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November 30, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: UW/UBC Graduate Student Asian Studies Conference

Asia in Transition: The 3rd Annual University of Washington/University of British Columbia Asian Studies Conference
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA
April 12th-14th, 2013

The Jackson School of International Studies China Studies Program at the University of Washington invites current graduate students working in all disciplines to submit papers for its annual conference co-hosted with the University of British Columbia. The conference is set for the weekend of April 12th-14th in Seattle, Washington. The 2013 conference will focus on interdisciplinary papers addressing current developments in Asia (East, Southeast, Central and Southwest). Research which explores modern political, social, linguistic, religious, economic and security developments in Asia is welcomed. Papers that focus on a broad Asian context and consider cultural, historical and political connections will be prioritized. The UW/UBC Graduate Student Conference is held annually to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas, compare methodologies, and discuss current research on Asia. Accepted scholars will present their research to peers and established scholars in Asian Studies. The UW/UBC conference promotes networking between participants and faculty in the hopes of encouraging collaboration across disciplines.

Alongside the traditional presentation of publication-level scholarship, the UW/UBC conference will also conduct a discussion roundtable for “working papers” with the goal of allowing for collaboration on methodological, research, and thematic challenges inherent to the writing process. This alternative forum will allow scholars with more inchoate or newly undertaken projects to attend and constructively improve work. Graduate students may submit proper research papers to the traditional presentation forum as well as the working paper roundtable if they so choose.

Application Guidelines: a. Applicants must be currently engaged in graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems). b. Papers must be related to East, Central, Southeast and/or Southwest Asia. c. Applicants must submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, and a short bio of no more than 100 words, by January 15th, 2013. Abstracts over 300 words will not be considered. Include applicant name, paper title, home institution and three keywords relating to the paper within the abstract document. Applicants are encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible.

For general conference inquiries, please contact: jsbyers[at]uw[dot]edu
For abstract submission inquiries, please contact: uwubcasianstudies[at]gmail[dot]com

Posted by zzhu at 01:35 PM

Wanted: Policy analyst interns

China Policy invites policy analyst interns to join our team in Beijing producing ChinaContext—a portal to the interests, ideas and voices in China’s policy arena.

These positions especially suit graduate students interested in combining policy analysis with their thesis research or recent graduates planning on doing a postgraduate degree.

Your duties:
• gather and assess policy analysis in the daily press and weekly journals
• research and write regular China Policy Records on key policy developments in areas of interest to our clients
• translate policy-relevant material from Chinese to English
• assist with developing our China Policy Briefs
• collaborate with research staff on commissioned research

Your expertise:
• at least an undergraduate degree in the social sciences
• excellent Chinese
• good spoken and written English
• enjoy working in a team

You would work with a small team focusing on one of five sectors: governance and law; economy and finance; energy, climate and environment; social policy and external impact.

Positions are usually full-time for 6 months to a year. After a probationary month on a basic stipend, interns usually join the policy analyst team on a regular salary.

Please send resume and references, as well as a cover letter stating your policy sector of interest, to hr[at]policycn[dot]com

齐纳百思咨询有限公司现诚邀政策研究实习生加入我们北京公司,参与到 ChinaContext 的开发与建设中来,为所有对中国政策感兴趣的群体,进一步了 解中国政策领域的观点以及重要声音提供良好平台。

该实习职位最适合有意将政策分析与论文研究相结合的研究生或计划考研的本 科毕业生。

• 收集并且评析平日新闻以及周刊中出现的相关政策分析
• 对中国相关政策的发展进行研究,并对客户感兴趣的政策领域的相关新闻 加以深入分析,以新闻简稿的形式呈现给客户
• 对政策相关的材料进行中翻英
• 协助制作 China Policy Briefs
• 与研究员合作进行委托研究

• 至少拥有社会科学相关专业的本科学历,比如经济学,国际关系,公共管 理等
• 一流的中文
• 优秀的英文写作与表达能力
• 热爱团队合作

我们的研究分为五个领域:政府与法治,经济与金融,能源、气候与环境,社 会政策以及中国对外影响。

该职位一般要求全职并且通常持续半年到一年。在一月试用期内,实习生会获 得基础的津贴补助,之后便会得到与政策研究员一样的基本工资。

请将个人简历、推荐人(references)以及一份英文求职信(信中陈述个人感兴趣的政 策领域),并发送至:hr[at]policycn[dot]com

Posted by zzhu at 01:23 PM

November 29, 2012

CCS community reflects on the 18th Party Congress

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(via people.com.cn)

We asked, and they responded with great expertise and enthusiasm. Please read on and feel free to comment below.

Victoria Chonn (CCS MA '09), researcher, Lima, Peru
China's leadership transition occurred quite smoothly in spite of the scandals the Party experienced in the previous months. As expected, Xi Jinping was one of the seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee and was announced as the Secretary General of the CCP. There are many expectations for this new leadership both within and outside China, most of which focus on bringing political and economic reforms to the country. For Latin America, one of the main concerns is China's continued growth. Over the past decade, relations between Latin America and China have strengthened, due mostly to growing economic and commercial ties. While the policies toward the region are not expected to change greatly with this new leadership, there is the growing necessity to diversify the relationship to make it more mutually beneficial. This requires strong leaders, assertive guidelines, and also, domestic stability—which for the Asian country and some countries in Latin America remains a big challenge.

Qingjie Zeng, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, U-M
The 18th CCP Congress marked the second orderly transition of top Chinese leadership. The first transition of this kind occurred in 2002 when Jiang Zemin passed the position of CCP's general secretary to Hu Jintao. The succession is "orderly" in two senses. First, the convention that every general secretary of CCP will serve only two terms is now well established. Second, the successor was picked by senior leaders well before the transition occurs, providing ample time to groom the heir apparent for the top position. An orderly power transition injects fresh blood into the leadership and alleviates the intensity of power struggle at CCP's top echelon. Indeed, many political scientists have identified orderly transition as a key reason why CCP is still in power.

At the 18th Congress, the outgoing leader, Hu Jintao, went a step further than his predecessor. Unlike Jiang who retained his control of the CCP military committee until 2004, Hu exited from all his formal posts in the party. Hu's "full retirement" is regarded by observers as a major contribution to the establishment of a rule-based political system. It also sent a strong signal against the kind of behind-the-scene influence enjoyed by the octogenarians during Hu's era.

The new top leader, Xi Jinping, is generally well-received in China for his commonsensical and down-to-earth working style. No one expects his team to launch Gorbachev-style political reform in China, but there is widespread hope that his administration will do something to tackle state monopoly in key industries and bureaucratic corruption.

Overall I think the 18th congress is a big success for the CCP. It is held at a time when China's international influence reaches a historical high. There is little doubt that Hu's era will be remembered as the "golden decade" of the Communist Party.

Gang Su, Doctoral Candidate, Bioinformatics, U-M
I think the recent transitions of U.S. and China leaderships signal a new phase of mutual interdependence. As China's economic growth is slowing down while U.S. is looking forward to a new four years of recovery, both nations will need job growth and social-economic stability. I expect to see more bilateral exchanges and collaborations. However, China will inevitably expand its voice in the south-east pacific and clash with the current U.S. influence. How these two powers interact and form a new regional order will be very interesting - there will definitely be some heated moments even hostility, but I hope the two nations, especially the people, will understand the importance of the mutual interdependence and take responsibilities for a promising and mutual-beneficial future.

Yawen Lei, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, U-M
The 18th Party Congress was a well-planned spectacle engineered by Party elites. Whether engaged in behind-the-scenes power struggles or performing on stage, only Party elites were given the privilege of supposedly voicing the dissatisfaction and aspirations of the Chinese people. As usual, the government tightened its control over the Internet, silencing criticism both online and offline in order to maintain strict control over the spectacle and ensure that it presented the world with the image of a modern and powerful China. Any discontent of the Chinese people was stifled, as this would have negated the Party’s achievement and the image of a rising China.

Yet, contrary to the view of Party elites, the proliferation of critical citizens and critical discourse in China’s public sphere is far from a threat to the country’s progress, but rather an indication of it. Party leaders underestimate their own accomplishment. They have created not only an economic miracle that lifted numerous people out of poverty, but also a growing number of citizens who recognize their rights, respect the rule of law and social order, and are becoming increasingly adept at articulating and analyzing social problems. If Party elites could think beyond their own individual and collective interests, they would realize that Chinese citizens capable of critical thinking and diverse opinions are valuable assets. The progress of Chinese society actually provides fertile conditions for a new political miracle, in which Chinese citizens are empowered to define and enhance their citizenship rights, as well as to plan for their own futures.

Yuen Yuen Ang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, U-M
At the 18th Party Congress, both the departing leader Hu Jintao and new general secretary Xi Jinping highlighted corruption as a problem that the party must tackle. Both are probably alluding to Bo Xilai's scandal. Over the next 5 years, we can expect to see more forceful administrative and anti-corruption reforms that can effectively target petty corruption and forms of corruption that involve "stealing," such as embezzlement and budgetary misappropriations. However, grand corruption at the highest level of transactional forms (e.g. massive bribery) is the product of a vast concentration of power in the hands of a few, heavy government investments, and extensive state intervention in the economy. Combating grand corruption requires a major restructuring of political organization and of the state's role in the economy, both of which are extremely difficult and risky changes to attempt.

Damjan DeNoble, JD/CCS MA student, U-M
The 18th Party Congress will bring with it many changes to China, but the country’s ongoing national health reforms will not be affected.

Since 2009, the start of the current reforms, the rate of China insurance coverage has reached 95%, according to the latest numbers put forth in the March 2012 issue of the Lancet. If one considers that health insurance coverage ten years ago was limited to Party members and city hukou holders, this means that Chinese health planners have managed to provide health coverage for one billion people in less than ten years. It is of course debatable how useful this insurance is for many of those covered, but nevertheless the speed with which the insurance scheme was implemented is a grand achievement.

In the November 17 circular issued by China’s Ministry of Health to coincide with the unveiling of the new 18th Party Congress Leadership, medical reform leaders made clear that the reforms are a national priority. Specifically, maintaining the pace of reform in the insurance system, continuing to strengthen primary care provision in both the urban hospital system and the grassroots health system, and facilitating greater coordination between all providers in the national health care network is viewed as critical to preserving social harmony, the goal emphasized by 18th party leaders. Of particular significance to business interests, the MOH also stated within the November 7th circular, that in order to meet these goals China’s health planners will work to integrate private sector solutions within the public health system.

Coupled with the fact that hospitals were taken off the restricted foreign investment list in 2011, the inclusion of private-sector-based strategies in the MOH circular may lead some analysts to portend a large scale opening of a new China market in private healthcare. Such opportunities have been thus far limited to smaller specialty hospitals working independently (for the most part) of the public healthcare infrastructure, who cater services to high-income Chinese, as well as foreigners with overseas private insurance. While it is tempting to make such predictions due to the healthcare industry’s role in pacing the American economy over the past several decades, it is important for both investors and would be public health scholars to remember that because of China's strong commitment to public provision of healthcare, these private opportunities will more likely have to fit within China's national health plan. In other words, the future of private healthcare during the term of the 18th Party Congress is private healthcare with Chinese characteristics; one much more focused on building a strong social safety net, than on building an industry that will be an economic growth driver.

(CCS blog administrator's note: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion, agreement or disagreement with other community members, the contributors to the post or CCS staff members - as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation. However, this site does not tolerate direct or indirect attacks, name-calling or insults, nor does it tolerate intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others into an emotional response. These types of comments will be removed from the site where warranted.)

Posted by zzhu at 11:08 PM | Comments (0)

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Filippo Marsili

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Filippo Marsili
Assistant Professor of History
Saint Louis University

Place and Ritual in Early Imperial China: A Comparative Perspective

December 4, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In light of recent studies on the centrality of religion in defining the conceptual boundaries of the Roman empire, this talk will closely analyse different sets of rituals that were debated during Han Wudi’s reign (141-87 BCE) and that illustrate competing conceptions about the relationship between center and periphery, human and extra-human realms.

Wudi’s reign is conventionally associated with the political and economic stabilization of the Han dynasty and with new grandiose programs of imperial propaganda. While “Confucian” scholars, roughly a century after the Legalist rule of the Qin (221-206 BCE), returned to occupy relevant positions at court, Wudi surrounded himself with alchemists (*fangshi*) from Qi and Yan, as he seemed to become increasingly obsessed with the pursuit of immortality. According to the *Shiji* these *fangshi*, whose teachings were at odds with the classical tradition, eventually overcame the sway of the “Confucians” at court and exerted a profound influence on the emperor’s religious programs. This presentation will argue that Wudi’s apparently incoherent ceremonial reforms represented an unsuccessful attempt at ritually legitimizing political and economic centralization against devolution and its influential advocates. In doing so, Professor Marsili will focus on rituals that the historical sources respectively associate with traditional values (the Shou ci tu) and heterodoxy or exoticism (Shenjun, Taiyi and Houtu), analyses pieces of archeological evidence that have been connected with these ceremonies, and finally compares the propagandistic use of religion under Wudi and the emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (27 BCE – 68 CE) in Rome.

Filippo Marsili is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at St. Louis University. His primary focus is early China, and he is particularly interested in the ways imperial authority was represented and justified in the historiography, literature, and material culture of the Western Han Dynasty (3rd-1st century BCE). His current research concentrates on discourses about the legitimation of power and on the relationship between human agency and metaphysical forces. Through a cross-cultural analysis that involves the ancient Mediterranean world and Greco-Roman historiography, I historicize different approaches to divinity, monotheism, public and private ritual behaviors, and institutionalized religion. His final goal is the establishment, between East and West, of a shared vocabulary for the "sacred," and of an open dialogue that entails different understandings and practices concerning the perceived moral bases of societies and individual rights. He teaches courses on ancient Asian civilizations as well as on comparative political, cultural, and religious history

Posted by zzhu at 09:43 PM

November 15, 2012

INTRODUCING: An exciting new partnership for the CCS blog!!!

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CCS dual-degree students, Damjan DeNoble (CCS/Law) and Bradley Hoath (CCS/Public Health) are interested in the changing landscape of China's healthcare system. They write and manage Asia Healthcare Blog (AHCB), a website that publishes their analysis of China's senior care sector, its emerging private hospital investment industry, and the ongoing health reforms. All analysis seeks to couch analysis within the wider context of Chinese culture. Their analysis is bolstered by first person interviews, coverage of conferences, and use of serious academic research. Lately they've been increasingly aggregating materials from sources other than AHCB to keep their readers abreast of issues in the China healthcare space.

We introduce their work on AHCB through three recent articles, two of which use the CCS Tuesday Noon Lecture Series as jump-off points for wider discussions about China:

Weaving gold silk for the Steppes, China made globalization harnessable within a lifetime - (Nicola Di Cosmo lecture)

Tea, China’s 1000 Year Old Marketing Success Story - (James A. Benn lecture)

The Need for Mental Health Services in China is Great - Making a case for greater investment into mental healthcare services in China

Posted by zzhu at 08:39 PM

November 14, 2012

China Business Conference, November 18, 2012

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Are all invited to join be part of China Business Conference'12 at Rackham Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sunday, November 18, 2012. The event will be split into two sessions. The morning session will start at 9:00am, with the afternoon session starting at 2:00pm. Audience can attend either one or both of the sessions free of charge.

The China Business Conference will feature the final round competition of the China Business Challenge. This event culminate 8 finalists (selected from over 100 China Business Challenge participants) to pitch their business proposals in front of venture capitalists from both China and the Silicone Valley - be there to find out who will take home $30,000 in cash prizes. This conference will also include Entrepreneurial/Business-oriented Club showcase, the award ceremony afterwards with keynote speeches, a special pitch session for any talented entrepreneurs, as well as an invitation-only networking dinner in the evening.

For a detailed breakdown of the full event, please click on the agenda below. Please REGISTER for the conference by Nov 14th to secure a professional name tag to present yourself at the event!

Also check out the CEN facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChinaBusinessChallenge

Posted by zzhu at 03:11 PM

November 13, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Film Series: A Director King Hu Film Retrospective - The Valiant Ones 忠烈图

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 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, 1975; 102 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

A rarely screened wuxia gem, “The Valiant Ones 忠烈图” is a meditative yet action-filled movie about a 16th century husband and wife swordfighting team hired to protect China from Japanese marauders. King Hu reveals character through the film’s intricate fight scenes. Film is courtesy of the King Hu Foundation and the Hong Kong Film Archive, Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Posted by zzhu at 05:15 PM

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Thomas Rawski

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Thomas G. Rawski
Professor of Economics and History
University of Pittsburgh

Why Didn’t China’s Boom Begin in the 1870s Rather Than in the 1970s?

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

Historians ranging from Albert Feuerwerker to Kenneth Pomeranz have labored to explain China’s limited economic success. Recent developments require a shift of perspective. New research highlights the contribution of beneficial human capital legacies to the genesis and progression of China’s ongoing economic boom. While the spread of education after 1949 is part of the story, vast resources of entrepreneurship and organizational capabilities revealed by the boom reflect deep historical roots. But if Qing China was well stocked with economically-relevant human capital, what accounts for limited economic progress under China’s late 19th-century regime of free trade, domestic market economy, substantial influx of technology, and modest reform efforts?

Thomas G. Rawski is Professor of Economics and History at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the development and modern history of China’s economy, including studies of China’s reform mechanism and achievements, as well as analyses focused on productivity, investment, industry, trade, labor markets, environment, and economic measurement. His publications include books on Economic Growth and Employment in China; Chinese History in Economic Perspective; Economic Growth in Prewar China; China’s Transition to Industrialization; and Economics and the Historian. He is co-editor of recent volumes on China’s Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia (2007) and China’s Great Economic Transformation (2008).

Posted by zzhu at 04:42 PM

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Benjamin Levey

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Benjamin Levey
Assistant Professor of History
University of Michigan-Dearborn

In the Land of the People Without Sutras: Jungar Refugees and Qing-Kazakh Relations, 1758-1775

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

Narratives of violence have dominated the historiography on the Qing conquest of Jungaria. Nearly every history of the Qing conquest highlights the Qing’s violent massacres against the Jungars, with several works even asserting these massacres were tantamount to “ethnic genocide.” While there is no doubt that Qing armies unleashed terrible violence upon the Jungar people, a singular focus on these massacres has obscured the important historical role that Jungar refugees played in the decades following the disintegration of the Jungar confederation.

Based on a large corpus of previously unstudied Manchu language documents, this presentation discusses the fate of Jungar refugees in the fifteen years following the disintegration of the Jungar confederation. The Jungars no longer had a state of their own, but were ruled over by their two former enemies: the Kazakhs in the west and the Qing in the east. In examining the Jungars’ experience as refugees, Professor Levey will discuss the following topics: kinship networks that connected Jungar refugee populations living under both Qing and Kazakh control; the important role that bilingual refugees played in mediating Qing-Kazakh relations; the continued importance of Oirat as the lingua franca of the Qing-Kazakh borderlands; and disputes between the Kazakhs and the Qing over the issue of runaway Jungar slaves.

Ben Levey is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Professor Levey’s research interests focus on Qing and Inner Asian history, Manjuristics, and borderlands in comparative perspective. He completed his MA training at Indiana University and Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Posted by zzhu at 04:36 PM

November 12, 2012

Confucius Institute presents lecture on Chinese experimental theatre

Experimental Theatre in China Today

Lecture by Claire Conceison
Professor of Theater Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
Thursday, November 19 | 4pm
Michigan League - Michigan Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Meng Jinghui's 2009 revival of Liao Yimei's "Rhinoceros in Love" (恋爱的犀牛) at Fengchao Theatre in Beijing (photo courtesy of Claire Conceison).

Speaker’s abstract: A brief overview of theater’s development in mainland China and introduction to some of the most influential playwrights and directors, including Yu Rongjun in Shanghai and Meng Jinghui in Beijing. Accompanied by photographs and video clips, this presentation will explain how forces such as politics, globalization, and commercialization have shaped performances on stage in contemporary China, and how artists like Yu and Meng have renewed the popularity of theater for young urban audiences.

Posted by zzhu at 04:18 PM

November 08, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - WANG Zheng

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WANG Zheng
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and History
Associate Research Scientist, Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan
Associate Director, CCS

When Talented Women Became Socialist State Power Holders: Chen Bo’er and the Paradigm of Socialist Film in the PRC

November 13, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

How did Chinese women from elite families relocate and reposition themselves when the transition from empire to nation fundamentally hinged on restructuring an inner/outer gender space? The massive boarder-crossing from the inner to the outer practiced by elite women since the turn of the 20th century has been studied by scholars in various fields. This talk focuses on the implications of repositioning of new elite women on socialist state building by analyzing the life of Chen Bo’er (1907-1951), a movie star of the 1930s who became a founder of the PRC film industry.

WANG Zheng is associate professor of Women’s Studies and History, associate research scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at University of Michigan, and currently, the associate director of the CCS. A long-term academic activist promoting gender studies in China, she is the director of the U-M-China Gender Studies Project, and founder and co-director of the U-M-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her English publications concern changing gender discourses and relations in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century, and feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism in the context of globalization. She is the author of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories (UC Press, 1999). She has edited volumes (both in English and Chinese) on a variety of topics: the construction of feminist subjectivity in socialist China, the politics and effects of translating feminisms in China throughout the twentieth century, and significance of introducing “gender” into the study of Chinese history as well as into the discursive contentions in contemporary China. The presentation is part of her on-going book project Melodies of Feminism: A Gender History of the PRC.

Posted by zzhu at 11:19 AM

Joint Photo Exhibit!

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Take a visual break from work/study for a Center for Chinese Studies-Center for Japanese Studies joint photo exhibit at Espresso Royale (324 S. State Street - right on the edge of central campus).

The exhibit is open through December 2012.

Remember CCS friends, we are still accepting photographs for our 2012 Year of the Dragon Photo Contest--just send to ccsphotocontest2012[at]umich[dot]edu. Thank you!

Posted by zzhu at 02:29 AM

November 07, 2012

Great videos for Chinese language students

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Chinese subtitles have been added to the two most-watched speeches on election night in the U.S., November 6, 2012.

Please click below to access videos.

President Obama's victory speech:

Mitt Romney's concession speech:

Posted by zzhu at 11:41 AM

November 06, 2012

Confucius Institute presents lecture by renowned contemporary Chinese artist

From the Real to the Virtual 画家缪晓春讲座
Lecture by Miao Xiaochun, artist
Thursday, November 15 | 4pm
Palmer Commons – Forum Hall (Fourth Floor)
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor
Directions: http://palmercommons.umich.edu/directions/
Free and open to the public.
Please join us for a reception after the lecture.

Miao Xiaochun "MICROCOSM - Independent Motives: Fatalism," 2008

Posted by zzhu at 11:37 PM

Confucius Institute presents Chinese-American jazz concert

An Evening of Chinese-American Jazz with Jon Jang 中美合璧的爵士演奏会
Jazz artist, and King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor at U-M
Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Bob Hsiang

Featuring: Min Xiaofen (pipa, vocals), Andrew Bishop (ensemble director, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), Robert L. Hurst III (double bass), Michael Gould (multiple percussion), William Lucas (trumpet), Adam Unsworth (French horn), and Yuma Uesaka (tenor saxophone, flute)

Posted by zzhu at 10:42 PM

Confucius Institute presents Pipa Lecture and Demonstration by noted Chinese musician

Pipa Lecture and Demonstration 琵琶艺术演示
by Min Xiaofen
Monday, November 12 | 4pm
Michigan League - Hussey Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Li Xiao-Long

This lecture and demonstration will focus on the history of the pipa, techniques, from lyrical and martial styles to modern composers' composition for pipa. Ms. Min will also discuss her experience working closely with well-known American and Chinese composers as well as how she has been influenced by jazz and bluegrass.

Posted by zzhu at 09:27 PM

Call for Papers: Second Annual UBC Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

Second Annual UBC Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, March 9, 2013
UBC Asian Centre

We invite submissions for the UBC Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, which will be held at the UBC Asian Centre on Saturday, March 9, 2013. As one of the largest and most recognized Asian Studies departments in Canada, we hope to foster multi-regional and interdisciplinary discussion while providing students with an opportunity to present their research and exchange ideas with their peers and UBC faculty members.

We seek papers from graduate students engaged in Asian area studies in all levels and disciplines that engage “Asia” without necessarily being tethered to any one geographical, temporal or cultural framework. We encourage a variety of methodologies and approaches including (but not limited to) history, art, literature, linguistics, religion, political science, and gender studies.

We invite all those interested in presenting papers to submit an abstract (250 words maximum) along with brief biographical information (150 words max) by December 31, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by January 15th.

Participants will be asked to limit their presentations to a maximum of 20 minutes, so as to leave ample time for discussion. Presentation papers should be about 1500-2000 words long, and must be submitted by February 1st for review by discussants. Audio/visual equipment will be provided.

Further information about the conference location on the UBC campus, accommodations, and transportation can be found on the conference website at:http://ubcasiagradconference.wordpress.com/.

Please e-mail submissions and queries to the conference committee at:ubcasiagrad[at]gmail[dot]com.

Posted by zzhu at 04:44 PM

Historic Interactions between Chinese and Vietnamese Medicine

Talk by
C. Michele Thompson
Friday, November 9, 2012 | noon-1pm
1636 School of Social Work Building
International Institute
1080 S. University Ave, Ann Arbor

Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Friday-at-Noon Lecture Series and by the American Council of Learned Societies/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures as a part of the series Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Chinese Medicine.

Abstract: This talk will present the history of the exchange of medical products and knowledge between China and Vietnam. It will challenge the conventional assumption that Vietnamese medicine is Chinese in origin and will note that much of Chinese medicine is actually Vietnamese.

Speaker Biography: C. Michele Thompson is Professor of Southeast Asian History at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of Vietnamese Traditional Medicine: A Social History (forthcoming, National University of Singapore Press) and co-editor with Laurence Monnais and Ayo Wahlberg of Southern Medicine for Southern People: Vietnamese Medicine in the Making (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). Her current research projects include the history of smallpox, local treatments for it and the introduction of Jennerian vaccination in the South China Sea littoral; and the history and impact of the scientific discovery on May 21, 1992, of what is now one of the rarest mammals on Earth, the saola.

Posted by zzhu at 04:39 PM