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June 24, 2009

Kenneth Lieberthal joins a panel of Presidential Advisors in discussion of "The White House and U.S. Policy Toward China: Views from the Inside"



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Click below to watch entire program, which was held at the 2009 Committee of 100 Annual Conference, May 1, 2009.

Posted by zzhu at 07:21 PM

June 23, 2009

Artist donates original sketches to CCS office space

Dr. Ren Wendong, Dean of School of Arts & Design, Dalian Polytechnic University, generously donated to the Center for Chinese Studies six of his original sketches of University of Michigan landmarks. A donation ceremony took place Monday, June 22, 2009, at the U-M Institute for the Humanities Gallery, which, along with CCS, co-sponsored an exhibition of Dr. Ren's ink paintings.


Mary Gallagher, CCS director, presents Dr. Ren with a certificate recognizing his gifts


Dr. Ren and his artwork


Dr. Ren and CCS staffer Anna Moyer discuss his paintings

Posted by zzhu at 05:12 PM

June 22, 2009

Internships at The Congressional-Executive Commission on China

FALL 2009 INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Deadline: July 15, 2009

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming fall in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is July 15, 2009 for the Fall 2009 internship that runs from September to December 2009. Application instructions are attached.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates 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.

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

Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/general/employ.php.

Posted by zzhu at 03:41 PM

June 15, 2009

U-M professor finds flaws in Chinese software filter

Update: Professor Halderman's paper with "Addendum 1: Green Dam Quietly Patched; Still Vulnerable — June 18, 2009" can be found here.

"What we found was only the tip of the iceberg."

"Experts Say Chinese Filter Would Make PCs Vulnerable"
by Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times
06/12/2009

Posted by zzhu at 09:44 AM

June 11, 2009

Direct flight between Shanghai and Detroit

On June 3, 2009, the CCS blogger happened to be on the inaugural direct flight from Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), operated by a U.S. carrier that is now part of another U.S. carrier. For everyone at the University of Michigan who works in/on China, the duration of travel just became more tolerable.

Pictures from the brief ceremony at Pudong and an approximation of flight route.

Posted by zzhu at 11:23 AM

June 07, 2009

Chinese Studies faculty and alumna address US-China cooperation on climate change in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Prepared testimonies by Elizabeth Economy and Kenneth Lieberthal on challenges and opportunities for US-China cooperation on climate change, June 4, 2009. Click below to watch video.

Text of testimony by Elizabeth Economy (PhD, Political Science, 1994), C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Text of testimony by Kenneth Lieberthal, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science, Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute, William Davidson Professor of Business Administration

Posted by zzhu at 04:54 PM

June 04, 2009

Kenneth Liberthal appears on CCTV News Weekly

Transcript (in Chinese) of CCTV 《新闻周刊》美国智库访谈系列之《李侃如:全球性问题、清洁能源问题和气候变化问题----中美关系的新三大核心问题》 can be found here.

Posted by zzhu at 11:41 AM

Chinese Summer Camp - Free to Students Grades 9-12

Please note that as of June 15, 2009, application deadline has been extended to June 24, and that graduating high school seniors are now welcome to apply.

General Information:
The WSU China Corps Summer Camp is a three-week Chinese language and culture enrichment program for high school students in Southeast Michigan. Classes and activities will involve Chinese language instruction and cultural activities ranging from tai chi and ping pong to calligraphy and paper folding. The program, which will run this year from August 3 – August 21, brings high school students with one to three years of Chinese instruction together with Chinese language teachers to share in the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in a university setting.

Students accepted into the program receive:
* lunch every Thursday
* school supplies
* bus tickets if requested
* a China Corps t-shirt
* access to WSU facilities such as libraries and language labs

Schedule:
Students in the program are expected to attend on time and fully all program days from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, from August 3-21.

Eligibility:
Students must:
1. be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the Fall, 2009
2. be currently enrolled in a southeast Michigan school
3. have finished 1-4 years of Chinese language instruction (we do not recommend this program for heritage speakers)
4. be committed to the goal of learning to speak, read, and write Chinese and willing to work hard to achieve that goal
5. be willing and able to exercise behavior appropriate to a University program.

Tuition:
Tuition is free to all students, thanks to funding from Wayne State University and Hanban: Chinese Language Council International, and the contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.

How to Apply:
Students should mail completed applications to:
The WSU China Corps Summer Camp
Confucius Institute
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward, Suite 11204
Detroit, MI 48202
Applications may also be dropped off at: Wayne State University
5057 Woodward, Suite 11204

A map of Wayne State and parking information are available at www.mathcorps.org.
*Faxes will not be accepted.
**NOTE: Schools or teachers may submit their students’ applications as a group.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 or until all spots are filled.
Selected students will be notified by Tuesday, June 30.

Information:
For additional information, contact Dr. John Brender, Director of the Wayne State University Confucius Institute, at 313-577-3035 or visit our website at www.clas.wayne.edu/ci

RULES AND REGULATIONS
The WSU China Corps stands on the belief that all children have a unique and special greatness within them, and that through hard work, a commitment to excellence, and a dedication to learning – combined with the support of a caring community – this greatness can be realized.

In keeping with the China Corps’ determination to help each and every one of its students find his or her own particular greatness, we ask that the following rules and regulations be observed:

1. All students are expected to attend the program every day, in accordance with the program schedule. An absence caused by illness, family emergency, or other unexpected and/or unavoidable event may be excused, if prompt notification of the circumstances is given to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator has sole authority for deciding whether any absence should be excused or not. In any case, no matter what the reason, no more than three (3) absences will be excused. Family vacations, reunions, and other similar outings conflict with the program’s goals, and so will not be seen as reasons to excuse an absence. Any unexcused absence is grounds for dismissal.

2. All students must be on time every day. An incident of lateness caused by an unexpected and/or unavoidable event may be excused, if prompt notification of the circumstances is given to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator has sole authority for deciding whether any lateness should be excused or not. Any unexcused lateness is grounds for dismissal.

3. All homework assignments are expected to be completed and turned in on time.

4. Failure to complete assignments as required is grounds for dismissal.

5. All participants are to treat each other with respect and courtesy and are to maintain proper behavior at all times, consistent with being part of a university program. Behavior that fails to meet the standards of the WSU China Corps is grounds for dismissal.

Posted by zzhu at 10:39 AM