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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


David Mungello, Professor of History at Baylor University, argues that, viewed long-term perspective, the Catholic
"invasion" of China, 1841-2000, contributed to the transformation of a mission church into an indigenous religion.

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, Film and Media, UC Berkeley

Miryam Sas, Comparative Literature and Film

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


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 , 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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Comparative Ethnic DNA in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 13 | 12:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Aihwa Ong, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Linda Neuhauser, Public Health, UC Berkeley

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


In recent years, BGI Genomics, based in southern China, has called “a global DNA assembly factory.” This talk identifies BGI as more than just a genomic factory that promotes the borderless prowess of its inexpensive sequencing power for the global good...   More >

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 | Canceled


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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thinking Through Comparisons, Antique and Modern

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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


This project aims to devise better ways of conducting cross-culture comparisons for the study of antique cultures, via literature, history, and philosophy.



The Materiality of “Shu” 書 (Documents)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date


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 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 >

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ticks, Dots, and Doodles: Bibliographic Insights into the Tibetan Manuscripts from Dunhuang

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


Thanks to a number of largely French and Japanese scholars, the 1970s witnessed a rush of interest in the Tibetan manuscripts from Dunhuang...   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

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 6 | 9 a.m.-3:30 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 >



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 >

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 >

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.