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Idaho Asia Institute

Idaho Asia Institute

Physical Address:
AD 204, Administration Building
851 Campus Drive
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3179
Moscow, ID 83844-3179

Phone: 208-885-7110



The Asia on the Palouse Speakers Series brings renowned Asia scholars to Moscow to present their latest research and engage with our university community.


Jan. 27, 2023: Jerry C. Zee ( Department of Anthropology, Princeton University), “Continent in Dust: Experiments in a Chinese Weather System”, 3:30 p.m., Clearwater Room, ISUB. Co-sponsored by Idaho Asia Institute, Idaho Society of Fellows, and Martin Institute.

Feb. 23, 2023: Eleana Kim (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine), “Making Peace With Nature: Ecological Encounters Along the Korean DMZ”, 3:30 p.m., Clearwater Room, ISUB. This event is co-sponsored by the School of Global Studies.

AY 2022-23

Mel Gurtov (Portland State University)

AY 2021-22

Brian Hurley (University of Texas)  
Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins University)  
Judy Ju-Hui Han (UCLA)
Puck Brecher (Washington State University)
Aaron Skabelund (BYU)
Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua (University of Illinois)

AY 2020-21

Stefania Travagnin (University of London)
Ambassador Chas Freeman (Brown University)
Reed Chervin (University of Colorado)
Andrew Jones (UC-Berkeley)
Marcella Szablewicz (Pace University)
Harold Tanner (University of North Texas)
Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University)

AY 2019-20

Qinna Shen (Bryn Mawr College)
Dong Luo (South China University of Technology)
Robert V. Percival (University of Maryland)

AY 2018-19

Thomas Talhelm (University of Chicago)
Mark Warner (University of Idaho)
Anna Pegler-Gordon (Michigan State University)
Wang Ping (Macalester College)
Anna Sun (Kenyon College)
You Qiang (University of Idaho)

Tuesdays | 7 p.m.
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
508 S. Main St., Moscow, ID
Admission is FREE


  • Jan. 24, 2023: Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) | Japan
  • Feb. 21, 2023: Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda, 1969) | Japan
  • March 21, 2023: The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1985) | Taiwan
  • April 25, 2023: Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994) | Hong Kong

The Asia Research Brown Bag highlights and promotes Asia-related research happening at the U of I and around the Palouse. Faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome to present their research, at any stage of development.


Bal Sharma (Associate Professor, English, U of I), “Linguistic Landscape during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal,” Oct. 21, 2022, 11:30 a.m., Admin 204
Yuta Kaminishi (Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Cinema, U of I), “The Art Theater Movement: The Spectators and 1960s Shinjuku Culture,” Nov. 11, 2022, 11:30 a.m., IRIC 305

AY 2021-22

Xiao Hu (Associate Professor, Architecture, U of I), "Crafting Greener and More Livable cities: China's Emerging New Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change"
MJ Vega (MA in History, WSU), "'A Citizen Same As You And I': Japanese American Student Relocation to Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington, 1942-1945"
Mark Coleman (Professor, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, U of I), "Poplar Trees in China: An Enduring Symbol and a Tool for Environmental Change"

November 15, 2022: Deputy Consul General Hyon-sang Ahn (Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Seattle, WA), “U.S.-Korea Relations: a talk and discussion with Deputy Consul General Ahn.”  The talk will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the Deputy Consul General, Professor Chen Wang (Political Science, U of I), and Professor Jeff Kyong-McClain (History, U of I; Idaho Asia Institute Director), 3:30 p.m., Clearwater Room, ISUB.

Monday, Sept. 12

“Hiroshima: Nuclear Truth & Consequence”
2 p.m., Aurora Room, ISUB
Andrea J. Kelsey, Air Force ROTC

Tuesday, Sept. 13

“The Aesthetics of Post-Atrocity Building Projects”
10:30 a.m., Clearwater-Whitewater Room, ISUB
Yutaka Sho, Associate Professor of Architecture, Syracuse University
Xiao Hu, discussant

“Godzilla and Japan’s Nuclear Imaginary, from Hiroshima to Fukushima”
2:30 p.m., Clearwater-Whitewater Room, ISUB
William M. Tsutsui, President of Ottawa University
Yuta Kaminishi, discussant

Screening of Gojira (the original 1954 Godzilla) with introductory remarks by William M. Tsutsui
7 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

Wednesday, Sept. 14

“Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Environmental Age”
10:30 a.m., Borah Theater, Pitman Center
Toshihiro Higuchi, Assistant Professor of History, Georgetown University
Kerri Clement, discussant

Keynote Address: “An A-bomb Survivor’s Testimony-The Voice of the Hibakusha for Peace”
4 p.m., International Ballroom, Pitman Center
Keiko Ogura, Hiroshima Survivor
Followed by a panel discussion with Yutaka Sho, William M. Tsutsui, and Toshihiro Higuchi

Other Events

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Exhibit
Reflections Gallery, Idaho Student Union Building
Aug. 16 - Sept. 16, 2022 (Opening reception, Aug. 25, 3:30-5 p.m.)

Japanese literature, manga and film display
University Library
Aug. 16 - Sept. 16, 2022

Origami crane making
Entrance to the Idaho Student Union Building
weekdays, Sept. 1-16, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, 3:30-5 p.m.
Crest Room, Idaho Student Union Building, University of Idaho
For those who can't make it in person, there will be a Zoom webinar option.

Co-sponsors: Idaho Asia Institute and the Department of English

Moderated by Scott Slovic, Department of English, University of Idaho


Qiang Pi, Tongji University and the University of Idaho, “The Cross-Cultural Representation of the Environmental Themes in Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem”

Qiang Pi is a Ph.D. student at the College of Foreign Languages, Tongji University, China, and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Idaho. He received his master’s degree in Translation Studies from the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His research focuses on the intersection between ecocriticism and translation studies. He is particularly interested in understanding the cross-cultural translation of Chinese literature into the English world and developing new theories with regard to the phenomenon of translation. He has published a book review of Zhao’s Translation and Modern China (2018) and an article titled “Translation through a Zen Mind: Sam Hamill’s Translation of Li Bai’s ‘Du Zuo Jing Ting Shan’.” 

Cheng Li, Yale University, “Planting the Borderland: Politics, Nature, and Ethnic Borderlands in Maoist Ecocinema”

Cheng Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. He is interested in modern Chinese literature and culture, environmental humanities, and migration studies. His articles appear in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Environmental History, and Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. While teaching environmental humanities of China and East Asia this semester, he has been working on his dissertation, tentatively titled “Trees and the Making of Modern China.” 

Xinmin Liu, Washington State University, “Greenwashing and Its Discontent: Affect in a Chinese Muslim’s Search for Ethnic Roots”

Xinmin Liu is Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Cultures at Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale in 1997. Since 2005, he has focused in his research on cultural geography, landscape aesthetics, and ecocriticism in China and the West and has just completed co-editing (with Dr. Peter I-min Huang) a volume of ecocritical writings titled Embodied Memories, Embedded Healing: New Ecological Perspectives from East Asia (forthcoming from Lexington Books in November 2021).


From Missionary Education to Confucius Institutes: Historical Reflections on Sino-American Educational Exchange

A one-day, international conference of scholars studying the history and current state of Sino-American educational exchange. Conference is online, free and open to the public.

8:40 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT Monday, November 1, 2021 on Zoom

View the conference schedule.

Idaho Asia Institute

Idaho Asia Institute

Physical Address:
AD 204, Administration Building
851 Campus Drive
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3179
Moscow, ID 83844-3179

Phone: 208-885-7110