2020 TAGS-Conference

Conference Overview and Detailed Schedule

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Conference Schedule


Friday, Nov. 6

2:15 pm Opening Remarks
2:30 – 4:00 pm Panel I. Contemporary Asia
4:15 – 5:45 pm Panel II. Travel

Saturday, Nov. 7

9:00 – 10:30am Panel III. Re-examining Asian Art
Panel IV. Engaging Environment
10:45 am – 12:15pm Panel V. Comparative Literature
Panel VI. Gender, Identity, and Ideology
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:15 pm Keynote Lecture with Dr. Jamie Newhard
2:30 – 4:00 pm Panel VII. Language
Panel VIII. Premodern Chinese Literature
4:15 – 5:45 pm Panel IX. Modernity in Asia
5:45 pm Closing Remarks

Detailed Schedule

Friday, Nov. 6

2:15 pm Opening Remarks
2:30 – 4:00 pm Panel I.


“Working Age Population in China” – Ray Xue, Western Michigan University

“The Complexities of Carbohydrates in Post-war Japan” – Calvin Ochi, St. Olaf College

“Training Writer-Doctors: Building Physician-Patient Trust in China Through Medical Humanities” – Zhiyun Zhao, Stanford University

“The Road to Creativity and Autonomy of the Cultural Workers: Quality and Solidarity in the Work of the Self-Employed in China” – Lisa Ruoxi Liu, University of Cambridge

Discussant: Rui Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:15 – 5:45 pm Panel II.


“Li Bai’s ‘Roaming Mount Tai’: Performative Wandering on a Famous Mountain” – Christine Welch, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Revisit: Sima Qian’s Reconstructed Journeys in Shiji – Zheyu Su, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Cosmopolitan Circuits: The Voyages of the Victoria Theatrical Company” – Rini Tarafder, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Xinyi Fu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Saturday, Nov. 7

9:00 – 10:30am Panel III.


“Boundaries of Description: Function and Excess in Giuseppe Castiglione’s Gathered Auspiciousness (聚瑞圖), 1723″ – Kim Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Transforming Inner Alchemical Vision into Landscape Painting – On Huang Gongwang’s Nine Mountains after Snow – Ziyun Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Kannon in Kibyōshi and the Buddhist Decadence: Satirical Portrayal of Buddhist Deities in Edo Popular Literature” – Natalia Egorova, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Maria Tsoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:00 – 10:30am Panel IV.


“Destabilizing and Reimagining the Nature—Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Landscape in Yao Lu’s Picture of Rental Ads – Luwei Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Dragon Tales: Humanity, the Environment, and Mid-Imperial China” – Josiah Stork, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“CAST(E)ING CALAMITY: Locating Caste in Lived Experience of Dalits During Flood Disaster” – Basil Pallimalil, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Discussant: Philip Cerepak, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:45 am – 12:15pm Panel V.


“Empowered Scarlett in Vanessa Hua’s The River of Stars—Chinese Pregnant Woman, American Maternal Hotel, and Girlbirth” – Xiaolei Hou, University of Calgary

“Japanese Reception of Tang Poetry: the Ambiguity of Translation” – Maria Tsoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“‘Revisiting This Game of War and Strategy’: History, Ambivalence, Dominoes and Chessboards in Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do” – Andrew  Thomas, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Kim Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:45 am – 12:15pm Panel VI.


“The Politics of Gendered Identity in Filipiniana Fashion:  Challenging the ‘Bearers and Wearers’ of Tradition Narrative” – Isabelle Squires, Northern Illinois University

“Changing Tones: Tracking Qiu Jin’s Ideological Development in Stones of the Jingwei Bird – Sofia Reed, University of Michigan

“The Voice as An Eclectic Mix: The Female Singer, Body, and Political Discourse in 1930s Shanghai Films” – Ziyang Li, Duke University

“In Search of the True Story of Võ Thị Sáu, Guerrilla Goddess of Côn Đảo” – Royce Novak, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: John Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Jamie Newhard, Washington University at St. Louis

“The Virtues of Modularity: Transmutations of the Lienü zhuan in Early Modern Japan”

This talk is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison


Abstract: Lienü zhuan, the classic Han dynasty collection of biographies of exemplary women, was published in Japan in 1653, and translated into Japanese two years later. Over the next several decades, Lienü zhuan inspired a variety of new publications featuring biographical sketches of Japanese women, which came to constitute a noteworthy sub-genre within an expanding corpus of didactic texts for female readers. Individual books in this category vary considerably in the sources (or inventions) upon which they rely for information about famous women, and in the way they select and re-combine stories from earlier compilations. Although some sought to inculcate Confucian virtues analogous to those found in Lienü zhuan, over time their scope and aims expanded in ways that spoke to local tastes and values. This paper examines the strategies by which early modern books for women reshape and redeploy biographical sketches to create new ideals, in the broader context of early modern commercial publishing.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Panel VII.


“Clitic Groups in Jiangyin Dialect” – Rui Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“From Yongming Style to Shen-Song Style: The Inheritance and Development of Tonal Prosody from a Statistical Perspective” – Yanwen Wu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“A Preliminary Study on Testing the Hierarchy of Chinese Adverb Class in Topicalization” – Jun Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Yangtian Luo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2:30 – 4:00 pm Panel VIII.


“Becoming Lu Lian: Li Bai’s Identification with Lu Zhonglian” – Yixuan Cai, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Remembering Taiping Civil War: History, Memory, and Crime” – Xinyi Fu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Poetry That Can Be Smelled: Qian Qianyi’s (1582–1664) Employment of Senses in His Poems and Poetics” – Wenting Ji, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Teresa Görtz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:15 – 5:45 pm Panel IX.


“Han First: Fascism, Racism and Han Supremacy in the Nationalist Party” – Ye Lin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Philanthropy in Health: Rockefeller Foundation and the Creation of Modern Public Health in China and India” – Tiasangla Longkumer, Harvard-Yenching Institute

“Universal Harmony or a Strong Nation? Overseas Chinese Conceptions for Modernization Projects at the beginning of the 20th Century” – Chulaluk Pleumpanya, Harvard-Yenching Institute cancelled

“The Unrealized Blueprint: Policy Endeavors on Chinese Child Labor, 1923-1925” – Yuzhe Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Zhijun Ren, University of Wisconsin-Madison

5:45 pm Closing Remarks

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