Upcoming Events

Friday, September 6, 2019

Writing for Print: Publishing and the Making of Textual Authority in Late Imperial China

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

 Suyoung Son, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Cornell University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk examines the widespread practice of self-publishing by writers in late imperial China, focusing on two seventeenth-century literati-cum-publishers, Zhang Chao in Yangzhou and Wang Zhuo in Hangzhou. By giving due weight to the writers as active agents in increasing the influence of print, it explores the intricate relationships between manuscript tradition and print convention, peer...   More >

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Will North Korea denuclearize?: Big Deal, Small Deal, or More of the Same?

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | September 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Sung Joo Han, Professor Emeritus, Korea University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


After the failure of Hanoi U.S.-North Korea summit held in February this year, the impasse between the two countries seemed irreversible. Washington wanted a “big deal” on North Korean nuclear weapons; Pyongyang insisted on a “small deal” first.

President Trump said after the break-up that North Korea wanted too much (“complete lifting” of sanctions) and offered too little (only...   More >

Filled with Meaning: Why Do the Contents of Buddhist Statues Matter?

Colloquium: Center for Buddhist Studies | September 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 James Robson, Harvard University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Scholars have recently come to realize that religious statues throughout Asia have hidden cavities that are filled with various objects inserted during a consecration ritual. This talk explores the hidden world of these statues through a discussion of a large collection of (primarily) Buddhist statues from China, Korea, and Japan. The statues discussed in this talk contain a niche carved into...   More >

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Natural Resources, Environmental Challenges and Youth Leaders from Southeast Asia: A Forum on Innovations and Solutions

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This forum will present current perspectives on environmental issues in Southeast Asia as experienced and envisioned today by young activists and students from the region. The participants are visiting UC Berkeley as part of a program managed by the East-West Center in Honolulu and sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Buddhist Philosophy: The State of the Field

Conference/Symposium: Center for Buddhist Studies | September 20 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Center for Buddhist Studies

A conference to honor the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai's invaluable contributions to the field of Buddhist Studies, as well as to reflect upon issues in the study of Buddhist philosophy.

Participants include Daniel A. Arnold (The University of Chicago Divinity School), Jay Garfield (Smith College), Chen-kuo Lin (National Chenchi University), Jonathan Gold (Princeton), Catherine Prueitt (George Mason...   More >

Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan

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

 Michael Strausz, Texas Christian University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Why has Japan’s immigration policy remained so restrictive, especially in light of economic, demographic, and international political forces that are pushing Japan to admit more immigrants? In this presentation, Strausz will argue that Japan’s immigration policy has remained restrictive for two reasons. First, Japan’s labor-intensive businesses have failed to defeat anti-immigration forces within...   More >

Monday, September 23, 2019

Mongolia's Monastery Massacres: "The Green-Eyed Lama

Lecture | September 23 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Author; Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Author; Jeff Falt, Author; Jeff Falt, Author

 Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley; Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

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

The Green-Eyed Lama (2008) is an award-winning, decade-long bestselling novel written by Oyungerel Ts and Jeff Falt. First published in Mongolian, the book chronicles the triumphant romance between Sendmaa, a young belle in the countryside, and Baasan, a monk in the lamasery, as they try to cope with the turmoils of the political purge, terrible massacres and mass executions of thousands of...   More >

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Voices of Vietnam: The Sonic Formation of the State

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Lonan O'Briain, Associate Professor of Music, University of Nottingham

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. O’Briain is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music and soundscapes of Vietnam and of upland areas in mainland Southeast Asia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Musical Minorities: The Sounds of Hmong Ethnicity in Northern Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Lonan O'Briain

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ancient Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and Archaeology

Lecture: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Fierce Amazons are featured in some of the most famous Greek myths.
Every great hero, from Heracles to Achilles, battled these powerful warrior queens.
But were Amazons real? Join Adrienne Mayor as she recounts tales of women warriors and uncovers some realities behind the myths.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textile Images

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | October 7 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, San Jose State University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In her book "Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textiles," author Mariachiara Gasparini investigates the origin and effects of a textile mediated visual culture that developed at the heart of the Silk Road between the seventh and fourteenth centuries. Through the analysis of the Turfan Textile Collection in the Museum of Asian Art in...   More >

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

China’s Rise in Historical Perspective

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Klaus Mühlhahn, Professor of Chinese History and Culture, Free University of Berlin

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Many commentators claim that China's ongoing global rise reflects a restoration of its earlier international prominence, while others highlight that China's emergence reflects distinctive characteristics of the country's current political leadership. In his new book, Making China Modern, Klaus Mühlhahn of the Free University of Berlin provides a panoramic survey of China's rise and resilience...   More >

Thursday, October 17, 2019

“Some Live in Darkness, Some Live in Light”: China and Elsewhere in 1900

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Peter Perdue, Professor of History, Yale University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a brilliant spectacle, the Western powers and Japan demonstrated their imperial prowess at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Several months later, the same powers invaded China to lift the siege of the foreign legations by the Boxers and the Qing government. The Qing government fell to its nadir, but China’s inextricable links to global trends soon brought...   More >

Friday, October 18, 2019

Getting to Know the Gods of Taiwan: Children’s Literature and Identity Formation

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

 Natasha Heller, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, University of Virginia

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In secular children’s books, gods are often part of history and culture—but what roles are they expected to play in the lives of contemporary children? Focusing on picture books and early readers about the goddess Mazu 媽祖 and the earth god (tudi gong 土地公), I will argue that they represent different strategies of incorporating religion in the creation of...   More >

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Javanese and Balinese Gamelan: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 23 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

The music of small ensembles
directed by Midiyanto, Ben Brinner, & Lisa Gold
featuring I Wayan Suweca (Balinese gender wayang) and Heni Savitri (Javanese vocal)

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Great Power Competition in the 21st Century: Linking Economics and Security

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 24 | 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), UC Labs Fund

Great power competition is once again a critical component of the international system, with far reaching implications for the stability of the existing political and economic order. However, power is not always won by confrontation, but through tactical, indirect rivalry across issue areas. Strategic competition between the United States, China, India, and other rising powers spans industries...   More >

Friday, October 25, 2019

Geopolitical Strategies of Middle Powers

Conference/Symposium | October 25 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

"Geo-Strategic Strategies of Middle Powers" explores the way in which middle power countries are increasingly setting the global agenda on strategic issues related to politics and security, on post-crisis financial governance, and on cross-border
investment, development, and international cooperation.

Among the issues addressed are:
- the changing role of middle powers in the establishment...   More >

Monday, October 28, 2019

A People's Weapon: Law and Propaganda in the Early People's Republic of China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jennifer Altehenger, Associate Professor in Chinese History, University of Oxford

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

 Li Ka Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History

Throughout the history of modern China, people have been taught about their country's laws. Even as polities and regimes changed, they shared in common the conviction that to learn, know, and abide by laws should be an elementary civic duty. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, the new government invested even more energy than its predecessors into devising methods to...   More >

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Riverside

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk, derived from Prof. Reyes' new book, draws on archival and ethnographic data to describe the everyday experiences of people living and working in Subic Bay in the Philippines (a former U.S. military base, now a Freeport Zone), to make the case for critically examining similar spaces across the world.

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China: From Dreamscapes to Theatricality

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

 Ling Hon Lam, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 David Marno, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Emotion takes place. Rather than an interior state of mind in response to the outside world, emotion per se is spatial, at turns embedding us from without, transporting us somewhere else, or putting us ahead of ourselves. In his book The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China, Ling Hon Lam gives an original account of the history of emotions in Chinese literature and culture centered on the...   More >

Friday, November 8, 2019

Abandoning the City: Studying Chinese Landscape in the Age of Climate Change

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 De-nin D. Lee, Associate Professor, Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College

 Gregory Levine, Professor, Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In a 1999 lecture (published in 2005 in Archives of Asian Art), Prof. James Cahill offered thoughts on the history and post-history of Chinese painting. Not solely about landscape, nevertheless, his remarks were inextricable from his lifetime’s study of that genre. The field of Chinese landscape, he observed, produced on the basis of internal, stylistic developments a coherent canon. This canon...   More >

Shitao (Zhu Ruoji, 1642-1707), “Man in the Mountain,”from Album for Daoist Yu, late 1690s. Leaf L in an album of twelve leaves, ink and color on paper, 9 ½ x 11 in. The C. C. Wang Family Collection, New York

Javanese Gamelan: Late twentieth-century works for Javanese Gamelan

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

 Department of Music

Late twentieth-century works for Javanese Gamelan Concerto for Piano and Gamelan by Lou Harrison (1917-2003)

Gamelan compositions by leading Javanese composers K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat (known as Pak Cokro, 1909-2007), and Ki Nartosabdho (1925-1985)

Gamelan Sari Raras directed by Midiyanto and Ben Brinner

Featuring soloists Sarah Cahill (piano) and Heni Savitri (vocals)

 $16 General Admission, $12 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Friday, November 15, 2019

Pilgrimage and Identity Formation in Taiwan

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

 Craig Quintero, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, Grinnell College

 SanSan Kwan, Associate Professor, Theater Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1991, the Taiwanese experimental theatre company U Theatre started incorporating the Baishatun Matsu pilgrimage into their actor training. The actors joined thousands of Taiwanese pilgrims in the religious procession devoted to the goddess Matsu, walking 350 kilometers from Baishatun to Bei-gang in nine days. During the late 1990s, an increasing number of experimental theatre companies also...   More >

2019 Annual Tang Lecture: Over Mountains and Steppes: Tracing ancient tracks of Asia’s Silk Roads

Lecture: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | November 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Michael Frachetti, Washington University in St. Louis

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

For over a century, the Silk Road was depicted by camel caravans crossing barren deserts, transporting exotic commodities to oasis cities across Central Asia and beyond. The harsh grasslands of the Eurasian steppe and the soaring peaks of Inner Asia were seen as barriers to this flow of Asian commerce — risky regions to be crossed quickly or avoided altogether. Yet new archaeological research in...   More >

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Myth of Creative Destruction and a Spatial Critique of War in Vietnam

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

 David Biggs, Professor of History, UC Riverside

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Biggs will draw from his new book to discuss how a spatial critique of the Vietnam War can unpack layers of historical experience that undermine discursive efforts to flatten or erase traumatic memories in such spaces.

David Biggs

Friday, December 6, 2019

Worlding the narod: Recontextualizing the Chinese Reading of Russian Realism

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

 Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon

 Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of...   More >