shanghai in December was titled The International Conference on East Asian Colonialism and Literature (東亞殖民主義與文學). Its focus was on Manchukuo in the 1930s and 1940s.  I gave some opening remarks and then presented my paper on Japanese farmers who were sent to Manchuria, Chinese territory then occupied by Japan, in order to build Japanese villages in the countryside. That research should be published later this year.

Our host was East China Normal University (華東師範大學), a strong research university. In the photo below at the extreme right you can see the organizer, Dr. Liu Xiaoli (劉曉麗). She was a Visiting Scholar here at Suffolk two years ago, invited by the Rosenberg Institute and hosted by our Department of History. Our academic collaboration is a concrete example of the cooperation between Suffolk and East China Normal, and one of the positive outcomes of having international scholars on our campus.

When the photo was taken, she was showing us the campus and surrounding area, when we chanced on this seller of cotton candy at a children’s park. Wow! I love cotton candy. On the extreme left is Chen Shih (陳實), another conference organizer, and next to me is Professor Jonghyun Lee of Bridgewater State University, a conference participant.

L to R: Chen Shih (conference organizer); Professor Jonghyun Lee (Bridgewater State University), Ron Suleski, Liu Xiaoli (conference organizer).

L to R: Chen Shih (conference organizer); Professor Jonghyun Lee (Bridgewater State University), Ron Suleski, Liu Xiaoli (conference organizer).

January 6

Summer Sonata of Yaoyao Lou


Yaoyao Lou (BA 2015) received the KCC Company scholarship in 2015. Yaoyao was a media studies major at the Department  of Communication and Journalism. She graduated in May 2015 with the Latin Honors summa cum laude.

At Suffolk, she worked on Korea-related projects such as proposing a new media company that produces reality shows for Korean pop icons in Business of Media and a presentation on Korean business etiquette in Presentation  Skills.

She spent six weeks in Seoul taking language lessons at Yonsei University in the morning and interning at Chosun TV in the afternoon.  Shown above is a video that she made for Suffolk to document her days in Seoul.

Yaoyao got placed in the second level class where the teacher instructs in Korean only. Most students in her class were Korean Americans who would like to know about their heritage. Their class made a video called  “Where are our classmates?” (need to refresh the page if you see a blank screen) and won the Talents Prize.


April 7

Scholarship to learn Chinese or Japanese in Missouri!

Scholarships Available to Study Intensive Chinese or Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis this Summer with the ALLEX Foundation

Study Chinese or Japanese: http://www.allex.org/summer-chinese-or-japanese/

The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study per day.

This program is designed to train students to speak and listen to Chinese or Japanese, and to introduce students to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at a basic level of proficiency. Students will not only learn to speak the language; they will also develop an understanding of Chinese or Japanese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach students not just to speak Chinese or Japanese, but to function successfully in Chinese or Japanese culture—to present yourself as an intelligent person in the culture using the language. Students will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations.

Scholarships are available to qualified students.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; apply immediately. Scholarships under consideration now.

For more information please visit:
http://www.allex.org/summer-chinese-or-japanese/ or call 607.218.2130.

February 28

Fulbright scholar’s talk on Bengali-Indian literary figure

In these two lectures on the significance of the creative genius of  Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and his development as a Bengali-Indian  literary figure of universal stature in the contexts of the East and the West in the dawn of the twentieth century, Dr. Rupendra Guha Majumdar first, drew attention to the  manifestation and  acknowledgment of his poetry in the West in collaboration with  the likes of  W.B.Yeats, Sir William Rothenstein, Ezra Pound and Harriet Munroe . The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature soon after, in 1913, further enhanced Tagore’s image of a new world prophet and intellectual and drew large crowds to his humanist  and, at times,  controversial  lectures. He spoke  about the self-destructive consequences of myopic Nationalism that the juggernaut of Imperialism  brought about at the cost of the peace and equanimity of the common man. Not only did he take a vital part in the independence movement against British colonialism in his own country, but he also protested against political exploitation in every corner of the world. Inspired by his philosophy and the qualities he projected, men and women—like C.F.Andrews, E.P. Thompson, Romain Rolland, Harriet Moody, Victoria Ocampo, W. B. Yeats, Ananda Coomaraswamy, and many more were drawn  to him and cherished his friendship and vision. As a seer, poet, essayist, novelist, musician, educationist and  late but expressive , septuagenarian   painter, Tagore travelled all over the world and also invited the world to his humble courtyard in the creation of his university in Santiniketan, Bengal. Till the last he dreamt of a world in which the East and the West would combine their individual resources and wisdom to ensure a peace and a state of fulfilment that would surpass the conflicts of nations. But when he died in 1941  that dream was yet to blossom into reality.
Rupendra's gift
Dr. Majumdar presenting a book to Suffolk.