Upcoming Events

Friday, January 25, 2019

No Laughing Matter: Learning to Speak the "Common Language" in 1950s China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Janet Chen, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the winter and early spring of 1956, a series of articles appeared in nationally circulating publications, featuring an earnest entreaty: please do not laugh at those who are trying to learn putonghua, the “common language” of the socialist state. Beyond the headlines, permutations of the same refrain echoed in different forums. At the opening stages of a campaign to “popularize the common...   More >

Friday, February 1, 2019

Book Talk: The Feminist Awakening in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 1 | 3-5 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Leta Hong Fincher

 Lü Pin

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students,...   More >

Friday, March 1, 2019

Singing to the People: Evolving Iconic Songs in Contemporary China

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

 Levi S. Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College

 Andrew Jones, Professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In China and around the world, performances of songs can create virtual meeting grounds where different voices and perspectives engage with one another. In his new book about the rise of “Folksong King of Western China” Wang Xiangrong, Levi S. Gibbs explores parallels between the song culture of Wang’s childhood mountain village and his contemporary national and international performances where...   More >

Monday, March 4, 2019

Remaking Urban Landscape in China’s Large Cities: State-Society Nexus and the Reproduction of Space amidst Accelerate Urbanization

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

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Phenomenal transformation of the landscape in Chinese cities has been conventionally understood as the spatial outcome of the reformation of state-market relations. The current urban landscape observable today is described as a juxtaposition of two elements, namely the legacy of the socialist city and the newly emerged space of marketization. This research identifies a new wave of urbanization in...   More >

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

#MeToo Hong Kong

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 6 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Gina Marchetti, Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, University of Hong Kong

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Media Studies

As the Harvey Weinstein allegations opened up the depth and breadth of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Weinstein’s associates in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China came under scrutiny as well. Hong Kong serves as a bridge as well as a gateway between mainland Chinese and Hollywood concerns as well as the nexus for a constellation of industrial networks...   More >

Friday, March 8, 2019

Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi: Han to Tang (Day 1)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 8 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies ( Golden bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Eliaser Chair in International Studies

The classic Zhuangzi 莊子, a collection of sayings and anecdotes traditionally attributed to Zhuang Zhou 莊周 (trad. 369-286 BCE), has deeply influenced cultural life in East Asia and beyond. A key text in East Asian religious and literary history, it is still routinely cited in diverse discussions of ethics and philosophy, and informs practices from calligraphy to...   More >

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi: Han to Tang (Day 2)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies ( Golden bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Eliaser Chair in International Studies

The classic Zhuangzi 莊子, a collection of sayings and anecdotes traditionally attributed to Zhuang Zhou 莊周 (trad. 369-286 BCE), has deeply influenced cultural life in East Asia and beyond. A key text in East Asian religious and literary history, it is still routinely cited in diverse discussions of ethics and philosophy, and informs practices from calligraphy to...   More >

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Prognosis

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 15 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

East Asia since 2010 has been characterized by the rise of China and the relative decline of the U.S., and by a corresponding disorder as China has increasingly defied the game rules set by the erstwhile hegemon and begun to outline an alternative set of rules. This conference will analyze the options open to Asian actors, such as China and the U.S., as well as Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and ASEAN.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On Twenty-first Century Postcolonialism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Jianhua Dai, Professor in the Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, Peking University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The lecture will address the place of post-colonial theory in the twenty-first century. This question is highly relevant to China, as it recalls the history of China’s involvement in the non-aligned movement, and subsequent efforts after the break with the Soviet Union to form third-world solidarities. But Dai calls into question whether the insights of postcolonialism are relevant for the...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 5 | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Stanford Center for East Asian Studies

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >

Key Issues in the Current Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 5 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

What are the contours of superpower competition? How do middle powers interact with great powers in the 21st century? In East Asia, what options do middle powers in Asia such as

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 6 | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Stanford Center for East Asian Studies

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Maritime Hubs and Mobilities: Rethinking Metropolitan Hong Kong-South China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Pearl River Delta Region and its metropolitan hubs have long engaged with the circulation of goods, people and ideas along what is now popularized as the Maritime Silk Road. Over the centuries these movements bridged continental divides. The talk focuses on the historical layers of economic and cultural resources, multi-ethnic identities, and strategic footprints across the oceans from...   More >

Foreign factories in Canton, early 19th Century (source: Peabody Essex Museum)

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Archaeology Discoveries in Asia: Book Launch for "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology"

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Junko Habu, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

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

This event celebrates the publication of the "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology" with two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian archaeology: Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) and Prof. Peter V. Lape (University of Washington).

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Exhibit - Painting: Center for Chinese Studies | December 12, 2018 – April 14, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this...   More >