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October 31, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Film Series: A Director King Hu Film Retrospective - Dragon Gate Inn 龙门客栈

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by King Hu (胡金銓); Hong Kong, 1967; 111 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

An awesome fight scene from the film:

Tsao, the emperor’s first eunuch, has successfully bested General Yu, his political opponent, but Yu’s children have been exiled out of China. Tsao plots to have the children killed at the desolate Dragon Gate Inn while they are being escorted to the western border, but forces loyal to Yu race against time to find Yu’s children and lead them to safety. Film is courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive.

Posted by zzhu at 11:45 AM

October 30, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Nicola Di Cosmo

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Nicola Di Cosmo
Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian History
School of Historical Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study

Connectivity, Integration and “Globalization” in Chinese History

November 6, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Throughout its history, with the ebb and flow of dynastic power, unity and disaggregation, expansion and invasion, China has been traversed by currents of change of varying magnitudes that were connected with other regions, both close and remote. This talk will examine various ways in which China has engaged the wider world (and vice versa) in its ancient and early modern past.

Nicola Di Cosmo is the Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian History in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study. His main areas of research are the relations between China and Central Asia from ancient times to the modern period, the history of foreign dynasties in China, and, more generally, frontier relations seen from archaeological, anthropological, and historical perspectives. He taught at Harvard University and at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) before joining the Faculty of the School of Historical Studies in 2003. He has written on Inner Asian history, Chinese history, and military history and he is the author of several books, including Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History (2002), A Documentary History of Manchu-Mongol Relations (1616-1626) (2003), and Diary of a Manchu Soldier in Seventeenth-Century China (2006). Professor Di Cosmo has also several edited or co-edited books that include Warfare in Inner Asian History, 500-1800 (2002), Political Frontiers, Ethnic Boundaries and Human Geographies in Chinese History (2001) and Military Culture in Imperial China (2009, A Choice Outstanding Academic Title). He is the Editor of the Central Asiatic Journal.

Posted by zzhu at 03:47 PM

Call for Papers - The 16th Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference

Asia Intertwined: The 16th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
February 22nd - 24th, 2013

The Harvard East Asia Society invites currently enrolled graduate students from around the world, working across all disciplines to submit papers for its annual conference, which will be held on the weekend of February 22nd -24th, 2013 at Harvard University.

This year, the committee invites papers that are interdisciplinary in scope, and which explore and challenge the notion of East Asia as a discrete geographical region that can be cleanly and definitively periodized. Preference will be given to papers that locate their subjects within a broader Asian context, and which reconsider cultural, historical and political connections across space and time.

The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual event which provides an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia. The conference allows young scholars to present their research to both their peers and to eminent scholars in East Asian Studies. All panels will be moderated by Harvard University faculty. The conference will also allow participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships.

Eligibility Application Guidelines:
1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems).
2. Papers must be related to East or Inner Asia.
3. Please complete and submit the HEAS Individual Paper Application Form (found at: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference/index.html) with an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short bio of no more than 100 words, to heas.absracts@gmail.com by November 18th, 2012. Abstracts over 300 words will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible, to allow for processing.

For general conference inquiries, please contact: heasconference@gmail.com
For abstract submission inquiries, please contact: heas.abstracts@gmail.com

Harvard East Asia Graduate Student Conference

Posted by zzhu at 03:41 PM

October 25, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Fabio Lanza

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Fabio Lanza
Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History
Departments of History and East Asian Studies, University of Arizona

Rethinking “China” in the Global Sixties: Concerned Americans and French Maoists

October 30, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

It was in the global context of the nineteen-sixties—and possibly for the first time in the century—that China became an inspiration for radical youths, workers and scholars all over the world. But what did “China” mean in places so distant and different as Berkeley and Paris? This presentation focuses on the history of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, an association of young students of Asia in the US, radically critical of US foreign policies but also of the structure of their own field of study. Through this analysis, and through a brief comparison with the phenomenon of French Maoism, Professor Lanza will show how this “China,” far from being the location of adolescent revolutionary dream, could be an essential element in reframing political and intellectual positions in the US and France. But he also suggests that, by examining how the Maoist experiments of the Cultural Revolution were reinterpreted in the West, we can try to clarify the meanings of a period of Chinese history that remains quite obscure. This talk is thus an invitation to rethink the global sixties through China, but also to analyze Maoism in the light of its global appropriation.

Fabio Lanza is associate professor of modern Chinese history in the Departments of History and East Asian Studies of the University of Arizona. His main research interests are political movements and urban history of twentieth-century China. His first book, Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing (Columbia University Press, 2010) explores the making of the category “students” and the process of politicization of Chinese youth during the May Fourth movement of 1919. He is currently working on a manuscript on Maoism, Asian Studies and intellectual activism in the U.S. and France.

Posted by zzhu at 08:56 PM

China Town Hall 2012

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The U-M Center for Chinese Studies and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

CHINA Town Hall: A national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States

Monday, October 29, 2012
Rackham 4th floor Amphitheater

915 East Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Free and open to the public.

6:00 pm: Reception (West Conference Room, 4th floor Rackham)
We invite you to a reception to meet the Honorable Richard H. Solomon, Senior Fellow, Rand Corporation

7:00 pm: Talk: Wrestling with the Dragon: The Contemporary Challenges of Managing U.S.-China Relations
4th floor Amphitheater of Rackham

A presentation by the Honorable Richard H. Solomon

Forty years ago, President Nixon and Chairman Mao changed the dynamic of the Cold War by ending two decades of US-China confrontation. In the subsequent decades China opened up and has taken off -- under Deng Xiaoping's "kai fang" policies. Today China is a global economic powerhouse, with fifth generation leaders trying to reconcile their one-party political system with the needs and demands of a mobilized society. How will they use China's economic power and and growing global influence to attain long-held political and economic goals? Managing contemporary US-China relations is a major challenge for America's foreign policy -- and for China's.

8:00 pm: Live Webcast Interview ~ Gary F. Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China

The interview with Ambassador Locke will be moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Questions from the Audience: Audience members may participate in this interview by submitting questions to the National Committee. Members with smart phones may send in questions during the evening's presentation to: chinatownhall2012@gmail. Please include the name of the local venue (University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies) in your message. They will only pull questions from e-mails that include the name of the local venue. You can also tweet questions to @NCUSCR.

Richard H. Solomon served as president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a congressionally established and funded organization, between 1993 and 2012. He led its growth into a nationally recognized center of international conflict management analysis and applied programs around the world. He currently is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation.

Prior to his tenure at the Institute of Peace, Solomon was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1989 to 1992. In that position he negotiated the Cambodia peace agreement (the first United Nations Security Council conflict settlement); had a leading role in the dialogue on nuclear issues between the United States and South and North Korea; helped establish the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative; and led U. S. negotiations with Japan, Mongolia and Vietnam on important bilateral matters. In 1992–1993 Solomon served as U. S. ambassador to the Philippines, where he coordinated the closure of the U.S. naval facilities and developed a new framework for bilateral and regional security cooperation.

Solomon previously served as director of policy planning in the State Department (1986-89), and as a senior staff member of the National Security Council (1971-76), where he participated in the normalization of relations with China. He began his career in 1966 as professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He also served for a decade as head of the political science department at the RAND Corporation (1976-86).

In 1995 Solomon was awarded the State Department's Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, and he has received awards for policy initiatives from the governments of Korea and Thailand, and the Cambodian community in the U.S. In 2005 he received the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award for “notable public service by a political scientist.”

Solomon holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published eight books on a range of topics related to international affairs.

Posted by zzhu at 08:06 PM

October 22, 2012

Confucius Institute presents variety show from Northeast China

Hot Styles & Passionate Sentiments from Northeast China
Variety Show by Student Art Troupe, Benshan Academy of Liaoning University

Saturday, October 27, 2012 @2pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public

* Breathtaking acrobatics * Humorous skits
* Unique regional music * And much more!

Sponsor: Hanban/ Confucius Institute Headquarter
Co-sponsors: Liaoning Education Department, Liaoning University, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

Posted by zzhu at 11:10 PM

Tibetan Buddhist master talk

Free and open to the public, this talk will take place at the Michigan Union -­ The Rogel Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 530 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. Free parking will be available at the Thompson Street UM parking structure, just behind the Union.

Posted by zzhu at 08:52 PM

丝蕊 The Silk Stamen and Pistil: Three Ways to Rethink the Meaning of Sound in Translation

Jonathan Stalling, Associate Professor of English, Oklahoma University.

Experiment 1: “Can we translate the music, or the Question of Sonorous Transference.”
Experiment 2: “Can we translate poetic forms or the question of whether classical Chinese poetry can be written in English.”
Experiment 3: “Can Poetry Exist in Two languages at the Same Time as 吟歌丽诗 (yíngēlìshī) Chanted Songs and Beautiful Poetry?

By bringing together a range of topics related to the question of sound in translation, Dr. Jonathan Stalling will demonstrate different ways to hear the problems and explore some of his solutions through discussing, chanting and reciting Chinese poetry composed in Chinese, English, and in both, at the same time.

Dr. Stalling is a an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Oklahoma specializing in American and Transpacific Poetry and Poetics. Stalling is the author of Poetics of Emptiness (Fordham, 2010) and a co-editor of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry, A Critical Edition (Fordham, 2008). He is the author of two books of poetry, Grotto Heaven (Chax, 2010) and Yíngēlìshī (Counterpath, 2011), and is the translator of Winter Sun: Poetry by Shi Zhi (University of Oklahoma, 2012). In addition to his translations of Shi Zhi, Stalling has published translations of Bei Dao, Mang Ke, and Li Yu. His opera, Yíngēlìshī debuted on the campus of Yunnan University in 2010, which can be watched at his webpage. Stalling is the co-founder and an editor of Chinese Literature Today magazine (CLT), and the editor of the CLT Book Series (at the University of Oklahoma Press), the founder and Director of the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Reading Series at OU, and the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of China’s Literature Abroad at Beijing Normal University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, the LSA Translation Theme Semester, and the Center for Chinese Studies.

Posted by zzhu at 03:49 PM

October 18, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Film Series: A Director King Hu Film Retrospective - Touch of Zen 侠女

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by King Hu (胡金銓); Taiwan, 1971; 187 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

An acclaimed fight scene from the film:

“Touch of Zen 侠女” won significant critical acclaim and became the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, claiming the Technical Grand Prize award. A female fugitive being taken back to the city for execution, is befriended by Ku, a well-meaning but unambitious scholar and painter. Together, they plot against the corrupt eunuch Wei who seeks to eliminate all traces of her family after her father attempts to warn the Emperor of the eunuch’s corruption. Film is courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive.

Posted by zzhu at 05:40 PM

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - James Benn

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James Benn
Associate Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions and Chair
Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University

Tea and Other Decoctions for “Nourishing Life” in Medieval China

October 23, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Professor Benn will examine one significant way in which tea, a relatively new beverage in Tang-dynasty China, was first consumed and understood: alongside other decoctions intended to promote health and wellness. He will look at a range of materials including poetry, material medica, monastic regulations and polemical treatises in order to better appreciate medieval Chinese concepts of tea, its benefits, and it potential hazards.

James A. Benn (PhD, UCLA 2001) is Associate Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. He studies Buddhism and Taoism in medieval China. To date, he has focused on three major areas of research: bodily practice in Chinese Religions; the ways in which people create and transmit new religious practices and doctrines; and the religious dimensions of commodity culture. He has published on self-immolation, spontaneous human combustion, Buddhist apocryphal scriptures, and tea and alcohol in medieval China. He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai'i Press, 2007) and is currently completing a second book, Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History.

Posted by zzhu at 04:54 PM

October 11, 2012

China Business Challenge 2012

China Business Challenge'12 (CBC'12) is a business model competition where students compete for the most innovating entrepreneurial solutions to the current social or environmental issues related to China, a wide range of categories are accepted. We believe that student participants can benefit greatly by competing with like minds for a total of $30K prizes, receiving feedback from mentors, and connecting to top-tier Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors from both China and Silicon Valley.

Registration for the China Business Challenge is now open through our website www.cenumich.com and business proposals are due on October 21st. Mentor office hours sign-up is only available after registration. So Register HERE now to secure your chance talking to industry professionals and entrepreneurs! Note: If you don't have a team yet, you can still register, and we will pair you up with teams who need your background. Any questions, please contact us at cenorganizer@gmail.com

Posted by zzhu at 10:48 PM

October 10, 2012

UMTRI Inside China Auto Conference, November 7, 2012

University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute

“Focus on the Future”

Automotive Research Conferences

Inside China: Understanding Current and Future Trends in the Chinese
Auto Industry

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
9:00am to 4:00pm

University of Michigan, The Michigan League, Michigan Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Our 5th annual Inside 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 UM-China R&D Consortium on Clean Energy 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.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, will introduce the key issues and moderate the conference.

Yi Lu, President, SAIC USA will provide our keynote address and offer an overview of his company’s plans for the US, China, and the rest of the world. As China’s largest automotive company, SAIC plays an important role in China through its joint ventures with VW and GM. This will be Mr. Lu’s first presentation in the US since SAIC USA opened its doors this year in Michigan.

Yong Yang, Senior Economist, Asia-Pacific, Ford Motor Company, will provide his analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the Chinese auto industry. Mr. Yang provided a thorough analysis of the Indian auto industry for our Inside India conference, and we look forward to his remarks about the Chinese industry and Ford’s position in China.

We are also inviting other experts from manufacturers and suppliers as well as experts on labor issues, the Chinese market, and business challenges to provide their insights about the Chinese auto industry.

Conference Sponsorship
Companies or groups interested in sponsoring this conference please contact Bruce Belzowski at bbl@umich.edu or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500)

Inside China Sponsors
University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies
University of Michigan Office of the Vice President of Research

Conference Registration

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

Register via
Online….. http://www.umtri.umich.edu/divisionPage.php?pageID=265

Fax….. Registration to: (734) 936-1081

Call…..Bonnie Pond at 734-763-2466

E-Mail: bmckie@umich.edu

Posted by zzhu at 10:39 PM

Call For Papers: University of Toronto East Asian Studies 2013

University of Toronto East Asian Studies 13th Annual Graduate Conference
Submission Deadline: 7 December 2012
Notification of Acceptance: First week of January 2013
Full Paper Due: 15 February 2013
Conference Date: 2 March 2013

Contested Spaces

The University of Toronto Department of East Asian Studies invites graduate students and young scholars to submit proposals for our upcoming graduate conference on 2 March 2013 at the University of Toronto. We invite potential participants to consider how space and boundaries are produced and reproduced, and how contexts in East Asia may contribute to scholars pursuing questions of space in various fields and contexts.

The broader aim of this conference is to encourage critical, constructive engagement with East Asia with regards to pressing questions in academia.

This will provide participants a valuable opportunity to present their research before an audience of their peers and experienced scholars currently engaged with similar theoretical issues or data with various perspectives.

Please see below for information on suggested topics and submission rules.

Posted by zzhu at 08:08 PM

International Career Talk featuring chairman of Priceline

Ralph Bahna
Chairman of priceline.com
To address U-M/CICS students about launching international careers

Thinkers or Doers: Who Succeeds in a Globalized World?

Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 6–8pm
Michigan Room at the Michigan League

Ralph Bahna is Chairman and Founder of Club Quarters, hotels in prime big city locations for the use of cost-conscious member organizations. He is also Chairman of priceline.com, the world’s largest supplier of hotel rooms, reaching a market cap of $40 billion this year.

At Cunard Line Limited, he became President at the age of 30, and Chief Executive of the Cunard Group, worldwide, a few years later. During his leadership, Cunard was one of the few great shipping companies that survived and became a modern-day cruise operator. Among his accomplishments was the success of the company’s flagship Queen Elizabeth 2, and its supersonic Concorde combination. In his 20s, he was credited with helping turn around Trans World Airlines in the early 1970s through his creation and launching of the carrier’s Ambassador Service and Ambassador Express programs. Ralph was named “The Cruise Industry Leader of the Decade” by Travel Trade Magazine in 1990, and the first Chairman of a unified international cruise line organization, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Club Quarters is a new hotel concept where occupancy is limited to member organizations who use big city centers and are looking for well located, full service business hotels at affordable prices.

Ralph graduated from the University of Michigan where he was a Big 10 wrestling champion and where he met his wife, Dorothy. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Two of the children are fourth generation graduates of the University of Michigan. Laura (Bahna) Lovejoy is the only female to be of a fourth generation at the University of Michigan. Also, the family has three generations of husbands and wives who met at the University of Michigan. Ralph has a MBA from the University of California (Berkeley).

Food will be served!

Posted by zzhu at 04:59 PM

October 08, 2012

Confucius Institute presents talk on travel writing in imperial China

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

The Place of Literature in Literature of Place: Travel Writing in Imperial China

A CI-UM Lecture by James Hargett, Professor of Chinese Studies, SUNY at Albany

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League – Hussey Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s abstract: A large body of literary texts survives from the imperial period in China that is often identified as “travel literature” (in modern Chinese: youji wenxue 游記文學). Its prevalence and importance notwithstanding, this form of writing has not received serious critical attention from scholars. The main purpose of this lecture is to suggest answers to the following questions: (1) What is Chinese “travel literature” and how should it be defined?; (2) Who wrote travel literature in imperial China and why?; (3) Is there a “canon” of Chinese travel literature? If so, then what specific texts constitute that canon and why?; (4) What literary qualities inform the very “best” Chinese travel writing?; and (5): what is the role of youji in the overall development of writing about place in imperial China?

Posted by zzhu at 08:25 PM

October 03, 2012

Alumnus to speak about work in China at Rackham Centennial Lecture

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Rackham Centennial Lecture, presented as a part of the Rackham Centennial Alumni Series

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 4pm-5:30pm
Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor
915 East Washington St., Ann Arbor

Reception to follow: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Osterman Common Room
South Thayer Building, 202 S. Thayer Street

Michael J. Dunne
President, Dunne & Company Ltd.

A Road Less Traveled: What Happens when you go to Asia Straight after Graduation from the University of Michigan

Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Nam Center for Korean Studies, LSA DMC, and Rackham Graduate School.

Speaker Biography: Michael J. Dunne is president of Dunne & Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm specializing in Asia’s car markets. He is author of the 2011 book American Wheels Chinese Roads The Story of General Motors in China (John Wiley and Sons).

Three weeks after earning an MBA and MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan in the summer of 1990, Dunne boarded a flight to Asia. He soon founded Automotive Resources Asia (ARA), a car consultancy. ARA expanded operations in China and Southeast Asia over the next decade and became recognized as a leading authority on Asia’s emerging car markets from China to Thailand to India. In 2006, ARA was acquired by J.D. Power and Associates and Dunne was named vice president and managing director for China, based in Shanghai.

Dunne’s commentaries have been published in the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Management Review, and Automotive News. He was featured in an acclaimed National Geographic documentary on China’s car culture and has been a featured guest speaker at the JP Morgan China Investor Conference every year between 2006 and 2011. He also appears regularly as a guest expert on Bloomberg, CNBC, and CNN.

A native of Detroit, Michael Dunne speaks Chinese and Thai. He worked in Beijing and Shanghai during the 1990s and 2000s and currently divides his time between China and Jakarta, Indonesia, where he lives with his wife, Merlien, and their three children.

Posted by zzhu at 05:40 PM

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Lan Deng

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Lan Deng
Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program
U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Emerging Housing Policy Framework in China

October 9, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk will discuss the emerging housing policy framework in China, which includes three major affordable housing programs and a heavily regulated housing finance sector. The three programs are the Economical and Comfortable Housing (ECH) program, the Housing Provident Fund (HPF) program, and the Cheap Rental Housing (CRH) program. For each program, I will describe how it works and whether it has been effective in achieving its policy objectives. I will also examine the characteristics of China’s newly developed mortgage market and present some examples on how the Chinese government has regulated this sector.

Lan Deng is an associate professor in the Urban and Regional Planning program and the interim director for the Real Estate Development Certificate program at the University of Michigan. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of housing, real estate and local public finance. She is particularly interested in evaluating the effectiveness of governments’ efforts to deliver decent housing and quality neighborhoods to their residents and has conducted such evaluation in both China and the United States.

Posted by zzhu at 05:07 PM

Internship opportunities at Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Deadline: November 1, 2012

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming fall in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is November 1, 2012 for the Spring 2013 internship that runs from January to May 2013. Spring internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Spring 2013 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Spring 2013 internships may apply for the Fall (September-December) or Summer (June-August). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/general/employ.php.

- Interns must be U.S. citizens.
- Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
- Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
- Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Spring 2013:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at judy.wright@mail.house.gov by November 1, 2012. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on November 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.

Posted by zzhu at 05:01 PM

Chinese University of Hong Kong Fifth Annual Postgraduate Student Forum


The Department of Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong invites graduate students in Asia and elsewhere to present their current research at the 5th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum. The theme for this year's conference is, Anthropology in Asia: Conceptions, Perspectives and Debates

The forum will take place on 18-19th January, 2013, and seeks to encourage communication among young anthropologists around the world, to help improve their research and to make the excellent research being conducted in Asia better known internationally. Presentations may be in English, Putonghua, and Cantonese, though English is encouraged. When submitting your abstract please inform us in which language you will be presenting.

Deadline for abstract submission is 14th October, 2012. Abstracts should be written in English only and less than 250 words. Applications for a limited number of travel scholarships will be accepted. For more information, please visit our website, www.cuhk.edu.hk/ant/pgforum or contact us at anthforum[at]cuhk[dot]edu[dot]hk.


香港中文大學人類學系誠摯邀請全球致力於亞洲研究的研究生同學參加學系第五屆年度研究生論壇,並於活動期間分享各自研究。今年論壇的主題為:Anthropology in Asia: Conceptions, Perspectives and Debates


論文徵集之截止日期為2012年10月14日,摘要必須用英文寫,且字數不超過250字。學系提供名額有限的資助,詳情請見相關網頁www.cuhk.edu.hk/ant/pgforum ,或直接聯繫我們:anthforum@cuhk.edu.hk

Posted by zzhu at 04:14 PM

October 02, 2012

Performance by group from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

The UM-Dearborn is presenting a University Student Arts and Cultural Exchange Performance by a talented group from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 | 3pm
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
Dearborn, Michigan
Admission is FREE and everyone is invited to attend.

Posted by zzhu at 11:26 PM

International Institute Symposium, October 26, 2012

Featured Event
How does the interdisciplinary study of human rights translate bodies as and into evidence? How are recent technological advances (in forensics, new media, and methods of quantification) transforming what counts as evidence? Going beyond a view of translation framed in terms of accuracy or equivalence, this symposium explores the relationship of bodies, evidence, and translation within the context of critical debates in human rights studies.

This symposium is part of the LSA Theme Semester on Translation, and is being co-organized by the International Institute and the Department of Comparative Literature. It will be held at the International Institute, in Suite 1636 School of Social Work Building.

The symposium also features U-M faculty, including introductory remarks by Pamela Ballinger and Christi Merrill and responses by Andrew Herscher, Nancy Rose Hunt, Michael Lempert, David Porter, Sidonie Smith, Ruby Tapia, Kiyoteru Tsutsui, and Susan Waltz.

9:00 AM Opening Remarks

9:10 AM Thomas Keenan
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College, NYC

11 AM Patrick Ball
Chief Scientist and Vice President Human Rights Program, Benetech

1 PM David Turnley
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer and Associate Professor, Photography; Residential College and Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

2 PM Vincanne Adams
Director, Medical Anthropology Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine University of California, San Francisco

3:30 PM Inderpal Grewal
Chair and Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Yale University

Symposium Organizers:
Pamela Ballinger, Department of History, U-M
Ken Kollman, Director, International Institute; Department of
Political Science, U-M
Christi Merrill, Department of Comparative Literature, U-M
Yopie Prins, Department of Comparative Literature, U-M

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Yale Journal of International Affairs - Call for Submissions - Vol 8, Issue 1


The Yale Journal of International Affairs (YJIA) is a biannual print journal and online platform (yalejournal.org) that seeks to bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds. YJIA publishes articles, interviews, and op-eds by scholars, think tanks, policy practitioners, and advanced graduate students on international affairs topics with implications for policy. We look for original argumentation and insightful criticism.

Recent contributors to the Yale Journal of International Affairs include: Francis Gavin, Robert Jervis, John M. Owen IV, Marc Trachtenberg, Stephen M. Walt, David Cohen, Alexander Evans, Janet Napolitano, Oona Hathaway, Stanley McChrystal, Tony Blair, Paul Collier, Joseph Stiglitz, John Negroponte, and Mary Kaldor, among others. To view YJIA’s archives, visit us online at yalejournal.org

The Yale Journal of International Affairs accepts three types of submissions for its print journal:
1)Articles (3,000 to 5,000 words) – Please include a 100-word abstract
2)Op-Eds (800 words or less)
3)Book Reviews (2,000 words or less)

· All citations should take the form of endnotes.
· All submissions must conform to the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
· All submissions must include a short bio, which should indicate current institutional affiliation and must not exceed three sentences in length.

Submissions must be sent by email as Microsoft Word documents to YJIA Editor-in-Chief Mark Redmond at mark[dot]redmond[at]yale[dot]edu no later than November 1, 2012.

* Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your piece not being considered. Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions no later than five weeks after the submissions period has closed. Release of Volume VIII, Issue I is expected in Winter 2013. The views expressed in this journal do not necessarily represent those of the Journal’s editorial board, board of advisors, or any other entity at Yale University.

For further information, please contact:
Mark J. Redmond, Editor-In-Chief | mark[dot]redmond[at]yale.edu
Yale Journal of International Affairs
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

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