Upcoming Events

Monday, April 22, 2019

Grit - Film Screening and Discussion

Film - Documentary: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 22 | 4:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife Room

 Sasha Friedlander, Filmmaker; Michael Manga, Garniss H. Curtis Endowed Department Chair and Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley; Sylvia Tiwon, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Max Rudolph, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Davis; Coen Pontoh, Editor, IndoProgress

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

In 2006, during drilling operations by the Lapindo company in East Java, Indonesia, a mud volcano erupted from underground, rapidly submerging 16 villages and displacing 60,000 people. Shot over six years, this startling film looks at the disaster’s aftermath, and follows the local community as it confronts the drilling company and the Indonesian government.

 This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Maborosi

Film - Feature | April 24 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yumiko, a troubled young woman, believes she is responsible for the death of her grandmother as well as the suicide of her first husband, Ikuo. Five years after Ikuo’s death, she is happily remarried but her guilt and sorrow are never far away. Returning to her home town, she is drawn to a clifftop by the tolling of funeral bells—and by the siren call of the maborosi, a beautiful light that lures...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Agroecology in Japan and the Americas: History, Practice, and Future Directions

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | April 26 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Berkeley Food Institute

This workshop highlights similarities and differences between agroecological approaches in Japan and those in the Americas with a focus on their historic and geographic contexts, and presents future visions of sustainable farming practice and resilient human-environmental interaction. Agroecology can be defined as a trans-disciplinary approach rooted in both traditional and scientific knowledge...   More >

International Conference on Korean Literature: Korean Literature in the World

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | April 26 | 1:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dong-il Cho, The National Academy of Korea

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

CKS has invited professors from Korea and various universities around the world currently engaged in teaching Korean Literature. The current status of Korean literary education and research in each region of the world, to be reported through this conference, will help those in the field seek new directions for Korean literature’s development on the global stage.

Maritime Hubs and Mobilities: Rethinking Metropolitan Hong Kong-South China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Pearl River Delta Region and its metropolitan hubs have long engaged with the circulation of goods, people and ideas along what is now popularized as the Maritime Silk Road. Over the centuries these movements bridged continental divides. The talk focuses on the historical layers of economic and cultural resources, multi-ethnic identities, and strategic footprints across the oceans from...   More >

Foreign factories in Canton, early 19th Century (source: Peabody Essex Museum)

Reading and Dialogue with Novelist Pyun, Hye-Young

Reading - Literary: Center for Korean Studies | April 26 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Hye-Young Pyun, Myongji University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Pyun Hye-Young was born in Seoul, Korea in 1972. She majored in creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts and earned a graduate degree in Korean Literature at Hanyang University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Myongji University.

She made her literary debut in 2000 with her short story “Shaking off Dew”. She has published several collection of short stories,...   More >

Gamelan Shadow Play: "Story of Kala the Forbidden Creature”

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 26 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 featuring Midiyanto, shadow master; guest drummer Heri Purwanto; vocalist Heni Savitri

 

UCB Gamelan Sari Raras

 Department of Music

Javanese Shadow Puppet Master Ki Midiyanto accompanied by guest drummer Heri Purwanto, singer Heni Savitri and the musicians of Gamelan Sari Raras, present "The Story of Kala the Forbidden Creature."

 $16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

International Conference on Korean Literature: Korean Literature in the World

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | April 27 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Conference Room

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

CKS has invited professors from Korea and various universities around the world currently engaged in teaching Korean Literature. The current status of Korean literary education and research in each region of the world, to be reported through this conference, will help those in the field seek new directions for Korean literature’s development on the global stage.

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Discoveries in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Regents’ Professor Emeritus & Executive Director, Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology, Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Gyoung-Ah Lee, Anthropology, University of Oregon

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Anthropology, Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology by inviting two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian Archaeology. Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) will talk about his recent archaeological expeditions in Mongolia and Tibet with a focus on Paleolithic archaeology in these regions. Professor Peter...   More >

A Tantric Theology from 12th century Tibet

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | April 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew T. Kapstein, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The teachings of the tantric lineage of the Zur clan, which flourished in West Tibet during the early second millennium, have remained a missing element in the history of the “ancient,” Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. While the historical importance of the clan is well known and significant lines of transmission are attributed to it, few authentic works stemming from the Zur and detailing...   More >

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Ambaras, North Carolina State University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this lecture, David Ambaras reveals how the movement of migrants, smugglers, pirates, and trafficked people between China and Japan -- and their sensationalization in the popular press -- created surprising cross-currents in the politics of Sino-Japanese relations during the years of Japanese imperial expansion.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Maborosi

Film - Feature | May 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yumiko, a troubled young woman, believes she is responsible for the death of her grandmother as well as the suicide of her first husband, Ikuo. Five years after Ikuo’s death, she is happily remarried but her guilt and sorrow are never far away. Returning to her home town, she is drawn to a clifftop by the tolling of funeral bells—and by the siren call of the maborosi, a beautiful light that lures...   More >

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...: Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

All panels held at 180 Doe Library (*except where indicated)

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm
Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

Manichaean Evidence for Kushan...   More >

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...: Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

All panels held at 180 Doe Library (*except where indicated)

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm
Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

Manichaean Evidence for Kushan...   More >

Shoplifters

Film - Feature | May 4 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A family of shoplifters and cast-offs float along the margins of Japan in Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, a tribute to those who create their own bonds to unite and survive in the face of poverty and indifference. Kore-eda here extends his consistently humane, heartfelt appraisal of what it means to be a family to include people who lead their loved ones to shoplift, sell themselves,...   More >

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 8 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

I Nyoman Windha and Lisa Gold, co-directors

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Still Walking

Film - Feature | May 9 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A family reunites for the anniversary of a son’s tragic death in Kore-eda’s deceptively unadorned examination of grown children and growing-older parents, redolent of the pace and themes of Yasujiro Ozu yet entirely Kore-eda’s own in its approach to the attachments and periodic resentments that mark private lives. Brought together for a day of grief, three generations remain emotionally apart,...   More >

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Like Father, Like Son

Film - Feature | May 11 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of Kore-eda’s greatest abilities is using the simplest of narratives to conjure up the most complex and sublime of human emotions, and this tale hinging on a classic babies-switched-at-birth plot serves as a particularly moving example. A hospital mix-up years ago has left two sons to be raised in opposite homes; on one side is the orderly, almost antiseptic space of an affluent architect and...   More >

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our Little Sister

Film - Feature | May 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three sisters grieving their father’s death decide to “adopt” the teenage half-sister they’ve just met in Kore-eda’s captivating exploration of sibling ties, female relationships, and the passing of time, set in the idyllic, enchanting seaside town of Kamakura, Japan. As in much of the director’s work, the plot itself soon pleasurably dissolves in a string of documentary-like moments—family...   More >

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Third Murder

Film - Feature | May 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It looks at first like an open-and-shut case: a factory owner has been murdered and an employee, Misumi (a brilliantly enigmatic Koji Yakusho), has confessed to the crime. But when a defense lawyer tries to establish Misumi’s motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are not just factual, but existential. “People hardly understand members of their own family, let alone strangers,” says...   More >

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Shoplifters

Film - Feature | May 19 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A family of shoplifters and cast-offs float along the margins of Japan in Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, a tribute to those who create their own bonds to unite and survive in the face of poverty and indifference. Kore-eda here extends his consistently humane, heartfelt appraisal of what it means to be a family to include people who lead their loved ones to shoplift, sell themselves,...   More >

Friday, May 24, 2019

Korean Film Workshop

Workshop: Center for Korean Studies | May 24 | 1-5:40 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Conference Room

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Description coming soon

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Korean Film Workshop

Workshop: Center for Korean Studies | May 25 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Conference Room

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Description coming soon

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

Exhibit - Sculpture: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 – April 28, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masako Miki was born in Japan but has made the Bay Area, and Berkeley in particular, her home for more than twenty years. In her work she remains close to her ancestral traditions, especially those that arise from her association with Buddhist and Shinto beliefs and practices, as well as traditional Japanese folklore. Her current work, she says, is “inspired by the idea of animism from the Shinto...   More >