The Center for East Asian Studies congratulates the following CEAS faculty who have been awarded The Provost’s Global Faculty Awards (PGFA) for FY2022:

Law School International Immersion Program Hong Kong - Taiwan

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Thomas Ginsburg [CEAS Affiliated Faculty], Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, Professor of Political Science, The University of Chicago

This program is designed to engage UChicago and Hong Kong law scholars in an exchange of their latest research in the field of international law and legal liberalism, and to give UChicago Law students an opportunity to learn about other legal traditions outside the US. It will start with a 1.5-day conference and a public lecture, organized around the theme of Ginsburg's forthcoming book on democratic and authoritarian international law, at the University of Chicago Hong Kong Campus. We will invite local scholars and students and will also include students from The University of Chicago Law School. The UChicago Law students will continue a study tour program with visits to government institutions such as the Legislative Council, the courts, law firms, and NGOs in Hong Kong and Taiwan to learn about the role international law plays in the various jurisdictions' development. The students will complete the program with writing research papers for publication on Chicago Unbound by the end of the academic year.

The Transpacific: Mapping Artistic Exchanges between Asia and the Americas

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, Lecturer, Contemporary Art, Asian Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago
  • Hung Wu, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and the College, Adjunct Curator, Smart Museum of Art, Chinese Art, The University of Chicago

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is developing a major exhibition, The Transpacific: Mapping Artistic Exchanges between Asia and the Americas (working title), opening Fall 2023, as part of its ambitious program to expand the narratives of global contemporary art. Curated by Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Orianna Cacchione and advised by Professor and Adjunct Curator, Wu Hung with Associate Professor of Art History, Claudia Brittenham, this exhibition uses the Pacific Ocean as a point of departure to explore how different types and moments of exchange produced new artistic forms as artists and intellectuals traversed the Pacific. The Transpacific will mark the end of a multi-year research project, bringing together scholars and objects from around the Pacific Rim to produce the first comprehensive investigation of the circulation of art, artists, and ideas across the Pacific Ocean in the 20th and 21st centuries and will importantly challenge the centering of the Atlantic Ocean in the history of art.

I am writing to respectfully request funding support from the University of Chicago’s Yuen Campus in Hong Kong for an exploratory trip to establish partnerships and research collaborations with arts organizations throughout Southeast Asia, including the Asia Art Archive and M+, Hong Kong; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manilla; National Gallery Singapore; and the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City.

Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1900-1945)

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Jee-Young Park, Korean Studies Librarian, Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Chicago
  • Kyeong-Hee Choi, Associate Professor in Modern Korean Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago
  • Hyoungbae Lee, Korean Studies Librarian, East Asian Library, Princeton University
  • Michiko Nakao, Project Research Fellow, Uehiro Project for the Asian Research Library (U-PARL), The University of Tokyo
  • Jude Yang, Librarian for Korean Studies and East Asian Library Public Service Librarian, Yale University
  • Yuan Zhou, Curator of the East Asian Collection, East Asian Collection, The University of Chicago Library, The University of Chicago

The proposed project will identify and compile East Asian periodicals of colonial Korea from 1900 to 1945 into a comprehensive bibliography. The era of colonial imperialism in East Asia is defined not only by historic upheavals throughout Korea and its neighboring nations of China and Japan, but also by the spread of print media across many fields, including literature, history, economics, and politics. As primary source materials, these publications give scholars the opportunity to better grasp the complexities of the colonial era in Korea (1910-1945).

The goal of the proposed project is a comprehensive bibliography of East Asian periodicals published in the years surrounding Korea’s colonial period, from 1900-1945. Through data compilation, organization and research, the bibliography will outline each journal’s identifying information, including region of origin, bibliographic details of publication, regions of distribution, and current accessibility status. Additionally through textual interpretation, the bibliography will provide commentary on the symbolic meaning of these texts.

The Future of China's Past

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Edward Shaughnessy, Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in Early Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

The PI propose to follow on the success of conferences held in 2019 at the Beijing Center and at the Yuen Campus to convene another conference that will focus on the future of early China studies, taking advantage of a happy convergence of an excellent cohort of young Western scholars currently working in the greater Hong Kong Bay Area (several of whom were trained at the University of Chicago) to bring them together with another group of extraordinarily talented young scholars working in China to share their research and to develop contacts for the next generation of early China scholarship. I envision the conference taking place over the course of two days at the Yuen Campus, followed by two further days of meeting either at Baptist U. of Hong Kong or at United College in Zhuhai, which have agreed to serve as the local partners for the conference.

Understanding Burden of End-of-Life Care through Verbatim Theater

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Jonathan Lio [CEAS Affiliated Faculty], Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • Bryan Li, Associate Consultant, Grantham Hospital Palliative Medical Unit, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Shellie Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • Harry Wu, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Director of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, The University of Hong Kong
  • Hoi Fai Wu, Artistic Director, Pants Theatre Production

There is a great need for palliative medicine in the 21st century. Despite our advances in technology, our ability to provide comfort and alleviate distress at the end of life has not increased in step – indeed, as the practice of medicine has increasingly shifted to an approach to the patient as a biomedical being, the ailing human being is increasingly ignored. As Bernard Lown, Nobel peace prize winner and renowned cardiologist noted, “Science contributes to abandoning healing”. Efforts to humanize patient care are needed to counteract these prevailing technocratic forces. The burden of care for these end-of-life patients falls not only to health care workers, but primarily to families and caregivers of the patients. As the number of elderly in Hong Kong rise, so will the burden on their families and caregivers, which can manifest in a myriad of ways, including anxiety, fatigue, deteriorating relationships, and social isolation. There is often a lack of understanding of the difficulties that caregivers face which further contributes to their unmet needs.

The purpose of this 1-day event is to create a sharing platform of knowledge and emotions of caregivers of end-of-life patients through verbatim theater, which uses their narratives exploring their burden of care and coping strategies, leading to an example of compassionate community practice in Hong Kong and beyond.


The Provost’s Global Faculty Awards (PGFA) provide annual cost-reimbursable awards of up to USD $30,000 to support international faculty activities with a strong collaborative element in mainland China and Hong Kong, South Asia, and Latin America. Funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by UChicago Global, this program aims to activate and amplify relationships  and research collaborations between individual researchers and institutions around the world.

For more information on the program, and a full listing of other awardees, click here.