Nottingham’s Focus on East Asia

The East Asia Studies Conference jointly organised by British Associations of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies were held in the University of Nottingham in early September. King’s School of Arts & Humanities small grant supported my attendance.

It was a very successful conference. Parallel panels were thus arranged that no painful choices should be made, while in each session there was one or two panels of my interest. As the conference was spread in three days, people got a nice change to communicate with each other, and PhD students could talk to famous professors. It was also exciting that it was a region-specific conference, so people got at least basic knowledge of my topic and provided useful comments on my research. Hearing Europeans speaking fluent Asian languages was quite pressuring experience, which felt like an inaudible voice urging me to become more multilingual. By the way, the organiser managed to offer delicious Chinese buffet for lunches.


Nottingham was also a beautiful city, though a little bit boring because I didn’t get the time to visit the home of Robin Hood. The whole city took on a nostalgic colour, with trams running on the main roads. It was a pity that the Central Square was under construction, but the St. Mary’s Church didn’t disappoint me.


School of Arts & Humanities small grant