Colloquia Offer Contemporary and Historical Views of East Asia

Anthropologist and Yale alumnus Richard Pearson, Ph.D. 1966 will be the next guest in the Yale Council on East Asian Studies spring colloquium series, speaking on “Archaeological Perspectives on the Rise of the Ryuku Kingdom, 1100-1600 A.D.” His talk will be held on Monday, January 27 at 4:30 p.m., in Luce Hall, Room 203.

A professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of British Columbia, Mr. Pearson is an expert in the prehistoric formation of societies in East Asia, with special interests in excavations in Hawaii, neolithic burial patterns in China and Korea, and early Japanese ceramics. He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the Asian Studies Association. He chaired his academic department from 1991-1996.

Other programs in the series will include a lecture by Weili Ye, assistant professor of history, University of Massachusetts, Boston, on “The Promises and Problems of Professionals in Republican China: An Examination of the Role Played by American Educated Chinese,” February 21; Milan Hejtmanek, professor of Korean history, Harvard, on “Korean-Chinese Cultural Relations in the 15th Century,” March 3; and Jay Rubin, professor of Japanese literature, Harvard, on “Noh for Commuters,” April 1. These talks will be at 4:30 p.m. in Luce Hall.

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