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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution: Townsend Book Chat with Steven Lee

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall


Townsend Center for the Humanities


Professor of English Steven Lee’s book makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde."


All Audiences

All Audiences

Friday, September 30, 2016

Xunan Group Info-Session: How To Do a Start-Up in China.

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | September 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)


Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


Xunan Group is the creator of www.xunanbuy.com, a Chinese e-commerce website. They are looking to bring their services to the US and allow consumers to purchase Chinese products at market price. Come listen to the company speak about their technology and the opportunities that come with their goals to expand here in the US.

Resumes will be accepted, so bring your resumes and a desire to learn...   More >



The Chinese Mayor (Datong) (Zhou Hao China, 2015) | COMMITTED CINEMA: ZHOU HAO

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | September 30 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


This fascinating look at politics, power, and change in contemporary China focuses on Gang Yambo, the hardworking and idealistic mayor of the city of Datong in Shanxi province from 2008 to 2013.


$7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission For tickets please visit us at bampfa.org/tickets.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cotton | Zhou Hao China, 2014 | COMMITTED CINEMA: ZHOU HAO series

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | October 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Join us for an in conversation presentation of Cotton with director Zhou Hao and assistant professor of law and political science at UC Berkeley, Rachel Stern


$7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Monday, October 3, 2016

The Arbitral Award: Implications for the South China Sea and Taiwan

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 3 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Yann-huei Song, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Asia Society of Northern California


On July 12, 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS” or the “Convention”) issued its final Award in the arbitration case filed by the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China to settle their disputes in the South China Sea.

The award is highly favorable to the Philippines’ claims, ruling inter alia that...   More >

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Making Waves: Contested Waters in the South China Sea

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 4 | 4-7:30 p.m. |  ASNC Bechtel Conference Center, 500 Washington St, SF


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Asia Society of Northern California, Rand Corporation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Making of Chinese Hegemony in Early Modern East Asia

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Ji-Young Lee, American University

T.J. Pempel, UC Berkeley

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


Many have viewed the tribute system as China's tool for projecting its power and influence in East Asia, treating other actors as passive recipients of Chinese domination. However, throughout the early modern period, Chinese hegemony was accepted, defied, and challenged by its East Asian neighbors at different times, depending on these leaders' domestic legitimation strategies.



The Hague Ruling on the South China Sea: Where Does Asia Go From Here?

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled


T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


The Hague Ruling on the South China Sea: Where Does Asia Go From Here?

With the landmark decision from the international tribunal in the Hague, China’s claims to the South China Sea have been roundly repudiated. But without means of enforcement, and with China unwilling to accept the ruling, the future course is unclear. ...   More >

Thursday, October 6, 2016

India And China, The New Superpowers

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Anja Manuel, RiceHadley Gates, LLC

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


In the next decade and a half, China and India will become two of the world’s indispensable powers—whether they rise peacefully or not. During that time, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size, and military spending. India and China will have vetoes over many international decisions, from climate change to global trade, human rights,...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Genghis Khan's Womenfolk: How Imperial Women Shaped the Mongol Conquests and the Mongol Empire

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Anne Broadbridge, UMass Amherst

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The epic story of Genghis Khan and the Mongol conquests of Eurasia generates widespread interest, yet still today few know the truth of the matter. Still harder to find are the stories of Genghis Khan's womenfolk, even though no one doubts that there were many, many women in his life. In this lecture, Professor Broadbridge will present three key moments from Mongol history to illustrate the way...   More >

Friday, October 7, 2016

East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events | 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, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


What is East Asia? By questioning what constitutes East Asia today in a world of shifting meanings and boundaries, this conference seeks papers with new approaches to understand the region and new methods to conduct area studies.



Joe McBride on Chinese Landscape Paintings in Berkeley Eye | Gallery Talk

Presentation: Center for Chinese Studies | October 7 | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Forestry at UC Berkeley, Joe McBride addresses two Chinese landscape paintings on display for the Berkeley Eye Exhibit


Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission



Ethnic by Design: Branding a Buyi (Bouyei) Cultural Landscape in Late-Socialist Southwest China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Yu Luo, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow, 2016-2017, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


China's Worlds Lecture Series

The speaker asks how branding works in contemporary China through looking at the strategies of an ethnic minority in the southwest jockeying for regional and national positioning.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events | 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, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


What is East Asia? By questioning what constitutes East Asia today in a world of shifting meanings and boundaries, this conference seeks papers with new approaches to understand the region and new methods to conduct area studies.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Cal Alumni Association Chinese Chapter: Berkeley Chinese Summit

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | October 9 | 8:30 a.m. |  Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati: Compton Charles T C


 650 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Cal Alumni Association Chinese Chapter


The Berkeley China Summit (BCS) aims to connect China’s businesses and investors with the technology, engineering, and business innovation expertise on UC Berkeley campus and across the Bay Area.

Bridging cross-border gaps between US and China, we strive to build a platform where great minds from both sides can constructively discuss the challenges China is facing in a global setting and...   More >


Alumni, Friends of the University

Alumni, Friends of the University

$Prices vary

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fiery Cinema: Townsend Book Chat with Weihong Bao

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall


Townsend Center for the Humanities


Weihong Bao’s book traces the permutations of cinema as an affective medium in China, exploring its role in aesthetics, politics, and social institutions.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Friday, October 21, 2016

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

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 (Trans-Pacific Partnership) has become a political flashpoint. Less discussed are the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), and AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank). This conference explores how the TPP, the RCEP, and the AIIB may reshape the future of Asia, and the implications for the United States.



Composition Colloquium: Francisco Castillo Trigueros

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 21 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall


Department of Music


Francisco Castillo Trigueros (b. 1983) is a composer of contemporary chamber, orchestral and electronic music from Mexico City residing in Chicago. He has received numerous distinctions such as the Jury 1st prize at the NEM Young Composers International Forum, the BMI Student Composer Award, honorable mentions in the 2010 and 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and several nominations for...   More >

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Participatory Environmental and Community Planning in Taiwan, China, and Oakland

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | October 25 | 2-5 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor


Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


This open forum will address two aspects of community planning and design in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Taiwan. First, the social and cultural contexts within which community planning flourished, and second, examples of work done in these two geographic locations. In San Francisco, during the periods of 1960-90s, and in Taiwan, 1990-present.


This forum brings together two groups of...   More >

Friday, October 28, 2016

Experience with Open Source Linguistic Data and Tools for Analysis of Chinese Text

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | October 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 210 South Hall


Alex Amies

Information, School of


(Note the room change.) The speaker will discuss experience in access to linguistic data from the development of a reader and corpus analysis tools for Chinese Buddhist texts. To begin with there is much promise and hype in open source projects that have been used or investigated in this project. Some...   More >

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What Is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Pheng Cheah, Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


Pheng Cheah's book, What Is a World?, offers the first critical consideration of world literature’s cosmopolitan vocation. Cheah articulates a normative theory of literature’s world-making power by creatively synthesizing four philosophical accounts of the world as a temporal process: idealism, Marxist materialism, phenomenology, and deconstruction.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mapping, Managing, Meandering: Charting China’s Continuous Evolution

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Vivienne Shue, Professor Emeritus of Contemporary China Studies, Associate of the University of Oxford China Centre, and Emeritus Fellow of the College., St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Kevin O'Brien, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies; Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


The speaker will explore analyses of political change through mapping, looking at the meticulous and ambitiously futurist land-use mapping of the entirety of the Chinese nation-space now carried out and incorporated as a central component of the party-state’s routines of comprehensive national development planning.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Supporting Chinese Students at UC Berkeley

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | November 29 | 2-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room


Jason Patent, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

International House


Students from China continue to come to UC Berkeley in ever-greater numbers. What roles can each of us play in ensuring that we all make the most of this learning opportunity, both for the students and for ourselves? How can we bring awareness to our own and others’ stereotypes, so that we might transform them into learning opportunities? Through thoughtful conversation and inquiry, we will spend...   More >

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Who is the 'common' in the 'common good'?: The bifurcation of service and governance in Chinese public health after SARS: Demography Brown Bag

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | December 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room


Katherine Mason, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Brown University

Department of Demography, Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, Berkeley Population Center


A weekly series of talks by visiting speakers, on varying topics of interest to demographers and scholars in the population sciences.