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March 28, 2013

Checking in with our fabulous partner, Asia Healthcare Blog!

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1) An interview with hospital historian Michelle Renshaw, Part I: adapting to Chinese expectations of hospital care, by Damjan DeNoble (CCS MA/JD student)

Michelle Renshaw is the author of Accommodating the Chinese: The American Hospital in China, 1880-1920, a history of American medical missionary involvement with China, from the latter half of the 19th century through to the late Republican period of the early 20th century. The book, as we have mentioned before, is a must read for those wishing to understand China’s current medical system, and even more so for those interested in Chinese hospital. This is part one of a two part extensive and fascinating interview with Michelle. Here we cover the theme, "What is 'Chinese' about a Chinese hospital?".

2) Interview with Michelle Renshaw Part II: In China, Distinguish "Private" from "Market Driven" health care, by Damjan DeNoble (CCS MA/JD student)

Part 2 of the above interview. Here we get Michelle's thoughts on the current state of China's healthcare reforms.

3) China Health Care: The Link Between Income and Health, by Bradley Hoath (CCS MA/MPH student)

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending University of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studied Noon Lecture Series. Dr. Jersey Liang, 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, delivered a lecture entitled “Socioeconomic Status and Physical Performance among Older Adults in China.” This piece reflects on Dr. Liang's work, and presents some of my own thoughts on how socioeconomic status affects health in China.

Posted by zzhu at 10:32 PM

March 26, 2013

Yi-Li Wu's AAS guest blog

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Yi-Li Wu, Research Fellow at EASTmedicine Research Centre, University of Westminster, visiting scholar at the U-M Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, and CCS center associate, shares her experience from the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies in San Diego, California. We're grateful to Professor Wu for her insightful and lively observations and for her time!

Blogging the AAS: Scenes from a meeting

The AAS annual meeting officially runs from March 21-24, but the e-mails and Facebook posts start much earlier: “Who’s going to AAS? Are you presenting? Can’t wait to see you!” For those of us whose professional lives revolve around the study of Asia, the AAS conference is our spring carnival, promising more intellectual delights than anyone could possibly enjoy in a single weekend: formal panels on myriad topics both well-established and avant-garde, distinguished plenary speakers, film screenings. The books in the exhibit hall will sing their siren song: “Surely you have enough room left on your shelves for me!”

But for me, the beating heart of the conference has always been the meetings, planned and serendipitous, with old colleagues and soon-to-be friends. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently announced—to some controversy—that Yahoo employees will no longer be allowed to telecommute and must henceforth work in the office. As she pointed out, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.” For the Asian studies community, usually separated by geography, departmental disciplines, or region of study, tele-collaboration is the norm and we are fabulously good at it. But once a year, we get to gather at that office known as the “AAS Annual Meeting,” and the conference hotel transforms into one giant hallway-cum-water cooler…

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Thursday morning. En route. Flight 833 from Detroit to San Diego looks like a mini AAS, as I see one after another of my Asian studies colleagues from UM board the plane. For a moment, I think rather ghoulishly of flights that crash with entire sports teams aboard. Soon, though, we are touching down in sunny San Diego. I grab a cab with some friends, and we are whisked quickly along the harbor road and delivered to the vast lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Over the next few days, I find myself wondering whether the Hyatt employees are all taking happy pills. From the maids to the concierge, everyone seems delighted to answer my most trivial questions (“how do I get over to the other tower”?) But perhaps the San Diego waterfront is its own happy pill. Whether checking e-mail in my hotel room or rushing from meeting room to meeting room, I need only look up to see sunshine, sea, and boats. After a long Michigan winter that seems intent on colonizing spring, I revel in walking to dinner without a coat.

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Editorial meeting of the Journal of Asian Studies. I am one of four book review editors responsible for works on China, and this meeting is my window onto the AAS infrastructure. The AAS executive board and regional councils have already held their own meetings, and we hear about the discussions related to the Journal’s operations. While our own meeting nominally focuses on editorial matters, these also address concerns shared by all AAS units: how do we best serve the widely-ranging AAS constituency and promote adequate representation of different regions and disciplines? How can we make our members’ expertise valuable and relevant to an audience of policy makers and non-academics? How might we employ social media and other technology to further these goals?

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“I’m sorry to bring this love-fest to a close,” the panel organizer announces, “but we have to get started now.” He isn’t being entirely facetious. Meeting room Windsor B overflows with hugs, smiles, and laughter as the East Asian medical studies community (including me) catches up at the beginning of Panel 62: “Beyond the Classics: The Diversity of Health Care in Chinese History.” Our delight at seeing each other is intensified by the giddy awareness of how quickly our field has grown over the past two decades. The room is packed with scholars at all stages of their careers, from new graduate students to founding father Nathan Sivin, professor emeritus, who will be chairing the session.

Throughout the weekend, I see numerous other examples of fields of study in the process of expanding and consolidating. I have coffee with a long-time friend, one of the co-editors of the newly-published Sources of Vietnamese Tradition (Columbia University Press, 2012), and congratulate him on producing a work that will stimulate new forms of pedagogy and outreach, thus laying the foundation for future scholarly careers. At the awards ceremony, I watch Jacob Dalton receive the inaugural E. Gene Smith Prize from the Inner Asia Council for his study of Tibetan Buddhism. Although I am already familiar with the story of E. Gene Smith’s quest to save Tibet’s textual heritage, it chokes me up to hear it again. How many of us can even imagine having such an impact on humanity?

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Dalton’s book also receives the Bernard S. Cohn Prize from the South Asia Council, a testament not just to his scholarship, but also to the immensely fluid, contested, and contingent nature of the geographical labels that we use to conceptualize that thing we call “Asia.” For some time now, the annual AAS call for papers has encouraged attendees to organize “border crossing” panels. This year, I count a hundred panels that have been organized in that spirit, presenting cross-cultural and transnational perspectives on specific historical and contemporary themes. I have never been good at panel hopping, so I invest myself in a session on “Queering East and South Asian Pasts” and another on the different uses of a famous Han-dynasty medical text in Korea, Japan, and China.

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Saturday mid-morning. My panel. The room is packed. All the panelists keep to the time limit. All get good questions. Who could ask for anything more?

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The book exhibit hall is thrumming, as hopeful authors discuss their projects with press editors and people chat about so-and-so’s latest work. “I’m checking out the competition,” one scholar says to her companion, only half-joking, as she looks through the displays. I myself sneak a nonchalant glance to see whether my own book is on my publisher’s table (whew…not remaindered yet!). When I was still a professor, I would design lectures and courses around interesting new works. Now I check to see whether there is anything that JAS should specially request for review. Many display copies are already marked with the names of people who got there early and reserved them for pick-up on the last day of the conference. A friend comes over to tell me that one of the booths is giving out free paperbacks. I get detoured when I see a graduate student that I have been meaning to chat to.

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First place for best T-shirt worn by a book exhibitor:
Let’s eat Grandma.
Let’s eat, Grandma.
Punctuation saves lives

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Sunday morning arrives, fresh-faced and earnest. My flight home leaves late enough for me to catch one last panel, on “The Recruitment of Experts” in early 20th century China and Vietnam. One important theme was how models of expertise are subject to constant negotiation, as those who claim privileged knowledge contend with competing claims to authority as well as with public opinion.

Negotiating expertise is also an ongoing concern for the AAS and its members. My dinner companions the night before included three current fellows of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations. As we discussed the challenges of outreach, it seemed more vital than ever to make the case that expert knowledge about Asia is necessary and relevant. For example, in an age where policy makers and pundits feel empowered to pronounce on “the Chinese” after just a couple of guided visits to China, how can we as professional Asianists cultivate a voice that is persuasive enough to counter simplistic views? Given the political and economic pressures on academia to focus on explicitly marketable majors in science, technology, and business, how can we convince the public that the humanities and social sciences that undergird Asian studies have real value?

As I leave the meeting room, I see the chief financial officer of the AAS still at her appointed post across from the book exhibit hall, disbursing travel stipend checks to graduate students. More than money, those slips of paper are guarantors of our collective relevance, nurturing the future leaders of Asian studies and ensuring many more AAS meetings to come.

Thanks to everyone for a great conference. Hope to see you in Philadelphia next year!

Posted by zzhu at 03:20 PM

March 25, 2013

依法行政? - Administration According to Law and China's Rule of Law Ambition

Professor Nicholas C. Howson
4:15 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013
Room 236 Hutchins Hall

Posted by zzhu at 05:31 PM

Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies

July 5 - 6, 2013

Chengdu, China

Since its establishment in 2004, the Consortium for Western China Development Studies has organized seven conferences on the various themes of western China development. The first conference was held in 2004 in Chengdu on topic of "Towards a New Paradigm for Developing Western China: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Globalization." In 2005, the second conference was held in Yinchuan with the title of "Rural and Sustainable Development in West China." 2006 saw the 3rd conference in Chengdu, focusing on the topic of "Anti-Poverty and Regional Cooperation." The conference of 2007 (Guiyang) was framed around the topic of “poverty - stricken and the construction of harmonious society.” The conference of 2008 was organized in Xian on the theme of "Assessment of Western China Development and Future Prospects." In 2009, the conference was held in Lanzhou, titled as "West China Conference: The Retrospect and Prospects of West China Development." The conference of 2010 in Chengdu was about "China Regional Development Model: Ten Years of Western China Development." The conferences have received great support from the Office of Western China Development and some other government agencies. The conference has become one of the important platforms for the international exchanges and collaborations on western China studies.

Sichuan University, jointly with the Consortium for Western China Development Studies and the Western China Development Committee of the China Association of Regional Science, will co-organize the the 8th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies in Chengdu, China from July 5-6, 2013. The conference is co-sponsored by the Chinese Economists Society. We expect that about 100-200 participants from universities, research institutions, government agencies and business sectors within and outside of China will attend this conference. Many well-known economists from China, the U.S., Europe and other countries have been invited to participate. The conference is expected (1) to serve as a platform for scholars and government officials to exchange their research and development plans on Western China; (2) to submit policy recommendations on under-developed regions to the central government; and (3) to publish a conference proceedings from selected papers presented at the conference.

Theme and Topics:
The theme of conference: the vulnerability and sustainability of western China development

The conference themes will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
1. The strategy and policy analysis of western China development
2. The vulnerability and strategies of western China development China
3. Social vulnerability and social control in western China
4. Ecological vulnerability and restoration in western China
5. Human resource in western China
6. Anti-poverty and global cooperation

Those who are interested in organizing special panels are encouraged.

Abstract Submission:
Interested participants should send an abstract of no longer than 300 words to the Program Committee at westchina2013@umich.edu along with the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the author (s), or use the online submission form at http://china-ces.org/Conferences/ConferenceDefault.aspx?ID=34. The Paper Review Committee will screen all the papers and send each author a notification of paper acceptance, together with an invitation letter.

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings. Some selected papers will be published in the Western China Development Review.

April 30, 2013 - Deadline for abstract submission
May 10, 2013 - Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2013 - Deadline for full paper submission

Registration Fee for the Conference:
Registration before April 30, 2013: $80 (or 450 RMB).
Registration after May 31, 2013: $100 (or 600 RMB).
Full-time student: $40 (or 225 RMB).

Contact information:
China Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Prof. Minghong, Yang
The Institute of Social Development & Western China Development Studies, Sichuan University
P.O. Box 391
Wuhou Qu
Chengdu, 610065
P. R. China
TEL: 86-28-8540-6801

U.S. Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Dr. Shuming Bao
China Data Center
University of Michigan
330 Packard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
TEL: 734-647-9610
Email: westchina2013@umich.edu

Posted by zzhu at 05:27 PM

"Performing the Other: A Symposium on Cultural Exchanges Between China and Africa" - organized by the Confucius Institute

March 29-March 30, 2013
8:30am—10:00 pm
Location: Great Lakes Room and Forum Hall, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave.

The symposium brings African, American and Chinese performers and scholars to Ann Arbor, where they will discuss their experiences and interpretations about Africa-China relationships as manifested through various art forms; it seeks to highlight Africa’s and China’s artistic responses to all levels of interactions between African countries and China. The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29, with the opening remarks at 9:30 a.m., with an evening performance workshop at 8:00 p.m. The symposium begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, with an 8:00 p.m. performance. All events will be held at Palmer Commons.

More information can be found at confucius.umich.edu.

Posted by zzhu at 05:20 PM

The New American Museum: How We're Reinventing the Big Box with Sacred Stuff

Presenter: Jack Tchen, New York University and Museum of Chinese in America
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: East Conference Room, Horace H. Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington St.

The old exhibitionary big box with grand entryways holding sacred objects and treasures still premised on a top down hierarchy of “deciders,” has run its course. They are energy sucking monsters limping along the landscape trying desperately to find young people and new migrants with money. Booming parts of the world rush to build new monstrosities mistakenly believing it will buy them distinction, cultural capital, and authority. It’s an exhausted part of the highbrow cultural complex forever striving to emulate European aristocratic culture. Yet expectations today stay fixated on that old big box. By doing so, we’re missing the emergence of what will become the new American museum, a decolonized augmented chronotopic experience of folded time/spaces — a way to resituate and revivify place in the retelling of our collective futures. This presentation will sketch out the contours of how diverse emergent practices are actually the formation of the new American museological practice — immanent, dynamic, and yet to take formal shape.

Part of the U-M Museum Studies Program's "Museum Voices: Representing Race/Presenting Identities" Winter event series.

Posted by zzhu at 05:15 PM

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Xun (Brian) Wu

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Xun (Brian) Wu
Assistant Professor of Strategy
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Institutional Barriers and Industry Dynamics

April 2, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This study demonstrates new entrants exhibit higher productivity but also higher exit hazard than incumbents in post-liberalization China. We argue this seemingly paradoxical relationship is attributable to institutional barriers, defined as the hindrance in the institutional environment that prevents market selection forces to function. New entrants require higher productivity to compensate for those institutional barriers, which in turn implies a higher exit hazard after controlling for productivity. Our empirical findings support this argument, and further show that the differences in productivity and exit hazard between new entrants and incumbents become smaller where and when institutional barriers recede. By integrating economic and institutional perspectives, we highlight the importance of institutional factors in shaping industry evolution.

Xun (Brian) Wu is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. from Tsinghua University in China, M.Sc. from National University of Singapore, and Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining the Ross School of Business in 2007. Brian Wu's work focuses on the interactions of firm capabilities, corporate strategy, and industry evolution. This research addresses issues such as market entry, corporate diversification, firm innovation, and entrepreneurship. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Management Science and Strategic Management Journal. His research has also been recognized with several awards, including the AOM Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division Stephan Schrader Best Conference Paper Award and the US Small Business Administration Best Student Paper Award. In addition, his dissertation is a finalist for the INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. More recently, he was nominated for the Ross Junior Faculty Research Award, was a runner-up for the Academy of Management Technology and Innovation Management Division Past Chairs Emerging Scholar Award, and won the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.

Posted by zzhu at 05:06 PM

March 21, 2013

Special Panel Discussion: What Keeps Chinese Officials in Check, If At All?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
10am-11:30am (right before CCS Noon Lecture)
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In a one-party regime where government officials are not elected to power, what keeps them in check, if at all? What are some alternative mechanisms of accountability besides elections and formal political competition? And how effective are they? This panel brings together three political scientists to discuss the function and limits of non-electoral mechanisms of checks and accountability in contemporary China. These include online activism, a ‘rule of mandates’ alternative to rule of law, and market-based media.

About the speakers:

Yuen Yuen Ang is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the developmental role of states in developing countries and strategies to build good governance under fiscal constraints. Her talk will compare the outcomes of “i-paid-a-bribe” – an online initiative for citizens to report petty bribe-giving – in India and China.

Mayling Birney is a Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a comparative political scientist with a special expertise in China. She is currently finishing a book about China’s distinctive form of authoritarian governing, in which she highlights its consequences for stability, justice, rule of law, and political reform. She will talk about how China’s use of a ‘rule of mandates’ (in place of a rule of law) helps it to achieve a few high priorities yet hinders it in achieving broader accountability and justice.

Daniela Stockmann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. Her research on political communication and public opinion in China has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Political Communication, and The China Quarterly, among others. Her book, Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China (Cambridge University Press, 2013), argues that market-based media provide regime stability rather than simply a democratizing force for change in one-party states. She will talk about the role of market-based media in fostering “responsive authoritarianism” in China.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies and the International Institute.

Posted by zzhu at 07:36 PM

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Martin Dimitrov

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Martin Dimitrov
Associate Professor of Political Science
Tulane University

State Capacity and the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Laws in China

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

China has some of the highest levels of copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting in the world. What does this mean for our assessment of state capacity in China? Is the state unable to enforce its own laws? This paper approaches state capacity by focusing on intellectual property rights, which encompass copyrights, trademarks, and patents. The paper shows that, on a per capita basis, China already provides the highest volume of trademark and copyright enforcement in the world. Unfortunately, this enforcement is of a low quality, and only serves to perpetuate piracy and counterfeiting. In contrast, patent enforcement is low in volume, but has a high quality. This paper develops a theory of state capacity that identifies the conditions that allow the Chinese state to be simultaneously weak and strong vis-à-vis the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). It argues that some pockets of the IPR enforcement apparatus are capable of delivering high-quality specialized enforcement of IPR laws and regulations, whereas others provide duplicative and ultimately ineffective enforcement. The paper is based on extensive interviews in China, as well as on a range of printed sources in Chinese.

Martin Dimitrov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. He is the author of Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback 2012) and of Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Communist Resilience in Asia and Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is currently working on a monograph entitled Dictatorship and Information: Autocratic Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2004, and was previously an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He has been awarded residential fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the Hoover Institution (declined); the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame; the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford; the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard; and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard. Dimitrov is also a member of the National Committee on United States - China Relations.

Posted by zzhu at 07:05 PM

Winter 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - The Transition Period (书记)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Zhou Hao (周浩); China, 2009; 114 minutes (Mandarin and Henan Dialect with English subtitles)

Film trailer:

Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level.

As Chinese Communist Party secretary, Guo Yongchang was the most powerful man in his county, located in the rural inland province of Henan. Guo invited acclaimed documentary filmmaker Zhou Hao to record his final months in office. Through Zhou’s lens, we see Guo work tirelessly to achieve his greatest desire: for Henan to match the affluence of booming coastal areas. Zhou also captures the sordid details of local-level politics in pursuit of growth: lavish parties with foreign investors, threats to local workers protesting unpaid wages, and offers of bribes and kickbacks.

Hailed by international press as an exceptional work of investigative filmmaking, The Transition Period captures the daily life of a Chinese official with incredible ground-level detail. With boastfully candid interviews from Guo and fly-on-the-wall coverage of closed-door dealings, Zhou lays bare the unsavory dynamics within China’s top-down power structures. Penetrating in scope yet objective in its approach, The Transition Period reveals the conflicting forces shaping China’s path to prosperity.

“A rare, fascinating look at how the Chinese government operates.” Associated Press

Posted by zzhu at 07:00 PM

March 19, 2013

Congressional-Executive Commission on China job announcements

1. Professional Staff Members (2)
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is a bipartisan commission created by Congress in 2000 to monitor and report on human rights and rule of law developments in China. The Commission consists of Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, and senior officials from the Administration. The Commission holds hearings, issues an Annual Report, and maintains a database of political prisoners in China, among other activities. For more information on the Commission, see www.cecc.gov.

The Commission is seeking professional staff members to assist in monitoring and reporting on substantive issues pertaining to the freedom of religion and criminal justice portfolios. The professional staff member will assist in assessing China's compliance or noncompliance with international human rights standards and Chinese domestic law. Successful candidates should have substantive background and/or an interest in one or more of these issue areas. Successful candidates should also possess the necessary Chinese language, English writing, and communication skills to effectively research, analyze, and explain such developments to U.S. policymakers and the broader public.

Main duties:
• Monitoring and researching Chinese and English language sources (media, government, NGO) for developments relating to their issue area.
• Identifying and analyzing key developments and reporting their significance orally and in writing, including through drafting sections of the Commission's Annual Reports, short analysis pieces, public statements, and press releases.
• Researching political prisoner cases and creating and maintaining case records in the CECC Political Prisoner Database.
• Assisting in organizing CECC public hearings and roundtables.
• Staff member also may be asked to travel to U.S. cities, China, or other foreign locations on official business.

• Candidates must be a U.S. citizen.
• Very strong demonstrated ability to speak, read, write, and perform research in Chinese (Mandarin) is required.
• The successful candidate will likely have worked or studied in mainland China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
• Candidates will preferably have a law degree or a Ph.D. or M.A. in political science, history, business, economics, or other social sciences. B.A. candidates with very strong credentials will also be considered.
• Strong oral and written communication skills, and the interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work under tight deadlines and as part of a team.

Application Procedure:
• Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, short writing sample (5 pages or less), and the names and contact information for two references to Judy Wright, CECC Director of Administration, via e-mail at judy[dot]wright[at]mail[dot]house[dot]gov or via FAX at 202-226-2915. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 8, 2013, by 11:59 PM, EDT. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is an equal opportunity employer.


2. Communications Director
The Commission is seeking a communications director to be responsible for developing and implementing a communications and outreach strategy to increase the accessibility, visibility, and relevance of the Commission's work to key stakeholders, including Commissioners, Congress, the Executive Branch, media, non-governmental organizations, and the general public.

Main duties:
• Develop and implement a communications and outreach strategy for the Commission's key stakeholders, including Commissioners, Congress, the Executive Branch, media, non-governmental organizations, and the general public.
• Develop and implement a strategy for increasing accessibility to Commission work products, including newsletters, political prisoner records, special reports, and the Annual Report.
• Increase media coverage and raise awareness on the Hill and to the general public regarding the Commission's work.
• Maintain the Commission's new Web site and social media sites (Twitter, Facebook).
• Draft, edit, and distribute Commission statements, press releases, newsletters, new media content, and event announcements.
• Develop, plan, and provide logistical support for Commission events, including hearings, roundtables, and briefings.
• Monitor, track, and assess the effectiveness of the Commission's outreach efforts.

• Candidates must be a U.S. citizen.
• Candidates will have a B.A. with relevant work experience.
• Some background in layout and design (including for Web sites and publications) is desirable.
• Ability to speak and read Chinese is preferable.
• Strong oral and written communication skills, and the interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work under tight deadlines and as part of a team.

Application Procedure:
• Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, short writing sample (5 pages or less), and the names and contact information for two references to Judy Wright, CECC Director of Administration, via e-mail at judy.wright@mail.house.gov or via FAX at 202-226-2915. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 8, 2013, by 11:59 PM, EDT. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted by zzhu at 08:46 PM

Two Taiwanese documentary films at Michigan State U + Q&A with directors

Two Taiwanese documentary films will be presented at Michigan State University (East Lansing) during the first week of April, with directors in attendance for question and answer sessions after the films.

Film dialogues mostly in Mandarin Chinese. WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

April 1, Monday

Taiwanese woman filmmaker and visual anthropologist Tai-Li Hu 胡台麗 will present her latest documentary film “Returning Souls” 讓靈魂回家. Film screening will be preceded by a 9-minute violin performance by Joseph Lin (first violinist of the Julliard Quartet) of a piece by the film composer Shih-Hui Chen 陳士惠 (Rice University).

6:30 pm, Wells Hall B-Wing Lobby: Public reception (meet & greet the artists)

7:30 pm, B122 Wells Hall: Violin performance by Joseph Lin of music composed by Shih-Hui Chen, immediately followed by Tai-Li Hu’s documentary Returning Souls (2012, 85 min.)

9:30 pm: Q&A with director Hu and composer Chen

"Returning Souls" is part of the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters Global Film Series 2013. For stills, trailers and synopsis, please search on Google or visit: http://chaocenter.rice.edu/returningsouls

April 4, Thursday, 6:00 pm, 103 Erickson Hall: Screening of "Money and Honey" 麵包情人 (2011, 96 min.) directed by Taiwanese documentarist Jasmine Lee Ching-hui 李靖惠. Lee will answer questions from the audience after the film.

The film includes documentary footage shot over 13 years in Taiwan and the Philippines. It presents the lives, relationships and hopes of Philippina migrants who work in Tawianese nursing homes. The film discusses globalization, the transnational movement of labor, and the changing concepts of "home" and the "family" due to people's increased mobility. For stills and trailers, please search on Google, or visit Lee's blog: http://moneyandhoney.pixnet.net/blog/category/63182

Questions about the MSU screenings may be addressed to tzelan[at]msu[dot]edu.

Posted by zzhu at 08:04 PM

March 18, 2013

China Entrepreneur Network: 2013 Entrepreneurial Case Competition


This competition is meant to give students the opportunity to analyze a real-life business case and to recommend solutions to a panel of judges. In the process, we hope that the participants will gain a more profound knowledge of the business environment, while at the same time hone in on their analytical, problem-solving, and presentation skills.

The 2013 CEN Entrepreneurial Case Competition is divided into two days. The Workshop will be hosted on Friday, March 22 from 5PM-8PM. The Competition will be hosted on the following day Saturday, March 23 from 10AM-4PM.

Attendance for the Workshop is not mandatory to compete in the competition, however it is highly recommended that you attend the Workshop as we will go over the basics of case analyzing, special guest speaker, and the gain a competitive edge of obtaining the actual case at an earlier time.

Please click on flier to learn more and to register.

Posted by zzhu at 04:24 PM

March 13, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Martin Powers

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Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke, 1996, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution.

Martin Powers
Sally Michelson Davidson University Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures
University of Michigan

The Cultural Politics of the Brushstroke

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

n both modern and pre-modern critical writing, both “East and West,” the brushstroke eventually came to be characterized as a vehicle of personal expression in defiance of the "stifling" rules of naturalistic representation. By the mid-twentieth century, the image of the bohemian master flinging paint would have been familiar to both Chinese and European art lovers. It doesn’t follow, however, that the seductive rhetoric of the brushstroke has been thus deconstructed, or understood. This paper surveys the cultural politics of the brushstroke in debates between and among European, American, and Chinese intellectuals, over a period of four centuries.

Martin Powers is Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, and former Director of the Center for Chinese Studies. In 1993 his Art and Political Expression in Early China, Yale University Press, received the Levenson Prize for the best book in pre-twentieth century Chinese Studies. His research focuses on the role of the arts in the history of human relations in China, with an emphasis on issues of personal agency and social justice. His Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China, was published by Harvard University Press East Asian Series in 2006 and has been awarded the Levenson Prize for 2008. He has served on numerous national committees, including NEH, ACLS, and the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. He has taught in the History Departments at Tsinghua, Peking University, and Zhejiang University, and has published articles and essays in multiple venues in Chinese, including an editorial series in the journal of culture and current affairs, Du Shu. In 2009 he was resident at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton writing a book on the role of "China" in the cultural politics of the English Enlightenment. In the Spring of 2012, he delivered the Wang Guowei Memorial Lectures at Tsinghua. Together with Dr. Katherine Tsiang, he is co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Chinese Art.

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March 12, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - Global Geography in Early Modern China (16th-17th Centuries): The Entry of Yaxiya/Asia

HE Yumin, Professor
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of California, Davis

Monday, March 18, 4pm-5:30pm
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

The notion of "Asia"/"Yaxiya," which has now become a reflexive part of the way we imagine the landmasses of the globe, was introduced into the Chinese vocabulary by the Jesuits and their Chinese collaborators in the late sixteenth century. Taking the entry of Yaxiya/Asia into Chinese vocabulary as emblematic of the changing conceptual lenses through which the earth and the human realm became legible and organized for and by early modern Chinese as well as people in other regions of the world, this talk attempts to capture these changing terms and the historical experience of spatial cognition and imagination of this era.

Assistant professor at UC Davis, Yuming He received her B.A. and M.A. from Peking University, China, and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has held appointments at Reed College and the University of Chicago. Her research areas include late-imperial Chinese literature and culture, history of Chinese theater and performance, and Chinese book history.

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Confucius Institute presents "Beijing Drum Songs: Heroes and Heroines"

Saturday, March 16, 7 PM (Performance)
Rackham Auditorium
915 E. Washington
Free and open to the public

"Beijing Drum Songs" (Jingyun dagu) is a traditional genre of Chinese narrative singing, one that flourished in Beijing at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Sung by one singer who plays a flat drum, which is accompanied by an ensemble of pipa (four-string lute), sanxian (three-string lute), and sihu (four stringed fiddle), "Beijing Drum Songs" musically tell many stories from the Sanguo Yanyi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) and the Shuihuzhuan (All Men Are Brothers), portraying martial heroes, treacherous villains, and charming ladies. Currently, leading singers of "Beijing Drum Songs" are all female, and their performances musically underscore negotiations of gender relations in China. Ms. YANG Fengjie, the featured performer, is one of the most esteemed performers of the genre. The instrumentalists are members of the Tianjin Troupe of Narrative Songs.

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Confucius Institute presents a concert of Chinese art and folk songs

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2 PM
Rackham Auditorium
915 E. Washington

Presenting a selection of Chinese art and folk songs, this concert features Chinese Conservatory of Music vocalists from Beijing and CIUM Singers from the University of Michigan. Their sharing of the stage celebrates not only their talents but also the partnership between their schools.

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Confucius Institute Lecture - Martial Arts and Arts of Explication: Jin Shengtan commentary to the Shuihu Zhuan

Friday, March 15, 4 - 5:30 pm (Lecture)
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Guest Speaker: Robert Ashmore, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley

This is a Pre-performance lecture for Beijing Drum Songs: Heroes and Heroines.

Nothing draws a crowd like a fight: among all the classics of large-scale narrative in late imperial China, the Shuihu Zhuan is likely the one that draws the greatest proportion of its allure from individual episodes where basic conflicts based on loyalty, revenge, or a sense of justice break out into kinetic scenes of spectacular and often virtuosic violence. It is no accident that the Shuihu heroes and their exploits were favorites not only for narrative elaboration on the page, but also particularly for reenactment on the stage. This presentation will explore the process whereby this intrinsically spectacular material, in its novelistic form, became canonized as a masterwork of writing in particular, worthy of a place alongside more austere and highbrow classics. The critical vocabulary, and the exegetical strategies, of the renowned commentator Jin Shengtan (1608-1661), provide an ideal window for us to begin examining these issues.

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March 11, 2013

Yunte Huang on "Listening to Marco Polo"

Please join the Reorientations Interest Group for

Yunte Huang


"Listening to Marco Polo"

a meditation on sound, money, travel, and translatability

Monday, March 18, 2013 @4 pm
3222 Angell Hall

Yunte Huang is Professor of English Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Transpacific Displacement: Intertextual Travel in Twentieth-Century American Literature (2002);Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics (2008); and Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History (2010).

The Reorientations Interest Group is dedicated to rethinking historical doxa along global, transnational and transpacific axes. Rather than taking reorientational logic as mere theme or historical fact, we seek to employ it as an analytical methodology and powerful critical theory. The group is a collaborative effort between graduate students and professors in the English, History, Comparative Literature, American Culture, Anthropology, East Asian Studies, and Political Science Departments at the University of Michigan,as well as the Confucius Institute and the Center for Chinese Studies. For questions or to join the e-mail list, please contact Nan Da (nda[at]umich[dot]edu) or Alice Tsay (atsay[at]umich[dot]edu).

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March 07, 2013

CCS Faculty Associates in the News - updated March 2013

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

How land and people fit in Singapore’s economy

Yahoo! Singapore

New Chinese President Faces Looming Economic Decisions

News & Media, U-M Ross School of Business

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

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

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

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

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University of Michigan Alumni Leaders Event in Beijing, March 16, 2013

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013 @8:00PM

Address: Havana Club, Grand Millennium Beiijing, Fortune Plaza 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District

Chinese Address: 朝阳区东三环中路7号财富中心北京千禧大酒店哈瓦那酒吧

What is this event?
At this event we will be focusing on the leaders and academic alumni members of our community. Our goal is to provide a platform where alumni leaders can network amongst each other. We will be focus on developing an Executive Alumni Board and helping the University of Michigan develop 10 research collaborations with Chinese Universities.

In addition we will have a panel discussion with the following leaders of the IT industry: Cloudy Yin, SEM GM of Allyes Group and Brad Stone, China Director at Nexenta Systems.

Who is this event for?
All interested University of Michigan alumni in Beijing

How is this group different from other networking organizations?
- This is Michigan
- We have alumni who are the respective leaders in their field
- We want to get everyone involved! We have several initiatives that are tailored to every U-M alumni these include: Recent graduates / Established professionals / Entrepreneurs
- We have an initiative to encourage U-M alumni members to work on Startup Business projects
- U-M alumni are the brightest and best in their field and this can be a platform to create something
- Collaborate with the University of Michigan with their startup projects (Tech Arb, Planet Blue, M-Cubed, M-Powered)
- Leaders in their respective field: we have an initiative to connect Distinguished Alumni with their counterparts in Beijing; we are building an Executive Alumni Board
- College Professors and administrators: we have an initiative to work with College Professors and administrators to develop 10 research collaborations with the University of Michigan


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March 04, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - When China Met Africa

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

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

A film by Nick Francis and Marc Francis; Zambia, 2011; 75 minutes (Mandarin and Zambian languages and dialects, with English subtitles)

Film trailer:

"When China Met Africa" examines China's expanding footprint in Africa through the stories of three people in Zambia: a Chinese farmer, a Chinese multinational's road project manager and Zambia's trade minister.

A historic gathering of over 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold. Mr Liu is one of thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs who have settled across the continent in search of new opportunities. He has just bought his fourth farm and business is booming.

In northern Zambia, Mr Li, a project manager for a multinational Chinese company, is upgrading Zambia's longest road. Pressure to complete the road on time intensifies when funds from the Zambian government start running out.

Meanwhile Zambia's Trade Minister is en route to China to secure millions of dollars of investment.

Through the intimate portrayal of these characters, the expanding footprint of a rising global power is laid bare - pointing to a radically different future, not just for Africa, but also for the world.

“The story that is told in When China Met Africa...is one of the most fascinating and unique I've seen on this subject. In many ways, the film is minimalist in scope but ambitious in conveying the humanity in this complex and nuanced Asian-African courtship. That is precisely its strength...Indeed, the character's own voices effectively and effortlessly carry the film." - Damien Ma, The Atlantic

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