Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This is a great opportunity for the right person. Veronica Taylor, the former faculty director, left a terrific structure in place as her legacy, and the UW has accomplished Asianists (especially China scholars) in a wide variety of fields. Here's the announcement: http://www.washington.edu/admin/acadpers/ads/aa2874.html
Here's the Asian Law Center's web site.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Here's a terrific grant program that's intended to fund the study of certain languages (including Chinese) for those already at a certain level but needing a boost to get to where it's really professionally useful. Application deadline for the current round: Dec. 11, 2011. Details below:
Blakemore Language Grants for Advanced Study of Asian Languages
The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2012 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Blakemore Refresher Grants.
Blakemore language grants are awarded to individuals pursuing academic, business or other professional careers (e.g. science, medicine, law, engineering, journalism, the fine arts, public service) who would benefit from improved fluency in an East or Southeast Asian language.
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund a year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama (IUC), the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing (IUP), the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei (ICLP), and similar programs in other countries of East and SE Asia. Where there is no structured advanced-level language program at an educational institution in the country, the grant may provide for the financing of private tutorials under terms set forth in the application instructions.
Blakemore Refresher Grants are shorter-term language grants restricted to former Blakemore Fellows, college professors, post-doctoral professionals and graduates of the academic year programs at the IUC, the IUP and the ICLP.
The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.
For application forms and further information see
- Pursuing academic, professional or business career that involves the regular use of a modern Asian language
- Have a college undergraduate degree
- At or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the Grant Guidelines
- Able to devote oneself exclusively to the language study during the term of the grant; grants are not intended for part-time study or research
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Grants are highly competitive. Last year we were able to offer funding to less than 9% of applicants. Applicants will be judged on having:
- focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which use of the language is an important aspect
- potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
- prior experience in the country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country
- good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program
Deadline for Applications Grants Awarded
- Postmarked by December 30, 2011 · Late March/early April 2012
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800, Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday, September 3, 2011
International trade law is not normally considered a major generator of yuks, but I thought I might pass on this interesting juxtaposition of two articles about China’s appeal of its WTO loss on the issue of export controls. The first one, from Bloomberg, is entitled "China to Appeal WTO Ruling on Raw Material Export Controls", and states (accurately), “A WTO panel said on July 5 that duties and quotas on the export of raw materials violate global trade rules and gave domestic companies an edge.” The article also summarizes (accurately) the positions of the parties as follows: “China said the restrictions are necessary to conserve exhaustible natural resources and ease overproduction and emissions of carbon and sulfur gases from furnaces. The U.S., the EU and Mexico said the curbs discourage the export of materials that are critical for their manufacturers, while keeping them cheaper and readily available in China.”
Apparently the China Daily (a quasi-official PRC paper) did not get the memo. Its recent article reporting on the appeal said, in the very first sentence, “[Chinese] [e]xperts welcomed China's appeal of a ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) claiming that the nation imposed restrictions on exports of nine raw materials, saying the move helps protect local industry.” (Emphasis added.)