April 22, 2014

Bright Sheng's recent TED talk

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Humorous, insightful, and inspirational - this one is a keeper.

Bright Sheng is Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition and CCS faculty associate.

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April 21, 2014

Graduate student's guest blog on "The Gate of Heavenly Peace"

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Adrienne Lagman, doctoral student in anthropology at U-M, helped to moderate audience discussions following the screening of "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" Saturday, April 12, 2014. We thank Adrienne for generously sharing her thoughts with us after the event.

One of the most powerful lines from Hinton and Gordon’s 1995 film The Gate of Heavenly Peace comes near the beginning, as the narrator sets the stage for the events that culminated in the violence of June 4th: “Events do not deliver their meaning to us. They are always interpreted.” Last night, as I watched the film and listened to the many discussions amongst the attendees, I kept returning to those lines as together we tried to make sense of what happened in the Spring of 1989 and how the film affected how we felt about it. I kept asking myself, how can we, today, come to a better understanding of what happened in those days and why? And how do we give them new meaning?

The over 70 attendees came from a wide variety of backgrounds and in our small group discussions after the film it quickly became clear that only through struggling together with these memories and drawing lines to our own lives can we come to understand how and why we are touched differently by these events. As many in attendance weren’t participants in the events, I struggled with those around me to disentangle whose memories were whose and was reminded that oftentimes it takes a long time to understand how we feel about something. Even when we think we know how we feel, closure eludes us and we can’t always feel sure. Every time I see this film, I notice something different or that a particular person or scene strikes me differently than before.

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Call for papers: Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Literature

The Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Literature was founded in 2007. It is an academic journal that publishes scholarly research on Chinese literature, history, philosophy, and cross-border studies. The latest issue has just been released at http://www.cl.nthu.edu.tw/files/11-1278-7432.php.

The Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Literature is currently issuing a call for papers. The Journal, which is published biannually, is open to the public, and welcomes submissions from both domestic and overseas scholars. The Journal initiates the peer review process upon receipt of the manuscript, and it takes an average of 3 months to complete the review process. For more details regarding the Journal and the format required for submitted manuscripts, please consult the attached file. The Journal accepts submissions via both mail and e-mail. Printed submissions should be sent to: Department of Chinese Literature, No.101, Sec. 2, Guangfu Rd., East Dist., Hsinchu City 30013, Taiwan (R.O.C.); whereas electronic submissions should be sent to the following email address: thjcl[at]my[dot]nthu[dot]edu[dot]tw.

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April 18, 2014

CCS faculty associate develops Tang poetry app, wins award

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A Chinese poetry app designed by David Porter, Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of English, and CCS faculty associate, has won a prize for best app in the Teaching and Learning category of the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, an annual UM app development competition sponsored by Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Technology Services, the Office of Technology Transfer, and Apple. David's app helps students of Chinese learn to read, write, translate, and recite a selection of poems from the Tang Dynasty. It is available for free download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Video demo:

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April 17, 2014

Winter 2014 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Sean Hsiang-lin Lei

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Sean Hsiang-lin Lei
Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine and the Struggle over China’s Modernity

April 22, 2014
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

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April 05, 2014

The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Tiananmen 25 Years On - Film Screening

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Free and open to the public.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Auditorium A, Angell Hall
Saturday, April 12, 2014
6pm-9pm ~ Film screening
9pm ~ Student-led discussion and Reception

During the spring of 1989, nightly news accounts filmed in Tiananmen Square in Beijing enthralled viewers worldwide as they watched the largest popular demonstration in modern Chinese history unfold. The Gate of Heavenly Peace, a riveting and explosive three hour documentary, revisits these events and explores the complex political process that led to the protests and eventual Beijing massacre of June 4, 1989.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace was directed by Carma Hinton, who was born and raised in China, and Richard Gordon, who has been involved with many films about China as a director, producer of cinematographer. With an international group of scholars, as well as participants in the events of 1989, the filmmakers spent six years investigating this important and intriguing story.

Directed by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon; USA, 1995; 180 minutes

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The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Tiananmen 25 Years On - Poetry Reading

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Yang Lian 杨炼 - "1989"
Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art
Monday, April 14, 2014
6pm: Reception ~ UMMA Commons Area
7pm: Poetry Reading ~ UMMA Stern Auditorium

Yang Lian was born in Bern (Switzerland) in 1955, where his parents were in the diplomatic service, and grew up in Beijing. Like millions of other young people, he was sent to the countryside for re-education during the final years of the Cultural Revolution. After the death of his mother in 1976, Yang began to write poetry. Back in Beijing, as one of the leading experimental poets, he was associated with the underground literary periodical Jintian (Today).

Yang Lian is best known as a poet, but he also writes prose, literary criticism and art criticism. His work, which comprises half a score of poetry collections and two volumes of prose, has been translated into over twenty languages. It includes: Dead in Exile (1989), Masks & Crocodile (1990), Non-person Singular (1995), Yi (2002), Notes of a Blissful Ghost (2002) and Concentric Circles (2006). He is regarded as one of the most representative voices of present-day Chinese literature.

A recent passion and project of Yang Lian is to encourage the production and translation of poetry written in dialects of Chinese: Sichuan dialect, Shanghainese and Beijing dialect. There is currently no vehicle for writing poetry in these languages since Chinese orthography supports Mandarin only. Yang has been closely involved with a collective of Slovenian poets who, despite the small population of their country, support poetic production in nine Slovene dialects. He is currently working with Kelly Askew (U-M) and a formerly exiled Kenyan poet, Abdilatif Abdalla, on translating poetry composed in various dialects of Swahili into English and from English into dialect forms of Chinese. The idea is ultimately to produce a volume on ‘dialect poetry’, written in the shadows of dominant, politically powerful, languages (Mandarin and Standardized Swahili being but two examples).

Organized by the African Studies Center and co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies, the International Institute, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan.

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The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Tiananmen 25 Years On - Panel Discussion

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Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6pm: Reception ~ UMMA Commons Area
7pm: Panel Discussion ~ UMMA Stern Auditorium

The final event of the week is a panel discussion with NPR journalist and 2014 Knight-Wallace Fellow Louisa Lim, UC-Irvine historian Jeff Wasserstrom who has written extensively on Chinese student protests and related topics, and Professor Wang Zheng of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the UM History Department, an expert on modern Chinese history and gender politics. The panelists will discuss current research on the Tiananmen Movement, how the movement is remembered in and outside of China today, and the ways in which student activism have changed since 1989. The discussion will incorporate questions from the audience and will be moderated by CCS Director Mary Gallagher.

Louisa Lim has spent ten years in China, currently as NPR’s Beijing correspondent, and prior to that as the BBC’s Beijing correspondent. She has won numerous awards for her radio and multimedia work, and was part of NPR teams that won a Peabody, an Alfred I Dupont-Columbia award and two Edward R. Murrow awards for their China coverage. Currently she is a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. Her book “The People's Republic of Amnesia" will be published by Oxford University Press (USA) in June 2014.

Wang Zheng is Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies and Associate Scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. A graduate student at the University of California, Davis 25 years ago, she took donations from the UC students to Chinese students at the Tiananmen Square. Her experience in Beijing in 1989 turned her a committed academic activist promoting feminism in China. She is the founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her English publications concern changing gender discourses and relations in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century, and feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism in the context of globalization. She is the author of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories (UC Press, 1999).

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, the Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, and a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines. He is the author of China in the 21stCentury: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010, updated edition 2013) and served as a consultant for "The Gate of Heavenly Peace," an award-winning documentary on the events of 1989.

Mary Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society. Her book Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China was published by Princeton University Press in 2005.

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April 04, 2014

The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Tiananmen 25 Years On

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All events are free and open to the public.

Film screening: The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Auditorium A, Angell Hall
Saturday, April 12, 2014
6 - 9pm ~ Film screening
9pm ~ Student-led discussion and Reception

During the spring of 1989, nightly news accounts filmed in Tiananmen Square in Beijing enthralled viewers worldwide as they watched the largest popular demonstration in modern Chinese history unfold. The Gate of Heavenly Peace, a riveting and explosive three hour documentary, revisits these events and explores the complex political process that led to the protests and eventual Beijing massacre of June 4, 1989.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace was directed by Carma Hinton, who was born and raised in China, and Richard Gordon, who has been involved with many films about China as a director, producer of cinematographer. With an international group of scholars, as well as participants in the events of 1989, the filmmakers spent six years investigating this important and intriguing story.

Directed by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon; USA, 1995; 180 minutes

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April 03, 2014

Confucius Institute lecture: Chinese Cinema - The Tradition and the New Trend

Presenter: Tan Ye, Professor of Comparative Theatre, University of South Carolina
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm
Location: Koessler Room, Michigan League

Chinese cinema is one of the oldest cinemas but, due to a variety of reasons, it had remained largely unknown to the outside world until the 1980s. From then on, the Chinese cinema entered a brand new phase and enjoyed tremendous glory; the 'Fifth Generation' directors won hundreds of awards at film festivals all over the world. Nonetheless, the glory started fading at the beginning of the new millennium. After a brief retrospective survey of the cinema evolution, Tan Ye will discuss three major traditions that fostered the Chinese cinema and then analyze the new trends that appeared during the economic boom of the last decade.

Tan Ye is Professor of Comparative Theater, Director of the Confucius Institute, Director of the Chinese Program at the University of South Carolina, and the president of the Chinese Teachers’ Association in Southeast America. Dr. Ye joined the University of South Carolina in 1992 after teaching at Washington University and Vassar College. His area of specialization is Chinese cinema, theater, and comparative theater. He is a visiting scholar at the Beijing Film Academy, the China Film Archive, and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts.

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April 02, 2014

Winter 2014 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Scott Tong

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Scott Tong
2013-14 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, University of Michigan
Correspondent and former Shanghai bureau chief, Marketplace public radio

(Please Note Change of Speaker: Due to circumstances beyond her control, Minyuan Zhao from the U-M Ross School of Business had to cancel her talk originally scheduled on this day.)

China Reporter’s Notebook: When the story gets personal – a journalist and adoptive parent perspective on a baby trafficking/international adoption scandal

April 8, 2014
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

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April 01, 2014

And we even convinced a graduate student to guest blog from AAS!

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Mike Thompson
Center for Chinese Studies MA student

Attending AAS was more than a bit overwhelming. Academically, more than 20 panels for each time slot meant a lot of tough decisions about which panel to attend, even among talks focused on China. Personally, it meant matching up personalities and faces to the names I've seen on the spines of books and at the top of articles since I was an undergraduate.

In the end, though, it was an awesome experience to see the scholarly world, which so often only exists on paper (or on screen) functioning in real life. I felt a bit out of place, but I was mostly impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and the talkative nature of presenters and fellow attendees alike: I even had the opportunity to grab coffee or talk with some presenters afterwards, which was a blast. I also had fun chatting with the representatives at the book tables and even bumped into a Fulbright colleague from last year.

Attending the U of M reception was another pleasure. Not only did I get to meet some of the other current staff and faculty who work outside of my area, but I also met some alumni, most notably a Japanese Studies professor who now teaches at Dickinson, right a near neighbor of my alma mater, Juniata. It was more than a little surprising to realize how big the U of M network is, even at a pretty specialized conference like AAS. Even among 3,000 some attendees, I ran into many of our current wolverines attending and giving presentations.

Getting to attend AAS was a whirlwind experience, and I can't wait to head back next year in Chicago.

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March 31, 2014

Public radio's Scott Tong attends the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and blogs all about it!

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Scott Tong
2013-14 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, University of Michigan
Correspondent and former Shanghai bureau chief, Marketplace public radio

AAS: Confessions of a Non-Scholar

Sunday 3/30 10:41 am
Track 3b waiting deck, Suburban train station. Philadelphia, PA

“I don’t really know why I got invited here,” a fellow China journalist/podcaster observed over AAS breakfast this morning. No kidding. It’s a fair bit intimidating diving into an Asian Studies weekend populated by a gaggle of Very Smart People. The good news for me is, I’m a journalist fellow this year in Ann Arbor, so Friday morning upon registering I walked away with a name tag proclaiming “University of Michigan” (fist bump). This was my temporary intellectual entry pass, to fake my way through an academic gathering and hide my real identity. At AAS, no one knows you’re a dog.

First stop: the China pollution and sustainability panel Friday morning. These are my areas of reporting expertise -- China, environment, growth, fossil energy – but more important the panelists were my people. Familiar China-based correspondents and observers sat on the dais, including two preeminent cross-over artists straddling China news and brainiac scholarship: UC-Irvine’s Jeff Wasserstrom and award-winning journalist Ian Johnson. There is, as always good value from this group. A few takeaways: In China today there’s paradoxically high awareness of pollution yet few web searches on the topic; Beijing demonstrates political will to fix the problems, but lacks good tools for the job – statistical transparency, free NGOs, consistent rule of law, political mechanisms to resolve disputes. Oh, and there’s a cool new novel out, featuring (1) a backdrop of Chinese enviro issues and (2) many bad words.

At midday, I strolled through the exhibit area, connecting with university press editors who (say they) are interested in my China book proposal. I came away with honest feedback, an enlarged reading list (Coolie Woman, Chinese Characters, Remembering China from Taiwan, Playing for Malaya, Anxious Wealth) and this nugget from one acquisition professional: “Hey, don’t let the folks in this room intimidate you.” Okay, then. Still working on that one. By afternoon, I floated in between sessions on creating Chinese capitalism (some high-level data visualization from a noted Michigan scholar with the initials M.G.) and three decades of discovering history. By floating, I actually mean treading: these panels served as reminders of everything I don’t know.

At this point, took the escalator up to the fourth floor and I ran into a China historian I’ve consulted many times. Our chat went something like this:

Prof: Hey, how’s it going? You enjoying this?
Me: It’s great. Except I’m having a hard time following some of this.

Prof: Me too!
Me: I don’t understand how you guys understand ALL this stuff.

Prof: Actually, we don’t.

Perhaps a moment of just-being-nice, but for me it had a liberating effect. It reminded me of attending a Chinese banquet with officials and baijiu, and being graciously told: just drink what you can. Relax. So Saturday, armed with new perspective, I charged into the session on unofficial memories of the Mao era panel. New to me: filmmaker Wu Wenguang’s folk memory project on the great famine. It includes some 20 films and 700 interviews about the famine conducted in 110 villages (teaser here).

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Center associate Xuefei Ren's AAS guest blog

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Xuefei Ren
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies
Michigan State University
CCS Center Associate

Check out Professor Ren's talk at the CCS Noon Lecture Series tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1, 2014!

It’s a retreat to be in Philadelphia this weekend, and a badly needed break from an unusually brutal Michigan winter. From March 27th to 30th, thousands of scholars and Asia specialists gathered in downtown Philadelphia for the annual Association of Asian Studies (AAS) conference.

Different from conventional social science conferences, AAS is a much more interesting mix, with literary scholars and historians presenting alongside planners, geographers, and journalists. My own panel is an example of such mix. The panel is on China’s rural-urban Dichotomy. Robin Vissor, a scholar of Chinese literature, presented her current work on environmental consciousness among Han writers based in Xinjiang Province. Weiping Wu, an urban planning professor at Tufts University, gave a talk on new patterns of housing inequality among China’s migrants. Nick Smith, a graduate student in urban planning at Harvard University, gave a presentation based on his two-year-long fieldwork in Chengdu, one of the selected sites for urban-rural integration programs. He found that the urban-rural integration program had actually intensified urban-rural hierarchy instead of reducing it. My own talk compared how China and India use very different criteria to define what is “urban” and therefore, it’s problematic to take the urbanization statistics from the census at face value when the two countries are compared.

The conference program had a lot to offer. I stopped by a session on China’s environmental problems featuring New York Times writer Ian Johnson, and moderated by history professor Jeff Wasserstrom, and a few other excellent panels on land, capital, and labor in post-reform China.

The most memorable moment was a few remarks made by University of Pittsburg professor, economic historian Thomas Rawski, who raised the question—as China specialists, what additional insights can we offer, i.e. something we don’t read about from the Economist and New York Times.

China is developing so fast, and often times scholars merely describe what is happening on the ground instead of theorizing it. The “so what?” question raised by Rawski is especially relevant today, when we have so much information just about everything.

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March 29, 2014

Emily Wilcox's AAS guest blog!

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Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies at the U-M Department of Asian Languages & Cultures and CCS faculty associate, shares her experience from the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Philadelphia. We're grateful to Professor Wilcox for her exceptional insights and enthusiasm!

For many of us, AAS begins with the Meetings-in-Conjunction. Small conferences nestled within the bigger event, these are like block parties within a citywide fiesta, places where lasting communities form around shared interests, often with the same people returning each year. One that has a particularly strong UM contingent is CHINOPERL, the conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature. David Rolston is a core member as editor of the CHINOPERL journal, and this year other UM attendees included Chen Hao from UMCI, Sarah Kile from the Society of Fellows, UM visiting scholars Li Wei and Ma Shu, and myself. Michigan is becoming a hub in the field of Chinese performance studies.

CHINOPERL has simultaneous sessions, so I was only able to attend half of the events. However, this made for a full day of Chinese performance research! The day began with a panel on Republican-era theater: UCLS’s Hsiao-Chun presented on Pihuang as a national performance form. In a context in which May 4th intellectuals defined the modern as spoken drama, the old was defined against this, as music and dance. Tingting Zhao of Stanford proposed a Chinese version of “montage” in the Shanghai modern Peking opera experiments of Mei Lanfang and Qi Rushan – found in the concept of zuzhi, or “recomposition.” Xie Fang, also from Stanford, explained how the art of singing and dancing technique made wartime propaganda performance appealing to commercial audiences in the 1930s. Finally, Kim Youngsuk of Ewha Women’s University argued for a cultural translation perspective on East Asian theater modernization. The next panel chaired by Harvard’s Wilt Idema, explored performance in Qing bannermen tales, northeastern regional drum ballads, Shanxi temple fairs, and banquet singing. Elena Suet-Ying Chiu introduced a text that provides previously unknown insights into the lives of Qing Bannermen. Margaret Wan asked what makes music regional, and what does it mean when the same regional text appears in more than one place? Ziying You showed that temple fair Puju performances are put on for the entertainment of gods, not people. Thus, the preservation of temples, communities, and theater forms that these performances make possible ultimately happen because of local religious belief. Levi Gibbs of Dartmouth offered the finale in his virtuoso analysis of singing as social lubricant in banquets. My favorite panel of the day was a collection of papers dedicated to the memory of Hong Xiannü, the great Cantonese opera star who passed away in 2013. Marjorie K.M. Chan of Ohio State introduced us to Hong’s massive legacy, while Jennifer Jay of the University of Alberta showed us that Hong made a special contribution by perfecting the upright, strong female character in Cantonese opera film. Jing Shen of Eckerd College closed the morning with her analysis of the 1992 Hong Kong martial arts film New Dragon Gate Inn as an unrecognized adaptation of The Water Margin.

In true CHINOPERL fashion the afternoon kicked off with performance-based lecture. National level performer and Meihua Prize recipient Tu Linghui of the Chinese National Academy of Traditional Theatre and Binghamton University passed on lessons learned from old masters through a combination of story-telling, acting, and musical performance. Mei Lanfang was notorious for refusing to explain performance technique, she explained. He would say simply “watch me one more time” and ask his students to imitate, which they did again and again and again until they felt it for themselves. This is because, Tu says, art, unlike science, cannot be explained. It can only be grasped through practice.

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March 27, 2014

The Potent Eunuch: The Story of Wei Zhongxian

Professor Keith McMahon
Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Kansas

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 4-5:30pm
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union (2nd Floor)
*Post lecture reception will follow.

Literary and historical sources assumed ulterior, even diabolical, motives in the man who voluntarily became a eunuch. If he was lucky, he could serve the ruler himself, become his confidant, and perhaps even usurp imperial power. Focusing on Wei Zhongxian (1568-1627) and others from the Ming and Qing, this talk will address key questions that lurk in the portrayal of eunuch: How and why did a man become a eunuch? What were his motives, as far as can be learned from historical cases; and what did storytellers and other writers think his motives were? In the case of powerful and influential eunuchs, the question also becomes: how, after his act of self-destruction, did the eunuch reconstruct himself? How did he recreate himself as a newly potent man?

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March 26, 2014

Expressions of the Inexpressible: A New Dictionary of Buddhism

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Speaker: Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies; Chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Host Department: Asian Languages and Cultures
Date: 04/03/2014
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Rackham Amphitheater

With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, the new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism. In this lecture, co-author Donald Lopez will present a list of misconceptions about Buddhism and discuss how these issues are addressed in the dictionary.

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CCS is proud to fund donation of landmark Buddhist dictionary

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March 12, 2014
Contact: Maryanne George, (734) 615-6514, mageorge[at]umich[dot]edu

Landmark Buddhist dictionary will be donated to Michigan’s high schools, community colleges and public libraries

ANN ARBOR─ University of Michigan professor Donald Lopez spent the past twelve years compiling the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference on Buddhism ever produced in English.

Since the publication of “The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism” last November, Lopez has raised $40,000 to make the book available free of charge to all community colleges, public high schools, and public libraries in Michigan. Approximately 1,000 copies will be distributed for the students and citizens of the state.

With more than 5,000 alphabetical entries totaling over one million words, “The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism” explains the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across all of the six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newar, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese. At over one million words and with over five thousand entries, it is the largest and most comprehensive dictionary of Buddhism ever published in a European language.

Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He co-authored the dictionary with Robert Buswell, Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and director of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Buddhism is one of the great religions of the world, with a vast geographical and chronological expanse,” Lopez says. “It is also generating great interest in the United States. Robert Buswell and I wanted to produce a book that provided as much information about Buddhism as we could within the covers of a single book.”

Support for the distribution program is being provided by the Office of the President, the Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the Dean of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the International Institute, the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

“As a faculty member at this great public university I feel a responsibility to offer the results of our scholarship to the people of the state of Michigan,” Lopez says. “I am grateful to the offices and centers on campus who generously agreed to support this program.”

Librarians at Michigan community colleges, public high schools, and public libraries may order a copy by sending their name, mailing address, and phone number to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) at alc-buddhism[at]umich[dot]edu.

For more information:
The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10099.html

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March 21, 2014

Winter 2014 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Xuefei Ren

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Xuefei Ren
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies
Michigan State University

Urban Governance and Citizen Rights in India and China

April 1, 2014
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

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March 20, 2014

Talk by Robert Bickers - "World in Motion: Professional Circuits through 19th-Century China"

You are warmly invited to join
the Drama Interest Group
and the
Reorientations Interdisciplinary Workshop

World in Motion: Professional Circuits through Nineteenth Century China

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @4pm
3222 Angell Hall

This lecture explores the acceleration of travel, and the interaction of various performers with China, c. 1850s-1890s. It uses "professionals" in an old sense, of theaters and performers, and discusses amateur and professional music, circuses, a Chinese giant, jugglers and acrobats.

Speaker Bio: Robert Bickers specializes in modern China and the history of colonialism, and in particular of the British empire and its relations with China and the history of Shanghai (1843-1950s). Work in this field includes the books Britain in China (1999), Empire Made Me: An Englishman adrift in Shanghai (2003), and The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 (2011). His interest in the world of British colonialism more broadly underpins the new volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire companion series that he has edited on British communities across the worlds of formal and informal empire. He is also interested in cemeteries and photographs and their post-colonial lives, clipper ships, lighthouses and meteorology in China.

Other Events with Professor Bickers:

Panel, In the Absence of Archives: A methodological discussion with Robert Bickers and Scotti Parrish
Monday 3/31 at 4 pm in 3222 Angell Hall
Co-sponsored by the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies

Robert Bickers (History, University of Bristol) will be joined by Scotti Parrish (English, UM) in an informal conversation about the methodological issues associated with doing research on undocumented or otherwise elusive archival subjects. A reception will follow the talk. RSVP by clicking on this link.

Participants are encouraged to read "What We Can't Know," a short chapter from Robert Bickers' biography of Richard Maurice Tinkler. Copies are available on the Reorientations CTools site or by emailing Alice Tsay (atsay[at]umich[dot]edu).

Lunch & Talk, Historical Photographs of China Digital Archives Project
Wednesday 4/2 at 12:30, 3222 Angell Hall
Co-sponsored by the Visual Cultures Workshop

In this informal talk, Professor Bickers will discuss the origin, objectives and methods of the Historical Photographs of China project and the Visualising China, 1850-1950 website. He will highlight some specific collections, reflect on challenges that the project has faced, and discuss opportunities for use, re-use, and collaboration. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Katie Lennard (klennard[at]umich[dot]edu).

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Please join us at the 2014 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Philadelphia!

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March 18, 2014

Call for papers - Globalization: The End of U.S. Hegemony?

12th Annual Global Studies Association Conference

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology of Loyola University

June 6 - 8, 2014

Loyola's Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago near the Magnificent Mile.

Keynote speakers include: Beverly Silver, John Hopkins University; Lisa Brock, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College; Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza, Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago.

Plus Keynote panels on China, Latin America and Europe.


We will consider all abstracts on the topic of globalization. The GSA is a multi-disciplinary organization, therefore all relevant topics from any academic area or from activists are of interest.

Please send a 100-word abstract in the body of an email with the subject line GSA Conference Abstract to Jerry Harris at gharris234@comcast.net. Include your name, affiliation, and active email address.

If you wish to be removed from the announcement list for this once-a-year event, email carld717[at]gmail[dot]com

Deadline for abstracts is May 5, 2014.

For more conference information go to:


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March 17, 2014

Senior associate position at Blackpeak (Beijing) – February 2014

Position overview

Blackpeak is a strategic advisory firm, based in and focused on Asia, led by a group of experienced advisory and investment professionals. Blackpeak is dedicated to assisting clients to deploy capital more effectively, providing advisory solutions in risk mitigation, business intelligence and corporate finance advisory. We advise financial investors – private equity, distressed debt, institutional, hedge and sovereign wealth funds – as well as corporates, from multi-nationals to regional Asian groups. We have offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Singapore and Tokyo.

Blackpeak is seeking a senior associate, to be based in our newly opened Beijing office, focusing on risk projects (including reputational due diligence, disputes and business intelligence) in China. We are looking for a bright, inquisitive and self-driven individual who wants to be part of a high quality, diverse and busy team. You will have the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects across a range of industries and will need to have at least three years of relevant work experience and be capable of conducting and managing risk projects.

You will be required to manage assignments on a day-to-day basis. You will be expected to be able to carry out intensive research (both primary and secondary) and analysis of large amounts of data and then assess accuracy, reliability and relevance. You will also be expected to be able to produce high quality written reports and charts to present your findings to clients, under the supervision of members of the Blackpeak senior management team.

Skills and experience
The following skills and competencies are relevant:

§ Native or complete fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English, including reading, writing and speaking.

§ Familiarity with databases and public records used for conducting research in China.

§ The ability to carry out detailed research and analysis via proprietary databases, the internet and human sources.

§ Strong analytical skills, including critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

§ Effective communication skills – ability to communicate research findings in writing and orally, as well as more complex issues, in discussion with clients and Blackpeak staff.

§ A solid understanding of the business environment in China, including the key issues affecting investors.

§ The ability to meet deadlines, prioritise workload and multi-task under pressure.

§ The ability to work as a part of a multi-national team across Blackpeak’s six offices in Asia. This includes periods of working with colleagues in other offices and countries.

§ The ability to manage and work with external consultants.

§ The maturity and skills required to assist Blackpeak’s senior management in marketing to clients and to develop and manage client relationships.

§ Relevant experience in journalism, risk analysis, consulting and/or other research positions is preferred.

A competitive salary and benefits will be offered.

If your qualifications, experience and aspirations match our requirements, please send your CV and cover letter to Sean Chen at schen[at]blackpeakgroup[dot]com.

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March 13, 2014

Winter 2014 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Lynette H. Ong

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Lynette H. Ong
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Toronto

Contracting out Violence: Patron-Client Relationship between the Government and Thugs in China

March 18, 2014
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

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March 12, 2014

Korean Economy at a Crossroads: Aging, China & North Korea

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March 07, 2014

Winter 2014 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Akiyama Tamako

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Akiyama Tamako
Adjunct lecturer, Language Center
Rikkyo University

The Liberty Coerced by Limitation: Subtitling Independent Chinese Documentary

March 11, 2014
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

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March 05, 2014

Confucius Institute lecture: Xiqu Productions in China since 1978

Presenter: Wei Li, Associate Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy
Start Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Location: Koessler Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor

After the Cultural Revolution ended, Mainland China welcomed, a new era of Reform and Openness, generating waves of aesthetic and cultural changes. Since the 1990s, the Chinese government has introduced many competitions and prizes to promote creative works of literature and performing arts. Reflecting broad social changes and responding to government incentives, the Mainland Chinese theaters started producing many innovative shows. Some would critically comment on social and political practices of the past, and some would respond to current and governmental calls for works that highlight main motives (zhu xuanlü) of the time. Since the 2000s, when UNESCO honored kunqu and Peking opera as intangible cultural heritages, the Chinese government and theatrical institutions have strived to train young performers and safeguard traditional repertoires. Subsequently, a number of positive new developments have emerged.

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February 27, 2014

(In)audible: Inquiries into Sound and the Auditory Imagination

The 18th Annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

March 13-14, 2014

Thursday, March 13

4:00-5:30pm Keynote Address
Christine Sun Kim, “Runs in Voice” with Elisabeth Treger, ASL interpreter

Christine Sun Kim holds an MFA in Sound/Music from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. As a composer and social practitioner, she uses the medium of sound through technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. Deaf since birth, Kim has established her voice through experimentation with sound art, including score and transcript drawings that raise questions about linguistic authority, ownership of sound, and oral language as social currency. She has come upon more similarities than differences between music and American Sign Language which will be discussed during her talk.

Please join us for a reception after the talk

Friday, March 14

9:00 - 9:15am Light breakfast

 Panel 1: Transcending the Medium
Jessica Grimmer, “Approaching the Divine in Mahler’s Third Symphony”

Stephen Lett, “Bridging and Mapping: A Program Note in Action”

John Holliday, “Sonicity and the Performance of Reading”

11:00 - 12:30pm UM Faculty Roundtable: “Working with Music”
Daniel Herwitz (Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Comparative Literature, History of Art, Philosophy and Art & Design)
Nadine Hubbs (Professor of Women's Studies, Music, and American Culture)
Yopie Prins (Professor of English and Comparative Literature)

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm Panel 2: Soundscapes, History, Community
Ho-Chak Law, “Watching Music, Hearing Cinema: Yellow Earth (1984) as a Manifestation of Chinese Communist Musical Discourse"
Benjamin Ireland, “The Postcoloniality of Music in Franco-Vietnamese Film and Literature”
Megan Hill, "A Buddhist Monk in Asakusa’s Soundscape Montage"

3:00 - 3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:45pm Panel 3: Literary Soundscapes
Aran Ruth, “Listening to ‘The Eolian Harp’”
Sarah Sutter, “The Sounds of Chekhov’s Steppe”

Emily Goedde, "Poems and Bombs: Poetry in World War II Kunming"


Department of Comparative literature, Institute for the Humanities, Rackham Dean's Strategic Initiative, UM Initiative on Disability Studies, Department of English Language and Literature, Center for World Performance Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of Classics, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Posted by zzhu at 01:59 PM

February 24, 2014

China Entrepreneur Network: Seminar on Contemporary and Rural China

Monday, March 3, 2014
Room R2220 Ross School of Business

Featured Guests:

Professor Tiejun Wen 温铁军 教授
Renmin University

Jim Cook
Chairman and China Consultant
CHA, Inc.

For more information, please visit: www.cenmichigan.com

Any questions or comments should go to: CenTeamDirectors[at]umich[dot]edu.

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