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January 31, 2010

U-M professor Richard Nisbett focuses on China at Davos

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Sometimes yes means yes; sometimes yes means maybe; and sometimes yes means no.

"Bulls in a China Shop: The East-West Divide"
by Katrin Bennhold, The New York Times/International Herald Tribune Davos Diary

2010 World Economic Forum Theme: The "Clash of Civilisations" Revisited

Posted by zzhu at 06:51 PM

January 28, 2010

Job opening: Outreach Manager at Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center

Outreach Manager (http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/CHI9157.aspx?p=1)

Please email your application to foreignpolicyjobs@brookings.edu.

Basic Function
Responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of strategy to raise funds and enhance media coverage for the John L. Thornton China Center in the Foreign Policy (FP) program; conduct development and media outreach.

Education/Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, preferably in international communications, marketing, political science, or related fields. Minimum four years relevant professional work experience required (external affairs, communications, marketing, development, or similar field). Experience with media and donors interested in foreign policy and international affairs, and experience working with both American and Chinese business culture and media preferred.

Knowledge Requirements
Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese required (writing, reading, and speaking). Familiarity with foreign policy issues and international relations. Knowledge of contemporary Chinese social, political, and economic issues, including relations with the United States. Superior qualitative writing and editing ability, excellent organizational and communication skills, proficiency in Internet research and standard office software programs, ability to prioritize in a heavy-workload environment. Must possess initiative, discretion, mature judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to be good team player. Applicants must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the United States.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

50% Development and fundraising outreach:
• In conjunction with relevant Center and FP staff, develop overall China Center fundraising strategy; participate in identifying budgetary needs, and on the implementation of strategy to meet needs.
• Identify fundraising opportunities, research new prospects, advise scholars on fundraising opportunities.
• Assist with the cultivation and stewardship of donors; write solicitation letters or proposals; edit and polish concept papers and proposals drafted by scholars to ensure quality, readability, and adherence to funder guidelines, interests, and programs.
• Represent China Center in meetings; organize, manage, and provide follow-up and briefings for donor meetings with other Center staff.
• Assist with development, launch, and stewardship of a China Center Advisory Council; maintain relationships with Council members and prospects.
• Establish donor contacts through involvement in or management of major public forums or video conferencing events; provide stewardship and follow-up after events; coordinate with relevant FP staff to ensure that major FP events include prospective or actual Center donors.
• Participate in Center meetings where programmatic direction is discussed and planned; participate in central Development (DEV) "all-hands" meetings; represent the work of the Center to non-Center colleagues and to current and potential funders.
• Coordinate fundraising efforts for Center within FP and with DEV; work with relevant FP staff to coordinate information, research, strategy, and approaches with FP, other Brookings research programs and DEV.
• Monitor review and approval of funding proposals with relevant FP staff, Grants Administration, Accounting, and DEV; ensure regular review of an accurate calendar of reporting deadlines.
• Write donor reports and contribute to proposal preparation (e.g., six-month Thornton report containing comprehensive press coverage details); ensure accurate, timely submissions.
• Maintain understanding of relevant policy issues and news developments in order to adjust fundraising strategies and seek out new development opportunities in a dynamic economic environment and how they may affect and provide fundraising opportunities for the Center; monitor philanthropic trends; maintain an overview and understanding of the research work of the Center.
• Maintain donor information in Raiser's Edge database; maintain comprehensive donor profiles documenting correspondence, meeting notes, proposals, background information.

50% Media, communications, and publications outreach:
• In conjunction with the FP Communications Director, develop overall China Center communications goals and strategy; coordinate media relations efforts with the FP Communications Director and the central Brookings Communications office (COMM); work with the FP Communications Director to serve as a resource to the Brookings-Tsinghua Center (BTC) for strategy development.
• Keep abreast of current and developing communications/media technologies to identify opportunities for scholars to develop appropriate materials for specific media formats; seek and develop opportunities to partner with media on events and publications; work with Center scholars and RAs and the FP communications director for media placement of articles, publications, event coverage.
• Serve as needed as a liaison to Chinese-based foreign policy reporters; seek opportunities to engage with these reporters and interest them in covering the centers’ events and products; work with FP Communications Director to organize press conferences as needed; arrange media interviews and appearances; distribute research and commentary by scholars to various media outlets; and screen and direct calls or messages to Center staff as needed.
• Seek to increase the impact of the work by assisting with identification of opportunities to increase the program's visibility and impact; identify target audiences, adapt materials and publications to formats readily usable by each target audience.
• Coordinate overall electronic media strategy and expand web presence in conjunction with FP web coordinator; oversee the Center’s webpages to ensure accurate updates including events, testimony, op-eds, monographs, analysis papers and other related materials; contribute to and develop strategies to promote policy-driven products on the site, suitable for media reporting and editorial placement.
• Work with China Center staff, FP communications staff, and central COMM to provide support and input into website content to ensure posting of high quality content in a timely fashion.
• Draft and compile web materials; take lead on reviewing translations for documents on China Center and BTC web sites; proofread materials and review translations to ensure quality and appropriateness.
• Edit marketing materials and high-quality academic papers authored by Brookings fellows in both English and Chinese; supervise production (layout, proofreading, editing, design) reprinting, and translation of publications into Chinese or English.
• Develop strategies to promote and track production of China Center publications with scholars, relevant Brookings staff, and the BTC; track production schedules.
• Assist in the organization, promotion, and execution of the China Center's public events, seminars, and conferences,

We strongly encourage qualified women and minorities to apply.

(Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. No phone calls please.)

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January 27, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Bridie Andrews-Minehan

Blood and Self in Modern Chinese Medicine and Culture

April 13, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

What does it mean when our understandings of vital body functions changes? This presentation traces the mapping of modern-medical ideas about blood onto pre-existing medical and cultural understandings in China. Through blood, we will explore how cultural exchange has affected the lived experience of the body, the self, and community. Blood is used as both medium and metaphor for the creation of a Chinese modernity.

Bridie Andrews-Minehan completed a PhD in the history of medicine at Cambridge University, has held posts at SOAS, University of London, and Harvard University. She is currently Assistant Professor at Bentley University in the Boston area. This talk draws material from her forthcoming book Medicine, Culture and Modernity in China.

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Nicholas Howson

Dirty Water - The Danone-Wahaha Battle and Law, Politics and Contested Value in the PRC

April 6, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

On September 30, 2009, the long dispute between Hanzhou's Wahaha and Danone of France was settled, with the French multinational agreeing to sell its 51% equity stake in as many as 39 joint ventures to Wahaha for just US$300 million. The battle had spawned complex litigation and arbitrations in the PRC, Europe, and North America, and a bitter, inflammatory, campaign by Wahaha and its founder Zong Qinghou alleging foreign misappropriation of Chinese value and broadly condemning the direct foreign investment regime in place since the late 1970s. In his presentation, Professor Howson will describe the long-running dispute, its setting amidst pronounced global trade imbalance, the legal, commercial and political arguments of each side, and finally what the dispute means for China's legal system and its legal institutions going forward.

Nicholas Calcina Howson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and a graduate of Williams College (B.A., 1983) and the Columbia Law School (J.D., 1988). Prior to Law School, he spent two years (1983-5) as a graduate fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai doing work in late Qing Dynasty Chinese literature. In the Autumn of 1988, he returned to China on a CLEEC/Ford Foundation fellowship to complete research at Beijing University in Qing penal law. Professor Howson joined the New York-based international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in 1988, and was elected partner of that firm in 1996. Between 1988 and 2003, Howson worked out of the firm’s New York headquarters, and also had extended postings in London, Paris and Beijing, finally as a managing partner of the firm’s China Practice based in Beijing. Howson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a designated foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) in Beijing, and is a past Chairman of the Asian Affairs Committee of the New York Bar Association. In 2008-9, he represented Danone in the Danone-Wahaha disputes.

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Michele Matteini

Experience of the Studio: Luo Ping's Copy of Three Horse Paintings by the Zhao Family

March 30, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Rarely do Chinese artists speak of their formative years. This talk introduces a close copy after a 14th c. set of horse paintings that Luo Ping (1733-1799) completed in 1762. It will be argued that the act of copying provided Luo an opportunity to reminisce over his exchange with his mentor Jin Nong (1687-1763) and reflect upon issues of artistic transmission, originality, and appropriation- three aspects central to Jin Nong studio practice.

Michele Matteini is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His dissertation positions the late career of the artist Luo Ping (1733-1799) in relation to the contemporary intellectual movement known as ‘evidential scholarship’ (kaozheng), with particular attention to Luo Ping’s exchange with the Beijing scholarly circles. He has been one of the curators of the exhibition, “Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733-1799),” currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Richard Baum

Confessions of a Peking Tom: A China Odyssey

March 23, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Professor Baum will discuss his new book, China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom. Part memoir, part travelogue, part critique of the China field, and part commentary on China's post-Mao quest for 'wealth and power,' Baum's book has been described by the New Yorker's Evan Osnos as "a wonderfully funny and revealing chronicle of adventure....Baum's odyssey through four decades of China's rise reminds us that true friendship to China requires not only patience, but honesty. As the Chinese expression puts it, he has dared to step off his horse to examine the flowers up-close." CCS affiliates will be particularly interested in Professor Baum's humorous observations and personal anecdotes concerning his long and complicated professional relationship with the late U-M Sinological icon, Michel Oksenberg.

A prominent member of the U.S. China-watching community, Richard Baum is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UCLA. Former director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, he has written and lectured extensively on contemporary Chinese politics, political economy, and foreign policy. He is the author/editor of nine books, including Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (Princeton, 1996); Reform and Reaction in Post-Mao China: The Road to Tiananmen (Routledge, 1991); and Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party, and the Peasant Question, 1962-66 (Columbia,, 1975). His latest book, released this spring, is China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom. In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Baum is the founder and manager of Chinapol, the world's leading online listserv for professional China analysts. He is a frequent commentator on Chinese and East Asian politics for the BBC World Service, Voice of America, CNN International, and National Public Radio. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Posted by zzhu at 03:28 PM

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Bill Baxter

Sounds from the Ground: Recently Excavated Warring-States Texts and the Linguistic Reconstruction of Early Chinese

March 16, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Recent archaeological excavations from before 221 BCE (when China was unified under the Qín dynasty) have produced a large corpus of texts written on bamboo strips, whose script is significantly different from the standard script of later centuries. This talk will illustrate what these texts can tell us about the early pronunciation of the Chinese language.

Bill Baxter (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Linguistics) is a linguist specializing in the history of the Chinese language, and author of A Handbook of Old Chinese Phonology (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992). He is currently collaborating with Laurent Sagart (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) on an improved reconstruction of the pronunciation, vocabulary, and morphology of Old Chinese, the language of the pre-Qín period.

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Christian de Pee

The Song Is You: Histories of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) in the United States

March 9, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The founders of Song history in the United States—E. A. Kracke, Jr., James T. C. Liu, and Robert M. Hartwell—abandoned the philological tradition of European sinologists in favor of the social sciences. Following the example of Chinese and Japanese scholars of the 1920s and 1930s, they used statistical methods and a sociological vocabulary to examine social mobility, factional politics, and economic development. The second generation of Song historians tested the hypotheses of their teachers at the local level, preferring county gazetteers and funerary inscriptions to dynastic histories and imperial edicts. In recent years, a third generation of Song scholars has deemed the positivist social-science approaches of both preceding generations unsuited to Song-dynasty sources and has returned to some of the methods and topics preferred of pre-War sinologists, such as philology, historiography, literati culture, and the religious aspects of imperial government. Histories of the Song dynasty in the United States have contributed to the knowledge of the Chinese past, but they also illustrate the political and academic history of the post-War United States.

Christian de Pee is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007). His current research examines the emergence of the city into writing during the eleventh century.

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January 26, 2010

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies Presents: Richard Chu on Chinese Merchant Families of Manila

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies invites the public for a Friday-at-Noon lecture

Friday, January 29
Chinese Merchant Families of Manila: Negotiating Identities from the Spanish Colonial Period to the Present
Richard Chu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

noon – 1:30 pm
1636 SSWB/International Institute

Mariano Limjap and family, circa 1920s. Mariano was a Chinese mestizo whose father was one of the known Chinese "tycoons" of Binondo in the late 19th century. As one of the leading participants in the Reform Movement and the revolutions against Spain and the United States, Mariano's "Chinese-ness" is often neglected in nationalist histories.

"Sangley," "Infieles," "Intsik," "Mestizo," "Chekwa," "Tsinoy." For centuries, outside observers, governments, the Catholic Church, and scholars have called the Chinese in the Philippines different names at different times. Chu deconstructs the meanings of these terms by taking a micro-historical approach, demonstrating how Chinese merchant families in late colonial Manila negotiated their identities as they deployed border-crossing practices to elude or connive at efforts by dominant groups to localize them.

Richard T. Chu received his A.B. from Ateneo de Manila University (1986), his M.A. from Stanford University (1994), and his Ph.D. from University of Southern California (2003). His research focuses on the history of the Chinese in the Philippines, centering on issues of ethnicity, gender, and nationalism. He has just published his first major publication entitled The Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity, and Culture 1860s to 1930s (E.J. Brill). Chu is Five-College Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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January 25, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jason McGrath

Reevaluating Chinese Cinematic Realism in the Age of the Digital

February 23, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

How does digital technology change the ontology of the cinematic image, and specifically how has Chinese film responded creatively to these changes in recent years? This talk will explore these questions first with reference to the recent films of Jia Zhangke, the leading "urban generation" director whose earlier realist aesthetic has been increasingly challenged by his own practices in later films. This will lead to a broader discussion of the boom in underground "amateur" filmmaking made possible by digital technology as well as the prominence of CGI digital effects in recent big-budget blockbuster action films from China.

Jason McGrath is Associate Professor of Chinese film and literature at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He is the author of Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age, and his essays on Chinese film have appeared in various journals and anthologies. His current projects include a collection of translated Chinese critical writings on film and a book manuscript entitled "Inscribing the Real."

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Xiaobing Tang

On Socialist Conceptual Art

February 9, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Through a study of the complex process that led to the creation of "The Blood-Stained Shirt" by Wang Shikuo (1911-1973), one of the most important artists in mid-20th century China, I will explore the implications of this form of art.

Xiaobing Tang is Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in Asian Languages and Cultures and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. His research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and art.

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Judith Zeitlin

Specters on Screen in Chinese Opera Film: A Case Study of A Test of Love (Qingtan, 1958)

February 2, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Between 1953 and 1966 some 115 opera films were made in the People's Republic of China, but because of anti-superstition campaigns, only 3 were adaptations of traditional ghost plays. My talk examines the complex history of the earliest and most interesting of these, the all-female Yue opera film of A Test of Love. I will pay particular attention to the interpenetration of different regional opera genres in the stage productions that led up to the film and to the ways in which theatrical conventions for portraying ghosts were re-imagined cinematically.

Judith T. Zeitlin is Professor in Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Among her many publications are The Phantom Heroine: Ghosts and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature and (co-edited) Thinking with Cases: Specialist Knowledge in Chinese Cultural History (both University of Hawai'i Press, 2007). She is co-editing a special issue on Chinese opera film for The Opera Quarterly due out in the fall of 2010 and working on other projects related to music, food, and illustrated books.

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January 21, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - 24 City

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Jia Zhangke; China, 2008; 107 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)


The conversion of a state-owned munitions factory into luxury high-rise apartments allows for an acute appreciation of socialism’s impact on the Chinese people, and the complex social changes sweeping the country in this masterful new documentary from Jia Zhangke. Founded in 1958 to produce aviation engines, Factory 420 saw years of prosperous activity. Now abandoned, the factory awaits its destiny. Sold for millions to real estate developers, it will be transformed into an emblem of market economy: a complex of apartment blocks called 24 City. Constructed around eight dramatic interviews, punctuated by snippets of pop songs, poetry and beautifully shot footage of the demolition, 24 City is a mesmerizing exploration of China’s past, present and future. Without nostalgia but with sensitivity and depth of feeling, Mr. Jia is documenting a country and several generations that are disappearing before the world’s eyes – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.

Following his 2009 profile of Jia Zhangke in the New Yorker, Evan Osnos talks about Jia’s sense of aesthetics and analyzes some recurring themes in his work.

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Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Miranda Brown

Modeling Early Chinese Medicine: Reflections on the Relationship Between Law and Science

January 26, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

When historians speak of legal influences on Chinese science, they tend to do so in negative terms. They highlight what features of Western law were missing in the Chinese tradition and explain the specific content of the Chinese tradition in terms of those absences. Joseph Needham, for example, pointed out that the Chinese lacked a notion of a divine lawgiver; Chinese natural thinkers were thus not inclined to seek laws of nature. In this presentation, I propose that we can also investigate the relationship between law and science in positive terms: What features were present in the Chinese legal tradition, and how did these features shape the scientific tradition?

Miranda Brown is U-M Associate Professor of Early Chinese Culture in the Dept. of Asian Languages and Culture. She received her doctorate in history at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan at that time. Her book The Politics of Mourning in Early China, was published by Albany: State University of New York Press in 2007.

Posted by zzhu at 04:10 PM

Congressional Research Service Seeks Asian Affairs Expert

Congressional Research Service, Washington DC

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division is seeking an Analyst in Asian Affairs to focus on U.S.-China relations and Chinese politics and foreign policy.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

If selected for this position, you will:

• Support the U.S. Congress by conducting public policy analysis on China in areas pertinent to U.S.-China relations
• Provide objective, expert public policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff, including preparing objective, non-partisan, and innovative analytical studies on public policy issues of national or international significance
• Provide personal assistance as an expert on public policy issues throughout the legislative process, including analyzing, appraising, and evaluating legislative proposals
• Participate in multi-disciplinary team research projects and seminars

Individuals with expert knowledge of trends and current developments regarding China's political and economic systems and security issues and those with expertise in Asian regional affairs are highly encouraged to apply.

This position is being offered at GS-14 ($105,211- $136,771). Please apply online at: www.loc.gov/crsinfo. If you are unable to apply online, please call 202.707.5627 to request an applicant job kit and refer to vacancy #100013 in all correspondence. Applications must be received by February 22, 2010.

CRS is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress and is fully committed to workforce diversity.

Posted by zzhu at 04:04 PM

Dow Chemical Hong Kong - Michigan Scholarship Program 2010-2011

Application deadline is February 26, 2010

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January 20, 2010

U-M Ross Business School hosts Micheline Maynard of the New York Times

Free and open to the public
4:30 pm, Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor

Micheline Maynard, a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and an adjunct faculty member at the Ross School, will discuss her newly published book, "The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream." A book-signing will immediately follow the event, which will be broadcast on C-SPAN's Book TV.

Maynard has written four books, including the "The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market," which foresaw the collapse of Detroit carmakers.

When Americans refer to the "globalized economy," what they generally mean is either: us enriching the benighted, Coca-Cola-deficient, Apple-deprived, Hollywood-less masses of the world with our cool stuff; or us picking up incredible bargains on Chinese toys at Wal-Mart and French cheese at Whole Foods. But what we don’t talk about--what we’re perhaps embarrassed to talk about--is what happens when Americans, right here in small Southern towns and Midwestern suburbs, find themselves working for foreign-owned companies. This other kind of globalism is the subject of Micheline Maynard’s fascinating new book, The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream. Maynard, senior business correspondent for the New York Times, begins by recognizing the fear and shame traditionally associated with foreign companies employing Americans. There has been a suspicion that these foreign competitors are undermining American companies, and that their American workers are a kind of fifth column, betraying the national interest. Maynard brilliantly shows how these ideas are not merely outdated, but utterly wrong. Painting a portrait of four foreign companies--Tata, Haier, Airbus, and Toyota--and, more vividly, some of the Americans who work for them, Maynard shows how overseas firms have been a godsend for the U.S. They bring consumers better products--who thinks Pontiac makes better cars than Toyota? As importantly, they’ve enriched the lives of their American workers and host communities. Maynard doesn’t ignore the challenges of foreign ownership--implacable union opposition, most notably--but she catalogs the opportunities, such as steadier employment, more job skills training and opportunities for promotion, diffusion of best practices to other, American companies. At a time when Americans are skeptical of foreign entanglements and foreign ideas about health care, Maynard’s book is a lively reminder of how much we can learn, and how much we can benefit, when the world comes here. --David Plotz's guest review, Amazon.com

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Chinese New Year Gala hosted by U-M Chinese Students and Scholars Association

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January 18, 2010

Global Policy Perspectives Symposia: Key Issues in Southeast Asian Development - Friday, January 22, 2010

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This panel will feature a discussion of key policy issues in Southeast Asian development, including efforts to alleviate poverty, trends in Chinese foreign investment in the area, and attempts to improve the region's resilience to economic shocks or crises. Please click on poster for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 09:51 AM

January 15, 2010

Notes from Carol Stepanchuk, CCS Outreach Coordinator

Chinese New Year - On February 14, the careful plodding of the Ox gives way to the explosive trek of the Tiger. Welcome, Year of the Tiger. According to zodiac lore, those born in Tiger years 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 are passionate, impulsive, and unpredictable. The Chinese horoscope is only one facet of this multi-dimensional celebration beginning each year on the second new moon following the winter solstice. For more info, visit the U-M Center for Chinese Studies Website, ii.umich.edu/ccs/resources/outreach and enter "Features."

For: The Visual Learner
• CCS Photo Exhibit of "China: Global/Local" on view at University of Michigan Hospital.
Taubman Health Center Lobby, Gifts of Art, South 2D Gallery, Floor 1, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor
February 15 - April 12, 2010
Images taken by U-M affiliates and students reflect different perspectives of a changing world in which China plays a pivotal role.
Have students visit the exhibit and write about their impressions; send submissions to cstep@umich.edu. The photographs can also be viewed on-line at http://www.ii.umich.edu/ccs/events_programs/photocontest

• Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century on view at U-M Museum of Art.
525 South State Street; Ann Arbor 734-764-0395; 734-763-UMMA (24-hour information hotline); www.umma.umich.edu
January 23-April 18, 2010

Curator Talk
Saturday, January 23, 2:00pm
The A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

Brush Painting Demonstration
Saturday, January 23, 3:00pm
Guest curator Wen-chien Chang (U-M alum) will introduce the expressive work of Chang Ku-nien (1906-1987), a versatile and proficient artist from the ancient tradition of Chinese painting. Myong Raymond, who was a student of Chang Ku-nien, will give a demonstration of brush painting.

For: The World Music Afficianado
• Korean Kayagum Sanjo: Schools and Players
Wednesday, 01/27/2010; 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Penny Stamps Auditorium, North Campus, University of Michigan
Center for Korean Studies (CKS)
Lecture demonstration with Keith Howard, University of Sydney, of the Korean genre of sanjo “scattered melodies,” one of the most popular genres of traditional music using solo melodic instruments and drum. Guest appearances by renowned musician, Jin Hi Kim and musicologist, Chan E. Park
For a sneak preview of this style of music, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpnEuqgiaII (Professor Chan E. Park giving a "P'ansori" performance).

• The Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) Music Troupe
2010 US Tour
Saturday, January 30, 3:00-4:30pm
Music Hall Center Detroit, 350 Madison, Detroit
If your school is interested, please contact Dr. Jiuming Liu, Vice Director of Confucius Institute in WSU, to get free
tickets for students and parents. Dr. Liu's contact is as following: Phone: (313) 577-0060
Email: jiuming2001@yahoo.com.cn

For: The Non-Stop Festival Go-er
2010 Chinese Week at EMU
Feb 7-14, 2010. Presented by the American Chinese Students Association, EMU.
Spring Festival Gala (Sunday, Feb 7 4:00pm-9:30 pm) Tickets $15/person are available for purchase at all EMU ticket offices.
Phone: 487-2282 Online: emutix.com (Cost includes games, cultural display, buffet dinner, performance, lucky draw, and dance)
For details of events throughout the week including "Living in China," "Women in the 21st Century," Chinese films, exhibits, and more,
see: acs-association.blogspot.com. Contact: Yen-ling von Meister ychouvon@emich.edu, Dept of World Languages, 219 Alexander Music Bldg., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti.

For: The Linguist
Eight-week Conversation Chinese for travelers to China focusing on survival Chinese language skills. No previous Chinese experience required. Text materials: Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute copyrighted materials
Chinese For Travelers on WebEx - Conversation Only, No Characters
Where: Online
When: Wednesdays, 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m., Jan. 27 - Mar. 17
Cost: $200/person including teaching materials emailed to you
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, Inc.
Chinese Cultural Bookstore
2145B S. China Place, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60616
Tel: 312-842-1988, Fax: 312-275-7133
info@chicagocci.com; www.chicagocci.com

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January 11, 2010

Recent CCS Lectures on Michigan TV Channel 22

James Millward: CCS Public Lecture Series
Talk originally given on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
"China as Eurasian Subcontinent"

January 13th at 9:30pm
January 14th at 11:30am
January 16th at 4:00pm

CHINA Town Hall
Co-sponsored with the National Committee on US-China Relations
Webcast and presentation originally given on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
Interview with Asst. Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell
On-site presentation by economist Nicholas Lardy on "China: Leading the Global Economic Recovery"

January 15th at 8:00pm
January 16th at 10:00am

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January 07, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Thomas Buoye

Christian Chroniclers of Chinese Cruelty: Western Misperceptions of Chinese Criminal Justice

January 19, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

For a variety of psychological, political and economic reasons, Western observers have historically misrepresented China's legal heritage and criminal justice system. At least since the eighteenth century, critics have cited several infamous "miscarriages" of justice involving Westerners to illustrate the inequity of Chinese law. A variety of facile dichotomies often have obfuscated rather than illuminated China's legal heritage. These include the oversimplified notion of Confucian versus Legalist ideologies and the Weberian-inspired constructions of modern/rational versus traditional/irrational law. Similarly, the conflation of the legal practices and institutions of the People's Republic of China with the imperial institutions has contributed to Western misunderstandings. This presentation will examine one wellspring of misinformation, Christian missionaries' depictions of Chinese criminal justice.

Tom Buoye is associate professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Tulsa. His dissertation on violent disputes over property rights in eighteenth-century Guangdong was directed by Albert Feuerwerker and Ernest Young. Most recently he has been working on Qing legal history, particularly the administration of capital punishment.

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January 06, 2010

UMMA Exhibit - Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century - January 23 through April 18, 2010

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Exhibit: January 23 - April 18, 2010

Curator Talk
Saturday, January 23, 2:00pm
The A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

Brush Painting Demonstration
Saturday, January 23, 3:00pm

Guest curator and CCS alumna Wen-chien Chang (PhD 2003, History of Art) will introduce the expressive work of Chang Ku-nien (1906-1987), a versatile and proficient artist from the ancient tradition of Chinese painting. Myong Raymond, who was a student of Chang Ku-nien, will give a demonstration of brush painting.

Please click on image for detailed information.

張穀年 臺灣橫貫公路圖
Chang, Ku-nien (1906 – 1987)
Taiwan Cross-Island Highway – section 1
4 hanging scroll as a panel, ink and color on paper (to be remounted)
Ptg: 152 x 82.5 cm
UMMA Gift of Cheng-yang and Shirley Chang

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January 05, 2010

Can Chinese language training make higher education more "relevant"?

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The University of Michigan has seen a 38 percent increase in students enrolling in Asian language courses since 2002, while French has dropped by 5 percent.

"Making College 'Relevant'"
by Kate Zernike, The New York Times

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