martes, 29 de octubre de 2013

Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)
Dear list members,

The Introduction to Tibetan Language Course will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra again this summer, from January 13 to 31. The course is being offered in two ways. Current undergraduate/postgraduate students can take the course for credit towards their degree, and others can take it as a Community Student without credit. The cost for Community Students is AUD$400.

For further information, please visit the course site or facebook page. For a copy of the syllabus or course outline, please contact course instructor Ruth Gamble (

Kind regards,
AABS Executive

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sábado, 26 de octubre de 2013

Few U.S. University Reference Books Use Korean Name for Dokdo

Some 93 percent of reference books in the libraries of major U.S. universities do not use the Korean name for the Dokdo islets, a group of young patriotic activists said Thursday.

"Some 80 to 85 percent of all foreign reference books at the libraries of 20 major universities in Korea, including Seoul National, Yonsei and Korea universities, use the Japanese name to refer to Dokdo," said Koh Chang-keun at Dokdo Network. "We need to ask libraries in Korea and abroad, as well as the publishers to change the name to Dokdo." 

Fuente: Chosun Ilbo

The Study of Jainism: A Symposium in Honor of Prof. Padmanabh Jaini's 90th Birthday (UC Berkeley)

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9 am - 5 pm
The Study of Jainism: A Symposium in Honor of Prof. Padmanabh Jaini's 90th Birthday
220 Stephens Hall

The symposium brings together a select group of leading experts of Jainism from Europe and the US who work in different arenas of Jain Studies and represent different disciplines, including textual studies, anthropology, history, and art history. They will present papers on different aspects of Jainism drawing upon their current research. In this way the current state of Jain Studies will be brought to bear in its disciplinary breadth. This is to allow for discussions on past accomplishments and also the challenges and the new directions that may be envisaged for this important and still rather neglected field of study.

The symposium is organized in honor of Prof. Padmanabh Jaini who has pioneered the study of Jainism in the English speaking world. His The Jaina Path of Purification (first published in 1979) has brought the study and knowledge of Jainism to a broader English speaking public, and his numerous further publications — such as his book Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women (1991) and his Collected papers on Jaina Studies (2000) — have made him one of the leading scholar in this field. Even as he is about to become a nonagenarian he continues to work and publish at the forefront of Jain Studies, and will also present himself.


    Prof. Christopher Chapple, Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University
    Prof. John Cort, Director of Denison University Department of Religion
    Prof. Paul Dundas, Reader in Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh
    Dr. Peter Flügel, Chair of the Centre for Jaina Studies at SOAS, University of London
    Prof. Phyllis Granoff, Religious Studies - Yale University
    Dr. Shalin Jain, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi
    Prof. Padmanabh Jaini, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
    Prof. Robert Goldman, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
    Prof. Olle Qvarnström, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University
    Prof. Alexander von Rospatt, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
    Dr. Audrey Truschke, ACLS Fellow at Stanford University
    Dr. Kristi Wiley, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

A. Charles Muller

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Faculty of Letters
University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongō, Bunkyō-ku
Tokyo 113-8654, Japan

Office Phone: 03-5841-3735

Hebdomadario de la Política Taiwanesa

Estimad@s amig@s,

Las relaciones entre China continental y Taiwán viven desde 2008 un proceso de acelerados cambios que han puesto fin a décadas de confrontación.

Actualmente nos acercamos a un nuevo punto de inflexión con el inicio de una nueva fase marcada por la emergencia de las cuestiones de índole más política en las negociaciones bilaterales.

Las relaciones entre Beijing y Taipei son de gran importancia en el plano bilateral, pero también regional y mundial en un contexto de gran fluidez de las relaciones asiáticas e internacionales.

El Observatorio de la Política China sigue de cerca este proceso a través del Hebdomadario de la Política Taiwanesa que puedes consultar en

Xulio Ríos
Observatorio de la Política China


It is with great sadness, I write to inform you that on October 23, 2013
Dr. Donald F. McCallum passed away peacefully at his home after battling
sudden metastatic prostate cancer. Donald McCallum had a long
distinguished career as a scholar of Japanese art history, over seven
years of which were spent doing research and fieldwork in Japan. Last June
he retired from his position as Professor in the Department of Art  History
at University of California, Los Angeles. He was a beloved teacher known
for his serious commitment to education alongside a sharp sense of humor.

He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 23, 1939. He
earned his Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and his
A.B. at University of California, Berkeley.

He began teaching at UCLA in 1969 and has served as Chair of the
Department of Art History at UCLA, Interim Director for the UCLA Center for
Japanese Studies, Director of the University of California Tokyo Study
Center, Toyota Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Franklin
D. Murphy Lecturer at the University of Kansas, and Hooker Distinguished
Visiting Professor at McMaster University. His numerous awards include
fellowships from the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in
Kyoto, Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art, Japanese Society for the
Promotion of Science, Korean Cultural Service, Japan Foundation, and the
John D. Rockefeller III Fund.

Dr. McCallum's research on Japanese art had a wide breadth, but his main
area was Japanese Buddhist art in which he published three books: Hakuho
Sculpture published by University of Washington Press (2012), The Four
Great Temples: Buddhist Archaeology, Architecture, and Icons of
Seventh-Century Japan by University of Hawai'i Press (2009), and Zenkoji
and Its Icon: A Study in Medieval Japanese Religious Art by Princeton
University Press (1994). His interests expanded to Korean art, modern
Japanese art and even tattoos, as exemplified in his articles "Korean
Influence on Early Japanese Buddhist Sculpture," in Korean Culture (1982),
"Three Taisho Artists: Yorozu Tetsugoro, Koide Narashige, and Kishida
Ryusei," in Paris in Japan: The Japanese Encounter with European Painting
(1987), and "Historical and Cultural Dimensions of the Tattoo in Japan," in
Marks of Civilization: Artistic Transformations of the Human Body (1988).
In addition to his books, his published articles and book reviews that
number over seventy will continue to have a significant impact on the field
for years to come.

As a dedicated teacher at UCLA for forty-four years, Dr. McCallum shared
his passion and knowledge with thousands of students and patiently served
as dissertation advisor to eleven graduate students. His rigorous training
style and strong, personal commitment toward his students, even after they
started their own professional careers, was instrumental towards enabling
some to become leaders in the field of Japanese art history. Among them are
tenured faculty members at Yale University, Portland State University,
University of Kansas, University of Regina, Taiwan National Central
University, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and
University of Maryland. Aside from helping his own graduate students,
Dr.McCallum enthusiastically and generously supported nearly the entire
next generation of younger scholars in Japanese art history with great
encouragement and by writing thoroughly researched letters of support for
tenure and promotion.

Dr. McCallum will be dearly missed by many both in and outside of
academia. He is survived by his wife Toshiko, his son Kenneth,
daughter-in-law Takayo, daughter Sumako, son-in-law James Turner and
grandchildren Ella Sachiko and Jackson James Turner. Anyone who has ever
talked with him or heard him lecture knows how devoted he was to his family
and was more than likely treated to many humorous tales about his cherished

At present the family is in the process of making arrangements for a
memorial service. More information on the service as well as information
for anyone who wishes to make a memorial gift will follow.

Condolences may be sent to:

The McCallum Family
2333 32nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405-2027 USA


Sherry Fowler
Associate Professor of Japanese Art History
University of Kansas

Chung-Hwa Institute Fellowship for Graduate Students

Dear colleagues,

I would like to announce the following fellowship:

Chung-Hwa Institute Fellowship for Graduate Students

The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies is launching a new fellowship
program for graduate students who are working in pre-modern Chinese
Buddhism. This fellowship will be awarded annually to support MA thesis
research, PhD. Dissertation Research and PhD. Dissertation writing.**

*I. �� �� �� �� ��**Amount of Fellowship:*

*For Master Students:*

* �� �he fellowship will be awarded to students at two stages of research:*

#1. MA requirement completion and research: up to US $3,000

#2. MA thesis writing: up to US $3,000

*For PhD. Students:*

The fellowship will be awarded to students at three stages of research:

#3. Pre-generals reconnaissance research: up to US $4,000

#4. Post-generals dissertation research: up to US $10,000

#5. Dissertation writing: up to US $10,000

The applicant can only apply for one fellowship at a time. Please state
which fellowship you are applying on the Application Form.

*II. �� �� �� **Eligibility for the Fellowship:*

1. �� �� �tudents admitted into a MA program or currently enrolled Ph.D.
candidates in Religious Studies, East Asian Studies, or equivalent
departments in the United States, Europe and Australia.

2. �� �� �ellowship only goes to those who plan on writing an MA thesis or

3. �� �� �hesis or dissertation must be written in English.

4. �� �� �o more than 3 years in the Master degree program and no more than
5 years in the PhD. degree program.

*III. �� **Required Documents:*

Application required documents should be sent by e-mail (

1. �� �� �� �� Application form (This form is available on-line at

2. �� �� �� �� Curriculum Vitae: must include a special section on all
university and external support received during graduate study:
Fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, tuition grants, and
summer support. The statement must also include all university and external
support to which you are currently applying.

3. �� �� �� �� For MA students: Two recommendation letters from thesis advisers
(for funding #1 and #2 in Section I above) and a thesis proposal in
1,000-1,500 words (for funding #2 in Section I above).

4. �� �� �� �� For Ph.D. students: Two recommendation letters from dissertation
advisers and a sample research paper (for funding #3 and #4 in Section I
above) or an approved dissertation prospectus in 1,500-2,000 words (for
funding #5 in Section I above).

5. �� �� �� �� The letters of recommendation from scholars of Chinese Buddhism
must be submitted either by mail or electronically (
The application will not be considered if these are omitted.

6. �� �� �� �� For all applicants, an original research paper on the topic of
Chinese Buddhism in 10,000 to 20,000 words must be submitted.

7. �� �� �� �� The MA thesis or PhD. dissertation prospectus must provide a
synopsis of the project including title, key words in Chinese and English,
thesis summary, research aim and methodological approach, bibliography
(primary and secondary sources, along with an explanation why these sources
are relevant), research plan, budget (requests for travel grants must
specify the extent of funding available from the home institution),
location of research, and expected date of completion.

*IV. �� **Deadlines and Procedures:*

Deadline for receipt of application materials should *no later than March
1, 2013*. Applications received after this date may not receive
consideration. Applications will only be considered for projects that begin
on or after March 1 every year. Awards will be decided by Chung-Hwa
Institute of Buddhist Studies Committee. Applicants will be notified of
decisions by May or sooner.

*Acceptance *of grant must be received through email *by July 1, 2013*. The
first half of the grant will be awarded after the acceptance is received.
Arrangements to receive the full amount may be available in special cases.
Change of proposed research topics by grantees must be made known to
the Chung-Hwa
Institute of Buddhist Studies. At the end of the one-year award tenure,
grantees are required to submit a *final report* through email *by December
15*. The other half of the grant will be awarded after the final report is

*V. �� �� �� **Grantee�€ Responsibility*

1. �� �� �� �� After the thesis/dissertation is completed, the Grantee must
summit 2 printed copies of the work to Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist

2. �� �� �� �� Any future publication that stems from this grant will
acknowledge funding received from Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies.

*VI. �� **Contact Information ***

Phone: �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� ��(+886-2) 24987171 ext. 2357 or 2362

Fax: �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� (+886-2) 24981176

E-mail: �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� ��

Website: �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� ��

Mailing address: �� �� �harma Drum Mountain

�� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies

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Chang Shen
with palms joined

Jan Nattier: "Daoist Vocabulary in Early Chinese Buddhist Translations

Daoist Vocabulary in Early Chinese Buddhist Translations? A Reappraisal
Jan Nattier, Hua Hin, Thailand

It is commonly held that when Buddhism was first transmitted to China, this foreign religion was understood — or rather, misunderstood — through a Daoist conceptual lens. The first Buddhist translators, so we are told, made free use of Daoist terminology, creating confusion thaat was only cleared up centuries later, when Kumārajīva and his colleagues began to eliminate such terms from Buddhist discourse. According to this scenario, Chinese Buddhist translations followed a clear trajectory of "progress," with the inappropriate choices made by early translators being rectified in the more careful work of their successors. This paper examines some of the indigenous religious terminology used during the first two centuries of Buddhist translation activity in China. As it hopes to show, the actual pattern of usage is much more complicated — and more interesting — than the simplistic picture of the early appropriation, and subsequent abandonment, of "Daoist" religious terms.

Jan Nattier's publications include Once Upon a Future Time: Studies in a Buddhist Prophecy of Decline (on Buddhist predictions of the decline and disappearance of Buddhism), A Few Good Men: The Bodhisattva Path according to the Inquiry of Ugra (on early Mahāyāna Buddhism), and A Guide to the Earliest Chinese Buddhist Translations: Texts from the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms Periods, as well as a number of articles on early Mahāyāna Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist translations, and Buddhism in Central Asia. She is now living and working in Hua Hin, Thailand, where she is engaged in the study of 2nd and 3rd century Chinese Buddhist translations.

viernes, 25 de octubre de 2013


Dear friends,

I am pleased to announce the recent release of Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
(Oxford University Press). The work is particularly designed for general readers and
use in courses in which only a session or two can be devoted to introducing the Tibetan
tradition. For further information, please consult the OUP site:

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago


Estimados amigos e interesados en China y la relación México-China:

Por este medio nos permitimos recordarles que el miércoles 30 de octubre a las 10am el
La conferencia se llevará a cabo en el Aula Magna Jesús Silva Herzog, primer piso del Edificio Anexo de la Facultad de Economía, Ciudad Universitaria UNAM. Para informes hablar al 56222195 y ver el mapa de ubicación en:

El Dr. José Antonio Cervera Jiménez es profesor de tiempo completo en el Centro de Estudios de Asia y África de El Colegio de México y su investigación ha incluido la introducción de la ciencia europea en China, centrándose en los misiones jesuitas, dominicos y agustinos en las relaciones entre Europa, América y Asia. Cuenta con un grupo de publicaciones al respecto. Es Doctor en Ciencias Físicas y, adicionalmente, en Estudios de Asia y África, especialidad China.

De igual forma les informamos:
1. Estamos muy contentos de compartir con uds. la segunda publicación de la RED ALC-CHINA, ahora con el título "AMÉRICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE-CHINA. RELACIONES POLÍTICAS E INTERNACIONALES". El libro agrupa 26 análisis coordinados por el Profesor José Ignacio Martínez Cortés. Los invitamos mucho a revisar el esfuerzo conjunto y a difundirlo, pueden bajar el documento íntegro en:
2. La Red Académica de América Latina y el Caribe sobre China (RED ALC-CHINA) publicó recientemente su Convocatoria para el Segundo Seminario Internacional "América Latina, el Caribe y China: condiciones y retos en el siglo XXI".
La fecha límite para la recepción de propuestas es el 13 de enero de 2014. Los invitamos a revisar la Convocatoria e información vinculada en: .
3. La revista Cuadernos de Trabajo del Cechimex acaba de publicar en su último número el título "Educación y construcción de significados en la relación China-África" por parte de Eduardo Tzilli Apango. El documento está disponible en: .
4. Se encuentran también disponibles los podcasts de la últimas conferencias impartidas en el Cechimex en:

Saludos, enrique dussel peters

Visítanos en:
@Cechimex FE UNAM
                 @Cuadernos de trabajo del Cechimex FE UNAM

Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters
Posgrado en Economía

Centro de Estudios China-México
Facultad de Economía
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
A los asistentes al ciclo de conferencias sobre la relación bilateral China México, les informamos lo siguiente relativo al transporte dentro de la Ciudad Universitaria:
ante la densidad demográfica y el incremento del número de automóviles en la Ciudad Universitaria se ha puesto en marcha un programa que estimulará una nueva cultura vial.
Los vehículos que antes se estacionaban en el circuito, ahora podrán ubicarse de manera gratuita y segura en los estacionamientos del estadio, desde donde se podrá acceder tanto a las rutas de transporte interno como a los diferentes medios externos de transporte público y al Programa Bicipuma.
Para los visitantes que no cuentan con credencial de la UNAM y que necesiten venir a hacer trámites o asistir a algún evento en particular, se tiene previsto un espacio en el mismo Estadio Olímpico, desde donde también podrán tener acceso a las rutas de transporte interno.
Con esta iniciativa el circuito se liberará de automóviles estacionados y se ha habilitado una ruta de autobuses escolares que operan en un carril delimitado con el distintivo de */Pumabús/*. Esta ruta ( 7 oro ) funciona con paradas fijas, partiendo de los estacionamientos del Estadio Olímpico y con parada en la Facultad de Economía, tendrá una frecuencia de menos de cinco minutos en cada una de sus corridas.

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Observatorio América Latina- Asia-Pacífico

Estimados integrantes del Foro Académico:

Me pongo en contacto con ustedes para informarles que en aproximadamente 15 días, estaremos lanzando el libro que compila las ponencias y artículos presentados en el Primer Seminario Académico realizado en Santiago de Chile.

De forma paralela, lanzaremos una nueva versión del Portal Web del Observatorio que incorpora un espacio para el foro que contiene la siguiente información:
  • Listado de los integrantes del foro con los datos que nos han enviado.
  • Eventos a realizarse por vuestras organizaciones.
  • Últimas publicaciones realizadas por los integrantes o vuestras organizaciones.
  • Noticias de interés que quieran comunicar.
  • Propuestas realizadas por los integrantes (serán publicadas en el sitio para que toda la comunidad las conozca).

El portal contiene a su vez información propia del foro y un espacio para debates.

En ese sentido, les pido nos hagan llegar las publicaciones realizadas este año que quieren resaltar en el sitio del foro. Lo mismo para el caso de las actividades (seminarios & eventos) que tengan planificado realizar este año y el próximo, así como para el caso de las noticias breves, que entiendan pueden interesar a la comunidad académica.

En el caso de aquellos integrantes que no han realizado propuestas, quedamos atentos a las mismas. Cada miembro podrá realizar propuestas específicas de acuerdo a lo definido en el documento presentado en Santiago de Chile y que vuelvo a adjuntar (ver link).

Comentarles por último, que se conformó un Comité Asesor del Foro Académico, cuyos integrantes son: Marcel Vaillant de Uruguay, Carlos Moneta de Argentina, Enrique Dussel Peters de México, Mikio Kuwayama de Japón, Won Ho Kim de la República de Corea y Wu Guoping de China.

Quedamos a la espera de vuestros comentarios, envío de la información solicitada para promocionar en el nuevo sitio web y posibles propuestas que quieran realizar.

Les solicito que toda la información sea enviada también al mail del Observatorio,
Quedo a vuestra disposición por cualquier duda o aclaración y bienvenidos.

Saludos cordiales,

Ignacio Bartesaghi
Coordinador Observatorio América Latina - Asia Pacífico.
Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración - ALADI
Tel.: +598 2 410.1121 Int.: 2231
Fax: +598 2 419.0649
Cebollatí 1461  
Código Postal 11200
Montevideo - Uruguay

Dear members of the Academic Forum:

I am contacting you to inform that in about 15 days, we will be launching the book that compiles the presentations and papers presented at the First Academic Seminar held in Santiago, Chile.

A the sime time,  we will launch a new version of webside of the Observatory that incorporates a space for the academic forum, which contains the following information:
  • List of the members of the forum.
  • Events taking place throughout your organization.
  • Latest publications of the members or your organizations.
  • News of interest they want to communicate.
  • Proposals made ​​by the members.

The website also contains information of the forum and a place for discussion.

In that sense, I ask you for the last publications made ​​this year, so we can promote them. The same in the case of activities (seminars & events) that are planning to organize this year and next , as well as for the short news, which you think may be of interest of the academic community.

For those members who have not made ​​proposals, just remind that each member can make specific proposals in accordance with the definitions in the document presented in Santiago de Chile that I attached (see the link) .

Tell you finally that it was conformed an Advisory Committee of the Academic Forum, whose members are: Marcel Vaillant from Uruguay, Carlos Moneta from Argentina, Enrique Dussel Peters from Mexico, Mikio Kuwayama from Japan, Won Ho Kim from the Republic of Korea and Wu Guoping from China.

We look forward to hear your comments, sending the requested information to promote the new website and possible proposals you want to lead in the Forum.

We request that all the information is also sent to mail the email of the Observatory,
Please let me know for any questions or doubts and welcome.

Best regards,

Ignacio Bartesaghi
Coordinator of  Latin America- Asia Pacific Observatory
Latin America Integration Association- ALADI
+598 2 410.1121 Int.: 2231
+598 2 419.0649
Cebollatí 1461  
Postal code 11200
Montevideo - Uruguay

miércoles, 23 de octubre de 2013

The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies

Volume 14 of The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies (2013) has just appeared. Its contents are listed below, under my signature information. Information about IIJBS (including about subscriptions) may be found at:

In a separate email, to be sent shortly, I will issue a special call for papers for IIJBS vol. 15, which will be dedicated to the memory of its founding editor, Prof. A.K. Narain (1925-2013). I also will provide information about plans for an edited volume in honor of Prof. Narain, and a call for papers for that project, as well.

With best wishes,

Roger Jackson

Roger R. Jackson
Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies
Department of Religion
Carleton College
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057


(Fall 2013: Numata Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada)

The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies , vol. 14 (2013)

I Articles
1. Anālayo, Bhikkhu
Debate with a Sceptic – The Dīrgha-āgama Parallel to the Pāyāsi-sutta (1) [pp. 1-27]
2. Pu Chengzhong
Chinese Versions of the Virūḍhaka’s Massacre of the Ś akyans : A Preliminary Study [ 29-47]
3. Tse-fu Kuan
The Sautrāntika Theories of Life-Continuum in Light of Karma [ 49-75]
4. Tomoko Makidono
The Lotus Born from Mud: Tibetan Sources and Interpretations of a Simile for Buddha-Nature [ 7 7-118]
5 Peter Skilling
Śāriputra and Jambucchāyaka: Three Citation from the Tibetan Tanjur with Parallels in the Pali Jambukhādaka-saṃyutta [ 119-138]
6 Charles Willemen
Origin of the ‘Land of Bliss’ [ 139-147]
7 A.K. Narain and Ranjana Sheel
Rethinking Buddhism as the Religion of Peaceful Ethical Self-Culture [ 149-188]

II. Book Reviews

1. Charles Willemen
Michael Radich, How Ajātaśatru Was Reformed: The Domestication of “Ajase” and Stories in Buddhist History. Studia Philologica Buddhica. Tokyo, 2011. 202 pp., ISBN 978-4-906267-65-1. [ 189-195]

· Obituary
Jikido TAKASAKI by Shinjo Nobusada Kawasaki [197- 199]

Karbi Anglong: An Insight from North East India

The talk of Dr. Dattaray would focus on oral traditions from Karbi Anglong, a hill ‘tribe’ from North East India. By focusing on songs and ancient rituals related to food symbols, the discussion would transcend political and linguistic boundaries. The emphasis would be on the power of storytelling which tells us to listen, learn, imagine and empathize. Songs narrate a story of survival – physical, cultural, political and social. The spontaneity and feeling in an oral communication invoke an inherited wisdom through passion, emotion, and character.  Human dignity and existence are conveyed through sharing of stories and not through obtuse academic jargon. The talk would open windows to Karbi Anglong through visual images, stories and songs from the ancient tradition.
This would be an interactive session through stories, anecdotes and visual images from India’s North East Frontier. It will help us all remember that “birds do not sing because they have answers, birds sing because they have songs.”
Debashree Dattaray is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Faculty with the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley for Fall 2013. In 2012, she was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Europe Asia Fellowship for Academic Staff at the University of Amsterdam. In 2007-08, she was a Fulbright Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her areas of interest and publication are Indigenous Studies, Gender, Narrative, Oratures and Comparative Indian Literature Methodology.
Those who remember a lovely presentation given not so long ago at SRH by Erik Aasland (öse (the trickster) in a Kazakh Folktale to Represent 'The New Kazakh'>) should be especially pleased to learn about this publication of our dear guest from India:
“The Trickster Figure” in North-Eastern Folklore // Literatures and Oratures as Knowledge Systems: Texts from the North-East (New Delhi, 2011).
The event will take place at SRH on Sunday, October 27, at 1-3pm.
Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 (between Milvia & Martin Luther King; enter by side door in passageway under black Zabu Zabu awning); e-mail:; website:; facebook page:; tel.: 510-981-0700.
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.
Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)
Dear list members,

Our next seminar will be held at 5:30-7:00pm on Tuesday October 29 in room N208 of the John Woolley Building, University of Sydney (walk down the flight of stairs directly inside the main entrance of the John Woolley Building).

We hope you can attend.

Kind regards,
AABS Executive

The empowerment of the laity in Tang China

From the early Tang period, lay Buddhists began to compile collections of Diamond Sutra tales. Unlike the apologetic concerns of earlier tales, these narratives reflect a period in which Buddhism had permeated medieval Chinese society, and portray lay devotees of the Diamond Sutra as empowered practitioners who experienced the efficacy of the sutra and gained access to wonders and powers traditionally associated with the monastic. This lay confidence is discernible from the writings of the tale compilers, who assumed responsibility for propagating Buddhism and articulated their understanding of the religion as they created the lore of the sutra.

Dr Chiew Hui Ho

Dr Chiew Hui Ho is a Lecturer of East Asia Buddhism at the University of Sydney. He received his PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Previously, he earned a BA (Honors) and an MA in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore, and an MA in Buddhist Studies (Distinction) from the University of Hong. A former Chiang Ching-Kuo Doctoral Fellow, Chiew Hui was also a recipient of the China Times Young Scholar Award. He has spent four years studying and teaching in Japan, and did research at the University of Tokyo as a Japan Foundation Fellow.

lunes, 21 de octubre de 2013

Plaza abierta en ciencias sociales con especialidad en el Sureste de Asia/ Tenure-Track Position in the Social Sciences of South East Asia

El Centro de Estudios de Asia y África (CEAA) de El Colegio de México convoca a concursar para ocupar una plaza en su Programa de Estudios sobre el Sureste de Asia
The Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, has an opening for a tenure-track position in its South East Asia studies program.

Calendario del concurso:
17 de enero de 2014: fecha límite de recepción de solicitudes.
18 de enero al 15 de febrero de 2014: los candidatos incluidos en la selección preliminar serán entrevistados vía SKYPE y presentarán una conferencia por este mismo medio, ante los profesores del CEAA.
15-28 de febrero de 2014, comunicación de resultados definitivos.
Closing dates
The closing date for applications is 17 January, 2014.
Those candidates who are shortlisted will be expected to deliver an oral presentation (via remote conferencing) prior to 15 February 2014.
Results are expected to be announced before the end of February.
Centro de Estudios de Asia y África
El Colegio de México
Plaza abierta en ciencias sociales con especialidad en el Sureste de Asia
El Centro de Estudios de Asia y África (CEAA) de El Colegio de México convoca a concursar para ocupar una plaza en su Programa de Estudios sobre el Sureste de Asia. Las principales responsabilidades de quien sea reclutado serán la investigación en alguna de las áreas temáticas definidas más adelante, la docencia en la especialidad de estudios sobre el Sureste de Asia de los programas de maestría y de doctorado del CEAA así como la dirección de proyectos de investigación de los estudiantes de ambos programas.
La plaza abierta a concurso es de profesor-investigador de tiempo completo, exige dedicación exclusiva y, luego de un lapso probatorio de tres años, permite solicitar la titularidad definitiva.
Los candidatos deberán tener el grado de doctor, publicaciones en editoriales de prestigio, experiencia docente, conocimiento de una lengua de la región (Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia o Bahasa Malaysia son recomendadas) y, excelentes habilidades para comunicarse en inglés. Durante el lapso probatorio, la persona reclutada deberá cumplir con normas institucionales de productividad académica y de calidad docente; además, deberá adquirir las habilidades lingüísticas necesarias para comunicarse y para dirigir proyectos de investigación en español, lengua oficial del país y de la institución. Además deberán estar en posibilidad de instalarse en México durante agosto-diciembre de 2014.
El CEAA de El Colegio de México tiene interés en un especialista de alguna de las tres áreas temáticas siguientes:
 El Islam en el Sureste de Asia, estudiado en una dimensión regional amplia y en una perspectiva histórica que vaya de la difusión del Islam en la región al Islam contemporáneo.
 La agenda de seguridad convencional y no convencional del sureste asiático, analizada en una dimensión regional amplia y en su desarrollo histórico.
 La historia del Sureste de Asia, en la perspectiva de la región como un todo, en la del sureste de Asia Insular o en la del Sureste de Asia continental.
Los candidatos deberán enviar, por vía electrónica en archivos .pdf, sus CVs así como los documentos probatorios de sus diplomas, de sus publicaciones y de su experiencia docente. Así mismo, deberán enviar los programas (bibliografía incluida) de tres cursos que podrían ofrecer en el programa la especialidad del Sureste de Asia del Programa de Maestría del CEAA. El correo electrónico para el envío de la documentación correspondiente es:
Calendario del concurso:
17 de enero de 2014: fecha límite de recepción de solicitudes.
Centro de Estudios de Asia y África
18 de enero al 15 de febrero de 2014: los candidatos incluidos en la selección preliminar serán entrevistados vía SKYPE y presentarán una conferencia por este mismo medio, ante los profesores del CEAA.
15-28 de febrero de 2014, comunicación de resultados definitivos.

Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacífico

El Centro de Estudios Asia Pacífico de la Universidad EAFIT
Convoca a enviar artículos para publicar en la Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacifico

Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacífico
Guía elaboración de artículos
La Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacifico (MAP) es una publicación semestral y
multidisciplinaria que busca articular el conocimiento sobre la región Asia Pacífico y su
relación con América Latina desde diferentes áreas, fomentando la participación de toda la
comunidad académica del país y a nivel internacional.
Las cinco secciones que contiene la revista pretenden cubrir los temas más complejos en la
región; la sección de economía y finanzas examina el futuro económico de la región,
teniendo en cuenta su dinamismo y su importancia creciente; la sección de negocios
pretende informar sobre las posibilidades que existen en los mercados asiáticos para
productos latinoamericanos, los procesos que se deben seguir para negociar y aconsejar
sobre la inserción a éstos mercados; la sección de relaciones internacionales, informa sobre
el futuro político de las relaciones entre Asia-Pacífico y Latinoamérica y su dinámica en la
política internacional; la sección de educación, innovación y tecnología, estudia los
desarrollos tecnológicos, educativos, ambientales económicos y conceptuales de la región;
finalmente, la sección de cultura busca informar sobre temas de actualidad, a través de una
mirada cercana a las tradiciones y comportamientos sociales de los países del Asia-
Los países que comprenden la región Asia Pacífico para efectos de MAP son: China, Japón,
Corea, Nueva Zelanda, Australia, India, Singapur, Tailandia, Indonesia, Filipinas, Brunei,
Malasia, Vietnam, Camboya, Laos y Myanmar.
Todos los artículos presentados deben ser recientes. No se tendrán en cuenta artículos que
hayan sido publicados en otras revistas con el objetivo de garantizar las normas de derecho
de autor. El Centro de Estudios Asia Pacifico se reserva el derecho de seleccionar los
artículos para su publicación.
Tipos de artículos
La Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacífico admite artículos inéditos que correspondan a la
siguiente clasificación:
1) Artículo de investigación científica y tecnológica: Documento que presenta, de manera
detallada, los resultados originales de proyectos terminados de investigación. La estructura
generalmente utilizada contiene cuatro apartes importantes: introducción, metodología,
resultados y conclusiones.
2) Artículo de reflexión derivado de investigación: Documento que presenta resultados
de investigación terminada desde una perspectiva analítica, interpretativa o crítica del autor,
sobre un tema específico, recurriendo a fuentes originales.
3) Artículo de revisión: Documento resultado de una investigación terminada donde se
analizan, sistematizan e integran los resultados de investigaciones publicadas o no
publicadas, sobre un campo en ciencia o tecnología, con el fin de dar cuenta de los avances
y las tendencias de desarrollo. Se caracteriza por presentar una cuidadosa revisión
bibliográfica de por lo menos 50 referencias.
Revisión por pares
Cada uno de los artículos recibidos se somete a un proceso de preselección por parte del
Comité Editorial en el que se determina su pertinencia temática para la revista.
Posteriormente, al verificar la misma, el artículo se evaluará por dos expertos en el tema,
con el fin de determinar su calidad científica, estructura, fundamentación, manejo de
fuentes y rigor conceptual. Es importante resaltar que en todo momento se conserva el
anonimato de evaluadores y de autores.
Requisitos Formales y Presentación de manuscritos
 Los artículos deben ser inéditos, es decir, que no hayan sido publicados ni
divulgados anteriormente. Además, el autor se compromete a no participar
simultáneamente en otro proceso de evaluación editorial.
 Se reciben artículos escritos en idioma Español o Inglés.
 El manuscrito debe comprender entre 6.000 y 8.000 palabras.
 La redacción se debe realizar en tercera persona.
 La puntuación, acentuación y ortografía deben ser acordes con las normas de la
lengua en que está escrito el artículo.
 Los términos o expresiones que no pertenezcan a la lengua en la que está escrito el
texto, deberán aparecer en cursiva.
 Se deberá utilizar Microsoft Word en hoja tamaño carta como procesador de texto
estándar para la publicación.
 Todas las márgenes deben ser de 2,5 cm (superior, inferior, izquierdo y derecho).
 El texto debe estar justificado.
 Fuente Times New Roman tamaño 12 con interlineado 1.5. (todo el texto debe tener
interlineado de 1.5, incluyendo resumen, referencias, etc.).
 Todas las páginas deben estar numeradas, empezando con la página que contiene el
resumen del contenido.
 Antes de entregar el artículo, revisar los cálculos incluidos; números menores de 10
se escriben en letras, se incluye el cero antes de números decimales (es decir 0,34),
para estadísticas, solo se incluye dos posiciones decimales (es decir 0,27) y los
precios o valores económicos deberán de ir en moneda Americana (USD).
Citas y referencias
La Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacífico adopta la forma establecida por la Asociación
Norteamericana de Psicología (APA, por sus siglas en inglés) sexta edición en inglés o
tercera edición en español.
 En cuanto a referencias bibliográficas en el texto, estas se incluyen en el lugar de la
citación, con el apellido del autor y el año, entre paréntesis. Por ejemplo: (Buckley,
2002). Citas basadas en la literatura utilizada se deben denotar en el texto. La lista
de referencias se incluye al final del trabajo.
 Si un trabajo mencionado tiene dos autores, siempre citar los dos autores cada vez
que se mencione el trabajo en el texto. Por ejemplo: (Roberts & Smith, 1999). Si es
entre tres y cinco autores, solo citar todos los autores la primera vez que se
mencione su trabajo. En adelante, se utiliza solo el primer autor + “et al.”. Por
ejemplo: (Roberts e t al., 2007).
 Si se cita literalmente a un trabajo, se utilizan comillas y se indica el nombre del
autor, año y página (autor, año: pág.).
Tablas y Figuras
 Las tablas son independientes de las figuras.
 En la parte superior se escribe: “Figura o Tabla” #consecutivo y un título.
 En la parte inferior de la tabla o figura se escribe una nota explicando el contenido y
posteriormente la fuente o referencia según sea el caso y el año.
 Las tablas no deben ser ingresadas al documento como imágenes. Todas las tablas
deben ser editables en word. Se aceptan tablas adjuntas desde Excel.
 En cuanto a referencias bibliográficas en el texto, estas se incluyen en el lugar de la
citación, con el nombre del autor y el año, entre paréntesis. Por ejemplo: (Buckley,
2002). Citas basadas en la literatura utilizada se deben denotar en el texto. La lista
de referencias se incluye al final del trabajo.
 Si un trabajo mencionado tiene dos autores, siempre citar los dos autores cada vez
que se mencione el trabajo en el texto. Por ejemplo: (Roberts & Smith, 1999). Si es
entre tres y cinco autores, solo citar todos los autores la primera vez que se
mencione su trabajo. En adelante, se utiliza solo el primer autor + “et al.”. Por
ejemplo: (Roberts et al., 2007).
 Si se cita literalmente a un trabajo, se utilizan comillas y se indica el nombre del
autor, año y página (autor, año: pág.).
 Las referencias deben ir al final del documento, y deben estar en orden alfabético de
los autores (si no hay autor dado, se utiliza el nombre de institución o el nombre de
la revista donde fue publicado).
 La lista debe incluir todas las obras citadas y sólo aquellas que hayan sido
referenciadas debidamente.
 Las referencias de las citas deben ser completas, y que las fechas y nombres dentro
del texto concuerde con las fechas y la ortografía de los nombres en la lista de
 Incluir el rango de los números de páginas en referencias de artículos publicados en
revistas o capítulos de libros.
 Incluir volumen y fascículo (número [si aplica], temporada, mes o fecha) para
referencias de artículos publicados en revistas o periódicos.
Estructura para el envío del manuscrito
Para el envío del artículo se debe incluir 2 archivos adjuntos:
1. Datos autor (en este orden)
 Título del artículo.
 Nombres completos de los autores, último grado de escolaridad, dirección
electrónica, teléfono, dirección postal, vínculo a alguna institución o entidad (en la
que labora o estudia actualmente, dependencia o programa, cargo o semestre). Si
pertenece a algún grupo de investigación debe ser incluido.
 Biografía de los autores (máximo 100 palabras por autor).
 Expresar el interés de publicar el artículo en la revista.
 Agradecimientos por apoyo investigativo o financiero, si hay lugar a ellos.
2. Artículo (en este orden)
1. Título del artículo (español e inglés)
2. Resumen (español e inglés): 150 palabras máximo.
3. Palabras clave (español e inglés): Máximo 6 palabras clave.
4. Introducción.
5. Cuerpo o contenido.
6. Conclusiones.
7. Referencias bibliográficas
Se utilizarán dos niveles de títulos:
Títulos de primer nivel: Sólo se utilizan mayúsculas y están centrados.
Títulos de segundo nivel: Sólo la primera letra de cada palabra en mayúscula,
alineados a la izquierda.
Envío del artículo
 El artículo se debe enviar al correo electrónico
 El haber enviado el correo no garantiza la publicación del mismo y tampoco
conlleva necesariamente en un plazo específico a su publicación en un número
determinado. Con el envío de artículos a la revista, el autor se responsabiliza de no
sugerirlos paralelamente a otras publicaciones.
Fechas a tener en cuenta:
 Fecha límite de envío: Noviembre 4 de 2013.
Para acceder a la última versión de la Revista Digital Mundo Asia Pacífico
Si requiere más información por favor contáctenos:
Centro de Estudios Asia Pacífico
Teléfono: (+57) 4 261 9500 ext. 9063 ó 9832
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sábado, 19 de octubre de 2013

Buddhism and Ireland

Dear colleagues,

Some of you may be interested in the following title which I have just published with Equinox:

Laurence Cox, Buddhism and Ireland: from the Celts to the counter-culture and beyond
Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2013

ISBN 9781908049292 (hardback) / 9781908049308 (paperback)
426pp, 35 illustrations
Price $99.95 / $35; 25% discount available for web orders via until the end of 2013 (use the code COX when ordering).

Ireland and Buddhism have a long history. Shaped by colonialism, contested borders, religious wars, empire and massive diasporas, Irish people have encountered Asian Buddhism in many ways over fourteen centuries. From the thrill of travellers’ tales in far-off lands to a religious alternative to Christianity, from the potential of anti-colonial solidarity to fears of 'going native', and from recent immigration to the secular spread of Buddhist meditation, Buddhism has meant many different things to people in Ireland.

Knowledge of Buddhist Asia reached Ireland by the seventh century, with the first personal contact in the fourteenth - a tale remembered for five hundred years. The first Irish Buddhists appeared in the political and cultural crisis of the nineteenth century, in Dublin and the rural West, but also in Burma and Japan. Over the next hundred years, Buddhism competed with esoteric movements to become the alternative to mainstream religion. Since the 1960s, Buddhism has exploded to become Ireland’s third-largest religion.

Buddhism and Ireland is the first history of its subject, a rich and exciting story of extraordinary individuals and the journey of ideas across Europe and Asia.


1. Buddhism in Ireland: an introduction to the problem

2. The Prologue to Buddhism in Ireland: awareness without interest

3. The Two Empires: Ireland in Asia, Asia in Ireland
4. Esotericism against Empire: Irish Theosophy
5. The First Irish Buddhists: jumping ship and “going native”

6. The New “Catholic Buddhists” and Post-colonial Social Movements
7. Buddhism through the Celtic Tiger: choices for the future



"This is a truly fascinating book on how Buddhism arrived and was localised in Ireland. It shows how Ireland was never isolated from a global circuit of knowledge on Buddhism and Asia mediated by empire building, nationalism, colonialism, religion and ethnicity.”
Cristina Rocha, University of Western Sydney

“With a cast of Buddhist characters you couldn’t invent, this insightful and clearly written account of the extraordinary relationship between Buddhism and Ireland deftly challenges conventional histories of Western Buddhism.”
Brian Bocking, University College Cork

“Laurence Cox reveals why the practice of Buddhism may flourish in Ireland - and why Irish Buddhists have a longer history than we might suppose. Focus and perspicuity inform this admirable work on conversion and seeking.”
Joseph Lennon, Villanova University, USA

Further details are available at

Brian Bocking
Professor of the Study of Religions

Acting Head, School of Asian Studies
University College Cork
Ireland          [no postcode]

viernes, 18 de octubre de 2013

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Peter Dale Scott, The Pseudo-War on Terror: How the US Has Protected Some of Its Enemies   

Since 9/11, above all, constitutional American government has been overshadowed by a series of emergency measures to fight terrorism. The latter have mushroomed in size and budget, while traditional government has been shrunk. As a result we have today what the journalist Dana Priest has called  
two governments: the one its citizens were familiar with, operated more or less in the open: the other a parallel top secret government whose parts had mushroomed in less than a decade into a gigantic, sprawling universe of its own, visible to only a carefully vetted cadre - and its entirety...visible only to God.  
More and more, it is becoming common to say that America, like Turkey before it, now has what Marc Ambinder and John Tirman have called a deep state behind the public one. And this parallel government is guided in surveillance matters by its own Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, which according to the New York Times "has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court." Thanks largely to Edward Snowden, it is now clear that the FISA Court has permitted this deep state to expand surveillance beyond the tiny number of known and suspected Islamic terrorists, to any incipient protest movement that might challenge the policies of the American war machine.
It is time to consider the extent to which American secret agencies have developed a symbiotic relationship with the forces they are supposed to be fighting - and have even on occasion intervened to let al-Qaeda terrorists proceed with their plots. For indeed it is certain that on various occasions U.S. agencies have intervened, letting al-Qaeda terrorists proceed with their plots. This alarming statement will be dismissed by some as "conspiracy theory." Yet I will show that this claim does not arise from theory, but from facts, about incidents that are true even though they have been systematically suppressed or under-reported in the American mainstream media.

Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Drugs Oil and War, The Road to 9/11, and The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War. His most recent book is American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection and the Road to Afghanistan. His website, which contains a wealth of his writings, is here.
Recommended citation: Peter Dale Scott, "The Pseudo-War on Terror: How The US Has Protected Some of Its Enemies," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 40, No. 2, October 7, 2013.  

D.H. Garrett, A View from the Ninth Floor

Once upon a time I was a minor diplomat. My office was in the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. To get to my office, depending on who was protesting us, sometimes having to scurry around an unsmiling phalanx or two of tall Japanese policemen with long wooden batons, I would show my badge to the Japanese guards at the outer gate, then cross the courtyard and go up the stone stairs and through the front outer glass doors of the stark wall of concrete and glass that is our embassy. Then I would show my badge and my face to the marine guard behind the bulletproof glass, at which point the door would buzz open and I would be able to go in through the glass inner doors into the Embassy's sanctum itself. Already as I write this I am fearful I am giving away secrets, but if you must know, after entering the elevators are to the left. Just before getting to the elevators are the official portraits of the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State. When it was the pictures of Bush, Cheney and Rice with their crazed grins, I used to cringe internally and pray silently for protection from their vampirism. When the pictures changed to Obama, Biden, and Clinton, at first I felt a great moral relief, until that is it became clear that the previous policies were to continue essentially unabated or in some regards, even worsen.

Once you pass the pictures of the "leaders of the free world" you can enter the bank of elevators and climb to the 9th floor. If each floor were a circle of hell from Dante's Inferno, then you would start at the circle of Limbo, and rise past Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, and Fraud, and finally arrive at the 9th Circle of Hell: Treachery. On the other hand, if this were Dante's Purgatorio, the 9th level would be the Earthly Paradise. I leave it to the reader to decide which is more appropriate.

My office was the 2nd door to the left, the smallest office in the section. Half of it was actually taken over by one of the structural columns of the building. In sharing my small office with that very large pillar I liked to think that tasked as I was with the issues of Human Rights, Trafficking in Persons, and International Organizations that I, too, was an important pillar of the Embassy. Sometimes, I would put my arm around the pillar and look out the half of the window that it wasn't covering and say, "Pillar, the U.S. is a mighty country, what can we do today that will be of help to someone who is suffering?" The fact of the matter though, was that it was the preservation of the security alliance that trumped everything else. Half of the political section was devoted to supporting, consoling, explaining, expanding, and putting out the occasional fire caused by the security arrangement.

Recommended Citation: D.H. Garrett, "A View from the Ninth Floor," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 40, No. 2, October 7, 2013.
Susan Brewer, Selling Empire: American Propaganda and War in the Philippines
At the turn of the twentieth century, Americans and Filipinos fought bitterly for control of the Philippine Islands. The United States viewed the Pacific islands as a stepping-stone to the markets and natural resources of Asia. The Philippines, which had belonged to Spain for three hundred years, wanted independence, not another imperial ruler. For the Americans, the acquisition of a colony thousands of miles from its shores required a break with their anti-imperial traditions. To justify such a break, the administration of William McKinley proclaimed that its policies benefited both Americans and Filipinos by advancing freedom, Christian benevolence, and prosperity. Most of the Congress, the press, and the public rallied to the flag, embracing the war as a patriotic adventure and civilizing mission. Dissent, however, flourished among a minority called anti-imperialists. Setting precedents for all wartime presidents who would follow, McKinley enhanced the power of the chief executive to build a public consensus in support of an expansionist foreign policy.
This article explores McKinley's use of wartime propaganda extolling national progress and unity to aid his successful navigation of the transition of the United States to great power status.
Susan A. Brewer is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is the author of Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq and To Win the Peace: British Propaganda in the United States during World War II.

Recommended citation: Susan Brewer, "Selling Empire: American Propaganda and War in the Philippines," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 40, No. 1, October 7, 2013.