<< Week of September 23 >>

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 >

The Place of Paris in Vietnamese Diasporic Fiction

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Karl Ashoka Britto, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; Aimee Phan, Professor of MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program, California College of the Arts

 Center for Race and Gender

Aimee Phan is one of a group of Vietnamese American writers whose recent work has grappled with the complex legacy of Paris as a site crucial to the Vietnamese diaspora and its imaginary. In his presentation, Karl Ashoka Britto will discuss Phan’s The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, a novel that tells the story of a Vietnamese refugee family split between the United States and France. He will...   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 >

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!