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June 30, 2011

Up, up in the sky!


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Learn more about the upcoming kite festival at U-M!

U-M School of Art & Design faculty member Anne Mondro, guest blogger:

Our last lesson was to fly our kites. The Beijing wind gently scooped up his stunning creation into her arms. Master Ha launched the butterfly kite higher and higher. The butterfly wings full of color danced in the sky as I chased after her with the zeal of a child. Next to fly were our own kites. Anxious to see them in the sky, Master Ha quickly tied them up and released them to her. Higher and higher our bamboo and paper structures rose. Tiny bamboo swallows sailing in the wind. Praise from Master Ha echoes in our ears as our eyes are glued to the tiny kites of our labor.

Posted by zzhu at 10:38 PM

June 27, 2011

Swallow kite construction

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Learn more about the upcoming kite festival at U-M!

U-M School of Art & Design faculty member Anne Mondro, guest blogger:

1. No engine
2. Only wind
3. Person to hold string
4. Kite is heavier than wind

Master Ha started today's lesson defining the characteristics of a kite. Building upon this foundation, we dove headfirst into the swallow kite construction. The swallow kite is the traditional kite of Beijing. A stylized representation of the swallow bird contains symbolic imagery of dragons, phoenixes, bats, and other creatures to depict wishes for luck, happiness, and fortune.

Understanding the necessity of creating a balanced and level kite frame to fly straight and high, we carved and bent over and over again hoping for Master Ha's simple, direct, and oh so important gesture, the thumbs up. Gluing, splitting, threading. The construction is complex, precise, and elegant. Master Ha is a skilled surgeon at work as he splices and joins the bamboo. I fumble with what I consider to be skilled hands for hours and hours. Finally, my swallow is done and now it is time to test it. I anxiously watch as Master Ha swings his arm up and releases the string.

It flies.

Posted by zzhu at 11:39 AM

Another day in the kite master's studio

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With support from the Center for Chinese Studies, U-M School of Art & Design faculty Anne Mondro and Matt Shlian are in Beijing this summer working with HA Yiqi, renowned Chinese kite master.

Posted by zzhu at 11:29 AM

June 23, 2011

Painting Lesson

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Learn more about the upcoming kite festival at U-M!

U-M School of Art & Design faculty member Anne Mondro, guest blogger:

The bamboo frame is the most important part of the kite. It is what makes it fly. The bamboo must be carefully split and carved to achieve a strong, highflying kite. That said, you can't help but become absorbed into the kite's exquisite hand painted imagery. Last evening after our bamboo lesson Master Ha treated us to a painting lesson.

Using a mixture of watercolor and traditional Chinese pigment, the double fish drawing started to come to life. Master Ha's brushstrokes are delicate and precise. Steady and gracefully, his hand moves across the paper.

Posted by zzhu at 02:38 PM

Visit to the China Central Academy of Fine Art Exhibition on Chinese Traditional Craft

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Learn more about the upcoming kite festival at U-M!

U-M School of Art & Design faculty member Anne Mondro, guest blogger:

To become a master of one's craft means more than becoming a skilled maker. It involves passion. It involves understanding how your body moves and thinks. It is about having a conversation with a material to the point that you can answer each other's sentences.

Yesterday we Had the opportunity to see an exhibition of traditional Chinese handcrafts at the China Central Academy of Fine Art. Master Ha's dragon kite immediately captured my attention with it dynamic presence. Turning my attention to the walls I Was drawn to study each and every kite by my teacher and then to the amazingly intricate paper cuts, gourd etchings, and these delicate painted bottles with traditional Chinese scenes. Upon closer investigation we find out the images are actually painted on the interior of the bottles. Meeting several of the masters and hearing about the significance of the crafts brought a greater appreciation for the Chinese culture.

Posted by zzhu at 02:31 PM

June 15, 2011

Apprenticing with Chinese kite master - off to a fantastic start!

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Learn more about the upcoming kite festival at U-M!

With support from the Center for Chinese Studies, U-M School of Art & Design faculty Anne Mondro and Matt Shlian are in Beijing this summer working with HA Yiqi, renowned Chinese kite master.

Anne and Matt have kindly provided pictures from their first sessions with Master Ha; and Anne has shared thoughts and highlights from their first day in the studio. Please check back often for more of their photo diary entries.

We came to Beijing, a city that thrives on it's mass produced goods, to seek out a true master. A master of craft and tradition. Master Ha Yiqi to be exact. Master Ha is a fourth generation kite maker and the main reason we came to China. To study and learn how to create traditional Chinese kites from one of the country's most distinguished and skilled artisans. A true honor.

Here in Beijing we become his students, watching him closely as he carves and splits the bamboo to make the boning of the kite. Our first lesson, a simple frame composed of four pieces of bamboo, takes us three hours to make. Each piece of bamboo must be level, not to thin, not to thick. We split and scrap down our bamboo over and over again. Finally a thumbs up and a "good" from Master Ha.

- Anne Mondro

A first kite.

The simple beauty of bamboo frame kites.

Anne and Matt with Master Ha.

Master Ha at work.

Just a few of Master Ha's, well, masterpieces.

A closeup.

Another closeup.

Anne and Matt in front of some of Master Ha's work.

Posted by zzhu at 04:26 PM

June 14, 2011

Program Officer, International Resource Center

Summary Description
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization that works to reduce tobacco use in the U.S. and globally. In 2007, the Campaign became one of five partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a global initiative aimed at reducing tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. To achieve the goal of reducing tobacco use globally, the Campaign engages in political advocacy to encourage countries to adopt proven policies that reduce tobacco consumption.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of cigarettes, with more than half of the male population and nearly 30% of the total population – some 301 million people -- being smokers. The country, as a signatory of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, is obligated to enact tobacco control policies, including bans on smoking in indoor public places and work places, a total ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, effective warnings on cigarette packs, and higher tobacco taxes and prices. But a combination of factors has led to weak implementation and enforcement.

Position Summary
The Program Officer is a member of TFK’s fast-paced, results-oriented International Resource Center. The program officer is responsible for overseeing the overall administrative functioning of TFK’s China office, for helping to formulate strategies aimed at promoting tobacco control in China and for managing a portfolio of grants to Chinese non-governmental organizations (NGO), civil society groups and governmental agencies. This position requires strong management skills and a broad understanding of China’s current environment and its tobacco control- and industry-related policies. It also requires constant communication with grantees, coordination of grantee activities with TFK efforts and other international partner organizations and identification of technical assistance needs of grantees. This position requires cultural sensitivity, attention to detail, patience and an interest in public health issues.

Primary Duties
• Help formulate strategies to promote tobacco control policies in China and identify partners in the country consistent with TFK’s overall strategic direction.
• Track and monitor development of tobacco control-related policy developments in China, identify strategic opportunities and develop relationships with key policymakers and other stakeholders.
• Oversee administration of TFK’s China office, including efforts related to strengthening its local presence.
• Work closely with grantees to help them in implementing their grant projects, including coordinating assistance as required.
• Liaise with TFK staff to assure provision of focused communications, legal and research support for grantees.
• Help monitor project implementation by grantees, including preparing regular and ad hoc reports for TFK’s internal use and external reporting, responding to inquiries and grant histories as requested.
• Participate as part of the TFK team to negotiate new proposals, review existing projects and take part in working meetings with grantees.
• Help review, analyze, monitor, and evaluate grant proposals, plans, budgets and reports.
• Assist in grant monitoring for TFK and administrative/financial support to grantees to assure consistent progress, grant processing and reporting.
• Help identify needs for midstream program adjustments to achieve desired results, and facilitate where necessary.
• Help organize workshops, trainings and meetings, and take on other duties as needed.

Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines.
• Demonstrated attention to detail.
• Cultural sensitivity.
• Ability to perform effectively under pressure.
• Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to be flexible and modify priorities as needed.
• Ability to travel within country and internationally.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in Mandarin Chinese and English.
• Commitment to public interest work.
• Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Education and Experience
• University degree required; public health, public policy, international development or related degree with international focus preferred.
• Four (4) years related experience working in an international development organization or working on public interest advocacy campaigns.
• Experience in public policy or tobacco control.

Resumes may be emailed to jobs[at]tobaccofreekids[dot]org in either MS Word or Adobe PDF format, or by fax to 202.296.5427.

Posted by zzhu at 02:16 PM

Other U-M Faculty discuss China in the News

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John Ciorciari
Assistant Professor
U-M Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Chinese dilemmas in the South China Sea

Steven J. Wright
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
U-M College Engineering
Three Gorges Dam
CBC Radio

Posted by zzhu at 01:14 PM

China program officer, Asia Catalyst

Asia Catalyst partners with activists in Asia to inspire, create and launch innovative, self-sustaining programs and organizations that advance human rights, social justice and environmental protection. We link up Asian community leaders, journalists, activists and lawyers with each other and with international experts who can help them to realize their visions.

For a new two-year NGO capacity-building project to be launched this fall, Asia Catalyst is looking to hire a full-time program manager for its China Program to start September 1, 2011. The position will be based out of our New York office and will be a two-year minimum commitment. The program officer will work closely with the China program director and a program assistant to draft curriculum materials, will use them to conduct small-group trainings of health rights groups in Chinese, and will provide coaching support by telephone and in person in between each training.

• MA/MS or other graduate degree
• Experience teaching middle school or high school
• Fluent spoken and written Mandarin Chinese
• Field experience in China
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and grasp of human rights issues facing affected populations
• Willingness to travel frequently to China and ability to work on a flexible schedule to accommodate communications over several time zones
• Excellent problem-solving abilities
• Excellent logistical and communication skills
• Strong team player who can also work independently when needed
• Adventurous and entrepreneurial outlook

• Work collaboratively with program director to outline curricula for quarterly training sessions and draft teaching materials in nonprofit management
• Assist in screening and selecting program participants through application review and interviews
• Cooperate with China-based program assistant to coordinate logistical aspects of quarterly trainings
• Prepare and co-facilitate training sessions in Mandarin Chinese
• Work collaboratively with program director to monitor program quality and impact
• Assist program director in responsible financial management of cohort project

Please write to info[at]asiacatalyst[dot]org with a resume, 2-page writing sample and 1-page cover letter in English describing your experience and qualifications, and provide contact information for two references. Please specify the position for which you are applying. Applicants who do not include all these materials will not be considered. We will only contact applicants we wish to interview. We will begin interviews on July 15th and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Posted by zzhu at 11:37 AM

June 13, 2011

Conference on Chinese Women and Visual Representation

International Conference on Chinese Women and Visual Representation
Call for Papers

China had rich visual arts in history. With the introduction of new media during the past century, visual representation has rapidly become a dynamic and diverse cultural field that has yet to be adequately studied. In order to examine the transformation of visual culture from a historical perspective as well as promote visual culture studies in China, we have decided to host an international conference on visual representation. We propose to take "the transformation of visual images of Chinese women in cultural representation" as the starting point to explore the changes of visual culture from the late Qing Dynasty to the present. We will focus on the role of Chinese women in visual cultural transformation of various Chinese communities in and outside China in order to promote and integrate new perspectives and methods in both gender studies and visual culture studies. The conference also aims to facilitate comparative study of visual culture of various Chinese societies over the last century, stimulate contemporary cultural criticism, and encourage academic and artistic exchange among Chinese women in the Mainland and other regions.

The international conference on "Chinese Women and Visual Representation" is jointly organized by scholars at home and abroad, and will mainly focus on the following topics:

• The relationships between the transformation of Chinese women’s visual representation and the transformation of society, economy, and culture
• Visual arts and the representation of diverse identities of women
• Visual representation and social movements
• Comparative study of film and visual arts by Chinese women in various regions
• Feminist film and visual arts/feminist critique of film and visual arts
• Women’s sexuality and visual culture
• Gender and visual representation on the internet
• Gender representation in transnational media

A visual arts exhibition will be held to display various types of art produced by women. Scholars, artists and activists in and outside China are welcome to participate. The language of the conference will be Chinese.

Conference venue: School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai

Conference Time: December 16 - 19, 2011

Application Method: Please submit paper abstracts and proposals for panels, forums and exhibitions before July 1, 2011 by email to the Conference Organizing Committee at fdjc985[at]gmail[dot]com. Applicants should include information on their identity and their institutional affiliations as well as their contact information. The Organizing Committee will issue notification of acceptance before August 1. This conference will not require a registration fee, and paper presenters will be provided with room and board.

Contact Phone Number: 021-55664202

Fax Number: 021-55664202

Contact Person: SU Zhuang, GAO Jing-Wen

School of Journalism at Fudan University
University of Michigan/Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies
Chinese Society for Women’s Studies
Gender and Development Center at Fudan University
jointly issued on March 8, 2011

Posted by zzhu at 03:29 PM

June 10, 2011

A Chinese Printmaker’s Cultural Identity and the Transformation in Contemporary Printmaking: A Lecture by Noted Artist CHEN Qi

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Dr. Chen Qi 陈琦
Professor in the Prints Department
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Thursday, October 13, 2011

6:00pm: Reception
Commons ▪ Frankel Wing

7:00pm: Presentation
Stern Auditorium ▪ Frankel Wing
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Please see flier for more information on lecture and click on it to learn more about the upcoming exhibition featuring Dr. Chen's work.

Posted by zzhu at 02:24 PM

CALL FOR PAPERS: The United States and China: Past, Present and Future Interactions

The United States and China: Past, Present and Future Interactions

Call for Papers

Political Perspectives is a peer-reviewed electronic journal for postgraduate research in political studies edited by postgraduate students at the University of Manchester. The journal's primary aim is to engender intellectual conversations across politics and facilitate graduate students on their pathway to publication.

A forthcoming issue of Political Perspectives focuses on the United States and China and their relations in historical, modern and future contexts. Contributions that address the key themes are welcomed. These include (but are not restricted to):

1. China and the US-dominated ‘system’ of political and economic global governance
2. China’s ‘rise’ and the Beijing Consensus
3. Chinese-American economic relations
4. Chinese-American race relations
5. America, China and the politics of East Asia, Africa or Latin America
6. America, China and the emergence of cyber-terrorism
7. America, China and challenges for the global environment

We encourage contributions from postgraduate researchers in the UK, Europe and beyond which seek to inform upon the historical evolution of Sino-American bilateral relations, current issues and their future possibilities.

Papers of 6,000 - 8,000 words in length (including footnotes/excluding bibliography) should be submitted by July 8th 2011.

Details of submission guidelines can be found on the Political
Perspectives website: http://www.politicalperspectives.org.uk/

Please note that authors retain copyright of any work published in Political Perspectives, and are free to republish elsewhere.
Send papers to: Oliver Turner: oliver[dot]turner[at]manchester.ac.uk

Posted by zzhu at 02:22 PM