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May 30, 2009

The "Mad" World of MA Yansong

While in Beijing, the CCS Blogger had exclusive access to MAD, one of the most exciting architecture firms in the world and one of the very few private architecture firms in China. MAD was founded by MA Yansong (马岩松), whose best-known building is perhaps the construction project nicknamed the "Marilyn Monroe Building" in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Front door - check out the firm name in faint lettering

Sitting area with MAD-designed furniture

Closer look of the foot rest

Two views of the "Marilyn Monroe Building" are on the right

Posted by zzhu at 11:43 AM

Capturing the CCTV Tower in a Taxi

Shuttling in between meetings and events, the CCS Blogger took a few "drive-by" shots of the famed CCTV Tower.

Just in case you missed it, here's what happened.

Posted by zzhu at 11:17 AM

May 29, 2009

Where in China is the CCS Blogger?

E-mail your answers to Chinese.Studies@umich.edu. The first three individuals who guess all four places correctly will win a special DVD as well as public recognition for knowing China so well.

1. Where is this? Bonus point for knowing the name of the particular area in the city.

2. Name the temple where this statue can be found:

3. In what city did CCSB take this picture?

Another angle:

4. Where can one find this building?

Posted by zzhu at 12:43 PM

May 18, 2009

Not as scary as it looks...

CCS blogger (CCSB) goes to Hong Kong via Tokyo, but first everyone must sit through quarantine inspection. Thankfully, this did not happen to CCSB.

Everyone, sit up straight for the thermal camera.

This man was in charge of collecting health disclosure forms in CCSB's section of the plane. He was polite and diligent. CCSB liked the document box he carried as if a satchel.

Closer view of the box. :)

Posted by zzhu at 10:15 AM

May 15, 2009

Assistant Editor, Publications, The US-China Business Council

Assistant Editor, Publications, Washington, DC

Start date: Immediate

The US-China Business Council (USCBC, www.uschina.org) is seeking an assistant editor for a full-time position beginning May 2009. The USCBC is a private, nonprofit, membership association that represents US corporations with business interests in China.


• Assisting with the writing and editing of China Market Intelligence, USCBC’s biweekly e-newsletter, and other e-publications
• Writing, fact-checking, copyediting, and proofreading articles, data spreads, and departments for the China Business Review (CBR, www.chinabusinessreview.com), the magazine of the USCBC, and other USCBC publications. The CBR is a four-color, bimonthly magazine with a circulation of 7,500 published in Washington, DC.
• Maintaining, and adapting USCBC content for, websites
• Conducting research on topics of concern to US businesses in China

• Excellent command of English grammar and spelling
• Proven writing and editing skills
• Reading and speaking knowledge of Mandarin
• Ability to communicate clear, detailed instructions orally and in writing
• Good online research skills and excellent attention to detail
• Relevant experience on another publication
• Academic coursework on, or other relevant exposure to, economics, statistics, business terminology, and US-China commercial activities. Background in economics strongly preferred.
• Ability to work independently
• Experience maintaining websites preferred
• Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
• US permanent work authorization (US citizen or lawful permanent resident)

The position is full-time, and starting salary is in the mid-$30Ks depending on abilities/qualifications. Benefits include three weeks annual leave, health insurance on a shared-cost basis, SEP-IRA after one year of service, and a stimulating work environment.

Send resume, cover letter, brief writing sample, and contact information for three references to:
The China Business Review
1818 N Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Or by e-mail: info@uschina.org

Posted by zzhu at 03:32 PM

May 04, 2009

Top ten CCS blog entries of the term

Historic Firsts:
1. The first presentation of the Winter 2009 CCS Tuesday Noon Lecture Series: Yiching Wu, "Coping with Crisis in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution: Toward a Historical Critique of China’s Postsocialist Condition," January 20, 2009. Those who attended this talk will not soon forget this day since together they also watched the live broadcast of the inauguration of President Barack Obama right before Professor Wu took to the lectern.

2. On the same day, Kenneth Lieberthal visited Phoenix TV's Washington studio as guest commentator on US-China relations.

3. Learn all about Hillary Clinton's first trip to China as Secretary of State via this blog entry; read about the two major reports (one from The Asia Society and the other from The Brookings Institution) on US-China cooperation on energy and climate change released just prior to this trip. U-M faculty and alumni who wrote or helped to write these reports include Elizabeth Economy, Jan Berris, and Kenneth Lieberthal.

Spotlights and Highlights:
4. Spin the colorful 3-D carousels to browse recent books by CCS faculty.

5. The Chronicle of Higher Education explores US-China academic collaborations on social sciences, and the UM-Peking University Joint Institute's contributions to these efforts are profiled. CCS faculty associates James Lee and Jersey Liang are interviewed.

6. Silk Road Week at U-M and Ann Arbor, March 9-14, 2009.

7. The New York Times interviews China-studies alumna Elizabeth Perry on sensitive anniversaries in China. After reading the article, tell us what you think by taking the CCS poll!

8. Chairman Mao as a political and pop icon - select images from Xiaobing Tang's inaugural lecture as the Helmut F. Stern Professor of Chinese Studies are available on the blog.

Looking Ahead:
9. The 2009 University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies Photo Competition – Open Competition and Student Competition – check out our biggest prize offerings yet!

10. Twenty-seven courses with significant China-studies content and 13 Chinese-language courses are scheduled for the Fall 2009 academic term; and the list might grow in coming months. See the list of exciting courses, including "Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture - The Story of the Stone," "China from the Oracle Bones to the Opium War," "China's Evolution Under Communism," and "Business in Asia." A selection of course flier can be found throughout the CCS blog.

Posted by zzhu at 12:33 PM