<< February 2018 >>

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Late Medieval Publishing Culture In Japan During The 14th And 16th Centuries

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 1 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sumiyoshi Tomohiko, Keiō Univeristy

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Books printed in Japanese Zen monasteries during the medieval period are known as Gozan-ban or “Five Mountains” editions. Originally, Gozan-ban were printed for the self-education of Gozan monks who were expected to imitate the latest Chinese scholarship and act out another culture in Japan. At this time, in the 13th to 14th centuries, Chinese Zen masters visited Japan very often, while Japanese...   More >

The Gendered Politics of Socialist Consumption in North Korea, 1953-1965

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andre Schmid, University of Toronto

 Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

How was ‘proper’ consumption conceived in the newly emergent socialist order of North Korea? Despite the desire of the Party-state to represent a population united around the Kim family and the (not unrelated) tendency of foreign observers to see North Korea as an extreme case of totalitarianism, there was in fact no straightforward answer to this question in the early postwar years.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

After the Airlifts: Battling over Vietnamese Children and the Place of Vietnamese Refugees

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Allison Varzally, Professor of History, CSU Fullerton

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk is derived from Prof. Varzally's new book Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Allison Varzally

Buddhism and Divination in Tibet

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much...   More >

Documentary Screening: And Then They Came For Us

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 8 | 6:15-8:15 p.m. | 150 University Hall


Please join SPH's DICE at a documentary screening of And Then They Came For Us - a film that draws on the parallels between Japanese Internment and the current Muslim Ban. Q&A with the Co-Director, Abby Ginzberg, and Community Activist, Satsuki Ina, to follow. Please RSVP! Food provided!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Spreading the Word: Woodblock Publishing Sites and Book Distribution Networks in the Qing

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

 Cynthia Brokaw, History, Brown University

 Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The commercial publishing boom of the late Ming was largely a regional phenomenon, as most businesses of any size were confined to the cities of Jiangnan and Jianyang (in northern Fujian). By the eighteenth century, however, the geography of commercial publishing had changed, as more and more entrepreneurs, responding to a rising demand for texts, founded important publishing operations in the...   More >

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the...   More >

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale And The American Tragedy In Vietnam

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room | Note change in location

 Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

 Institute of International Studies

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Boot’s latest book—The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the...   More >

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: A Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | February 13 | 2-5 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), East Asian Library

This workshop will examine the possibilities for new digital technologies and platforms to allow for collaboration within the humanities. Presentations will introduce collaborative projects already underway at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and we will explore the promise of transnational collaboration to provide students access to...   More >

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Ito Sisters: An American Story

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Antonia Grace Glenn, Director/Producer; Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Michael Omi, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Ethnic Studies

Join us for a screening of the film "The Ito Sisters: An American Story," followed by Q&A with the Director/Producer Antonia Grace Glenn and Processor Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Michael Omi.

THE ITO SISTERS captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children. In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or...   More >

The Merit of Words and Letters: Sutra Recitation in Japanese Zen

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Erez Joskovich, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Classical Chan/Zen literature is famous for its disparagement of scriptural authority, ranging from the well-known slogan “separate transmission outside the scriptures...,” attributed to Bodhidharma, to stories of renowned Zen masters abusing Buddhist scriptures. Nevertheless, similar to other Buddhist schools, incantations of sutras and invocation of dhāranī have been a significant...   More >

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lunar New Year Banquet

Holiday: Center for Chinese Studies | February 17 | 6-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association, UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association

 UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association

A Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association. During the event, there will be entertainment for the audiences as well as a banquet catered for the atteendees.

 $15 non-CSA member

 $12 tickets for CSA Members. Tickets go on sale February 6. Buy tickets online or by calling Kevin Yang at 9256833452

Sunday, February 18, 2018

SOLD OUT - The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Orchid with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | February 18 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

 $75, $65 members


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Decolonial and Deimperial Crossings: An Inter-Asian Feminist Genealogy

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Laura Kang, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Part of the Feminist Studies and Decolonial Epistemologies Lecture Series

This talk recalls and retraces the inter-Asian network of feminist mobilizations against Japanese sex tourism and U.S. military prostitution in the early 1970s. The work of attending to the discrepant yet linked histories of imperialist sexual violence, military dictatorship, and neocolonial exploitation of Asian women’s...   More >

The North Korean Quagmire and the Moon Jae-in Government: Nukes, Humanitarian Assistance, and Prospects for Inter-Korean Relations

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 21 | 3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th Floor Social Science Matrix

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Severance Hospital of Yonsei Medical School; John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Yonsei University Severance Hospital

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Social Science Matrix, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

With the ongoing crisis over North Korean nuclear weapons, questions of humanitarian assistance to North Korea have fallen by the wayside. Prof. Chung-in Moon will talk about the Moon Jae-in government’s policy towards North Korea. Prof. John Linton will talk about about overall humanitarian conditions in...   More >

Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade: An Archaeological Perspective

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Li Min, UCLA

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Taking archaeological ceramics from production, transportation, and consumption sites during the 13th to 17th century, this paper examines the changing configuration of ceramic production and trade on Chinese coast during the critical transition from the Asiatic Trade Network to the beginning of early global trade. I will explore how potter communities in China linked to emerging maritime...   More >

San Francisco World History Reading Group: China's Asian Dream by Tom Miller

Meeting: Center for Chinese Studies | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. |  Civic Center Secondary School

 727 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.


  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Thursday, February 22, 2018

An Evening of Korean Poetry

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | February 22 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Sae-young Oh, poet

 Jae Moo Lee, poet; Keutbyul Jeong, Ewha Womans University; David McCann, Harvard University

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Please join us for an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also joining us will be Professors David McCann (Harvard University) and Youngmin Kwon (UC Berkeley).

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310

 Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

 Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender

We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >

From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Greene, Yale University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >

The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture: Other Campus Events | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns...   More >

Friday, February 23, 2018

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Maria Repnikova, Department of Global Communication and Center for Global Information Studies, Georgia State University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Who watches over the party-state? In this engaging analysis, Maria Repnikova reveals the webs of an uneasy partnership between critical journalists and the state in China. More than merely a passive mouthpiece or a dissident voice, the media in China also plays a critical oversight role, one more frequently associated with liberal democracies than with authoritarian systems. Chinese central...   More >

Monday, February 26, 2018

Panel on Innovative Uses of Media in Language Teaching

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies; Margot Szarke, Lecturer, French; Lihua Zhang, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Berkeley Language Center

Media in Swahili Teaching: Hegemonic Tendencies of the Internet
David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies
Using examples from Swahili, this paper will show how the internet is slowly taking over to be the most popular form of media that instructors of Swahili are using for teaching Swahili.

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Creativity: Multimedia in the L2 classroom
Margot Szarke,...   More >

East Side Sushi

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Tickets sold out

 Anthony Lucero, Director; Tomoharu Nakamura, Chef

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Join us for a screening of the a film East Side Sushi, followed by a Q&A with the Director Anthony Lucero and
Chef Tomoharu Nakamura of Wako Japanese Restaurant.

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can...   More >


  Sold out. Buy tickets online

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Afterlives of Fetishism: A Conversation

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Rosalind Morris, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

 The Program in Critical Theory

A conversation with Rosalind Morris about her new book, The Returns of Fetishism: Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Film: In the Year of the Pig

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Emile de Antonio’s Academy Award–nominated In the Year of the Pig makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. The film “connects the bloody dots between politicians and business leaders, Western imperialists, and puppet governments, using a collage of rare archival footage from the French colonial period, film dispatches from the current conflict, and...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Couture Korea

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | November 3, 2017 – February 4, 2018 every day | Asian Art Museum, First Floor Special Exhibition Gallery

 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Asian Art Museum

Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values.

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Korean Studies | January 31 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee offers viewers an opportunity to experience the work of this prolific artist in a new way, through her best-known work, the artist’s book Dictee. Placing the book as a point of entry into her wider creative production, the exhibition explores resonances between Dictee’s ten thematic sections (nine of them named for the Greek muses) and artworks drawn from the...   More >