CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • 2017 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship – Ministry of Education

    2017 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship – Ministry of Education

                      1. Scholarship Introduction
                      2. Application Form (PDF)
                      3. Terms of Agreement
                      4. List of Language Center:  

                            Language center selection

    Application Registration

    Please click on above Registration to start your application.

    The following documents are required before the application can be processed:

     Completed application form

     Official transcripts for all degree programs attained

     Study plan

     Two recommendation letters 

     Photocopy of applicant’s passport

     Proof of application to a selected language center (Scholarship applicants must also apply directly to the language centers which are included in the language centers list of their choice.)


    Above documents must be received by our office no later than March 31, 2017. Our office only accepts applications from U.S. citizens whose permanent addresses are in IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, NE, OH, WI, ND and SD.

    The successful applicants will be announced as the scholarship candidates at the end of April, 2017. In order to confirm the awards, these candidates are required to submit proof of admission by the language center they intend to study in Taiwan before the date requested in the announcement.

    If you have questions, please contact Wendy at wchen@edutw.org

    Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago 180 N. Stetson Avenue, Suite 5803, Chicago, IL 60601 Tel: 312-616-0805, Email: info@edutw.org

  • The Dave and Barbara Thomas Awards for Study Abroad (Deadline: February 28, 2017)

    Thanks to a generous contribution by University of Illinois alumnus Dave Thomas and his wife Barbara, the Center for East Asian studies (CEAPS) is pleased to announce the establishment of two scholarships and two prizes for students participating in study abroad programs to Asian countries.

    Scholarships: Two scholarships, each in the amount of $2000, will be awarded to two students accepted into University of Illinois-endorsed summer, semester- or year-long study abroad programs in Asian countries. Students in semester- or year-long study abroad programs are required to enroll in classes in both language and culture. For summer programs, language-only programs also will be eligible. Priority will be given to students with excellent academic performance records and proven financial need. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible. To apply, students should submit the following materials via email to Yuchia Chang , Associate Director of CEAPS by February 28, 2017 in order to be considered for Study Abroad programs taking place in the 2017-18 academic year.

    1)Documentation of admission to a UI-approved summer, semester- or year-long study abroadprogram in an Asian country
    2)Official university transcripts for all Undergraduate and Graduate study
    3)500-word essay in response to one of the following questions:

    a.How would the proposed study-abroad trip enrich your current studies?
    b.How would you describe the country that you are going to live and study in? How doyou anticipate it to be different from your home country?
    c.If you were to introduce the U.S. to college students in the country you are visiting,what qualities would you focus on?
    d.What do you think are the challenges you are going to face during this study-abroadtrip, and how would you prepare yourself to overcome the challenges?
    e.If you were to work/live in the country where you are going to visit in three years, howwould you prepare yourself now?

    Prizes: The Thomas Essay Prize ($500) will be awarded for an outstanding student essay written as fulfillment of a course requirement during a study abroad program. The Thomas Documentary Prize ($500) will be awarded for one student video documentary of a study abroad experience. For award consideration, student essays and documentaries should be submitted by September 1st of the year during which they have participated in a study abroad experience, following completion of the program. Essays should be between 10 and 25 pages in length; documentaries between 10 and 30 minutes. Students wishing to submit a documentary are invited to participate in CEAPS-sponsored workshops on documentary film-making. For more information, please contact Yuchia Chang.

  • Travel Grants for MSI and Community College Faculty to Visit UIUC (Deadline: March 1, 2017)

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications from faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Community Colleges in Illinois and Indiana for grants of up to $1000 to visit the UIUC campus to use the university’s library and meet with faculty. We welcome applications from faculty performing research in East Asian Studies or developing curriculum about East Asia for courses at their home institutions. Travel dates are unrestricted, but we require the applicants to include a description of a planned trip of at least four days in the application. CEAPS will assist successful applicants in arranging library access privileges and provide short-term workspace for meeting with UIUC faculty and/or graduate students. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017 for visits during Spring and Summer, 2017; the second application deadline of May 1, 2017 can be applied in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Interested faculty is asked to submit the following to CEAPS Associate Director Yuchia Chang in electronic format by the appropriate deadline:

    1)300-word statement describing how the visit will benefit research or curriculum development
    2)2-page CV
    3)Description of a planned trip of at least five days.
    4)Proposed dates and duration of visit

    For the grant recipients, we request a one-page report on the outcome of the visit. If the purpose of the visit is curriculum development, we request a copy of the syllabus together with the related curriculum materials. If the purpose of the visit is research, we request a summary of the progress on the research project. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program through our partnership with Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center, for which we have been designated a Joint National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. Questions may be associate directed to Yuchia Chang Chang or 217-244-4601.

  • Spring 2017 Course Introduction



    This course examines the various ways in which individuals and institutions have tried to come to terms with the concept of wealth and poverty in Korea. Rather than limit the notion of wealth and poverty to the possession of material goods or the lack thereof, this course will explore the various ways in which wealth and poverty create and have created meaning, beauty, ugliness, social relationships, and visions of utopia in Korea.  There are no prerequisites or exams for this course. Students will be expected to write weekly reading blogs and three drafts of a research paper on wealth and poverty.

    This section is offered through Big Ten Academic Alliance Program via CIC CourseShare and will be video-conference taught by a faculty at University of Michigan. Class will meet from Jan. 17- April 18, with no class meetings during the weeks of Feb. 25 and March 20. Class will meet in 4057 LH.

    Feel free to contact Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (director of the Korean language program) if you have any question about the course.

    SOCW 325: International Development with Grassroots Organizations

    This course is offered as a second 8-week course in the Spring and uses a blended learning approach. Students complete a service learning placement with a grassroots organization in a variety of East Asian or Pacific countries for two months during the summer. Students apply for these service experiences from within the Omprakash network of Partner Organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. Alternatively, the student can work with existing department or university-level partnerships in the region. During their service learning experience, participants engage with local communities, document local perspectives, and work with the grassroots organization to promote social change. Each student develops this experience into a final Capstone Project.

    Contact: Lough, Benjamin James

  • Spotlight: Travel Grants for Faculty to Visit University of Illinois Campus
    12/31/2016Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) writer Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) published by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)

    We would like to share a story about a project we have been very proud to help bring to fruition as a National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. One of our projects this cycle funds faculty from community colleges and minority serving institutions to help develop curriculum in courses about East Asia. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Professors Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, who envisioned resurrecting a course that had not been taught on their campus for twenty years: Cultural Values in the Eastern World. They did this by planning big, making several visits over the summer to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus to meet with faculty and graduate students with expertise in the cultures of East Asia and hosting a film series in the fall featuring one film each from China, Japan, and Korea. Intended as a way to encourage interest in the course, the program was so well organized and promoted that each screening had 50-60 people in the audience. Speakers from the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois introduced the films and led lively discussion afterwards. This recruiting worked: Green and Van Heuklom are currently co-teaching Cultural Values in the Eastern World to sixteen students. This semester, Professors Green and Van Heuklom – with assistance from art professor and gallery coordinator Leslie Stalter – arranged for an art exhibit of fascinating materials from Lincoln Land’s Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Collection to be held in the James S. Murray Gallery, next to where the class is taught, so an even broader audience could view the pieces. Their efforts caught the attention of the local news channel, which featured the exhibit and their work in a segment that you can view here:


    You can find out more about the exhibit on Lincoln Land’s website:


    Professor Tim Humphrey, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Lincoln Land, said of the partnership between Lincoln Land and CEAPS: “The partnership between the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies has been a true blessing for our Humanities Department as well as our community. The film series and guest speakers brought some much needed attention to our Cultural Values in the Eastern World class. New interest in Eastern thought is evident in the class enrollment. In addition, these films and guest speakers provided valuable insight to our community concerning Asian culture. I sincerely hope that we can continue this partnership.”

    We congratulate Professors Green and Van Heuklom for putting together not only a course that can now be regularly offered at Lincoln Land, but also making great contributions to education about Asia on their campus and in the Springfield community.  We look forward to continuing to help them grow their programs and deepen the ties between our institutions.