Faculty members in Asian Studies Program have been actively involved with scholarly research, publications, as well as providing outreach services to the larger communities.


Geoffrey Barstow

  • Dr. Barstow made two on-campus presentations in spring 2018. The first was part of The Provost’s Authors & Editors Celebration where he read from his book, Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet (2018) alongside another OSU author at the Center for the Humanities. The second presentation was part of the OSU's Beyond Earth Day events.


Hung-yok Ip

  • Dr. Ip is co-organizing an international conference, entitled Universal Health Care, Equity and Governance: Taiwan in International Perspective in late May at Oregon State University. The conference explores the challenges to universal health care in the contemporary era.
  • Together with two young film-makers, Dr. Ip co-produced a short documentary, A Floating Life. It is an autobiographical documentary in which a Buddhist nun recounts her story.


Hua-yu Li

  • Dr. Li was the Keynote Speaker at the New Member Induction Ceremony of the National Society of
    Collegiate Scholars, OSU Chapter, October 20, 2018.
  • In a panel organized by Dr. Li titled Stalin and China, she presented a paper “Learning how to Purge in Moscow,” at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies in DC in March 2018.
  • Dr. Li is invited to be both a panel chair and a discussant at the AAS-in-Asia Conference 2018 to be taken place July 5-8, 2018 in New Delhi, India. The panel is titled “Asia Learns from the Soviet Union: Central Asia, China and India in the 1930s-1950s.”
  • Dr. Li lectured to the Academy for Lifelong Learning during spring term 2018 on North Korean Nuclear Crisis: A Regional Security Flash Point.
  • A Chinese edition of the co-edited conference volume China Learns from the Soviet Union by Thomas P. Bernstein and Hua-yu Li will be published in late 2018 by Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.



  • Recently, Dr. Sarbacker presented a paper entitled “Svādhyāya and Bhakti: Saguṇa Devatā and Nirguṇa Īśvara in Aṣṭāṅgayoga” in a Dharma Association of North America session held concurrently with the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, in Boston, MA.
  • He spoke at the Corvallis Public Library on his book, The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy, and helped lead a three-day mindfulness and yoga retreat organized by the Oregon State University Contemplative Studies Initiative.
  • He is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on the history and philosophy of yoga sponsored by the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, and author of the forthcoming monograph Tracing the Path of Yoga, under contract with the State University of New York Press.
  • Dr. Sarbacker served on the Vice Provost’s committee on the internationalization of the undergraduate curriculum at Oregon State University.


Bryan Tilt

  • Dr. Tilt spent several weeks in China during 2018. He was invited to collaborate with faculty and students at Hohai University, in Nanjing, on research related to the social and policy dimensions of water resources. He also delivered two invited lectures, one at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center at Nanjing University, and one at the School of Public Administration at Hohai University.
  • Dr. Tilt worked with a group of researchers at the Center for Advanced Study within the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and spent four months in Norway (March to July, 2017).
  • The project is called “Airborne: Pollution, Climate Change, and New Visions of Sustainability in China,” and brought together scholars from China, the US and Europe representing a variety of disciplines. As part of the work, the group published a special issue of The China Quarterly. Dr. Tilt and his Ph.D. student, Xiaoyue Li, published a paper in the issue called “Perceptions of Quality of Life and Pollution among China’s Urban Middle Class: The Case of Smog in Tangshan.”


Shiao-ling Yu

  • Dr. Yu published a book chapter “Jiao Juyin on Directing,” in World Theories of Theatre, ed. Glenn Odom (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 176-183.
  • Dr. Yu also published a Journal article: “The Orphan of Zhao: Chinese Revenge Drama and European Adaptations,” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 55, no. 1 (2018): 144-171.
  • Dr. Yu presented a conference paper: “Performing the Nation: Lai Shengchuan’s play A Village in Taiwan,” at Chinese Oral and Performing Literature Conference held in conjunction with Association for Asian Studies annual conference, Washington D. C., March 22-25, 2018.
  • Dr. Yu also organized and will chair a panel called Re-imagining Revolution and Protest in Asian Performance for Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s annual conference to be held in Boston, August 1-5, 2018. Her paper is entitled “Politics and Theater in the PRC: Dramatizing the Chinese Communist Revolution on Stage.”
  • Dr. Yu Received the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.



  • Dr. Xue was invited to give a lecture “Remaking the Calligraphy Model Book in Late Ming China,” Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series, at University of Kansas, March 29, 2018.
  • He presented a paper entitled “A Building for Brushwork: Reinvented Calligraphic Models at the Zhongqin Shrine” at College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angles, February 22, 2018
  • He will jointly lead a study abroad program “Art in Japan” by taking 18 OSU students to Japan in September 2018.
  • Dr. Xue is also coordinating the Second Annual Summer Workshop on Frontiers in Humanistic Studies, July 9-31, 2018.


Mila Zuo

  • The Oregon State University Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and the OSU Provost's Office are sponsoring a manuscript workshop for Assistant Professor of Film Mila Zuo’s first book-in-progress, Sensing Beauty/Acting Chinese, to be held on October 27, 2018 at the Center for the Humanities. External participants include Celine Parreñas Shimizu (San Francisco State University) and Peter X. Feng (University of Delaware), as well as internal reviewers Iyunolu Osagie, Jon Lewis, and Elizabeth Sheehan. The initiative was created by Center for the Humanities Director Christopher McKnight Nichols.
  • Dr. Zuo published a book chapter, “Gifting Beauty: The Exploitations of Fan Bingbing,” in Exploiting East Asian Cinemas: Genre, Circulation, Reception, ed. by Ken Provencher and Mike Dillon (New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018).
  • Dr. Zuo presented a paper entitled, "“Chinese Feminine Cool (Maggie Cheung) and Hot (Bai Ling),” and chaired the panel, Orientalist Palettes: Asian Women as Cinematic Technique and Affective Form, at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Toronto on March 18, 2018.
  • Dr. Zuo presented a paper, “‘Hot Mess + Cool Femme: Bai Ling’s Thermal Inscrutability,” at the Association of Asian American Studies in San Francisco on March 29, 2018.
  • Dr. Zuo will present another paper, “Sour Satire and Biting Laughter: Asian/American Comediennes and Assemblages of Awkwardness” at the Film Philosophy Conference in Gothenburg (forthcoming July 2018).