Japanese Poetry Workshop
with Hisa Kagawa

Japanese Poetry Workshop with Hisa Kagawa

  • 02 Mar 2017

Japanese Poetry Workshop with Hisa Kagawa

Friday 3rd March 2017

UCC, West Wing 3 : 2 – 4pm

 

 

 

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Haruno Keiko
Rokyoku: The Japanese Musical Art of Storytelling

Haruno Keiko Rokyoku: The Japanese Musical Art of Storytelling

  • 02 Mar 2017

Haruno Keiko, one of the most popular Rokyoku artists of Japan, will present her exciting and entertaining art during a perfor-mance organised by the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies (School of Asian Studies) at UCC. Accompanied by Ipputei Hazuki on the shamisen, Haruno Keiko will perform two of her most successful pieces, both of which are set in ancient Japan.

Sunday 5th March 2017

UCC, Aula Maxima : 1 – 3pm

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Dear Principals and Co-ordinators,

The Chinese New Year is coming. We would like to invite you and your family to attendthe "2013 Chinese New Year Gala" at 7pm - 9pm on Saturday 23 February at Cork School ofMusic. Please find the attached invitation and the Performance Programme. It is promised tobe one of the most enjoyable Chinese performances.

The Gala is co-organized by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of thePeople’s Republic of China, Chinese Embassy in Dublin, Cork City Council, UCC and UCCConfucius Institute.

A Reception will be held in the Cork School of Music at 6pm before the show and you areinvited to join the reception too.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, the Lord Mayor of Cork, the UCC President will openthe Gala.

We look forward to celebrating the Chinese New Year with you in the evening of Saturday23 February in Cork.

Please reply to this email address by Monday 18 February and let us know how many seatsyou will require. We will then reserve the seats for you.

Best regards.

Professor Fan Hong and Mr. Yongbin Xia

Chinese Co-Directors

UCC Confucius Institute

3.35 O’Rahilly Building

University College Cork

Cork, Republic of Ireland

Tel: 021 420 5153

Fax: 021 490 3825

Email: y.xia@ucc.ie

Award for new course to boost Asian Studies

Award for new course to boost Asian Studies

  • 08 May 2016

Dr Kevin Cawley, acting head of the Department of Asian Studies and Director of the Irish Institute of Korean Studies, has been awarded US $50,000 from the One Asia Foundation.

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Dr. Till Weingärtner Awarded Prestigious  JaDe-Prize

Dr. Till Weingärtner Awarded Prestigious JaDe-Prize

  • 04 May 2016

Dr. Till Weingärtner, lecturer at the school of Asian Studies, was awarded the JaDe-Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded in the field of Japanese-German relations.

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UCC Students Excel At 2016 Chinese Bridge Competition

UCC Students Excel At 2016 Chinese Bridge Competition

  • 25 Apr 2016

The 2016 Chinese Bridge Competition for Irish third level students was held on 16th April 2016 at UCD. The competition offers a platform for students learning Chinese in Ireland to demonstrate their Chinese skills and share their learning experience with others. The competition aims to encourage their efforts in learning and understanding Chinese language and culture.

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Inaugural Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies

Inaugural Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies

  • 20 Apr 2016

The Inaugural Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies will be held Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd of April, and will feature a visit from HE Ms. Mari Miyoshi, Japanese Ambassador to Ireland.

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Prof. HAYASHI Hirofumi (Kanto Gakuin University) to give public seminar/lecture on 14 April

Prof. HAYASHI Hirofumi (Kanto Gakuin University) to give public seminar/lecture on 14 April

  • 06 Apr 2016

The School of Asian Studies is happy to invite you to a public seminar/lecture on 14 April with our guest Prof. HAYASHI Hirofumi from Kanto Gakuin University on the issue of the Japanese Military's "Comfort Woman" during the Second World War. Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

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The School of Asian Studies is happy to invite you to a public seminar/lecture on 7 April with our guest Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chenfrom the University of Helsinki on the topic of " How Measurable or Un-measurable is China’s Soft Power?". Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen (University of Helsinki)
How Measurable or Un-measurable is China’s Soft Power?

Time: 7 April, 4pm
Venue: Cavanagh Pharmacy Building, Room LG51

With China’s rise as a powerful actor on the world’s political scene and its use of soft power diplomacy to project a peaceful image of its ascendency, scholars have been debating whether, and how, we can measure its soft power. Some scholars have taken an empiricist approach, looking at the cultural programmes and the development aids that Beijing has offered. Others, using a constructivist framework, have rejected the possibility of measuring China’s soft power and called for careful interpretation of the ideologies and world views that underline Beijing’s approach to creating soft power. In this talk, I seek to provide a comprehensive view of the different forms of soft power diplomacy that experts in China have talked out and discuss which of these are more suitable for an empiricist research framework and which for a constructivist one.

Julie Yu-Wen ChenisProfessor of China Studies at the Department of World Cultures at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and Hosting Professor at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacky University (Czech Republic). Dr. Chen edits Asian Ethnicity (Routledge) and is assistant editor of the Journal of Chinese Political Science (Springer). She formerly held academic positions at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), University College Cork (Ireland) and Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

Dr. Till Weingärtner from the UCC School of Asian Studies visited secondary school Japanese classes at St. Angela’s College to promote Japanese culture and increase interest in UCC’s Asian Studies and Japanese language programmes. St. Angela’s enthusiastic students exchanged greetings with Dr. Weingärtner in both German and Japanese language before he presented a performance of rakugo – Japanese “sit-down” comedy. It was the first time the students have experienced rakugo and everybody enjoyed learning about a new aspect of Japanese culture. After the performance, Dr. Weingärtner had the opportunity to introduce UCC’s programmes and to engage with the local Japanese teachers about students’ interests and demands. We hope this will be the first of many collaborations with schools in the region through which we can promote new and interesting aspects of Asian culture and raise awareness of our programmes.

The new additional stream for the MA in Translations studies – Asian Studies  is now open for EU applications commencing on 12th September 2016
 
Information on the programme is available online at http://www.ucc.ie/en/cke77
 
Applications must be made online at http://www.pac.ie/ucc (course code ckd52 Full-time and CKD53, part-time)
 
Closing Dates for Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Offers will be made in rounds with the following closing dates for completed applications in 2016.

May 3rd 2016 Offers made by May 17th 2016
July 1st 2016 Offers made by July 15th 2016

Confucius Institute Open Day celebration

UCC Confucius Institute

Saturday, 26 September 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00

Admission Free

To celebrate Confucius Institute Day, we arrange several workshops on September 26 for local community as follows,:

1. 10:00--12:00, Taiji and Qigong class @ 1st floor of UCC Student Center

2.  14:00--16:00 Chinese classic dancing class @ 1st floor of UCC Student Center 

3. 10:00--12:00, 14:00--16:00 Chinese language and culture class, venue TBC

4. 10:00--12:00, Calligraphy and Chinese Painting class, venue TBC

It is a open day course and all are welcome to experience Chinese language and Culture.

Looking foward to meeting you!

http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/confucius-institute-open-day-celebration-tickets-18437754821

The world renowned ‘Wulin Hanyun’ Performance Troupe

will perform a spectacular fusion of ancient Chinese martial arts and traditional folk music in Cork

The troupe will perform on 24 September at 7:00pm in Cork City Hall

Admission ticket available at euro 5 p.p. or euro 3 for group discount from

http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-wulin-hanyun-performance-show-tickets-18344811826?aff=es2.

School of Asian Studies Webmaster Benjamin Heal has entered the 'China Unlimited' creative competition with a collaborative audio-visual poem. Improve his chances by liking and commenting on his entry HERE.

Win a trip to China! 'China Unlimited' - a joint project of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union and Atlas International Culture (AIC) in collaboration with the College of Europe and Lancaster University Confucius Institute is holding a creative competition to celebrate 40 Years of China-EU diplomatic ties.
More info here.

New peer-reviewed online Irish Journal of Asian Studies:  http://irishjournalofasianstudies.org/

Higher Diploma in Business Language and Culture in East Asia (China Japan, Korea), in Association with the Asia Trade Forum

 

School of Asian Studies, UCC

 

The HDip in Business Language and Culture (China, Japan, Korea) has been launched by the UCC School of Asian Studies, the national centre for Asian Studies. It offers comprehensive personalised learning and immersion opportunities to support the individual development of participants charged with the execution of Asia- linked business growth strategies at home or abroad. The programme draws on our extensive contacts with Asian experts from our Asian partner universities, our business partner, the Asia Trade Forum, and from legal and diplomatic organisations to allow the translation of cutting-edge best practice to real-world solutions for individuals involved with or entering East Asian markets.

 

The HDip provides participants with East Asian perspectives on business and management and develops the business skills and capabilities to work effectively with East Asia. It provides language acquisition (Mandarin, Korean and Japanese) with linked cultural learning ab initio to advanced levels in small group settings taught by native speakers and assessed by the relevant national language authorities. The programme offers the opportunity for short study opportunities at some of our Asian partner universities.

 

Who should attend:

Irish Multi nationals, FDI Companies and SME's will all benefit.export professionals, marketing, HR, finance, logistics and production managers focused on East Asia.

Programme content: Core learning  

 

Seminars

  • East Asian Business development and emerging corporate models.
  • Strategy and organisation.
  • East Asian leadership decision making and negotiations.
  • Managing the future corporate team.
  • Political Economic and financial realities in contemporary East Asia.

 

Language and Culture: Mandarin, Japanese, Korean 

Participants choose one of the three languages (Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean). Language acquisition is seen as reinforcing the development of East Asian intercultural competencies. Participants are allocated to language programmes specifically aligned to their existing levels. Exit proficiency levels are benchmarked to international standards set by the Chinese, Japanese and Korean authorities and participants can obtain externally verified language certification.

 

 Capstone Workshops

 

  1. 1.      Business Prospects and Logistics (China, Japan, Korea)

These workshops bring students face to face with leading hands on practitioners from the business diplomatic, legal and financial sectors involved with the region. There is a particular focus on logistical challenges and the players involved when trading with and from the region.

  1. 2.      The  Business  Report Workshop 

This allows participants to demonstrate report writing and presentational skills to external business practitioners while researching business, sales and logistics topics related to their county and sector of choice.  The work can be carried out in-house or in conjunction with our industry partner, the Asia Trade Forum, and is fully- supported by an academic mentor. It may also be carried out as part of an overseas scholarship offered by one our partner universities in China or Korea.

 

 

Participant Support

 

We pride ourselves on offering customised support to all participants in the programme.  All students are offered the opportunity to meet the programme director in the first week to determine expectations and set goals as well as receiving language assessment to enable the participant to be placed in the appropriate level class. The ethos of the School of Asian Studies means ease of access to staff and as registered students access to all varied aspects of School of Asian Studies and wider UCC activities.

 

 

Contacts

 

 Professor Deirdre Hunt T: 085-8662877

 Mary Ruane  

 Catherine Sullivan. E:  c.sullivan@ucc.ie T:  021-4906032

 

Planning your time Commitment: Programme Outline

  • 37 days from September to June

Semester 1

September 7th to 27th November 2015.

 

Monday

11am -1pm:  Japanese, Korean, Mandarin language

3pm-6pm:  East Asian Business Development

Wednesday 

11am -1pm: Japanese, Korean, Mandarin language

3pm-6pm: East Asia: History and Geo- politics

 

Semester 2

11 Jan to 9th March 2016 

Monday

11am – 1pm: Mandarin and Japanese 

Tuesday 

10am- 12pm Korean

Wednesday

11am – 1pm Mandarin and Japanese

 Thursday

10am – 12pm Korean

 

Semester 3

Capstone workshops (Compulsory attendance at one; optional access to the other two).

 

Two day compulsory, highly participative capstone workshops on contemporary issues in China, Korea and Japan led by global experts drawn for our extensive networks. Participants must attend one out of the three may attend all three.

March 14- 15 2016

  • China: Emerging Trends and Business Issues

April 4-5 2016

  • Korea: Emerging Trends and Business issues

April 25 -26 2016

  • Japan: Emerging trends and business issues

June 6th 2016

  • Capstone Report back on in- company report or on China immersion scholarship experience

 

 

 

Finance

Total cost: €6,000

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this programme. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see www.revenue.ie for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

The Irish Association for Asian Studies (IAAS) was formed on May 21st at a special workshop at the IMI in Dublin, organised by Dr Kevin Cawley (Director of the Irish Institute of Korean Studies) from the School of Asian Studies, UCC. The Association has been established to advance education through the critical and analytical study of Asia and Asia-related topics by providing a forum for scholarly activity, and to foster a variety of academic activities such as conferences, seminars, workshops and publications. The event was attended by scholars from several Irish institutions, both in the Republic of Ireland and N. Ireland.

Main Officers of the Association:

Professor Jackie Sheehan (President) – UCC

Dr Kevin Cawley (Secretary) - UCC

Dr Ryoko Sasamoto (Treasurer) – DCU

Other Committee Officers:

Dr Xin Sun – TCD

Dr Li Xiuping – Ulster University                                                                                                                     

Dr Lu Zhouxiang  –  Maynooth University

IAAS  Committee 


Left to right: Dr Xin Sun, Dr Ryoko Sasamoto, Dr Li Xiuping, Prof Jackie Sheehan and Dr Kevin Cawley.

First IAAS Members – May 21st 2015

 

UCC Korean Society event in Irish Examiner:

Mycheala Hunt, a member of the UCC Korean Society, organised  a 'puppy party' event on UCC campus with the help of some rescued puppies to promote positive mental health among students - a great initiative!! Check it out online at: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/video-puppy-power-helps-ucc-students-to-destress-319244.html

All are invited to hear Chinese lawyer and human-rights advocate Teng Biao speak in UCC this Thursday, 12 March, at 1.00 in West Wing 6, Main Quadrangle. Teng Biao is one of China’s leading lawyer-activists whose clients include some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in Chinese society. This is a very rare opportunity to hear from someone with his record as a rights defender in China, as so few are now allowed to travel abroad. 2014 has been called the worst year ever for lawyers in China, and the list of lawyers disbarred, detained or “disappeared” for practising their profession is a disturbingly long one. If you are interested in China, or in human rights, the law and access to justice, please join us on Thursday to hear from Dr Teng.

Teng Biao flyer (182kB)

Korean Studies @UCC

Korean Studies @UCC

On Friday 16th January 2015, her excellency Aingeal O'Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Korea visited UCC, (her alma matter) to discuss developing links between UCC and South Korean Universities.
She was invited by Dr Kevin Cawley, Director of the Irish Institute of Korean Studies and lecturer in the School of Asian Studies. After a meeting with President Murphy, her excellency met several representatives from different schools within CACSS to discuss further developing and enhancing our links with South Korea. Finally, ambassador O'Donoghue gave a very engaging talk to UCC Springboard students who are doing a Higher Diploma in Business, Language and Culture in East Asia.

The School of Asian studies is hosting a Launch reception to celebrate Dr Leung Wing-Fai's new book, Multimedia Stardom in Hong Kong, at 3.30pm in the Council Room, UCC, Friday 30 January. See here for more info: http://tinyurl.com/kall8gm


The Book can be purchased from the publisher here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415709125/

Evening courses open to all in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

NEW FOR 2015! Chinese Language and Culture for Children on Saturdays

PLACES ARE LIMITED AND WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 16 JANUARY 2015.

Where:

University College Cork

When:

All evening courses start week commencing 19 January 2015, for 10 weeks, 6:30-8:30pm

Chinese Language and Culture for Children commencing 31 January 2015 for 8 weeks, 1-3pm

Cost:

€180 (€160 for UCC staff and students)

Chinese Language and Culture for Children €60 per child

For more information and application forms:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/asian/courses/eveninglanguagecourses/

Experienced teacher required for Japanese Language module AS1513 (semester 2, Spring 2015, 48 hrs Mon 11-1, Wed 12-2). Rate of pay 40.98/hr plus prsi & holiday pay.
If interested please apply in writing (email) by Monday 17 Dec to Catherine Sullivan, Asian Studies  - c.sullivan@ucc.ie

The School of Asian Studies is offering evening language courses open to all in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Oriya, Persian, Russian and Swahili.

Where:
School of Asian Studies, University College Cork.

When:
All courses start week commencing 29 September 2013 and run for 10 weeks meeting once a week for 2 hours.

Cost:
€180 (€160 for UCC staff and students)

Class Levels:
Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean: beginners and intermediate. Other courses at beginners level only.
Classes will only run if sufficient numbers attend.
For more information please contact Catherine Sullivan  c.sullivan@ucc.ie or visit our website:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/asian/courses/eveninglanguagecourses/

If you have already expressed interest we will be in contact with you shortly.

Because of the current freeze on new posts, the School of Asian Studies at UCC is seeking to recruit staff to deliver some of its undergraduate modules on contemporary China in the coming 2014-15 academic year on an hourly-paid basis. These teaching opportunities may suit PhD students or early-career scholars who have not yet found a permanent post, or who are not looking for a full-time post at present. The delivery of a module will include assessment.

The hourly rate of pay is €45. First-semester teaching runs from mid-September until the start of the Christmas vacation on 19 December 2014, while second-semester teaching begins on 12 January 2015 and runs until the end of March, with assessment taking place in late April-early May after the Easter vacation.

First-semester modules:

CH2222, Introduction to Chinese Political Economy (24 contact hours)

Full-year modules:

CH3001, Marketing in China (48 contact hours, 24 in each semester)

Second-semester modules:

CH2003, Chinese Social Theories (24 contact hours)

CH2002, Introduction to Business in China (24 contact hours)

CH2104, A Continuous Revolution: China in the 20th Century (24 contact hours)

 

If you are interested in teaching for the School but have expertise in different aspects of contemporary China from those covered in the modules listed, please contact the School anyway, as there is some scope for appropriate modules to be assigned to excellent candidates while School staff take on some of the advertised modules instead.

We also need an administrative assistant to help with the organization of language evening classes through the academic year, for about two hours per week in term-time, at the same hourly rate of pay. Please note that although the classes are held in the evenings, the administrative assistant would not have to work beyond normal office hours.

For further details and to arrange an interview, please contact Professor Jackie Sheehan, Acting Head of School, at Jackie.sheehan@ucc.ie or by phone on +353 21 4902116.

The closing date for applications for first-semester and full-year teaching is Thursday 11 September 2014.

For all other teaching and administration, the closing date is Thursday 25 September 2014.

There will be a screening of Cape No. 7 (海角七號) (Wei Te-Sheng 2008) with full English subtitles

Friday 21 March 1.30-3.30pm Conn_C

This is Taiwan’s second highest grossing movie ever (the first being Titanic) with over 13 festival awards to date. The film tells the tale of a failing musician Aga, who returns to Hengchun from Taipei and meets Tomoko, a Japanese model who has been asked to create a warm-up band for an upcoming beach concert. Cape No.7 tells the tale of how, together, they recruit some rather unlikely new band members.

"A big-hearted let’s-put-on-a-show comedy" (Variety)

Please forward to anyone who might want to watch the film together.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KC--QDy8DU

Online application system launched, for the Confucius Institute/Hanban Scholarship. For more information see here. Deadline for applications April 4th 2014.

Also launched is the Shanghai Government Scholarship (for UCC students to study in Shanghai University for MA). For more information see here.

The School of Asian Studies at University College Cork is offering language evening courses to everyone who is interested in learning to read, write and communicate in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian and Swahili. All courses are also open to the public.

Modern Standard Arabic Language Course for Beginners Level I

Schedule:         Tuesday 28 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:                6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Venue:             Electrical Eng L2

Modern Standard Arabic Language Course for Beginners Level II

Schedule:         Monday 27 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:                6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Venue:             West Wing

Modern Standard Arabic Course Intermediate

Schedule:         Wednesday 29 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Venue:             West Wing 8

Chinese Language Evening Course for Beginners

Schedule:         Wednesday 29 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Venue:             Pharmacy LG51

Modern Hebrew Language Course for Beginners

Schedule:         Thursday 30 January 2014 (8 weeks)

Time:               6.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

Venue:             O’Rahilly Building G20

Japanese Language Course for Beginners

Schedule:         Thursday 30 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Venue:             West Wing 4

Korean Language Course for Beginners Level 1

Schedule:         Wednesday 29 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Venue:             Pharmacy LG52

Korean Language Course Beginners Level 2

Schedule:         Monday 27 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Venue:             West Wing 8

Persian Language for Beginners

Schedule:         Thursday 30 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Venue:             West Wing 3

Swahili Language for Beginners

Schedule:         Tuesday 28 January 2014 (10 weeks)

Time:               6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Venue:             Brookfield BHSC_302

All courses are €180 for external applicants; €160 UCC staff/registered student for 20 hours once a week.

Deadline for registration Friday 24 January 2014.

For further information on each course please click on the links above or visit our website on: http://www.ucc.ie/en/asian/course/eveninglanguagecourses/index.html

If you have more specific questions or would like to sign up for our language courses, please contact Dr Yafa Shanneik: y.shanneik@ucc.ie, Tel: 021 - 490 2565 or mobile 086 – 0688 500.

Two Exciting New Programmes launched by UCC School of Asian Studies as part of Springboard Initiative

The School of Asian Studies at University College Cork - Ireland’s leading centre for Chinese and Asian teaching and research – has launched two exciting new programmes as part of the Springboard Initiative in Higher Education.

Springboard offers a choice of 204 free, part-time courses from certificate, to degree, to post-graduate level open to the currently unemployed with a previous history of employment. All courses lead to qualifications in growing enterprise sectors in need of skilled personnel.

These two programmes will be directed and delivered by the foremost China and Asian experts in Ireland. The School of Asian Studies has significant experience of post-graduate and post-experience learning and excellent industry connections with companies engaged in China and across Asia.

  1. Higher Diploma in Chinese Business, Language and Culture

This programme will introduce participants to the knowledge and competences required to successfully market and negotiate in China and with Chinese businesses across a range of business sectors. It will enable participants to develop a range of specific skills (such as Chinese language proficiency, culturally mediated negotiation styles) to interact effectively in a cross–cultural environment.

The programme will include class based, individual and group learning lectures, seminars and tutorials, the use of external experts and will be supported by the online learning modules: “Doing business in China”, and work placement with in-company mentors. 

  1. Certificate in Business, Language and Culture in East Asia

This programme will introduce participants to the knowledge and competences required to succeed in business across the East Asian region. The programme will enable participants to develop a range of specific skills to interact effectively in a cross-cultural environment. It will also offer participants the opportunity to investigate their own areas of specific interest / knowledge in relation to emerging and expanding opportunities in East Asia.

The modules offered will be drawn from languages, business and cultures and will equip participants to understand, apply and respond to issues which arise from Ireland's growing engagement with East Asia.

Both courses will begin in early September 2013. The deadline for applications for both programmes is August 30th 2013.

For more information contact Prof Deirdre Hunt dhunt@eircom.net and Dr Leung Wing-Fai wf.leung@ucc.ie of the School of Asian Studies, UCC and see www.springboardcourses.ie and http://www.ucc.ie/en/asian.

ByMatthew Reichel and Nicholas Young, Directors and Co- Founders, East West Coalition on “North Korea post-Kim Jong Il" 17 February 2012 Dublin, Ireland

The East West Coalition (EWC) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2009 that coordinates academic programs and forums to promote greater cooperation across the North Pacific. http://www.eastwestcoalition.org/

 

Summary

 

The death of General Kim Jong Il has made the political situation in the DPRK more uncertain - but not unstable. As a result, the DPRK has become more risk-averse and more conservative in decision making. Do not expect any big changes before the April 15th celebration of Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday.

North Koreans are rational: they make decision by weighing risks against incentive. The privileged class of North Koreans live in constant fear of losing their privileges (i.e. living in Pyongyang, ability to travel overseas, material goods, access to information), but they are never exactly sure when, and for what reason, these privileges will be removed. DPRK leadership controls people through ambiguity and fear.

Underneath this strict control, many North Koreans may privately express a certain degree of frustration with leadership and hope for (largely economic) reform. This does not imply that they want to overhaul the entire political structure. The risks are too great and the system, though flawed, is functional and forms an important part of individual identity. Most North Koreans survive on alternative sources of income earned outside their official salary. This income is earned from selling foreign (largely Chinese) goods and extra produce in the free markets. North Koreans want foreign currency (USD, Euros, RMB) because its value is stable. North Koreans will accumulate foreign currency reserves which they store in their homes. When necessary, they will convert this foreign currency into New KP Won (DPRK currency) at the free market rate (far higher than the official rate) in order to buy things.

Because of geographic handicaps, agriculture can only provide North Koreans with a subsistence level existence at best. The DPRK also lacks infrastructure to take full advantage of its mineral resources and international sanctions bring the selling price for DPRK minerals down. In the face of these liabilities the DPRK government looks toward “turn-key” solutions to improve their financial condition—particularly foreign direct investment (FDI) and developing their IT sector. Economic sanctions prevent this from developing. The DPRK must therefore rely heavily on China, which is not seen as ideal. They do not want to become a Chinese "province."

Currently, the US will not engage the DPRK diplomatically. Their policy is “action for action,” namely that in order to discuss normalizing relations the DPRK must shut down their nuclear problem. The key misunderstanding here is that nuclear weapons are not the core problem but rather a symptom of the larger problem—the DPRK’s diplomatic and thus economic isolation. As long as the DPRK remains cut off, it will cling to their nuclear program to remain relevant.

Looking forward, election cycles and leadership changes in the US, ROK, China and Russia will be important in determining the future of the DPRK. Diplomatic engagement between DPRK and the West is only possible if the US and the ROK can act in unison.

 

Queries to the Asia Studies Ireland Association may be directed to Martin Murray, Secretary ASIA E:martin.murray@asiamatters.biz

UCCCI successfully hosted again the 2012 Chinese Culture & Exchange Night at UCC Staff Restaurant.

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The organizer of this event wishes to link closer ties between the Irish business and Chinese business students in Cork and also any other interested parties not just students interested in business.


The event is open to all and not just UCC students.

Topic -Ireland and China-ideas for new creativebusinesses   

Schedule:

1) 19:00 opening agendawelcome/introductions-name badges given

2) 19.15 look forsponsorship for event

3) 19.30 informal conversation overcoffee

4) 20.00 potential ideas discussed-ideas noted andconcept expanded and developed further

5) 20:10 possibility ofworld cafes' type format next meeting

6) 20.25 round up ofany interesting ideas

7) 20.35 opportunities for  existingentrepreneurs/business people to stand up and pitch theirbusiness idea or new ideas for a partner to join them

8) 20.40 exchange business cards

9) 20.50 thanks and details ofnext meetings. record number and names of attendees for newdatabase for future group email/set next meeting agenda andcontact info notification.

10) 21.00 decide other volunteersto help with minutes/agenda setting next meeting/securefuture venue options.   

 

Organizer:  

Shane O'Donovan,

Tel: 0877438333 

Email: shaneodonovan1@gmail.com

Venue:

Bearna Room, 3 rd Floor Student Center, UCC

Time and Date:

19:00-21:00, February 1, 2010

Dr Kevin Cawley has multiple entries just published in the new Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese History (2017).

Dr Kevin Cawley has multiple entries just published in the new Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese History (2017).

  • 09 Mar 2017

Dr Kevin Cawley, Head of the Department of Asian Studies, has multiple entries just published in the new Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese History (2017). Dr Cawley's entries are mainly related to Confucian and Neo-Confucian philosophy, as well as others which deal directly with Korea.

 

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