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Hubers Asian Studies Program News Archives

Guest Lecture
Keiji Kida
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Commons Annex Lecture Hall
Fukushima Today: Ongoing Issues that face the Community

Keiji Kida is the pastor of Fukushima Bible Church and a member of the Christian Liaison Committee of Fukushima and the Fukushima Hope Project.  He presented some of the ongoing issues in Fukushima, Japan that were the result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The Fukushima Hope project will conduct a recreation camp for preservation of children’s health by inviting 20 middle and high school students from Fukushima area to Michigan July 22 to August 5, 2013, through cooperation with the Michigan Hope project that was established by the Japanese community in Michigan.

Guest Lecture
Nancy Herzberg
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3:30PM
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Daoist Sages and Christian Saints

Through the contemplative practice of “Jesus Qigong”, ancient Daoist philosophy (The Way of Nature) is united with the practice of St. Francis of Assisi, who taught The Way of Love.  Nancy demonstrated and led us through meditation and movement accompanied by music. 

Guest Lecture
Nancy Herzberg
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3:30PM
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Qigong and the Animal Frolics:
Chinese Martial Arts and Nature

Through the practice of this most ancient form of active “qigong” (energy cultivation), we learn from and gain greater appreciation of the natural world. As part of the lecture-demonstration, the audience was led through some of the movements inspired by animals that include the crane, the bear, the tiger, the monkey, and the deer.

Guest Lecture
Elena Chong
Monday, April 1, 2013 at 3:00PM
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Embracing Uncertainty in China

Elena Chong is a graduate student in speech pathology at Calvin College.  She spent several weeks in China in August 2012 researching speech and language therapy and care for children with cleft palates. Elena will tell us about her experiences while traveling there, being inspired to work in China, and her ultimate of showing God’s love and sovereignty throughout her trip.

Guest Lecture
Aaron Delgaty
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:30PM
Chapel Undercroft
Buddhist Temples and Social Relations in Rural Japan

Aaron (Lester) Delgaty is a 2009 graduate of Calvin College and is currently a graduate student in the PhD program of Japanese Studies at the University of Texas in Austin.  This talk explores community Buddhist temples in rural Japan, a seldom discussed and inadequately researched facet of daily life within smaller Japanese communities.   While famous pilgrimage sites like the Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto represent the iconic image of Japanese Buddhism, locally operating community temples represent the typical religious encounter for the majority of Japanese.  Drawing on research conducted this past summer in the northern Japanese countryside, this lecture will provide a brief but close analysis of the structural, interpersonal, and functional dynamics of community temples in small rural Japanese communities.

Guest LectureDr. Justin Winslett
Dr. Justin Winslett
Conceptions of Divinity in
Early Imperial China

On Monday, April 9, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons Annex Lecture Hall,
Dr. Justin Winslett will lecture on "Conceptions of Divinity in Early
Imperial China."

Dr. Winslett has recently finished his doctoral study at Oxford University in Oxford, England, and is currently a departmental lecturer in classical Chinese there. He will speak to us regarding his research on the representations of deities in Chinese texts from before 220 CE. He is the coauthor with Dr. Kelly Clark from Calvin College of the forthcoming article, “The Evolutionary Psychology of Chinese Religion: The High Deities” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and is working on a book project titled Theism in Pre-Qin China, also coauthored with Kelly Clark.  Supported with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Guest LectureDr. Young-Gil Kim
Dr. Young-Gil Kim
The Mission of Christian Higher Education: The Case for a Korean Christian University

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons Annex Lecture Hall Dr. Young-Gil Kim will present a lecture entitled “The Mission of Christian Higher Education: the Case for a Korean Christian University.”

Dr. Kim is the founder and president of Handong Global University (HGU), established in 1995 in Pohang, Korea. Since then he has nurtured HGU to what it is today with his educational philosophy based on cross-border, multi-disciplinary, and whole person education with a global perspective. Prior to becoming president of HGU, Dr. Kim was a professor of material science and engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology for fifteen years. He earned his PhD in material science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Guest Lecture Dr. William Tsutsui
Dr. William Tsutsui:
Godzilla and Japanese Culture

On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 3:30PM in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall. Dr. William Tsutsui will present a lecture entitled “Godzilla and Japanese Culture.” 

Dr. Tsutsui is Dean of Dedman College
of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  Tsutsui received his PhD in history from Princeton University and is a specialist in modern Japanese business and economic history.  His books examine topics ranging from politics, technology, and banking policy to the film icon, Godzilla.  Sponsored by the Hubers Asian Studies program and supported with funds from the NEH.

Dr. Jinhee Lee

Guest Lecture
Dr. Jinhee Lee:
The Enemy Within:
“Malcontent Koreans” within
the Japanese Empire

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Jinhee Lee, associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL will speak in the Chapel Multipurpose (Undercroft) Room. 

Dr. Lee received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois and will speak to us regarding her research surrounding the riots in the aftermath of the 1923 earthquake in Japan and the killing of many Koreans in Tokyo. Presented by the Hubers Asian Studies program and supported by the Korean Lectureship Series.


Guest Lecture

Dr. Anna Xiao Dong Sun: Dr. Anna Xiao Dong Sun
Confusions over Confucianism

Dr. Anna Xiao Dong Sun, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, presented a lecture entitled "Confusions Over Confucianism: Historical Concepts, Methodological Issues, and Contemporary Realities" on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.

Dr. Sun earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University. Her research focus is on the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China. In 2010-2011, she was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, finishing her book on this topic. Prof. Sun has also served as co-principle investigator in the John Templeton Foundation funded research project "The Empirical Study of Religions in China" (ESRIC), 2006-2009. As a social scientist, Prof. Sun engages larger conceptual and methodological issues in her study of Asian religions.


Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers:
What Do We Need to Know about China Today?

Saturday, February 12, 2011
8:45 am - 3:30 pm, Calvin College
2 Semester hours of grad. credit. Grant funds available.
Register by Feb. 1, 2011.
For more information, go to the Graduate Teacher Education website.

Three Guest Lectures from the Hubers Asian Studies Program

Dr. John S. Park, professor of theology and Christian ethics at Azusa Pacific University, will discuss the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.  His lecture is on Tuesday, March 15 at 3:30pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall.

Dr. Yuan-kang Wang is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University.   Dr. Wang will discuss his new book, Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (Columbia University Press, Dec. 2010).  His lecture is on Thursday, April 7 at 3:30pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall.  Co-sponsored by the Political Science Department.

Dr. Hyaeweol Choi, professor of Korean Studies from Australian National University, will speak on the topic of Christian Modernity in the History of Women in Korea. Her lecture is on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30PM in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall.

Chinese Editor and Publisher Speaks at Calvin

Dr. You Guanhui visited Calvin’s campus as a guest lecturer for the Hubers Asian Studies Program on Nov. 17.  Dr. You is a graduate of Peking University with a doctoral degree in Western Philosophy.  He worked as an editor of the Peking University Press from 2001-2007, and during this time he was able to publish several series of Christian books in China, including the “Christianity and Culture” series, “Library of Christian Classics,” and ”Studies on Christian History and Thought.”  Currently Dr. You is the director of Oak Tree Publishing in Beijing, China.  Dr. You’s lecture was entitled “Thirty Years of Christian Publishing in Mainland China.”  He outlined both the history of Christian book publishing in China and also the challenges and encouraging prospects for the future. Recordings of his lecture are available by contacting the Hubers Asian Studies program at Calvin College.

CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Herzberg!

Our very own Professor Herzberg has won the 2010 From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching. A reception in honor of Professor Herzberg will be held Tuesday, April 6 from 4-5 p.m. in the Spoelhof Center Atrium. Come and congratulate him!

Larry Herzberg, Associate Professor of Chinese and Japanese, received the Calvin College 2011 Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching at the faculty awards dinner Feb. 10, 2011.  Larry has been the foundation on which our Asian Languages Program was built, having taught at Calvin College since 1984.  His enthusiasm and excellent teaching have introduced countless students to the study of Chinese and Japanese language and piqued their interest in learning more about Asia.  Larry and his wife Qin Herzberg have authored several books and documentaries which help us understand Chinese customs, language, and culture.  Please congratulate Professor Herzberg on this honor that recognizes his outstanding teaching ability and contribution to the Asian Studies program and Calvin College.

The U.S. and China: What do we need to know?

Asian studies professors Dan Bays (History), Larry Herzberg (Chinese), and Diane Obenchain (Religion) will be teaching a four week spring course for the Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning. Topics will include what Americans need to know about Chinese history, the roots of China's foreign and military policy, what Americans and Chinese really think of each other, religious pracitce and spirituality in China, and the growth of Protestant Christianity in China.

Templeton funds values and virtues in China

Ever since his first trip, Professor Kelly Clark has been part of Calvin’s efforts, in partnership with the Society of Christian Philosophers, to teach Western philosophy in China from a Christian perspective—and also to learn about China, the world's oldest continuing civilization. Those efforts have brought Chinese scholars to study at Calvin and other Christian institutions, sent North American philosophers to teach and hold seminars at Chinese universities, produced numerous philosophy seminars and conferences in both China and America, and deposited nearly 9,000 foundational Western philosophy texts in Chinese university libraries. Read more at

Calvin expert on China to speak at McClure Lectures

ObenchainCalvin professor of religion Diane Obenchain will speak at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on September 28-29 as part of the 2009 W. Don McClure Lectures. An expert on Chinese traditions, specifically the Ru (Confucian) tradition, Obenchain will address a variety of subjects at PTS, including "Why is 'Religion' Especially Suspect in China?" and "Chinese Calvinism Today: Partners in Prayer." Obenchain received her doctorate from Harvard University and two master’s from Stanford and taught at Peking University prior to Calvin. She is co-author of a forthcoming textbook which introduces  the academic study of religion in China. ~ posted 9/21/2009

Calvin offers Korean language classes

Calvin students will have a new option when it comes to language courses: Korean. The new offering is part of the increasingly popular Asian studies program at Calvin, which now boasts over 50 majors and many other students who participate in its courses and off-campus programs.

Bays book out from Stanford University Press

Daniel Bays, a Calvin professor of history and director of the Hubers Asian Studies program at the college, is co-editor of a book released this spring from Stanford University Press called China's Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950. In the 432-page book a variety of authors explore the cross-cultural dynamics that existed on the campuses of the Protestant Christian colleges in China during the first half of the century. "These campuses, most of which were American-supported and had a distinctly American flavor, were laboratories or incubators of mutual cultural interaction that has been very rare in modern Chinese history," said Bays.

Korean lectureship

Listen to Rebecca Kim's Lecture: "God's Whiz Kids" (streaming audio mp3).