An Epic Transformation: The Transition of the Oirat Oral Epic Jangar from Culture to Cultural Resource
Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | December 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Michael Long, Cambridge University
This fieldwork program attempted to follow the conceptual transformation of the Epic of Jangara traditional oral epic of the Oirat Mongols of XUARas a social phenomenon in Hoboksar Mongolian Autonomous County from the end of the Cultural Revolution to present, particularly from the mid-2000s onward. In this time, Jangar transformed from a curious cultural artifact of folk culture with near... More >
Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies: Other Campus Events | December 8 | 10-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join UCBG Director, Eric Siegel, for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.
Free with Garden Admission
Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | December 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall
Delve into Couture Korea with textile historian Lee Talbot and costume historian Minjee Kim.
Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 9 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Maggie Cheung stars in Stanley Kwans modernist biopic on the life and tragic early death of Chinese film star Ruan Lingyu. A masterpiece . . . the greatest Hong Kong film I've seen (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 15 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
An unexpected pregnancy transforms the life of a teenage girl in a small riverside town, who still struggles to live down her past ten years later, in Li Yus elegantly composed Chinese drama.
Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | December 16 | 8:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, and Tony Leung Chiu-wai propel Zhang Yimous gorgeously colorful wuxia tribute, set in ancient China. Not so much a historical epic as a kind of highly determined ballet (New Yorker).
Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
King Lear in feudal Japan, with Tatsuya Nakadai as the lord who divides his kingdom among his three sons, with disastrous results. A majestic piece of filmmaking (Village Voice).