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January 30, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - The Revolutionary

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

Producers/Directors: Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers; USA 2011; 92 minutes (English)

Film trailer:

Sidney Rittenberg (李敦白) arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An intimate of the Party's leadership, including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, he gained prominence at the Broadcast Administration, one of the most important agencies of government. But in the convulsions of a giant country constantly reinventing itself, he twice ran afoul of the leadership, and served a total of 16 years in solitary confinement. He returned to the United States in 1980.

Rittenberg captivates the audience with his exceptional intellect, uncompromising honesty, and engaging personality. Over a five-year period, award-winning former-CBS journalist and China specialist, Irv Drasnin, interviewed Rittenberg to produce a compelling, complex and unique understanding of the 20th century's biggest revolution. From Sid first meeting Mao in the caves of Yan’an, to his becoming famous and powerful during the Cultural Revolution, to his battling insanity in solitary, his journey and his profound insight illuminate a much greater history—a history few Chinese are aware of, let alone many Americans, told by an American who was there.

"In this absorbing documentary film, Sidney Rittenberg reflects on his remarkable life as an American member of the Chinese Communist Party. From the mid-1940s through the end of the Mao era, Rittenberg had remarkable access to the highest reaches of political power in Beijing. Ranging from his conversations with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai to his two long imprisonments under suspicion of espionage, Rittenberg provides a fascinating window onto China's continuing revolution under Mao." - Andrew Walder, Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

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Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Erik Mueggler

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Erik Mueggler
Professor of Anthropology
University of Michigan

'Cats give Funerals to Rats’: Making the Dead Modern through Lament

February 12, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk compares funeral laments in an Yi community in Yunnan from two periods: the early 1990s, after ritual revitalization had gotten thoroughly underway, and 2011, after this community had come into more intimate contact with the modernity-obsessed cultures of urban and semi-urban China. Laments fashion grief in a public setting by conceptualizing the dead and their relations with the living in vivid poetic language. Laments from the early 1990s described these relations as a circuit of suffering, in which children returned a debt of suffering they owed their parents after the latter's deaths. By 2011, innovative lamenters had reoriented their understanding of suffering to be personal, internal, and intimate. The dead became more “modern,” allowing the living, defined largely by their relations with the dead, to participate in “modernized” forms of authentic, sincere emotional expression.

Erik Mueggler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. His books include: The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, Place in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2001) and The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exporation of West China and Tibet (University of California Press, 2011).

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January 29, 2013

U-M presence growing on Sina Weibo (新浪微博), popular Chinese social networking Web site

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Higher Education is Using Sina Weibo to Engage and Promote
Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed

Click on the image below to follow the University of Michigan on Weibo!

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Asia Business Conference 2013 - REGISTER TODAY!

Register by this Friday, February 1, 2013 for the Early Registration Fee!


"Riding the Wave of Change"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors

G. Mustafa Mohatarem has been General Motors’ Chief Economist since 1995, leading an economics team responsible for assessing the impact of worldwide economic developments on the world’s second largest automaker, and providing advice to the company in various competitive and economic policy issues. This has been a period of major change in the global industry, when GM acquired major production capacity in Korea, developed a dominant market share in China even while requiring U.S. government support during the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, and continues to expand its investments in Thailand, Indonesia and other fast-growing Asian markets.

His keynote speech will address the prospects for macroeconomic growth and rebalancing in individual Asian countries, including the impact of likely policy changes following recent elections in Japan and Korea, currency shifts and regulatory reforms, on manufacturing competitiveness, the auto industry, and intra-Asian and U.S.–Asian economic relations in the coming year.

The Keynote Speech on Friday, Feb. 1 at 5pm is FREE OF CHARGE!

Selected Panelists

Krishna Mohan, Head of Strategic Solutions and Large Deals, Infrastructure Services, North America, Tata Consulting Services (TCS)

As the Head of Strategic Solutions and Large Deals, Infrastructure Services for North America, Mr. Krishna Mohan heads the TCS’s IT Infrastructure Services for Large deals in NA. North America IS contributes to 55% of worldwide Infrastructure Services revenues. The IS business practice manages all of TCS’s Infrastructure Outsourcing Services activities, including developing the Strategic Solutions, building outsourcing models, running the pursuit leadership for IS deals and positioning TCS at Third Party Analyst and Outsourcing markets.

Michael J. Schmedlen, Director of Worldwide Commercial and Public Sector Strategy & Marketing, Lenovo

Michael J. Schmedlen leads Lenovo’s worldwide commercial strategy and marketing to maximize revenue, market share and profitability across all vertical markets, large enterprises and the public sector. Further, he is responsible for Lenovo’s global philanthropic investments in education and healthcare, which are focused on building scalable models for improving outcomes and institutions’ operational efficiency. In recognition of his achievements in business and society, he was awarded a 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship.

Hitoshi Saimyo, Executive Director, New York Office, East Japan Railway Co.

Hitoshi Saimyo is the Executive Director of the New York Office of the East Japan Railway Company. Mr Saimyo joined Japan National Railways in 1985 upon obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Yokohama City University. When Japan National Railways was divided and privatized in 1987, he became a part of East Japan Railway Company. Since the inception of his employment with East Japan Railway, he has been extensively engaged in railway transportation planning, the promotion of travel service products, and the planning and implementation of tourism strategies and initiatives, holding professional, managerial and executive capacities with increased responsibilities and authorities.

Zachary Emig, Director, Securitized Product Trading, Deutsche Bank

Mr. Emig is the senior trader of US securitized products in the Asia region for Deutsche Bank. This position is a culmination of his twelve years working in investment banks, during which he has performed a variety of roles, from software development to product structuring to risk management and trading. After doing multimedia research with Canon in Japan in 1999, he moved to New York to join Credit Suisse as a fixed income trading system developer. He leveraged his 2005 MBA from the Ross School of Business to join Deutsche Bank in New York as a trader on the ABS desk, dealing with complex products tied to mortgages and corporate credit. He managed to survive the ups and downs of the financial crisis years to earn a promotion and relocation to the Singapore office in 2011, from which he's spearheading regional trading of this asset class.

Alan Taub, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan & Retired Vice President, GM Global Research and Development, General Motors Company

Alan Taub joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2012. In this role, Taub will be conducting research in advanced materials and processing and leading a new initiative to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Center within the College of Engineering. Taub retired from General Motors in April 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president, Global Research & Development, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices including in China. He joined GM R&D as executive director in 2001 and was named vice president in 2009. Before joining GM, Taub spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric, where he earned 26 patents and authored more than 60 papers. He also worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years. Taub received his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Brown University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University.

For more information and to register for individual panels on Saturday, please visit our website- www.rossabc.com.

If you register by February 1, 3:00PM:

$5 for undergraduate students (from any academic institution)
$10 for non-undergraduate students (from any academic institution)
$15 for non-students/professionals

On the day of the conference, February 2nd

$10 for undergraduate students (from any academic institution)
$15 for non-undergraduate students (from any academic institution)
$20 for non-students/professionals

Registration fee includes:

- Admission to our panels (one per timeslot)

- Asian Foods for Lunch

- Admission to a networking reception with our speakers

Please share this invitation with any of your colleagues, classmates, and club members who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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January 28, 2013

CCS Faculty Associates in the News

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Mary Gallagher
CCS Director
Associate Professor of Political Science

Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks to Factory Jobs
Keith Bradsher, The New York Times

Communist Party holds key to prosperity in China
The Toledo Blade

Room for Debate: How Can U.S. Scholars Resist China's Control?
The New York Times

A roundup of all of Mary Gallagher's recent comments on Chinese labor politics

Nico Howson
Professor of Law
U-M Law School

Family of Chinese Regulator Profits in Insurance Firm’s Rise
by David Barboza, The New York Times

Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen - a discussion of leadership selection at China's 18th Party Congress


A murder and confession leave questions in China
by Gillian Wong, The Associated Press

Bo Suspended After Wife Suspected in British Man’s Murder
Bloomberg News

US Court Fight May Not Solve Chinese Accounting Mess
CNBC - online

中国高院: 政府拒绝信息公开,民可告官
记者: 吴心欣, Voice of America

Linda Lim
Professor of Strategy
U-M Ross School of Business

New Chinese President Faces Looming Economic Decisions

News & Media, U-M Ross School of Business

Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen - a discussion of China-related issues in the U.S. presidential contest


Linda Lim and John Ciorciari on the Taiwan election, 2012

Target the yuan? It's politics at play
The Strait Times

Snyder: First trade mission about building relationships
by Tracy Samilton, Michigan Radio

Robert Adams
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Disability rights influence architecture professor
The University Record

Donald Lopez
Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor and Department Chair
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts

A Tale of Two Scriptures: The American Book of Mormon and the Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Huffington Post

Mingyur Rinpoche, the millionaire monk who renounced it all
by Mary Finnigan, The Guardian

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

Bright's country
by Kelly Chung Dawson, The China Daily

Creativity Among the Commissars
by Nicholas Frisch, The Wall Street Journal

Xiaobing Tang
Professor of Comparative Literature, Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies
U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts

China Celebrates Author Mo Yan’s Nobel
by Austin Ramzy, Time Magazine

Yu Xie
Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Statistics
U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts
How Asians displaced Hispanics as biggest group of new US immigrants
by Mark Guarino, The Christian Science Monitor

New Census Finds China’s Population Growth Has Slowed
by Michael Wines and Sharon LaFraniere, The New York Times

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January 26, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - The Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in China: An example of musical heritage

By ZANG Yibing, Dean of School of Music, Central China Normal University
Monday, February 4, 2013 | 4 pm-5:30 pm

Koessler Room, Michigan League

With the rapid development of Chinese economy and society, the process of modernization and globalization has great influence on Chinese culture. Having witnessed the gradual fading of traditional Chinese traditional culture and values, scholars and the central government are deeply concerned. Since the passing of "the protection of intangible cultural heritage" bill by the UN on October 17, 2003, the Chinese government issued two corresponding documents in 2005, and started the protection of intangible cultural heritage in China. This project involves reforms in various contemporary Chinese political, economical and cultural aspects. This lecture introduces the current status of the Chinese intangible cultural heritage protection system.

Zang Yibing is a professor and dean of the School of Music, Central China Normal University. He is also the leader of Art Academic Evaluation Group of Central China Normal University. He got a master's degree of history of music and doctoral degree of philosophy (ethnomusicology) in Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the vice-chairman of Chinese Musicians Association's College Music League, member of Chinese Musicians Association's Theory Committee, researcher of Central China Normal University's Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Centre and National Cultural Industry Base, director of Music Education Experimental Demonstration Center in Hubei Province, senior cultural consultant of Tencent Net and member of ICTM of the UNESCO, evaluation expert of the Ministry of Education's "the 4th Chinese Universities Humanities and Social Sciences Research Excellent Achievement Award" and intangible cultural heritage of Hubei Province.

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Erhu and Dizi Recital, Saturday, February 2, 2013 | 8pm

Britton Recital Hall, School of Music

An evening of Chinese music: Chinese traditional, folk, and western classical music. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M (CIUM).

Dizi (Chinese Bamboo Flute): Tian Shi Feng, Student at the Central Conservatory of Music
Erhu and Guzheng: Xiao Dong Wei, Chinese Music Advisor, CIUM
Erhu: Yan Xi Dong, Teacher at Beijing Shidai Guoyin Music School
Piano: Yuki Mack, Pianist

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January 24, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jing CAI

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Jing CAI
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
University of Michigan

Insurance Take-up in Rural China: Learning from Hypothetical Experience

January 29, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This paper uses a novel experimental design to test for the role of experience and information in insurance take-up in rural China, where weather insurance was a new and highly subsidized product. We randomly select a group of poor households to play insurance games and find that it improves the actual insurance take-up by 48%. In order to determine the mechanism behind this effect, we test whether it is due to: (1) changes in risk attitudes, (2) changes in the perceived probability of future disasters, (3) learning the objective benefits of insurance, or (4) hypothetical experience of disaster. We show that the effect cannot be explained by mechanisms (1) to (3), and that the experience acquired in playing the insurance game matters. We develop a simple model in which agents give less weight to disasters and benefits which they experienced infrequently. Our estimation also suggests that compared with experience with real disasters in the previous year, experience gained in the insurance game played recently has a stronger effect on the actual insurance take-up, implying that learning from experience displays a strong recency effect.

Jing Cai is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. Her current research focuses on the role of social networks in information diffusion, adoption and impacts of new financial products in developing countries, impacts of tax incentives on firm behavior, and the effect of political connections on firm performance.

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January 23, 2013

Why Good Bureaucracies Aren't Always Best?

PICS International Security & Development
Fellow Lecture

Yuen Yuen Ang
Professor of Political Science, U-M
Friday, February 1, 2013 | 2-4pm
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League

The establishment of “good” bureaucracies is commonly seen as a prerequisite of economic development, particularly among state-directed economies. But are good bureaucracies, as conventionally defined, always the best option? How can poor countries acquire good bureaucracies if they lack resources to replicate institutions of the rich? I address these questions through China’s anomalous reform experience, where local developmental states seem to flourish without conventionally competent and non-corrupt Weberian agencies.

Free & Open to the Public/Reception to follow

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Transcultural Studies doctoral scholarships

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies welcomes applications for eight doctoral scholarships. The application system is now open until March 15, 2013.

The programme offers a monthly scholarship of 1.200 Euro. It further supports scholarship holders in framing their research through advanced courses and individual supervision and mentoring. The scholarships start in the winter term 2013/14 and are granted for two years with the possibility of an extension for an additional year. Half of them are reserved for young scholars from Asia.

Applicants are expected to propose a doctoral project contributing to the general research framework of the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context. The Dynamics of Transculturality. They must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences with an above-average grade. Applications, including a CV, a letter of intention, a project proposal, a schedule for the dissertation, and recommendations are accepted until March 15, 2013, via the Online Application System .

After an initial evaluation and selection, applicants will be asked to get in contact with possible supervisors at the Cluster of Excellence to discuss their project proposal. The most promising applicants will be invited to present their projects to the selection committee in Heidelberg. Subsequently the scholarship holders will be selected.

For more information on the scholarships visit the website of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies or read the full call for applications (PDF). For further questions send an e-mail to: application-gpts@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de.

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Confucius Institute Lecture - An American in Beijing: Composing New Music with Old Instruments

Guest Speaker:
Anthony De Ritis, Professor and Chair of the Music Department, Northeastern University in Boston

Friday, February 1, 2013 | 4 pm-5:30pm
Henderson Room, Michigan League
~Free and Open to the Public~

Speaker's Note: "Plums Blossoms" was the name I chose for my first work utilizing a Chinese traditional instrument, an electroacoustic work based on samples of pipa virtuoso, Min Xiao-Fen. This was composed in hopes of getting accepted into the 1999 International Computer Music Conference held at Tsinghua University. This work led to a series of compositions for Chinese traditional instruments, including "Ping-Pong", a concerto for pipa and Chinese traditional orchestra premiered by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Min Xiao-Fen as soloist. Today I am often asked, "Why do you compose for Chinese traditional instruments?" In this lecture, I endeavor to answer this question and more.

Anthony Paul De Ritis is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston. In Fall 2011 he was as Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and was appointed as a Master of Beijing's DeTao Masters Academy in the fields of music and the creative industries.

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Yale Journal of International Affairs - Call for Submissions - Closes March 1, 2013


The Yale Journal of International Affairs (YJIA) is a biannual print journal 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 topics of international affairs 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, Alexander Evans, Oona Hathaway, John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Solman, Nicoli Nattrass, Jolyon Howorth, Richard Goldstone, Janet Napolitano, and Stanley McChrystal, among others. To view YJIA’s archives, visit us online at yalejournal.org.

The Yale Journal of International Affairs accepts three types of submissions:
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 Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.
· All submissions must include a short bio, which should not exceed three sentences in length.

Please send submissions by email to YJIA Editor-in-Chief Mark Redmond at mark[dot]redmond[at]yale[dot]edu no later than March 1, 2013.

* 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 II is expected in early summer 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.

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January 10, 2013

Chinese Folk Pottery Symposium

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of Michigan Museum of Art

This symposium will address the presence of Chinese folk pottery in the modern world—its traditions, its methods, its practitioners, and its future. Through the presentation of lectures and films, two distinguished Chinese ceramic artists and a scholar of Chinese art and archeology will offer their knowledge and views of the field, informing our understanding of the role of Chinese folk pottery in historical and contemporary contexts. The Symposium intends to promote a fuller interpretation of this work and a deeper comprehension of its origins, processes, and influences.

The symposium and film coincides with the special presentation of the Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday in the Shirley Chang Gallery of Asian Art, UMMA, through April 2013.

9:45am Introduction / Acknowledgments / Announcements

10am SPEAKER: Dr. Chumei Ho is an art historian of East and Southeast art and archeology, retired from Field Museum, Chicago. She was educated at University of Hong Kong, (BA) and the University of London (Ph.D). She was founder and president of the Chicago Chinese American Museum. The title of her talk is "What is Minyao?”

10:30am Short break

10:45am SPEAKER: Jiansheng Li is an artist, film maker and director of Sanbao Ceramic Institute and Museum, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi. His film Tao Yao received the UNESCO film award in France 2008. He will discuss the relationship between folk ceramic painting and that of imperial ware painting, particularly their influences upon one another.

11:15am Film showing: Tao Yao

12noon Lunch break

1:30pm SPEAKER: Lu Bin is an artist and teaches at Nanjing Institute of Art and director of the Shenzhen Academy of Sculpture. His film, Ethnic Minorities of Southwest China, received the Heritage Award at the 7th International Clay Film Festival in Paris. He will discuss his research on the culture and pottery making of the ethnic minority people of southwest China.

2pm Film showing: Ethnic Minorities of Southwest China

2:30pm Short break

MODERATOR: Dr.Margaret Carney is a ceramic historian with a Ph.D. in art history. She was founding director of the Alfred University Ceramic Museum, New York and currently the founding director and curator of the Dinnerware Museum in Ann Arbor.

3:45pm Gallery talk: The Art of the Everyday in the Chinese Gallery, UMMA by Jiansheng Li

4:30pm Reception at UMMA Commons ( RSVP by Jan 18 to Rachel Yang / yangrc@umich.edu )

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Public lecture: Tradutorre, Oktosi: Qing Bodies After "Chinese Medicine"

Professor Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia)

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 4pm-6pm, 1014 Tisch Hall

Co-sponsored by the U-M Department of History and by the American Council of Learned Societies/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the U-M Department of Asian Languages and Cultures as part of the series “Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Chinese Medicine.”

Abstract: Situating the history of medicine within a broader context of empire in Chinese early modernity transforms the way we understand science and medicine in relation to a historical notion of “China.” Paying special attention to the ways that translation shaped how bodies and their norms were understood in the Qing (1644-1912), this talk will consider the ways that a medical body emerged from Manchu, Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, and other language practices.

Speaker biography: Carla Nappi is Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Studies and Assistant Professor of History at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and Its Transformations in Early Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2009) as well as numerous articles on global medicine in trans-Asian history. Her current book projects include Illegible Cities: Translating Early Modern China and Recipes for Exchange: Drugs and Empire in Chinese Early Modernity.

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