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The Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium is part of Marietta College’s overall efforts to encourage growth in the Asian Studies Program. As a pioneer in promoting Asian Studies at the undergraduate level, Marietta College hosted the country’s first Asian Studies symposium exclusively for undergraduate students in 2001. It is a great opportunity for Marietta College students to share their research and study experiences in the field of Asian Studies with their peers at institutions across the country. Undergraduate Asia Studies Symposia have been held previously in 2001, 2002, and 2006.


Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium

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Marietta College, April 15-17, 2010

Call for Papers

As part of the celebration of Marietta College’s 175th anniversary, the Asian Studies Program, in collaboration with The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, has organized a Fourth Asian Studies Symposium for undergraduate students to share their scholarly interests in Asia and present their research results in a supportive environment. The symposium will be held at the college Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17, 2010.

The conference invites proposals for panels and papers from a wide variety of academic disciplines. All proposals germane to Central, South, Southeast, and East Asia are welcome.

Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2010

Send a one-page abstract of the paper or panel proposal, along with the submission form, to:

  • Luding Tong, Ph.D.
  • Director, Asian Studies Program
  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages
  • Marietta College
  • 215 Fifth Street
  • Marietta, OH 45750

Or, submit an electronic copy of the abstract, along with the submission form, to:

Those who submit proposals will be notified within two weeks of submission whether their proposals have been accepted. Complete papers of accepted proposals received by April 1, 2010 will be entered automatically in the conference Best Paper Award competition. Registration is required for the competition. Conference proceedings will be published on CD in May 2010. To be included in the proceedings, an electronic copy of the paper in Microsoft Word format must be received no later than May 1, 2010.

(For proceedings submission guidelines, click here.)

The conference program will be posted on the conference web site by March 15, 2010.

Download the Paper/Panel Submission Form



The conference registration fee is $ 20.00 by March 15, 2010 and $30.00 after March 15 or on site. The benefits of registration include:

    1. Admission to the speech of of poet and novelist Dr. Qiu Xiaolong, the conference keynote speaker/the Esbenshade Series speaker
    2. Admission to all panel presentations and the round-table discussion
    3. Accepted paper being entered in the conference Best Paper Award competition
    4. Inclusion of accepted papers in the conference proceedings  
    5. Continental breakfast with the keynote speaker on April 16, 2010
    6. Coffee, tea, and snacks during the breaks between panel sessions
    7. Admission to the conference cultural entertainment event (Dublin Taiko drum performance, tentative)
    8. Free pick-up and drop-off at the Wood County (Parkersburg, WV) Regional Airport.

Please make the check payable to Marietta College and mail to:

  • Angie Stevens
  • Secretary, Department of Modern Languages
  • Marietta College
  • 215 Fifth Street
  • Marietta, OH 45750

Download Symposium Program

click to expandProceedings Submission Guidelines

All paper submissions to the Proceedings of Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium at Marietta College should be as a Microsoft Word file attached to an email to In the text of the email, state the title and the author(s) of the paper. Manuscripts should follow the style specified in this style sheet closely. Failure to use the proper style may result in the paper being excluded from publication in the Symposium proceedings.

Length of Paper:

Papers should be no longer than 15 pages, single-spaced, including the title, the abstract, and the references of the paper.

Style Guidelines

  • Papers must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • The paper size must be set to 8.5x11 inch. Margins should be set to 1 inch on all four sides of the paper.
  • Page numbers appear at the bottom of page in the center and are in arabic number only.
  • Use footnotes (instead of endnotes). Notes should be single-spaced with no blank lines between entries.
  • Font should be 12-point Times New Roman for text, examples, references, and footnotes.

Format of Text

  • Text should be single-spaced.
  • Each paragraph should be indented 0.5 inch. Do not skip a line between paragraphs.
  • Blank lines should be used:
    1. to separate examples from the text, and
    2. before and after section headings.
  • Section headings are in upper and lower case, underlined, and left justified, with a blank line before and after.
  • Insert tables, figures, and so on, into the document where they should appear.
  • For Pinyin, leave out all the tone marks.


Transliterate non-English words in the manuscript. The order of presentation of examples in non-English words (for instance, examples in Chinese) is: Chinese character, Pinyin (italicized), English meaning (in brackets).

First Page

  • The title of the paper should be upper case, 18-point font, and centered, beginning two blank lines from the top.
  • Leave one blank line and, on the next line, center the name of the author and the name of the author’s institution. Each of the author names should appear on a single line, followed by a comma, and then the institutional affiliation of the author.
  • Leave two blank lines, and then center the word ‘ABSTRACT’ (without quotes), upper case, 14-point font.
  • Leave two blank lines after the abstract itself (100 words maximum).
  • Text follows the abstract.


  • Leave two blank lines after the last line of the text, and then type the word 'References' centered and bolded (without quotes).
  • Leave one blank line and then begin listing references on the next line.
  • References should be single-spaced with no blank lines between entries.
  • Second and successive lines of individual references should be indented 0.25 inches.
  • The format for references should be as follows:
    1. Books: author, date, title (italicized), and publication information.
    2. Articles: author, date, title (in single quotes), name of journal (italicized), volume number, and page numbers.
    3. Internet sources: author (if possible), document title (or description), date (either the date of publication, or update, or the date of retrieval), and URL.
  • If the title of a book/article is in a language other than English, put the English translation in brackets after the title.


click to expandHotel Information and Directions

A block of rooms at the historic Lafayette Hotel (101 Front St., Marietta. 1-800-331-9336, 740-373-5522, has been reserved at the college special rate of $45.00 per night for a double room and $50.00 for a queen room. The block number is #327880. The room will be state tax exempt. Please make your reservation before April 1 and mention that you are attending Marietta College’s Asian Studies symposium. The hotel is a ten-minute walk to the college and conference facility.

For directions to the hotel, visit

For directions to Marietta College, click here.


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Third Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium

Marietta College, November, 2006

Encouraged by the success of the first two undergraduate Asian Studies Symposi, the Asian Studies program, in collaboration with The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, and the Honors Program at Marietta College, organized a Third Asian Studies Symposium for undergraduate students to share their scholarly interests in Asia and present their research results in a supportive environment. The symposium was held at the college Nov. 10-11, 2006.

The conference invited proposals for panels and papers from a wide variety of academic disciplines. All proposals germane to Central, South, Southeast, and East Asia were welcome.

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birds in bamboo

Birds in Bamoo by Shao Fang Sheng

November 10-11, 2006

Marietta College
Asian Studies Program
Honors Program
The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business

Special Event: Chinese Art Exhibition

The Lifelong Art of Madame Shao Fang Sheng

The Lifelong Art of Madame Shao Fang Sheng

November 7-10, 2006, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. daily
November 11, 2006, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p. m.
Gallery, The McDonough Center

Open Reception in Honor of Madame Shao Fang Sheng
November 10, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Betty Cleland Room, The McDonough Center

Opening Session

November 10, 2006, 7:00 – 8: 30 p.m.
The Great Room, Andrews Hall

Marietta College Woodwind Quintet Performance
Arabesque, No.1
Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Overture to William Tell

Welcome Address
Dr. Jean Scott, President

Travelogue: Japan through the Eyes of A Young American Student
Jordan Stryker

Keynote Address
Remembering the War in the Pacific:
Problems in Historical Research in East Asia
Dr. Walter Grunden
Bowling Green State University

Program for the Third Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium

Friday, November 10, 2006
3:00 – 5:00 p.m

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Betty Cleland

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Great Room

Saturday, November 11, 2006

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Betty Cleland

9:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Session I
Panel 1
MCDH 205

Crossing Borders ( I ): Business, Culture, and Legal Issues
Chair: Dr. Mark Schaefer, Marietta College

Marketing Identity: The Korean Boom in Japan, Timothy Gitzen, Emory University

The Evolution of Chinese Immigrants in the US Labor Market, Tian Zhang, Marietta College

From the Edict of the King to the Constitution of the State: An Analysis on the Production of Juridical Discourse in South Asian Legal History, Sabahat F. Adil, The University of Chicago

How Do Contemporary Indian Diaspora in Western Countries Assert Their Identities Through Bhangra Music and Bollywood? Melissa Noelle Briones, University of Auckland

Panel 2 MCDH 206

Crossing Borders ( II ): Ideas and Aesthetics
Chair: Dr. Ena Vulor, Marietta College

Translations and Chinese Tang Poetry, Eddie Yu, Marietta College

Western Views of Kabuki: The Dance of Life, Brandi Mitchell, Marietta College

History of the University of Naropa and the Popularization of Buddhism in America, Kristen Bird, Marietta College

Panel 3 MCDH 208

Government Policy in Communist China: Social, Political, Religions, and Ad Promotion
Chair: Dr. Janie Rees-Miller, Marietta College

The Chinese Point of View toward the One-Child Policy, Wang Xiaoou, Marietta College

"Tankman" and Chinese Control of Media in the Aftermath of Tiananmen Square, Tasha Faulkner, Marietta College

The Relations between Christianity and The Three-Self Patriotic Movement in China, Regina Wang, University of California, Davis

Government Policy in Contemporary Chinese Ad Industry, Timothy Kemble, Marietta College

10:20 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11:45.m.
Session II
Panel 4
MCDH 205

Cultural Identity and Diversity in Southeast Asian Populations
Chair: Dr. Leslie Dwyer, Haverford College

Cultural Revitalization and “Alternative” Youth Identities in Bali, Elizabeth Rhoads, Bryn Mawr College

Balinese Women: Representations and Realities of Gender Construction, Deepa Sriya Vasudevan, Haverford College

The Diversity of Malaysia: History and Present Expressions, Fung Fung Lim, Marietta College

Panel 5
MCDH 206

World War II in East Asia
Chair: Dr. Matthew Young, Marietta College

Kamikaze Warriors during the War in the Pacific, Lauren Thompson, Marietta College

Conflicted Responses: American Aid to China During World War Two, Daniel Michalak, Marietta College

Japanese Biological War Weapons Development in China During the Second World War, Patricia Nash, Hiram College

Round Table Discussion
MCDH 207

Understanding the World through Studying Abroad
Chair: Dr. Gama Perruci, Marietta College

Discussants: Touka Akiyama, Jamie Gougarty, Braden Sanner, Melissa Stutts

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Slides Show (pizza provided)
ANDR Great Room

Exploring the Silk Road, Professor John Liu, University of International Relations, Beijing, China

1:00 – 1:50 p.m
Keynote Address
ANDR Great Room

Science and War: Lessons from World War II, Dr. Walter Grunden, Bowling Green State University

2:10 – 3:30 p.m
Session III
Panel 6
MCHD 205

Managing Roles and Identities: Conducting Fieldwork in Asia
Chair: Dr. Luding Tong, Marietta College

Dating Processes in Singapore, LiFong Chen, Gettysburg College

Fault Lines of the Singaporean Government’s Racial Harmony, Emily Harsen, Gettysburg College

A Study of Chinese Singaporean Intergenerational Relationships, Jason Loh, Gettysburg College

Researching Contemporary Artists in Beijing: Challenges and Contributions, Kinsey Wright, Gettysburg College

Panel 7 MCHD 206

New Connections/New Disconnects in Contemporary East Asian Business and Culture
Chair: Professor Ed Osborne, Marietta College

Business and Political Leadership Styles in China’s Contemporary Ad Industry, Timothy Kemble, Marietta College

Cultural Hybridization in Contemporary Chinese Consumerism, Jamie Gougarty, Marietta College

Disappearing Chinese Culture, Liyuan Su, Marietta College

Kaesong Industrial Complex, Braden Sanner, Marietta College

Panel 8 MCDH 208

Minority Reports: Destruction, Construction, and Deconstruction
Chair: Dr. Matthew Young, Marietta College

Fighting for a Different Tradition: Qaidu and the War of Restoration, Keith Stevens, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The Mayaguez Incident, Dan Jackson, Marietta College

Hong Kong in Transition: Politics and Public Opinion Before and After 1997, Sean Rhoads, Dickinson College

The Plight of the Montagnards, John Woods, Marietta College

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.

3:40 – 5:00 p.m.
Session IV

Panel 9 MCDH 205

Novels into Film, Women in Film, and Postmodern China through Film
Chair: Dr. Jie Zhang, Kenyon College

A Girl from Hunan and To Live, Jenny Lu, Kenyon College

What Do Women Present in Chinese Film? Ashleigh Chin, Kenyon College

The Organic Body in Red Sorghum and Yellow Earth, Paul Wimer,Kenyon College

Discussant: Dr. Jianhua Bai, Kenyon College

Panel 10 MCDH 208

Japanese Culture and Context: Art Forms as Tenor and Vehicle
Chair: Dr. Richard Danford, Marietta College

Environment In Motion, Ross Levine, University of Southern California

The Alienated Hero of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Lauren Gardner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tokyo Bushi: Reflecting National Self-Concept Through Taisho-era Music, Amelia Bitely, Marietta College

Stories by Lantern-light: Narrative and the Construction of the Supernatural in the Short Stories of Izumi Kyoka, Clarice Jhia-Hui Gan, Wellesley College

7:00 – 8:15 p.m
Closing Session
The Gathering Place

Closing Address by Dr. Sue DeWine, Provost

click to expandWen-Yu Cheng Best Paper Award

Professor Wen-Yu Cheng was born in China and received his B.A from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. He came to the United States in 1945 and completed his Ph.D. in economics from University of Chicago in early 1950s. Professor Cheng taught at Marietta College for 38 years. Professor Cheng is not only a distinguished scholar in economics and a poet of classic Chinese poetry, but also is committed to public service. After he retired from teaching in 1986, he served as director of Marietta College’s China exchange program for 10 years. He was appointed a member of the National Manpower Advisory Committee, 1971-74. He also served as President of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists.

click to expandTaiko Performance, Dublin Taiko Group, OH

In Japanese, the word taiko literally means “fat drum,” but can also refer to the ensembles who use taiko in performance. The performing art of taiko is relatively new. It was the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, however, that placed taiko onto the international stage. Since then, this art form, uniquely Japanese and steeped with traditional and contemporary influences, has captured the world’s attention. The taiko found its way to Japan sometime in the seventh century by way of China and the Buddhist monks who were traveling to Japan. The taiko was used in ceremonies and was said to sound like the voice of Buddha.

The Dublin Taiko Group is an unusual, talented, and highly skilled group of middle school students who have studied with a Japanese master, Eitetsu Hayashi.  Under Hayashi’s leadership, these young people have developed the energetic art and craft of taiko drumming.  The Dublin Taiko Group has performed for many, varied audiences. Perhaps their most challenging venue occurred this past summer when they traveled to Japan and performed for “extremely enthusiastic” Japanese audiences.

This performance is sponsored by The Provost’s Office and the Office of Student Life at Marietta College