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June 27, 2008

Amnesty International

Amnesty International USA is seeking Country Specialists who are willing to donate their time and knowledge to the Human Rights Movement in China.

You must be willing to DONATE at least 10 hours per week and make a minimum two year commitment to the program.

Salary: Volunteer position, but AI-related expenses will be compensated.
Start Date & Application Deadline: not stated

AIUSA's network of Country Specialists serve as our primary monitors and experts on the relevant country, serve as spokesperson's support other AI activists, and develop and implement action strategies to improve human rights.

Ideal candidates should have a combination of country/regional expertise, academic background in the region, relevant language abilities and Amnesty International or other human rights activist experience. You must be willing to donate at least 10 hours per week and make a minimum two year commitment to the program. This is a volunteer position which is unpaid, but AI-related expenses will be compensated.

While we currently have a particular need to find experts on China, feel free to contact us if your expertise lies in some other area.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Amnesty International USA
Attn: Cogroup Program
600 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003

Phone: 202.544.0200 ext. 261
Fax: 202.546.7142

Additional Information:
Country Specialists represent various ages, backgrounds, and professions: what they all share in common is a desire to promote and defend human rights around the world on a volunteer basis.

AI is a movement of nearly two million people in over 150 countries who campaign for human rights worldwide. Our vision is of a world where every person enjoys the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which begins, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Within this context, we work to expose and stop specific cases of human rights violations -discriminations, enforced disappearances, unjust imprisonment, torture, and exectuions. AI also fights for the recognition and fulfillment of basic human rights such as food, housing, education, and adequate health care. We are committed to building a culture of respect for human rights through our reports, actions and educational programs.

Country Specialists are volunteer activists who serve as the US section's primary experts and strategists on particular countries. The approximately 120 specialists are organized into coordination groups, who collaborate to address specific human rights concerns in specific sub-regions of the world.

Country Specialists are slected on the basis of a combination of country expertise and experience, Amnety International knowledge and human rights activist experience, and th eorganizations's needs in that area. Candidates who have lived in the country and speak the language are preferred. Country Specialists also serve as spokespersons, support other AI activists, and develop and implement strategies to improve human rights. In most cases, a minimum of a two-year commitment is requested.

For more information, feel free to call or email. See above.

Posted by moyera at 01:45 PM

Macalester College Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Assistant Professor Chinese
Asian Languages and Literature

Salary: Tenure-track position

Starting Date: Fall, 2009

Deadline Date: Applications received on or before Oct. 1, 2009 will receive primary consideration.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Macalester College announces an opening for a tenure-track position in Chinese at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall, 2009. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment in the field of Chinese literature, cultural studies, linguistics, or related subjects, possess native or near-native proficiency in Chinese, and demonstrate ability and commitment to teach all levels of language. Scholarly promise, college teaching experience, an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of Chinese culture, and knowledge of current pedagogical methodologies are desirable. The teaching responsibilities will involve both language and literature or culture courses.

The department enjoys a national reputation and has attracted a wide range of students. It has a long history in teaching Japanese and is now interested in establishing a solid program in Chinese.

We seek applicatns who can contribute to the broader intellectual life of the College, which may include involvement in such activities cross-listing with other departments, first year courses or faculty seminars. Succesful applicants may also contribute to the advancement of one or more of the College's interdisciplinary programs (e.g., Asian Studies).

Send letter of application, CV, a brief statement of philosophy on teaching at a liberal arts college, sample syllabi of language and culture courses, and three letters of reference to: Chair of Chinese Search Committee, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Application received before or on October 1, 2008 will receive primary consideration.

Macalester College is a selective, private liberal arts college in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, whose vital and diverse urban communities offer multiple opportunities for faculty and student engagement.

The College entrolls over 1800 students from 479 states plus the District of Columbia and about 75 countries. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve a diverse workforce, the College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research in a liberal arts setting, committed to working with students of diverse backgrounds. All faculty at Macalester are expected to help sustain the College's distinctive mission of educational excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Posted by moyera at 01:27 PM

2009-10 Fulbright Scholars in Hong Kong

Four to five Fulbright Scholars will work with Hong Kong institutions as they transition to a four-year curriculum in 2012.

Salary/Awards: Based on length of service, either 5 or 10 months with preference given to 10 month candidates.

Deadline: August 1 ,2008
Start Date: September 2009
Status: Open

Please allow me to alert you to some exciting 2009-10 Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities in Hong Kong that are different from the usual lecturing and research awards. Your assistance in bringing these awards to the attention of appropriate faculty and administrators will be much appreciated. The four to five Fulbright Scholars who receive these awards will work with Hong Kong institutions as they prepare for their transition from a three-year to a four-year curriculum in 2012. An important part of the preparatory work is the creation of the general education portion of that curriculum.

Applicants for the awards should be senior scholars in any discipline or scholar-administrators who have had experience developing, reviewing or evaluating general education curriculum and "first-year experience" programs.

In addition to having this experience, experience and expertise of interest includes work on faculty development in the area of teaching skills and assessment is also desirable.

The awards are five or ten months in length with a preference for candidates who are available for the academic year.

Applicants do NOT need letters of invitation. In fact, they are asked not to seek them.

While the majority of the grantees' work will be in consultant capacities, they will also be asked to teach one course in their academic specialization.

Full information about these awards can be found at and an overview of the Hong Kong program can be found at For your convenience I am including a description of the award below.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Interested faculty and administrators should also feel free to contact me directly.


David Adams

David B. J. Adams, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Asia and the Pacific

Building General Education Curriculum in Hong Kong Universities
Award #9129
Category: Lecturing
Special Feature: Full-Maintenance Grant
Number of Awards: 5Deadline: August 1, 2008

Grant Activity: Teach one course in area of specialization.
Consult with colleagues and committees at the host university (and other Hong Kong universities) that have responsibility for developing general education programs and courses for the new 4-year undergraduate program to be implemented in 2012.

Participate in a team coordinated by the Hong Kong-America Center that will organize workshops in Hong Kong on general education.
Specialization(s): Applicants in a variety of disciplines are welcome.

Additional Qualifications: Experience, preferably in a leadership role, in development of university or college's general education curriculum or first-year program and in presenting faculty workshops on effective modes of teaching and learning.

Location: Grantees will be affiliated with the Hong Kong-America Center and one of the participating Hong Kong universities.

Length of Grant: 5 months or 10 months

Starting Date: September 2009. 10 months strongly preferred, but 5 months are possible in some cases. 5-month grants may start in September 2009 or January 2010.

Comments: The purpose of these awards is to assist Hong Kong universities in their preparations for replacing the current 3-year undergraduate program with a 4-year program that will include general education requirements in September 2012.

The major selection criterion for these awards will be the applicant's ability to contribute to the development of new general liberal arts courses that incorporate broad themes of Western and Asian society and culture that will equip Hong Kong students to enter productive civic and economic roles in the 21st century.

Faculty in all disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences as well as engineering, policy studies, business, law, the arts, etc. will be considered.

Applicants should have strong professional records and broad competence in their academic discipline. They should also have experience (preferably in a leadership role) on a college or university-wide committee that developed an exemplary general education curriculum for American undergraduates as well as experience in developing interdisciplinary courses and in organizing and presenting faculty workshops on effective modes of teaching and learning. Familiarity with curriculum alignment and online teaching strategies will be an advantage.

Applicants must be comfortable with active participation in a team coordinated by the Hong Kong-America Center that will be working with the Hong Kong universities. They should also be prepared to engage in a dialogue with their Hong Kong colleagues and write a paper for a published anthology on general education based on their experience in Hong Kong.

Please note that while the grant benefits for these awards will be comparable to those provided to other American lecturers to Hong Kong under the Fulbright Program, they will be paid in Hong Kong dollars and disbursed by the Hong Kong-America Center.

Staff: Assistant Director David B.J. Adams, 202.686.4021,

Posted by moyera at 10:48 AM

June 13, 2008

Journal of Georgraphic Information Sciences

Call for Papers:

A Special Issue
on the
Assessment of the Impacts of Wenchuan Earthquake

The "5.12 earthquake" in Sichuan, China has shocked China and the world. Many people are suffering from this tragedy.
This emerging event will have long-term impacts on the environment, population, economy and many other issues on China's future development.

To promote the applications of remote sensing, GIS and spatial modeling in Wechuan earthquake studies, we are planning to publish a special issue of Geographical Information Sciences ( with a focus on "the Assessment of the Impacts of Wenchuan Earthquake?.

Please submit your full paper to before October 15, 2008 if you would like your paper to be considered for publication in this special issue.

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed.
Please contact Dr. Shuming Bao at or
(734)647-9610 if there is any question.



Shuming Bao, University of Michigan
Hui Lin, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Peng Gong, University of California at Berkeley

Appendix: Instruction to Contributors

1. Scope: The journal of Geographical Science will publish original research on the theory, methods, development and applications of geographic information systems, remote sensing, global positioning systems, and cartography. Brief papers on hardware and software design and associated codes are welcome. GIS-related news, highlight articles and commercial advertisements will also be published.

2. Manuscript Format: Use American Letter Sized or A4 white papers. Manuscripts must be double spaced and should normally not exceed 5000 words per manuscript in length. An abstract is limited in less than 150 words. Submission in digital form is welcome. List figure captions on a separate page and put figure number and author(s)' name(s) on the back of the figures. Color illustrations may be published with a charge to the author(s). SI units must be used. Citation of references in the text can be made either by a number index or by using the author(s) followed by a number index. The followings are two sample references:

[2] Fotheringham, A. S., and P.A. Rogerson, 1993. GIS and spatial analytical problems. International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, 7:3-19.

[10] Anselin, L., 1993. Discrete space autoregressive models. In Environmental Modeling With GIS, ed. M.F. Goodchild, B.O. Parks and T. Steyaert, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp454-469.

3. Manuscript Submission:
We prefer to receive your contribution as pdf file by email.

4.Paper copies must be submitted to

Dr. Shuming Bao
China Data Center
University of Michigan
Suite 3630, 1080 S University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Tel: (734)647-9610 Fax: (734)763-0335

4. Review, Proofs and Offprints: Research and technical papers will be submitted to referees whose names will be kept confidential. The editors reserve the right on whether a paper should be accepted. Once a paper is accepted, proofs will be sent to the corresponding authors for checking. 25 offprints will be sent to the corresponding author when the paper is published.

5. The Geographical Information Sciences (ISSN 1082-4006) is published semiannually by CPGIS (Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographical Information Systems). For subscription, please contact: CPGIS, 151 Hilgard Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3110, USA, Telephone: 510 642-1351, Fax: 510 643-5098, Email:

Posted by moyera at 10:56 AM

June 12, 2008

2008-2009 Rackham Graduate Student Fellowship

International: In coordination with the Graduate Student Services Assistant (GSSA) for International students, plan events to serve international graduate school students: practical life skills, cultural issues, social events; promote existing events & resources to the international student community. Develop events to encourage participation and interaction of international and domestic students.

Salary: $4,000, paid over 9 months
Rackham Graduate Fellows serve for one non-renewal academic/9-month term.
Deadline: June 13, Noon.

PROGRAM AREAS for Rackham Grad Fellows:
The Rackham Graduate Fellows work in collaboration with the staff of the Graduate Student Affairs office to enhance the quality of the social and cultural life of graduate and professional students. We seek creative people with good ideas about ways to collaborate with existing student groups to engage a diversity of graduate students in a variety of unique activities. Fellows are advised by Program Managers, Natalie Bartolacci and Lynne Shivers, with administrative supervision by the Director of Graduate Student Affairs, Darlene Ray-Johnson.

Each Fellow is appointed to a specific program area.
When you become a Rackham Grad Fellow, you commit to dedicating approximately 17 hours per month to Graduate Student Affairs programs and duties between September and May.

For 2008-09 applications are invited in two areas:
1) International - see above
2) Family - plan and coordinate activities, events and gatherings for graduate students with children; help to build community of support for grad parents; promote existing resources in the campus and Ann Arbor community. Send regular communications to the Students with Children Email group, and/or monitor communications on the Student Parent CTools site and Facebook Group.

• All enrolled University of Michigan Rackham graduate students in good standing for the 2008-2009 academic year, are eligible to apply (see restrictions below). Preference is given to Rackham students who are at least in the second year of their degree programs.
• Students with specific relevant skills and experience (e.g., event planning, experience working with diverse populations) are encouraged to apply.
• Fellows must be in residence in the local area during the period of employment.
• Rackham Graduate Fellows serve for one non-renewable academic year/9 month term.
Terms of Appointment & Compensation:
• Rackham Graduate Fellows for 2008-2009 will receive compensation of $4,000, paid over 9 months; payment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all duties.
• Fellows are classified as temporary employees and may receive payment in addition to any research, teaching or other fellowship they may hold, subject to Graduate School & University policies. Note that certain prize fellowships may restrict their holders from accepting other awards or performing other paid work. The compensation may affect certain need-based awards, such as student loans. Fellows are required to submit their time via Wolverine Access, as well as, complete and submit their hours to the Director of GSA.
• If appointed, 2008-09, Fellows must complete hiring paperwork in late August 2008. Fellows duties begin September 3, 2008.

General Responsibilities and Commitments:
• Plan, lead and evaluate 3-4 events and programs per semester.
• Extend outreach to attract a diversity of graduate students to each event.
• Develop a comprehensive schedule of programs/events with budget and submit a program worksheet in advance of each program.
• Maintain program records and evaluations.
• Publicize events, in consultation with the appropriate Program Manager, using e-mail, CTools, website, etc.
• Attend periodic individual program meetings with the Director and/or Program Managers.
• Attend all-Fellow meetings in September and March.
Selection Process:
• The selections of 2008-09 Fellows will be by Graduate Student Affairs staff.
• Interviews with top candidates will occur the week of June 23, 2008.
• We expect to appoint the 2008-09 Rackham Graduate Fellows by June 30, 2008.
• 2008-09 Rackham Graduate Fellows will begin service September 3, 2008.

To apply, complete the attached application:
Application for 2008-2009
Rackham Graduate Fellow

June 15, 2008, 12 pm

I am applying for a Rackham Graduate Fellow Position in the following program area(s) (check all that apply):
Family Fellow*
International Fellow*
Social Activities Fellow* (not available for ’08-’09)

*Position available to Rackham Graduate Students only


First/Given Name Last/Family Name:

Gender (optional):

Citizenship (optional):

Ethnicity (optional):


Department/School/Degree Program

Year of Study (in 2008-2009)

Degree level

Ph.D. precandidate
Ph.D candidate
Current Campus/Lab Address

Current Local Home Address

Expected Residence for 2008-09 (if different)

Email Address

Primary Contact Phone Number

Degree Program Activities for 2008-2009 (Check all that apply):

Studying for qualifying exams: Date of exams (in comments below)
Writing masters thesis/prediss paper: Date due (in comments below)
Writing prospectus: Date due (in comments below)
Dissertation research & writing: Stage/expected completion date (in comments below)
Job Search

Comments (use for dates of exams, etc. checked above)

Other academic responsibilities expected for 2008-2009 (check all that apply):

Research Assistant
Other _____________________________________________________

Fellowships/External Fellowships/need based awards applied for or awarded for 2008-09:

Major travel plans for 2008-09 (conferences, vacations, research trips, family obligations, if known):

List events or groups to which you have already committed to an active or leadership role in 2008-09:

List any other part time employment or regular volunteer activity planned for 2008-09 (place, hours/wk):


1. Please describe relevant undergraduate, University of Michigan and/or community events or groups in which you have actively participated. Describe your role and any events or programs planned.

Rackham Graduate Fellows are appointed in specific program areas (i.e., social, international, parents), please note how your experience is directly relevant or translatable to your application for a position as a Rackham Graduate Student Fellow in your particular program areas of interest. (Max 250 words):

2. What is an example of an event or activity that you would like to plan if you were a Rackham Graduate Student Fellow in a particular program area? Describe what you would do to prepare for it. Explain why the event would be important for the graduate student community. (Max 200 words)

Thank you for applying to be a 2008-09 Rackham Graduate Fellow. If selected for an interview, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Posted by moyera at 10:20 AM

The US-China Business Council

Research Associate, Washington DC

Government Affairs & Business Advisory Services Dept.

Starting Salary: mid-30Ks depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance on a cost-shared basis, company-funded disability and life insurance. 3 weeks vacation, sick-leave, and SEP IRA retirement plan (effective after 12 months of employment). Potential for advancement within USCBC's Washington and China offices.

Start Date: Immediate

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) seeks a research associate for the organization’s Government Affairs and Business Advisory Services department (GABAS) in Washington, DC. GABAS is the direct liaison with USCBC member companies, conducts USCBC’s advocacy with the US and PRC governments, and is USCBC’s research and advisory arm.

Founded in 1973, USCBC ( is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, member-supported organization and the leading organization of US companies engaged in business with the People's Republic of China. Through close collaboration among offices in Washington, DC, Beijing and Shanghai, USCBC provides extensive China-focused information, advisory, and advocacy services, along with events, to more than 250 US corporations operating within the United States and throughout Asia.

 Research, analyze, and write on China business issues and related developments, per member company requests and longer term research projects
 Write regularly for USCBC publications
 Handle department administrative tasks including scheduling, travel arrangements, filing, etc.
 Assist with member recruitment through maintenance of recruitment files and materials
 Manage meeting logistics for department
 Other responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President and the Director of BAS

 Strong China background with education or work experience in China
 Proficiency in Mandarin (spoken and written) required
 Familiarity with Washington, DC policy climate preferred
 Proven writing, analytical, and communication skills in English
 Comfortable with telephone outreach
 Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail
 US permanent work authorization required (citizen or Green Card holder)
 Able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team

Contact: Send cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, resume, contact information for 5 references, and brief writing sample (3-5 pages) to: US-China Business Council, 1818 N Street, NW #200, Washington, DC 20036 or via email to with “GABAS Research Associate? in the subject line.


Posted by moyera at 10:07 AM

Mandarin: Ann Arbor Public Schools

Mandarin Chinese Teacher full or part-time

Skyline High School

Salary: 2008/09 Teachers Salary Schedule
Starting Date: 2008/09 School Year

Posting Date: 3/4/2008
Deadline Date: until filled
Status: Open

Job Code: P04-08-129

Bachelor’s of Arts degree
Able to proficiently communicate in Mandarin Chinese both orally and in writing

Possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate with FR endorsement (Mandarin Chinese Language & Culture)

Teach District approved curriculum.
Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated.
Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students.
Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interest of the students.
Encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and --in harmony with the goals establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects and the like to communicate these objectives to students.
Diagnose the learning disabilities of students.
Evaluate pupils' academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports.
Conducts parent teacher conferences for education-related purposes outside the instructional day.
Other duties may be assigned.
A successful candidate for this position has demonstrated the following abilities:

Read, analyze and interpret documents such as professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Write routine reports and correspondence in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Effectively present information before groups of people in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
Apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form.

Plan and implement lessons based on school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parents and community.
Perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs such as boxes of books and AV/VCR carts. The employee is directly responsible for safety, well-being, or work output of other people. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material and the ability to adjust focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud. Duties are performed indoors and occasionally outdoors.

All applicants must complete the online application at, “Employment?.
Certified Positions Only: Copies of an active Michigan Teaching Certificate and college transcripts are required with application packet. Original certificate and certified transcripts are required prior to being hired.

Posted by moyera at 09:59 AM

Jin Feng

Training Her Body for God or for China: Physical Education at Ginling College

Tuesday, December 2
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Jin Feng
Associate Professor of Chinese, Grinnell College

Ginling College (Jinling nuzi wenii xueyuan) was an all-women's institution founded by female American missionaries in Nanjing, China in the early twentieth-century. Its physical education department generated a kaleidoscope of tales that highlighted complex negotiations of gender, culture, religion, and nationalism at several important junctures of modern Chinese history.

Jin Feng is Associate Professor of Chinese at Grinnell College. She earned her Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of The New Woman in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction (Purdue University Press, 2004), Ginling College: The Making of A Fammily Saga (SUNY Press, forthcoming), and several scholarly articles. She is also the translator of Chen Hengzhe's Early Autogiography (Anhui Education Publications, 2006).

Posted by moyera at 09:48 AM

Wen Yuhang

Singing, Chanting and Acting in Kunqu
Kunqu Performer, Graduate of Beijing Traditional Opera School

Tuesday, November 25
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

As a classical genre of Chinese theatre, kunqu features sophisticated and coordinated performances of elaborate singing, stylized chanting/speaking, and intricate acting/dancing.

To reveal the artistic creativity involved, and the expressions it generates, Mr. Wen Yuhang, an internationally known artist of the genre, will discuss and perform a number of representative arias and monologues, demonstrating kunqu manipulations of words, singing, chanting/speaking, and acting/dancing.

A graduate of the Beijing Traditional Opera School, Mr. Wen specializes in the xiaoshing (young male) role type. Once a principle actor with the Northern Kunqu Company, he recieved "Best Performer" awards in Chinese Drama competitions.

In 1999, he played the leading male role in the Lincoln Center production of Peony Pavilion.

Currently, Mr. Wen resides in New York.

Posted by moyera at 09:11 AM

Mary Gallagher

Legislating Harmony?
Why Chinese Laws are So Good and Implementation So Bad

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

Mary Gallagher
U-M Associate Professor of Political Science

This talk examines the Chinese legislative process and legislative output.

I examine why Chinese laws are increasingly more attentive to important social problems but still likely to fail at the implementation and enforcement stages.

Mary E. Gallagher is an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan where she is also a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies. She is the director of the Center for Chinese Studies. She received her Ph.D. in politics in 2001 from Princeton University. Her book Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China was published by Princeton Unviersity Press in 2005. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China where she worked on a new project, The Rule of Law in Chinas: If They Build It, Who Will Come? This project examines the legal mobilization of Chinese workers. It was funded by the Fulbright Association and the National Science Foundation. She has published articles in World Politics, Law and Society Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Asian Survey. She teaches classes on Chinese politics, labor rights in the global economy, and research design. She also serves on the University of Michigan's Advisory Committee for labor standards and human rights.

Posted by moyera at 09:09 AM

Mayling Birney

Building the Rule of Law around Democratic Reforms:
Influences on the Enforcement and Defiance of Village Election Laws in China

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

Mayling Birney
Wilson-Cotsen Fellow, Princeton Society of Fellows and Woodrow Wilson School

Using original multi-level survey data from China's two largest provinces, Dr. Birney will show that a key determinant of village election law implementation is the attitude that the higher level government holds towards village self-governance. In contrast, possible bottom-up drivers of election implementation, such as public political engagement, public self-interest in the elections, and social harmony, do not seem to be as significant factors. This finding suggests that when it comes to democracy-enhancing reforms, buiding the rule of law is best done through enlisting top-down support. The assumption that a self-interested, engaged public is able to effectively demand that policitical reforms be implemented, even when they ahve already been passed into laws, may be too optimistic in restrictive authoritarian contexts.

Posted by moyera at 09:05 AM

Yanjie Bian

The Rise of Guanxi in Chinese Transition Economy

Tuesday, November 4
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Yanjie Bian
Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

How do we understand the increasing roles that guanxi plays in Chinese transition economy? Sociologist Yanjie Bian proposes a theoretical model in which the role of guanxi is a function of institutional uncertainty and market competition. He tests some empirical implications of this model by analyzing several surveys on job mobility and growth of economic enterprises from 1978 to 2003.

Yanjie Bian is professor of sociology at University of Minnesota, funding director of the Survey Research Center at HKUST, and the PI of the Chinese General Social Survey.

Posted by moyera at 09:00 AM

June 11, 2008

Giovanni Vitiello

Libertine Masculinity: Homosexuality and Homosociality
in Late Imperial Pornographic Fiction

Tuesday, October 28
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Giovanni Vitiello
Associate Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Hawaii

This presentation focuses on the figure of the male libertine in pornographic fiction to argue that the boundaries of his sexuality and masculinity were drawn and redrawn, and in the process significantly altered, from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries. In late Ming erotic narratives we encournter a libertine whose masculinity is centrally realized through sexual penetration (of women and boys alike), and at once predicated upon his own impenetrability. But in a number of early Qing novels that same character can be sexually penetrated without his masculinity being compromised. Later still, in the first half of the eighteenth century, yet a new tendency is detectable, namely a gradual adumbration of the libertine's homoeroticism. These developments, while pointing at a shift in the representation of masculinity and male-male sexuality in fiction, might also signal an attempt to meet the new moral and legal standards of the mid-Qing period.

Professor Vitiello obtained a Laurea in Oriental Languages from the University of Rome, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese from the University of California at Berkeley. His research and publications focus on late imperial Chinese fiction and the history of sexuality. He has just completed a book manuscript by the title of The Libertine's Friend: Homosexuality and Masculinity in Late Imperial China - 1550-1850. He is currently Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Posted by moyera at 04:22 PM

Shuen-fu Lin

A Premonition of the Fall of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279):
Reading a Song Lyric Composed in 1253 about Reveling on the West Lake

Tuesday, October 14
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Shuen-fu Lin
U-M Professor of Chinese Literature

In this lecture, Professor Shuen-fu Lin will present a close reading of a song lyric (ci) reportedly written by the scholar-official Wen Jiweng (fl 1253-1275) while reveling on the West Lake with fellow scholars on the occasion of their passing the Civil Service Examination for the jinshi (or highest-level) degree.

Wen Jiweng's song lyric will be examined in the context of the mode of life of prosperity, social elegance and graceful leisure of the Southern Song educated elite on the eve of the Mongol conquest of China.

Professor Lin specializes in the literature and culture of premodern China, with special research interests in the poetry and aesthetic theory of the middle periods. He is also interested in early Daoist philosophical literature, the literary dream in poetry and fiction, and garden aesthetics. His books include The Transformation of the Chinese Lyrical Tradition: Chiang K'uei and Southern Sung Tz'u Poetry, The Vitality of the Lyric Voice: Shih Poetry from the Late Han to the T'ang (co-edited with Stephen Owen), and The Tower of Myriad Mirrors: A Supplement to Journey to the West by Tung Yueh (1620-1685) (co-translated with Larry Schulz). He is currently working on a book project on the Inner Chapters of the early Daoist classsic text Zhuangzi.

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Joseph Dennis

Local Gazetteers in Ming Dynasty Borderlands

Tuesday, October 7
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Joseph Dennis
Assistant Professor of History, Davidson College, North Carolina

This lecture will explore the compilation, publication, and circulation of local gazetteers in Ming dynasty borderlands. The focus will be on gazetteers compiled by native officials in native domains (tusi土?) and the role of local gazetteers in building literary culture along the southwestern border.

Professor Dennis' research is on Chinese social, legal, and cultural history. He is currently writing a book, Writing, Publishing and Reading Local Histories in China, 1100-1644. His courses include surveys of East Asian History, upper division courses on imperial and modern China, and seminars on Chinese legal history and the history of the book.

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Madeline Chu

The Three Kingdoms Heroes Re-Viewed

Tuesday, September 30
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Madeline Chu
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Kalamazoo College

In the Mao Zonggang Edition of the Sanguo Yanyi, many Tang and Song poems were quoted to provide comments of the gallant deeds of the heroes in the novel. It is interesting to see how very different a tone was adopted by Mao's contemporaries in their poetic comments of the same heroes. The talk will present some preliminary findings in this respect.

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Teemu Ruskola

China, for Example

Tuesday, September 23
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Teemu Ruskola
Professor Law, Emory Law School

International law is a foundational element in the political ontology of the modern world. However, studies of international law approach it almost exclusively from the vantage point of Europe, with China figuring only minimally - often merely as an illustration of a larger point or a counter-example of a general principle.

In these conditions, what would it mean to analyze international law from the point of view of China, and what does its history in China mean for our understanding of international law as a transnational cultural form today? From an even more fundamental perspective, why is China always only an example, merely an instance of the particular? Is a history of China's place in the making of modern international law also only an illustration of something larger than China itself? To begin to answer these questions, this presentation will approach international law as a political and epistemological project, with deeply embedded notions of space, time, and politics.

Teemu Ruskola is Professor of Law at Emory University. Upon graduating from Yale Law School, Ruskola practised law as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, in the firm's New York and Hong Kong offices. Thereafter, he studies East Asian Studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Emory Law School faculty in 2007, Ruskola was Professor of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. He has been a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and at Cornell Law School, and served as a sabbatical visitor at Columbia Law School. During the academic year 2008-09, he is a member of the Insititute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, NJ.

Professor Ruskola's scholarhsip addresses questions of legal theory from multiple perspectives, frequently with China as a vantage point. His publications - apearing in the American Quarterly, Social Text, Michigan Law Review, Standford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among other places - explore the intersection of corporate and family law in China, "legal Orientalism," and the history and politics of Euro-American conceptions of sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific.

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Taiwan Research

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago is offering a research grant for researchers or professors planning to visit Taiwan or conduct research related to Taiwan. For more information, please contact:

Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago
Tel: 312-616-0805

Each grant recipient is furnished with a round trip airfare to Taiwan and a USD daily stipend for three weeks. Applicants should submit a proposal, an itinerary of his/her visit, a completed application form, and a letter of approval from their university or affiliated institute and must complete their research by November 30, 2008. Applicants will be notified of the result one month after submitting their application.

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