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December 23, 2009

The Best of Fall 2009

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Detroit and Beyond:
1. Ross Business School Professor of Strategy and CCS faculty associate Linda Lim explains the Obama administration's new tariff on Chinese tires; Nicholas Lardy and Kenneth Lieberthal shed more light on the issue.

2. U-M auto expert Bruce Belzowski discusses Buick's enduring popularity in China and the rise of the Chinese auto industry.

3. Michigan eyes China as top export market.

Spotlights and Highlights:
4. A U-M researcher finds serious flaws in China's Green Dam software filter and another develops a tool disabling the censorware functionality.

5. A CCS blog "Best of…" honoring Kenneth Lieberthal's retirement.

6. Another first for the CCS blog: Livestream of President Obama's Shanghai town hall.

7. The 2009 CCS Photo Competition – over 100 entries, more than 50 on display and many happy winners.

8. The personal and professional experiences of Bright Sheng, Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition and CCS faculty associate, are in focus.

9. Women of China: revolution and evolution of a magazine - select images from Professor Wang Zheng's CCS noon lecture are now available.

Looking Ahead:
10. Thirty-one courses with significant China-studies content and 16 language courses are scheduled for the Winter 2010 academic term; and the list might grow in coming months.

Posted by zzhu at 02:53 PM

Winter 2010 China-studies courses

Courses with significant China content:
• From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
• Globalizing Consumer Cultures
• Modern East Asia
• Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions
• Great Books of China
• Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
• Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
• The Arts and Letters of China
• Modernism and Modernity in East Asian Fiction
• Science in Premodern China
• Languages of Asia
• Topics in Asian Studies: Principles of Self-Cultivation in Chinese Cultures
• Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators: Contemporary Asian Controversies
• Topics in Asian Studies: The Question of Modernity
• Topics in Asian Studies: Readings in Late Qing and Republican Period Buddhism
• Topics in Asian Studies: What is Literature? A Critical History of Reading and Writing in East Asia
• Humanistic Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
• Independent Study in Chinese Studies
• Master's Thesis in Chinese Studies
• Seminar in Journalistic Performance: Global Media and Press Freedom
• Junior Proseminar: Liberty and the Natural Garden: Intercultural discourse at the Dawn of the Modern Age
• First Year Seminar: Women in Modern China
• The Chinese Renaissance: Cultural Transformations in Eleventh-Century China
• Imperial China: Ideas, Men, and Society
• History Colloquium: Ideal and Empires Chinese History
• History Colloquium: History of Christianity in East Asia
• Topics in History: Gender and Modernity: China and India
• Aging and Health
• Chinese Law & Legal Institutions
• Intro World Music
• Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context: Feminist Activism as a Global Phenomenon

Language courses:
• Literary Chinese II
• First Year Chinese II
• First Year Tibetan II
• Second Year Chinese II
• Second Year Chinese for Mandarin Speakers
• Mandarin Pronunciation
• Second Year Tibetan II
• Third Year Chinese II
• Third Year Chinese for Mandarin Speakers
• Advanced Spoken Chinese II
• Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers II
• Media Chinese I
• Fourth-Year Chinese I
• Chinese for the Professions II
• Academic Chinese I
• Advanced Classical Tibetan II
• Intermediate Modern Tibetan II

Posted by zzhu at 02:44 PM

December 17, 2009

Select images from Wang Zheng's CCS noon lecture

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Several compelling covers of the official magazine Women of China, presented in Professor Wang's talk, entitled Revealing Erasures: Visual Representation of Women of China: 1949-2009.

The first group of female pilots trained in new China.

Representatives of the First National People's Congress (the second plenary meeting). The head of an agricultural collective in Jilin Province, Jin Xinshu (ethnic Korean), the exemplary woman who supported the army, martyr Huang Jiguang’s mother Deng Fangzhi, and the textile model worker Yi Shijuan.

Work hard for the second Five-Year Plan.

Picking tea leaves

A woman welder

Zhu Linmei, the head of the fifth team of Tongxin Brigade of Yanqiao People’s Commune in Pudong County, Shanghai.

Li Shulan broke five world records in archery.

Model militia Zhang Guijiao of Yeping Commune, Ruijin County, Jiangxi Province.

Nine "Iron Girls" in Xiading Jia Brigade, Huang County, Shandong Province.

Dating in the late afternoon.

Actor Zhou Jie

Actor Sun Li

The first commercial magazine Good Housekeeper of the Press of Women of China.

The second commercial magazine of the Press of Women of China.

The third commercial magazine of the Press of Women of China.

Posted by zzhu at 10:17 PM

Summer program on Chinese film


The Program will be take place on June 28 July 25, 2010. Students worldwide are welcome to the program, administered through the University of Washington. 12 quarter credits are transferable to other institutions. The program is especially well suited for upper-level undergraduates who intend to continue their studies in Chinese cinema, and for graduate students and professors who plan to teach courses involving Chinese films. No knowledge of Chinese is required.

The courses will be taught by professors from outside Asia (including Chris Berry, Yomi Braester, and James Tweedie) and a variety of faculty from the Beijing Film Academy. The program also includes meetings with filmmakers.

The program cost (including tuition and lodging) is $3,300 + registration fee. Rolling admission will start on January 1, 2010.

Visit program web site at http://faculty.washington.edu/yomi/bfa

for further details on curriculum and application procedures. Questions should be addressed to the program director, Professor Yomi Braester.

Posted by zzhu at 09:51 PM

December 11, 2009

CCS director and faculty associate quoted in article about increase of Chinese students at U-M

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If you succeed academically in China, you can break down other barriers of discrimination.

"In line with national trend, more Chinese students studying at 'U'"
by Allie White, The Michigan Daily

Posted by zzhu at 03:12 AM

December 04, 2009

Boren Graduate Fellowship

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship competition is now available.

The Boren Fellowship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests -- including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies.

Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for up to two academic years. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship.

The application deadline is Thursday, January 28, 2010.

Direct questions to campus contact Amy Kehoe at akehoe@umich.edu.

Posted by zzhu at 12:22 AM

CFS-UM Comparative Literature grad student translation conference

Fourth Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference
April 23-25, 2010
University of Michigan
Keynote speaker: Susan Bernofsky

We are seeking graduate student translators to participate in the Fourth Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference to be held April 23-25, 2010, as part of the University of Michigan's Year of Translation. We hope to gather emerging and established translators for a weekend of workshops and roundtables, as well as a keynote address and reading by Susan Bernofsky, recipient of multiple awards from the PEN Translation Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We encourage graduate student translators translating from any time period and any language into English to apply for a place in a translation workshop. Workshops may include but are not limited to:
post-colonial literature, feminist literature, humor, drama, translating dead authors, Jewish languages, Classical literatures, literature from South Asia, East Asia, from the Middle East, from South America, from Africa, from Europe.

Workshops will be limited to six participants. Each member will have one text workshopped and will be expected to comment on the texts of the other workshop members.

To apply for a workshop place, please send 5-10 poems or 5-10 pages of prose, a scan of the original text, as well as a one-page statement about your motivations for translating the text and specific challenges it presented you as a translator. In your application, please indicate at least one or two workshops (from the list above, or suggest a new one) in which you would be interested in participating with your work. Please also attach a CV. Submissions should be emailed to michtranslation2010@umich.edu.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. Applicants will be notified of the organizers' decision by February 22.

Please note: a limited amount of financial assistance for travel may be available in certain circumstances; contact the organizers if you would not be able to attend without some support. Every effort will be made to provide accommodation for successful applicants from outside the Ann Arbor area; however, we can't guarantee accommodation.

Inquiries may be directed to the conference organizers, Emily Goedde (egoedde@umich.edu) or Corine Tachtiris (tachtco@umich.edu).

Posted by zzhu at 12:16 AM

December 03, 2009

Wassup China, Friday, December 2009

Posted by zzhu at 11:47 PM