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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chinese New Year Theme Dinner: Chef Jordan Lichman Presents

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | February 10 | 6-8 p.m. | International House, Dining Commons


International House


International House is proud to serve a variety of cuisines from around the world, prepared by our executive chef Jordan Lichman and Dining Services team.
Chinese New Year Menu:
Asst’d Dumplings, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Crispy Whole Pig, Roasted Duck Leg, Nien Gao (Rice cake), Gai Choy (Greens), Custard tarts, Sesame Balls.

UC Berkeley staff, friends and alumni of I-House are invited to...   More >

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Xiaowai Xiao | Covering Social Issues in China

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | February 11 | 12:30-2 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library (Room 142)


Graduate School of Journalism


Although journalists in China operate under close government control, a number of them are reporting effectively on the country’s many social problems. One of the leaders in such coverage is Xiaowai Xiao, a correspondent for China Central TV (CCTV) who is a visiting scholar this year at the Graduate School of Journalism.

She will show some of her work and discuss the process of getting...   More >

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Power, Accountability, and Human Rights in a Networked World

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | February 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall


Rebecca MacKinnon

Information, School of


Rebecca MacKinnon is a leading advocate for Internet usersâ rights to online freedom of expression and privacy around the world.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Symposium on the Imagination

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 19 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall


Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies


A multidisciplinary and cross-cultural consideration of the various manifestations and theories of the imagination.


All Audiences

All Audiences



Soil and Society on the Loess Plateau, c. 1850s-1950s: A History from the Bottom Up

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date


Micah Muscolino, , Jessica Rawson Fellow in Modern Asian History at Merton College and Associate Professor of Chinese History, the University of Oxford

Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


Environmental China lecture 3

For most of history, little mattered more for human communities than their relations with the soil that provided most of their food and nutrients. For the past few centuries (the “Anthropocene”), nothing has mattered more for soils in China and the wider world than human action, which has accelerated erosion and rerouted nutrient flows, making humans into agents...   More >

Monday, February 22, 2016

Summer Abroad - Taipei, Taiwan: Business Chinese

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 33 Dwinelle Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Acquire the cultural, social, and business skills necessary to communicate on a daily basis with the public and professional community through an intensive six-week immersion in Taipei.



Subaltern Speak: An Indian Soldier's 'Travelogue' of China, 1900-1901

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Anand A. Yang, Professor of International Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle

Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A talk by Professor of History at the University of Washington, Anand A. Yang

Friday, February 26, 2016

California Alumni Club of the Peninsula: Chinese New Year's Banquet - Belmont

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | February 26 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  China Village Seafood Restaurant


 600 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

California Alumni Club of the Peninsula


Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Cal Alumni Club of the Peninsula's Annual Chinese New Year Banquet. It's our first big event of the New Year!

Join fellow alums and guests as we feast on a delicious, traditional 10-course dinner. Learn about the symbology and rituals of this ancient celebration.

Some characteristics of those born in the year of the Monkey (born in 1920, 1932, 1944,...   More >


Alumni

Guest Ticket $40.00. Make reservations by February 25 online.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Managing Scarcity: Water and Culture in Modern China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


David Pietz, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona

Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

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


Environmental China Colloquium 4

The speaker will explore the contemporary challenges of water scarcity in China through the lens of history, leveraging historical experience into a more nuanced view of China’s water challenges and the potential national and international consequences of resource constraints.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Collecting European and Asian Art Objects in 17th- and 18th-Century Batavia

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Michael North, Professor and Chair of Modern History, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (Germany)

Winnie Wong, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and History of Art, UC Berkeley

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of European Studies


This talk will discuss the role and function of art in the settlements of the Dutch East India Company in Asia, and in particular how the collections of the VOC representatives and merchants in Batavia were shaped.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Church of the East and the Mongols

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


Joel Walker, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion



Author Book Talk: Renee Chow

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall


College of Environmental Design


TUESDAY, Mar 8, 7:00PM. The Environmental Design Library Presents a BookTalk by Renee Y. Chow, Prof. of Architecture and Urban Design. Chow uses a lens of urban fields to explore life in neighborhoods of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and its canal environs.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fiery Cinema: The Emergence of an Affective Medium in China, 1915–1945

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Mary Ann Doane, Film and Media, UC Berkeley

Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film and Media, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


Berkeley faculty member Weihong Bao will discuss her book, Fiery Cinema: The Emergence of an Affective Medium in China, 1915–1945. The book traces the permutations of cinema as an affective medium in China from the early through the mid-twentieth century, exploring its role in aesthetics, politics, and social institutions.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bureaucracy and Salvation: Chinese Ways to Divinization

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Vincent Goossaert, Directeur d'études, Sciences religieuses, École Pratique des Hautes Études

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


The earliest Chinese documents show that dead humans could become (under certain conditions) ancestors or else suffering, possibly malevolent, and ultimately forgotten ghosts. The late warring state period saw the more or less concurrent emergence of two new postmortem destinations...   More >

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Reception and Impact of "Theology", "Religion", and "Philosophy" in East Asia

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | March 17 | 9:30 a.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia explores the genealogy of the terms “religion” and “theology” in East Asia through two annual convenings with interdisciplinary scholars.



Post-Imperialism: The Legacy of Europe's Colonial Repatriates

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 17 | 9:30 a.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Christoph Kalter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Free University Berlin; Pamela Ballinger, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan; Claire Eldridge, Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Leeds; Jordanna Bailkin, Professor in International Studies, University of Washington

Jeroen Dewulf, Professor of Dutch Studies; Director, IES, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


This conference will focus on the aftermath of the independence of formerly European colonies in Asia and Africa, when between 5 and 7 million settlers migrated to their respective countries of origin, between the Second World War and the mid-1970ies. Although they were called “repatriates,” at least a third of them had never seen their European country of citizenship. Many had been living for...   More >



Hierarchies of Citizenship and Non-Citizenship in East Asian Democracies: The Politics of Multiculturalism in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 17 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Erin Aeran Chung, Johns Hopkins University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


This paper argues that the variants of multiculturalism developing in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan represent each society’s attempt to improve upon what policymakers view as the failures of multiculturalism—and, more broadly, diversity—in traditional countries of immigration.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Reception and Impact of “Theology,” “Religion,” and “Philosophy” in East Asia

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | March 18 | 9:30 a.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia explores the genealogy of the terms “religion” and “theology” in East Asia through two annual convenings with interdisciplinary scholars.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dreams of Shanshui: Negotiating Landscape Aesthetics in China's Environmental Modernization

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


Andrea Riemenschnitter, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich

Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


Environmental China Colloquium 5

In the spring of 2015, a series of shanshui landscapes by early modern cartoon artist Feng Zikai decorated official China Dream posters in conjunction with slogans to protect the environment. Appropriated by the government, Feng's post-traditional sceneries are meant to assist China's project of environmental modernization. Hailing national values and citizen...   More >

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Film screening: "DNA Dreams"

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies | April 12 | 4 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall


Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, The Center for Genetics and Society


What if you were allowed to have only one child and had the option of selecting its genes? Would you choose for a natural or a designer baby? …. What kind of world will that be? The documentary DNA Dreams features a new generation of scientists at BGI, China’s leading genomics research institute. The film follows 18-year-old scientist Zhao Bowen, ...   More >

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Composers Colloquium - Shih-Hui Chen: Recent work

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Morrison Hall, 125 Elkus Room


Department of Music


Born in Taiwan, Shih-Hui Chen has lived in the United States since 1982. Since completing her doctorate degree at Boston University, Chen has received significant recognition for her work including a Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Chamber Music America commission, and an American Academy in Rome Prize.


All Audiences

Friday, April 15, 2016

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Can college expansion policy generate human capital spillovers? Evidence from China"

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | April 15 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall


Xiaoyu Xia

Department of Economics


Lunch will not be provided but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Varieties of State Building in the Borderland Area between China and Mainland Southeast Asia

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Enze Han, Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


This talk examines how the multi-ethnic frontiers have been managed, and how the interplay between domestic politics and international relations since the end of WWII have affected different patterns of state building in Southwest China, upper Myanmar, and northern Thailand.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Restless Empire: China and the World

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Dr. Odd Arne Westad, Harvard Kennedy School

Institute of International Studies


Odd Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.

Before coming to Harvard in 2015, Westad was School Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). While at LSE, he...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences