Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recital of Chinese Opera

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow, 2016-2017

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

《彈詞》 "The Ballad"
A Performance from Chinese opera

This famous excerpt from the poet Hong Sheng’s (1645-1704) southern drama Palace of Lasting Life (1688) consists of ten solos sung by the character Li Guinian, a former leading musician from the Pear Garden Academy at the glorious Tang (685-762) court, now a performer reduced to singing popular ballads in the...   More >

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Northeast Asia Policy: History and Security

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 23 | 2-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference addresses the challenges of contemporary Northeast Asian security, focusing on the implications of the Trump administration’s policies for the region.

Friday, February 24, 2017

East Asian Topologies of Power: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Currents Symposium

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 24 | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 220 - Geballe Room

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This symposium will bring into conversation the guest editors of three recent issues of the UC Berkeley-based e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review and three additional East Asia scholars to explore the special issues’ thematic convergence on China and its neighbors, on space, and on cartography. Rather than regarding the emergence of the state as a top-down imposition,...   More >

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rethinking East Asia in the New Global Economy

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 27 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Economic Geography, National University of Singapore

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

Drawing upon empirical research on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, this speaker argues that production network-level dynamics and firm-specific initiatives are more critical to the successful industrial transformation of these East Asian economies.
This key mechanism of strategic coupling with global production networks offers a dynamic conception of state-firm relations in the changing...   More >

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as...   More >

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Calibrating the Chinese Citizen: Propaganda, E-Petitioning and Big Data-Driven Governance

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 7 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christian Göbel, Chinese Politics and Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

In China, the majority of city-level governments has set up websites
where citizen petitions and government responses can be reviewed by the general public. What is the political logic guiding the establishment of such open petitioning websites? Analyzing policy documents, government websites and open petitions, this paper argues that open petitioning websites represent a form of calibration of...   More >

online petitioning website

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Conjunctural Urbanism: Cities, Financialization, and Late Neoliberalism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia

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

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Global Metropolitan Studies

The field of critical urban studies has been moved in recent years by a series of poststructural and postcolonial interventions that have raised searching questions about the explanatory status accorded to “EuroAmerican” case studies, about the reach and relevance of political-economic theory claims concerning entrepreneurial (or neoliberal) modes of regulation, and about the respective utility...   More >

Friday, March 10, 2017

Transportation as a Language: Mobility management of China’s urban billion

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Jinhua Zhao, MIT

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: The rapid urbanization and economic growth in China uniquely characterize her transportation challenges and corresponding solutions. Extraordinary growth calls for extraordinary measures. Boldness in both infrastructure development and policy design seems commonplace in China’s transportation arena. This talk, however, will present the subtleties in these bold designs through three...   More >

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 14 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, Berkeley School of Law

 Stein Ringen, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Professor Ringen will presents his book, The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century. The Chinese political economy is like no other system known to man, now or in history. This book explains how the system works and where it may be moving.
- What are the intentions and priorities of the Chinese leaders?
- What kind of leader is Xi Jinping, where is he leading China and how radically is...   More >

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Manchurian Sleepwalkers

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Thomas Lahusen, Documentarian and Distinguished Professor of History, University of Toronto

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Harbin, Manchuria, was a temporary, provisional home for several hundreds of thousands of émigrés, who came to live there from Russia, Japan, and many other countries, as colonizers, military personnel, adventurers, or refugees, during the first half of the twentieth century. They were forced to leave after 1945. Many years later, the memory of their previous home has become an obsession for...   More >

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Everyday Ironies: Mao Badges as the Biggest Consumer Fad in History

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Karl Gerth, History, UC San Diego

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Today’s bought, sold, collected, and inspected Mao badges seem to be at odds with their history as icons of loyalty to Mao Zedong during the early Cultural Revolution. I argue that the postsocialist era is not the antithesis of the socialist era. And that the current market craze for Mao badge collecting is a resurgence of badge market value. The irony was present all along and, indeed, the...   More >

The Study of Contacts Between Cultures: The Case of Sino-European Encounters in the Seventeenth Century

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Nicolas Standaert, Professor of Sinology, University of Leuven

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This is the keynote lecture of the multiday workshop Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dangerous Belief? Xin 信 in Occult Anecdotes in Tang and Song China: Berkeley Public Theology Lecture

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220

 Robert Hymes, Carpentier Professor of Oriental Studies, Columbia University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Robert Hymes received his B.A. from Columbia College (1972), and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania. His work so far has focused on the social and cultural history of middle period and early modern China, drawing questions and sometimes data from cultural anthropology as well as history, and using the methods of the local historian to study elite culture, family...   More >

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bishan Project: 2010-2016

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

 Ou Ning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University in the City of New York

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film Studies

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Bishan Project was not just an art project. It started out from wanting to address those imbalances between cities and the countryside that had manifested grim realities such as the deterioration of agricultural industries, rural villages, and farm laborer empowerment, and were the direct result of excessive urbanization. The project relied on the accumulated experience of the rural...   More >

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rebecca Karl, Department of History, New York University; Lydia Liu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

 Colleen Lye, English, UC Berkeley; Raka Ray, Sociology, UC Berkeley

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

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This panel discussion with Lydia Liu and Rebecca Karl, co-authors and co-translators, will focus on their book, The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory, a volume of English translation of writings by possibly the first Chinese feminist author He-Yin Zhen (1884-1920?) on issues of gender in relation to imperialism, capitalism, and...   More >

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Supporting Students From China at UC Berkeley

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | April 12 | 1:30-4:30 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. By participating in this staff workshop, attendees will understand the unique cultural challenges faced by students from China, improve their understanding of the challenges faced by students from China, and help Chinese student better adapt to academic life on a U.S. campus.

Cover Girls: The Evolution of the Image of Female Stars in Chinese Movie Magazines from the 1920s to the Early Years of the People's Republic

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

 Paul Fonoroff, Independent film scholar

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk will cover the evolution of the image of female stars from the 1920s to the early 1950s as reflected in their representation as "cover girls" from the 1920s (and the birth of Chinese movie "goddesses") to their makeover after the Communist victory in 1949. The talk will include many slides of images from the Fonoroff Collection, now held at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Quest for a Voice—Revisiting Asia’s Democratic Revolt

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | April 14 | 2-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

A quarter century ago, Mongolia, Asia’s first Communist power, was wracked by revolt among its young, educated elite, a revolt that culminated in the collapse of Communism and establishment of a democratic government. Earlier, demonstrations at Tiananmen had ended in tragedy and disaster. Earlier still, Kyongju’s youth rallied to the cry of democratic reform.
Looking back at this period...   More >

The Quest for a Voice: Revisiting Asia’s Democratic Revolt

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | April 14 | 2-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 M. Steven Fish, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Mayor Batt-Uul, City of Ulaan Baatar; Batchimeg Migeddorj, Office of the President of Mongolia; Namhee Lee, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA; Rowena He, Government, St. Michael's College; Mendee Jargalsaikhan, Political Science, University of British Columbia

 Kevin O'Brien

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

A quarter century ago, Mongolia, Asia’s first Communist power, was wracked by revolt among its young, educated elite, a revolt that ultimately culminated in the collapse of Communism and establishment of a democratic government . Only months earlier, demonstrations at Tiananmen had ended in tragedy and disaster. Earlier still, Kyongju’s youth rallied to the cry of democractic reform. ...   More >

Protest in Mongolia

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 510A IEAS conference room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The conference will feature up to sixteen student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 510A IEAS conference room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The conference will feature up to sixteen student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought.

Monday, April 24, 2017

China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Reilly, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Tempted by their expansive authority over China’s economy, Chinese leaders are increasingly deploying economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders rely upon state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and local Chinese officials, even though they may be unreliable...   More >

Friday, May 5, 2017

Return of Ten Thousand Dharmas: A Celebration in Honor of Patricia Berger

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | May 5 | 4-6 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Patricia Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Patricia Berger served as the curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco from 1982 to 1994. She then returned to her alma mater to mentor another generation of graduate students as Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California at Berkeley. In celebration of her well-deserved retirement, we invite you to join her current and former students and colleagues to honor her...   More >

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Return of Ten Thousand Dharmas: A Celebration in Honor of Patricia Berger

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | May 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event begins on Friday, May 5, 4 pm, Brower Center with a keynote speech by Professor Berger.

Patricia Berger served as the curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco from 1982 to 1994. She then returned to her alma mater to mentor another generation of graduate students as Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California at Berkeley. In celebration of her...   More >

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship and Collection Treasures at UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 5 | 8:10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)

 Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Harvey Dong, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley; Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, University of California, Berkeley; Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, University of California, Berkeley; Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, University of California, Berkeley; Virginia Shih, Librarian for Southeast Asian Collections, University of California, Berkeley

 Library

The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship.