Many of you have learned how amazing Professor Vera Schwarcz is at Wesleyan Thinks Big, yes, she’s giving another talk this week!
Chinese Cultural Society presents:
“Legacies of the May Fourth Movement”
by Vera Schwarcz
Professor of History, East Asian Studies
Wednesday April 17, 4:30 pm, Judd 116
The May Fourth Movement in China on May 4, 1919 was a monumental, anti-imperialist, cultural and political movement growing out of student demonstration in Beijing, protesting the government’s weak response to the Versailles Treaty, especially regarding the Shandong Problem. This was the first time in Chinese modern history when nationalist, anti-colonialist movements shifted towards the populist bases, who were inspired, directed by intellectual elites. The main participants were young students, advocating patriotic, modern ideals of “enlightenment”, “national salvation”, “liberty, democracy and science” while pushing to disengage themselves from bonds to authority. The May Fourth Movement opened an era of Chinese Renaissance with an intense focus on rationalism, science and experimentation. Western ideals such as liberalism and communism were introduced. The Chinese Communist Party was established. Yet certain radical cultural, political attitudes eroded many positive elements of Chinese traditional society.
The influence of the May Fourth Movement extended for generations. On June 4, 1989, young students radically protested against political authorities for democracy and the rule of law. This event, known as the Tiananmen Square Incident, was intimately connected to the May Fourth Movement yet failed to bring ideal reforms to the country.
In contrast, what did students do in the May Fourth Movement to actively find a direction towards that the people could refine the society? Where did the seeds of radicalism come from? And in the context of modern Chinese society, how do we understand the significance of the sudden emergence of public political space as was brought up by the May Fourth Movement? Indeed what can be done?
Come join us!
Date: Today, April 17th Time: 4:30pm Place: Judd 116 Cost: The cost of FREEDOM Facebook Event: Link.
Promote Asian culture and art to adorable children at the East Asian Studies Center Outreach Program’s open house this Friday! Throughout the semester, our program receives groups of kids from across the region to learn about Asian culture from Wesleyan students. We lead activities ranging from arts & crafts to music, food, dancing, and games. Also the kids are really cute, which is a bonus.
If you’re interested in potentially joining the program (it’s paid!) or just wanna see what its all about, we invite you to join us this Friday to observe, help out, and play with the kiddies.
Date: Friday, February 8th Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Place: East Asian Studies Center (Washington and Mt. Vernon Street) Cost: Free Facebook link:Link
Love East Asian culture?Zheyan Ni ’15 brings you a supes coolio opportunity:
Hey guys! Resonance Journal is now calling for submissions. Resonance is a yearly journal about East Asian culture, supported by the East Asian Studies department. You are welcome to submit your senior thesis, essays, book reviews, papers, photography, calligraphy, painting, etc…Anything related to East Asia will do! Thank you!
Please send your works to resonance(dot)wesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com. The deadline is Feb.22nd.
Are you interested in human rights? Do you know about the humanitarian crisis in North Korea? If you are even remotely curious, we’d love to have you at LiNK’s first meeting of the year!
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is the umbrella organization that works hands on to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees who have escaped the repressive regime by ensuring them the resources to rebuild their lives and secure a brighter future. Wesleyan’s chapter of LiNK serves to raise campus awareness about the people’s crisis in North Korea and contribute funds to efforts on the ground.
We encourage you to bring your friends and come get more information especially if you’re interested in East Asian Studies, International Relations, and organizing events on campus. We need all the help we can get!
“dripmode. yung joc. lil wayne. slimepunk. moist. nasty. wet. future. dripset. trap. bass. rap. drippy. weird. 8bit. C¥BERGIGA. sex. narcotics.” – Oscar Wilde DRIP SEX FUNERAL by C¥BERGIGA
As Music Mu-Thursday (Thurthday Thoundth?) rolls on, I thought it was about time I got back into the Wesleying family business and posted some new sounds from the music scene. C¥BERGIGA, who goes by the alias “Sam Lyons ’12” for many of his nonmusical pursuits, has been posting tracks to his SoundCloud for about a year now, and recently the aural assault has zeroed in on DRIPMODE, the wet, damp, and…wet bloop-based sound of three of his newest tracks. Rave fucking reviews: “Im soaked”. “super soaked”. “DAYUUUUM!”. “im drenched”. Jeauh. Jeauh. SNES-, Atari-, and Game Boy-generated pixels abound.
If #dripmode seems like #yourmode, support the endeavor and give Drip Sex Funeral, some DRIPS AND BLIPS, and/or N0twerking a listen and a free download (!). Check out some of my personal favorites from a few months back after the jump.
Tomorrow night (Friday, September 23), AnDa Union, a ten-piece folk band from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China will be performing their New England premiere at Wesleyan.
The concert will be in Crowell Concert Hall on Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM with a pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Andrew Colwell, a musician, throat-singer, and PhD student in ethnomusicology. As if this weren’t awesome enough already, AnDa Union themselves will be presenting a lecture/demonstration on Mongolian throat singing and their traditional music and instruments on Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 AM in the World Music Hall.
Find out what the East Studies major is all about. Meet the professors and other students who are also interested in East Asian studies. Take advantage of the Mansfield Freeman Center’s art gallery, meditation room and Japanese garden while enjoying a Chinese food buffet in the seminar room. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere and learn about what makes EAST and the Mansfield Freeman Center the shining star of Wesleyan University.
Date: Thursday, Feb 10 Time: Noon – 1:00 PM Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies