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Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS)

Upcoming Webinars

Jingdezhen Ceramics: Past, Present and Future of the Art, Technology and Commerce, with Stephen Powers

Feb. 27, 2018, 7-8pm EST

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Artist and businessman Stephen Powers recently spent an extended period of time in Jingdezhen, China. Join him as he looks at the history and current situation for the ceramics industry there.

What do They Teach? Textbooks in East Asia and the U.S., with Nayun Eom

Mar. 7, 2018, 7-8pm EST

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High school student Nayun Eom has made it her mission to help teachers and students understand what’s in textbooks in East Asia in the U.S. As a Korean who grew up in both Japan and the U.S., she has a unique stake in how the stories of the three countries are taught. Please join us as this committed teen presents her research.

The Story of Nagasaki Hibakusha (A-Bomb Survivor) Mr. Katsura Shigeyuki, as told by Yoko Fujimoto

Mar 14, 2018 7-8pm EDT

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The city of Kunitachi, Japan, sponsors a program in which individual volunteers are matched with a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) to make sure that the hibakusha stories continue to be told. Yoko Fujimoto was paired with Nagasaki hibakusha Mr. Katsura Shigeyuki, and she has spent several years working with Mr. Katsura so that she can represent his experiences. Her illustrated presentation will be in English.

Shaping the Future Emperor through English Language Lessons: Elizabeth Vining and Crown Prince Akihito, with Cynthia Daugherty, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

Apr 25, 2018 7-8pm EDT

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Librarian and author Elizabeth Gray Vining was the personal English tutor for then-Crown Prince (and now Emperor) Akihito from 1946-1950. The story of how she obtained this position, and the influence she had on Akihito, helps us to better understand the immediate post-war period in Japan.

Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming, with Sigrid Schmalzer, UMass Amherst, author

May 2, 2018 7-8pm EDT

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UMass Amherst professor Sigrid Schmalzer has turned her academic work into a STEM picture book! This story is attractive and accessible to children through elementary school. Join her as she discusses the life of Chinese scientist Pu Zhelong as told in her new book, just released in February 2018.

We are also offering a book group on this book from April 18-May 2.
Please go to for more information. You do not need to join the book group to participate in this webinar.