April 03, 2014

Confucius Institute lecture: Chinese Cinema - The Tradition and the New Trend

Presenter: Tan Ye, Professor of Comparative Theatre, University of South Carolina
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm
Location: Koessler Room, Michigan League

Chinese cinema is one of the oldest cinemas but, due to a variety of reasons, it had remained largely unknown to the outside world until the 1980s. From then on, the Chinese cinema entered a brand new phase and enjoyed tremendous glory; the 'Fifth Generation' directors won hundreds of awards at film festivals all over the world. Nonetheless, the glory started fading at the beginning of the new millennium. After a brief retrospective survey of the cinema evolution, Tan Ye will discuss three major traditions that fostered the Chinese cinema and then analyze the new trends that appeared during the economic boom of the last decade.

Tan Ye is Professor of Comparative Theater, Director of the Confucius Institute, Director of the Chinese Program at the University of South Carolina, and the president of the Chinese Teachers’ Association in Southeast America. Dr. Ye joined the University of South Carolina in 1992 after teaching at Washington University and Vassar College. His area of specialization is Chinese cinema, theater, and comparative theater. He is a visiting scholar at the Beijing Film Academy, the China Film Archive, and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts.

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March 27, 2014

The Potent Eunuch: The Story of Wei Zhongxian

Professor Keith McMahon
Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Kansas

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 4-5:30pm
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union (2nd Floor)
*Post lecture reception will follow.

Literary and historical sources assumed ulterior, even diabolical, motives in the man who voluntarily became a eunuch. If he was lucky, he could serve the ruler himself, become his confidant, and perhaps even usurp imperial power. Focusing on Wei Zhongxian (1568-1627) and others from the Ming and Qing, this talk will address key questions that lurk in the portrayal of eunuch: How and why did a man become a eunuch? What were his motives, as far as can be learned from historical cases; and what did storytellers and other writers think his motives were? In the case of powerful and influential eunuchs, the question also becomes: how, after his act of self-destruction, did the eunuch reconstruct himself? How did he recreate himself as a newly potent man?

Keith McMahon received his B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Indiana University in 1974, his M.A. in Chinese from Yale University in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Chinese from Princeton University in 1984. He studied one year of Chinese language in Taiwan in 1976-77 and did Ph.D. and post-doctorate research in Shanghai and Beijing for a total of five years between 1979 and 1991. He has taught at the University of Kansas since 1984, where he was chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures from 1996 to 2008.

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March 05, 2014

Confucius Institute lecture: Xiqu Productions in China since 1978

Presenter: Wei Li, Associate Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy
Start Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Location: Koessler Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor

After the Cultural Revolution ended, Mainland China welcomed, a new era of Reform and Openness, generating waves of aesthetic and cultural changes. Since the 1990s, the Chinese government has introduced many competitions and prizes to promote creative works of literature and performing arts. Reflecting broad social changes and responding to government incentives, the Mainland Chinese theaters started producing many innovative shows. Some would critically comment on social and political practices of the past, and some would respond to current and governmental calls for works that highlight main motives (zhu xuanlü) of the time. Since the 2000s, when UNESCO honored kunqu and Peking opera as intangible cultural heritages, the Chinese government and theatrical institutions have strived to train young performers and safeguard traditional repertoires. Subsequently, a number of positive new developments have emerged.

Wei Li is Associate Professor of Chinese Traditional Opera at Shanghai Theatre Academy and Associate Editor-in-chief of Theatre Arts, the top academic journal in theatre studies in China. He received his Ph.D. from Nanjing University. His recent publications include On Three Paradigms of Traditional Chinese Theatre Reforms in the 20th Century (2013) and a series of critical reviews on Skepticism and Liberalism: A Criticism On Contemporary Theatre in China (2011).

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February 18, 2014

Vocal Recital : Favorite Songs by Chai-lun Yueh and Friends

Saturday, February 22, 2014
7 - 9 pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington Ave.

Featuring opera classics and Chinese art songs, a vocal recital by Baritone Chai-lun Yueh, a Grammy award nominee, and six vocalists from Ann Arbor will be performed. The evening will open with Shubert’s Ständchen followed by 14 other popular songs. The guest vocalists are Dorothy Duensing, John Qingrui Liu, Jeremy Palmer, Liyan Sun, Jie Wang, and Jinsheng Zhang.

Chai-lun Yueh, an exciting and dramatic awards winning artist baritone, is a music director and voice educator. The first Chinese born classical musician, Yueh received the nomination of the Grammy Awards, the winnter of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England REgion), and the finalist at Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition.

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January 28, 2014

Dao to Now: Traditional and Contemporary Music for Asian Instruments

Date: Saturday, February 01, 2014
Time: 7- 9 pm
Location: Rackham Auditorium (1st Floor), 915 E. Washington St.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Horse, the Confucius Institute at U-M hosts a music concert on February 1, 2014. The traditional and contemporary music will be performed by Mei Han, a groundbreaking virtuoso of the Chinese Zheng and Randy Raine-Reusch, a renowned multi-instrumentalist.


Mei Han 韓梅
Mei Han is a groundbreaking virtuoso propelling the Chinese zheng into radical new dimensions of musical expression. She is a consummate performer, appeared with leading artists around the world in a multitude of musical genres from symphonic and New Music to traditional and World music, or from Creative Improvisation to electronic. Her performances have been broadcast nationally in China, Germany, Australia, and Canada, and are included in two Juno nominated CDs. Mei Han is a rare blend of virtuoso performer and scholar. She studied with China’s top zheng masters, and was a featured soloist for over ten years with the prestigious Zhanyou Ensemble. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from University of British Columbia. Mei wrote the zheng entry for the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Her career spans five continents with lectures and tours throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. Mei currently is a visiting Assistant Professor at Kenyon College.

Randy Raine-Reusch 雨葦
Randy Raine-Reusch is an extreme multi-instrumentalist drawing from his collection of 700 rare and unique world instruments. A pioneer in jazz, New Music and World Music, for over 35 years Raine-Reusch has unapologetically challenged social conventions and extended the boundaries of music. Raine-Reusch has recorded and/or performed with Symphony Orchestras; rock artists Aerosmith, Yes, The Cranberries; and numerous prominent artists in the New Music, jazz and World Music fields. Raine-Reusch has recorded on two Juno nominated, and one Grammy Award winning CD. Raine-Reusch has toured internationally to many prestigious festival and events, including two WOMAD festivals and three World Expos, on tours to Australia, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, South Africa, China, India, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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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)

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 02, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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The Red Silk Thread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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March 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Confucius Institute presents a concert of Chinese art and folk songs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 27, 2013

Film Screening of The Savage Land (1981)

Friday, March 1, 2013, 7 pm
Auditorium B, Angell Hall, 435 S. State St.

English subtitles | Free and open to the public

The Savage Land (原野) is a film based on Cao Yu (曹禺)’s play written in 1937. Superficially a story of a peasant’s revenge, the play interweaves darkness, nightmare, fear and mystery in the style of expressionist theatre. The protagonist’s feelings of guilt and eventual suicide relate to the rivalry for exclusive affection between a possessive old mother and a beautiful but jealous wife, as well as the primitive passions, sexual deprivation and defiant courage of life in this remote environment. The film was shot in 1981 but was banned from the public audience until 1988. As soon as it was released, it won China’s film award ‘Hundred Flowers Award’ and when it was taken to the Venice Film Festival, it was ranked as the ‘Best Recommended Film’. The one-hour-forty-five-minute film was directed by Ling Zi, a female stage/film director, stared by Yang Zaibao (Qiu Hu) and Liu Xiaoqing (Jinzi). Liu won the 1988 Best Actress Prize for acting the role.

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February 17, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - Non-Portraits in the Late Northern Song

Peter Sturman
Professor of Chinese Art History
University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, February 22, 2013
4pm-5:30 pm
Henderson Room, Michigan League

Literati (wenren) artists of the late Northern Song period are known to have painted in almost every major genre, including landscapes, bamboo, bird-and-flower, horses, and figures, but portraiture is noticeably absent. A close contextual study of one painting in particular, The Ear Picker, wrongly attributed to the Five Dynasties Period painter Wang Qihan, will demonstrate that portraiture of a very particular nature, one that ironically can be labeled self-effacing, was not only practiced by wenren painters in Su Shi's coterie, it constitutes some of the most intriguing works of art of the eleventh century.

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February 16, 2013

Confucius Institute recital: "I Sing Chinese" 我唱中国歌

Featuring CIUM Singers

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8 pm
Britton Recital Hall, Moore Building, 1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor

CIUM singers will perform a selection of popular Chinese folk songs. The repertoire includes “西风的话 (Message Sent by the West Wind)”, “花儿与少年(Flower Songs and Young Lovers)”, “茉莉花 (Jasmine Flower )”, and “粱山伯与祝英台. 何占豪,陈钢曲 (The Butterfly Lovers: Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yintai )”, to name a few. CIUM singers consist of U-M students, faculty, researchers, and local residents, who have been trained by Ms. Lyan Sun, a vocalist educated at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

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February 08, 2013

Film Screening of Thunderstorm (1934)

Friday, February 15, 2013, 7 pm
Auditorium B, Angell Hall, 435 S. State St.
English subtitles | Free and open to the public

Thunderstorm is a film version of the four-act spoken drama, written by Cao Yu in 1934, then a 23-year-old university student studying English and Western Literature. This play intricately embeds an exploration of fate within a plot exposing the oppressive realities of contemporary society, and its themes reflect the spirit of iconoclasm in the 1920s and 1930s which advocated the liberation of the individual from the patriarchal family and the emancipation of workers from capitalist exploitation. The success of Thunderstorm established the popularity of spoken drama among ordinary urban audiences. Since its premiere on the Chinese professional stage in 1935, it has been revived constantly (except during the Cultural Revolution period), and also adapted into regional musical theatres, Western opera and ballet. The one-hour-fifty-minute film was released in 1984, directed by Sun Daolin, stared by Sun Daolin (Zhou Puyuan), Gu Yongfei (Fanyi), Qin Yi (Lu Ma) and Zhang Yu (Sifeng).

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From Aristotle to O'Neill: Western Influence on Cao Yu

By Siyuan Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre & Film, UBC
Friday, February 8, 2013, 4-5:30 pm
NCRC, Dining Hall, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor

Cao Yu (1910-1996) is one of the few modern Chinese playwrights whose core plays are still in regular production today. One reason behind this phenomenon is his masterful adoption of Western dramaturgy to stage the angst of modern China, ranging from Aristotle's tragic ethos, to Ibsen's haunting ghosts, to Chekhov's Russian ennui, to O'Neill's hallucinating jungle. These and other Western elements have provided tremendous inspirations and challenges to stage productions ever since the 1930s, including some most innovative reinterpretations in the past decade.

Siyuan Liu is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of British Columbia and President of Association for Asian Performance. He has published widely on twentieth-century Chinese theatre, including the forthcoming Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He is also a director and has twice directed Cao Yu's Thunderstorm.

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January 26, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - The Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in China: An example of musical heritage

By ZANG Yibing, Dean of School of Music, Central China Normal University
Monday, February 4, 2013 | 4 pm-5:30 pm

Koessler Room, Michigan League

With the rapid development of Chinese economy and society, the process of modernization and globalization has great influence on Chinese culture. Having witnessed the gradual fading of traditional Chinese traditional culture and values, scholars and the central government are deeply concerned. Since the passing of "the protection of intangible cultural heritage" bill by the UN on October 17, 2003, the Chinese government issued two corresponding documents in 2005, and started the protection of intangible cultural heritage in China. This project involves reforms in various contemporary Chinese political, economical and cultural aspects. This lecture introduces the current status of the Chinese intangible cultural heritage protection system.

Zang Yibing is a professor and dean of the School of Music, Central China Normal University. He is also the leader of Art Academic Evaluation Group of Central China Normal University. He got a master's degree of history of music and doctoral degree of philosophy (ethnomusicology) in Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the vice-chairman of Chinese Musicians Association's College Music League, member of Chinese Musicians Association's Theory Committee, researcher of Central China Normal University's Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Centre and National Cultural Industry Base, director of Music Education Experimental Demonstration Center in Hubei Province, senior cultural consultant of Tencent Net and member of ICTM of the UNESCO, evaluation expert of the Ministry of Education's "the 4th Chinese Universities Humanities and Social Sciences Research Excellent Achievement Award" and intangible cultural heritage of Hubei Province.

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Erhu and Dizi Recital, Saturday, February 2, 2013 | 8pm

Britton Recital Hall, School of Music

An evening of Chinese music: Chinese traditional, folk, and western classical music. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M (CIUM).

Dizi (Chinese Bamboo Flute): Tian Shi Feng, Student at the Central Conservatory of Music
Erhu and Guzheng: Xiao Dong Wei, Chinese Music Advisor, CIUM
Erhu: Yan Xi Dong, Teacher at Beijing Shidai Guoyin Music School
Piano: Yuki Mack, Pianist

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January 23, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - An American in Beijing: Composing New Music with Old Instruments

Guest Speaker:
Anthony De Ritis, Professor and Chair of the Music Department, Northeastern University in Boston

Friday, February 1, 2013 | 4 pm-5:30pm
Henderson Room, Michigan League
~Free and Open to the Public~

Speaker's Note: "Plums Blossoms" was the name I chose for my first work utilizing a Chinese traditional instrument, an electroacoustic work based on samples of pipa virtuoso, Min Xiao-Fen. This was composed in hopes of getting accepted into the 1999 International Computer Music Conference held at Tsinghua University. This work led to a series of compositions for Chinese traditional instruments, including "Ping-Pong", a concerto for pipa and Chinese traditional orchestra premiered by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Min Xiao-Fen as soloist. Today I am often asked, "Why do you compose for Chinese traditional instruments?" In this lecture, I endeavor to answer this question and more.

Anthony Paul De Ritis is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston. In Fall 2011 he was as Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and was appointed as a Master of Beijing's DeTao Masters Academy in the fields of music and the creative industries.

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November 12, 2012

Confucius Institute presents lecture on Chinese experimental theatre

Experimental Theatre in China Today

Lecture by Claire Conceison
Professor of Theater Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
Thursday, November 19 | 4pm
Michigan League - Michigan Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Meng Jinghui's 2009 revival of Liao Yimei's "Rhinoceros in Love" (恋爱的犀牛) at Fengchao Theatre in Beijing (photo courtesy of Claire Conceison).

Speaker’s abstract: A brief overview of theater’s development in mainland China and introduction to some of the most influential playwrights and directors, including Yu Rongjun in Shanghai and Meng Jinghui in Beijing. Accompanied by photographs and video clips, this presentation will explain how forces such as politics, globalization, and commercialization have shaped performances on stage in contemporary China, and how artists like Yu and Meng have renewed the popularity of theater for young urban audiences.

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November 06, 2012

Confucius Institute presents lecture by renowned contemporary Chinese artist

From the Real to the Virtual 画家缪晓春讲座
Lecture by Miao Xiaochun, artist
Thursday, November 15 | 4pm
Palmer Commons – Forum Hall (Fourth Floor)
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor
Directions: http://palmercommons.umich.edu/directions/
Free and open to the public.
Please join us for a reception after the lecture.

Miao Xiaochun "MICROCOSM - Independent Motives: Fatalism," 2008

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Confucius Institute presents Chinese-American jazz concert

An Evening of Chinese-American Jazz with Jon Jang 中美合璧的爵士演奏会
Jazz artist, and King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor at U-M
Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Bob Hsiang

Featuring: Min Xiaofen (pipa, vocals), Andrew Bishop (ensemble director, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), Robert L. Hurst III (double bass), Michael Gould (multiple percussion), William Lucas (trumpet), Adam Unsworth (French horn), and Yuma Uesaka (tenor saxophone, flute)

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Confucius Institute presents Pipa Lecture and Demonstration by noted Chinese musician

Pipa Lecture and Demonstration 琵琶艺术演示
by Min Xiaofen
Monday, November 12 | 4pm
Michigan League - Hussey Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Li Xiao-Long

This lecture and demonstration will focus on the history of the pipa, techniques, from lyrical and martial styles to modern composers' composition for pipa. Ms. Min will also discuss her experience working closely with well-known American and Chinese composers as well as how she has been influenced by jazz and bluegrass.

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October 22, 2012

Confucius Institute presents variety show from Northeast China

Hot Styles & Passionate Sentiments from Northeast China
Variety Show by Student Art Troupe, Benshan Academy of Liaoning University

Saturday, October 27, 2012 @2pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public

* Breathtaking acrobatics * Humorous skits
* Unique regional music * And much more!

Sponsor: Hanban/ Confucius Institute Headquarter
Co-sponsors: Liaoning Education Department, Liaoning University, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

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October 08, 2012

Confucius Institute presents talk on travel writing in imperial China

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

The Place of Literature in Literature of Place: Travel Writing in Imperial China

A CI-UM Lecture by James Hargett, Professor of Chinese Studies, SUNY at Albany

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League – Hussey Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s abstract: A large body of literary texts survives from the imperial period in China that is often identified as “travel literature” (in modern Chinese: youji wenxue 游記文學). Its prevalence and importance notwithstanding, this form of writing has not received serious critical attention from scholars. The main purpose of this lecture is to suggest answers to the following questions: (1) What is Chinese “travel literature” and how should it be defined?; (2) Who wrote travel literature in imperial China and why?; (3) Is there a “canon” of Chinese travel literature? If so, then what specific texts constitute that canon and why?; (4) What literary qualities inform the very “best” Chinese travel writing?; and (5): what is the role of youji in the overall development of writing about place in imperial China?

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September 16, 2012

Introduction to Kunqu: A Lecture-Demonstration

ZHOU Qin (周秦), Soochow University, China:“Kunqu Performance and Music (昆曲的演出与演唱)”
HAI Zhen (海震), National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts:“Kunqu: A Traditional Drama of the Chinese Literati (昆曲:中国文人的戏曲传统)”

Find out how and why Kunqu, the grand opera of China, remains vibrant and compelling after 600 years; and you might even find yourself humming along with the presenters!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 5pm
Rackham Building – Amphitheater (Fourth Floor)
915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public. Lecture-Demonstration will be given in Chinese with English translations.

Organized in conjunction with performances by
Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province
Cai Shaohua, director
Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 | 8 pm
Ticket information can be found at http://www.ums.org

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March 29, 2012

Singing Histories: A Concert of Chinese and Greek Songs

Part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China & Greece," a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program

Saturday, APRIL 7, 2012 | 7PM
Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Arts Center, U-M North Campus
1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. No reservation required.

Pavlos Vasileiou, voice, tzoura
Vangelis Nikolaidis, guitar
Yona Stamatis, bouzouki, violin
Pantelis Polychronidis

Jie Wang, soprano
Liyan Sun, mezzo soprano
Shuping Ma, soprano
Lydia Qiu, collaborative piano

This concert is made possible by the generous support of the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Martin Luther King, Jr.•César Chávez•Rosa Parks Visiting Professors Program. Additional support is provided by the U-M Center for World Performance Studies, Context for Classics (CFC) - an interdepartmental faculty initiative at U-M, and the U-M Department of Comparative Literature’s "Year of Anachronism." 

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March 21, 2012

China-Greece Roundtable & Gala

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM)
& U-M Modern Greek Program
jointly present

Roundtable and Gala celebrating
“The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China and Greece”
– a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program

Join us for discussions, music, and food!

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 4pm
Gerald R. Ford Library
1000 Beal Avenue, U-M North Campus, Ann Arbor
(Directions can be found here: http://uuis.umich.edu/cic/buildingproject/index.cfm?BuildingID=62)
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please e-mail ChinaGreeceGala@umich.edu by Wednesday, March 28 to reserve a spot.

• Vassilis Lambropoulos, Classical Studies & Comparative Literature
• Despina Margomenou, Classical Studies and Kelsey Museum
• Yona Stamatis, Ethnomusicology, Kalamazoo College
• Joseph Lam, Musicology
• David Porter, Comparative Literature & English
• Christian de Pee, History

• Pantelis Polychronidis, piano
• Aphrodite Roumanis, voice
• Stavros Sianos, guitar
• Yona Stamatis, bouzouki
• Zhang Ying, Chinese flute
• Qi Baiping, voice


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February 28, 2012

The Confucius Institute presents zither lecture-demonstration

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

Qin Music: The Embodiment of Literati Culture of East Asia

Lecture-Demonstration by
Shuishan Yu

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 5pm
Benzinger Library, U-M Residential College
East Quad, 701 E. University (please use this entrance only)
Free and open to the public.

This lecture introduces the music and culture of qin, an ancient Chinese instrument with a millennia-long history. With a technical emphasis on the various ways to touch, stop, and strike the strings, qin music explores the richness in timbre as no other instrument does. Through a unique system of notation, education, performance, and appreciation, the qin tradition encourages personal interpretation in the re-creation of music and brings down the division between composer and player, thus opening the door for the creation of various regional and stylistic schools. Qin shares common aesthetic and spiritual ideals with other traditional cultural forms such as poetry, calligraphy, and painting. The philosophy behind qin music and the physical and conceptual environment for the appreciation of the sound and silence are closely connected with the literati art and culture of East Asia.

Shuishan Yu is a fourth generation Mei’an School qin player, Professor of Art History at Oakland University, and Chair of North America Mei’an Guqin Society. He has inherited much of the styles and masterpieces from the traditional repertoire, and added many unique personal interpretations. Yu teaches qin at Oakland and performs widely in China and the US. He is developing a new system in qin education by creating a series of fingering-specific studies, and composing new qin music based on classical Chinese literature.

Masterpieces of qin music will be performed during the lecture,

关山月 Moon over the mountain pass
酒狂 Drunken madness
平沙落雁,九嶷派 Wild geese descending on the beach, Jiuyi School
平沙落雁,梅庵派 Wild geese descending on the beach, Mei’an School
流水 Flowing water

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February 14, 2012

Sima Qian's Narratives on Assassins / 司馬遷筆下的刺客與刺客外傳

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

Sima Qian's Narratives on Assassins / 司馬遷筆下的刺客與刺客外傳

A CI-UM Roundtable Discussion by
Chi-hsiang Lee (李纪祥)
Professor of Chinese History, and Dean of the College of Humanities, Fo Guang University, Taiwan

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League – Room 4 (first floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Note: This talk will be given in Chinese with English translation.

The lecture discusses the biographies of five assassins in Sima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji史记). It examines the reasons for the inclusion and exclusion of certain assassins in Shiji, identifying some narrative strategies that are crucial to the Grand Historian's historiography. In particular, the lecture will address the question regarding Sima Qian's omission of a famous assassin Yao Li 要離 , whose name and portrait later appeared on the wall of the famous Wuliang Temple, where six rather than five assassins were honored.

Chi-hsiang Lee (李纪祥) is Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of History at the Fo Guang University in I-lan, Taiwan. He has published widely on ancient Chinese history and thought. His publications include two books on Shiji (Records of the Grand Historian), as well as several monographs titled Time, History, and Narrative: Reconsidering the Tradition of Chinese History (2001), The Development of Confucianism form Late Ming to Early Qing (1988), etc. His current projects examines the relationship between the study of Shiji and world sinology.

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Chinese - Greek Comparisons in Archaeology and Popular Culture

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) & U-M Modern Greek Program
jointly present

Chinese - Greek Comparisons in Archaeology and Popular Culture

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League – Vandenberg Room (second floor)
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Archaeology and Popular Culture in the Confucian Landscapes”
Talk by LI MIN (PhD ‘08), Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA.
- With the current revival of traditional cultures in China, journeys through the Confucian landscape once again became important means of embracing the classical tradition. What does archaeology have to contribute to this creation and recreation of cultural experience centered around the Confucian classics?


“Hellas Essentialized: The Gr€€k Economic Crisis, Political Cartoons, and Classical Greece”
Talk by LAUREN TALALAY, Associate Director and Curator of Academic Outreach, U-M Kelsey Museum.
- Images from classical archaeology and mythology are omnipresent in modern Greek culture. This talk provides a case study of one aspect of that symbolic capital, exploring how the Western press has drawn from Greek images and associated ideas of antiquity and manipulated them in political cartoons to provide a view of Greece’s current failure in the world marketplace.

Part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China and Greece" – a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program.

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January 31, 2012

The Confucius Institute presents talk on Chinese music

Image courtesy of UMS.

Making Harmoniousness: "Silk and Bamboo" Music and Chinese Modernity Politics in Shanghai
Lecture by

Joys Cheung (PhD ’08)
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 4pm
Michigan League - Kalamazoo Room
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with

Performance by Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

Presented by University Musical Society, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M.
Friday, February 10 | 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium
For tickets to the performance, please visit www.ums.org (or scroll down for more info).

Friends of Confucius Institute at U-M receive a 25% discount for this concert! Promo Code: CONFUCIUS
Offer valid in person at the Michigan League Box Office or by phone (734.764.2538). Not valid at the door or on previous purchases.

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January 23, 2012

The Confucius Institute presents talk by prominent Chinese portrait painter

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

“Observations of contemporary Chinese art and my own work”

Lecture by XU WEIXIN 徐唯辛
Artist, and professor at Renmin University of China

Friday, January 27, 2012 | 4pm
Palmer Commons - Great Lakes South
100 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor (walking and driving directions)
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Born in 1958, Professor Xu Weixin is one of the foremost artists in contemporary China and is celebrated for his black-and-white portraits of historical figures. In exhibitions of Professor Xu's work, the powerful are often juxtaposed with the persecuted, shedding light on China's troubled past and creating a special intensity.

Professor Xu’s paintings have been exhibited around the world. He currently serves as Professor and Executive Dean of the School of Arts at Renmin University of China.

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November 01, 2011

The Confucius Institute presents talk on Mongolian music

Image courtesy of UMS.

The Sound of Nostalgia and Memories in the Nation:
Introduction to Traditional Mongolian Music

Lecture by

Sunmin Yoon
Kent State University

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | 4pm
Parker Room, Michigan Union
530 S. State, Ann Arbor
Lecture is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

This lecture, based on the several years of fieldwork experience of the speaker, introduces the overall context of traditional Mongolian music and its aesthetic values, not only alive in the past but still vitally persistent in most of the Mongolian countryside. At the same time, the speaker will illustrate how, even under the pressures of change, current musicians such as the AnDa Union, have retained this vibrant musical tradition.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with

Performance by AnDa Union

Presented by University Musical Society, sponsored by
the Confucius Institute at U-M, and funded in part by
Arts Midwest's Performing Arts Fund.

Wednesday, November 9 | 7:30 pm
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
For tickets to the performance, please visit www.ums.org.

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October 24, 2011

The Shanghai Bubble of 1921: Ideas of Economics, Freedom, and Sovereignty

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan
proudly presents

The Shanghai Bubble of 1921: Ideas of Economics, Freedom, and Sovereignty

A lecture by Bryna Goodman, Professor of History, University of Oregon

Monday, October 31, 2011 | 4pm
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

This talk examines popular understandings of economics, individual freedom and national sovereignty in the speculative bubble that accompanied the establishment of Shanghai's first Chinese stock exchanges, as well as the emergence of "economics with Chinese characteristics."

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October 03, 2011

Centennial of the Xinhai Revolution - Looking & Listening Both Ways

Saturday, October 15, 2011 @Eastern Michigan University Student Center

4pm: The Gallery at EMU Student Center (900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti) will open its door to continue its show, "Looking Both Ways" Contemporary Art Exhibition, coinciding with the Centennial of the Xinhai Revolution, which predated the founding of the Republic of China, currently in Taiwan.

The Catalog of the Exhibition will be on sale at $10 a copy (Regular price is $15)

Come see how artists from US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China through invitations and jurists' decision, reflect on the last 100 years through videos, installations, and multi-media artworks.

5pm: Docent guided tours in Chinese

6pm: Docent guided tours in English

7pm-9pm: EMU Student Center Auditorium: "Listening Both Ways": the 9th Taiwanese Music Festival Honors Concert, featuring 20 young musicians of diverse ethnic backgrounds playing works composed by 20th century Taiwanese composers.

9pm: EMU Student Center Ballroom: After Glow Reception.

Note: The "Looking Both Way" Art Exhibition has another location: UM NCRC (North Campus Research Complex,Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, 48105, at the former Pfizer research facilities). It opens everyday until 6 pm, Saturday: 10 to 2 pm.

"Looking Both Ways" Art Exhibition is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M and ends on October 21.

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Confucius Institute Open House

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan


Monday, October 10, 2011 | 10am-2pm

Come and join us! All are welcome!

Delicious Chinese Food • Folk Dancing
Live Chinese Pop Music • Art Demo

715 N. University, Suite 201 (above Sushi.com), Ann Arbor

10am – Welcome
10:30am – TRI Band rocks the Open House
Noon – Traditional paper-cutting show
1:15pm – More fresh sounds of TRI Band
Delectable Chinese food and beautiful dancing throughout!

Questions? Call 734.764.8888 or e-mail confucius@umich.edu

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October 01, 2011

Beijing Chamber Ensemble, Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beijing Chamber Ensemble
Thursday, October 20 | 8pm
Britton Recital Hall, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance
1100 Baits, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M.
Additional support also provided by the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Questions can be addressed to confucius@umich.edu.

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September 20, 2011

A Concert of Ci Songs and Qin Music from Southern Song China

A Concert of Ci Songs and Qin Music from Southern Song China
Reconstructed from Historical Notated Sources

Saturday, October 8 | 8pm
Britton Recital Hall, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance
1100 Baits, U-M North Campus, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Please e-mail confucius@umich.edu or call 734.764.8888 for inquiries.

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September 10, 2011

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Band in Concert

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan
in collaboration with
the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Band

Program includes music from Chinese and Western traditions.

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Monday, September 26, 2011 | 7pm
121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Inquiries 咨询电话:734.764.8888

Additional support of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Band’s visit to Ann Arbor and U-M is generously provided by the U-M College of Engineering.

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September 09, 2011

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Lecture on Chinese and Greek literatures

The Significance of China and Greece for a Theory of World Literature

Lecture by Alexander Beecroft
Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 4pm
Classical Studies Library, 2175 Angel Hall, 435 S. State, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Alexander Beecroft received a BA (Honours) in Classics from University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 1995 and completed his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 2003. Professor Beecroft specializes in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome and of China to the end of the Six Dynasties era (AD 600). He is particularly interested in archaic Greek epic, lyric and tragedy, Roman lyric and elegiac poetry, and Shi Jing, Chu Ci and early shi poetry in China. Other research focuses include anthropological and linguistic approaches to literature, cross-cultural poetics, world literature, models of intercultural literary interaction and the poetics of gender and sexuality in ancient cultures. He is the author of Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation, published by Cambridge University Press in February 2010.

The talk is part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China and Greece" – a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program.

Questions should be addressed to confucius[at]umich[dot]edu.

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Confucius Institute Roundtable Series - Chinese studies in France

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents:

After Orientalism: Current French Scholarship on Chinese Arts and Culture

A CI-UM Roundtable Discussion by François Picard, Professeur d'ethnomusicologie analytique, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Monday, September 19, 2011 | 4pm
Room 4, Michigan League
911 N. University, U-M Central Campus, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s statement: Since its publication in 1978, Edward Said’s Orientalism has critically influenced East-Asian studies in France. In 1993, French scholars held a conference to collectively discuss their reactions to Said’s theories. Since then, ideas presented in the conference have generated a new theoretical space for French scholars to study the Orient. In this space, a new French scholarship on Chinese arts and culture has emerged. This presentation discusses this new and current sinology in France.

Questions should be addressed to confucius[at]umich[dot]edu.

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March 30, 2011

Confucius Institute Roundtable Series - American and Chinese Journalistic Practice: A Contrast in Purposes

Guest Speaker: George McCloud, Professor of Communication, Youngstown State University

Friday, April 8, 2011 • 4pm
Room 4 • Michigan League
911 N. University, U-M Central Campus, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s Statement
: In September of 2010 I attended a seminar at the East West Center in Honolulu that brought together seven senior journalists from China and seven from America. The two groups had just spent three weeks in each other’s countries, ostensibly examining journalistic coverage of the changing economic forces in the two nations. Inevitably, though, the conversation during the Honolulu “debriefing” turned to the fundamental differences between the Chinese and American views of the purposes of journalism.

At the Honolulu meeting there were a few moments of mutual discovery that, I believe, illuminate the contrasting world-views typical of the two very different sets of practicing professionals. This presentation will summarize those moments of discovery and describe a selected historical context that seems to offer a degree of explanatory power that may assist us in moving beyond commentaries that focus entirely on suppression and abuse.

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March 22, 2011

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Chinese folk and art song recital

China’s Ethnic Groups and Their Songs"

A lecture-recital by Hong ZHANG, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Friday, March 25, 2011 | 7pm
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Building
1100 Baits, U-M School of Music, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Performer bio: Hong ZHANG, mezzo-soprano, holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the founder and director of Song of Silk, a performance group that aims to bridge East and West. Zhang has been an active soloist in many concerts and groups, including the Shanghai Philharmonic Society, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Eastern Silk. As a Senior Lecturer of Chinese at Binghamton University, Zhang offers a rich and diverse curriculum that includes the ground-breaking course “Singing Chinese.” Zhang gives lectures, recitals and workshops on Chinese vocal music and culture nationwide. She also co-authored the book Chinese through Song.

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March 16, 2011

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Zither Lecture-Recital 古琴欣赏音乐会

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Professor YANG Fan (杨帆), Renmin University School of Arts

Saturday, March 19 | 2pm
Keene Theater, U-M Residential College, East Quad
701 E. University (between Willard and Hill)
Ann Arbor
The lecture portion of the presentation will be given in Chinese with sequential English translation.
Free and open to the public.
Seats are first-come, first serve. University policy limiting the size of the audience to the number of seats available will be strictly enforced.

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March 04, 2011

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M: Presentations by faculty from the Renmin University School of Arts

Use of Chinese Musical Elements in Theatrical Presentations
Lecture by Zhao Fang (赵方), noted composer, Associate Dean of Renmin University School of Arts, Chair and Professor of the Department of Music

Wednesday, March 16 | 4pm
Michigan Room, Michigan League
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Deciphering Traditional Chinese Architectural Space
Lecture by WANG Yingjian (王英健), Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Renmin University School of Arts

Thursday, March 17 | 4pm
Pond Room, Michigan Union
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Zither Lecture-Recital 古琴欣赏音乐会
Professor YANG Fan (杨帆), Renmin University School of Arts

Saturday, March 19 | 2pm
Keene Theater, U-M Residential College, East Quadrangle, 701 E. University, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

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February 24, 2011

CANCELED - The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: A music director's life in China: A personal story - CANCELED

We regret to inform you that this event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.


A CI-UM Distinguished Lecture by Maestro CHEN Zuohuang (陈佐湟)
Artistic Director – Music, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

Friday, March 11, 2011 | 4pm
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Maestro CHEN Zuohuang (MMUS'82, PhD'85) was awarded the first ever Doctorate in Music Arts by the University of Michigan, and was the first holder of such a degree in China. Currently the Artistic Director - Music of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Chen enjoys great renown on the international music scene. He was a long-time music director of Wichita Symphony Orchestra and of Rhode Island Philharmonic. He has also guest conducted orchestras around the world such as Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra. From Shanghai to Ann Arbor to Wichita to Beijing – and everywhere in between – Maestro Chen returns to his alma mater to reflect on a fascinating journey that is both personal and musical.

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The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: On the Borders of Art


A CI-UM Distinguished Lecture by Pan Gongkai (潘公凯)
Contemporary artist, art historian, and president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 4PM
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Renowned Chinese artist Pan Gongkai will reflect upon the borders constructed for art by nations, critics, and individuals. Rather than reify those borders, Dr. Pan will reflect upon their shifting shapes through the prism of “misstructure,” a critical concept he has developed in numerous publications over the past decade. UM audiences will be the first to hear Dr. Pan discuss his theories in North America, in sequential translation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

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February 15, 2011

A talk on Dunhuang digitization project

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

Digitizing Dunhuang: Applying Digitization and Virtual Space Technology to Exhibition Design

(Image: gongfu_king/flickr.com via asiasociety.org)

A roundtable presentation by faculty from Zhejiang University Center for Art and Archaeology
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 • 4pm
Koessler Room • Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
Light refreshments will be served.

For the past two years, Zhejiang University has been cooperating with the Dunhuang Research Institute to produce a comprehensive, high resolution digital archive of the murals and sculpture contained in the world-famous Buddhist grottoes of Mogao, located southeast of the city of Dunhuang in the province of Gansu, China. As part of ongoing preparations for its new Museum of Art and Architecture, which is scheduled to open to the public in 2014, Zhejiang University is exploring the possibility of utilizing this digital archive as the basis for a virtual exhibit that would be displayed in the university museum and could also travel to other venues in China and around the world. In an effort to clarify the opportunities and challenges of such exhibits, faculty from Zhejiang University have been warmly invited to initiate a roundtable discussion on virtual exhibits with experts from across the University of Michigan. The discussion will be preceded by brief introduction to the plans for the Zhejiang University Museum of Art and Architecture and a synopsis of the Dunhuang digitization project.

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February 01, 2011

Learn about a less-known ethnic minority in China

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

The Turkic Yugurs* in Chinese Gansu: An introduction to their language, society and culture
(*Yugurs – 裕固族, not to be confused with Uygurs – 维吾尔族)

A lecture by Professor DU Yaxiong (杜亚雄)
Monday, February 7, 2011 • 4pm
Room 4 • Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker’s Abstract: I lived in the area where the Western Yugur language is spoken during 1968 to 1978. At that time, I studied their language, their folksongs and collected many first-hand materials. Originally, I’d wanted to write a paper to introduce their folk songs, but Dr. Osman Karatay suggested that I write a paper to introduce the nation and its culture to fit a resurgence of interest in Yugur nation. Therefore, it was with great pleasure that I accepted his proposal. The purpose of this paper is to introduce Turkic speaking Yugurs, their origin, language, tribal system, life style, some important customs and their music heritage to other Turkic nations and experts interested in Yugur and its culture.

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December 13, 2010

Confucius Institute Lecture on Kunqu Opera

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan presents

a Formal Lecture by renowned scholar ZHOU Qin (周秦)

Kunqu: Cultural Origins and Characteristics (论昆曲艺术的原生环境与文化特征)

Time/Date: 4pm, Thursday, January 20, 2011

Location: Michigan Room, Michigan League, U-M Central Campus

Monday, January 24 • 4pm
Kunqu roundtable discussion and demonstration by Professor ZHOU Qin

Learn more about this classic art form and maybe even sing a kunqu tune like a pro! 您也能唱昆曲!

Room 4, Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor

Light refreshments will be served.

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November 24, 2010

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Chinese Music & Theater Weekend

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Check out these fun, tweet-like synopses of the plays – each takes only three seconds to read, but you will be hooked…

- “Seduction with Zither-playing (琴挑)”: Gentleman scholar meets nun-to-be; lots of flirting and plucking of strings ensue.
- “Taken Alive (活捉)”: Lady is killed by husband for having affair with his disciple; her ghost visits lover, and he finds her hotter than ever!

Free and open to the public! Any inquiries can be sent to the Confucius Institute by clicking on the flier.

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November 17, 2010

Late Ming/early Qing theatre great Mao Xiang, and acoustic aesthetics of late imperial Beijing - upcoming Confucius Institute roundtable discussions!

Please click on flier to request reading materials ahead of time.

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September 23, 2010

Beijing Olympic Games and China’s National Image and Cultural Identity - A Confucius Institute Roundtable Event

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Guest Speaker: REN Hai, Director of Olympic Center of Beijing Sports University; Chief Expert of China Institute of Sports Science
特邀主讲:任海博士 – 北京体育大学奥林匹克研究中心主任、国家体育总局体科所首席专家

Monday, September 27, 2010 • 4:30pm
Great Lakes North • Palmer Commons, University of Michigan Central Campus, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

Light refreshments will be served.

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September 20, 2010

Riveting new drama-comedy! Living Dreams: Memories of the 1980s Generation 我的醒着的梦—80后的回忆

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Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 7:00PM
(Late arrivals will be accommodated IF UM has to go into OT to beat MSU.)

Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center
University of Michigan North Campus, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor, MI

Based on the wildly popular skit of the same name at the 2010 U-M Chinese New Year Evening Gala, this original drama-comedy is written, directed and performed by U-M Chinese students who are members of the Drama Club "Zhen Shi Yin."

Enter to win fun prizes, including gift certificates to Bubble Island and Chia Shiang Restaurant!

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September 09, 2010

A Confucius Institute exclusive: Danny Yung: TTXS-Soliloquies and Dialogues 「天天向上 - 自说自话」: 香港文化教父荣念曾漫画作品展

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Danny Yung: Soliloquies and Dialogues
「天天向上 - 自说自话」: 香港文化教父荣念曾漫画作品展

Friday-Monday, September 24-27, 2010
(Building Hours: noon-6pm, Sunday; 7:30am-11pm all other days)
Atrium Four, Palmer Commons
University of Michigan Central Campus
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

Soliloquies and Dialogues: Meet Danny Yung at the Confucius Institute Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 24, 2010 - 2:00PM-3:30PM
Great Lakes South, Palmer Commons

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May 05, 2010

The Genesis of Chinese Writing and the Art of Calligraphy - Exhibition, lecture and demonstration

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A workshop on meaning and writing
Learning & Teaching Chinese
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 am-2:30 pm
University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies
International Institute, Room 1636
1080 S. University, Ann Arbor

Hilda Tao, senior lecturer, Chinese Language, University of Michigan
Teaching and Learning Chinese through Storytelling and Skits
Whether learning to write or speak Chinese, stories can be the cornerstone to effective teaching.
SuiWah Chan, lecturer, China Mirror Project, University of Michigan
The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Explore Chinese writing as images of culture through a presentation on masterpieces of Chinese writing coupled with hands-on activities on calligraphy.
Contact Carol Stepanchuk, cstep@umich.edu; 734 936-3961 to register. Limited seating, call or e-mail to reserve a space.

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March 31, 2010

A Confucius Institute Lecture - "Appropriating the Sage: Pictorial Biographies of Confucius," Friday, April 9, 2010

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"Appropriating the Sage: Pictorial Biographies of Confucius from 1444 to the Present"

Julia K. Murray
Professor of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies
Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Wisconsin

5pm, Friday, April 9, 2010
Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art
525 S. State St., Ann Arbor

ABSTRACT: Over the centuries, artists have depicted events in the life of Confucius in many different ways. Pictorial narrative biographies are by no means confined to the past, or even to China. Drawing on many examples, including currently some on view in the exhibition "CONFUCIUS: His Life and Legacy in Art" at China Institute in New York, this talk will trace the fifteenth-century origins of the biographical illustrations and explore the significance of later variations. One of the most important is a monumental version displayed after 1592 in the "home" Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong, whose influence extends to modern and even contemporary examples. With Confucius's recent return to official favor in mainland China, representations of his life are proliferating again to serve new purposes.

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Investigating the Condition of Music in the Zhuangzi- A Confucius Institute Roundtable Event, April 5, 2010

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March 24, 2010

Chinese Calligraphy and Modern Art: A Roundtable Discussion with H. Christopher Luce, Thursday, April 1, 2010

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March 16, 2010

H. Christopher Luce on Chinese Calligraphy

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March 11, 2010

Confucius Institute Open House, Monday, March 22, 2010

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Join us for a day of food and fun! And enter to win fabulous prizes including two tickets to the April 7 UMS concert by Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with Lang Lang on piano!
Please click below to go to the event Web site.

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