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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Visiting Scholar Talk: The wrested modernity project: Schizophrenia of Chinese modern journalism in its making of "National-State" and "Urban-Community" (1815-2015)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | August 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 510A Golden Bear Center


1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

Bixiao He, Center for Chinese Studies

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


The wrested modernity project: the schizophrenia of Chinese modern journalism in its making of "National-State" and "Urban-Community" (1815-2015)

Chinese modern journalism has been an integral part of Chinese wrested modernity project since its existence from 1815. This research argues that the theoretical presuppositions and journalism theory based on the western modernity experience can...   More >

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at the Greek

Performing Arts - Music | August 18 | 8 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre


Cal Performances


Visionary cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek for a concert under the stars with a project close to his heart—The Silk Road Ensemble, an extraordinary musical think tank of cross-cultural collaboration and artistic excellence. The collection of virtuosi, versed in the musical cultures of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, performs lively arrangements of traditional music as well as contemporary...   More >


All Audiences

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starting at $50

Tickets go on sale June 14. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Security Policy and Military Power in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 9 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Nori Katagiri, Saint Louis University

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


Dr. Nori Katagiri is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University. He received a B.A. from the University of South Carolina, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Saint Louis University after five years of federal service teaching at Air War College, a joint military...   More >

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tell the Prime Minister (首相官邸の前で)

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | September 16 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, A1 PFA


Eiji Oguma, Keio University

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


After "Occupy Wall Street"in New York, and before the "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong, 200 thousand people surrounded the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo for an anti-nuclear demonstration. However, this incident was not reported extensively by the media and subsequently went unnoticed by the world.

This documentary film captures the anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo after the Fukushima...   More >

Friday, September 23, 2016

Excrement and Debt: Insights from a popular anatomical image into the depths of history and of the heart

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 23 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities


Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Rhetoric, Townsend Center for the Humanities


Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama's research explores broad philosophical issues (being and time, representations and reality, knowing and feeling) through the lens of specific topics in comparative medical history (Japan, China, and Europe). His recent work includes studies on the imagination of strings in the metaphysics and experience of presence, the visceral fear of excrement in Western...   More >

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Talk: The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 26 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Robert S. Boynton, New York University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


For decades, North Korea denied any part in the disappearance of dozens of Japanese citizens from Japan’s coastal towns and cities in the late 1970s. But in 2002, with his country on the brink of collapse, Kim Jong-il admitted to the kidnapping of thirteen people and returned five of them in hopes of receiving Japanese aid. As part of a global espionage project, the regime had attempted to...   More >

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Electionization and Postsocialist Subjectivity: Women Running for Parliamentary Elections in Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 27 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Manduhai Buyandelger, Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laura Nelson, Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley and Chair, Center for Korean Studies

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


This paper offers an anthropological account of how democratic elections and neoliberal projects often unfold quite differently than normative models might assume, and the ways in which such transformations inform gender politics and women’s positions in a changing society. Central to my analysis is the concept of electionization. I mean to convey with this term the sprawling nature of political...   More >

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thunder from the Steppes: New Perspectives on the Mongol Empire

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 180 Doe Library


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


Thursday, September 29, 4pm - 6 pm Keynote Address
Friday, September 30, 9 am - 6 pm

The Mongol Empire orients history between Asia and Europe, ancient and modern, rural and urban, settled and nomadic, scientific and faith-based, and soteriological and aristocratic worlds. This conference invites new research on the Mongol empire...   More >

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thunder from the Steppes: New Perspectives on the Mongol Empire

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 180 Doe Library


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


Thursday, September 29, 4pm - 6 pm Keynote Address
Friday, September 30, 9 am - 6 pm

The Mongol Empire orients history between Asia and Europe, ancient and modern, rural and urban, settled and nomadic, scientific and faith-based, and soteriological and aristocratic worlds. This conference invites new research on the Mongol empire...   More >

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mongolian Calligraphy and Scripts

Presentation: Mongolia Initiative | October 4 | 3-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Brian Baumann, East Asian Languages & Cultures, UC Berkeley

Jamyansuren, Calligrapher

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mongolia Foundation


This event introduces the history and art of Mongolian calligraphy. Mongolia scholar Brian Baumann, who teaches modern and Classical Mongolian language at UC Berkeley, will discuss and demonstrate the history and variety of scripts and writing systems in Mongolia. The Mongolian artist Jamyansuren will demonstrate the art of calligraphy and its specific features. An exhibit will...   More >



Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 4 | 4 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall


Akiko Takenaka, University of Kentucky

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


Yasukuni Shrine is well known for the political controversies its presence has generated both within Japan and between Japan and its neighbors. But what exactly was Yasukuni Shrine's role during that war? How could one shrine impart such significant and lasting influence throughout Japan and beyond? In my talk I follow one army private who was stationed in Northern China in 1933, only to be...   More >

Friday, October 7, 2016

East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 7 – 8, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510


1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia; Jini Kim Watson, New York University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Townsend Center for the Humanities


What is East Asia? From ideological construct to physical and material reality, East Asia is still a contested territory, marked by the discourse of “Asian ascendancy” in the midst of new forms of conflict and contradiction, ranging from territorial disputes to economic tensions and historical revisionism. By questioning what constitutes East Asia today in a world of shifting boundaries, this...   More >

Saturday, October 8, 2016

East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 7 – 8, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510


1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia; Jini Kim Watson, New York University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Townsend Center for the Humanities


What is East Asia? From ideological construct to physical and material reality, East Asia is still a contested territory, marked by the discourse of “Asian ascendancy” in the midst of new forms of conflict and contradiction, ranging from territorial disputes to economic tensions and historical revisionism. By questioning what constitutes East Asia today in a world of shifting boundaries, this...   More >

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kintsugi: A Japanese approach to ceramic repair

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 14 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


David Morrison Pike

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


Kintsugi is a time consuming and technical process to repair ceramic using lacquer and a metal finish. The repaired piece is usually more valuable and aesthetically pleasing than before the repair. Kintsugi dates back to about the 15th. century and is closely related to makie. The damaged area is covered in gold or silver which pulls the eye to the repair and in effect celebrates the imperfection...   More >

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Talk: Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Hae Yeon Choo

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Decentering Citizenship follows three groups of Filipina migrants' struggles to belong in South Korea: factory workers claiming rights as workers, wives of South Korean men claiming rights as mothers, and hostesses at American military clubs who are excluded from claims—unless they claim to be victims of trafficking.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Shaping a New Political-Economic Order in the Asia-Pacific? The TPP, RCEP, and AIIB

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 21 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


The TPP has become one of the flashpoints in the current American elections. This conference analyzes not only this issue but the larger trade relations of which it is a part. In July 2014, a so-called Bali Package that addresses trade facilitation efforts was derailed by a dispute ...   More >

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fleeting recognition: On Sighting Mongolians in Los Angeles’ Landscape

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | October 25 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Chima Anyadike-Danes, Anthropology, UC Irvine

Armando Lara-Millan, Sociology, UC Berkeley

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


Los Angeles’ Koreatown is extremely densely populated, with more than 100,000 people residing in a few square kilometers. The majority of the city's Mongolians dwell in this multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic landscape. They have done so since the late 1990s, but their presence is rarely acknowledged.

My talk explores this phenomena, analyzing it through the lens of settler colonial...   More >

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Neighbors and Brothers: Mongolian-Russian Relations As Negotiated On Mongolian Terms

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | November 29 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Marissa J. Smith, Anthropology, De Anza College

Edward W. Walker, Executive Director, Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

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


While often associated with Stalin’s positioning of Russians as “older brothers” to other nationalities, in the context of Mongolian-Russian relations the nature of “the brotherhood of nations” has been considerably more complex. Mongolian practices of siblingship distinguish between elder and younger, but are considerably more ambiguous in hierarchical terms than other relations involving...   More >