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Friday, September 11, 2015

The South China Sea, US Pivot, and Regional Security in Northeast Asia

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 11 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


David Kang, International Relations and Business, Director of USC Korean Studies Institute and Director of USC East Asian Studies Center, University of Southern California

Laura Nelson, Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Chair, Center for Korean Studies

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


Are many East Asian nations feeling increasingly threatened, especially from China? It certainly appears so, and numerous observers see rising tensions in which war is possible and perhaps imminent. Over the last few months, North Korea has tested missiles and threatened the United States with nuclear war. China spars regularly with Japan over ownership of a group of disputed islands, and with...   More >



Plastic China - CANCELED

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall | Canceled


Wang Jiuliang, independent filmmaker

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


China has become the largest importer of plastic waste in the world. This film follows a 12-year old girl whose family lives on recycling plastic waste. This film reveals the dirty truth about plastic recycling in the US and how the lifestyle of the developed world defines the lives of others. 90 minutes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chinese Renminbi: Regional or Global Currency?

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Barry Eichengreen, Economics, UC Berkeley

Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


This talk will contrast two views of the process and ultimate result of renminbi internationalization, one in which the renminbi becomes a consequential international currency used throughout the world, and a second in which the renminbi is used for cross-border transactions mainly in Asia.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sports in the Global Cold War : A Transnational History Project

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Robert Edelman, Professor of Russian History and the History of Sport, UC San Diego

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for African Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, Center for Latin American Studies


During the Cold war, nations and peoples used sport to promote their political, social and economic development. Elites sought ways to confer legitimacy on their dominance. Sport was uniquely positioned between high politics and diplomacy on the one hand and mass politics and popular culture on the other. Because results could be easily measured and profound international connections were formed,...   More >

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Political Ecology of the Qin Empire

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Brian Lander, Ziff Environmental Fellow 2015-2017, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Mark Csikszentmihalyi, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


The state-strengthening reforms of the Warring States period gave the Qin government direct control over the exploitation of land and labor. The speaker will use newly excavated administrative documents to analyze the Qin state from 246-210 BCE in order to understand the ecological consequences of this new political system.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Psychological Consequences of Walking in Urban Chinese Infants

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


Joseph J. Campos, Psychology, UC Berkeley

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


Studies with Chinese infants in Beijing, conducted under the supervision of Professor Dong Qi, now President of Beijing Normal University, have confirmed the importance of locomotor activity for urban Chinese infants, for whom crawling is delayed by some 3.5 months due to cultural and safety reasons...   More >

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Story Hour in the Library featuring Yang Huang

Reading - Literary: Center for Chinese Studies | October 8 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library


Yang Huang

Library


Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In October the program features author Yang Huang.

Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her debut novel Living Treasures is a...   More >

Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Talk: The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Robert Ashmore, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


The complete disappearance by the tenth century of the medieval Chinese aristocracy, the “great clans” that had dominated China for centuries, has long perplexed historians. In his book, Nicolas Tackett resolves the enigma of their disappearance by using new, digital methodologies to analyze a dazzling array of sources. He systematically exploits the thousands of funerary biographies excavated in...   More >

Thursday, October 15, 2015

China’s Crisis of Political Morality: Diagnosis and Reconstruction

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Qing Zhou, Psychology, UC Berkeley

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


Because of the moral focus of such founding thinkers as Confucius and Mencius and the absence of a strong tradition of the rule of law, China has always placed particular emphasis on public morality. The revolutionary first half of the 20th century culminating in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution...   More >

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

From "One-Country-Two-systems" to "Two models and one future": Some Reflections on Beijing-Taipei relations

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 21 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Zhang Weiwei, International Relations & Director of Centre for China Development Model Research, Fudan University, China

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


TBA

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 23 – 24, 2015 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


"Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan" looks at the domestic and foreign relations adjustments of these three nations since the 1980s when the 'developmental state' agendas began to be challenged by 1) the increased globalization of financial transactions, and 2) the decline in global and regional bipolarity.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 23 – 24, 2015 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


"Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan" looks at the domestic and foreign relations adjustments of these three nations since the 1980s when the 'developmental state' agendas began to be challenged by 1) the increased globalization of financial transactions, and 2) the decline in global and regional bipolarity.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Berkeley Book Launch: What the Rest Think of the West

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | October 29 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Laura Nader, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


A new series highlights recent publications by CMES faculty with a book talk and reception.

What the Rest Think of the West, edited by Prof. Laura Nader
Over the past few centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expansive and flexible geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures with little interest in a return gaze. In turn, these other civilizations have been...   More >

Friday, November 6, 2015

Divided Nations and their Neighbors

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


Beverly Crawford, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

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


“Divided Nations” will compare the experience of Germany, the two Koreas, and China-Taiwan as divided nations, focusing on 1) the domestic politics of division and reconciliation, 2) divided nations and regional stability/instability, and 3) The political economy of division and reconciliation. Registration required.



Heritage and Ancestors: The Politics of Chinese Museums and Historical Memory

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


You-tien Hsing, Chair, CCS; Geography, UC Berkeley

Magnus Fiskesjö, Anthropology, Cornell University

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


The current Chinese boom in museum-building and in the construction of memorial sites coincides with a broad re-definition of the official and predominant view of China’s history and identity. The Mao-era Communist orthodoxy of history as a sequence of class struggles is replaced across the board, with a story of unbroken, if interrupted, national glory. In this presentation I ask, how are the...   More >

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chinese Investment in Africa: An Environmental Perspective

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 10 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


TBA

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Many Forms of Environmental Activism in China: Linking Local and Global?

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Mujun Zhou, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow 2015-2016

Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


The reconstruction of China’s civil society in the 1990s started from environmental activism. Today, despite authoritarian repression, environmental activism of various kinds are flourishing. This talk introduces three forms of activism using data collected from ethnographic study in China.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Regional environmental pollution in South China: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | November 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Dr. Xiang-Dong Li, Assoc. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hong Kong Cinema festival

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 – 16, 2015 every day |  Vogue Theater


3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon), San Francisco, CA

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


Under the auspices of the San Francisco Film Society, a weekend of new films from Hong Kong will be screened at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco November 14-16. Among them: Fruit Chan’s "The Midnight After"; "The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom," set in the Ming dynasty; and Ann Hui’s Venice Film Festival closer "The Golden Era." Chow Yun-fat appears in the opening night screening ...   More >


Admission charged.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hong Kong Cinema festival

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 – 16, 2015 every day |  Vogue Theater


3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon), San Francisco, CA

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


Under the auspices of the San Francisco Film Society, a weekend of new films from Hong Kong will be screened at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco November 14-16. Among them: Fruit Chan’s "The Midnight After"; "The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom," set in the Ming dynasty; and Ann Hui’s Venice Film Festival closer "The Golden Era." Chow Yun-fat appears in the opening night screening ...   More >


Admission charged.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hong Kong Cinema festival

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 – 16, 2015 every day |  Vogue Theater


3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon), San Francisco, CA

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


Under the auspices of the San Francisco Film Society, a weekend of new films from Hong Kong will be screened at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco November 14-16. Among them: Fruit Chan’s "The Midnight After"; "The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom," set in the Ming dynasty; and Ann Hui’s Venice Film Festival closer "The Golden Era." Chow Yun-fat appears in the opening night screening ...   More >


Admission charged.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Risks and Rewards of Grassroots Environmentalism in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Kristen McDonald, China Program Director, Pacific Environment, San Francisco

You-tien Hsing, Center for Chinese Studies; Geography, UCB

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


Environmental laws in China are tougher than ever, but pollution problems persist. One of the key obstacles to improvement in China’s environment is weak enforcement, and grassroots environmental groups are at the cutting edge of seeking to address the enforcement challenge.

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