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March 27, 2009

04/01/09 talk by Dru Gladney: "Whither Islam in China? Post-9/11 and Post-Olympics Developments"

Date: 04/01/2009
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 1636 International Institute, 1080 South University

Whither Islam in China? Post-9/11 and Post-Olympics Developments
A talk by Dru C. Gladney, President, Pacific Basin Institute, Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College

Dru C. Gladney is President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, a research foundation widely recognized for its work enhancing understanding among the nations of the Pacific Rim. He is the author of four books and more than 50 academic articles and book chapters on topics spanning the Asian continent. He also holds a position as a Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College.

Gladney is a frequent commentator on CNN and other news media. Among his numerous books, Gladney’s most recent is Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2004). He is also the author of: Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (2nd edition 1996) and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (1998); and the editor of Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (1998). Gladney’s publications have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and German.

Gladney has held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University; the University of Southern California; Kings College, Cambridge; and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has been a consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Getty Museum, Asian Development Bank, National Academy of Sciences, European Center for Conflict Prevention, U.N. High Commission on Refugees, and UNESCO. He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Most recently, Dr. Gladney has served as a Global Agenda Council member at the World Economic Forum in Dubai, where he helped set the agenda for the upcoming Davos meetings.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Center for Chinese Studies.

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March 26, 2009

04/02/09 talk by Angela Zito: "Discipline and the Person in China: Re-reading Foucault from a Distance"

Please click on flier below to go to site with recommended readings.

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March 25, 2009

China's top business and finance magazine blogs about Ken Lieberthal's work on US-China environmental cooperation

Please click on image to go to Web page. The blog entry is written in Chinese.

Posted by zzhu at 02:49 PM

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's letter celebrating five decades of the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs

CCS is proud to be a long-time recipient of Title VI funding.

Posted by zzhu at 02:15 PM

March 17, 2009

04/01/09 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture by Yu Xie


Drawing on past research, I advance the following propositions in this talk: (1) inequality in China has been largely mediated by collective agencies, such as locales and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political discourse promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being defined as improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Thus, it seems unlikely that social inequality alone would lead to political and social unrest in today's China.

Yu Xie holds several faculty appointments at the University of Michigan. He is Otis Dudley Duncan Professor of Sociology and Statistics and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR), where he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP). He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies. His main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, and the sociology of science. He has published the following books in recent years: Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (2008, second edition), Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes with Kimberlee Shauman (2003), Asian Americans: A Demographic Portrait with Kimberly Goyette (2004), and Marriage and Cohabitation with Arland Thornton and William Axinn (2007).

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March 16, 2009

March 31, 2009 - Xiaobing Tang's Inaugural Lecture as the Helmut F. Stern Professor of Chinese Studies

Lecture Abstract:
Upon its creation by a young art student at the height of the Cultural Revolution, the oil painting Chairman Mao Goes to Anyuan (1967) was hailed as exemplary revolutionary art. With over 900 million copies printed for circulation shortly after, the painting remains arguably the best-known representation of Mao and has acquired an iconic status. In this lecture, Xiaobing Tang will reconstruct the making of this richly symbolic image and its tumultuous reception. He will then discuss a series of revisions that contemporary Chinese artists have made of the historical painting. The fate of this visual icon offers a good opportunity to reflect on the many changes in Chinese society and culture.

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Air dates of "The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage"

The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage has been scheduled to air on the Michigan Channel at the following times:

3/17/2009 at 9PM

3/18/2009 at 2PM

3/22/2009 at 8PM

The Michigan Channel is channel 22 on cable.

See original event info here.

Posted by zzhu at 03:18 PM

Coordinator of Public and Information Services, Asia Library

Under the direction of the Head, Asia Library, the Coordinator of Public and Information Services is primarily responsible for the development of Asia Library’s public and information services and the coordination of Asia Library’s instruction and training programs. The Coordinator also has responsibility for selecting western languages materials related to East Asia, handling inquiries related to East Asia Studies in general, and participating in Library-wide information services. The Coordinator will serve as Asia Library’s webmaster.

For detailed job description and application information: http://www.lib.umich.edu/hr/employment/asia.html

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March 14, 2009

Research grant program, Taiwan National Central Library’s Center for Chinese Studies

This program is designed for foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies at foreign universities, as well as researchers at related foreign academic institutes. The content of the research, to be undertaken in Taiwan, should be within the field of Chinese studies.

Assistance provided by the CCS includes subsidies of research expenses, research materials service, liaison with universities and research institutions, and use of CCS facilities, etc.

Research tenure is three months to one year.

Applications should be submitted to the CCS by May 31 of each year before the year in which grants are intended to be used; notification of the CCS’s decision will be given by the end of August of the same year after a careful review.
Applications should include the following documents:
1) Application form
2) Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications)
3) Research plan
4) Letter(s) of recommendation

Grantees are entitled to travel subsidies and research subsidies.
Eligibility for travel subsidies is restricted to foreign scholars who currently reside abroad; those already in Taiwan are not eligible.

Subsidies available under the Research Grant Program are as follows:
1) Travel subsidies: One direct round trip economy class air ticket from the domicile of the grantee to Taipei will be provided by the CCS. Travel expenses will be reimbursed upon the grantee’s arrival in Taiwan on the basis of the ticket stub and receipt.
2) Research subsidies: To be paid at the beginning of each month and divided into four levels: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and doctoral candidate.

Researchers at academic/research institutes will also receive grants according to the above scale. The actual amount of research subsidies is determined by the CCS and any adjustments to those amounts will be decided upon by the CCS Advisory Committee.

Any questions should be addressed to ccsgrant@ncl.edu.tw. Application form and additional information can be found at http://ccs.ncl.edu.tw/ccs/EN/Reward.asp.

Posted by zzhu at 08:20 AM

36th Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS)

October 16 – 17, 2009
Hosted by
The University of Texas at Austin

Individual and panel paper proposals are being invited for SWCAS 2008. Proposals in all fields and disciplines of Asian studies are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS should include the full title and brief abstract of the paper (less than 250 words) and the participant's name, institutional affiliation, position, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

COMPLETE PANEL PROPOSALS consist of 3 – 4 papers plus a chair. A panelist may serve also as the chair. All proposals should include: full title of panel; a brief description of overall panel (less than 250 words); a brief abstract for each paper (less than 250 words), along with that panelist's name, institutional affiliation, position, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2009.
Email all proposals to the Program Chair, Paul Clark at
Applicants can expect a response within two weeks regarding whether their abstract/panel has been accepted.

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March 13, 2009

March 21, 2009 - Asia Law Society Symposium - Corporate Governance in Asia

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March 10, 2009

Alumna comments on sensitive anniversaries in China

"There is ample precedent in the republican as well as communist periods for Chinese protesters to turn the commemoration of political anniversaries into demands for political change."
- Elizabeth J. Perry (PhD 1978), Professor of Government and Director of Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University

"Symbolic Dates Have China on Edge"
by Michael Wines, The New York Times

Quizzes by Quibblo.com

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March 09, 2009

03/13/09 West Quad International Documentary Festival

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “Female Entrepreneurship: Constraints and Opportunities”

The Gender and Development unit in PREM, World Bank, in collaboration with the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School, University of Michigan is organizing a Conference on “Female Entrepreneurship: Constraints and Opportunities.” to be held in Washington DC, at the World Bank Headquarters, on June 2-3, 2009.

The purpose of this conference is to examine the gender dimensions of entrepreneurial choice and performance. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the analysis of entrepreneurship and self-employment as an employment choice of men and women, different patterns of sectoral concentration by gender, differential access to credit and gender-specific business and institutional constraints, the determinants of performance of individuals and firms by gender, and gender patterns in investment decisions, business growth, export, innovation and R&D. We welcome papers that focus on formal firms as well as informal businesses, family firms, and individual self-employment. Preference will be given to papers on developing countries, however interesting and original research on developed countries will be given full consideration.

We invite submissions of papers and extended abstracts – extended abstract should be 500-600 words and should include a description of the data used, the methodology and preliminary findings. Deadline for submission is April 3, 2009. Please send your paper or extended abstract to cwe@worldbank.org. Questions may also be directed to this email address. Acceptance of the paper will be communicated by April 25, 2009.

One presenter for each accepted paper will receive funding for travel expenses and accommodation. There is no registration fee for participants to the conference, but registration is required by May 1st, 2009.

Scientific committee: Elena Bardasi (Gender and Development Unit, World Bank), Mary C. Hallward-Driemeier (Development Research Group, World Bank), Simon Parker (Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario), Jan Svejnar (Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan).

Information on the conference program and local details will be made available on the Gender and Development web site, http://www.worldbank.org/gender

Posted by zzhu at 09:52 PM

03/12/09 talk by Lena Edlund: "Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China"

Economic Development and Transition Seminar (EDTS) joint with Business Economics welcomes

Lena Edlund
Columbia University

“Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China”

Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:00p.m.–1:30p.m.
3240 Weill Hall

Appointments with Professor Edlund are available, please contact Sharon Disney at sdisney@umich.edu

Refreshments will be served

Edlund's current research focuses on maternal conditions and child outcomes. One paper looks at male vulnerability in early life. While it is well known that males suffer higher mortality than females at all ages, particularly up until age one, it is less well known that males suffer more from poor maternal conditions; Edlund and colleagues document this phenomenon, studying perinatal and infant mortality in the United States. A second paper examines maternal malnutrition and long-term (adult) outcomes of offspring using the Chinese Great Leap Forward famine as a natural experiment. Maternal malnutrition remains a problem in many developing countries where pregnant and lactating women are high-risk groups for nutritional inadequacy. A third paper looks at cognitive effects of fetal low-level ionizing irradiation. Sweden received substantial radioactive fallout following the Chernobyl nuclear accident that took place in Ukraine in 1986. We find that Swedish children in utero at the time performed worse in their final year of compulsory school (at age 16) than their peers who were not exposed, and the damage was more severe for children born in areas that received more fallout. Doses to the Swedish population were such that the results are relevant for policy formulation relating to, e.g., radon exposure, medical procedures, radiation workers, and recommendations in the case of a terrorist attack involving a so-called dirty bomb.

The paper will be available at the seminar:

Co-sponsored by the International Policy Center (IPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Department of Economics, and the Ross School of Business

Posted by zzhu at 09:48 PM

Fifth Annual 21st Century China Symposium “Increasing Trust in China-US Relations”

Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 2009
East West Center: UH Manoa

Immediate Call for Papers
We encourage interdisciplinary work
We welcome any field of specialization
Roundtable discussions will be held on Sunday
Final deadline for submission June 1, 2009.
Submit to:
Professor Donald Eads
More info at:

Co-Hosted by:
Dr. Wimal Dissanayake
International Cultural Studies Director
Professor Don Eads
China-US Relations Foreign Expert

For more info:
Produced by Asian Pacific Trade Group
Co-sponsored by International Cultural Studies
East West Center

Posted by zzhu at 06:23 PM

March 05, 2009

Silk Road Week, March 9-14, 2009

LECTURE: Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road

Monday, March 9, 7:00 p.m - 8:15 p.m.
School of Social Work, International Institute, Room 1636, First Floor, 1080 S. University
Free and open to the public.

Friday, Mar 13, 6:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m.
U-M Alumni Center

Arts and Eats combines two things you can't live without -- great music and free pizza -- all in one night. U-M students can get great seats to a UMS event for $15 (at least a 60% savings!) and a pizza dinner before the concert, along with a 10-minute talk by a seasoned expert about the evening's performance.
Tickets go on sale approximately two weeks before the concert.
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Concert
Professor Joseph Lam, Musicology, will provide insights to music along the Silk Road.

THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE: Yo-Yo Ma, Artistic Director
Friday, March 13, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 8:00 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor

Yo-Yo Ma is part modern Marco Polo, an explorer of cultures far beyond his own; part musical missionary, eager to share ideas and make vital connections between peoples. (Chicago Tribune) Founded by Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, the Silk Road Project has been a catalyst for a new kind of conversation, opening avenues of inter-cultural communication and collaborative thinking. For about 2,000 years the Silk Road was the main conduit for the spread and exchange of goods, ideas, religions, and culture, connecting people from Asia to the Mediterranean. The collective is drawn from internationally renowned musicians interested in exploring the relationships between tradition and innovation in music from the East and West.

Jeff Beecher, bass ; Nicholas Cords, viola; Sandeep Das, table; Jonathan Gandelsman, violin; Joseph Gramley, percussion; Rauf Islamov, kamancheh; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Ali Asgar Mammadov, tar; Alim Qasimov, vocalist; Fargana Qasimova, vocalist; Shane Shanahan, percussion; Mark Suter, percussion; Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi; Wu Man, pipa; Wu Tong, sheng; Alastair Willis, conductor

Friday, March 13
• Gabriela Lena Frank : Ritmos Anchinos; Evan Ziporyn : Sulvasutra; Sapo Perapaskero, arr. Golijov/Ljova : Turceasca; Alim Qasimov : Layla & Majnun
Saturday, March 14
• Kim/Umezaki/Tong : Wandering Winds; Kayhan Kalhor, arr. Ljova : Mountains are Far Away; Zhao Jiping : Sacred Cloud Music; Shane Shananhan : Saidi Swing; Rabih Abou-Khalil : Arabian Waltz; Angel Lam : Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain; Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky : Paths of Parables; Colin Jacobsen : Ascending Bird
Main Floor $100 • $90 • $76 • $48 Mezzanine $80 • $70 • $10 Balcony $56 • $48 • $30 • $10

EXHIBIT: Stearns Collection of Silk Road Instruments
Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 6:45 p.m -8:00 p.m.
Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor

The U-M Stearns Collection will assemble and host a variety of historic instruments found on the Silk Road in the lobby of Hill Auditorium prior to the performances of The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. You must have a ticket to the performance to attend.
A collaboration with the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
For more information, contact the UMS Education Department at 734.647.6712 or umsed@umich.edu.

MASTER CLASS with Silk Road Members: “Creating a Life with Music”
Saturday, March 14, 11:00 a.m.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor

Yo-Yo Ma and members of The Silk Road Ensemble conduct a multi-instrumental master class with local university and high school student ensembles. Open to the public for observation.
A collaboration with the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
For more information, contact the UMS Education Department at 734.647.6712 or umsed@umich.edu.

Posted by zzhu at 09:56 PM

Donald Lopez to give lecture "The Birth of the Buddha" a second time

Due to popular demand, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce that Donald Lopez, the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and CCS faculty associate, will present his lecture, "The Birth of the Buddha," a second time.

Please mark your calendar to attend Professor Lopez’s lecture on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium.


Prior to the eighteenth century, the figure that we know today as the Buddha was known to Europeans merely as a pagan idol, called by many names and appearing in many guises across the Orient. By the middle of the nineteenth century, those idols had coalesced into a single figure with a single name, transformed from a stone god into a historical figure, a man of flesh and blood, the founder of a great religion. This extraordinary human would come to be idolized in Europe for his ethical teachings of simple truths that required neither God nor priests. In this lecture, Donald Lopez will recount the events that brought about the birth of this Buddha.

Donald Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies. He received his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 1982. After teaching at Middlebury College, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1989. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and as chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. In 2002-2003, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of LS&A.

His books include A Study of Svatantrika (1987); Elaborations on Emptiness: Uses of the Heart Sutra (1996); Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West (1998); The Story of Buddhism (2001); The Madman’s Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel (2005); and Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (2008). His edited volumes include Buddhist Hermeneutics (1988); Buddhism in Practice (1995); Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism (1995); Religions of Tibet in Practice (1997); Buddhist Scriptures (2004); and Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism (2005). In 2000 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Posted by zzhu at 05:10 PM

China studies alumnus to participate in panel during U.S. Senate celebration

Nicholas Lardy (PhD 1975), a prominent China scholar, will participate in a March 18 discussion panel at the U.S. Senate, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act-Title VI & Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs.

The panel, entitled "The Global Financial Crisis and Consequences for China, Russia, and their Regions: Implications for the U.S.," is part of the Global Symposium on Critical Challenges in an Unpredictable World: Implications for U.S. Engagement. Other speakers include Lee Hamilton and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Posted by zzhu at 04:49 PM

March 04, 2009

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March 03, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 8th Annual Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr. Memorial Lecture in Chinese Studies

China in War and Revolution: Conversations with Eyewitnesses
Paul G. Pickowicz

Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies
University of California, San Diego

Professor Pickowicz served as associate producer of two PBS two-hour films and conducted virtually all of the oral history interviews that were used. The first film was released in 1989 and the second in 1994. These films remain the gold standard for college classroom use. He will discuss how these films were made, how controversial archival footage was acquired, and how interview subjects were selected. He will also show clips of three particularly memorable sequences and discuss the conflicting emotions they evoke.

This annual lecture is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and is made possible by the generous gift of the late Mrs. Philip Thomas Lincoln and Family.

Contact : Karen Munson
Telephone: 734.615.8623 E-mail: kjmunson@umich.edu

Posted by zzhu at 02:20 PM

Saturday, March 14, 2009 - Asia Library Exhibit of Treasures

On display for this one-day exhibit will be items ranging from traditional East Asian books, antique scrolls, to diaries of early European travelers to Asia. Curators will be present to describe materials and answer questions. Dr. Jidong Yang, the new Head of the Asia Library, will speak at 2:30 p.m.

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