University of Pittsburgh
September 15, 2011

Pitt’s Asian Studies Center to Present Fall 2011 ‘Asia Over Lunch’ Lecture Series

Contact:  412-624-4147


PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center will present the Fall 2011 “Asia Over Lunch” lecture series at noon on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21 in 4130 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. 

The dates, presenters, and titles of the lectures are as follows:

Sept. 21
Thomas Rawski, Pitt professor of economics, “China’s Economic Boom–Why Didn’t It Happen 100 Years Earlier?”;

Oct. 5
Kristopher Geda, Pitt graduate student of linguistics, “ ‘You speak Chinese well for a white/black guy!’ The Effect of Student Ethnicity on Native Speakers’ Judgments of Chinese Foreign Language Competency”;

Oct. 12
Hiroyuki Good, Japanese bibliographer, Pitt East Asian Library, “An Update on Japanese Studies Resources at the University of Pittsburgh”;

Oct. 19
James Cassing, Pitt professor of economics, “Impact Assessment of Free Trade Agreements on Vietnam’s Economy”;

Oct. 26
Xiuying Zou, public services librarian, and Haihui Zhang, Chinese bibliographer, Pitt East Asian Library, “An Update on Chinese Studies Resources at the University of Pittsburgh”;

Nov. 2 
Yi-tze Lee, Pitt PhD student of anthropology, “Branding Affective Labor in the Dark Tribe: Organic Farming and Emotional Landscape of Talampo Amis in Eastern Taiwan”;

Nov. 9
Balwant Dixit, Pitt professor of pharmacology, “Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Indian and Maharashtrian Immigrants in North America”; and

Nov. 16
Meng Ren, Pitt PhD student of ethnomusicology, “ ‘Why Are the Flowers So Beautiful?’: Changing Cultural Policies for a United Chinese Identity-A Study of the Hua’er (Flower Song) Tradition in the Northwest of China.”

Asian Studies is part of Pitt’s University Center for International Studies. For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at 412-648-7370 or




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