Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies Year in Review Highlights 2019–20

Just as it did with every other aspect of life, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted Liu Institute programming during the 2019-20 academic year.

Beyond the disruption, challenges from the virus illuminated the importance of Liu Institute's mission to inform and educate about Asia.

With this in mind, we present our 2019-20 Year in Review and 10 highlights to celebrate the success and progress of our community in a world that needs understanding about Asia as never before.

1. Chao Shao-an: Moments between Worlds

The special exhibition “Chao Shao-an: Moments between Worlds” opened at the Snite Museum of Art on February 4. Cosponsored by the Liu Institute, the exhibition celebrated the life, resilience, and work of internationally esteemed Hong Kong master painter Chao Shao-an (1905-1998).

Clockwise from top left: With High Ideals of Reaching the Clouds, Delicate Fragrance Permeating the Four Directions, Bird Startled by Cold on a Spring-Touched Branch.

2. Liu Institute Blessing and Celebration

The Liu family, benefactors of the Liu Institute, gathered with Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, for an official blessing of the Liu Institute on October 14 in Jenkins Nanovic Halls.

Shown with Jenkins are, clockwise from left, Mimi Liu, Elaine Chok, Robert Liu, Justin Liu, Emily Liu Foy, Clinton Foy, Grant Foy, and Mia Foy.

“In a world that feels increasingly divisive, we need now, more than ever, deep understanding and compassion for others. And the students here at Notre Dame need to be exposed to Asia. But we also feel strongly that Asia needs Notre Dame.” —Emily Liu Foy '94

3. New Master of Global Affairs Fellowship

The Liu Institute began offering a full-tuition fellowship to a master of global affairs student in the 2019-20 academic year.

The inaugural recipient is Uriel Galace of the Philippines, who previously served as a foreign affairs research specialist at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, a think tank in the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

4. New International Opportunities for Students

The Liu Institute sponsored two new international opportunities for students: the course Economic Demography of China by Professor Eva Dziadula and a Mumbai architecture planning project led by Professor Krupali Krusche.

Economic Demography of China course
Mumbai architecture planning project

5. New Off-Campus Events

The Liu Institute sponsored off-campus events in London and Washington, DC, during the 2019-20 academic year.

The London event featured former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, who addressed an audience of 100 at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway on October 30.

“Beyond the Ballot: Taiwan’s Elections and Their Implications for US Policy” was held at the Keough School’s Washington, DC, office on January 16. Randall Schriver, former US assistant secretary of defense, delivered the keynote address. A panel of experts also discussed the election.

6. New Faculty Fellows

The Liu Institute continues to expand our number of fellows and affiliates, who represent every college and school at Notre Dame. These six outstanding new faculty fellows will help to advance the Institute’s mission and contribute to our growth.

Anna Geltzer, Assistant Director, John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values | Joshua Eisenman, Associate Professor of Global Affairs | Iris Ma, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Keough School of Global Affairs
Naoki Fuse, Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese Language and Culture | Sayako Uehara, Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese Language and Culture | A. James McAdams, William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs

7. New Academic Advisor Alexander Hsu

Professor Alexander Hsu, a scholar of early Buddhist scriptures in medieval China, began serving as the Liu Institute’s academic advisor in the 2019-20 academic year. Hsu is an inspiring proponent for Institute programs, sharing his passion for Asia with students interested in Asia and Asian Studies.

8. Cultural Events at Capacity

The Liu Institute cosponsored three extraordinary cultural events that drew capacity audiences to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center during the 2019-20 academic year.

Odissi dancer Bijayini Sathpathy performed on September 5 at the Patricia George Decio Theatre.

Chicago-based Ho Etsu Taiko launched its Emergent tour on January 25 at the Decio Theatre.

Director Miki Dezaki screened his controversial film “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue” on February 20 at the Browning Cinema.

9. Justice and Asia

The Liu Institute’s guiding theme of “Justice and Asia” expanded with the approval for a new project and the growth of two existing projects.

The new project “Theatre for Justice in Asia: Past, Present, Future,” by Anton Juan and Tarryn Chun, professors in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, will explore how playwrights and theatre practitioners in Asia use their craft to speak truth to power and advance social justice.

Facing camera from left are faculty fellows Noriko Hanabusa, Jessica McManus Warnell, and Kevin Walsh.

The project “Energy, Justice, and Fukushima: A Multidisciplinary, Multi-Sector Collaboration” launched during the 2018-19 academic year and examines the Fukushima triple disaster of 2011 to holistically address recovery from large-scale natural disaster and related effects.

The interdisciplinary team conducted fieldwork in summer 2019, expanded the team, and added students in the project before the summer 2020 trip was canceled.

Political science doctoral students Minju Kwon and Jeong-Hwan Bae's project received approval in 2018-19 for their project “Comfort Women and Their Right of Recognition: Remedial Responsibility of the South Korean Political Community."

Their research led to a paper arguing that the political struggle of Korean victims of Japanese military sexual slavery in World War II is best characterized as a struggle for recognition.

Bae and Kwon presented the paper in October 2019 at the Seoul National University Center for International Political Thought.

10. Spotlight on Hong Kong

The Liu Institute sponsored two events that focused on the ongoing developments in Hong Kong. More than 120 people attended the flash panel “Hong Kong in Crisis” on September 11 in the auditorium of the Hesburgh International Center.

On February 11, Hong Kong expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom launched his new book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink in Jenkins Nanovic Halls in conversation with Liu faculty fellow Victoria Hui.

Clockwise from top left: Hong Kong natives Victoria Hui (speaking), a political science professor; student James Luk; and Maggie Shum, a research associate at the Keough School of Global Affairs.