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May 14, 2010

Ken Lieberthal comments on US-China cooperation on climate change, May 10, 2010

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May 13, 2010

MCAA Student Writing Prizes

The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs offers three prizes for papers written by students—the Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize, and the Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize for papers written by undergraduates. These prizes are awarded at the MCAA Annual Meeting held each fall—this year at The Ohio State University from October 1-3. Prizes include a cash award and support for travel expenses as well as the opportunity to present at the conference. Graduate and undergraduate students may compete for these prizes if they attend a college or university in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Papers should be no more than 35 typewritten double-spaced pages, including the bibliography, and are due by June 11, 2010. For further information and submission instructions, visit http://easc.osu.edu/mcaa/student-awards/index.html.

Questions should be directed to:

Katherine A. Bowie
Professor of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
5436 Social Sciences
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Office Tel: 608-262-2132, 262-2866
Home Tel: 608-238-8150
Fax: 608-265-4216
Email: kabowie@wisc.edu

Posted by zzhu at 02:48 PM

May 11, 2010

World Expo 2010 blog - Week 2: Opening Week

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The opening week of the 2010 Shanghai Expo is coming to a close. Although the U.S.A. Pavilion has had some setbacks here and there, things have been running remarkably smooth. One of the things that I have heard from many guests, the majority of which are Chinese, is how impressed and delighted they are at having the opportunity to interact with young, Mandarin-speaking Americans. Likewise, I know that the eighty student ambassadors are equally as appreciative to have the opportunity to communicate with the guests, learn something about Chinese culture, and do their part to positively represent the United States to the millions of visitors who will walk through the U.S. Pavilion’s turnstiles this summer.

On a more personal note, thus far, my work here at the U.S. Pavilion as a student ambassador has been rewarding but also exhausting. My shifts rotate from week-to-week on a rolling basis from 8am-5pm and 2pm-11pm. I am assigned predominantly to the V.I.P. area, which has been dubbed the “1776 Suite.” My duties include welcoming guests (government officials, dignitaries, and corporate delegations), facilitating corporate and government events, and offering general assistance in all areas of V.I.P. relations including event set-up, operations and logistics. As to the “corporate events” function of the V.I.P. center I feel that a few words of explanation are necessary. Unlike most of the other countries’ national pavilions, the U.S. Pavilion was funded entirely by corporate sponsors as opposed to coming out of the government coffers. As a result, contributing sponsors were given membership cards in amounts congruent with their contribution. There has actually been quite a bit of controversy surrounding how funds for the U.S.A.P. were allocated. For more on this, just do a Google search for “Adam Minter, U.S.A. Pavilion.”

My experiences in the VIP area have been exciting and have included meeting various mayors from cities such as Suzhou and Xiamen, and C.C.P. officials such as the minister of Foreign Affairs, Yang Jiechi. I was also present for a meet and greet with American music legend Quincy Jones. However, the most interesting experience that I had in the last week was meeting the president of China, Hu Jintao (see photo below, I am wearing the blue striped tie). He visited the U.S.A. Pavilion two days before the official opening with an entourage of about eighty people, including various members of the Politburo. In a brief ceremony, President Hu shook hands with the Student Ambassadors and was presented with a Texas belt-buckle by the U.S.A.P.’s Commissioner General Jose Villarreal. There was also state-media on hand for the visit, and the photo which I have included below was on the front page of various newspapers the following day. Regardless of one’s feelings about the C.C.P. or the Party’s censorship of the media, this was a great opportunity for myself and the other Student Ambassadors to get involved in some hands-on diplomacy, and have a chance to live up to our title of “Ambassadors."

In addition to being the face of the U.S.A. Pavilion while we are on the job, we will also have the opportunity to get involved in various community outreach projects over the next few months. These include programs like “Roots and Shoots,” which aims at educating local middle school students on the importance of environmental awareness and sustainable practices.

Well, that’s about all the time I have for this week. In the coming weeks I plan to offer some more in-depth coverage of various aspects of the U.S.A. Pavilion, the highlights of other pavilions at the Expo, as well as include some interview content with U.S.A.P. organizers and Expo visitors. If there is any specific aspect of the Expo that you would like to hear more about, please feel free to contact me at: calebjford@gmail.com. Also, here is an interesting article about the U.S.A.P. which highlights the role of the Student Ambassadors.

Posted by zzhu at 09:39 PM

May 10, 2010

Asia Policy Assembly, July 17-18, 2010

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invite you to join the Asia Policy Assembly on June 17-18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Part of the National Asia Research Program (NARP), the Asia Policy Assembly is a major international conference that will bring together experts from the academic, philanthropic, and policymaking communities to address issues of strategic importance to U.S. interests in Asia. NARP also offers opportunities for student involvement in the Assembly, including student discounts on registration and volunteer opportunities. Read further to find out how to participate.

Why is understanding the policy implications of developments in Asia more important than ever?
As Asia integrates with the rest of the world, we have to understand the full extent and limitations of Asia’s global influence, and learn how Asian states define their global responsibilities. The combination of Asia’s openness, dynamic growth, relative stability, and huge population means that no major global problem can be solved without Asian cooperation and support.

What contributions will the Assembly make, and what opportunities will it offer?
The Asia Policy Assembly is the forum for Asia Studies scholars and policymakers to discuss important Asia policy issues. The Assembly will feature keynote addresses by senior policy officials and leading figures in international affairs, it will facilitate critical discussion among stakeholders in contemporary, policy-relevant Asia Studies, and it will encourage scholars of Asia to contribute to the policymaking process.

Asia Policy Assembly Program and Events
The theme of the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly complements the National Asia Research Program’s Research Agenda for 2010-2011, which examines the meaning and exercise of Asia’s global influence. During the two-day Assembly, the program format will include Plenary Sessions featuring presentations and keynote addresses, as well as numerous smaller roundtables to discuss a broad range of issues and regions.

Awarding the Inaugural Scalapino Prize
At the Assembly, NBR and the Wilson Center will award a significant prize named after renowned Asia scholar Robert Scalapino, arguably America’s foremost scholar of Asia over the past 60 years. Dr. Scalapino has published 500 articles and 38 books or monographs, and has helped shape key institutions around the world that work on Asia.

Registration Discounts and Early Bird Rates
Registration is now open! The Assembly is offering students a discounted rate and for non-students, there is special early-bird registration rate through May 10.

How to get involved with the Asia Policy Assembly
The National Asia Research Program (NARP) is seeking student volunteers for the Asia Policy Assembly. Volunteers will assist with a wide-range of preparations during the week of the conference and will be provided the opportunity to attend the conference in June. Please email your resume to DCoffice@nbr.org to learn more and sign up as a volunteer.

To learn more about the Assembly or to register for the event, please visit the Asia Policy Assembly 2010 website: http://www.nbr.org/Research/activity.aspx?id=73
To learn more about the National Asia Research Program, please visit the NARP’s site at: www.nbr.org/narp

Posted by zzhu at 09:59 PM

May 07, 2010


Saturday, May 8, 2010
Michigan Room, Michigan League
911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Organized by Michigan China Fellows (MCF)

9:00 – 9:25am Breakfast
Morning Reception

9:25 – 9:35am
Opening Remarks and Welcome
Cheng, Hailing, Co-Chair of MCF, Department of Physics, University of Michigan

9:35 – 10:00am
Model or Anti-Model? : John C. H. Wu at the University of Michigan in 1921

Dr. Nicholas C. Howson, Assistant Professor of Law
The University of Michigan Law School

10:00am – 11:20am
SESSION I: New Political Economy in the 21st Century China

Moderator: Zhang, Jiaan, Joint Program of Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan

Workers under Disorganized Despotism - A Case from China's Shipbuilding Industry (English/Chinese, 25 min)
Lin, Lefeng, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Double Movement in China: Corporate Social Responsibility in Shanghai and Beijing (English, 15 min)
Chen, Patricia, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

Political Values of Chinese Students in America (English, 25 min)
Zeng, Qingjie, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

11:20am – 11:30am Break

11:30am – 12:30pm
SESSION II: Educational Disparity in Contemporary China

Moderator: Li, Xu, School of Education, University of Michigan

Intellectual Understanding of Peasantry and Development in Education in Rural China (English, 20 min)
Momin, Shayan, Department of History, Wayne State University

China’s Foreign Language Policy for Elementary Schools: Issues in Policy-Making and Implementation (English, 25 min)
Wang, Wenxia, Bale, Jeff, & Youngs, Peter, College of Education, Michigan State University

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

12: 40pm – 1:00pm Introduction of the Michigan China Fellows: MCF Committee

1:00pm – 1:15pm Annual Award Ceremony

1:40pm – 3:00pm
SESSION III: Ethnic Politics and Historical Analysis

Moderator: Chen, Shuang, Department of History, University of Michigan

From “Territorial” Segregation to “Regional” Segregation: The Transformation of Inner Mongolia Frontier and the 1911 Revolutionary Crisis (English, 25 min)
Wang, Liping, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

“Anti-Manchurianism” and Regionalization in Pre-Revolution China (English, 25 min)
Tian, Geng, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

China between Empire and Nation: Ethnicity with Chinese Characteristics (English, 15 min)
Lee, Byung-Ho, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

3:00pm – 3:10pm Break

3:10pm – 4:20pm
SESSION IV: Attempts to Understand the West

Moderator: Dai, Haijing, Joint Program of Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan

Moments of Inspiration (or what I have been doing) (English, 15min)
Mai, Xiwen, Department of English, University of Michigan

Rethinking the 'Bias Paradox' of the Feminist Standpoint Epistemology (English, 20 min)
Tang, Yingying, Department of Philosophy, Southern California University
Organizing and Governing a Modern University: The Rise of Administration at the University of Michigan in the Early 20th Century (English, 20 min)
Li, Xu, School of Education, University of Michigan

4:20pm – 4:30pm Break

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Round-Table Discussion: The Mysteries of Finding an Academic Job

Moderator: Long, Yan, Women’s Studies & Sociology, University of Michigan

Chen, Shuang (In Fall 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Iowa)
Dai, Haijing (In Fall 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Liu, Bo (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, John Carroll University)
Shen, Huei-Wern (In Fall 2010: Post-Doc, Hunter College of Social Work, The City University of New York)
Zhang, Ying (In Fall 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ohio State University)

5:30 – 5:50 pm Tea-Time
Closing Remarks
Zeng, Qingjie, MCF Committee Member, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on the forum are those of the presenter(s) and do not reflect or represent the views of MCF and its members other than the presenter. All contributing presenters assume full responsibility and liability for the accuracy and academic integrity of the presented material.

Planning Committee of the 2010 Michigan China Forum:

Coordinators: Yan Long, Haijing Dai, Hailing Cheng
Secretariat: Haijing Dai
Logistics: Xu Li, Jiaying Tan, Qingjie Zeng
Budgeting: Yan Long, Xu Li
Facilities: Hailing Cheng

Michigan China Forum 2010 is organized by Michigan China Fellows with financial support from other organizations and units, including Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) at the University of Michigan, and Oversea Young Chinese Forum (OYCF).

Posted by zzhu at 07:16 AM

May 05, 2010

The Genesis of Chinese Writing and the Art of Calligraphy - Exhibition, lecture and demonstration

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Please click on the flier to learn more and scroll down for info on related event!

A workshop on meaning and writing
Learning & Teaching Chinese
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 am-2:30 pm
University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies
International Institute, Room 1636
1080 S. University, Ann Arbor

Hilda Tao, senior lecturer, Chinese Language, University of Michigan
Teaching and Learning Chinese through Storytelling and Skits
Whether learning to write or speak Chinese, stories can be the cornerstone to effective teaching.
SuiWah Chan, lecturer, China Mirror Project, University of Michigan
The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Explore Chinese writing as images of culture through a presentation on masterpieces of Chinese writing coupled with hands-on activities on calligraphy.
Contact Carol Stepanchuk, cstep@umich.edu; 734 936-3961 to register. Limited seating, call or e-mail to reserve a space.

Posted by zzhu at 12:52 PM

May 04, 2010

Taiwanese Traditional Arts and Crafts, Friday Evening, May 7, 2010

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Taiwanese Traditional Arts and Crafts
Friday, May 7, 6-8:30pm
North Campus Duderstadt Center Connector
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Renowned Taiwanese artisans to share and teach traditional Chinese crafts—an interactive evening of hands-on demonstrations and unique cultural arts.

In addition, students from the Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan will be teaching Chinese Lion Dancing and Chinese Yo-Yo out on the lawn, weather permitting.

Posted by zzhu at 12:54 PM