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September 28, 2011

Media coverage of the Kite Festival

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Front page of the Michigan Daily, Monday, September 26, 2011
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A child watches a kite-filled sky at the Kite Festival sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies in Nichols Arboretum on September 25, 2011. (TODD NEEDLE/The Michigan Daily).

At the 'U,' kites soar to new cultural heights
by Jeff Waraniak, The Michigan Daily

The Record Update, Monday, September 26, 2011
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Kite Festival again graces the University of Michigan Web portal:

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September 26, 2011

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Competition at the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University

Application Deadline: October 31, 2011

Apply Now: http://cgt.columbia.edu/form/

More Information: http://cgt.columbia.edu/about/news/2011/09/15/2011_postdoc_announcement/

The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University seeks 2-4 post-doctoral scholars for research fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year, with option to extend for an additional year. The fellowship is open to scholars who have or will obtain their doctorate between August 2010 and August 2012, and who have not held tenure-track positions.

The post-doctoral fellowship of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University brings together an innovative group of interdisciplinary researchers from around the world and encourages interdisciplinary, transnational research. The fellowship provides emerging scholars the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and a figurative space for collaborative research and publication. Fellows teach one course per academic year. Scholars from any discipline may apply, provided they illustrate how their work will contribute to Global Thought’s research and teaching agenda. Fellows receive an annual salary of $55,000.00, as well as a research stipend.

Applicants must submit cover letter, CV, research proposal of 1,500 words, writing sample of 4,000 words, proposed course syllabus of 2 pages, and 2 letters of reference.

To apply, please visit http://cgt.columbia.edu/form/
For more information on the Committee on Global Thought, please visit http://cgt.columbia.edu

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September 22, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Hu Ying

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Hu Ying Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, UC Irvine

Burying “Nie Zheng’s Bones:” The Making of Martyrs in 1911

October 4, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk examines two prominent cases of martyrdom, that of Qiu Jin (1875-1907), who was a member of Sun Yat-sen’s Revolutionary Alliance and was beheaded by the Qing for her involvement in an armed uprising, and that of Liangbi (1877-1912), Manchu loyalist, commander of the First Brigade of the Qing Palace Guard, whose assassination in January 1912 sealed the fate of the Empire. As canonization typically involves immediate associates, local elites and the state, the process, whether successful or not, gives us a privileged window for viewing different conceptions of virtue, community and different ways of history writing.

Hu Ying completed her doctorate in Comparative Literature at Princeton in 1992 and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at UC Irvine. The focus of her research is the literature and culture of late 19th to early 20th century China, a fascinating period that witnessed rapid changes in every aspect of the Chinese world. This period of great ideological and cultural fluidity bred a generation of independent thinkers. She is specifically interested in seeing how women at the time - revolutionaries, writers, artists - understood and intervened in such changes of political system, cultural values and gender norms. Publications include New Approaches to Chinese Women’s Lives: Beyond Exemplar Tales, Berkeley: University of California Press (forthcoming); co-edited with Joan Judge; and Tales of Translation: Composing the New Woman in China, 1898-1918, Stanford University Press, 2000.

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September 21, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Dual Fiscal Incentives: Informal Public Compensation, Time Horizon, and Bureaucratic Behavior in Local China

September 27, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In this talk, Yuen Yuen Ang presents her research on China's unique structure of informal public compensation and its implications for the economic behavior of local state actors in China during the reform era. Based on over 200 interviews and an original dataset, she shows that there are simultaneous fiscal incentives at work at a micro level, one motivating local cadres to pursue growth for their localities but the other to extract petty rents for their offices.

Yuen Yuen Ang joined the Department of Political Science of the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 2011. Previously, she was a faculty member at Columbia University SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs). Her research on China focuses on the political economy of development, bureaucratic politics, and local governance.

Posted by zzhu at 07:34 PM

September 20, 2011

A Concert of Ci Songs and Qin Music from Southern Song China

A Concert of Ci Songs and Qin Music from Southern Song China
Reconstructed from Historical Notated Sources

Saturday, October 8 | 8pm
Britton Recital Hall, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance
1100 Baits, U-M North Campus, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Please e-mail confucius@umich.edu or call 734.764.8888 for inquiries.

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September 11, 2011

President Coleman highlights multitude of China events in Fall 2011 welcome video

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Lots of great offerings this term! Please click below to watch the video.

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CCS Kite Festival! September 23 and 25, 2011!

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September, Friday 23, 2011
U-M Ferry Field (outdoor track) behind U-M Stadium and adjacent to baseball field (near Yost Ice Arena)
1150 S. State St., Ann Arbor
Demonstrations by master kite flyers; kite flyers showcase your skills and ask the experts.
Kite lines not to exceed 100ft.
For more information, kite.info@umich.edu


September, Sunday 25, 2011

In the Main Valley of Nichols Arboretum: Master flight at 1:15, lion dancing at 1:30 followed by taiko drumming, ribbon and yo-yo performances, erhu melodies, and more! Craft minute-made kites and flying art forms in the Peony Garden. Student and community registrations starts at 1:00; competition begins at 2:00 for university students and 3:00 for community! Dare to fly at 4:30 in the Prairie, wind and weather permitting.

U-M Nichols Arboretum
1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor
Master kite demonstrations, competitions & challenges, and community art table--with a garnishing of entertainment (Chinese ribbon dancing, yo-yo demos, lion dances, taiko drumming, and zithers)
Kite aficionados are invited to participate, bring their own self-crafted kites, and show off their competitive edge. No experience is necessary. Like flying in your backyard.

For more information, kite.info@umich.edu Parking is challenging—try the Visitors’ Parking (VP) area of the Taubman Center at U-M Hospital.

Rain Day Info: Events will be held at the International Institute, 1080 South Univ., corner of East Univ and North Univ.—demos and visual display of kites, entertainment, and dumplings as long as they last!

Please click on flier to e-mail your inquiries.

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Artists bring the art of Chinese kite-building to U-M

The official kite press release!

Posted by zzhu at 12:18 PM

September 10, 2011

Call for papers: Myths and Orthodoxies, Princeton University Graduate Symposium


Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art
Saturday, 3 March 2012
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Cosponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum

Keynote Speaker • Professor Donald F. McCallum
Department of Art History, UCLA
Asuka Myths and Orthodoxies: Ikarugadera – Umayado no ōji – Hōryūji

Myths and orthodoxies have given rise to compelling beliefs and canonical lineages in the arts and art histories of East Asia. The narratives of myths and orthodoxies uphold certain “truths” at the expense of others and serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But what kind of history becomes an “orthodoxy,” and what sort of story can we call a “myth”? How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides?

How do visualized myths and orthodoxies shape what we believe? Do we believe the textual or the spoken more readily than the visual? Do visual materials help create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in ways that text can never accomplish?

How do the uses of “myth” and “orthodoxy” in discussions of historiography change our understanding of history and art history? Does identifying myths and orthodoxies tend to serve a revisionist purpose? When something is called a myth, is the validity of its message automatically called into question? How do orthodoxies remodel their self-evident “truths” as they progress through time?

We invite graduate students in East Asian art history and related fields to submit abstracts of 300–400 words for papers that will address myths and orthodoxies in their various forms.

Please send your abstract with a copy of your curriculum vitae by
Monday, 7 November 2011, to:

Michael Hatch and Mimi Chusid
Department of Art and Archaeology, McCormick Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1018

P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Department of Art and Archaeology
McCormick Hall, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1018 USA
tel: 609.258.3795
fax: 609.258.0103
web: Princeton.edu/tang

Posted by zzhu at 10:35 PM

Indiana University seeking Associate Director for East Asian Studies Center

Department: East Asian Studies Center
Position: Academic Specialist
Rank Code: UAS

The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University invites applications for the position of Associate Director. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Center Director. The East Asian Studies Center has significant national presence as a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) in a consortium with the East Asian center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). It is also a coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

The Associate Director directs the Center’s day-to-day operations, supervises full- and part-time staff, provides regular reports to the Director on the status of programs and finances, and makes recommendations to the Director for program modifications and budget adjustments; manages the logistical, financial, and PR effort for all Center activities, ensuring compliance with university and sponsoring agencies’ regulations and policies; serves as a lead writer on grant proposals, including the NRC and NCTA grants; serves as the NCTA national co-director, represents IU at national NCTA meetings, and oversees NCTA programming; collaborates with faculty and staff in various campus units to strengthen the presence of East Asian studies and to promote internationalization in general; coordinates Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships; assists the Director in development efforts; oversees data collection; writes the Center’s biannual newsletter.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will have a Master’s degree in a relevant field (Ph.D. strongly preferred); administrative experience required; grant proposal writing experience preferred; high degree of initiative and ability to work in a multi-faceted Center facing frequent grant deadlines; excellent communication and organizational skills.

Application procedures: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, contact information for three (3) references, and a letter of recommendation from a former supervisor that can attest to the candidate’s record as an organizational leader. Applications received by September 30, 2011 will be assured of consideration. To apply, please send materials to:

Search Committee
East Asian Studies Center
1021 East Third Street
Memorial Hall West 207
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

Indiana University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Posted by zzhu at 10:33 PM

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Band in Concert

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan
in collaboration with
the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Band

Program includes music from Chinese and Western traditions.

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Monday, September 26, 2011 | 7pm
121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Inquiries 咨询电话:734.764.8888

Additional support of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Band’s visit to Ann Arbor and U-M is generously provided by the U-M College of Engineering.

Posted by zzhu at 10:22 PM

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jean Oi

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Jean Oi (PhD, '83), Director, Stanford China Program; William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics, Department of Political Science; and Senior Fellow, FSI, Stanford University

Why Redistrict in a One-Party State? Administrative Re-Organization and Boundary Changes in Rural China

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.

September 20, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In the face of the many new challenges of rural governance in a rapidly evolving political economy, China has embarked on an ambitious reorganization of the countryside, resettling villagers and creating new rural communities—the rural shequ. With this new form of organization and governance the state is rethinking who should get what public goods and what is the best way to deliver those goods. Based on recent fieldwork, Oi will discuss the logic, as well as the consequences of these changes. Who gains and who loses?

Jean C. Oi is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics in the Department of Political Science and a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. A Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, she joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. She directed Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies from 1998 to 2005. In 2007 Oi became the founding director of the Stanford China Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and leads Stanford’s China Initiative.

She has published extensively on China’s rural politics and political economy. Currently, she is writing on the remaking of the state owned enterprises. She also continues her research on rural finance and local governance in China and has started a new project on the logic of administrative redistricting in the Chinese countryside.

Her recent publications include “Shifting Fiscal Control to Limit Cadre Power in China's Towns and Villages,” (forthcoming, China Quarterly), Going Private in China: The Politics of Corporate Restructuring and System Reform, ed., (APARC-Brookings, 2011); and Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation (APARC-Brookings, 2010), co-edited with Scott Rozelle and Xueguang Zhou.

Posted by zzhu at 07:26 PM

Exciting events related to contemporary Chinese woodblock exhibition currently on view at UMMA

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Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to public, and take place at UMMA.

Reading the Popular Chinese Print:
A Lecture by Ellen Johnston Laing

Wednesday, September 14, 5 pm

UMMA Dialogues: Guest Curator Xiaobing Tang with Noted Printmakers Fang Limin and Zhang Yuanfan
Sunday, September 25, 2 pm

In Conversation with Chen Limin
Wednesday, September 28, 5 pm
This program is followed by a reception and is cosponsored by the UM Center for the Education of Women.

In Conversation with Artist and Printmaker Endi Poskovic
Sunday, October 9, 3 pm

A Chinese Printmaker’s Cultural Identity and the Transformation in Contemporary Printmaking: A Lecture by Chen Qi
Thursday, October 13, 7 pm
This program is preceded by a reception at 6 pm in the
Commons, and is organized and cosponsored by the UM Center for Chinese Studies.

Hands-on Workshop: Japanese and Chinese Aesthetics and Woodblock Printing
Saturday, October 15, 10 am–1 pm
Instructor: Christina Burch
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students
$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included
Advance registration required.
Register online at annarborartcenter.org by October 12.

Teacher Workshop Featuring Guest Curator Xiaobing Tang
Wednesday, October 19, 4–8 pm
Advance registration and fee required.
Contact preister@umich.edu.

Wood Cuts: An Evening of Chamber Music Inspired by the Sounds of Wood
Sunday, October 23, 8 pm
The SMTD@UMMA concert series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

UMMA’s award-winning docents offer public tours of the exhibition on Sundays at 2 pm. Check umma.umich.edu for details.

Please click on flier to learn more on the Web site of the U-M Museum of Art!

Posted by zzhu at 07:13 PM

September 09, 2011

Kite Festival Lecture on Wind Energy & Sustainability

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As part of the activities building up to the Sept 25 Kite Festival, CCS outreach is partnering with the U-M Global Scholars program to present a lecture on the future of wind energy and its global and local impact.

Energizing Michigan’s Economy: Creating Jobs and Reducing Pollution through Clean Energy
Mike Shriberg, PhD
Thursday, Sept 15
Rackham Amphitheater, 4th Floor
Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

Posted by zzhu at 11:47 PM

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Lecture on Chinese and Greek literatures

The Significance of China and Greece for a Theory of World Literature

Lecture by Alexander Beecroft
Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 4pm
Classical Studies Library, 2175 Angel Hall, 435 S. State, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Alexander Beecroft received a BA (Honours) in Classics from University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 1995 and completed his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 2003. Professor Beecroft specializes in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome and of China to the end of the Six Dynasties era (AD 600). He is particularly interested in archaic Greek epic, lyric and tragedy, Roman lyric and elegiac poetry, and Shi Jing, Chu Ci and early shi poetry in China. Other research focuses include anthropological and linguistic approaches to literature, cross-cultural poetics, world literature, models of intercultural literary interaction and the poetics of gender and sexuality in ancient cultures. He is the author of Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation, published by Cambridge University Press in February 2010.

The talk is part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China and Greece" – a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program.

Questions should be addressed to confucius[at]umich[dot]edu.

Posted by zzhu at 09:33 PM

Confucius Institute Roundtable Series - Chinese studies in France

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents:

After Orientalism: Current French Scholarship on Chinese Arts and Culture

A CI-UM Roundtable Discussion by François Picard, Professeur d'ethnomusicologie analytique, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Monday, September 19, 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: Since its publication in 1978, Edward Said’s Orientalism has critically influenced East-Asian studies in France. In 1993, French scholars held a conference to collectively discuss their reactions to Said’s theories. Since then, ideas presented in the conference have generated a new theoretical space for French scholars to study the Orient. In this space, a new French scholarship on Chinese arts and culture has emerged. This presentation discusses this new and current sinology in France.

Questions should be addressed to confucius[at]umich[dot]edu.

Posted by zzhu at 09:19 PM

September 01, 2011

Enter the 2011 CCS Photo Contest Today!

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Special prizes in celebration of CCS's 50th Anniversary! Deadline has been further extended. Please click on flier to enter TODAY!

Posted by zzhu at 04:06 PM

Special presentation by author of new, critically-acclaimed book on sex ratio imbalance

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Special Presentation

Unnatural Selection: The Causes and Consequences of Asia's Sex Ratio Imbalance

Mara Hvistendahl
Correspondent and Author

Thursday, September 29, 2011
4pm: Presentation
4th Floor Forum Hall
U-M Palmer Commons
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

Reviews of Hvistendahl’s "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men":
Asian Review of Books, June 13, 2011
Financial Times, June 13, 2011
Bloomberg News, June 19, 2011
The Washington Post, July 1, 2011
The Economist, August 6, 2011

Related media appearances:
Gender Selection In A World Of Too Many Men, WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, June 8, 2011
In Asia, The Perils Of Aborting Girls And Keeping Boys, NPR Morning Edition, June 15, 2011
Parents in Asia using modern technology to choose boys over girls, WBEZ Chicago's Worldview, June 22, 2011
A world without girls?, BBC Radio 4, June 25, 2011

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