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James Unger's BookProf. James M. Unger Publishes Sangaku Proofs: A Japanese Mathematician at Work in the esteemed Cornell East Asian Series on a homegrown tradition of Japanese mathematics known as wasan.  The tradition evolved separately from mathematical advances in Enlightenment Europe.  The book includes twenty-six related problems as analyzed by Aida Yasuaki (1747-1817), one of the practitioners of the tradition.  The examples are explained by Unger as they were present by Aida, thus giving insight into this aspect of Japanese cultural history.  Prof. Unger, a former DEALL chair, has published numerous books and articles during his tenure in DEALL.  Among his books are The Fifth Generation Fallacy and Literacy and Script Reform in Occupation Japan.

Department of East Asian Language group photoProf. Mark Bender, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL), presented a paper at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), in Kolkata, India on January 8, 2015. The institute, devoted to cultural issues in India and Asia, was opened on its present site in the Salt Lake district in 2009. The conference was organized by Dr. Sreeradha Dutta, director of the institute, and Dr. Nandini Bhattachaya Panda. It was entitled “North East India in the Cultural Imaginations: History, Land and People.” Summary of Mark Bender's presentation [pdf]

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