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March 31, 2011

Winter 2001 Chinese Documentary Film Series - The Epic of the Central Plains 中原紀事

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
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, 2006; 146 minutes (Mandarin with Chinese or English subtitles)


Poverty in Henan Province has led many people to sell their blood to survive. Unfortunately, during blood transfusions, many innocent people have been infected with HIV. This documentary film by Ai Xiaoming reveals the lives of the AIDS patients and contrasts the situation between corrupt local officials and the villagers. “Central Plains” along with Ai Xiaomng’s film “Care and Love” (CCS Documentary Film Series 2008) is part of a series on AIDS and love in rural Henan province produced by this filmmaker. Ai Xiaoming is a professor at Sun Yat Sen University and the maker of numerous investigative documentaries.

Posted by zzhu at 03:08 PM

March 30, 2011

Confucius Institute Roundtable Series - American and Chinese Journalistic Practice: A Contrast in Purposes

Guest Speaker: George McCloud, Professor of Communication, Youngstown State University

Friday, April 8, 2011 • 4pm
Room 4 • Michigan League
911 N. University, U-M Central Campus, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s Statement
: In September of 2010 I attended a seminar at the East West Center in Honolulu that brought together seven senior journalists from China and seven from America. The two groups had just spent three weeks in each other’s countries, ostensibly examining journalistic coverage of the changing economic forces in the two nations. Inevitably, though, the conversation during the Honolulu “debriefing” turned to the fundamental differences between the Chinese and American views of the purposes of journalism.

At the Honolulu meeting there were a few moments of mutual discovery that, I believe, illuminate the contrasting world-views typical of the two very different sets of practicing professionals. This presentation will summarize those moments of discovery and describe a selected historical context that seems to offer a degree of explanatory power that may assist us in moving beyond commentaries that focus entirely on suppression and abuse.

Posted by zzhu at 10:28 PM

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Robert Adams

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Robert Adams, Assistant Professor of Architecture, U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Incidents of Genetic Mutation, Spatial Anomaly and Accidental Architecture in Urban China

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

If the 20th century was mobilized through auto-centric economies invented by industrial urban machines such as Detroit, and the early 21st century accelerated through digital communication technologies manufactured in Shenzhen, then how have these mutually constructed, globally distributed apparatuses impacted architecture as a physical marker of cultural formation and ambition? This lecture will not be about the spectacular architectural iconography broadcast during the Beijing Olympic Games, but rather it will move in on the passive labor and background structures of urbanism that situate architecture as a deeply relational cultural construct in the context of China refracted in the world. The talk will draw out parallels between genomics and regulatory sequencing that similarly, as in the complex formation of genetic matter, urban formation is punctuated by spontaneous mutations and genetic deletions within the social body rendered in space. Organized like a graphic catalogue, this lecture will use a series of design research projects to explore the relational mechanics between disability theory, actor networks and how the diversity of material practices in China will continue to alter perceptions of the social-civic body and the institutional models of these bodies implied through architecture.

Robert Adams is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Taubman College, University of Michigan where he teaches courses in design and construction technology. With his colleagues Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray, Adams co-founded B.A.S.E. Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise in 2005, a design studio located in the urban village of Cao Chang Di. His design work has been exhibited internationally including the 2009 Beijing Biennial, Shenzhen University, Tianjin University in China, and University of Michigan and University of California at Berkeley in the United States. Most recently his project, the Asclepius Machine, was recognized as a finalist in the international Seoul Design For All competition. Adams’ research couples work in disability theory with emerging work in pervasive computing, sensor technologies and architectural projects that reconsider the linkages between social bodies, public spheres and institutional machines. Adams is a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies.

Posted by zzhu at 04:48 PM

March 24, 2011

CANCELED - Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - David Shambaugh

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David Shambaugh (PhD, '89), Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

CANCELED - Coping with a Conflicted China

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Professor Shambaugh’s talk today has been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

The next presentation in the CCS Noon Lecture Series will take place on Tuesday, April 12th.

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.

March 29, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

China's bilateral ties with the United States, regional relations in Asia, and global position reflect a conflicted worldview within China. In this talk, Professor Shambaugh will elucidate the different schools of thought in China's foreign policy discourse and will discuss the policy implications of dealing with a conflicted China.

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of many publications on China, is the former Editor of The China Quarterly, and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Posted by zzhu at 03:16 PM

March 23, 2011

Winter 2001 Chinese Documentary Film Series - China: Empire of Art?

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Sheng Zhimin and Emma Tassy; 2010; 52 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

In the past twenty years, some of the most provocative, controversial and sought-after art has been made in China. This documentary provides an in-depth overview of the Chinese contemporary art scene, and traces the history of this unprecedented art explosion.

Posted by zzhu at 03:25 PM

March 22, 2011

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Chinese folk and art song recital

China’s Ethnic Groups and Their Songs"

A lecture-recital by Hong ZHANG, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Friday, March 25, 2011 | 7pm
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Building
1100 Baits, U-M School of Music, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Performer bio: Hong ZHANG, mezzo-soprano, holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the founder and director of Song of Silk, a performance group that aims to bridge East and West. Zhang has been an active soloist in many concerts and groups, including the Shanghai Philharmonic Society, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Eastern Silk. As a Senior Lecturer of Chinese at Binghamton University, Zhang offers a rich and diverse curriculum that includes the ground-breaking course “Singing Chinese.” Zhang gives lectures, recitals and workshops on Chinese vocal music and culture nationwide. She also co-authored the book Chinese through Song.

Posted by zzhu at 07:27 PM

March 17, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - San Duanmu and Yiwen Zhou

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San Duanmu, Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan
Yiwen Zhou, Graduate Student in Linguistics, University of Michigan

The Decline of a Prestigious Tongue: Language Preferences in Modern Shanghai

March 22, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Barely a generation ago, Shanghai Chinese was a highly prestigious regional language and used by millions everywhere in the city. Today it is no longer the main language heard on the street and increasingly not even spoken at home by children of Shanghai parents. What caused such rapid decline? What languages are taking over its place? Are people concerned about the loss of their native tongue? Will similar linguistic casualties occur in other places of fast socio-economic changes, such as Hong Kong? We explore answers to such questions through a survey of 2,000 residents in Shanghai.

San Duanmu is Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT in 1990 and has held teaching posts at Fudan University, Shanghai (1981-1986) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1991-present). He is the author of The Phonology of Standard Chinese (2nd edition, Oxford 2007) and Syllable Structure: The Limits of Variation (Oxford 2008).

Yiwen Zhou is a second year graduate student in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She is now working on sound change of Shanghai dialect and Chinese language policy. She is interested in the interaction of ideologies and linguistic variation.

Posted by zzhu at 10:22 AM

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

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Date: 03/21/2011; 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Michigan Alumni Center Founders' Room 200 Fletcher Street
Host Department: Asian Languages and Cultures

In 1987 archaeologists discovered a crypt beneath the Famen-si (Dharma Gate Monastery) in Shaanxi Province, China, containing four "finger-bone" relics of the Buddha along with a trove of invaluable medieval religious artifacts. Some of the finds are associated with "Esoterism" (aka Tantra or Vajrayana), an important but still poorly understood ritual tradition that flourished briefly in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Professor Robert Sharf will offer a new reading of the Famen-si finds, their relationship to Buddhist Esoterism, and their status as "works of art."

This annual lecture is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and is made possible by the generous gift of the late Mrs. Philip Thomas Lincoln and family.

Contact Information
Karen Munson 734-615-8623 kjmunson[at]umich[dot]edu

Posted by zzhu at 10:14 AM

March 16, 2011

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Zither Lecture-Recital 古琴欣赏音乐会

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Professor YANG Fan (杨帆), Renmin University School of Arts

Saturday, March 19 | 2pm
Keene Theater, U-M Residential College, East Quad
701 E. University (between Willard and Hill)
Ann Arbor
The lecture portion of the presentation will be given in Chinese with sequential English translation.
Free and open to the public.
Seats are first-come, first serve. University policy limiting the size of the audience to the number of seats available will be strictly enforced.

Posted by zzhu at 08:46 PM

March 15, 2011

Ann Arbor Film Festival Artist Talk with Wang Bing (王兵)

Friday, March 25, 3:00pm

University of Michigan Museum of Art
Helmut Stern Auditorium
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Conversation via Skype with Chinese-based Wang Bing, a leading artist of the new Chinese documentary movement, moderated by UM professor Markus Nornes. Wang Bing’s 14-hour Crude Oil screens at the UM Work Gallery March 11 - April 1, in alternating 7-hour segments each day (gallery hours: Tues thru Sat., noon - 7pm). Bing’s remarkable Crude Oil invites viewers to follow a complete and heavy working day by laborers on an oil installation in a remote region: the Inner Mongolian portion of the Gobi Desert,

This is a FREE event.

Sponsored by: U-M Center for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan
Co-Presented by: U-M Department of Screen Arts & Cultures

Posted by zzhu at 09:09 PM

March 08, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Minyuan Zhao

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Minyuan Zhao, Assistant Professor of Strategy, U-M Ross School of Business

China’s Intellectual Property Environment: A Firm-Level Perspective

March 15, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Along many dimensions, China has made significant progress in strengthening the protection of intellectual property (IP) and expanding its research and development (R&D) base over the past two decades. Meanwhile, people’s understanding of IP has gone beyond a mechanical interpretation of patent law or copyright law. Instead, firms have begun to realize that IP protection is part of a complex business environment including various cultural, economic and strategic factors. This talk takes a firm-level perspective and addresses two related topics: the IP environment faced by various types of firms, and firms’ strategic responses to the perceived IP environment. Momentum for IP reform in China will depend on the trajectory of China’s structural reform in the next few years.

Minyuan Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Professor Zhao earned her Ph.D. from Stern School of Business, New York University in May 2004. Before joining Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she taught Strategy and International Business Environment classes to MBA and EMBA students. Professor Zhao's research interests are in the interaction between firm strategies and external environments in a global context. Her papers on multinational R&D organization and intellectual property rights protection received first place in the INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition (2003), the BPS Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management (2004), and the Best Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society (2006). Her recent studies examine industrial policies in emerging economies, knowledge flows within technology clusters, and how internal linkages among firms’ geographically dispersed units allow them to alleviate uncertainties at the local level. She teaches the World Economy course, an MBA core, and the International Business Seminar, a Ph.D. elective.

Posted by zzhu at 02:52 PM

Winter 2001 Chinese Documentary Film Series - I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Time: 7:10pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Anne Makepeace, 2010; 53 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)


I.M. Pei has been called the most important living modern architect, defining the landscapes of some of the world's greatest cities. A monumental figure in his field and a laureate of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, Pei is the senior statesman of modernism and last surviving link to such great early architects as Le Corbusier, Gropius, and Mies van der Rohe. Entering into the twilight of his career and well into his eighties when the project began, Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to work on his most personal project to date. He is commissioned to build a modern museum in the city's oldest neighborhood which is populated by classical structures from the Ming and Qing dynasties. For the architect who placed the pyramid at the Louvre, the test to integrate the new with the old is familiar but still difficult. The enormous task is to help advance China architecturally without compromising its heritage. In the end, what began as his greatest challenge and a labor of sentiment, says Pei, ultimately becomes "my biography."

Posted by zzhu at 02:45 PM

March 06, 2011

China Program Coordinator, Colorado State University

Colorado State University
Position Description
China Program Coordinator
International Student & Scholar Services
Office of International Programs

Colorado State University invites nominations and applications for the position of China Program Coordinator within the Office of International Programs. The China Program Coordinator works with CSU Chinese and other strategic partner universities, and helps coordinate policies and procedures to facilitate effective recruitment and retention of international students. The China Program Coordinator provides services and programs for international students and scholars, international partners, and the campus community. The China Program Coordinator must have the skills necessary to bring diverse individuals together in a sense of community, mutual respect, and support.

Colorado State University has extensive engagement with China which includes strategic university partnerships, dual degree programs, rapidly expanding enrollment of students, scholar exchange, a joint research institute, China office, and curricular developments. The China Program Coordinator will work closely with faculty and staff to develop and implement programs, services, and act as a key liaison to facilitate these relationships and to ensure the positive exchange experiences of program participants. In addition, the China Program Coordinator will be involved in supporting various recruitment and retention efforts underway at Colorado State University.

International Programs at Colorado State University have many dimensions, but the overarching goal is to promote the internationalization of the campus. International Programs include providing the means for faculty and students to participate in international experiences on campus and in foreign settings, providing faculty with opportunities to travel and work outside the US, providing students the opportunity to study outside the US, providing opportunities for international students and professionals to pursue degrees, contribute to research, or to attend non-degree training.

Colorado State University offers extensive services to over 1,400 international students and scholars. These services include advising, programming, recruitment, student activities, immigration processing, and liaison with government agencies, other campus units, overseas partners, and the local community.

Colorado State University is in Fort Collins, a city with a population of approximately 140,000 people, which is 100 kilometers north of Denver. The city offers a unique blend of metropolitan advantages and small town friendliness. Located at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins provides easy access to numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.

• Provide services and programs to support student integration and success for Chinese students, and the entire international student and scholar population, at Colorado State University.
• Facilitate the student transfer/dual degree program by supporting the transcript analysis, scholarship awards, etc. of other CSU offices.
• Serve as a central point of communication and liaison for Chinese students, Chinese partners, and CSU faculty and staff.
• Communicate with students, academic departments, campus offices, and overseas partners to ensure effective and timely service delivery.
• Plan and implement programs for special student populations to build community, foster intercultural education, and to promote student retention and success.
• Maintain and disseminate information regarding the China Program including reports, budgets, and program data related to applicants, students, financial transactions, and contracts.
• Help develop print and electronic materials for a Chinese audience, and assist with translation of documents written in Chinese.
• Support needs of inbound and outbound delegations.
• Coordinate activities related to student recruitment programs including partner universities worldwide, the Visiting International Programs (VIP), agency agreements, and other recruitment support.
• Create manuals and procedures related to student recruitment programs, programming outreach, and pertinent administrative matters.
• Support procedures related to sponsored students.
• Maintain relevant records and statistics of foreign nationals working and studying at the University and provide reports for the department.
• Serve as a liaison between Colorado State University, government agencies, students, and the local community.
• Evaluate financial documentation and prepare immigration documents for international students and scholars.
• Provide or assist with ISSS programs such as orientation, coffee hours, and host families.
• Assist with office communication efforts through electronic newsletters, program announcements, and webpage updates.
• Represent the University, as appropriate, at conferences, symposia, and working groups devoted to international student and scholar issues.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree.
• One year of professional experience in a setting that is relevant for this position.
• Strong oral and written communication skills in both English and Chinese.
• Chinese language proficiency with effective oral and written communication.
• Experience in the design and implementation of outreach programs such as workshops, orientation sessions and other comparable activities.
• High degree of organization to maintain records, issue reports, and provide timely services.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office computer applications in such areas as database maintenance and reporting or comparable software applications.
• Personal or professional experience working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, and a demonstrated commitment to intercultural sensitivity.
• Strong interpersonal skills and evidence of ability to work as a team member.
• Legal authorization to work in the United States.
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
• Master’s degree.
• Knowledge of Chinese educational policies/context such as familiarity with Confucius Institutes.
• Minimum of four months of study, employment or residence outside of the United States, preferably in China.
• Familiarity with U.S. admissions procedures and foreign educational systems.
• Experience working with Chinese universities, students, and educational services.
• International student programming experience.

Salary range is in the high thirties.

Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2011. For full consideration, applications must be received by the deadline; however, the candidate pool will be kept open until the position is filled. Application consisting of: 1) letter of interest addressing all position qualifications; 2) resume and 3) names, titles, addresses of three references should be submitted via e-mail to weltha.mcgraw @colostate.edu.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all Federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services Building. In order to assist Colorado State in meeting affirmative action responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women, and other protected class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify themselves.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment are conducted. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.

Posted by zzhu at 05:00 PM

March 04, 2011

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M: Presentations by faculty from the Renmin University School of Arts

Use of Chinese Musical Elements in Theatrical Presentations
Lecture by Zhao Fang (赵方), noted composer, Associate Dean of Renmin University School of Arts, Chair and Professor of the Department of Music

Wednesday, March 16 | 4pm
Michigan Room, Michigan League
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Deciphering Traditional Chinese Architectural Space
Lecture by WANG Yingjian (王英健), Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Renmin University School of Arts

Thursday, March 17 | 4pm
Pond Room, Michigan Union
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Zither Lecture-Recital 古琴欣赏音乐会
Professor YANG Fan (杨帆), Renmin University School of Arts

Saturday, March 19 | 2pm
Keene Theater, U-M Residential College, East Quadrangle, 701 E. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Posted by zzhu at 03:17 PM

Ann Arbor Film Festival Opening Reception of Wang Bing's Crude Oil

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to present Wang Bing (王兵)'s 14-hour video Crude Oil via an exhibition March 11 - April 1 at the University of Michigan WORK gallery. On Friday, March 25 at 3pm in the UM Museum of Art, the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival will present an artist talk with Wang Bing via Skype, co-hosted by the UM Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and moderated by UM professor Markus Nornes. The Wang Bing exhibition and artist talk are supported by the UM Center for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan.

In 2008 Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing followed a team of workers on an oil-drilling rig in China's remote Qinghai province. The resulting extraordinary 14-hour film, Crude Oil, is a patient observation of the large and small details in the grinding daily routine of the men as they work the platform in the harsh and near featureless landscape of Huatugou, a high plateau some 3900 meters above sea level.

Crude Oil will be shown as an installation piece in the WORK gallery Ann Arbor, presented in two 7-hour sections on alternate days during gallery hours. The AAFF will host an opening reception with light fare Friday, March 11 in conjunction with Sarah Berkeley's Walking Mind exhibition at the WORK gallery.

OPENING: Wang Bing Crude Oil / Sarah Berkeley Walking Mind
WHEN: Friday, March 11 @ 7 - 10pm
WHERE: WORK gallery Ann Arbor
306 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Gallery hours Tue - Sat 12-7

Posted by zzhu at 02:49 PM

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

Please click on flier for additional information. Submission deadline is April 3, 2011.

Posted by zzhu at 02:34 PM

March 03, 2011

Chinese hip-hop 中国嘻哈

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Friday, March 11, 2011 | 5:30pm
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Free and open to the public. Join on facebook.

From headspinning Haitians to freestyling Francophones, hip-hop has spanned the globe all the way to the Middle Kingdom. Hip-hop is a recent development in China but is a wildly growing trend with new artists popping up every day.

Come and meet Young Kin from Yin Ts’ang (隐藏), mainland China’s first rap group ever to get signed to a record label. Young Kin will be talking about his experiences with his own record label YinEnt (瘾乐), the current state of hip hop in China, and some challenges Chinese hip hop artists face, such as censorship, financial backing, and an overall politically and creatively oppressive climate.

The talk will finish with a rapping showcase by Young Kin, as well as a break-dancing demonstration by world-renowned Bboy Fishball from Hong Kong’s Rhythm Attack and RockLee from Macau. All three performers will be available for a Q&A.

This event is being hosted by Element-1 in tandem with Master the Art 8:

CHINESE HIP-HOP is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan and the Center for Chinese Studies.

Young Kin's newest video:

Rhythm Attack, Hong Kong flava!

Posted by zzhu at 03:51 PM

March 02, 2011

Call for Papers - CSAA Conference 2011

The Chinese Studies Association of Australia - 12th Biennial Conference

The Australian National University, Canberra, July 13-15, 2011


One hundred years on, is it too early for an assessment of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911? For a country whose historical imaginings are especially informed by anniversaries remembered and forgotten, the year 2011 marks a century since China saw events bringing the end of imperial rule. Just as the varying assessments of this revolution have reflected the transformations that the country has undergone during the past hundred years, those engaged with China are continually challenged to question and reflect on their ways of knowing their subject. We invite participants in this year's CSAA conference to reflect on this legacy of change, real or imagined, as China seeks to reinvent itself and its past in the 21st century.

The CSAA's biennial conference welcomes papers on any aspect of Chinese studies. Panel submissions are encouraged. The CSAA is the professional association for China specialists and post-graduate students in Australia and is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Closing date for submissions: April 30, 2011

Posted by zzhu at 04:28 PM

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 13th OYCF Annual Conference

The 13th OYCF Annual Conference
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617
May 14-15, 2011

Debating the China Model
After a three-decade streak of double-digit GDP growth, China has surpassed Japan to become the second largest economy in the world. Its ascendency seems to have defied a lot of the theories and assumptions in Western scholarship, such as the dichotomy between communism and capitalism, democracy and autocracy, the state and the market. What exactly is the China model, if there is indeed one? What does it mean for the global political and economic order? Can it be modeled after by other developing countries? Does China’s case provide any ground for reframing the dominant discourse of development and globalization informed largely by neoliberalism? Funded by St. Lawrence University’s Freeman Grant, the 2011 Overseas Young Chinese Forum Annual Conference aims at gathering scholars across disciplines and countries to discuss these issues from diverse perspectives.

The Conference Organizing Committee welcomes submissions related to the conference’s theme either as individual papers (only a 1-2-page abstract) or wholly constituted panels (with names and affiliations of all presenters) along with each author’s brief CV (professional experience and/or publications). The conference is bi-lingual, so papers can be written and delivered in either English or Chinese, although English is preferred. If Chinese is the chosen language,
please also include a brief English translation in your presentation. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

- What is the China model?
- The social and ecological cost of the China model
- Comparing the China model with other developmental strategies (such as the East Asian model and the Latin American model)
- China’s role on the global stage (outward investment in Africa, Australia, Latin America, etc., and the building of its soft power)
- The Beijing Consensus vs. the Washington Consensus

Please send your submissions to oycf2011@gmail.com by March 20. A notification of acceptance will be sent by April 3. Once selected, presenters’ board and lodging will be covered and travel expenses will be subsidized up to $400.

The OYCF will publish a summary of the conference panels and selected papers on its electronic journal “Perspectives: China and the World.” Information about past OYCF conferences can be found at http://oycf.org/Retreats/retreat.htm.

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

St. Lawrence University (SLU) is a liberal arts college of inspiring faculty, serious students, and accomplished alumni, guided by tradition and focused on the future. Founded in 1856, it is ideally located in the St. Lawrence River Valley in Canton, upstate New York, close to the Adirondacks and Canada. Among St. Lawrence's distinguished alumni are communications magnate and diplomat Owen D.
Young, for whom the Young Plan for European war reparations was named; Olympia Brown, the first woman in U.S. history to be ordained a minister; author Lorrie Moore; United States Senator Susan Collins; and actors Kirk Douglas and Viggo Mortensen. For more information about SLU, please visit its website: www.stlawu.edu. For more information about the Asian Studies program at SLU, please visit

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