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February 26, 2009

Ken Lieberthal comments on Hillary Clinton's trip to Asia

"The Obama administration feels that Bush followed too narrow and parsimonious an agenda with Asia."

"Clinton 'reintroduces' US to Asia"
by Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor

Posted by zzhu at 07:08 PM

03/09/09 LECTURE: Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road

Monday, March 9, 2009
7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
International Institute
School of Social Work Building
Room 1636, First Floor, 1080 S. University

Brad Farnsworth, CCS faculty associate, gives a multi-media presentation on the general history of the Silk Road with a specific focus on how trade effects culture.

For more information, contact the Education Department at 734.647.6712 or at umsed@umich.edu.

A collaboration with the U-M Ross School of Business and U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

Posted by zzhu at 09:55 AM

Famed kunqu actress to give presentation in Ann Arbor Public Library

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Zhang Xunpeng

Kunqu (pronounced kwin chu) is one of the oldest and most refined styles of traditional Chinese theatre performed today. It is a synthesis of drama, opera, ballet, poetry recital, and musical recital, which also draws on earlier forms of Chinese theatrical performances such as mime, farce, acrobatics, ballad recital, and medley, some of which go back to the third century B.C. or even earlier.

On Saturday, March 14, acclaimed Chinese Actress Zhang Xunpeng will make a special appearance in the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to discuss and demonstrate this ancient theatrical performance art. The event was organized with the help of the University of Michigan Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

In a Kunqu performance, recitative is interspersed with arias sung to traditional melodies. Each word or phrase is also expressed by a stylized movement or gesture that is essentially part of a dance, with strict rules of style and execution much like classical ballet.

Even casual gestures must be precisely executed and timed to coordinate with the music and percussion. The refinement of the movement is further enhanced with stylized costumes that also serve as simple props.

Zhang Xunpeng is currently the Professor in Charge of Training the Fifth Generation of Kunqu Performers, at the Shanghai Theater and Drama College, Division of Theater and is also Senior Actress of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe.

Her many honors include:
• National and Representative Successor and Educator of Kunqu, an Intangible Heritage of Chinese Art, appointed in 2008 by the Ministry of Culture (Wenhuabu) of the People’s Republic of China.
• National First Class Actress, appointed in 2001 by the Ministry of Culture (Wenhuabu) of the People’s Republic of China.
• Life Time Achievement Award for the Excellent Contribution to the Kunqu, granted in 2000 by the Ministry of Culture (Wenhuabu) of the People’s Republic of China.

She was also awarded a Golden Eagle Award for the Television Drama Peony Pavilion, in which she played the leading female role.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet one of the great theatrical artists of China, in addition to learning more about this ancient performance art.

Holding over 2500 pieces of historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world, the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments (the co-sponsor of this event) is one of the largest accumulations of such artifacts housed in a North American university.

Known internationally as a unique collection, it is not only a precious heritage from the past, but also a rich resource for musical, educational, and cultural needs of the present and future.

The collection features permanent and occasional displays in the Vesta Mills Gallery and in various exhibition areas throughout the Earl V. Moore Building of the School of Music of the University of Michigan.

For more information on this event, call the Ann Arbor District Library at 327-4555. The Downtown Library is located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor.

Posted by zzhu at 08:57 AM

February 23, 2009

03/09/09 International Law Workshop: "U.S.-China Relations and International Human Rights"


Monday, March 9, 2009
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Room 116 Hutchins Hall

"U.S.-China Relations and International Human Rights"

Sharon Hom

Executive Director of Human Rights in China
Professor of Law Emerita, City University of New York School of Law

Biographical information may be found here.

The International Law Workshop introduces today’s most debated issues in international and comparative law. The Workshop is intended for non-specialists; you are encouraged to attend any or all of the sessions. Speakers will talk for 25 minutes, followed by discussion and questions. The Workshop is coordinated by Professors Daniel Halberstam, Michael Barr, and Nico Howson and Assistant Dean Virginia Gordan. The Workshop meets on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. in Hutchins Hall (first floor), Room 116, unless otherwise noted. Contact: Stephanie Wiederhold, Program Coordinator, Center for International & Comparative Law, wls@umich.edu.

Posted by zzhu at 02:08 PM

February 22, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Visits China

CCS faculty and alumni contribute to major US-China climate change reports

CCS press release on their contribution

Kenneth Lieberthal, CCS faculty associate and U-M Professor of Political Science and Business Administration, talks about the significance of the trip.

Excerpt from exclusive interview with Chinese journalist and media personality Yang Lan (杨澜) (In English; Associated Press). Full transcript here.

Attending church service in Beijing's Haidian district (In Chinese; Phoenix TV).

Visit to thermal power plant (In English; CCTV 9). Read secretary Clinton's remarks here.

Talking about China's continuing confidence in U.S. treasuries (In English; CCTV 9):

CBS News:

Posted by zzhu at 06:04 PM

February 19, 2009

Professor Nico Howson joins panel discussion "China's Changing Courts: Populist Vehicle or Party Puppet?" - Webcast available soon

The US-Asia Law Institute, in conjunction with Columbia Law School's Center for Chinese Legal Studies, cordially invites you to a panel discussion on:

China's Changing Courts: Populist Vehicle or Party Puppet?

Do China’s courts only answer to the Communist Party? Or are they in fact responsive to the Chinese people? How do Chinese courts respond to increasing populist protests? What is holding back Chinese courts from becoming independent? Can China’s experiences with corporate legal disputes serve as a guide to other legal claims?

Webcast now available here. (RealPlayer required; size of window may need to be reduced to obtain best picture quality.)

After watching, submit your questions to the panelists by e-mailing: usasialaw(at)nyu(dot)edu
Ten questions will be answered and posted online by Friday, February 27, 2009.

The US-Asia Law Institute, in conjunction with Columbia Law School's Center for Chinese Legal Studies, cordially invites you to a panel discussion on:

China's Changing Courts: Populist Vehicle or Party Puppet?

Do China’s courts only answer to the Communist Party? Or are they in fact responsive to the Chinese people? How do Chinese courts respond to increasing populist protests? What is holding back Chinese courts from becoming independent? Can China’s experiences with corporate legal disputes serve as a guide to other legal claims?

These crucial questions - which go to the heart of “rule of law” - will be discussed by leading academics in the field from both the U.S. and China, including:

Xin He, Associate Professor of Law, City University of Hong Kong School of Law; Global Visiting Professor of Law, NYU School of Law;

Nicholas C. Howson, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School;

Benjamin Liebman, Professor of Law and Director of Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School

Carl Minzner, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law;

Rachel E. Stern, Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of California, Berkeley.

Posted by zzhu at 04:34 PM

Asia Business Conference 2009 - Keynote Address

"Asia: Globalization and Transformation" by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

Please click below to watch the entire event.

Posted by zzhu at 04:10 PM

February 16, 2009

Conference - Comparative Early Modernities

Posted by summert at 09:44 AM

February 11, 2009

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China Internship Program

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2009, for the Summer 2009 internship that runs from June to August.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with a background in Chinese politics, law and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Summer 2009 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Summer 2009 internships may apply for the Spring (February-May) and Fall (September-December).

Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at www.cecc.gov.

Posted by zzhu at 08:35 AM

February 10, 2009

Chronicle of Higher Education article discusses UM-Peking University Joint Institute, with quotes from CCS faculty associates James Lee and Jersey Liang

"There is tremendous potential and tremendous problems" in China, says James Z. Lee, a University of Michigan historian and sociologist who is one of the directors of the Beijing institute. "There are so many reasons that the social sciences make sense as a line of academic inquiry."

"Renewed Attention to Social Sciences in China Leads to New Partnerships With American Universities"
by Mara Hvistendahl, Chronicle of Higher Education

Rising up from the eastern edge of Peking University's campus, the sleek, U-shaped Leo KoGuan Building wraps around a red Qing-dynasty edifice. The result of a record-breaking donation from a Singaporean tycoon, this merger of old and new marks a departure from the drab socialist architecture so common in China.

But the building is more remarkable for what's inside.

In lecture halls bathed in natural light, students take intensive one-month courses from leading academics from the United States — although not in disciplines where American colleges have an established presence in China, such as business and technology. Instead the students are taking courses in the social sciences.

The University of Michigan-Peking University Joint Institute, as the program is called, offers courses in relatively new subjects, such as religion and psycholinguistics, in an effort to turn out top Chinese sociologists, demographers, and other social scientists.

"There aren't many professors who can teach these subjects in China," says Wang Linlan, a graduate student who took feminist theory and data analysis at the institute, then applied the credits toward a sociology doctorate at Peking University. "This kind of opportunity is rare."

Politics and a lack of money resulted in decades of neglect for the social sciences in China, by foreign and domestic institutions alike. American universities looking to establish partnerships here have focused instead on high-demand fields like finance and the hard sciences.

But societal change, along with a government push to develop more comprehensive universities, is sparking a proliferation of new partnerships in a variety of fields, including sociology, education, and social work.

The Chinese government "wants to directly import some very high-level academicians to develop world-class research," says Ailei Xie, an education scholar at the University of Hong Kong who tracks international partnerships on the mainland. "That's a good opportunity for universities and colleges in America who want to set up in China."

These partnerships, which are mostly new and small in scale, bring immediate benefits to both partners. Chinese academics find the expertise needed to quickly develop these fields. American academics, in turn, gain valuable research opportunities.

"There is tremendous potential and tremendous problems" in China, says James Z. Lee, a University of Michigan historian and sociologist who is one of the directors of the Beijing institute. "There are so many reasons that the social sciences make sense as a line of academic inquiry."

Increasingly, influential Chinese figures agree. A private Chinese donor allows Mr. Lee's institute to enroll about 300 students every summer, most of them on full scholarship.

But setting up a program under a government that censors academic research can be tricky. Some social scientists say politics impedes their work in China. Others say the Chinese education system's emphasis on test scores and rote learning is poorly suited to disciplines that prize independent thinking and analysis — although that is exactly what the American programs seek to change.

The People's Science

A short walk from the University of Michigan institute, Ren Qiang works out of an office that represents the old standing of the social sciences in China. The heat doesn't work. The elevator is broken, a chair propped against it to deter passengers. Mr. Ren shares a room with three other professors from the Peking University sociology department. "This is the worst building on campus," he laughs.

As one of China's leading demographers, Mr. Ren is thriving despite the poor conditions. He teaches alongside American professors at the University of Michigan joint institute. Last year a grant from the National Institutes of the Health allowed him to spend a semester in Ann Arbor.

In pre-revolution China, by comparison, sociology was tainted by amateurism.

"Under our traditional method of practicing sociology, it was like a people's science," Mr. Ren says. "If you had an opinion, you could write an article."

The discipline's reputation as a public sounding board didn't help it after the Communist Revolution. Sociology — along with political science, demography, and other social sciences — was banned outright starting in the early 1950s. They were reinstated when universities reopened in the late 1970s, gaining a boost from the establishment of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1977.

Even so, the social sciences remained neglected throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Chinese sociologists and demographers depended on grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the United Nations Population Fund to stay afloat. The first social-work courses were introduced only in 1987.

Today, China's 40-odd Sino-American joint-degree programs are concentrated in the hard sciences and business. But institutional research partnerships and exchanges in the social sciences, along with cooperation among individual professors, are growing, says Mr. Xie. "Nowadays, China wants to set up new schools in education and the social sciences," he says.

One reason for the increased interest derives from the government's determination to transform China's universities into world-class institutions. Government officials believe the solution lies in broadening universities' scope of research beyond the natural sciences.

"They've found that the top universities in America are comprehensive," Mr. Xie says.

Changes in Chinese society have also helped drive the expansion of social-science programs. After two decades of fast-paced growth, President Hu Jintao's "harmonious society" program aims to develop China's countryside, improve the social-service system, and reduce the gap between rich and poor.

Social scientists say it's about time. Under socialism, state-run organizations and work units provided basic social services. Now, as China transitions to a free-market economy, many Chinese have to fend for themselves.

"So many areas need service — elderly services, family services, services for migrant workers, you name it," says Agnes Law, a social-work professor from Hong Kong who helped establish a social-work degree program at Sun Yat-sen University, in Guangzhou. "There's a huge vacuum."

Leading the Way

As one of China's top higher-education institutions, Peking University established some of the first social-science departments and was quick to revive them after the Cultural Revolution.

It continues to be a leader in the advancement of the social sciences. The same year it began collaborating with the University of Michigan, the university brokered a wide-ranging partnership with the University of Southern California.

That partnership grew out of a consortium, created in 2006, of social-science deans from Southern California who were interested in working in China. The deans toured China, hoping to pool their efforts by forming a partnership with one Chinese university across a range of social-science disciplines. It was an unusual goal for a foreign university in China, but Southern California administrators found a number of potential collaborators.

Ultimately, they settled on Peking University because of its size, reputation, and tradition of social-science inquiry. The two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding that covers gerontology and policy planning as well as social work and education. The hope is that faculty and student exchanges will evolve into dual-degree programs and sustained research projects.

One of the first fruits of the partnership will be a Peking University master's program in student-affairs education. Chinese students once found little support on campus in dealing with mental-health problems or seeking out extracurricular activities.

Now, as universities begin competing for students and capital, student services is emerging as an important selling point, creating a demand for degree programs for this new field.

"Student-affairs professionals in China really have to learn by doing," says Mark Robison, director of the Asia-Pacific Rim program at USC's Rossier School of Education, who has been involved in the partnership. "They have no base to work from."

Rossier has already sent two professors to teach courses at Peking University. Now it will assist in the development of a homegrown program. Administrators are separately looking into setting up a doctor-of-education program for university administrators in China.

An Identity Crisis

But setting up partnerships has come with its share of challenges.

The University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work has been working in China since the 1990s.

On a trip to Beijing in 1993, then-dean Jack Jones asked offhandedly about social-work education in China. His hosts directed him to China Youth University for Political Sciences, which had just set up one of the country's first departments and was eager for help.

Denver began sending English teaching materials and delegations of professors and students to the campus, in part because China lacked its own social-work textbooks until recently.

The Chinese university supplemented the English materials with books from Hong Kong and Taiwan, printed in traditional characters, which can be difficult for mainland students to read. (New textbooks with simplified characters were not published until 2004.)

"There are problems finding faculty, problems finding textbooks, problems with field practice," says Xiaojun Tong, assistant dean of the Chinese university's social-work program, who earned her doctorate at Denver.

But one of the university's most fundamental problems has been identifying the social workers — and sociologists and educators — of tomorrow.

Students rank their choice of major on the university entrance examinations, then are selected based on test scores. That means popular majors like finance and law attract the best students, while mediocre students are assigned majors — often in the social sciences.

At orientation, Ms. Tong says, China's future social workers are full of questions. Are there jobs in social work? If they find work, how much money will they make?

The most common question, though, speaks to the gargantuan task before educators hoping to mold a new generation of scholars and professionals, she says: "They want to know, what is social work?"

But while problems with attracting students and developing a quality curriculum are just growing pains, limits on academic freedom may remain an issue in the social sciences for years to come.

Jersey Liang, for example, is a gerontologist whose work in China extends back to 1984, when he joined a National Academy of Sciences delegation in sociology and anthropology.

Over the next few decades, Mr. Liang, now a research professor in the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, established several longstanding partnerships — including setting up a program, independent of his university's joint institute, to bring American scholars to China for short courses.

Mr. Liang's research focuses on aging and health, an area of pressing need in China, which has a rapidly graying population. But today he says he has "serious reservations" about the government's higher-education policy.

He recalls setting up conferences in the 1990s, only to be notified a few days beforehand informing him the event had to be canceled, presumably because of political concerns.

In the past few years, research topics that were once off-limits — including social unrest, China's one-child policy, and AIDS — have become fair game for social scientists. But keeping track of government policy remains difficult, Mr. Liang says. "There's a lot of uncertainty. You have to be politically astute and be very sensitive to which way the wind blows."

Social-work educators, meanwhile, say Chinese government control of nongovernmental organizations inhibits the profession's development, preventing graduates from practicing the principles they're taught.

"Most of the NGO's have a close relationship with the government, but few of them have a good idea what social work is," says Ms. Law, the professor from Hong Kong.

Still, scholars agree that attention to the social sciences is growing in China. A separate government campaign to develop a general-education curriculum in Chinese colleges — requiring students to take courses outside their majors — may be a boon for the discipline.

Mr. Liang still works in China, although these days he prefers partnerships with individual researchers rather than with institutions.

His colleagues at the University of Michigan are more hopeful. In 2007 the university's joint institute offered courses in Chinese history and society — perhaps the most sensitive areas of all on the mainland.

In a seminar on interdisciplinary Chinese studies, Mr. Lee, the co-director, says he covered a number of prickly issues: "Migrants, stratification, ethnicity, gender. I taught the exact same class I taught in Ann Arbor."

That he was allowed to do so suggests that the social sciences in China may have a meaningful future.
Section: International
Volume 55, Issue 23, Page A35

Posted by zzhu at 03:17 PM

2009-2010 Postdoctoral Researcher in East Asian Policy Issues- Call for Applications

The East Asian Studies Center (EASC) at The Ohio State University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position for the 2009-2010 academic year. The stipend is $40,000 plus benefits. This year’s focus will be on interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues in modern and contemporary China, Japan, or Korea. We are particularly interested in candidates who are engaged with issues in bilateral and/or multilateral Asian foreign policy; US-East Asia relations as seen from an Asian point of view; the impact of the international and domestic NGO sector on national and/or local policymaking in East Asia; and/or East Asian policies relating to the environment, energy, urban planning, media, language, and the arts. Background in public policy or political science is a plus.

The postdoctoral researcher will offer two courses in collaboration with the thriving Undergraduate International Studies Program, which offers majors in World Economy and Business, International Relations & Diplomacy, Security & Intelligence, Development Studies as well as in East Asian Studies. A third course can be offered in any appropriate department. All Ph.D. requirements must be fulfilled before Sept 1, 2009.

Letter of interest, CV, teaching proposal for three courses (1,500 words total), research proposal (1,500 words total), and 3 letters of reference should be sent to EASC Postdoctoral Researcher Position, East Asian Studies Center, The Ohio State University, 314 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210; fax: (614) 247-6454; email: easc@osu.edu; website: http://easc.osu.edu/. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is March 6, 2009 with preliminary interviews taking place at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Chicago, March 26-29, 2009.

OSU is an AA/EOE employer.

For more information, see http://easc.osu.edu/contents/postdocs.html.

Posted by zzhu at 03:11 PM

February 09, 2009

Chinese teacher position at Greenhills School, Ann Arbor

Greenhills School Expands its Chinese Program

Greenhills School is excited to announce that we are seeking a second Chinese teacher due to the natural growth of the program we introduced in 2007-08 and student interest.

We are currently looking for a dynamic Chinese teacher who is interested in teaching and helping to build our new Chinese program.

For the 2009-10 school year, we are looking for someone to teach 2-3 classes to middle school and upper school students (6-12 grade). This position could become full-time in the future, depending on student interest and enrollment.

Native or near native fluency in Mandarin Chinese is required. Training in teaching Chinese as a Second Language is highly desirable as well as experience in teaching Chinese as a second language to middle and high-school-aged American students. Applicants should have a willingness to be involved in the larger life of the school. Experience in curriculum development is an asset. Good English speaking and writing skills are essential. Please send credentials, cover letter (in both English and Chinese), and at least three professional references by March 6, 2009 to:

Catherine Renaud
Head of Upper School
Greenhills School
850 Greenhills Drive
Ann Arbor 48105

Posted by zzhu at 11:49 AM

February 06, 2009

Faculty and alumni contribute to major US-China climate change reports

Asia Society Task Force Report (January 2009): Common Challenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change

Contributors include:
Jan Berris (Center for Chinese Studies MA, 1967)
Elizabeth Economy (PhD, Political Science, 1994)
Kenneth Lieberthal, Professor of Political Science and Business Administration

Brookings Institution Report (January 2009): Overcoming Obstacles to U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change
by Kenneth Lieberthal and David Sandalow (JD, Michigan Law, 1982)

Two New York Times articles about these reports:
"Experts in U.S. and China See a Chance for Cooperation Against Climate Change"

First Trip for Clinton Aims at China, Climate

Posted by zzhu at 08:08 AM

February 05, 2009

UMMA T-Shirt Design Competition

Help celebrate the grand re-opening of the University of Michigan Museum of Art with a wearable, creative design.

Posted by zzhu at 11:28 PM

Peter Purdue, "Violence and Nationalism," 02/13/09

Posted by zzhu at 03:56 PM

19th Annual Asia Business Conference at the Ross School of Business - China Line-up

Please click on China-panel flyer or conference poster for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 10:50 AM

Haiping Yan: Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination: Research Seminar, 02/18/09

Posted by zzhu at 10:07 AM

Call for Articles: Journal of China in Comparative Perspective

Journal of China in Comparative Perspective
(London School of Economics)

The editors of the newly launched Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP) invite submissions of articles in English up to 8.000 words in length including notes and list of references. The articles must be original and not previously published. They should be sent electronically in either word or rtf format to the journal’s official email address: jccp@lse.ac.uk. The journal is peer-reviewed, and will be published biannually by the London School of Economics.

The JCCP was founded to encourage and publish original multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary comparative research on China. Comparison includes taking China as a case study of some more generally applicable theory, or drawing from comparative data about China and some other country or countries some analytic conclusions. The comparison may be regional or global; and it may be historical or contemporary. It may also involve a comparison of perceptions - China's perceptions of others and others’ perceptions of China in the context of China's encounter with the outside world in the political, economic, military and cultural sense.

The JCCP is a strictly non-partisan publication and does not support or discriminate against any political, ideological or religious viewpoint. Although conceived as an academic journal, the editorial policy of the journal is to ensure that articles that appear therein are of interest beyond the academic arena to both policy-makers as well as readers with a general interest in China-related themes.

In accordance with standard academic practice, all submissions undergo a rigorous process of blind peer review. Submitted articles are blind read by two editors who decide whether the articles are suitable or not for publication, with or without revision. If these reviews are positive the article is sent to a third editor for further review before being returned to you, the author, for revision and final submission. The whole process should in normal circumstances take no longer than three months. We expect the revision to be completed within four weeks. Please note that all authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts are written and formatted according to the journal’s writing style.

For more details on style guidelines, as well as on the journal's editorial team and statement of aims, please visit http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/CCPN/jccp.htm.

Posted by zzhu at 09:18 AM

Business Advisory Services Manager, Washington, DC

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) seeks a manager for the organization’s Business Advisory Services department (BAS) in Washington, DC. BAS is the research and advisory arm of USCBC and the direct liaison with USCBC member companies.

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

- Research, analyze, write, and speak on China business issues and related developments
- Advise member companies on business, economic, and trade topics
- Write regularly for USCBC publications
- Develop and manage sector- and issue-specific interest groups
- Coordinate and participate in USCBC programs and member company business briefings
- Proactively assist with member recruitment and retention
- Assist in developing USCBC advocacy positions
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the director of BAS

- Strong China background; work experience in the PRC preferred
- Graduate degree or 2 years experience in China business or related field
- Proficiency in Mandarin (spoken and written) required
- Proven writing, analytical, and communication skills in English
- US permanent work authorization required (citizen or Green Card holder)
- Demonstrated leadership and excellent people skills
- Familiarity with Washington, DC, policy climate preferred
- Previous meeting planning, or fundraising experience preferred
- Able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team

Terms: The position is full-time. Starting salary is high-30s depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance on a cost-shared basis, company-funded disability and life insurance, 3 weeks vacation, sick leave, and SEP IRA retirement plan (effective after 12 months of employment).

Contact: Send cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, resume, contact information for 5 references, and brief writing sample (3-5 pages) to: Director, BAS, US-China Business Council, 1818 N Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036 or via e-mail to busadv@uschina.org with “BAS MANAGER” in the subject line by Friday, February 20, 2009.


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