On East Conference

EASSU will be hosting its fifth annual On East conference this year on Friday, March 23rd from 2-4pm! It will be in the Purple Lounge of the EAS department on the 14th floor of Robarts.

Every year we ask students, some of whose work will be published in our On East undergraduate journal, to present their research, offering the rest of the EAS community an opportunity to learn about their work and also giving the students an opportunity to receive comments and answer questions. Our finalized schedule for the event is as follows:

2:00 – 2:15 Keynote speaker: Professor Victor Falkenheim
2:20 – 2:35: “Sites of Rebellion in Ghost in the Shell”
2:40 – 2:55: “The Construct of Gender Roles in Japan: Their Reinforcement, Contestation and Implications for the Future”
2:55 – 3:25 Intermission
3:25 – 3:40: “The Clash between the Global and Local: Tokyo Disneyland as a Glocalized Battleground”
3:45 – 4:00: “Visions of Domesticity in North Korean Propaganda”

We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of fascinating discussion and to support your fellow students! Refreshments will be served during intermission.

EASSU Elections 2012/2013!

We are currently looking to fill all positions on our EASSU 2012/2013 team. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role, representing your fellow EAS students, and making a difference on campus, we highly encourage you to apply! Elections will take place on Friday March 30th from 2-3pm in the Purple Lounge of the EAS department (14th floor of Robarts). All students are welcome to attend to vote for next year’s executive team. Refreshments will be provided.

Positions Available (see below for detailed description): President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Media Coordinator, Advertising Officer*, Department Liaison, Class-Rep Coordinator, Junior Executive.

If you are interested in running for one of the above positions, send the following application here by March 29th at 11:59pm.

All applicants will be expected to make a short (3 minute) speech at our elections on Friday, March 30th at 2pm. Any candidates who cannot attend the elections may send an audio or video file of their speech here before March 29th. Otherwise, the final two questions of their application will be read for them by a representative at the elections.

Year of Study and Program:
Phone number:
E-mail address:
What position are you running for:
Why would you like to participate in EASSU:
Why do you feel you are a good candidate for the position:

*Please note that applicants for the position of Advertising Officer must be comfortable using Adobe Photoshop or a similar program and have some graphic design experience. For those interested in this position, please send two to three examples of previous work in .jpg format along with your application.

Manages student union; directs all meetings, events, and projects; ensures that EASSU abides by all ASSU rules and regulations; manages the mailing list along with Media Coordinator; present at all events.

Assists President in directing the student union; assists in management of events and projects; acts as liaison with On East Journal co-chairs; present at all events.

Takes minutes at meetings and posts them within reasonable time frame; manages EASSU e-mail account; coordinates communication amongst members (i.e. scheduling events); manages office and administrative tasks; present at all events.

In charge of all student union finances; manages budgets for union and all events; compiles and submits receipts to ASSU; submits funding requests; present at all events.

Media Coordinator
Manages and updates Facebook group; manages and updates website; compiles mailing list along with President; present at all events.

Advertising Officer
Creates posters for all events; in charge of all graphic design work for EASSU, including pamphlets and flyers; gets posters printed and put up around campus; handles all other promotional work such as contacting media; takes photographs at events; present at all events.

Department Liaison
Communicates with other members of the department – faculty, staff, graduate students; handles intradepartmental promotion of events; meets regularly with undergraduate coordinator and department chair to discuss EASSU initiatives and student concerns; present at all events.

Class-Rep Coordinator
Establishes class representatives in all EAS courses for event promotion and critical link to students; keeps in regular contact with class reps and provides information about upcoming events for announcements; present at all events.

Junior Executive
Locates and books rooms for all events; books A/V for events; manages set-up for events; assists President with any required tasks; present at all events.

Scholarship Opportunities – Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation

The Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation is accepting applicants for its annual Korean Studies award! 3 students will be selected from University of Toronto for prizes of $1000. This is a great opportunity for all those interested in Korea!

To apply, you must be…

1. Working towards a minor or major in Korean Studies or have taken at least two courses in Korean Studies.

2. A Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant.

3. Enrolled full-time during 2011/2012 academic year and must have completed at least one full academic year in a post secondary education institution (e.g. university, college) in Canada or abroad, and must submit proof of registration prior to receipt of scholarship, if awarded.

Note that previous recipients are not eligible.

2011-2012 Korean Studies Scholarship Application Form

March 22: Presentation by Prof. Joshua Pilzer, Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese “Comfort Women”

We are excited to announce our upcoming academic seminar with Professor Joshua Pilzer, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at U of T.  It will take place on March 22nd from 2-4pm in the South Dining Room of Hart House. He will be discussing his recent book entitled Hearts of Pine: Song in the Lives of Korean Survivors of the Japanese “Comfort Women”. All are welcome to attend!

Read more March 22: Presentation by Prof. Joshua Pilzer, Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese “Comfort Women”

Imagining East Asia – March 12, 2012

Imagining East Asia

EASSU is thrilled to announce our first annual showcase of undergraduate student artwork! We will be exhibiting student submissions of photography, paintings, drawings, and other works that have been inspired by East Asia. We welcome all members of the University of Toronto community to drop by the EAS Purple Lounge on the 14th floor of Robarts on March 12 from 2-5 to view this exciting collection. Light refreshments will be served. See you then!