For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University to Host Conference on East Asia

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 26, 2007—Georgian Court University will host the 2007 Inaugural East Asian Conference on Friday, December 14, from 4:30 to 9:15 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Presenters and participants from around the globe will take part in the event, which will be linked via audio and videoconferencing to sites in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China.

With a nod to its Asian roots, the conference is entitled “The Conference of Bianhua and Henka”—Bianhua is the Chinese word for a “transformation,” and Henka is Japanese for “change.” This conference will look at change in East Asia and examine Asia’s multiplicity of cultures, societies, politics, and technologies.

“Four speakers will be videoconferenced from Hong Kong and Singapore,” says Tai Wei Lim, Ph.D., assistant professor at Georgian Court University. “The rest will be here on the Georgian Court campus.” Dr. Lim, who is organizing the event, is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Roundtable and a Research Fellow-designate of the East Asia Institute.

This regional conference has been put together by the Georgian Court University Department of History, in partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies; and the Hong Kong Roundtable, International Relations Research Association.

“This is an important event because there is a lot of interest in East Asian studies along with an increased demand at regional colleges for East Asian studies. Medium-sized to smaller colleges in this region currently have either no Asian studies or only a small program. This conference will help consolidate interest in the discipline and be a unique meeting place for academics to exchange information,” says Dr. Lim.

He noted that the conference also supports Georgian Court’s East Asian outreach initiative.

“This year, through the Office of the Provost, Georgian Court University is reaching out to East Asia, going to China, welcoming Filipino guests from Catholic University, and interacting with its Japanese alumni. This conference ties in well with these efforts,” he says.

Participants will include students and faculty from Georgian Court, as well as university and college professors from higher learning institutions around the area. Additionally, there will be participants listening in from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China.

Panel discussions will include War, Politics, and International Relations; Economics and Business; East Asian Culture and Language; and Science and Technology, which features cutting-edge topics like holistic health. There will also be six featured speakers: Dr. Joseph Gower, provost of Georgian Court; Professor Una Chung of Sarah Lawrence College; Clare Eng of Yale University; Mr. Lim Shao Bin of the Japan Cultural Society; Dr. Kevin Tan of Equilibrium Consultants; and Prof. Simon Shen of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

There will also be presentations from several academics on papers contributed to the conference. In conjunction with the conference, a small exhibition on East Asian artifacts such as Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain shards will be on display at the Georgian Court Library.

The conference and exhibition are free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended. For more information, contact Dr. Lim at or 732.987.2374.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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