Upcoming Events

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Paradigm Shift: A Possible North Korean State and Reverse Kissinger Strategy

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Professor Youngjun Kim, Korea National Defense University

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

The situation of the Korean Peninsula has rapidly changed over the last few months. U.S. President Trump, ROK President Moon and Chairman Kim of North Korea agreed on peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Not surprisingly, many people and experts all over the world still have skeptical views on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Professor Youngjun Kim will provide a new...   More >

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

 Jeanne Hallacy, Filmmaker; Myo Win, Burmese Interfaith Activist; Wai Wai Nu, Burmese attorney and activist; Kenneth Wong, Lecturer, 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 screens her newest film on sexual and gender based violence in in Myanmar in both Rakhine state (against the Rohingya) and Kachin states. She will be joined in a panel discussion by Muslim Burmese interfaith activist Myo Win, Rohingya lawyer and activist Wai Wai Nu, and UC Berkeley Burmese lecturer Kenneth Wong.

 

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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 | 1-2:30 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, Global Urban Humanities

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.

DISENFRANCHISED: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 17 | 5-7:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Joel Andreas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

 Cihan Tuğal, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Yan Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Marc Blecher, James Monroe Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College

 Department of Sociology

Turning Andrew Walder’s 1986 classic, Communist Neo-Traditionalism, on its head, Andreas studies the socialist enterprise from the standpoint of the expansion and contraction of industrial democracy. His account begins with the revolutionary seizure of power in 1949 and the installation of the “iron rice bowl” that organized every realm of worker life.

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 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, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International 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 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, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International 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

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

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This past May, a coalition of opposition parties in Malaysia, headed by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, won power, unseating the National Front (Barisan Nasional or BN) government for the first time in 61 years. This talk will examine the roots of this victory in the unique coalitional dynamics that allowed the BN to hold power for so many decades – and for the opposition to win.

Election night, May 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Buddhist Textiles Along the Silk Road: Material Evidence and Visual Representation

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | October 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, University of California Riverside

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

In the field of Buddhist Studies textual sources provide a fundamental ground to analyze and compare philosophical and religious contexts developed in various geographic areas of the larger Asian continent. However, as a non-verbal form of communication, textile material evidence and visual representation may offer a different intercultural perspective that clarifies Buddhist rituals, and...   More >

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

Islamic Texts Circle: Same-Sex Relations in the Qur'an

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

"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.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Western and Questions of Indigeneity, Race and Violence in the American and Japanese Frontiers or, Two Unforgivens

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Barshay, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Takashi Fujitani, Professor, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This presentation juxtaposes Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il’s “remake” (Yurusarezaru mono, 2013) of the original as a method for recasting the histories of modern Japan and the U.S. as comparable and coeval settler colonial empires. The speaker will work through the insights and absences in these films to piece together a historical...   More >

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Jusice and Japanese War Crimes

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The U.S.-led post-conflict transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific War’s aftermath has not only rendered certain violences illegible and unredressable. It also left many colonial legacies intact. In Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes I argued that, much more than products of the East Asian state policies capitalizing on the anti-Japanese...   More >

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Juno Salazar Parrenas, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk argues that recent scholarly efforts to center decoloniality and indigenous knowledges risk romanticization when universalized. The research is drawn from transdisciplinary ethnographic field research in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with Malay and Iban orangutan-handlers and orangutans between 2010-2016.

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

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Building a Nation, Effacing a Race: The "Chinaman" Question of the U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1905

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Richard Chu

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; Laura Lee Dev, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 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, Graduate Assembly

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, December 3, 2018

The History and Science of Paper in Manuscripts of Central Asia

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | December 3 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Agnieszka Helman-Ważny, University of Hamburg & University of Warsaw

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Manuscripts from the Silk Road have been used as a key source in the study of religions, literature, and the cultural history of Central Asia. However, they have hardly ever been viewed as artifacts in their own right. As one of the most important physical features of a manuscript, paper serves as a means to distinguish one type of manuscript from another, and can help to determine the origin of...   More >

Friday, January 25, 2019

No Laughing Matter: Learning to Speak the "Common Language" in 1950s China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 25 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Janet Chen, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

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

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the winter and early spring of 1956, a series of articles appeared in nationally circulating publications, featuring an earnest entreaty: please do not laugh at those who are trying to learn putonghua, the “common language” of the socialist state. Beyond the headlines, permutations of the same refrain echoed in different forums. At the opening stages of a campaign to “popularize the common...   More >

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Kodo: One Earth Tour: Evolution

Performing Arts - Other | February 2 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Kodo, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Taiko ensemble Kodo returns with Evolution, a retrospective that traces the group’s history with signature works created from the 1970s to the present.

 $30-76 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Kodo performs Evolution Saturday–Sunday, February 2–3, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall. (credit: Courtesy of Kodo)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Kodo: One Earth Tour: Evolution

Performing Arts - Other | February 3 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Kodo, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Taiko ensemble Kodo returns with Evolution, a retrospective that traces the group’s history with signature works created from the 1970s to the present.

 $30-76 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

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 >

Friday, March 15, 2019

The New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Prognosis

Conference/Symposium | March 15 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

East Asia since 2010 has been characterized by the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States (US), and by a corresponding disorder as China has increasingly openly 1 defied the game rules set by the erstwhile hegemon and begun to outline an alternative set of rules. The purpose of this conference is to analyze the options open to the various East Asian actors—not only
China and...   More >

Monday, March 18, 2019

Governance and Transitions of Power in Taiwan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This conference investigates the nexus between changes in governance and transitions of power in Taiwan. The conference would address two broad themes:

1) How have deficiencies in participatory institutions or limited access by various social groups to the political process affected transitions of power? How have social groups demanded access to political decision-making? Papers could address...   More >

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Governance and Transitions of Power in Taiwan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This conference investigates the nexus between changes in governance and transitions of power in Taiwan. The conference would address two broad themes:

1) How have deficiencies in participatory institutions or limited access by various social groups to the political process affected transitions of power? How have social groups demanded access to political decision-making? Papers could address...   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. Free and open to all!

Exhibit Opening: Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature?

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Japanese Studies | October 11 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

332162 Liza Dalby

 Japanese Studies, Center for (CJS), Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Come join us to help celebrate the opening of Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature?, an exhibition hosted in the lobby of Kroeber Hall in collaboration with curator Liza Dalby and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Does a dog have buddha nature?

Jōshū replied "MU!"

Inspired by this well-known Zen kōan, the MU KORABO (Mu Collaboration) project has...   More >

 Free

  Register online.