CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • 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.

  • CEAPS East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship Deadline (February 15, 2017

    Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
    East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship
    One fellowship that will include a tuition and fee waiver1 plus a stipend of up to $10,000 is available to graduate students at the University of Illinois.



    •Currently enrolled as a graduate student OR enrolling in a graduate program at theUniversity of Illinois in the 2016-17 academic year.

    •Enrolled (or applied for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language(Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) with international or area studies, or research and training in the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.

    •An advanced learner (non-native speaker) of an East Asian language.

    Fellowship Requirements

    •You must be enrolled full time (twelve credit hours) each semester.

    •You must register for approved language courses and one relevant area studies course persemester (Independent Studies will not be approved).

    •You cannot have more than 25% GA or RA appointment in addition to the fellowship.•You will be required to take language assessment tests both at the beginning and end ofthe fellowship term.

    •You will be required to complete an on-line periodic evaluation of the program beginningthe semester after your award. This evaluation will be conducted no more frequently than once a year.

    Fellowship Selection Criteria

    •Academic achievement.

    •Current enrollment in the intermediate level in the language you propose to study duringthe fellowship term.

    •Demonstrated commitment and intent to use the language and area studies knowledge infuture studies and/or professional career.

    •Three letters of reference.

    How to Apply:

    Please send the following documents via email as PDF documents to Yuchia Chang

    1. Statement of Purpose (2 page maximum).
    The Statement of Purpose should include a brief statement describing how the proposed
    language and area studies courses taken during the fellowship year will contribute to your future
    study and/or professional goals.
    2. Three Letters of Reference. One must be from your academic advisor and one from your
    current or most recent language instructor and address your language ability. The third can be
    provided by a person of your choice. Most students select a professor or instructor with whom
    they have studied or taken courses; this individual should be able to speak to your aptitude for
    the fellowship.
    3. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts, including the Fall, 2016 semester, for current graduate
    students (Illinois and any other schools you have attended). Undergraduate transcript (and
    graduate transcripts if applicable) for incoming graduate students. Scanned copies and unofficial
    reports are acceptable.


    Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
    For any questions, please contact:
    Yuchia Chang , Email: yuchia@illinois.edu



    1 Tuition and fee waivers are only available to students in participating units and program. For more informationabout COST RECOVERY, SELF-SUPPORTING AND REIMBURSABLE PROGRAMS that do not honor the tuition and fee waiver, please see the Graduate College Handbook: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook/costrec-selfsupport

  • 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

  • Jonathan. E. Thumas
    East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship Winner
    12/31/2016Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies writer Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies published by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

    We are happy to announce our 2016-2017 East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship winner, Jonathan Thumas. Jonathan is a second year PhD student studying premodern Japanese religions in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He holds an MA in East Asian Religions from Columbia University and a BA in Religion from Roanoke College. He will be continuing his research on discourses of fear and protection in Japanese Buddhist ritual, representation, and materiality, focusing on the 11th and 12th centuries. Along with supporting this research, the CEAPS fellowship will allow him to pursue coursework in 4th year modern Japanese, classical Chinese, and graduate seminars on Japanese history and religion.