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October 30, 2013

CCS student and faculty receive Fulbright grants

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CCS is very well represented among U-M Fulbright grantees in the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations to all the recipients of these prestigious awards!

CCS affiliated:

Michael Opper, Ph.D., LSA (Linguistics); China; Searching for General Linguistic Principles through the Minority Languages of China.

Benjamin Brose, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Cultures, LSA. “Theology/Religion”; Research: Xuanzang’s Skull: Buddhism, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in Modern Asia; Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; September 2013 – May 2014.

San Duanmu, Professor, Department of Linguistics, LSA. “Linguistics”; Research: Building a Chinese Sound Inventory Database; Peking University, Beijing, China; May 2014 – August 2014.

Other U-M scholars headed to China or Taiwan on the Fulbright:
Stephanie Chen, B.S., LSA (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology); China; Nutritional Ecology of Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys.
Josephine Kao, M.F.A., School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (Dance); Taiwan; The Body as Instrument: Looking and Listening to Ethnicity and Identity.
Lydia McMullen-Laird, B.A., Ford School of Public Policy (Public Policy); China; Exploring Chinese-Russian Relations in Northeastern China.

Posted by zzhu at 05:28 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Paul Copp

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Paul Copp
Associate Professor of Chinese Religion and Thought
University of Chicago

Seals and the Sources of Chinese Buddhism

November 5, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Stamp seals, both as physical objects and especially as metaphors, are nearly everywhere in Buddhism. This is easy to understand: seals had long been central to the practices of the civilizations, Indian and Chinese most prominently, in which Buddhism took on its most powerfully influential cultural forms. In this talk I will explore the broad history of religious seal practice in which ninth and tenth century Chinese Buddhist ritualists compiled versions of a manual for the making and use of Buddhist talismanic seals found among the Dunhuang manuscripts.

Posted by zzhu at 04:41 PM

Call for Papers: 14th Graduate Student Conference at University of Toronto, East Asian Studies

Paper proposals are now welcome to In Between, the 14th Annual East Asian Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Toronto, to be held on 22 March 2014 at the department of East Asian Studies.

Titled In Between, this year’s conference wishes to consider the fluidity and liminal aspects of territory in East Asia. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and welcome innovative research papers from a wide range of fields such as literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, archaeology, landscape and architecture as well as the social sciences.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Andrew Jones from Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• translation and migration
• gender
• city and country
• time and space
• nature and artificiality

We invite all those interested in presenting papers to submit an abstract (300 words maximum) along with a brief biography (affiliation and research interests) by 13 December, 2013. Oral presentations are to be 20 minutes in length (1500-2000 word papers). Selected participants will be asked to submit completed papers by 21 February, 2014 so that panel discussants may have enough time to read the papers in advance. Submissions may be submitted for presentation by an individual or as part of a group panel. Panel submissions must include one abstract per participant for a panel of up to 3 persons.

A $5 registration fee will be collected to assist with the cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Queries may be sent to: eas[dot]gsc[at]utoronto[cot]ca

Posted by zzhu at 04:11 PM

CCS Faculty Associates in the News - updated October 2013

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Mary Gallagher
CCS Director
Associate Professor of Political Science

Has China Failed Key Test?

by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed

Bo trial shows obedience is Beijing's goal: analysts

by Neil Connor, Agence France-Presse

Academic Ties With China Face New Scrutiny in Dispute Over Dissident

by Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

China setting up first university campuses abroad

by Didi Tang, The Associated Press

Even after earlier fire, China poultry plant workers didn't query locked doors
by Koh Gui Qing, Reuters

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

Nico Howson
Professor of Law
U-M Law School

Bo trial combines old and new in Chinese law: analysts
by Kelly Olsen, Agence France-Presse

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

Snyder to address Detroit bankruptcy concerns during Asia trade mission

by Bryce G. Hoffman, The Detroit News

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

DSO, Gil Shaham debut violin concerto by composer Bright Sheng
by Chris Felcyn, The Detroit News

Detroit Lures Lang Lang For Concert, Webcast
by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press

Emily Wilcox
Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies
U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts


Yu Xie
Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Statistics
U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts

New Survey Finds China Unequal, Unemployed and Untrusting
by Tom Orlik and Sophia Cheng, The Wall Street Journal

Posted by zzhu at 02:23 AM

October 28, 2013

Fall 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - Warm Winter (暖冬)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Zheng Kuo (郑阔); China, 2011; 103 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Film trailer:

From the end of 2009 to the beginning of 2010, some art districts in the periphery of 798 (a famous art district in Beijing) encountered strong violence as the artists were being evicted. The artists’ persistence, resistance, indecision and internal strife all came to play in that extremely cold winter.

Zheng Kuo is an independent film producer, screenwriter and director. In 2009 he received a degree from “Lixianting Film Funds Independent Workgroup.”

Posted by zzhu at 03:34 PM

October 24, 2013

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Yuan-kang Wang

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Yuan-kang Wang
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University

International Relations and Chinese History: The Rise of Qing China

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

Can Chinese history tell us anything about China’s rise today? This talk will examine how the Manchus of Qing China rose to preeminence and established regional hegemony in East Asia. By integrating international relations theory with Chinese history, this talk will demonstrate how a rising state expands political interests abroad and establishing rules of the game for the system.

Posted by zzhu at 09:44 PM

October 17, 2013

CCS Annual Conference 2013: Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered

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Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered
October 25 & 26, 2013
The Founders Rooms of the U-M Alumni Center
200 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

The second event since the inception of the CCS Annual Conference in 2012, this international conference will provide a platform for scholars to examine multiple dimensions of socialist cultural production in twentieth-century China. It is organized by Xiaobing Tang, Helmut F. Stern Professor in Modern Chinese Studies and a faculty member of CCS.

Participants from across the US, China, Canada, Germany as well as New Zealand will present their current research on many topics and objects, ranging from film to dance to literature and visual arts. They will look into the various institutions, theories, practices, models, and global connections that sustained cultural production of the socialist era, a time period far more extended than the decade of the Cultural Revolution. The goal is 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.

The event is open and free to the public. Please click here for more information including registration.

Posted by zzhu at 11:56 AM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Nicolas Tackett

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Nicolas Tackett
Assistant Professor of History
University of California, Berkeley

Marriage Networks and the Geography of Power in Ninth-Century China

October 22, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

How does one account for the long-term survival of the medieval Chinese aristocratic clans despite important institutional developments, including the expanded use of the civil service examinations? How does one then explain the sudden collapse of these families at the turn of the tenth century? By exploiting a large prosopographic database, this paper will explore how a better understanding of the geographic distribution of political power and of the Tang political elite's social networks can help resolve these questions.

Posted by zzhu at 11:45 AM

October 16, 2013

Confucius Institute lecture - Reconstructing the Vanished Musical Life of the Shanghai Jewish Diaspora

Presenter: Professor TANG Yating, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Start Date: October 30, 2013
Time: 12 -1:30 pm
Location: Koessler Room, Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor

For over 100 years between 1840 and 1945, Shanghai was home to a number of Jewish diaspora communities, not all of whom came, but all of whom left as refugees. Each of these communities maintained its own traditions and practices; in modern Shanghai, only a few historic buildings and sites remain. In this report of my ethnomusicological “study at home,” I use rare ephemera and other documents to reconstruct a now vanished musical world, assembling evidence of actual musical events, their purposes, participants and repertoire. I observed various ways in which music functioned as a (subjective) marker of cultural identity within a self-enclosed cultural enclave that was characterized more by its heterogeneity than by the commonality suggested by its Jewishness.

Professor TANG Yating holds a professorship in Ethnomusicology and Translation Studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and guest professorship in ethnomusicology at Shanghai Teachers University and Taiwan Nanhua University. He has made numerous publications, including quite a number of translations. His current research focuses on the Western colonial impact on the music of diasporas in China’s modernity. His books include Urban Soundscapes (Shanghai Conservatory Press, 2005), and Musical Life of Shanghai Jewish Communities (Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press, 2007). A new book Variations of Imperial Diasporas: History of the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra, 1864-1949 is forthcoming soon by the Conservatory Press.

Posted by zzhu at 10:42 PM

Berkeley-Stanford Grad Conference

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 18-19, 2014 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production, from early modern to contemporary, in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available.

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at:

Proposals/bios due: November 15, 2013, (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

For more information about the conference, go to:

Posted by zzhu at 10:28 PM

The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA), we invite paper proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences for our June 20-21 anniversary conference to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology and by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s East Asian Legal Studies Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the theme for our 2014 conference will be “The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” We are calling for papers on the main theme or any of our seven sub-themes outlined below from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. We are especially excited to offer a new Publication Peer-Review Option to participating junior scholars who may be interested in honing their original articles on Taiwan for publication.

For more information please visit our website at http://www.na-tsa.org/new/

Deadlines and Dates at a Glance:
- January 10, 2014: Individual Paper and Panel Proposal Submissions Due
- January 10, 2014: Polished Drafts Due (only for our Publication Peer Review Option)
- March 7, 2014: Notification of Acceptances
- May 11, 2014: Submission Deadline for Full, Final Conference Draft of All Papers
- June 20-21, 2014: 20th Anniversary Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Posted by zzhu at 10:19 PM

Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement – Silk Road Studies (Georgetown University)

Applications are invited for a one-year, non-teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University beginning Fall 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar titled “Critical ‘Silk Road’ Studies,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by Georgetown faculty members James Millward (Department of History, School of Foreign Service) and Michelle C. Wang (Department of Art and Art History). Applicants whose scholarly work addresses any of the geographical regions covered by the Silk Road, from ancient to contemporary, and represents any discipline in the humanities or social sciences are encouraged to apply. The fellow will be expected to attend all sessions of the Sawyer Seminar and to be an active participant in the Sawyer Seminar and University community. Additionally, the fellow is expected to pursue an active research agenda by making use of the resources of Georgetown University and the greater Washington, DC area.

The goals of the seminar are to provide an interdisciplinary and interregional platform in order to investigate the invention and development of the concept of the Silk Road as well as its on-going impact, its potential and limitations for framing fields of academic inquiry, and even its role in policy-making. By inviting the participation of scholars representing research specializations ranging from ancient and modern history, art history, religious studies, literature, musicology, anthropology, archaeology, as well as foreign policy academics and practitioners in an interrogation and exploration of the notion of the Silk Road, the seminar will furthermore address the challenges of seeing beyond the chronological, regional, linguistic, and disciplinary compartmentalization of specialists in order to better understand the workings of the trans-Eurasian Silk Road as a broader phenomenon. For further information about the seminar, please visit silkroadseminar.georgetown.edu.

Junior faculty and recent Ph.D. recipients are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Advanced graduate students with the Ph.D. in hand at the beginning of the fellowship will also be considered. The position offers an annual salary of $50,000 with benefits and office space. Applications consisting of a cover letter addressing research areas and interest in the Silk Road, CV, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted through the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/3277. Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be accepted. Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Nicholas Starvaggi at nhs22[at]georgetown[dot]edu. Questions regarding the postdoctoral position should be directed to Yelizaveta Raykhlina at silkroadseminar[at]georgetown[dot]edu. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013, and the successful applicant will be notified by mid-April 2014.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

Posted by zzhu at 10:14 PM

Spring 2014 Internship Announcement from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming fall in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is November 1, 2013 for the Spring 2014 internship that runs from January to May 2014. Spring internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Spring 2014 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Spring 2014 internships may apply for the Fall (September-December) or Summer (June-August). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/general/employ.php.

- Interns must be U.S. citizens.
- Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
- Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
- Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Spring 2014:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at judy.wright@mail.house.gov by November 1, 2013. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on November 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.

Posted by zzhu at 10:05 PM

Spatial Study with China Geo-Explorers: New Information, New Technology and New Directions

Shuming Bao
China Data Center, University of Michigan
2:00-3:30PM, Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Hatcher Gallery Lab on the 1st floor of UM Hatcher Graduate Library

Abstract: Within the last ten years, the UM China Data Center has made lots of efforts in the development and distribution of government statistics, Census data, and GIS data of China. Those information provide a rich source for the study of population, economy, social environment and their relative changes in China. It has been a challenge how to efficiently integrate those space-time data, provide methodology for different research targets, and promote their applications in different fields. This presentation will present the recent development of spatial intelligence service for spatial data integration, data analysis, as well as their applications for China studies. The presentation will introduce the newly developed spatial data explorers (China Geo-Explorer) distributed by the University of Michigan China Data Center. It will demonstrate how space-time data of different formats and sources can be integrated, visualized, analyzed and reported in a web based system. Some applications in population and regional development, disaster assessment, environment and health, cultural and religious studies, and household surveys will be discussed for China and global studies.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the UM Library and China Data Center. Please register at http://chinadatacenter.org/Learming/SeminarsContent.aspx?id=41 if you are planning to join. Please contact yangjw[at]umich[dot]edu if you need any further information.

Posted by zzhu at 10:03 PM

CCS Photo Contest - We have winners!

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Theme: The Zodiac Dragon

First place: Lynne Kogel - Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Dragon

Second place: Christian de Pee - The Power of the Empty Dragon Throne

Third place: Tatjana Aleksic - Dragon Backbone Rice Terrace

Please go to the CCS Facebook page for the List of honorable mentions and the album of all the contest entries!

Posted by zzhu at 06:42 PM

October 13, 2013

Kunlun Wild Life : Photography Exhibition

Qinghai Province is China’s most ethnically diverse and the least-populated of all Chinese provinces. The area is similar to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, except that 19,000 - foot mountain peaks, high plains, sheep herders, wild yaks, camels, temples, monks, and small farms sparsely spread in the region. Currently Kunlun National Park is being developed in partnership with Yellowstone National Park in an effort to preserve the natural wonders and the wildlife of the Kunlun Mountains. There will be 100 plus captivating photographs showcasing the mystery and beauty of mountain life and environments of the Kunlun National Park. Kunlun Wild Life photography exhibition will be held at two different locations: 10/12-10/31 at the Art Lounge at the Michigan Union and 10/21 – 11/9 at Atrium 4 at Palmer Commons. Mr. MA Weidong, a philanthropist and the founder of the Kunlun National Park, will give a presentation entitled “Beautiful Landscape: Kunlun National Park” on Wednesday, 12 pm, October 16 at the Art Lounge, Michigan Union.

Exhibition locations and times:
10/12 -10/31 - Art Lounge at the Michigan Union: 530 S. State St.
10/21- 11/9 - Atrium 4 at Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave.

Co-sponsored by the U-M Confucius Institute and the Center for Campus Involvement.

Posted by zzhu at 07:47 PM

October 11, 2013

Confucius Institute lecture - Two Halls of Hangzhou: The Shifting Geo-political Significance of a Song Dynasty City As Seen Through Three Local Gazetteers

A lecture by Benjamin Ridgway (PhD '05, Asian Languages & Cultures), Visiting Lecturer of Chinese Studies University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

4:30 pm, Friday, October 11, 2013
Henderson Room, Michigan League
Light refreshments are provided.

This presentation charts the changing geo-political significance of the city of Hangzhou during the 11th to 13th centuries by examining writings on two of its most important architectural sites: the Hall of Possessing Beauty (youmei tang)and the Hall of Centrality and Peace (zhonghe tang). Through literati and imperial writings on these two structures preserved in a series of three local gazetteers on Hangzhou spanning a century, we can see the shift in discourses on the city, from standing as an index of rising economic and cultural importance to signifying anxieties about territorial loss and the pleasures of the city.

Benjamin B. Ridgway is a Visiting Lecturer of Chinese Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, investigating the intersections between geographical and literary discourses during the Song dynasty. Previously he taught Chinese language and literature at Middlebury College and Valparaiso University. He recently published an article on Su Shi's song lyrics as a poetry of national loss in the early Southern Song in CLEAR. He is completing a manuscript on the themes of travel and displacement in Su Shi's song lyrics entitled From the Banquet to the Border: Landscape and Literati Identity in Chinese Song Lyrics at the Turn of the Twelfth Century.

Posted by zzhu at 05:03 AM

October 03, 2013

Michigan in Beijing 2013

The University of Michigan and the Beijing Alumni Club cordially invite you to our annual "Go Blue" evening for Michigan alumni and friends. Event program will include remarks on U-M students, faculty and collaborations in China, featuring:

James Wooliscroft, MD
Dean of Medical School, Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine

Yi Isabelle Sun, MS '85, PhD '91
Memeber of U-M Provost Advisory Committee, Co-Founder/Executive VP of Hinacom Software and Technology

Richard Rogel, BBA '70
Special Representative of the University of Michigan

6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Program at 7:15 P.M.

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
3/F, Jinmao Ballroom
7 North Dongsanhuan Road

三层 金茂宴会厅

R.S.V.P. online by October 4

The reception is free to attend. Soft drinks, beer and wine, and canapes will be served. Enter the raffle for great Michigan gifts!

Questions? Contact Bin Zhao at zbin[at]umich[dot]edu or +1 734 615 6331

Local inquiries may be made to Ming Chen (MBA '09) at chenming.com[at]gmail[dot]com or Nathan Mair (BS '04, Pharm.D. '08) at nathanjmair[at]gmail[dot]com

Please share this information with fellow alumni and U-M friends.
We look forward to meeting you in Beijing on October 11!

Go Blue!

Posted by zzhu at 08:34 PM

October 02, 2013

A Thousand Graces: Freer’s Pilgrimage to the Buddhist Cave Temples at Longmen and his Collection of Chinese Art

October 20, 2013

Speakers: David Hogge, PhD, Head of Archives, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution;
Daisy Yiyou Wang, PhD, Curator Chinese and East Asian Art Peabody Essex Museum, MA.

Lecture: 2:00 pm at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall
Reception & Tours: 3:30 - 5:00 pm, at The Freer House, 71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202

Detailed event can be found at: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/freer-events.php

Posted by zzhu at 06:09 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Tze-Lan Sang

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Tze-Lan Sang
Professor of Chinese Literature and Media Studies
Michigan State University

Globalization and Taiwanese Women's Documentaries

October 8, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In an age of globalization characterized by uneven development and flexible accumulation, documentary filmmakers all over the world have found significant issues to investigate and critique. Documentary filmmaking in Taiwan is no exception to the current phenomenon, having confronted issues ranging from industries and markets to the human and environmental costs of development. In this regard, female documentarists’ contribution deserves a special examination--how have they dealt with complex issues at the intersection of gender, class, regional and other politics in the global era?

Posted by zzhu at 05:53 PM

Chinglish - A student production of the play by David Henry Hwang

"Chinglish is a sharp and relevant comedy about the challenges of communication across languages and culture. It's about the struggle to connect as people, and the universal human desire to understand and be understood. The play follows an American businessman who's desperately seeking to land a lucrative business deal in China's booming economic market. After many misunderstandings, shady arrangements, and an affair with a secretive Chinese woman, he learns that there is much to be lost, and found, in translation."

The live performances will take place at:
Video Studio, Duderstadt Center,
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7pm
Friday, October 4, 7pm
Saturday, October 5, 2pm
Saturday, October 5, 7pm

FREE to public.
Seats are first come, first served.

Posted by zzhu at 05:16 PM

October 01, 2013

A2KIFF 2013: Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival - Dooman River (2009)

Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies, U-M
Date: 10/05/2013
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Michigan Theater

Free and open to the public.

Chang-ho lives on the China side, while Jeong-jin lives on the North Korea side. Because of the known reason, more and more North Korean refugees are trying to reach the outside world. Dooman River quite naturally, has become the first hurdle for the refugees to cross. Through an unexpected circumstances, Chang-ho and Jeong-jin met up, and have become good friends. Through the misunderstanding of each other, disbelief and vengeance, they have grown to appreciate friendship, sincerity and respect between each other. Dooman River has inherited a lot of pains and sacrifices, but the genuine relationship developed by Chang-ho and Jeong-jin has shed the light of hope for a better future.

Awards and Invitations
Paris Cinema (2010)
Singapore International Film Festival (2010)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (2010)
Berlin International Film Festival (2010) Youth Jury Generation 14-plus

"Dooman River" is a coproduction between South Korea and France. Directed by Zhang Lu. 89 minutes.

Cosponsored by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

Posted by zzhu at 06:04 PM