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December 24, 2008

GRE • SAT Test Preparation Instructor Positions

Sherwood Test Prep is seeking test preparation instructors for its GRE and SAT classes. These are part-time positions with classes once per week on Sundays. The company seeks intelligent, charismatic instructors who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills. Sherwood Test Prep has a social mission to provide top caliber test preparation courses at a value price. Team Sherwood is committed to the social responsibility of accessible test preparation courses: Everyone deserves to put their best score out there.

Salary: $30.00 per hour for GRE and/or SAT classroom instruction.


• Education: Current graduate or professional student (Ph.D. (or equivalent), Master’s, J.D.); or Completed Ph.D. (or equivalent), J.D., or Master’s degree.

• Test Scores: Top-tier test scores on one of the following: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT, or ACT.

• Teaching Experience: Have taught at least one university semester/quarter class. Prior university teaching experience is required.

• Quantitative and Verbal Skills: Must have BOTH excellent math and verbal/writing skills. Sherwood Test Prep Instructors teach the entire course.

• Consistent Sunday Commitment: We seek team players who are flexible and can teach on consecutive Sundays throughout the entire year. We only take off four weekends per year (those corresponding to): Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Instructors can teach from 3 to 6 hours per weekend.


If interested, please send your (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume/Vita, and (3) Test Scores to: employment@sherwoodtest.com Interviews and hiring are to commence immediately.

Teaching test preparation is a fun and rewarding experience. As an instructor you will have the opportunity to help bright, high-achieving students achieve their goals and dreams of entering their first choice Universities and programs. We hire good people who are intelligent, compassionate, honorable, and dependable. All test prep instructors are respectfully treated as faculty members and are afforded autonomy and latitude in the courses they teach.

At Sherwood Test Prep, our work is to help others.

Sherwood Test Prep, Inc.

Posted by zzhu at 10:59 AM

December 21, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - Comparative Literature 780: "The Bildungsroman in Modern East Asia"

Posted by zzhu at 03:31 PM

December 19, 2008

Kenneth Lieberthal on China and the global economic downturn

"They are always concerned about job creation."

"China, an Engine of Growth, Faces a Global Slump"
by Jim Yardley and Keith Bradsher, The New York Times

Posted by zzhu at 02:57 PM

Kenneth Lieberthal assesses Timothy Geithner's leadership potential in dealing with China

"One possibility is that the strategic economic dialogue continues, but moves to another venue in the government."

"Treasury's Lead Role in China in Flux"
by Mark Landler, The New York Times

Posted by zzhu at 02:35 PM

Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations 2009-2010 Call for Applications

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) announces a not-for-credit seminar for master's students and doctoral students at the pre-candidacy level intending to pursue field-based research outside the United States.

This seminar is open to students in the early stages of graduate training with interests in international and area studies who can demonstrate goals of completing training and research through the doctorate. Graduate students from across disciplines are invited to apply.

The Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations offers students the opportunity to develop theses projects, pre-dissertation proposals, and dissertation prospectuses with their peers, in an interdisciplinary setting. The goals of the seminar include:
• Increasing students' capacity for understanding research designs and systems of evidence developed in other professions and disciplines
• Examining issues of ethics and values in the development and conduct of cross-cultural and cross-national research
• Encouraging high-level critical discussion of methodology and epistemology
• Discussing different qualities and characteristics of data in international research.

The seminar will meet 5-7 times a term for two-hour sessions on Friday afternoons, which will be organized around the discussion of presentations by participating students. Several sessions will also be devoted to the discussion of papers, research proposals, and faculty and visitor presentations.

Each student admitted to GSGT will have access to a restricted research fund of up to $4,500, to be used for a preliminary visit to the prospective foreign research site and for specialized language training necessary for dissertation research.

Students must commit to participating in the seminar for three terms, and will be expected to make a presentation to the group following their research trip, and to discuss methodology, challenges, and results with seminar participants. Participants must also submit a brief written report (1-2 pages) within four weeks after completing field research.

Applications must include—4 hard copies of the following:
 Completed CICS funding request cover sheet
 2-3-page letter that addresses the student’s research topic
 Two letters of support from a faculty advisor and/or departmental director of graduate studies
 Official transcript of grades
Members of the CICS advisory board will determine admission to the GSGT program.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by 5pm (for admission to the seminar in September 2009)

Contact Folaké Graves at Tel: 734.764.3149 or Email: fograves@umich.edu

Posted by zzhu at 01:18 PM

December 15, 2008

The Ann Arbor News covers the U-M China Task Force final report

"University of Michigan mulls China office"
by Dave Gershman, The Ann Arbor News

Posted by zzhu at 11:27 AM

December 12, 2008

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship - Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

2009–2010 Competition Announcement

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce the 2009–2010 competition for the An Wang Post-doctoral Fellowship to support research in Chinese Studies. Well-designed projects at any stage, from initial research to revision for publication, are welcome.

Research topics can cover any period of Chinese history or contemporary China, involving any academic discipline. Applicants in pre-modern humanities are encouraged to apply, as are applicants in contemporary social sciences. Priority will be given to those candidates who have had no previous post-doctoral fellowships. Candidates must be able to provide evidence of successful completion of their PhD degree by June 1, 2009, and may not be more than five years beyond receipt of the PhD. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must include the date and score of the most recent TOEFL examination or other evidence of proficiency in English (such as a letter from an academic advisor or a degree from a U.S. university).

The Center invites An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows to submit completed manuscripts to the publications program of the Harvard University Asia Center and to discuss publication ideas with the editor of the program while in Cambridge. Fellows are expected to be resident at the Fairbank Center during the time of their award and to actively participate in the events and the intellectual life of the Center. Fellows are expected to contribute to the greater Harvard community by teaching, mentoring, or advising students.

Up to four fellowships will be offered for the coming year.

Application deadline: February 1, 2009. Your application packet must include an original signed application form, an updated curriculum vitae, and a 5-page double-spaced plan of research and writing for the year of appointment. Two letters of reference should be mailed directly to the Fairbank Center. Submitting a writing sample, such as a dissertation chapter, is strongly encouraged.

Total stipend for one year: $45,000.

Posted by zzhu at 01:59 PM

December 11, 2008

Ito Foundation for International Education and Exchange Fellowship 2009 Award Announcement

This fellowship provides up to two years of funding for enrollment at a Japanese university in a
graduate degree program or for independent research as a research student (kenkyusei) affiliated at a
Japanese university or an equivalent organization. The field of study/research is open.

• Full tuition (actual amount not to exceed 2 million yen/academic year)
• Living allowance of 180,000 yen per month
• Transportation expense (actual amount not to exceed predefined limit for fiscal year)
• Graduate students currently enrolled in a UM graduate or professional degree program
• Undergraduate students expecting to receive their degrees from UM in December 2008, May 2009,
or August 2009.
• US national
• Some conversational Japanese ability

• Applications are reviewed by the Center for Japanese Studies admissions and fellowships committee
for evaluation and ranking.
• Ito Foundation board of trustees will select and notify fellowship recipients.
• Selection criteria (given by the Ito Foundation):
o Excellent academic record and character
o Financial need

• Applications are available from the Center for Japanese Studies Student Services Coordinator, 4640
SSWB, 1080 S. University.
Deadline: Monday, January 12, 2009
• All application materials must be received by the Center for Japanese Studies by the deadline.

Posted by zzhu at 06:30 PM

December 10, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - History of Art 394.004: "Approaches to Chinese Landscape Painting," Wen-chien Cheng

Posted by zzhu at 02:25 PM

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 410: "Acupuncture History," Miranda Brown

Posted by zzhu at 02:13 PM

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 380.001: "East Asian Horror," Chika Hinoshita

Posted by zzhu at 02:11 PM

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 235: "Intro to Asian Cultures," Jonathan Zwicker

Posted by zzhu at 02:04 PM

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 231: "Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism," Donald Lopez

Posted by zzhu at 01:55 PM

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 220/Religion 220: "Introduction to Asian Religions," Arvind Mandair

Posted by zzhu at 01:49 PM

December 09, 2008

CCS Well Represented at 2009 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture Series

2009 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture Series
Rackham Amphitheatre
Reception immediately following - Rackham Assembly Hall

Wednesday, January 28
Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (2005), CCS Faculty Associate
Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Monday, February 16
Joyce E. Penner (2007)
Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
College of Engineering

Wednesday, March 25
Hyman Bass (2008)
Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics
and Mathematics Education
Professor of Mathematics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Professor of Mathematics Education
School of Education

Wednesday, April 1
Yu Xie (2007), CCS Faculty Associate
Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Tuesday, April 14
Jane E. Dutton (2007)
Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration
and Psychology;
Professor of Psychology
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Professor of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Corporate Strategy and International Business
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Posted by zzhu at 03:32 PM

China Task Force Final Report Released

The University of Michigan President's Task Force on China, whose members include Mary Gallagher, CCS Director, and several CCS faculty associates, has made a number of recommendations in a new report.

To read more about the Task Force, its report, and a summary of the recommendations, please see article in the latest issue of The Record.

Click on the report cover to download the full report.

Posted by zzhu at 01:23 PM

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), Social Science Research Council

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) is a strategic fellowship program designed to help graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation proposals that are intellectually pointed, amenable to completion in a reasonable time frame, and competitive in fellowship competitions.

The program is organized around distinct "research fields," subdisciplinary and interdisciplinary domains with common intellectual questions and styles of research. Each year, an SSRC Field Selection Committee selects five fields proposed by pairs of research directors who are tenured professors at different doctoral degree-granting programs at U.S. universities. Research directors receive a stipend of $10,000. Graduate students in the early phase of their research, generally 2nd and 3rd years, apply to one of five research fields led by the two directors; each group is made up of twelve graduate students. Fellows participate in two workshops, one in the late spring that helps prepare them to undertake predissertation research on their topics; and one in the early fall, designed to help them synthesize their summer research and to draft proposals for dissertation funding. Fellows are eligible to apply for up to $5000 from SSRC to support predissertation research during the summer.


Posted by zzhu at 01:17 PM

December 08, 2008

The Asia Foundation Junior Associate in Asian Affairs Program

Deadline for the Spring 2009 program is December 22, 2008!

The Asia Foundation invites graduate students and recent graduate degree holders to apply for a limited number of opportunities as Junior Associates in Asian Affairs in the Foundation’s offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. These short-term affiliations are to further the professional development of individuals specifically interested in Asia. Successful applicants will gain further knowledge of the region and an understanding of the Foundation’s work through specific assignments such as the following: conducting research; contributing to proposal development; assisting with the design and implementation of programs; preparing reports on Foundation projects; and other tasks as needed.

Two full-time Junior Associate positions are available during each of the three programs which are offered throughout the year (spring, summer, and fall). The individuals selected for these short-term affiliations will be placed in one of the Foundation's offices in the United States (San Francisco and Washington, D.C.), and each Junior Associate will receive a monthly stipend during the three-month program. Learn more about the program and application process here.

Posted by zzhu at 03:55 PM

Up the Yangtze - February 14 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Yung Chang; Canada, 2008; 93 minutes (English, Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with English subtitles)

Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life of a “farewell cruise? that traverses the gargantuan waterway. With narrative agility, a humanist gaze and wry wit, Chang’s approach beautifully captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner: below deck, a bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher, sent to work by her peasant family who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck, a phalanx of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. Singularly moving and cinematically breathtaking, Up the Yangtze gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large.

Posted by batesbe at 11:49 AM

China Upside Down - February 28 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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Directed by Freddy Coppens; 2008; 52 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

In 1992, Deng Xiaoping’s infamous slogan “it is glorious to get rich? unleashed one of the biggest revolutions in the thousand year-old country of China. Deng threw the “classless society? and the “equal division of the means of production? to the wind. As the narrator says, “You can smell money everywhere.? This film profiles several families who rose from subsistence incomes to fabled luxury through the inventiveness and ambition of the extended family. The stories of these families provide an insight into the unique fusion of capitalism and communism that is becoming present day China.

Posted by batesbe at 11:48 AM

Love and Sex in China - March 7 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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Produced and Directed by Annemarie Gallone, 2008; 51 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Click on the photo to view the trailer.

As China changes at an awesome rate, becoming more industrialized, urban and westernized, this film explores how this has impacted traditional relationships between men and women. Our guide is a young journalist, Yang Li Ne, whose parents have just divorced and whose own marriage is unraveling. She speaks about love and sex with young Beijingers, as well as older couples from the villages. Many of the young are afraid of commitment and are cynical about love and marriage. Money, not love, they say, is the basis for marriage. Prostitution is rampant; an estimated 6% of the national revenue comes from prostitution. Older couples reflect on the vanishing traditions that have given their marriages stability. A young gay man who was hesitant to be identified describes the homophobia in Chinese society and the secrecy with which gay and lesbians must lead their lives. He talks about the difference between making love and having sex. Examples of China’s traditional erotic art, which was nurtured by the imperial court, are laced throughout the film. (Please Note: This film would be rated R)

Posted by batesbe at 11:47 AM

Swing in Beijing - April 11 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Shui-Bo Wang; China, 2000; 74 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

A comprehensive survey of creative life in contemporary Beijing, Swing in Beijing captures a remarkable impression of the current state of fine and performing arts in this rapidly changing city. Academy Award nominee Shui-Bo Wang has incorporated interviews with artists, filmmakers, and musicians – including rock musician Gao Xing, painter Wei Dong, commercial artist Zhan Wang, filmmaker Jia Zhangke, and theater director Men Jeng Hui – along with clips of films, plays, music videos, paintings and other artwork in galleries and studios, and revealing footage of a city in transition. "A powerful impression of a varied, radical, and seemingly vibrant arts underground . . . a surprising, provocative, and stimulating look at this potentially influential subculture." – Professor Patrick Dowdey, Wesleyan University, Curator of the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.

Posted by batesbe at 11:46 AM

The Bird’s Nest: Herzog and de Meuron in China - March 21 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindheim; 2008; 88 minutes (Mandarin and English with English subtitles)

Many events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. Plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by the locals as the “bird’s nest.? This documentary chronicles the five-year effort to build the stadium, as well as Herzog and de Meuron’s design for a new city district in Jinhua, involving hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. In addition to following the progress of both projects, from initial design and groundbreaking, Bird’s Nest features interviews with Herzon and de Meuron, Chinese architects Ai Wei Wei and Yu Qiu Rong, plus additional commentary by cultural advisor Dr. Uli Sigg, the former Swiss Ambassador to China

Posted by batesbe at 11:44 AM

The World - April 4 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Jia Zhangke; China, 2005, 139 minutes (Mandarin and Shanxi dialect with English subtitles)

In this acclaimed narrative feature, Chinese director Jia Zhangke (Platform, Unknown Pleasures) casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-something-year-olds from China’s remote provinces who come to live and work at Beijing’s World Park.

Posted by batesbe at 11:42 AM

Manufactured Landscapes - April 18 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Jennifer Baichwal; Canada, 2007; 90 minutes (English and Chinese with English subtitles)

A striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet.

Posted by batesbe at 11:38 AM

Yiching Wu

Coping with Crisis in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution: Toward a Historical Critique of China’s Postsocialist Condition

Tuesday, January 20
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Yiching Wu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows and U-M Assistant Professor in Anthropology and History

China’s post-Mao reforms provide a great opportunity to explore a number of important historical, political, and theoretical issues with respect to postsocialist transitions. Focusing on the late 1970s, this talk situates the inaugural moment of China’s liberalizing turn in the context of the organic crisis of the party-state and its ideological apparatus in the wake of the Cultural Revolution. The early post-Mao years of the late 1970s is extremely important, as it was the time when ideological possibilities contrasting sharply from what was to become the new hegemonic formation of the 1980s and 1990s flourished briefly in what was a spontaneous movement of popular activism and criticism, cultural renaissance, and social mobilization. Professor Wu examines the state’s maneuver as tactics of crisis management aiming to contain and neutralize the emergent opposition from below.

Yiching Wu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows, and Assistant Professor in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. An anthropologist trained at the University of Chicago, where he specialized in contemporary Chinese politics and culture, he is interested in popular social movements, class formation and consciousness, socialism and postsocialist transitions, and politics of hegemony and resistance. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the popular transgressions and radicalization within the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s.

Posted by batesbe at 10:56 AM

David Porter

Gendered Utopias in Chinese Porcelains and English Women's Writings of the 17th Century

Tuesday, January 27
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

David Porter
U-M Professor of English

This talk will explore a curious and unexpected convergence in the iconography of Chinese transitional ware porcelain and new genres of English women's writing in the 17th century, and will offer reflections on the methodological problems raised by such instances of historical simultaneity.

David Porter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Ideographia: The Chinese Cipher in Early Modern Europe and a number of articles on the Chinese taste in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.

Posted by batesbe at 10:55 AM

David R. Knechtges

The Problem with Anthologies: The Case of the Poems of Ying Qu (190-252)

Tuesday, February 3
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

David R. Knechtges
Professor of Literature, University of Washington

The shi poems in the Wen xuan are classified into twenty-three categories. There is one troublesome category designated “Bai yi? 百一, which literally means “one hundred one? or “one of a hundred.? The “Bai yi? category in the Wen xuan contains only one poem by a single poet, Ying Qu 應璩 (190–252). Li Shan ?善 (d. 689) in his commentary to the Wen xuan records four explanations of title “Bai yi? all of which state that Ying Qu’s poems contained veiled criticisms of contemporary affairs. In this paper, I examine the extant fragments of Ying Qu’s poems. I also consider the question of why some sources designate his poems not as “Bai yi,? but xin shi 新詩 or “new poems.? I adduce evidence to show that Ying Qu was considered throughout the Wei, Jin, Nanbeichao period the premier author of poems critical of contemporary affairs, and his poems were called “new? because he was the first poet to use the pentasyllabic form to write a series of critical poems. I also reconsider Ying Qu’s “Bai yi? poem included in the Wen xuan and argue that it may actually contain an implicit criticism of the court.

David R. Knechtges is Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Washington. He also has taught at Yale, Wisconsin, and Harvard. He is the author of over 100 articles and nine books including Two Studies of the Han Fu (1968), The Han Rhapsody: A Study of the Fu of Yang Hsiung (53 B.C. –A.D.18) (1976), The Han shu Biography of Yang Xiong (1982), Wen-xuan or Selections of Refined Literature. Volume One. Rhapsodies on Metropolises and Capitals 1982), Wen xuan or Selections of Refined Literature. Volume Two. Rhapsodies on Sacrifices, Hunts, Travel, Palaces and Halls, Rivers and Seas (1987), Wen xuan, Volume Three, Rhapsodies on Natural Phenomena, Birds and Animals, Aspirations and Feelings, Sorrowful Laments, Literature, Music and Passions(1996), Editor and co-translator, Gong Kechang. Studies of the Han Fu (1997), Court Culture and Literature in Early China (2002), Co-editor, with Paul Kroll. Studies in Early Medieval Chinese Literature and Cultural History (2003), Co-editor, with Eugene Vance, Rhetoric and the Discourses of Power in Court Culture, East and West, 2005. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Posted by batesbe at 10:49 AM

Xuefei Ren

Transnational Architectural Production in Urban China

Tuesday, February 10
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Xuefei Ren
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University

Professor Xuefei Ren will talk about her forthcoming book "Transnational Architectural Production in Urban China." Based on more than 100 interviews with developers, architects, residents, governmental officials in Beijing and Shanghai between 2004 and 2007, the book explores why China’s urban elites have repeatedly turned to international architects to design their mega projects, and how Beijing and Shanghai have become strategic nodes in the global network of architectural production.

Xuefei Ren is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Global Urban Studies Program at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 2007. Her research interests include global political economy, politics of urban development, and sociology of space and built environment. She is currently working on a few projects, including (1) heterogeneous Chinese urbanism, (2) urban governance in China and India, (3) the global art market. She has published her work in a number of academic journals, such as City and Community, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Built Environment, and CITY.

Posted by batesbe at 10:48 AM

James Lee

Higher Education and Diversity: The Changing Origins of University Students in China, 1903-2002

Tuesday, February 17
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

James Lee
U-M Professor of History and Sociology

James Lee has five authored or coauthored five books and five edited books published or soon to be published. He is also the co-editor of Historical Methods and the MIT Series in Eurasian Population and Family History. In 2000, he received the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Social Demography and the Social Science History Association Allan Sharlin Award for Best Book in Social Science History. His areas of academic specialization include late imperial and contemporary China; comparative demography and sociology of populations; social-scientific history. Currently, he holds the position of Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Posted by batesbe at 10:46 AM

Sherman Cochran

Chinese Business Dynasty: Family Survival Strategies in War and Revolution

Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Sherman Cochran
Hu Shih Professor of History, Cornell University

How did a Chinese family survive the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 and the Communist Revolution of 1949? The strategies of one of China’s most economically dominant and politically influential families, the Lius of Shanghai, are revealed in more than 2,000 letters exchanged by its members: father, mother, nine sons, and three daughters. Their intimate correspondence provides a window on their decision making within their own family and in relation to the wider world of business, national politics, and international affairs.

Sherman Cochran is Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History at Cornell University where he teaches modern Chinese and Asian history. His publications include Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China, co-edited with David Strand (Berkeley, 2007) and Encountering Chinese Networks: Western Japanese, and Chinese Corporations in China, 1880-1937 (Berkeley, 2002). His 2006 publication Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia (Harvard University Press, 2006) won the 2008 Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association of Asian Studies for the “greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics or economy of China? since 1900.

Posted by batesbe at 10:45 AM

Nicholas Howson

The Shanghai People's Courts -- Competence, Autonomy and Independence

Tuesday, March 10
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Nicholas Howson
Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan Law School

In late 2005, China's Company Law was almost completely re-written, most importantly to provide for a host of new claims which could be brought by private litigants before the Chinese People's Courts. This new "justiability" of China's corporate law presents a very significant challenge to China's developing legal institutions, and their demonstrated technical competence, institutional autonomy and political independence. In the Fall of 2008, Professor Howson analyzed hundreds of corporate law opinions rendered by the Shanghai People's Court system between 1994 and 2008 and interviewed Shanghai judges, judicial officials and academics on the same topic. In this Noon Lecture, he will report his preliminary findings, and explore a contemporary expression of what one historian has called the "paradox of modernity" arising from a prior effort at judicial reform in early 20th century China."

Nicholas C. Howson earned his J.D. from the Columbia Law School in 1988 after graduating from Williams College in 1983 and spending 1983-5 as a graduate fellow at Shanghai's Fudan University. After law school, he was awarded a fellowship to complete research in Qing Dynasty penal law when he was resident at Beijing University for the Fall of 1988. In 1988, Howson joined the New York-based international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was elected a partner of the firm, practicing in New York, London, Paris and Beijing. Between 1983 and 2003 he lived for more than a decade in Beijing and Shanghai. Howson writes and lectures widely on Chinese law topics, focusing on Chinese corporate and securities law developments, and has acted as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the UNDP and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and various Chinese government ministries and administrative departments. He serves often as an expert witness on Chinese law matters in U.S. and international litigations. He is a past chair of the Asian Affairs Committee of the New York Bar Association, on the Board of Advisors for the Columbia Law School, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in 2005 after teaching at the Columbia, Harvard and Cornell Law Schools.

Posted by batesbe at 10:43 AM

Yi-Li Wu

Gender, Disease, and Visual Culture: Representations of the Female Breast in Late Imperial Chinese Medicine

Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Yi-Li Wu
Associate Professor of History and Chair of International Studies, Albion College

This talk examines how medical images of female breast disease in 18th and 19th century China were shaped by religious and political iconography, Confucian gender norms, and competing medical definitions of the human body.

Yi-Li Wu is Associate Professor of History and Chair of International Studies at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in International Relations and a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. She is the author of Reproducing Women: Medicine, Metaphor, and Childbirth in Late Imperial China (UC Press, forthcoming). She is currently working on a comparative study of British missionary medicine and Chinese medicine in the mid-19th century.

Posted by batesbe at 10:41 AM

Minyuan Zhao

The 3rd Generation Wireless Technology Standard in China:
A Game Theoretical Perspective

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Minyuan Zhao
Assistant Professor of Strategy, U-M Ross School of Business

As China considers the next technology standard for its large wireless communications market, the process evolves into a 10-year battle among multinational giants, indigenous firms, and the industry authority. This talk provides a game theoretical perspective on the strategies taken by various parties, and explains why the outcome is not inevitable.

Minyuan Zhao is Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. from Stern School of Business, New York University and her master's degree from Fudan University, China. Professor Zhao’s research focuses on firms' innovation strategies, and the interaction between internal organization and external environments in a global context.

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R. Bin Wong

The Taxing Transformation of the Contemporary Chinese State in Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

R. Bin Wong
Director, Asia Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles

This presentation considers the political responses to the challenges of fiscal management as an indicator of state transformation. Public finances figure prominently in accounts of modern European state formation and contemporary concerns for democracy in developing countries. What features of the Chinese state’s major fiscal restructuring since the mid-1990s reflect the fiscal problems and political possibilities of other cases? How can these changes be seen in historical perspective? What might China’s current efforts suggest about future changes within China and are there lessons for other parts of the world?

Wong’s research has examined Chinese patterns of political, economic and social change, especially since eighteenth century, both within Asian regional contexts and compared with more familiar European patterns. Among his books, China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience (Cornell University Press, 1997) also appears in Chinese and a Japanese edition is due out in 2009. Wong has also written or co-authored some fifty articles published in North America, East Asia and Europe, published in Chinese, English, French and Japanese in journals that reach diverse audiences within and beyond academia. His scholarly articles include "Entre monde et nation :Les regions Braudelienne en Asie? in Annales HSS, (56.1 (jan-fev 2001): 5-42); “The Search for European Differences and Domination in the Early Modern World: A View from Asia,? American Historical Review, (107.2 (April 2002): 447-69). More popular essays appear in the Nihon keizai shimbun (Japan Economic Times) the Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay, India). A ten-page interview with Wong appears in the August 2004 issue of Shehui kexue (Social Sciences).

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Charles Hartman

Soldiers, Money, and History in Song China (960-1279)

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

Charles Hartman
Department of East Asian Studies, The University at Albany

In the conventional understanding of Chinese history, the Song dynasty (960-1279) appears as a period during which civil officials, fortified by a renewal of Confucian values and recruited through an expanded civil service system, inaugurated a period of civilian rule that lead to a domination of literati over military officials in the administration of the dynasty. This view derives ultimately from the official Song History (Songshi) of 1345. My research challenges this assumption by examining the history of the dynasty's financial administration. Preliminary results suggest that Song civil officials fought a losing battle for control of dynastic resources, yet, through their control of the state historiographic function, were able to create an enduring historical image to the contrary.

Professor Charles Hartman obtained his PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Indiana University in 1975. A member of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University at Albany since 1980, his present research focuses on the history and historiography of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

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December 04, 2008

CCS MA/MBA student's ride-sharing business heats up during the holidays

Jason Lin, current CCS MA/MBA student, is making a name for himself as CEO and President of Hitchsters.com, an online service that matches travelers for shared (thus, more affordable) rides to major airports. Recently, Jason was interviewed by The San Francisco Examiner about his increasingly popular business.

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Winter 2009 China Courses, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

China-content courses (undergraduate and graduate level):
• Early Civilizations
• Globalizing Consumer Cultures
• Image-Based Ethnography
• Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators - Empire and Nation in Asia
• Modern East Asia
• Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions
• Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
• Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures
• Modern China and Its “Others?
• Arts & Letters of China
• Topics in Asian Studies: East Asian Horror Films
• Acupuncture: Historical and Contemporary Transformations
• Law & Society in China
• China's Evolution Under Communism
• Interpreting the Zhuangzi
• Seminar in Chinese Drama - The Peony Pavilion Old and New: The Politics of Cross-Cultural Theater (and Fiction)
• Legal Strategy for IPR Protection in China
• The World Economy
• China Humanistic Studies
• Independent Study – China
• Master's Thesis in Chinese Studies
• Seminar in Journalistic Performance
• The Chinese Renaissance: Cultural Transformations in Eleventh-Century China
• Imperial China: Ideas, Men, and Society
• Seminar: Studies in Late Imperial China
• The Chinese Corporation
• Intro to World Music
• Special Course – Kunqu
• Approaches to Chinese Landscape Painting
• The Bildungsroman in Modern East Asia

Language courses:
• First-year Chinese II
• Second-year Chinese II
• Reading and Writing Chinese II
• Mandarin Pronunciation
• Third-year Chinese II
• Advanced Spoken Chinese II
• Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers II
• Media Chinese I
• Fourth-year Chinese I
• Chinese for the Professions II
• Readings in Modern Chinese Society and Culture
• Literary Chinese II

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Tenth China Synergy Program

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Fourth WCILCOS International Conference on Chinese Overseas Studies, Guangzhou, China, May 9-11, 2009

Conference: 4th World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS) International Conference, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, May 9-11, 2009

Theme: Interaction and Innovation: Multidimensional Perspectives in Chinese Overseas Studies

Languages: Chinese, English

Date: May 9 - 11, 2009

Venue: Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

Co-sponsors: Jinan University, Ohio University

Organizers: Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies in Jinan University, Jinan University Libraries, Ohio University Libraries

It is our pleasure to announce that the 4th WCILCOS International Conference on Chinese Overseas Studies will be held in Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, from May 9 to May 11 2009.

It has been the aim of the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries in Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS) to promote the nexus between research and documentation and greater interaction between scholars, librarians, and archivists working on the Chinese overseas in different parts of the world. As such, this conference is open to all, and seeks to bring together librarians, archivists, institutes, collectors, scholars, students, and researchers in the field. The first three conferences had been held in the United States (2000), Hong Kong (2003), and Singapore (2005) respectively. This is the first in the series to be held in China.

For the participants and themes in our past conferences, please go to:



Below are some suggested themes and topics. Interested presenters are more than welcome to propose their own topics.

For a more complete list of Research and Documentation themes, please see
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We strongly encourage interested participants to form their own panels.
For those interested,

please go to the website or write to koh@ohio.edu for the panel proposal forms.

Research Themes (selected)

China and the Chinese Overseas; Homelands, Memory, Genealogies; Migration; Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship; Food; Education; Language; Religions Gender; Media; Nation and Ethnicity; Chinatowns; Social Organizations; Chinese Overseas and the Cold War; International relations and the Chinese Overseas etc

Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Themes (Selected)

Specialized Primary Sources; Genealogies; Major Repositories and Collections; Collection Development; Digitizing Projects; Database-building; Documenting the Internet and non-print media; Indexing, Cataloging Issues; Access to Collections; Public Outreach; Exhibitions; Museums

CONFERENCE WEBSITE (English) (Simplified Chinese)

Abstract forms:

Registration forms:


For more information on the organizing bodies, please see the following



Dr. Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Documentation Center:
Jinan University Libraries

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our conference.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Michigan Feminist Studies

Deadline: January 16, 2009

Michigan Feminist Studies invites submissions for its 2009 issue on the theme of Politics and Performativity. Women's roles in politics per se, and more generally in the public sphere, often theorized through notions of performativity, are important topics for feminist researchers, academics, and activists. This volume of Michigan Feminist Studies seeks to engage with this subject from many different angles and perspectives. While our empirical and theoretical focus is on women and gender, we also encourage submissions that draw linkages between gender and other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, and nationality.

We welcome submissions in the form of empirical/scholarly analysis, literature reviews, theoretical papers, creative writing, and visual art from emerging or established scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, artists, creative writers, and activists. We encourage scholarly works from all disciplines, including (but not limited to): anthropology, sociology, psychology, English/literature, linguistics, women's studies, biology, chemistry, physics, history, public health, public policy, philosophy, art history, business/marketing, information sciences, political science, studio arts, communications/media studies, theater, international studies, law, and education. As feminists, we also support interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research.

In this issue of Michigan Feminist Studies we are interested in considering questions such as: How have women in the public sphere/politics been represented in the media? How are women and/feminism implicated in conservative versus liberal politics? How are feminist issues given attention in policy decisions? What is the role of women in grassroots political organizations? How is gender constructed through political discourse? How are femininity and sexuality of female politicians portrayed by the media and handled by the public? How do gendered discourses frame political campaigns? How has the feminist movement been shaped by its political goals? How do drag and other forms of subversive gendered dress make a political statement?

More specific topics for submissions could include:
• Reproductive rights
• Identity politics
• Presentation of the self in the political arena
• Nationalism
• Women and (dis)enfranchisement
• Women, language, & politics
• Political economy
• Public/private divide
• Femininity and political figures in the ancient world
• Sexism in politics
• Gay marriage
• Power of women in ancient dynasties

Please note that these questions and topics are intended as suggestions and not limitations.

Michigan Feminist Studies is an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Manuscripts should be roughly 4000-6000 words and double-spaced. Please submit three single-sided copies, and include a 150-200 word abstract, brief biographical note, institutional and departmental affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Papers may be submitted in the accepted format of your own academic discipline (e.g., MLA, APA). If your paper is selected, you will then be asked to submit an electronic file.

Mail submissions to: Michigan Feminist Studies
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

The Deadline for Submissions is January 16, 2009.

Inquiries can be directed to mfs.editors@umich.edu.

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The Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce the Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs Fellowship for 2009-2010. This year-long program, based in Seattle, focuses on bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. Fellows collaborate with leading scholars to conduct independent research and share research findings with the policymaking community in Washington, D.C.

The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Individuals who have received their master’s degree diplomas up to twelve months prior to the application deadline may apply to the program. Applicants must have completed a master's or equivalent professional degree (MA, MBA, LLM, JD, etc.) by the time the fellowship begins. Prospective fellows should apply only for the year that they expect to participate. No deferrals are permitted.
The Next Generation Leadership program, which is in its fourth year, is training young Asia specialists from a wide variety of fields to bridge the gap between scholarly research and the needs of U.S. policy toward a rapidly changing Asia. Each fellow receives a fellowship award, as well as a stipend for relocation expenses.

The application deadline is January 16, 2009. Fellowships begin June 1, 2009 and conclude May 28, 2010. For further information and application materials please visit http://www.nbr.org/NextGeneration.

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Tenure Track Position in Chinese/China Studies, The College of Charleston

Position Description: Chinese Language Search 2008-2009

The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs (LCWA) at the College of Charleston invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chinese language and China Studies to begin Fall 2009.

The successful candidate will have primary teaching responsibilities in Chinese language at all levels, with a 3/3 teaching load. Candidates should have native or near native fluency in Chinese; a Ph.D. by August 2009 is required, preferably in Chinese or Asian/ East Asian Studies or a related disciplinary field. As a minimum requirement, candidates should possess an advanced degree or certification in Chinese of at least 18 graduate hours. A candidate with a degree in a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences will have the opportunity to teach regularly in that area, and will participate in a growing program in Asian Studies that includes faculty in the Schools of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts, and Business.

Building on its historic strength in languages (a two-year sequence required of all students and over 60 full-time faculty teaching foreign languages), the College of Charleston has created a new school of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs which provides students with exceptional curricular programs in foreign languages and area studies.

Applications should include cover letter with statement of teaching philosophy and research program, c.v., copies of graduate transcripts, representative publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference, and should be sent to by mail to Dr. Mary Beth Heston, Chair, Chinese Search Committee, c/o School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424. The College of Charleston is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply.

The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized, public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities of its kind for quality education, student life and affordability. The College offers a distinctive combination of a beautiful and historic campus, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs.

Screening begins immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will begin August 15, 2009.

College of Charleston: http://www.cofc.edu/

Asian Studies: http://lcwa.cofc.edu/asianstudies/

LCWA: http://lcwa.cofc.edu/home/

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Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific, Cornell University

EXTENDED DEADLINE: December 15, 2008

Call for Papers
Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific: Emerging Visualities and Art Perspectives
Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies Annual Graduate Symposium
Cornell University
February 20-21, 2009

Keynote address:
Dr. Melissa Chiu
Director, Asia Society Museum, New York

The symposium addresses the 20th century processes of decolonization, modernization, and nationbuilding that characterized the regions of Asia and the Pacific. These structures are revisited in the 21st century in the wake of globalization, and art practice in recent years has sought to address these questions, variously embracing or resisting their assumptions, politicizing their implications, or challenging discourse around such formulations. Not only are the cities of Asia and the Pacific growing, but have also become major centers of art, with mega-exhibitions and biennales that crucially forge regional identities and affinities. The symposium aims to explore these emerging visualities in the light of the complex, and changing socio-political and economic issues that affect countries, peoples, institutions and practice in the region.

We encourage submissions from currently enrolled graduate students that focus on visuality and can be from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, History of Art, History, Visual Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Studio Art, Architecture, Literature, Theatre, Film, and Dance. Of the many possible engagements with our theme, some include, but are not limited to:

• Classifications, geographies and identities – Possibilities of “Asian? and/or “Pacific? art: art and the archive (Hong Kong), and the museum (Fukuoka, Wellington, etc.).
• Forging regional “cultural? alliances: Inter-Asia theatre, Asia Pacific Triennial, Pacific Arts Festival, etc.
• Art and the city – cities as sites, cities as centers. Global cities and new urbanities (e.g. Shanghai, Mumbai, Auckland, Sydney, etc.) Cities as sites of public art. Exhibitions such as Cities on the Move, Paradise Now?, etc. Biennales
such as Singapore, Gwangju, Sydney and new biennales and triennials being planned.
• Traditional Practices, New Media, and Art against the grain. Negotiation of tradition and technology in practice.
Space for national heritage and culture and emerging alternative spaces/media for art.
• Economies of Art: The movement of art from the region across the global art market and the recent booms. The role of museums, galleries and auction houses.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for all proposals, along with brief biographical information and special equipment requests if necessary. Submissions should be sent electronically to the organizers, Bernida Webb-Binder and Brinda Kumar (baw78@cornell.edu and bk269@cornell.edu). The application deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2008 in order to be considered for this year’s symposium.

Africana Studies and Research Center • American Indian Program • Asian American Studies • Center for the Study of Inequality • Department of Anthropology • Department of Architecture • Department of Comparative Literature • Department of German Studies • Department of Government • Department of History • Department of History of Art and Visual Studies • Department of Philosophy • Department of Science and Technology Studies • Department of Theatre, Film and Dance • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program • Frank Robinson • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Finance Commission • Institute for German Cultural Studies • Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group • Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art • Society for the Humanities • Southeast Asia Program • The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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December 03, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 261: "Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture," Xiaobing Tang

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December 02, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 534: "Seminar in Chinese Drama: The Peony Pavilion Old and New: The Politics of Cross-Cultural Theater (and Fiction)," David Rolston

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 410: "Literary Chinese II," Bill Baxter

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Winter 2009 Course - CCS 502: "China Humanistic Studies," Joseph Lam

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 265: "Arts and Letters of China," Shuen-fu Lin

Coordinator: Shuen-fu Lin (lsf@umich.edu)
ASIAN 265 / Philosophy 265 / RC Humanities 265 / History of Art 265
Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 1-2:30pm
Discussions: Wednesday 11-12pm, 1-2pm, or 2-3pm

This interdisciplinary and multimedia course is taught jointly by faculty specialists in Chinese philosophy, religion, cultural history, history of art, drama, literature, and visual culture. It is not a survey course. Instead the main task will be the sustained and critical study of a number of significant and representative works in order to present some major themes and art forms of the distinct and complex civilizations of China. In spite of inner tensions, this is a cultural tradition that can be seen as highly integrated system composed of reinforcing parts, making such an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach particularly effective. Toward the end of the term we will observe the system's collapse as it struggles to adapt to the modern world, and consider how our themes continue, persist or change. We will conclude our course with discussions of art, poetry, and cinema from contemporary China. Background lectures on language and early culture will be followed by topics and readings that include: "Confucianism" (Confucius and Mencius), "Daoism" (Laozi and Zhuangzi), the art of argumentation; themes in Chinese religiosity, Chan (Zen) Buddhism; lyricism and visual experience in poetry and painting; music; traditional storyteller tales; poetic-musical theater; modern fiction and culture; and Chinese film.

The format of the course consists of three hours of lectures and one hour of discussion. The lectures will be given by Baxter (language); Brown (early culture, "Confucianism," and the art of argumentation); Lam (music); Lin ("Daoism," poetry, and garden); Tang (modern culture and literature); Tang (film); Cheng (painting); TBA (religion); Rolston (theater and traditional fiction). Students should register for both the lecture section, and one of the three discussion sections. No prerequisites. Requirements: occasional brief responses to readings, three short papers, and final exam.

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Winter 2009 Course - Philosophy 456/ASIAN 466: "Interpreting the Zhuangzi," Shuen-fu Lin

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Winter 2009 Course - History 205/ASIAN 205: "Modern East Asia," Pär Cassel

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Winter 2009 Course - History 415.001: "Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China," Pär Cassel

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International Student Conference on US-China Relations

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Winter 2009 Course - Musicology 405/505: "Kunqu: The Classical Opera of Globalized China," Joseph Lam

Musicology 405/505. Kunqu: the Classical Opera of Globalized China.
Winter 2009; Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-12:00.p.m.; Rm 706, Burton Memorial Tower, Central Campus.

Course Introduction
This course offers students a unique opportunity to intellectually and performatively learn kunqu, the classical opera of China, and an UNESCO designated Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This course is divided into two parts. In the first 9 weeks of the course, Joseph Lam (Professor of Musicology, SMTD, U-M) will lecture on kunqu history, theories, and musical and theatrical features, providing students a comprehensive understanding of the genre. During this period, students will also learn about the genre with reading, listening, and viewing assignments. In the last 6 weeks of the course, Professor Zhang Xunpeng of Shanghai, China, an internationally renowned kunqu artist and teacher, will teach students kunqu speaking, singing, dancing, and acting. By the end of the course, students will perform in a public presentation arias/scenes of kunqu that they will have learned from Professor Zhang.

This course and its public performance are sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, the Center for World Performance Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

January 8 Introduction
Isabel Wong, “ Kunju,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 289-296.
Bell Yung, “ Chinese Opera, An Overview,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 275-280.
Rulan Pian Chao, “Peking Opera,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 281-288.
Listening and Viewing
A selection of video-recordings of scenes of Cantonese opera, Kun opera, and Peking opera.

January 13 kunqu history 1
William Dolby, “ Nanxi Drama, Chuanqi Drama, and the Beginnings of Kunqu Drama;? “the Theatre World during the Ming Dynasty;? in A History of Chinese Drama (London: Paul Elek, 1976), 60-113.
Listening and viewing
A selection of video-recordings of scenes of Cantonese opera, Kun opera, and Peking opera.

January 15 kunqu history 2
William Dolby, “A Diversity of Dramatic Styles during the Early Qing,? in A History of Chinese Drama (London: Paul Elek, 1976), 114-156.
Cyril Birch, “To the Reader as Fellow Mandarin,? in Scenes for Mandarins: The Elite Theater of the Ming (New York: Columbia Press, 1995), 1-20.
Listening and viewing
A selection of video recordings of kunqu scenes.

January 20 kunqu dramas
A.C. Scott trans., “Longing for Worldly Pleasures (“Sifan?),? in Traditional Chinese Plays, vol. 2 (Madison: the University of Wisconsin Press, 1969), 1-40.
Cyril Birch translated, excerpts from The Peony Pavilion (Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 1994), 42-51, 55-62, 120-134.
Lindy Li Mark translated, excerpts from the Peony Pavilion the Young Lovers’ Edition, manuscript, 2004.
Listening and viewing
Video recordings of “Longing for Worldly Pleasures (“Sifan?),? and the “Interrupted Dream,? from Peony Pavilion, the Young Lovers’ Edition, 2007.

January 22 kunqu dramas
Joseph Lam translated, “Running Away in the Dark of the Night? (“Yeban?), manuscript.
Yang Hsien-yi and Gladys Yang translated, excerpts from The Palace of Eternal Youth (Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 1955), 63-74, 130-141, 176-179, 188-195.

Listening and viewing
Video recordings of “Running Away? and scenes from the Palace of Eternal Youth: “The Alarm,? “Hearing the Bells,? and “Mourning before the Image.?

January 27 kunqu speaking and chanting
Chao Yuanren, “ Tones, Intonation, Singsong, Chanting, Recitative, Tonal Composition, and Atonal Composition in Chinese,? in For Roman Jacobson, compiled by Morris Halle (The Hague: Mouton, 1956), 52-59.
Bell Yung, “Creative Process in Cantonese Opera1: the Role of Linguistic Tones,? Ethnomusicology 27 (1983), 29-47.

Listening and Viewing
A selection of audio and video recordings of kunqu speaking and chanting.

January 29 kunqu make-up, costume and acting
George R. Kernodle, “ Style, Stylization, and Styles of Acting,? Educational Theatre Journal (1960) 251-260.
Joseph Lam, “Kunqu Representations of the Chinese Self,? manuscript.

Listening and Viewing
A selection of audio and video recordings of kunqu speaking and chanting.

February 3 kunqu singing
Richard Strassberg, “The Singing Techniques of K’un-ch’ü and their Musical Notation,? Chinoperl Papers 6 (1976), 45-81.
Koo Siu Sun and Diana Yue translated, Wei Lang-fu: Rules of Singing Qu (Hong Kong: Oxford, 2006), 1-86 (English translations only).
A selection of audio and video recordings of kunqu arias.

February 5 kunqu singing and instrumental playing
Joseph Lam, “ The Virtuosic Music of Kunqu,? manuscript.
Listening and Viewing
Five versions of audio/video recordings of “Zaoluopao? from five productions of the Peony Pavilion.

February 10 kunqu gongs and drums
Rulan Chao Pian, “The Function of Rhythm in the Peking Opera,? in the Musics of Asia (Manila: The National Music Council of the Philippines, 1971), 114-131.
Li Minxiong, “ Ensembles: Percussion Music,? and “ Ensembles: Chuida Music,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 191-199.

Listening and Viewing
Video-recordings of kunqu gong and drum performance techniques.

February 12 kunqu music: 21st century and westernized practices
Joseph Lam, “Tone Colors and Orchestration in Contemporary Kunqu,? English version of “Kunqu qiyue yu yinse,? in Mudanting guoji yantao hui, Beijing 2007 (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, in press).
Tsui Ying-fai, “ Ensembles: The Modern Chinese Orchestra,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 227-231.
Han Kuo-huang, “The Modern Chinese Orchestra,? Asian Music 11( 1979), 1-43.

Listening and Viewing
Excerpts from the Peony Pavilion, the Young Lovers’ Edition

February 17 kunqu and globalized China
Catherine C. Swatek, “ Peter Sellars’s Efforts to Reawaken Kun Opera,? and “ To Perform ‘Chuanqi’ We will Recreate a Chuanqi,? in Peony Pavilion on Stage (Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, U-M, 2002),203-256.

February 19 kunqu and global audiences
Joseph Lam, “ Kunqu, the Classic Opera of Globalized China,? Manuscript.
Joseph Lam, “Chinese Music and its Globalized Past and Present,? Macalester International 21 (2008), 29-77.

A selection of audio recordings of contemporary Chinese music.

February 24 Spring Break/no class
February 26 Spring Break/no class
March 3 Review 1
March 5 Review 2
March 10 Mid-term exam and term paper due
March 12 kunqu speaking
March 17 kunqu speaking
March 19 kunqu singing
March 24 kunqu singing
March 26 AAS/kunqu singing
March 31 kunqu singing
April 2 kunqu acting/dancing
April 7 kunqu acting/dancing
April 9 Rehearsal 1
April 14 Rehearsal 2
April 16 Rehearsal 3
April 18 Performance
April 21 Post-performance discussion

Attendance 10%
Term paper 20%
Mid term exam 20%
Rehearsals and Performance 50%

Term paper
Undergraduate students will write term papers of 10-15 pages on kunqu topics approved by the musicology instructor (Joseph Lam).
Graduate students will write terms papers of 20-25 pages on kunqu topics approved by the musicology instructor (Joseph Lam).

Mid-term exam
The exam will include 3 parts: 1) identification of 5 kunqu musical excerpts; 2) brief explanations of 5 kunqu terms; 3) 1 short essay discussing one of the many issues traditional kunqu faces in the globalized world; all examination materials are covered by lectures and assignments.

Office hour
Thursday 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.; BMT 402.
By appointment.

Contact info
Joseph Lam: jsclam@umich.edu; 734-647-9471
Zhang Xunpeng: TBA

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