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March 29, 2012

Singing Histories: A Concert of Chinese and Greek Songs

Part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China & Greece," a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program

Saturday, APRIL 7, 2012 | 7PM
Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Arts Center, U-M North Campus
1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. No reservation required.

Pavlos Vasileiou, voice, tzoura
Vangelis Nikolaidis, guitar
Yona Stamatis, bouzouki, violin
Pantelis Polychronidis

Jie Wang, soprano
Liyan Sun, mezzo soprano
Shuping Ma, soprano
Lydia Qiu, collaborative piano

This concert is made possible by the generous support of the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Martin Luther King, Jr.•César Chávez•Rosa Parks Visiting Professors Program. Additional support is provided by the U-M Center for World Performance Studies, Context for Classics (CFC) - an interdepartmental faculty initiative at U-M, and the U-M Department of Comparative Literature’s "Year of Anachronism." 

Posted by zzhu at 10:04 PM

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Cheng Huang

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Cheng Huang
Assistant Research Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University

Natural Experiments in Health Research: What We could Learn from the Chinese 1959-61 Famine and Recent Mega Events in China?

April 10, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Natural experiment is an underused tool in health research. Drawing upon examples of his own research, Dr. Huang presents how to use famine as a natural experiment to study malnutrition in critical periods of life and adult health and human development, as well as how to use mega-events such as the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, during which period air quality was rapidly improved due to radical means such as traffic restriction, to study environment and population health.

Dr. Cheng Huang is a demographer and population economist with a PhD in demography from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include migration policy and health inequalities in the US, global population ageing, health consequences of hunger/malnutrition, environment and health, and methodology. His research has been published in journals including Demography, Population Studies, Social Science & Medicine, and Journal of Nutrition. Dr. Huang recently obtained several NIH grants for his research on climate change and population health in the US, as well as long-term health consequences of the Chinese 1959-61 famine. Dr. Huang serves as faculty in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University where he teaches Population Dynamics and Global Tobacco Control.

Posted by zzhu at 02:29 PM

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Ellen Laing

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Ellen Laing
Center Associate, U-M Center for Chinese Studies
Professor Emerita of the History of Art, University of Oregon

"Living Wealth Gods" in the Chinese Popular Print (年画) Tradition

April 3, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Depictions of a host of different Wealth Gods were standard items in the popular print (nianhua) inventory of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Substantial literature exists on these Wealth God representations. One special wealth theme, however, has largely been overlooked-the “Living Wealth God” (huo caishen). In the popular print imagery, the “Living Wealth God” has three dimensions. The first is the depiction of a generic, anonymous “Living Wealth God;” the second is the connection between the anonymous “Living Wealth God” and the practice of “counting the nines” (“nine-nines disperse the cold” jiujiu xiaohan); the third is the representation of identifiable fabulously wealthy people, some of whom earned the appellation “Living Wealth God.” This lecture explores the context and significance of these three categories of “Living Wealth God.”

Ellen Johnston Laing, an Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, received her Ph.D. in Far Eastern Art History at the University of Michigan in 1967. Specializing in Chinese painting and material culture, she has published 60 articles in scholarly journals, as well as presenting numerous papers for academic and general audiences in the United States and abroad. She has published nine books, the most recent of which is Divine Rule and Earthly Bliss: Popular Chinese Prints: The Collection of Gerd and Lottie Wallenstein (Berlin: Museum für Asiatische Kunst, 2010).

Posted by zzhu at 02:21 PM

March 22, 2012

The Pleasures of the Peony: Regarding the Floral Temptress in the Song Dynasty

Detail of hanging scroll, anonymous, ink and color on silk, 12th century (Song dynasty), Taipei: National Palace Museum.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 7pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art
525 S. State St.

Celebrating 90 Years of the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden!

Roslyn Hammers (PhD '02), a U-M History of Art alumna and expert on peonies in Chinese culture, will speak on the various facets of the peony in Song-dynasty Chinese art. The appreciation of the peony has an extensive history in Chinese art and literature, and peonies have always stirred passions. According to Professor Hammers, “as early as the Tang dynasty (618–907) the allure of the peony had become obsessive, bordering on mania.” The temptations of the flower, long associated with feminine seductiveness, compelled poets to write poems extolling its sensuous charms. This presentation explores varying aspects of the Song-dynasty peony as presented in paintings, poetry, and prose in order to reclaim the complexities it evoked as well as to consider the anxieties the peony inspired.

Free and open to the public. A reception to follow.

Sponsored by Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, Center for Chinese Studies, U-M Museum of Art, History of Art, and the Confucius Institute.

From the CCS image archives: The CCS commemorative kite for the September 2011 CCS Kite Festival held in Nichols Arboretum was specially designed by Kitemaster Ha Yiqi with peonies to highlight one of the Arboretum’s main attractions.

Posted by zzhu at 10:16 PM

Chinese Crosstalk Comedy Show (相声大会), March 25, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 7pm – 10pm
Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons
100 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor
(Directions: http://palmercommons.umich.edu/directions/)

Free and open to the public. English subtitles are provided.

Posted by zzhu at 08:38 PM

Liu Junhai: "Globalization and CSR Requirements" - Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Globalization and CSR Requirements for Multinationals Doing Business in China

Liu Junhai
Professor, School of Law
Director, Business Law Center
Renmin University of China

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 5pm-6:30pm
Room R2230 Ross School of Business
715 Tappan Street

Professor Liu will discuss the requirements of Corporate Social Responsibility from both legal and moral perspectives, and the significance of CSR-oriented corporate governance for corporations including multinationals doing business in China.

His core argument is that CSR is not a financial burden or transaction cost for multinationals. Instead, socially responsible multinationals will gain competitive advantage and reduce transaction costs substantially. He will analyze the causes of CSR scandals at multinationals in China, and prescribe some reform suggestions for multinationals, Chinese governments, institutional investors and consumers. For the purpose of building a win-win and harmonious environment for doing business in China, multinationals need to improve their corporate governance, create CSR-friendly supplier chain management frameworks, and enable the stakeholders in their supply chains to influence their decision making. Further, government procurement should be used to motivate socially responsible business.

Prof. Liu Junhai is the first Chinese scholar to study corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China. His academic work The Corporate Social Responsibility based on his visiting research at Norwegian Institute of Human Rights from 1996 to 1997, was published by Press of Law in 1999 as the first monograph on the research of CSR. Many of the suggestions in this book were endorsed by Article 5 and other articles of Corporate Law of 2005, which is the first statute in the world to include a special CSR article. Additionally, employee representatives on the board of directors in state-owned or controlled corporations and the board of supervisors in every corporation were also made mandatory by the legislature in 2005, due to the pressure from the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) and his theoretical support to ACFTU with the employee participation in corporate governance in his monograph. Prof. Liu has been making efforts in advising Chinese legislature to extend the CSR philosophy broadly to many other legal areas such as consumer law and labor law. His current research covers modernization of Chinese corporate law, securities regulation and private equity funds. He is a Hughes Fellow and Grotius Fellow at Michigan for the academic year of 2011-2012.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the U-M Center for Chinese Studies and the ERB Institute for Sustainable Enterprise.

Posted by zzhu at 02:15 PM

March 21, 2012

Call for Papers: Asia Pacific Reader - Passages

About the APR
The Asia Pacific Reader (APR) (www.asiapacificreader.org) is an online interactive platform for the research, discussion and publication of academic subjects concerning the Asia-Pacific region. Research notes, opinion pieces and photography published in the APR are read by academics, students and other readers across the world. The APR is run by an interdisciplinary board of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto, and is a collaborating partner with the South Asian Development Council (SADC) (http://southasiandc.sa.utoronto.ca/).

Passages is a yearly publication organized and edited by a group of graduate and undergraduate students at the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Our goal is to tap into the knowledge of students and faculty by promoting and publishing their work. To view last year’s publication of Passages, please visit http://www.asiapacificreader.org/sites/default/files/aprpassages2011.pdf

Call for Submissions
The APR is currently accepting submissions which relate to the Asia-Pacific region and South Asia from students, faculty and alumni for our yearly publication, Passages. Accepted submissions will be published on the website, as well as in printed format. If you have a piece you would like to submit, please send it to meaghan@asiapacificreader.org. Please note that given the volume of submissions, the APR does not guarantee publication, however every piece submitted will be carefully considered.

Guidelines and Formats
Examples of submission formats include:
Working papers


Opinion pieces

Photo essays

Field research notes

Reviews (of plays, films, exhibits, or events relating to the Asia Pacific region)

Institutional profiles (of, for example, non-governmental organisations operating in the region)

APR content targets readers with interests in a broad range of fields concerning the Asia-Pacific region and South Asia. All submissions that fall within these categories will be considered for publication. For written pieces, please keep the length of your submission between 1500-2500 words. We place emphasis on quality over quantity. All submissions must be in English.

For more information, please consult the submission guidelines at
http://www.asiapacificreader.org/publications or e-mail one of our editors at meaghan[at]asiapacificreader[dot]org or martin[at]asiapacificreader[dot]org.

The APR will be accepting submissions for publication from now until April 6th, 2012.

Posted by zzhu at 04:57 PM

Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism

All are invited to a one-day event on bilingualism on Thursday, March 29 in the Rackham Amphitheater. The "Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism" will feature five leading bilingualism researchers from around the world and a distinguished philosopher who will discuss relevant issues in the philosophy of language and cognition. The schedule includes:

• 9:00-9:25 Opening Remarks by Dean Terrence McDonald
• 9:25-10:20 Bimodal bilingualism: When language is both spoken and signed, Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
• 10:20-11:15 From language mixing to "mixed languages": When style becomes grammar, Peter Auer (University of Freiburg)
• 11:40-12:35 Early bilingualism: Perils and possibilities, Fred Genesee (McGill University):
• 2:00-2:55 Creeping and scooting on two languages, Nuria Sebastian-Galles (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
• 2:55-3:50 Child bilingualism: Two first languages or early second language acquisition? Jürgen Meisel (University of Hamburg & University of Calgary)
• 4:15-5:10 Philosophical implications of bilingualism, Gilbert Harman (Princeton University)
• 5:10-6:00 Panel discussion with questions from audience

Additionally, there will be breakfast from 8:30-9:00 am and closing reception from 6:00-7:00 pm that are open to anyone attending the conference. More information about the talks (including abstracts) are available at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/linguistics/events/marshallmweinbergsymposium.

Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of this symposium.

Feel free to e-mail Jennifer Nguyen at jgnguyen[at]umich[dot]edu for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 11:31 AM

China-Greece Roundtable & Gala

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM)
& U-M Modern Greek Program
jointly present

Roundtable and Gala celebrating
“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

Join us for discussions, music, and food!

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 4pm
Gerald R. Ford Library
1000 Beal Avenue, U-M North Campus, Ann Arbor
(Directions can be found here: http://uuis.umich.edu/cic/buildingproject/index.cfm?BuildingID=62)
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please e-mail ChinaGreeceGala@umich.edu by Wednesday, March 28 to reserve a spot.

• Vassilis Lambropoulos, Classical Studies & Comparative Literature
• Despina Margomenou, Classical Studies and Kelsey Museum
• Yona Stamatis, Ethnomusicology, Kalamazoo College
• Joseph Lam, Musicology
• David Porter, Comparative Literature & English
• Christian de Pee, History

• Pantelis Polychronidis, piano
• Aphrodite Roumanis, voice
• Stavros Sianos, guitar
• Yona Stamatis, bouzouki
• Zhang Ying, Chinese flute
• Qi Baiping, voice


Posted by zzhu at 01:24 AM

March 20, 2012

CECC Employment Announcement - Professional Staff Members

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is a bipartisan commission created by Congress in 2000 to monitor and report on human rights and rule of law developments in China. The Commission consists of Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, and senior officials from the Administration. The Commission holds hearings, issues an Annual Report, and maintains a database of political prisoners in China, among other activities. For more information on the Commission, see www.cecc.gov.

The Commission is seeking professional staff members to assist in monitoring and reporting on substantive issues, including worker rights, criminal justice, freedom of residence and movement, access to justice, Xinjiang, ethnic minority rights, freedom of religion, civil society, North Korean Refugees in China, and property in China. The professional staff member will assist in assessing China's compliance or noncompliance with international human rights standards and Chinese domestic law. Successful candidates should have substantive background and/or an interest in one or more of these issue areas. Successful candidates should also possess the necessary Chinese language, English writing, and communication skills to effectively research, analyze, and explain such developments to U.S. policymakers and the broader public.

Main duties:
• Monitoring and researching Chinese and English language sources (media, government, NGO) for developments relating to their issue area.
• Identifying and analyzing key developments and reporting their significance orally and in writing, including through drafting sections of the Commission's Annual Reports, short analysis pieces, public statements, and press releases.
• Researching political prisoner cases and creating and maintaining case records in the CECC Political Prisoner Database.
• Assisting in organizing CECC public hearings and roundtables.
• Staff member also may be asked to travel to U.S. cities, China or other foreign locations on official business.

• Candidates must be a U.S. citizen.
• Very strong demonstrated ability to speak, read, write, and perform research in Chinese (Mandarin) is required.
• The successful candidate will likely have worked or studied in mainland China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
• Candidates will preferably have a law degree or a Ph.D. or M.A. in political science, history, business, economics, or other social sciences. B.A. candidates with very strong credentials will also be considered.
• Strong oral and written communication skills, and the interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work under tight deadlines and as part of a team.

Application Procedure:
• Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, short writing sample (10 pages or less), and the names and contact information for two references to Judy Wright, CECC Director of Administration, via e-mail at judy.wright@mail.house.gov or via FAX at 202-226-3804. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by 11:59 PM, EST. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
• The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted by zzhu at 03:26 PM

March 19, 2012

Recent media contributions by CCS alumni (updated March 2012)

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Damien Ma (MA '06)
China Analyst, Eurasia Group

Damien appeared on Charlie Rose Wednesday, March 15, 2012 to discussed Bo Xilai's ouster, the biggest political story coming out of China in recent years.

Damien's conversation with James Fallows on recent Chinese crackdown

Damien Ma's other articles on China
in The Atlantic

Michael Dunne (MA/MBA '90)
President, Dunne & Company

Need to learn Punjabi, Swahili or dozens of other languages? U-M is the place
The University of Michigan Record

American Wheels, Chinese Roads
LSA Today

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

China's Land Grab Epidemic Is Causing More Wukan-Style Protests
The Atlantic

Elizabeth Economy's other articles on China
in The Atlantic

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

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

David Shambaugh (PhD '89, Political Science)
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Ten Questions for China’s Heir Presumptive
The New York Times

Posted by zzhu at 10:47 PM

March 18, 2012

Carol Stepanchuk's AAS guest blog

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Carol Stepanchuk, CCS Coordinator of Outreach and Student Services, shares observations from her trip to the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, Canada. We thank Carol for her time and attention.

Part 1 - New Ways of Seeing:
AAS is now in full swing--and for those who were able to caravan early to Toronto, there was time before the sessions to wander--the Art Gallery of Ontario (over 80,000 works of art) is only a 10-15 minute walk from the conference on Dundas Street West. Scholars mining the field of 18th century prints might scavenger hunt through "Goya and Gillray: Humor that Bites" to find Gillray's "Reception of the Diplomatique and His Suite at the Court of Pekin 1792." And, to see the palette of the AAS bag, just breeze through Contemporary Art from the Ago Collection (Dubuffet Texturologies, Warhol's silver Liz as Cleopatra, Franz Kline...). If you edge through the new wing to get closer to the part reminiscent of a Guggenheim wrap, you might think you are inside a giant fortune cookie.

Interesting facts for hotel guests: Monet painted on his armoire door instead of paying his hotel bill... (you can see the quality expected of such an exchange, the armoire door is on display).

Part 2:

From tornadoes in Ann Arbor to activism in Toronto, we've come to expect the unexpected. This also rings true for sideline activities skirting the conference proper.

AAS members roaming the Asian collections at ROM might have first bypassed a 6'7" knight in shining armor en route to catching a glimpse of Yuan dynasty wall murals (that invite a greater understanding of large scale art projects and painting practices) or the display figurines of Mongols, Chinese, Tibetans, and Arabs, an advertisement in the medieval contours of multiculturalism.

Others came by appointment or arrangement with ROM curators to see scrolls, prints, and textiles--the fabrics being a huge draw from the Thursday night roundtable on "Seeing through Chinese Costume and Textiles," a project at ROM in the making.

Some panels fits right in with a focus on the tactile as in "Wood to Stone and Beyond: Chinese architecture through the materials microscope," raising interesting questions about mimicry and close paraphrasing in the arts.

After the formal sessions and keynote address by Gail Hershatter, Friday night invited camaraderie at the many receptions from AAS to university and institute gatherings (University of Michigan being often confused with Harvard Yenching)...Not to mention the Gilbert and Sullivan Reception the night before that reminded me of a chance encounter years ago with Rauschenberg's cronies in Beijing--just art, song, and beverage...

Part 3 - The AA caravan returns:

As we mapped our individual ways through hundreds of panels at AAS, traversing culturescapes of all kinds, there were ways to set new trends and directions, collaborations and partnerships, traveling the borderlands and bridging disciplines

And, at the interstices, editorial boards and meetings--with continued support for staple publications (BTW, Education About Asia needs to be on all library shelves--if each AAS member helped to have his/her local public library subscribe...)

The exhibit hall was, of course, busy Sunday morning (the one place to go where products can still be accessed without a password) with last grabs for those who still had room in their bags...

And, you could continue to find out good advice while waiting to leave in the hotel lobby: from those in the know at University of Washington, must-see movies in Chinese film: anything by director Jia Zhangke (try "Still Life" for starters) and, for a bit of optimism, look to the elements- "In the Heat of the Sun," dir. Jiang Wen, or "Shower," dir. Zhang Yang.

The final word:
AAS offers tremendous support in helping outreach coordinators build a platform for understanding Asia. One of the journals whose editorial board meets at AAS is Education About Asia--a peer-reviewed teaching journal, now in its 17th year of publication--which is always looking for new submissions on a range of topical Asian themes, pedagogical methods and current resources--special sections on upcoming issues being "US, Asia & the World" and "Cyber Asia & Social Media." (Don’t hesitate to forward suggestions). Over several days, we all had a chance to venture into new territory, absorb the urban resources at hand, and engage both with academics and independent scholars as well as media specialists, vendors, editors, and teachers, not to mention a wide ranging staff of supporters and cultural enthusiasts. Historian Jeffery Wasserstrom blogged earlier about this year's AAS and the "mingling of cultures" (academics and journalists) where the number of non-academics in attendance is increasing. The tiers of participants are multi-textured/layered, and we all value a chance to appreciate the work and knowledge of scholars and others in the field.

As for grad students, think about next year's spring meeting in San Diego, a superb time for whale watching and expanding academic horizons.

Posted by zzhu at 04:57 PM

March 17, 2012

Chancellor Daniel Little's AAS guest blog

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Daniel Little, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, professor of philosophy at UM-Dearborn, and CCS faculty associate, shares his experience from the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, Canada. We are grateful for his time and attention.

Asianists in Toronto

The AAS is a genuinely multinational, transnational gathering. Think of a particularly active oasis town on the Silk Road and you'll get a bit of a sense of the international and intercultural exchanges that take place here. Scholars born in India, Indonesia, China, or Malaysia now teaching in the United States join scholars based in those countries as well as US-born scholars based in the US and abroad, all focusing on Asian topics and coming together on lively, informative panels. The book display area would be familiar to the medieval traveler as a souk, where academics greet old acquaintances, make connections with acquisitions editors, and examine the latest publications from dozens of publishers.

And we can't overlook the occupational variation. Much as merchants, animal handlers, religious specialists, and itinerant artisans came face to face in Xi'an, the AAS is a place where political scientists, literary specialists, economists, historians, sociologists and anthropologists come together for only partially comprehensible exchanges. (What is that economist nattering on about, the art historian wonders.)

So why is there an Association of Asian Studies anyway, and why does it need an annual conference? There are of course many scholars passionately interested in Asia. But Asia is a large place with a long history. Is "Asia" a construct of a Eurocentric view of the world? Why should we assume that a single association can fruitfully serve this range of academic and regional interests?

One reason is proximity. If you are a historian of Indonesia or Burma, the history and politics of China are of deep importance to you. This is true historically, and it is true in the present. The policies of Ming China towards its southwestern periphery had major effects on the polities now sectioned as Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. And if you're interested in the environmental prospects for the Mekong River basin, likewise you will be interested in China.

Another is methodological. It is valuable for a China specialist trained in anthropology to have a stimulating exposure to a well-conducted study of evolving CCP policies. It is useful for an historian of China to be exposed to subaltern histories of South Asia, since the perspectives of the subaltern school have little traction in the China field. It is useful for a scholar of the Congress Party of India to have a more engaging exposure to pre-colonial India.

One thing that is difficult to assess is the disciplinary background of people who present on AAS panels. My impression is that humanists are strongly represented -- literature, art history, film and media studies. There are generally a number of panels on topics of contemporary politics and government, including popular movements in Southeast Asia; this implies a representation of political scientists. There are often a few sessions on demographic topics, including historical treatments of famine. And of course historians are very well represented. Unfortunately the conference program doesn't make it easy to do this kind of snapshot analysis, since presenters are identified only by their institution and not department. Some people I've talked to have felt that AAS needs to try to do a better job of bringing the social sciences into the program, and finding some ways of encouraging more comparative research. AAS is very good on highlighting the particular, but some participants would like to see greater efforts at an integrative view as well.

Another practical function of the AAS annual meeting is its role in the job market for new PhDs in fields subsumed within Asian Studies. Mentors are introducing their students to other senior faculty at universities that may be hiring in Asian history, politics, or culture. And there are lots of presentations by late-stage graduate students and recent PhDs introducing their dissertation research to a broader audience. It is often very interesting work, following new topics and sometimes new methods. For example, I heard a paper by Ke Li on Friday describing her fieldwork in China observing the strategies pursued by rural women to gain divorce from unhappy marriages. (The deck is stacked against them.)

I've attended AAS since 1988, as a philosopher with an interest in China. And I've found it to be one of the more welcoming interdisciplinary convenings that I've attended (much more than the American Philosophical Association or the American Political Science Association, for example). As an oasis town, it's a thoroughly rewarding stop on our academic itineraries.

Posted by zzhu at 10:13 AM

March 15, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Sophie Volpp

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Sophie Volpp
Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature,
University of California Berkeley

The Translucence of the Medium: Interiors and Interiority in the Eighteenth-century Novel Story of the Stone (红楼梦)

March 27, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In this talk, Professor Volpp examines the novel Honglou meng's representation of new technologies of interior illumination and decoration such as plate glass windows, full-length mirrors, and perspectival painting. She asks how the capacity of such new technologies to encourage play upon perception within domestic interiors might have inspired innovative means of representing interiority. The novel's exploration of new technologies of illumination, reflection and perspective allow the reader to reconsider the materiality of a medium of representation. Ultimately, these technologies serve the novel's concern with encouraging in the reader an elevated quality of perception that leads to a new apprehension of the fictional.

Sophie Volpp is Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at the University of California Berkeley. Her book Worldly Stage: Theatricality in Seventeenth-century China analyzed the influence of seventeenth-century theatrical culture on conceptions of spectatorship and performance, Her current book project, Substantive Fictions: Literary Texts and Material Culture in Late-imperial China, examines the representation of objects in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Chinese fiction in order to discuss the relation between seventeenth-century Chinese conceptions of the material and the fictional.

Posted by zzhu at 05:32 PM

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jeff Snyder-Reinke

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Jeff Snyder-Reinke (CCS MA '01, PhD '06),
Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies, College of Idaho

Grave Transgressions: Adjudicating the Corpse in Late Imperial China

March 20, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk will examine the crime of grave violation (fazhong) during the Qing dynasty. It will explore the anxieties surrounding death and the protection of the deceased in Qing law and society, and how transgressing the grave’s physical and metaphysical boundaries could be a source of power in the late imperial period.

Jeff Snyder-Reinke earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2006. He is currently assistant professor of history and Asian studies at The College of Idaho. His most recent book is Dry Spells: State Rainmaking and Local Governance in Late Imperial China, which was published by the Harvard University Asia Center in 2009. His current book project is entitled “Tomb Raiders: The Culture and Politics of Grave Violation in Late Imperial China.” The project examines the crime of grave violation (fazhong) in an effort to shed light on topics such as the cult of ancestors, late imperial conceptions of the body, the material culture of death, and Qing legal practice.

Posted by zzhu at 05:15 PM

March 14, 2012

Chinese Instrumental Music Performance at MLibrary

Part of the Global Information Week 2012. Please click on flier to learn more.

Posted by zzhu at 12:57 AM

March 12, 2012

The 16th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum

Revolutions, Counter-Revolutions, Post-Revolutions
March 16 and 17, 2012

All are welcome to the faculty lecture:

"What Happens to Revolutionary Art After the Revolution?"
by Xiaobing Tang, Professor of Comparative Literature
and Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies.
Friday, March 16
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
434 South State Street
U of M Central Campus

All events are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the faculty lecture.

16th Annual CLIFF: Schedule

Friday, March 16, 2012

12:00-2:00, Faculty/Student Roundtable on Academic Perspectives on Revolution
with Professor Vassilis Lambropolous, Professor Wijdan Al-Sayigh, Basak Candar and Rostom Mesli. Moderator: Etienne Charriere

Lunch will be provided.

2:00-4:00, Panel on Activism and Revolution on Occupy Ann Arbor
with Alexandra Hoffman, Orian Zakai and John Rowland; Occupy Riverside, Los Angeles and Oakland with Anthony Cristofani; and thoughts on the Egyptian Revolution read on behalf of Atef Said. Moderator: Emily Goedde

4:00-5:00 Break

5:00-6:30, "What Happens to Revolutionary Art After the Revolution?"
Faculty Lecture with Xiaobing Tang
Professor of Comparative Literature
Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

Reception will follow lecture.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

10:00-11:30, "Theories of Revolution"
with Katherine Brion, Lucas Nelson, Luke Heister and Adam Drury.
Moderator: Sara Hakeem Grewal

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-1:00, "History and Media Coverage of Revolution in the Middle East"
Mehraneh Ebrahimi, Nadeen Kharputly and Pouya Alimagham.
Moderator: Ramon Stern

1:00-2:00 Lunch (Lunch will be provided.)

2:00-3:15, "Soviet Aesthetics and Ideology"
Cate Reilly, Aleksandar Boskovic and Jonathan Sherry. Moderator: William Runyan

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-5:30, "Revolutionary Literature from Egypt and Iraq,"
closing questions and comments
Sherine El Taraboulsi, Kevin Jones, Shir Alon, Kyle Anderson and Ramon Stern
Moderator: Amr Tawfik Kamal

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March 08, 2012

Royal Shakespeare Company Creative Residency 2012 at U-M

During the RSC’s “Creative Residency 2012,” directors, actors, and playwrights will develop two plays—a new version of Boris Godunov; and, a new adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao (赵氏孤儿).

Programs Open to the Public

Tuesday, March 13, 5 pm
James Fenton Reading, Kalamazoo Room at the Michigan League

Friday, March 16, 4 pm
The Orphan of Zhao (赵氏孤儿) Presentation, Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

Saturday, March 17
4 pm — Bringing “Creative Project 2010″ to the Stage: The Audience and the Director, featuring Gregory Doran, RSC Chief Associate Director, Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

Sunday, March 18, 4 pm
“Drama in Translation” (a roundtable discussion) and “A Conversation with Michael Boyd, RSC Artistic Director, and Ralph Williams,” Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

Monday, March 19, 4:30 pm
Reading of Boris Godunov, Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

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Australian National University - Asia Pacific Week (APW) 2012

The APW organising committee is seeking delegate applications from top honours, masters and PhD students from around the world. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We would be very grateful for your support in spreading the word of APW to your students.

ANU Asia Pacific Week brings leading experts on the Asia Pacific region together with 100 delegates from around the world to engage in a series of dynamic discussions and events focused on developments and trends that will shape the ‘Asia Pacific Century’.

The conference will be held from 8 – 13 July 2012 at the ANU campus in Canberra, Australia.

Applications open this Friday 9 March at 9am and close Friday 23 March at 9am (Canberra Time).

An information flyer will be posted to the APW website shortly. This may be of use in informing your cohort of Asia Pacific Week and you are most welcome to download and distribute it.

For more information, please visit our website http://asiapacificweek.anu.edu.au/or email asiapacificweek@anu.edu.au

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March 06, 2012

A CCS community member's review of Wheat Harvest (麦收)

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This controversial film was screened as part of the Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Carrick Rogers (University of Michigan) saw the film Saturday and was very kind to share his thoughts:

When watching Wheat Harvest one sees Hongmiao's life in three different ways, based on how the camera is held. The first is the standard shot one expects to see in a documentary, with the camera clearly tripod-mounted or held on the director’s shoulder. Those present are clearly aware of the camera and often look directly at the lens to address the director. These scenes have the most value, capturing interactions within the brothel or when the prostitute and a client are out on a date. Many of the regulars it appears desire companionship and a ‘girlfriend experience’ as much as the sex and seeing these interactions play out is fascinating. Here is where the documentary shines, showing how Hongmiao interacts with her clients, coworkers, and family.

Those scenes though feel rare in Wheat Harvest. What the viewer remembers though are all the scenes that appear to be covertly shot. Featuring camera angles where the camera is clearly resting on the lap of the director or set off on a shelf. Given Xu Tong's duplicity it doesn’t take much paranoia to imagine that during these scenes the director had ensured those present the camera was off. After all, Xu Tong made all kinds of promises to Hongmiao regarding how he could use the footage and he broke all of them. Other uncomfortable scenes also feature the director sitting on Hongmiao’s bed and pressing her to talk about her sexual exploits. She relates them in confidence and her trust is repaid with the broadcast of those words to the entire world.

The third type of scenes consists of those of Hongmiao planting corn, of migrant workers harvesting wheat, or merely walks around Beijing. At first one sees these scenes as an interesting window inside rural and urban in China. However, due to overuse these scenes begin to feel like filler used to length the run time of the film as opposed to contributing to the audience’s understanding of the subject. Many of these scenes are also thrown in a seemingly randomly order; for example, two scenes in Beijing may be interspersed with a scene of Hongmiao returning to her rural home. It is never clear exactly how many visits home Hongmiao made over the course of film, and the effect is distracting to the viewer as pieces of Hongmiao’s life are presented out of order.

Ultimately, those covert shots or shots in which Xu Tong aggressively questions Hongmiao, reducing her to tears at one point, seem to dominate the movie. They carry with them an unpleasant sense of voyeurism that pervades the film. It is difficult to actually focus on the content when one is busy quelling feelings of disgust over the director’s exploitation of his subject. Wheat Harvest does not feel like a documentary but rather a piece where someone revels in voyeurism and schadenfreude by exploiting his subjects.

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Global Feminisms Revisited, Thursday, March 29, 2012

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March 04, 2012

Tang Junyi Lecture Series Featuring Brian Bruya

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
6PM Reception - 4th Floor Atrium of Palmer Commons
7PM Presentation - 4th Floor Forum Hall of Palmer Commons

Nature, Self, and Artifice: On the Divisibility of the Self in Action and Aesthetics

Can human behavior be natural rather than artificial? Although human beings are generally understood to be continuous with nature, human behavior and its products are consistently categorized as artificial rather than natural, and "nature" is generally defined as not human. This situation makes it theoretically impossible to account both for natural action in humans and for artifice in non-human animals. In this article, I interrogate the traditional nature/human dichotomy with respect to artifice. Artifice is a feature of human psychology that is found to be marked by a subjective sense of volitional unity. Through an examination of philosophical and scientific literature, I demonstrate that the human being can act not only competently but at very high levels absent this subjective sense of volitional unity. Such action is a variety of the self-organization that is a central feature of nature and so accounts for human action that can be plausibly characterized as natural.

Brian Bruya works at the intersection of ancient Chinese philosophy, cognitive science, and the philosophy of action. His work is a broad attempt to understand abiding issues in the metaphysics, aesthetics, and psychology of action, with an emphasis on effortless action. He has published a comparative analysis of effortless action in Daoism and the West, an edited volume on the cognitive science of effortless attention (MIT Press), and is currently working on an edited volume that brings Chinese philosophy into dialogue with numerous issues in contemporary analytic philosophy (MIT Press).

This presentation is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies, The U-M College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, and by generous gift from Donald J. Munro, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Chinese and Ann Munro.

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March 02, 2012

Research Internship at U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

The U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC) has ongoing openings for Research Interns, and is dedicated to maintaining a diverse workforce with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise.

All applicants for Research Internships must be U.S. citizens (or have applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization), and must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Research Interns must be at least college juniors or seniors in good standing, or be recent graduates. Coursework with a focus on Chinese and/or broader Asian business, economics, culture, history, & language; international relations, foreign affairs and security studies; or specialization in other related areas is desirable. Chinese reading skills are highly desirable.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Research, monitor and conduct analysis on developments primarily in China, Taiwan, and the western Pacific Region.
2. Prepare meeting summaries, reports, and other information and may be required to prepare and present briefings on this work.
3. Work with USCC staff on the planning and preparation for the Commission's public hearings, report editing sessions, and other meetings; attends seminars, meetings and events on behalf of the USCC.
4. May draft, fact check, or edit text/material for the Commission's Annual Report, and perform other duties as assigned.

Visit www.uscc.gov for more details on the research internship and learn how to apply.

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Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series - People's Park (人民公园)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki; China, 2011; 80 minutes
Meet the filmmaker: J.P. Sniadecki will be on hand to introduce the film at 7:10pm, as well as Professor Abé Mark Nornes, Chair of U-M Screen Arts and Cultures. We hope you will be able to join us!

Raw footage (before post-production):

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Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series - Karamay (克拉玛依)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 1:00pm (please note special starting time)
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Xu Xin (徐辛); China, 2010; 356 minutes (6 hours); Mandarin with English subtitles
Intermission: Due to the 6-hour length of this film, there will be a 30 minute intermission beginning at 4:00pm. The film will then resume at 4:30pm and run continuously until 7:30pm.

Clips from the film:

Further Information: In 1991, the oil-rich city of Karamay in Northwest China was the site of a horrible fire that killed nearly 300 schoolchildren. The students were performing for state officials and were told to stand by while the officials left the building first. After the fire, the story was heavily censored in the Chinese state media. To this day, the families of Karamay have not been allowed to publicly mourn their children. In Karamay, filmmaker Xu Xin helps a community break the silence nearly two decades after their tragedy. The film is structured around a series of first-person accounts from families, teachers and survivors, interspersed with rare archival footage. Each narrative represents a complete and self-contained story in which the subjects recount their reaction to the carnage and how it colored their view of nation, society, education, law, party institutions and human nature. The result is a “landmark in journalistic diligence and a dedicated act of commemoration and healing” (Michael Fox, SF Weekly).

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Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series - 1428

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Du Haibin (杜海滨); China, 2009; 117 minutes (Mandarin and Sichuan Dialect with English subtitles)


Further Information: Du Haibin’s award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and the government respond to a national tragedy. The Great Sichuan Earthquake took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008, causing 70,000 deaths and leaving 375,000 seriously injured. Days later, Du Haibin visited Sichuan to capture the devastation as well as the recovery effort . Survivors were reduced to salvaging destroyed pig farms in the mountains, selling scrap metal for pennies, and pillaging homes. Seven months later, as the national celebrated Chinese New Year, Du returned to see how life had changed in the stricken villages. Sidestepping the highly controlled media tours, Du found scenes not seen on official TV, exposing the gap between the Party’s promises and the disaster victims’ reality. “This is independent documentary at its most sophisticated” (Shelly Kraicer, Vancouver International Film Festival).

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March 01, 2012

Leadership Transition in East Asia and the United States

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Educational Conference Center
Room 1840
School of Social Work
1080 South University
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Free and open to the public

A panel discussion on recent and upcoming political transitions, including the 2012 Presidential Election in Taiwan, the upcoming leadership transition in the Chinese Communist Party, and the 2012 Presidential Election in the United States. Four experts on the region will join moderator, William Foreman of U-M News Service, to discuss how these political changes will affect US-China Relations, Cross-Strait Relations, and the recent “pivot” in US foreign policy toward Asia.

Panel discussants are:

Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Smith College
Mary Gallagher, U-M Associate Professor of Political Science
John D. Ciorciari, U-M Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Kharis Templeman, U-M Doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science
William Foreman, U-M News Service, Moderator

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