Upcoming Events

Friday, December 12, 2014

Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Japan/Taiwan, 2003): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hou Hsiao-hsien pays tribute to Yasujiro Ozu in this meditative look at life and love in contemporary Tokyo, starring Tadanobu Asano. “The plot is spare, but the sounds, images, and ambience are indelible” (Jonathan Rosenbaum). (103 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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien; France/Taiwan, 2008): Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 14 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s experimental remake of the French children’s classic. Starring Juliette Binoche and the City of Light. (115 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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Kronos Quartet and Wu Man, pipa

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies | January 18 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

Wu Man and Kronos have developed an exquisite ensemble sensibility that combines modern inventiveness with the tonal blend of Western strings and ancient Chinese lute. Last year, Wu Man was the first non-Western performer to win Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year, and Kronos "continues with undiminished ferocity to make unprecedented string quartet history" (Los Angeles Times).

 $68

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Plague, SARS, Flu and Ebola: what lessons have we learned?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | January 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 10 Haviland Hall

 Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor / President The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 Center for Global Public Health

In 1894, an outbreak of a mysterious disease, so-called “Hong Kong fever” evolved into an epidemic which lasted for 15 years taking the life of over twenty thousand. It was then discovered by a French-Swiss bacteriologist Dr. Alexandre Yersin and a Japanese microbiologist Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato that the disease is caused by a bacteria which is now called Yersinia pestis. The disease was then...   More >

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Invisible” Pollution? Examining Taiwan’s High-tech Environmental Disputes from STS Perspective

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

 S. Katharine Hammond, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Wen-Ling Tu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

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

Asia has become the major production base for electronic products since the late 1990s. Behind the booming of high-tech economy, however, it’s been seldom noticed that the electronic production is a chemical-use intensive industry, and its manufacturing processes release hundreds of chemicals and constantly generate thousands of tons of wastewater per day. Taking the example of “Silicon Island”...   More >

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Phralak-Phralam, "a previous lifetime of the Buddha:” the Lao Ramayana at Vat Oub Mong and Vat Kang Tha (Vientiane), and Vat Keng (Vang Vieng)

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | January 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Alan Potkin, Northern Illinois University/Digital Conservation Facility, Laos (DCFL)

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Alan Potkin holds a Ph. D. (1989) from U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. In 1995, he founded the Digital Conservation Facility, Laos (DCFL) which has been affiliated since 2003 with Northern Illinois University, where he is now based. The focus of his work has always been on hypermedia and navigable visualization — especially virtual reality imaging — in ecological and cultural...   More >

Friday, January 30, 2015

Civil Society under Authoritarianism: the China Model

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Jessica Teets, Political Science, Middlebury College

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The speaker's book examines the puzzle of increasing civil society activity in China despite the authoritarian government’s fears of civil society serving as a Trojan horse of democracy.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kodo

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Japanese Studies | January 31 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Kodo brings the "primal power and bravura beauty" (Chicago Tribune) of Japanese taiko drumming to stages throughout the world. This new performance transports the audience to a place with a nostalgic air conjuring the spirit of the Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound world of Mystery will unfold.

 $22-58

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kodo

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Japanese Studies | February 1 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Kodo brings the "primal power and bravura beauty" (Chicago Tribune) of Japanese taiko drumming to stages throughout the world. This new performance transports the audience to a place with a nostalgic air conjuring the spirit of the Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound world of Mystery will unfold.

 $22-58

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Expanding Networks of Cooperation in East Asia

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 T. J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

For much of the period since the end of the Cold War, relations in East Asia became increasingly interdependent economically as well as more tightly enmeshed institutionally. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), formed in 1967, had long been the sole regional body...   More >

Erhu and Yangqin: 62nd Annual Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies | February 4 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Eric Jung, erhu & Lynn Tsai, yangqin

Liu Wenjin, Earth - The Beggar Lies in the Mud
Liu Tianhua, Leisure Poem
Chen Gang, The Sunshine on Taxkorgan
Ancient Melody, The General's Command
Traditional Melody, The Azalea
Huang Haihuai, Racing Horses

 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Making Matsutake Worlds: A Transnational Commodity Chain from Southwest China: Environmental China Colloquium 2

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Hathaway, Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk engages with the ways a wild mushroom, the matsutake, has an active materiality and liveliness that shapes the ways a commodity network is built up around it and with it, especially as it moves between the high mountains of Southwest China to urban markets in Japan. This mushroom has now become the leading agricultural export for Yunnan Province, and the matsutake economy employs...   More >

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Persistence of Cold War Regime in South Korea: The discourse of "chongbuk chwap'a"

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | February 6 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Namhee Lee, Associate Professor of Modern Korean History, UCLA

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

How might one explain the rise of the discourse of “chongbuk chwap’a” (a term commonly translated as “pro-North leftists”) given South Korea’s recent history of the democratization movement and the transition from a series of authoritarian regimes to a parliamentary democracy? In what ways does this discourse differ from the anticommunism of the authoritarian regimes of the earlier period? What...   More >

Monday, February 9, 2015

From Landscape Theory to Media Theory: Metamorphosis of Cinema and Revolutionary Theory in the Early 70s Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 9 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Go Hirasawa, Meiji Gakuin University/NYU

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Go HIRASAWA is a visiting scholar at NYU and a researcher at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. He has coordinated a workshop on landscape theory at NYU and Ghent University and Goldsmiths. HIRASAWA has organized a retrospective of Masao Adachi at The Cinématheque Française and The Harvard Film Archive, exhibitions of Wakamatsu and Oshima around the world. With Nicole Brenez at Paris...   More >

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Medicine Buddha Across Borders: Tibetan Buddhism and the Politics of Learning in Qing China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Stacey Van Vleet, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

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

During the same period remembered today for the rise of science along mercantile-colonialist sea routes, an inland network of Tibetan Buddhist monastic medical colleges proliferated in tandem with the expansion of the Qing Empire over Inner Asia. These monastic medical colleges spread a framework for ordering bodies, cosmologies, and technologies, and played a crucial role in the propagation of...   More >

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

International Rivers and Human Rights

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | February 11 | 12:45 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Peter Bosshard, International Rivers

 Berkeley Law, International Group

INTERNATIONAL RIVERS:
30 YEARS OF ADVOCACY FOR RIVERS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

with
Peter Bosshard

Wednesday, February 11th at 12:45 pm
Berkeley Law, Boalt Hall, Room 110

** Lunch Served **

Please join the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Environmental Law Society, and Ecology Law Quarterly for an exciting event featuring Peter Bosshard, Policy Director at International Rivers....   More >

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creative Buddhas, Gnosticism, and Pure Lands in Tibet: The Great Perfection Seminal Heart Tradition from the Unimpeded Sound Tantra to Longchenpa

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 David Germano, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The Great Perfection (rdzogs chen) is historically one of the most creative developments to emerge in Tibetan Buddhism and Bön religious traditions. In the Buddhist forms, the classical history runs from the ninth to thirteenth centuries and culminates in the fourteen century corpus of Longchenpa. A dramatic transformation occurred from the eleventh century onwards with the emergence of the...   More >

Friday, February 13, 2015

Volunteer Tourism and Public Anthropology: In the Aftermath of the 3.11 East Japan Disaster

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

 Shinji Yamashita, The University of Tokyo/The UCLA Center for Japanese Studies

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Tourism Studies Working Group

On March 11, 2011, a mega-earthquake of 9.0 magnitude struck East Japan, followed by a huge tsunami and the meltdown of several nuclear reactors in Fukushima. This was a disaster of unprecedented complexity. The disaster left approximately 20,000 dead, including missing people, and it is said that the damage can be estimated at 17 trillion Japanese yen. However, what we should understand is that...   More >

Annual Chinese New Year Banquet: Center for Chinese Studies

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 13 | 6-9 p.m. |  King Tsin Restaurant (厚德福)

 1699 Solano Avenue, Berkeley (Albany), CA 94707

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Happy Lunar New Year! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese New Year. [The RSVP is closed as of 02/10/2015]. If you need directions to the restaurant, please email ccs-vs@berkeley.edu

 

 Advanced payment required. RSVP by calling Angel Ryono at 510-643-3622, or by emailing Angel Ryono at ccs-vs@berkeley.edu by February 9.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cal Alumni Club of the Monterey Peninsula: Chapter Meeting

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | February 19 | 11:30 a.m. |  China Delight

  145 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel, CA 93923

 Cal Alumni Club of the Monterey Peninsula

Our next chapter meeting will be on February 19th at China Delight on Crossroads Blvd in Carmel at 11:30 AM. Come enjoy lunch and hear our president Michael Ipson talk about experiences living in China while working in finance. Contact me or Lou Langley at 624-2269 to reserve your spot.

 

  RSVP by calling Lou Langley at 831-624-2269

Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture: Building a China-Based Global High-Tech Company

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Wayne Dai, CEO, VeriSilicon Holdings Co

 College of Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)

China will spend more than 100 billion dollars on semiconductors over the next five years, attracting investors and manufacturers throughout this worldwide industry. If the U.S. business environment can seem like a “zoo,” doing business in China is like living in a “jungle.” Wayne Dai, CEO of Shanghai-based VeriSilicon Holdings, will discuss how he recruits, trains and retains China-based talent...   More >

Friday, February 20, 2015

Summer Abroad - Taipei, Taiwan: Business Chinese

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | February 20 | 3-4 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.

Korean Economic Development: Aid Dependence To Sustainable Development, Why Korea Succeeded

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Joon-Kyung Kim, President, Korea Development Institute

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of International Studies

From war-torn ruin to economic juggernaut, South Korea has in less than a half-century moved to the forefront of international players. What made this possible? This talk...   More >

Plastic China

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | February 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Wang Jiuliang, independent filmmaker

 You-tien Hsing, Chair, Center for Chinese Studies; Professor, Dep't of Geography, UCB

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

PLASTIC CHINA (30 minutes) is a story about how plastic waste from all around the world ends up in China. Film screening will be followed by a presentation by the filmmaker.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Projectization of Nature in China's Agricultural and Pastoral Northwest

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 You-tien Hsing, Geography, UC Berkeley

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

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

Based on her fieldwork in western Inner Mongolia and northern Gansu, Hsing will explore the question of the power of conservation. More specifically, she asks: how is nature understood and protected in arid NW China?

ATC Lecture- The Way Things Go: with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Artist (New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 23 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Rirkrit Tiravanija

 Center for New Media , Department of Art Practice, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture.

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

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

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.

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 >

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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 >