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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Careers and Futures - Mattia P. Galletti: Conversations with Activists and Innovators in Poverty Action

Presentation: Center for Chinese Studies | September 16 | 5 p.m. | Blum Hall, Plaza Level


Blum Center for Developing Economies


The “Careers and Futures” speakers series creates a relaxed, round table environment where students can engage with a diverse range of public leaders working domestically and internationally in poverty action.

Join us in a conversation with Mattia P. Galletti who is Lead Technical Specialist for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Based in Rome, the IFAD is an agency...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 16 | 6-7 p.m. | 1800 Asia Society, Nixon Peabody LLP


1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

Dan Washburn, Reporter and managing editor, Asia Society

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Asia Society of Northern California, Nixon Peabody


Dan Washburn's new book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, uses the politically taboo topic of golf to paint what critics are calling "an illuminating portrait of modern China." The Forbidden Game follows the lives of three men intimately involved in China's bizarre golf scene, where new golf courses are at once banned and booming. Washburn, who lived in China from 2002 to 2011,...   More >

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mapping from the Water: The Political Economy of the Selden Map

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 22 | 4:10-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Timothy Brook, History & Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Republic of China Chair, Department of History and Institute of Asian Research University of British Columbia

Wen-hsin Yeh, Department of History, UC Berkeley

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


A forgotten 17th-century Chinese map of East Asia, known as the Selden Map, came to light in Oxford a few years ago. Utterly unlike any map from that period, it forces us to rewrite the global history of cartography from a Chinese perspective. More than that, it obliges us to rethink the shaping of political economies at a moment when trade was networking China to Europe, with consequences for...   More >

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Taiwan: Understanding the “Rover” Incident of 1867

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 24 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

You-tien Hsing, Geography, UC Berkeley

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


A key moment in Taiwan’s history, the 1867 Rover incident thrust into relief Taiwan’s geostrategic command over critical sea-lanes and border-crossing connections. This talk situates the conflict in its historical context, its role in setting the stage for later confrontations, and suggests what is at stake in the historical narratives that have been constructed about Taiwan.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Counterfeit Money, Starring Patty Hearst

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | September 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library


Byron Hamann, Professor, Department of History of Art, The Ohio State University

Department of History of Art


Spanning Mexico City, Jingdezhen, the Alexander Archipelago, Southern California, Cuzco, and Manila, this talk will explore the non-monetary uses of money in the Pacific World circa 1800. Historically, of course, “counterfeit” did not necessarily have the negative “forgery-falsification” connotations it has today. Counterfeiting could just mean copying, or, etymologically, “to make in opposition...   More >

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Catholic Invasion of China, 1841-2000

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220


David Mungello, Professor of History, Baylor University

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


“The Catholic Invasion of China, 1841-2000” is a subject that has undergone a great reevaluation during the last half-century. In the 1960s, it was viewed as nearly synonymous with the experience of Western imperialism. The physical incursion into China of thousands of religious ended with the expulsion of the missionaries in 1951, but the mental framework that gave rise to this incursion...   More >

Friday, October 3, 2014

History of the Secret Body: Gender, Code, and Media Technology--Tracing the Genealogy of Sinophone Espionage Films

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 3 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Weihong Bao, EALC/Film and Media

Miryam Sas, Comparative Literature and Film

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


This paper looks at Chinese espionage films during the Second World War to tackle cultural constructions of secrecy that continues to concern us today. I focus on secrecy as the central trope of information congealing the dynamic relationship between the code, the gendered body, and media technology.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Working Group | Globalizing Neoliberalism(s)?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 8 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Julia Elyachar, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, UC Irvine; Lisa Rofel, Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

The Program in Critical Theory


In this session, we reflect on how norms and practices of neoliberal governmentality are disseminated and transformed across borders. Professors Elyachar and Rofel’s extensive studies of Egypt and China, respectively, offer new insights into how different forms of neoliberalism transform social and political life in various contexts, while also calling into question the enduring viability...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Zhang Yimou and the Socialist Legacy: From Red Sorghum to Happy Times

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Wendy Larson, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon, Portland

Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


The speaker will discuss two films by director Zhang Yimou (张艺谋): Red Sorghum (红高粱, 1987) and Happy Times (幸福时光, 2000).

Friday, October 10, 2014

From Mandarins to Mulian: A Celebration of David Johnson’s Legacy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 10 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


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


This conference in honor of David Johnson, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UC Berkeley will include presentations by former students and colleagues.



The Sandwich Man (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Zheng Zhuanxiang, Wan Jen; Taiwan, 1983): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 10 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Considered the opening salvo of the New Taiwan Cinema, The Sandwich Man combined short films by three directors into a declaration of intent and a statement on a rapidly modernizing Taiwan.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

War in East Asia?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 16 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Steven Vogel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Ian Buruma, Human Rights Program, Bard College

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


The talk will be about the rising tensions between China, Korea, and Japan. Can these be explained through unhealed historical wounds? Or are politics at work? If so, what are they? I will go into the historical and political backgrounds of the tensions in all three countries, as well as the vital role of the US, and without trying to predict the future, reflect on where potential conflicts might...   More >

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Green, Green Grass of Home (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1982): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 19 | 6:45 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Hong Kong crooner Kenny Bee is an idealistic big-city teacher assigned to a remote rural village in Hou’s gentle look at country life.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cheerful Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1981): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 21 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and Taiwanese pop diva Feng Fei-fei return for Hou’s extremely rare second film, which follows the unlikely romance between a blind man and a photographer across Taiwan’s most scenic locales.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


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


Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by...   More >

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 25 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, 510 (Fifth Floor)


1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

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


Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by...   More >

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Boys From Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1983): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 28 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A trio of bored teenagers finds trouble and women from the small island of Fengkuei to the bustling southern port of Kaohsiung in Hou’s fourth film. “A triumph of the hauntingly ordinary” (Village Voice)


$5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pirates of the China Seas: East Asian Popular Music and the ‘Archipelago of Empire’

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Andrew Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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


Postwar musical cultures in East Asia emerged at the confluence of empires. By the mid-1950s, revolutionary states in China and North Korea had disengaged themselves from prewar circuits of production and dissemination, and begun to construct radically different systems for the creation and circulation of music. These new circuits were to a significant extent routed (ideologically, technically,...   More >

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Materiality of “Shu” 書 (Documents)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Dirk Meyer, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


In the summer of 2008, Beijing Tsinghua University purchased about two thousand and more bamboo slips dating from circa 300 BC. These materials carry writing and show significant overlap with much of what is expressed in the transmitted Shangshu. At the same time, they also yield major conceptual differences to the transmitted body of texts and allow for conclusions to be drawn about the Shangshu...   More >

Friday, October 31, 2014

Genealogies of Chinese Sovereignty Since 1492

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


Teemu Ruskola, School of Law, Emory University

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


How did the multiethnic Qing empire (1644-1911) on the eastern edge of the Eurasian landmass become an “international legal person” with the proper name “China”—that is, a sovereign nation-state in a world of other, formally equal nation-states? Historically the law of nations emerged as the constitution of Europe: a set of constitutive norms that governed the relationship among the so-called...   More >

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 6 – 7, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


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


While historical writing is often imagined as process of transcribing political events and editing documentary sources, the standard histories of China’s early imperial period show that politics was closely connected to a variety of technical arts including astronomy, calendrics, and omenology. Early historians were adept at these arts, and they are not only at the center of the genre of...   More >



Family Routes: Transnational Adoption and the Production of Nationhood

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall


Center for Race and Gender


Prof. Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies

Friday, November 7, 2014

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 7 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


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


While historical writing is often imagined as process of transcribing political events and editing documentary sources, the standard histories of China’s early imperial period show that politics was closely connected to a variety of technical arts including astronomy, calendrics, and omenology. Early historians were adept at these arts, and they are not only at the center of the genre of...   More >



Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 6 – 7, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


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


While historical writing is often imagined as process of transcribing political events and editing documentary sources, the standard histories of China’s early imperial period show that politics was closely connected to a variety of technical arts including astronomy, calendrics, and omenology. Early historians were adept at these arts, and they are not only at the center of the genre of...   More >



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: Transportation, Environment, and Energy Systems — Are We Doing the Right Thing, and Doing it Right?

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


H. Olver Gao, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC


Transportation-related air pollution, GHG emissions and energy problems are a significant issue in the U.S., China, and across the world. The World Health Organization estimates that urban air pollution causes 200,000 deaths per year worldwide and that it will be responsible for 8 million premature deaths from 2000 to 2020. Sacrificing transportation needs for environmental quality is simply...   More >

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room


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


While historical writing is often imagined as process of transcribing political events and editing documentary sources, the standard histories of China’s early imperial period show that politics was closely connected to a variety of technical arts including astronomy, calendrics, and omenology. Early historians were adept at these arts, and they are not only at the center of the genre of...   More >

Monday, November 17, 2014

1943: China at the Crossroads

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Joseph Esherick, History, UC San Diego

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


World War II was a transformative moment shaping the world we live in. In China, it was particularly important for it witnessed the gradual disintegration of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist regime and the rise of the Chinese Communists. At the beginning of the war, Chiang Kai-shek was the indispensable leader of China; while the Communists were a ragtag band of hearty survivors of the militarily...   More >

Friday, December 5, 2014

Organized Knowledge and State Socialism, 1949-1978

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | December 5 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Fifth floor conference room


1995 University Avenue

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


This workshop will investigate knowledge production during the Maoist period (1949-1978) of the People’s Republic of China. Knowledge production means the forms of cultural, social, and political work that create those systems of knowledge recognized as legitimate in a particular social context. Participants will seek to illustrate the uniqueness of Mao era institutions, ideas, and identities as...   More >

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Kronos Quartet and Wu Man, pipa

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies | January 18 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall


Cal Performances


Wu Man and Kronos have developed an exquisite ensemble sensibility that combines modern inventiveness with the tonal blend of Western strings and ancient Chinese lute. Last year, Wu Man was the first non-Western performer to win Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year, and Kronos "continues with undiminished ferocity to make unprecedented string quartet history" (Los Angeles Times).


All Audiences

All Audiences

$68

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