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December 16, 2010

The best of Fall 2010!

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1. Two lengthy, in-depth television interviews with U-M president Mary Sue Coleman during her trip to China this summer – one at CCTV International and one with Phoenix TV (凤凰卫视).

2. Panel III of International Institute Symposium: Rethinking Area Studies, entitled “Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization” - presented by Kevin O’Brien, Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley; one of the respondents was Christian de Pee, CCS faculty associate and Assistant Professor of History, U-M LS&A. Video of the other panels are also available.

3. Keynote addresses and discussion panels of the Second China Entrepreneur Forum, featuring Tian Yuan, Yasheng Huang, CCS director Mary Gallagher, Jack Hu, Stuart Hart, among other important entrepreneurs and scholars.

CCS/UM-China in the news:

4. Chinese print media outlets such as Beijing Youth Daily (北京青年报), CBN Weekly (第一财经周刊), Jiefang Daily (解放日报), and Southern People Weekly (南方人物周刊) also provided extensive coverage of the U-M visit led by President Coleman.

5. A comprehensive compilation of CCS director and associate professor of political science Mary Gallagher’s media commentary and interviews on recent labor tension and unrest in China.

6. Martin Powers, Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at U-M and CCS faculty associate, participates in important events celebrating the work of Wu Guanzhong (吴冠中).

7. By day, he is a China Analyst at Eurasia Group; by night, he is a columnist for The Atlantic. Check out CCS alumnus Damien Ma’s China essays online.

China-related jobs and fellowships around the world:

8. Two faculty positions at Shantou University - full-time positions in Philosophy and Global History, respectively.

9. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sinology at Stockholm University – deadline for applications is January 31, 2011.

10. Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa is looking to fill a postdoctoral research fellowship position.

Posted by zzhu at 08:23 PM

December 15, 2010

Winter 2011 Chinese Documentary Film Series - The Train to My Home Town (开往家乡的列车)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2010
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Ai Xiaoming (艾晓明); China, 2008; 108 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)


At the beginning of 2008, when Spring Festival was around the corner, the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, the major traffic line that links South, Central and North China, was suddenly interrupted by a major snow storm and many trains on this line were forced to stop indefinitely. Eager to get home before the Eve of Spring Festival, thousands upon thousands of inland migrant workers congregated at Guangzhou Railway Station and waited for the trains bound for their home towns.

As a scholar and independent filmmaker, Ai Xiaoming(艾晓明) is concerned with the needs of marginalized people. In order to record the scenes and stories that happened during the Spring Transportation, she went to Shenzhen, Shaoguan, Ruyuan, as well as villages in Jianli, Hubei Province and Yueyang, Hunan Province, to cover the stories of those travelers whose lives were interrupted and some forever changed by this event. The documentary presents the expectations of Guangdong's migrant workers, the families who were waiting for them, the ice-snow disaster relief efforts made by the government, and how the police and the migrant workers dealt with these hardships.

Posted by zzhu at 03:55 PM

Global Lens Film Series - THE SHAFT 地下的天空 (January 11, 2011)

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The Global Lens Initiative and the U-M Center for Chinese Studies Film Series present:

The Shaft (地下的天空)
Director Zhang Chi; China, 2008; 98 minutes; Mandarin with English subtitles


Tuesday, January 11, 2011
1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Two screenings: 3:00pm and 5:00pm

In a poor mining town in western China, the stories of a father and his two children intersect and intertwine, illuminating complicated relationships hidden beneath the community’s hardened exterior. Accused of an affair with her manager, the attractive daughter of the household finds herself spurned by her boyfriend and forced to accept an arranged marriage. Her brother dreams of being a singer, but after an unforeseen stint in prison, reluctantly heads into the mines like his father, who spends his days searching for the wife who left him so many years ago. Writer-director Zhang Chi’s wise and poetic debut delicately expresses the turmoil of emotion and expectation wrought by a calloused and difficult existence.

Director Zhang Chi was born in Beijing, China in 1977. He studied film direction at the Central Academy of Drama, and served as the director of the Chinese national television company, CCTV, from 2000 to 2004. In 2008, he won China’s Golden Rooster Award for Best Screenplay for the film Tokyo Trial. The Shaft is his first feature film.

This film is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies. The Global Lens 2010-11 academic year series has been organized by the U-M International Institute with films provided by the Global Film Initiative.

For more information, please contact the U-M Center for Chinese Studies at 734—764-6308 or at chinese(dot)studies(at)umich.edu.

Posted by zzhu at 03:46 PM

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Xiaofei Tian

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Xiaofei Tian
Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University

Castration for the People: The Structure of Violence in Hao Ran’s (1932-2008) Fiction

January 18, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Hao Ran, the epic poet of socialist China, was the most popular writer of the Cultural Revolution period (1966-1976). His novels depicting rural north China, Bright Sky and Great Road of Golden Light, have sold millions of copies in the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on one of Hao Ran’s short stories, this talk analyzes the structure of violence in Hao Ran’s fiction.

Xiaofei Tian received her B.A. from Beijing University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include Chinese literature and culture, manuscript culture, book history, the history of ideas, and world literature. Her major research field is the literature, social history and cultural history of early medieval China. She has also published and taught courses on classical vernacular fiction, the literature of the Republican era, the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and contemporary Chinese literary and cultural issues. She is the author of Tao Yuanming and Manuscript Culture: The Record of a Dusty Table (2005) and Beacon Fire and Shooting Star: The Literary Culture of the Liang (502-557) (2007). Her Chinese publications include a book on the sixteenth-century Chinese novel The Plum in the Golden Vase, a book on Sappho, a book on the Moorish Spain, a collection of articles on premodern and modern Chinese literature and culture, and several works of translation. She is also a writer who published several books of poetry and essays. Her new book, Visionary Journeys: Travel Writings from Early Medieval and Nineteenth-century China, is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center Press. She is currently working on a book manuscript on nostalgia for the Three Kingdoms period, as well as a study and translation of a late nineteenth-century manuscript on the traumatic childhood memory of the Taiping Rebellion.

Posted by zzhu at 03:35 PM

December 14, 2010

WATCH ONLINE - International Institute Symposium: Rethinking Area Studies

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Friday, October 29, 2010
1080 South University Ave., Room 1636 SSWB

Please click below to watch Kevin O'Brien's talk "Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization." Other videos from the symposium can be found here.

Symposium Schedule

PANEL I 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
"International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future"
Gilbert Merkx, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Duke University

Respondents: Ken Kollman, Acting Vice Provost for International Affairs, Acting Director of the International Institute, Professor of Political Science; Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof Associate Professor of History

PANEL II 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
"Cross-Purposes or Complementarity? Changing Relationships Between Area Studies and the Disciplines"
Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii

Respondents: Hitomi Tonomura, Professor of History; Anna Grzymala-Busse, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Weiser Centers for Europe and Eurasia and Emerging Democracies

PANEL III 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
"Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization"
Kevin O’Brien, Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

Respondents: Christian de Pee, Assistant Professor of History; Geneviève Zubrzycki, Associate Professor of Sociology

PANEL IV 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
"South Asia Without Borders: New Trends in Connective and Comparative Scholarship"
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Respondents: Mrinalini Sinha, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History; Allen Hicken, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

PANEL V 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
"The Meanings and Consequences of Contextual Expertise for Engaging Policies and Publics"
Michael Kennedy, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

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2011 North American Taiwan Studies Association Conference - DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31, 2010!

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The Trajectory of Taiwan in a Global Context

June 17-18, 2011
University of Pittsburgh

I) Responding to Crises and Challenges: Rethinking the Concept of State and Government
II) The Global Footprint of the Taiwanese People and the Boundaries of Taiwanese Society: Description and Critique
III) National Political Agenda for the 21st Century: Assuring Social Fairness, Environmental Integrity, Food Safety, and Healthcare Quality
IV) Culture and Political Economy: Symbol, Capital, and Power
V) Cross-strait Relations in the Making: Adding New Dimensions to an Old Debate

Special Workshop:
The Vision of Taiwan Studies: Meeting the Next Generation of Taiwanese Historians, Geographers, Anthropologists, and Scholars from Film Studies

Submissions now open! - deadline has been extended to December 31, 2010.

Organizer: North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA)

Sponsors: Ministry of Education (Taiwan)

Check out last year's photos: http://picasaweb.google.com.tw/NATSA.PHOTO

Posted by zzhu at 01:24 AM

December 13, 2010

CCS alumnus pens popular column for The Atlantic

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Damien Ma (CCS MA '07) has been putting his China expertise to good use as a China analyst at Eurasia Group and as a columnist for The Atlantic. In about five months, Damien has written over two dozen compelling essays on China-related topics such as environment, trade, and technology, all of which are highly recommended reading for fans of the CCS blog!

Photo: Eurasia Group

Posted by zzhu at 08:57 PM

Confucius Institute Lecture on Kunqu Opera

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan presents

a Formal Lecture by renowned scholar ZHOU Qin (周秦)

Kunqu: Cultural Origins and Characteristics (论昆曲艺术的原生环境与文化特征)

Time/Date: 4pm, Thursday, January 20, 2011

Location: Michigan Room, Michigan League, U-M Central Campus

Monday, January 24 • 4pm
Kunqu roundtable discussion and demonstration by Professor ZHOU Qin

Learn more about this classic art form and maybe even sing a kunqu tune like a pro! 您也能唱昆曲!

Room 4, Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor

Light refreshments will be served.

Posted by zzhu at 05:55 PM

Job posting - Program Coordinator, Chinese Language Education & Research Center (CLERC)

Program Coordinator, Chinese Language Education & Research Center (CLERC)

Job Description:
The program coordinator will manage the daily operations of the educational programs at the Chinese Language Education and Research Center (CLERC), and report to the director of CLERC. The coordinator will also communicate regularly with schools, institutions, communities and collaborating organizations in both US and China for program implementation and development.

*Please note that CLERC does not provide visa sponsorship at this time*

Program Management
The program coordinator will assist in managing the daily operations of the following programs:
• Professional development programs for Chinese language teachers
• Summer study abroad programs for US college student
• Chinese teaching materials development and promotion
• Master’s degree program in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Conference Management
The coordinator will assist in the operations and logistics of the Chinese Language Education Forum (CLEF) hosted by CLERC

• Bachelor’s degree required
• MA degree in Education or related areas preferred
• Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and excellent cross-cultural skills
• Strong project management skills and team-oriented
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Experience with Microsoft Office programs
• 2-3 years of Chinese language teaching experience preferred

Please check CLERC profile on our website (www.nanhai.com) before submitting resume to ensure compatible goals between CLERC and yourself. Email resume and cover letter to may@nanhai.com.

Posted by zzhu at 04:26 PM

December 09, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Chinese Film Series - Family, Inc. (It's not Business, it's Personal)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Emily Ting and Helen Jen; Hong Kong; 2008; 47 minutes (English and Cantonese with English subtitles)


When filmmaker Emily Ting was asked by her father to return to Asia and take over the family business, she didn't exactly know how to say 'no.' Promising herself she would try it out for just one year, she traded in her friends, her filmmaking pursuits, and her love of New York for a grueling new life as a CEO in training in one of Hong Kong's most notorious toy companies. Two years later, she's still there - with no end in sight. In an attempt to come to terms with her new life, Emily turns the camera on herself and her family and the result is an incredibly honest and at times bittersweet family portrait that examines the price we pay when family and business become one.

Director Emily Ting founded Unbound Feet Productions in 2001 after graduating from the Film/TV program in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Named after her first short film, Unbound Feet Productions strives to create innovative works in both the documentary and narrative medium. Other films by Ms. Ting include What's Love Got to Do With It?, a lighthearted documentary taking a look at American born/bred Desis who are willingly going the arranged marriage route. Reality Check (2003) focuses on college graduates facing unemployment after graduation. Before moving to Hong Kong to help run the family toy business, she worked at Docurama, the documentary-exclusive DVD label based in New York.

Posted by zzhu at 02:49 PM

December 02, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Alice Yao

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Sarmatian Mirrors and "Han" Ingots (100 BC - AD 100): How the Foreign became Local and Vice Versa

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.

December 7, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Lead ingots from China and bronze mirrors from the Caucasus present two distinctive kinds of hybrid objects borrowing from mixed cultural traditions. Because the material origins of these objects cannot be easily identified, they present oddities that defy classification and are sometimes referred to as imitations. To what extent are these objects tokens of cultural identity emerging along ancient trade routes? This presentation examines the ways cultural tradition, authenticity, and differences are understood in material terms.

Professor Yao received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her current project is a collaborative archaeological survey investigating the dimensions of Han imperial incorporation of Bronze Age societies in Yunnan during the first millennium B.C.

Posted by zzhu at 08:38 PM

Call for Papers - Visions and Perspectives: Global Studies in the 21st Century

(Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, May 27-29, 2011)

Organized by

School of Foreign Studies and Center for the Study of Contemporary Foreign Literature and Culture, Nanjing University; and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with themes and issues related to global studies throughout the world. It will promote the ongoing analysis of creative and critical trends in the field of global studies, as well as alternative cultural and social movements that affect teaching and research in the field. In particular, the conference will encourage theoretical and practical debates about the cultural, social and political contexts within which global studies is flourishing.

The conference is also devoted to mapping and interpreting new trends and patterns in globalization in the 21st century. It will serve as an open forum for exploring globalization from different perspectives in a wide variety of locations. We especially encourage papers which incorporate interdisciplinary explorations of teaching and research on global studies in the arts and humanities.

Papers, reports, and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related, but not limited, to the following themes:
1. Major Theories and Emerging Trends in Global Studies and the
Alignment of Disciplines;
2. Language, Translation, and Inter-Cultural Communication in a Global
3. The Global-Local Nexus in the Arts and Humanities;
4. Transnational Education Partnerships and Research Collaboration on
Interdependent Global Issues;
5. Migration, Return Migration, and Transnationalism;
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6. Transnational Media and Communication Networks;
7. Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Justice in a Global Context;
8. The Role of Transnational Philanthropy and NGOs in Sustainable Development;
9. Soft (Smart) Power and Global Interactions.

Organizing Committee
- Yin Xiao-huang, Professor and Director, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University; yinx@msu.edu
- Zhu Gang, Professor and Dean, School of Foreign Studies, Nanjing University; gzhu@nju.edu.cn
- Wang Shouren, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary Foreign Literature and Culture, Nanjing University; srwang@nju.edu.cn
- Cheng Aimin, Professor and Dean, Institute for International Students, Nanjing University; amcheng@nju.edu.cn
- Yang Jincai, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Foreign Studies, Nanjing University; jcyang@nju.edu.cn
- He Chengzhou, Professor and Associate Dean, Institute for Advanced
Studies in the Humanities, Nanjing University; chengzhou@nju.edu.cn

Proposal (250 words) with a brief c.v. (250 words) should be submitted electronically to Dr. Xu Lei at leixu.nju@gmail.com and Anna Malavisi at malavisi@msu.edu by December 20, 2010.

If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper must be submitted by April 15, 2011. Selected papers may be invited for development for publication in Chinese by Nanjing University Press and in English by Michigan State University Press.

Participants are welcome to stay at Nanjing University’s guesthouse as well as Xin Jiyuan (New Era), a 4-star hotel located at the conference venue. Nanjing University may also cover accommodations, local transportation and tour of Nanjing for a limited number of conference participants.

Conference Languages: Chinese and English. For registration and other details, contact Dr. Xu Lei at leixu.nju@gmail.com or visit http://www.sfs.nju.edu.cn/

Posted by zzhu at 08:32 PM

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sinology at Stockholm University

The Department of Oriental Languages at Stockholm University announces a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sinology (ref no SU 614-2729-10)

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2011.

Responsibilities: The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is primarily a research appointment, although 20% of the position is assigned to university teaching and/or administration. Regular presence at the university makes everyday work ­ administration, teaching, and research ­ in the department easier, since many of the activities are based on cooperation between faculty members as well as between faculty and staff members.

The minimum qualification for this position is a doctoral degree or its academic equivalent. The degree shall have been awarded no later than the closing date for application to the position. Applicants who have received their degree no more than five years prior to the closing of the application period will be given priority. Those applicants who have completed their degree at an earlier date will be considered only if there are special reasons warranting their inclusions. Such reasons may be illness, national military service, a position of responsibility within a trade union or student organisation, maternity/paternity leave or other similar circumstances. The appointment is renewable up to a maximum of four years.

Selection Criteria: Applicants should present documented evidence of their research expertise and their teaching ability within the field of Chinese Language, Literature and Culture. Portfolios should demonstrate scholarly and professional expertise, including success in publication, as well as any relevant administrative experience.

In order to apply for this position you are requested to employ the web form linked in the announcement for this vacancy at http://www.su.se/english/about/vacancies

Applications in English are to be according to the format prescribed at http://www.su.se by the Template for application for employment as teaching personnel at Stockholm University.
Follow the guidelines specified for applications for a position as Senior Lecturer.
Applicants take full responsibility for submitting before deadline a complete application according to this announcement as well as to the format prescribed in the template.

For further information, contact the Departmental Chair, Peter af Trampe, phone +46 (0) 8-164929, e-mail: prefekt(at)orient(dot)su(dot)se. For questions regarding administrative procedures, contact Magnus Liw, phone
+46 (0) 8-16 22 88. E-Mail: magnus.liw(at)hum(dot)su(dot)se.
Trade union representatives are Bo Ekengren, SACO, and Lisbeth Häggberg, ST, both tel + 46 (0) 8 16 20 00, and Gunnar Stenberg, SEKO, + 46 (0) 70 316 43 41.

The official website of the Department is located at www.orient.su.se.

All applications, quoting the reference number 614-2729-10, must be received no later than January 31, 2011.

Posted by zzhu at 08:26 PM

December 01, 2010

East Asian Workshop in Gender and Society - Fall Semester Graduate Student Workshop


It is a tradition for EAWGS to provide opportunities to graduate students to present papers they're working on, receive feedback from a moderator and peers, and get maybe new perspectives on their material.


Where? WEILL HALL, at the corner of State and Hill

Featured speaker-students:
JAYMIN KIM (HISTORY): Law and Subjecthood in Qing
BRANDON SOLOSKI (CCS/FORD): Labor Issues in Contemporary China

Dr. Nico Howson (Law) and Sarah M. Brooks (CCS/Ford) will serve as discussants.

*****Light teatime refreshments will be served*****

For additional questions, please email Sarah M. Brooks at samcb(at)umich(dot)edu

Posted by zzhu at 02:37 PM