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 asIn 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