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April 30, 2012

2012 MCAA and ANHS Joint Conference at Western Michigan University

The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education at Western Michigan University is pleased to host the 61st Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from September 21-23, 2012 as a joint conference with WMU's chapter of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, at WMU's Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

A regional conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), MCAA has provided a forum for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies in the Midwest to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia for over a half-century. The conference will feature panels and roundtables at which faculty and graduate and undergraduate students present and discuss new research and pedagogical tools.

Conference registration will soon be open via this website. All invited presenters must be members of MCAA and must have pre-registered by August 31, 2012 to attend and present. The membership fee will be collected as part of the registration fee for the conference.

For academic questions, please contact the 2012 MCAA Program Chair:

Stephen Covell, Ph.D. Chair
Department of Comparative Religion
Mary Meader (Associate) Professor of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University

For general questions, please contact Karen Smith at (269) 387-3780 or via email: hige-mcaa-anhs[at]wmich[dot]edu

More information can be found by clicking below:

Posted by zzhu at 04:22 PM

April 13, 2012

Top Ten Entries of Winter 2012!

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CCS/UM-China in the news:

1. The latest media contributions by CCS faculty associates include a look into how disability rights influence Robert Adam’s work and Nico Howson’s take on Bo Xilai’s political demise and the murder accusation against Bo’s wife.

2. Our alumni are also representing the Center well as sought-after experts on Chinese politics, economy, and society.

3. Several members of the CCS academic community had written highly absorbing guest blogs from the past two Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annual conferences. Our two guest bloggers this year were no exception. Daniel Little, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, professor of philosophy at UM-Dearborn, and CCS faculty associate, tackles the questions "Why is there an AAS anyway, and why does it need an annual conference?"; and Carol Stepanchuk, CCS coordinator of outreach and student services, shows us new ways to look at the conference and host city Toronto.

4. CCS has a strong presence on Facebook! Please head on over to check out our beautiful new Timeline and like us today if you have not done so!

A fond look back at some of the extraordinary events organized or sponsored by CCS this term:

5. Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Alumna Roslyn Hammers (PhD '02) gave an entertaining talk on "The Pleasures of the Peony: Regarding the Floral Temptress in the Song Dynasty" – part of the 90th anniversary celebration of the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Bonus image!: Event info includes a picture of kite master Ha Yiqi painting peonies on the ceremonial kite presented during the September 2011 CCS Kite Festival in Nichols Arboretum.

6. Wednesday, March 21: The Tang Junyi Lecture Series featured Brian Bruya, whose fascinating lecture centered on “Nature, Self, and Artifice: On the Divisibility of the Self in Action and Aesthetics.”

7. Still mulling over Xu Tong (徐童)’s Wheat Harvest (麦收), shown on March 3 as part of the Winter 2012 CCS Chinese Documentary Series? Read a CCS community member’s thoughtful review of the film and tell us what you think – this particular entry is open to comments!

Many more opportunities still up for grabs!

8. The National Democratic Institute is seeking to hire a resident program manager in Hong Kong – application deadline is May 8, 2012.

9. Apply to participate in the 2012 UCLA-Fudan Workshop in Scholarly Translation in Shanghai, July 9-27: Applications are accepted through May 1.

10. The Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor is offering three more cooking lessons in its culinary series. Please refer to the schedule if interested in signing up.


Posted by zzhu at 12:33 AM

April 12, 2012

Resident Program Manager-Hong Kong

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI is based in Washington, DC and maintains field offices in over 60 countries around the world.

NDI has operated in Hong Kong since 1997 and remains one of the only international non-governmental organizations focusing on the administrative region’s democratic development. With a non-partisan approach and a proven track record of working with civil society and political actors in Hong Kong, the Institute currently provides technical assistance to local civil society organizations, educational institutions and political parties across the ideological spectrum.

The Institute is currently recruiting for the following Hong Kong-based position:

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Job Description
Responsible for day to day management of country and program specific democratic development programs and overall oversight by performing the duties listed below.

Required Skills
• Provides assistance in day-to-day management of Hong Kong office.
• Oversees program implementation, sub-grants to local partners, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations.
• Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI’s projects in Hong Kong in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors.
• Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations in the U.S. and the region, national and international news organizations, political party networks and partners, and NDI’s network of volunteer trainers and experts.
• Monitors Hong Kong program’s annual budget; provides a full, accurate and timely accounting of all funds.
• Drafts reports describing programmatic conditions and progress to donors and DC office
• Monitors political events in Hong Kong and China.
• Serves as NDI representative at local and international conferences and meetings and assists with NDI’s public outreach.
• Assesses political development and new opportunities and evaluates current projects.
• Supervises, guides and mentors subordinates in the Hong Kong field office.

Required Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or related subject; graduate degree desired.
• Minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs. Graduate degrees may be substituted for work experience.
• Bilingual Cantonese and English language ability strongly preferred.
• Hong Kong resident preferred.
• Strong writing skills.
• Budget and accounting skills.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers.
• Competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional programs:
o citizen participation;
o elections;
o governance;
o information, communications and technology;
o monitoring and evaluation;
o political parties; and
o women’s political participation.
• Ability to manage, lead, inspire and motivate staff.
• Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Job Location
Hong Kong, HK

Position Type

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 David Caragliano, NDI Senior Program Officer, via e-mail at dcaragliano@ndi.org. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by 11:59 PM, EST. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Posted by zzhu at 09:19 PM

Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series - Timber Gang (木帮)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: RESCHEDULED for Saturday, April 21, 2012 (from April 7)
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Yu Guangyi (于广义); China 2006; 90 minutes (Northeastern Chinese dialect with English subtitles)

Further Information: Yu Guangyi’s stunning debut explores a grueling winter amongst loggers in Northeast China as they employ traditional practices through one last, fateful expedition. Armed with a digital camera and survival gear, Yu Guangyi spent months filming the lumberjacks of his hometown, offering a privileged peek into some exceedingly harsh lives (Neil Young, Jigsaw Lounge). A lasting testament to disappearing traditions, Timber Gang “is a fascinating glimpse at a rare way of life that few will ever witness.” (Ain’t It Cool News)

Posted by zzhu at 03:32 PM

April 01, 2012

UMMA After Hours, April 12, 2012

Please note that Dr. Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), will be giving two gallery talks for the new exhibition "Recent Acquisitions II", which includes a few Chinese folk art objects donated by Richard and Ellen Laing.

Please click on flier to learn more.

Posted by zzhu at 05:20 PM