Category Archives: Announcements

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.”

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

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.

Dean Greenberg welcomes the Barbara & Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies


President David J. Sargent, Dean Kenneth S. Greenberg, & Richard M. Rosenberg BSJ ’52, DCS ‘91

The Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies stands at the center of Suffolk University’s commitment to the study of the nations, cultures, and economies of East Asia. Through the Rosenberg Institute, scholars and students, community members and visitors, can gather to attend an array of programs focused on the nations and societies of East Asia.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we are keenly aware of the key role East Asia plays in a world made smaller by globalization.  This is why we offer courses in the languages, history, arts, and politics of the region.  It is why we encourage our students and faculty to travel to all parts of Asia. And it is why we are adding a multidisciplinary major and minor program in Asian Studies to our undergraduate offerings. The Sawyer Business School and the Law School also offer a variety of courses and programs that link Suffolk University to East Asia.

The Rosenberg Institute serves as the intellectual and organizational hub for all of these activities.  I hope to see you here in the coming months.

-Kenneth S. Greenberg, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences