Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cheerful Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1981): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and Taiwanese pop diva Feng Fei-fei return for Hou’s extremely rare second film, which follows the unlikely romance between a blind man and a photographer across Taiwan’s most scenic locales.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thinking Through Comparisons, Antique and Modern

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

 Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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

This project aims to devise better ways of conducting cross-culture comparisons for the study of antique cultures, via literature, history, and philosophy.

The Materiality of “Shu” 書 (Documents)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date

 Dirk Meyer, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the summer of 2008, Beijing Tsinghua University purchased about two thousand and more bamboo slips dating from circa 300 BC. These materials carry writing and show significant overlap with much of what is expressed in the transmitted Shangshu. At the same time, they also yield major conceptual differences to the transmitted body of texts and allow for conclusions to be drawn about the Shangshu...   More >

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 23 | 2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tomoka Shibasaki; Hiromi Itoh; Roland Kelts; Ted Goossen

 John Wallace, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Foundation, The Nippon Foundation, A Public Space, Japan Society of Northern California

Monkey Business is a Tokyo- and Brooklyn-based annual literary journal which showcases Japanese fiction & poetry newly translated into English. The magazine draws a large part of its materials from the Japanese quarterlies Monkey Business (2008-2011) and Monkey (2013- ), but it also publishes new works by contemporary American and British writers popular in Japan, providing...   More >

IN THE SITE OF THE STRANGE: A Pearl River Delta Roundtable

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 23 | 5-7 p.m. |  Center for Chinese Studies

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Marco Cenzatti (Urban Planning), Tim Choy (Anthropology), Margaret Crawford (Architecture) Aihwa Ong (Anthropology), Lanchih Po (International Studies), Winnie Wong (Rhetoric)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

(Must enter by 6 pm). The Pearl River Delta region, encompassing the British post-colony Hong Kong, the Portuguese post-colony Macau, the historic port city of Guangzhou, and the post-Mao model city Shenzhen, is a site of exceptions to both national, transnational, and global discourses of space and culture. Join six scholars of the region as they introduce the strangest and most confounding...   More >

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of International Studies, EU Center of Excellence, Clausen Center for International Business & Policy

Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by...   More >

Kyung-sook Shin and Korean Literature

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | October 24 | 2 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Kyung-sook Shin, Award Winning Author

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This special symposium, attended by award-winning author Kyung-sook Shin, will focus on the impact of her works on the global stage. The event culminates with a one-on-one conversation with the author, Q&A session, and book signing.

Program

2:00-2:10 Welcome Remarks
Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies
Youngmin Kwon, Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
...   More >

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 25 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, 510 (Fifth Floor)

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of International Studies, EU Center of Excellence

Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by...   More >

Monday, October 27, 2014

Power and Compassion: Negotiating Religion and State in Tenth-Century Tibet

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 27 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Alan Tansman, East Asian Languages and Cultures. UC Berkeley

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

The government of the Dalai Lamas was widely understood to have followed the Tibetan ideal of “the union of religion and state” (chos srid zung ’brel)...   More >

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Boys From Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1983): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A trio of bored teenagers finds trouble and women from the small island of Fengkuei to the bustling southern port of Kaohsiung in Hou’s fourth film. “A triumph of the hauntingly ordinary” (Village Voice)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Early Pottery in Asia: from Jordan to Japan

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. Kevin Gibbs, Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This lecture will describe excavations conducted at a recently discovered site in Northern Japan with some of the earliest dated pottery. Through a comparative analysis between this site in Japan and another in Jordan, the lecture will consider early pottery production in Asia.

Pirates of the China Seas: East Asian Popular Music and the ‘Archipelago of Empire’

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

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

Postwar musical cultures in East Asia emerged at the confluence of empires. By the mid-1950s, revolutionary states in China and North Korea had disengaged themselves from prewar circuits of production and dissemination, and begun to construct radically different systems for the creation and circulation of music. These new circuits were to a significant extent routed (ideologically, technically,...   More >

Friday, October 31, 2014

What Is an Author during the Cultural Revolution?

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 31 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Xin Liu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Max Auffhammer, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

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

This paper tries to show that there came, in the context of globalization when the original has become increasingly its own copy (e.g. Baudrillard’s simulacra), a very different making of authorship in today’s China, i.e. different from its Maoist past...   More >

Genealogies of Chinese Sovereignty Since 1492

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Teemu Ruskola, School of Law, Emory University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

How did the multiethnic Qing empire (1644-1911) on the eastern edge of the Eurasian landmass become an “international legal person” with the proper name “China”—that is, a sovereign nation-state in a world of other, formally equal nation-states? Historically the law of nations emerged as the constitution of Europe: a set of constitutive norms that governed the relationship among the so-called...   More >

The Sarashina Diary: A new collaborative translation and study

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 31 | 4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sonja Arntzen, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Sonja Arntzen, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto will present on this new translation of Sarashina nikki, produced with Professor Moriyuki Itō of Gakushūin Women’s University. The Sarashina Diary: A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014) recounts the life of Japanese noblewoman over a forty-year period, offers a portrait of the writer as reader,...   More >

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Summer at Grandpa's (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1984): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 1 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Two city kids spend a summer in the countryside while their mother is hospitalized in the film that marked Hou’s arrival on the world-cinema stage. “Gentle, deeply humane and totally assured” (Tony Rayns). (98 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Monday, November 3, 2014

Special Reception with Cheryl Haines in honor of “Creative Interventions and Social Activation”

Reception: Center for Chinese Studies | November 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  The David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Cheryl Haines

 Arts Research Center

Join us for a cocktail reception in honor of Cheryl Haines & @LARGE: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz to help support our free public lecture series on Art, Technology, and Activism honoring the Free Speech Movement on the UC Berkeley campus.

Special Reception For:

Creative Interventions and Social Activation
Cheryl Haines, Executive Director, FOR-SITE Foundation &
Curator, “@Large: Ai Weiwei on...   More >

 $100.00

  Buy tickets online

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BSAC Technology Seminar - MEMS Incubation at Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | November 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Peter Himes, Shanghai Industrial µTechnology Research Institute (SITRI)

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

The Shanghai Industrial microTechnology Research Institute (SITRI) was formed by the Shanghai government to create a new model for the development and commercialization of new technologies and products in MEMS supporting the IoT and Wearable Device markets. This talk will introduce the SITRI model and discuss how it is bringing new capabilities to the MEMS commercialization landscape.

 

  RSVP online by November 3.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 6 – 7, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 3335 and 3401

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

While historical writing is often imagined as process of transcribing political events and editing documentary sources, the standard histories of China’s early imperial period show that politics was closely connected to a variety of technical arts including astronomy, calendrics, and omenology. Early historians were adept at these arts, and they are not only at the center of the genre of...   More >

Family Routes: Transnational Adoption and the Production of Nationhood

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Prof. Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies

A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1985): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Out of his own childhood, Hou weaves a picture of a moment in time. "A spectacular triumph without anything of the 'spectacular' about it" (Derek Malcolm). (136 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Friday, November 7, 2014

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 6 – 7, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 3335 and 3401

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

While historical writing is often imagined as process of transcribing political events and editing documentary sources, the standard histories of China’s early imperial period show that politics was closely connected to a variety of technical arts including astronomy, calendrics, and omenology. Early historians were adept at these arts, and they are not only at the center of the genre of...   More >

Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: Transportation, Environment, and Energy Systems — Are We Doing the Right Thing, and Doing it Right?

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 H. Olver Gao, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC

Transportation-related air pollution, GHG emissions and energy problems are a significant issue in the U.S., China, and across the world. The World Health Organization estimates that urban air pollution causes 200,000 deaths per year worldwide and that it will be responsible for 8 million premature deaths from 2000 to 2020. Sacrificing transportation needs for environmental quality is simply...   More >

Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1986): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 7 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The story of a country boy's lost love, "a heartbreaking film of profound humanity, the high point of an enormously gifted director in mid-career" (Evans Chan). (110 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Technical Arts and Historical Writing in Early China

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 8 | 10-11 a.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room

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

The closing keynote address of this three day conference, delivered by Michael Loewe of Cambridge University, will be held in the East Asian Library Seminar Room at 10 am...   More >

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1987): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 9 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A young woman and her brother float along the periphery of the Taipei underworld in Hou’s intriguing blend of gangster tale and mood-drenched drama, a fascinating and little-seen forerunner to his Millennium Mambo and Goodbye South, Goodbye. (93 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Monday, November 10, 2014

Corporations, Junk, and the Wind: Three Women Artists after 3.11

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Miryam Sas, Comparative Literature and Film, UC Berkeley

 An Jinsoo, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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

As part of a larger project on "Transcultural Media Practices and Contemporary Japan," this talk focuses on the work of three younger women artists who respond directly or indirectly to the changing perceptions of media art and the natural and built environments after 3.11...   More >

Marti Hearst (School of Information) on WordSeer and Digital Humanities Tools

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 10 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons

 Marti Hearst, School of Information

 Center for New Media

Join us on Monday to learn about Marti Hearst’s digital humanities tools, including Wordseer. Following the presentation, we will be discussing possibilities for a Designated Emphasis in Digital Humanities. Italian sandwiches will be served, so please RSVP with Lara Markstein (lara@berkeley.edu).

ABOUT WORDSEER
Our goal is to help scholars and analysts discover patterns and formulate and test...   More >

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Changing North Korea

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | November 12 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director, Choson Exchange

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Each one of us has some conception of North Korea. It has forced its way into our imaginations, yet so many developments in North Korea's economic and social relations are either ignored or misinterpreted. While the authorities search for non-threatening policy experiments, young North Koreans seek opportunities in the business world. Choson Exchange focuses on supporting pragmatic, talented...   More >

Visiting faculty Shoko Hikage, Koto: 62nd Annual Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Korean Studies | November 12 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Visiting faculty Shoko Hikage performs traditional music for koto, joined by Narae Kwon, gayageum. They will perform
Echoes of Harmonious Music for kayageum and koto

 

Electronic Resources for Chinese Studies in Social Sciences

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | November 12 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 375 East Asian Library

 Susan Xue, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

 C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Learn where to locate books, articles, data and government documents in electronic format for Chinese Studies in social sciences.

The Object at Center: Visual Evidence and Research Paths from Dissertation to Book

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | November 12 | 5-6 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Ping Foong, Visiting Assistant Professor

 Department of History of Art

Professor Foong received her PhD from Princeton University in 2006. Her dissertation was on the Northern Song landscape paintings of Guo Xi. She will be introducing her research and presenting her experience of turning a doctoral dissertation into a book. She is visiting Berkeley for the year, teaching The Classical Painting Tradition of China this fall and Arts of China in the spring. Come say...   More >

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 375 East Asian Library

 Bruce Williams, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

 C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

The Great European War and the Rise of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism in Japan

Colloquium | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Walter Skya, Associate Professor, History Department; Director, Asian Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of History, Institute of European Studies

Few students of history are aware of the ideological linkages between Shintō nationalism in Japan and the new nationalists of early twentieth-century Europe, especially Italian Fascists and German Nazis—a linkage that began prior to the First World War and continued throughout the 1920s and 1930s. There is much historical evidence to show that Italian Fascists and German Nazis were inspired...   More >

The Forest in the Words, or Rewildering the Classical Canon

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 4 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 David T. Bialock, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This talk will look at some of the ways that the notion of wildness might productively complicate our understanding of nature-culture relations in Japanese literature. The talk will focus mainly on classical Japanese literature, including the Man’yōshū, The Tale of Genji, and garden treatises among other works, but there will also be some comparisons to modern writers such as Kawabata...   More >

Is it Possible to Achieve Work-Family Balance in Japan?: Culture, Institutions, and Personal Agency

Panel Discussion: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dr. Masako Ishii-Kuntz, Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Family Studies, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo; Dr. Kumiko Nemoto, Professor, Department of Global Affairs, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto; Dr. Yuko Onozaka, Associate Professor, UiS Business School, University of Stavanger, Norway

 Dr. Susan Holloway, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

For the last several decades, an unstable economy and shifts in women’s opportunity to participate in the labor force have significantly altered the rhythm of Japanese family life. What tensions occur when changes in the macro sphere collide with personal and collective desires regarding marriage, parenting, and work? Which institutional and ideological forces enable some men and women to attain...   More >

A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1989): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Free screening exclusively for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students. A family lives through Taiwan’s independence from Japan, and later political crackdown. Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung stars in “one of the supreme masterworks of contemporary cinema” (Jonathan Rosenbaum). (158 mins)

 Free! BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

 *Reserve free tickets in advance by emailing bampfamember@berkeley.edu. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Friday, November 14, 2014

Between the Visible and the Invisible: Cosmology, Ritual, and Hermeneutics in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Worlds

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 – 15, 2014 every day | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The conference presents the results of a yearlong interdisciplinary group project undertaken under the Haas Junior Scholars Program of the Institute of East Asian Studies, concerning cosmology, ritual, and hermeneutics in pre-modern and modern China.

Cosmologies are hermeneutic keys which structure the way historical actors read scriptures, perform rituals, explain political developments, and...   More >

Safety Countermeasure of Onagawa NPS after the Great East-Japan Earthquake, and the current situation of nuclear power in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 14 | 10 a.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Akiyoshi Obonai, Chief Nuclear Reactor Engineer and Chief Electrical Engineer, Tohuko Electric Power Company

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Nuclear Engineering (NE)

On, March 11, a massive earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m. Japan standard time, and the epicenter was about 130km off the Pacific Ocean from the Oshika peninsula where Onagawa NPS is located.

This talk will first address what happened at Onagawa Nuclear Power Station (NPS), and how the plant was managed in order to reach a cold shut down.

Next Obonai will go over...   More >

Fiscal Decentralization and Governance Reform

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Taeku Lee, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

China’s fiscal decentralization has been praised as an important driver of its economic growth. Inter-jurisdictional competition has arguably incentivized officials to promote economic development...   More >

Umbrellas and Sunflowers: Student Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | November 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 Wheeler | Note change in location

 Professor Ming SING 成名, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Professor CHEN Yun Chung 陳允中, Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong; Professor Hsin-Hsing Chen 陳信行, Graduate Institute for Social Transformation Studies, Shih-Hsin University , Taiwan

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

New location: 315 Wheeler Hall

The three speakers on this panel are all experienced academic-activists with deep knowledge about Hong Kong, Taiwan and the two student movements for democracy that have galvanized international attention. They will provide the broad political economic backgrounds to the rise of these movements and analyze their internal dynamics, strategies and cultures.

Chinese in Pre-Colonial and Colonial Korea, 1882-1945

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Vladimir Tikhonov, Professor, University of Oslo

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Contrary to the commonly accepted wisdom, Korean society never was “ethnically homogeneous,” even before the onset of the epoch of multiculturalism in the 1990s in South Korea. In pre-colonial and colonial Korea, ethnic Chinese – mostly from Shandong – were the main non-Korean ethnic group residing in Korea, alongside with (much more numerous) Japanese. By 1910, they numbered ca. 2000; by 1931,...   More >

Politics is More Difficult Than Physics: Evidence from Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 | 5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Canceled

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Giovanna Dore, Jae Ku, and Karl Jackson cite the relative absence of participation between elections, the continued influence of traditional social structures, the incomplete emergence of civil society organizations, public opinions of democracy and authoritarian rule, and the persisting weaknesses of political parties. Their book shows how mass attitudes and behaviors enable continued elite...   More >

The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1993): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Richard Suchenski; Guo-Juin Hong

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Free screening exclusively for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students. Introduction and booksigning by Richard Suchenski. Suchenski and Guo-Juin Hong in conversation. Hou's film about the puppeteer Li Tien-lu is "epic in scope but personal in outlook, astonishingly rich in atmosphere but as unforced as the passing moment" (Kent Jones). (142 mins)

 Free! BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

 *Reserve free tickets in advance by emailing bampfamember@berkeley.edu. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5249

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Between the Visible and the Invisible: Cosmology, Ritual, and Hermeneutics in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Worlds

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 14 – 15, 2014 every day | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The conference presents the results of a yearlong interdisciplinary group project undertaken under the Haas Junior Scholars Program of the Institute of East Asian Studies, concerning cosmology, ritual, and hermeneutics in pre-modern and modern China.

Cosmologies are hermeneutic keys which structure the way historical actors read scriptures, perform rituals, explain political developments, and...   More >

Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1995): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 15 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Richard Suchenski

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New 35mm print! Introduced by Richard Suchenski. Hou views Cold War repression in Taiwan through a present-day scrim. "A rigorous work of art whose mysteries are worth unraveling" (Caryn James). (108 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Life and Afterlife of the Rainbow Nation

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | November 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 4337 Dwinelle Hall

 Jessica Crewe, PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature

 Center for African Studies

Jessica Crew, "South African Missionary Journalism and the British Adventure Novel."

Jessica Crewe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. She is currently completing a dissertation titled "Distant Reading: Narrative Theory at the Edge of Empire," which explores the rhetoric and politics of sentiment in British and Japanese colonialist novels published before World...   More >

Greeting the Dead: Managing Solitary Existence in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 17 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Room 221, Gifford Room

 Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

 Department of Anthropology, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Anne Allison, the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies at Duke University, will be speaking on the topic "Greeting the Dead: Managing Solitary Existence in Japan."

Family life and Parenting in Contemporary Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | November 17 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Susan Holloway, Education, UC Berkeley

 Laura C. Nelson, Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley

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

In the mid to late 20th century, Japanese women developed a reputation among Western scholars as exceedingly competent parents, whereas fathers were viewed as dependable wage earners but marginal participants in family life. Recent challenges in Japan have undermined these images of stability and competence, leaving some observers with a sense that Japanese parents have lost their way.

In this...   More >

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chinese Language Resources in Humanities and Classics

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | November 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 375 East Asian Library

 Jianye He, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

 C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Introduction to selected Chinese research resources on Sinology in both print and electronic format.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Migrant Violence Toward Police in Guangzhou: A Situational Social Exclusion Perspective

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, conference room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720-2318

 Xu Jianhua, Sociology, University of Macau

 Suzanne Scoggins, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UCB

 Kevin O'Brien, Professor, Department of Political Science, UCB

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This study explores the micro-foundation of migrant violence toward police in Guangzhou with the case study of motorcycle taxi drivers. It is argued that while social exclusion theory can shed insight on the macro-structural level of why migrant workers use violence to attack police in their resistance for making a living by driving motorcycle taxis, it is inadequate in explaining why most of...   More >

Does the United States Have a Grand Strategy in Asia?

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in location

 Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Associate Professor, Georgetown University

 Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea,...   More >

Decarbonizing China’s Power Sector: Potential, Prospects, and Policy

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall

 Gang He, PhD Candidate, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Tokyo Model: Lessons in Slum Non-clearance from the World's First “Megacity”

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 20 | 5 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 Jordan Sand, Georgetown University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Global Urban Humanities

Jordan Sand will present his research on the activities of a Tokyo slumlord at the turn of the 20th century. Sand is Professor of Japanese History and Culture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He teaches modern Japanese history and other topics in East Asian history, as well as urban history and the world...   More >

Friday, November 21, 2014

Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1996): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 21 | 9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A band of “gangsters” move from one luckless scheme to another in the south of Taiwan in Hou’s take on the gangster film, which replaces gun battles and violence with the quiet moments in between. “A fascinating window onto modern Taiwan” (Berenice Reynaud). (112 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1998): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 23 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New 35mm print! Tony Leung stars in Hou's quietly sumptuous tale of brothel life in nineteenth-century Shanghai. "'Surrender' is the key to this visually ravishing masterpiece" (Philip Lopate). (113 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1998): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature | November 30 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New 35mm print! Tony Leung stars in Hou's quietly sumptuous tale of brothel life in nineteenth-century Shanghai. "'Surrender' is the key to this visually ravishing masterpiece" (Philip Lopate). (113 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Shin Dae-Chul: A Conversation with Korea's Rock Legend

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | December 2 | 5 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Shin Dae-Chul

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

신대철, 그의 음악세계와 한국 대중음악의 역사와 발전에 대한 대담

프로그램 (Program)

환영사 (Opening Remarks)

Opening...   More >

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies | December 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 375 East Asian Library

 Bruce Williams, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

 C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 (Ai WeiWei; China, 2014): I’m Weiwei: Activism, Free Expression, Human Rights

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | December 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Cheryl Haines

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With special guest Cheryl Haines. Made by Ai and his studio confederates, Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 meticulously documents Ai’s arrest at the Beijing Airport, eighty-one-day incarceration, and subsequent Kafkaesque tangling with the Taxation Bureau. (128 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

1943: China at the Crossroads

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | December 4 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time

 Joseph Esherick, History, UC San Diego

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

World War II was a transformative moment shaping the world we live in. In China, it was particularly important for it witnessed the gradual disintegration of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist regime and the rise of the Chinese Communists. At the beginning of the war, Chiang Kai-shek was the indispensable leader of China; while the Communists were a ragtag band of hearty survivors of the militarily...   More >

December's Movie at Moffitt: Xmas without China

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | December 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 150D Moffitt Library

 Library

The Movies @ Moffitt series happens on the first Thursday of each month.

Synopsis: Two families living worlds apart in the same community collide when pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Jones family to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products.

 Must have UCB student ID for entrance

High Tech, Low Life (Stephen T. Maing; China/US, 2012): I’m Weiwei: Activism, Free Expression, Human Rights

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | December 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Monica Lam

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With special guest Monica Lam. High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first “citizen reporters” as they roam the country reporting on social and economic debacles that have been suppressed by official outlets. (87 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Organized Knowledge and State Socialism, 1949-1978

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | December 5 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Fifth floor conference room

 1995 University Avenue

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This workshop will investigate knowledge production during the Maoist period of the People’s Republic of China. Knowledge production means the forms of cultural, social, and political work that create those systems of knowledge recognized as legitimate. Participants will seek to illustrate the uniqueness of Mao era institutions, ideas, and identities as...   More >

Millenium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan/France, 2000): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The glamorous Shu Qi pouts her way through Taipei’s neon nightclubs in this hypnotic look at contemporary youth, shot by In The Mood For Love cameraman Mark Lee Ping-bin. “Among the most sublime, compelling, and beautifully crafted films to ever grace the big screen” (Film Threat). (119 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Organized Knowledge and State Socialism, 1949-1978

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | December 6 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Fifth floor conference room

 1995 University Avenue

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This workshop will investigate knowledge production during the Maoist period of the People’s Republic of China. Knowledge production means the forms of cultural, social, and political work that create those systems of knowledge recognized as legitimate. Participants will seek to illustrate the uniqueness of Mao era institutions, ideas, and identities as...   More >

Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan/France, 2005): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 6 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three different time periods, two lead roles, and one eternal love: Hou Hsiao-hsien's romantic work moves across the history of Taiwan—and the arc of the director's career—to explore the memory of love in 1966, 1911, and today. “Hypnotically beautiful” (Manohla Dargis). (130 mins)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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