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January 29, 2009

Buddhist Studies Lecture, Monday, February 2, 2009

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
presents a lecture by

Benjamin Brose
Stanford University

Enfeebled or Invigorated?
The State of Chinese Buddhism during the
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907- 979)

Monday, February 2, 2009
4:00 p.m. 2022 Thayer (2nd floor)

The period of political disunity that spanned the fall of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and the consolidation of the Chinese
empire under the Northern Song (960–1127) is often characterized as an era of cultural decline. This is particularly true for
Chinese Buddhism, which is thought to have been weakened through a series of persecutions and the withdrawal of political
patronage. This talk will call these conclusions into question with an overview of the state of Chinese Buddhism during the
tenth century. In addition to assessing the relative vitality of traditional Buddhist institutions, we will focus on the rise of the Chan (Japan Zen) movement as one of the defining events of this period.

Posted by zzhu at 05:17 PM

February 17, 2009 - Cross-Currents: the Cinemas of Japan, China and Korea

A Lecture by Tom Vick
Date: Tuesday, 02/17/2009; 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Tom Vick explains how the cinemas of Japan, China, and Korea have influenced one another over the years.

In recent years, international co-productions have become more and more common in East Asian cinema. Movie stars from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and China now regularly form international casts in films such as Peter Chan’s Perhaps Love (which also featured Bollywood choreography), and Wong Kar-wai’s 2046. This talk traces the history of transnational collaboration in East Asian cinema, beginning in the early twentieth century, when the propaganda machinery of Japan’s imperial ambitions laid the groundwork for, and influenced the aesthetics of, film production across the region, to the present day, in which globalization has led to border-crossing movie stars, ambitious international co-productions, and fascinating experiments in popular filmmaking that mix and match genres, styles and cultural influences.

Posted by zzhu at 04:18 PM

Chinese Fusion Festival - Orchestra Canton

Click on flyer for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 03:25 PM

The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage

A Lecture by Alexandra Harney

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

6:00pm: Reception to meet the author
4th floor Rackham Assembly Hall

7:00pm: Presentation
4th floor Rackham Amphitheater

Rackham Graduate School
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106


Free and Open to the Public

The China Price, once the term used to describe the world’s lowest prices, is rising as the cost of everything from labor to energy increases in China. As the country’s manufacturing sector enters another period of transformation, what does this mean for its people, its environment and its economy? What should American policymakers, businesses and shoppers be thinking about as China’s factories change?

Alexandra Harney has been writing about Asia for a decade. The author of The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage (Penguin Press, 2008), she covered Hong Kong, China and Japan for The Financial Times and was an editor at the newspaper in London. From 2003 until 2006, she was the FT’s South China correspondent. Alexandra’s work has also been published in many international newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Marie Claire, Slate and CNN.com. She has contributed to National Public Radio and the BBC World Service and was a regular business and economics commentator on Japanese television. A 1997 cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Alexandra speaks Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Posted by batesbe at 01:39 PM

January 28, 2009

Greater-Detroit Area North American Shandong Association, Dongbei Association, Henan Association Lantern Festival Gala

Click on image to see announcement in Chinese.

Posted by zzhu at 01:52 PM

Ken Lieberthal gives the 2009 William K. McInally Memorial Lecture - watch online

Please click below to watch the entire event.

Posted by zzhu at 11:12 AM

January 24, 2009

A shaky start to US-China relations under Obama? Ken Lieberthal talks to the New York Times.

"The Chinese are probably one of the few people in the world who were sorry to see President Bush go, and are nervous about his successor."

"China Jittery about Obama Amid Signs of Harder Line"
by Mark Landler, The New York Times
01/24/2009

Posted by zzhu at 10:27 AM

January 21, 2009

CIC Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP)

Description: The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) Fellowship of $2,500 allows graduate students to take advantage of less-commonly-taught-language offerings unavailable at the University of Michigan but available at another participating CIC-member university. CIC-member universities include the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Purdue University. See the CIC FLEP webpage for information on language offerings or to download an application.

Eligibility Criteria: To apply for funding through the University of Michigan's International Institute, applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. Incoming U-M students are also welcome to apply. Study may be undertaken at any other participating CIC university, but University of Michigan International Institute FLEP scholarships may not be used for language study at the University of Michigan. Funding must be used for the study of a less-commonly-taught language, and the course must be taken for credit.

Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2009

Submission: Submit one copy of the following to the International Institute:
• A completed application form. A 500-word essay stating why you would like to study this language and how it will enhance your academic and professional goals.
• An official graduate transcript (incoming graduate students should submit an official undergraduate transcript).
• A confidential letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope signed across the back flap by the referee, preferably from the applicant's major advisor or dissertation director.
• The application form is available on the CIC website.
Contact: Amy Kehoe (akehoe@umich.edu)

Posted by zzhu at 04:23 PM

International Institute Individual Fellowships

Description: The International Institute Individual Fellowships are designed to support University of Michigan students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad. Award amounts are up to $5,000.

Eligibility Criteria: University of Michigan undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students are eligible, regardless of citizenship. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program. Ph.D. candidates and students graduating before the start of the project are not eligible. Eligible internship or research projects must be at least one month in length, constitute at least a 30-hour-per-week time commitment (exclusive of language training), and meet all requirements of the University Travel Policy and the Institutional Review Board.

Deadline Date: Monday, February 16, 2009

Project Categories
Internships: Funding is available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to participate in internships abroad. Internships can be with private companies, government agencies, international organizations. or non-governmental organizations. The International Institute cannot assist applicants in obtaining internship placements. Internships can be paid or unpaid, but students with paid internships must include their salary amounts in their budgets, and are eligible only for partial funding.
Research Projects: The fellowship also supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students who are doing research abroad as part of their degree program. For the purposes of this award, research is defined as thesis research, participation in an on-going research project as part of a required degree-related work experience, or other independent research toward degree requirements. The research project does not have to be for academic credit.
Preliminary Dissertation Research: Additionally, the award provides support for preliminary visits to prospective overseas dissertation sites by graduate students who are planning doctoral research on topics in area and international studies. These awards are intended to enable students to develop a firm foundation for their research. Doctoral students must not have reached candidacy by the time they begin this research award.
Deadline: The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2009. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Submission: Submit one copy of each of the following items in hard copy (do not use staples or paperclips) 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):
• The International Institute Individual Fellowship application form, which must be filled out completely and signed by the applicant. Every applicant must clearly indicate their academic level, their enrollment status, and whether they are requesting funds primarily for an internship or for research.
• A proposal (a maximum of two pages, single-spaced, 12-pt. font). Internship proposals must include information on how this experience will benefit the applicant's academic program and his or her career plans upon completion of the U-M degree. Research proposals must describe the project and discuss its rationale, objectives, design, and methodology, as well as the projected benefits of the trip. If the applicant will be working with an established research project, a description of the organization and the activities in which he or she will be engaged must be included.
• A letter of invitation is required only for internship applicants. It must be a letter or e-mail from the host organization describing the organization, the specific work, and the financial terms of the internship. Research applicants may submit a letter of invitation if it is pertinent. (e.g., a letter from a faculty member at a university abroad acknowledging and supporting the applicant's plans or offering research oversight, or a letter from an archive granting access, etc.)
• A budget, which must include the total estimated cost for travel, lodging, food, visa fees, immunizations, and research materials. The total amount may exceed the maximum award.
• A resume or curriculum vitae
• A U-M transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Transfer students may, but are not required to, submit transcripts from their previous institutions.
• One letter of reference. The referee should be a faculty member in the applicant’s department. The referee should comment on the applicant’s ability to carry out the internship or proposed research project, the feasibility of the proposal, and the contribution it will make to the applicant’s academic program and career. It must be submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap or e-mailed to akehoe@umich.edu from the referee.
Reporting Requirements: Grantees will be required to provide a brief report (2–5 pages) within one month of their return to the United States. The report should outline the internship experience, and should be emailed to akehoe@umich.edu. Grantees are also encouraged to write an article or submit photographs (or both) to be considered for publication in the Journal of the International Institute.
Review Process: A selection committee comprised of faculty and staff from across the University will evaluate the applications on the following criteria: feasibility, relevance to degree program, relevance to career goals, record of academic achievement, and overall quality of the application. The International Institute does not provide feedback to applicants on the quality of their proposals, nor provide applicants with evaluators' comments. This is a very competitive fellowship. Applicants should not assume they will receive an award, and should not purchase airline tickets before the awards are announced if they cannot cover the cost from other sources. Results will be announced by mid-April 2009.
Contact: Amy Kehoe (akehoe@umich.edu)
Application Form: Download Document, or go to web http://www.ii.umich.edu/

Posted by zzhu at 04:16 PM

Student-organized culture show, 01/30/09

Posted by zzhu at 04:06 PM

Kenneth Lieberthal a guest on Phoenix TV, discusses Obama and US-China relations

Please click below to see program.

Posted by zzhu at 11:58 AM

January 19, 2009

MISAW Individual and Group Supportive Services Advocate (M-IGSSA)

Department: Individual and Group Supportive Services
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Serenity Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Part-time
Approved Date: 10/2008

SUMMARY
The Michigan Interagency Support for Asian/All Women (MISAW) is a pilot project among Serenity Services, New Visions: Alliance to End Violence in Asian/Asian American Communities, Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV)/Building the Safety Net (BSN), and HAVEN. The MISAW project is aimed at creating a system of care that provides socio-culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate assistance to all survivors of domestic violence. This pilot project focuses on service to Asian & Pacific Islander (API) women. The objectives of the MISAW project are to strengthen organizational capacity, increase organizational accountability in serving all communities, and enhance resource sharing and consultation.

Under the supervision of the CEO, the M-IGSSA is responsible for providing services to assigned API domestic violence/sexual assault victims and working with other domestic violence/sexual assault agencies to coordinate culturally appropriate services. Responsibilities include direct service provision, coordination and development of the project, and being a resource person to existing domestic violence/sexual assault agencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Client-Centered Activities:
1. Conduct intake and initial assessments with clients at Serenity Services.
2. Meet crisis intervention needs of clients at Serenity Services.
3. Implement a safety and crisis plan together with client involvement, providing needed resource information, referrals, advocacy, and/or other assistance as is appropriate.
4. Make referrals, provide accompaniment, and advocate for connection to legal, public assistance, immigration, medical/dental services and community resources such as school, trainings, job programs, housing, counseling, etc.
5. Coordinate and provide language access and cultural support with on-call advocates as needed.
6. Follow through by maintaining ongoing contact with clients as necessary.
7. Work with domestic violence program staff at HAVEN to provide advocacy, support, and crisis intervention/counseling to API women, including assessment, identifying needs, and development of options and action plan. Direct case management services to API women will be informed by and in consultation with other domestic violence advocates working at HAVEN.
8. Refer participants to work with other IGSS staff as needed to maintain self-sufficiency.
9. Work together with other program staff to ensure that each program participant is maintaining progress.
10. As needed, provide coverage for other program services.

Coordinate, Maintain, and Develop MISAW project:
11. Work closely with MISAW Work Group to maintain, coordinate, develop, and evaluate all aspects of the MISAW project.
12. Convene and facilitate bi-monthly MISAW Work Group meeting and other meetings, as needed.
13. Ensure organizational accountability of each collaborating organization of MISAW project.
14. Maintain open communication with other staff members and MISAW Work Groups regarding any concerns, problems, and needs identified in project development and implementation.
15. Support and coordinate professional and organizational development trainings for domestic violence programs including Serenity Services and HAVEN.
16. Compile and maintain appropriate/accurate documentation and files.
17. Actively seek funding opportunities to support and expand the MISAW pilot project.
18. Recruit and train MISAW volunteers for both Serenity Services and HAVEN.
19. Establish and maintain resource and referral network especially in the Asian communities of Southeast Michigan to ensure client access to needed services.
20. Develop resource materials to assist domestic violence program staff at HAVEN and Serenity Services in providing services to API survivors of domestic violence.
21. Develop resource and outreach materials to enhance the visibility of MISAW project among API communities of Southeast Michigan.
22. Participate in community activities in API communities to promote the MISAW project and reach out to API communities.

Administrative Activities:
23. Abide by Serenity Services’ and HAVEN’s policies, procedures, contracts, rules and regulations.
24. Assist the CEO in development of policies, procedures and evaluation for IGSS department.
25. Assist the CEO with agency and program promotion through speaking engagements at schools, churches, and neighborhood and other local activities.
26. Collaborate with program staff to assess needs, patterns, and issues of the community and target population served by the shelter.
27. Train and supervise volunteers, as assigned.
28. Assist in management of program budget, as requested.

Documentation:
29. Thoroughly complete on-going documentation for each case assigned including assessments, progress notes, and timely reporting of monthly, quarterly, and annual progress by clients.
30. Maintain case records, program statistics and other documentation as may be required by the agency, including monthly, quarterly, and annual program progress reports.
31. Submit such documentation in a timely manner, meeting all deadlines.
32. Maintain participant’s records to indicate participant progress toward outcome goals, ensuring all required documents are present and complete.
33. Ensure documentation and data entry for all participants.
34. Assist with maintaining participant files.
35. Maintain accurate, timely records to satisfy case tracking, project development, project evaluation.
36. Follow proper procedures for case files, case openings, closings, transfers, and reopening.

Intra-Agency Relations:
37. Participate actively and constructively as a member of the SS staff, especially in all-staff and program meetings, and in problem-solving between staff members.
38. Attend and actively participant in regular scheduled team meetings to address program issues, development, and concerns.
39. Meet as scheduled with IGSS Advocates for participants to discuss issues and progress.
40. Work collaboratively with all program staff to ensure that participant’s needs are met and to enable them to make progress toward their goals.

Inter-Agency Relations:
41. Participate in community activities and assist in the distribution of community education/public relation’s materials.
42. Help develop and nurture strong relationships with other agencies through visits, phone calls, and referrals in order to ensure client access to needed services.
43. Participate in community task forces, coalitions, and other organizations addressing issues of concern to SS's target population.
44. Represent SS in a professional and positive manner at all times.
45. Stay updated on the community resources.

Supervision Given/Received:
46. Participate actively in individual supervision with supervisor.

Professional Growth and Development:
47. Work toward progress in the area of professional development through attendance at in-service trainings, and take initiative to seek training opportunities in areas in which skills need strengthening.

Other Duties as Assigned

QUALIFICATIONS
In order to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires someone with high energy and sensitivity to the survivors and children she will be working with, and a commitment to issues concerning domestic violence in Asian communities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Job-Related Background and Preparations:
1. Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in social work, human service area, or related field.
2. Experience providing care, advocacy, and support to survivors of domestic violence.
3. Experience in working with API survivors of domestic violence, a plus.
4. Experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
5. Experience with and knowledge of individual counseling, case management and family work.
6. Experience working with and knowledge of homeless families or survivors of domestic violence.
7. Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
8. Excellent skills in client intervention, assessment and documentation.
9. Familiarity with Detroit community and community resources.
10. Experience and comfort with outreach work, i.e., traveling to meet with clients in their homes.
11. Ability to speak one or more Asian language.
12. Knowledge of and sensitivity to ethnic diversity within Asian communities.

General Qualifications:
1. Flexibility, reliability, and consistency in job performance.
2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as networking skills.
3. Ability to work as an effective team member within a community-based organization.
4. High level of maturity and personal stability; capable of setting limits, and of effective, organized follow-through.
5. Ability to handle crisis situations, maintain confidentiality, and tolerate stress professionally.
6. Ability to make appropriate and sound judgment in decision making.
7. Knowledge of computer word processing programs. Experience with database programs is helpful.
8. Excellent skills in goal and objective planning and implementation, and problem-solving.
9. Willingness and ability to maintain a flexible schedule.
10. Ability to handle multiple tasks.
11. Ability to work well with a variety of people -- including staff, interns, volunteers, MISAW Work Group, and others in different organizations (e.g., social services, health care, community-based organizations, etc.).
12. Experience with data entry and MS-Word.
13. Valid Michigan Driver’s license, good driving record and access to personal vehicle.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Regular local driving required as part of program services.
2. Moderate lifting of program supplies and donations required on an occasional basis. (marginal responsibility)

*Job description revised 10/2008

Posted by zzhu at 03:58 PM

Kenneth Lieberthal to give the Ross School's McInally Lecture, 01/27/09

China Expert to Discuss U.S.-Chinese Relations under Obama

Posted by zzhu at 03:40 PM

January 13, 2009

Distinguished University Professorship Lecture - Donald Lopez, 01/28/09

Posted by zzhu at 04:16 PM

Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) Sichuan earthquake relief


Posted by zzhu at 03:51 PM

Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Chinese New Year’s Celebration

You are cordially invited to attend:

Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Chinese New Year’s Celebration
Saturday, January 24, 2009, 4pm
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building

The Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan’s Chinese Lunar New Year’s Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. There will be children’s crafts (2:00-4:00), Children’s Performances (4:00-6:30), Chinese buffet dinner (6:30-8:00), and a Chinese Movie for kids (8:00-10:00pm). The children's performances are the highlight of the day and include a colorful lion dance; traditional Chinese orchestra; dangerous kung fu (martial arts) demonstration; spectacular Chinese Yo-Yo stunts; Chinese New Year’s stories, songs, rhymes, skits, films; and other traditional New Year’s festivities.

Tickets will be available in advance and at the door, $12 teens and adults, $6 children aged 4-11, kids 3 and under free. For more information check out www.aaccom.org. Email a2chinese@yahoo.com for advance ticket sales.

Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day will be on January 26 of this year. It signifies the beginning of spring and is celebrated by ethnic Chinese in many countries around the world. It is also celebrated by ethnic Taiwanese, Koreans (Sol), Vietnamese (Tet), Tibetans (Losar), and others; and it has become woven into the fabric of American culture. Every year is represented by one of 12 animal zodiac signs, and this will be the Year of the Ox.

The Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for any interested persons to learn about Chinese culture and language regardless of one’s race or cultural background, and to promote cultural diversity. Chinese classes are held once a week on Friday nights and are open to the public. For more information check out www.aaccom.org or email a2chinese@yahoo.com or phone 734-769-9068.

Dear Friends: If you plan to attend in an official capacity or need some personal assistance the day of the event, when you arrive, please ask for Frances Kai-Hwa Wang the Outreach Coordinator (although I may be on stage with my lion dancers); or Juh-Ching Yang, Principal; or any of our Board Members. We will be happy to find you seats in the front section with our VIPs, introduce you to our families, and help translate if necessary! Thank you for being a part of our community of supporters. Sincerely yours,
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Outreach Coordinator

Posted by zzhu at 10:27 AM

January 08, 2009

Recent Books by CCS Faculty

Posted by zzhu at 04:38 AM

January 07, 2009

2009 Chinese New Year Gala - Organized by Chinese Student and Scholar Association

The Power Center for Performing Arts
7:30PM-10:00PM, Friday, January 16, 2009

Dear friends,

On behalf of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, we would like to invite you to 2009 Chinese New Year Gala on Friday, Jan16th from 7:30PM-10:00PM at the Power Center for Performing Arts (121 Fletcher St., map attached) and celebrate the Chinese New Year together! Current performances cover skits (Xiaopin), Kong-fu performance, folk music, traditional and modern dancing, singing... The final performance list will be released later.

The tickets are now on sale at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, on the ground floor of Michigan Union. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/children.

For parties of more than 10 people, you can contact CSSA directly at cssa.um@gmail.com and purchase the tickets directly from us.

"Door Tickets" will also be on sale at the entrance of Power Center before the New Year Gala before the performance starts.

Please help to spread the message and invite your friends to our
2009 Chinese New Year Gala. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Cheers,
CSSA Working Team

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Winter 2009 Course - Political Science 688: "Authoritarian Politics"

Wed 9-11
Winter 2009
5664 Haven Hall

Professors Mary Gallagher and Anna Grzymala-Busse
University of Michigan
Department of Political Science

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Authoritarian politics have become the focus of a major new literature. While some are in the familiar mold of predation and rule by terror, others have developed sophisticated mechanisms of market economics and maintaining social order without overt violence or repression. We will examine the variation in authoritarian regimes, their origins and the underpinnings of their persistence: formal and informal elections, legitimation, and (re)distribution.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Class Participation: 40%. Each student is expected to attend class regularly and to contribute to the discussion based on assigned readings. In addition, each student is responsible for leading off discussion for a week: the discussant should elaborate on the key themes and debates within the week’s readings, the critical concepts and issues, and the theoretical implications/ missed opportunities.

2. Paper(s): 60%. Students are responsible for 4 short response papers (5-8 pages each), due the day before class at 5pm. One of those papers should be submitted in the week that you serve as discussant.


COURSE READINGS
The following books are available for purchase and on reserve:

Daniel Chirot, Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age (Princeton 1994)

Andreas Schedler (ed.), Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (Lynne Rienner 2006)

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. 1982. The Shah of Shahs. New York: Vintage Press.

SCHEDULE

Week 1, January 7: INTRODUCTION

Week 2, January 14: Approaches: Totalitarianism and its Analytical Heirs

Chirot, entire book.

Richard Snyder, “Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism: The Spectrum of Non-Democratic Regimes,” in Schedler (ed.), Electoral Authoritarianism, pp. 219-231.

Week 3, January 21: Origins: Coalitions, Colonies, and Legacies

Acemoglu and Robinson, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Cambridge 2006), 1-87; 173-220; 255-285.

Carles Boix, Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 1-43.

Daniel Ziblatt, “Does Landholding Inequality Block Democratization? A Test of the Bread and Democracy Thesis and the Case of Prussia” World Politics 60 (July 2008).

Week 4, January 28: Military and Sultanistic Rule

Note: We will meet for an hour only on Wed. Please attend the Phil Keefer Talk, Jan 30th 12-1:30, Eldersveld Room, Haven Hall for further discussion

Steven A. Cook, Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2007), pp. 1-31.

Alfred Stepan, Rethinking Military Politics: Brazil and the Southern Cone, Princeton: Princeton University Press (1988), pp. 3-29.

Brownlee, Jason. 2007. “Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies,” World Politics 59, 4: 595-6328.

Ryszard Kapuscinski, Shah of Shahs, entire.

Week 5, February 4: One Party Rule

Samuel P. Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies (Yale 1968): 397-461.


Kenneth Greene, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico’s Democratization in Comparative Perspective (2007), New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-47.

Benjamin Smith, “Life of the Party: The Origins of Regime Breakdown and Persistence under Single-Party Rule,” World Politics 57:3 (Spring 2005), pp. 421-451.

Grzymala-Busse, Anna. 2002. Redeeming the Communist Past. New York: Cambridge University Press, 19-68.

Week 6, February 11: Legitimation and Compliance

Lisa Wedeen, Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (Chicago 1999): chapters 2 and 3,: 32-86

Margaret Levi, 1998. Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism. New York: Cambridge University Press.: 200-219.

Stockmann, Daniela and Mary Gallagher. (2008). “Media and Authoritarian Rule: The Case of China,” forthcoming article. (on CTOOLS).

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press: Chapters 1 and 2.

Week 7, February 18: Order and Repression

Watch The Lives of Others

Gregory Kasza, The Conscription Society: Administered Mass Organizations, New Haven: Yale University Press (1995), pp. 7-25, 51-71, and 188-192.

Garton Ash, Timothy. 1997. “The Romeo File”, The New Yorker, April 28: 162ff.

Eva Bellin, “Coercive Institutions and Coercive Leaders,” in Marsha Pripstein Posusney and Michelle Penner Angrist (eds.), Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Regimes and Resistance, Boulder: Lynne Rienner (2005), pp. 21-41

Scott, James. 1998. Seeing Like a State. New Haven: Yale University Press, 9-83.

February 25: NO CLASS

Week 8, March 4: Elections and Authoritarian Rule

Andreas Schedler, “The Logic of Electoral Authoritarianism,” in Schedler, ed. Electoral
Authoritariansim: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (Lynne Rienner, 2006).

Ellen Lust-Okar, “Elections Under Authoritarianism: Preliminary Lessons from Jordan,” Democratization 13:3 (June 2006), pp. 456-471.

Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way. 2002. “The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism,” Journal of Democracy, 13, 2: 51-65.

Gibson, Edward. 2005. “Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Democratic Countries,” World Politics, 58, 1, 101-132.

Week 9, March 11: Law, Policymaking and the State

Jennifer Gandhi and Adam Przeworski, “Authoritarian Institutions and the Survival of Autocrats,” Comparative Political Studies 40:11 (November 2007), pp. 1279-1301.

Slater, Dan. “Iron Cage in an Iron Fist: Authoritarian Institutions and the Personalization of Power in Malaysia.” Comparative Politics 36:1 (October 2003), pp. 81-101.

Pierre Landry and Yanqi Tong, 2005. “Disputing the Authoritarian State.” Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Gretchen Helmke. 2002. “The Logic of Strategic Defection: Judicial Decision- Making in Argentina Under Dictatorship and Democracy.” American Political Science Review 96(2): 291-30.

Week 10, March 18: Informal Institutions

Kellee S. Tsai, “Adaptive Informal Institutions and Endogenous Institutional Change in China,” World Politics 59 (October 2006), pp. 116-141.

Ledeneva, Alena. Blat: Russia’s Economy of Favours. Cambridge: CUP, 1998: 28-38, 139-174, 206-214.

Lily Tsai, 2007. "Solidary Groups, Informal Accountability, and Local Public Goods Provision in Rural China", American Political Science Review, 101, 2 (May 2007), 355-372.

Darden, K. 2001. “Blackmail as a Tool of State Domination: Ukraine under Kuchma” East European Constitutional Review 10, 3.

Week 11, March 25: Economic Growth and Performance

Ronald Wintrobe, The Political Economy of Dictatorship, New York: Cambridge University Press (1998). Pages TBA.

Janos Kornai. 1992. The Socialist System (Princeton University Press,) chapters 11, 12, and 16.

Pempel, TJ. “The Developmental Regime in a changing World Economy,” in Meredith Woo-Cumings, ed, The Developmental State. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999: 137-181.

Michael Ross, “Does Oil Hinder Democracy?” World Politics 53, No. 3: 325-361.

Yingyi Qian. 2003. “How Reform Worked in China,” in Dani Rodrik, ed., In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth (Princeton University Press), pp. 297-333.

Week 12, April 1: Redistribution: Clientelism and the Welfare State

Beatriz Magaloni, Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and Its Demise in Mexico (2006), New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-43.

Grzymala-Busse, Anna. 2008. “Beyond Clientelism: Incumbent State Capture and State Formation,” Comparative Political Studies, 41, 45.

Wank, David. 1996. “The Institutional Process of Market Clientelism: Guanxi and Private Business in a South China City,” The China Quarterly, 820-838.

Goldsmith, Arthur. 2004. “Predatory versus Developmental Rule in Africa,” Democratization 11, 3: 88-110.

Week 13, April 8: Regime durability and Collapse

Barbara Geddes. What Do We Know about Democratization After Twenty Years.” Annual Review of Political Science 2 (1999) OR Barbara Geddes, “Authoritarian Breakdown: Empirical Test of a Game Theoretic Argument,” paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta (1999), pp. 1-33 + appendix.

Benjamin Smith. “The Wrong Kind of Crisis: Why Oil Booms and Busts Rarely Lead to
Authoritarian Breakdown.” Studies in Comparative International Development 40, No. 4: 55-76.

Eva Bellin, “The Robustness of Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Exceptionalism in Comparative Perspective.” Comparative Politics 36, No. 2: 139-57.

Timur Kuran, “Now out of Never”, in Liberalization and Democratization, Nancy Bermeo, ed. (John Hopkins University Press, 1992).

Steven Solnick, 1996. “The Breakdown of Hierarchies in the Soviet Union and China,” World Politics, 48, 2: 209-238.

Week 14, April 15: Research Design and Fieldwork in Authoritarian Contexts

Lily Tsai, “Quantitative Research and Issues of Political Sensitivity in Rural China,” in Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Melanie Manion eds. Studying Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (forthcoming). CTOOLS.

***Please come to this last meeting with a specific research question. We will discuss various challenges related to research design and fieldwork in authoritarian contexts.***

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January 06, 2009

CCS alumnus writes about China for slate.com

Damien Ma, CCS MA '07 and a Washington, D.C.-based China analyst at the Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm, talks about the prospect for democracy in China on slate.com.

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Winter 2009 Course - History 231/669: "Modern Chinese History in Social Science Perspective"

Modern Chinese History in Social Science Perspective: Big Structures, Large Processes, Huge Comparisons, 1700-2000

These courses are an attempt to summarize what we know about modern China and modern Chinese history from a social science perspective. The current understanding of human history and social theory is based largely on Western experience or on non-Western experience seen through a Western lens. The above courses offer alternative perspectives derived from Chinese experience during the last three centuries. We will review a number of core subjects, including community, ethnicity, family, freedom, gender, life, power, property, religion, rights, rules, sexuality, society, and states, to compare how Chinese historic behavior and intellectual construction of these analytic categories and abstract subjects differed from Western behavior and understanding. We will also trace the persistence of these differences to Chinese behavior and thinking today.

The analytic focus will be on three common criteria used in the West to categorize contemporary societies - class, race, and gender - as well as two other important historical categories and abstractions: public and private, and state and society: public and private because the expansion of both civic and private spheres underlie our Western understanding of human values and behavior; and state and society because state documents and narratives constitute the majority of our information about China, and because Confucian and Communist categories and abstractions provide almost all the alternative framing we have for Chinese history beyond Western comparisons.

For each subject, I present in History 231 weekly Monday lectures that incorporate recent research on these issues – in some cases ongoing research - followed in History 231 and History 669 by separate weekly Wednesday class discussions at the undergraduate and graduate level of relevant archival, ethnographic, and statistical studies as well as literary and cinematic representations. We begin with a discussion of the Chinese state and then turn in succession to class, ethnicity, and gender and end with a discussion of public and private life. While we do not emphasize the temporal narratives of late imperial, early modern, and contemporary China since that is the purview of other UM classes, we of course also discuss change over time as China progresses from a largely internal imperial history to the shared stories of imperialism and semi colonialism, communism and collectivization, and reform and globalization.

Organizational Meeting January 7
Imperial and Communist State January 12, 14
Qing, Republican, and Communist Historical Processes January 21 (map quiz)
Examination System January 26, 28
Occupation and Education February 2, 4
Property and Land February 9, 11
Ethnic Boundaries February 16, 18
Ethnic Governance March 2, 4
Family and Community March 9 11
Gender and Life Course March 16, 18
Affect and Sexuality March 23, 25
Population Processes: Marriage, Fertility, and Mortality March 29, April 1
Religion April 6, 8
Freedom and Autonomy April 13, 15

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