Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 22, 2018

An Evening of Korean Poetry

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | February 22 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Sae-young Oh, poet

 Jae Moo Lee, poet; Keutbyul Jeong, Ewha Womans University; David McCann, Harvard University

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley

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

Please join us for an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also joining us will be Professors David McCann (Harvard University) and Youngmin Kwon (UC Berkeley).

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310

 Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

 Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender

We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >

From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Greene, Yale University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >

The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture: Other Campus Events | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns...   More >

Friday, February 23, 2018

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

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

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Maria Repnikova, Department of Global Communication and Center for Global Information Studies, Georgia State University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Who watches over the party-state? In this engaging analysis, Maria Repnikova reveals the webs of an uneasy partnership between critical journalists and the state in China. More than merely a passive mouthpiece or a dissident voice, the media in China also plays a critical oversight role, one more frequently associated with liberal democracies than with authoritarian systems. Chinese central...   More >

Monday, February 26, 2018

Panel on Innovative Uses of Media in Language Teaching

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies; Margot Szarke, Lecturer, French; Lihua Zhang, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Berkeley Language Center

Media in Swahili Teaching: Hegemonic Tendencies of the Internet
David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies
Using examples from Swahili, this paper will show how the internet is slowly taking over to be the most popular form of media that instructors of Swahili are using for teaching Swahili.

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Creativity: Multimedia in the L2 classroom
Margot Szarke,...   More >

East Side Sushi

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Tickets sold out

 Anthony Lucero, Director; Tomoharu Nakamura, Chef

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Join us for a screening of the a film East Side Sushi, followed by a Q&A with the Director Anthony Lucero and
Chef Tomoharu Nakamura of Wako Japanese Restaurant.

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can...   More >

 Free

  Sold out. Buy tickets online

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Afterlives of Fetishism: A Conversation

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Rosalind Morris, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

 The Program in Critical Theory

A conversation with Rosalind Morris about her new book, The Returns of Fetishism: Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mobility, Expulsion and Claims to Home: Migrant Organizing in an Era of Deportation and Dispossession

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Monisha Das Gupta, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Asian American Studies

I examine the relationship among mobility, forced removals, and claims to space by analyzing how high school-age members of Khmer Girls in Action in Long Beach interrogate the school to prison to deportation pipeline. In their activism, they link the criminalization of Khmer refugees to the legacies of US wars in southeast Asia and the failures of the US refugee resettlement program.

Film: In the Year of the Pig

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Emile de Antonio’s Academy Award–nominated In the Year of the Pig makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. The film “connects the bloody dots between politicians and business leaders, Western imperialists, and puppet governments, using a collage of rare archival footage from the French colonial period, film dispatches from the current conflict, and...   More >

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The role of dynamic and static volatility interruptions: Evidence from the Korean stock markets

Seminar: Center for Korean Studies | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Kyong Shik Eom, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We conduct a comprehensive analysis on the sequential introductions of dynamic and static volatility interruption (VI) in the Korean stock markets. The Korea Exchange introduced VIs to improve price formation, and to limit damage to investors from brief periods of abnormal volatility, for individual stocks. We find that dynamic VI is effective in stabilizing markets and price discovery, while the...   More >

Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies

"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former...   More >

Camp and Campus

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Joyce Nao Takahashi

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies 122, UC Berkeley Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley

Cal alumna, Joyce Nao Takahashi (’55) was born in Berkeley, California, the second daughter of alumni, Henry (’26) and Barbara (’30) Takahashi. She grew up in Berkeley, with the exception of the “war years”, which she spent in Tanforan, California, Topaz, Utah and Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Berkeley High School, and the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph. D....   More >

Annual Chinese New Year Banquet

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | March 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Village

 1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

祝大家春節快樂! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Dog with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

Pre-payment is REQUIRED. $30 faculty & community; $15 students and UC staff; $8 for children. RSVP list will close February...   More >

 

 PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED. Make reservations by calling 510-643-6322, or by emailing ccs-vs@berkeley.edu

2018 Year of the Dog

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, UCLA

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Robinson will discuss his new book, which examines the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some 500,000 people dead and more than one million others in detention.

Geoff Robinson

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Gamelan Çudamani's 20th Anniversary Tour

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 3 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

On Saturday, March 3, 2018 the company performs at UC Berkeley's Hertz Hall at 7pm, in cooperation with the U.C Berkeley Department of Music. As Mt. Agung Volcano rumbles beneath their feet, Çudamani is preparing a special concert for Berkeley audiences. The Hertz Hall performance differs from any other program on this USA tour. The UC Berkeley program features world premieres by renowned...   More >

 $30 General Admission, $20 Students

  Buy tickets online or or by emailing info@festivalofsacredmusic.org

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture: Storm Clouds Over the Western Pacific: Challenges to American Strategy in East Asia

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 7 | 7-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

 Military Sciences Program (ROTC)

This year, NROTC UC Berkeley is proud to present Admiral Dennis C. Blair at the annual Nimitz Lecture Series. Admiral Blair currently serves as a director and advisors to National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, and Freedom House....   More >

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 Claudio Sopranzetti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Based on research conducted during politically charged protests in Bangkok in 2010, this talk presents an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers in the city that focuses not on the sturdiness of hegemony or the ubiquity of everyday resistance but on its potential fragility and the work needed for its maintenance.

Claudio Sopranzetti

Migrants, Monks, and Monasteries: Toward a History of South China Sea Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jack Meng-Tat Chia, UC Berkeley/National University of Singapore

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Chinese migration since the nineteenth century have led to the spread of Buddhism to maritime Southeast Asia. Recently, scholars of Buddhism and historians of Chinese religions have begun to consider the connected history of Buddhism in China and Southeast Asia, using Buddhist records, epigraphic sources, as well as oral history interviews. In this talk, Jack Chia explores the transregional...   More >

Friday, March 9, 2018

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference - Empires: Past and Present

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Stanford Humanities Center

 424 Saint Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford Humanities Center

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference
Empires: Past and Present
Friday, March 9, 2018
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street

A century after the collapse of Europe's continental empires, we are living in an age that many contemporary scholars have characterized as still dominated by these imperial legacies as well as new forms of imperial rule. This conference will explore...   More >

 

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Diverting Water, Diverting the Nation: Water Infrastructure Controversies and the Oyu Tolgoi Copper-Gold Mine in South Gobi Province, Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 9 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Franck Bille, Program Director, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

 Sara L. Jackson, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine has become a symbol of the promise of mining to revive Mongolia’s struggling economy and to propel the nation into a new era of prosperity. Water resources are vital to the operation of Oyu Tolgoi, which is expected to be in operation for at least thirty years. However, local residents, particularly nomadic herders, have raised concerns about the redirection of...   More >

An Intellectual History of Literati Localism, 1100-1500

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Bol, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literati communities took form at the local level in the twelfth century and developed various forms of voluntary activism in areas that had once been the province of the state and religious institutions. Some Neo-Confucians encouraged this voluntarism, but generally literati continued to see themselves as members of a national elite even if they lived their lives locally. This case study of...   More >

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Political Economy and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy in the Trump

Conference/Symposium | March 12 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg room 297

 UC Berkeley School of Law, The Berkeley APEC Study Center, The Institute of East Asian Studies, Miller Center for Global Challenges and the Law, The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

With the Brexit referendum, election of Donald Trump, and the continued stasis at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the liberal, rules-based trading order is facing considerable pressure for business and policymakers. These pressures come from structural economic forces, systemic changes in geopolitics, domestic political conflicts in the US and elsewhere, and a rethinking of the ideological...   More >

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ethnographic films by Director-cinematographer Xiangchen Liu

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

 Map

 Xiangchen Liu, independent filmmaker

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Mongolian Initiative

Zul (documentary, 57 minutes)
The Mongolians in Bayanbulug Area, believers of Tibetan Buddhism, make a lengthy journey through ridges and passes to reach their winter pasture deep inside Mount Tianshan. There, while being isolated for 5 months by storm and snow, people celebrate Zul, the Lamp Lighting Festival on the 25th of October on the lunar calendar each year. On this Day of Death of...   More >

Meditation and Nonconceptual Awareness: Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Mindfulness meditation practices are often traditionally said to induce “nonconceptual” forms of awareness, and scientists and clinicians often repeat such descriptions. But what does “nonconceptual” mean? Clearly, without a precise specification of what a concept or conceptual cognition is, the notion of nonconceptuality is equally ill-defined. I present an account of concepts, concept...   More >

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Protesting Precarity in South Korea: Space, Infrastructure, and the Politics of the Body

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | March 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jennifer Jihye Chun, University of Toronto

 John Lie, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk draws upon field research conducted over the past decade to examine how and how under what conditions public cultures of protest flourish among South Korean workers in their struggles against ongoing employment precaritization and the intensification of capitalist inequality.

The Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Strategy in Australia: what works, what doesn’t, and why?

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 510A IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 John Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus in the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities based in Canberra

 Xiao Qiang, School of Information, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The resignation of Senator Sam Dastyari from the Australian Senate in December 2017 captured international attention. Senator Dastyari embarrassed his Labor Party colleagues once too often by his eagerness to please Beijing through his fund-raising activities, his public speeches, his policy preferences, his financial indiscretions and his apparent disregard for national security. Domestically,...   More >

The Korean Challenge To US Foreign Policy

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Fellow, Korea Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

 Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Kathleen Stephens, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, is the William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She has four decades of experience in Korean affairs, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Korea in the 1970s, and in ensuing decades as a diplomat and as U.S. ambassador in Seoul.

Stephens came to...   More >

UCCSCC Lunar New Year's Banquet

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | March 15 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Stix

 2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

 University of California Club of Santa Clara Valley

Lunar New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It's a time for family reunions, for honoring ancestors and for thanking the gods for their blessings. You are all invited to celebrate the Year of the Dog with your Cal family.

 Mail your reservations with check payable to UCCSCC to: Jan Eurich, 5255 Stevens Creek Blvd., Wuite 235, Santa Clara, CA 95051-6664.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 16 | 9 a.m.-7:45 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

March 16, 9:00am - 7:45 pm, 180 Doe Library
March 17, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

This two-day symposium (with a screening of the film "Yellowing" on Day 2) focuses on two important student-led protest movements that took place in 2014 in in Taiwan and Hong Kong, nicknamed “Sunflowers and Umbrellas"...   More >

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 17 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510

 1995 University Ave , Berkeley, CA 94704

 Caverlee Cary

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

March 16, 9:00 am - 7:345pm, 180 Doe Library
March 17, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

This second day of the two-day symposium (Day 1 is held in 180 Doe Library) features a screening of the film "Yellowing" and a discussion with the filmmaker....   More >

Monday, March 19, 2018

Extending the Cross-Straits Cold War into the Third World: Taiwanese International Development in Asia and Africa

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 19 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Lin, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Strait Talk, UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1959 in the face of Communist insurgency in north Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam regime forwarded a request to Taiwan for twenty to thirty agricultural technicians to assist their rural development program and win the hearts and minds of Vietnamese villages. In response to this formed the inaugural Taiwanese international development mission that eventually was subsumed into Taiwan’s...   More >

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Views on Tibet's Linguistic Diversity

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time

 Gerald Roche, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

 Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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

Research on Tibet’s linguistic diversity in the West dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. However, a surge in descriptive and documentary linguistics in the twenty-first century has radically altered our understanding of Tibet’s rich and complex linguistic ecology. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging picture of Tibet as a cradle of linguistic diversity in the...   More >

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Synergy of Electrified Transportation and Renewable Energy Systems: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Zechun Hu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

With the help of government policies and technology improvements, the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have experienced an explosive growth in recent years around the world. The transition of vehicles’ refueling from gas stations to charging stations will have remarkable impact on energy systems.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

This Is Not My Mother’s Adobo!!!: The Cultural Politics of Philippine Cuisine in a Foodie World

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Martin Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group

This talk examines recent declarations about Philippine Cuisine as the new exciting food trend in the culinary world. By interrogating notions of authenticity, appropriation, and commodification, the talk will attempt to "stir the pot" with issues of transnational culinary expertise and Filipino hiya (shame).

Martin Manalansan IV

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Chrysanthemum with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | March 25 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

 $75, $65 members

  Register online or by calling 510- 664 - 9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Monday, April 9, 2018

Institutional Coordination in Disaster Management in the Asia Pacific

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia: Islamic Discourse in the Context of State Power

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dominik Muller, Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Dominik Muller

ARCH Lecture: Chat Chuenrudeemol

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, APR 11, 6:30pm. The Director of CHAT architects (a CED alumnus) will talk about the relationship between Bangkoks street vernacular and the citys built and theoretical designs, both of which are referred to as Bangkok Bastards. Open to the public!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Buddhist Painting, Painters and Performance

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ronald M. Davidson, Fairfield University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

From the Gupta-Vākāṭaka period forward, Buddhist rituals featured painting on cloth and other media as part of their increasingly elaborate ritual program. The paintings from Ajanta, Bedsa and other sites in India exemplify in some measure the importance of painting systems for Indian Buddhists. In Buddhist usage, both the painter and paintings were sanctified with ritual systems...   More >

G Yamazawa

Performing Arts - Other: Center for Japanese Studies | April 12 | 5:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 G YAMAZAWA

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Ethnic Studies

National Poetry Slam Champion. Cultural Diplomat for the Department of State. Kundiman Fellow, Team Backpack certified. G YAMAZAWA has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and has toured over 200 universities both domestic and internationally. With notable performances at the Sundance Film Festival and the Pentagon, G continues to challenge the American perspective of race & culture, poetry &...   More >

Friday, April 13, 2018

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 13 |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fifth annual graduate student conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. The conference will explore how historically situated configurations of “work,” “labor,” and “livelihood” operate in Japan ranging from the household to the transnational.

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 13 | 1-6 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

 Map

 Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology, UCLA

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference continues on Saturday at 10 am.

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 14 |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fifth annual graduate student conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. The conference will explore how historically situated configurations of “work,” “labor,” and “livelihood” operate in Japan ranging from the household to the transnational.

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

 Map

 Xiao Liu, East Asian Studies, McGill University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference begins on Friday at 1 pm.

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Art of Ingenuity: The Swindle Story around the World

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Why do collections of swindle stories appear at certain times and places? In China, for example, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, the early Republican era, the early Mao era, and during the last 20 years. And comparable works exist around the world. What, for example, do Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles (Ming China, 1617), Richard King’s The New Cheats...   More >

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dafna Zur, Stanford University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Figuring Korean Futures is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. This privileged location enabled writers and illustrators, educators and psychologists, intellectual elite and laypersons to envision the child as a powerful antidote to the present and as an uplifting metaphor of colonial Korea's future.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The aim of this conference, sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The aim of this conference, sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Javanese Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 28 | 7:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

featuring Midiyanto, accompanied by Gamelan Sari Raras (Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors), featuring Heni Savitri and guest drummer Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo

Since their inception in 1976, the Department of Music’s Javanese gamelan classes have introduced over a thousand students to the musical traditions of Central Java and presented noon and evening concerts every semester in Hertz...   More >

 $15 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 2 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music and dance - student ensembles led by Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata, and Lisa Gold

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by...   More >

Friday, May 4, 2018

Across the High Seas: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyunhee Park, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Chapurukha Kusimba, American University; Steven Sidebotham, University of Delaware; Eivind Heldaas Seland, University of Bergen; Ariane de Saxé, CNRS; Jun Kimura, Tokai University; James Lankton, UCL; Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University; Osmund Bopearachchi, Berkeley/CNRS; Jiang Bo, National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Beijing

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

With contributions by archaeologists and historians, the conference will focus on the spatial configurations specific to maritime trade, and the transformations of cultural and material artifacts maritime exchanges have led to.

Maritime Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | May 4 | 2-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

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

The Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge is convening a workshop on “Maritime Asia” with a focus on “the Securitization of the China Seas in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” As China emerges to become a major Asian maritime power in the 21st century, scholars examine...   More >

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Across the High Seas: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyunhee Park, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Chapurukha Kusimba, American University; Steven Sidebotham, University of Delaware; Eivind Heldaas Seland, University of Bergen; Ariane de Saxé, CNRS; Jun Kimura, Tokai University; James Lankton, UCL; Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University; Osmund Bopearachchi, Berkeley/CNRS; Jiang Bo, National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Beijing

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

With contributions by archaeologists and historians, the conference will focus on the spatial configurations specific to maritime trade, and the transformations of cultural and material artifacts maritime exchanges have led to.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Korean Studies | January 31 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee offers viewers an opportunity to experience the work of this prolific artist in a new way, through her best-known work, the artist’s book Dictee. Placing the book as a point of entry into her wider creative production, the exhibition explores resonances between Dictee’s ten thematic sections (nine of them named for the Greek muses) and artworks drawn from the...   More >