The Center for the Art of East Asia Launches New Collaborative Initiative With Generous Support from the Cyrus Tang Foundation
The Center for the Art of East Asia in the Department of Art History has been the recipient of generous support from the Cyrus Tang Foundation to launch a new collaborative initiative, the Dispersed Chinese Art Digitization Project to create a digital database of Chinese works of art that are located outside of China. It builds on earlier CAEA projects that compiled digital records of Buddhist cave sculptures and Chinese paintings and designed websites as resources for teaching, exhibition and further research.
The Association for Asian Studies will award this year's Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies award to Professor Emeritus Norma Field during this year's AAS Awards Ceremony. The AAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies represents the highest honor the AAS can bestow. Originally named the “Award for Distinguished Service,” in 1992 it was renamed the “AAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies.” It is intended to honor outstanding scholarship and service to the field.
Ph.D. student in the Department of History, Alex Jania, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies during the "Kizuna 10: Inochi," the Kizuna Project's 10th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony for the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, being held virtually on March 11, 2021. This ceremony will feature personal contributions from survivors as well as remarks from the Japanese Consul General in Chicago Kenichi Okada, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Iwate Prefecture Governor Takuya Tasso.
Shomyo no Kai—Voices of a Thousand Years: Buddhist Ritual Chant – Moonlight Mantra Streaming performance and workshop from Japan
Presented by the Center for East Asian Studies with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Chicago Presents and Japan Society will co-present an evening of Buddhist ritual chanting, or shomyo, by the critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai—Voices of a Thousand Years. Hailing from two of Japan’s major Buddhist sects (Shingon and Tendai), two dozen monks will showcase this millennium-old ritual chanting in a performance that transcends sectarian boundaries.