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.

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October 04, 2011

China's "Going Out" Strategy: What US Companies Need to Know About Chinese Corporate Governance & Corporate Law, Monday, October 10, 2011

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January 19, 2011

Asian and American art lecture, January 30, 2011

Click on the top flier to RSVP via e-mail.

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March 05, 2010

Bright Sheng and Friends: East/West

Sunday, March 21, 4 pm

UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty composer, MacArthur fellow, and CCS faculty associate Bright Sheng presents his own works—A Night at the Chinese Opera, Three Chinese Love Songs, Seven Tunes Heard in China, The Stream Flows, and the Third String Quartet—juxtaposed with studies in orientalism by Maurice Ravel and Bela Bartok. Sheng is joined by fellow SMTD faculty Stephen Shipps and Logan Skelton, the Phoenix Ensemble, DMA cellist Paul Dwyer, and guest artist Jennifer Goltz.

Tradition Transformed is made possible in part the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the UM Center for Chinese Studies, and the Blakemore Foundation. Additional support was provided by Mary Palmer and the George Dewey and Mary J. Krumrine Endowment.

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February 28, 2010

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures presents the Inaugural Tang Junyi Lecture Series

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Contemporary Confucian Virtue Politics

Stephen C. Angle
Wesleyan University
Stephen C. Angle received his B.A. from Yale University in East Asian Studies and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Since 1994 he has taught at Wesleyan University, where he is now Professor of Philosophy. Professor Angle is the author of Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry (Cambridge, 2002); Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Oxford, 2009); and numerous scholarly articles on Chinese ethical and political thought and on topics in comparative philosophy.

All lectures: 1022 South Thayer Building, First Floor
A reception will follow each lecture

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 4:00pm
“The Confucian Revival and Genuine Confucian Philosophical Critique”
Language and practices connected to Confucianism are increasingly common in today’s China. This lecture explores the different meanings of Confucianism relevant to the contemporary world, including finding the grounds for a Confucian philosophical critique of values both inside and outside China.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 4:00pm
“Rule of Law and Virtue Politics in 20th Century China”
The relations between “rule of law” (fazhi 法治) and “virtue politics” (dezhi 德治) have been repeatedly debated in China over the last century. This lecture focuses on two such debates, from the mid-1910s and from the late 1950s to early 1960s, paying special attention to the arguments of Zhang Shizhao 章士釗 (1885–1973) and Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 (1909–95). The arguments of Zhang and Mou can contribute to current dialogues on issues like the limits on moral authority, the role of virtue in politics, the relations between public and private, and the need for political and legal value to be rooted in morality.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:00pm
“Rethinking Confucian Sovereignty”
Traditional Confucianism rests sovereignty in “Heaven” (tian 天), even while relying on the reactions of the masses (min 民) as a barometer to gauge the success and legitimacy of the current ruler. Even in its original contexts this theory stood in some tension with teachings concerning the possibility of each person to attain sagehood; in the contemporary world, both the locus of sovereignty and the nature of the min need to be re-thought. Building on insights about Confucianism and democracy from New Confucians like Tang Junyi 唐君毅 (1909–1978) and Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 (1909–95), this lecture articulates a new, yet still distinctively Confucian, way of understanding sovereignty and political legitimacy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:00pm
“Virtue’s Dependence on Politics: Confucian Social Critique”
Confucianism long ago anticipated an important finding of contemporary psychology: our social and physical environments have significant effects on the ways and degrees to which we can be virtuous. Since politics inevitably influences these environments, it follows that ethics and politics are intertwined at a deep level. This lecture explores ways in which traditional and contemporary Confucian teachings, as well as Western research at the borders between ethics and political philosophy, converge on an understanding of the role that social critique plays in one’s ethical development.

This lecture series is made possible by a generous gift from Donald J. Munro, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Chinese, and Ann Munro.

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February 25, 2010

China events at UMMA in March 2010

Secrets to Chinese Painting: Technical Strategies for the Modern World
Dr. Aida Yuen Wong
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 3pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA

Bright Sheng and Friends: East/West
Sunday, March 21, 2010, 4pm

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Upcoming lectures sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 4:00pm
“The Confucian Revival and Genuine Confucian Philosophical Critique”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Thursday, March 11, 2010 4:00pm
“Rule of Law and Virtue Politics in 20th Century China”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

9th Annual Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr., Memorial Lecture
Friday, March 12, 2010 4:00pm
“NGO2.0 in China: A Social Practice and Experiment”
A lecture by Jing Wang, S.C. Fang Professor of Chinese, MIT
Founders Room of the Michigan Alumni Center
200 Fletcher Street
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:00pm
“Rethinking Confucian Sovereignty”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

Tang Junyi Lecture Series
Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:00pm
“Virtue’s Dependence on Politics: Confucian Social Critique”
A lecture by Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Room 1022 South Thayer Building, first floor
(corner of S. Thayer and E. Washington)
Sponsor: Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures
Contact: Karen Munson (kjmunson@umich.edu)

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December 03, 2009

Wassup China, Friday, December 2009

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April 09, 2009

Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

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University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
Automotive Analysis Division
“Focus on the Future”
Automotive Research Conferences
Inside China:
Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

Thursday, April 16, 2009
9am to 4pm
University of Michigan, The Michigan League Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Following up on last year’s successful China Automotive Conference, this year’s conference will update attendees about the changes taking place in the Chinese auto industry. The global recession has lessened the growth of China’s auto industry, and it may play an important role in the structure of the industry itself. The government has made a major change in its automotive policy that will affect both domestic and multi-national manufacturers. Speakers will provide insights into the current and future direction of the industry based on their academic and government research, consulting experience, and work within the industry.

Speaker Profile: Eric Thun, Oxford University.

Eric Thun is Peter Moores Lecturer in Chinese Business Studies. A political scientist by training, Thun’s research focuses on issues of industrial development in China. Recently, he has investigated the development of the Chinese automotive industry, the globalization strategies of Chinese firms, and China’s integration into global production networks. Thun’s book Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments and Auto Sector Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. His work has also appeared in World Development, World Business, Politics & Society and the Journal of East Asian Studies. Thun received his BA from Princeton University in 1990 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1999. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the M.I.T. Industrial Performance Center, he returned to Princeton as Assistant Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Politics. He moved to Oxford in 2005.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, University of Michigan, will moderate the conference
Tom Tao, Lehigh University, will discuss sales and marketing strategies of multi-national and domestic auto manufacturers.
Eric Thun, Oxford University, will talk about manufacturer local and global strategies
Ken Duck, Foley Lardner, will talk about the role of government in the Chinese Auto Industry currently and in the near future
Weijian Han, Ford Motor Company, will explain China’s future Fuel/Vehicle Alternatives
Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan, will discuss new labor developments in China and how they are affecting the auto industry

We are also inviting other experts to provide their insights about the Chinese auto industry.

Registration: $200
UMTRI-AAD Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff: Free

To make a reservation please contact:
Ms. Lee Burge at 734-936-2723 or leeburge@umich.edu

Register Online:

E-Mail: leeburge@umich.edu

Conference Sponsorship: Companies interested in sponsoring this conference please contact Bruce Belzowski at bbl@umich.edu or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500)

Upcoming Events
• July 15, 2009 (Wednesday): Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: How Are New Powertrain Technologies Affecting Company Strategies?

• September, 2009: The Business of IT: Transforming the Organization and the Vehicle. Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.

• November, 2009: The Role of Government in the NA Automotive Industry

• February, 2010: 2nd Annual 3D Metrology Conference: Changing the Way We Measure and Analyze Manufacturing Quality

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04/14/09 talk by Microsoft Fellow - "China's Latest Food and Drug Regulations: Change Needed for Beneficial Innovations?"

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March 27, 2009

04/01/09 talk by Dru Gladney: "Whither Islam in China? Post-9/11 and Post-Olympics Developments"

Date: 04/01/2009
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 1636 International Institute, 1080 South University

Whither Islam in China? Post-9/11 and Post-Olympics Developments
A talk by Dru C. Gladney, President, Pacific Basin Institute, Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College

Dru C. Gladney is President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, a research foundation widely recognized for its work enhancing understanding among the nations of the Pacific Rim. He is the author of four books and more than 50 academic articles and book chapters on topics spanning the Asian continent. He also holds a position as a Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College.

Gladney is a frequent commentator on CNN and other news media. Among his numerous books, Gladney’s most recent is Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2004). He is also the author of: Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (2nd edition 1996) and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (1998); and the editor of Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (1998). Gladney’s publications have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and German.

Gladney has held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University; the University of Southern California; Kings College, Cambridge; and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has been a consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Getty Museum, Asian Development Bank, National Academy of Sciences, European Center for Conflict Prevention, U.N. High Commission on Refugees, and UNESCO. He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Most recently, Dr. Gladney has served as a Global Agenda Council member at the World Economic Forum in Dubai, where he helped set the agenda for the upcoming Davos meetings.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Center for Chinese Studies.

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March 17, 2009

04/01/09 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture by Yu Xie


Drawing on past research, I advance the following propositions in this talk: (1) inequality in China has been largely mediated by collective agencies, such as locales and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political discourse promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being defined as improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Thus, it seems unlikely that social inequality alone would lead to political and social unrest in today's China.

Yu Xie holds several faculty appointments at the University of Michigan. He is Otis Dudley Duncan Professor of Sociology and Statistics and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR), where he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP). He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies. His main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, and the sociology of science. He has published the following books in recent years: Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (2008, second edition), Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes with Kimberlee Shauman (2003), Asian Americans: A Demographic Portrait with Kimberly Goyette (2004), and Marriage and Cohabitation with Arland Thornton and William Axinn (2007).

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March 16, 2009

March 31, 2009 - Xiaobing Tang's Inaugural Lecture as the Helmut F. Stern Professor of Chinese Studies

Lecture Abstract:
Upon its creation by a young art student at the height of the Cultural Revolution, the oil painting Chairman Mao Goes to Anyuan (1967) was hailed as exemplary revolutionary art. With over 900 million copies printed for circulation shortly after, the painting remains arguably the best-known representation of Mao and has acquired an iconic status. In this lecture, Xiaobing Tang will reconstruct the making of this richly symbolic image and its tumultuous reception. He will then discuss a series of revisions that contemporary Chinese artists have made of the historical painting. The fate of this visual icon offers a good opportunity to reflect on the many changes in Chinese society and culture.

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March 09, 2009

03/12/09 talk by Lena Edlund: "Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China"

Economic Development and Transition Seminar (EDTS) joint with Business Economics welcomes

Lena Edlund
Columbia University

“Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China”

Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:00p.m.–1:30p.m.
3240 Weill Hall

Appointments with Professor Edlund are available, please contact Sharon Disney at sdisney@umich.edu

Refreshments will be served

Edlund's current research focuses on maternal conditions and child outcomes. One paper looks at male vulnerability in early life. While it is well known that males suffer higher mortality than females at all ages, particularly up until age one, it is less well known that males suffer more from poor maternal conditions; Edlund and colleagues document this phenomenon, studying perinatal and infant mortality in the United States. A second paper examines maternal malnutrition and long-term (adult) outcomes of offspring using the Chinese Great Leap Forward famine as a natural experiment. Maternal malnutrition remains a problem in many developing countries where pregnant and lactating women are high-risk groups for nutritional inadequacy. A third paper looks at cognitive effects of fetal low-level ionizing irradiation. Sweden received substantial radioactive fallout following the Chernobyl nuclear accident that took place in Ukraine in 1986. We find that Swedish children in utero at the time performed worse in their final year of compulsory school (at age 16) than their peers who were not exposed, and the damage was more severe for children born in areas that received more fallout. Doses to the Swedish population were such that the results are relevant for policy formulation relating to, e.g., radon exposure, medical procedures, radiation workers, and recommendations in the case of a terrorist attack involving a so-called dirty bomb.

The paper will be available at the seminar:

Co-sponsored by the International Policy Center (IPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Department of Economics, and the Ross School of Business

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March 05, 2009

Donald Lopez to give lecture "The Birth of the Buddha" a second time

Due to popular demand, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce that Donald Lopez, the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and CCS faculty associate, will present his lecture, "The Birth of the Buddha," a second time.

Please mark your calendar to attend Professor Lopez’s lecture on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium.


Prior to the eighteenth century, the figure that we know today as the Buddha was known to Europeans merely as a pagan idol, called by many names and appearing in many guises across the Orient. By the middle of the nineteenth century, those idols had coalesced into a single figure with a single name, transformed from a stone god into a historical figure, a man of flesh and blood, the founder of a great religion. This extraordinary human would come to be idolized in Europe for his ethical teachings of simple truths that required neither God nor priests. In this lecture, Donald Lopez will recount the events that brought about the birth of this Buddha.

Donald Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies. He received his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 1982. After teaching at Middlebury College, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1989. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and as chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. In 2002-2003, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of LS&A.

His books include A Study of Svatantrika (1987); Elaborations on Emptiness: Uses of the Heart Sutra (1996); Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West (1998); The Story of Buddhism (2001); The Madman’s Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel (2005); and Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (2008). His edited volumes include Buddhist Hermeneutics (1988); Buddhism in Practice (1995); Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism (1995); Religions of Tibet in Practice (1997); Buddhist Scriptures (2004); and Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism (2005). In 2000 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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March 03, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 8th Annual Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr. Memorial Lecture in Chinese Studies

China in War and Revolution: Conversations with Eyewitnesses
Paul G. Pickowicz

Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies
University of California, San Diego

Professor Pickowicz served as associate producer of two PBS two-hour films and conducted virtually all of the oral history interviews that were used. The first film was released in 1989 and the second in 1994. These films remain the gold standard for college classroom use. He will discuss how these films were made, how controversial archival footage was acquired, and how interview subjects were selected. He will also show clips of three particularly memorable sequences and discuss the conflicting emotions they evoke.

This annual lecture is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and is made possible by the generous gift of the late Mrs. Philip Thomas Lincoln and Family.

Contact : Karen Munson
Telephone: 734.615.8623 E-mail: kjmunson@umich.edu

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Saturday, March 14, 2009 - Asia Library Exhibit of Treasures

On display for this one-day exhibit will be items ranging from traditional East Asian books, antique scrolls, to diaries of early European travelers to Asia. Curators will be present to describe materials and answer questions. Dr. Jidong Yang, the new Head of the Asia Library, will speak at 2:30 p.m.

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January 29, 2009

Buddhist Studies Lecture, Monday, February 2, 2009

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
presents a lecture by

Benjamin Brose
Stanford University

Enfeebled or Invigorated?
The State of Chinese Buddhism during the
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907- 979)

Monday, February 2, 2009
4:00 p.m. 2022 Thayer (2nd floor)

The period of political disunity that spanned the fall of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and the consolidation of the Chinese
empire under the Northern Song (960–1127) is often characterized as an era of cultural decline. This is particularly true for
Chinese Buddhism, which is thought to have been weakened through a series of persecutions and the withdrawal of political
patronage. This talk will call these conclusions into question with an overview of the state of Chinese Buddhism during the
tenth century. In addition to assessing the relative vitality of traditional Buddhist institutions, we will focus on the rise of the Chan (Japan Zen) movement as one of the defining events of this period.

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January 19, 2009

Kenneth Lieberthal to give the Ross School's McInally Lecture, 01/27/09

China Expert to Discuss U.S.-Chinese Relations under Obama

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January 13, 2009

Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) Sichuan earthquake relief

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November 19, 2008

Wassup China events - featuring Linda Lim, Friday, November 21

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October 31, 2008

Kireru? (??れる) Or Just Plain Mad: Emotion Regulation in Japanese, Chinese, and U.S. Preschoolers


Twila Tardif
Professor, Psychology
The University of Michigan

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2008
Time: 12 noon ~ 1pm
Location: Room 1636, School of Social Work Building

Kireru (“snapping,? as in a violent rage) means many things to many people in the Japanese society. It has also been used as a description for behavior such as the murderous rampage that killed 7 and wounded many others in Akihabara this past June. It is an issue in the daily behavior of children as well. According to Akira Sakuta, one of the criminal psychologists interviewed by the media after the Akihabara event, “one of the biggest problems in Japan is young people like Kato don't know how to communicate with each other or express their feelings. Stress and lack of parental affection cause them to retreat and, sometimes, to explode.? This talk will explore some of these underlying issues and compare Japanese preschoolers’ and parents’ regulation and understanding of emotions, particularly negative emotions, with those of Chinese and US preschoolers. The speaker will present data on cultural differences in children’s understanding of emotions, show examples of children’s reactions to challenging situations, and discuss the role of parents’ socialization practices on children’s emotions and negative behaviors in these three cultures.

Twila Tardif is a Professor of Developmental Psychology, a Research Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development, and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Chinese Studies. Her primary work has focused on children’s early language learning of Chinese- and English-speaking children. Her recent work involves an interdisciplinary collaboration on the behavioral and biological aspects of emotion regulation in Chinese, Japanese, and US preschoolers and parents.

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October 27, 2008

G. William Skinner, anthropologist, dies at 85

Letter from Erik Mueggler, U-M Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dear CCS community.

Our colleague and friend G. William Skinner passed away on October 25, 2008. Bill Skinner studied at Deep Springs College and Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, specializing in China. He had a distinguished career on the faculties of Cornell, Stanford, and U.C. Davis. He was one of the few anthropologists who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Skinner is survived by his wife Susan Mann, a distinguished historian of China, Professor of History at UC Davis. (Please e-mail chinese.studies@umich.edu if you wish to obtain Professor Mann's address.)

Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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October 07, 2008

The Premodern Colloquium - October 19th

On Sunday, October 19, the interdisciplinary faculty/graduate student discussion group known as The Premodern Colloquium will meet at the home of
Tom Green.
1100 Berkshire

(take the 5th left off Washtenaw, after the junction of Hill and Washtenaw)
3:30 PM: coffee
4:00 PM: discussion

The discussion will be of Professor Christian de Pee's paper, "Purchase on Power: Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127." If you would like to participate, please write to Terre Fisher (telf@umich.edu) for a copy of the paper.

Christian de Pee is assistant professor in the Department History and his publications include:

The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.

"Words of Seduction, Lines of Resistance: Writing and Gender in Zheng Xi’s Dream of Spring (1318)," in Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in China, 9.2 (2007), 247-283.

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October 03, 2008

JING Qicheng, Professor of Psychology, Dies at 82

The CCS community mourns the passing of Professor Jing, pioneering researcher in Chinese psychology, long-time friend and collaborator to many at U-M.

Notice from Prof. Kan Zhang to the colleagues around the world:

Dear Colleagues,
Thank you for your condolences for the loss of Professor Jing and your interest in attending the funeral services on October 8, 2008. Following the traditions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the wishes of Professor Jing’s survivors, friends and colleagues from outside of Beijing are not encourage to attend the funeral or other services. Your condolences as well as flowers, wreaths, or a memorial verse are welcome.
For those who would like to send flowers or a wreath, please just let us know, we will arrange this in your name; please do not send any funds to us.
For condolences, lines of verse or other written notes to convey your respect to Professor Jing and condolences to his family please use email to: Miss Duan Huang, huangd@psych.ac.cn
A commemorative book/autograph book will be issued in due time; and articles and photos from international friends are welcomed for this purpose.
Thank you for sharing this difficult time with us. Your friendship to Professor Jing, his family and Chinese psychologists are deeply appreciated. Please check our websites for more information related to the funeral and other services for Professor Jing. I am sorry for that at this time most of the web is still in Chinese except the condolences letters originally in English. We will have the English form as soon as possible.
Web site of the institute: http://www.psych.ac.cn/
Web site of the society: http://www.cpsbeijing.org/
With best wishes--
Kan Zhang
Director, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
President, Chinese Psychological Society

Dear Colleagues,
I have to report to you a very bad news that our great teacher, your long time friend, Professor Jing passed away suddenly by heart attack yesterday around noon when he was attending the 60 years ceremony of teaching of Professor Houcan Zhang, at Beijing Normal University. He was not suffering from any pain.
His survivors are his wife Professor Wang, his two sons, his daughter and his grand children. They all went to the hospital at the first time after knowing the situation of professor Jing. All of the directors of the institute and most of leader of psychology in China were at the hospital, they came as professor Jing did, for the ceremony of professor Zhang's 60 year anniversary of teaching.
We are all in sudden shock and deep grief.
I am going to visit his family to learn their opinions on the arrangements for a funeral.
I will keep you posted.

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September 25, 2008

Film Screening and Presentation: Re-working Citizenship

Michigan China Fellows (MCF) presents
Modern China Politics and Society Series
Kick-off Events:

A Saturday documentary film screening and Sunday presentation by Ai Xiaoming

AI XIAOMING is a renowned Chinese feminist and literary scholar. She has produced award-winning documentary films that focus on a range of crucial issues including political history and institutions, civil society and human rights. Her world-wide activism promotes fresh dialogue about grassroots politics involving collective identities and resistance of peasants, women, ethnic minorities, and those living with HIV/AID. She is a professor in Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Sun Yat-sen University, director of the Comparative Literature & World Literatures Section at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, and programme leader of Sex/Gender Education Forum. Her works, among others, are Care and Love (《关爱之家》Medical/Human rights/Legal system), The Epic of Central Plains (《中原纪事》AIDS/Human rights/Legal system), Taishi Village (《太石?》Human rights/economic development/election system), Vagina Monlogues (《阴?独白》(Gender/Arts), and Red Arts (《为?命作画》Cultural Revolution/Arts).Attached please find the English and Chinese versions of a transcript for her interview made by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at UM as a part of the Global Feminisms Project.


Film Screening

Garden in Heaven 天堂花园
Saturday (Sep 27), 6:00 pm
Room D (third floor), Michigan League

Director, Xiaoming Ai 艾晓明 & Jie Hu 胡? (140 min,subtitles in English)
Food will be provided

This documentary tracks the case of Huang Jing (黄?), a victim of date rape, who was a primary school teacher in Xiangtan, Hunan province. The making of this documentary took place in a context of increased awareness of human rights, intensified struggle of women against judicial corruption and more action taken by women to fight against domestic violence. Starting with the solution to the Sun Zhigang Case, the film presents the difficulties the victim's mother encountered in taking the rape case to court, and the controversial issues raised during the campaign for Huang Jing. It also examines the representation of this case by the mainstream media and the impact produced by ordinary people's interventions through Internet. Through highlighting the effort of women's organizations and other NGO's in providing legal assistancy, the directors of this documentary record in it the debates on legal procedures, justice, and intellectuals' responsibilities, in a way to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the possibilities of a civil society in China.


Presentation and Discussion:
Re-Working Citizenship in China

Sunday (Sept 28), 2:00 pm
Room D (third floor),Michigan League

Working Language: Chinese
Refreshment will be provided
As a scholar and activist, Ai Xiaoming will share with us her observation and analysis of the development of grassroots politics and the possibilities for the growth of civil society in China especially since 2004 when the responsibility for the State to respect and protect human rights was written into the Constitution.

Posted by zzhu at 10:01 PM

September 23, 2008

Linda Lim, "Can Asia Save America from its Financial Troubles," 4PM, 9/26/08

Can Asia Save America from its Financial Troubles?

Michigan Economics Society Faculty Seminar Presented by:
Linda Lim, Professor of Strategy, Ross School of Business

*Active membership event for MES Club members

Date: September 26
Time: 4:00-5:30
Location: K1310 of the Ross School of Business

The protracted turmoil in global financial markets has highlighted the increasingly important role of Asian economies in these markets. Professor Lim will discuss the role of Asian current account surpluses in a "global savings glut" (Ben Bernanke) which arguably contributed to financial market excesses and asset bubbles in the U.S., examine the once-fashionable "decoupling" thesis which argued that Asian economies would not be hard-hit by a U.S. recession, and consider if exports to or capital inflow from Asia, including its sovereign wealth funds, might provide a way out of the current financial market meltdown and economic recession.

Professor Lim hails from Singapore, holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Cambridge (BA), Yale (MA) and Michigan (PhD), and taught international and development economics at Swarthmore College before returning to Michigan, where she teaches MBA courses on The World Economy and Business in Asia. Her research on international trade and investment, labor and business in Southeast Asia is currently focused on the globalization of Asian companies and regional economic linkages between China and Southeast Asia. She serves and has served on the boards of U.S. public companies with Asian operations, and of non-profit organizations such as The Asia Society. At Michigan, Professor Lim is affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, for which she has been Director, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for International Business Education, and the International Institute.

This talk and question-and-answer session will be held on Friday, September 26, in room K1310 of the Ross School of Business, 4-6 pm.

Posted by zzhu at 09:44 AM

July 02, 2008

Summer 2008 Olympics

Here's a link to the Beijing Offical website:


Posted by moyera at 01:38 PM