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November 29, 2013

Fall 2013 CCS Chinese Film Series - Moose (犴达罕)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

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

A film by Gu Tao (顾桃); Inner Mongolia, China, 2013; 100 minutes (Ewenki and Mandarin with English subtitles)

The moose (Andahan in the Ewenki language) is the biggest animal in the forest of the Daxingan mountains: powerful and respected. In recent years, due to environmental destruction and an increase of illegal hunting, a ban on hunting the Andahan has changed the way of life for many of the Ewenki people. The story of hunter Wei Jia and his search for meaning in his life.

Gu Tao (b.1970. Hulun bei’er, Inner Mongolia, China) began making documentary films in 2005, focusing on northern ethnic groups and there conditions of existence under this society.

Posted by zzhu at 01:08 AM

November 27, 2013

CCS Faculty Associates in the News - updated November 2013

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(In alphabetical order by faculty last name.)

Mary Gallagher
CCS Director
Associate Professor of Political Science

Facing slowdown, China vows to let market play more important role in economy
by Simon Denyer, The Washington Post

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

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

Nico Howson
Professor of Law
U-M Law School

Caveat on Shanghai experiment
by Joanna Chiu and George Chen, South China Morning Post

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

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

Buddhism's growing place in our culture
Stateside with Cynthia Canty

10 Misconceptions about Buddhism
by Robert E. Buswell, Jr. and Donald S. Lopez, Jr., tricycle.com

U-M professor co-authors landmark dictionary about Buddhism

by Maryanne George, The University Record

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 12:41 AM

November 23, 2013

Call for papers: Reading Communities, Circulation of Print

Reading Communities and the Circulation of Print: Australia, China, and Britain in the 19th century

23-24 April 2014
The Australian National University

This two-day conference investigates the production, circulation and consumption of printed material in Australia, China, and Britain in the long 19th century, when technological improvements in printing, engraving, papermaking, and transport made the production and distribution of texts easier and increased opportunities for education led to rising literacy rates. Over the century, the proportion of travellers to and migrants from these three areas also increased. How did the movement of people across space and culture influence publishing and reading practices? Is the nation a relevant framework for examining histories of print culture and its circulation in this period? In what ways have histories of reading and print culture in Australia, China and Britain intersected? How has the relationship between reading and its contexts been theorized and researched? We aim to bring scholars interested in the history of reading and print culture across these different national contexts into conversation with each other, and to provide a forum for discussing the state of the discipline, in Australia and globally.

We invite proposals exploring topics related to:
-transnational print culture and reading histories in the long 19th century
-studies of local readerships and their connections to international print cultures
-the reception of books and newspapers across multiple geographies
-international networks of publishing and distribution
-readers of translations or bilingual texts
-the relationship between reading and sociability
-diverse reading practices and habits of national and international
reading communities
-other investigations of the relationships between printers, publishers, editors, authors, and readers.

We especially welcome papers that examine texts and readerships that crossed national borders and challenge nation-based paradigms of print and reading culture. Confirmed speakers include: James Raven (Essex), T.H. Barrett (SOAS), Lydia Wevers (Victoria University of Wellington), Martyn Lyons (UNSW) and Paul Eggert (UNSW Canberra).

Please send proposals of no more than 350 words to Sue Chen (shih-wen[dot]chen[at]anu[dot]edu[dot]au) and Julieanne Lamond (julieanne[dot]lamond[at]anu[dot]edu[dot]au) by 15 December 2013.

For more information, visit the conference website:

Posted by zzhu at 10:24 PM

Call for papers: Association for Asian Performance (AAP) emerging scholars panel

The Association for Asian Performance (AAP) invites submissions for its 20th Annual Adjudicated Panel to be held during the Association for Asian Performance annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 23-24, 2014, which precedes the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference.

Anyone (current and recent graduate students, scholars, teachers, artists) early in their scholarly career or who has not presented a paper at an AAP conference before is welcome to submit work for consideration. To qualify one need not necessarily be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although this is expected. Papers (8-10 double-spaced pages) may deal with any aspect of Asian performance or drama. Preparation of the manuscript in Asian Theatre Journal style, which can be gleaned from a recent issue, is desirable. Up to three winning authors may be selected and invited to present their papers at the upcoming AAP conference.

Paper and project presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. A $100 cash prize will be awarded for each paper selected, to help offset conference fees. AAP Conference registration fees are waived for the winners, who also receive one year free membership to AAP.

The Emerging Scholars Panel Adjudication Committee is chaired by Dr. Kathy Foley, Editor of Asian Theatre Journal. Selected papers will be strongly considered for publication in ATJ, which is an official publication of AAP and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Those interested in submitting work for review should email their paper electronically to:

Dr. Emily Wilcox,
Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2014

Winners will be notified by April 15, 2014

A separate cover sheet detailing the author's contact information-address, phone number, and email address (for both academic year and summer holiday) must accompany each submission. The author's name should not appear in the text proper.

AAP is proud to sponsor this adjudicated panel. Not only is it a chance for students and emerging scholars to get exposure and recognition for their work, but it also provides an opportunity to meet and make contacts with others who are interested in similar fields of research.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the emerging scholars panel to Dr. Wilcox.

To find out about the benefits of becoming an AAP member, please check out our website at http://www.yavanika.org/aaponline

Posted by zzhu at 10:11 PM

Call for Papers: Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at University of Hawaii at Manoa

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is proud to announce that it will be holding the 25th annual Graduate Student Conference from April 2nd to 4th, 2014 at the Center of Korean Studies on the UH campus. We invite graduate students from around the world to submit papers for the conference.

The theme is, "Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens" and the keynote speaker this year is Professor Nancy Peluso, from UC-Berkeley.

Submission form can be downloaded at: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/spas/?page_id=881; any questions can be sent to gradconf@hawaii.edu.

Papers are accepted through January 8, 2014.

Posted by zzhu at 09:53 PM

Call for abstracts: UBC/UW Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies

Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific

The Masters of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) Program at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the University of Washington will be hosting the third annual UBC/UW graduate student conference on Asian studies. The conference will be held from April 10th – 12th , 2014, at the UBC Vancouver campus in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The UBC/UW conference is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to compare methodologies and discuss current research on the Asia Pacific region. Conference participants can interact, network and collaborate with peers from different institutions and across a wide range of academic disciplines.

In addition to highlighting completed research projects, the UBC/UW conference will serve as an opportunity to develop works in progress. Alongside more traditional research presentations, there will also be a roundtable discussion aimed at tackling methodological and thematic challenges.

Currently enrolled graduate students interested in presenting their work and/or participating in the roundtable discussion are welcomed to do so according to the following guidelines:

Application Guidelines
The conference organizers ask that all applicants…
a. be currently enrolled in a graduate/postgraduate studies program
b. submit abstracts focused on issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region
c. limit abstracts to a maximum of 300 words
d. include a short personal biography (100 word limit) along with their abstracts

Abstracts must be received by January 15th, 2014.

The conference organizers will respond to all applicants by mid February regarding the status of their abstracts/presentations.

For general inquiries concerning the conference, please contact: c.teng[at]alumni[dot]ubc[dot]ca

For abstract submissions as well as submission inquiries, please contact: uwubcasianstudies[at]gmail[dot]com

Posted by zzhu at 09:48 PM

November 21, 2013

Book event - In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent

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Damien Ma (CCS MA '06) will discuss his new book (co-authored with William Adams). Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the reception after the lecture. Damien will be available to sign any purchased books at the event.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @5pm
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building, 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor
Copies of the book can be purchased and signed by the author during the reception, which will immediately follow the book discussion.
Book discussion and reception are free and open to the public.

Damien Ma and William Adams' recent New York Times op-ed:
If You Think China’s Air Is Bad...

Nearly everything you know about China is wrong! Yes, within a decade, China will have the world’s largest economy. But that is the least important thing to know about China. In this enlightening book, two of the world’s leading China experts turn the conventional wisdom on its head, showing why China’s economic growth will constrain rather than empower it. Pioneering political analyst Damien Ma and global economist Bill Adams reveal why, having 35 years of ferocious economic growth, China’s future will be shaped by the same fundamental reality that has shaped it for millennia: scarcity. Ma and Adams drill deep into Chinese society, illuminating all the scarcities that will limit its power and progress. Beyond scarcities of natural resources and public goods, they illuminate China’s persistent poverties of individual freedoms, cultural appeal, and ideological legitimacy — and the corrosive loss of values and beliefs amongst a growing middle class shackled by a parochial and inflexible political system. Everyone knows “the 21st century is China’s to lose” — but, as with so many things that “everyone knows,” that’s just wrong. Ma and Adams get beyond cheerleading and fearmongering to tell the complex truth about China today. This is a truth you need to hear — whether you’re an investor, business decision-maker, policymaker, or citizen.

Posted by zzhu at 11:36 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - I Have What? Chinese Peasants War: The Rhetoric to Justice (拥有,新中国农民战争:修辞学的正义)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

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

A film by Ma Chenyu (毛晨雨); China, 2013; 103 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

A deconstruction of the survival logic of Chinese peasants over the past 60 years; a reconstruction of the subject of peasants.

Mao Chenyu (毛晨雨) is an organic rice farmer living in Hunan Province.

Posted by zzhu at 11:17 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Matthew Mosca

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Matthew Mosca
Assistant Professor of History
The College of William and Mary

Qing Perceptions of British India and the Dilemmas of Frontier Integration, 1760-1842

December 3, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

After 1760, an increasing portion of the Qing frontier abutted areas in which the British and Russian empires exerted direct or indirect influence. This talk, concentrating primarily on the case of India, examines the bureaucratic, strategic, and intellectual challenges posed for the Qing state by the expansion of its rivals. In particular, it considers how a government that had been accustomed to managing a diverse and fragmented borderland adapted to the fact that the activities of other empires, evident across widely separated and non-contiguous regions, formed part of an increasingly integrated web of imperial competition.

Matthew W. Mosca received his PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University in 2008. He is currently assistant professor in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at the College of William and Mary. In the 2013-2014 academic year he holds a Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors at the School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the U-M Center for South Asian Studies, organizer of the Winter Term 2014 LSA Theme Semester “India in the World.” For more information, please contact their center at 734-615-4059; csas@umich.edu ; or access their website at: www.ii.umich.edu/csas.

Posted by zzhu at 10:46 PM

November 20, 2013

The Confucius Institute presents Chinese Songs and Music Today

Presenters: Students and faculty from China Conservatory of Music
Start Date: November 22, 2013
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Location: Rackham Auditorium, 915 E.Washington

Description: Singers and musicians from the China Conservatory of Music will present traditional Chinese folk songs and instrumental music.

Performers from the China Conservatory of Music:
CHEN Bo, Master student (Shen)
CHEN Zhe, Master student (Pipa)
MA Maoxun, Master student (Erhu)
MENG Xiaojie, Master student (Xiao)
HE Li, Master student (Yangqin)
LI Ya, Master student (Vocal)
WANG Fengyi, Master student (Gehu)
XIA Jing, Master student (Guzheng)
YU Haiyin, Master student (Erhu)
ZHOU Qiang, Associate Professor (Tenor)

Posted by zzhu at 12:23 AM

November 15, 2013

Fall 2013 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - My Mother's Rhapsody (萱堂闲话录)

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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

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

A film by Qiu Jiongjiong (邱炯炯); China, 2011; 106 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Film trailer:

Qiu Jiongjiong (邱炯炯)'s film “My Mother's Rhapsody (萱堂闲话录)” is a journey into memory and visual metaphors, the story of an eighty-year old mother and her adult son as they reminisce on the past.

Qiu Jiongjiong (邱炯炯)(b.1977. Leshan, Sichuan): Since attending the Beijing Institute of Oriental Culture and Art between 1994 and 1995, Qiu has been mainly active in the field of visual arts. His work has been the focus of several solo exhibitions, including Bu shang boli de guang (Light That Doesn’t Break Glass), Qimeng (Enlightenment), Zhiyuanzhe (Volunteer), Qie qingchun (Timid Youth) and Qiu Jiongjiong’s First Art Exhibition. Qiu took up documentary filmmaking in 2006.

Posted by zzhu at 12:24 AM

November 14, 2013

CCS Chinese Independent Film Event: "Stratum 1: The Visitors (地层1:来客)"

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The event is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 6pm
Place: The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

6pm: Reception in the main lobby
7pm: Screening of "Stratum 1: The Visitors (地层1:来客)" (2012) in the main theater.

Please join us at the historic Michigan Theater for a CCS Chinese Independent Film Event. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00pm to meet with Yi Sicheng (易思成), the coordinator of the Yunnan Multi-Culture Visual Festival (Yunfest), and independent film directors Cong Feng(丛峰) and Mao Chenyu(毛晨雨), followed by a 7:00pm screening of Cong Feng’s “Stratum 1: The Visitors (地层1:来客)” (2012) in the main theater.

Film description: One night, two men meet in an abandoned building and share memories of their past lives. They leave the building and roam in the night, wandering through a heavily textured landscape of ruins, and then find themselves returning back to the abandoned building, only to see that it has changed, collapsed, disappeared. With a visual approach that blends fictional and documentary elements, Cong Feng’s Stratum 1 is a rumination on ruins and the transformative roles of space and place in contemporary China.

Posted by zzhu at 11:51 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Independent Film in China

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Abe Mark Nornes, Yi Sicheng, Cong Feng, and Mao Chengyu

Independent Film in China: Yunfest and Beyond

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

Professor Markus Nornes, Chair of the U-M Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, invites you to an interview with Yi Sicheng, the organizer of Yunfest, of one of the most influential independent film festivals in China, and two film directors whose work exemplify the current generation of Chinese independent film making today. The interview will be partially in Chinese with consecutive English translation.

The event is co-sponsored by the U-M Departments of Anthropology and Screen Arts and Cultures, as well as by the Fairbank Center at Harvard University.

Posted by zzhu at 03:50 PM

November 07, 2013

Rogels’ $50M gift to shape medical education, Chinese studies

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With $50M gift to U-M, Richard and Susan Rogel shape the future of medical education & Chinese studies

Chinese media coverage:
U. Michigan gets grant for China center
by Yu Wei, China Daily

密大中國研究中心 獲千萬捐款
記者黃惠玲, 世界新聞網

Posted by zzhu at 10:31 PM

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Nicholas Howson

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Nicholas Howson
Professor of Law
Michigan Law School

Quack Corporate Governance as Traditional Chinese Medicine-Firm Organization and the Consequences of China's Unreconstructed Political Economy

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

From the start of the PRC’s “corporatization” project in the late 1980s, a Chinese corporate governance regime subject to increasingly “enabling” legal norms has been determined by “mandatory” regulations imposed by the PRC securities regulator, the CSRC. Indeed, the Chinese corporate law system has been cannibalized by all-encompassing securities regulation directed at corporate governance, at least for companies with listed stock. This presentation traces the path of that sustained intervention, and makes a case – wholly contrary to the “quack corporate governance” critique much aired in the U.S. – that for the PRC this phenomenon is necessary and appropriate, and benign. That analysis in turn reveals a great deal about: the development of Chinese law and legal institutions after 1979; China’s contemporary political economy; the true identity of the firm under the PRC “corporatization without privatization” program; the normative character and function of corporate law across the globe; and the ways in which state intervention may protect against state abuse of power and enable greater private autonomy.

Nicholas Calcina Howson is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School who has also taught at the Berkeley (Boalt), Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard Law Schools. Howson earned his B.A. from Williams College (1983) and his J.D. from Columbia Law School (1988). Professor Howson has spent many years living in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), both as a scholar – working at Shanghai’s Fudan University (1983-85), Beijing University and the Chinese University of Politics and Law (1988) and Shanghai’s East China University of Politics and Law (2008) -- and as a practicing lawyer based in Beijing (1990-92 and 1996-2003). A former partner of the New York-based international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, he worked out of that firm's New York, Paris, London and Beijing Offices, finally as a managing partner of the firm's China Practice based in the Chinese capital.

Posted by zzhu at 09:59 PM

November 05, 2013

Symposium - Chinese Now: Contemporary Portraits

Start Date: November 16, 2013
Time: 1 - 5:25 pm
Location: Michigan Room, Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor

The Confucius Institute and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan present a mini-symposium in conjunction with art exhibition“Chinese Now: Contemporary Portraits” (11.15.2013 – 12.21.2013). The exhibition highlights various forms of modern day Chinese people that are depicted in the vision of 31 faculty artists from the Renmin University School of Arts in China. In this symposium, faculty from Renmin University of China and the University of Michigan will discuss various topics of contemporary art in China.

1 pm: Opening Remarks
Dean Guna Nadarajan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, U-M
Vice Dean WANG Yingjian, School of Arts, Renmin University of China
Director Joseph Lam, Confucius Institute, U-M

1:30 pm: Lecture
" Painting in Contemporary China"
Presenter: DING Fang, Professor of School of Arts, Renmin University of China

2:45 pm: Break (15 min)
Refreshments and beverages will be served.

3 pm: Lecture
"Video Art in China (1988-2010)"
Presenter: LI Xiaonan, Professor of School of Arts, Renmin University of China

4:15-4:25 pm: Break (10 min)

4:25 pm: Round Table Discussion
“Contemporary Art in China”
DING Fang, Professor of School of Arts, Renmin University of China
Guna Nadarajan, Dean of Stamps School of Art & Design, U-M
Markus Nornes, Professor and Chair of Screen Arts and Cultures, U-M
LI Xiaonan, Professor of School of Arts, Renmin University of China
Moderator: Joseph Lam, Director of the Confucius Institute, U-M

Posted by zzhu at 11:02 PM

The Confucius Institute presents Chinese Now: Contemporary Portraits

Presenter(s): School of Arts Faculty from Renmin University of China
Start Date: November 15, 2013
End Date: December 21, 2013
Time: All Day
Location: Work-Ann Arbor Gallery, 306 S State St, Ann Arbor

Posted by zzhu at 10:50 PM

Mekong Rising: A photo exhibit sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

A visual expedition featuring a number of photos taken in China. Inquiries can be addressed to jmonnat[at]umich[dot]edu.

Posted by zzhu at 02:33 AM