DIRECTOR - Dr. Misumi Sadler

Dr. Misumi Sadler is an associate professor of Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy and coordinates the Japanese Language Program at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research areas are grammar-pragmatics interface, interactional linguistics, language change, pedagogical grammar, and teaching Japanese as a foreign language. She received her doctorate from University of Arizona in 2002. Her works includes: Grammar in use across time and space: Deconstructing the Japanese “dative subject” construction (John Benjamins, 2007); “Co-constructing intercultural views and identities in a teaching methods class” (Proceedings of the fourth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, 2014) and many others.

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Yuchia Chang joined CEAPS as our Associate Director in May 2016. She works with our Director and staff to plan and manage various aspects of CEAPS programs and collaborative initiatives. Yuchia is an arts management professional with over 15 years of experience as an administrator, curator, and project manager in the non-profit and higher-education settings. She has taught arts entrepreneurship at Columbia College Chicago, and has served on several arts review panels for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.

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Mike is a multilingual professional with extensive experience in education, business, and international affairs. Before joining CEAPS, he served as an international adviser at the United Nations in New York, and director of student and academic affairs at private and public schools in Japan and Taiwan. Mike received his MS in Global Affairs from New York University, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Global Studies in Education at the University of Illinois. Mike also holds an MBA degree and has studied abroad at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

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Jason Finkelman has been engaged with CEAPS programming since joining the Asian Educational Media Service in 2007. He formed a partnership with Spurlock Museum in 2008 to launch AsiaLENS, an ongoing screening and discussion series featuring documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. As curator of the Association for Asian Studies Film Expo, Finkelman has been representing CEAPS at the annual North American conference for Asian Scholars since 2012. CEAPS is one of several cultural institutions and partner programs at the University of Illinois for which Finkelman curates on the behalf of as director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives, established at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 2012. For Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, Finkelman programs concerts, lectures and educational engagements, organizes Balinese gamelan performances and residencies and maintains an online community events calendar. His established programming portfolio includes the Sudden Sound Concert Series, Global Transfer Afterglow Concerts and Improvisers Exchange classes and workshops. As an artist, his concerns focus on improvised music, cross-cultural collaborative projects, and composition for dance.

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Student Staff

Yangyang Liu - GA: AEMS/AAS support, Video Editing -

Kyoko Sawada - GA: Design/Website -