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Lecture on K-Pop, Race and Transcultural Fandom Brings Big Interest and Attendance: on Saturday, January 30th, for the first Asian Culture Forum of Spring 2021, Dr. Michelle Cho, University of Toronto,  presented a virtual lecture on the topic of “BTS for BLM: K-Pop, Race and Transcultural Fandom”  to 157 attendants from 15 countries in the world. In the lecture, Dr. Cho discussed the online organizing and protest strategies of K-pop fans in the BLM movement and anti-racist activism and contextualized K-pop group BTS’s history of engagement with Black pop cultural forms. By bringing these accounts together, Dr. Cho enriched the audience’s understanding of the significance of emergent fan identities, while emphasizing the need for historical grounding in our discussions of race and transnational pop cultural phenomena. Watch the lecture video here

Director Kratz Has Virtual Conversation with Charles Yu: On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, in partnership with the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas and Dallas Museum of Art, CAS Director, Dr. Dennis Kratz holds a virtual conversation with Charles Yu. The event drew over 250 audience. Watch the conversation recording here

Charles Yu’s novel Interior Chinatown won the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. Yu is the author of four books—including How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe—and a writer for the HBO series Westworld.  He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.

CAS Holds The First Lecture Of 2021: On Thursday, January 21, 2021, Professor Andrew Rubin gave a virtual lecture on “Orwell Between East and West”, exploring the connection between politics and the literary imagination. CAS Director Dr. Dennis Kratz provided the introduction of the speaker. This timely subject had an attendance of 51, many who also participated in a lively discussion following the formal lecture. Watch the lecture video here

Recent political and cultural developments have aroused extraordinary interest in Orwell and misuse of the term “Orwellian.” Dr. Rubin discussed the continued ubiquity of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in popular culture and the way it continues to define the imaginary geographies between the East and the West. He also pointed out parallels drawn between the novel’s subject matter and real life instances of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and violations of freedom of expression among other themes.

An internationally respected authority on modern literature and specifically Orwell, Dr. Rubin is a Research Scholar-in-Residence in the Center for Asian Studies. 

Globally Recognized Scholar Was Invited To Gave Lecture on India-China Relations: On Tuesday, November, 24th, 2020, Professor Bali Deepak of Jawaharlal Nehru University of India, a globally recognized expert in Sino-Indian relations and an awarding-winning translator of Chinese classics into Hindi, was invited by the Center for Asian Studies to give a virtual lecture. In his lecture entitled “Perception of Images in India-China Relations”, Professor Deepak discussed the ancient to modern interactions between China and India, portrayed a blueprint for both countries and how they could move forward in the 21st century. Watch the lecture video here…

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