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November 24, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Emily Hannum

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Examinations and Educational Opportunity in China: Mobility and Bottlenecks for the Rural Poor

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

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

China’s educational examination systems can be viewed as a transparent basis for allocating opportunities for mobility and as a convenient tool for social intervention to ameliorate past social injustices. At the same time, these systems can serve as both a barrier to and source of mobility for certain vulnerable populations. This project, co-authored by Xuehui An, China Ministry of Education and Sebastian Cherng, University of Pennsylvania, offers an overview of the evolution of high school and college entrance examination systems in China, then focuses on how these systems shape opportunities for one vulnerable group of great contemporary policy interest in China: the rural poor. Using data from the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a project that that has been following a cohort of 2000 youth from 100 villages in one of China’s poorest provinces since the year 2000, they trace progress through upper secondary and tertiary education, with special attention to social selection in exam taking and outcomes, and to the role of examinations in shaping subsequent educational opportunities.

Emily Hannum is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on education, child and youth welfare, and social inequality, particularly in China. In China, she has conducted research on gender, ethnic, and geographic disparities in education and employment, changes in the impact of education on income and occupational attainment under market reforms, rural teachers and their links to student outcomes, and children's and adolescents' welfare under market reforms. Recent publications include "Beyond Cost: Rural Perspectives on Barriers to Education" (with Jennifer Adams, in Creating Wealth and Poverty in China, edited by Deborah Davis and Wang Feng, 2008, Stanford University Press) and “Gender-Based Employment Differences in Urban China: Considering the Contributions of Marriage and Parenthood.” (with Yuping Zhang and Meiyan Wang, Social Forces, 2008). Professor Hannum co-directs the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a collaborative, longitudinal study of children's welfare in rural northwest China, and she is a co-editor of the series Research in Sociology of Education and the journal Comparative Education Review.

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Fall 2010 CCS Chinese Film Series - 1966, My Time in the Red Guards (我的红卫兵时代)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Wu Wenguang (吴文光),1993; China, 140 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Cinema vérité director Wu Wenguang interviews five former Red Guards - two businessmen, a philosopher, an engineer, as well as "Fifth Generation" director Tian Zhuangzhuang (田壮壮) - who reminisce and reflect about their involvement in the Chinese Cultural Revolution during the 1960s. Theme music composed and performed by Cobra (眼镜蛇乐队), the first all-female Chinese rock band.

Director 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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Association for Chinese Economic Development presents WASSUP CHINA 2010

Friday, December 3
East Hall Math Atrium and Auditorium

Event Overview
As a country that has just recently surpassed Japan as the second largest economy of the world, China is at the forefront of discussion in the news today. China has grown at double digit numbers per year for many years, the standard of living has improved dramatically with 400 million people rising above the global poverty line. This notable economic growth has served as a good lesson for many developing countries. It is this phenomenal growth that the University of Michigan’s student organizations wish to explore and provide a deeper understanding of the issues and concerns revolving around China’s growth through an economic and cultural fair.

The objective of our event is to address the social, cultural and economic transformations of China in the past 30 years, how the new values and meaning affects the world and particularly students at the University of Michigan. This event will not only serve as a great opportunity for student to gain their knowledge on issues about China, but also serve as a social event for students to interact with professors and professionals to broaden networks and be inspired by different views on the issue.

Official Schedule

Keynote Speaker: Professor Alan Deardorff
Topic: Global Imbalance & China’s Exchange Rate

Career Panel Speakers
i) Carla De Freitas – MBA2: Linda Lim's student in Business in Asia Class and had a MAP (consulting) experience of 6 weeks in Xiamen, China. He came from Brazil and came to the USA for MBA.
ii) Paul Wang – MBA2: President of Greater China Association. Previously worked in Shanghai Sanfeng Investment Management Co. Ltd, CITIC Securities Co., Ltd. Investment Banking Department, Johnson & Johnson Medical (China) Ltd., and Sanjiu Enterprise Group Chongqing Mid-South Yuanfang Co.
iii) Julie Chen - MBA1: Fulbright Fellow, previously worked in MSC Global China, JPMorganChase Commercial Real Estate, Bank One NA.
iv) Dafeng Lu – MBA1: Previously worked in McKinsey Beijing, Oliver Wyman, Polaris Securities

6:30pm-9:00pm Booth Exhibition, Food & Fun

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The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Chinese Music & Theater Weekend

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Check out these fun, tweet-like synopses of the plays – each takes only three seconds to read, but you will be hooked…

- “Seduction with Zither-playing (琴挑)”: Gentleman scholar meets nun-to-be; lots of flirting and plucking of strings ensue.
- “Taken Alive (活捉)”: Lady is killed by husband for having affair with his disciple; her ghost visits lover, and he finds her hotter than ever!

Free and open to the public! Any inquiries can be sent to the Confucius Institute by clicking on the flier.

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World AIDS Week Talk

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Sponsored by the Office of Global Activities, U-M School of Social Work. Please click on flier to reserve a seat.

Posted by zzhu at 01:59 PM

IIAS Summer Programme - Heritage Conserved and Contested: Asian and European Perspectives

From 19-26 June 2011, the International Institute for Asian Studies will organize a summer programme in Leiden, the Netherlands, for MA and PhD students about "Heritage Conserved and Contested: Asian and European Perspectives."

This first Summer Programme in Asian Studies aims to shed light on the various definitions, interests, and practices associated with the question of cultural heritage in Asia and Europe.

The programme will be run by two world-renown scholars in the fields of cultural heritage theory and cultural Asian history, respectively: Prof. Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University) and Prof. Nira Wickramasinghe (Leiden University).

Registration is now open!
Registration closes: 15 January 2011
For information and registration, please visit www.summerprogramme.asia.

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre based in Leiden and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our main objective is to encourage the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and to promote national and international cooperation in the field. The institute focuses on the human and social sciences and on their interaction with other sciences.

Posted by zzhu at 01:42 PM

Association for Asian Studies Dissertation Workshop

The tenth consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop “Borders, Migration, and Transnational Flows: Asia in Motion” which will be held in conjunction with the AAS/ICAS joint conference in Honolulu next spring, March 28-31, 2011. The workshop will again be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the model used in previous workshops.

Asia is traditionally conceptualized in terms of reasonably stable bounded regions and bounded states. Yet both historically and today this is far from reality. When their troops are not attacking each other, governments may seem more or less bounded. But for centuries, and increasingly today, vast numbers of people, from all levels of society, as well as ideas and capital, have been moving rapidly back and forth within countries, within Asia, and well beyond it. For many people this is temporary, for work, study, trade, or to escape repression. For others these moves are intended as permanent and often unsettle identities and loyalties. At different points in time, some borders are closed, some deeply contested, while others are quite open. All this movement blurs distinctions and locales like rural and urban, village and city. Identities have always been complex but are becoming ever more so. Stereotypes and “othering” remain common, but many populations are increasingly cosmopolitan thanks to travel and cross-border investments. Novels, plays, art, dance, films, and news media are both exploring and expressing the personal and social implications of these moves. Clearly, new research is needed to help re-conceptualize - socially, culturally, economically, and politically - an Asia fundamentally in motion.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research or dissertation writing; and who are (2) also dealing with the kinds of issues mentioned above in the context of contemporary or historic Asian states and societies. Participants will be provided meals and accommodations, as well as limited travel subsidies. The application deadline is December 10, 2010. For full details regarding eligibility, application procedures, etc., please refer to the announcement on the AAS website (www.asian-studies.org).

Posted by zzhu at 10:24 AM

Two faculty positions at Shantou University

Associate Professor or Professor
Shantou University, Guangdong Province, China

Shantou University (the College of Liberal Arts, Center for International Studies) invites applications for two full-time positions in Philosophy and Global History, to begin in the fall 2011.

University Background
Shantou University, located in Shantou, Guangdong Province, is the only comprehensive university in the eastern region of the province with a population of over 20 million people. Founded in 1981 by the Chinese Government and Mr. Li Ka-Shing, Shantou University has been receiving significant funding from Li Ka-Shing Foundation. In the last 29 years, the Li Ka-Shing Foundation has donated over 3.3 billion Hong Kong dollars to university development and will donate an additional 2 billion Hong Kong dollars to the university in the next eight years.

Shantou University currently has over 1,400 staff and over 9,000 students working toward Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees in Colleges and Schools of Arts and Design, Business, Engineering, Journalisms and Communications, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, and Science.

Recognized as a leading reform university in China, Shantou University has been transforming into an internationalized university through education reform since 2001. The reform efforts encompass academic governance; personnel, finance, and resources management; credit systems; English enhancement program, active and service learning paradigms; residential college system and so on. More recently, the University embarked on university wide curriculum redesign and development of advanced undergraduate programs.

College of Liberal Arts Background
The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is one of the nine main schools in Shantou University. With support from the University and the Li Ka-Shing Foundation, CLA has established several centers (the Institute of English Language and Literature, the Center for Overseas Examinations, the Center for Women Studies, the Center for International Studies (CIS), and the Center for Christian Studies) in addition to its primary academic departments. The College offers degree programs in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Chinese Philology, Study of Literature and Arts, Chinese Ancient Literature, and English Language and Literature. The College frequently invites national and international scholars to campus to give lectures and speeches for students and arranges for undergraduates and post-graduates to participate in community service activities. Currently, the College is undertaking a series of curricular, student, and faculty development initiatives.

Center for International Studies Background
With the establishment of a multinational, multidisciplinary faculty and the expansion of its liberal arts curriculum, the new Center for International Studies (CIS) contributes to the internationalization of Shantou education. Center faculty members teach and study regional and global studies, offer elective courses in English and Chinese to all undergraduates, cooperate with various departments in creating a core general education curriculum, and promote a more comprehensive English-language academic curriculum across the College and the campus. The Center has academic connections with national and international institutions, including the Fulbright Program (Beijing) and the Hong Kong American Center (CUHK), supports student exchange programs with leading universities in Europe and North America, and initiates an annual International Lecturers Series.

Position Requirements
The Center for International Studies seeks to recruit two faculty members at the rank of associate or full professor in the fields of philosophy and global history.

Philosophy: the successful candidate must be prepared to teach courses in ethics and one or more of the following areas: history of philosophy, political philosophy, continental philosophy, or philosophy of mind.

Global history: the successful candidate must be prepared to teach courses in global history, and one or more of the following areas: Greece and Rome, the Enlightenment, intellectual or environmental history, or globalization.

General Requirements: an earned Ph.D. or a comparable advanced degree. Demonstrated English proficiency required. Previous teaching experience, and the ability to teach courses in both Chinese (Putonghua) and English are preferable.

Salaries and Benefits: annual salaries (12-month basis) are competitive including medical insurance, housing, and/or other benefits.

Application Procedure: Interested candidate should send his/her cover letter with a C.V., three names of reference and/or other relevant information to:
Terry Bodenhorn
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Shantou University
243 Daxue Road, Shantou University
Shantou, Guangdong, China 515063

Candidates may also submit applications or queries via e-mail to wuwenjuan@stu.edu.cn. Please indicate the job title in the subject header.

For more information about Shantou University and College of Liberal Arts please visit

Posted by zzhu at 09:36 AM

November 22, 2010

Coming to the historic Michigan Theater!

AS OF MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, BOTH CCS AND CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE HAVE GIVEN OUT ALL THE FREE VOUCHERS. Tickets to the screenings are still available for purchase at the Michigan Theater.

Opens Friday, November 26, 2010, for approximately one week.

Sponsored by CCS and the Confucius Institute. Please click on poster for more information on the film.

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November 19, 2010

Michigan-China Clean Tech 2010

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Collaboration and Competition in Energy, Smart Grid, Green Cities & Transportation

Please click on banner for a complete list of presentation slides, video and photos.

Friday December 10, 2010

Details and Registration
With a view to markets, technology development and public policies, this symposium is designed to help technology companies, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and investors understand:
• Business development and entrepreneurship opportunities in China for Michigan firms
• Chinese overseas clean tech investment priorities
• Clean tech research, development and incubation partnerships between Michigan and China
• Best practices and challenges in tech transfer and manufacturing in China
• Public policies, government programs and legal issues at the national and local levels in both China and the US that support or constrain clean tech investment, production and market adoption
With Chinese and US speakers representing governments, companies, investors and academia, this symposium offers business people and others valuable and practical information, and opportunities to make contacts, network and receive mentoring from leaders in the clean tech field.

Agenda - University of Michigan Union Ballroom (2nd Floor)

8:00 am Registration. Continental breakfast.

8:30 am Welcome and overview

8:45 am KEYNOTE: Kenneth DeWoskin (Senior advisor, Deloitte China and Director of Deloitte's China Research and Insight Center). "US-China Clean Tech Trade and Investment Trends"

9:40 am PANEL: U-M Resources and Perspectives
Moderator: U-M Vice President for Research Steve Forrest
with representatives from:
— Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
— Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
— Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute
— Center for Chinese Studies
— U-M Center for International Business Education
— U-M Business Engagement Center
— U-M Tech Transfer

10:40 am KEYNOTE: Professor C.S. Kiang (Chair, Beijing University Environment Fund and director, US China Long Term Low Carbon City Initiative)
"The US-China Low Carbon Cities Initiative"

11:45 am PANEL: Brief overview of afternoon concurrent sessions

12:00 pm LUNCH

1:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSION I (Ballroom)
Energy Generation, Storage and Smart Grid
Moderator: Professor Tom Lyon, director, Erb Institute
Panelists: Peggy Liu, Founder, Chairperson, JUCCE; Damien Ma, Eurasia Group; Jeff Depew, former CEO, Imara Corp.; Heather Quinley, Duke Energy (invited).

1:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSION II (Pendleton)
Sustainable Cities and Infrastructure
Moderator: Professor Ming Xu, U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment
Panelists: Professor Josh Newell, U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment; Tim Dekker, Senior Manager, LimnoTech; Ryan Dick, Research Director, GIGA Foundation

"Trade, Investment and Competition: Enabling Factors for Clean Tech."
John Austin, Director, Great Lakes Economic Initiative, Brookings Institution and Vice President, Michigan State Board of Education

Peggy Liu, Founder and Chairperson, Joint US-China Commission
on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)

5:00pm ADJOURN

University of Michigan Sponsors:
• Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
• Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
• Center for International Business Education, Ross School of Business
• Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute
• Center for Chinese Studies

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November 18, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Paize Keulemans

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Scandalous Writing: Gossip, News, and Rumor in Jin Ping Mei

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

This paper investigates a particularly scandalous late-imperial novel, the erotic Classic Jin Ping Mei (The Plum in the Golden Vase) to argue that gossip functioned as productive narrative form both in this novel itself and the various literary discourses surrounding it. In particular, I will focus on the way overhearing and hearsay in the novel provide structure to this sprawling one-hundred chapter narrative, just as gossipy writing about the novel provides a sense of community amongst late-imperial readers and writers. This novel form of scandalous writing, I argue, should be understood in the context of the blossoming of late-imperial print-culture and a media saturated society in which the production, circulation, and consumption of gossip were reflective of a typically late-Ming, early-Qing interest in contemporary affairs and scandalous news.

Paize Keulemans received his Ph.D. from the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department of the University of Chicago in 2005. Since then, he has taught at Columbia University as a fellow at the Society of Fellows, and he now teaches late-imperial Chinese literature at the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale. He has just finished a book manuscript entitled "'Sound rising from the Paper: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and the Late Imperial Acoustic Imagination," which investigates the role printed sound plays in the production of acoustic spectacle on the page. He is now working on a second project that deals with the theme of gossip, rumor, and news in the seventeenth-century Chinese literature.

Posted by zzhu at 09:21 PM

CCS faculty associate Martin Powers participates in forums and lectures celebrating the work of Wu Guanzhong (吴冠中)

Martin Powers, Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at U-M, and a former CCS director, will join a group of international scholars at events related to a major exhibition of Wu Guanzhong (吴冠中)'s work.

Largest collection of Wu Guanzhong ever, at Zhejiang Art Museum
People's Daily


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November 17, 2010

2011 National Chinese Language Conference: Request for Proposals

Please click on poster for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 07:18 PM

Late Ming/early Qing theatre great Mao Xiang, and acoustic aesthetics of late imperial Beijing - upcoming Confucius Institute roundtable discussions!

Please click on flier to request reading materials ahead of time.

Posted by zzhu at 04:21 PM

November 14, 2010

Watch online - keynote addresses and discussion panels of the Second China Entrepreneur Forum, November 6, 2010

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Please click below to watch the entire event, featuring Tian Yuan, Yasheng Huang, CCS director Mary Gallagher, Jack Hu, Stuart Hart, among other important entrepreneurs and scholars.

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November 12, 2010

Two CCS faculty associates to appear on panel discussion on international studies and comparative literature

12-1:30 pm, Friday, November 19, 2010 (1014 Tisch Hall)

A panel discussion with:

Kenneth Kollman,
Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute

Brad Farnsworth (CCS faculty associate),
Acting Director, Center for International and Comparative Studies

David Porter (CCS faculty associate),
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

The panelists will speak about different approaches to the idea of comparison for research and teaching in International Studies and in Comparative Literature. Faculty and students with an interest in comparative methodologies and pedagogies are welcome to attend this informal discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature’s “Year of Comparison” at the University of Michigan http://www.lsa.umich.edu/complit/themeyear/yearofcomparison

Posted by zzhu at 12:10 PM

November 10, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jacques deLisle

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In Search of China’s Development Model: Beyond the Beijing Consensus

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

Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He teaches on Chinese law, China and international law, international law, and Chinese politics and foreign relations. His scholarship focuses on legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in contemporary China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong before and after reversion to China, and aspects of U.S.-China relations. He has a J.D. degree from Harvard, was in the Ph.D. program in political science at Harvard, and received his A.B. from Princeton. He clerked for Stephen Breyer (then chief judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeals) and served as attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Council, U.S. Department of Justice where his work focused on separation of powers and foreign affairs law, including China issues.

Posted by zzhu at 09:20 PM

Gunshots and Banquets: Recalling President Ford's Visit to Mao's China - A talk by Ron Nessen

Please click on poster for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 08:43 PM

Job opening at the College Board - Assistant Director, Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives

Job ID: SJ20102110-43962

The Assistant Director will manage the daily operations of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program. This program brings teachers from China to teach Chinese language and culture in K-12 schools across the United States. This highly organized individual will work in collaboration with internal and external teams to plan and manage the application process, facilitate on-site and online professional development programs, communicate with teachers and administrators, as well as track and report on program results.

Program Management
• Develop annual program procedures and timelines. Manage the application process, match teachers and schools, and guide teachers through visa application procedures.
• Coordinate network of field experts consulting for the program and conducting site visits
• Conduct site visits to monitor programs and observe guest teachers.
• Collect and analyze feedback reports from teachers and host school. .
• Prepare, monitor, and reforecast the program budget
Teacher Support
• Provide ongoing support to guest teachers on issues related to teaching, living in the U.S., and cultural understanding.
• Coordinate the implementation of on-site and online professional development for teachers and administrators.
• Identify key topics of concern for guest teachers to be addressed through professional development, support resources, and mentoring.
• Communicate regularly with guest teachers and school district representatives and provide a timely response to inquiries.
• Facilitate communication between host institutions and guest teachers and troubleshoot issues.
• Communicate regularly with representatives at collaborating organizations in the U.S. and China about program planning and implementation.
• Manage communication records and program documentation.
• Develop and distribute official program documents, promotional materials, presentations, and other print materials as needed.
• Serve as a program representative at annual orientation and trainings, professional conferences, and other events.

Bachelor’s degree required.
M.A. degree in Education or related degree strongly preferred.
Minimum of 2-3 years Chinese language teaching experience.
Experience working in public K-12 education in teacher and/or administrative capacity preferred.

Related Skills & Other Requirements
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese language and knowledgeable of Chinese culture.
Excellent skills in project and data management.
Ability to be diplomatic and work with other cultures.
Strong organizational skills.
Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Detail oriented.
Able to function in a team-oriented unit.

This position will be subject to a background check.

The College Board is dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity and its programs, services and employment policies are guided by that principle.

Desired Travel 25% - 50%
Areas of Expertise Program Management
Highest Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Type Full Time
Location New York, NY
Years of Relevant Experience 2-3

Posted by zzhu at 08:04 PM

November 04, 2010

China Data Center in the news

China Data Center at the University of Michigan was the statistical source for a recent MSNBC story on China's deepening income disparity.

China's wealth gap strains social fabric
by John W. Schoen, msnbc.com

Posted by zzhu at 06:38 PM

November 03, 2010

2010 CCS Photo Contest Exhibit - Join us for a reception!

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Photo Exhibit Reception
WEDNESDAY, November 10 at 4:00 pm
International Institute Gallery, 1080 South University, SSWB

Refreshments — fall cider, apples, hearth-side donuts

We will announce the winners and applaud all your efforts!

As a student, scholar, traveler, or artist, one’s views about China are constantly shifting. What will the future of China look like—what from the past will contribute to the fabric of tomorrow? How will innovation, politicization, and cultural trends affect everyday life next year, a decade from now, or well into the future? This exhibit shows the many ways in which participants questioned the future and imagined a response.

Posted by zzhu at 10:23 PM

Fall 2010 CCS Chinese Film Series - Useless (无用)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by JIA Zhangke (贾樟柯); China, 2007; 80 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)


A beguiling blend of documentary interviews and staged action portraits, Useless focuses nominally on haute couture designer Ma Ke as she unveils a new fashion line, but expands in unexpected ways to become an exploration on the burgeoning clothing industry in China and its ultimate toll on human labor and life. We meet Ma Ke in her trendy Shanghai boutique as she laments how industrialized labor has stolen the soul from Chinese fashion: "It is absurd that China is the largest exporter of clothes in the world and doesn't have any well-known brand." Her solution is the introduction of a new brand, Useless, featuring hand-made clothes which she infuses with "personal histories" (including burying them in dirt). Director Jia Zhangke follows Ma Ke from her boutique, to drives in the countryside (where she claims to find her inspiration for her authentic designs), to the unveiling of her line at Paris Fashion Week. "A shape-shifting work that overturns expectations at every turn . . . " Kevin B. Lee, Slant Magazine.

Director Jia Zhangke (贾樟柯), born 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China, is generally regarded as a leading figure of the "Sixth Generation" movement of Chinese cinema. Jia's early films, a loose trilogy based in his home province of Shanxi, were made outside of China's state-run film bureaucracy, and therefore are considered "underground" films. Beginning in 2004, Jia's status in his own country was raised when he was allowed to direct his fourth feature film, The World, with state approval. Jia's films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally, notably winning the Venice Film Festival's top award for Still Life. He has been described by critics and film directors alike as being one of "the most important filmmakers working in the world today."

Posted by zzhu at 07:52 PM

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Terry Sicular

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Inequality in China: Challenges to a Harmonious Society

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

Under the Hu-Wen leadership China has shifted from a reform program that emphasizes growth to one that balances growth with the pursuit of a “harmonious society.” The harmonious society program is a response to rapid increases in inequality during the 1990s, and its aim is to ensure that the benefits from growth are shared more widely. In fact, have the benefits from growth been shared more widely? Has income inequality increased or decreased during the Hu-Wen era? Drawing on recent findings from the China Household Income Project, a collaborative survey research project monitoring changes in incomes and inequality, Professor Sicular will discuss recent trends in inequality in China.

Terry Sicular is Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. She received her doctorate at Yale and has taught in the past at Stanford and Harvard. She is a specialist on the Chinese economy, speaks Mandarin, and has been studying and traveling to China for over 30 years. In the past her research focused on China’s rural economy, especially topics related to agricultural prices and market reforms. More recently she has been studying incomes and inequality in China, as well as questions regarding educational attainment and transmission, and the impact of housing reforms on household income and wealth. She has published widely in scholarly journals and some books, including as a contributor and co-editor of Inequality and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. She has served as a consultant to international donor organizations, and is a co-leader in the ongoing, China Household Income Project, a collaborative research project that conducts a nationwide household survey and monitors trends in China’s incomes and inequality.

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