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February 28, 2010

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures presents the Inaugural Tang Junyi Lecture Series



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Contemporary Confucian Virtue Politics

Stephen C. Angle
Wesleyan University
Stephen C. Angle received his B.A. from Yale University in East Asian Studies and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Since 1994 he has taught at Wesleyan University, where he is now Professor of Philosophy. Professor Angle is the author of Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry (Cambridge, 2002); Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Oxford, 2009); and numerous scholarly articles on Chinese ethical and political thought and on topics in comparative philosophy.

All lectures: 1022 South Thayer Building, First Floor
A reception will follow each lecture

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 4:00pm
“The Confucian Revival and Genuine Confucian Philosophical Critique”
Language and practices connected to Confucianism are increasingly common in today’s China. This lecture explores the different meanings of Confucianism relevant to the contemporary world, including finding the grounds for a Confucian philosophical critique of values both inside and outside China.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 4:00pm
“Rule of Law and Virtue Politics in 20th Century China”
The relations between “rule of law” (fazhi 法治) and “virtue politics” (dezhi 德治) have been repeatedly debated in China over the last century. This lecture focuses on two such debates, from the mid-1910s and from the late 1950s to early 1960s, paying special attention to the arguments of Zhang Shizhao 章士釗 (1885–1973) and Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 (1909–95). The arguments of Zhang and Mou can contribute to current dialogues on issues like the limits on moral authority, the role of virtue in politics, the relations between public and private, and the need for political and legal value to be rooted in morality.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:00pm
“Rethinking Confucian Sovereignty”
Traditional Confucianism rests sovereignty in “Heaven” (tian 天), even while relying on the reactions of the masses (min 民) as a barometer to gauge the success and legitimacy of the current ruler. Even in its original contexts this theory stood in some tension with teachings concerning the possibility of each person to attain sagehood; in the contemporary world, both the locus of sovereignty and the nature of the min need to be re-thought. Building on insights about Confucianism and democracy from New Confucians like Tang Junyi 唐君毅 (1909–1978) and Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 (1909–95), this lecture articulates a new, yet still distinctively Confucian, way of understanding sovereignty and political legitimacy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:00pm
“Virtue’s Dependence on Politics: Confucian Social Critique”
Confucianism long ago anticipated an important finding of contemporary psychology: our social and physical environments have significant effects on the ways and degrees to which we can be virtuous. Since politics inevitably influences these environments, it follows that ethics and politics are intertwined at a deep level. This lecture explores ways in which traditional and contemporary Confucian teachings, as well as Western research at the borders between ethics and political philosophy, converge on an understanding of the role that social critique plays in one’s ethical development.

This lecture series is made possible by a generous gift from Donald J. Munro, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Chinese, and Ann Munro.

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February 25, 2010

China events at UMMA in March 2010

Secrets to Chinese Painting: Technical Strategies for the Modern World
Dr. Aida Yuen Wong
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 3pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA

Bright Sheng and Friends: East/West
Sunday, March 21, 2010, 4pm
UMMA Apse

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Recent articles related to alleged Chinese cyber attacks

* AnnArbor.com: University of Michigan monitoring relationship with Shanghai university tied to Google cyber attacks

* The Atlantic: Cyber Warriors

* BBC: Google hacks not from inside Chinese schools, China says

* The Chronicle of Higher Education: A University and a College in China Draw Attention in Google Hacking Investigation

* Duke Chronicle: SJTU may be linked to attacks on Google

* Michigan Daily: Chinese institute with 'U' ties accused of Google cyber attacks

* New York Times: 2 China schools said to be tied to online attacks

* New York Times: Hacking inquiry puts China's elite in new light

* Wall Street Journal: People's Republic of Hacking

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Upcoming lectures sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 4:00pm
“The Confucian Revival and Genuine Confucian Philosophical Critique”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Thursday, March 11, 2010 4:00pm
“Rule of Law and Virtue Politics in 20th Century China”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

9th Annual Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr., Memorial Lecture
Friday, March 12, 2010 4:00pm
“NGO2.0 in China: A Social Practice and Experiment”
A lecture by Jing Wang, S.C. Fang Professor of Chinese, MIT
Founders Room of the Michigan Alumni Center
200 Fletcher Street
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:00pm
“Rethinking Confucian Sovereignty”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:00pm
“Virtue’s Dependence on Politics: Confucian Social Critique”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Posted by zzhu at 01:42 PM

February 24, 2010

Latest news from Jidong Yang, Head of U-M Asia Library



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Dear all,

I would like to bring to your attention some of the major digital resources acquired by Asia Library during the last year. You can find links to all the resources below from my resource guide for Chinese studies: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/chinesestudies. The guide contains several tabs (categories). For each of the resources, I shall indicate the tab where you can find it.

1) Chinamaxx Digital Library 中文集献 (under “E-Books”). This is the US version of the Superstar Digital Library 超星数字图书馆, the largest Chinese digital library. The online collection contains millions of titles, most of which are monographs published in the PRC since the 1950s. If you need any e-book from the collection, you can either email the title to me or make a purchase suggestion online. Chinamaxx is especially useful when you are looking for out-of-print Chinese books, serials, and monographic series. For detailed instruction on how to search and use Chinamaxx, see: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/data/files2/57385/Instruction%20Chinamaxx.pdf.

2) Duxiu Knowledge Search 读秀学术搜索 (under “E-Books”). You can think of Duxiu as a Chinese Google Book Search with much better OCR accuracy. It’s a search engine built by Superstar Digital Library on its massive e-book and e-journal collection. It allows you to view up to 50 pages of any search result, which are in most cases more than enough for citation purposes. But if you still need the full-length book after reading the 50 pages, we can purchase it for you and load it to the Chinamaxx site.

3) Chinese Electronic Theses and Dissertations 中文電子學位論文 (under “E-Books”). It contains MA and PhD theses from most Taiwan universities. Many of the theses are available in full-text. Please note that this database only covers Taiwan. If you need MA and PhD theses from mainland China, please use the “Dissertations of China” database (also under “E-Books” tab).

4) Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services 臺灣電子期刊服務網 (under “E-Journals”). Full-text database of most mainstream academic journals published in Taiwan, such as 中央研究院歷史語言研究所集刊, 近代史研究所集刊, 中國大陸研究, 民俗曲藝. Keep in mind, however, you need to input traditional Chinese characters to search in this database, just as you do in the previous database.

5) National Palace Museum Online 故宮缐上 (under “Databases”). It contains digital images of many artifacts collected by the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Categories include paintings, calligraphy, pottery-porcelain, jade, bronze, Buddhist arts, and others.

6) China Law Info 北大法律信息网. The most comprehensive full-text database of PRC laws, regulations, and legal cases. It has two versions: Chinese and English, but the contents and coverage are not exactly the same. When searching in the English version, be careful with those that have a different form in British English, such as centre, labour, etc. Inputting both forms is a good idea.

All the resources listed above are only accessible to U-M users. If you are using them from off-campus locations, please use the links in my resource guide so that your U-M affiliation can be verified. Another way to access the resources from off-campus is to find their bibliographic records in Mirlyn (the library’s online catalog) and then click on the “Available Online” link. All the resources can be retrieved in Mirlyn by their English titles. If you have any questions and need help in using them, please feel free to contact me.

We will continue to build our e-collection. I already have some major items on my radar such as the full-text online version of People’s Daily, but will appreciate your ideas and suggestions on how to spend our money!

Best,
Jidong Yang
Asia Library

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February 22, 2010

The 7th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies

China Regional Development Model: Ten Years of Western China Development
The 7th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies

Chengdu, Sichuan, China
July 6-7, 2010

Co-organizers:
• The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
• Sichuan University
• GTZ - German Technical Cooperation

Co-sponsors:
• The Chinese Economists Society

2010 marks the 10th year of the Western China development policy. This occasion provides an excellent opportunity to explore the implementation and results of China’s regional development. Sichuan University, the Consortium for Western China Development Studies, and GTZ will co-organize an International Conference on “China Regional Development Model: Ten Years of Western China Development” on July 5-6, 2010, in Chengdu, China. The conference is also co-sponsored by the Chinese Economists Society.

The organizers expect 100-200 participants from universities, research institutions, government agencies and business sectors within and outside of China to attend this conference. Many well-known economists from China, the U.S., Europe and other countries have been invited to participate. The conference is expected (1) to serve as a platform for scholars and government officials to exchange their research and development plans on Western China ; (2) to submit policy recommendations on under-developed regions to the central government ; and (3) to publish a conference proceedings from selected papers presented at the conference.

The conference will be carried out in the following three fields:
1. The economic development problems related to ecology, resources and environment in Western China
2. The reviews and prospects of Western China development in past 10 years
3. The assessment of policies and projects during Western China development.

The conference themes will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
• The comprehensive assessment of ten years of western China development
• The role and of Western China in the development of China in the next 50 years
• The urbanization and urban-rural development in Western China
• Analyses of the comparative advantages for industrial development in Western China
• The optimization of industrial distribution in Western China
• The industrial transition under globalization
• The development of low carbon economy and progress in environmental protection in Western China
• Proposals to enhance public institutions and physical infrastructure in Western China
• Resource development and ecological compensation
• The economic development of minority regions
• Improvement of the investment environment and financial system in Western China
• Regional governance in Western China

Abstract Submission
Interested participants should send an abstract of no longer than 250 words to the Program Committee at westchina2010@umich.edu along with the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the author (s), or use the online submission form at http://chinadatacenter.org/westchina2010/.
 
Deadlines
April 15, 2010 - Deadline for abstracts
April 30, 2010 - Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2010 - Deadline for completed papers

Registration Fee for the Conference

Registration before May 15, 2010: US$60.00.
Registration after May 15, 2010: US$80.00.
Full-time student: US$30.00.

Please make the payment payable to “The Chinese Economists Society”.

Contact Information:

China Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies

Prof. Yiqian Wang
Institute of Western China Development
P.O. Box 391
Sichuan University
Chengdu , 610065
P. R. China
TEL: 86-28-85401227

U.S. Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies

Dr. Shuming Bao
China Data Center
University of Michigan
Suite 301
1007 E Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1690
TEL: 734-647-9610

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The Ninth Annual Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr. Memorial Lecture in Chinese Studies



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Jing Wang, S.C. Fang Professor of Chinese Language and Culture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4pm, Friday, March 12, 2010
Michigan Alumni Center, Founders' Room
200 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor

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February 19, 2010

The Doris Sloan Memorial Lecture at the University of Michigan Museum of Art



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Secrets to Chinese Painting: Technical Strategies for the Modern World
Dr. Aida Yuen Wong
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 3pm | Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA

Aida Yuen Wong, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Chair of East Asian Studies at Brandeis University, will give the 2010 Doris Sloan Memorial Lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century. Dr. Wong will focus on the challenges of the era as artists encountered Western-style modernity and sought to reform Chinese art traditions.

U-M Museum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354
734-764-0395

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Donald Lopez discusses the Dalai Lama visit on PBS NewsHour



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Please click below to watch entire news segment.

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Call for Papers - The OYCF-University of Chicago Conference on "China's Legal Reform at Crossroads" - The 12th OYCF Annual Meeting

A conference on the theme "China's Legal Reform at Crossroads" will take place on May 29-30, 2010 at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. The conference is being planned by the Overseas Young Chinese Forum, with co-sponsorship from the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Chicago.

The thematic choice of this year's conference is in accordance with OYCF’s commitment to China's development and advancement. In the past eleven years OYCF annual meetings have covered a variety of topics related to the development of China, including sustainable development, civil society, women, rural problems, social classes, cultural production, globalization and nationalism, and the financial crisis. We believe the reform of China's legal system from 1979 to the present is a topic of equal importance and deserves our attention.

We call for paper submissions from all disciplines working in the China field. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Legislative changes and debates in different areas of Chinese law;
• Reform of the Chinese judicial system;
• Development of the Chinese legal profession;
• Reform of the Chinese criminal justice system;
• Impact of the Communist Party and the government on the legal system;
• Mediation, letters and petition, and other alternative channels of dispute resolution;
• Legal consciousness and mobilization of Chinese citizens.

The conference is bi-lingual so the papers can be written and delivered in either English or Chinese. Deadline for submitting an abstract (1-2 pages) is April 2, 2010 (Friday), along with a brief C.V. that lists your credentials (e.g., professional experience and/or publications). Please send your materials or inquiry via email to oycfcallpaper@gmail.com. A notification of acceptance will be sent by April 16, 2010 (Friday).

The OYCF will publish a summary of the conference panels and selected papers on its electronic journal “Perspectives: China and the World.” For more details about the OYCF annual meetings, please visit: http://www.oycf.org/oycfold/httpdocs/Retreats/retreat.htm.

The Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) OYCF is a self-governing non-profit organization established in 1999 to provide a forum to discuss issues related to China’s development and to explore solutions. Among other activities, OYCF sponsors teaching and research in China, publishes an on-line journal (Perspectives: China and the World), organizes local discussion groups, publishes book series, and holds a conference each year. OYCF’s annual conference is increasingly becoming a major forum for China-related studies. For more information about OYCF, please visit the organization’s website: www.oycf.org.

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Chicago works to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and abroad, and to foster communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the community of professors and students at the University of Chicago and throughout the wider East Asian Studies community. To these ends CEAS and its Committees sponsor a variety of activities including colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, cultural events, and other programs that promote understanding of the cultures and societies of China, Japan, and Korea. University of Chicago faculty and programs in East Asian studies regularly achieve the highest rankings among peer institutions in the United States, making East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago an invaluable national resource and a focal point for East Asian Studies in the Midwest. For more information about the CEAS at the University of Chicago, please visit http://ceas.uchicago.edu/.

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February 18, 2010

IL/IN dissertation workshop: "Gender & Sexuality in Modern East Asia," June 2-3 at Indiana University

Illinois/Indiana National Dissertation Workshop: "Gender and Sexuality in Modern East Asia"

Indiana University Bloomington, June 2-3, 2010
(application deadline: March 1)

The Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC) is pleased to announce its fourth annual IL/IN National Dissertation Workshop in the field of gender and sexuality. The workshop will be held June 2-3, 2010 on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. Doctoral students in the humanities and the social sciences whose dissertation projects concern gender and sexuality in modern East Asia are invited to apply. Areas of interest include anthropology, literature, history, sociology, gender studies, and cultural studies, among others. The workshop is designed to enable students just beginning work on their dissertations, as well as those farther along, to engage in intensive discussions of their own and each other's projects. Possibilities for continuing networks among interested students and faculty will also be explored. The workshop will be limited to eight participants, and the cost of the workshop, some meals, and two nights’ lodging will be covered by the IL/IN East Asia NRC.

Faculty leaders: The workshop will be led by a team of multidisciplinary faculty covering the areas of China, Japan, and Korea: Nancy Abelmann, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research—Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields; Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Sara Friedman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University Bloomington; and Michiko Suzuki, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington.

Eligibility and application: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have drafted a dissertation research proposal, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. Those in the early phases of writing are also encouraged to apply. In order to prepare the ground for a productive exchange, participants must come to the workshop having read and prepared comments on the other participants' writing samples.

The application deadline is March 1. Application materials consist of two items: (1) a current CV and (2) a 4-6-page double-spaced dissertation proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied). Applications should be submitted by e-mail attachment to easc@indiana.edu. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop by early April.

For information about the IL/IN East Asia NRC, see http://www.iu.edu/~easc/about/consortium.shtml.

East Asian Studies Center
Indiana University
Memorial Hall West 207
1021 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: (812) 855-3765
Fax: (812) 855-7762

E-mail: easc@indiana.edu
URL: http://www.iu.edu/~easc

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February 17, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - At Home in the World



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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Wu Wenguang (吴文光), 1995; 80 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

A sequel to Wu Wenguang’s film Bumming in Beijing (CCS Film Event – Fall 2007), At Home in the World follows five of the Beijing artists featured in the original film who are now scattered to the four corners of the world. An intimate depiction of their expectations, anxieties and the contradictions that frame their lives, and how these experiences have shaped their lives.

Wu Wenguang (born 1956 in Yunnan) is an independent documentary filmmaker. He is known internationally as one of the founding figures of Chinese independent documentary. His first film, Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers, was unique in that it featured a large amount of handheld camera work and unscripted interviews. This was a stark contrast to Chinese documentaries produced previously, which were generally carefully planned and controlled. Other films by him include My Time in Red Guard (1993), Jiang Hu: Life on the Road (1999), Dance with Farm Workers (2001), Your Name is Outlander (2003), and Fuck Cinema (2005)

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Watch Online - 20th Annual Asia Business Conference Keynote Panel



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Due to weather-related delays, the 20th ABC's Keynote Speaker, Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Thai Embassy, was unable to make it to Ann Arbor for his keynote speech opening the conference.

The replacement Keynote Panel featuring six University of Michigan Asian Studies faculty experts addressed the conference theme of "Asia - Leading Global Recovery?" in a lively discussion.

The panelists were:
- Kenneth Mori McElwain, Political Science (Japan)
- Bradley Farnsworth, Business (China)
- Mary Gallagher, Political Science (China)
- Nicholas Howson, Law (China)
- John Ciorciari, Public Policy (Southeast Asia)
- Linda Lim, Business (India, and Moderator)

Please click below to watch the entire event.

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February 16, 2010

Happy Year of the Tiger!

The Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year!
密歇根大学中国研究所全体同仁恭祝各位朋友新年虎虎生威、健康快乐!

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

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Film Screening of the first Chinese production of The Vagina Monologues

Join the East Asia Workshop in Gender and Society for
A FILM SCREENING: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
The First Chinese Production

Produced by Drs. Ai Xiaoming and Song Sufeng at Zhongshan University, PRC in 2004.
In Chinese, with English subtitles.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY

TIME: 5PM TO 7PM

LOCATION: 1210 WEILL HALL (Hill and State)


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CCS Director to give talk on effective interviews in political science research

2009 – 2010 Center for Political Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop on Politics and Policy

Noon to 1:30pm, February 17, 2010
6006 ISR

Mary Gallagher - "Meaning and Measurement: Uses of and Strategies for Effective Interviews in Political Science Research."

Mary Gallagher is Director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.

Posted by zzhu at 05:23 AM

February 15, 2010

CANCELED - Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Robert Adams

CANCELED: We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances, the presentation by Robert Adams scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, has been canceled. We hope to reschedule at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Background Beijing Urban House: Qing Shui Yuan and Linked Hybrid as Non-Identical Topological Twins

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

Strategically located in Beijing at the Second Ring Road and Airport Expressway is an intricate morphological knot of civic infrastructure and social housing. Elevated above the ground, recently constructed highway space swarms a complex urban situation that is as much physical as it is psychological. In the northeast quadrant is the acrobatic housing project, Linked Hybrid, designed by American architect Steven Holl. To the south is Qing Shui Yuan, a massive urban housing complex constructed in the 1989 by the Fifth Construction Company to house workers of Beijing's Municipal Public Utilities -- the people responsible for the infrastructural management of the city. On one side of the expressway is the desire engine, an architectural spectacle of emerging capital lodging itself in the domestic psyche; while on the other, the civic worker maintains everyday operations of the city. Passing below the elevated expressway are the daily routines of people and labor, while above on the road the money and goods move out. This situation represents a diabolical diagram for early 21st century urbanism in the People's Republic of China, and one that will impact the future of how urban morphology is theorized and practiced throughout the world. Given the robust development of early 21st century urbanism in China, how will the attributes of this massive project be refracted into the world? What is being simultaneously invented by the project of high-speed urbanization in China, and how will this change the way designers conceptualize and open the channels for the urban imaginary?

Robert Adams is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at Taubman College, and Faculty Associate at Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. Adams is a co-founder of B.A.S.E., Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise, located in the urban village of Caochangdi in Beijing. His work in China has focused on urban housing, highway infrastructure, and many vivid material practices from architecture to fashion design. Adams' work has been exhibited at the 3rd Architecture Biennial Beijing, Shenzhen University College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Tianjin University College of Architecture. Together with Dawn Gilpin, he is a principal of Adams + Gilpin, a design studio located in a strip mall in Ann Arbor. Adams current design work focuses on issues of new urban mobility for people with an extreme range of ability.

Posted by zzhu at 01:32 PM

February 04, 2010

20th Annual Asia Business Conference Keynote Address



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Please click on flier to be directed to the conference Web site.

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February 03, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - Daughters of Wisdom



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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

Director Bari Pearlman; 2007; Tibet; 68 minutes (Tibetan and Mandarin with English subtitles)

Trailer:

Daughters of Wisdom is the story of rural Tibet, of the 85 percent of the Tibetan population who are subsistence farmers and nomadic herding families. The film provides an experiential and transporting view of contemporary Tibet seen through the eyes of some of its most extraordinary women, the nuns of Kala Rongo Monastery of Nangchen, Kham. Founded in 1990, the Kala Rongo Monastery is granting Tibetan women choices they’ve never had before, and changing outmoded attitudes that no longer serve the greater good of the community. Through the pragmatic vision of their benefactor, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, nearly 300 nuns are now receiving religious and educational training previously unavailable to them. They are being given a real opportunity to change the course of their lives, and to preserve the rich spiritual heritage of their people, even as they slowly reshape it.

Bari Pearlman is a Manhattan-based independent producer, director and writer, specializing in quality documentaries for theatrical and television markets.

Posted by zzhu at 11:13 PM

Freer and Sackler Galleries launch first Web resource of "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy"



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Freer and Sackler Galleries are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting resource for scholars and lovers of Chinese painting and calligraphy: "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy" is a new Web site featuring the Freer Gallery's exceptional holdings of 85 works of Chinese brushwork from the 10th through the 14th centuries. The site contains hundreds of images and comprehensive documentation of some of the earliest Chinese paintings in one of the most important collections in the West.

Every work is fully documented with transcriptions of Chinese texts accompanied by annotated English translations. The format enables users to simultaneously examine images of each work and all documents related to it, an advantage for study and scholarship. The goal of the project is to create a virtual catalog of the collection that can readily incorporate new documentation, scholarship and photography.

Among the highlights of the collection are two 10th-century scroll paintings from the Buddhist caves at Dunhuang and the only surviving works by Chinese masters Yan Ciyu (active 1160s-80s), Li Shan (active late 12th-early 13th century) and Zou Fulei (active mid-14th century). The collection also includes three independent works of calligraphy and more than 90 other examples of exquisite brushwriting from the period.

The project, made possible by the support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, was developed by museum staff members Joseph Chang and Stephen Allee, with the help of project coordinator Ingrid Larsen.

Please click on image to be directed to the "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy" Web site.

元 巖叟 墨梅圖 卷
Ink Plum Blossoms
Yansou (unidentified)
Southern Song-Yuan, late 13th to mid-14th century
Handscroll; ink on silk

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