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April 26, 2013

CCS Faculty Associates in the News - updated April 2013

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Brian Wu
Assistant Professor of Strategy
U-M Ross School of Business

China's economy: Perverse advantage

The Economist

Doing business in China: Being efficient isn't enough

William Foreman, Global Michigan

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

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

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

Posted by zzhu at 04:05 PM

April 19, 2013

The best of Winter 2013!

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CCS/UM-China in the spotlight:

1. We are at 928 now, but it was exciting to reach the symbolic milestone of 888 posts of the CCS blog. We also invite you to like the Center for Chinese Studies on Facebook.

2. The University of Michigan is recognized for its growing presence on Sina Weibo (新浪微博), the popular Chinese social networking Web site. The University also celebrated the beginning of the Year of Snake with an official greeting.

3. Hot off the (virtual) presses - CCS alumni's writing on key issues of Chinese society! Damien Ma (CCS MA '06) and colleague offer up a meticulous assessment of the prospect for reform. David Shambaugh (PhD ’89) joins the discussion on "Why Chinese soft power is such a hard sell." And David Caragliano (JD/CCS MA '09) explains "Why China's 'real name' Internet policy doesn't work."

4. CCS faculty associates are trusted voices on contemporary China. Xun (Brian) Wu is featured on Global Michigan for his research finding that efficiency and innovation are not enough for business success in China, which he also presented in his April 2, 2013 CCS Noon Lecture entitled "Institutional Barriers and Industry Dynamics." CCS director and professor of political science Mary Gallagher gives her take on why Chinese graduates are turning down factory jobs. And Nicholas Howson, Professor of Law, discusses allegations surrounding highly profitable transactions made by relatives of a top Chinese insurance regulator

We love our collaborators!

5. CCS center associate Yi-Li Wu shares her lovely, insightful observations from the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting.

6. We once again have the pleasure of showcasing savvy writing on China from Asia Healthcare Blog, this time addressing questions such as what is "Chinese" about a Chinese hospital and how socioeconomic status affects health in China.

Many more opportunities still up for grabs!

7. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is looking to hire a professional staff member in the area of commercial rule of law. Application deadline is April 22, 2013.

8. Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies - abstracts are accepted through April 30.

9. Victoria Cruises Inc. seeks to hire a Yangtze River cruise director.

10. Application to attend the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford University is now available online; applications can be submitted through May 1.


Posted by zzhu at 11:28 AM

April 18, 2013

Recent media contributions by CCS alumni - updated April 2013

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Damien Ma (MA '06)
Fellow, Paulson Institute

The Rise of China's Reformers?
Why Economic Change Could Come Sooner Than You Think
by Evan A. Feigenbaum and Damien Ma
Foreign Affairs

On China's political transition, October 2012

Damien Ma's other articles on China
in The Atlantic

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

Why China's 'Real Name' Internet Policy Doesn't Work
The Atlantic

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

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

David Shambaugh's response to the question "Why Is Chinese Soft Power Such a Hard Sell?"
A ChinaFile conversation
April 11, 2013

David Shambaugh Assesses China, the "Partial Power," at Asia Society, February 27, 2013

Posted by zzhu at 04:38 PM

Cruise Director - Yangtze River, China

Job Description:
Established New York-based river cruise line operating on the Yangtze River in China seeks a cruise host for a diverse international clientele.

You will serve as a liaison between passengers and local staff, handle passenger questions and concerns, coordinate excursions and on board programs.

Must be service-oriented, energetic, speak well and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Hospitality experience (knowledge of food & beverage and housekeeping operations), musical talent and language ability helpful (German, French, Chinese).

College degree required (2 years or above).

A great opportunity and rewarding position for the right candidate.

We will assist to obtain working documentation after arrival in China.


Posted by zzhu at 04:17 PM

Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford

Are you interested in …

TRAVEL to Stanford and Beijing on a scholarship?
INTERACT with famous scholars, politicians, and CEOs?
MEET distinguished future leaders from U.S. and China?
BECOME part of a prestigious worldwide student network?
INFLUENCE the future of U.S.-China relations?

Then apply to be a delegate of FACES "On Common Ground" Conference 2013!
Application online now at http://faces.stanford.edu/
Deadline: May 1st, 2013, 11:59pm
Email: faces.recruiting[at]gmail[dot]com

Posted by zzhu at 04:14 PM

April 11, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Volker Scheid

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Volker Scheid
Professor of East Asian Medicines, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, UK

Chinese Medicine for Global Ills? The History of Yu and its Significance in the Treatment of Depression

April 16, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

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

The World Health Organization has declared depression to be a pandemic that will be a major cause of morbidity in the 21st century. Although depression was virtually un-diagnosed (and therefore unknown) in China before the 1990s, physicians of Chinese medicine now claim that they can use centuries-old traditions to successfully treat it. They base their claims on a presumed equivalence between the Chinese medical concept of yu (“constraint”) and the biomedical concept of depression. This talk examines the historical processes that allowed doctors to equate yu and depression, and it examines what this convergence reveals about Chinese medicine, psychiatry, and constructions of gender.

Volker Scheid is Professor of East Asian Medicines at the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster and Director of its EASTmedicine Research Centre. A practitioner of Chinese medicine with over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Scheid also holds a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of Cambridge. His numerous publications include two acclaimed studies of the history and anthropology of Chinese medicine: Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis (Duke University Press, 2002) and Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine: 1626-2006 (Eastland Press, 2007). Dr. Scheid currently serves as president of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), a forum that seeks to foster collaborations between practitioners and scholars of Asian medicines.

Posted by zzhu at 05:12 PM

April 10, 2013

Employment Announcement from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

CECC Employment Announcement - Professional Staff Member - Commercial Rule of Law

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 a professional staff member to assist in monitoring and reporting on substantive issues pertaining to the commercial rule of law portfolio. 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.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 22, 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 02:26 PM

April 03, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Ming Xu

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Ming Xu
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Michigan

China’s Exports and Global CO2 Emissions

April 9, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

China has contributed significantly to the increase of global CO2 emissions in the past couple of decades. Part of China's emissions have been the result of increasing exports, or increasing consumption in countries. I will talk about how to measure such emissions embodied in trade and its implications on global climate governance.

Ming Xu received his BS and MS from Tsinghua University and PhD from Arizona State University, all in environmental engineering. Before joining U-M in 2010, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Institute of Technology. At U-M, he is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Posted by zzhu at 05:16 PM

April 02, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - Beauty in Jingju (Beijing Opera): Four Character Types and Performing Techniques

by TU Linghui, Professor of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing
Date: April 05, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

In the first half of the lecture-demonstration, Linghui Tu will elaborate on and demonstrate the general understanding of the basic elements of the four major character types in Beijing Opera--sheng (males), dan (females), jing (exaggerated males), and chou (clown). In the second half of the lecture-demonstration, she will showcase some of the performing techniques in Beijing Opera, such as singing, stage speech, symbolic movement, and stage combat. There will be time for interaction with the students and for Q&A.

About Beijing Opera:
Jingju (Beijing Opera or Peking Opera) is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, acrobatics, and other performing techniques. Although Chinese theater has a long and complex history, Beijing Opera is quite young. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. To promote appreciation for Beijing Opera and to reveal its beauty, this lecture-demonstration elaborates on the historical development of Beijing Opera, and demonstrates the performing techniques in some plays, including "Guifei Zuijiu/The Drunken Concubine," "Shiyuzhuo/Found a Jade Bracelet," and "Xupipa/The New Legend of Pipa: Composing Eighteen Laments."

TU Linghui is a National Class-one Performer. She has won the 4th Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre and the 1st Wenhua Performance Award. She is a professor at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. Besides being a fine performer, Tu also takes a stab at directing. She is currently a visiting professor of Beijing opera at Binghamton University.

Posted by zzhu at 05:26 PM

Harvard University College Fellow Applications Sought, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, AY 2013-2014

Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations is seeking applications for a College Fellow in the study of Chinese social, economic, or cultural history of the Tang through Ming periods. Teaching duties will include two undergraduate courses and a graduate seminar. Twenty-five percent of the appointment is reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The Fellow may also advise and evaluate senior theses. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree by the expected start date. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Detailed information and a link to the online application are available at www.fas.harvard.edu/~facaff/cfp/ . Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by April 15, 2013.

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Posted by zzhu at 04:40 PM

The Red Silk Thread

Dates: April 11, 2013 @7:30pm; April 12, 2013 @8pm
Location: Stamps Auditorium Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin

The premiere of an opera by Stella Sung, with libretto by Ernest Hilbert. The opera is based on stories of Marco Polo at the court of Kublai Khan. Directed by Robert Swedberg; Kathryn Goodson, Music Director; Yaniv Segal, Conductor. Presented as a Green Opera production in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan. There will be a pre-concert lecture entitled "This Is Our Tradition: The Transformative Roles of Traditional Music in Post-Socialist Mongolia" by Professor Peter Marsh at 4:30-6 pm on April 11 at Stamps Auditorium. Free admissions.

Posted by zzhu at 02:34 PM

Confucius Institute Lecture - This Is Our Tradition: The Transformative Roles of Traditional Music in Post-Socialist Mongolia

by Peter Marsh, Department of Music, California State University, East Bay
Date: April 11, 2013
Time: 4:30 - 6 pm
Location: Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin

The subject of traditional music has had a surprisingly important place in nationwide "discussions" about the present place of indigenous traditions and culture in contemporary Mongolia, which have often played out on the public stages and in the national media. This presentation will explore several examples of the arguments musicians and cultural officials have made for the transformative role of traditional music in helping Mongolians understand and confront crucial problems they as a nation face in contemporary, post-socialist Mongolia.

This is the pre-concert lecture for the Opera Studio presentation of The Red Silk Thread.

Dr. Peter K. Marsh is an ethnomusicologist and music historian who specializes in the music and culture of Mongolia and Inner Asia. He has written extensively on issues related to musical tradition and modernity in Mongolia. His latest book, The Horse-head Fiddle and the Reimagination of Tradition in Mongolia, Current Issues in Ethnomusicology Series (2009) examines the development of two-string folk fiddles and their "folklorization" in Mongolia in the past century. He is currently Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at California State University, East Bay.

Posted by zzhu at 02:32 PM