Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Interpreting the flexibility in music meter of Japanese Noh drama

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 24 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Professor Takanori Fujita, Kyoto City University of Arts

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The music meter of Japanese Noh drama has attracted scholars because of its flexibility, which, I think, is related to Noh’s learning process. Faithful imitation of a teacher for life is the central moral in lesson community. In performance, players are taught not to synchronize too much with each other. Especially, singers are strictly kept ignorant of basic music meter that underlies songs. How...   More >

Creativity Across the Disciplines: Stan Lai and Bruce Beasley in conversation

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Stan Lai, Playwright; Bruce Beasley, Sculptor

 Shannon Jackson, Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, and ARC Director, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Arts Research Center

Join ARC for a riveting public conversation with master artists and UC Berkeley alumni, sculptor Bruce Beasley (Art Practice, ’62) and playwright Stan Lai (TDPS, ’83), as they discuss creativity and the arts. ARC Director Shannon Jackson will moderate as the two artists explore the nature of creativity in both the visual and performing arts. We will consider how both Beasley’s sculptures and...   More >

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Field Club: with Lion Dance at 6:30pm

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | February 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club (I-House Dining Commons)

 International House

Asian cuisine will be served from 6-8pm in the I-House Dining Commons at Stadium Field Club to celebrate Chinese New Year!
Menu includes: Tofu Soup, BBQ Duck, Cod w/ Ginger Sauce, Shrimp & Pork Fried Rice, Vegan Fried Rice, Vegetable Chow Mein, Gai Lan, Assorted Appetizers & Dessert

Lion Dance at 6:30 pm!
Everyone is welcome to join I-House residents for these special all-you-can-eat buffet...   More >

Covering China from the Ground Up -- and Turning Reporting into Books: Michael Meyer in conversation with Adam Hochschild

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | February 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Graduate School of Journalism

Since first arriving in the country as a Peace Corps volunteer 20 years ago, Cal alum Michael Meyer has witnessed China from the village and neighborhood level. His writing combines immersive reporting, memoir and archival research, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Time, Smithsonian, Foreign Policy, and on This American Life....   More >

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HTNM Lecture "Gamic Orientalism": with Chris Goto-Jones, Leiden University

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Chris Goto-Jones, Leiden University

 Center for New Media

The History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series brings to campus leading humanities scholars working on issues of media transition and technological emergence. The series promotes new, interdisciplinary approaches to questions about the uses, meanings, causes, and effects of rapid or dramatic shifts in techno-infrastructure, information management, and forms of mediated expression.

February iMix: Celebrate Lunar New Year!: For International Students

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | February 26 | 5-7 p.m. | International House, room location posted at front entrance

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Celebrate the 2015 Lunar New Year with Berkeley International Office! Learn to write Chinese Calligraphy, make beautiful paper lanterns with new friends, and guess fun Chinese Lantern Riddles to win red envelopes! Both international and domestic students are welcome. Feel free to invite your friends!

 

  RSVP online

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cultural Data in the Age of Experience

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | February 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Sarah Kenderdine, University of New South Wales, and Jeffrey Shaw, City University of Hong Kong

 Information, School of

This presentation examines new paradigms for transforming digital cultural heritage archives into embodied experiences for cultural organizations. Using heterogeneous datasets representing intangible and tangible heritage, the research described integrated groundbreaking work in new museology through virtual environment design, interactivity, information...   More >

The Chinatown Mystery (Parts 1–10) (J.P. McGowan; US, 1928): Serialities 1915/2015

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | February 27 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Paolo Cherchi Usai

 Judith Rosenberg

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Judith Rosenberg on piano. Introduced by Paolo Cherchi Usai. Restored by the George Eastman House in 2001, this 1928 serial was considered a “last hurrah” for the silent-era serial, and brought together some of the biggest names of the era for a pulpy tale of intrigue, danger, and thrills! (180 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, March 2, 2015

Dunhuang and the Silk Road: Imperial Archaeology to Digital Reunification

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Patricia Berger, Art History, UC Berkeley

 Susan Whitfield, curator, Central Asian manuscripts at the British Library; faculty member, The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online

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

The discovery in 1900 — and dispersal worldwide within little over a decade— of a Library Cave hidden for almost 1000 years in the Buddhist cave temples of Dunhuang was a catalyst for China's positioning itself as a key player in a pre-modern 'global' world, the Silk Road. Dunhuang, a UNESCO world heritage site, remains at the forefront of China's bid to consolidate this through the current...   More >

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hong Kong: Where China and Global Advantages Converge

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Clement C. M. Leung, JP, Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

 Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Hong Kong is a unique part of China where global business goes to grow. Being a separate member of the World Trade Organization and a separate customs territory, Hong Kong is the world's 9th largest trading entity and enjoys incomparable advantages under a free trade pact with Mainland China...   More >

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Video Screening: "Comfort Women Wanted"

Film - Documentary: Center for Korean Studies | March 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chang-Jin Lee, Visual Artist (New York City)

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Department of Ethnic Studies

COMFORT WOMEN WANTED
Chang-Jin Lee, Visual Artist


The video is based on Chang-Jin Lee’s interviews in 7 countries with Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Dutch, and Filipino "comfort women" survivors, as well as a former Japanese soldier.

COMFORT WOMEN WANTED brings to light the memory of 200,000 young women, known as "comfort women," who were systematically exploited as sex slaves...   More >

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Field of Guanxi Studies

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

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

Click on title above for conference website.

Since the publication in 2002 of Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi, edited by Thomas Gold, Doug Guthrie and David Wank, a distinct "field of guanxi studies" has emerged. This conference draws together more than a dozen experts from around the world to share their recent...   More >

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Field of Guanxi Studies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 7 | 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), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Click on title above for conference website.

Since the publication in 2002 of Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi, edited by Thomas Gold, Doug Guthrie and David Wank, a distinct "field of guanxi studies" has emerged. This conference draws together more than a dozen experts from around the world to share their recent...   More >

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunflower Occupation (太陽‧不遠)

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | March 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Chao-ti Ho, Producer

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This collection of films connects the work of ten directors and nine themes. It is a record of how student activists in Taiwan occupied the parliament during March 2014 to protest the passing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) by the Koumintang ruling party without sufficient review.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Workshop: Food Diversity and Long-Term Sustainability

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | March 11 | 10-11:15 a.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room

 Department of Anthropology

Workshop in Food Diversity and Long-Term Sustainability

Summer Abroad - Taipei, Taiwan: Business Chinese

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | March 11 | 1-2 p.m. | 33 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Acquire the cultural, social, and business skills necessary to communicate on a daily basis with the public and professional community through an intensive six-week immersion in Taipei.

Transactional Reality and the Regimes of Truth

Lecture | March 11 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Sara McClintock, Associate Professor of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism, Emory University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Sara McClintock is Associate Professor of Religion at Emory University, where she teaches courses in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and interpretation theory in the study of religion. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Bryn Mawr College (1983), her master’s degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity School (1989), and her doctorate in religion from Harvard University (2002)....   More >

Friday, March 13, 2015

CAAMFest 2015

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 13 – 18, 2015 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Asian American Media

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is an honored host of CAAMFest 2015. A presentation of the Center for Asian American Media, the annual festival brings moviegoers the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora from March 13 through March 18 at the PFA Theater.

 

Kōmeitō: Politics and Religion in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 13 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Levi McLaughlin, NC State University; Steven Reed, Chuo University

 Mark Blum, UC Berkeley; T.J. Pempel, UC Berkeley

 Steven Vogel, UC Berkeley

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

Levi McLaughlin and Steven R. Reed will discuss their new book, Komeito: Religion and Politics in Japan, co-edited with George Ehrhardt and Axel Klein. The Soka Gakkai (the Value Creation Study Association), a lay Buddhist organization and Japan's largest collective of active religious participants, began supporting political candidates in 1955 and founded the Komeito (Clean...   More >

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CAAMFest 2015

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 13 – 18, 2015 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Asian American Media

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is an honored host of CAAMFest 2015. A presentation of the Center for Asian American Media, the annual festival brings moviegoers the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora from March 13 through March 18 at the PFA Theater.

 

23rd CMAT

Sport - Recreational: Center for Chinese Studies | March 14 | 8 a.m.-11 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Field House

 Recreational Sports

CMAT 23 will be held on March 14th in the RSF Field House. Volunteer at cmat.calwushu.com/volunteer for free admission, food, and a t-shirt!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CAAMFest 2015

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 13 – 18, 2015 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Asian American Media

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is an honored host of CAAMFest 2015. A presentation of the Center for Asian American Media, the annual festival brings moviegoers the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora from March 13 through March 18 at the PFA Theater.

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

CAAMFest 2015

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 13 – 18, 2015 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Asian American Media

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is an honored host of CAAMFest 2015. A presentation of the Center for Asian American Media, the annual festival brings moviegoers the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora from March 13 through March 18 at the PFA Theater.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CAAMFest 2015

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 13 – 18, 2015 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Asian American Media

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is an honored host of CAAMFest 2015. A presentation of the Center for Asian American Media, the annual festival brings moviegoers the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora from March 13 through March 18 at the PFA Theater.

 

The Cultural Economy of China’s Cultural Revolution

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

 Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Pang Laikwan, Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk is separated into two parts. The first part is devoted to the general relationship between culture and economy during the Cultural Revolution. Although the Cultural Revolution “ascetic” society repressed consumption, the consumption of propaganda culture was fanatically promoted, because the propaganda arts was a direct embodiment of the official ideology, and the propaganda culture...   More >

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CAAMFest 2015

Film - Series: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 13 – 18, 2015 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Asian American Media

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is an honored host of CAAMFest 2015. A presentation of the Center for Asian American Media, the annual festival brings moviegoers the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora from March 13 through March 18 at the PFA Theater.

 

Polling, Public Opinion, and Political Responsiveness in Korea and Beyond

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Taeku Lee, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

"Political responsiveness" is a foundation stone of modern democracies, entailing an expectation that governments will heed and reckon the interests and demands of their polities with some regularity. To date the political science study of responsiveness is largely the province of scholars of American politics and its presence sought by matching the timing of changes in public opinion (as...   More >

The Art and Craft of Translation: The first of two discussions presented in conjunction with the premiere of the opera Death with Interruptions.

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

The longtime translator of José Saramago’s work, Margaret Jull Costa, joins in a discussion with Dennis Washburn (Dartmouth, translator of the forthcoming Norton edition of Tale of Genji), and Robert Alter (Berkeley, translator of Genesis and the Five Books of Moses), and Paula Varsano (Berkeley, translator of premodern Chinese poetry).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Merging Waters, Unifying Nations: Dimensions of Comparative Research on the Erie and China's Grand Canal

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 19 | 4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Thomas Hahn, Ph.D.

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of History

This presentation is based on about five years of fieldwork along the canal system of New York state and ca. four years of travels along the various branches of the Grand Canal in China. A number of observations and principles apply equally to these two waterways, but, not surprisingly, there are also numerous differences, most evidently in scale, function, administration and legacy mode....   More >

Friday, March 20, 2015

Korean Literature on the Global Stage: Musan Cho Oh-hyun (무산 조오현): Korean Sijo Poetry and Traditional Culture (한국 시조, 전통 문화)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | March 20 | 2-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Theater

 2150 Alston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Cho Oh-hyun

 David McCann, Harvard University; Heinz Insu Fenkl, SUNY New Paltz

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley; Clare You, UC Berkeley; Jiwon Shin, Arizona State University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

A symposium celebrating Korean poetry and Cho Oh-hyun's works in particular has been organized by the Center for Korean Studies. The event will host a number of well known writers, musicians, academics, and scholars—a celebration of Korean Literature on the Global Stage.

 Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Sixth International Ryūkoku Symposium on Buddhism and Japanese Culture

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Yukio Kusaka, Professor of the Department of Japanese Literature, Ryukoku University; Sei Noro, Lecturer of the Department of Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University; Jijun Yoshida, Adjunct Lecturer of the Department of Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University; Takahiko Kameyama, Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Institute of Buddhist Studies; "Tatsuo" Florian Saile, Buddhist Studies Graduate Student, UC Berkeley; Koufukuji Temple Monk; Mark Blum, Buddhist Studies and Shinjo Ito Distinguished Professor in Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University

SCHEDULE
Each talk will last 50 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A

Morning Session | 9:00AM-12:00PM (will be conducted in Japanese)
1. 真宗の唱道勧化本について
日下幸男氏(龍谷大学文学部教授)
Revealing the...   More >

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What We Know: Writing on North Korea Today

Panel Discussion: Center for Korean Studies | March 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Asia Society Northern California

 500 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

 Blaine Harden, The Washington Post; Adam Johnson, Stanford University; Joseph Kim

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Asia Society Northern California

"What We Know: Writing on North Korea Today" will take place in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. This event will feature Blaine Harden, former journalist for The Washington Post and the author of Escape from Camp 14; and The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot; Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Orphan Master's Son and Professor of English, Stanford University; Joseph Kim,...   More >

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

[CANCELED] The Sun Rises Again? Regaining the Industrial Competitiveness of Japan in a Science Based Economic Era: Japan's Competitive Strength Going Forward

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 31 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled

 Kazuyuki Motohashi, The University of Tokyo

 Robert Cole, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This talk is based on Motohashi Kazuyuki’s new book, “Hi wa Mata Takaku (The Sun Rises Again)” published by Nikkei. In it, he explains how Japan should proceed to regain its industrial competitiveness. He analyzes the shift in the sources of industrial competitiveness, taking into account science revolutions (IT, life science etc.) and the growing importance of emerging economies...   More >

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Defections - CANCELLED

Reading - Literary: Center for Korean Studies | April 1 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hannah Michell, Writer

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/04/the-defections-hannah-michell-review-lost-souls-seoul

Synopsis

Mia is an outsider. The child of an English mother, she defies the rigid expectations of her Korean stepmother to work as a translator at the British Embassy.

Her uncle runs a charitable - and controversial - school for North Korean defectors, and prevails upon Mia's stepmother to...   More >

Thursday, April 2, 2015

China Worker Wellness Project: Building a Healthy Workforce and Productive Economy

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Linda Neuhauser, Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Xin Liu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

China is undergoing the largest demographic transition in history as about 200 million rural residents (migrants) come to urban areas for work—especially in the new economic development zones. Strikes, suicides, high abortion rates and other problems have created a crisis situation...   More >

Two Talks on Tantric Rituals

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Phyllis Granoff, Yale University; Koichi Shinohara, Yale University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Mulling over Mantras: Views from Story Literature and Philosophers
Phyllis Granoff, Yale University

In this paper I explore how certain tantric rituals, particularly mantra recitation and mandala rituals, were viewed in stories and philosophical literature. It is well known that in Sanskrit literature a certain group of Tantric practitioners were seen as lascivious drunkards. These...   More >

Friday, April 3, 2015

Inventing Silk Road Studies

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

 Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

 Tamara Chin, Comparative Literature, Brown University

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

Since the 1980s, the term Silk Road has had a popular and academic appeal, suggestive of an era of premodern globalization in which China played a central role. Silk Road books, journals, exhibitions, conferences, and institutes are increasingly commonplace across Asia, North America, and Europe. The talk introduces the modern idea of the Silk Road as a term first coined by a German geographer...   More >

Monday, April 6, 2015

Documentary Screening: “Us and Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World”

Film - Documentary: Center for Korean Studies | April 6 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Timothy Tangherlini, Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles; Stephen Epstein, Programme Director, University of Wellington, Victoria

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The spread of South Korean popular music, or K-pop, has been a striking global phenomenon. In 2012 PSY’s viral sensation “Gangnam Style” became the most viewed video on YouTube ever, generating over a billion hits and scores of imitations. But Korean music is not only idol groups and viral videos. There is also a vibrant indie and punk scene that has been active for the past two decades.

A...   More >

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Contradictions in Textual Narrations and Confusion in Visual Art: Revisiting the Seven Weeks after the Enlightenment of the Buddha

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Osmund Bopearachchi, Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The aim of this talk is to discuss an important relief belonging to the Andhra school of art recently discovered in Sri Lanka, adding to the growing body of archaeological evidence indicating brisk exchanges between the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and their co-religionists in the Krishna valley. The relief depicts the events that took place during the first seven weeks immediately following the...   More >

Friday, April 10, 2015

Screening of "Our Homeland" and Q&A with filmmaker YANG Yonghi

Film - Feature: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies | April 10 | 2-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Yonghi Yang, Filmmaker

 John Lie, UC Berkeley; Byung Kwang Yoo, UC Davis

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

One hot summer day, Rie, a 31-year-old second-generation Korean born and raised in Japan was looking forward for her brother Sungho's return. Sungho, 10 years her senior, was relocated to North Korea in the 1970's under the "repatriation program." After 25 years, he was finally allowed to return to Japan for three months to get medical treatments...   More >

 Free

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Political Economy of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Origins, Evolution, and Implications

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 11 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | C250 Haas School of Business

 Berkeley APEC Study Center

Scholars from Asia, Europe and the United States have been invited to present papers and participate in discussions on the likely evolution of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and the Europe Union, in the current international political and economic context. This conference seeks to investigate the...   More >

Monday, April 13, 2015

Contemporary Tibetan Poetry Composed by Modernist Buddhist Lamas

Colloquium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Jake Dalton, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Modern Tibetan literature has emerged in recent decades as one of the chief venues for the elaboration of social commentary and intellectual exchange among Tibetans on the Plateau...   More >

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Japan as a “Silver Democracy”

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 14 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John Creighton Campbell, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

It is often argued that Japan is the world’s leading example of a “silver democracy.” It provides generous benefits to older people because there are so many of them, they vote at such a high rate, and they often live in over-represented rural areas. On closer examination, this depiction of Japanese old-age policy does not stand up to comparisons with other advanced nations; moreover, the timing...   More >

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai; Hong Kong, 2000): Film 50: History of Cinema

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | April 15 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Emily Carpenter

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

(Fa yeung nin wa). Supposedly the most universally acclaimed film of the twenty-first century, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love seems like it has been around for decades; even when it debuted in 2000, however, the film—set in the early 1960s—already seemed timeless. (98mins)

 $5.50 UC Berkeley students, $7.50 BAM/PFA Members, $8.50 Seniors; Disabled persons; UC Berkeley faculty and staff; Non-UC Berkeley students; Youth 17 and under, $11.50 General Admission

  Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 16 | 2:30-5:10 p.m. |  IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together young scholars from across the U.S. and beyond to present and discuss innovative, dissertation-level research on the cultures of premodern China.
Click here to go to the conference website.

Friday, April 17, 2015

When Modernity Hits Hard: Redefining Buddhism in Meiji-Taisho-Early Shōwa Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 17 – 18, 2015 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Mark Blum, UC Berkeley; Melissa Curley, University of Iowa; Jessica Main, University of British Columbia; John Maraldo, Indiana University; Ama Michihiro, University of Alaska Anchorage; Yoshinaga Shin’ichi, Maizuru National College of Technology; George Tanabe, University of Hawaiʻi

 Jim Heisig, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture; Richard Jaffe, Duke University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, BDK America

This conference aims to present new research on the turbulent period between the Meiji Restoration and the onset of full-scale warfare in 1931 when the central government of Japan expressed open hostility toward Buddhism for the first time since its introduction in the 6th century. These papers explore various efforts made in response to powerful pressures to redefine Buddhism's place in a...   More >

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 17 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together young scholars from across the U.S. and beyond to present and discuss innovative, dissertation-level research on the cultures of premodern China.
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Comintern Aesthetics

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 17 | 12:30-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC San Diego Center for the Humanities, Institute of International Studies

Comintern Aesthetics seeks to provide an alternate mapping of world culture that decenters the West through an emphasis on the now-defunct realms of "really existing socialism." This two-day conference will join scholars across national and regional contexts in order to re-assemble cultural and revolutionary circuits that once connected Moscow with Beijing, Madrid, and New York, among other sites.

Media and Transmission: UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 17 | 2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This conference will bring together graduate students from all disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies to explore the past and present role of media in Japan. What can the examination of various media (including images, texts, discourses, objects, and anything else that functions as a medium of transmission) tell us about the formation and transmission of culture and knowledge in...   More >

Writing on the Left in Colonial Korea: New Perspectives and Future Directions

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 17 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sunyoung Park, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Despite its geographical proximity to Japan, a global powerhouse of science fiction and fantasy, Korea does not appear to have produced any significant tradition in the cultural vein until the early 1990s. Korean critics’ recent efforts to reconstruct the earlier local tradition of science fiction have noted but a few isolated literary texts with no instance in the 1970s, an era of intensified...   More >

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Modernity Hits Hard: Redefining Buddhism in Meiji-Taisho-Early Shōwa Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 17 – 18, 2015 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Mark Blum, UC Berkeley; Melissa Curley, University of Iowa; Jessica Main, University of British Columbia; John Maraldo, Indiana University; Ama Michihiro, University of Alaska Anchorage; Yoshinaga Shin’ichi, Maizuru National College of Technology; George Tanabe, University of Hawaiʻi

 Jim Heisig, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture; Richard Jaffe, Duke University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, BDK America

This conference aims to present new research on the turbulent period between the Meiji Restoration and the onset of full-scale warfare in 1931 when the central government of Japan expressed open hostility toward Buddhism for the first time since its introduction in the 6th century. These papers explore various efforts made in response to powerful pressures to redefine Buddhism's place in a...   More >

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 18 | 9:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. |  IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together young scholars from across the U.S. and beyond to present and discuss innovative, dissertation-level research on the cultures of premodern China.
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Comintern Aesthetics

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 18 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC San Diego Center for the Humanities, Institute of International Studies

Comintern Aesthetics seeks to provide an alternate mapping of world culture that decenters the West through an emphasis on the now-defunct realms of "really existing socialism." This two-day conference will join scholars across national and regional contexts in order to re-assemble cultural and revolutionary circuits that once connected Moscow with Beijing, Madrid, and New York, among other sites.

Media and Transmission: UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 18 | 10:30 a.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room / Howard Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This conference will bring together graduate students from all disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies to explore the past and present role of media in Japan. What can the examination of various media (including images, texts, discourses, objects, and anything else that functions as a medium of transmission) tell us about the formation and transmission of culture and knowledge in...   More >

Monday, April 20, 2015

China's Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuels and Market-Based Opportunities for Control

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Maximilian Auffhammer, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

 David Roland-Holst, Departments of Economics and Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In this paper we first review the history of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels for the People’s Republic of China (PRC). As Chinese regulators have announced efforts to directly regulate the emissions of CO2, we review...   More >

The Twenty-first Century Italy-China Silk Road and its National Legacies

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Lisa Rofel, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; Sylvia Yanagisako, Anthropology, Stanford University

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

Since China's entry into the WTO, Italian textile, garment and fashion firms have moved a large part of their production to China. While it might appear to be a sufficient analysis to examine Italy's investments solely in the context of the contemporary moment, a discussion of the distinctive historical trajectories that have led Italian entrepreneurs to China and that have shaped Chinese...   More >

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Demolition (J. P. Sniadecki; US, 2008): Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation - J. P. Sniadecki

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

 J.P. Sniadecki; Max Goldberg

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of the first works from Harvard’s acclaimed Sensory Ethnography Lab was this riveting study of the never-ending cycle of construction and destruction in booming modern China, in this case the western city of Chengdu.

 $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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Van Gogh on Demand, Winnie Wong: Berkeley Book Chat

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Professor of Rhetoric Winnie Wong specializes in the history and present of artistic authorship, with a focus on interactions between China and the West. Her book, Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade (University of Chicago Press, 2014), explores contemporary art in the world's largest production center for oil-on-canvas painting, Dafen village, China.

Korean Diaspora

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

 John Lie, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The lecture will offer a conspectus of Korean diaspora and discuss the central concepts of diaspora and nation/homeland. In particular, it will stress the sheer diversity of diasporic trajetories across Eurasia.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Liberalism Unraveling: The United States And The Developing World In The 1960s

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Mark A. Lawrence, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

 Institute of International Studies

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Associate Professor of History and Senior Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1988 and his doctorate from Yale in 1999. After teaching as a lecturer in history at Yale, he joined the History Department at UT Austin in 2000. Since then, he has...   More >

‘Imagology’ as Critical Approach in Literary and Cultural Studies

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Clemens Ruthner, Trinity College Dublin / UC Berkeley; Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle, UC Berkeley; Josef Sveda, Charles University Prague / UC Berkeley

 Department of German

An interdisciplinary workshop on Imagology (the analysis of images of the Self and the Other in literature and culture) as a critical research approach in literary and cultural studies

Unwilling to Work under a ‘Zombie’: Mass Dictatorship and Normative Voluntarism in Japan and North America during WWII

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 24 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

During the Second World War “zombies” were said to be taking part in the Canadian war effort, but in ways that the mainstream population and press mocked as cowardly and insufficiently patriotic. Above all, these strange beings apparently lacked the will to fight. In fact, these were not the undead but real live men who had been drafted into the military but who were labelled zombies because they...   More >

Words in Action 2015

Performing Arts - Theater: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 4-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater

 2055 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Annamaria Bellezza, founder, Italian Studies Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Italian Studies, Berkeley Language Center