Upcoming Events

Friday, September 14, 2018

Film Screening: "My life in China"

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kenneth Eng, Independent Film Director

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Together But Apart: Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families in the Digital Age

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

 Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss her new book, which explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S.

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date and location

 Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

As a historian who approaches the U.S. West and Mexican North primarily from the perspective of their shared borderlands, Professor Truett is interested in the crossings—social, cultural, and environmental—that have connected these two regions to the rest of the Americas and the world at large. Known best for his work in borderlands history, he also works actively in western U.S. history,...   More >

Rohingya Crisis, One Year On: Research and Reflections

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.

 Rohini J. Haar, Emergency medicine physician with expertise in health and human rights

 Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 Félim McMahon, echnology and Human Rights Program Director at the Human Rights Center and Director of its Human Rights Investigations Lab

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Human Rights Center

A panel discussion on the Rohingya Crisis

Friday, September 21, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hello, Shadowlands: Inside The Booming World Of Southeast Asian Organized Crime

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Patrick Winn, Public Radio International

 Joseph Scalice, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Mass media and Hollywood fixate on stories of Mexican cartels, Sicilian mafioso and Russian gangsters. But they've largely overlooked the growing power of Southeast Asian organized crime. Within the next decade, the region's booming black markets will be worth $375 billion — more than the legit output of many Asian countries.

These crime syndicates can corrupt governments, skew policy and...   More >

Thangkas, Texts, and the Silk Route

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ann Shaftel, Dalhousie University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In a richly illustrated presentation on the challenges of applying conservation science to Buddhist sacred thangkas and texts, Ann Shaftel will include a discussion of the relationship between thangkas and texts, and the evolving function of thangkas in Buddhist philosophy, textural history and culture. The images accompanying her talk will feature Silk Route thangkas, and others from her 48...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Socialist China’s New Exhibitions: Rethinking Class, Material Culture, and Propaganda

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Denise Y. Ho, Assistant Professor of twentieth-century Chinese History, Yale University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk examines the origins and Mao-era elaborations on “new exhibitions” in socialist China, the practice of displaying personal possessions as a way to articulate meanings of class in both “old China” and “new China.” During the Socialist Education Movement, “class education exhibitions” linked material objects to class status, arguing for the persistence of class and the need for...   More >

Illustrations of the Parinirvāṇa Cycle in Kucha

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Monika Zin, University of Leipzig

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

At least 100 caves in Kucha contain (or once contained) murals depicting scenes connected with the Buddha's death. The paintings are typically located in the rear part of the caves, in corridors behind the Buddha in the main niche. The illustrations begin with the episodes from the Buddha's last journey and end with the first council in Rājagṛha. It is solely through comparative...   More >

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Influence of the Republican Period on the Painting of Ming China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Heyns Faculty Club

 Craig Clunas, FBA, Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford

 Patricia Berger, Professor Emerita, Chinese Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The creation of a modern Chinese art in the first half of the twentieth century necessarily required the creation of its opposite - ‘traditional Chinese art’, that which by definition was not modern. The materials out of which traditional Chinese art, and in particular ‘traditional Chinese painting’ were constructed were many and various, including the actual art of the past, and the copious...   More >

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Friday, October 5, 2018

China's Crisis of Success

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 William H. Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University

 Thomas Gold, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, China's Crisis of Success, William Overholt shows that China's rise has reached a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth. Continued success requires re-invention of its economy and politics. The old economic strategy based on exports and infrastructure now piles up debt without producing sustainable economic growth, and Chinese...   More >

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Berkeley China Summit

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | October 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Cal Alumni Association, Chinese Chapter

Organized and sponsored by official UC Berkeley alumni and students organizations, endorsed and supported by UC Berkeley administration, the 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 UC Berkeley...   More >

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

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

 Katya Cengel, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies

Journalist Katya Cengel will discuss her new book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back (Potomac Books, 2018) which follows the stories of four Cambodian families, as they confront criminal deportation 40 years after their resettlement in the U.S.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Architecture Lecture: Takaharu Tezuka: Nostalgic Future

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | October 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Takaharu Tezuka

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), College of Environmental Design, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

NOSTALGIC FUTURE
Real human life is supported by latest technologies. Our good future is depending on the respect for the wisdom from our past. We are still a part of the whole environment, yet still in the most advanced society.

ABOUT TAKAHARU TEZUKA
Architect / President of Tezuka Architects / Professor of Tokyo City University

1964 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1987 B. Arch.,...   More >

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mother, Daughter, Sister - Film Screening and Panel on Sexual Violence in Myanmar

Film - Documentary: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Kenneth Wong, Lecturer, professor of Burmese, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Jeanne Hallacy; Myo Win; Wai Wai Nu; Kenneth Wong, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Human Rights Center, Human Rights Law Student Association, Amnesty International, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy joins Muslim Burmese interfaith activist Myo Win, Rohingya lawyer and activist Wai Wai Nu, the HRC's Kim Thuy Seelinger and UC Berkeley Burmese professor Kenneth Wong to screen her newest film and discuss sexual and gender based violence in both Rakine and Kachin states in Myanmar and globally.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mobility, Expulsion and Claims to Home: Migrant Organizing in an Era of Deportation and Dispossession

Colloquium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Monisha Das Gupta, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

The virulence and pervasiveness of immigration enforcement have fueled migrants to organize in heterogeneous ways. My research about and activism in the movement during the last eight years have evolved into an engagement with a strain of anti-deportation organizing which takes up the cause of the most indefensible of immigrants and refugees -- those labeled criminal aliens. Non-citizens, who are...   More >

Creative Placemaking and the Public Commons: Community Building through Art in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and San Francisco

Presentation: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 17 | 1-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Katherine Bruhn, Dissertation Fellow, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

A presentation by artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta, Indonesia - part of “Bangkit/Arise”, an arts exchange and residency. Participating artists: Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Jose Guerra Awe, Christopher Statton, Megan Wilson, Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Hari Ndarvati, Muhammad Yusuf, Wedhar Riyadi, Eko Didyk Sukowati, and Vina Puspita.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSI Global, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

The Screen in Sound: Toward a Theory of Listening

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This lecture is drawn from Rey Chow’s chapter in the anthology Sound Objects (Duke UP, forthcoming), ed. James A. Steintrager and Rey Chow. By foregrounding crucial connections among sound studies, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary acousmatic experiences, the lecture presents listening as a trans-disciplinary problematic through which different fields of study resonate in fascinating ways.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSI Global, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A New Malaysia? Elite Defectors and Opposition Success in Malaysia’s 2018 Elections

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

 Sebastian Dettman, Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Election night, May 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Reflections on the Movement to Revive the Precepts in Kamakura Japan: With a focus on Eison’s 叡尊 Chōmonshū 聴聞集

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Groner, University of Virginia

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Although Japanese monks are renowned for their disregard for the precepts and monastic discipline, serious monks were concerned with whether they actually were proper Buddhists or not. Professor Groner uses a set of fragments from Eison’s 叡尊 (1201-1290) to explore how serious monks strove to revive the precepts and ordinations. By delving into the background of some of the fragments...   More >

Friday, October 26, 2018

"Special Talent in the Chest, Special Eyes under the Brows": Jīn Shèngtàn’s (1608-1661) Discursion on Travel in his Commentary to The Story of the Western Wing: “胸中別才、眉下別眼”:金聖嘆《西廂記》漫筆遊記與評點

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Stephen H. West, Foundation Professor of Chinese; Head of East and Southeast Asian Section, Arizona State University

 Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; EALC, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

An eccentric commentary to the famous drama The Story of the Western Wing (西廂記) may seem like strange place to begin a discussion about travel. But Jīn Shèngtàn's (金聖嘆) commentarial exegeses are in fact noted for their discursive nature.

Friday, November 9, 2018

China's "Law and Development" Moment?: Reflecting on Reflections of Law in China’s Globalism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Matthew S. Erie, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

 Stanley Lubman, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Law, Boalt School of

What is the role of law in China’s new globalism? By the year 2020, China will be one of the largest capital exporters in the world, marking the first time in modern history a nondemocratic state will have such a widespread impact on the developing world. While much of Chinese investment flows to post-industrial Europe and North America, a significant amount reaches Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia,...   More >

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Javanese Gamelan Music and Dance

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 10 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors
Gamelan Sari Raras, UC Berkeley Javanese ensemble, recently returned from concerts in Indonesia, will perform music and dance of Central Java

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

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Situated Knowledges Thirty Years Later

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 15 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Mitali Thakor, Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University; Sarah E. Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley; Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.C. Santa Cruz; Lisa A. Brooks, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Paul Michael L. Atienza, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Victoria Massie, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley

 Sibyl Diver, Research Scientist, Department of Earth Systems Science, Stanford University

 Ashton Wesner, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

 Julie Pyatt, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

 Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Science and Technology Studies Working Group

This day-long conference will celebrate and challenge the intellectual legacy of Donna Haraway's "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." Presenters from various disciplines will reflect on the impact of "situated knowledges" while offering new perspectives on and revisions to the concept since its introduction.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 28 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Midiyanto, director
A concert of Javanese gamelan music

Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Remaking Urban Landscape in China’s Large Cities: State-Society Nexus and the Reproduction of Space amidst Accelerate Urbanization

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

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Phenomenal transformation of the landscape in Chinese cities has been conventionally understood as the spatial outcome of the reformation of state-market relations. The current urban landscape observable today is described as a juxtaposition of two elements, namely the legacy of the socialist city and the newly emerged space of marketization. This research identifies a new wave of urbanization in...   More >

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What’s Theology Got to Do with It? An Eighteenth-Century Chinese Emperor Debating Religions and Christianity

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Boston University; Collaborative Scholar, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In his Lettres chinoises, indiennes et tartares, Voltaire republished “a note by the good Kangxi Emperor to the Peking Jesuits” as follows: “The emperor is surprised to see you so stubborn in your ideas. Why would you worry so much about a world where you have not been yet? Enjoy the present. Your God must be pained by your preoccupations...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION: PLACE, CULTURE, TIME - DESIGN IN DRASTICALLY CHANGING CHINA

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Chinese Studies | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Panel Discussion (at Bancroft Hotel) & Opening Ceremony on AUG 30. Free and open to all!

"The Rohingya: On the Edge of Existence" Photo Show Opening Reception

Exhibit - Photography: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 9 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Donor Lobby

 Human Rights Center, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, South Asia Studies, Institute for, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Department of, Southeast Asia Studies, Center for

The HRC will present a striking show of black and white photography by Chris Beale documenting the Rohingya through the events of 2012-2017, beginning with life in the villages and confinement camps of Rakine State (Myanmar), through the wave of ethnic cleansing and the mass exodus of Rohingya people over land and on boats, to the now sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. The opening will...   More >