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September 30, 2009

U-M researcher develops tool to disable Green Dam Youth Censorware functionality

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A security researcher at the University of Michigan has released a tool that helps Chinese computers users disable the censorship functionality of the controversial Green Dam Youth Software.

The Dam Burst utility, created by researcher Jon Oberheide, works by by injecting code into a running application and removing the Green Dam hooks that enable it to monitor and block user activity.

"Hacker ships tool to circumvent China's Green Dam filter"
by Ryan Naraine, ZDNet News

Posted by zzhu at 06:13 PM

September 29, 2009

2009 Pan Asian Buddhist Film Festival

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The Seventh Annual Taiwanese Music Festival Honors Concert

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Please click on poster for additional information.

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Economic Development and Transition Seminar (EDTS) welcomes Albert Park

Economic Development and Transition Seminar (EDTS) welcomes

Albert Park
Department of Economics, Oxford University

"Family Ties and Organizational Design: Evidence from Chinese Private Firms"
Thursday, October 1, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
3240 Weill Hall

Abstract: Family firms comprise a large share of industrial activity in both developing and developed countries, but little is known about how they operate. Using a unique dataset of Chinese private firms, in this paper we investigate how family ties with firm heads affect managerial compensation and job assignment. We find that family managers earn higher salaries and received more bonuses, hold higher positions, and are given more decision rights and more job responsibilities than non-family managers in the same firm. However, family managers face weaker incentives than professional managers as seen in the lower sensitivity of their bonuses to firm performance. Our findings are consistent with the predictions of a principal-agent model that incorporates family trust and endogenous job assignment decisions. We show that alternative explanations such as taste-based favoritism, succession concerns, and risk attitudes are unlikely to drive our key results, and discuss implications for economic performance.

Posted by zzhu at 08:59 AM

September 28, 2009

Notes from Carol Stepanchuk, CCS Outreach Coordinator

It's that time again—to prepare for the annual Moon Festival, 15th day of the 8th lunar month; for those on the solar calendar, Oct. 3rd. Grab a friend, gaze at the moon and break into a box of moon cakes—remember to savor in small bites.
http://books.google.com (search "The Mid-Autumn Festival focuses")

Lunar Retrospective: Two years ago almost to the day, China launched its first lunar orbiter, named after the goddess of the moon—Chang E. This legendary being didn't just sit around—as a mortal, she, too, was "launched" from the earth after swallowing the elixir of immortality and rising to the starry heavens.

An annotated web directory to museums and arts-related organizations on China and Asia plus sites for blogging and browsing on China—current events, culture and global connections—is available by going to the CCS outreach website; http://ii.umich.edu/ccs/resources/outreach "Website Directory"

The 7th Annual Taiwanese Music Festival, an evening of Taiwanese music by local young musicians; guest violinist Shih-Peng Chang and composer Diau-Hua Lim.
Saturday, Oct., 17, 7:00 pm, Greenhills School, 850 Greenhills Drive, Ann Arbor, 48105
Contact tmf@MiTai.org

Call for one-minute videos of life in Detroit for a web-based gallery www.theoneminutes.org featured at the World Expo of Shanghai in 2010. Detroit is one of 50 cities around the globe to have been selected for “city portraits.” Contact artist in charge Kathrin Schlegel, schlegel_k@gmx.de; deadline Oct. 1.
To follow life in Beijing (or any other city around the world) for 24 hours, each hour represented by a one-minute video, see http://cityoneminutes.org

Posted by zzhu at 10:00 AM

September 24, 2009

Kenneth Lieberthal, Professor Emeritus, is primary author of report critical of Bush's emphasis on daily intelligence brief

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Under President George W. Bush, the President's Daily Brief -- the highly classified intelligence paper delivered each morning to the White House -- rose to "an unprecedented level of importance," with negative consequences for the intelligence community, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution.

"Study Faults Bush's Emphasis On Daily Intelligence Brief"
by Walter Pincus, The Washington Post

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Lecture, September 30, 2009 - China and the US: A Shared History

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The Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies presents: Kenneth Pomeranz, October 1, 2009

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CCS Public Lecture Series - A Lecture by Melissa Chiu

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September 18, 2009

Twenty-First Century Urbanization: Social Science Perspectives on China's Urban Transformation

Conference Schedule
Updated September 29, 2009

Welcome: 9:00am-9:15am
Welcome by Mary Gallagher, Director of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies
Henderson Room ▪ 4th floor ▪ Michigan League

SESSION I: 9:15am-10:45am
Kam Wing Chan, University of Washington
Fundamentals of China's Urbanization and Policy
Michelle Huang, National Taiwan University
How Clusters of Chinese Cities Become Massive Regional Units

Discussants: Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University,
Ravi Sundaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and Visiting Professor, U-M

15 minute break

SESSION II: 11-12:30

Xuefei Ren, Michigan State University
The Chinese Urban Future: Lessons from China's Megacities
Robert Adams, University of Michigan
Extreme Urban Euphoria: Architecture in the Compression of Developmental Time

Discussants: Martin Murray, University of Michigan,
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine

Noon Break: 12:30-1:45

SESSION III: 1:45-3:15

Li Zhang, UC Davis
Patterns of Urban Sprawl and Emerging Spatialization of Class: The Real Estate Boom and Housing Reform in Kunming
Yue Zhang, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Politics of Urban Preservation in Beijing
Siming Li, Hong Kong Baptist University
Economic Integration between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta at a Crossroads: Mega-Urban Development under One Country, Two Systems

Discussants: Shivi Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University
Yuhua Wang, University of Michigan

15 minute break

SESSION IV: 3:30-4:30

Albert Park, Oxford University
Chinese Labor Markets, Rural Migration and the Informalization of Labor Markets
Scott Rozelle, Stanford University
Rural Migrants’ Educational Opportunities in Urban Areas

Discussant: Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan
Lijing Yang, University of Michigan

Wrap-up Roundtable: 4:30-5:15

Chair: Jeff Wasserstrom, UC Irvine
Panelists: Li Tiangang, Fudan University; Nguyen Thu Giang, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi; Meredith Weiss, SUNY, Albany; Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University

Wrap up Discussion: 5:15pm-6:00pm - Where to go from here:

Chaired by Mary Gallagher, Director of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies

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September 17, 2009

CCS Blog Tribute to Ken Lieberthal

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Professor Kenneth Lieberthal retired from the University of Michigan in July this year and is now the Director of the John Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Not only has Professor Lieberthal been one of the most respected China scholars in the world, but he has also contributed so much to public service as well as to the success of CCS. Readers of the CCS Blog have enjoyed reading or listening to his commentary on various China-related issues and news items in the past year. In order to celebrate all that he has given to CCS and to the study of China, we present "The Best of Ken Lieberthal," bringing together some past blog entries featuring Professor Lieberthal's commentary.

Thanks for being a big part of the CCS Blog, Ken! We look forward to many more blog entries on your work in the future.

Appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, July 27, 2009

Presidential Advisers' panel discussion - "The White House and U.S. Policy Toward China: Views from the Inside", May 1, 2009

Climate change testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 4, 2009

China at G20 summit and the Hu-Obama meeting, April 2, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Visits China, February 22, 2009

2009 William K. McInally Memorial Lecture, January 28, 2009

Guest appearance on Phoenix TV, Inauguration Day, 2009

Assessing Timothy Geithner's leadership potential in dealing with China, December 19, 2008

On Hua Guofeng, August 21, 2008

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A Decent Factory: Nokia in China - December 12 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Thomas Balmès; China, 2005; 79 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

In an increasingly globalized economy, more corporations are outsourcing their production to countries with cheaper labor costs and less legal protection of workers’ rights. Some corporate managers, whether out of sincere moral concern or because they must respond to the considerations of investors and shareholders, are attempting to balance profit-making with social morality. A Decent Factory focuses on such an effort by Nokia, the Finnish electronics firm, which sends a team led by two business ethics advisors to examine conditions at a Chinese factory that supplies parts to Nokia. Filmmaker Thomas Balmès, having conducted three years of research on the subject, follows them on their investigative journey. “Funny, perceptive . . . a moral investigation into the profit motive.” BBC

Posted by kanepark at 06:02 PM

To Tell the Truth: The Liu Binyan Story - December 5 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Yung Chang; Canada, 2008; 93 minutes (English, Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with English subtitles)

Beginning in 1949, journalist Liu Binyan began a long career of writing and reporting about the injustices and the sufferings of ordinary people in China, with a fervent devotion to social ideals. Fearless and outspoken, Liu suffered many consequences, including being kicked out of the Communist Party twice, and sent to labor camps for more than 20 years. In the spring of 1988, he left for the United States to write and teach but was barred from ever returning to China. Often referred to as “the Conscience of China,” Liu was named one of Time Magazine’s Asian Heroes in 2003. Through interviews and archival footage, his film documents the story of Liu Binyan and his determination to speak the truth.

Posted by kanepark at 06:01 PM

Please Vote for Me - November 14 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Weijun Chen; 2007; 52 minutes (Mandarin and English with English subtitles)


An experiment in democracy is taking place in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China. For the first time ever, the students in grade three at Evergreen Primary School are asked to elect a class monitor. Traditionally appointed by the teacher, the class monitor holds a powerful position, helping to control students and doling out punishment to those who disobey. Three candidates are chosen and required to perform in three events: a talent show, a debate and finally an appeal directly to their classmates asking for their votes. The campaign is harder than expected and takes its toll, especially for the losing candidates and their assistants. Viewers are left to decide if the experiment in democracy has been “successful.”

Posted by kanepark at 05:58 PM

Interesting Times: War of Love - October 17 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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A film by Jiang Yue and Duan Jinchuan, 2003; 45 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Beijing social worker Hu Yanping and her friend nurse Liu Xian spend all their evenings and weekends running an amateur dating agency. The agency flourishes in a social climate where China’s new career women discover that their new found wealth and independence is threatening to many men, making it harder to find husbands. In sharp contrast to her dating service, social worker Hu Yanping spends her working day as a lawyer dealing with women victims of marital breakdown and domestic violence.

Posted by kanepark at 05:56 PM

The Trash Trade: Selling Garbage to China - October 10 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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Produced by NHK; 2006; China; 49 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Japanese waste is turning into gold in the hands of Chinese dealers who extract valuable metal and plastic from mountains of scrap. The rubbish is carefully disassembled in China, then made into new cars and clothes that are shipped back to Japan. But, there is a problem. Japan’s own recycling industry is running out of raw materials and not all Japanese trash is welcome. Recycling is regarded as the keystone of sustainability, but is recycling itself sustainable?

Posted by kanepark at 05:48 PM

Pollution in China - October 10 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: October 10, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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Televisio de Catalunya; 2008; China; 30 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Since the economic reforms of the 1980s, runaway economic growth has turned China into a major creator of pollution. While the Chinese government tries to grapple with its growing environmental problems, rising discontent among the masses augurs political changes. A look at the cities of Chongqing and Linfen and the rise of environmental grassroots campaigns in these cities.

Posted by kanepark at 05:47 PM

Storm Under the Sun - October 3rd at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
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Storm Under the Sun was inspired by the memories of film director Peng Xiaolian. In 1955 when she was just two, her father, Peng Boshan, was arrested as part of a national campaign directed at the “counterrevolutionary Hu Feng clique.” Peng Boshan (1910-1968) was at the time head of the Ministry of Propaganda in Shanghai and since the 1930s had been a devoted revolutionary activist in the communist movement. His tragic “mistake” was to have befriended Hu Feng, a literary critic and theorist who promoted a vision of literature at odds with Maoist dogma. Imprisoned until 1957, Peng Boshan was exiled to various remote regions and tragically died during the early years of the Cultural Revolution. Her memories of a mostly absent father who could never be more than a stranger to her was the stimulus for the making of this moving and powerful documentary.

Posted by kanepark at 05:44 PM

Martin Powers

Visualizing the State in Early Modern England and China

December 8, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Martin Powers is a Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan; Former Director of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies

It has been said that the frontispiece to Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan was an early attempt to imagine something very difficult to imagine—the sovereign, the people, and the state—as a single, visually unified entity. Such abstractions did not come easily to the people of premodern times, yet such abstractions were necessary in the formation of the modern state. In China, too, both theorizing and visualizing the relationship between the sovereign, the people, and the state had become a necessity by early modern times. This paper explores the differences between the Hobbsian model and that of Song China and, sidestepping culturalist models, situates those differences in different traditions of fiscal and legal practice.

Martin Powers is Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, and former Director of the Center for Chinese Studies. His research focuses on the role of the arts in the history of human relations in China, with an emphasis on issues of personal agency and social justice. In 1993 his Art and Political Expression in Early China received the Levenson Prize for the best book in pre-twentieth century Chinese Studies. His Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China, was published by Harvard University Press East Asian Series in 2006 and has been awarded the Levenson Prize for 2008. This year he is at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton writing a book on the role of "China" in the cultural politics of the English garden.

Posted by kanepark at 05:27 PM

Mary Ann Ray

Caochangdi : Beijing Inside Out

December 1, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Mary Ann Ray, Taubman Centennial Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan

Caochangdi : Beijing Inside Out - Farmers, Floaters, Taxi Drivers, Artists, and the International Art Mob Challenge and Remake the City is a recently published book focusing on Caochangdi - one of nearly 500 urban villages in the city of Beijing. Caochangdi tells a specific story about itself and its 4,000 to 7,000 mostly illegal residents, but it also has embedded within it both the problems and the possibilities of a new urban space redefining the city of Beijing (and other Asian cities) at the pivotal point in human history where cities make up 50% of the population of the world. The range of inhabitants includes an illegal rural migrant cook for a sewer construction crew to world renowned contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.

Mary-Ann Ray is the Taubman Centennial Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan. Together with Robert Mangurian, she is a Principal of Studio Works Architects in Los Angeles, a co-founder of BASE Beijing in the Urban Village of Caochangdi in Beijing. Mangurian and Ray are architects, authors, and designers, and were awarded the Chrysler Design Award in 2001 for Excellence and Innovation in an ongoing body of work in a design field. In 2008, they were awarded the Stirling Prize for the Memorial Lecture on the City by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics. Mangurian and Ray’s current interests have led them to work on urban change in China, especially as seen in Urban Villages such as Caochangdi and the potential for change in the New Socialist Countryside and Villages.

Posted by kanepark at 05:26 PM

Lara R. Kusnetzky

Embodying National Liberation: History and Autobiography in the Gejiu Tin Mines since 1949

November 24, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Lara R. Kusnetzky, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Center at the City University of New York

On the eve of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in September 1949, Mao Zedong declared that “the Chinese people have stood up.” The downtrodden masses, their bodies broken by the forces of semi-feudal and semi-colonial oppression, had been liberated and had emerged from their dark factories and dank hovels into the light of the socialist dawn. By equating the bodies of workers and peasants with the body politic, this metaphor also equated national history with biography. In the early decades of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Communist Party conducted a series of political campaigns that required local committees to collect oral histories of workers and peasants that would demonstrate in local terms the universal truths of Marxist historiography. In Gejiu, Yunnan province, national history was narrated through the shading—the pitiful tin miner of the Republican era who under the leadership of the Communist Party had become his own master and could now walk erect through safe, lighted tunnels.

Posted by kanepark at 05:25 PM

Wang Zheng

Revealing Erasures: Visual Representation of Women of China: 1949-2009

Select images from this presentation can be found here.

November 17, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Wang Zheng, U-M Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and History

Examining the covers of the official magazine Women of China over the span of 60 years, this presentation traces diverse interplays and contentions between the male-dominated central power, state feminists, and women of diverse social locations in the socialist period, and transformations of their relations in the market economy. The research is part of a large project on a history of the PRC from gender perspective.

Wang Zheng is associate professor of Women’s Studies and History and associate research scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. A long-term academic activist promoting gender studies in China, she is the director of the UM-China Gender Studies Project, and founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her English publications concern changing gender discourses and relations in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century, and feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism in the context of globalization. She is the author of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories (UC Press, 1999). Her current project is a gender history of the People’s Republic of China, exploring the relationship between gender and the socialist state formation, and gender and capitalist transformation. She has edited volumes (both in English and Chinese) on a variety of topics: the constructions of feminist subjectivity in socialist China, the politics and effects of translating feminisms in China throughout the twentieth century, and significance of introducing “gender” into the study of Chinese history as well as into the discursive contentions in contemporary China.

Posted by kanepark at 05:23 PM

Lucille Chia

A Sea Change in Chinese Printing and Book Culture: Chinese Books and Printing in Early Spanish Philippines

November 10, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Lucille Chia, Associate Professor of History, University of California at Riverside

This talk concerns the diffusion of printing in Chinese across the sea in Southeast Asia in the early modern period. Given the vital involvement of the Chinese settlers and sojourners in the commerce and service industries of the Spanish Philippines, it is no surprise that some of them were instrumental in developing the earliest printing and publishing enterprises of the colony in the late sixteenth century. They produced books in Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, Spanish, and Latin, including religious works published under the auspices of Catholic missionary institutions. Furthermore, books were printed in China and Japan, sometimes specifically for different groups in the Philippines. In particular, the export of popular works published in Fujian and other parts of southern China represents a significant extension of the dissemination of Chinese books that followed the first large-scale overseas Chinese diaspora. By looking at Chinese works printed in or for readers in the Spanish Philippines, we can begin to understand how Chinese book culture adapted to and developed in the presence of other very different non-Chinese cultures and religions.

Lucille Chia is Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside. Her research interests include book culture and printing in imperial China, and the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia in the early modern period and its impact on China.

Posted by kanepark at 05:21 PM

Yuming He

Inventorying Barbarians: An Early Modern Chinese Pictorial Vogue

November 3, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Yuming He, Assistant Professor in Chinese Literature, University of Chicago

From the 15th to 18th century, pictorial inventories of foreign countries and peoples were printed and circulated widely in China, and onto the trans-regional book market. This study attempts to bring to light the history of these popular and commonplace books, and their specific socio-cultural relevance in Ming-Qing China and the larger global world. Yuming He received her BA and MA from Peking University, and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She taught at Reed College before joining the faculty at the Univ. of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests include the literature and culture of late-imperial China (currently focusing on theater and performance), the history of the book (focusing on woodblock prints, both texts and images), and Chinese intellectual history.

Posted by kanepark at 05:20 PM

Carlos Rojas

Alai, Internal Diasporas, and Rethinking Sinophone Literature

October 27, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Carlos Rojas, Assistant Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, Duke University

This talk will consider the work of the ethnically Tibetan, Chinese-language (and Mao Dun Prize-winning) author, Alai. Of particular interest will be the way in which Alai's fiction addresses issues of spatial identification and linguistic alienation, together with the broader implications of his work for our understanding of the categories of Chinese and Sinophone literature.

Carlos Rojas is Assistant Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies at Duke University. He is the author of The Naked Gaze: Reflections on Chinese Modernity (Harvard Asia Center, 2008); the co-editor (with David Der-wei Wang) of Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History (Duke, 2007) and (with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow) of Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture: Cannibalizations of the Canon (2009); and the co-translator (also with Eileen Chow) of Yu Hua's novel, Brothers (Pantheon, 2009).

Posted by kanepark at 05:19 PM

Tsering Shakya

China's Tibet Policy: Accommodation and Conflict

October 13, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Tsering Shakya, Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia

In March 2008, the Tibetan plateau erupted in a wave of protests highlighting problems faced by the PRC government in ruling the region. After five decades of direct rule, China still faces no easy solution in governing the plateau. The talk will explore China’s policies and argues that the fundamental problem confronting PRC is the question of governance, resurgence of Tibetan ethnonationalism and the perceived threat to the security of Tibetan identity.

Tsering Shakya is a world renowned and widely published scholar on both historical and contemporary Tibet. His most expansive work to date The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet since 1947 (Pimlico, London 1999) was acclaimed as “the definitive history of modern Tibet” by The New York Times, and “a prodigious work of scholarship” by the UK’s Sunday Telegraph. The book is the first comprehensive account of Tibet’s recent history. Tsering was able to draw upon his unrivalled network of official and unofficial contacts in government, academia, religious circles and the media throughout Tibet and China, and across Asia, Europe and the U.S., including numerous, previously unpublished sources. The book received wide recognition and is now regarded as a standard text on the history of modern Tibet.

Posted by kanepark at 05:17 PM

Anna Shields

From Gossip to History: Views of Mid-Tang Literature in Anecdotal Texts

October 6, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Anna Shields, Director of the Honors College, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The writers of Tang anecdotal texts collected many lively stories of literati culture, combining hearsay with gossip and personal opinion with historical fact. Though these memorable works have shaped our understanding of the Tang for centuries, their unusual perspective poses problems for literary historical inquiry. How might we read anecdotal texts to sort out gossip from history? This talk will explore the representation of mid-Tang literature in ninth-century anecdotal works and show how such texts reveal ongoing debates over literary culture, debates that were largely concealed by Song citation and reorganization of Tang texts.

Anna M. Shields studied Chinese literature at Harvard University (M.A.) and Indiana University (Ph.D.), and has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, Princeton University; she is now Director of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Chinese, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her book, Crafting a Collection: The Cultural Contexts and Poetic Practice of the Huajian ji (Collection from among the Flowers), was published by the Harvard University Asia Center in 2006. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship in 2005-2006, and is currently completing a book on the literature of friendship in mid-Tang China.

Posted by kanepark at 05:16 PM

Benjamin Ridgway

From River By-Way to River Border: The City of Jiankang in the Wartime Writings of Ye Mengde (1077-1148)

September 29, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Benjamin Ridgway, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Valparaiso University

This presentation explores the way that geographical discourses on dynastic capitals were deployed in political writings and literary works of the Chinese scholar-official elite during the traumatic collapse of the Northern Song (960-1279). Specifically, Professor Ridgway examines the way Ye Mengde's writings on the city of Jiankang (i.e. modern-day Nanjing) reflect the tensions felt by many scholar officials to relocate their “place” in a redefined geo-political order.

Benjamin Ridgway is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and MA in Chinese Studies Program at Valparaiso University. He earned his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His area of specialization is poetry of the Song dynasty (960-1279). More broadly his research interests the intersections between geography, displacement, and literature. His Ph.D. dissertation, “Imagined Travel: Displacement, Landscape, and Literati Identity in the Song Lyrics of Su Shi (1037-1101)” researched the interaction between practices of official travel during the Song dynasty and imagined travel into the historical past in the song lyrics of Su Shi. Recently, he has begun work on a cultural history of the city of Hangzhou during the Southern Song, examining the city’s history through a range of genres, including song lyrics, shi poetry, local gazetteers, strange tales, maps, as well as painting.

Posted by kanepark at 05:12 PM

Dorothy J. Solinger

A Question of Confidence: State Legitimacy and the New Urban Poor

September 22, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Dorothy J. Solinger
Professor of Political Science, University of California at Irvine

If state benevolence is to serve as a critical condition for Chinese citizens’ acceptance of their government as legitimate, then the concept and practice of official “benevolence” demands some interrogation in today’s China. Does benevolence obtain, and do those who would depend deeply upon it believe in its presence? And, as evidence of such belief, do they entertain an expectation that the state, in its guise as donor, can be counted upon for what for them are vital extensions of its current offerings in the days to come? I target the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee program in Chinese cities and its subjects in order to address this query.

Paradoxically, she will argue, a very prominent element in the relationship between the two is the far more abiding confidence that the recipients appear to place in the powers-that-be than the leaders are willing to lead back to them.

Dorothy J. Solinger is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine where she has been teaching since 1986. Previously, she taught at the University of Pittsburgh. In academic year 1985-86, she was invited to teach and held a fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Contesting Citizenship in Urban China (1999), which won the Joseph R. Levenson prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on 20th century China published in 1999. Her forthcoming book, “States’ Gains, Labor’s Losses: China, France and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980-2000,” will be published by Cornell University Press later this year.

Posted by kanepark at 04:43 PM


(Link: www.nsfsi.org )

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally-engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.
The 2010 application is now open and will close December 8, 2009. Application instructions are available online at www.nsfsi.org. For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi or www.nsfsi.org.

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master's or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program at time of application.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date approximately 1,800 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program. For the 2009 competition, NSF received 317 applications and issued 187 awards. EAPSI applicants are representative of most U.S. states and territories. The 2009 awardees pool included representation from 95 universities and 40 states.

The NSF-EAPSI Operations Center is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (www.asee.org/fellowships).[
Should you inquire additional information, please contact Mr. Ergys Ramaj by email at eapsi@asee.org or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

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September 10, 2009

The Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs Fellowship

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce the Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs Fellowship for 2010-11. This year-long program, based in Seattle, focuses on bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. Fellows support NBR research projects and collaborate with leading scholars to conduct independent research and share research findings with the policymaking community in Washington, D.C.

The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Individuals who have received their master's degree diplomas up to twelve months prior to the application deadline may apply to the program. Applicants must have completed a master's or equivalent professional degree (MA, MBA, LLM, JD, etc.) by the time the fellowship begins. Prospective fellows should apply only for the year that they expect to participate. No deferrals are permitted.
The Next Generation Leadership program, now entering its fifth year, is training young Asia specialists from a wide variety of fields to bridge the gap between scholarly research and the needs of U.S. policy toward a rapidly changing Asia. Each fellow receives a fellowship award and reimbursement for some relocation expenses.

The application deadline is January 15, 2010. Fellowships begin June 1, 2010, and conclude May 31, 2011. For further information and application materials please visit Next Generation Fellowship: http://nbr.org/about/nextgenfellowship.aspx


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2009 Ambassador Leonard Woodcock Legacy Business Seminar, Oakland University

2009 Ambassador Leonard Woodcock Legacy Business Seminar

"Creating a New Economic Dialogue with China"
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Online registration is available by clicking here.
For more information visit: www.sba.oakland.edu/woodcock09.
Or, RSVP to Carrie Sliwinski (248) 370-3286 or at cmking@oakland.edu

"Creating a New Economic Dialogue with China" Seminar, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Please join us to participate in an executive forum and networking sessions with Chinese and American business leaders and officials. Talk with experts who understand how doing business in the global economy needs a clear dialogue built on mutual respect relationships that bridge culture, etiquette, and politics.

Speakers include:
Consul General Huang Ping, PRC Consulate, Chicago Illinois
Doug Smith, Deputy County Executive, Oakland County Michigan
Robert Ficano, County Executive, Wayne County Michigan
W.S. (Bill) Chamberlain, Js Chamberlain and Associates, Shanghai
Wei Shen, President, BridgeConnect Foundation and Marketing Manager, GM, Detroit Michigan
Guowen Shen, Economic & Commercial Council, PRC Consulate, Chicago Illinois
C. Peter Theut, Chairman Global Trade Group, Ann Arbor Michigan

The Woodcock Legacy Seminar will be held at the historic Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University, and will be followed by a private networking opportunity for attendees of this event from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m at the Hall.

Afterwards, please stay for a very special event:

Writing an Image: Literati Art Reception and Viewing

From 6:00 – 8:00p.m at the Oakland University Art Gallery in Wilson Hall
Chinese art and history lovers won’t want to miss "Writing an Image: Literati Art Reception and Viewing" at a special reception following the Woodcock Legacy business seminar. The collection contains 29 scroll paintings, 11 calligraphies representing a variety of calligraphic styles and 15 rubbing impressions of old Chinese stone monuments which Amitendranath Tagore, a Chinese language and literature professor at OU, collected in the early 1950’s while living and studying in China. Tagore and his wife, Arundhati Tagore, Kresge Library technician, enjoyed 25 years of teaching at Oakland University and serving at the Kresge Library and upon their retirement donated the Tagore Collection to the university.

Online registration is available by clicking here.
For more information visit: www.sba.oakland.edu/woodcock09.

Or, RSVP to Carrie Sliwinski (248) 370-3286 or at cmking@oakland.edu

The 2009 Woodcock Legacy Seminar event is presented by the Center for Integrated Business Research and Education at Oakland University's School of Business Administration.

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September 01, 2009

Bruce Belzowski discusses the rise of China's auto industry

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"They're really testing the waters on how to be global companies."

"Red light, green light: China's automotive industry continues to grow, with potential stateside effects"
by Lisa Rummler, ModernMetals.com

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Fall 2009 Course - PubPol 751: "China’s International Relations"

Instructor: Xiaohe CHENG
Fridays, 9:00-12:00, Sep 8 – Oct 23, 2009

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students with in-depth analysis of China’s foreign relations since 1949. Beginning with an exploration of the theoretical and conceptual foundations, which have been guiding China's external behaviour, the course will examine China's relations with major powers and some of its neighbouring countries. This course will also explain China's participation in international organizations by analyzing some typical cases. After sorting out some patterns of China's external behaviour, the course will look into China’s decision-making structure and process. Finally, two hot topics, the Taiwan Issue and the South China Sea Dispute, will be discussed with an aim to grasp China's use of force.

(1)Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in discussions and make a vigorous presentation;
(2)Each student is also required to write a research paper on the course theme. The paper should be typed in
double space, use a 12-point font (preferably Times or Times Roman), and 10 pages in length. The main sources of citation must be academic journals and books. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Poor grammar or spelling and improper citation style will be counted against your grade.

Recommended Books:
- Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy, Stanford University Press, 2006;
- Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998;
- Samuel S. Kim ed., China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium, Westview Press, 1998.

Attendance: 10%
Participation and discussion: 20%
Presentation: 10%
Term Paper: 60%

Outline of the Course
1. Theory and Practice
Michael Ng-Quinn, "The Analytic Study of Chinese Foreign Policy," International Studies Quarterly 27(1983), pp. 203-224.
Thomas J. Christensen, "Chinese Realpolitik," Foreign Affairs, 75:5 (Sep./Oct. 1996), pp.37-52.
Samuel S.Kim, "Chinese Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice," in Samuel S. Kim ed., China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium, Westview Press, 1998, pp.3-34.
Samuel D. Kim, "Chinese Foreign Policy Faces Globalization Challenge," in Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy, Stanford
University Press, 2006, pp.276-308.
Wang Jisi, "International Relations Theory and the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy: A Chinese Perspective," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp.481-505.

2. China's Relations with Major Powers (I): Japan and Russia
Lowell Dittmer, "The Sino-Japanese-Russian Triangle," Journal of Chinese Science, Vol. 10, no.1, April 2005.
Elizabeth Wishnick, "Russia and China: Brothers again?" Asian Survey, Vol.41, No.5 (Sep.-Oct., 2001), pp.797-821.
Mike M. Mochizuki, "China-Japan Relations: Downward Spiral or a New Equilibrium?" Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics, ed., by David Shambaugh, University of California Press, 2005, pp.135-150.
Jonathan D. Pollack, "the Sino-Japanese Relationship and East Asian Security: Patterns and Implications", the China Quarterly, No.124, China and Japan: History, Trends and Prospects. (Dec., 1990), pp.714-729.

3. China's Relations with Major Powers (II): the European Union and the United States
Michael B. Yahoda, "China and Europe: the Significance of a Secondary Relationship," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp.266-282.
David Shambaugh, "Patterns of Interaction in Sino-American Relations," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp.197-223.
Kenneth Lieberthal, "Domestic Forces and Sino-US Relations," in Ezra F. Vogel, Living with China: US/China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, An American Assembly Book, 1997,pp.254-276.
Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro, "The Coming conflict with America,” Foreign Affairs, 76:2(March/April 1997), pp.18-32.

4. China's Neighbourhood Diplomacy
Harold C. Hinton, "China as an Asian Power," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, pp.348-374.
Dru C. Gladney, "China's 'Uyghur Problem' and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization," Paper Prepared for the US-China Eonomic & Security Review Commission Hearings, Washington D.C. June 2006.
Martha Brill Olcott, "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Changing the 'Playing Field' in Central Asia," Testimony before the Helsinki Commission, Sept.26, 2006.
Alice D. Ba, "China and ASEAN: Renavigating Relations for a 21st-Century Asia," Asian Survey, Vol.43, No.4 (Jul.-Aug., 2003), pp.622-647.
Wang Gungwu, "China and Southeast Asia: the Context of a New Beginning", in David Shambaugh ed., Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics, University of California Press, 2005, pp.187-204.
Allen S. Whiting, "ASEAN Eyes China: the Security Dimension", Asian Survey, Vol. 37, No.4. (April, 1997), pp.299-322.

5. China and International Organization
David M. Lampton, "A growing China in a Shrinking World: Beijing and the Global Order, in Ezra F. Vogel, Living with China: US/China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, pp.120-140.
Samuel S. Kim, "China's International Organizational Behaviour," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice,pp.401-434.
Margaret M. Pearson, "China in Geneva: Lessons from China's Early Years in the World Trade Organization," in Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy, pp. 242-275.

6. China’s Decision-Making Structure and Process
Lu Ning, Dynamics of Foreign Policy Decision-making in China, Westview Press, 1997, pp.7-39.
David Shambaugh, "China's International Relations Think Tanks: Evolving Structure and Process" The China Quarterly, No. 171 (Sep., 2002), pp.575-596.
David Bachman, "Structure and Process in the Making of Chinese Foreign Policy," in Samuel S. Kim ed., China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium,pp.34-54.

7. China in Dispute: South China Sea and Taiwan Issue
Thomas J. Christensen, "Window and War: Trend Analysis and Beijing’s Use of Force," Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy
Melvin Gurtov, "The Taiwan Strait Crisis Revisited", Modern China, Vol. 2, No.1.(Jan., 1976), pp.49-103.
Robert S. Ross, "The 1995-96 Taiwan Strait Confrontation: Coercion, Cedibility, and the Use of Force", International Security, Vol. 25, No.2. (Autumn, 2000), pp.87-123.
Chen Jie, "China's Spratly Policy: With Special Reference to the Philippines and Malaysia," Asian Survey, Vol.34, No.10 (Oct., 1994), pp.893-903.
Eric Hyer, "The South China Sea Disputes: Implications of China's Earlier Territorial Settlements,” Pacific Affairs, Vol.68, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp.34-54

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Fall 2009 Course - A506: "China: Early 21st Century Ruralopolitan Space"

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Business Manager at the US-China Business Council

The US-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit membership association comprised of roughly 220 US companies engaged in commercial activities in the People's Republic of China, seeks a business manager. The primary responsibility of the position is to oversee the sales and marketing operations of USCBC's publications and other media, primarily its flagship publication, the China Business Review (CBR).

The CBR is the leading magazine covering trade and investment with China and, has served an international audience of business readers, government officials, and academics since 1974. The CBR is published six times a year and is produced by the USCBC's Publications Department in Washington, DC.

Starting date: September 2009
Application Deadline: September 14, 2009

Primary Responsibilities:
The business manager oversees the sales and marketing operations of CBR and other USCBC media and is responsible for budget administration, advertising sales, circulation and subscription fulfillment, audience development, and production. The business manager is also responsible for developing and executing business plans to expand print and online readership and increase advertising and sponsorship revenues.

Specific duties include:
• Managing outside sales representatives and all media sales efforts, including print ad space, interactive media, and webinar sponsorships;
• Expanding awareness of USCBC’s content among member company representatives and non-member audiences using traditional and new media; and
• Managing the circulation of CBR, including supervising a circulation assistant, managing the subscriber database, e-commerce portal, and direct mail campaigns.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:
• Bachelor's degree in business- or communications-related field,
• 2 + years of sales and marketing or advertising experience
• 2 + years of experience formulating business development plans
• Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks
• Experience with online publications and databases
• Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills

The ideal candidate will bring the following additional attributes
• Experience with website development, e-marketing, e-commerce, webinar production, and social media marketing.
• Experience in advertisement-driven, controlled circulation publications
• Proficiency with Mandarin Chinese a plus

Terms: The position is full-time, and starting salary is in the mid-$30K to mid-$40K depending on qualifications and experience. 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.

Contact: Send a resume and cover letter to: info@uschina.org, ATTENTION: Editor

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