Upcoming Events: 10/19/09

Hello, fellow East Asian Studies students!

1) SynesthASIA Fashion Show Auditions
2) Buddhist Monks in Myanmar Lecture
3) Lecture Series on Chinese Poetry: How to View a Mountain in Medieval China
4) JET Programme Info Session
5) HKSN Singing Competition
6) Indy Advanced Japanese Translation Class: Winter Semester
7) Upcoming EASSA Meeting

1. SYNESTHASIA 2010 FASHION SHOW AUDITIONS

What is SynesthASIA Charity Fashion Show?

SynesthASIA is Montreal-based, charity fashion show raising funds for the Medical Institute for Tamils which provides humanitarian aid and emergency supplies to civil-war refugees in Sri Lanka. Inspired by the artistic movement based on a neurological condition of cross-wired senses, the name of the fashion show, “SynesthASIA,” is a play on words to describe the artistic vision of the show. SynesthASIA is an original amalgamation of local Montreal designers and talent, with a contemporary Asian slant to each scene. Last year, the show made its debut at the Metropolis, attracting over 1200 audience members as well as designers, stylists, magazines, and photographers, and raising $9,000 for the Ashraya Initiative for Children, an orphanage for street-children in Pune, India.

This year the show will return to Metropolis on FRIDAY JANUARY 29th, 2010. Join us as we aim to raise $20,000 for MIFT, celebrate fashion, design, and culture, and party for a great cause!

SYNESTHASIA 2010 IS LOOKING FOR MODELS AND DANCERS TO COME AND TRY OUT!

DANCE AUDITIONS:  Tuesday night Oct. 20th at Tonic Nightclub (atwater metro station) from 7-9 pm
MODEL AUDITIONS: Wednesday and Thursday nights 7-9 pm (please come to only one night)

Email synesthasiamontreal@gmail.com or call 514.513.4661 for more information!

* Also feel free to email if you are interested in helping out with the show in another capacity (e.g. backstage, tickets/promotion, fundraising etc)

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2. THE POWERFUL AND POWERLESS CHARISMA: BUDDHIST MONKS IN MYANMAR

A lecture examining the notion of charisma and moral power of monks in contemporary Myanmary (Burma) by Hiroko Kawanami, Numata visiting professor in Buddhist Studies from the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University, UK.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009 – 5:30-7:00pm
Location: 3434 McTavish, Room 302

For more information, please refer to the notice on the billboard at the entrance of the EAS building.

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3. PAUL HSIANG LECTURE SERIES ON CHINESE POETRY

A lecture on Chinese poetry, this time on “How to View a Mountain in Medieval China”, by David Knechtges from the University of Washington.

When: Friday, October 23, 2009 – 4:30-6:00pm
Location: 3450 McTavish, Old McGill Room, Faculty Club

Reception will be available after the lecture. Please refer to the notice on the billboard at the entrance of the EAS building for more information.

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4. JET PROGRAMME INFORMATION SESSION

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. It seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens (mainly youth) and JET participants at the person-to-person level.

There will be an information session here at McGill for those interested in participating in the JET programme on Monday, October 26 at Room 302 of McTavish 3434. The session will be from 3:00-4:30pm; students are welcome to come in anytime between those times to learn more about the JET programme and how to apply.

http://www.jetprogramme.org/

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5. HKSN SINGING COMPETITION 2010

HKSN (Hong Kong Student Network) is having a singing competition on November 15th (Sunday) from 3:30 pm to 7pm at Grappa Lounge (486 St. Catherine West, Suite 202). This competition is open to anyone interested in singing- in any language! You’re more than welcome to sing anything in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese- you name it. The winner will receive $150 in cash and a $150 Mbox Karaoke cash coupon. This year, there is $500 worth of cash and cash coupons as prizes!

To join, please download an application form at http://www.hksn.ca/sing.html and send in the form to mcgillhksn@gmail.com. The deadline for contestant application is Friday, November 6th at 2:00pm. If you’re too shy to sing, tickets are on sale now for $7 only, with a free drink included. Simply email mcgillhksn@gmail.com for tickets or call 514-299-7408. There will be an afterparty at Mbox, next to Grappa Lounge, for a round of karaoke and drinks. You can check out Grappa Lounge at http://www.grappalounge.ca for more photos and details.

If you have any other questions, please contact mcgillhksn@gmail.com.

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6. INDY ADVANCED JAPANESE TRANSLATION CLASS

An Advanced Translation class in Japanese is not currently being offered this year, but fortunately, an opportunity has been made available, instead, to participate in East Asian Studies’ very first indy class! The special class will focus on translating and editing Hoshino Tomoyuki’s “Saigo no Toiki” (The Last Sigh)- a book greatly inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude-  while aiming to further develop skills in translation as well as in both English and Japanese languages respectively.

This class is scheduled to happen in the Winter semester (Winter 2010), and is still looking for more students to join. While it is recommended that you have at least some previous knowledge of the Japanese language, if you feel that you are comfortable with literature, Japanese culture, Latin-American culture, or any other fields relevant to this project, please don’t hesitate to ask for more information.

For further information on what this is about or if you are interested in participating, you can contact brent.lue@mail.mcgill.ca.

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7. UPCOMING EASSA MEETING

The next East Asian Studies Students Association meeting will be held this Wednesday, October 21 in the Arts Lounge at 5:00pm. This meeting is open and anybody enrolled in East Asian Studies is welcome to join us for the meeting- feel free to come on out to get in the loop of things and share any ideas you might have!

Thanks everyone, and have a good week!

East Asian Studies Students Association
eassamcgill@gmail.com

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