CAS Newsletter

UTD Center for Asian Studies-January 2021

1. Featured Lecture by Prof. Andrew Rubin on "Orwell Between East And West"

January 21, 7-8:30PM CST on Microsoft Teams.

Exploring the connection between politics and the literary imagination, Professor Rubin asks what is at stake for the novel's commitment to the human pursuit of truth if we fail to view Nineteen Eighty-Four as, above all else, a work of English literature.

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2. Charles Yu In Conversation With Dr. Dennis Kratz

January 27, 7-8:30PM CST. Virtual online.

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.

Dr. Dennis Kratz is Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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3. Asian Culture Forum-Special Session by Prof. Michelle Cho

January 30, 4-5:30PM CST. Virtual event.

Michelle Cho, Professor of University of Toronto, will provides an overview of the online activities, politicization and media coverage of K-pop fans in the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racist activism following the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020. She'll also discuss the K-pop group BTS’s cultural and historic relationship with Black pop cultural forms, and Black-Korean relations in the U.S. since the 1980s.

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Highlight: CAS International Advisory Council

Center for Asian Studies proudly announces our International Advisory Council members:
  • Almas Muscatwalla: Founding Member and Executive Director, Faith Forward Dallas
  • Bali Deepak: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
  • Bing Xie Senior: Vice President of Texas Instruments
  • Charlie Chen: Chairman/CEO of DFW Technology, Inc.
  • Chazmon Gates: Legal Counsel, Texas Instruments Inc.
  • Da Hsuan Feng: former VP of The University of Texas at Dallas. Chair of the International Advisory Council
  • David Gu: CEO, Meridian Office System, Inc.
  • Guohua Yan: Vice President of Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Hui Yao Wang: Founder of Center for China Globalization Think-Tank
  • Jane Li: Director of Operations at Siemens Logistics LLC
  • Jonathan Stalling: Harold J. & Ruth Newman Chair of US-China Issues, University of Oklahoma
  • Jordan Cowman: Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Kevin Caffrey: McNair Program Director at The University of North Texas
  • Kidder Smith: Bowdoin University, retired
  • Lih J. Chen: Chancellor of University System of Taiwan
  • Michael Szonyi: Frank Wen-Hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History and Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
  • Paul Pass: Executive Director, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Pauline Chen: CFO of DFW Technology, Inc.
  • Peter Mathieson: Principal [President] of Edinburgh University
  • Steve Chen: President, C&S Trading
  • Stefanie Schniedler: Civic Leader

Da Husan Feng

Dr. Da Husan Feng, Chair of the International Advisory Council, is currently the Honorary Dean of Hainan University Belt and Road Research Institute and the Chief Advisor of China Silk Road iValley Research Institute. He grew up in Singapore and received his physics PhD from the University of Minnesota (1972). He was the M Russell Wehr Chair Professor of Drexel University. Read more...

Almas Muscatwallas

Almas received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bombay University in 1989 and her Master of Science degree in Child Development from Bombay University in 1991. She is a graduate of the Leadership Plano program and the Leadership Arts Program. She has two decades of experience in teacher training, curriculum development and human resource management. Her passion is to study international relations and public policy and serve in the development sector in countries such as Syria and Tajikistan. Read more...

Chaz Gates

Chaz Gates currently serves as Legal Counsel at Texas Instruments (TI) where his practice focuses on e-commerce law, data privacy, cybersecurity, advertising law and issues related to the global expansion of TI’s online business. Prior to his legal career, Chaz worked in the U.S. Congress as a policy advisor where he focused on trade, defense/homeland security and foreign affairs (Asia). Read more...

Postcards From Asia

The origin of the legend of Shangri-La?

Tsaparang was the capital of ancient Guge Kingdom in West Tibet. Located in present-day Zanda County, Tibet, China, the ruins of the capital contain numerous tunnels, two temples, quarters for the monks and the royals, and a summer palace (as shown in below photo). TV presenter and historian Michael Wood, in the "Shangri-La" episode of the BBC TV/PBS documentary series In Search of Myths and Heroes, suggested that Tsaparang was the historical origin of the legend of Shangri-La, and that its two great temples were once home to the kings of Guge in modern Tibet.

-Photos taken and provided by Ms. Jing Shen in 2020

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