Presenters and Discussants

Jonathan Chaves (Professor, George Washington University) specializes in Chinese poetry, relationships among poetry, painting and calligraphy in China, and Chinese literature in Japan. His publications include: Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel WritingCloud Gate Song: The Verse of Tang Poet Zhang Ji, Old Taoist: The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin (1865-1944), and Japanese and Chinese Poems to Sing: The Wakan roei shu. Professor Chaves received the 2013 Lucien Stryk Award for best translation of the year from an Asian language for his book Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing.

Yu Min Claire Chen (Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College, Maryland) is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies. Prof. Chen received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests include time, space and memory in Chinese diaspora, Asian American Literature, autobiography, and comparative literature/films.  Professor Chen has organized panels for the American Comparative Literature Association and has served as a reviewer for the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. She is also a columnist for Washington Chinese Daily News (華府新聞日報: 人在洋邦 Chinese Diaspora) and has published her creative writings in the World Journal(世界日報: 世界副刊).

Hongyuan Dong (Assistant Professor, George Washington University) received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He specializes in semantics, with research focuses on the formal aspect of meaning. In addition to formal semantics, Professor Dong's research also touches upon Chinese historical linguistics and the application of formal semantics to historical data. Professor Dong’s publications include: A History of the Chinese Language (Routledge 2014).

Ping Fu (Assistant Professor, Towson University) received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film Studies from the University of Colorado. Now Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies and Director of the Chinese Program at Towson University, she received many academic awards and grants. Her teaching and research focus on film theory/criticism, world and Asian cinemas, and contemporary Chinese theater, literature, and media. She is completing a book on Chinese farmers on screen.

Satoru Hashimoto (Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park) received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is currently working his dissertation “Afterlives of the Culture: Engaging with the Trans-East Asian Cultural Tradition in Modern Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese Literatures, 1880s-1940s” into a book.

Young-Key Kim-Renaud (Professor Emeritus, George Washington University) was the President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics (ICKL) and Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics. Professor Kim-Renaud is a recipient of the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit, Jade Class (Taehanmin'guk Okkwan Munhwa Hunjang) for her life-time contribution to the advancement of Korean language and culture as well as the 2008 winner of a Bichumi Grand Award by the Samsung Life Foundation in Korea as the Woman of the Year for Public Service. Her publications includes: Korean Consonantal PhonologyStudies in Korean LinguisticsThe Korean Alphabet: Its History and StructureTheoretical Issues in Korean LinguisticsKing Sejong the Great: The Light of 15th-Century KoreaCreative Women of Korea: From the Fifteenth Century to the Twentieth CenturyAnd So Flows History, and Korean: An Essential Grammar.

Liang Luo (Associate Professor, University of Kentucky) received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research is centered on three interrelated threads: the intersections of performance, politics, and popularity in modern China, modern Japan, and the international avant-garde; the interactions among folk, urban, and popular cultures and political propaganda; and gender and class representations in literary, performing, cinematic, and visual arts. Her publications include: The Avant-garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics She is currently working on a book and documentary film project, “Joris Ivens, the International Avant-garde, and Modern China.

Miok Pak (Teaching Assistant Professor, George Washington University) received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Her current research interests include: Business Korean textbook development, lexical ambiguity and integrity, syntax-semantics-morphology interfaces, honorifics, clause types, sentence final particles, and syntactic agreement. Her publications include: “A syntactic analysis of interpretive restrictions on imperative, promissive, and exhortative subjects” and “Agreement in Korean revisited”.

John Phan (Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers University) received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Following his dissertation entitled “Lacquered Words: The Evolution of Vietnamese under Sinitic Influences from the 1st Century BCE through the 17th Century CE”, he is currently finishing a book manuscript on the history of Sino-Vietic linguistic contact.

Takae Tsujioka (Teaching Assistant Professor, George Washington University) received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She specializes in Japanese syntax and Japanese pedagogy. Her publications include The Syntax of Possession in Japanese Intermediate Japanese, Basic Japanese, “Idioms, Mixed Marking, and the Base-generation Hypothesis for Ditransitives in Japanese.” and “Argument Structure and Ditransitive Verbs in Japanese.”

John Whitman (Professor, Cornell University) specializes in historical linguistics, language acquisition, and synchronic syntactic variation across typologically similar languages. His publications cover an extremely wide range of issues in East Asian linguistics and include, among others, Proto-Japanese: Issues and Prospects, “Uncertainty in processing relative clauses across East Asian languages”, “Iwayuru ajia-siki kankeisetsu ni tsuite いわゆるアジア式関係節について [On so-called Asian-type relative clauses]”, “Postpositions vs. prepositions in Mandarin Chinese: The articulation of disharmony”, “Introduction: Nominalizations in syntactic theory”, “Afterword: Nominalizations in syntactic theory”, “Applicative structure and Mandarin ditransitives”, “The classification of constituent order generalizations and diachronic explanation”, “Comparative consequences of the tongue root harmony analysis for proto-Tungusic, proto-Mongolic, and proto-Korean”, “The diachronic consequences of the RTR analysis of Tungusic vowel harmony”, “Misparsing and syntactic reanalysis”, “Gengo shigen toshite no Nihongo [Japanese as a linguistic resource]”, “Prenominal complementizers and the derivation of complex NPs in Japanese and Korean”, “Raten-go kyōten no dokuhō to butten no kundoku ラテン語教典の読法と仏典の訓 [The reading of sacred texts in Latin and vernacular reading of Buddhist texts]”, “A Korean grammatical borrowing in Early Middle Japanese kunten texts and its relation to the syntactic alignment of earlier Korean and Japanese”, “The relationship between Japanese and Korean”, and “Old Korean’.

Anri Yasuda (Assistant Professor, George Washington University) received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and literary criticism, Japanese popular and visual culture from the Edo period to the present, literary and cultural theory, and modern Japanese intellectual history. Her publications include: “Akutagawa Ryunosuke - Manga depictions of a literary icon”.

Hang Zhang (Assistant Professor, George Washington University) received her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in Chinese phonology. Her publications include: “Positional effects in second language tones”.

Yu Zhang (Assistant Professor, Randolph Macon College) received her Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from Stanford University in 2014. She is completing a book manuscript focusing on the cultural representations and practices of going to the countryside in modern China (1915-1965). Her work has appeared in journals like Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Twentieth-Century China (forthcoming).