<< April 2017 >>

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mongolian Archaeology: New Discoveries, New Concerns

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | April 3 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Archaeological Research Facility

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The ancient cultural interactions of Northeast Asia have left a now-imperiled record in stone across the steppes and forests of Mongolia. The historical implications of the archaeological record, and the race not only to study but to preserve this record in the face of growing threats...   More >

Archaeology in Mongolia

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duterte’s Violent “Right” Populism in the Philippines

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mark Thompson, Professor of Politics, City University of Hong Kong

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Since his election, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a violent crackdown on drugs. For many Filipinos, this state violence has created a sense of political order amidst weak institutions. Duterte's “right” populism shows similarities to illiberalism elsewhere in Southeast Asia but differs from “rich world” right populism represented by Trump and the European far right.

Mark Thompson

Stop THAAD in Korea – Launch of National Tour

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  University Lutheran Chapel

 2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA

 Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister, Co-chair, Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

 Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North...   More >

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Master of Development Practice Spring Lecture 2017: Water, Food Supply and Disease Control in Africa, Southeast Asia and California

Lecture | April 5 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Vince Resh, Professor, University of California Berkeley

 College of Natural Resources, Master of Development Practice

Discover the challenges, successes and lessons learned by one of UC Berkeley’s most preeminent proponents of local and global sustainability.

For four decades Professor Vincent Resh has brought state-of-the-art science to critical policy decisions in California and around the globe. Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Entomology, Professor Resh has published nearly 400 research articles and...   More >

Professor of Aquatic Ecology and and Entomology

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

On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 7 | 2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fourth annual graduate student conference: On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan. We invite proposals for papers from current graduate students and recent graduates from any discipline that focus on past and present inquiries into and expressions of identity and community formation vis-à-vis gender and sexuality in Japan....   More >

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 >

Saturday, April 8, 2017

On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 8 | 9:45 a.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fourth annual graduate student conference: On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan. We invite proposals for papers from current graduate students and recent graduates from any discipline that focus on past and present inquiries into and expressions of identity and community formation vis-à-vis gender and sexuality in Japan....   More >

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Looking at Okinawa: Race, Gender, Nation

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 9 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340 (BCMN Commons Seminar Room)

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

This is a one-day event being held in order to create a dialogue on issues of race and gender in the study of Okinawa, and to contemplate the relationship between the study of Japan and the study of Okinawa.

We will initiate this dialogue with a lecture by photographer Ishikawa Mao, whose work explores the complex relationships of gender, race, and national identity in Okinawa and...   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.

ARCH Lecture: Kazuyo Sejima

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | April 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, APRIL 10, ZELLERBACH HALL -- Ms. Sejima, founding partner of SANAA, will lecture on her work. This lecture is presented with the Center for Japanese Studies and the UC Regents Lectures Program.

 $3

 More information coming soon. Tickets go on sale April 1.

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cinema Beyond Melodrama: Lee Chang-dong and Divine Justice

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 13 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Steve Choe, San Francisco State University

 Jinsoo An, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This presentation discusses two films by Lee Chang-dong, Secret Sunshine (2007) and Poetry (2010), to show how they attempt to think the concept of justice beyond the ethical and metaphysical principles proposed by the melodramatic mode in narrative cinema.

HTNM Lecture with Eden Medina, "Technology and Forensic Evidence Chilean Human Rights Investigations": History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

Lecture | April 13 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Eden Medina, Indiana University, Bloomington

 Center for New Media

In 1991, Chilean forensic scientists began the exhumation of 126 skeletons from Patio 29, a plot in the General Cemetery where the military ordered the burial of hundreds the disappeared and executed. The exhumations began shortly after Chile returned to democracy and provided proof of the human rights crimes that had taken place during the Pinochet dictatorship. By 2002, the Chilean government...   More >

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 >

Saving Mes Aynak: A Film by Brent E. Huffman: Filmscreening and Discussion with Filmmaker

Film - Documentary: Center for Buddhist Studies | April 14 | 3-5 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Brent E. Huffman, Associate Professor, Northwestern University

 Sanjyot Mehendale, Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

The 2015 documentary Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he tries to save a 5,000-yearold site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company that is eager to harvest $100 billion worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. The Chinese project directly threatens future discoveries that, according to some, could help...   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.

Panel discussion - A Tomb for Khun Srun

Panel Discussion | April 17 | 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

 Eric Galmard, Director; Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Siti Keo, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies

A panel discussion will be held prior to the screening of the documentary film 'A Tomb for Khun Srun', chaired by Prof. Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies.

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

20th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government: Changing Washington? Prospects for Republican Rule under Donald Trump

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Institute of Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California

The 2017 Travers Conference will bring together journalists, academics, politicians, and public policy experts from around the world to assess how the election of Donald Trump and the arrival of unified Republican control of the federal government will reshape policy and politics in America. The first panel will examine how the new administration is relating to key countries and regions in the...   More >

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.

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Berkeley- Sakai Sister City Organization: Traditional Tea Ceremony and Contemporary Koto Performance in Julia Morgan Hall

Special Event | April 21 | 4-7 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us to kick off our year of Japanese events at the UC Botanical Garden in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley – Sakai sister city organization. Come meet the Mayors of both cities and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, with exceptional tea, wine, and live koto performance.

Sakai City is the birthplace of the Chanoyu Tea Ceremony, perfected by Sen-no Rikyu, who lived and worked in...   More >

 $50 in honor of the 50th Anniversary

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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: Institute of East Asian 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), Institute of East Asian Studies

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 >

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Back from the Brink: The Global Revival of Manchu Studies: A Memorial Lecture for Professor Emeritus James Bosson

Memorial: Mongolia Initiative | April 26 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mark Elliott, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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

With the passing of Professor James Bosson the campus lost an early and important voice in the study of Mongolian, Manchu, and Tibetan language and culture. A memorial lecture in his honor will be presented by his former student Mark Eilliott, Harvard University.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Korea

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | April 27 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Early Korea is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand human society on the Korean peninsula in ancient times, make the case for the relevance of the region to world history and archaeology, and critically appraise how ancient history is used in the present to foster notions of Korean identity.

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 >

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 >