Four Projects to Expand the Scope of Non-Language Area Courses

We seek to expand our course offerings through the development of 4 new areas in security and legal issues in EA to be offered both in traditional and on-line formats. SHAPS and the Freeman Foundation are providing partial funding for the on-line components.

Islam in East and Southeast Asia
This course will focus on security issues related to Islam in East and Southeast Asia. Dru Gladney will develop and teach the course, which will complement one developed in our present grant cycle, “China’s Interactions with Central Asia: Implications and Consequences for the Region’s Moving Cultures,” team taught by Dru Gladney and Eric Harwit. It also will complement the “Identity and Religion, Performing Arts, and History” project written into this year’s UH NRCSEAS grant proposal.

Role of the Internet in East Asia
This course will have both teaching and research foci on the role the Internet plays in contemporary East Asia. Instructed by Eric Harwit and J. I. Kim. The course will examine such subjects as the contribution of the Internet to civil society in East Asia, and the effects of the “digital divide” in urban/rural China.

Political Risk in East Asia
This course will examine the multiple factors involved in the calculations of political risk in East Asia for foreign investors. Political risk differs considerably from the conventional economic risk of doing business in that it results primarily from sociopolitical factors, rather than economic. L. Carlile will develop the course in collaboration with faculty in UH CIBER’s Pacific Asia Risk Institute. We seek funding for a 1 month summer salary in year 1 and release time in year 2.

East Asia Law
The area of East Asia law will be strengthened in two ways. First, we seek partial salary in years 1 and 3 to bring in a leading professor of law from Korea to introduce Korean law practices to our students and community; this will complement existing law courses. The UH Law School will also contribute to the scholar’s salary. Second, we request travel funds for R. Brown in year 2 to incorporate the economic and political dimensions of the Japanese and Korean legal systems into his existing course on Asian Comparative Labor Law.

Four Projects to Enhance Language Instruction

One-on-one Language Instruction
We seek yearly funds for a one-on-one tutorial program for students at the most advanced levels of their language training. Specialists in the field, including part-time lecturers, will be the tutors. The program will include guidance in reading specialized texts, preparing for oral presentations and interviews, and meeting other individual needs.

Language Across the Curriculum
The East Asia Center will increase the number of discipline-based courses in East Asia languages by having visiting scholars (coupled with East Asia faculty) teach 1 discipline-based course per semester. The first will be in Fall 2003, when the seminar in Chinese philosophy usually taught by R. Ames will be taught by Peng Guoxiang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Another 2 will be in 2004-05, ANTH 483 and ANTH 484 Japanese Culture and Behavior I and II; the instructors will be Christina Yano and visiting scholars. In response to student needs and interests, we shall select the instructors for the remaining 3 semesters from the 6-12 visiting scholars hosted by the East Asia Center each year. We seek modest salary funds for our visiting scholars each semester of the grant period.

Heritage Language Instruction
Following the recommendations that conclude the paper “Heritage Language Instruction for Post-secondary Students from Immigrant Backgrounds” by K. Kondo-Brown (forthcoming in Heritage Language Journal), the NRCEA will support a .25 GA position and 1 course release each year for Kondo-Brown to work with advanced language learners in upper-division courses in Chinese (CHN 401/2), Japanese (upper-division reading course[s] to implement and test the effectiveness of extensive reading techniques to optimize vocabulary retention), and Korean (selected individualized course[s] under the Flagship program).

Two Courses in Oral Fluency Through Film
In Spring 2003, Cyndy Ning will be teaching a pilot 3rd-level Chinese language course using selected film excerpts to teach communicative functions and cultural concepts. During the period of the grant, a model to teach language through film will be developed for J and K language classes as well, and Ning will work with L. Lower and Y. H. Kim to implement these courses. We seek funding for release time in years 2 and 3, 1 month summer salary in years 1 and 2, and .10 salary for Ning in years 1, 2 and 3.

Outreach to Educators

National Chinese Language Hotline
(collaborative project between UH and the U Wisconsin-Madison)
This is a system by which a Chinese language teacher anywhere in the country can call toll-free and speak with a trained native speaker of Chinese to clarify some point related to the language. By placing respondents in Madison and Honolulu, the hotline will cover the time zones from the East Coast to Hawaii for most of the working day. It will provide delayed access to a Chinese language pedagogue as well. We seek funds in year 1 for respondents.

CRDG’s Cross-Currents Educational Website
This is a bilingual Japanese and English multimedia educational website being developed at UH (CRDG, Sociology Dept., and Communications Dept.) with funding from the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the Center for Global Partnership. The website will serve as an interactive digital cultural resource containing materials on Japan, the US, and their interactions during the past 5 decades. Designed for use by students at the junior and senior high school and college level, it will also be available to the public. We request funds for a teacher access and evaluation workshop in year 1.

Language Pedagogy
East Asia Pragmatics Institutes Based on the model of the highly successful 2002 Japanese Summer Institute on Teaching Pragmatics in the Japanese as a Foreign Language Classroom, we propose to offer 2 institutes in concert with the UH NFLRC: the first on the Pragmatics of Spoken Chinese; and the second on EA Pragmatics. D. Yoshimi, Project Director of the 2002 Japanese Summer Institute, will oversee the 2 new institutes. We seek funding in years 2 and 3 for participants’ stipends, summer salaries, and student assistants.

East Asia Media Resources

As part of the EAC initiative to eastablish UH as a leading source for EA media resources and curriculum development for educators, we request funding to create and maintain a website that will contain EA media-related lesson plans crafted for K-16 educators, and that will house a database of UH-related media resources. We also request funding to develop a workbook on Chinese film in the classroom by C. Ning.