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November 16, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Film Event - City of Sadness 悲情城市

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Event is free and open to the public. Please click on flier for additional information.

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Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Pär Cassel

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Pär Cassel, U-M Assistant Professor of History

From Filiality to Loyalty: Visions of the Emperor in Late Imperial China

December 6, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

When historians and social scientists have tried to account for the different personality cults that emerged in the twentieth century, they have often treated those movements as regressions into an “emperor worship,” which was supposedly intrinsic to the political culture of imperial China. However, the vast mass of commoners did not stand in any direct ritual relationship to the state or the emperor in late imperial China; the name, the countenance or personal qualities of the Ming and Qing Emperors were not known to the common people and they were not called upon to participate in official rituals to worship the sovereign. Yet the emperor was ever-present to his commoners in a variety of ways and he spoke directly to them in a number of political documents that were designed to exalt the image of the ruling house through promotion of Confucian virtues. This talk looks at one of those documents, the Sacred Edict of the Kangxi and Yongzheng emperors, and explores how it shaped the political culture of late imperial China.

Pär Cassel is assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan. He has just completed his book, entitled Grounds of Judgment: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and Japan, which is due to be published by Oxford University Press (New York) in 2012. The book reopens the question of consular jurisdiction and extraterritoriality in China and Japan and combines the findings of “New Qing history” with the history of the treaty ports in both China and Japan.

Posted by zzhu at 03:27 PM

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Darrell William Davis

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Darrell William Davis, Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Second Coming: The Legacy of Taiwan New Cinema

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

New Cinema's visibility sterns not just from directors but from its homeland convictions, approach, and techniques. Taiwan-as-homeland though, is a contested, mutating idea, depending on who mobilizes it and to what end. New cinema began by exploring the home and family of Bildungsroman and then opened toward sociopolitical, historical aspects of Taiwan. This talk accounts for the shifting meanings of home (xiangtu), with respect to nativism, geopolitical shifts and visual expressions.

Darrell W. Davis specializes in Japanese and Chinese-language film and media. Author of Picturing Japaneseness: Monumental Style, National Identity, Japanese Film (Columbia University Press, 1996), co-author of Taiwan Film Directors: a Treasure Island (Columbia University Press, 2005), East Asian Screen Industries (British Film Institute, 2008) and co-editor of Cinema Taiwan: Politics, Popularity and State of the Arts (Routledge, 2007), as well as having published over 30 articles and book chapters.

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Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - James Robson

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James Robson, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Monks, Monasteries and Madness: The Relationship between Buddhist Monasteries and Mental Institutions in East Asia

This presentation is co-sponsored by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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

There has been increasing attention paid to the relationship between Buddhism and medicine, but despite the advances in a number of subfields, there remains a paucity of studies on Buddhism and madness. What was the early Buddhist doctrinal discourse on madness? How has the category of madness evolved within the Buddhist tradition? While there are many records for monks who specialized in therapeutic practices aimed at dealing with those beset by demonic afflictions, possession, or madness, there was also a well-developed a tradition of highly cultivated "feigned madness" that marked the monk or artist with the distinction of not being bound by normative social behavior. In this talk, Professor Robson will discuss the history of some of the specific ways Buddhism addressed madness, but will narrow the focus of his comments to the intriguing history of one particular site in the northern part of Kyoto in Japan and the relationship between a Buddhist temple there and the many mental hospitals that grew up around it and are still active today.

Posted by zzhu at 03:11 PM

November 15, 2011

CCS alumnus to give talk on China's automotive market, Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Call for Papers: University of Toronto East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

The 12th Annual East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Toronto
10 March 2012

The conference committee is currently seeking original academic papers on the theme of "deception." Establishing as the starting point the distinction between truth and falsehood, the committee is interested in the question of how and to what purposes that distinction might be intentionally blurred.

The conference organizers welcome contributions that discuss the human, and also non-human, faculty to deceive, as well as the human potential to be deceived.

Deception can take the form of propaganda or a glance, an image or an utterance, a presence or an absence, a ploy or a pledge, an action or a silence. The question of deception invites a multitude of
discussions: political, linguistic, artistic, cultural, historical, anthropological, philosophical, psychological, and many more besides.

Thus the organizers welcome papers from any and all disciplines willing and able to engage academically in the issues, intricacies, and illuminations of the topic of deception in an East Asian context, from the ways deception is defined and figured in East Asian societies and cultures, to the very workings of deception in the figuring and definition of East Asia.

Those interested are requested to provide an abstract (300 words maximum) as well as personal and contact information by December 15, 2011. Submissions from both individuals and panels of three (panelists should send individual abstracts and a panel abstract) are encouraged.

Submitted papers are also eligible for consideration for the East Asia Forum, a journal edited and published by graduate students in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Please indicate whether you wish to have your completed paper considered for publication.

Selected participants will be asked to submit completed papers by February 15, 2012. Those who wish their papers to be considered for publication should submit a publication-ready copy (about 4000 words) by March 31, 2012. During the conference, participants will be given 20 minutes to present their work; actual presentation papers should be about 1500-2500 words long.

Please e-mail submissions and queries to eas[dot]gsc[at]utoronto[dot]ca. Further information as it becomes available will be posted on the conference website at http://groups.chass.utoronto.ca/easgsc/.

Posted by zzhu at 12:27 AM

November 11, 2011

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Please click on flier for Webcast links and additional information.

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November 10, 2011

Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
Automotive Analysis Division
“Focus on the Future”
Automotive Research Conferences

Inside China:
Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
9am to 4pm
University of Michigan, The Michigan League Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

The fourth year of our China Automotive Conference will feature insights by manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and UM experts on the current and future prospects for the automotive industry in China. Our speakers will tackle joint venture manufacturer strategies from the foreign and domestic perspective, business practices, market updates, government direction, and a US-China R&D Consortium on Batteries and Electric Vehicles. These speakers will provide insights into the current and future direction of the industry based on their academic research, consulting experience, and work within the industry.

Yingzi Su, Senior Economist, General Motors Corporation, will provide insight into GMs success in its most prolific market.

Hong Su, Vice-President, Changan US R&D Center, will discuss his company’s global vehicle development strategy based on their R&D centers located in the US, Italy, England, and Japan.

Jun Ni, Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, will discuss China’s automotive manufacturing footprint, as well as his views on future Chinese manufacturing.

Larry Johnson, Director, Transportation Technology R&D, Argonne National Labs, will talk about the progress made in the US-China R&D Consortium on Batteries and Electric Vehicles.

Richard Hanna, Global Automotive Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, will discuss his firm’s view of the future of the Chinese auto industry.

Conference Registration Cost:
Registration: $200
UMTRI-AAD Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff: Free

Register online:

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Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Maram Epstein

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Maram Epstein, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon

Girls Doing for Themselves: Redefining Filial Piety as a Virtue for Women in Late Imperial China

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

Even as chastity was the definitive virtue for women in late imperial China, a growing number of girls and women were claiming virtuous identities for themselves as daughters filial to their natal families. As suggested by female-authored tanci fiction and exemplary biographies, girls and women were drawn to filial piety as a virtue that allowed them expanded forms of agency and control not possible under the ritual codes of chastity. This talk is drawn from a book project that looks at the changing representations and practices of filial piety associated with men and women in Qing China. Sources include fiction, court case memorials, chronological biographies, and local gazetteers.

Maram Epstein is an associate professor of Chinese literature at the University of Oregon. Her research has been focused on reading Ming-Qing novels within their specific cultural and aesthetic contexts. Although her approach to late-imperial fiction is grounded in the intellectual and cultural context of the period and refers to traditional commentaries for immediate “reader response,” the questions she asks are largely informed by recent critical concerns, particularly in the area of gender theory. Professor Epstein’s first book, Competing Discourses, analyzes the shifting fictional representations of gender and sexual desire from within the context of the neo-Confucian discourse of self-cultivation and the late-Ming cult of qing (sentiment). She argues that a poetics of gender based on yinyang numerology is an essential structural element in many Ming-Qing novels.

Posted by zzhu at 10:39 PM

Call for Panels and Papers - The 2012 North American Taiwan Studies Association Conference

Taiwan: Gateway, Node, Liminal Space

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 25, 2011

Abstracts can be submitted at http://www.na-tsa.org/new/2012conference/call-for-panelspapers.html.

Taiwan has historically served as a gateway and node for different empires and actors. In the 17th century, the island served as a gateway for Dutch trade in Asia, in the later 19th century, an important key node in the global economy. During the Japanese colonial period, Taiwan served as a gateway for Japan's ambition to dominate Asia, a critical node of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. During the Cold War, Taiwan became a link in the United States' chain of bases to contain Communist influence in East Asia, a gateway to China in terms of surveillance operations, academic research, culture and later, investment, all the while transforming into a key node in the global economy, home to the world’s third largest container port and the greatest second-level node in the global science network. This history has contributed to the modern, multi-cultural society that Taiwan is today. We see not only “Taiwaneseness”, but also the combination and reconstruction of “Chineseness”, “Japaneseness” and “Americanness” on the island. The fact that Taiwan, seemingly neither here or there, apparently continues to occupy a marginal position, whether geopolitically or academically, makes it tempting to see it, as Prof. Stéphane Corcuff (Lyon Institute of Political Studies) suggests, as a liminal space, the idea being in a contribution to post-colonial studies and the theory of globalization.

Following the expansion of links to China in 2008 and the signing of ECFA in 2009, Taiwan’s interstitial position between China and the “West” has become even more complicated; especially when trying to make Taiwan an analytical unit in the westphalian system of states. Given that one of the motivations of Taiwan studies has been to “center” Taiwan, the current debate regarding the content and scale of Taiwan’s perceived growing marginalization have inspired some to hopefully argue that liminality is not a weakness, but a competitive strength for positioning Taiwan within the global economy and the international community more generally. During NATSA’s 2011 conference in Pittsburg, Prof. Joseph Wong (University of Toronto) challenged the economically-deterministic fear that closer economic ties with China inevitably leads to an independent Taiwan’s marginalization, arguing instead for a constructive debate in Taiwan society about the political and economic advantages of being an independent and autonomous gateway economy to China and the rest of the world. Prof. Stéphane Corcuff argued in the same debate that what he describes as “Taiwan’s liminality” has three dimensions: "[1) Taiwan as] an excellent topos to understand China...because China reveals itself on this delicate topic…; [2) Taiwan as] a ‘conservatory/laboratory’ due to its multicultural society where Chinese culture is the most important matrix, but not the only one; and [3) Taiwan as] “a threshold in a strategic place of the world since the early 17th century [that] continues today to give Taiwan a relevance as a legitimate actor in the global interconnected world, especially in the economic sector, and this, even in the absence of full political recognition.”

These raise both practical, as well as deeply theoretical questions that 2012’s conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association would like to explore: re-examining Taiwan from the perspective of its position as a gateway, node and liminal space. What is Taiwan's changing role in the global economy and international community? For whom does Taiwan serve as a “gateway” for in various transnational flows and supply chains? How have these been transformed under different historical conditions? Will a new role in a global economy translate into more peaceful relations on a political level, or instead exacerbate existing issues? What is the significance of Taiwan’s liminal political status? How does the in-betweeness of this status actually affect the passages (political, economic, cultural or otherwise) increasingly occurring between Taiwan, China and elsewhere? And where exactly does a tendency to even describe Taiwan in such terms come from? Is there ever an actual fixed and stable point that never changes for any geographical object of study? Many more questions on this line could be raised from different disciplinary, methodological and/or theoretical approaches (click to see some examples). We invite scholars from all backgrounds to explore such questions from a wide variety of frameworks, models, and theories. We believe that Taiwan is not just an area to be studied, but also a way to expand the current understandings of human societies and enable a more complex reflection on changing global conditions.

Special invitation to social scientists!

This year's NATSA conference is still open for both individual paper and panel proposals. Each panel should consist of THREE or FOUR presenters. Papers or panel proposals in all disciplines are appreciated, but we especially encourage submissions in the SOCIAL SCIENCES. NATSA was founded in 1994, a time when Taiwan was experiencing rapid political, economic, social, and cultural transformation. Such a background led to strong presence of social scientists, in particular political scientists, in its early days. Since 2000, however, the composition of NATSA’s participants has been changing and a significant decline in social scientists has been observed. Is it possible that the shift itself reflects the changing landscape of Taiwan Studies? If yes, what exactly is happening in this field? What is the implication for Taiwan Studies as a research field? As an effort to answer these questions and to reflect on the future of Taiwan Studies, this year NATSA plans to revive the participation by social scientists. Submissions in social sciences therefore are warmly encouraged and might receive a slight advantage in the review process.

However, this special invitation should not in any way be seen as a discouragement to other potential participants. It cannot be emphasized enough that NATSA has always been an interdisciplinary forum. Please take a look at the list of invited scholars who have agreed to attend the NATSA 2012 conference, which includes prestigious scholars on anthropology, literature, film studies, and political science. In the past few years, contributions from legal studies and humanities accounted for the majority of participants. This year we still expect a solid presence of scholars in these disciplines, and researchers from other fields are also highly welcomed.

Posted by zzhu at 01:41 AM

November 03, 2011

Re-examining CCS's rare Chinese papercut collection

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Read all about the amazing collection here.

Rare set of images found at University of Michigan tell story of China’s Cultural Revolution
The Washington Post, 11/06/2011.

This story was also reported (mostly online) by:
- Teleread
- The China Post
- The Cranbrook Daily Townsman
- Crescent-News
- The Daily Comet
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser
- The Huffington Post
- Idaho State Journal
- International Business Times, Hong Kong
- Nevada Appeal
- Prince Albert Daily Herald
- Times-News
- Westman Journal
- Yahoo! News
- Canadian Press
- CKNI-FM (News 91.9)
- Columbus Telegram
- Detroit Free Press
- FindLaw: Legal News and Commentary
- Inside Scoop SF
- Metro Edmonton
- Metro Ottawa
- The Miami Herald
- The News-Review
- Penticton Herald
- Star Tribune
- The Sun News
- Times Union
- Washington Post
- Weyburn Review
- jandan.net (煎蛋)

Wang Zheng, CCS Associate Director, and Professor of Women's Studies and History, talk about the historical and cultural significance of the work.

Please click on the image to see the entire collection.

Posted by zzhu at 09:40 PM

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Albert I. Hermalin and Deborah Lowry

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More on this conversation here.

Albert I. Hermalin, U-M Population Studies Center, ISR
Deborah Lowry, U-M Population Studies Center, ISR

The Age Prevalence of Smoking among Chinese Women: A Case of Arrested Diffusion?

November 8, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The smoking prevalence by age of women in China is distinct from most other countries in showing more frequent smoking among older women than younger. Using newly developed birth cohort histories of smoking, the authors demonstrate that although over one quarter of women born 1908-1912 smoked, levels of smoking declined across successive cohorts. This occurred despite high rates of smoking by men and the wide availability of cigarettes. The analysis shows how this pattern is counter to that predicted by the leading theoretical perspectives on the diffusion of smoking and suggests that it arose out of a special culture of gender relations.

Albert Hermalin is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Research Professor Emeritus of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He joined the University in 1967. His earlier research focused on fertility and family planning in Taiwan and subsequently in other developing countries. For the last 20 years he has concentrated on the dynamics and consequences of population aging in Asia, leading to the edited monograph, “The Well-Being of the Elderly in Asia: a Four Country Comparative Study” (2002). More recent research has examined the health and mortality levels of the older population in Taiwan, and the patterns of tobacco use among women in East Asia.

Deborah Lowry was a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan's Population Research Center from 2008-2011 and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo, Alabama. Her research focuses on aging and elderly well-being in the midst of China’s economic development and urbanization, as well as strategic individual and household responses to (and roles in) China’s social changes. Her most recent field work investigates at-home chronic illness management in Hangzhou.

Posted by zzhu at 09:29 PM

November 02, 2011

New Media Symposium, sponsored by the U-M International Institute

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University Ave.
On the Web: Join via live stream. A link will be posted here the day of the event.


PANEL 1 - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
James Der Derian, Brown University
Adrift in Berlin: Global Media, Quantum Leaps, and the Re-territorialization of Area Studies

Shazia Iftkhar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Juan Cole, Director, Center for South Asian Studies

PANEL 2 - 10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
E. Gabriella Coleman, New York University
From Digital Direct Action to Leaking: How to Understand the Politics of Anonymous

Mary Gallagher, Director, Center for Chinese Studies
Malcolm McCullough, Associate Professor of Architecture

PANEL 3 - 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Victoria Bernal, University of California, Irvine
From 'The Social Network' to 'The Facebook Revolution': Reflections On Culture and New Media

Paddy Scannell, Professor of Communication Studies
Kelly Askew, Director, African Studies Center

PANEL 4 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Joe Straubhaar, University of Texas at Austin
From Diaspora to Plurality in Digital Tejas: The Multi-layered Cultural Geography of Latino Identity and Media Use

Aswin Punathambekar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies

PANEL 5 - 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.
Annabelle Sreberny, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
New Media and the 'Middle East': Thinking Allowed

Nojin Kwak, Director Nam Center for Korean Studies
Atef Said, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology


Posted by zzhu at 02:31 PM

November 01, 2011

The Confucius Institute presents talk on Mongolian music

Image courtesy of UMS.

The Sound of Nostalgia and Memories in the Nation:
Introduction to Traditional Mongolian Music

Lecture by

Sunmin Yoon
Kent State University

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | 4pm
Parker Room, Michigan Union
530 S. State, Ann Arbor
Lecture is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

This lecture, based on the several years of fieldwork experience of the speaker, introduces the overall context of traditional Mongolian music and its aesthetic values, not only alive in the past but still vitally persistent in most of the Mongolian countryside. At the same time, the speaker will illustrate how, even under the pressures of change, current musicians such as the AnDa Union, have retained this vibrant musical tradition.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with

Performance by AnDa Union

Presented by University Musical Society, sponsored by
the Confucius Institute at U-M, and funded in part by
Arts Midwest's Performing Arts Fund.

Wednesday, November 9 | 7:30 pm
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
For tickets to the performance, please visit www.ums.org.

Posted by zzhu at 09:22 PM