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April 28, 2009

Great News - Yu Xie now a member of National Academy of Sciences!

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April 27, 2009

Ember Swift at The Ark, May 6, 2009

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April 24, 2009

Employment Opportunity at Duke University: Outreach and Communications Coordinator, APSI

Job Title: Outreach and Communications Coordinator

The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute has an opening for the position of Outreach and Communications Coordinator. This will be a 30 hour/week position with benefits, with the potential of upgrading to a 40 hour/week position. The position is classified as Program Coordinator, Level 10, Job Family 28 in the Duke system.

Job Responsibilities:

Serve as the outreach coordinator of APSI:
• Plan, implement, and evaluate educational outreach to the K-12 schools and community colleges, the Duke community, the general public, the business community, media and government about East Asia.
• Plan and implement annual K-12 teacher training workshops, including planning the workshop programs, making logistical arrangements for the workshops, and conducting follow-up surveys to evaluate the workshops’ effectiveness. A key part of the job responsibility is to maintain an on-going relationship with the workshop participants to provide continued support to them.
• Provide on-going support to the K-12 and community college educators to incorporate knowledge about East Asia in their curriculum, and develop curriculum resources for them. This includes maintaining a listserv that publicizes APSI’s outreach events, information about outreach programs offered elsewhere and grant and fellowship opportunities; and developing and managing APSI’s resource lending library.
• Liaise with other programs on campus and off to develop new resources for outreach, including working with programs such as the Duke Performances to organize public programs relevant to East Asia, and maintaining a relationship with the foundations such as the Japan Foundation to look for funding and collaboration opportunities.
• Coordinate the Cine-East film festival each semester by working with faculty to select the films, and coordinate with other offices to schedule the film screenings and publicity of the film series.
• Collect data to evaluate program effectiveness and consult with program participants to improve program quality.
• Draft grant proposals, collect data to support grant management and prepare relevant sections of the grant reports.

Serve as the Communications Coordinator of APSI:
• Manage and oversee the production of APSI’s annual newsletter.
• Manage and oversee the Outreach section of APSI’s web page.
• Serve as APSI’s liaison to other Duke offices, and represent APSI to various professional groups on campus and off.
• Work closely with undergraduate students to publicize APSI’s events, grants and fellowship opportunities.

Work with the Institute’s staff to support its general programs and activities:
This includes conference and public events planning, events management, working with faculty and students to publicize the events.

MA in social sciences or humanities with a focus on East Asia required, as is the ability to speak an East Asian language. Work requires training and experience in program development and public relations. Experience with K-12 and /or community college education, especially related to East Asia is desirable.

Candidate must have strong communications and organizational skills. Must be able to juggle multiple tasks, take initiatives in program planning, be able to prioritize work and work independently. Need strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and familiarity with desktop publishing software such as InDesign. Candidate must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

Preference will be given to applicants who have two years or more of work experience in an academic environment working directly with students, faculty, university offices, and grant agencies.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interviews for the position will start in early May, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to Dr. Yan Li, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, 323A Trent Dr. Hall, Box 90411, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0411, or by email to liyan@duke.edu.

Duke University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

Posted by zzhu at 04:50 PM

April 23, 2009

2009 University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies Photo Contests - Open Competition and Student Competition - Our Biggest Prizes Yet!

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Click on flier for all the information you need to win!

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April 20, 2009

Kenneth Lieberthal talks to Southern Weekend (南方周末) about climate change cooperation

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南方周末记者 余力

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April 16, 2009

Student translation award and scholarship competitions

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The American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation invites applications for The JTG Scholarship in Scientific and Technical Translation or Interpretation (Academic Year 2009-2010).

The American Translators Association is administering a competition for Student Translation Award.

Posted by zzhu at 10:42 PM

April 15, 2009

Call for Proposals - Culture, Context, and Readership

Culture, Context, and Readership
An International Conference on Chinese American Literature

July 17-19, 2009, Nanjing University, China

School of Foreign Studies, Nanjing University
Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA

The organizers/co-sponsors of the 2009 International Conference on Chinese American Literature invite colleagues both in China and internationally to submit proposals for individual papers on topics dealing with Chinese American literary issues that elucidate the conference theme outlined below. This conference is open to anyone having an interest in the study of Chinese American literature.

Conference Theme

The theme for the 2009 International Conference on Chinese American Literature, to be held at Nanjing University, China, is “Culture, Context, and Readership.”

Questions of “culture, context, and readership” have for some time been at the heart of much Chinese American literary studies. Literally, these categories can be taken to mean the cultural attitudes or practices reflected in given literary texts, immediate social backgrounds of literary portrayals, or interpretative strategies adopted by different readers. At the same time, such categories can also be approached somewhat differently. For example, “culture,” in its expanded meaning, can refer to the complex interplay of ideological codes that both surround and give shape to narrative voices or modes of literary production. “Context” is in this sense no longer an easily identifiable historical referent outside the presumed boundaries of a literary text, but rather something inherent in the text as a rhetorical construction, which, upon contextualization, is always fraught with social and political contradictions. From such a perspective, “readership” is more about the constitutive role of the race, gender, class, or other social and cultural experiences on the part of the reader in determining the meaning and significance of a literary work. Within the context of this conference, the question of “readership” is especially suggestive in that it registers cross-cultural, multi-linguistic, and transnational sensibilities and perspectives across diverse reading communities.

To facilitate the conceptualization and submission processes, we recommend using the following key terms as organizing concepts for your paper proposals under the general theme of the conference.

Key Terms

1. Global/Local Dynamics and Diaspora
2. Memory and History
3. The Body and Desires
4. Autobiography and Fiction
5. Narrative versus Documentation
6. The Question of Audience in the Classroom
7. Chinese American Representations of China
8. Intersection of Literature and Media
9. Cultural Appropriation and Translation
10. Interethnic Relations

Other organizing categories can also be used in conceptualizing paper proposals as long as they contribute to the enhancement of the theme of the conference.

Submission Requirements

Proposals in English or in Chinese are to be submitted to ccrnju@yahoo.com. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2009. All paper submitters should provide the following in the proposals:
1) Paper Title (maximum of 12 words)
2) Paper Abstract (maximum 500 words)
3) Paper Presenter Information (full name, affiliation, email address)

Conference Organizers
Professor Cheng Aimin, Dean
School for International Students, Nanjing University, China

Professor Jinqi Ling, Graduate Vice Chair
Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA

Posted by zzhu at 09:24 PM

"The China Price" scheduled to air again on the Michigan Channel

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Broadcast of "The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage," a CCS Public Lecture Series presentation by Alexandra Harney, will be aired on Michigan cable channel 22 this coming Sunday, April 19th at 8:00pm. Ms. Harney's talk was filmed on February 11, 2009 in the 4th floor Amphitheater of Rackham.

Posted by zzhu at 02:54 PM

April 13, 2009

W09 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - RESCHEDULED FILM

RESCHEDULED FILM: We regret the problem with our copy of SWING IN BEIJING on Saturday, April 11th that resulted in the film being canceled.

Therefore, we have ordered a new copy and the film has been rescheduled to be shown on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7:00pm in Auditorium A Angell Hall. Hope you can make it!

Posted by zzhu at 09:04 PM

April 09, 2009

Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

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University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
Automotive Analysis Division
“Focus on the Future”
Automotive Research Conferences
Inside China:
Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

Thursday, April 16, 2009
9am to 4pm
University of Michigan, The Michigan League Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Following up on last year’s successful China Automotive Conference, this year’s conference will update attendees about the changes taking place in the Chinese auto industry. The global recession has lessened the growth of China’s auto industry, and it may play an important role in the structure of the industry itself. The government has made a major change in its automotive policy that will affect both domestic and multi-national manufacturers. Speakers will provide insights into the current and future direction of the industry based on their academic and government research, consulting experience, and work within the industry.

Speaker Profile: Eric Thun, Oxford University.

Eric Thun is Peter Moores Lecturer in Chinese Business Studies. A political scientist by training, Thun’s research focuses on issues of industrial development in China. Recently, he has investigated the development of the Chinese automotive industry, the globalization strategies of Chinese firms, and China’s integration into global production networks. Thun’s book Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments and Auto Sector Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. His work has also appeared in World Development, World Business, Politics & Society and the Journal of East Asian Studies. Thun received his BA from Princeton University in 1990 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1999. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the M.I.T. Industrial Performance Center, he returned to Princeton as Assistant Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Politics. He moved to Oxford in 2005.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, University of Michigan, will moderate the conference
Tom Tao, Lehigh University, will discuss sales and marketing strategies of multi-national and domestic auto manufacturers.
Eric Thun, Oxford University, will talk about manufacturer local and global strategies
Ken Duck, Foley Lardner, will talk about the role of government in the Chinese Auto Industry currently and in the near future
Weijian Han, Ford Motor Company, will explain China’s future Fuel/Vehicle Alternatives
Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan, will discuss new labor developments in China and how they are affecting the auto industry

We are also inviting other experts to provide their insights about the Chinese auto industry.

Registration: $200
UMTRI-AAD Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff: Free

To make a reservation please contact:
Ms. Lee Burge at 734-936-2723 or leeburge@umich.edu

Register Online:

E-Mail: leeburge@umich.edu

Conference Sponsorship: Companies interested in sponsoring this conference please contact Bruce Belzowski at bbl@umich.edu or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500)

Upcoming Events
• July 15, 2009 (Wednesday): Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: How Are New Powertrain Technologies Affecting Company Strategies?

• September, 2009: The Business of IT: Transforming the Organization and the Vehicle. Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.

• November, 2009: The Role of Government in the NA Automotive Industry

• February, 2010: 2nd Annual 3D Metrology Conference: Changing the Way We Measure and Analyze Manufacturing Quality

Posted by zzhu at 02:29 PM

04/14/09 talk by Microsoft Fellow - "China's Latest Food and Drug Regulations: Change Needed for Beneficial Innovations?"

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April 08, 2009

Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 532: "Seminar in Chinese Poetry"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 260: "Introduction to Chinese Civilization"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 480.001: "Narratives of Desire by Modern Chinese Women Writers"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 361: "The Pursuit of Happiness in the Chinese Tradition"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 251: "The Story of the Stone"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 235: "Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN LANG 409: "Literary Chinese I"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 230: "Introduction to Buddhism"

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April 07, 2009

Kunqu superstars to perform at School of Music

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Fall 2009 China Courses, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

China-content courses (undergraduate and graduate levels):
• Chinese Society and Cultures
• Introduction to Buddhism
• Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures
• Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture - The Story of the Stone
• Introduction to Chinese Civilization
• The Pursuit of Happiness in the Chinese Tradition
• Topics in Asian Studies - Narratives of Desire by Modern Chinese Women Writers
• Seminar in Chinese Poetry - Introduction to Chinese Poetry from the Earliest Times through the 12th-Century
• A Comparative Study of Asia
• Social Scientific Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
• Independent Study in Chinese Studies
• Master's Thesis in Chinese Studies
• Ancient Languages and Scripts
• Comparative Literary Movements and Periods – Regarding China
• Painting and Poetry in China
• Special Topics - Art and Authoritarianism
• Special Studies in the Art of China - The Twentieth Century Response to Theories of Artistic Expression in China
• The Writing of History - Good Sons, Good Daughters: Filial Piety (xiao) in Early China
• East Asia: Early Transformations
• China from the Oracle Bones to the Opium War
• History Colloquium – Confucianism, Mohism, and Legalism and the Rise of the Chinese Empire
• Introduction to the Comparative Study of History
• Honors Social Sciences Seminar – Forces Shaping the Future International System
• China’s Evolution Under Communism
• Democratization in Global Perspectives
• The World Economy
• Business in Asia
• China's International Relations
• China: Early 21st Century Ruralopolitan Space

Fall 2009 Chinese Language Courses
• First Year Chinese I
• First Year Chinese for Mandarin Speakers
• First Year Tibetan I
• Second Year Chinese I
• Second Year Chinese for Mandarin Speaker
• Third Year Chinese I
• Third Year Chinese for Mandarin Speakers
• Advanced Spoken Chinese I
• Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers I
• Fourth Year Chinese I
• Chinese for Professions I
• Academic Chinese I
• Literary Chinese I

Posted by zzhu at 04:42 PM

April 02, 2009

Kenneth Lieberthal discusses China at G20 summit and the Hu-Obama meeting

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"They are beginning to appreciate that when countries emerge from this current economic crisis, China is likely to be either the first to emerge or right after the U.S., and that China will be one of the very few countries at the end of this crisis to emerge without having high levels of government debt."

"An Unsure China Steps Onto the Global Stage"
by Michael Wines and Edward Wong, The New York Times

"The two sides agreed to cooperate in a set of areas and they characterized U.S.-China relationship as positive, cooperative and comprehensive going forward."

"U.S. scholar says China-U.S. meeting was forward-looking"
by Yan Feng, Xinhua News

Posted by zzhu at 10:32 AM

April 01, 2009

The Asia Foundation invites applications for Junior Associates in Asian Affairs

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

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

* Summer 2009 (June - August)
Application Deadline: April 27, 2009

* Fall 2009 (October - December)
Application Deadline: August 17, 2009

* Spring 2010 (February - April)
Application Deadline: December 14, 2009

* Summer 2010 (June - August)
Application Deadline: April 12, 2010


The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, open, and just Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on over 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research. With a network of 17 field offices in Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level.


Positions for the Junior Associates Program are expected to be very competitive. We are seeking talented, high-energy individuals who will benefit from their affiliation with the Foundation and contribute to the organization as well.

Candidates should have the following:

* Graduate student status or recent graduate degree
* Graduate studies in Asia-related areas; international relations;international development; public administration; public policy; and law, political science, economics, or sociology with work experience in Asia
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Good organizational skills
* Good computer skills


* Application Form (Download application - pdf)
* Cover letter describing interests and skills
* Resume
* Official transcript
* Writing sample (3-5 pages)
* Sealed recommendation letters from two faculty members and, if applicable, one employment supervisor


Mr. Jon Peterson
Office of the President
The Asia Foundation
465 California Street, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
(no telephone, fax, or email inquiries, please)

Posted by zzhu at 05:19 PM

The China Times Cultural Foundation announces fellowships for doctoral dissertation research in Chinese studies, 2009-2010

Applicants must be doctoral candidates in humanities or the social sciences with an approved dissertation prospectus. Enrollment in a university in the United States or Canada required.

Scholarships are in the amount of US$5,000 each. They are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement without regard to academic discipline, race, or nationality.

In addition there will be a special award in memory of Mr. Chi-Chung Yu, founder of the China Times Foundation. It will be given to the highest ranked of the applicants, and will carry a cash award of US$10,000.

Applicants must send a completed application form, curriculum vitae, official transcript of graduate course work, reprints of publications (if any), and a project description in English and Chinese.

Deadline for applications is JUNE 30, 2009. Awards will be announced in October 2009.

An application form is required. An application form may be obtained from:

China Times Cultural Foundation
P.O. Box 521234
Flushing, NY 11352
Tel#: 718-460-4900
Fax#: 718-479-4900
E-mail: ctcfmail@yahoo.com

Posted by zzhu at 04:58 PM

Select images from Xiaobing Tang's inaugural lecture as the Helmut F. Stern Professor of Chinese Studies

Liu Chunhua (刘春华, 1944-), Chairman Mao Goes to Anyuan, 1967, oil, 220 x 180 cm

Liu Chunhua, Drawing study for Chairman Mao Goes To Anyuan, 1967, charcoal on paper

Harbin, July 1968, photograph by Li Zhensheng

Temper Ourselves for a Red Heart in the Wide World, 1969, poster, Stefan Landsberger Collection

Wang Xingwei, The Way to the East, 1995, 200 x 155 cm

Erro (Gudmundur Gudmundsson), Mao's Last Visit to Venice, 1974-2003

Yin Zhaoyang, Untitled, 2005, oil, 180 x 140 cm

Posted by zzhu at 10:39 AM