WSU Symposium Provides Glimpse of East Asia and West From Eastern Persp

PULLMAN, Wash. — A series of March lectures by Washington State University faculty members will provide a glimpse at the encounter between East Asia and the West from an Eastern perspective.

“The Architecture of Shanghai” by Paul Lee is planned for 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 7 in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Pullman campus.

The seminar continues March 30 beginning with a 5:30 p.m. welcome in Kimbrough Hall, Room 101. “Testimonies of Confucian Feminists” is the topic of a 5:45 p.m. talk by Tom Kennedy. At 7:15 p.m. Lydia Gerber will discuss “Strange Tales from Distant Lands: A Glimpse at the Diaries of the First Chinese Ambassadors to Europe.”

An hour-long video, “The Japanese Version,” is planned for 8 p.m.

The March 31 talks begin at 9 a.m. with “The Japanese Imperial Court’s View of the U.S. on the Eve of Pearl Harbor” by Noriko Kawamura. Fritz Blackwell’s talk, “Gandhi’s ‘Anti-Westernism’: Gandhi’s Reaction to British Imperialism,” is planned for 10 a.m.

“Growing Up as a Second-Generation Asian-American” by Judy Chang is planned for 11 a.m. Roger Chan will discuss “Distorted Images: How Asian-Americans and Other Americans Perceive Each Other” during a 1 p.m. talk.

David Wang’s talk, “Why Chinese Architectural Styles Did Not Change,” is planned for 2 p.m. “Gao Xingjian and the Nature of the Chinese Nation” is the topic of Christopher Lupke’s talk at 3 p.m.

The final presentation will be Carol Ivory’s “Asian Artists in the West,” planned for 4 p.m. All lectures are in Kimbrough 101.