Past Events

2014 Events

Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting
Exhibit – Painting
Dates: November 20, 2013 – March 20, 2014, Monday–Friday | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting Buddhist paintings in Cambodia serve in rituals, for teaching, and as a means of making space sacred. Displayed works on cloth and glass from the collection of Joel Montague embody both the religious stories and doctrines of Cambodian Buddhism and the traditions of Cambodian culture.

For further information on this exhibit, see the exhibit website.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Film Exhibition Culture in Osaka, 1896–1926: The Cultural Geography of Movie Theaters
Colloquium
Speaker: Keiko Sasagawa, Associate Professor, Kansai University
Date: January 10, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
Location: East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Film Exhibition Culture in Osaka, 1896-1926 When and in what ways did film culture take shape in Osaka? In what ways did it change over time? In the Meiji and Taisho Periods, Tokyo prospered as a site of both film production and film consumption; Kyoto was active as a site of production, but had less success in terms of film consumption; and most regional cities showed little success in terms of either film production or consumption. Where does Osaka fit in? How did the geographic and historical factors of the city of Osaka shape and develop its film culture? How is a history of film depicted from the perspective of Osaka different from the traditional history of Japanese film, centered as it is on Tokyo's film culture? Using Meiji- and Taisho-Period film theaters as an example, I will trace the relationship between Osaka's urban change and film culture, and explore the process in which overlapping older and newer cultural paradigms gave birth to a new cultural diversity.

Keiko Sasagawa is an Associate Professor at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan in the Department of Film and Media Studies. She received her Master of Arts degree in Theatre and Film Arts from Waseda University.

Free and open to the public | Wheelchair accessible

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Colloquium
Speakers:
 •  Robert Buswell Jr., Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
 •  Donald Lopez Jr., Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Date: January 23, 2014 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism The new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, in 1,304 pages and 1.2 million words, is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. Its more than 5,000 alphabetical entries explain the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pāli, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; the dictionary also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newar, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese. The entries take an encyclopedic approach to the religion, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance of the terms in greater depth than a conventional dictionary. At this book launch event, both authors will be in attendance to discuss new and emerging perspectives on Buddhism that may be gleaned from the dictionary. They will also present a Top Ten list of misconceptions about Buddhism, and will explain how these issues are addressed in the dictionary.

Robert E. Buswell Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of the Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhism (MacMillan Reference, 2004) and the author of Cultivating Original Enlightenment (University of Hawaii Press, 2007) The Zen Monastic Experience (Princeton, 1992), among many other books.

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan and chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. He is the author of Prisoners of Shangri‑La (University of Chicago, 1998), Elaborations on Emptiness (Princeton University Press, 1996), and From Stone to Flesh (University of Chicago, 2013), among many other books.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

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Chinese Labor Unions in an Era of Great Transformation: Challenges and Best Practices in Guangdong
Colloquium
Speaker: Gaochao He, Political Science, Sun Yat‑Sen University, Guangzhou Discussant: Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Director, IEAS
Date: January 24, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Chinese Labor Unions in an Era of Great Transformation: Challenges and Best Practices in Guangdong How is the transformation of socialism to market capitalism in China changing the dynamics of Chinese labor politics? Based on the observations of strikes and collective bargaining in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong, the approach toward state-society relations needs to be expanded to take into account of the impact of emerging labor politics. An alternative approach will be suggested to explain the challenges and best practices of trade unionism in China.

Cosponsored with the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.

Gaochao He received his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1993, and is currently a professor in the political science department at Sun Yat‑Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He is also the co‑director of the International Center for Joint Labor Research. His research interests mainly focus on the politics of labor, and on the changing labor relations among the state, trade union, managers and workers in China. He has conducted various surveys and interviews on workplace politics in China since 1995, and is currently conducting research on the impacts of strike wave since 2010 on the evolution of Guangdong labor regime. He is currently working on a book manuscript of Remaking of Labor Regime in China in an Era of Reform: A Guangdong Story.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Why Birds are Fish and Fish are Birds: Glimpses of an Archaic Tibetan Cosmology?
Colloquium
Speaker: Charles Ramble, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris
Date: January 27, 2014 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

Why Birds are Fish and Fish are Birds: Glimpses of an Archaic Tibetan Cosmology? Literary and ethnographic studies of Tibet reveal numerous variants of a multi-tiered cosmos with different natural or supernatural entities inhabiting the vertically-arranged strata. However, there is also less obvious evidence of a different world-view in which opposed poles — especially zenith and nadir — are reflections of each other. Possible traces of such a cosmology can be found in a variety of domains: folktales, the decoration of the Lhasa Jo khang, the etiological myth of the Tibetan kings, the cult of Avalokiteśvara and, finally, the ancestral Tibetan kinship terminology. The traces are therefore widely dispersed, and the evidence inconclusive, but the presentation suggest that, even with these fragments, we may be able to trace the shadowy contours of a Tibetan view of the world that has now been largely forgotten.

Charles Ramble is Director of Studies (directeur d'études) at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris, and a member of the Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l'Asie Orientale (CRCAO). After reading Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Durham, UK, he went on to pursue a D.Phil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Following two years of post-doctoral research in Nepal he remained in the country to work in wildlife conservation and local development, but returned to academic life to participate in German-funded, and later Austrian-funded, research projects on Tibetan societies. From 2000 to 2010 he held the position of University Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies that had recently been established in Oxford. From 2006–2013 he was President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies. Since 2010 he has been Directeur d'Études at the EPHE in Paris, and also holds the position of University Research Lecturer at the University of Oxford. His publications include The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal (New York, 2008), and Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang (Nepal): Volume 1, The Archive of Te (Halle, 2008).

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Lin Sheng-xiang and Band: The I‑Village Tour
Performing Arts — Music
Performer: Lin Sheng‑xiang & Band
Date: January 27, 2014 | 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Lin Sheng-xiang and Band: The I-Village Tour Taiwanese folk rock musician Lin Sheng‑Xiang, and his band, will perform free at The Marsh. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 7:30.

An environmental activist who is deeply rooted in traditional Hakka mountain culture, Sheng‑Xiang sings about real life — and modern threats to that life — in every rural community. The full band's latest recording, the powerful I‑Village, won album of the year, the grand jury prize, and musician of the year at the 2013 Golden Melody Awards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYsYOMzgkCM

This concert is made possible by a grant from Spotlight Taiwan, which is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and generously supported by Dr. Samuel Yin (尹衍樑先生).

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Dispatches from China: Evolving Challenges for Foreign Correspondents
Panel Discussion
Panelists:
 •  Mary Kay Magistad, PRI/BBC's The World
 •  Paul Mooney, The South China Morning Post
 •  Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera America
Moderator: Maureen Fan, formerly with The Washington Post
Date: January 28, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Dispatches from China: Evolving Challenges for Foreign Correspondents Former China correspondents Mary Kay Magistad, PRI/BBC's The World; Paul Mooney, The South China Morning Post; and Melissa Chan, currently with Al Jazeera America, reflect on their experiences as journalists in one of the world's most difficult reporting environments. The discussion will also look at the current situation in China as the beleaguered Chinese government steps up its efforts to control freedom of speech among its citizens and to rein in the international media.

Moderated by Maureen Fan, formerly with The Washington Post.

Cosponsored with the School of Journalism.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Risks and Tensions in East Asian Security: A Japanese Perspective
Colloquium
Speaker: Yuichi Hosoya, Professor, Keio University
Date: January 28, 2014 | 5:00 p.m.
Location: 202 Barrows Hall
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Risks and Tensions in East Asian Security: A Japanese Perspective Today, East Asia seems to be one of the most dangerous places in terms of peace and security. The tension between China and Japan in the East China Sea can be easily escalated to a military crash, and historical issues repeatedly freeze friendly bilateral relationships. What went wrong? In this public lecture, risks and tensions in East Asian security will be discussed by a leading expert on Japan's foreign policy who is a member of two Prime Minister Abe's advisory panels.

Yuichi Hosoya, Ph.D., is professor of international politics at Keio University, Tokyo. He is also Senior Researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) and Senior Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation. He is a member of Prime Minister's Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security, and a member of Prime Minister's Advisory Panel on National Security and Defense Capabilities, in which capacity he helped to draft Japan's first National Security Strategy.

Cosponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Free and open to the public • Wheelchair accessible

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Biological Effects of Radiation: Atomic Bombs to Fukushima
Colloquium
Speaker: Dr. Tomoko Y. Steen, Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Date: January 30, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Biological Effects of Radiation: Atomic Bombs to Fukushima The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident was a sad reminder for the Japanese of their experiences of the biological effects of radiation. At the end of World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered effects from two different types of atomic bombs. Then after the war, a group of Japanese fishermen on a boat were accidentally exposed to the ashes of the hydrogen bomb in Bikini Atoll. Japan's anti-nuclear views became very strong after this Bikini incident as the details of radiation threats became apparent to the entire Japanese nation.

It took some time for the Japanese government to convince the public that there could be a "peaceful" use of nuclear power. In the 1970s, accompanied by the energy shortage during Japan's high economic growth period, the public finally agreed to have a nuclear power plants in various parts of the country. Over the years, however, survivors of atomic bombs and others continued to warn the potential danger of nuclear power plants, while others argued that Japan's strong economy could not be maintained without nuclear power. The talk focuses on biological effects of radiation in detail using existing data while outlining the historical events up to Fukushima.

Free and open to the public • Wheelchair accessible

Dr. Tomoko Y. Steen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Enacting Buddhism: Perspectives on Cambodian Buddhist Painting
Panel Discussion
Speakers:
 •  Boreth Ly, History of Art and Visual Culture, University
    of California at Santa Cruz
 •  Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Art Department, California
    State University Sacramento
 •  Erik W. Davis, Religious Studies, Macalester College
 •  Teri Yamada, Asian and Asian American Studies, California
    State University — Long Beach
 •  Joel Montague, Collector of Cambodian Buddhist Art
 •  Trent Walker, Ph.D. Candidate, Group in Buddhist Studies,
    UC Berkeley
Moderator: Caverlee Cary, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Date: January 31, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Enacting Buddhism: Perspectives on Cambodian Buddhist Painting Guest speakers discuss the place of Cambodian temple painting in culture, custom, social life and religious education, as well as the larger context of Southeast Asian arts. This panel is organized in conjunction with the exhibit "Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting," on view at the Institute of East Asian Studies through March 20, 2014.

Speakers:

Boreth Ly, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California at Santa Cruz
Professor Ly will present a talk on rethinking the function of visual narrative, sacred space, preah bot and mural paintings in Cambodia

Trent Walker, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
Walker will offer a close reading and discuss the cultural and religious implications of two striking but unusual paintings from the exhibition. His presentation is entitled: "Buddhist Painting in the People's Republic of Kampuchea (1979–89): King Suddhodana's Illness and Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī's Gift of the Triple Robe"

Erik W. Davis, Religious Studies, Macalester College
Buddhist murals as an evolving and capacious space of the imagination (or, in Corbin's terms, the 'imaginal'). Professor Davis will explore this dimension of the tradition, and the evolution of national and Buddhist identities in mural paintings.

Teri Yamada, Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University — Long Beach
Using the example of the Buddhist temple, Wat Dhammararam in Stockton, California, Professor Yamada explore the evolution of its interior in the context of the politicization of Cambodian temple paintings from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Joel Montague, Collector of Cambodian Buddhist Art
Montague, whose collection is currently on display in the exhibition "Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting" will discuss his experience of these works in the social and religious context of Cambodia.

Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Art Department, California State University Sacramento
The Cambodian preah bot are part of a tradition and spans the Theravada Buddhist world. Professor Chirapravati will offer a comparison with paintings in neighboring Thailand.

Speaker Bios:

Boreth Ly is a member of the department of the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ly received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His interests include ancient and contemporary Southeast Asian arts and visual culture and its diaspora. He is interested in Hindu and Buddhist arts of Cambodia, and how the legacy of these ancient cultures is made manifest in the rituals and performing arts of contemporary Cambodia and its neighboring nations, including Thailand, Laos, Burma, and Vietnam. Ly's research investigates the processes of cultural translation and interrogates the construction of historical authority and racial authenticity as it is embedded in colonial writings on and exhibiting of Southeast Asian art, and the intersections between trauma, memory and cultural production in a late-capitalist and global world. Ly is the author of many articles and co‑edited with Nora Taylor Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology.

Pattaratorn Chirapravati is a member of the Art Department at California State University Sacramento, specializing in the art of mainland Southeast Asia (i.e., Thailand, Cambodia and Burma). Prior to her appointment in 2001, Chirapravati was the Assistant Curator of Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where she co‑curated "The Kingdom of Siam: Art from Central Thailand (1350–1800)." She earned her Ph.D. in Art History and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1994 and a Master's degree in Indian art and philosophy from Ohio State University in 1984. She is interested in the political uses of religious icons and the interpretation of religious practices from art works. Her publications include a book, Votive Tablets in Thailand: Origin, Styles and Uses (Oxford University Press, 1987), and numerous articles on the topics of votive tablets and Buddhist art.

Erik Davis studies and teaching about Buddhism, ritual, and the theory of religion. He is particularly interested in funerals, everyday practices, agriculture, and unions. Lately he spends a lot of time trying to figure out the connection between religious images and practices and political and union protest movements in Cambodia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and lived in Cambodia from 2003–2006. His book on Cambodian funerals, rituals, and the imagination of death, "Deathpower: Imagining Cambodian Religion," will be published by Columbia University Press in 2014.

Teri Shaffer Yamada is a member of the Asian and Asian-American Studies department of California State University Long Beach. She received a BA in Asian Studies from UC Santa Barbara, an MA in Southeast Asian Languages and Literatures and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from UC Berkeley. She edited the first anthology of Southeast Asian short fiction in English, Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia. In 2009, its companion volume was published, Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History. As of summer 2002, she has organized the Nou Hach Literary Journal, devoted to modern Cambodian literature and cultural studies.

During his long career as a public health officer, Joel Montague spent considerable time in Cambodia, becoming deeply interested in its culture and religious arts. In recent years Montague has written several books on topics related to Southeast Asia, including The Colonial Good Life with Michael G. Vann (2008), Picture Postcards of Cambodia, 1900–1950 (2010), and a forthcoming volume co‑authored with Jim Mizerski on the early years of John Thomson, the first photographer of Angkor. Selected examples from his extensive collection of Cambodian Buddhist painting are current on view in "Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting."

Trent Walker is a PhD student in the Group in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley, where his research focuses on Thai-Khmer bilingualism in the intertwined histories of Buddhism in Cambodia and Siam. Trent has also published on Khmer liturgical practices and produced several CDs of traditional Khmer music for Cambodian Living Arts. The catalog for the present exhibit was his first opportunity to write about Southeast Asian art.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Changing Dynamics in East Asia and Korean Politics
Colloquium
Speaker: Sohn Hak‑kyu, Former Chairperson of the South Korean Democratic Party
Date: January 31,2014 | 5:00 p.m.
Location: David Brower Center, Goldman Theater, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Changing Dynamics in East Asia and Korean Politics Hak‑kyu Sohn, former chairperson of the Democratic Party, was Governor of Gyeonggi province in South Korea from 2002 to 2006. He graduated from Seoul National University in 1973 with a degree in political science and in 1988 received his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University.

He was an activist in the democratic movement beginning as a student and as a university professor at Inha and Sogang universities. His political career started in 1993 when he joined the National Assembly where he was elected four times. In 1996 he became the youngest ever Minister of Public Health and Welfare under then-President Kim Young‑sam and has ran twice for his party's presidential nomination.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


AKB48 and Girls' Generation: The Differential Trajectories of the Culture Industry Japan and South Korea
Lecture
Speaker: John Lie, Professor, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Linda Neuhauser, Clinical Professor, Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Date: February 4, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

AKB48 and Girls' Generation: The Differential Trajectories of the Culture Industry Japan and South Korea The lecture will consider AKB48 and Girls' Generation — two leading idol groups in Japan and South Korea, respectively — and what they suggest about the contemporary cultural situation in the two Northeast Asian nation-states.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts
Colloquium
Speaker: Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Columbia University
Date: February 6, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts Elegant representations of nature and the four seasons populate a wide range of Japanese genres and media — from poetry and screen painting to tea ceremonies, flower arrangements, and annual observances. In Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons, Haruo Shirane shows how, when, and why this practice developed and explicates the richly encoded social, religious, and political meanings of this imagery.

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, at Columbia University. He writes widely on Japanese literature, visual arts, and cultural history. He is the recipient of Fulbright, Japan Foundation, SSRC, NEH grants, and has been awarded the Kadokawa Genyoshi Prize, Ishida Hakyo Prize, and the Ueno Satsuki Memorial Prize on Japanese Culture.

Free and open to the public • Wheelchair accessible

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Anti-Satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations
Lecture
Speaker: Michael Krepon, Stimson Center, Washington DC
Date: February 6, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsors: Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

Anti-Satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations The United States and China are competing more intensely in space and at sea. China has become the third country to explore the surface of the moon, and aims for a human moon landing within a decade. Washington and Beijing are also ramping up their military capabilities in space. Both will become increasingly dependent on satellites and have demonstrated the ability to damage or destroy them. What happens in the global commons is likely to determine the future of Sino-American relations. The Obama administration is ready to sign a code of conduct for responsible space-faring nations; Beijing isn't. Tangible cooperation would contribute to common understandings and thus reduce the likelihood of misunderstandings and surprise. At the same time, both sides are also likely to enhance their offensive and defensive capabilities to seek military advantages as part of their overall space strategies. How much will the United States and China cooperate in space? And how dangerously will they compete?

Michael Krepon, the co-founder of the Stimson Center in Washington DC, will discuss the opportunities and obstacles facing the US and China in outer space over the next decade. He worked previously at the Carnegie Endowment, the State Department, and on Capitol Hill. In addition to his recent monograph — Anti-Satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations — that serves as the basis for this lecture, Krepon's books include Better Safe than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb; Space Assurance or Space Dominance: The Case Against Weaponizing Space; Open Skies, Arms Control and Cooperative Security; Commercial Observation Satellites and International Security; and Cooperative Threat Reduction, Missile Defense, and the Nuclear Future. Krepon also has two weekly blog posts on www.armscontrolwonk.com.

Open to all audiences.

Event Contact: 510‑642‑2474

 


The ABCs of Emptiness: the Buddhist Abecedary in the Great Lamp of the Dharma Dhāraṇī Scripture
Colloquium
Speaker: Ryan Overbey, University of California, Berkeley
Date: February 6, 2014 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

The ABCs of Emptiness: the Buddhist Abecedary in the Great Lamp of the Dharma Dhāraṇī Scripture How did Buddhists do things with words? The Great Lamp of the Dharma Dhāraṇī Scripture, an obscure Mahāyāna text extant only in one sixth-century Chinese translation, transmits a dhāraṇī, a short magical spell which transforms the reciter into a perfect preacher of the dharma (dharmabhāṇaka). The Great Lamp attributes the power of the dhāraṇī to the "syllable portals" (akṣaramukha), the ability of empty syllables, when combined, to form an infinite array of meanings. While Buddhist thinkers have always engaged deeply with problems of language and representation, in the early centuries CE we see an explosion of new discussions about the power of syllables to preserve and produce Buddhist ideas. In this talk I explore how the Great Lamp theorizes its own dhāraṇī, and how this fascinating text positions itself within the broader tradition of the Buddhist abecedary.

Ryan Overbey studies the intellectual and ritual history of Buddhism, with particular focus on early medieval Buddhist spells and ritual manuals. He studied at Brown University (AB in Classics & Sanskrit and Religious Studies, 2001) and at Harvard University (PhD in the Study of Religion, 2010). He worked as an academic researcher for Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose's project on Stone Sūtras at the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, and has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. His dissertation explored the ideological and ritual construction of the "preacher of the dharma" (dharmabhāṇaka) in the Great Lamp of the Dharma Dhāraṇī Scripture, a massive text extant only in a single sixth-century Chinese translation.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Annual Chinese New Year's Banquet: Center for Chinese Studies
Social Event
Date: February 7, 2014 | 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Mandarin Garden, Location: 2025 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Annual Chinese New Year's Banquet: Year of the Horse Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual Lunar 2014 Chinese New Year's Banquet. Welcome the Year of the Horse with great food, raffle prizes, and good conversation. Contact Angel Ryono for more information.

Attendance restrictions: We have 90 seats total and will reserve your place on a first come, first served basis. Complimentary wine and beer will be served at this event. Please contact Angel Ryono for more details or answers to your questions.

Registration required: $15 Cash or Check — Students, Staff, Community Youth (13–18 yrs.); $27 Cash or Check — Faculty and Community Adults; $5 Cash or Check — Children 12 and younger

Registration info: Please make checks out to "UC Regents." The registration might close before February 7, 2014 if RSVP reaches maximum seats available. Registration opens January 9. Register by February 7 by calling Angel Ryono at 510‑643‑6322, or by emailing Angel Ryono at ccs-vs@berkeley.edu.

Event Contact: ccs-vs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6322

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Elements: Reimagining Knowledge Production Alongside Chinese Medicine
Colloquium
Speaker: Mei Zhan, Anthropology, UC Irvine
Discussant: Jeannette Ng, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Date: February 11, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Elements: Reimagining Knowledge Production Alongside Chinese Medicine This presentation examines how the "five element" or "five phases" theory of traditional Chinese medicine is re‑worked in everyday clinical and pedagogical practice to articulate the dynamic oneness of the human and the world. Rather than abstract (and controversial) theory, the five phases provide methods for metaphorical and analogous thinking that work sideways and in the specific, requiring and encouraging practitioners to think relationally and creatively while confronted with particular clinical situations. This essay argues that in thinking alongside Chinese medical practitioners, we may forge a transdisciplinary conversation among science and technology studies (STS), anthropology, and Chinese medicine. Rather than in need of conceptual uplifting, Chinese medicine as an experiential medicine could help force a conceptual disruption from within modern knowledge formation through its commitments to immanence.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


How the Muslims of Canton saved China from a Spanish invasion in 1584: China, the Indian Ocean, and the Islamic world in the 16th century
Lecture
Speaker: Zvi Ben‑Dor Benite, Professor, History Department and Chair, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Moderator: Alan Karras, Associate Director, International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley
Date: February 12, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk presents and discusses the first encounter between Jesuits, based in the recently created Portuguese port in Macao, and the Muslims of Southern China from a global perspective. Taking the very first description of Cantonese Muslims by Father Matteo Ricci as its point of departure, this talk discusses how Chinese authorities understood the transition from a Muslim Dominated Indian Ocean to a one in which Europeans were becoming a rising power during the 16th century. Paying special attention to the history of Muslims in the port city of Canton, this talk also discusses the relationship between China the Muslims countries of the Indian Ocean in the centuries prior to European arrival and their cultural and political significance. It ends with a comment on the birth of the idea of "dialogue between civilizations" attributed to Matteo Ricci by 21st century observers and role of Islam in the forging of this idea.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Buddhist women as patrons and innovators: two Tibetan examples from the 15th and the 16th century
Lecture
Speaker: Hildegard Diemberger, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Date: February 13, 2014 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, Toll Room
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

Buddhist women as patrons and innovators: two Tibetan examples from the 15th and the 16th century Chokyi Dronma (1422–1455) and Kuntu Sangmo (1464–1549) are some of the most prominent examples of women who promoted cultural innovation in the Tibetan society of their time. Among many religious and artistic accomplishments they promoted printing when this technology was still new on the Tibetan plateau, promoting access to the written word to a larger number of people, including women. Both challenged the social conventions of their times, became disciples and partners of great spiritual masters — Bodong Chogle Namgyal and Tsangnyon Heruka respectively — and eventually became leading spiritual figures in their own right. Their life, described in their biographies written by direct disciples and now re‑traced in the places they inhabited, gives us a unique insight into their world and the way in which they enacted Buddhist ideals with a particular attention to the predicaments of other women.

Hildegard Diemberger is a Fellow of Pembroke College and Director of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at the University of Cambridge. She has written widely on Tibet and the Himalayas and has also translated several historical texts from Tibetan into English. She is the author of "When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty — The Samding Dorje."

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Embodying the Ceramic Vessel in Sixteenth-Century Japanese Tea Culture
Lecture
Speaker: Andrew Watsky, Professor, Japanese Art and Archaeology, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Date: February 13, 2014 | 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location: 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Sponsors: Department of History of Art, Center for Japanese Studies

Embodying the Ceramic Vessel in Sixteenth-Century Japanese Tea Culture Chanoyu has always entailed multiple overlapping activities, including the preparation and consumption of tea, the collecting and use of a repertoire of requisite objects, and the understanding and articulation of the relative quality of those objects. This paper focuses on sixteenth-century chanoyu, for which there are both extant objects and a rich trove of textual evidence, and especially on ōtsubo, "large jars," then the most highly valued of all chanoyu objects. We will consider how sixteenth-century tea men assessed and amplified the significances of treasured ōtsubo, through the formulation of aesthetic criteria, the bestowal of proper names, and an inclination for anthropomorphic embrace.

Event Contact: jmccyoung@berkeley.edu

 


Colonial Modernity, Sonic Mediation, and Musical (Dis)Connections in the Japanese Empire: On the Phonographic Turn in East Asian History
Colloquium
Speaker: Yamauchi Fumitaka, National Taiwan University
Date: February 14, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Korean Studies

Colonial Modernity, Sonic Mediation, and Musical (Dis)Connections in the Japanese Empire: On the Phonographic Turn in East Asian History This presentation concerns the place of sound and music in a historic moment of change in East Asian history, namely, a century from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth, initiated by the radical transition from the millennium-old Sinocentric world order based on the Confucian notions of tribute and hierarchy to the Eurocentric world order built on the international terms of nation-states and colonies, and increasingly complicated by the emergence of Japanese colonialism claiming to forge an alternative imperial order. This inauguration of colonial modernity as a key problematic in the region was profoundly marked by what Yamauchi has coined the phonographic turn: ideologies and technologies of sonic writing played a central role in fracturing, while being mediated by, the hierarchical assembly of political communities called the Sinosphere that had long been coordinated through the literate authority and legitimacy of logographic Chinese characters, and in advancing instead new visions of political order idealized in the aural and musical terms of re‑sounding the voice of the people. The first part of his talk will elaborate on an analytical framework so as to illuminate, at a theoretical level, how the phonographic regime of the modern West initiated a politics of sonic immediacy through its two major modalities, as encoded textually in phonemic writing and musical notation and mechanically in sound recording, respectively, thereby giving voice to some of the local differences that had hardly been represented under the regional literate regime, while at the same time installing new forms of cultural hierarchy and homogeneity that subsumed the otherwise diversified voices under the logics of colonialism, nationalism, and capitalism. In the second part, drawing on material from his comparative-correlational research into Korea and Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule, Yamauchi will present an empirical case study to discuss the complicated ways in which an imperial recording sphere emergent in early twentieth century East Asia functioned as a major agent of the phonographic regime to simultaneously articulate musical connection and disconnection — more simply, (dis)connection — in and beyond the territories of imperial Japan through its empire- and region-wide manifestations.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5674

 


Canonic Commentary as a Medium of Individual Expression in Chinese Philosophical Discourse: From Wang Bi, Guo Xiang and He Yan to Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, and Wang Fuzhi
Colloquium
Speaker: Andrew Plaks, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University
Date: February 18, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: 3401 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Canonic Commentary as a Medium of Individual Expression in Chinese Philosophical Discourse: From Wang Bi, Guo Xiang and He Yan to Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, and Wang Fuzhi The Chinese intellectual tradition is not unique among the great pre‑modern literary civilizations in elevating commentary on its canonic texts — of one "school" or another — to a central position within the spectrum of classical learning. In China and in certain parallel examples, the commentarial enterprise goes beyond the ancillary function of applying philological and exegetical methods to the elucidation of specific passages, to constitute a major mode of intellectual discourse in its own right, and an "occasion" for many leading thinkers to pursue their own individual lines of philosophical inquiry. In this talk, the speaker will review some of the major figures in the history of Chinese thought whose personal positions on certain central philosophical issues are brought forward in the course of commentarial explication on canonic texts: Beginning with certain early examples, he will examine the major Six Dynasties exegetes Wang Bi, Guo Xiang, He Yan and others, and he will then turn to the "Neo‑Confucian" discourse of the later Imperial period, with special focus on the writings of Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, and Wang Fuzhi.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Art, Politics, and Money in Recent Chinese Cinema
Colloquium
Speaker: Carma Hinton, Documentary filmmaker, and Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, George Mason University
Date: February 19, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Art, Politics, and Money in Recent Chinese Cinema "If we compare the Chinese film industry to a human body, then art films are like the appendix, which we can simply do without. … Commercial films are our stomach — although we can still live with part of it cut out, our appetite will be hurt and our living standards will be degraded. I hope film directors can do their best not to be an appendix."
— Feng Xiaogang

"I hope the audience can watch some films that reflect real life, rather than flying persons dressed in gold or silver." "I'm pretty clear about what kind of films I like and the kinds of problems I'll encounter in making such films. … And these kinds of films [independent or art-house films] are usually not celebrated by the Chinese market."
— Jia Zhangke

Feng Xiaogang and Jia Zhangke discuss their own work in vastly different terms, but both highlight the difficult environment that a filmmaker must navigate. This talk will discuss how some recent Chinese films negotiate aesthetic, political, and commercial concerns while addressing problems in contemporary life, especially issues of social justice.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


The Buddhist Site of Mes Aynak, Afghanistan
Colloquium
Zemaryalai Tarzi, Professor Emeritus, Strasbourg University, France
Date: February 20, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

The Buddhist Site of Mes Aynak, Afghanistan

The site of Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, consists of an ensemble of ancient Buddhist settlements presently threatened by the modern exploitation of an adjacent copper mine by a joint Chinese-Afghan venture. The Buddhist art of Mes Aynak has been the object of meticulous attention by archaeologists and art historians, and several monastic settlements and hundreds of sculptures have been excavated. Stylistically, it is closely linked to the Kabul-Kapisa schools of art and, in a broader sense, is in keeping with the Central Asian art of the Hindukush, such as that of Hadda and Gandhara.

Although the chronology of the Buddhist settlements has yet to be determined, most of the monuments seem to date from the reign of the Kushano-Sassanids and the Hephthalites. However, to date no palace or administrative buildings have been unearthed, making it difficult to assign the site to a particular period of dynastic rule. One possibility is that Mes Aynak was managed by an independent commercial Buddhist brotherhood that had a monopoly on the copper, gold and glass mines. In this regard, it is interesting to note that the most impressive buildings are monastic.

Zemaryalai Tarzi, Professor Emeritus at Strasbourg University, is currently President of the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology (APAA), the Director of the DIRI/APAA Mes Aynak Mission, Director for the French Excavations at Bamiyan, and a member of the UMR 7044 at the CNRS (MICHA-Strasbourg). Born in Kabul in 1939, Professor Tarzi has devoted his life to the protection and preservation of the archaeological heritage of Afghanistan, working as former Director for the Archaeology and Conservation of Historical Monuments of Afghanistan, as well as the former Director General for the Archaeology Institute of Afghanistan. He is the author of three theses and hundreds of articles and books.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


After the Deportation: New Research on the Soviet Korean Diaspora
Panel Discussion
Speakers:
 •  German Kim, Director, International Center for
    Korean Studies, Kazakhstan National al‑Farabi University
 •  Valerii Khan, Vice Director, Institute of History,
    National Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan
Moderator:
 •  Steven Lee, Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
Date: February 21, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

After the Deportation: New Research on the Soviet Korean Diaspora As is now widely known, in 1937 Josef Stalin deported close to 200,000 ethnic Korean from the Russian Far East to Central Asia. The main goal of this panel will be to discuss Soviet Korean history beyond the 1937 deportation and, indeed, beyond the Soviet Union. To this end, two of the world's leading experts on the former Soviet Union's Korean minority will compare the divergent trajectories of the Koreans of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan since the 1991 collapse. In both places perestroika and the Soviet collapse opened new routes for reclaiming Korean identity, as well as new contacts with both North and South Korea. Since then, however, the Central Asian republics have embarked on radically different nation-building projects, which in turn have led to different minority policies and different racialization processes. In both republics, the question facing the Korean minority is adaptation or emigration; and, if emigration, to foreign countries or to South Korea? In short, the panel will reveal the diversity of this branch of the Korean diaspora, thereby highlighting the contingency of what it means to be Korean and, more broadly, an ethnic minority today.

Papers:

German Kim, Kazakhstan National al‑Farabi University
Divergent Processes Among Koreans in the Commonwealth of Independent States After the Soviet Collapse

This paper focuses on the former Soviet Union's different political and socioeconomic trajectories, and the different effects this has had on Koreans in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Arguing that the Soviet collapse has opened a new stage in the history of CIS Koreans, the paper traces the divergent processes that have appeared within the once uniform environment of "Soviet Koreans" or "Koryo Saram." These processes have revealed themselves in several spheres, including demographics, social structures, and identity-formation.

Valeriy Khan, Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan
Post-Soviet Koreans: Revival and Survival

After the collapse of the USSR, the concepts "revival" and "survival" express the most important challenges for post-Soviet Koreans. This paper focuses on the meanings of these concepts, their interpretations and specificities as applied to Koryo Saram. In this connection, the paper considers various factors that influence models of behavior and life-strategies for Koreans across the CIS, including strategies for "revival" and "survival." The paper also provides multiple perspectives on the different possible future trajectories for CIS Koreans.

Moderator: Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


Pacific Rim or Pacific Garbage Patch?: The Ocean and Ecological Crisis in the Post‑3/11 World
Panel Discussion
Speakers:
 •  Wu Ming‑yi, author of Man with the Compound Eyes; professor, National
    Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan;
 •  Eric Hartge, Senior Research Analyst, Center for Ocean Solutions;
 •  Harry N. Scheiber, Professor emeritus, School of Law; Director, Institute
    for Legal Research; Director, Law of the Sea Institute
Moderator:
 •  David Roland‑Holst, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
Date: February 26, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Pacific Rim or Pacific Garbage Patch?: The Ocean and Ecological Crisis in the Post-3/11 World This panel discussion will focus on the health of the ocean today, from various perspectives.

Wu Ming‑yi, science fiction author and environmental activist, will speak on ocean issues in Taiwanese Oceanic Literature (in Chinese with interpretation).

Eric Hartges will talk about the impending issue of ocean acidification, the relationship to ocean health, and the role that the 03/11 Tsunami has had and will have on policy implications for achieving climate mitigation goals.

Harry Scheiber will make a presentation on the law as it relates to ocean-related disasters, both cataclysms and longer-term threats.

This event is made possible by a grant from Spotlight Taiwan, which is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and generously supported by Dr. Samuel Yin (尹衍樑先生).

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Sounds of the Steppes: The Role of Traditional Music in Mongolia and Central Asian Culture
Panel Discussion
Performers:
 •  Erdenetsogt Baabarjav, Epic and Khuumii singer
 •  Erdenetsetseg Khenmedekh, Long Song singer
 •  Dorjnyam Shinetsoggyeny, Mongolian instrumental musician
Panelists:
 •  Bayanmunkh Dorjpalam, Director, Cultural Heritage Program, Mongolian
    Arts Council
 •  Tsetsentolmon Baatarnaran, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Mongolian
    State University
 •  Jindong Cai, Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University
 •  Robert Beahrs, PhD Candidate, Music, UC Berkeley
 •  Orna Tsultem, History of Art, UC Berkeley
 •  Alma Kunanbaeva, Ethnomusicologist; Anthropology, Stanford Uiversity;
    Director, Silk Road House
 •  Munkhzul Chuluunbat, General Director of the Mongolian State Academic
    Theater of Opera and Ballet
Moderator:
 •  Bonnie Wade, Music, UC Berkeley
Date: February 28, 2014 | 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Townsend Center for the Humanities, Stephens Hall, Gebaulle Room Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Department of Music, Center for Chinese Studies, Silk Road Initiative

In conjunction with the Pan-Asian Music Festival held annually at Stanford University, a panel of scholars, practitioners, and cultural heritage figures discuss the role of music in the life and culture of Central Asia, with particular attention to Mongolia.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


The Novel and the Sea in an Age of Ecological Catastrophe: A Discussion of Taiwanese author Wu Ming‑Yi's The Man with the Compound Eyes
Panel Discussion
Speakers:
 •  Wu Ming‑Yi, science fiction author, painter, designer, photographer,
    butterfly scholar, environmental activist, and professor at National Dong
    Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan
 •  Margaret Cohen, Professor, French Language, Literature and
    Civilization; Comparative Literature, Stanford University
 •  Darryl Sterk, Faculty member, Graduate Program in Translation and
    Interpretation, National Taiwan University
Moderator:
 •  Andrew Jones, Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC
    Berkeley; Chair, Center for Chinese Studies
Date: February 28, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

The Novel and the Sea in an Age of Ecological Catastrophe: A Discussion of Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi's The Man with the Compound Eyes Margaret Cohen, the author of The Novel and the Sea, and Darryl Sterk, translator of Man with the Compound Eyes, will talk with author and environmental activist, Wu Ming‑Yi.

Wu Ming‑Yi's widely acclaimed and wildly imaginative science fiction novel narrates the dystopian wake of a tsunami that floods Taiwan's coast with all the detritus of our post-industrial civilization.

The Man With Compound Eyes will be published this Spring in the US by Pantheon Books.

Ursula K. Le Guin has said of his work: "We haven't read anything like this novel. Ever. South America gave us magical realism — what is Taiwan giving us? A new way of telling our new reality, beautiful, entertaining, frightening, preposterous, true. Completely unsentimental but never brutal, Wu Ming‑Yi treats human vulnerability and the world's vulnerability with fearless tenderness."

This event is funded by a grant from Spotlight Taiwan which is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and generously supported by Dr. Samuel Yin (尹衍樑先生).

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Hidden Scars: The Massacre of Koreans from the Arakawa River Bank to Shitamachi in Tokyo, 1923
Documentary film
Speaker: Jinhee Lee, Associate Professor of History, Eastern Illinois University
Date: March 3, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Hidden Scars: The Massacre of Koreans from the Arakawa River Bank to Shitamachi in Tokyo, 1923 In 1923, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohoma, essentially leveling Japan's two largest cities and causing more than 100,000 deaths. The subsequent aftershocks, fires, and ensuing panic bred rumors that "malcontent Koreans" living in Japan were setting the fires, poisoning water wells, and plotting a revolution. To prevent this alleged uprising, vigilantes along with police and the military massacred more than 6,000 Koreans.

Partly to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the massacre, two unreleased rare documentaries from Japan have been touring the United States since last September. The films feature interviews with Japanese and Korean survivors, and the first of the two sequel films "Hidden Scars: The Massacre of Koreans From the Arakawa River Bank to Shitamachi in Tokyo, 1923" will be shown. The movie was directed by Choonkong Oh, a Korean resident of Japan, and is in Japanese and Korean with English subtitles.

The documentary is under an hour long, and will be followed by a discussion featuring Jinhee Lee, a history professor at Eastern Illinois University whose research focuses on the competing narratives of collective violence in the Japanese empire.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


Some Questions as to the Nature of Your Existence: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
Documentary Film
Speakers: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, White Crane Films
Date: March 6, 2014 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

Some Questions as to the Nature of Your Existence: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam A single-channel video installation which explores the rarefied world of Tibetan Buddhist debate. Built around three sets of debates dealing with the basic Buddhist concepts of impermanence, lack of self-existence, and dependent-arising, the piece allows the viewer an opportunity to participate in this unique dialectical practice while highlighting its relevance to the modern world.

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam have been making films since their student days in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 80s, including several documentaries, video installations and one dramatic feature film.

Ritu Sarin studied at Miranda House in Delhi University and went on to finish her studies at California College of the Arts in Oakland. Tenzing Sonam was born in Darjeeling in India to Tibetan refugee parents. He studied at St Stephens College, Delhi University, and then specialized in documentary filmmaking at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.

For more information see http://flim.potala.cz/some-questions-nature-your-existence.

Download the event flyer here.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Prospects for Korean Reunification: Opportunities and Challenges for Neighboring Countries
Conference/Symposium
Date: March 7, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, Asia Society of Northern California

Prospects for Korean Reunification: Opportunities and Challenges for Neighboring Countries

Panels:

Panel 1: Opportunities and Challenges of Reunification: Politics after the Purge
Moderator: Thomas Gold, UC Berkeley

What is the direction of North Korea's domestic politics after the purge, and what are the implications for its relations in Northeast Asia and with the United States? How do we create an accurate model for factional struggles, bureaucratic competition, and other issues under the framework of one-man rule, and how can looking back at Chinese politics in the Mao era provide insights into the opportunities and challenges of reunification?

Panel 2: Inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea: Society and Economy
Moderator: Orville Schell, Asia Society of New York

What are the significant recent changes in North Korean society, and what are the implications for opening and reform, stability, and improvement in human rights? What roles might non-governmental organizations and media play in deepening outsiders' understanding of the situation inside North Korea?

Panel 3: U.S. and its Allies: Roles for Reunification
Moderator: John Delury, Yonsei University

How will the U.S. "pivot to Asia" influence relations among America and its allies, and their relations with China, in regards to North Korea, particularly on the nuclear issue? How do the U.S., South Korea, and others maintain policy coordination while at the same time taking proactive steps? What policy lessons can be learned from the experience of U.S.‑China relations and applied to the case of North Korea?


Speakers:

 •  Charles Armstrong, Columbia University
 •  Thomas Bernstein, Columbia University, Emeritus
 •  Stephen Bosworth, Chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School
    of Advanced International Studies
 •  Jerome Cohen, New York University
 •  John Delury, Yonsei University
 •  Martin Dimitrov, Tulane University
 •  Thomas Gold, UC Berkeley
 •  Stephan Haggard, UC San Diego
 •  Jean Lee, Associated Press, former AP Pyongyang Bureau Chief
 •  Sunny Lee, Stanford
 •  Jonathan Pollack, Brookings Institution
 •  Matthew Reichel, Pyongyang Project
 •  Orville Schell, Asia Society Center on US‑China Relations
 •  Gi‑wook Shin, Stanford University
 •  Kathleen Stephens, Former Ambassador to South Korea

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

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After 3.11: New Architecture + Engineering
Panel Discussion
Panelists:
 •  Mary Comerio, Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley
 •  Norio Maki, Associate Professor, Kyoto University
 •  Chiho Ochiai, Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
 •  Hitoshi Abe, Professor, UCLA
 •  Dana Buntrock, Professor, UC Berkeley
 •  Kazuhiko Kasai, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
 •  David Mar, Principal, Tipping Mar
 •  Susan Ubbelohde, Professor, UC Berkeley
 •  Hiroaki Takai, Executive Manager, Takenaka Corporation
 •  Masayuki Mae, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
Moderators:
 •  Stefano Schiavon, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
 •  Charles Scawthorn, Principal, SPA Risk LLC
 •  Marcy Monroe, UC Berkeley
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 •  Makoto "Shin" Watanabe, Professor, Hosei University
 •  Stephen Mahin, Professor, UC Berkeley
 •  George Kurumado, Managing Officer, Architect, Takenaka Corporation
Date: March 8, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Department of Architecture

After 3.11: New Architecture + Engineering Japan's 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns are among a series of recent disasters affecting urban environments around the world which have created new challenges to the professions of architecture and engineering. Professionals from Japan and California will discuss the opportunities that have arisen from these events, from changes in planning practices to engineering innovations.

Reception follows keynote talk.

Event Contact: cjs@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3156

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Visit the conference website here.

 


China Worker Wellness Project: Participatory Design to Improve the Lives of Chinese Migrant Workers in Urban Economic Zones
Lecture
Speakers:
 •  Linda Neuhauser, Clinical Professor, Public Health, University of California,
    Berkeley
 •  Eve Wen‑Jing Lee, Senior Advisor, Pathfinder International
Moderator:
 •  Peter Lorentzen, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of
    California, Berkeley
Date: March 10, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

China is experiencing one of the largest demographic transitions in history as about 200 million rural residents (migrants) come to urban areas for work — especially in the new economic development zones. Most of these migrant workers are under 30 years old, have low educational levels and limited understanding of managing life issues in their new environment. These workers struggle with many health and social issues such as high risks for STDs, HIV/AIDS, TB and other infectious diseases, unintended pregnancy, depression, and lack of access to services. Further, such workers are often unaware of their rights and experience violations of these rights in some factory settings. Suicides, strikes and other problems have created a crisis situation. Industries are also affected by migrant worker problems that result in high turnover, absenteeism, and workplace injuries. China's current 5‑year plan has a strong focus on human wellbeing, especially for migrant workers. Policymakers are searching for effective models that can be scaled-up nationwide.

Beginning in 2011, a collaborative formed to explore whether the "UC Berkeley Participatory Model," developed and tested during the past 20 years by the School of Public Health, could be adapted to support migrant workers and businesses. A pilot project is being implemented in factories in the Changzhou economic zone. With the help of UC Berkeley researchers, and advisors from Pathfinder International and other foundations, Chinese policymakers, service providers, factory workers and managers have used the participatory approach to understand worker issues and design solutions. Two interventions have been developed and implemented in the factories: a user-designed "wellness guide" for workers that provides information, ideas, and referrals to address common worker problems, and "wellness houses" — co‑designed rooms in factories where workers can socialize, read, exercise, and have trainings and meetings. UC Berkeley and Nanjing You‑Dian University researchers are working together to assess the project's outcomes for workers and factories. In this presentation we will discuss the project progress and challenges to date.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Tak tahu cakap, Ah! Awak apa bangsa? Cina, bukan? [Can't you speak, Ah! What ethnicity are you? Chinese, no?]: Representing the Sinophone Truly in Tsai Ming‑liang's I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (黑眼圈)
Lecture
Speaker: Pheng Cheah, Professor, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Weihong Bao, East Asian Language and Culture, University of California, Berkeley
Date: March 11, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

By focusing on the daily life-world of Malaysian Chinese and their relations to other ethnicities, Tsai Ming‑liang's film, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, touches on a central issue in the recent academic debate on Sinophone literary studies: the oppressiveness of Chinese literary tradition and contemporary Chinese literary language in relation to the experiences of the Sinophone world.

Ng Kim Chew, the brilliant Mahua writer and literary critic, has noted that the vernacular Sinitic script, which is based on Mandarin, fails to depict the sounds of Malaysian Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and other dialects, and that existing Chinese literary genres cannot capture the reality of Southeast Asian societies because they do not fully engage with the social environment.

Ng's social-cultural formation and educational background is similar to Tsai's. Born ten years apart, both are Malaysian Chinese, received their university education in Taiwan, and have made Taiwan their home and base for artistic production. This paper discusses the ways in which Tsai's film addresses the hierarchical relations between various Sinitic languages and cultures.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Screening of "Campaign 2" and Q&A with filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda
Documentary Film
Speaker: Kazuhiro Soda, Filmmaker
Date: March 11, 2014 | 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Location: Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Screening of 'Campaign 2' and Q&A with filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda In response to the Fukushima disaster, Yama‑san is running an election campaign with an anti-nuclear message. But unlike last time, he has no money, no machine, no nothing.

In his previous 2005 by‑election depicted in "Campaign", Kazuhiko "Yama‑san" Yamauchi was the official candidate of the LDP, headed by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. He won the vacant seat, fully backed by the LDP's political machine. However, for the election in 2007, the LDP did not endorse Yama‑san, and backed a different candidate. For the past 4 years, Yama‑san has stayed away from politics, living as a "house husband" to raise his newborn son Yuki.

So, this election in 2011 is a come-back attempt by Yama‑san after 4 quiet years. But the situation is not so forgiving. The total budget for his campaign is now only 84,720 Japanese Yen (about $850) — all for printing posters and postcards.

Does he even stand a chance?

Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda debuted with "Campaign" in 2007 at the Berlinale, and has been winning international awards with his observational film series such as "Mental" (2008), "Peace" (2010), and "Theatre 1 & 2" (2012). "Campaign 2" candidly captures the mechanical lives of the Japanese people, firmly adhered to even in the midst of a disaster where radioactive material is falling from the sky. Soda's camera, which had maintained an outsider's position in "Campaign," gradually gets ensnared in the situation. Conflict between the filmmaker and the subjects eventually escalates and finally comes to a head.

Visit the Official film website here.

Event Contact: cjs‑events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Disability Rights and Information Accessibility: Dialogue Between Japan and U.S.
Conference/Symposium
Panelist/Discussants:
 •  Jun Ishikawa, Professor, University of Shizuoka
 •  Peter Blanck, Professor, Syracuse University
 •  Jim Fruchterman, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO, Benetech
Date: March 14, 2014 | 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: International House, Golub Home Room
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, Center for University of Shizuoka Global Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Research Center for Ars Vivendi and Global Innovation Research Organization IRIS project

Disability Rights and Information Accessibility: Dialogue Between Japan and U.S. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted by U.N. in 2006, has brought disability rights into the global agenda. U.S.A. and Japan have been taking different paths to the implementation and ratification of the CRPD. While Japan ratified the CRPD in January 2014 after the passage of the Act on Elimination of Disability Discrimination in June 2013, the CRPD ratification remains a political issue in U.S.A, which has a number of civil rights achievements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

This open forum, organized by Center for Japanese Studies (UCB), Center for Global Studies (University of Shizuoka), Research Center for Ars Vivendi (Ritsumeikan University) and IRIS, has three distinguished speakers from Japan and U.S.

Professor Ishikawa Jun of University of Shizuoka will discuss the overall harmonization efforts of Japan towards the implementation of the CRPD, giving particular attention to information accessibility. In addition to being the chair of Disability Policy Committee of the government of Japan, Dr. Ishikawa is a developer of Assistive technologies for blind users and used to chair a non‑profit organization working for information accessibility for the blind.

Professor Peter Blanck, University Professor & Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, will talk about U.S. and transnational disability policy and law in regard to Web accessibility for persons across the spectrum of disability. Dr. Blanck's forthcoming book, entitled "eQuality: The Struggle for Access to the Web" (Cambridge Press, 2014), examines the future of Web Equality under the ADA, the CRPD and other states' domestic laws.

Jim Fruchterman, social entrepreneur, is founder and CEO of Benetech, a non‑profit organization, serving over 250,000 people with print disabilities, will share his insights on information technology and policy development. He has participated in three U.S. federal advisory committees on disability issues, as well as having actively participated in the drafting and negotiations for the Treaty of Marrakesh benefiting people who are blind or print disabled, which was signed by 51 countries in June 2013.

Event Contact: cjs‑events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

Download Ishikawa Jun's and Peter Blanck's papers here.

 


Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust and the Paradox of Spontaneity
Colloquium
Speaker: Edward Slingerland, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia Date: March 14, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust and the Paradox of Spontaneity Many early Chinese thinkers had as their spiritual ideal the state of wu‑wei, or effortless action. By advocating spontaneity as an explicit moral and religious goal, they inevitably involved themselves in the paradox of wu‑wei — the problem of how one can try not to try — which later became one of the central tensions in East Asian religious thought. In this talk, I will look at the paradox from both an early Chinese and a contemporary perspective, drawing upon work in social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and evolutionary theory to argue that this paradox is a real one, and is moreover intimately tied up with problems surrounding cooperation in large-scale societies and concerns about moral hypocrisy.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


The Evolution of Tantric Ritual: March 14–16, 2014
Conference
Dates: Friday–Sunday, March 14–16, 2014
Locations: Friday and Saturday: Toll Room, Alumni House, University of California, Berkeley
Sunday: 370 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

The Evolution of Tantric Ritual The advent of tantric religion in seventh- and eighth-century India changed the face of religious practice across all of Asia. At the heart of these transformations stood the new ritual technologies that the tantras and their attendant manuals introduced. The tantras included new myths, cosmologies, deities, and rhetorical strategies of rulership, secrecy, and transgression, but all of these elements referred to, and revolved around, the complex rituals that formed the core of tantric religiosity. This conference turns a lens on the early development of these rites. The heyday of tantric ritual development was the seventh to the eleventh centuries, and these years will be our principal focus. By bringing together textual scholars working across a range of religious traditions in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese, we seek to investigate how specific ritual procedures or sequences change over time, across sectarian boundaries, and between cultural regions. Through our discussions, we will attempt to shed light on the early evolution of this highly complex and esoteric religious movement.

Conference Schedule

Friday (Toll Room, Alumni House)

5:00: Opening remarks

5:15–6:30: Keynote by Ronald Davidson, Fairfield University
      Pre‑tantric Traditions, Ritual Fluidity, and the Problem of Mudrās



Saturday (Toll Room, Alumni House)

9:30–12:00: Brahmanical Roots

Shingo Einoo, University of Tokyo
      Ritual Devices to Become a God in Vedic and post-Vedic Rituals

Marko Geslani, Emory University
      The Dreams of the King: On the Overnight Structure of
      Royal Consecrations

Shaman Hatley, Concordia University
      The Sword's Edge Observance (Asidhārāvrata) and the Early
      History of Tantric Coital Ritual

1:00–3:00: Tantric Intertextuality

Ryan Damron, UC Berkeley
      Purāṇic Inflections: Visions of the Mahādevī in a Buddhist Yoginī Tantra

Paul Hackett, Columbia University
      On the Construction of a Sādhana from a Root Tantra: A Case
      Study in the Guhyasamāja System

Kurt Keutzer, UC Berkeley
      Evolution of Bon Ritual around the Figure of dBal‑chen Ge‑khod

3:00–3:15: Coffee break

3:15–5:30: The Tantric Body

Péter Szántó, University of Hamburg/University of Oxford
      How to Organize a Gaṇacakra?

David Gray, Santa Clara University
      Body Mandalas in the Yoginīītantras

Yael Bentor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
      The Body in Buddhist Tantric Meditations



Sunday (370 Dwinelle Hall)

9:30–12:30: The Sexual Yogas

Kikuya Ryūta, Tohoku University
      Two Steps (dvikrama‑) in the Jñānapāda School of Indian Tantric
      Buddhism

Jacob Dalton, UC Berkeley
      Domesticating Sexual Union: A Case Study from Dunhuang

Christian Wedemeyer, University of Chicago
      Ritualization of Transgressive Observances: Vratadānavidhi‑s in
      the Guhyasamāja Traditions

Harunaga Isaacson, University of Hamburg
      Title TBA


Download the abstracts here.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Expanding Networks of Cooperation in East Asia
Lecture
Speaker: T. J. Pempel, Professor, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Taeku Lee, Professor, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Date: March 17, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Expanding Networks of Cooperation in East Asia It may seem bizarre to talk of "expanding networks of cooperation in East Asia" at a time when Japanese Prime Minister Abe is telling the Davos World Forum that relations between China and Japan are analogous to those between Britain and Germany in 1914 — the outbreak of World War I. Certainly, in recent years, unresolved and increasingly tense maritime; expanding defense budgets; contrasting "historical memories;" and the American "repositioning" in East Asia are but a few of the headline grabbers suggesting that East Asia is "ripe for rivalry."

Yet, financial, trade and regional production linkages across East Asia have never been deeper, nor expanding more quickly. Equally, formal regional organizations such as the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN plus Three, are exploding in number and influence.

This talk will examaine this apparent disjuncture. Much of the explanation, Pempel will argue, lies in how countries answer the question "who is my enemy?" In Northeast Asia particularly, on issues of hard security and military matters, the leaders of China, Japan and both Koreas uniformly point fingers are one another. That is far less true in Southeast Asia. And on matters of finance and economics, most East Asian leaders are less skeptical of one another and more likely to identify external finance and bodies such as the International Monetary Fund as their largest threat, leading them to greater cooperation with one another.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Controlled Burn: Perpetuating Authoritarian Rule through Quasi-Democratic Reforms
Lecture
Speaker: Peter Lorentzen, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: T. J. Pempel, Professor, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Date: March 18, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

China's leaders face major challenges in gathering two important kinds of information: information about corruption or other official malfeasance and information about the nature and extent of social grievances. This talk will discuss the variety of quasi-democratic institutions and policies the regime has put in place to address this problem, including legal reform, toleration of public protest, controlled liberalization of investigative journalism, the petition system, local elections, legislative bodies, and toleration of non‑governmental organizations. It will discuss how the virtues and dangers of each of these practices relative to each other as well as relative to more traditional authoritarian tools such as the public security system and party discipline.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Who Controls the Japanese Corporation?: Current Challenges and Future Prospects for Corporate Governance
Panel Discussion
Panelists:
 •  Zen Shishido, Hitotsubashi University
 •  Tetsuyuki Kagaya, Hitotsubashi University
 •  David Makman, Makman & Matz LLP
 •  Steven Vogel, UC Berkeley
Moderator:
 •  Anthony Zaloom, Haas School of Business
Date: March 19, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Who Controls the Japanese Corporation?: Current Challenges and Future Prospects for Corporate Governance This workshop will review recent trends in Japanese corporate governance, including policy reforms and market developments. A panel of experts will review the latest developments in corporate law, financial regulation, and accounting rules; analyze the distinctive features of Japanese corporate governance; and discuss emerging trends in corporate performance, board reform, shareholder relations, and mergers and acquisitions. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese corporate governance? Who really controls Japanese companies? Are Japanese managers becoming more responsive to shareholders? Will outside directors improve governance? And will Japan develop a market for corporate control? The panelists include Zen Shishido, an expert on corporate law from Hitotsubashi University and a visiting professor at Berkeley Law (Boalt); Tetsuyuki Kagaya, an expert on accounting from Hitotsubashi University and a visiting scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies; David Makman, a Bay Area attorney with particular expertise on the Japanese market; and Steven Vogel of the Political Science Department and the Center for Japanese Studies. Anthony Zaloom of the Haas School will moderate the panel.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Archives, Censors, Wives: Research in Contemporary Asian Art: A Conversation with Jane DeBevoise moderated by Winnie Wong
Lecture
Date: March 19, 2014 | 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: 308A Doe Library
Sponsors: Department of History of Art, the Townsend Working Groups in Contemporary Art and Asian Art and Visual Culture, and co‑sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric, the Arts Research Center, the Center for China Studies and the Institute for East Asian Studies

A conversation about research in contemporary Asian art featuring Jane DeBevoise, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and New York, and Winnie Wong, Professor in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley.

Event Contact: ersilverman@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑7290

 


Reframing 3.11: Cinema, Literature, and Media after Fukushima
Conference
Speakers:
 •  Atsushi Funahashi, Film Director
 •  Akira Lippit, University of Southern California
Panelists:
 •  Marilyn Ivy, Columbia University
 •  David Slater, Sophia University
 •  Lisette Gebhardt, Goethe University
 •  Masami Yuki, Kanazawa University
 •  Jonathan Abel, Penn State University
 •  Aaron Kerner, San Francisco State University
 •  Mary Knighton, College of William and Mary
 •  Ryan Cook, Harvard University
Moderators:
 •  Daniel O'Neill, UC Berkeley
 •  Pat Noonan, UC Berkeley
 •  Alan Tansman, UC Berkeley
 •  Miryam Sas, UC Berkeley
 •  Angela Yiu, Sophia University
 •  David Slater, Sophia University
Dates: April 4–5, 2014
Locations: PFA Theater and 143 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Reframing 3.11: Cinema, Literature, and Media after Fukushima Since March 11, 2011, images of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident served as markers that generated massive media attention and transformed our understanding of "disaster." The symposium will explore how the cinema, literature and media of post‑3/11 Japan reframe the images of disaster in order to create a new type of literacy about survival and precarity. What new vulnerabilities are made legible by the transpositions of historical trauma into the post‑3/11 environment? What becomes of communities and individuals in times of catastrophe? What are the framing effects of media on the impact of the 3.11 disasters within and beyond Japan?

As part of the symposium, the Pacific Film Archive (PFA) will be screening the documentary NUCLEAR NATION (2012) on Friday April 4th at 7pm followed by a post-screening discussion with the director Funahashi Atsushi.

On Saturday April 5th (from 9:30am–6:00pm) the symposium will commence with panel presentations examining the roles of cinema, literature, and media in organizing information and collective agency, and of the arts, in general, in raising awareness of 3.11 issues related to nuclear energy, survival and sustainability.

Click here to go to the conference website.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Urban Ruins and Contemporary Chinese Documentary
Documentary film
Featured Speaker: J. P. Sniadecki, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Speaker: Linda Williams, Professor, Film and Media Studies, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Weihong Bao, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures and Film & Media
Date: April 4, 2014 | 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 142 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsor: Global Urban Humanities and the Center for Chinese Studies

Film screening of Yumen and post-screening discussions with director J.P. Sniadecki (assistant professor, Cornell University) in dialogue with Linda Williams (Film and Media, UC Berkeley) and Weihong Bao (Film and Media, East Asian Languages, UC Berkeley).

Co‑sponsored by Global Urban Humanities and the Center for Chinese Studies.

Event Contact: oscarsosa@berkeley.edu, 510‑664‑4077

 


Chinese Voices in the Rites Controversy: The Mondialisation of a Local Problem 1701–1704
Colloquium
Speaker: Nicolas Standaert, University of Leuven (Belgium)
Date: April 7, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Chinese Voices in the Rites Controversy: The Mondialisation of a Local Problem 1701-1704 The Chinese Rites Controversy in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries is often considered a purely European affair. Yet, to what extent did Chinese scholars take part in the debates concerning the rites? An exceptional series of Chinese and European sources dating from the years 1701–1704 provide new evidence for the Chinese voices in this controversy. They include a collection of some 60 Chinese letters with the impressive number of ca. 430 different signatories that were sent to Rome to make their voice heard. These letters provide a unique insight in the sociological composition of the local Christian communities and the networks that existed between them at the beginning of the eighteenth century. This lecture will investigate how knowledge about Chinese rites was produced, distributed, and exchanged at that time.

Nicolas Standaert is Professor of Sinology at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He specializes in the cultural contacts between China and Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His recent publications include An Illustrated Life of Christ Presented to the Chinese Emperor: The History of Jincheng shuxiang (1640), (Monumenta Serica Monograph Series LIX) Sankt Augustin Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 2007; The Interweaving of Rituals: Funerals in the Cultural Exchange between China and Europe, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008; Chinese Voices in the Rites Controversy: Travelling Books, Community Networks, Intercultural Arguments, (Bibliotheca Instituti Historici S.I. 75), Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2012, 476 pp. ISBN 978‑88‑7041‑375‑5.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Democracy, Decision-making, and Domestic Politics in Taiwan: The Impact of Current Cross-strait Relations
Lecture
Speaker: Stephen M. Young, U.S. Diplomat
Date: April 7, 2014 | 4:00 p.m
Location: 2223 Fulton, 3rd Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Ambassador Young will reflect on his experiences as a diplomat serving in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the past three decades, with particular focus on U.S.-China relations and their impact on cross-strait relations. Young has lived in Taiwan five times, including as a teenager in the sixties, and brings a wealth of first-hand experience to these topics.

He has paid particular attention to the effect of the democratization process, and domestic politics, on decision-making within Taiwan regarding cross-strait relations. As in Hong Kong, where he recently served, the bottom-up pressures of various political players in Taiwan have significantly complicated the making of political deals with Beijing. Students and other activists, with tacit support of the pan-greens, are currently resisting President Ma's attempt to ratify in the Legislative Yuan recent cross-strait agreements reached by the two sides' unofficial negotiating bodies.

This talk is offered in conjunction with the annual conference of Straight Talk, a student group that seeks to transform international conflict by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


What Is Going On In North Korea?
Lecture
Speaker: Victor Cha, Georgetown University & Center for Strategic and International Studies
Date: April 8, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: 223 Moses Hall
Sponsors: Institute of International Studies, Center for Korean Studies

What Is Going On In North Korea What is going on in North Korea? Do recent events signal an opening in the system or a spiraling down of the system? What challenges do the United States and its allies face?

Professor Victor D. Cha (Ph.D. Columbia, MA Oxford, BA Columbia) is director of Asian Studies and holds the D.S. Song Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2009, he was named as Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the new Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He left the White House in May 2007 after serving since 2004 as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing, and received two Outstanding Service commendations during his tenure at the NSC.

Open to all audiences

Event Contact: rexille@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2474

 


Monitoring Occupant Comfort and Energy Consumption of Refugee Housing in Tsuanami-Stricken Japan
Lecture
Speaker: Susan Ubbelohde, Professor, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Lan‑chih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Date: April 8, 2014 | 5:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Government-sponsored housing is often dogged by the need to provide shelter to those most in need for the least amount of money. The result is often sub-standard, or at least minimum standard, buildings that perform poorly. This project is to field-monitor the thermal performance and energy use of a prototype house inthe Oishi Village of Kamaishi for a year. The results are intended inform the design and construction of 250 subsequent houses in the Tohoku region. My team has spent the summer and fall of 2013 working with the architecture firm responsible for the design (ADH Architects in Tokyo) to fine-tune the thermal performance in both winter and summer seasons. These design changes were at first rejected by the local government authority for being "too good" for public housing. Dr. Mae and his colleagues at Tokyo University assisted the project by explaining to the local government authorities that these changes were consistent with upcoming changes in the Japanese energy code and were a good thing to do to provide better comfort for the elderly refugees who would be living in the houses. The houses were constructed the better way and occupied in winter 2014. During construction, Dr. Mae's lab researchers conducted a blower door test to see ilf the house was losing heat. It was. They used infrared images to explain to the carpenters where the leaks were and the house was substantially improved before construction was completed. In May 2014 we will install sensors and dataloggers in ne house, lived in by a 75 year old fisherman who is highly supportive of the project. We expect to start receiving data on the energy use and comfort conditions in the house by June and continue to collect the data for a year.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Hong Kong Films View the People's Republic of China: From Comrades, Almost a Love Story to Life without Principle
Colloquium
Speaker: Mary Erbaugh, Center for Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Oregon
Date: April 9, 2014 | 12:10–1:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Hong Kong Films Hong Kong film, like Hong Kong identity, constantly recasts its views of China. Martial arts films asserted a distinctively Chinese toughness against a hostile world. As reunification drew near, Hong Kong viewed mainlanders with humor, uneasiness and condescension. The peasant immigrants in Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996) could not even use an ATM. In Durian, Durian (2000) a prostitute from icy Northeast China flees to Kowloon, where she mails the stinky tropical fruit back home (2000). As Hong Kong accommodates the mainland, Chow Yun Fat, the aging Hong Kong star depicter of mob bosses, even plays Confucius in the mainland film (2010). Cross-border financiers and loan sharks become indispensible in The Election (2005, 2006, 2015) and Life without Principle (2011), while the Hong Kong women of Love in the Buff (2012) relocate to the mainland for better jobs, gentle romance, and green open space.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Taiwan: Identity, Media, and Culture
Colloquium
Speakers:
 •  Cheng‑shan Frank Liu, Associate Professor, Institute in Political
    Science, National Sun Yat‑Sen University
 •  Fang‑chih Irene Yang, Professor, Department of Taiwanese Literature,
    National Cheng Kung University
 •  Ti Wei, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Technology,
    National Chiao Tung University
Moderator:
 •  Andrew Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Date: April 9, 2014 | 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Cheng‑shan Frank Liu, Institute in Political Science, National Sun Yat‑Sen University
Are We Family? Taiwanese People's Chinese Nationalism, Country Identification and Cultural Identification with "China"

Country identification in Taiwan has been identified as a salient issue and concern in the politics across the Taiwan Strait, one that is connected to the dynamics of interaction between Washington, Beijing, Tokyo, and Taipei. Country identification of Taiwanese people is influenced by their partisanship, the perception of politically correct symbol of Republic of China, emerging national identity, and the feelings about Chinese culture. This study, based on a telephone survey data collected in early 2014 in Taiwan, attempts to explore how these entangled factors influence the perception of "China," particularly the emerging of Chinese nationalism. Analytic models takes into account political interest and attitudes toward Japan in the recent territory controversy over the control of Diaoyutai (Sankaku) islands. As Taipei-Beijing relationship is smoothed over the past years regarding economic cooperation, this study provides a bottom-up perspective about how citizens in Taiwan perceive the image of China and about the extent to which nationalism affects individuals' country identification.

Fang‑chih Irene Yang, Department of Taiwanese Literature, National Cheng Kung University
The Politics of Interpreting Inter-Asian TV Dramas in Taiwan: The Cases of Empresses in the Palace and Hanzawa Naoki

Two inter-Asian TV dramas have recently swept over Taiwan and become the focus of national attention: the Chinese costume/historical drama, Empresses in the Palace(後宮甄環傳)and the Japanese Trendy drama, Hanzawa Naoki (半澤直樹). The popularity of these two shows led to a proliferation of tertiary texts which try to interpret these two dramas and make sense of their popularity. In these tertiary texts, the Chinese historical drama is interpreted largely through the lens of the economy (via the discourse of the workplace). The Japanese workplace drama, however, is interpreted through the lens of not only the economy, but also politics in Taiwan. I will investigate these tertiary texts, ranging from variety talk shows, bestseller books, media comments and criticisms, and youtube video clips, and analyze how these two shows are interpreted and as well as the politics of these interpretations. Specifically, I will address these issues: How is the economy/workplace constructed? Why is it constructed this way? What are the differences and similarities in these interpretive constructions of the economy/workplace? Why? Second, why is the Chinese drama (which is largely about gendered political power) constructed through the lens of the economy, while the Japanese dramas (which is about work) constructed through political discourses? I want to situate these interpretations within the political economy of Taiwan as it is caught between Japan and China, both historically and in the present. Finally, the politics of gender: Empresses in the Palace deals with women's power struggles while Hanzawa Naoki, men's. As such, gender politics is central to Taiwan's interpretations. My main focus here will look at how these gendered interpretations intersect with the dominant political and economic discourses.

Ti Wei, Department of Communication and Technology, National Chiao Tung University
Rethinking the private and the public: Assessing the experience of Taiwan's media reform movements

The media news performance in Taiwan has been criticized as "gossipy, trivial and sensational" for more than twenty years. This phenomenon became increasingly evident since the late 1980s, after the lift of martial law and the state control on the media, and was only more serious in recent years. The issue not only generated media reform movements but also a debate. Some critics stress that most content in major news media, particularly the 24‑hour cable news channels, is too "private" and lacks of "publicness". But there are also people to point out that the above viewpoint relies too much on a conservative and rigid framework dividing "private" and the "public", and who argue that "trivial and gossipy" content has its own "publicness" and the potential to challenge the established value formation. My research aims to go beyond the binary thinking and attempts to re‑examine the meaning and the significance of "publicness" in Taiwan's media in particular and in Taiwan society in general by reassessing the experience of media reform movements in Taiwan.

Event Contact: ccary@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6492

 


Japanese "Village Studies": Occupation-Era Anthropology and the Problem of Modernity
Colloquium
Speaker: Amy Borovoy, Princeton University
Date: April 10, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 370 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsor:
Center for Japanese Studies

Japanese Village Studies: Occupation-Era Anthropology and the Problem of Modernity World War II flooded American universities with government and foundation funds for area studies. The war had served as a wake-up call to American parochialism; there was a pervasive sense that universities, mired in euro-centrism, had failed the U.S. government with a dearth of knowledge about world cultures and languages. The Cold War created a strong imperative to support economic growth throughout the newly decolonized, developing world. American foundations and research councils committed themselves to in-depth study of specific areas and languages in American higher education.

In part because of the American occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952, Japan was imagined as a real-world laboratory for studying the process of modernization. In this paper I explore American occupation-era "village studies" as a moment in which social scientists, in the immediate aftermath of the war, were confronting difficult on-the-ground questions about what modern institutions might look like. These local villages were meant to serve as laboratories for studying the process of democratization and "modernization." In practice, however, the studies offered a somewhat more complex take on the processes of modernization.

Japanese village and kinship organizations were integral to supporting the authoritarian social structure leading up to World War II. In coming to terms with the historical antecedents and prewar institutions that formed the foundations of postwar development, the writers emphasized the everyday functionality of practices such as shrine worship and primogenitural inheritance, divorcing these from nationalism and authoritarianism. This led to later work which saw these institutions as possible foundations for new forms of capitalism.

My focus is on the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Okayama Field Site, the only site through which researchers could gain access to Japan during the postwar occupation (1945–1952). This research culminated in a comprehensive volume, Village Japan (1959). Later I analyze Ezra and Suzanne Vogel's 1963 ethnography, Japan's New Middle Class, an early ethnography of a postwar urban community.

By the early 1970s, Japan anthropology was becoming the site of an important thought experiment: a case study of modernity in which society continued to be undergirded by traditional forms of community. Even as contemporary Japanese scholars derided feudalism as illiberal and backwards, American scholars described hierarchy, shared ideology, and kin-based paternalism as compatible with modernity, democracy, and capitalism. Interestingly, Vogel's later study, Canton Under Communism, blamed the absence of a feudal regime for the failure of China to modernize in the early 20th century.

Photo Courtesy: Bentley Historical Library, Center for Japanese Studies Collection, University of Michigan.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


What am I?
Colloquium
Speaker: Hyon Gak Sunim
Date: April 11, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

What am I In this world, which is torn by politics, religion, materialism, human beings believe too much that their thinking and ideas and beliefs are real. They attach to these ideas and beliefs, and they fight over them — this only leads suffering. The word for that is "ignorance". Not only that, but through their intense desire, anger and ignorance, human beings are exterminating all life on this planet through a mindless pursuit of material comfort and temporary ease. If human beings do not soon "wake up," they risk ending life for so many species of living things, not only themselves.

"Zen" (meditation) means returning to the fundamental, true Self — which comes before nationality or religion. An American-born Zen monk and graduate of Yale and Harvard, Hyon Gak Sunim ordained as a monk in 1992. In his talk, he will stress that meditation is not based on religion, belief, or dogma. It is scientifically tested, peer-reviewed and affirmed technology for human beings to reach their innermost depths and most creative possibilities.

As we well know, recent scientific studies have proven that meditation frees up creative forces, unleashes unconscious creativities, and generates non-sectarian bases for genuine fellow-feeling and modes of compassionate interaction. The explosive field of neuroplasticity itself proves that when human beings spend even just a few minutes a day, following their breath and noticing deeply their thought-patterns, they are subtly freed from entrapping patterns of thought and feeling. This talk will introduce to the public the basic teaching of Zen, and its central technology of looking into one's true nature.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


New Perspectives in Dunhuang Studies
Conference/Symposium
Date: April 14, 2014 | 3:00–5:00 p.m. Location: Faculty Club, Heyns Room
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Department of History of Art, Library, Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

New Perspectives in Dunhuang Studies The Dunhuang Grottoes on the ancient silk road, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, are a splendid treasure house of art from Ancient China. For more than 100 years, the discovery, conservation and study of those grottoes have attracted worldwide attention.

3:00 — Opening remarks
Patricia Berger, Professor, History of Art Department, U.C. Berkeley

3:05 — Current Status and Emerging Developments in the Preservation of the Dunhuang Grottoes
Xudong Wang, Deputy Director, Dunhuang Academy

3:40 — New Paleographic Approaches to the Tibetan Manuscripts from Dunhuang
Jacob Dalton, Associate Professor and Khyentse Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, U.C. Berkeley

4:00 — Dunhuang and the Silk Road
Yuanlin Zhang, Research Fellow, Dunhuang Academy

4:20 — Sogdians in China: Further Reflections
Albert Dien, Professor Emeritus, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University

4:40 — Discussion
Peter Zhou, Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, U.C. Berkeley
Patricia Berger, Professor, History of Art Department, U.C. Berkeley

5:00 — Reception

Event Contact: art_history@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑7290

 


Polling, Public Opinion, and Political Accountability in Korea and Beyond
Lecture
Speaker: Taeku Lee, Professor, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: John Lie, Professor, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Date: April 14, 2014 | 4;00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Korean Studies

Polling, Public Opinion, and Political Accountability in Korea and Beyond "Political responsiveness" is a foundation stone of modern democracies, entailing an expectation that governments will heed and reckon the interests and demands of the polities they govern over and for with some regularity. To date the political science study of responsiveness is largely the province of scholars of American politics and its presence sought by matching the timing of changes in public opinion (as measured by opinion polls) to the timing of legislative debate and decision.

This project aims to extend the parameters of the study of political responsiveness in several aspects. First, it examines responsiveness in a non-U.S. context, South Korea (with a planned future comparison to Taiwan). Second, it adopts a more critical standpoint on the nature of public opinion and its relation to polling and political responsiveness. In specifics, the project compares polling to other indicia of public opinion, including contentious politics; situates the political economy of polling viz. electoral campaigns in South Korea; ultimately, juxtaposes "public opinion" as a bottom-up input into democratic decision-making with "public opinion" as the top-down output of "manufactured publicity" by political elites.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Travel Writing and Japanese Modernism
Lecture
Speaker: Dan O'Neill, Associate Professor, East Asian Language and Culture, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Susan Ubbelohde, Professor, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Date: April 15, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

This talk will revisit the diverse ways in which Japanese modernism has been critically disseminated and theorized and expands upon these critical models by focusing on how the modernist fascination with questions of aesthetic form was carried over to and existed in the travel writings and colonial reportage written during the 1920s and 1930s.

By offering some introductory remarks on Akutagawa's travelogue, I hope to think through the political and epistemological basis for constituting a subject of inquiry (what was "Japanese modernism") as well as to recover the different ways in which writers, such as Akutagawa Ryűnosuke or Yokomitsu Riichi, imagined themselves to be at home and not at home in the world.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Modern Japanese Zen Flirts with the Nenbutsu: The Controversial Teaching of Invoking the Name of the Buddha in Early Meiji Sōtō
Colloquium
Speaker: Dominick Scarangello, Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
Date: April 16, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Modern Japanese Zen Flirts with the Nenbutsu: The Controversial Teaching of Invoking the Name of the Buddha in Early Meiji Sōtō Today, the Sōtō sect of Zen Buddhism is synonymous with the practice of sitting meditation, or zazen 坐禪, and moreover a particular variety of zazen known as "just sitting" or shikantaza 只管打坐. However, this association was not ineluctable. In fact, during tumultuous years of organizational unification, doctrinal systemization and ritual standardization following the Meiji restoration, the Sōtō sect institutionalized a very different practice for its lay followers: invoking the name of the Buddha.

In this talk I will begin by providing an overview of the establishment and eventual demise of this unlikely and seemingly unbefitting practice. Next, I will sharpen the focus by examining the place of this practice in the teachings of two prominent monks: the iconoclast Sugawa Kōgan 栖川興巌 (1822–89), its greatest defender, and Nishiari Bokuzan 西有穆山 (1821–1910), one of the most eminent clerics in modern Sōtō. In conclusion, I will place developments in Sōtō Zen Buddhism within the broader debates over spiritual assurance (anjin ritsume 安心立命) and peace of mind (anshin 安心) in early modernizing Japan.

"Householders and those of lesser religious capacities should devote themselves to rebirth in Pure Lands through cultivating a single mind of faith in Other Power."
  — Preamble to "Intent of the Sōtō Sect"
       Sōtō General Affiars Bureau, 1885

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Berkeley Korea Law Center Inaugural Conference
Conference
Date: April 18, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: International House, Chevron Auditorium Sponsors: Center for Korean Studies, Berkeley Korea Law Center, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, Samsung

Berkeley Korea Law Center Inaugural Conference Celebrating the Establishment of the Berkeley Korea Law Center

Berkeley Law is establishing a new center for cutting-edge thinking on significant public and private law issues affecting Korea and the United States. Panels at the inaugural conference will include: innovation and intellectual property in the high-technology industry; the impact of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on U.S-Korean legal practice. Leading judges, officials, scholars, and practitioners from both countries will participate.

SPEAKERS
 •  The Honorable Justice Chang Soo Yang
    (Supreme Court of Korea)
 •  The Honorable Justice Lee Jinsung
    (Korean Constitutional Court)
 •  Dong‑man Han (Consul General, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
 •  Kenneth Korea (Vice President & Head of US IP Center (Silicon Valley),
    Samsung Electronics US R&D Center
 •  Lee Cheng (Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, Newegg.com)
 •  Duane Valz (Senior Patent Counsel, Google Inc.)
 •  Hongsun Yoon (Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, LG Electronics)
 •  Sang Jo Jong (Dean and Professor, SNU Law)
 •  Daikwon Choi (Professor Emeritus, SNU Law)
 •  Hongsik Cho (Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, SNU Law)
 •  Kuk Cho (SNU Law)
 •  Jibong Lim (Sogang Univ. Law)
 •  Jaewan Park (Hanyang Univ. Law)
 •  Sangwon Lee (SNU Law)
 •  Won Kyou Ryou (Lee & Ko, President, Berkeley Club of Korea)
 •  Chang Rok Woo (Chairman, Yulchon)
 •  Belinda Lee (Latham & Watkins)
 •  Catharina Min (Office Managing Partner, Reed Smith)

Event Contact: BKLC@law.berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑4653

 


Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities
Conference
Dates: Friday, April 18, 2014 | 2:00–6:00 p.m.
            Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 10:00 a.m–4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

The conference provides a window into current research in Chinese studies, and serves as a platform for fostering interaction among budding scholars of geographically disparate institutions, facilitating their exchange of ideas and interests. Specifically, the organizing committee hopes that this conference will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Each year the conference also features a keynote address from a prominent Chinese studies scholar, chosen by the student organizing committee.

Visit the conference website here.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


When China Existed: Scholarship, Activism, and Asian Studies
Colloquium
Speaker: Fabio Lanza, History, University of Arizona, Tucson
Date: April 18, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

When China Existed: Scholarship, Activism, and Asian Studies This presentation looks back at the only other time in the last two centuries when Asia, as today, was the focus of sustained global interest: the 1960s and 1970s, the era of Global Maoism and wars of liberation. Through an analysis of the formation and dissolution of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS), I will illustrate how China, (mis)perceived, imagined, or experienced, was not only and not simply the location of a utopia that could be deployed by idealistic youth to define more locally-specific goals. Rather, that "China" also represented a short-lived radical political alternative, one that forced the people who took it seriously to rethink their relationship to work, social roles, daily practices, and the production of knowledge. Within the field of Asian Studies, it was the existence of this particular "China" that opened up possibilities for CCAS to challenge the established narratives and produce some major political and scholarly discoveries. This presentation traces their discoveries but also the foreclosure of those possibilities once that "China" disappeared with the end of Maoism.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


The Privilege of Speech: China's Internet Conundrum
Colloquium
Speaker: Rogier Creemers, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
Date: April 21, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

The Chinese government has made the development of the Internet into a key component of its economic reform plans, fostering the growth of large commercial online firms.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Vision for Korea-U.S. Relations
Colloquium
Speaker: Dongman Han, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco
Date: April 22, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Location: 223 Moses Hall
Sponsors: Center for Korean Studies, Institute of International Studies

Vision for Korea-U.S. Relations 2013 marked the 60th anniversary of the alliance between South Korea and the United States. The Korea-U.S. alliance began as a military treaty to defend the South from the communist North, but it has grown to become an unbreakable bond between two countries that share a friendship and values.

As of 2014, South Korea leads the mobile communications industry and the Korean economy is 13th in the world in terms of GDP. South Korea also ranked first in Bloomberg's Global Innovation Index.

Consul General Han Dong‑man will give a presentation to increase understanding of the vision for Korea-U.S. relations. The main theme of his presentation will focus on the Korea-U.S. alliance, though, he will also address present day facts about Korea, inter-Korean relations (including recent political, economic and the military situation on the Korea peninsula), and perhaps more interestingly, discuss the impact around the world of the Korean Wave (Hallyu).

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


Personnel Issues in Taiwan: 2014 TUSA Scholars Present
Colloquium
Speakers
 •  Ying‑Jung Yeh, Associate Professor, Deptartment of Business
    Administration, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
 •  Chun‑Hsi Vivian Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Business
    Administration, National Central University
Moderator
 •  Noam Yuchtman, Business and Public Policy Group, Haas School of
    Business, UC Berkeley
Date: April 22, 2014 | 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies and Center for Chinese Studies

Personnel Issues in Taiwan

Ying‑Jung Yeh
A Diary Study of Smart Phone's Usage, Work Stress and Job Satisfaction

A diary study method was used to investigate whether the daily usage of smart phone at work to deal with personal matters may blur the boundary between work and life, and the consequences caused by this pattern of usage. Data were collected from 43 full-time workers. They were asked to report the degree of smart phone usage in 15 consecutive days excluding the weekends. 388 valid data points were included in the hierarchical linear modeling analysis. The preliminary results showed that the degree of smart phone's usage at work is negatively related with work stress. However, only when the work stress is low, can the higher degree of usage is related with high job satisfaction. Cyberloafing behaviors and boundary of work and life roles were discussed.

Chun‑Hsi Vivian Chen
Leadership, Positive Organizational Behavior, and Job Performance

Employees' spontaneous undertaking of organizationally desired behaviors enhances organizations' gaining the edge in the fiercely competitive business environment. Work engagement, one of the emerging topics, is argued to account for the difference of employees' job performance, e.g., task performance and extra-role behavior. Drawing on the job demand-resources model (JD‑R model), prior research on work engagement mainly adopts the individual level of analysis to explore the effect of work resource or personal resource on employees' work engagement. In fact, the way leaders allocate resources and interact with subordinates would affect subordinates' engagement and performance. Scholars confirm the positive effect of transformational leadership on employees' performance. Transformational leaders strengthen employees' work engagement by giving constructive feedback and providing learning opportunities to enhance their potential.

Transformational leadership is also conducive to cultivating the organizational setting (the level of work unit), and has an effect on employees' affective state and incentives (the individual level). In terms of the level of work unit, transformational leaders support employees' self-development and provide them with opportunities to learn and express. Based on social information process theory, transformational leaders would infuse organizations with their personal values and beliefs and contribute to a supportive organizational climate, which is regarded as an important resource for organizations. On the other hand, transformational leaders are good at envisioning and communicating their positive, optimistic viewpoints. According to the emotional contagion theory, transformational leaders would influence employees' awareness of positive affect through positive emotions. Drawing on the broaden-and-build theory, emotional resource is viewed one of the keys to employees' work engagement. Transformational leaders play a crucial role in organizations for their effects on organization's supportive climate (organizational resource- the work unit level) and employees' positive mood (emotional resource- the individual level). To fill the void of prior research, this study investigates a multilevel analysis by incorporating leadership theory and job demand-resources model to verify the effect of transformational leadership on employees' work engagement and performance with the mediation of an organization's supportive climate and employees' positive mood.

Event Contact: ccary@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6492

 


Disaster Reaction and Response: 2014 TUSA Scholars Present
Lecture
Speakers
 •  Yungnane Yang, Department of Political Science & Institute
    of Political Economy, National ChengKung University
 •  Mei‑tzu Tsai, Department of Chinese Literature, National Cheng
    Kung University
Discussants
 •  Jonghoon Ahn, Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley
 •  Jasmina Vujic, Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley
 •  Jin Chen, Economics, Ritsumeikan University
Moderator
 •  Daniel C. O'Neill, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Date: April 22, 2014 | 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies and Center for Chinese Studies

Disaster Reaction and Response

Yungnane Yang
How did the U.S. Government respond to the 3/11 Fukushima's Nuclear Disaster?

U.S. foreign policy has been very influential all over the world. How the U.S. government reacted to the 3/11 Fukushima's Nuclear Disaster has had significant impact on Japan and other countries. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the U.S. foreign policy and its impact regarding to the nuclear disaster.

Mei‑tzu Tsai
An observation of others' suffering — A Study of the Disaster Writings, Thoughts and Cultural Identity of Japan-educated Chinese Writers Before and After the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake

The death toll from the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 has been estimated at nearly 130,000. After the earthquake, it was rumored that Koreans were poisoning wells. Radical Japanese activists thus sought to identify what they termed "not-their-own-people", those with strange accents and pronunciation, in an attempt to find and kill Koreans. Some of the Chinese residents in the area were then mistakenly identified as Koreans and killed. The Great Kanto Earthquake as a context of discourse on the cultural relationship between China, Korea and Japan to some extent represents an imagination of a common body of East Asia, which contains many unstable elements and potential conflicts arising from differences in national identity, national character and national power.

The Great Kanto Earthquake highlighted the fact that Japan would always be threatened by its location in an earthquake-prone zone. The rise in militarism was hoped to insure that Japan would always have the option of taking over the land and resources of China. In the face of the suffering of his Japanese neighbors, 郭沫若 Guo Moruo wrote to express his feelings and thoughts on natural disasters within the context of a heterogeneous culture. He began his literary career as a romanticist writer, and later redirected his literary interest to a variety of fields and creations, ranging from historical plays to studies of ancient society, translation of works on Marxism and writings of communist militarism. This project intends to explore ideas about the Great Kanto earthquake expressed by Gou and other Japanese-educated Chinese writers in order to better understand the relationship between Chinese and Japanese intellectuals in this complicated era.

Besides, While the Chinese writer Guo was described as "the son of Asia" by the Japanese writer Satou Haruo, Japan was seen as the greatest empire in East Asia from the Japanese perspective. The change in Guo's ideas about Japan can be understood in the context of the emergence of an East Asia Discourse in the early 20th century. Japanese scholar Ito notes that both Chinese and Japanese intellectuals attempted to pursue "surpassing national values" in order to develop international communism, such as in the mid‑1920s, the pro-Japanese Chinese writer周作人 Zhou Zuoren learned from Saneatsu Mushanokōji "the Ideal of New Village" — a commune in which all people farm and read together, and help each other. That is ideal Communism society. Although their efforts repeatedly failed. The divisions and networks among many organizations, societies and groups in Europe, America and Asia can be traced back to the works produced by Chinese and Japanese writers during the period of 1920–1940.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Inquiry into the growth and decline of the very poor in Japan
Colloquium
Speaker: David‑Antoine Malinas, Université Paris Diderot — Paris 7
Date: April 23, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Inquiry into the growth and decline of the very poor in Japan Japan is still often described as a relatively egalitarian society with a strong and well-developed middle-class. However, in recent decades, poverty and inequality have become major issues. From a comparative perspective, Japan is far from the only country concerned with a rise in the number of poor and very poor, as many other countries have witnessed a worsening of their social situation especially since the great recession started at the end of 2008.

However, the situation in Japan stands out for one major reason. Though the number of poor people is on the rise (for instance, the unemployed or social welfare receivers), there has actually been a decrease in the number of homeless people. Looking back to the beginning of the Japanese phenomenon of homelessness in the early 90s, this is not the first time that these two figures are not moving simultaneously.

As this paradox contradicts well-established knowledge of social stratification and structure, this presentation will inquire why these two figures have such a distinct relationship. I will examine the origin, evolution and methodology used to count the homeless population in Japan in order to explain this apparent contradiction : more poor, fewer homeless people.

David‑Antoine Malinas — PhD in Social Sciences (2005, Hitotsubashi University) and in Political Sciences (2007, Panthéon-Sorbonne University); Postdoctoral researcher at the French Japanese Houses Research Center from 2007 to 2009; Research fellow at the Center of Excellence "Social Stratification and Inequality" of Tohoku University from 2009 to 2011; Associate professor at Paris Diderot — Paris 7 at the Faculty of Languages and Civilizations of East Asia since 2011.

His main themes of research are poverty and civil society in Japan, studying the mobilization process of the very poor, its socio-political roots, meaning and consequences. He is the author of Homeless Struggle in Japan — the rebirth of civil society, L'Harmattan, 2011 (in French) and several other articles related to this theme.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer) and Dulcimers around the World
Performing Arts — Music
Featured Performer: Liu Yuening, Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Beijing, China
Date: April 24, 2014 | 4;00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Music

Yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer) and Dulcimers around the World Professor Liu Yuening will introduce the distinctive characteristics of the yangqin, which originated in the Middle East and has a history of over 4,000 years. The presentation will include pictures, audio and video materials, and a live performance by Professor Liu.

Yuening Liu is a professor of Yangqin (Chinese Hammered Dulcimer) performance at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Beijing, China, and a Supervisor of MA students of Traditional Chinese Music at the internationally renowned institution. She also serves as the Director of the Music Confucius Institute office of CCOM.

Professor Liu has released 15 albums in China and overseas, and has published 10 textbooks and dozens of research papers and essays. Her major recordings include:

 •  East Meet East: A Night of Sino-Indian Music (2013)
 •  Concert for New Works of Liu Yuening and Indian Musicians (2013)
 •  Jasmine in Fragrance (2013)
 •  Messenger of Music (2006)
 •  Dialogue (2005)
 •  Melody of Butterflies (1998)
 •  Variation of Mulan's Verse (1997)

Her books include:

 •  Classics of Chinese and Foreign Yangqin Music (2007)
 •  Romantic Yangqin Music (2003)
 •  Yangqin Performance in a Minute (2002)
 •  Elementary Etudes for Chinese Yangqin (1998)
 •  An Elementary Course on Yangqin (1997)

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Tibet in the 1930s: Photographs from the Theos Bernard Archive
Exhibit — Photography
Dates: April 24 – July 24, 2014, Monday through Friday | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

Tibet in the 1930s: Photographs from the Theos Bernard Archive A selection of photographs that survive from the 1937 sojourn of American Theos Bernard capture images of a Tibet steeped in Buddhist tradition and feudal custom. Photographs include images of the monasteries, monks, and rituals of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as life in the villages and countrysides. The photographs, now in the collections of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, reveal the rich and diverse society of Tibet in its last years of independence.

For further information on this exhibit, see the exhibit website.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Buddhism, Mind, and Cognitive Science
Conference
Dates: Friday, April 25, 2014 | 4:00–7:00 p.m.
            Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m–6:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, Toll Room
Sponsors: Center for Buddhist Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

This conference is made possible by a grant from The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation.

This conference is dedicated to the exploration of the methodological underpinnings of the current encounter between Buddhism and cognitive science. Recently, this encounter has been criticized for failing to take account of the historical and cultural complexities of Buddhist thought and practice, failing to reflect the most recent developments in cognitive science, neglecting the hermeneutic issues that complicate attempts to relate traditional Buddhist psychology to contemporary scientific theories, and neglecting traditional Buddhist epistemologies that are incompatible with the "neurophysicalism" that motivates some of the scientific research. Given such critiques, how might one proceed? Is there some way to mitigate the methodological (historical, hermeneutic, philosophical) quandaries that threaten to unravel the Buddhism-cognitive science dialogue? Is there a way to bring these disparate traditions into conversation without sacrificing the intellectual depth and sophistication of each? Or is such an endeavor misguided in principle? Is it merely another in a long history of attempts to legitimize Buddhism by claiming its compatibility with science? Our interest lies not in rehearsing the critique, but instead in exploring how, if at all, the encounter might move forward.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Toll Room, Alumni House
Session 1: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome and introduction to the conference:
•  Robert Sharf (Buddhist Studies), University of California, Berkeley

Plenary talks:
•  Evan Thompson (Philosophy), University of British Columbia
•  Clifford Saron (Neuroscience), University of California, Davis

Open discussion


Saturday, April 26, 2014
Toll Room, Alumni House
Session 2: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Chair: Robert Sharf (Buddhist Studies), University of California, Berkeley

Presentations:
•  John Dunne (Buddhist Studies), Emory University Antoine Lutz
•  Lawrence Barsalou (Psychology), Emory University
•  Antoine Lutz (Neuroscience), Neuroscience Research Center, Lyon
•  Rebecca Todd (Psychology), University of British Columbia
•  Laurence Kirmayer (Psychiatry), McGill University
•  Carol Worthman (Anthropology), Emory University


Session 3: 2:00 – 6:30 pm

Chair: Evan Thompson (Philosophy), University of British Columbia

Presentations:
•  Christian Coseru (Philosophy), College of Charleston
•  Thomas Metzinger (Philosophy), Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
•  Dan Arnold (Philosophy of Religion), University of Chicago
•  Georges Dreyfus (Buddhist Studies), Williams College
•  Robert Sharf (Buddhist Studies), University of California, Berkeley
•  John Tresch (History and Sociology of Science), University of Pennsylvania

 

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Here and Now: From a Girl Wandering the Border
Colloquium
Speaker: Youngsook Kang, UC Berkeley Daesan Writer-in-Residence
Date: April 28, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Here and Now: From a Girl Wandering the Border Note: This talk will be given in Korean without interpretation.

제목:
국경을 떠도는 소녀의 유랑을 통해 본
지금과 여기

리드:
1) 르뽀가 아닌 알레고리화된 세계
2) 아시아의 변방에서 나고 자란 한 소녀의 이주와 그녀를 둘러싼 세계의 팽팽한 대결 구도
3) 국경넘기, 자연재해, 여성이라는 키워드로 집약되는 강영숙의 장편소설. 그것의 집필 과정과 취재 뒷얘기들.

내용:
[리나]는 무국적의 공간을 배경으로 16세 소녀의 8년에 걸친 국경 넘기 과정을 그린 작품으로 'P' 국 이라는 이상향을 찾아 떠도는 '리나'의 성장을 강렬한 이미지와 자유분방한 상상력으로 그린 작품. 리나는 과연 'P국을 선택할 것인가?

Download Youngsook Kang's resume here.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


Upgrading Industrial Ruins: Politics of Redevelopment in the Pearl River Delta after the Crash
Lecture
Speaker: Lan‑chih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor, East Asian Language and Culture, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Dan O'Neill, Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Date: April 28, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

This research project will explore how land redevelopment in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region has been launched as a "spatial fix" to promote urban and industrial upgrades in the face of economic retreat in southern China. The closure of thousands of factories since the global financial crisis in 2008 has challenged the sustainability of the region's development model. Decentralized development of towns and villages, although nurturing the rapid rural industrialization in the PRD since the 1970s, also created serious land use and environmental problems. Moreover, dispersed, low- density patterns of land use are associated with labor-intensive, exported-oriented, low value-added industries that have been hit hard by the global recession. Adopting the slogan "clear out the cage, change the birds," the Guangdong Provincial government has been aggressive in forging new policies for urban upgrading, centering on the renewal of what they term the "three olds": old towns, old factories, and old villages. Drawing on examples from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanhai and Dongguan, this research will show how conflict and negotiation among different stakeholders have reshaped local governance structures. Based on my research findings, I will also assess if this emerging land regime can help create a more sustainable future for the PRD region.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


The Crisis of Equality in Difference: National Minority Autonomous Regions in Contemporary China
Colloquium
Speaker: Wang Hui, Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University
Date: April 30, 2014 | 4:10–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

The Crisis of Equality in Difference: National Minority Autonomous Regions in Contemporary China Wang Hui (汪晖) is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research focuses on contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history. He was the executive editor (with Huang Ping) of the influential magazine Dushu (读书, Reading) from May 1996 to July 2007. The US magazine Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in May 2008.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Berkeley Japan Studies 2014 Graduate Conference on Ecology and Space
Conference/Symposium
Dates: May 2–3, 2014
Location: International House, Ida/Robert Sproul Room
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, Japan Foundation

Berkeley Japan Studies 2014 Graduate Conference on Ecology and Space UC Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies, with support from the Japan Foundation, is pleased to announce its first annual graduate student conference. This conference brings together prominent scholars and graduate students from all disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies to discuss the concepts of ecology and space from pre-modern times to the present. Space here not only connotes the physical, but also how one views one's position relative to others and to objects in the world. Resisting the objectification of nature as mere symbol or metaphor, the concept of ecology insists on new modes of reading, writing, and thinking about the material environment that connects the human to the organic world. The international dimensions of ecological questions are particularly suited to considering Japan within the broader fabric of the global environment. Within this general thematic area, we encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines that address diverse substantive topics, including comparative or cross-disciplinary studies on issues such as: natural disaster, geopolitics, human geography, agriculture, urban space and ecology, architecture and the environment, film and visual art, literary ecocriticism, environmental aesthetics, environmental history and soundscape and affect studies.

Conference organizers: Benjamin Bartlett (Political Science), Lisa Reade (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Kerry Shannon (History)

Event Contact: cjsgradconference@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Modern Chinese Style: Words and Worlds in Twentieth Century China
Conference
Date: May 2–3, 2014 | Friday 3:00–6:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Locations: Friday, David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley; and Saturday, IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Chiang Ching‑Kuo Foundation

Modern Chinese Style: Words and Worlds in Twentieth Century China Friday only this will be held in the Tamalpais Room of the David Brower Center. Saturday will be at the IEAS conference room, 2223 Fulton Street, sixth floor.

The conference is convened in honor of the scholarship of Professor Theodore Huters of UCLA, whose work has been crucial in expanding our understanding of Chinese print culture and its relation to modern intellectual history, binding a rigorous focus on questions of literary form and style to the historical excavation of the mediation between words and worlds in modern China. It brings a group of distinguished scholars of cultural and literary history to Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies, to explore the question of style in Chinese literary modernity. Professor Huters is the keynote speaker and presenters include his current and former students as well as scholars whom he has inspired and collaborated with.

Presentations will investigate Chinese writing in the twentieth century not so much in terms of content, but as a set of styles of conceptualizing, feeling, translating, navigating, and revolutionizing the world through words.

Visit the conference website here.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


After "Assimilating Seoul": Ch'anggyŏng Garden and the Post-Colonial Remaking of Seoul's Public Spaces
Colloquium
Speaker: Todd A. Henry, Assistant Professor of History, UC San Diego
Date: May 2, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

After 'Assimilating Seoul': Ch'anggyŏng Garden and the Post-Colonial Remaking of Seoul's Public Spaces The title of this talk is meant to signal two related topics for discussion. The first refers to my new book, "Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and The Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014). The introductory part of the talk reviews the central argument of that book — namely, that public space functioned as "contact zones" wherein varying projects of assimilation were both implanted by state officials and contested by their non-elite users. The second part of the talk extends this story beyond the liberation of 1945 and into the history of South Korea. In this context, the title refers to the project of recasting the capital city as a capitalist and anti-communist focus of post-colonial politics. After briefly examining the post-liberation strategy of erasure, the fate of Namsan's Shintō Shrines, I turn to the more common strategy of decolonization, which involved creatively "recycling" the city's palace grounds before ultimately restoring them. To trace this decolonizing strategy, I explore the fate of Ch'anggyŏng Garden, whose popular zoo, park, museum and other recreational facilities persisted long after 1945. Meanwhile, the early architects of South Korea creatively re‑used this site for new national purposes, including to memorialize anti-communist patriots and to showcase the country's infant industries. It was only over the next three decades that the overlapping functions of this public space were separated into distinct sites, each capable of carrying out a specific role in re‑subjectifying the citizenry.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


Irrigation, Commercialization, and Social Change In Nineteenth-Century Inner Mongolia
Colloquium
Speaker: Yi Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies
Discussant: Wen‑hsin Yeh, Department of History, UC Berkeley
Date: May 5, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Irrigation, Commercialization, and Social Change In Nineteenth-Century Inner Mongolia This article examines the rise of irrigation economy in Hetao along the Yellow River during the nineteenth century, and uses it as a case study to illustrate how the periphery played a major and yet overlooked role in the development of Chinese economy, which confounds the conventional view of a Chinese path of development that replicated smallholder farming.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


New Discoveries in Sogdian Art and Culture from Central Asia to China
Colloquium
Speaker: Matteo Compareti, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
Date: May 7, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

Talk followed by a panel discussion.

In the last fifteen years, knowledge about the Sogdians along the so‑called "Silk Road" has expanded thanks to archaeological discoveries in Central Asia and China. The discovery of "cemeteries for foreigners" in the outskirts of the ancient Chinese capital Xi'an and other sites of present-day China revealed also some tombs that belonged to Sogdian immigrants who were active during the sixth century. Despite the adoption of Chinese cultural traits, these burials displayed some typical Iranian elements which indicated the Sogdians complex religious and cultural traditions.

Greco-Roman, Chinese, Indian and even Mesopotamian elements can be traced among the Sogdians both in their homeland and in the colonies abroad, not to mention Hunnic and Turkic ones. Monumental mural paintings discovered at the three main Sogdian sites of Varakhsha, Afrasyab and Penjikent still present several interpretative problems that can now be compared to visual narratives on Sino-Sogdian funerary monuments, especially, those ones from Xi'an. Moreover, eighth-century Sogdian paintings display elements found commonly in Islamic book illustrations of the late thirteenth-early fourteenth centuries onwards.

This talk will present some of the most recent discoveries and interpretations in this fascinating field of study, with particular attention to Sogdian secular and religious visual production.

Matteo Compareti completed his M.A. at Venice University "Ca' Foscari" in 1999 and his PhD at Naples University "L'Orientale" in 2005. His main field is Silk Road studies, in particular the relationships between Iranian peoples such as the Persians and the Sogdians and neighboring cultures and civilizations. At present, his investigations focus mainly on the iconography of Zoroastrian divinities in both pre‑Islamic Persia and Central Asia. Some of his most recent publications include the following articles and books:

Samarcanda Centro del Mondo. Proposte di lettura del ciclo pittorico di Afrāsyāb, Milano-Udine, 2009 (forthcoming English edition : Samarkand the center of the world, Mazda, 2014).

The Painted Vase of Merv in the Context of Central Asian Pre‑Islamic Funerary Tradition, The Silk Road, 9, 2011, pp. 26–41.

The So‑Called Senmurv in Iranian Art: A Reconsideration of an Old Theory, in: Loquentes linguis. Linguistic and Oriental Studies in Honour of Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti, eds. P. G. Borbone, A. Mengozzi, M. Tosco, Wiesbaden, 2006, pp. 185–200.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Tibet in the 1930s: The Emergence of Buddhist Modernism
Lecture
Speaker: Jann M. Ronis, Lecturer, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Religious Studies, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Date: May 8, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

Tibet in the 1930s: The Emergence of Buddhist Modernism This talk will recount Theos Bernard's travels and studies in the 1930s in Tibetan regions, with an eye towards developments in religion, literature, and politics taking place at the time. In addition to narrating Bernard's daring voyages and meetings with remarkable Tibetans, attention will also be devoted to important figures in the rise of new forms of culture and society. Gendun Chopel (1903–1951) is considered the father of modern Tibetan literature and religious sensibilities and was a close associate of Theos Bernard's. Notable examples of his modernist poetry and artwork will be considered. Furthermore, this lecture will follow the evolution of Buddhist modernism into the twenty-first century through a first-hand survey of progressive Tibetan thinkers and institutions in present-day Chinese-controlled Tibet.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibit "Tibet in the 1930s: Photographs from the Theos Bernard Archive," currently on view at the Institute of East Asian Studies.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Chinese Law Reform: The Uncertain Path Ahead
Colloquium
Speaker: Stanley Lubman, Berkeley Law, University of California
Moderator: Kevin O'Brien, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies; Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley
Date: May 14, 2014 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Chinese Law Reform: The Uncertain Path Ahead Lubman will consider some of the factors that currently shape Chinese law reform efforts, and seem likely to do so in the near future.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Borderland China
Workshop
Dates: May 20, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and May 21, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies

Borderland China China's Borderland as a Territorial Question

In this workshop we try to bring together environmental scientists and social researchers to examine these border questions. We use "territoriality" as the platform to build dialogue across disciplines. Territoriality, the power process of a place, refers to the physical, socio-organizational, and discursive process of place occupation and control. It is not reserved exclusively for the power elite, nor is its analytical utility limited by a bipolar mechanism between the aggression of the powerful and the resistance of the powerless. Both the powerful and the powerless, and those in between co‑produce territoriality. Their power positions may shift and reconfigure in this process, resulting in territorial consolidation, disintegration, expansion, and contraction.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

Visit the workshop website here.

Download the agenda here.

 


Agricultural Imagery, Governmentality, and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts
Presentation
Speaker: Tobias Zurn, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date: May 22, 2014 | 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Numata Conference Room
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Agricultural Imagery Ritualistic and agricultural imagery dominate depictions of the human and social body in early Chinese texts. In this presentation, I set out to dialogue passages from three texts from the 4th and 2nd century BCE in order to depict their distinct understandings of self-cultivation and governmentality. I analyze how changes in their usage of images of tilled fields and wilderness crystallize and purport conceptual transformations of rulership.

Open to all audiences

Event Contact: ccs-vs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6322

Download the abstract here.

 


Homeland in the Borderland: 異郷の中の故郷 (Ikyō no naka no kokyō)
Documentary Film
Speakers: Keiko Okawa, Filmmaker; Keijiro Suga, Producer, Meiji University
Date: May 22, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 142 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Homeland in the Borderland Homeland in the Borderland is a powerful and moving portrait of modern-day Taiwan as seen through the eyes of an unlikely "native son": Hideo Levy, an American writer who spent part of his childhood in Taiwan and who now lives in Japan and writes literature in Japanese. The film follows Levy as he returns to Taiwan for the first time in 52 years and goes on an emotional search for his childhood home, which now exists only in his memories. Levy is accompanied by his protégée, Yūjū On (Youren Wen), a Taiwanese writer who also lives in Japan and writes literature in Japanese. The film thus traces Levy's and On's double journey "home" to Taiwan, a place that is both hauntingly familiar and yet strangely foreign to them. It is an "imaginary homeland," as Salman Rushdie has put it. Following in the footsteps of other recent Japanese documentaries such as Shinji Aoyama's Roji e: Nakagami Kenji no nokoshita firumu (To the Alley: The Film Nakagami Kenji Left Behind, 2000) and Makoto Satō's Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said (2005), Ōkawa's film is an attempt to retrace the roots of Levy's writing and recover a lost identity or a forgotten history. Interweaving interviews, photographs, and passages from Levy's works, it creates a vivid memoryscape of Taiwan in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Of course, that Taiwan is now largely a thing of the past, but it is precisely this gap between Levy's memories of Taiwan and what he actually finds (or does not find) there that makes Ōkawa's film so interesting and evocative. Like the paradoxical "model village" (mofanxiang) where Levy used to live in Taichung, this film is more about longing for a lost home or an ideal home than about finding a real home. In this sense, it brilliantly captures the dilemma of being a diasporic subject, of always being "home away from home."

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‐3415

 


Korean Film Workshop
Workshop
Dates: June 23–24, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. (Monday) | 10:00 a.m. (Tuesday)
Location: Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Numata Conference Room
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

As Korean cinema emerged as one of the major powerhouse cinemas in international film circuit, its configurations of modern history, social transformation and cultural developments have garnered significant critical attention and inquiries. This workshop aims to further the discussion by bringing attention to a subject of space in and of Korean cinema. It approaches cinematic rendition of space as critical optics to problematize and conceptualize the various topics of Korean film, including authorship, genre, mode of production, and reception. Concurrently, it invites reflection on the way in which spatial imagery and imaginary correspond to the diverse impulses and conundrums that constitute contemporary Korean society and culture.

Schedule

Day 1 (Monday, June 23, 2014)

Introduction (9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Moderator: Jinsoo An, UC Berkeley

Session I (10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

The Spaces of Cold War Korean Film Melodrama
Travis Workman (University of Minnesota)

Spatial Gestures: Toward the Critique of Violence in Postwar Korean Film Noir
Hyun Seon Park (Visiting Scholar, USC)

How Steel is Trained: The Asian Corporeal in the Era of High-modern Heavy Industry
Young‑Jae Yi (Visiting Scholar, Princeton University)

Lunch Break (12:00 to 1:00 p.m.)

Session II (1:00 to 2:45 p.m.)

Seoul Flâneur: "Breathless" and "Café Noir"
Jinhee Choi (King's College London, UK)

Love and Hate Thy Neighbor: Spatiality in Hong Sang‑soo and Lee Chang‑dong
Kyung Hyun Kim (UC Irvine)

The Microcosm in South Korean Cinema
Peter Paik (University of Wisconsin)

Break (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Film Screening (4:00 to 6:00) — IEAS Conference Room
City: Hall (말하는 건축, 시티:홀, 2013)
Jeong, Jae‑eun (Filmmaker, in person)


Day 2 (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)

Session I (10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

The Manchurian Imagination in Korean Cinema: Transnational Space and Its Discontents
Wooseok Kang (USC)

The Chronotope of the North: From "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" to "Dooman River"
Hyon Joo Yoo (University of Vermont)

Genre's Spatial Imaginary: "A Bittersweet Life "(Dalkomhan Insaeng) and "Rough Cut" (Yonghwanun Yonghwada)
Michelle Cho (McGill University)

Lunch Break (12:00 to 1:00 p.m.)

Session II (1:00 to 3 p.m.)

The Landscape of the Heart: Reading the Stuff of "Childhood" in "Angels on the Streets" and "Hometown of the Heart"
Dafna Zur (Stanford University)

Reconstructing Social Deaths in Mystery Thrillers "Helpless" (2012) and "Pluto" (2012)
Inyoung Nam (Dongseo University)

The Meaning of the "Fall" in the Cinema of Park Chan‑Wook and Others: Politics of Vertical Mobility in Select South Korean Genre Films
Kyu Hyun Kim (UC Davis)

Into "Spreadable" Spaces: The Digital (After)Life of Korean Cinema
Hye Seung Chung (Colorado State University)

Our thanks to the Academy of Korean Studies for their Generous Support of this Workshop.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


In Search of the Divine
Lecture
Speaker: Julia M. White, Senior Curator for Asian Art, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Date: June 26, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

In conjunction with the exhibition "Tibet in the 1930s: Photographs from the Theos Bernard Archive," currently on view at the Institute of East Asian Studies, BAMPFA Curator Julia White will speak about Bernard's quest in the context of American Orientalism and fascination with Tibet, and what Bernard encountered during his sojourn.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Power: Architectural Evidence of Things Unseen
Lecture
Speaker: Dana Buntrock, Architecture, UC Berkeley
Moderator: John Lie, Sociology, UC Berkeley
Date: August 28, 2014 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Buildings express influences otherwise unseen. They are, for example, shaped by laws, subsidies or incentives, and forgotten historical events. Professor Dana Buntrock of the Department of Architecture will discuss several buildings in Japan, from a 1960s "Hawaiian" resort to contemporary prefabricated houses, demonstrating ways that seemingly odd or unusual approaches result from the political economies of energy use and exploitation.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Buntrock will continue this investigation not only in Japan, but also in Taiwan and Korea.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


The Shangshu — New Perspectives on the Documents Classic: A Roundtable on Translation Issues
Panel Discussion
Panelists:
 •  Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley
 •  Kai Vogelsang, University of Hamburg
 •  Joachim Gentz, University of Edinburgh
 •  Ruyue He, History, UC Berkeley
Date: September 2, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Translating the "Shangshu," one of China's Five "Confucian" Classics, has been undertaken by a group of experts who will present their work. The roundtable of scholars will discuss the problems that arise in translating an antique classic from the pre-unification period of China.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Emerging Market Changes in Asia and Corporate Strategy Conversions: Center for Chinese Studies Visiting Scholar Presentation
Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Jin Chen, Center for Chinese Studies
Date: September 9, 2014 | 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: 1995 University Avenue — IEAS Seminar Room, Room 510A Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

Emerging Market Changes in Asia and Corporate Strategy Conversions Visiting Scholar Research Presentation by Jin Chen, Professor of Ritsumeikan University, Japan. SUMMARY: Emerging countries in Asia such as China and India have achieved strong economic growth. Within the rapid economy growth of emerging countries in Asia, the consumer market of the middle class is expanding rapidly following the upper class market growth. This paper aims to elucidate the diversity of products and the structure of markets, such as automobiles, machinery and home appliances by focusing on their qualitative changes, in order to clarify the business trends of the markets of emerging countries in Asia. This paper presents a new viewpoint for multinational enterprises in Asian market development by analyzing in particular the consumption of the upper and middle classes in Asia.

Open to all audiences

Event Contact: ccs-vs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑3622

 


The Specter of Global China: Contesting the Power and Peril of Chinese State Capital in Zambia
Colloquium
Speaker: Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology, UCLA
Discussant: Xin Liu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Date: September 12, 2014 | 4:10–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

The Specter of Global China: Contesting the Power and Peril of Chinese State Capital in Zambia Global China Colloquium I

This talk analyzes the peculiarity of outbound Chinese state capital by comparing it with global private capital in copper and construction in Zambia. Refuting the dominant narratives of "Chinese colonialism" and "south-south cooperation," comparative ethnographic data collected over a five-year period chronicle the multi-faceted struggles that confront and differentiate these two varieties of capital entailing uneven potentials for post-colonial African development.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki
Colloquium
Speakers:
 •  Beth Cary, Translator/Interpreter
 •  Frederik L. Schodt, Translator/Writer
Moderator:
 •  Daniel O'Neill
Date: September 15, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki If you have been thrilled by the images and touched by the heart-warming stories of Hayao Miyazaki's feature-length animated works, you may count yourself among the vast numbers of fans of this revered filmmaker. Yet Miyazaki's legions of fans include not only his viewing audience, but also many manga and animation professionals, both in Japan and around the world. Miyazaki is also one of the founders of Japan's famous Studio Ghibli, where, along with his fellow director, Isao Takahata, and long-term producer, Toshio Suzuki, he has created one hit after another. To the shock of fans, in 2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement, creating many questions about the future of not only Studio Ghibli, but of Japan's entire feature-length animation industry. Miyazaki has announced his retirement several times before, and rumors always persist of a comeback, but in Japan today the lack of an apparent successor is of great concern.

Less known outside of Japan is the fact that Miyazaki is also a prolific writer, speaker, and controversial intellectual, who boasts two giant volumes of interviews and essays. Translated into English as Starting Point: 1979-1996, and Turning Point: 1997-2008, these books total over 900 pages of text, and are both published by Viz Media in San Francisco. In an illustrated talk, Beth Cary and Frederik Schodt, the translators of the works, will explore the reasons for the appeal of Miyazaki and his films, in both Japan and the United States, and examine the role of his studio.

Frederik L. Schodt's writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world. In 2009, the Japanese Government presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture in the United States. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology.

Beth Cary has interpreted for many Japanese artists, including Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki at their presentations in the Bay Area and beyond. As a translator she has translated Japanese fiction and nonfiction works, ranging from the social sciences to literary reflections. Recently she has translated several award-winning mystery stories for the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps
Speaker: Shirley Muramoto Wong, Filmmaker
Documentary Film
Date: September 18, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Gund Theater
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, The Japanese American Women Alumnae of University of California, Berkeley

Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps uses historical footage and interviews from artists who were interned to tell the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the War Relocation Authority (WRA) emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization. This film is the first major presentation of the existence of traditional music, dance and drama in the camps. Filmmaker Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong has been searching, researching and collecting for over 20 years information on who these artists were. Her own family's history with the camps led her to become a kotoist and teacher of the Japanese koto (13-stringed zither).

This event is being held to honor the memory of Masako Martha Suzuki, and to celebrate the new Masako Martha Suzuki Endowment in support of the activities of the Center for Japanese Studies to continue the promotion of educating students and the general public about Japanese history, culture and arts as well as the Japanese-American experience immediately before, during and after World War II.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


Nuclear Options: Behind the US-South Korea Conflict
Conference/Symposium
Featured Speaker:
 •  Ro-byug Park, Ambassador for Nuclear Energy Cooperation and Special
    Representative for ROK-US Nuclear Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign
    Affairs, Republic of Korea
Speakers:
 •  Yoon Il Chang, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory
 •  Chaim Braun, Consulting Professor, Stanford University
 •  Yongsoo Hwang, Director General, Korea Institute of Nuclear
    Nonproliferation and Control
 •  Yusuke Kuno, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Management, University
    of Tokyo/Japan Atomic Energy Agency
 •  Andrew Newman, Senior Program Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative
 •  Michael J. Apted, Vice President, INTERA Incorporated
 •  In-Tae Kim, Vice President for Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology Development,
    Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
Panelist/Discussant:
 •  Thomas Isaacs, Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Moderator:
 •  Joonhong Ahn, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley
Date: September 19, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Nuclear Options: Behind the US-South Korea Conflict Nuclear power turned to weaponry is a dire threat at any time, never more so than in an unstable international climate. At the same time, nuclear power is embraced by South Korea not only as a clean and relatively inexpensive option for its energy-hungry economy, but as a promising export in itself, and an avenue of lucrative technology transfer.

The threat of international proliferation has raised concern over South Korea's latest development: an improved form of pyroprocessing, a promising method for treating spent fuel for future re-use. But in reusing fuel for nuclear power, it can also potentially be used for weapons. Its efficiency makes the process the more accessible, the more tempting, and the more potentially deadly.

A complex constellation of past treaties, current imperatives, and international concerns cloud discussion. Reinvigorated anti-nuclear efforts in the post-Fukushima world protest expansion of nuclear power. International attempts to curb nuclear export have raised cries of national sovereignty. Scientists voice concern about the effects of the new method of re-processing. This symposium attempts to unpack the political, historical, economic, and scientific issues, and illuminate the larger picture of the role of nuclear power in contemporary geo-politics.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


From Water Mill to Rumor Mill: On nativist (hyangt'o) aesthetics in South Korea's literary film adaptations
Lecture
Speaker: Jinsoo An, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Weihong Bao, Film and Media, UC Berkeley
Date: September 22, 2014 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Korean Studies

From Water Mill to Rumor Mill: On nativist (hyangt'o) aesthetics in South Korea's literary film adaptations This presentation brings attention to the communal dynamics in South Korea' literary film adaptations. In particular, it focuses on munye yŏnghwa ("literary art film"), which gained both popularity and critical accolades in the 1960s through creative adaptation of Korea's colonial literature. This presentation traces the points of divergence in cinematic configuration and explains how they cast a contour of communal logic and values distinct from the literary original.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

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Mapping from the Water: The Political Economy of the Selden Map
Colloquium
Speaker: Timothy Brook, History & Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Republic of China Chair, Department of History and Institute of Asian Research University of British Columbia
Discussant: Wen-hsin Yeh, Department of History, UC Berkeley
Date: September 22, 2014 | 4:10–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

Mapping from the Water: The Political Economy of the Selden Map Global China Colloquium II

A forgotten 17th-century Chinese map of East Asia, known as the Selden Map, came to light in Oxford a few years ago. Utterly unlike any map from that period, it forces us to rewrite the global history of cartography from a Chinese perspective. More than that, it obliges us to rethink the shaping of political economies at a moment when trade was networking China to Europe, with consequences for both ends of the relationship.

Event Contact: 510‑643‑6321

 


Taiwan: Understanding the "Rover" Incident of 1867
Lecture
Speaker: Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley
Moderator: You-tien Hsing, Geography, UC Berkeley
Date: September 24, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Taiwan: Understanding the 'Rover' Incident of 1867 A key moment in Taiwan's history, the 1867 Rover incident thrust into relief Taiwan's geostrategic command over critical sea-lanes and border-crossing connections. This talk situates the conflict in its historical context, its role in setting the stage for later confrontations, and suggests what is at stake in the historical narratives that have been constructed about Taiwan.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


The Meditation-Tradition of Interpreting the Maitreya-Works: Taking Yogācāra and Buddha-Nature as a Basis of Mahāmudrā Pith Instructions
Colloquium
Speaker: Klaus-Dieter Mathes, University of Vienna
Date: September 25, 2014 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

The Meditation-Tradition of Interpreting the Maitreya-Works: Taking Yogācāra and Buddha-Nature as a Basis of Mahāmudrā Pith Instructions Based on an analysis of new material from the collected works of the Kadampa school (bKa´ gdams bka´ ´bum), this presentation will show how the Eighth Abbot of sNar thang sKyo ston sMon lam Tshul khrims (1219–1299) endorsed the meditation tradition of the Maitreya works. From a doctrinal point of view he avoids the ontological commitments of the Jo nang pas, however, and comes close to 'Gos Lo tsā ba gZhon nu dpal' s (1381–1481) mahāmudrā-interpretation of the Ratnagotra-vibhāga.

Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes is the Chair of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. His current research deals with Tibetan Madhyamaka, Yogācāra and the interpretations of Buddha nature in the 15th and 16th centuries. Before coming to Vienna in February 2010 he worked with Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson in a project supported by the German Research Council (DFG) on the Indian origins of Mahāmudrā and the history of its reception in Tibet.

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑5104

 


Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale Economies
Conference
Speakers:
 •  Miguel Altieri, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management,
    UC Berkeley
 •  Kenneth Ames, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University
 •  William Balée, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University
 •  Fritjof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy
 •  Ben Fitzhugh, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
 •  Mayumi Fukunaga, School of Sustainability Systems, Osaka Prefecture
    University
 •  Colin Grier, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University
 •  Junko Habu, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley and Research
    Institute for Humanity and Nature
 •  Satoshi Ishikawa, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
 •  Nobuhiro Kaneko, Yokohama National University
 •  Kent Lightfoot, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
 •  Céline Pallud, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management,
    UC Berkeley
 •  Tatsuhito Sekine, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University
 •  Yuko Sugiyama, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University
 •  Steven Weber, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University,
    Vancouver
 •  Shingo Hamada, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature and Department
    of Anthropology, Indiana University
 •  Leo Aoi Hosoya, The Global Human Resource Development Center,
    Ochanomizu University
 •  Sarick Matzen, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management,
    UC Berkeley
 •  Peter Nelson, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
 •  Clara Nicholls, Department of Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley
 •  Daniel Niles, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
 •  Takanori Oishi, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
 •  Anders Olson, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management,
    UC Berkeley
Date: September 26–27, 2014 | 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Department of Anthropology, Archaeological Research Facility, and Berkeley Food Institute

Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale Economies Diversity in food production, the scale of a food production system, and long-term sustainability are profoundly interconnected. The relationship between food diversity and long-term sustainability in contemporary societies has been discussed widely in various disciplinary fields. However, most of them revolve around the cost-benefit analysis of resource use in the short-term perspective, and subsequently, little research has yet been available to help us understand the prospect of food production after 2050 or 2100. The current food production system is based on intensive production and consumption, supported by large-scale monoculture with long-distance transportation. An intensive and mechanized food production system can support a larger population for a short period, but the dependence on the current system as such has caused serious environmental costs which cannot be overlooked any longer. In addition, large-scale monocultural food production is very vulnerable against climate change and natural catastrophes like earthquakes. Meanwhile, food productivity and many other things that smallholder producers offer have been underestimated both economically and socially. United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming to support and promote small-scale economies and societies. Small-scale and diversified food production contributes to global food security, revitalization of rural and regional communities, and maintenance of bio-cultural diversity with long-term sustainability.

This symposium examines the importance of place-based, small-scale and diversified economies for the long-term sustainability of human societies and explores what needs to be done for promoting alternative food systems. Experts in archaeology, ethnology, agronomy from Japan and the United States will present their research on the past and present practice of place-based smaller-scale food production systems, for reevaluating their advantages and limitations and exploring their future potential. This symposium will also aim to discuss how contributions the archaeology of the North Pacific could make to understand the mechanisms of long-term cultural and societal changes and to mitigate environmental issues at multiple scales.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


The Birth of Sentimental Youths: The Affective Turn in 1910s Korea
Colloquium
Speaker: Yoon Sun Yang, Assistant Professor of Korean Literature, Boston University
Date: September 29, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

The Birth of Sentimental Youths: The Affective Turn in 1910s Korea During the first decade after Japan's annexation of Korea (1910), short stories portraying sentimental men emerged in the Korean literary landscape. These stories often revolved around the emotional agonies of men who suffered from physical or psychological illness, a lover's death or betrayal, the loss of a job, or perennial poverty. Written by fledgling male writers who were coming of age at the turn of the century — when traditional institutions, values, and relations were extensively questioned by reformists — these stories are known as the first literary works that introduced to Korean literature the quintessential modern character in world literature, the "individual" who disengages from social and familial obligations in the quest for his interiority. How did this supposedly universal figure come into being in the colonized literary field of Korea? Focusing on three short stories, Hyŏn Sangyun's "Persecution" (1917), Yang Kŏnsik's "Sad Contradictions" (1918), and Chin Hangmun's "Cry" (1917), this talk will explore the various textual, cultural, and political components that overdetermined the figures of Korean sentimental men.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674

 


Happy Times, directed by Zhang Yimou
Feature Film
Date: October 2, 2014 | 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, Room 340
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

This free film screening, organized by EALC-USA, a Berkeley undergraduate organization, is in coordination with the following event:

Thursday, October 9, 4-6 pm
Wendy Larson, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon, Portland

Zhang Yimou and the Socialist Legacy: From Red Sorghum to Happy Times

Event Contact: 510‑643‑6321

 


The History of the Early Modern Japanese Family
Conference/Symposium
Panelist/Discussants:
 •  David Atherton, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages
    and Civilizations, University of Colorado Boulder;
 •  Mary Elizabeth Berry, Professor, Department of History, University
    of California, Berkeley;
 •  Fabian Drixler, Associate Professor, Department of History, Yale University;
 •  Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies,
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill;
 •  Luke Roberts, Professor, Department of History, University of
    California Santa Barbara;
 •  David Spafford, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian
    Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania;
 •  Amy Stanley, Associate Professor, Department of History, Northwestern
    University;
 •  Anne Walthall, Professor, Department of History, University of
    California Irvine;
 •  Marcia Yonemoto, Associate Professor, Department of History,
    University of Colorado Boulder
Moderators:
 •  Daniel Botsman, Professor, Department of History, Yale University;
 •  Sungyun Lim, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University
    of Colorado Boulder;
 •  Kären Wigen, Professor and Chair, Department of History,
    Stanford University;
 •  Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor, Department of History, University
    of California, Berkeley
Date: October 3–4, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Location: Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, The Japan Foundation, New York, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The AAS Northeast Asia Council

The History of the Early Modern Japanese Family The importance of the family and the family system in early modern Japan is incontestable, and considerable research, largely centered in the social sciences, was done on the subject between the 1970s and 1990s. But the humanistic dimensions of the family have seldom been examined in a sustained and focused way, and the subject in general has not received a great deal of scholarly attention in recent years. This conference will bring together twelve leading scholars of early modern Japanese history and literature, who will present and discuss papers on key aspects of the construction, development, maintenance, and representation of the family in general, and of specific families in particular.

Schedule

Friday, October 3
Session I | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California, Berkeley
Managing a Family Fortune: Value and Practice in the Expansion of the Mitsui House

Morgan Pitelka, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Material Legacies: Collecting, Displaying, and Transmitting Early Modern Family Histories

Amy Stanley, Northwestern University
Fashioning the Family: A Household Economy in Silk, Cotton, and Paper

Session II | 1:30 – 4:30 PM

David Spafford, University of Pennsylvania
Filial Vassals and Loyal Sons: The Contours of Familial Obligation in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Japan

Luke Roberts, University of California Santa Barbara
The 'Inside Story' on Samurai Households: Records of Women in 'Family-use' Lineages

David Atherton, University of Colorado, Boulder
Imagining the Family in Crisis: the Early Modern Household in Popular Vendetta Literature

Saturday, October 4
Session III | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Marcia Yonemoto, University of Colorado Boulder
Ties that Bind: In-Marrying Husbands (muko yōshi) and the Perpetuation of Early Modern Daimyo Families

Anne Walthall, University of California, Irvine
On the Margins of Family Life: Temporary residents in Hirata Atsutane's household

Fabian Drixler, Yale University
Imagined Communities of the Dead, the Living, and the Yet to Be Born

Session IV | 1:30 – 4:30 PM

Group Discussion
Discussants
: Daniel Botsman, Yale University; Sungyun Lim, University of Colorado Boulder; Kären Wigen, Stanford University

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History of the Secret Body: Gender, Code, and Media Technology — Tracing the Genealogy of Sinophone Espionage Films
Colloquium
Speaker: Weihong Bao, Film and Media, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Miryam Sas, Comparative Literature and Film
Date: October 3, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

History of the Secret Body: Gender, Code, and Media Technology — Tracing the Genealogy of Sinophone Espionage Films This paper looks at Chinese espionage films during the Second World War to tackle cultural constructions of secrecy that continues to concern us today. I focus on secrecy as the central trope of information congealing the dynamic relationship between the code, the gendered body, and media technology. To historicize the mutual dependence between secrecy and the two bodily mediums — the human body and media technology, I locate Chinese wartime espionage films in a transnational media culture where a new humanity was entertained around the spy as a new type of person. The secret war, I argue, battles around changing perceptions of gender and humanity entangled with the promise and pitfalls of technologically mediated perception.

This talk is part of the IEAS Residential Research Fellows series.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

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Art of the Korean Division: Imagined Unification, Ethical Subjectivity, and Crow's Eye View
Colloquium
Speaker: Sohl Lee, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Date: October 3, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Art of the Korean Division: Imagined Unification, Ethical Subjectivity, and Crow's Eye View This talk is inspired by one of the foremost South Korean literary critics, Paik Nak-chung, who theorized "division system (pundan ch'eje)" and "division reality (pundan hyŏnsil)" as the ultimate logics organizing social formation and reality in Korea. Following the epistemological shift in South Korean artists' North Korea-related endeavors — from the pictorial representation of "the Korean nation as one" (by 1980s dissident artists) to the introduction of double or multiple-frame and ethical dis-identification between the South and the North (starting from the 1990s, especially during the Sunshine Policy era of 1998–2007) and a provocative exhibition of the 20th-century inter-Korean architecture history (2014) — this talk will posit the "reality of division" not as a historical reality to overcome but as an effective model of democracy, a pure manifestation of democratic antagonism that has productively influenced the history of contemporary Korean art.

Photo caption: Installation view, Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, Korea Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy of the 2014 Korean Pavilion.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5974

 


Comparative Responses to Atrocity
Colloquium
Speaker: Alan Tansman, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Andrew Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures. UC Berkeley
Date: October 6, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies

Comparative Responses to Atrocity In this talk I will discuss my experience teaching a course comparing Jewish and Japanese responses to atrocity and my attempt to grapple with the pedagogical, ethical, and aesthetic issues the comparison, and the class, raise.

This talk is part of the IEAS Residential Research Fellows series.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

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Securing Our Digital Future: America, Asia, and Cyberspace
Panel Discussion
Panelists:
 •  Frederick Chang  •  Michael Nacht
 •  Peter Schwartz (moderator)
 •  John Stewart
 •  Brian M. White
Date: October 7, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
Location: Asia Society, Bechtel Conference Room, 500 Washington Street, San Francisco
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Asia Society of Northern California

The media report nearly every day on sophisticated cyber attacks on government or massive thefts of sensitive corporate data, and everyone is vulnerable to cyber attack, be it phishing, identity theft, or other scams. The Internet, depository of everything we know about the world today, was created to share information, not protect it, and security experts have been playing catch up ever since. It's not just the U.S. at risk; Asia is home to some of the world's most connected societies — in Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Japan — and even more vulnerable to attacks, from both within and without.

How are the tools and tactics of cyber attacks, and cyber defense, evolving? Given limited government regulation and enforcement, how can businesses and consumers best protect themselves? How can government and the private sector in the U.S. and in Asia better work together to defend against attacks and to share information about threats?

Speakers include:

 •  Frederick Chang, Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Chair in
    Cyber Security, SMU; former Director of Research, NSA
 •  Michael Nacht, Schneider Professor of Public Policy at the University
    of California, Berkeley and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for
    Global Strategic Affairs
 •  Peter Schwartz (moderator), Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at
    Salesforce.com
 •  John Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Cisco
 •  Brian M. White, Principal, The Chertoff Group

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


Zhang Yimou and the Socialist Legacy: From Red Sorghum to Happy Times
Colloquium
Speaker: Wendy Larson, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon, Portland
Discussant: Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley
Date: October 9, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club, Heyns Room
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Zhang Yimou and the Socialist Legacy: From Red Sorghum to Happy Times Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Memorial Lecture
Global China Colloquium III

Red Sorghum (红高粱, 1987), Zhang Yimou's (张艺谋, 1951-) initial directorial effort, confirmed the creative ability of the People to forge a spirited collective future, to preserve social unity against hostile outsiders, and to transmit a vital cultural story. Emerging from the socialist period, the film took advantage of powerful narratives of collectivity to valorize an abstract force hidden within the People. Happy Times (幸福时光, 2000) revisits the possibility of tapping the socialist legacy as a cultural source. Set within a human emotional economy inextricably entwined with market values, the film zeroes in on the question: can socialist culture, with its communal, self-sacrificing values, be recouped and remolded as a potent element of a vigorous future?

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


International Politics in East Asia: Abe's Diplomacy – Global and Regional
Colloquium
Speaker: Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Date: October 9, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club, Seaborg Room
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

International Politics in East Asia: Abe's Diplomacy - Global and Regional Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited more countries than any previous prime minister of Japan. On the other hand, one could point out conspicuous omission in his itinerary: China and South Korea. How do we explain Abe's active global diplomacy and strained relations between Japan and its immediate neighbors? History issues and differences over territories are obviously relevant to explain the current international relations in Northeast Asia. But Abe's "globe-trotting diplomacy" cannot be reduced to reactive responses to the increasing influence of China globally. Tanaka will discuss more fundamental, long-term interests of Japan that can explain Mr. Abe's diplomacy.

Akihiko Tanaka is President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Before assuming the present post, he was Professor of International Politics at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. Most recently he was Vice President of the University of Tokyo (2011-2012), Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo (2009-2011), and Director of the Division of International Affairs of the University of Tokyo (2008-2010).

He obtained his B.A. in International Relations at the University of Tokyo in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.

Mr. Tanaka's specialties include theories of international politics, contemporary international relations in East Asia, and Japan's foreign policy. He has numerous books and articles in Japanese and English including the New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century (Tokyo: The International House of Japan, 2002).

He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon for his academic achievements in 2012.

Note: This room is not accessible by wheelchair

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3415

 


From Mandarins to Mulian: A Celebration of David Johnson's Legacy
Conference
Date: October 10, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Department of History, Institute of East Asian Studies

From Mandarins to Mulian: A Celebration of David Johnson's Legacy This conference in honor of David Johnson, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UC Berkeley will include presentations by his former students: Beverly Bossler, UC Davis; Ned Davis, University of Hawaii; Andrea S. Goldman, UCLA; Qitao Guo, UC Irvine; Mark Halperin, UC Davis; Robert Hymes, Columbia University; Keith Knapp, The Citadel; Lin Ching-chih, National Chengchi University; Peter Nickerson, independent scholar.

For over thirty years at Berkeley, David Johnson tirelessly and skillfully mentored graduate students in their explorations of pre-modern China's rich and varied past. In his own research, he boldly moved from intensive analysis of the shape and structure of the medieval ruling class to innovative studies of popular literature and religion in both medieval and late imperial times. He created and led the pioneering Chinese Popular Culture Project, which brought scholars to Berkeley on post-doctoral fellowships, assembled an archive of audio-visual materials, and generated numerous publications. His work has fundamentally advanced our understanding of the beauty, complexity, and depth of pre-modern China's non-elite culture.

For more details visit the conference website here.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‐6321

 


Comparative Ethnic DNA in China
Colloquium
Speaker: Aihwa Ong, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Linda Neuhauser, Public Health, UC Berkeley
Date: October 13, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Comparative Ethnic DNA in China In recent years, BGI Genomics, based in southern China, has called "a global DNA assembly factory." This talk identifies BGI as more than just a genomic factory that promotes the borderless prowess of its inexpensive sequencing power for the global good. After all, the questions of human diversity, pharmacogenomics, and medical applications in China are all firmly bounded by China's borders. The mapping of Chinese genetic diversity, I demonstrate, is based on officially approved ethnic nationalities for gathering and organizing samples and data within an ethnic hierarchy. I will discuss two projects: the Yanhuang (YH) model of Han DNA that establishes them as the original nationality, and the Han-Tibetan project to highlights DNA differences. The logic seems to be that genetic weaknesses identified in the Han majority can be potentially rectified by analyzing genetically beneficial traits found in ethnic minorities.

This talk is part of the IEAS Residential Research Fellows series.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

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Thinking Through Comparisons, Antique and Modern
Colloquium
Speaker: Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Date: October 22, 2014 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

This project aims to devise better ways of conducting cross-culture comparisons for the study of antique cultures, via literature, history, and philosophy. While "translating" key concepts from one culture to another is unavoidable when dealing with the ancient world because post-industrial and pre-industrial societies have embraced such different logics, many experts in the early China and Classics fields tend to deplore cross-cultural work. Two reasons may suffice to explain this disdain: the sloppiness of some recent comparative work by prominent figures in our fields, and the growing literature exposing the deep colonialist roots of a great deal of foundational work in cross-cultural comparative research. However, cross-cultural comparisons about the distant past are here to stay, given the growing emphasis in EuroAmerican curricular initiatives on "world history," "empire" and "border" studies, "big ideas," "global studies," conflict resolution and comparative philosophy, not to mention interfaith dialogue.

This talk is part of the IEAS Residential Research Fellows series.

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑2809

 


The Materiality of "Shu" 書 (Documents)
Colloquium
Speaker: Dirk Meyer, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Date: October 22, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

The Materiality of 'Shu' 書 (Documents) In the summer of 2008, Beijing Tsinghua University purchased about two thousand and more bamboo slips dating from circa 300 BC. These materials carry writing and show significant overlap with much of what is expressed in the transmitted Shangshu. At the same time, they also yield major conceptual differences to the transmitted body of texts and allow for conclusions to be drawn about the Shangshu as a multi-layered and long evolving project. The different materials therefore manifest the changing philosophical concerns of diverse textual communities and their socio-political realities. This paper traces different material representations of "Shu" texts and addresses the conceptual differences between the received Shangshu and wider "Shu" tradition. By so doing, it engages in a broader discussion about the materiality of "Shu", and so the spoken and written origins of "Shu" tradition.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US
Colloquium
Panelist: Tomoka Shibasaki; Hiromi Itoh; Roland Kelts; Ted Goossen
Moderator: John Wallace, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Date: October 23, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, Japan Foundation, The Nippon Foundation, A Public Space, Japan Society of Northern California

Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US Monkey Business is a Tokyo- and Brooklyn-based annual literary journal which showcases Japanese fiction & poetry newly translated into English. The magazine draws a large part of its materials from the Japanese quarterlies Monkey Business (2008-2011) and Monkey (2013- ), but it also publishes new works by contemporary American and British writers popular in Japan, providing a literary space where new voices from both sides of the Pacific meet. Since 2011 there have been four issues, in which short stories, poems and essays by such noted writers as Paul Auster, Hideo Furukawa, Haruki Murakami, and Richard Powers have been featured.

Two award-winning Japanese authors visit the Bay Area to discuss their writing, contemporary Japanese culture, and what it feels like to live in post-disaster Japan. They will be joined by Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica, and professor Ted Goossen, co-editor of Monkey Business, the only English-language journal focused on Japanese literature, culture and visual art. There will be readings, discussions and a lively Q&A.

Tomoka SHIBASAKI is known for novels and stories that capture the sensibilities of young women living in cities. Winners of the Oda Sakunosuke Prize and the Noma New Writers' Award among others, she is the recipient of the 2014 Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Japan. Her books include Asleep or Awake (2010), Viridian (2011), and In the City Where I Was Not (2012). Translations in English include “The Seaside Road” and “The Glasses Thief,” which appeared respectively in Issues 2 and 3 of Monkey Business.

Hiromi ITOH is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator, and one of the most important female voices to come out in Japanese poetry of the late twentieth century. She is author of numerous books, including La Niña (1999), Supernatural Stories from Japan (2004), and Wild Grass on a Riverbank (2005). English translations include Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems by Hiromi Itoh, translated by Jeffrey Angles (Action Books, 2009). She is recipient of numerous awards, including the Hagiwara Sakutaro Award and Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award.

Roland KELTS is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Japanamerica (2007), and his articles, essays and stories are published in The New Yorker, Time, Zoetrope: All Story, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, Newsweek Japan, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Yomiuri and The Japan Times among others. He is also a regular contributor to CNN, The BBC, NPR and NHK. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University and contributing editor to Monkey Business who divides his time between Tokyo and New York City.

Ted GOOSEN teaches Japanese literature and film at York University in Toronto. He is the general editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and has published translations of stories and essays by Hiromi Kawakami, Haruki Murakami, Yōko Ogawa, Sachiko Kishimoto, and Naoya Shiga, among others. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Monkey Business.

Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑3415

 


In the Site of the Strange: A Pearl River Delta Roundtable
Symposium
Speakers: Marco Cenzatti (Urban Planning), Tim Choy (Anthropology), Margaret Crawford (Architecture) Aihwa Ong (Anthropology), Lanchih Po (International Studies), Winnie Wong (Rhetoric)
Date: October 23, 2014 | 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: 1995 University Avenue — IEAS Conference Room, Room 508 Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

(Must enter by 6 pm)

The Pearl River Delta region, encompassing the British post-colony Hong Kong, the Portuguese post-colony Macau, the historic port city of Guangzhou, and the post-Mao model city Shenzhen, is a site of exceptions to both national, transnational, and global discourses of space and culture. Join six scholars of the region as they introduce the strangest and most confounding sites they have encountered in their research.

Cosponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative in association with the Art+Village+City Spring 2015 graduate research studio.

Event Contact: ccs@berkeley.edu, 510‑643‑6321

 


Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy
Conference
Date: October 24, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Institute of International Studies, EU Center of Excellence, Clausen Center for International Business & Policy

Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by smaller and medium-sized economies such as Korea, Chile, Mexico, and Singapore. Over the last five years, we have seen initiatives to create so-called mega FTAs, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Among the questions they plan to address: What are the economic and political goals of countries that decide to participate in mega-FTA negotiations? How do negotiation processes evolve in different political systems? What are the implications of regional mega-FTAs for the regional security and political order?

This conference continues beginning 9 am on Saturday October 25, at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Fifth Floor, 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley.

Participants:
 •  Vinod Aggarwal, UC Berkeley
 •  Mignonne Chan, National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan
 •  Deborah Elms, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 •  Simon Evenett, St. Gallen University, Switzerland
 •  Stephen Krasner, Stanford University
 •  Seung-Joo Lee, Chung-Ang University, Korea
 •  To-Hai Liou, National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan
 •  Charles Morrison, East-West Center
 •  Seung Youn Oh, Bryn Mawr College
 •  Bora Park, UC Berkeley
 •  TJ Pempel, UC Berkeley
 •  Cai Penghong, Shanghai Institutes For International Studies
 •  Michael Plummer, Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center
 •  John Ravenhill, University of Waterloo
 •  Yi-feng Tao, National Taiwan University
 •  Hans Tung, National Taiwan University
 •  Shujiro Urata, Waseda University, Japan
 •  Yu-Shan Wu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809

Download the conference program here.

 


Kyung-sook Shin and Korean Literature
Symposium
Speaker: Kyung-sook Shin, Award Winning Author
Date: October 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, Toll Room Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Kyung-sook Shin This special symposium, attended by award-winning author Kyung-sook Shin, will focus on the impact of her works on the global stage. The event culminates with a one-on-one conversation with the author, Q&A session, and book signing.

Program:

2:00-2:10 Welcome Remarks
Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley
Youngmin Kwon, Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

2:10-3:00 “On Modern and Contemporary Korean Fiction” Speaker: Christopher P. Hanscom, Professor of Korean Literature, UCLA

3:00-4:45 Panel on Korean Literature, Translation, and Publication Chair: Daniel O'Neill, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, UC Berkeley Bruce Fulton, Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature, University of British Columbia Jiwon Shin, Assistant Professor of Korean Literature, Arizona State University Ha-yun Jung, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, Ewha Womans University Marcella Marini, Acquisitions Editor, Sellerio Editore

4:45 Coffee Break

5:00-6:00 A Dialogue with Kyung-sook Shin Shin Kyung-sook, Writer Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies Interpretation: Jiwon Shin, Arizona State University

6:00-7:30 Reception and Book Signing in Alumni House

Kyung-sook Shin is one of South Korea's most widely read and acclaimed novelists. She graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts, and won the Munye Joongang New Author Prize for her first novella, Winter Fables, starting her career as a writer at the age of 22.

Since then Shin has published seven novels including Deep Sorrow, A Lone Room, The Train Departs at 7, Violet, Lee Jin, Please Look After Mom and I'll Be Right There, nine short story collections, and three essay collections as well.

Her writing is characterized by a profound point of view focusing on the human mind, a resonating and colorful style utilizing symbolism and metaphor, and an expressive and heartfelt narrative style. Setting social changes and political situations as the backdrops of her works, Shin mainly looks inwards at humans' psychological wounds and difficulty in reconciling themselves to their present and future.

Please Look After Mom has been translated into more than thirty languages. It is Shin's first book to appear in English and it has been met with critical acclaim; since its publication, it has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Shin became the first Korean and first woman to receive the Man Asian Literary Prize for the English translation of Please Look After Mom in 2011.

I'll Be Right There has been published in a number of countries, including the US, Spain, China, Poland, Italy, and Norway, and the English edition was published in June 2014. It has been received rave reviews by media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly and put on must-read lists in many countries. It was included in the list of “30 Books You Need To Read in 2014” by the Huffington Post. It was also named as “the best foreign literature in the 21st Century” in China and “the best book of the winter 2012” in Poland.

Shin has been honored with the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Manhae Prize, the Dong-in Literary Award, the Yi Sang Literary Prize, and France's Prix de l'Inaperçu in 2009 for the French translation of her work, A Lone Room (La Chambre Solitaire), as well as the Ho-Am Prize in the Arts, awarded for her body of work for general achievement in Korean culture and the arts. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2011 and has been serving as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Since her international success with Please Look After Mom, Shin has been participating in many international events for writers as a speaker.

Go to the symposium website here.

Download the symposium program here.

Event Contact: cks@berkeley.edu, 510‑642‑5674