Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Seoul National University-UC Berkeley Korean Studies Graduate Student Conference

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | June 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Seoul National University, Asia Center Building, Room 230

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Seoul National University Institute for Gender Research, The Academy of Korean Studies

UC Berkeley graduate students present their papers, which are then commented on and discussed by Seoul National University faculty members in this interdisciplinary conference focusing on exciting new scholarship within Korean Studies.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bobbleheads in Seoul: Conversing with Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | July 6 | 7-8 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall

 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

 Asian Art Museum

Join the ever-enigmatic Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries for a conversation on the eve of the opening of their exhibition Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries Presents: So You Made It. What Do You Know. Congratulations and Welcome! What will be the topic of conversation? Sports? Politics? Music? Food? Yes!

THURSDAY, JUL 6
7–8 PM
SAMSUNG HALL
FREE WITH ADMISSION
($10 AFTER 5 PM)

About...   More >

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Folk Textiles of Japan: Plant Fibers and Dyes with Yoshiko Wada

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | July 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join renowned textile scholar Yoshiko Wada for a presentation on folk textiles of Japan looking at the use of plant fibers and dyes. This illustrated talk will discuss history, culture and preparation of textiles throughout Japan.

 $25, $20 Garden members

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mongolia excursion July 15-26, 2017

Tour/Open House: Mongolia Initiative | July 15 |  Mongolia

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

TRIP SUMMARY
Mongolia is a place with rich cultural and natural heritage. Learn about prehistoric monuments known as Hirgisuur, deer stones and stone men, and what forms of art were brought in by Buddhist monks. Visit ruins of ancient cities and look for traces of cultures once inhabiting eastern Mongolia. Meet some of the modern day nomads roaming the vast steppes of eastern Mongolia whose...   More >

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang, Violin: Richard Pontzious, conductor

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies | August 5 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang, Violin, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Representing nearly a dozen countries, the 107 young musical ambassadors of the Asian Youth Orchestra join hands across political differences and regional tensions to play concerts of exquisite beauty. Each summer, exceptional players from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam meet for a demanding summer of...   More >

 $36-86

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

Sarah Chang performs with the Asian Youth Orchestra Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

High and Low

Film - Feature | August 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kurosawa’s adaptation of an American detective novel is both a superb, suspenseful thriller, and a Dostoyevskian metaphysical probe into the ambiguities of guilt and innocence. In one of his finest performances, Toshiro Mifune portrays a wealthy executive who must pay ransom for the release of his chauffeur’s son when the boy is mistaken for his son by a kidnapper. Kurosawa creates a constant,...   More >

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: "Trade, Structural Transformation, and Labor Market Dynamics: A Quantitative Analysis of China"

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | August 29 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Zhimin Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Trade, Structural Transformation, and Labor Market Dynamics: A Quantitative Analysis of China"

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | August 29 | 2:10-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Zhimin Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

A Conversation with Min Seok Ahn

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | August 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Morrison Library

 Min Seok Ahn, South Korean National Assembly

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Min Seok Ahn (also spelled Ahn Minseok), a member of the South Korean National Assembly, has been instrumental in coordinating the impeachment trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Nuclear Deterrence: What is at Stake?

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | August 29 | 6-8:30 p.m. | The Korea Times San Francisco, Inc., Community Hall

 8134 Capwell Drive, Oakland, CA 94621

 United Nations USA East Bay Chapter

UNA-USA East Bay Chapter presents a Dinner Forum: Explore strategic deterrence strategies in the context of the current North Korean nuclear standoff.

Featuring:
Jacqueline Cabasso
Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation
US Nuclear Weapons Policies, Research, Testing, Production Activities & their Impact on International Security

Michael Nacht
Past Dean, Goldman School of...   More >

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Samurai Rebellion

Film - Feature | August 30 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Rebellion” is the fitting original title of this relentless social portrait of those who demand subservience, and those who have had enough. A magisterial Toshiro Mifune slow-burns his way through the role of dutiful samurai Sasahara—henpecked by his wife and dominated by his lord—whose attempts to be a “good servant” are about to end. “You retreat, and retreat,” says his friend Asano (Tatsuya...   More >

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development

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

 Douglas Fuller, School of Management, Zhejiang University

 Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China presents us with a conundrum. How has a developing country with a spectacularly inefficient financial system, coupled with asset-destroying state-owned firms, managed to create a number of vibrant high-tech firms?

China's domestic financial system fails most private firms by neglecting to give them sufficient support to pursue technological upgrading, even while smothering state-favored...   More >

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Locations of Reflexivity: South Korean Community Activism and its Affective Promise for Solidarity

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies | September 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mun Young Cho, Yonsei University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this presentation, I explore the globalization of South Korean community activism amidst the rearrangement of the anti-poverty agenda among Asian countries.

“The Crown Jewel of our Realm:” The Forgotten Story of Künzang Chöling, a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery in Nepal

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | September 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315

 Charles Ramble, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In Nepal’s Mustang District, on the right bank of the Kali Gandaki river facing the large settlement of Tshug, is a low hill known as Gompa Gang, the “convent ridge”. Standing on the ridge are the ruins of a Buddhist site, Künzang Chöling, whose dilapidated condition belies the fact that it features the finest example of Nyingmapa mural art outside Tibet. Until recently, nothing else was known...   More >

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Playing Checkers in Chinatown"

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | September 12 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jose Espin-Sanchez, Yale University

 Department of Economics

AIA Lecture - Beads, trade, and the emergence of complexity in ancient Southeast Asia

Lecture | September 12 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alison Carter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 AIA, San Francisco Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Around 500 BC people in South Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) began interacting with people in Southeast Asia. Some of the earliest indicators of this contact are stone and glass beads that were imported from South Asia and widely traded across Southeast Asia. These beads were important symbols of prestige and power. In this presentation I discuss my study of beads from 12 archaeological...   More >

Friday, September 15, 2017

ORIAS Graduate Student Speakers Bureau Information Session

Information Session | September 15 | 3:15-4:30 p.m. | 510 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 ORIAS

Attention Graduate Students:

Do you want to share your academic passions while developing vital teaching and public speaking skills? Come learn about the ORIAS Speakers Bureau and how you might share your academic interests with young audiences. Last year's participants collectively addressed almost 1000 students, from middle school to community college.

The ORIAS Speakers Bureau is now...   More >

The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Meyer, English, University of Pittsburgh

 Thomas Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean’s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the...   More >

Risk Communication and Post-disaster Tourism Recovery: Evidence from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Hiroaki Matsuura, Shoin University

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

A tremendous amount of radioactive products were discharged as a result of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, which resulted in radioactive contamination of the plant and wide surrounding areas. When describing the geographical distribution of radioactive contamination just after the disaster, the government, media, and other organizations largely used administrative...   More >

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Exhibition Opening: In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Special Event: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | September 16 | 6-8 p.m. |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places reveals the reality and complexities of being a Korean artist in America. This exhibition opening will feature new work by Jung Ran Bae, Sohyung Choi, Kay Kang, Miran Lee, Young June Lew, Nicholas Oh, Younhee Paik, and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bringing the Outside In: An Introduction to Principles of Chabana

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | September 17 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Leave with the ability to arrange simple flowers and enhance your environment without the years of training usually required by these intricate Japanese art forms. Bring your own small vase as well- and carry exquisite beauty home!

 $25; no member discounts apply

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fake News and Information Leaks: Constructing Documentary Authority in Late Imperial China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Emily Mokros, CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2018

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In seventeenth-century China, the Qing dynasty inherited a troubled information order. Within the bureaucracy, lengthy procedural correspondence buried urgent messages and covert networks troubled official hierarchies. Beyond the reach of the state, gossip and rumor endangered the stability of the new dynasty. This paper analyzes the negotiation of information scandals in the first century of...   More >

Kyoko Kawamura

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Japanese Studies | September 18 | 8-10 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Kyoko Kawamura

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

An evening of traditional and contemporary works for koto and voice performed by Kyoko Kawamura. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kawamura began studying the koto at the age of 10, inspired by the performance of Kinichi Nakanoshima, a designated living national treasure. She studied Japanese traditional music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in koto. A multi-instrumentalist,...   More >

 $10.00 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors

  Buy tickets online

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Diplomacy, Climate and U.S.-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 The Honorable David Rank, Charge d'affaires and Former Acting Ambassador, China

 Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

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

Dave Rank resigned from his position as the senior American diplomat in China in the wake of the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. He will discuss the decision to end his 27-year career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer and the implications of this American disengagement on U.S. interests, our relationship with China and our standing in the world.

David Rank

Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion: Insights from Cambodia

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sara Vigil, Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands), , Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on case studies conducted in the Cambodian provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Thom, this talk will analyse the variegated and complex interactions between climate change politics, land grabs, and migration.

Sara Vigil

ARCH Lecture: Neri&Hu

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | September 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 20, 6:30pm. College of Environmental Design alumni Rossana Hu (B.A. Arch. 90) and Lyndon Neri (B.A. Arch. 87) discuss their work.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Film Screening: The Bacchus Lady (featuring filmmaker E J-yong)

Film - Feature: Center for Korean Studies | September 21 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 E J-yong

 Jinsoo An, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The Bacchus Lady (죽여주는 여자) looks into the issue of elderly prostitution in South Korea. We will be joined by the filmmaker E J-yong, who will introduce the film and stay for a Q&A.

We've been here before: ‘America First’ and a Century of Defending Japanese language learning

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 21 | 4 p.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room

 Noriko Asato, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Noriko Asato will explore the efforts to control Japanese language schools in California a century ago as part of anti-immigrant nativism. This presentation develops from her book, “Teaching Mikadoism,” which looked at how nativists and Japanese Americans battled over their identity and education in Hawaii and the West Coast. Her presentation briefly explores how Japanese Americans resisted, and...   More >

Maritime Diffusion of Buddhist Philosophical Thought and Art

Lecture | September 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Osmund Bopearachchi, UC Berkeley

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

Trade is understood mainly as the transfer and exchange of commodities to make profits, and this was also the driving force of economic activities in ancient time. However, as revealed by epigraphic and literary evidence, among the earliest donors and important patrons of Buddhist establishments in South and South-East Asia were caravan merchants and wealthy seafaring traders. The spread of...   More >

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Traditions: Korean Culture Week Launch

Workshop: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | September 23 | 2-6 p.m. |  Mils College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Miran Lee, artist; Kay Kang, artist

 Soo-yeon Lyuh, musician

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Mills College Art Museum, Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in San Francisco

The Mills College Art Museum and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco present a day of family friendly Korean arts workshops led by exhibiting artists Miran Lee and Kay Kang, followed by a performance with internationally renowned haegeum musician Soo-yeon Lyuh in collaboration with contemporary Bay Area musicians performing new compositions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Guangzhou Dream Factory

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Erica Marcus, filmmaker

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

Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for...   More >

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: “The China Shock Revisited”

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Rob Feenstra, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Celebrating 100 Years of Modern Korean Literature

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, Drawing Room

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Kyung-Ran Jo, author

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley; Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco

Please join us for a discussion of the fruits of a century of modern Korean literature dating from the appearance of Yi Kwang-su’s novel Mujŏng (The Heartless) in 1917.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Modern Myanmar History and the Crisis of Community, 1948-2017

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Maitrii Aung-Thwin, Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This presentation questions the usefulness of interpreting Myanmar’s modern history through a democratic narrative. By examining Myanmar’s modern history as an ongoing crisis of community, we may interpret the contemporary debate over democracy as a continuation of a much older contest to define Myanmar’s identity.

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

White Tara, © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art: Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Colloquium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee

 Mongolia Foundation, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new...   More >

Soyolmaa Davaakhuu

Country Spotlight: The Life and Times of Korean Cuisine

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. |  Asia Society

 500 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

 Nick Yoon, Chef, Surisan SF; JiYoung Park, Chef, Park's Kitchen

 Mirka Knaster, Textile Artist and Author

 Asia Society Northern California, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea

Join Asia Society of Northern California for its inaugural Country Spotlight Series event with Chef Nick Yoon of Surisan SF and Chef JiYoung Park of Park's Kitchen who will share their unique Californian approach to Korean cuisine.

 $30 Non-Members

  Tickets go on sale September 12. Buy tickets online

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Japanese Studies | September 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 316 Wurster Hall

 Dr. Laurie Johnson; Dr. Robert B. Olshansky

 Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Great natural disasters are rare, but their aftermath can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. In their new book, After Great Disasters (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2017), Johnson and Olshansky report on their 25 years of collaborative experience and firsthand research on the roles of government in successful disaster recovery in the United States, Japan, China, New Zealand,...   More >

South Korea's Five-Year Plan for National Affairs of the Moon Jae-In Administration

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | September 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 155 Dwinelle Hall

 Jin-pyo Kim

 Physical Education Program, Martial Arts, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The South Korean State Affairs Planning Committee Chairman Jin-pyo Kim will discuss the state's five-year plan for national affairs, including the issue of military tensions between South and North Korea.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

Spring in a Small Town

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | September 30 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Named a formative influence by filmmakers like Wong Kar-wai and Zhang Yimou, voted the best Chinese film of all time in a poll of Chinese critics, and with a visual panache often compared to Ophuls, Antonioni, and Welles, Fei Mu’s 1948 gem possesses a melancholy beauty all its own. In the ruins of a bombed-out country estate, a sorrowful husband lives in the past, while his beautiful wife pines...   More >

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gardening with Chinese Herbs in the Bay Area

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | October 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, join Peg Schafer for a lecture on growing Chinese botanicals for beauty and medicine as well as medicinal edibles that grow well and make efficacious medicine here in the bay area. This slideshow presentation is followed by a one hour walk in the Chinese Medicinal Herb garden. Peg's book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A...   More >

 $35, $30 members

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture: Mongolia Initiative | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, The Program for the Study of Italy, IES

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Atrocities in Burma (Myanmar)

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 134 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch

 Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Human Rights Center

Nearly half a million Rohingya have fled from Burma to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other mass atrocities. The United Nations recently called the situation “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.” Come learn about the mounting crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State from Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division and professor of international human rights...   More >

Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1969

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

 Andrew Walder, Sociology, Stanford University

 Heather Haveman, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing on accounts in more than 2,200 published county and city annals, this presentation provides an overview of the successive waves of rebellion and repression that spread across China from mid-1966 to the end of 1969. Several new observations emerge from broad patterns in these accounts. First, the collapse of civilian state structures due to rebel power seizures spread with remarkable...   More >

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship and Collection Treasures at UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 5 | 8:10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)

 Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Harvey Dong, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley; Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, University of California, Berkeley; Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, University of California, Berkeley; Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, University of California, Berkeley; Virginia Shih, Librarian for the Southeast Asia Collection, University of California, Berkeley

 Library, Department of Ethnic Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Bancroft Library, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship.

 Pre-registration is required. Pls. register by August 1, 2017. https://berkeleychineseoverseas.wordpress.com/register/

 

  Registration opens May 12. Register online or by calling Virginia Shih at 510-643-0850, or by emailing Virginia Shih at vshih@library.berkeley.edu by August 1.

Miscellaneous California views from the collection of Joseph A. Baird BANC PIC 1986.015:73–PIC

If I can K-Pop dance, I’ll be part of your beauty revolution.

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | October 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 kate-hers RHEE

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Gender and the Trans-Pacific World Program

Visual artist kate-hers RHEE will discuss the evolution of her politically engaged work as an artist and her dogged pursuit of cultivating creativity and playful improvisation in her artistic practice to engage hetero-patriarchal global beauty ideals and accompanying digital technology from a transnational feminist perspective.

photo credit: Michael Hurt

Friday, October 6, 2017

100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences

Workshop | October 6 | 1:15-4 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Department of History, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences

October 6-7, 2017

Sponsored by the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the UC Berkeley History Department, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities

“The Soviet socialist revolution was the great utopian adventure of the modern age,” wrote the late Berkeley professor...   More >

Saturday, October 7, 2017

100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences

Workshop | October 7 | 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Department of History, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences

October 6-7, 2017

Sponsored by the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the UC Berkeley History Department, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities

“The Soviet socialist revolution was the great utopian adventure of the modern age,” wrote the late Berkeley professor...   More >

Bright Day

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 7 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The great Chinese star Shi Hui stars as an energetic lawyer fighting for the good of his neighbors in this stirring, almost Capra-esque drama from Cao Yu, one of China’s most important twentieth-century playwrights.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Berkeley China Summit 2017: Technologies and Innovations that Build the Future

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 8 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Richard Karp, Professor, Turing Award Winner and U.S. National Medal of Science Laureate, UC Berkeley; Zhonghan Deng, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Vimicro Corporation

 California Alumni Association Chinese Chapter (CAACC), Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association (BCAIA), Chinese Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Association at UC Berkeley (CGPSA), Berkeley-Haas Chinese Business Association (BerkeleyCBA), Berkeley Chinese Students and Scholars Association (BCSSA)

Organized and sponsored by official UC Berkeley alumni and students organizations, endorsed and supported by UC Berkeley administration, the only authentic Berkeley China Summit 伯克利中美峰会 (“BCS”) is a full-day on-campus conference, aimed to connect China’s businesses and investors with the technology, engineering, and business innovation expertise on...   More >

 

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Monday, October 9, 2017

In the Province of the Gods: Disability, Sexuality, Mortality and Things Japanese: Kenny Fries in conversation with Karen Nakamura

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

 Kenny Fries, Author

 Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

A disabled foreigner in Japan, a society most people think of as hostile to difference, Kenny Fries finds himself on a journey of profound self-discovery. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and atomic bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions...   More >

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A New Past: Hidden Narratives of the Vietnam War from the North Vietnamese

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hai Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk will examine the motivations of some North Vietnamese fighters as derived from their personal memoirs, in particular unpublished documents collected from the battlefield by the CIA and U.S. allies. The analysis here seeks to show how personal memory may conflict or be compatible with collective memory, as well as how it may be used to shape or even reshape the stories of history.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, 101, Morrison Library

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley

 College Writing Programs

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2017 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy

You Can Succeed, Too: Media Theory and Kitsch in Toho's early 1960s popular song films

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 11 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Raine, Western University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Andrew Barshay has argued that after the ANPO protests in 1960, "the 'postwar' utopianism that had marked Japanese thinking about democracy was definitively transvalued, literally 'translated' from the political to the economic realm." This presentation explores the role of the early 1960s Toho musical comedy in translating utopia for an aspirational "white collar" urban culture in Japan. By the...   More >

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 12 | 4-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), Film and Media Department

This meeting honors the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Long Live the Missus

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 12 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of China’s most revered writers, the renowned Eileen Chang (Lust, Caution), wrote the screenplay for this enchanting, eye-opening look at family dynamics, sexual politics, and fabulous fashions in a thoroughly modern China.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 13 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

This meeting honors the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Quest for a Long-Lost Husband

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | October 13 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fascinating glimpse of the Chinese diaspora across southeast Asia, this Hong Kong production follows a wayward husband through Southern China and Thailand, and tracks the travails of the wife he leaves behind.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

This meeting honors the Paul Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Gamelan Sari Raras

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 14 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Gamelan Sari Raras
Ben Brinner, co-director
Midiyanto, co-director
Javanese gamelan concert by Gamelan Sari Raras, featuring singer Heni Savitri

Since their inception in 1976, the Department of Music’s Javanese gamelan classes have introduced over a thousand students to the musical traditions of Central Java and presented noon and evening concerts every semester in Hertz Hall. These classes...   More >

 $16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Harm in Harmony: Covert Competition and Ingroup Suspicion in East Asian Cultures

Colloquium | October 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Michael Morris, Professor, Columbia University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

A prominent theme in East-West cultural comparisons is that East Asian social interactions are characterized by harmony. But is this merely the surface? We propose that Easterners compete with ingroup members but tend to do so covertly to avoid risking relationships. Further we propose that, under many conditions, they suspect their peers are up to the same. We investigated this underside of...   More >

Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sabine Frühstück, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

In Playing War, Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and to sentimentalize peace. She argues that modern conceptions of war insist on and exploit a specific and static...   More >

Robert Thurman | Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?: The inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S., President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

 Jake Dalton, Khyentse Professor and Chair, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, Center for Buddhist Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies-Graduate Theological Union, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

A lecture by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

New Play Reading Series: TOURIST TRAP by Marie Yuen

Performing Arts - Theater: Center for Chinese Studies | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, ROOM B4

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

It’s Cantonese meets culture shock the day Laura arrives in Hong Kong. But that’s okay for this ABC (American-Born-Chinese) because when dinner with a local friend turns into a mad dash about town, Laura’s game on for anything: from black pepper steak set meals to dancing with drunken bankers and a Canadian who may (or may not) be a Gurkha. Tourist Trap: A play for the hopeless adventurer in all...   More >