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January 31, 2012

The Confucius Institute presents talk on Chinese music

Image courtesy of UMS.

Making Harmoniousness: "Silk and Bamboo" Music and Chinese Modernity Politics in Shanghai
Lecture by

Joys Cheung (PhD ’08)
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League - Kalamazoo Room
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with

Performance by Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

Presented by University Musical Society, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M.
Friday, February 10 | 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium
For tickets to the performance, please visit www.ums.org (or scroll down for more info).

Friends of Confucius Institute at U-M receive a 25% discount for this concert! Promo Code: CONFUCIUS
Offer valid in person at the Michigan League Box Office or by phone (734.764.2538). Not valid at the door or on previous purchases.

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CCS Faculty Associate Martin Powers to give talk at National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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Solving the East / West Conundrum in Modern Chinese Art
Sunday, February 19, 1:00 p.m. (in Mandarin), 2:00 p.m. (in English)
Martin J. Powers, Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan

General Information
The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov.

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January 25, 2012

Ruralopolitan Maneuvers: HOUSE 50

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Exhibit: January 20 - April 15, 2012, every Friday and Saturday, 2 PM – 7 PM
University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

Today, one in every ten people in the world lives in a rural Chinese village- the most endangered human habitat on the face of the earth. Architecture has largely focused on, and been fascinated by the city and urbanism. This project turns its attention toward the rural village, and is part of a larger project that looks at what we call “Ruralopolitan Space” – a space that is neither purely urban or rural, but is a new hybrid and continuum between the two. Preservation - yes and no - bringing the rural village into the 21st century socially, economically and architecturally - yes.

For the Research Through Making project, we focused on the making of several intimate pieces at the scale of the house as well as on one village/township scaled infrastructure including translucent thermal curtains, a zero energy cold food storage and a forty foot long illuminated balloon called CLOUD that provides wireless internet to one rural village. Each project needed to be acutely aware of cost and availability of materials close at hand as it is operating in an environment in which the average yearly household income is $560 U.S.

Project Team
Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray
with Robert Adams, David Gregor, Irene Keil, Philip Lee, Zhang Jian, and Zhao Zhifeng; Richard Tursky (EXHIBIT Project Manager); Vikram Ivatury (CLOUD Engineer)

Additional help from
Jessie Cui, Sara Dean, Matt Dolan, Johnny Dwyer, Deena Etter, Ryan Fiebing, Oscar Garcia, Nicholas Ho, Kyle Kramer, Jason Prasad, Mindy Rouse, Catherine Wang, Philip Yu-Huan Wang, Sabrina I-Hsuan Wang, Kyle Wyatt, and Echo Ying Xiang

Special thanks and acknowledgments to
Tom Buresh; Caroline Constant; Douglas Kelbaugh; Mike Shriberg; Ai Weiwei, consultant; Beijing University of Technology; Pearl Valley Township; Shang Shui Guo Village Leader Zhang Shang Shui Guo Villagers; Kaymont Meteorological Balloons

Additional support has been generously provided by
Graham Foundation for the Arts; Michael Levine Fabrics; UM Center for Chinese Studies; Center for Global Intercultural Studies; Confucius Institute; Department of Oceanic, Atmospheric and Space Engineering; Experiential Learning Fund; Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; International Institute; UM Office of the Vice President for Research 2011 Small Projects Grant

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Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Timothy Billings

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Timothy Billings, Professor of English and American Literatures, Middlebury College

Translating Matteo Ricci’s Jiaoyou lun

February 14, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In 1595 Matteo Ricci composed the first work to be written in Chinese by a European, a treatise on friendship in the classical style which instantly attracted the attention of discerning Chinese literati. This talk discusses the nature of the text and various challenges and insights that arose in the process of preparing its first English edition.

Timothy Billings is a specialist in early modern literary and cultural exchange with China. He is the translator of Matteo Ricci's On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince (Columbia UP, 2009) and the co-translator of Victor Segalen's collection of French and Chinese poetry, Stèles (Wesleyan UP, 2007), which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jean Scaglione Prize for Best Translation of a Literary Work. He is Professor of English at Middlebury College where he teaches early modern English literature, world literature, and Chinese poetry.

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Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Sarah Swider

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Sarah Swider, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wayne State University

Building China: Migrant Workers in China’s Construction Industry

February 7, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk presents three prevalent employment arrangements among migrant workers in the informal sector of China’s construction industry. It shows how each employment arrangement is characterized by specific mechanisms that channel migrants into a segmented informal labor market and shapes their lives on and off the jobsite.

Sarah Swider is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University. She received her PhD in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University. Most of her research is focused on understanding labor in a global perspective. She has looked at transnational labor cooperation, seeking to understand different forms of cooperation, conditions under which cooperation was likely, and factors that influence the outcome. Her recent research looks at the migrant labor workforce which has developed as part of China’s integration into the global economy. Specifically, she completed a study based on more than a year of extensive ethnographic field research in China focused on migrant construction workers in the informal labor market. On the macro-level, it shows how these migrants, who have limited citizenship, are spatially, socially, and economically integrated into China’s global cities. On the micro level, the study identifies mechanisms that channel migrants into a segmented informal labor market and shapes the labor process. This research is completed and is currently being worked into a book manuscript and several articles.

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Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Esther Klein

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Esther Klein, Coordinator, Asian Studies Program; Lecturer of Chinese, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sima Qian's Confucius and the Western Han Lunyu

January 31, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The Lunyu (Confucian Analects) has long been considered the most important record of Confucius' thought, yet there is almost no trace of this text before the Western Han. While Confucius was ubiquitous as an authority figure before that time, careful examination shows that he was not primarily a "Lunyu Confucius." The Shiji was one of the first texts to make widespread use of Lunyu material, and my paper analyzes the function and status of this material in contrast to other non-Lunyu understandings of Confucius also present in the text.

Esther Klein has a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, specializing in early Chinese historical narrative. Her dissertation analyzed constructions of Sima Qian as author the Shiji, and in a larger sense explored what it meant to write history within the Chinese tradition from the Han to the Song dynasties. She is currently employed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, running the Asian Studies program and teaching courses in Chinese history and in Asian Studies more broadly. Her next project focuses on how Han dynasty thinkers shaped the intellectual legacy of the Warring States.

Posted by zzhu at 12:58 PM

January 23, 2012

Stanford Journal of Asian Affairs

The Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs showcases outstanding papers on East Asia and Southeast Asia written by undergraduate and graduate students; it is one of the few publications in existence with such a mission. SJEAA accepts original articles from all academic disciplines pertaining to China/Hong Kong/Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Greater East Asia (including Southeast Asia). Published editions of the journal include topics such as politics, international relations, economics, history, literature, and the arts. Supported by the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, SJEAA is currently distributed internationally and regularly receives submissions from leading universities in the U.S. and abroad.

SJEAA is currently accepting submissions for our 2012 edition, and welcomes submissions from students at your institution. We also accept book review submissions for books whose first publication date is between 2007 and 2012. Book reviews should be above 900 words in length.

The deadline for submissions is February 10th, 2012. Submissions guidelines can be found here:


Previous editions can be read online at http://www.stanford.edu/group/sjeaa/. Questions should be addressed to sjeaastaff@gmail.com.

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Chinese week at Eastern Michigan University

Please click on flier for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 01:35 PM

The Confucius Institute presents talk by prominent Chinese portrait painter

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

“Observations of contemporary Chinese art and my own work”

Lecture by XU WEIXIN 徐唯辛
Artist, and professor at Renmin University of China

Friday, January 27, 2012 | 4pm
Palmer Commons - Great Lakes South
100 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor (walking and driving directions)
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Born in 1958, Professor Xu Weixin is one of the foremost artists in contemporary China and is celebrated for his black-and-white portraits of historical figures. In exhibitions of Professor Xu's work, the powerful are often juxtaposed with the persecuted, shedding light on China's troubled past and creating a special intensity.

Professor Xu’s paintings have been exhibited around the world. He currently serves as Professor and Executive Dean of the School of Arts at Renmin University of China.

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January 20, 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon!

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(Loli, via tooopen.com)


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January 19, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Bright Sheng

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Bright Sheng, Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Never Far Away: Professor Sheng presents a self-survey on what is considered "Chinese-ness" in his compositions

January 24, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The MacArthur Fellow Bright Sheng was born on December 6th, 1955, in Shanghai, China, and moved to New York in 1982. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at University of Michigan, and the Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College, CUNY. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, David Robertson, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Yo Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Emanuel Ax, Chao-Liang Lin, Yefim Bronfman, Evelyn Glennie, among others. He has been widely commissioned and performed by virtually all important musical institutions in North America, Europe and Asia, including the White House, the 2008 Beijing International Olympic Games, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra de Paris, BBC Symphony, Hamburg Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

As a conductor and pianist, he has performed with, in the U.S., the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, Dortmund Philharmonic in Germany, China National Symphony, among others; and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center. Since 2011, he has been the Founder and Artistic Director of The Intimacy of Creativity—The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong, an annual two-week workshop with a new approach to creativity. Exclusively published by G. Schirmer Inc. in New York City, he can also be heard on Naxos, Sony Classical, Talarc, Delos, Koch International, New World labels and Grammofon AB BIS.

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January 17, 2012

Free concert of Chinese pop songs! Saturday, January 21, 2012

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The Mandarine Invasion (TMI) is an all-student band formed during the time of Spring Festival in 2010. This band is a real diverse mix - members are from China, Indonesia, the U.K., and the U.S., giving their performance a unique touch of cultural blend. Prior to the formation of TMI, lead singer Xi Chen, who is pursuing a PhD in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at U-M and widely recognized as a rock star in Ann Arbor, was the lead singer and guitarist of the great phenomenon Three Reminiscing Idiots, a band that reached a high level of popularity in the Chinese and international communities of Ann Arbor with their original and versatile performances. After some band members graduated, Xi formed TMI with lead guitarist Jie Hou, a graduate student in U-M Computer Science and Engineering, and Willy Kaye, a graduate student in Nuclear Engineering, also at U-M. They have been active on campus and at nearby universities such as Michigan State University.

Vocal/Guitar: Xi Chen
Guitar: Jie Hou
Bass: David Roberts
Keyboard: William Kaye
Drum: Lill Likk

Join us this Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 7pm!
Performance venue: Pierpont Commons – Commons Café, 2101 Bonisteel, Ann Arbor
Free admission and free food! Interactive sessions and prizes!
English translation of lyrics will be provided.
Link up with TMI on facebook:

Attend the event page:
Let's Rock!我们期待您的到来!
Questions can be addressed to mandarineinvasion[at]umich[dot]edu / 424-646-3679




没错!上周末的表演只是一个预告片。本周末才是The Real Deal!在密西根孔子学院(Confucius Institute)和中国学生和学者联谊会(CSSA)的大力支持下,橘子入侵乐队为您打造了一场三小时长,十余首曲目的音乐大餐。我们将从70年代跨越到90年代,用音乐带您度过一段穿越时光的旅程。咖啡厅就是我们的舞台,大家共同欢唱,和我们自己的乐队一起,让北校区摇滚起来吧!

贝斯: David Roberts
键盘: William Kaye
鼓手: Lill Likk

时间: 2012年1月21日
地点: 北校区 Pierpont Commons 2楼 Cafe

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Buddhist Traditions: New Directions 2012 North American Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies September 14-16, 2012

The submission deadline is now extended to April 10, 2012.

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce a conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds September 14 -16, 2012. Our interdisciplinary graduate student conference, entitled “Buddhist Traditions: New Directions” (see conference website), seeks to elicit a robust diversity of approaches to Buddhist Studies. In addition to approximately 15 paper presentations, for which this announcement serves as a call for proposals, we will also host two special events — an introduction to UVa Buddhist Studies faculty initiatives in the digital humanities and a workshop on teaching Buddhism to undergraduates. UVa’s more than thirty graduate students in Buddhist Studies look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an enriching collaborative experience.

Paper Proposals
We are seeking paper proposals from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies or related fields. The fifteen papers selected for presentation will be organized into panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed twenty minutes. Please submit your proposal of 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to uvabuddhiststudies@virginia.edu by April 1, 2012. You will be notified in May of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

University of Virginia entities have allocated generous funding to cover the costs of all lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students’ home institutions or other sources. We also invite non-presenting students to attend at their own cost.

Please submit your proposals and any questions to uvabuddhiststudies@virginia.edu. Graduate students Manuel Lopez (mal5f@virginia.edu), Matt Zito (mjz3pm@virginia.edu), and Christie Kilby Robinson (cak9pn@virginia.edu) are the conference organizers whom you may also contact with questions.

Posted by zzhu at 01:50 AM

World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts

In August 2012, Leiden Global Interactions (LGI), Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) will host an international conference on the theme of ‘World Wide Asia’ to critically explore Asian migrations as a globalizing force.

Date: 31 August - 1 September 2012

Venue: Leiden, the Netherlands

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2012

Confirmed Speakers:
Adam McKeown (Columbia University, USA)
Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
Leo Lucassen (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Call for Papers:
The theme of Asian migrations, in the broadest sense, touches upon a wide array of practices, infrastructures, social issues and configurations of power. The mobility and influence of Asian peoples and productions have been a driving force in reshaping global and local landscapes from ancient to modern times, as demonstrated, for instance, by the historical trade networks that facilitated European colonialism, the intensified global trajectories of commodities, ideas and technologies, and the redefinition of urbanization by processes emerging from the ‘Global South’.

This conference seeks to gain a nuanced understanding of Asia’s role in historical and modern articulations of the global. It seeks to explore the problematics of place, dislocation/connectivity, and culture from diverse Asian perspectives on travel, exchange, circulation, translation, identity, and global power. We are particularly interested in the following topics and issues with respect to Asia:
• Migration and the City
• Mobility, Markets & Human Capital
• Regimes of Identification
• Migrant Lives and Global Labor
• Borderlands
• Commodities and Migration
• Expanding Empires
• Disaster, Development and Aid

The conference will be preceded by a four-day master class on the same theme.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 1 February 2012. Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words, along with the proposed title, author’s name, affiliation and email to: worldwideasia2012@gmail.com. We will send out notifications in March.

Carolyn Nakamura, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
c.m.nakamura[at]hum[dot]leidenuniv[dot]nl, +31(0)71 527 26 55

LGI: http://www.research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/global/
AMT: http://research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/amt/
IIAS: http://www.iias.nl

Posted by zzhu at 01:43 AM

Linda Lim and John Ciorciari on the Taiwan election

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Linda Lim
Professor of Strategy
U-M Ross School of Business
CCS Faculty Associate

Ma's victory a vote for rapprochement

Oman Observer - Online

Taiwan's China opening gets voter support but pace may slow
The Straits Times - Online

What next for Taiwan's economic links?
Today Online

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

Taiwan's Ma wins vote but faces tough second term

Daily Times - Online
(Also New Sabah Times and Channel NewsAsia)

Beijing, US greet Ma win with sigh of relief
The Standard - Online

2012 ELECTIONS: China willing to work with Taiwan: Yang Yi
Taipei Times - Online

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January 01, 2012

Recent media contributions by CCS alumni

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Sarah M. Brooks (MA/MPP '11)
Carter Center
China’s water politics: debating the Three Gorges Dam

Elizabeth C. Economy (PhD '94, Political Science)
C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Foreign Affairs Focus On: Protests in China and China's Interests in North Korea

Time for the United States to Learn from China
(reviews book by alumnus Michael Dunne (MA/MBA '90))
Asia Unbound

Damien Ma (MA '06)
China Analyst, Eurasia Group
Conversation with James Fallows on recent Chinese crackdown

Damien Ma's articles on China
The Atlantic

David Moser (CCS MA '89, PhD '96 - Asian Languages and Cultures)
Academic Director at CET Chinese Studies, Beijing Capital Normal University
Thoughts on River Elegy, June 1988-June 2011
The China Beat

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