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September 30, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Chinese Film Series - Getting Home (落叶归根)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Zhang Yang; China, 2007; 101 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)


In this soulful and humane comedy, Zhao, a middle-aged construction worker, struggles to fulfill a dying co-worker's last wish to be buried in China's Three Gorges region. Setting out with his colleague's body in tow, Zhao travels hundreds of miles across extraordinary countryside, encountering a number of colorful adventures and characters - and even discovering love in some unlikely quarters. Director Zhang Yang's humorous and moving tale o friendship offers a powerful and sometimes slapstick, commentary on the value of community and human connectivity in modern China.

Director Zhang Yang was born in Beijing, China in 1967. In 1992, he graduated from the Central Theater Academy. He then directed a theatrical production of Kiss of the Spider Woman and went on to direct over twenty underground music videos. His first feature film, Spicy Love Soup, swept the domestic Chinese awards and his second feature, Shower, won the FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Getting Home is his fifth feature film.

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September 29, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Chuen-Fung Wong

Representing the Uyghur Musical Other in Modern Chinese Music

October 5, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk concerns the orientalizing strategies employed in constructing a minority otherness through the large amount of post-1950s minority-styled Chinese musical compositions, with reference to elements and styles appropriated from the traditional music of the Uyghur people, Turkic-speaking Muslims in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang. The "good-at-singing-and-dancing" discourse so often constructed in these minority-themed musical performances, I suggest, bears significant implications for Chinese musical nationalism and modernity in the twentieth century. This talk also contributes to the broader discussion of musical exoticism and minority politics in modern Chinese performing arts.

Chuen-Fung Wong received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Macalester College, Minnesota. His research interests include Uyghur music and minority modernity in China, as well as the music of the guqin (seven-string zither). He is the editor and co-author of Listening to Chinese Music (Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2009).

RELATED TALK by Chuen-Fung Wong at U-M:
Confucius Institute Roundtable Discussion:

Uyghur popular music and minority nationalism in China


Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:00PM
Great Lakes South, Palmer Commons
University of Michigan Central Campus
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

Light refreshments will be served.

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September 28, 2010

Talk sponsored by U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Thresholds Studio Lecture: Hou Hanru(侯瀚如), San Francisco Art Institute

October 5, 2010 06:30 PM
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building

More information can be found here.

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September 23, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Lydia Chiang

Xu Xuan (916–991) and Classical Chinese Records of Anomalies

September 28, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Xu Xuan, a prominent early Song dynasty scholar official and philologist, was the author of a collection of writing in the long-standing classical Chinese tradition of recording cosmic and human anomalies. While serving on the editing teams of Taiping yulan and Taiping guangji, a complementary pair of encyclopedias designed to promote the political and cultural legitimacy of a new imperial dynasty, Xu Xuan incorporated in Taiping guangji his own records of anomalies. The Taiping guangji later became the single most authoritative source of classical Chinese strange tales and defines the genre as we know it today. By analyzing Xu Xuan's literary representations of anomalies, this paper examines the roles Xu Xuan played in the imperial construction of norms and canons in the early Song era.

Sing-chen Lydia Chiang is Associate Professor of Chinese at Boston College and author of Collecting the Self: Body and Identity in Strange Tale Collections of Late Imperial China (Brill 2005). Her current research focuses on the contributions of the Taiping guangji to the historica.

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Beijing Olympic Games and China’s National Image and Cultural Identity - A Confucius Institute Roundtable Event

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Guest Speaker: REN Hai, Director of Olympic Center of Beijing Sports University; Chief Expert of China Institute of Sports Science
特邀主讲:任海博士 – 北京体育大学奥林匹克研究中心主任、国家体育总局体科所首席专家

Monday, September 27, 2010 • 4:30pm
Great Lakes North • Palmer Commons, University of Michigan Central Campus, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

Light refreshments will be served.

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September 22, 2010

Transylvania University seeks a Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture

Transylvania University, a selective liberal arts college of 1,100 students in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Chinese language and culture starting in the fall of 2011.

Duties include three courses per semester, plus one four-week May term course that provides students with original learning experiences and the possibility to travel abroad. The ability to teach in an additional discipline such as literature, history, philosophy, economics, or religion would be a plus. The successful
candidate will play a key role in developing a new Asian Studies program and also teach in Transylvania’s innovative Foundations of the Liberal Arts interdisciplinary program, which is required of
all first-year students and provides them with the framework necessary for the successful pursuit of a liberal arts education.

Native or near-native fluency in Mandarin and English is required, as well as a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Transylvania’s Bingham Awards for Excellence in Teaching
may provide substantial salary supplements for exceptional candidates or smaller start-up awards for those who have recently earned the Ph.D. Candidates should have a Ph.D. by September 2011 or ABD with a fixed defense date. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2010.

Founded in 1780, Transylvania is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. It is consistently ranked and praised in leading national college guides. Student/faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 17. Transylvania’s beautiful campus is nestled on the edge of downtown Lexington, a bustling city of 270,000 people and a regional center for entertainment, sports, and the arts.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Send the material to Dr. Brian Arganbright, Chinese Search Committee
Chair, Transylvania University, 300 North Broadway, Lexington, Kentucky 40508.

Transylvania University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the racial and cultural diversity of its faculty.

Posted by zzhu at 09:12 PM

Talk on Chinese economic history, Tuesday, 09/28/2010

The University of Michigan Economic History Workshop is pleased to present:

Debin Ma, London School of Economics

"Rock, Scissors, Paper: the Problem of Incentives and Information in the Traditional Chinese State and the Origin of Great Divergence"

4pm, Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Room 201 Lorch Hall

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China Education Initiative

The China Education Initiative (CEI) is pleased to announce that it is now recruiting Campus Ambassadors (CAs) for the 2010-11 school year.

Established in 2008 under the auspices of Princeton University, Tsinghua University, and the Ford Foundation, CEI is an innovative non-profit organization taking a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity in China by enlisting the US and China's most promising future leaders in the effort. Through the institution of a US-China Teaching Fellows program, CEI meets the pressing need for exceptional teachers in China's understaffed low-income rural schools, while fostering a constituency of young leaders positioned to advance the cause of educational equity and effect long-term systemic change.

The China Education Initiative:
-Provides exceptional and enthusiastic teachers to schools in need. CEI recruits, trains, and supports outstanding graduates from premiere Chinese and US universities, assigning them as Teaching Fellows to two-year posts in understaffed low-income schools;
-Works at the forefront of China-US relations as the first and only program to pair Chinese and American university graduates in a long-term service initiative;
-Is funded by the Ford Foundation and works in partnership with Teach for All (Teach for America's global network), Princeton in Asia, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Goldman Sachs, among other prominent groups.

If the teaching fellowship opportunity as explained above does not fit into your current goals--please note that CEI is also looking to hire Campus Ambassadors at the University of Michigan. Campus ambassadors are student representatives who work in close collaboration with CEI recruitment staff in designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy aimed at inspiring outstanding student leaders on their campus to apply for the 2011 Teaching Fellowship. Campus Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to develop their professional skills in networking, marketing strategies, and communication while gaining an understanding of how a successful international nonprofit organization operates. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates who are interested in applying to be a Teaching Fellow or staff member upon graduation.

Although this is a volunteer position, Campus Ambassadors will be given special consideration for CEI internships in Beijing and CEI Teaching Fellowships. Students with an interest in Asian studies, education, marketing and nonprofit management are highly encouraged to apply. Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiting@chinaeducationinitiative.org.

If you have any questions or interest in either the Teaching Fellow position or the Campus Ambassador position please email Lucy Liu the current campus ambassador at the U of M at lucyilan@umich.edu. Thank you again for your interest in the China Education Initiative and our mission to end educational inequity in China.

Posted by zzhu at 09:52 AM

Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs to be held at Ohio Union October 1-3, 2010

Day passes still available for purchase

The East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University is pleased to host the 59th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) October 1-3, 2010 at the new Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio. A regional conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), MCAA has provided a forum for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies in the Midwest to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia for over a half-century. The conference, last held at OSU in 1979, will feature nearly 50 panels and roundtables at which faculty and students present and discuss new research and pedagogical tools, as well as numerous special events, such as traditional Japanese performing arts, a Tibetan photography exhibit, a keynote address, and a K-12 educator workshop. Overall, faculty and students from over 60 Midwestern universities and colleges are participating this year. Participants from as far as Asia and Europe as well as other regions of North America will also travel to OSU to present their work.

Faculty, students, and members of the general public are welcome to attend the conference for the $30 day pass rate, which allows entrance to all conference sessions with the exception of the Saturday evening banquet. Day passes will be available for purchase through the online registration site at http://www.regonline.com/MCAA2010 until Wednesday, September 29 or at the door during the conference registration hours of Friday, October 1, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday, October 2, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, October 3, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. A detailed schedule of conference events can be found at http://easc.osu.edu/mcaa/schedule/index.html.

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September 20, 2010

Riveting new drama-comedy! Living Dreams: Memories of the 1980s Generation 我的醒着的梦—80后的回忆

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Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 7:00PM
(Late arrivals will be accommodated IF UM has to go into OT to beat MSU.)

Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center
University of Michigan North Campus, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor, MI

Based on the wildly popular skit of the same name at the 2010 U-M Chinese New Year Evening Gala, this original drama-comedy is written, directed and performed by U-M Chinese students who are members of the Drama Club "Zhen Shi Yin."

Enter to win fun prizes, including gift certificates to Bubble Island and Chia Shiang Restaurant!

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September 19, 2010

Tenure-Track Position in Modern Chinese History – Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Modern Chinese History beginning August 2011. Candidates should have a completed Ph.D. in History or Asian Studies, college-level teaching experience, and interdisciplinary interests. We seek applicants able to teach a broad range of courses covering the social, intellectual and political/institutional history of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Research interests may be in any sub-field of modern Chinese history, but candidates should have a proven record of work with primary and archival sources. The successful candidate will be the inaugural holder of the Goldman Chair in Asian Studies for the first five years of their term at Sarah Lawrence. "The Merle Rosenblatt Goldman Chair in Asian Studies," has been established by Marshall Goldman and Merle Rosenblatt Goldman, an alumna of Sarah Lawrence College. The application should include the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement addressing the candidate's approach to teaching and research interests, syllabi for two proposed courses, a sample of scholarly writing, graduate transcripts and three letters of reference. Deadline for applications: October 15, 2010. To apply for the position, please go to: https://slc.simplehire.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=50460.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal arts college with a unique pedagogy based on small classes and individual tutorials. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our Web site at: http://www.slc.edu. SLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving a racially and culturally diverse community.

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September 16, 2010

Explaining the Michigan Difference, in Chinese

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From a special edition of e-TrueBlue: China, published by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan:

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman met with hundreds of parents in conjunction with her travel to Shanghai and Beijing last June-July. These sessions were lively exchanges of information about what life is like for our U-M students from China, and parents asked dozens of questions. We were able to record those questions and have since worked with staff across campus to create answers that may be helpful to future U-M students and their parents.

We hope that readers of this special issue of eTrueBlue:China will forward this notice to parents, prospective students, family and business associates to help get information out into the broader Chinese public about student life at the University of Michigan.

Click here to view the questions and answers, which are in Chinese and English.

Go Blue!

Jo Rumsey
Vice President
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

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Former CCS faculty associate Lydia Liu to present lecture

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2011 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study Application Deadline: December 30, 2010

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation has awarded over $12.3 million in grants to individuals pursuing professional, academic, or business careers that involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund a year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and similar programs in other countries of East and SE Asia. Where there is no structured advanced-level language program at an educational institution in the country, the grant may provide for the financing of private tutorials under terms set forth in the application instructions.

The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.

For application forms and further information see

An applicant should:
• be pursuing an academic, professional or business career that involves the regular use of a modern Asian language
• have a college undergraduate degree
• be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the Grant Guidelines
• be able to devote oneself exclusively to the language study during the term of the grant; grants are not intended for part-time study or research
• be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Selection Criteria
Grants are highly competitive. Last year we were able to offer funding to less than 9% of applicants. Applicants will be judged on having:
• a focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which use of the language is an important aspect
• the potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
• prior experience in the country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country
• good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program

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September 09, 2010

A Confucius Institute exclusive: Danny Yung: TTXS-Soliloquies and Dialogues 「天天向上 - 自说自话」: 香港文化教父荣念曾漫画作品展

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Danny Yung: Soliloquies and Dialogues
「天天向上 - 自说自话」: 香港文化教父荣念曾漫画作品展

Friday-Monday, September 24-27, 2010
(Building Hours: noon-6pm, Sunday; 7:30am-11pm all other days)
Atrium Four, Palmer Commons
University of Michigan Central Campus
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

Soliloquies and Dialogues: Meet Danny Yung at the Confucius Institute Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 24, 2010 - 2:00PM-3:30PM
Great Lakes South, Palmer Commons

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Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Richard Kraus

China’s Cultural Revolution Arts: A Posthumous Life

September 21, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The arts of the Cultural Revolution, such as the ballet The Red Detachment of Women, were created in the heat of the moment, to spread revolutionary passion, or at least to shore up the political positions of radicals in the Cultural Revolution. There was little idea of creating eternal classics. Since the end of the Maoist era, these works have enjoyed an odd afterlife, neither as art nor as agitprop, but as icons, deployed anew in very different political and cultural contexts. These Cultural Revolution icons appear to link us to China's tumultuous 1966-1976 decade, yet their irony and cynicism may impede coming to terms with the movement's complex heritage, both in China and abroad.

Richard Kraus is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Oregon. A specialist on China's cultural politics, he has written on the Cultural Revolution, the political history of the piano, the changing social role of calligraphy, the impact of economic reform on artists, and the international politics of China's arts.

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September 02, 2010

Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs (SJEAA) calls for submissions

Please click on flier for additional information. Submission deadline has been extended to October 7.

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2010 University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies Photo Contest - OPEN TO ALL - Enter to Win Today!

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Entries are being accepted through Sunday, September 23. If more time is needed, please contact Carol Stepanchuk at cstep [at] umich.edu. Click on flier for all the information you need to win!

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