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November 25, 2009

Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) 2010 Conference

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November 24, 2009

CCS Public Lecture Series: "China as a Eurasian Subcontinent: Perspectives on the Past and Future"

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This presentation is part of the CCS co-sponsored conference on "The Nines: Brinks, Cusps, and Perceptions of Possibility - from 1789 to 2009."

Posted by zzhu at 11:49 PM

The Nines: Brinks, Cusps, and Perceptions of Possibility—from 1789 to 2009

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Please click on banner for specific conference panels, abstracts and papers.

Henderson Room, Michigan League

Posted by zzhu at 11:08 PM

China Town Hall 2009

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November 23, 2009

Call for papers - 16th Annual North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) Conference

Please click on flier to access the submission page.

Posted by zzhu at 06:07 PM

Congressional-Executive Commission on China - SPRING 2010 INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Deadline: December 1, 2009

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming spring in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is December 1, 2009 for the Spring 2010 internship that runs from February to May 2010. Spring internships are part-time; interns can expect to work about 15 to 20 plus hours per week. See application instructions below.

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.

Spring 2010 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Spring 2010 internships may apply for the Summer (June-August) or Fall (September-December). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/general/employ.php.

• Interns must be U.S. citizens.
• Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
• Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
• Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Spring 2010:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at judy.wright@mail.house.gov by December 1, 2009. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on December 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China.

Posted by zzhu at 05:38 PM

Update on services provided by the China Data Center

The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce that new functions of dynamic maps, tables, and charts for province, city and county statistics have been added to the China Data Online service at http://chinadataonline.org (under Statistics on Map II). With those new functions, you can select data variables, visualize the spatial distribution of the data on maps, and run an animation of the changes in spatial patterns and time.

Please visit http://chinadataonline.org/ for more details. Please contact chinadata@umich.edu or 734-647-9610 if there is any question or suggestion.

Posted by zzhu at 05:34 PM

November 22, 2009

Xinhua covers Michigan Law professor and CCS faculty associate Nicholas Howson's speech at the annual conference of the Chinese Finance Association

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"美法律专家呼吁改革华尔街金融业 "

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November 17, 2009

Winter 2010 Course - ASIAN 261: "Modern Chinese Culture"

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November 15, 2009

TONIGHT!!! Livestream of President Obama's Shanghai town hall

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President Barack Obama arrived in Shanghai late Sunday evening local time. In a few hours time, he will hold a town hall meeting with Chinese youth. The event, to be livestreamed on the White House Web site, is scheduled to start Monday at 12:45pm local time in Shanghai which means late Sunday night at 11:45pm EST.

The live streaming of the Shanghai town hall concluded at around 1:10am EST, November 16. 2009. The event in its entirety can be watched below.

Posted by zzhu at 03:02 PM

November 13, 2009

Distinguished historian and curator of Chinese art to give lecture at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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Please click on the flier for additional information.

Posted by zzhu at 11:57 AM

November 12, 2009

Ken Lieberthal previews President Obama's first trip to China - PLUS your chance to comment!

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As President Barack Obama prepares to embark on his first trip to China from November 15 to November 18, 2009, Kenneth Lieberthal, Professor Emeritus and director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, took questions about the president's trip in a recent edition of the Brookings Scouting Report.

After reading the complete transcript, you are invited to contribute comments here.

Posted by zzhu at 10:38 PM

November 11, 2009

CCS Photo Contest Exhibit - EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER, 2009

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2009 CCS Photo Competition Results

Student Competition
First place: Marilyn Mai – "Beijing’s B-boys"
Second place: Brett Linowes – "Gossip Girls"
Third place: Elizabeth Yarina – "Construction Tags"
Honorable mention:
• Jennifer Dai – "Colonel Sanders in the Mountains of Yangshuo"
• Elaine Denny – "Yak Milk Tea and Satellite TV"
• Lai Sze Tso – "Family Planning"

Open Competition:
First place: Thomas Talhelm – "Living Protest"
Second place:
• Cameron Campbell – "Bar in a Hutong Neighborhood"
• Marilyn Mai – "Human Dignity and the Future of the Country"
Third place:
• Xuezhao Lan – "The Streets of Old Dali"
• Wei Ping Teoh – "Wuzhen: The Past in the Present"
• Lingyun Xu – "Mao: Serve the People"
Honorable mention:
• Mike Anderson – "The View from Mt. Emei"
• Marilyn Mai – "This Used to be Home"
• Mary Ann Ray – "Huang Rui and Mao Mao"

All entries in the final round of the competition, including the winnings ones, can now be viewed online in the CCS Press Room.

Posted by zzhu at 11:42 PM

Michigan eyes China as top export market

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Please click on graphics to read the Detroit News article.

Posted by zzhu at 02:13 PM

November 10, 2009

Ken Lieberthal discusses China and the environment on the Diane Rehm Show

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10am, Thursday, November 5, 2009
China, Coal, and Climate Change

Guest host: Susan Page

China has become the world's leading producer of greenhouse gasses – in large part from burning coal. An update on collaborative efforts between the U.S. and China to reduce coal plant emissions and why they could be key to addressing global climate change.


Kenneth Lieberthal, Director, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution; Former senior director for Asia at the National Security Council.

Orville Schell, Director, Center on U.S. - China Relations, Asia Society

Bruce Stokes, National Journal, international economics columnist German Marshall Fund, fellow

Posted by zzhu at 04:42 PM

Champion Learning Speaker Series featuring Dr. Yong Zhao

Dexter Community Schools present the Champion Learning Speaker Series
Dr. Yong Zhao
University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University

6:30pm, Thursday November 12, 2009
Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker Road
Dexter, MI 48130

Dr. Zhao serves as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education. His areas of research are in global education, world languages, and educational technology, including computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education. For more information on Dr. Zhao, please visit his website here.

This event is open and free to the public. For more information, please contact Dexter High School at (734) 424-4240.

Posted by zzhu at 04:14 PM

November 09, 2009

Winter 2010 Course - History 251: "The Chinese Renaissance"

Posted by zzhu at 05:52 PM

Summer Language Fellowships, Middlebury Language Schools, deadline 02/01/2010

Middlebury Language Schools Announce Fellowship Opportunity for Summer 2010

Location: Vermont, United States
Fellowship Deadline: February 1, 2010

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages

Full Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools

Middlebury Language Schools are pleased to announce the continuation of the Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for the fourth year in a row. The fellowship will cover the full cost of one summer of language study from the beginner to the graduate level in any of the following six languages:
Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.

For more
information, please visit

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students: 45% of summer 2009; Language Schools students received a financial aid award, and the average award granted was approximately $4,900. To learn more about financial aid, visit http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/finaid/.

For complete information on all Language Schools programs and to apply online, visit http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/.

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace
Middlebury College Language Schools
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center
356 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Email: languages@middlebury.edu
Visit the website at

Posted by zzhu at 02:22 PM

A lecture by Yiqun Zhou: Women, Religion, and Sociability in Ancient China and Greece

The Departments of Asian Languages & Cultures and Women's Studies

Present a lecture by

Yiqun Zhou

Stanford University

Women, Religion, and Sociability in Ancient China and Greece

4pm, Monday, November 16, 2009
1022 Thayer Building (First Floor)

This talk examines the role of religion in shaping two distinctive patterns of female sociability in ancient China and Greece (c. 10th-4th centuries BCE). Comparisons and contrasts will be drawn between the forms, spaces, and ideologies of the religious festivities—from household feasts to public festivals—in which women participated in the two ancient societies. Whereas the sacrificial banquet in honor of patrilineal ancestors epitomized the ideal Chinese familial and sociopolitical order, festivals that featured competitive homosocial activities were at the center of Greek religious life. The talk will focus on how religion served crucial but different functions in defining women's identities and forming their social ties in the two influential classical traditions.

Posted by zzhu at 02:06 PM

Winter 2010 Course - ASIAN 221: "Great Books of China"

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Winter 2010 Course - ASIAN 265: "Arts and Letters of China"

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November 04, 2009

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies Presents: Peranakan Musical Cultures in Singapore

Source: The Peranakans - http://www.peranakanmuseum.sg/themuseum/abtperanakans.asp

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies invites you to a Friday-at-Noon lecture:
Peranakan Musical Cultures in Singapore
Lee Tong Soon, Department of Music, Emory University

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2009
1636 SSWB/International Institute

The Peranakan community in Singapore has made much concerted efforts in enhancing public understanding of their culture. With a mix of Chinese and Malay heritage, the roots of the Peranakan communities can be traced back to 17th century Malacca. Since the 1980s, Peranakan culture has been represented in the form of restaurants specializing in their cuisine, revival of Peranakan plays, and permanent exhibits of their architecture, dress, household paraphernalia, and crafts in museums. Such efforts complement, and indeed constitute the broader State's effort to create interests and concern on local heritage, thereby affirming the community as an integral part of the State's conception of a national culture. Peranakan musical practices in Singapore include the performance of music and songs in Peranakan plays, singing of Peranakan hymns and translations of English hymns in the Peranakan patois for Catholic masses, and dondang sayang singing sessions.

Much of the State's representation of Peranakan culture is inclined towards nostalgic and reified perspectives of Peranakan identities and belies the current state of anxiety the community faces in affirming who they are. In this presentation, I would like to explore the ways in which Peranakan music underscores the changing dynamics of Peranakan identities in Singapore. By focusing on musical activities of pre-WW2 amateur Peranakan music groups, I want to show how different musical practices of the community in early 20th century Singapore reveal shifting moments in the meanings, values, and functions of being Peranakan.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.

Posted by zzhu at 10:45 PM

CCS faculty associate Bright Sheng's work celebrated in Chinese festival at Carnegie Hall

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"Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture" will feature work by Bright Sheng, Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition and CCS faculty associate.

Bright Sheng's personal and professional experiences are in the spotlight as part of the Carnegie Hall festival's focus on modern Chinese composers and in a recent Wall Street Journal article on the first group of Chinese composers to emerge from the ashes of the Cultural Revolution.

Posted by zzhu at 08:27 AM

CCS and Confucius Institute arts offerings featured on annarbor.com

Prominent Chinese-American community activist and friend of CCS Frances Wang discusses upcoming Chinese music concert and art talks on annarbor.com.

Posted by zzhu at 06:44 AM