Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | August 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Douglas Fuller, School of Management, Zhejiang University

 Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China presents us with a conundrum. How has a developing country with a spectacularly inefficient financial system, coupled with asset-destroying state-owned firms, managed to create a number of vibrant high-tech firms?

China's domestic financial system fails most private firms by neglecting to give them sufficient support to pursue technological upgrading, even while smothering state-favored...   More >

A Conversation with Min Seok Ahn

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | August 31 | 5:30 p.m. |  Morrison Library

 Min Seok Ahn, South Korean National Assembly

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Min Seok Ahn (also spelled Ahn Minseok), a member of the South Korean National Assembly, has been instrumental in coordinating the impeachment trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Locations of Reflexivity: South Korean Community Activism and its Affective Promise for Solidarity

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | September 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mun Young Cho, Yonsei University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

In this presentation, I explore the globalization of South Korean community activism amidst the rearrangement of the anti-poverty agenda among Asian countries.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Meyer, English, University of Pittsburgh

 Thomas Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean’s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the...   More >

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Exhibition Opening: In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Special Event: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | September 16 | 6 p.m. |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places reveals the reality and complexities of being a Korean artist in America. This exhibition opening will feature new work by Jung Ran Bae, Sohyung Choi, Kay Kang, Miran Lee, Young June Lew, Nicholas Oh, Younhee Paik, and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fake News and Information Leaks: Constructing Documentary Authority in Late Imperial China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Emily Mokros, CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2018

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In seventeenth-century China, the Qing dynasty inherited a troubled information order. Within the bureaucracy, lengthy procedural correspondence buried urgent messages and covert networks troubled official hierarchies. Beyond the reach of the state, gossip and rumor endangered the stability of the new dynasty. This paper analyzes the negotiation of information scandals in the first century of...   More >

Kyoko Kawamura

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Japanese Studies | September 18 | 8-10 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Kyoko Kawamura

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

An evening of traditional and contemporary works for koto and voice performed by Kyoko Kawamura. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kawamura began studying the koto at the age of 10, inspired by the performance of Kinichi Nakanoshima, a designated living national treasure. She studied Japanese traditional music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in koto. A multi-instrumentalist,...   More >

 $10.00 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors

  Buy tickets online

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Film Screening: The Bacchus Lady (featuring filmmaker E J-yong)

Film - Feature: Center for Korean Studies | September 21 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 E J-yong

 Jinsoo An, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The Bacchus Lady (죽여주는 여자) looks into the issue of elderly prostitution in South Korea. We will be joined by the filmmaker E J-yong, who will introduce the film and stay for a Q&A.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Traditions: Korean Culture Week Launch

Workshop: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | September 23 | 2-6 p.m. |  Mils College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Miran Lee, artist; Kay Kang, artist

 Soo-yeon Lyuh, musician

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Mills College Art Museum, Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in San Francisco

The Mills College Art Museum and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco present a day of family friendly Korean arts workshops led by exhibiting artists Miran Lee and Kay Kang, followed by a performance with internationally renowned haegeum musician Soo-yeon Lyuh in collaboration with contemporary Bay Area musicians performing new compositions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Guangzhou Dream Factory

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christiane Badgley, filmmaker

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

Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for...   More >

Celebrating 100 Years of Modern Korean Literature

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | September 26 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, Drawing Room

 1215 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley; Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia; Kyung-Ran Jo, author

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco

Please join us for a discussion of the fruits of a century of modern Korean literature dating from the appearance of Yi Kwang-su’s novel Mujŏng (Heartlessness) in 1917.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. A keynote session will be held Thursday afternoon, September 28, followed by full day sessions on September 29 and 30.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

Agata BAREJA-STARZYNSKA, University of Warsaw
Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley
Isabelle CHARLEUX, National Centre for Scientific Research
Jacob...   More >

White Tara, © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art: Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Colloquium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee

 Mongolia Foundation, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new...   More >

Soyolmaa Davaakhuu

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. A keynote session will be held Thursday afternoon, September 28, followed by full day sessions on September 29 and 30.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

Agata BAREJA-STARZYNSKA, University of Warsaw
Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley
Isabelle CHARLEUX, National Centre for Scientific Research
Jacob...   More >

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. A keynote session will be held Thursday afternoon, September 28, followed by full day sessions on September 29 and 30.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

Agata BAREJA-STARZYNSKA, University of Warsaw
Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley
Isabelle CHARLEUX, National Centre for Scientific Research
Jacob...   More >

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gardening with Chinese Herbs in the Bay Area

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | October 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, join Peg Schafer for a lecture on growing Chinese botanicals for beauty and medicine as well as medicinal edibles that grow well and make efficacious medicine here in the bay area. This slideshow presentation is followed by a one hour walk in the Chinese Medicinal Herb garden. Peg's book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A...   More >

 $35, $30 members

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture: Mongolia Initiative | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1969

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

 Andrew Walder, Sociology, Stanford University

 Heather Haveman, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing on accounts in more than 2,200 published county and city annals, this presentation provides an overview of the successive waves of rebellion and repression that spread across China from mid-1966 to the end of 1969. Several new observations emerge from broad patterns in these accounts. First, the collapse of civilian state structures due to rebel power seizures spread with remarkable...   More >

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship and Collection Treasures at UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 5 | 8:10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)

 Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Harvey Dong, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley; Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, University of California, Berkeley; Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, University of California, Berkeley; Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, University of California, Berkeley; Virginia Shih, Librarian for the Southeast Asia Collection, University of California, Berkeley

 Library, Department of Ethnic Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Bancroft Library, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship.

 Pre-registration is required. Pls. register by August 1, 2017. https://berkeleychineseoverseas.wordpress.com/register/

 

  Registration opens May 12. Register online or by calling Virginia Shih at 510-643-0850, or by emailing Virginia Shih at vshih@library.berkeley.edu by August 1.

Miscellaneous California views from the collection of Joseph A. Baird BANC PIC 1986.015:73–PIC

If I can K-Pop dance, I’ll be part of your beauty revolution.

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | October 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 kate-hers RHEE

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Gender and the Trans-Pacific World Program

Visual artist kate-hers RHEE will discuss the evolution of her politically engaged work as an artist and her dogged pursuit of cultivating creativity and playful improvisation in her artistic practice to engage hetero-patriarchal global beauty ideals and accompanying digital technology from a transnational feminist perspective.

photo credit: Michael Hurt

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 12 | 4-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), Film and Media Department

This meeting honors the Paul Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will span two and half days of scholarly talks and workshops, in conjunction with a museum exhibition...   More >

Friday, October 13, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 13 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

This meeting honors the Paul Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will span two and half days of scholarly talks and workshops, in conjunction with a museum exhibition...   More >

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

This meeting honors the Paul Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will span two and half days of scholarly talks and workshops, in conjunction with a museum exhibition...   More >

Friday, October 20, 2017

Comparative Industrial Policy in the Cybersecurity Industry: Policies, Drivers, and International Implications

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

Cyber attacks of varying severity, ranging from email hacking to Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) to advanced persistent threats (APT) to industries are commonplace. Yet at the same time, with the economy being increasingly data-based, these attacks pose a significant security and economic problem. The issue of how to cope with such intrusions raises critical questions about the role...   More >

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dwelling In-Between: Korean Americans in the Bay Area

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | October 21 | 2-6 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Mills College Art Museum, Asian Art Museum

Dwelling In-Between (사이에 머물다) will feature Korean American artists, writers, and scholars who will discuss the transnational connections of the Korean American experience.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Shi-yee Liu and Tamara Bentley on Chen Hongshou

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 28 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Auditorium

 Shi-Yee Liu, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tamara Bentley, Colorado College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Scholars Shi-Yee Liu and Tamara Bentley, both contributors to the Chen Hongshou exhibition catalog, illuminate different periods in the artist's career. Liu, assistant research curator of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, considers the role of popular culture in the artist’s early work, demonstrating possible inspiration from woodblock illustrations of novels and plays, popular and...   More >

Chen Hongshou: Su Wu and Li Ling with Attendants, c. 1635 (detail); hanging scroll: ink and colors on silk; 50 × 19 in.; BAMPFA, purchase made possible through a gift by an anonymous donor.

Korean National Gugak Center Creative Traditional Orchestra: Traditional Korean Court and Folk Music

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Korean Studies | October 28 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Korean National Gugak Center Creative Traditional Orchestra, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

The flagship orchestra of Korea's centuries-old National Gugak Center, this virtuosic 55-member ensemble continues its Berkeley residency (part one) with a performance of traditional Korean court and folk music. The term "gugak" translates as "national music," and the orchestra is responsible for preserving ancient musical traditions, as well as developing contemporary works for performance. The...   More >

 $20 - 56

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Korean National Gugak Center Creative Traditional Orchestra performs Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Slow Accretion: Producing Harm in Ulaanbaatar’s Air Pollution Crisis

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | November 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chisato Fukuda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Franck Billé, Program Director, Silk Road Center, UC Berkeley

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

What counts as evidence of harm for those living in the midst of air pollution? Over the past two decades, air pollution has become a seasonal disaster in Ulaanbaatar, prompting widespread concerns about its harms to human bodies and the environment. These concerns have promoted various investments to document air pollution’s effects, from monitoring technologies, to interactive pollution maps,...   More >

Pollution

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shadow History: Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 12 | 3-6 p.m. |  BAM/PFA theater

  Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Elinor Levine

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This meeting honors the Paul Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will span two and half days of scholarly talks and workshops, in conjunction with a museum exhibition...   More >

Thursday, November 16, 2017

​New Nationalism and Universities: Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy and the Future of Higher Education: An International Conference to Celebrate the Center for Studies in Higher Education’s 60th Anniversary

Conference/Symposium | November 16 | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Funding Support Provided by the Carnegie Corporation; Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies (IGS), Institute for East Asian Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education is celebrating its 60th year as the world’s first research center focused on the past and future of higher education. The conference will...   More >

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Golden Mountain, Iron Heap: A Poetic Ethnography of Extraction in Eastern Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | December 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This paper explores Mongolia’s mineral extraction boom through an examination of local concepts of landscape. In order to engage seriously with local place-making practices, it analyzes the steppe topologically, looking at attributes of landscape that transcend material upheaval. In eastern Mongolia, poetry is a primary means of mediating human interaction with space, and thus poetic literacy is...   More >

Altan Ovoo in winter, Dariganga Soum, Sukhbaatar Province

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting: Center for Korean Studies | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016