Upcoming Events

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), Institute of International Studies Faculty Interdisciplinary Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

Panel discussion on writings by possibly the first Chinese feminist author, He-Yin Zhen. Zhen presents an alternative conception of feminism that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reconsidering and Re-Framing Taiwan and its History: Aborigines, Colonial Rulers and Democratization

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

 J. Bruce Jacobs, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

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

Although Chinese, such as Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong, insisted that Taiwan had been part of China since time immemorial, in fact both only claimed Taiwan as a part of China in 1942. Genuine historical research (as opposed to political “historical” research) demonstrates that no permanent Han Chinese communities existed in Taiwan until after 1624, when the Dutch arrived and imported Han...   More >

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), Institute of International Studies Faculty Interdisciplinary Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

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

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | April 14 | 1-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 M. Steven Fish, Political Science, UC Berkeley; 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; Teresa Wright, Political Science, California Sate University Long Beach

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 M.P. Lu. Bold, Member of Parliament, Mongolia

 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, Kwangju’s youth rallied to the cry of democractic reform. ...   More >

Protest in Mongolia

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 >

Life After Life (Zhi fan ye mao) | Zhang Hangyi | China, 2016

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Produced by Jia Zhangke, this evocative and poetic ghost story depicts a rapidly disappearing way of life in rural China with a gorgeous visual sensibility and subtly wry humor.

 General admission: $15; BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13; Non–UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $14. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to this program. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be ex CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Onsite ticket sales are subject to limited availability.

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The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) | Nele Wohlatz | Argentina, 2016

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

FEATURING
Zhang Xiaobin, Saroj Kumar Malik, Jiang Mian.


An eighteen-year-old travels from China to Buenos Aires to join her conservative family and rebels against them by taking a Spanish class, where lessons learned become ways to imagine a “future perfect.”

 General admission: $15; BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13; Non–UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $14. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to this program. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be ex CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Onsite ticket sales are subject to limited availability.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Understanding Taiwanese History by Reading LGBT Literature

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ta-wei Chi, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literatures visualizing homosexuality are commonly found in various modern countries. In Taiwan, there is even a history of the LGBT literature as an eco-system extending from the 1950s to the 2010s. This presentation will provide a brief tour of Taiwanese history by introducing this eco-system.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One Belt, One Road: Remaking Eurasia?

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science, UC Berkeley; David Roland-Holst, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 Consul Wang Dong, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Li Yi, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Consul Sun Jia, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

China's "One Belt, One Road" is one of the most ambitious infrastructure plans of the past century. A panel of political science and economics scholars will discuss the plan, its goals, and its potential effects with delegates from the Consulate General of the PRC-SF.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

China and Global Governance: What Have We Learnt So Far?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 19 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Yves Tibergien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002) is the Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Executive Director of the UBC China Council, and Associate Professor of Political Science. Additionally, Dr. Tiberghien served as Co-Director of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) (Fall 2014 to August 2016), which he founded as Chair...   More >

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 thirteen student presentations of original research on 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 >

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Critical Theory in Times of Crisis Working Group | Asian Socialism, Magical Realism: What was Global Maoism?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Colleen Lye, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

In an Arrighi-inspired model of literary history, Jed Esty has recently argued that periods of imperial crisis have also been periods in literature of “realism wars.” This account forces us to reconsider not only the question of whether postmodernism was the ascendant aesthetic of the 70s but also the question of whether postmodernism was in fact all along the realism of a financialized US...   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), Institute of East Asian Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies, Jay D. McEvoy Chair, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

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: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | May 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies, Jay D. McEvoy Chair, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

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.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Free Opening Week at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology: People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Chinese Studies | April 3 – 9, 2017 every day | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically...   More >