Category Archives: Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies

Suffolk students invited to participate in premier US-China relations conference

The Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) invites Suffolk students to apply to be a delegate to the FACES On Common Ground 2011 conference. On Common Ground brings forty future leaders of the U.S. and China together to speak with current world leaders, which have previously included President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, U.K. Prime Minister John Major, and more.

FACES is looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying to On Common Ground 2011. Applicants need not speak Chinese, attend Stanford, or have a strong US-China background. FACES seeks passionate individuals and future leaders who are interested in being actively involved in the relations between two of the largest world powers in the modern era.

Apply at by January 1, 2011.

For more information, visit or email

Sushi Sushi! A Discussion of Japanese Food and Values

Sushi, Sushi 寿司寿司

With Harvard’s Theodore Bestor
Monday, October 25 at 5:30pm
McDermott Conference Room, Donahue Building
41 Temple Street

Cultural anthropologist Theodore Bestor, a specialist on contemporary Japanese culture, will talk about the confluence of food and cultural values among the Japanese today. The audience will sample freshly made sushi. Sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies along with Dr. Micky lee, Department of Communication and Journalism.

New Additions to Sawyer Library’s East Asian Collection

The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies has helped enhance the East Asian collection at Suffolk’s Mildred F. Sawyer Library by accepting bookdonations from both the Japan Foundation and Wontak Hong, professor emeritus at Seoul National University in Korea.

“It’s going to strengthen our collection in the area of Japanese and Korean studies,” Acting Sawyer Library Director Rebecca Fulweiler told Suffolk University in a news story. “Our collection is heavily used by students and faculty, and I am sure these books will begin circulating soon after we place them on the shelves.”

The Japanese government established the Japan Foundation in 1972 as a means of introducing Japanese culture abroad.

The Japan Foundation donation to Suffolk consists of seven novels, all of which are modern, avante gard stories that display the best of contemporary Japanese fiction.

The English language editions of these novels include: Bedtime Eyes by Amy Yamada, The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa, The Apprenticeship of Big Toe by Reiko Matsuma, and Silence by Shusaku Endo, one of Japan’s foremost contemporary fiction writers.

Professor Hong’s contributions, Ancient Korea-Japan Relations and East Asian History, emphasize the links between early East Asian cultures, particularly the interactions between Korea and Japan.

Ronald Suleski, professor and director of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, said in a Suffolk news story, “Suffolk University is continually increasing its course offerings dealing with Asia, so all of these books will be welcomed by our students who are always exploring a wide range of ideas.”

China Town Hall Forum

Monday, October 18, 2010
Sargent Hall, R496
120 Tremont Street, Suffolk University Law School

U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will speak about issues in U.S.-China relations and take questions from the audience via live video feed. Douglas Spelman, Deputy Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars in Washington, D.C. will also speak. National Committee on U.S.-China Relations president Steve Orlins will moderate the talk.

Audience members are encouraged to submit questions in advance in the hope of fostering dialogue on U.S.-China trade relations, environmental issues, domestic Chinese politics, energy policy and security.

To submit a question: visit and type your question in the appropriate field. Click “Submit.” The question field is now open, and will remain so until the end of the webcast. Due to limited time for the webcast, it is not guaranteed that your question will be asked.

Incoming Freshman Wins Chinese Heritage Scholarship

Congratulations to Jonathan Huang (’14), recent recipient of the Waterman-Waring-Langone Scholarship, an award that encourages students to become well-versed in their heritage and to contribute to the growth of the Chinese American community.

Huang is a martial arts instructor at Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy in Boston’s Chinatown, and has launched a martial arts program in Randolph’s recreational department.

Huang plans to major in economics and political science, and said that “the scholarship means new opportunities that will connect me with the Chinatown community.”

Academic Year Full of Visiting Scholar Events

The Rosenberg Institute is proud to announce a new academic year of events with visiting scholars:

Suffolk Cinema Series
Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh trail
With Director Dr. Karen Gottschang Turner, College of the Holy Cross
Turner, author of Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam and China Bound: A Guide to Life and Work in China will be on-hand for Q&A following the film
Thursday, September 28, 2010
12:45pm to 3:45pm
Donahue  Building, third floor, D311

China Town Hall Forum: Issues in US-China Relations
With Jon Huntsman, US Ambassador to China
Jon Huntsman will speak via live video feed and take questions from the audience. Douglas Spelman, Deputy Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. will also address the audience.
Monday, October 18, 2010
7pm to 9:20pm
Sargent Hall R496
120 Tremont Street

Burning Questions in Asian American Studies
With Dr. Huping Ling, Truman State University
Dr. Ling will discuss how Americans look at the Chinese in their midst, and how Chinese-Americans react to being hyphenated Americans
Friday, November 5, 2010
11am to Noon
Munce Conference Room, 110 Archer Building
20 Derne Street

Being Asian in America
With Maxine Hong Kingston
The award-winning author visits Boston to launch her new book of personal memoirs, and discuss issues such as anti-Asian discrimination, hope and despair among Asian-Americans, and the reasons it is fun to be an Asian in the United States
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
10am to 11:15a,
Munce Conference Room, 110 Archer Building
20 Derne Street

Zen Friends: Literary Friendships Between Late Imperial Chinese Women Poets and Buddhist Nuns
With Dr. Beatta Grant, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Grant discusses the lives of educated women in pre-modern China
Monday, April 11, 2011
10am to 11:15am
Munce Conference Room, 110 Archer Building
20 Derne Street

China in the Eyes of Dr. Suleski

Suffolk's Ron Suleski in China with scholar Yang Jinhai

Suffolk's Ron Suleski in China with scholar Yang Jinhai

Suffolk’s own Dr. Ronald Suleski, the director of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, is featured in a new three-volume set titled China in the Eyes of Harvard: Interviews with the Experts on China Issues in Harvard University 哈佛看中國: 全玖頂級中國問題專家談中國問題.

The book, published in China early this year, features Chinese scholars interviewing Harvard’s China experts.

Suleski, the former Assistant Director of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, appears in the volume on Culture and Academics. Suleski discusses his time in Korea under the U.S. Army, the difference between Chinese and Japanese culture, and American scholar interest in the Qing dynasty.

The volume was compiled by Zhang Guanzi of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and published in Chinese to offer an American perspective to scholars in China. Guanzi told China Daily, “The results of research carried out at Harvard are the most likely to influence America’s policy toward China. The university’s professors, who also serve as think tanks for the U.S. government, have many different but remarkable insights into China.”

As head of  the Rosenberg  Institute, Suleski was proud to note his move from Harvard to Suffolk. “Chinese scholars all know the name of the Fairbank center,” he said, “and they need to be aware that serious academic study of China is ongoing at Suffolk.”

The Chinese version can be purchased from Amazon China, and there are plans to publish an English language version in China.

Former Rosenberg Visiting Scholar Awarded at Locarno Film Fest

J.P. Sniadecki, a 2009-2010 Rosenberg Institute visiting scholar, and Verena Paravel were awarded “Leopard for Best First Feature” and “Special Jury Prize – Filmmakers of the Present” at this month’s Locarno Film Festival for their film Foreign Parts.

Foreign Parts documents the struggle of a contested Queens, NY neighborhood before its demolition and disappearance under the capitalization of New York’s urban ecology.

Sniadecki and Paravel are both Harvard Film Study Center fellows. Sniadecki’s 2008 documentary Chaiqian (Demolition) focuses on migrant labor and urban space in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. It received the Joris Ivens Award at the 2009 Cinéma du Réel documentary film festival in Paris and has been shown around the world.

J.P. Sniadecki is a doctoral candidate in the Social Anthropology Department at Harvard University with an emphasis on Chinese society and sensory ethnography, and a former Rosenberg Institute visiting scholar.

Podcasts and Multimedia added to the Rosenberg Institute Blog this week

We’re in the process of adding multimedia video and audio of events that took place over this past semester at the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies.  To access these, you may simply choose the Podcast & Multimedia category on the left and click the event you’re interested in accessing.  In the future, we’ll be adding these as quickly as we can after the event takes place, so check them out and enjoy!  If you have any feedback for us, please feel free to respond in the comments.

Global and Economic Implications of China’s Sex Ratio Imbalance, April 16th

A lecture by Shang-Jin Wei, of Columbia University

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 5:30pm Sargent Hall, room 295 120 Tremont Street

Dr. Shang-Jin Wei is Professor of Finance and Economics and N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy at Columbia University, and Director of Working Group on the Chinese Economy and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (US), and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (Europe). Prior to his Columbia appointment, he was Assistant Director and Chief of Trade and Investment Division at the International Monetary Fund. He was the IMF’s Chief of Mission to Myanmar (Burma) in 2004. He previously held the positions of Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, the New Century Chair in Trade and International Economics at the Brookings Institution, and Advisor at the World Bank. He has been a consultant to numerous government organizations including the U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, and United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, and to private companies such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

He holds a PhD in economics and M.S. in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Wei’s research covers corruption, international finance, trade, and China, and has been reported in the Financial Times, Economist, 20, Business Week, Times, US News and World Report, Chicago Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and other international news media. He has published widely in world-class academic journals including Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics, European Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics and Journal of Development Economics.

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of several books including China’s Evolving Role in the World Trade (with R. Feenstra, forthcoming University of Chicago Press), The Globalization of the Chinese Economy, (with J. Wen and H. Zhou, Edward Elgar, 2002), Economic Globalization: Finance, Trade and Policy Reforms, (Beijing University Press, 2000), and Regional Trading Blocs in the World Economic System, (J. A. Frankel with E. Stein and S.-J. Wei, Institute for International Economics, 1997).

This event is a presentation sponsored by the Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies.  For more information about the Institute, please visit  For more information regarding this event, please contact 617-573-6316 or