LAWRENCE — Public well being is the main focus of programming from the Heart for East Asian Research this yr, starting with a movie sequence Oct. 25-28 on the Kansas Union. The 4 function movies take care of numerous public-health associated points and will probably be adopted by discussions led by KU school and graduate pupil commentators. All movies are free and open to the general public.
- “Parasite” (Korean): 6-8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Kansas Union, Divine 9 Room. Dialogue led by Yan Bing Zhang, professor of communication research.
- “The Farewell” (Chinese language): 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, Kansas Union, Centennial Room. Dialogue led by Changming Duan, professor of academic psychology.
- “Go Away Mr. Tumor” (Chinese language): 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Kansas Union, Divine 9 Room. Dialogue led by Hui Cai, affiliate professor of structure.
- “The Home The place the Mermaids Sleep” (Japanese): 6-8:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Kansas Union, Divine 9 Room. Dialogue led by Brad Cokelet, affiliate professor of philosophy.
The movie sequence is a part of the Heart for East Asian Research’ Title VI grant actions. Its 2022-2026 grant makes use of the conceptual body of “International Asia” to deal with numerous views on nationally and internationally urgent points. This yr’s theme, shared by all KU space research facilities, is public well being. It is going to deal with numerous associated points and issues by academic actions corresponding to a film sequence, workshops and a spring convention. The intent is to help interdisciplinary discussions of structural inequalities, social well-being, psychological well being, environmental injustice and culturally particular medical practices by the lens of “international Asia.”
The significance of public well being can’t be overstated, based on Akiko Takeyama, CEAS director.
“COVID-19 opened our eyes to the difficulty of public well being that impacts our lives in many various methods: dependable assets, preventive drugs, structural inequalities, care work and culturally completely different reactions to the difficulty,” Takeyama mentioned. “Thus, the theme of public well being addresses not solely science, drugs and know-how but in addition social relations, cultural practices and a variety of various experiences. Our middle’s mission intersects with what the Title VI grant expects of us: to offer Asian cultures and research to mirror a variety of views and generate significant dialogues. It’s our pleasure to make clear public well being in a world context by the lens of Asia.”
To realize these objectives, the middle created a public well being steering committee consisting of CEAS- affiliated school from schooling, structure, communication research and philosophy. This interdisciplinary committee works collaboratively and shares concepts and insights on public well being points by their numerous views. The committee hopes the movie sequence will begin an open-ended dialog main towards a two-day spring symposium in April 2023. The objective of the symposium, based on Ayako Mizumura, CEAS educational director and steering committee chair, is “to deliver graduate college students and college collectively to foster additional lively interactions, data exchanges and educational collaboration” and to create a “group constructing instrument amongst school, public students and college students, in addition to local people members.”