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February 28, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Sarah Schneewind

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Sarah Schneewind
Associate Professor of History
UC San Diego

Father and Mother of the People: Thinking Through Ming Bureaucratic Paternalism

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

By Ming times, personal relations had long reasserted themselves within the bureaucratic structure that Qin had originally designed to make officials mere cogs in a machine, dependent on the emperor alone. In this talk, which grows out of my current research on shrines to living officials, I will focus not on the corruption and factionalism so salient in scholarship but on the rhetoric describing and idealizing the relation of local subjects to the magistrates and prefects set above them. The parental metaphor for this relationship, apparently a straightforward requirement to nourish and to obey, takes some surprising twists and turns as the writers of commemorative steles for pre-mortem shrines expand on it.

Sarah Schneewind is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. She has studied the relations of state and society through an institutional case study, in Community Schools and the State in Ming China, and through an omenological micro-history, A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China, a book also designed to introduce undergraduates and general readers to some aspects of historiography, Ming life, and melonology (guaxue). An edited volume, Long Live the Emperor! Uses of the Ming Founder Across Six Centuries of East Asian History, carried forward her attack on Ming autocracy. Oriens Extremus generously published her long study and interpretation of a short biography: “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Imperial Autocracy and Scholar-Official Autonomy in the Background to the Ming History Biography of Early Ming Scholar-Official Fang Keqin (1326-1376).” She is currently, and gratefully, on an NEH grant researching local shrines to living officials, with an opening bid, “Beyond Flattery,” coming out in the Journal of Asian Studies. She has an amateur interest in East-West connections and has proposed, in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, that the Classic of Documents may have shaped the Declaration of Independence.

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February 27, 2013

Film Screening of The Savage Land (1981)

Friday, March 1, 2013, 7 pm
Auditorium B, Angell Hall, 435 S. State St.

English subtitles | Free and open to the public

The Savage Land (原野) is a film based on Cao Yu (曹禺)’s play written in 1937. Superficially a story of a peasant’s revenge, the play interweaves darkness, nightmare, fear and mystery in the style of expressionist theatre. The protagonist’s feelings of guilt and eventual suicide relate to the rivalry for exclusive affection between a possessive old mother and a beautiful but jealous wife, as well as the primitive passions, sexual deprivation and defiant courage of life in this remote environment. The film was shot in 1981 but was banned from the public audience until 1988. As soon as it was released, it won China’s film award ‘Hundred Flowers Award’ and when it was taken to the Venice Film Festival, it was ranked as the ‘Best Recommended Film’. The one-hour-forty-five-minute film was directed by Ling Zi, a female stage/film director, stared by Yang Zaibao (Qiu Hu) and Liu Xiaoqing (Jinzi). Liu won the 1988 Best Actress Prize for acting the role.

Posted by zzhu at 08:48 PM

Lecture "Re-Orientations: The Worlding of Marco Polo"

Lecture by Sharon Kinoshita
University of California, Santa Cruz

Wednesday March 13, 2013 @4pm
1636 International Institute, SSWB

Sharon is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as co-director at the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies, and co-director, UC Multicampus Research Project in Mediterranean Studies. She is the author of Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature and co-author of Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France: A Critical Companion, as well as many essays on Old French literature and on the medieval Mediterranean.

Sponsors: RLL, Center for European Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature.

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February 19, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)
Please be advised that this film is rated R for some language (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian).

A film by Alison Klayman; China, 2012; 91 minutes (Mandarin and English with English subtitles)

Film trailer:

Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

"Watching ’Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ is like experiencing a thrilling unfinished symphony: The story is enthralling, but it's not over, and there's no telling where it's going, which makes what we see on screen all the more involving."- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

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February 18, 2013

Lucky number 888!

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We reached the milestone of 888 blog posts today! But of course, we've added a few more since then.

Thank you for reading!

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Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Victor Nee

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Victor Nee
Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor
Department of Sociology
Cornell University

Capitalism from Below: Where do Economic Institutions Come From?

February 26, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This presentation discusses the model and findings from a seven year study of the private enterprise economy and emergence of economic institutions of capitalism in the Yangzi Delta region of China. This on-going study is based on a survey using a random sample of 700 entrepreneurs and private manufacturing firms conducted in 2006 and 2009-- a third wave is now in progress, 130 face-to-face interviews and field experiments. Core questions addressed in my seminar are: Why is institutional emergence an endogenous process involving like-minded economic actors? Why do norms and networks matter in the rise of capitalism? What is the role of the state? A description of the study is available on the study's website, which offers a list of survey cities, timeframe, research instruments, sampling and descriptive data.

Victor Nee is Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor in the Department of Sociology, Cornell University. His current interests are focused on developing theories of the middle-range and their extension to empirical research. He is working on an on-going study of on entrepreneurs and private manufacturing firms in the Yangzi delta region of China. In Capitalism from Below: Markets and Institutional Change ( Harvard University Press, 2012), he and Sonja Opper detail the theory and evidence in explaining the emergence of economic institutions of capitalism.

Posted by zzhu at 02:27 PM

February 17, 2013

New exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art: Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures

Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology
Now–June 9, 2013

Thangkas, portable religious paintings on cloth, are part of a larger array of efficacious religious art that also includes murals, sculpture, and other portable objects. Such works served as didactic devices and aided devotees in their religious practice. The rich iconography of Buddha and Buddhist deities and the colorful images make thangkas fascinating objects to study. This exhibition features thangka paintings and other objects used by Buddhist monks and devotees from the Walter Norman Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.

This exhibition is part of the UM Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The UM Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Posted by zzhu at 10:43 PM

Updated February 2013: Recent media contributions by CCS alumni

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David Caragliano (JD/CCS MA '09)
Lawyer and international development professional

China to Web Users: Great Firewall? Just Be Glad We're Not North Korea
The Atlantic

Is China Really the 80th-Most-Corrupt Country on Earth?
The Atlantic

What’s Really Behind China’s Tabloid-Style Coverage of Obama’s Asia Trip
Tea Leaf Nation

China's Transparency Reform: Is It for Real?
The Atlantic

David Shambaugh (PhD '89, Political Science)
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

David Shambaugh discusses his latest edited volume Tangled Titans:

Ten Questions for China’s Heir Presumptive
The New York Times

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

On China's political transition, October 2012

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

Damien Ma's other articles on China
in The Atlantic

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

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

American Wheels, Chinese Roads
LSA Today

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

CFR's Economy Says China Still Vibrant

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

Elizabeth Economy's other articles on China
in The Atlantic

Posted by zzhu at 09:39 PM

Confucius Institute Lecture - Non-Portraits in the Late Northern Song

Peter Sturman
Professor of Chinese Art History
University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, February 22, 2013
4pm-5:30 pm
Henderson Room, Michigan League

Literati (wenren) artists of the late Northern Song period are known to have painted in almost every major genre, including landscapes, bamboo, bird-and-flower, horses, and figures, but portraiture is noticeably absent. A close contextual study of one painting in particular, The Ear Picker, wrongly attributed to the Five Dynasties Period painter Wang Qihan, will demonstrate that portraiture of a very particular nature, one that ironically can be labeled self-effacing, was not only practiced by wenren painters in Su Shi's coterie, it constitutes some of the most intriguing works of art of the eleventh century.

Posted by zzhu at 04:36 PM

February 16, 2013

Confucius Institute recital: "I Sing Chinese" 我唱中国歌

Featuring CIUM Singers

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8 pm
Britton Recital Hall, Moore Building, 1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor

CIUM singers will perform a selection of popular Chinese folk songs. The repertoire includes “西风的话 (Message Sent by the West Wind)”, “花儿与少年(Flower Songs and Young Lovers)”, “茉莉花 (Jasmine Flower )”, and “粱山伯与祝英台. 何占豪,陈钢曲 (The Butterfly Lovers: Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yintai )”, to name a few. CIUM singers consist of U-M students, faculty, researchers, and local residents, who have been trained by Ms. Lyan Sun, a vocalist educated at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

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February 13, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jersey Liang

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Jersey Liang
Professor of Health Management and Policy
U-M School of Public Health

Physical Performance and Socioeconomic Status among Older Chinese: A Multilevel Analysis

February 19, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This presentation focuses on physical performance (i.e., grip strength, normal walking speed, and rapid walk speed) as a function of socioeconomic status (SES) at the individual, household, and community levels among older Chinese. China has experienced rapid population aging during the last two decades. In 2006, the proportion of Chinese aged 60 and over had reached 10 percent, which is projected to reach 30 percent in 2030. Although China’s economy has grown approximately 9 percent annually since 1978, there is a marked increase in income disparity, with urban incomes more than three times of those in rural areas. The health consequences of the substantial income disparities among older Chinese have not been adequately studied.

Jersey Liang is Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health and Research Professor at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. His research has centered on comparative studies of aging and health across U.S., Japan, China, and Taiwan. Currently, he is exploring how psychosocial factors in conjunction with biomarkers affect health outcomes at the individual and community levels and how these processes vary across cultures.

Posted by zzhu at 01:56 PM

February 11, 2013

Australian National University (ANU) Asia Pacific Week 2013

Applications will now close at 5pm, Friday 8th March 2013 (AEST).

The Asia Pacific Week organising committee is seeking delegate applications from high-achieving later year undergraduate, masters and PhD students with a strong interest in the Asia Pacific region. Students of all disciplines from all around the world are encouraged to apply. We would be extremely grateful for your support in spreading the word of Asia Pacific Week to your students.

The week-long Asia Pacific Week conference brings together leading experts on the Asia Pacific region with 100 student delegates from around the world to engage in a series of dynamic discussions and events. This year’s conference will explore the theme of ‘Pushing Boundaries’ and will engage delegates in discussion over significant, yet controversial issues facing the Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific Week 2013 will be a fantastic opportunity for university students to hear from a myriad of academics and diplomats, and participate in a range of interactive and challenging sessions. The conference will also present delegates with opportunities to engage with policymakers and socialise among themselves, providing the next generation of Asia Pacific specialists a network of contacts and friends across the globe.

The conference will be held from 30 June – 5 July 2013 at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Accommodation and meals will be provided to delegates free of charge for the duration of the conference. Financial assistance will also be provided to selected applicants where necessary.

Applications will now close at 5pm, Friday 8th March 2013 (AEST).

An information flyer will be posted to the APW website shortly. This may be of assistance in notifying your students of Asia Pacific Week 2013 and you are more than welcome to download and distribute it.

For more information about the conference and to apply, please visit our website http://asiapacificweek.anu.edu.au/

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at asiapacificweek[at]anu[dot]edu[dot}au.

Posted by zzhu at 12:59 PM

February 08, 2013

Call for Papers - CCS Annual Conference: Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered

Deadline: March 15, 2013
Please respond to: Professor Xiaobing Tang

With funding support from the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, this international conference will provide a platform for scholars to examine multiple dimensions of socialist cultural production in twentieth-century China.

There is no question that cultural products from the socialist period continue to signify and serve many functions in contemporary China, even though the mechanism for their production has been by and large dismantled since the inception of the reform era. There is also evident ambivalence toward the socialist cultural legacy.

This upcoming conference will present multi-disciplinary studies of the aspirations as well as constraints, successes as well as failures, of socialist cultural production. We seek to gain a better understanding of not only a highly complex and experimental period of history, but also the competing forces shaping contemporary Chinese society and culture. We want to situate the Chinese experience in the larger context of “imagineering” modernity in the last century.

In addition to a wide range of cultural products, such as literature, visual arts, cinema, theater, music, performance, architecture, fashion, etc., we are interested in investigating the various institutions, theories, practices, models, and global connections that sustained the cultural production of the socialist period, a period far more extended than the decade of the Cultural Revolution.

Interested scholars are invited to submit a proposal for consideration by the deadline of March 15, 2013, to the conference organizer Xiaobing Tang.

Posted by zzhu at 02:06 AM

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections

Preliminary proposals due March 29, 2013

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to offer continued support for its Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research program. Following on a successful pilot phase in which 19 individual fellowships were awarded, the SSRC plans to offer 15-20 fellowships in 2013-2014.

These fellowships are aimed at supporting transregional research under the rubric "Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections". Their purpose is to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies in the United States. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships will continue to help junior scholars (those at the postdoctoral stage, one to seven years out of the PhD) complete first books and/or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the program will create networks and shared resources that will support Fellows well beyond the grant period. The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research will thus provide promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers.

The intellectual thrust of the project will continue to be the re-conceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Proposals submitted for the fellowship competition should bear upon processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and trans-local contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). The broad focus of the program is intended to advance transregional research as well as to establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Applications and additional fellowship details, including a list of our current fellows and answers to frequently asked questions, are available on the program website at: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/transregional-research-fellowship

Questions? Please contact: transregional@ssrc.org

Posted by zzhu at 01:59 AM

Film Screening of Thunderstorm (1934)

Friday, February 15, 2013, 7 pm
Auditorium B, Angell Hall, 435 S. State St.
English subtitles | Free and open to the public

Thunderstorm is a film version of the four-act spoken drama, written by Cao Yu in 1934, then a 23-year-old university student studying English and Western Literature. This play intricately embeds an exploration of fate within a plot exposing the oppressive realities of contemporary society, and its themes reflect the spirit of iconoclasm in the 1920s and 1930s which advocated the liberation of the individual from the patriarchal family and the emancipation of workers from capitalist exploitation. The success of Thunderstorm established the popularity of spoken drama among ordinary urban audiences. Since its premiere on the Chinese professional stage in 1935, it has been revived constantly (except during the Cultural Revolution period), and also adapted into regional musical theatres, Western opera and ballet. The one-hour-fifty-minute film was released in 1984, directed by Sun Daolin, stared by Sun Daolin (Zhou Puyuan), Gu Yongfei (Fanyi), Qin Yi (Lu Ma) and Zhang Yu (Sifeng).

Posted by zzhu at 01:55 AM

From Aristotle to O'Neill: Western Influence on Cao Yu

By Siyuan Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre & Film, UBC
Friday, February 8, 2013, 4-5:30 pm
NCRC, Dining Hall, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor

Cao Yu (1910-1996) is one of the few modern Chinese playwrights whose core plays are still in regular production today. One reason behind this phenomenon is his masterful adoption of Western dramaturgy to stage the angst of modern China, ranging from Aristotle's tragic ethos, to Ibsen's haunting ghosts, to Chekhov's Russian ennui, to O'Neill's hallucinating jungle. These and other Western elements have provided tremendous inspirations and challenges to stage productions ever since the 1930s, including some most innovative reinterpretations in the past decade.

Siyuan Liu is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of British Columbia and President of Association for Asian Performance. He has published widely on twentieth-century Chinese theatre, including the forthcoming Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He is also a director and has twice directed Cao Yu's Thunderstorm.

Posted by zzhu at 01:39 AM

Policy Talks @ the Ford School: Kenneth Lieberthal to lecture on U.S.-China relations

Policy Talks @ the Ford School: U.S.-China relations in the Second Obama Administration

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4:00-5:30 PM
1120 Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

This event will be live web-streamed; visit the event webpage on the day of the event for details.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #policytalks

About the event:
Please join us as Dr. Kenneth Lieberthal returns to the University of Michigan for a lecture on current U.S-China relations under President Obama's new foreign policy team.

Kenneth Lieberthal, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Global Economy, and Development at the Brookings Institution

Sponsored by:
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center.

For more information, visit the event page.

Posted by zzhu at 01:36 AM

February 06, 2013

Happy lunar new year from the University of Michigan! 密歇根大学与您共庆新年!

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February 05, 2013

Two job openings at the U-M Asia Library

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Head, Asia Library
Posting Begin/End Date: 1/30/2013 – 2/25/2013

Chinese Studies Librarian
Posting Begin/End Date: 1/30/2013 – 2/25/2013

Learn more about the Asia Library!

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