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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, EU Center of Excellence

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 >

Monday, October 27, 2014

Power and Compassion: Negotiating Religion and State in Tenth-Century Tibet

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 27 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Alan Tansman, East Asian Languages and Cultures. UC Berkeley

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

The government of the Dalai Lamas was widely understood to have followed the Tibetan ideal of “the union of religion and state” (chos srid zung ’brel)...   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’

Colloquium: 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

Michael Nylan, History, 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 >

Friday, October 31, 2014

What Is an Author during the Cultural Revolution?

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 31 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Xin Liu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Max Auffhammer, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

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

This paper tries to show that there came, in the context of globalization when the original has become increasingly its own copy (e.g. Baudrillard’s simulacra), a very different making of authorship in today’s China, i.e. different from its Maoist past...   More >

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

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

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 >

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fiscal Decentralization and Governance Reform

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Taeku Lee, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

China’s fiscal decentralization has been praised as an important driver of its economic growth. Inter-jurisdictional competition has arguably incentivized officials to promote economic development...   More >

Umbrellas and Sunflowers: Student Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | November 14 | 3-5 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Professor Ming SING 成名, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Professor CHEN Yun Chung 陳允中, Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong; Professor Hsin-Hsing Chen 陳信行, Graduate Institute for Social Transformation Studies, Shih-Hsin University , Taiwan

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The three speakers on this panel are all experienced academic-activists with deep knowledge about Hong Kong, Taiwan and the two student movements for democracy that have galvanized international attention. They will provide the broad political economic backgrounds to the rise of these movements and analyze their internal dynamics, strategies and cultures.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

1943: China at the Crossroads

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | December 4 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time

Joseph Esherick, History, UC San Diego

Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

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


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