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East House begins celebration of Asian culture

Stanford's East Asian Studies Theme House will present its 11th annual EastFest Speaker Series on Feb. 9-18 in the East House library, addressing contemporary political, economic, philosophical and social issues related to Asia.

The free public lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the East House library.

Among the featured topics and speakers:

Feb. 9 - "Nuclear Proliferation on the Korean Peninsula." A talk on ongoing nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the international community, by Dr. Seok-Kyu Hong, research fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control.

Feb. 10 - "Orientalism in American Art." A talk on Asian influences on American art, by Wanda Corn, professor of art history.

Feb. 11 - "The Role of Japan in the New World Order." A discussion led by Tetsuya Kataoka, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Feb. 14 - "Chinese Politics in the Post-Deng Era." A talk focusing upon recent developments in China in light of the nation's extraordinary economic growth, by Nina Halpern, assistant professor of political science.

Feb. 15 - "The Unity of Knowledge and Action: An Exploration in Chinese Philosophy." A discussion of classical Chinese thought by Philip J. Ivanhoe, assistant professor of philosophy.

Feb. 16 - "Island in Transition: The Democratization of Taiwan." An analysis of recent political developments in the island nation, by Ramon Meyers, senior fellow, Hoover Institution.

Feb. 17 - "Why They Came: Perspectives on Asian Immigration." A talk exploring the historical reasons for Asian immigration to the United States, by Sue Chow, guest lecturer in sociology from the University of California-Irvine.

Feb. 18 - "Japan's Search for National Identity." A talk by Harumi Befu, professor of anthropology.

EastFest is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, East House, the American Studies House and Residential Education. For more information, contact Eric Yoon at 497-4583.



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