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October 31, 2008

Kireru? (??れる) Or Just Plain Mad: Emotion Regulation in Japanese, Chinese, and U.S. Preschoolers


Twila Tardif
Professor, Psychology
The University of Michigan

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2008
Time: 12 noon ~ 1pm
Location: Room 1636, School of Social Work Building

Kireru (“snapping,? as in a violent rage) means many things to many people in the Japanese society. It has also been used as a description for behavior such as the murderous rampage that killed 7 and wounded many others in Akihabara this past June. It is an issue in the daily behavior of children as well. According to Akira Sakuta, one of the criminal psychologists interviewed by the media after the Akihabara event, “one of the biggest problems in Japan is young people like Kato don't know how to communicate with each other or express their feelings. Stress and lack of parental affection cause them to retreat and, sometimes, to explode.? This talk will explore some of these underlying issues and compare Japanese preschoolers’ and parents’ regulation and understanding of emotions, particularly negative emotions, with those of Chinese and US preschoolers. The speaker will present data on cultural differences in children’s understanding of emotions, show examples of children’s reactions to challenging situations, and discuss the role of parents’ socialization practices on children’s emotions and negative behaviors in these three cultures.

Twila Tardif is a Professor of Developmental Psychology, a Research Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development, and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Chinese Studies. Her primary work has focused on children’s early language learning of Chinese- and English-speaking children. Her recent work involves an interdisciplinary collaboration on the behavioral and biological aspects of emotion regulation in Chinese, Japanese, and US preschoolers and parents.

Posted by zzhu at 05:25 PM

Dissertation Workshop on SOCIAL CAPITAL AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN ASIA, May 3-6, 2009, University of Toronto

This dissertation workshop seeks to engage scholars whose work explores the impacts of collective action and social capital, and its various component parts (trust, norms, networks and associations) in diverse parts of Asia, where the nature of state, civil society and alternate civilities is changing rapidly. Our premise is that the “productivity? of civic engagement in terms of enhancing the economic and political vitality of local communities depends, to a large extent, on the responsiveness of the local government and the nature of civil society/alternate civilities in the region under examination. As such, empirical research that seeks to discover and document how social capital and civic engagement interact with other aspects of social and political life to enhance, or perhaps diminish, well-being is important to both intellectual and policy debates taking place across a variety of academic disciplines. Further, researchers who focus on Asia are well positioned to contribute to theoretical debates about the relative usefulness of the concept of “social capital? and associated terms such as social cohesion, cooperation, public participation, empowerment, and community as ways of apprehending the complex dynamics of Asian settings. The workshop thus seeks to bring empirical research and re-theorizations from Asia into a productive dialogue.

The workshop is intended for doctoral students whose dissertation projects concern the role of civic engagement and social capital, in its many variations, in fostering dynamic change in any part of contemporary Asia. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage and assist doctoral students who are just beginning work on these issues, as well as those who are farther along in their projects. The workshop will involve intensive discussion of the individual projects and also the larger theoretical and methodological issues that they raise. Possibilities for continuing associations among interested students and faculty will be explored. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program. They must have drafted a dissertation research proposal, even though it may not yet be approved by their committees. They must be prepared to engage in some work prior to the meeting, namely reading and commenting on the proposals of other participants to establish a basis for productive exchange at the event.
The workshop will take place over three days on the campus of the University of Toronto. It will include twelve students and four faculty members from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. The Asian Institute at the University of Toronto will cover the costs of work, meals, and accommodation. Travel will be subsidized up to a maximum of CDN$600 per participant.

Applications consist of two items: 1) a current curriculum vitae and 2) an 8 to 10 page double spaced dissertation proposal. Alternatively, if the work is well underway, an 8 to 10 page double spaced description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Workshop participants will be selected on the content of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and the benefits of including a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and intellectual traditions. Applications should be sent in an email attachment to ai.soc@utoronto.ca. Applicants will be informed about whether or not they have been selected for the workshop by February 6th 2009. For further information about the workshop or eligibility, please contact the workshop assistant at ai.soc@utoronto.ca.

Posted by zzhu at 01:39 PM

October 30, 2008

2009-2010 Barbour Scholarship Competition

The deadline for the Barbour Scholarship is January 9th, 2009. This award is for international women working on their graduate degree who intend to return to their home country upon completion of their degree. The awards consist of a stipend of $16,000 (currently), tuition and registration fees and GradCare health insurance for Fall and Winter 2009-2010.

Any department or interdisciplinary program at UM which has an approved Master's or Doctoral program may nominate one student. As a result, programs may set an earlier internal deadline so that the nominations can reach Rackham by January 9th, 2009. For complete guidelines go to www.rackham.umich.edu/2120.

Posted by zzhu at 04:11 PM

Lecture on Detroit's Chinatown

Event will be held at Schoolcraft College's McDowell Center in Livonia, Michigan.

Posted by zzhu at 03:51 PM

Collage 2009 - call for submissions

The Conducting Department seeks applicants for Collage 2009. We invite student soloists or ensembles of any combination of instruments and/or voices to apply.

Collage is a 60-minute whirlwind event designed to showcase musical excellence in the performing arts with a great diversity of styles, historical periods, and formats. We encourage applicants to submit audition recordings of distinctive repertoire that show the performers at their highest level of musicianship and expressiveness. Pieces generally average 2-4 minutes in length, including excerpts or truncated versions. Preference will be given to music that exhibits uniqueness of mood, tempo, or other features. We encourage standard repertoire as well as music on the cutting edge.

• Students (graduate or undergraduate) currently enrolled in School of Music, Theatre & Dance. (Students graduating December 2008 are also eligible.)

PRODUCTION DATES (all in Hill Auditorium)
• Tech rehearsal*: Friday, January 16, 2009, 3:30-5:30 PM
• Dress rehearsal: Friday, January 16, 2009, 7:00-11:00 PM
• Performance: Saturday, January 17, 2009, 8:00PM
* Any soloist and their accompanist, and at least one member of the group who plays, sings, and/or conducts the first note, says the first word, or makes a dance move that starts that piece are required to be present at this tech rehearsal. All members of a small group may be required to attend this rehearsal, if the nature of the piece makes it necessary.

• Discuss this project with your principal teacher. The Conducting Department will accept no
application without support from the applicant's principal teacher.
• Send an email message to Rodney Dorsey (rdorsey@umich.edu) with subject line "Collage" and
"your last name." Be sure to copy your sponsoring faculty member.
• Include in your message the following information
• Name of composition
• Name of composer
• Exact instrumentation
• Names of performers
• Duration in minutes and seconds
• Brief description of the piece
• Submit CD recording of your piece (as performed by the student(s) listed on your application form) to the faculty mailbox of Rodney Dorsey.

• Tuesday, November 4, 2008

• Wednesday, November 26, 2008

• Rodney Dorsey (rdorsey@umich.edu)

The Collage Concert celebrates its thirty-second anniversary in 2009. It is an exceptional opportunity for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to showcase the diversity of its offerings and student achievement as we celebrate 128 years of artistry and scholarship. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Posted by zzhu at 03:26 PM

Former NYTimes Shanghai bureau chief to speak on China's growing presence in Africa

Howard W. French: "China’s Expanding African Frontier and the Implications for the Continent"
5:30PM, Monday, November 3, 2008
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
(please note new room)

Reception to follow

Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For many years, he was a Senior Writer for The New York Times, where he spent most of a 22-year career as a foreign correspondent, working in and traveling to over 100 countries on five continents. From August 2003 to July 2008, he was the chief of the newspaper’s Shanghai bureau. Prior to this assignment, he headed bureaus in Japan, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

French is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (Knopf 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers. Continent won the 2005 American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Non-Fiction, and was a finalist for both the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and for the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s non-fiction prize.

Posted by zzhu at 11:31 AM

October 28, 2008

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Chinese Law (French Association for Chinese Studies)

Etudes chinoises Vol. XXVIII (2009) Special issue on “Chinese Law?
法國漢學 - 2009年, 28輯 - 法律專刊

Dear colleagues,

In preparation for the 2009 issue of Etudes chinoises (“Chinese Studies?), the French Association for Chinese Studies is planning to publish a special issue dedicated to “Chinese Law?. As you already know, China legal studies have grown up steadily during the past years: plentiful works have been published, and many projects are under way. In such a perspective, Etudes chinoises hopes to contribute to the development of this research field in the form of a special issue dedicated to “Law? in its largest meaning.

Etude chinoises’ editors invite contributors to submit papers focusing on legal history per se, on legal thought, on judicial practice, and will also welcome papers stemming from these research fields or using Chinese legal or judicial sources. Etudes chinoises being a general-interest publication, this special issue is not bound to any temporal limit and we hope to receive papers on imperial as contemporary China.

Thereby, it would be a privilege to receive your contribution. Thank you by advance for also broadcasting the present call for papers to any scholar potentially interested in our proposal.
In order to make possible the accomplishment of this special issue, please inform us as soon as possible of your decision to submit a paper.
The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2009. All articles must be in English or French and follow the general guidelines for Etudes chinoises (in French on our website). For any question or enquiry, please contact us at claude.chevaleyre@college-de-france.fr

Respectfully yours,

The editorial board of Etudes chinoises

Posted by zzhu at 04:11 PM

October 27, 2008

University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review: Call for Submissions

The University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review is now accepting submissions for our next issue scheduled for publication in May 2009.

The mission of the East Asia Law Review is to provide a forum for the study of the law of East Asian nations. Thus, submissions should pertain to the law and its practice, implementation or implications in East Asian nations. Additionally, we welcome submissions of a comparative nature that examine legal issues faced by East Asian nations alongside similar issues of other Asian or non-Asian nations.

The recently published Volume 3 is available at our website, http://www.pennealr.com. As we begin preparing Volume 4, the East Asia Law Review hopes to substantially expand our distribution. To that end, all of our previous volumes will be available via Westlaw and on our website. We are currently soliciting library subscriptions and considering distribution via other channels. The Review will make a strong effort to broadly disseminate your work.

For further information or to submit a manuscript visit our website at http://www.pennealr.com or contact us at articles@pennealr.com. The East Asia Law Review will accept submissions for Volume 4 through January 15, 2009, with the potential for extensions with prior approval of the Editorial Board.

Posted by zzhu at 10:31 PM

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages

Full Scholarships for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools in: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian

Middlebury College is pleased to announce The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis to address today’s critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.

For the third year in a row, 100 Davis Fellowships are offered to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Fellowship grants cover the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools, plus a stipend to assist in defraying program-related expenses.

One summer of intensive language immersion at Middlebury is the equivalent of language study for one year at an American college or university. (Applicants who are interested in transferring academic credit should check with their home institution regarding transferability.)

The Davis Fellowships are merit based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies, international politics and economics, peace and security studies, and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.

For more information please visit:

To be considered for a Davis Fellowship, please submit:
1. A complete application for the Language School to which you are applying. Incomplete applications will disqualify your candidacy for a Davis Fellowship. Applications are found at: www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/applications
[Note: The application includes a non-refundable process fee of $55.00.]
2. Three copies of the one-page Davis Fellowship essay (see below).
3. A resume or curriculum vitae.

Additional Davis Fellowship opportunities are available through Middlebury’s affiliate, the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. For more information on Monterey’s Davis Fellowships, please visit: www.miis.edu/fina/fellowships_for_peace

REQUIRED ESSAY: The Role of Language in Conflict Resolution
The Davis Fellowships aim to fulfill the intention of philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who has dedicated much of her life to peace initiatives. As the cultivation of intercultural communication is essential to reducing conflict, the study of the world’s critical languages has become increasingly important. In establishing these fellowships, Mrs. Davis challenges us to “bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war.?

Please include in your application a brief essay (500-600 words) that reflects your past experience and future aspirations to contribute to more peaceful relationships between people, institutions, or communities. Highlight the role of language and language study in fostering those relationships and in helping to mediate conflict.

Please submit to:
(Name of Your Chosen Language School)
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury, VT 05753

Note: Davis Fellowship funds are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Financial aid forms are not required for the Davis awards. However, students are encouraged to apply for regular Middlebury College financial aid, awarded on a demonstrated-need basis, through the office of financial aid. More information can be found at the Middlebury Language Schools website: www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls

Posted by zzhu at 05:16 PM

Educational Assessment/Research Positions at Ciurczak & Company, Inc.

Ciurczak & Company, Inc. provides school districts and community-based organizations state-of-the-art evaluation, research, development, and reporting services leading to positive long term results and sustained systems change.

Ciurczak & Company, Inc. is an evaluation and resource development firm currently working on projects for New York State, school districts across New York, and not-for-profit organizations. The company has substantial senior level experience on a variety of projects, including federal and state grants, and experience with the validation process in New York State. The team has successfully secured funding from a wide range of sources for a variety of program needs for government agencies, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.

We believe that developing and improving programs requires much more that dedicated staff. We are dedicated to learning and understanding the needs of our clients, designing programs based on prior research to meet those needs, implementing those programs effectively, evaluating on an on-going basis, and demonstrating program success.

A successful candidate must have a Masters degree in a Social Science discipline with two years professional work experience OR Bachelors degree in a Social Science discipline with five years professional work experience. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, data management, analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and report preparation. A successful candidate must have experience with MS Office Professional (Excel, Access, Outlook, et al.) and MUST have experience with SPSS. The ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, and excellent oral and written communication skills are needed. The candidate must be comfortable handling multiple, shifting tasks. Familiarity working with public school systems and fluency in Spanish are pluses.

If YOU would like to be a part of the Ciurczak & Company team and you are interested in any of the possibilities posted herein, please send resumes attn: Office Manager/Komani Lundquist VIA Email: komani@ciurczak.net OR VIA Fax: 716-362-0712.

Posted by zzhu at 11:22 AM

G. William Skinner, anthropologist, dies at 85

Letter from Erik Mueggler, U-M Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dear CCS community.

Our colleague and friend G. William Skinner passed away on October 25, 2008. Bill Skinner studied at Deep Springs College and Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, specializing in China. He had a distinguished career on the faculties of Cornell, Stanford, and U.C. Davis. He was one of the few anthropologists who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Skinner is survived by his wife Susan Mann, a distinguished historian of China, Professor of History at UC Davis. (Please e-mail chinese.studies@umich.edu if you wish to obtain Professor Mann's address.)

Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Posted by zzhu at 11:12 AM

October 23, 2008

Call for Papers - Global-is-Asian: Asian diaspora identities in the context of globalization

The Asian Pacific American Studies Program at Michigan State University is happy to announce their 3rd annual conference to be held on April 17-18, 2009 in East Lansing, Michigan.

Community and identity formation have never occurred in a vacuum. However, processes of globalization increasingly facilitate connections, both real and imagined, with other parts of the world. This conference focuses on Asian populations in diaspora—that is, living outside their ancestral homelands. Though the definition of diaspora and its application to various populations has long been debated, in using the term “diaspora? we assert the importance of understanding Asian communities within a global context; as sharing key similarities but as far from homogeneous. We aim to investigate how global forces, both historical and contemporary, have reshaped diasporic forms and analytical categories for examining collective memory, political alliances, transpacific migrations and movements, social spaces and global networks. We hope to explore what Jigna Desai (2004) has called the "heterogeneous connections to both the homeland and to other diasporic locations through such forms as political commitment, imagination, memory, travel, and cultural production."

The forms of cultural production --transnational youth cultures, art, cinema, literature, internet communities, new social movements-- that emerge in the context of globalization hold exciting potential. We are interested in exploring the range of identities that are constructed by Asian diasporic communities, and how these forms are then re-shaped through interactions, on both local and global scales.
• How do transnational flows of media, popular culture, goods, and capital originating from Asian communities in other parts of the world affect the expression and negotiation of “local? Asian identities?
• How are race, gender, class, sexuality, and religious identities reshaped or reworked through the experience of being in diaspora, or by local conditions that shape that expression?
• What new forms of travel, dwelling, migration, and exile emerge in the contemporary context of globalization?
• How do transnational religious movements among Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and other religions play out within the context of diaspora?
• How do “Asian? groups that did not previously view themselves as sharing similarities broaden their ethnic boundaries in the context of specific racial, economic, and social policies in their countries of settlement?
• Indeed, how might the very definition of “Asian? or the assumed congruence of “race? and “culture? be redefined in the context of diaspora, as in the case of hapa, adoptee, peranakan, and others that reflect the hybridity of diaspora populations?
• How do global forces facilitate or hamper the imagining of homelands, or the creation of new ties altogether? Are homelands merely a construct to compensate for losses?
• What happens when communities who had imagined one another from afar meet though a global encounter (Chinese Americans visiting the motherland, Korean adoptees on homeland tours, Japanese Brazilians going to Japan for work)?

At the same time, we also hope to question the ways that an overemphasis on “global? or “diaspora? as academic buzzwords which, as Sau-ling Wong has noted, can result in the glossing over of local, regional and national levels of organization, and distract from nation-based identities (such as Asian American) that allow for coalition building and empowerment. These terms can become so broad and all encompassing as to lose their specificity of meaning, or merely become a means of expressing old concepts in new packaging.

We cannot ignore the continued power of nation states to define both national and local contexts that shape the constraints under which actors explore and express identities.
• In what ways do state constructions of legal or cultural citizenship define the parameters within which local communities operate?
• In the context of shifting global economies, it is also important to consider how Asian diaspora populations interact with others in their countries of residence. How do the politics of race and multiculturalism in Brazil, the UK, South Africa, the U.S. and elsewhere differentially shape the lives of Asian populations in those locations?
• How does the broader consumption of “Asian? culture through transnational Asian foods, goods, popular culture, movies, affect mainstream perceptions of Asians in a given location?
• How do neoliberal economic reforms accompanying globalization and the emergence of various Asian countries as global powers shape interactions between Asian immigrant entrepreneurs and local populations?

Please submit proposals to Joseph Villafuerte at global.is.asian09@gmail.com no later than January 15, 2009.

All proposals must include:
1. 250-300 word abstract
2. one-page CV, including full contact information
3. A list of any audio or visual equipment needed for the presentation.

Posted by zzhu at 05:46 PM

Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs Requests Submissions

Posted by zzhu at 08:59 AM

October 22, 2008

GSI positions in Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC)

The application for Winter 2009 GSI positions is now posted on the ALC website.

Posted by zzhu at 02:34 PM

A Roundtable on Gender Issues in Late Imperial China

Professor Giovanni Vitiello, University of Hawai’i
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 2-4 pm
Room 1644, School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University

Also on October 28, Professor Vitiello will be giving the Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture, same building, Room 1636, noon to 1 pm, entitled “Libertine Masculinity: Homosexuality and Homosociality in Late Imperial Pornographic Fiction.? The abstract for his talk reads: “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. While pointing at a shift in the representation of masculinity and male-male sexuality in fiction, these developments might also signal an attempt to meet the new moral and legal standards of the mid-Qing period.? Professor Vitiello’s 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."

Refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the China Interdisciplinary Workshop (CIW) and the East Asian Gender Forum (EAGF) at Rackham. Our thanks for the support of the Center for Chinese Studies and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. If you have questions, please contact David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu), faculty advisor of CIW, or Ying Zhang (yingaa@umich.edu) coordinator of EAGF.

Posted by zzhu at 11:45 AM

Buddhism and Science Lecture

Saturday Morning Physics
Buddhism and Science

Date: 10/25/2008; 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: 170 & 182 Dennison
Host Department: Physics

Speaker: Professor Donald Lopez, Asian Languages and Cultures (UM)
In debates on the relationship between religion and science, some have argued that among the world’s religions, Buddhism is the most compatible with science. In this lecture, Professor Donald Lopez will provide a brief history of the association of the Buddhism with science.

Detailed Information
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.

Contact Information
For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437



Posted by zzhu at 10:46 AM

US Department of Education FULBRIGHTS for Faculty Research Abroad

Description: U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowships are only for a very narrow range of faculty members who wish to conduct 3-12 months of research abroad related to their teaching specialization and their research interests and that leads to the development or strengthening of modern foreign language or area studies curricula at the University of Michigan. There will be an estimated 23 awards available for 2009-10.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for these awards may be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have been engaged in teaching relevant to their specialization in modern foreign languages or non-West-European area studies courses for at least two years prior to the time the research begins and who will continue to be employed by this university during the tenure of this award. Their research projects must be 3-12 months in length and designed so that they are relevant to their specialization. These awards are not given for dissertation research nor for research that could be conducted in the U.S.A.

Deadline: Our local UM application deadline is November 4, 2008. In addition, all eligible applicants must be on Beni's US/ED Fulbright email user group by no later than October 27, 2008.

Submission: All application materials are submitted online through Beni at the International Institute. Email him at unlisted@umich.edu for further information and assistance.

Posted by zzhu at 10:34 AM

Call for Abstracts: Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference (Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2009)

Bridges and Borders in East Asia

The East Asian landscape is dominated by barriers that separate culture from culture and state from state, from the Korean Demilitarized Zone to the Great Wall to the Taiwan Strait. But borders are permeable and mutable, constantly shifting in position and meaning; frontiers connect the same spaces that they partition. The 2009 Harvard East Asian Society Conference Committee welcomes submissions addressing this theme of borders and border-crossings. We are looking for any work that bridges divides – between people, spaces, eras, ideas, cultures or disciplines. Often, the first bridges to be built are the first to be burned. Walls are enduring symbols of stasis; they are nonetheless sites of exchange. We look forward to exploring these paradoxes of social, cultural, physical and intellectual space.

The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual conference which aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia. The conference is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to both their peers and eminent scholars in East Asian Studies. All panels will be moderated by Harvard University faculty.

We welcome submissions from graduate students in all disciplines. Papers should be related to this year's theme and to East Asia, Inner Asia, Singapore, or Vietnam. We will consider submissions of individual papers and panel proposals.

Eligibility and Application Guidelines:
1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems)
2. Papers must be related to the conference theme AND to one or more of the countries of East Asia that share the Chinese cultural tradition, including Japan, Korea, Inner Asia, Singapore and Vietnam
3. Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words, submitted exactly as directed on the HEAS Conference website
4. Deadline for abstract submission: November 30, 2008 (Sunday)
5. Detailed instructions and more information are available on our website: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference/

For general conference inquiries, please contact: heasconference@gmail.com
For abstract submission inquiries, please contact: heas.abstracts@gmail.com

Posted by zzhu at 09:26 AM

October 19, 2008

East Asia Forum - Call for Paper

Constructed Realities: Rethinking Intellectual Space

The East Asian Forum (EAF), now in its twelfth iteration by the Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) at the University of Toronto, Canada, is a refereed multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the study of East Asia. With contributions from graduate students the world over, the EAF enjoys a reputation for producing original graduate-level research that is at the forefront of the field of East Asian Studies.

The Forum is an annual publication featuring articles, research notes, and translations relating to East Asia. We are currently seeking original academic papers that delve into the past and present of East Asia, primarily within the field of the humanities.
Preferred areas of investigation include philosophy, religion, art, anthropology, archaeology, literature, history and culture. Scholars considering a submission are encouraged to use a multidisciplinary approach which transcends the conventional boundaries between these subjects while conforming to the topic of this year's edition.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies, whose aim is to promote interdisciplinary and cross-regional approaches, the EAF seeks submissions that strive to go beyond the cultural idioms traditionally used when discussing the region. Given
the theme, Construction of Intellectual Space, potential contributions should touch upon discussions of re/presentation, authenticity/imagination, temporal/virtual modes of being, space/place, monism/collectivism, aesthetics/ethics, nature/the body,
leisure/work, and so forth.

All contributions are peer-reviewed and subject to final approval by the editorial committee. All contributions will be considered for the Quake Prize, the annual cash publication prize presented to top scholarly article. All submissions to the EAF are considered non-exclusive, and may be submitted simultaneously to other publications.

Please consult the section "Notes to Contributors" given in the link below for stylistic and submission requirements. The deadline for submission for Volume 12 (2009 Fall) is April 6, 2009.
For questions, email us at eaf@asiapacificreader.org

Posted by zzhu at 02:17 PM

October 17, 2008

Call for proposals - Trehan India Initiative Summer Grants

Announcing the Trehan India Initiative – Summer Grants
Grants for student projects in India, Summer 2009

Urbanization is one of the defining elements of change in contemporary India, and will shape Indian society and its role in the global arena in the decades to come. The United Nations estimates that the country’s urban population will nearly double to reach 586 million by 2030. This urbanization is taking place as the country grapples with the dramatic challeng¬es and promise presented by economic liberalization and exposure to global flows of people, ideas, finance and invest¬ment, and media. What does India’s urban future mean for its identity as a nation, and what challenges will this transition present for its people?
The Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS), with the support of the Trehan Foundation, is offering up to five grants (up to $4000 each) to support graduate student projects that explore these questions during the summer of 2009. These grants are part of the theme year at CSAS titled State, Space, and Citizenship: Indian Cities in the Global Era.
We are interested in proposals from across the social sciences, humanities and professional schools that can shed light on what India’s urban transformation means for its culture, arts, politics, society, environment, and economy.
The grants must be used for travel expenses to and from India and for living expenses while there.
Award recipients will enroll in a one credit directed study during the Winter semester of 2009, during which they will work closely with faculty at CSAS to further develop the proposal submitted for the fellowship and to prepare for fieldwork. Students will also have an opportunity to network with scholars in India through our contacts with universities and research centers there. Upon their return from India, award recipients will have the opportunity to enroll in a seminar course during the Fall semester of 2009 that will provide a chance to further develop their ideas and write papers based on their findings.

To apply for an award, please submit the following materials by December 1, 2008:
• A one-page cover letter with your full contact information that explains why you are interested in
conducting this work and any prior experience you may have that is relevant to your proposal.
• One copy of your transcript from the University of Michigan (unofficial copy is acceptable).
• A two-page proposal detailing the research question or hypothesis of your study, the methods to be employed, and the contribution of your project to theory and/or practice in your field.
• One confidential Letter of Recommendation from your graduate academic advisor, to be e-mailed
directly by the advisor to the e-mail below.
Award recipients will be notified by January 1, 2009. Please submit all materials to TrehanSummer2009@umich.edu.
Address the application to the Trehan India Initiative Theme Year Coordinators.

Posted by zzhu at 04:01 PM

October 15, 2008

CIBE Doctoral Student Funding

Doctoral student funding guidelines for 2009

The Center for International Business Education (CIBE) announces its awards for the support of doctoral students in international business. There are two types of awards: (1) tuition and living support for the fifth year, and (2) funding for dissertation research. Proposals from all University of Michigan colleges, schools and departments are eligible.

Awards are for up to $5,000. For more information contact Brad Farnsworth, CIBE Director, at 936-3917 or at bradleyd@umich.edu. Applications are due on or before 17 November 2008.

Allowable Expenses

Students applying for dissertation funds may request funding to cover the following expenses:

1. Data collection expenses, such as the purchase of publications, duplication costs, and on-line search charges. (Purchases of equipment are not allowable.)
2. Travel, both domestic and international, including transportation, meals, and accommodations.

Application Procedure

The application has five parts:
1. Research proposal, maximum fifteen hundred words, describing the theoretical motivation for your research, the methodology to be used, and the anticipated significance of the research findings.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Doctoral program transcript (unofficial is acceptable but subject to verification).
4. Detailed budget and justification. See allowable expenses above. A budget is not necessary for fifth-year funding requests. Applicants for either type of funding must show all other committed and potential funding sources.
5. Letter of support from dissertation committee chair.

Mail proposals to:

Vicki Simon
Center for International Business Education
Ross Business School
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Or email proposals to vicsimon@umich.edu

The deadline for proposals is 17 November 2008. Proposals received before this date will not be reviewed ahead of schedule.

Funds for fifth-year support are only available for the Winter 2009 semester. Dissertation funding is available beginning 1 January 2009 and must be expended by 31 December 2009.

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CIBE Faculty Research Funding

Awards for Faculty Research in International Business
Application Guidelines for 2009

The Center for International Business Education (CIBE) announces its faculty research awards for 2009. This competition is open to all full-time faculty in all University of Michigan schools and departments. For more information contact Brad Farnsworth, CIBE Director, at 936-3917 or at bradleyd@umich.edu. Applications will be accepted until 17 November 2008.

Award Criteria

Awards are made by the CIBE executive committee. Faculty from all disciplines are eligible, including political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, communications, psychology, engineering, law, public policy, public health, and education, as well as all business disciplines. The committee uses the following criteria, presented in their order of importance:

1. The extent to which the project makes an original, practical, and significant addition to our knowledge and understanding of international business.

2. Cost-effective and realistic design of the research project. Research methodologies, the qualifications of the applicant(s), and the project budget will be taken into account.

3. The extent to which the project contributes to the professional development of the faculty participants.

Samples of funded proposals are available upon request.

Allowable Expenses

Awards will be for amounts up to $15,000 annually for a period of one to three years. The following expenses are allowable:

1. Data collection expenses, including purchases of primary data and publications, subscription fees, duplication costs, software, and on-line search charges. Greater detail is required when data collection is outsourced to non-University institutions or individuals. Purchase of equipment (e.g., laptops) is not allowable.

2. Travel, both domestic and international, including transportation, meals, and accommodations.

3. Research assistants, who must be compensated according to University of Michigan guidelines. Applicants must explain why any departmental allocations for research support are not sufficient to complete the project.

Application Guidelines

The application has three parts:
1. Research narrative, maximum of two thousand words. Describe your research objectives, the design of the project, your qualifications and those of any collaborators, and the research output to be generated. Explain your motivation for pursuing the project and the contribution the proposed research will make to your career development.

2. Detailed one page budget and justification. Adhere to the allowable expenses described above. Provide short explanations of unusual items. Be sure to include any other committed or potential funding sources in your budget. You only need to show a budget for the first year of multi-year projects. Expenditures for the first budget may begin on 1 January 2009 and must conclude by 31 December 2009.

3. Curriculum vitae for all faculty participants.

Mail proposal to:

Vicki Simon
Center for International Business Education
Ross Business School
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Or email proposal to vicsimon@umich.edu

Proposals may be submitted on or before 17 November 2008. The committee meets in early December, and decisions are announced before the semester break.

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China Interdisciplinary Workshop, October 24, 2008

The next China Interdisciplinary Workshop meeting will take place on Friday, October 24, 2008, 2-4 pm, Room 2022, Thayer Building, 202 South Thayer.

Come hear and comment on a presentation by Qing Lai, doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, on research undertaken in collaboration with U of M professor of sociology Yu Xie.

The title of the presentation is

Abstract: Prior research has debated the relative importance of such factors as human capital, political capital, and region in determining workers' earnings and benefits in reform-era urban China. In this paper, my advisor and I argue that a main agent of social stratification in contemporary China continues to be danwei, the work unit. Using data from a 1999 survey we conducted in three large Chinese cities, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Xi'an, we assess the extent to which workers' earnings (including regular wages, bonuses, and subsidies) and benefits (including health care, housing, and pension) depend on the profitability of their danwei. Results show that the financial situation of danwei is one of the most important determinants of earnings and benefits in today's urban China. Furthermore, the importance of danwei profitability does not vary by city or by employment sector.

Refreshments will be served.
Our thanks for the support of the Center for Chinese Studies, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. If you have questions, please contact David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu), faculty advisor to the China Interdisciplinary Workshop.

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October 14, 2008

Call for Papers: Michigan Journal of Public Affairs

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, a student-run publication of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, is currently considering submissions from graduate and professional students, policy practitioners, and faculty involved with domestic and international affairs. MJPA publishes original research on a wide range of public policy issues, including social welfare, development, health, science, urban, security, and economic policy, as well as other timely and relevant pieces.

Submission Guidelines:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – Please note the early deadline!

LENGTH: Including citations and endnotes, no longer than 25 pages double spaced (Times New Roman, 12-point font)

STYLE: Chicago Manual of Style

ALTERNATIVE SUBMISSIONS: MJPA also welcomes submissions of shorter length, such as literature reviews, book reviews, or notes and comments on relevant policy issues. Alternative submissions cannot exceed 10 pages in length double spaced. A submission of shorter length does not preclude publication of a full-length article at a later date in MJPA or any other publication.

SUBMISSIONS FORMAT: Electronic copies should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Mailed submissions should include TWO hard copies and ONE CD-ROM, or disk copy, in Microsoft Word.


MAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: Scott Rasmussen, Submissions Editor, Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

For more information, please contact Editors-in-Chief:
Josh Brammer (brammer@umich.edu) or Kevin Herms (kherms@umich.edu)


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October 13, 2008

Yiching Wu

Michigan China Fellows (MCF) presents
Modern China Politics and Society Series:
Cultural Revolution and Contemporary China

Yiching Wu, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and History, U-M

5:00PM-7:30PM, Wednesday, Oct. 15th
School of Education (610 East University Ave), 1322, Tribute Room
(Working Language is Chinese and pizza will be provided.)

• How do we understand the Cultural Revolution TODAY?
• What was the Cultural Revolution? When was it? And whose Cultural Revolution?

The Cultural Revolution, arguably one of the most important events in twentieth century Chinese history, has been the subject of numerous controversies and debates. In this talk Professor Wu will begin with questioning the conventional wisdom about the Cultural Revolution, and proceed to raising new questions regarding the nature, process, and historical significance of this immensely important event. He will argue that such apparently innocent questions have in fact no self-evident answers and conclude the talk with mapping the revival of interests in the Cultural Revolution in contemporary Chinese intellectual and political discussions.

Yiching Wu is an assistant Professor in Anthropology and History at UM. He received his PhD of anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007. His dissertation received the Daniel F. Nugent Dissertation Prize in Historical Anthropology in 2008. Prof. Wu specializes in contemporary Chinese politics and culture. Among his interests are popular social movements, class formation and consciousness, socialism and post-socialist transitions, and politics of hegemony and counter-hegemony.

MCF (mcfgoblue@umich.edu) is a non-political group established to offer a common platform for its members to share scholarly pursuits, build personal connections, and communicate ideas on current affairs. Placing a significant emphasis on Chinese society, culture and history, MCF cherishes the idea of nurturing friendship, learning, and growth.

The Modern China Politics and Society series is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.

Posted by zzhu at 05:15 PM

Shedding light on the factors

"Huge current account surpluses built up in Asia and other countries after the 1997-98 financial crisis funded huge US budget and current account deficits ushered in by the election of President George W. Bush in 2000."

Linda Lim, for The Straits Times (Singapore)

Shedding light on the factors

How did things get so bad so fast? Truth is, the current global financial crisis was a long time coming.

Huge current account surpluses built up in Asia and other countries after the 1997-98 financial crisis funded huge US budget and current account deficits ushered in by the election of President George W. Bush in 2000.

Aided by a Republican Congress until the 2006 mid-term elections, the Bush administration embarked on expensive foreign wars and chalked up large domestic expenditure without requiring Americans to pay for them.

Instead, foreign borrowing allowed taxes to be cut while the Federal Reserve under Mr Alan Greenspan kept interest rates too low for too long, which, added to foreign capital inflows, made cheap money available to all. Not surprisingly, personal savings rate fell to below zero, stocks boomed and an asset bubble developed, most notably in the housing market.

Believing that housing values would not fall, Americans bought more expensive houses. Some invested in multiple properties with borrowed money, a major reason for the excess supply now weighing on the housing market's recovery.

Home equity loans also enabled Americans to borrow against the rising value of their homes for current consumption. Economists call this a 'positive wealth effect'. People spend more as their assets rise in value even if their real incomes stagnate or decline, as they have done for more than 96 per cent of US workers since 2000.

At the same time, a US administration preaching free-market principles while practising fiscal profligacy pursued an agenda of financial (and other) deregulation. This encouraged the 'financial innovation' that gave us sub-prime mortgages, collateralised debt obligations, credit default swaps and other complex instruments, not to mention the amazingly high leverage ratios and risk tolerance that came along with them.

It is this house of cards that has now come crashing down, dragging the whole world economy with it.

Could all this have been predicted? It was - by many, including my University of Michigan colleague, the late Edward Gramlich, a Fed governor from 1997 to 2005. He repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to persuade Fed chairman Greenspan to crack down on excessive and predatory mortgage lending practices.

But predictable and predicted though it was, the crash, when it came, was precipitated by a coincidence of factors that produced a 'perfect storm'. The debt-fuelled US economic boom caused the current account deficit (the excess of exports over imports) to balloon to nearly 7 per cent of GDP by 2006. This exerted continuous downward pressure on the US dollar and foreign creditors found better outlets for their surplus funds elsewhere - in Europe as well as in emerging markets whose own export-led boom was itself partly the result of insatiable US appetite for imports.

The depreciating dollar and rising commodity prices increased US inflation, requiring the Federal Reserve, as well as other central banks, to accelerate raising interest rates in 2006, even as the US economy was beginning to slow down.

Soaring oil prices in the past two years aggravated nervousness about the economy. Oil-dependent sectors such as auto makers, airlines and tourism were badly hit and began laying off people. And some sub-prime mortgage holders with adjustable rate mortgages found themselves unable to service their mortgages at the higher rates.

While the proportion of such defaulting sub-prime mortgages was small, they had been packaged together with 'regular' mortgages in mortgage-backed securities. Rated as low-risk securities, they had been issued, distributed, insured and held by many blue-chip financial institutions. Greed too often trumped prudence in these largely unregulated private-market transactions.

As the defaults began, uncertainty about the riskiness of individual securities rose. The lack of transparency and the lack of understanding of the securities themselves led to a 're-pricing of risk' and a brutal downward spiral of 'de-leveraging'.

Financial institutions, fearful that they may be holding unacceptably risky assets, began unloading them into increasingly illiquid markets, while 'mark-to-market' accounting rules rapidly eroded balance sheets and capital bases. This forced the afflicted institutions to raise more capital. In the end, capital simply dried up as investors were unwilling to throw good money after bad, not knowing what they were buying.

Thus ensued the current vicious global credit crunch. Banks are no longer willing to lend to each other, due to a lack of trust. If banks cannot get credit from each other, neither can corporations and households. Eventually, various sectors grind to a halt as credit transactions evaporate.

In this environment, the policy actions and inactions of the US government, including its flawed public communications, not only failed to reassure markets, but also injected a further sense of panic. Savings withdrawals and investment redemptions contributed to bank failures and plunging stock prices.

Ideological objections from both the left and right to 'government bailouts' as well as a lack of understanding by a furious electorate on the verge of a momentous presidential election further heightened overall uncertainty. And thus we had a perfect storm.

The writer is professor of strategy, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Posted by zzhu at 03:40 PM

October 10, 2008

Luce Scholars Program

Description: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field (other than Asian studies) including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The annual selection of the 18 Luce Scholars is an unusually rigorous process. Each candidate must first be nominated by one of the colleges or universities participating in the program. The University of Michigan is one of 67 participating universities. These institutions submit to the Luce Foundation two nominees annually from among their graduating seniors, graduate and professional school students, or their recent alumni. For additional program information, visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.

Eligibility Criteria: The University of Michigan must nominate students for this award. Applications submitted by students directly to the Luce Foundation will not be considered. Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for nomination to the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor’s degree and are no more than 29 years old on September 1 of the year they enter the Luce program. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

Deadline: Monday, November 3, 2008. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submission: University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying to the Luce Scholars Program must submit an application form and additional required documents to the University of Michigan International Institute, 1080 South University, Suite 2660, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106. The International Institute is located on the 2nd floor of the School of Social Work Building at the corner of East and South University. Application forms are now available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file on the Henry Luce website. Go to http://www.hluce.org/lsapp.html.

Review Process: Staff at the International Institute will review applications, and will invite the most promising applicants for an interview. All applicants will be informed of the results of the University of Michigan review by the end of the fall semester.

Nominated applications are forwarded to the Henry Luce Foundation in early December. The staff of the Foundation performs an initial screening of the nominees on the basis of both the documentation submitted and individual interviews conducted at convenient locations around the country in late December and January. Each candidate is interviewed (usually on the phone) by a member of the Foundation staff during this period. On the basis of this review, the staff of the Foundation refers no more than 45 finalists to three regional selection committees that make the final decisions.
Each of the selection committees is composed of five or six distinguished Americans from a wide range of professional backgrounds who serve as informal advisers to the Foundation in this regard. In recent years, these panels have met in New York, Washington, and San Francisco in late February and early March. Each panel meets with fifteen of the designated finalists. From that number, each panel identifies six Luce Scholars for the coming year.
The 45 finalists are chosen without regard to geography. The determination of the specific regional selection committee before which a given finalist is invited to appear is made by the Foundation primarily on the basis of proximity. Finalists' travel and hotel costs are paid by the Foundation.
The finalists are notified of the actions of the three selection committees within a few days of their meeting, and in no case later than the March 15. Consultations with the new Scholars about possible assignments in Asia begin immediately thereafter. Placements and support services for the Luce Scholars are provided by the Asia Foundation, an organization with field offices throughout Asia. The program begins in August and concludes the following July.

Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe; akehoe@umich.edu

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The International Institute Experiential Learning Fund

Description: The International Institute Experiential Learning Fund is designed to support faculty-led group travel for undergraduate, graduate or professional school students wishing to incorporate an education abroad experiential component into an ongoing course, group internship, or other academic program during either winter break or spring-summer terms. Although grants are primarily for student costs and it is expected that most faculty costs will be covered by their home department, the International Institute will consider requests for no more than half of the cost of non-student and faculty expenses up to $10,000.

Eligibility Criteria: Proposals must be from faculty and must make clear the experiential component of the program—“experiential? meaning student learning through participation in course-related activities outside the classroom. Proposals must also make clear the manner in which the program will give students an opportunity to acquire and use insights about the society in which the program (or its overseas component) will take place. Finally, proposals must identify the faculty member(s) who will be actively involved in site selection, planning, and evaluation of the overseas experience. In general, the expectation is that faculty will lead the trip. In some cases (e.g., group internships) faculty may appoint a colleague in-country to manage the trip. The International Institute has a preference for trips that include students from multiple units, as well as initiatives that have potential both for a continuing contribution to students at the University of Michigan and for long-term engagement with host country partners and institutions. Trips may be part of a non-credit experience, but should be part of a well-defined course or curricular program. Grants will not be awarded for humanitarian trips, projects with the primary purpose of service learning, or conference travel.
Deadline: Submit requests for funding by Monday, December 1, 2008, for winter break or summer trips; Monday, March 9, 2009, for summer trips.

Submission: Requests should include the following information:
• An Application form: Download Document
• Faculty leader’s name and contact information
• Name and contact information of the staff project manager (if any)
• Destination
• Start and end dates of trip
• A short project description (a few sentences)
• Budget: include per-student cost for airfare, lodging, food, local transportation, visas, and required immunizations. Include other sources of funding (on or off-campus), if any.
• Description of the program (maximum length of four pages): include information on the educational value of the experience to the participants. Be explicit about the experiential nature (hands-on component) of the trip. What makes the activities substantially different than classroom lectures on the Ann Arbor campus? The review committee is multidisciplinary and reviewers are not likely to be from your discipline. Also include the expected benefits to the host country institutions, as well as how student participants were (or will be) recruited and selected to participate.
• List of participants or a description of the selection process by which participants will be chosen
• Itinerary
• Course syllabus
Contact: Amy Kehoe; akehoe@umich.edu

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1st International Congress on Chinese Studies: Immigration and Cultural Exchanges



Dear Colleagues and interested Researchers,

The Organizing Committee of 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHINESE STUDIES is honoured to announce the Second Call for Papers in the 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHINESE STUDIES (Main Theme: Immigration and Cultural Exchanges). The Conference will take place in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain), from 26th to 29th November, 2008. We would also ask that this Call for Papers be made available to as many interested people as possible.

For registration and workshop information for this event, please check the following link:

Important Dates


Registration Deadline: 22nd November or during the Congress


Second call for abstracts: Deadline 5th November

(later papers will be considered and selected)

Confirmation of admission:

Second call: 7th November

Deadline for send definitive papers (for pusblishing, reviewed by peers): 30 March 2009


Dr. Fang Xiao
Organizing Committee Chair

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Trial of two digital databases

Adam Matthews Digital (http://www.amdigital.co.uk/), a British company providing research and teaching resources, has offered us a 30-day trial of two major English-language digital collections focusing on China and Japan.

America, Asia, and the Pacific: the Edward Sylvester Morse Collection

China: Trade, Politics & Culture, 1793-1980.

The trial will expire on Nov. 9. During the period both collections can be accessed from any IP addresses on U-M campus.

Posted by zzhu at 09:57 AM

October 09, 2008

Call for Papers: University of Toronto, Ninth Annual East Asia Conference 2009

Social Constructions Delineating Intellectual Realms, March 14, 2009

In what ways do the semiotics of social constructions in East Asian
societies impact the definition of intellectual spaces there? Our
conference seeks to challenge participants to critically evaluate
the implications of social transactions for academic discourse in East Asian contexts.

We invite papers that critically engage topics relevant to the issue
of defining intellectual space, particularly in the context of
negotiating with constructed realities.

Topics may include (though are not limited to) such issues as mediations of research and academic publications, conciliations of intellectual discourse with established institutions and conventions, the history of academic institutionalization and definition and perpetuation of class structures and other social identities as they relate to intellectual space in the East Asian context.

We invite all those interested in presenting papers to submit an abstract (300 words maximum) and brief biographical information by December 21st. We encourage submissions from both individuals and panels of three (panelists should send individual abstracts and a panel abstract). Please indicate whether you would like your completed paper to be considered for publication in the East Asian Forum journal published by graduate students of the East Asian Studies department at the University of Toronto. Selected participants should submit completed papers by February 4th. Please email your submissions and questions to the conference committee at

Schedule and additional information will be posted at: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/easgsc/Main.html

Posted by zzhu at 10:35 PM

Yasheng Huang book reviewed in The Economist

Yasheng Huang
Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Huang will speak at UM on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 at 7 pm
His lecture is titled "Rethinking Chinese Reforms"
1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 S. University

From The Economist Print Edition, Oct. 2, 2008:

Chinese capitalism
The Long March Backwards

A surprising new book argues that China is becoming less, not more, of a capitalist economy.

MOST people, particularly those living outside China, assume that the country’s phenomenal growth and increasing global heft are based on a steady, if not always smooth, transition to capitalism. Thirty years of reforms have freed the economy and it can be only a matter of time until the politics follows.

This gradualist view is wrong, according to an important new book by Yasheng Huang, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Original research on China is rare, largely because statistics, though plentiful, are notoriously unreliable. Mr Huang has gone far beyond the superficial data on gross domestic product (GDP) and foreign direct investment that satisfy most researchers. Instead, he has unearthed thousands of long-forgotten pages of memoranda and policy documents issued by bank chairmen, businessmen and state officials. In the process he has discovered two Chinas: one, from not so long ago, vibrant, entrepreneurial and rural; the other, today’s China, urban and controlled by the state.

In the 1980s rural China was in the ascendancy. Peasants, far from being tied to the land, as has been assumed, were free to set up manufacturing, distribution and service businesses and these were allowed to retain profits, pay dividends, issue share capital and even a form of stock option. State banks rushed to provide the finance. Nian Guangjiu, a farmer from impoverished Anhui province, built up a business selling sunflower seeds (a popular snack), employed over 100 people and made a million yuan (nearly $300,000) in profit in 1986—just a decade after Mao’s death. Because most of this activity was set up under the misleading label of “Township and Village Enterprises?, Western academics largely failed to spot that these ostensibly collective businesses were, in fact, private.

But then, in 1989, came the Tiananmen Square protests. A generation of policymakers who had grown up in the countryside, led by Zhao Ziyang, were swept away by city boys, notably the president, Jiang Zemin, and Zhu Rongji, his premier. Both men hailed from Shanghai and it was the “Shanghai model? that dominated the 1990s: rapid urban development that favoured massive state-owned enterprises and big foreign multinational companies. The countryside suffered. Indigenous entrepreneurs were starved of funds and strangled with red tape. Like many small, private businessmen, Mr Nian was arrested and his firm shut down.

True, China’s cities sprouted gleaming skyscrapers, foreign investment exploded and GDP continued to grow. But it was at a huge cost. As the state reversed course, taxing the countryside to finance urban development, growth in average household income and poverty eradication slowed while income differences and social tensions widened. Rural schools and hospitals were closed, with the result that between 2000 and 2005 the number of illiterate adults increased by 30m. According to Mr Huang, the worst weaknesses of China’s state-led capitalism—a reliance on creaking state companies rather than more efficient private ones, a weak financial sector, pollution and rampant corruption—are increasingly distorting the economy.

But what about the growing cohort of Chinese companies starting to strut the world stage? Surely that is evidence of a healthy and expanding private economy. Mr Huang’s evidence shows that, on closer inspection, these firms are either not really Chinese or not really private. Lenovo, a computer group, has succeeded because it was controlled, financed and run not from mainland China but from Hong Kong (a happy legacy of the founder’s family connections there—not something enjoyed by most Chinese businessmen). The subsidiaries of Haier, a white-goods maker, were also put out of reach of mainland bureaucrats early on. Wahaha, a food producer, Galanz, a maker of microwave ovens, and many others all depended on foreign protection and capital to grow and escape state strictures.

Indeed one of the main, and underappreciated, functions of foreign investment in China has been to play venture capitalist to domestic entrepreneurs. As for Huawei, a telecoms group and one of China’s much vaunted “global? companies, its structure and links to the state are so convoluted that the most diligent China-watchers have little idea if it is a private or state firm. They do, however, agree that Huawei’s opacity is a microcosm of China’s distorted economy.

Could China genuinely embrace entrepreneurial capitalism again, as it did in the 1980s? Its current leaders under President Hu Jintao, who cut his teeth in Guizhou and Tibet, two of the poorest and most rural provinces, talk about supporting the countryside and reducing social inequality. But nothing much has been done. China’s deep problems demand institutional and political reform. Sadly, as Beijing’s heavy-handed control of the Olympics suggests, there is scant hope of that.


Posted by moyera at 04:11 PM

October 07, 2008

The Premodern Colloquium - October 19th

On Sunday, October 19, the interdisciplinary faculty/graduate student discussion group known as The Premodern Colloquium will meet at the home of
Tom Green.
1100 Berkshire

(take the 5th left off Washtenaw, after the junction of Hill and Washtenaw)
3:30 PM: coffee
4:00 PM: discussion

The discussion will be of Professor Christian de Pee's paper, "Purchase on Power: Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127." If you would like to participate, please write to Terre Fisher (telf@umich.edu) for a copy of the paper.

Christian de Pee is assistant professor in the Department History and his publications include:

The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.

"Words of Seduction, Lines of Resistance: Writing and Gender in Zheng Xi’s Dream of Spring (1318)," in Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in China, 9.2 (2007), 247-283.

Posted by moyera at 03:11 PM

Tenured Associate or Full Professor at UNC Chapel Hill

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Proposed Start Date: 7.1.2009
Recruitment ID: 1001059

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications from outstanding scholars for a tenured faculty position at either the associate professor or full professor level in any aspect of the contemporary studies of East Asia.
Preference may be given to applicants who can teach content courses about contemporary China.

Preference is for an appointment at the senior level.

For the purposes of this search, East Asia is considered to include China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The person hired will be expected to continue to develop research and teaching initiatives relating to their thematic and theoretical interests and East Asia.

Experience with developing graduate programs and in graduate-level teaching will be an advantage. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will contribute substantially to the academic and intellectual leadership of the Department.

Education Requirements: A Ph.D. degree in the social sciences or humanities.

Qualifications and Experience: A Ph.D. degree in the social sciences or humanities is required. The appointee will have a substantial record of research and publication. Preference may be for a candidate with experience teaching contemporary China content courses. Experience of developing graduate programs and in graduate-level teaching will be an advantage.

Special Instructions: Qualified applicants should submit an application including their CV online at http://hr.unc.edu/jobseekers/. Search for positions listed in Asian Studies. In the cover letter the applicant should list at least four senior scholars from whom the Search Committee can solicit evaluations. Additional application materials, including a statement of research and teaching interests and experience, and two samples of authored chapters or research articles, may be uploaded at the above website.

The review of applications will begin 28 November 2008 and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

For additional academic information, contact Kevin Hewison, Search Committee Chair, khewison@unc.edu (email); 919.843.0130 (voice).

Administrative queries to asiasearch@unc.edu.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted by moyera at 02:24 PM

October 03, 2008

JING Qicheng, Professor of Psychology, Dies at 82

The CCS community mourns the passing of Professor Jing, pioneering researcher in Chinese psychology, long-time friend and collaborator to many at U-M.

Notice from Prof. Kan Zhang to the colleagues around the world:

Dear Colleagues,
Thank you for your condolences for the loss of Professor Jing and your interest in attending the funeral services on October 8, 2008. Following the traditions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the wishes of Professor Jing’s survivors, friends and colleagues from outside of Beijing are not encourage to attend the funeral or other services. Your condolences as well as flowers, wreaths, or a memorial verse are welcome.
For those who would like to send flowers or a wreath, please just let us know, we will arrange this in your name; please do not send any funds to us.
For condolences, lines of verse or other written notes to convey your respect to Professor Jing and condolences to his family please use email to: Miss Duan Huang, huangd@psych.ac.cn
A commemorative book/autograph book will be issued in due time; and articles and photos from international friends are welcomed for this purpose.
Thank you for sharing this difficult time with us. Your friendship to Professor Jing, his family and Chinese psychologists are deeply appreciated. Please check our websites for more information related to the funeral and other services for Professor Jing. I am sorry for that at this time most of the web is still in Chinese except the condolences letters originally in English. We will have the English form as soon as possible.
Web site of the institute: http://www.psych.ac.cn/
Web site of the society: http://www.cpsbeijing.org/
With best wishes--
Kan Zhang
Director, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
President, Chinese Psychological Society

Dear Colleagues,
I have to report to you a very bad news that our great teacher, your long time friend, Professor Jing passed away suddenly by heart attack yesterday around noon when he was attending the 60 years ceremony of teaching of Professor Houcan Zhang, at Beijing Normal University. He was not suffering from any pain.
His survivors are his wife Professor Wang, his two sons, his daughter and his grand children. They all went to the hospital at the first time after knowing the situation of professor Jing. All of the directors of the institute and most of leader of psychology in China were at the hospital, they came as professor Jing did, for the ceremony of professor Zhang's 60 year anniversary of teaching.
We are all in sudden shock and deep grief.
I am going to visit his family to learn their opinions on the arrangements for a funeral.
I will keep you posted.

Posted by zzhu at 04:31 PM

New publication by CCS faculty - Linda Lim

Posted by zzhu at 03:26 PM

October 02, 2008

China Plural: Local Identity, Contesting Visions, and Constructing Nation (October 17-18, 2008) at The Ohio State University

This conference is to communicate, elaborate, and expand an interdisciplinary discourse on a multifaceted view on China. Since the 1990s as an emerging world power beyond the East Asian region, China has been one of the most speculated, researched, and analyzed topics in academia, mass media, and policy debates in the United States. However, the majority of studies and analysis on the topic have been framed within a simulacrum of China based on the imagined homogeneity of its history, people, and culture. This monolithic image, an awakened dragon to the call of the global capitalism, has shaped not only the studies of China, but also dominated the policy debates and public imagination of China in this country. By convening scholars working on local, linguistic, and cultural diversity of China, this conference will highlight the heterogeneous and dynamic inner workings of China, and examine the representation, construction, and reproduction of "a homogeneous China" both inside and outside its national boundary.

This October conference will consist of three panels focusing on local identity, contesting visions, and constructing nation in China. Each panel will have three presenters and one discussant. The local identity panel will focus on the development of regional networks and identities in different parts of China during various time periods. The contesting visions panel will study the emergence of increasing economic, political, and social stratification among residents of China, and analyze its implications for the future unfolding of Chinese society. The constructing nation panel will analyze how the notion of “One China? has been produced and circulated both in academic and public sphere throughout history and explore the construction of Chinese nationalism based on the notion of homogeneous “Han? minzu. A discussant in each panel will provide a comparative perspective on the papers presented and suggest a possibility and direction of a further collaborated research in the future.

Dr. Dru Gladney, the author of “Dislocating China (Chicago UP: 2006) and president of the Pacific Basin Institute, will be a keynote speaker for the event and other leading scholars in history, anthropology, and literature will participate in the conference. As an end product of the conference, the organizer and East Asian Studies Center of OSU plan to publish either an edited volume on "Multi-China: the Past, Present, and Future (tentative title)" or a special guest-edited issue of the leading journal, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, based on the presented papers, discussion, and follow-up communications.

This two-day conference aims to provide a combination of formal panel discussion and informal exchange of ideas among the participants and the audience. Unlike a large scale event, this conference will provide more intimate yet innovating venue for twelve to fifteen participants to engage in a scholarly conversation over the weekend. For this purpose, the organizer will also host two exclusive dinners for the participants in locally renowned restaurants where they can exchange personal experiences and preliminary research projects in a friendly and casual setting. The organizer hopes that the conference will not only provide a timely opportunity to underline multi-dimensional aspects of China, but also offer a juncture where scholars of China can share their visions and advance further collaborations in the future.

Posted by zzhu at 08:20 PM

October 01, 2008

UMass Boston Political Science position

The University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Globalization, East Asia & China, in its Political Science department, beginning Fall 2009.

More detailed information about the listed position is available on the University's website at http://umb.interviewexchange.com. Candidates must have an earned doctorate by 8/31/09 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and any other items listed in website position descriptions. Send application materials as requested [include Search # if indicated on website] to the University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125-3393.

UMass Boston is a Carnegie-classified Intensive Research University located in one of the most diverse and intellectually rich cities of the United States. Its undergraduate and graduate enrollment of nearly 14,000 students makes it the second largest campus in the UMass system. Its seven colleges are composed of more than 800 full-time and part-time faculty who provide over 150 academic programs leading to baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Posted by zzhu at 11:29 PM

International Travel Registry

The U-M Travel Registry helps facilitate communications in the event
of emergency situations for faculty, staff and students traveling
outside the United States for activities related to the University,
such as study, research, participation in sponsored projects or
programs, or other business. The Registry has helped to identify and
locate individuals in a number of urgent situations, including subway
bombings in London.

1. Individuals traveling outside the United States for any
University-related activity are strongly advised to provide emergency
contact information through this on-line registry, which is located on
the webpage of the International Travel Oversight Committee:
http://www.umich.edu/~itoc/. Individual travelers are asked to
register trips on-line and provide itinerary and contact information
both in the US and abroad. Faculty, staff, and students are reminded
to register their travel and to keep the information current.

2. Faculty are also reminded that University policy requires faculty
leading groups of students abroad to provide to the dean or the dean's
representative with the following information prior to departure:

-Names of students, faculty and/or staff who will be traveling.

-Flight information.

-Complete itinerary and contact information, including telephone
numbers and addresses for hotels or other places of residence.

-A plan for maintaining communication with the University during the trip.

Faculty are required to register group travel information with the
on-line U-M Travel Registry.

In the event of an emergency, the information in the Travel Registry
may be accessed by the Department of Public Safety and the
International Travel Oversight Committee to facilitate communication.

This website is secure against unauthorized access to information. All
personal information is deleted automatically 30 days after the
registered date of return to the U.S.

Posted by zzhu at 05:11 PM

Winners, we have them!

Congratulations to the 2008 CCS Photo Competition Winners!

First Place – Marilyn Mai, Homeland Pride
Second Place – Shu-li Huang, A Family of Silver Artisans
Third Place – Jason Lin, Broken Home, Broken Family

The theme of this year's competition was "Home and Family." All the entries, including the winning photographs, are on display in the International Institute Gallery October 1-31, 2008.

Posted by zzhu at 05:01 PM