Past Events

2017 Events

Happy Americans, Unhappy Japanese: How Software Engineers work; how they feel about it; and how they are rewarded
Speaker: Professor Yoshifumi Nakata, Doshisha University
Date: January 24, 2017 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: 2521 Channing Way — Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, IRLE Director's Room
Sponsors: Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for Japanese Studies

Yoshifumi Nakata Yoshifumi Nakata holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and has a long distinguished career researching the relationship between technology and employment related factors. He founded the Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiv?e?ne?ss a?t Doshisha and recently stepped down as its long-term Director. His bio information can be found here.

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Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu's (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China
Date: January 27, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017
Discussant: Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Image for Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu's (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyu's dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as “theater women” and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music performances. Despite the heroine's identity as an ancient beauty with a patriotic career, she is portrayed in the play as a courtesan lover whose sexuality and talent in stage performance constitute a hidden source of energy that drives the central plot. By focusing on courtesan lovers and their performing arts as important inspirations for Liang Chenyu's literary design, this paper revises the standard reading of the play as either a patriotic drama or a landmark in music history that served to promote Liang's favorite music genre from concert to operatic music. This paper is part of my larger project that reconsiders the role theater women played in shaping the literary landscape of the late sixteenth century.

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Stabilizing Quality in Inner Mongolian Milk
Date: January 31, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Megan Tracy, Sociology and Anthropology James Madison University
Moderator: Franck Bille, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

In this paper, I examine how actors attempt to transfer material and symbolic value and transfer notions of “human quality” across other notions of quality, such as product quality and the presumed caliber of particular places where production occurs. This transference of quality is embedded, for example, in notions that ethnic Mongolians are pre-disposed to produce a quality dairy product. I consider the manner in which various activities — such as milking cows, producing indigenous foods, and advertising — seek to stabilize notions of quality (as attached to particular objects and practices) via claims to notions of quality that are often presumed by actors to be stable and based on measurable characteristics that go into building a quality “X” — no matter what that X might be. In this exploration, I revisit notions of human quality — a focus of anthropological attention — and bring it into dialogue with work like Callon's on how objects are qualified. These discussions are grounded in data collected within China's domestic dairy industry in Inner Mongolia both before and after the industry's epic product safety scandals.

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The US, China, and Cross-Strait Relations
Date: February 1, 2017 | 12:15 p.m.
Location: Women's Faculty Club, Lounge
Speaker: Hung-Mao Tien, President, Institute for National Policy Research, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan Moderator: T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Hung-Mao Tien, President, Institute for National Policy Research, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, will speak about cross-Strait relations under the new U.S. administration.

Hung-Mao Tien is Ph.D. in Political Science, the University of Wisconsin — Madison; Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation; President and board chairman, Institute for National Policy Research; Chief advisor to Taiwan's National Council of Industries; Board member of several cultural and charity foundations as well as business corporations in Taiwan. Formerly the R.O.C. Minister of Foreign Affairs; Representative (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom, and Presidential Advisor. He also served as advisor to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and professor of political science in the US and Taiwan (on adjunct basis) universities; Author and co-author of numerous books and articles in English.


Film Screening: People are the Sky: A Journey to North Korea
Documentary Film
Speaker: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Filmmaker
Moderator: John Lie, UC Berkeley
Date: February 2, 2017 | 4:00–6 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Image from People are the Sky Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders. In People are the Sky, Kim-Gibson's eighth and most personal film, the filmmaker makes a pilgrimage to her place of birth in North Korea for the first time in nearly 70 years to explore if it is still home.

Kim-Gibson seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean with the fractious history of the North/South division and pinpoints the roots of North Korean's hatred of the United States, giving Americans a much better understanding of the conflict. A mix of interviews, epic images, and graceful musings, People are the Sky offers some of the best political and social history of the relations between North and South Korea, and also a contemplative exploration of the meaning of home. The result is unprecedented, at times startling, for hers is an up close look of the hurts and desires, beauty and contradiction, pride and aspirations of the long held demonized nation.

Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is a writer and producer, known for Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women (2000), Olivia's Story (2000), and America Becoming (1991).

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Music and Song from Mongolia
Performing Arts — Music
Date: February 2, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cal State University, East Bay, Recital Hall (MB1055), Music Building
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Music Department, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

An exploration of the diversity of Mongolian music, from traditional folk to folk-inspired hip-hop, mixing ethnographic video and audio recordings, narration, and live musical performance.

Performers and speakers include:
 •  Charlotte D'Evelyn, Loyola Marymount University
 •  Urtaa Gantulga, Musician
 •  Tamir Hargana, Northern Illinois University
 •  Peter Marsh, California State University, East Bay
 •  Dimitri Staszewski,
 •  Jennifer Post, University of Arizona
 •  Sunmin Yoon, University of Delaware

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Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds
Data: February 3, 2017 | 1:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

Image from Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both rural and urban Mongolia.

A Keynote Address by Erdene Luvsannorov will be followed by performances of Mongolian music and singing.

This symposium and workshop follow a concert, "Music and Song from Mongolia," to be held at Cal State University East Bay, 7:30 PM in Room MB1055.

Speakers and Performers:
 •  Andrew Colwell, Wesleyan University
 •  Charlotte D'Evelyn, Marymount Loyola University
 •  Erdene Luvsannorov, Inner Mongolian University of Art, Huhhot, China
 •  Peter Marsh, Cal State East Bay
 •  Jennifer Post, University of Arizona
 •  Tamir Hargana, Mongolian Musician
 •  Urtaa Gantulga, Mongolian Musician
 •  Dimitri Staszewski,
 •  Sunmin Yoon, University of Delaware

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Annual Chinese New Year Banquet: Center For Chinese Studies
Special Event
Date: February 3, 2017 | 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: China Village, 1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies
Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster

祝大家春節快樂: 公雞神採奕奕, 母雞勤勞美麗! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Rooster with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

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Mongolian Throat-Singing (Khöömii) Workshop
Date: February 4, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 1995 University Avenue — IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Department of Music, Cal State University East Bay

An opportunity to learn the Inner Asian vocal technique of throat-singing, through which one can produce multiple vocal lines simultaneously, from expert practitioners in an intimate learning environment. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the February 3 symposium "Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds."

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From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production
Date: February 6, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Discussant: Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Image from Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow — or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist political philosophy and epistemology played crucial roles. This lecture will cross national boundaries and the “1978 divide” to trace the influence of Maoism — and the place of China more broadly — in leftist academic movements around the world, with a specific focus on agricultural science and rural development.

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A Conversation with Writer Kyung-uk Kim
Kyung-uk Kim, Writer
Discussant: Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia
Moderator: Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley
Date: February 16, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Korean Studies, Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Kyung-uk Kim Kyung-uk Kim was born in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, South Korea in 1971. His career as a writer began when he published a novella titled Outsider in 1993 while a university student and won the Best New Writer Award from the quarterly Writer's World. The story follows a first-person narrator passing several stops on the Seoul subway while recalling memories concerning a high school student he had once taught. While depicting the expressions of anonymous crowds in the urban subterranean world, the narrator continuously mulls over movie scenes and pop music bands.

He then published his first novel Acropolis (1995), which depicts university campus life in the early 1990s when interest in ideology abruptly waned. Kim often follows what is called the 1990s generation in South Korea and the culture that dominated that time, and in particular, the music and visual culture of that era. His first short story collection There's No Coffee at the Bagdad Cafe (1996) takes its title from the Percy Adlon movie Bagdad Café. The title story of the collection is about an assistant film director who, while scouting for potential shooting locations, meets a woman. Additionally, the novel Morrison Hotel (1995) takes its title from the 1970s album of the rock group The Doors, and the short story collections Who Killed Kurt Cobain? (2003) and Leslie Cheung is Dead? (2005) take their titles from the band leader Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who largely symbolized the 1990s, and the Hong Kong-based movie star Leslie Cheung. Notably, The Doors vocalist Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Leslie Cheung were all icons who committed suicide.

More recently, the world of Kim's fiction has been moving away from the sphere of contemporary culture. He has also published The Golden Apple (2002), a novel based on Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, and Kingdom of a Thousand Years (2007) about the Dutch man Weltevree, who was shipwrecked on the shores of Chosun in 1627.

He completed his undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature and a master's degree in Korean Language and Literature from Seoul National University. In 2013, he participated in the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa. Kim currently teaches creative writing at the Korean National University of Arts in the School of Drama.

Works (in Korean)

Acropolis (Akeuropolliseu 1995)
Morrison Hotel (Moriseun hotel 1997)
The Golden Apple (Hwanggeum sagwa 2002)
Kingdom of a Thousand Years (Cheonnyeon-ui wangguk 2007)
Like a Fairy Tale (Donghwacheoreom 2010)
What is Baseball (Yaguran mueot-inga 2013)

Short story collections
There is No Coffee at the Bagdad Café (Bageudadeu kape-eneun keopi-ga eoptda 1996)
Going to Meet Betty (Beti-reul mannareo gada 1999)
Who Killed Kurt Cobain? (Nuga keoteu kobein-eul jukyeoss-neunga 2003)
Is Leslie Chung Really Dead? (Janggukyeong-i jukeossdago? 2005)
Risky Reading (Wiheomhan dokseo 2008)
God has no Grandchildren (Sin-egeneun sonja-ga eoptda 2011)

Writer's World Best New Writer's Award (1993)
Contemporary Literature (Hyundae Munhak) Award (2008)
Dong-in Literary Award (2009)
Hankook Ilbo Literature Prize (2004)

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Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asian Perspective and Beyond
Dates: Friday, February 17, 2017 (4:00–6:30 pm): 180 Doe Memorial Library
Saturday (9:30 am–6:00 pm) — Sunday (9:00 am – 12:00 pm): Alumni House, Toll Room
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies


Panel 1 (Friday, February 17, 4–6:30pm): China I
Chair: Peiying Lin (UC Berkeley)

T. H. Barrett (SOAS, University of London) — How did Chinese Lay People Perceive the Bodhisattva Precepts?

Liying Kuo (Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient) — Visions and the Reception of Bodhisattva Precepts in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries

Charles Muller (Tokyo University) — The Silla Monk Daehyeon and his Commentary on the Sutra of Brahmā's Net

Panel 2 (Saturday, February 18, 9:30am–noon): China II
Chair: Raoul Birnbaum (UC Santa Cruz)

Sangyop Lee (Stanford University) — The Youposai wujie weiyi jing Bodhisattva Pratimokṣa: Its Nature and Historical Significance

Ann Heirman (University of Gent) — Body Movement and Sport Activities in Bodhisattva Precepts: A Normative Perspective from India to China

Ester Bianchi (Università degli Studi di Perugia) — Bodhisattva Precepts in Modern China. An Overview and Evaluation

Panel 3 (Saturday, February 18, 2–3:45pm) China and Japan
Chair: Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)

Peiying Lin (UC Berkeley/ Fu Jen Catholic University) — Bodhidharma Lineages and Bodhisattva Precepts in the Ninth Century

Paul Groner (University of Virginia) — Annen's 安然 Comprehensive Commentary on the Universal Bodhisattva Ordination (Futsū jubosatsukai kōshaku 普通授菩薩戒広釈): Its Background and Later Influence

Panel 4 (Saturday, February 18, 4:15–7pm) Japan
Chair: Mark Blum (UC Berkeley)

Dermott Joseph Walsh (UCLA) — Eisai and the Bodhisattva Precepts

Richard Jaffe (Duke University) — Kawaguchi Ekai's View of the Precepts for Buddhism in the Twentieth-Century

William Bodiford (UCLA) — Anraku Ritsu in Tokugawa Japan: The Reconfiguration of the Bodhisattva Precepts within Japanese Tendai Buddhism

Panel 5 (Sunday, February 19, 9am–noon) India and Tibet
Chair: Jake Dalton (UC Berkeley)

Jan-Ulrich Sobisch (Independent scholar) — “Compassionate Killing” Revisited

Alex von Rospatt (UC Berkeley) — The Adikarma literature. The vows and daily practices of lay bodhisattvas in late Indian Buddhism

Hiromi Habata (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) — Did the Bodhisattva-vinaya Exist? The Situation of the Bodhisattva Precepts in India before the Systematization

Click here to view the abstracts.

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Right of Passage: A Documentary by Janice D. Tanaka
Documentary Film
Discussant: Janice Tanaka, Director
Date: February 21, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hearst Field Annex, A1 PFA
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Image for Right of Passage: A Documentary by Janice D. Tanaka Nowadays, when bipartisanship on Capitol Hill is a rarity, filmmaker Janice Tanaka tells the story of a bygone era of human connection inside the Beltway — an unprecedented “American” moment in the US Congress that the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University called an achievement “against all odds.” The Civil Liberties Act of 1988, almost forty-five years in the making, acknowledged the fundamental injustice of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II in American Concentration Camps and paid each surviving internee $20,000 along with a government apology. Not many outside the Japanese American community know this story. Right of Passage recounts the journey of a small disenfranchised people who for thirty years buried their shame and indignation but then found the courage and strength to seek justice, which then snowballed into a lesson of the power of American democracy.

The documentary draws upon newly declassified documents, never-before-seen archival films and interviews with players speaking for the first time. Featured are Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford; Senators Daniel Inouye, Spark Matsunaga and Alan Simpson; Congressmen Barney Frank, Norm Mineta and Bob Matsui; Ken Duberstein, former Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan; and the men and women from the community who played a significant role in this Herculean effort.

Running time: 98 minutes.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with director Janice Tanaka, John Tateishi, and others.

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Filmmaker's Statement

Every human rights campaign starts with a goal to right a fundamental wrong. It was clear that racial prejudice was the sole reason the U.S. Government imprisoned 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry behind barbed wire in desolate locations around the country. In their quest for justice, Japanese Americans needed not only the three cornerstones of our government — the US Congress, Supreme Court and President — to admit a grievous 40-year old mistake, but to overcome internal community divisions ... and they did, when President Reagan signed The Civil Liberties Act in 1988 that awarded each former surviving internee an apology and $20,000. When the Nitto Tire USA approached me with the idea of creating a documentary film on this subject, my immediate thought was, “This is a complicated story to tell.” My producing partner, Nancy Araki, a former inmate herself, and I started by identifying all the groups involved, then we created ground rules for this journey.

First, the battle for redress was divisive; so we knew every participant firmly believed in his/her version of how it was won. We adopted Akira Kurosawa's “Rashomon” approach — asking each person to tell the story from his/her perspective — which took us from San Francisco to Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, New Jersey and Worland and Cody, Wyoming.

Second, we decided we would include only those statements in the film that could be substantiated with a paper trail or came from a source with firsthand knowledge, like Ken Duberstein, Reagan's White House Chief of Staff, Senator Alan Simpson and Rep. Norman Mineta. We examined recently declassified documents from the vast collection of papers in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California; the Mike Masaoka Collection, University of Utah; news items from 1939-1988; never-before-seen films from the Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford Presidential Libraries; DENSHO archive of interviews of redress players no longer with us; and scores of personal collections.

Third, we framed the film's structure within the 8-year window of President Reagan's presidency because he was the not only a common thread to span the entire 40-year journey but had unique, unexplored intersections to it, plus I wanted the name recognition to attract an audience beyond the Japanese American community.

Fourth, for a narrator we wanted an icon who was not just immediately recognizable but knew about the incarceration of Japanese Americans. Brooke Shields, a Princeton graduate, was not only aware of the story but felt passionately that it needed to be told.

Fifth, we wanted to use this film to correct the lexicon — that Japanese Americans were not “evacuated,” they were forcibly removed; these were not “relocation camps” but concentrations camps.

My own emotional connection to the story comes from the fact that my mother and grandparents were incarcerated. When, as a film student at USC, I was encouraged to make documentary films about the people and world around me, my parents refused to talk about their camp experience. We lived in South Central Los Angeles, predominantly African American, and I discovered it was one of few areas that Japanese Americans were allowed to resettle after the war. Growing up, my parents warned me never to make waves — a mantra our entire community around me lived by. Many of my generation resorted to gangs, drugs and suicide. My previous film, When You're Smiling: The Deadly Legacy of Internment, tells this story.

In 1981, there was a buzz about Japanese American redress when President Carter signed a bill to appoint a commission to study this “embarrassing chapter.” I volunteered to film the public hearings in Los Angeles — a shocking and moving experience. It was the first time I heard former internees speak of their experience and many just broke down in tears. In 1988 when President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act I really did not have any idea of what it took to get that bill passed.

In making this film I wanted to present a neutral but comprehensive and honest picture of the when and where the movement began, the forgotten players and factions and fractures within a community labeled the “model minority.” I also wanted to capture a time in politics when positions were not as intractable as they are today, a time when there was bipartisanship. While winning redress was an achievement for Japanese Americans, it could not have happened without Democrats and Republicans coming together — this created a unique and unprecedented “American moment” at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, one we are likely never to see again in view of today's political climate.

JANICE D. TANAKA (Director/Producer)

Right of Passage marks Janice D. Tanaka's debut as a feature documentary director. A producer, educator and television executive with 30 years of experience in producing film, cable, corporate media and educational videos for non-profit organizations in the Asian American community, Tanaka provides an unique inside perspective. Her mother was incarcerated at the Amache Concentration Camp and a recipient of the $20,000 monetary reparation and apology from the Civil Liberties Act.

From 2006 to 2011, Tanaka served as Manager, Diversity Development, at Fox where she worked on initiatives to employ writers, actors and directors of color. She specialized in outreach programs to make the studio system more accessible to minority youth. Prior to Fox, Tanaka executive produced over 100 episodes of multiple television shows that presented positive images of Asian Americans for International Channel and AZN Television. Shows included Cooleyville, an animated sitcom featuring a Chinese American family, XBYTES, a hip tech show and Popcorn Zen, a film shorts show.

As an educator for more than a decade teaching video production at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Florida, Tanaka instilled in her students the power of communicating and creating their own stories. Prior to teaching, Tanaka was an award winning marketing and public relations video producer at major corporations such as Transamerica, City National Bank and Hughes Aircraft Company. In addition, Tanaka has written and produced several acclaimed documentaries including When You're Smiling: The Deadly Legacy of Internment, the very first documentary to connect suicides in the Japanese American community in the 70's to their incarceration experience.

Her current work includes biographies on Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, a Japanese American civil rights advocate whose critical discovery made redress possible, and Reverend Emery Andrews, a Baptist minister who dedicated his life to helping Japanese Americans during the war. She is also working on a documentary about Japanese Americans in the Midwest immediately after World War II. Tanaka continues to be involved with broadcast TV as a script evaluator for ABC's New Talent Development program. She also produces videos for clients such as the Japanese American National Museum, Keiro Senior Healthcare, Advancing Justice-LA, the USC Alumni Association and others.

JOHN TATEISHI (Former JACL National Redress Director, Author)

John Tateishi gained national prominence in 1978 when he launched a campaign to seek redress for Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II as the National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). His work on the legislative and public affairs strategies of this campaign ultimately culminated in the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted a formal apology from the President and the Congress, as well as reparations, to the survivors of this incarceration.

He is the author of And Justice for All, one of the first compilations of oral history interviews about the wartime experiences of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. He also has been a contributing author to Last Witnesses, a collection of personal essays by children about their incarceration experiences during this time.

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Recital of Chinese Opera
Performing Arts — Music
Speaker: Peng Xu, CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016–2017
Date: February 22, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

Image for Recital of Chinese Opera 彈詞 "The Ballad" — A Performance from Chinese opera

This famous excerpt from the poet Hong Sheng's (1645–1704) southern drama Palace of Lasting Life (1688) consists of ten solos sung by the character Li Guinian, a former leading musician from the Pear Garden Academy at the glorious Tang (685–762) court, now a performer reduced to singing popular ballads in the marketplace after the An Lushan Rebellion.

In “The Ballad,” the 38th scene of Hong Sheng's play, Li Guinian narrates the tragic love story of Emperor of the Tang and his most favored consort, Lady Yang Yuhuan (719–756). Among the audience this day is a young admirer of Lady Yang's composition “Rainbow Skirts.”

In the 11th scene of the play, Lady Yang learns the piece of music during a dream visit to the moon. She transcribes it from memory when she awakens and teaches it to Li and the musicians of the Pear Garden.

Li Guinian's last solo in “The Ballad” portrays the two refugees' bittersweet reunion and foresees that “Rainbow Skirts” is to be passed down to future generations. This ending may be self-referential: Li Guinian's solos turned out to have enjoyed great popularity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and are still deemed as a central piece in the repertory of Chinese opera today.

Cast and Crew:
 •  Peng Xu: Singer
 •  Daniel C.F. Chan: Flute
 •  Tai-Yen Pao: Drum
 •  Lindy Li Mark: Host

Peng Xu (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2014) is an assistant professor of premodern Chinese literature and culture at Swarthmore College. She is working on her book manuscript as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a B.A. in traditional bibliography and M.A. in classical Chinese literature from Peking University. In addition to her scholarly focus on premodern Chinese drama and theater, Dr. Xu was trained by a master of Peking opera in the vocal style known as the “Old Tan, New Tan” popular in the early twentieth century. At the same time, she studied with great amateur artists of kunqu opera in the Beijing Kunqu Learned Society. Her own singing style manifests significant connections between the two heritages of vocal music. Since 2010, she has taught undergraduate classes in Chinese opera and performing arts and has traveled to deliver lecture-demonstrations and interactive workshops at American colleges and universities.

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The Trump Administration's Northeast Asia Policy: History and Security
Date: February 23, 2017 | 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Northeast Asian History Foundation, Center for Korean Studies

Image for The Trump Administration's Northeast Asia Policy: History and Security This conference addresses the challenges of contemporary Northeast Asian security, focusing on the implications of the Trump administration's policies for the region. Analyzing dynamics between U.S.-China relations and America's two alliances (with Japan and South Korea), participants will discuss the extent to which the future security order in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula will be different from or similar to those of the post-Cold War period.

In a 1.5 track dialogue, high-profile figures from the United States and South Korea will participate as presenters or discussants. In this public forum, the audience will hear from current and former top-level decision-makers along with prestigious scholars and experts.


2:00 — Welcoming Remarks
Kevin O'Brien (UC Berkeley)
Hosup Kim (Northeast Asian History Foundation)

2:15–3:45 — Session I: Challenges for Northeast Asian Security
Young Ho Kim (Korea National Defense University)
Lowell Dittmer (UC Berkeley)
Moderated by T.J. Pempel (UC Berkeley)

4:00–5:30 — Session II: The Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance
Taehyo Kim (Sunkyunkwan University)
Shinhye Choi (UC Berkeley)
Moderated by Young-sun Ha (Seoul National University)

5:30 — Closing Remarks
Hosup Kim (Northeast Asian History Foundation)

Additional Participants:
Vinod Aggarwal (UC Berkeley)
In-Taek Hyun (Korea University)
Insun Kang (Chosun Ilbo)
Euiyoung Kim (Seoul National University)
Seojin Kim (Northeast Asian History Foundation)
Byongtaek Lee (Northeast Asian History Foundation)
Jung-Hoon Lee (Yonsei University)
Sang Hyun Lee (The Sejong Institute)
Taeku Lee (UC Berkeley)
Laura Nelson (UC Berkeley)
Julian Park (UC Berkeley)
Yul Sohn (Yonsei University)
Lynn T. White III (Princeton University)
Euysang Yoo (Northeast Asian History Foundation)

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The Wheel of Time: Tibetan Thoughts on the Buddha's Anno Nirvanae: 2017 Khyentse Lecture
Speaker: Professor Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University
Date: February 23, 2017 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, Toll Room
Sponsor: Center for Buddhist Studies

Image for The Wheel of Time: Tibetan Thoughts on the Buddha's Anno Nirvanae Although fairly long in coming, the Christian calendar began with the year in which Jesus was allegedly born. And Dionysius Exiguus (6thc.) was the first to introduce the notion of A[nno]D[omini], the birth year of the Christ. Famously, the British monk Bede (672‑735) went so far as to deduce in his De temporum ratione of 725, an elaboration of his earlier Liber de temporibus of 703, that 3,952 years had passed from creation to Jesus' birth. For good measure he also recalculated the date of Easter. Perhaps more notoriously, in 1650, Archbishop James Ussher (1581‑1656) calculated that the world had come into being on October 23, 4004 BCE! The great Jewish intellectual Moses Maimonides (1135‑1204) worked with the year of the creation of the world, the Aera Mundi, as his starting point. In his opinion, the world's creation fell on the first of the seventh lunar month [September 7], 3760 BCE, and he used this calculation to date his 1166‑78 treatise, the Sanctification of the New Moon.

The Buddhists were not so much concerned with the creation of the world — for them it was not — as they generally were with the year in which the Buddha entered nirvana, the year in which he passed away. As yet unpublished and titled Elimination of Errors in Computation 1442 or 1443, Gö Lotsawa Zhönupel's (1392‑1481) polemical work on chronology and computation is a crucially important source for our understanding of the different ways in which the calendars and the various calculations of the passage of time in general developed in Tibet. It is also especially significant for the insights it provides into the numerous attempts that had been made in Tibetan intellectual circles to calculate the chronology of the life of the Buddha and the year of his passing. My talk will focus on this aspect of Gö Lotsawa's work and its place in Tibetan intellectual history

Leonard van der Kuijp is professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies and chairs the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies. Best known for his studies of Buddhist epistemology, he is the author of numerous works on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Recent publications include An Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature (Vol. 64, Harvard Oriental Series, 2008), coauthored with Kurtis R. Schaeffer, and In Search of Dharma: Indian and Ceylonese Travelers in Fifteenth Century Tibet (Wisdom, 2009). Van der Kuijp's research focuses primarily on the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist thought, Tibetan Buddhist intellectual history, Tibetan Buddhism, and premodern Sino-Tibetan and Tibeto-Mongol political and religious relations

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New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead
Dates: Friday, February 24, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.; Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.
Location: International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Image for New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead Academic communities play an important role in shaping international perspectives. Scholars work within broad networks, developing thoughtful insights on emerging changes long before others become aware of their implications. Students, whether within Japan and abroad, will in time become tomorrow's leaders. How we shape their understanding of Japan establishes powerful influence on the way they will think for decades ahead.

Japan's role in the world is changing. Its long era of postwar prosperity is signaled with a rich harvest of international awards. The Nobel Prize once seemed an elusive mark of success, but by 2014, there were three Japanese-born Nobel Prize winners and in 2015, two. Japan also boasts more native-born Pritzker Prize winning architects than any other nation, in spite of its small size. But the nation's future international influence is a larger question, its economy overtaken by China's. Both at home and abroad, Japan faces many other unmapped challenges.

We propose to bring together scholars form Japan and the West to discuss the future of Japan in our academic communities.

For more information, please go to the conference webpage:


Friday, February 24

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks
Prof. Dana Buntrock, CJS Chair
Dr. Toru Tamiya, JSPS Director

9:15 AM–10:45 AM: Session 1 Cross-Cultural Exchanges: Study Abroad and Its Impact
Dr. Shingo Ashizawa, Toyo University
Dr. Peter McCagg, Akita International University
Moderated by: Dr. Keiko Yamanaka, Dr. Susan Holloway

11:00 AM–12:30 PM: Session 2 Language Education and Where It Leads
Dr. Mayumi Usami, National Inst. For Japanese Language & Linguistics
Dr. Dustin Wright, UC Santa Cruz
Discussant: Dr. Alan Tansman
Moderated by: Dr. Yoko Hasegawa

1:45 PM–3:15 PM: Session 3 Are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math a Part of Area Studies or Above it?
Dr. Masayo Fujimoto, Doshisha University
Dr. Robert Cole, UC Berkeley
Moderated by: Prof. Dana Buntrock

3:30 PM–5:00 PM: Session 4 Media Gateways, Transnational Frames
Dr. Shunya Yoshimi, Tokyo University
Dr. Christine Yano, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Moderated by: Dr. Miryam Sas

Saturday, February 25

10:00 AM–12:00 PM: Session 4 Area Studies Under Threat: How Will Japan be Taught in the Years Ahead?
Dr. Miriam Kingsberg, University of Colorado
Dr. David Spafford, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Yuma Totani, University of Hawaii
Ms. Andrea Horbinski (UCB)
Mr. James Stone Lunde (UCB)
Mr. Shoufu Yin (UCB)
Moderated by: Dr. Mary Elizabeth Berry

1:30 PM–2:30 PM: Keynote
Dr. Pat Steinhoff, University of Hawaii

2:30 PM–3:00 PM: Discussion
Moderator: Prof. Dana Buntrock

3:00 PM: Closing remarks
Prof. Dana Buntrock

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East Asian Topologies of Power: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Currents Symposium
Date: February 24, 2017 | 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Location: Stephens Hall, Room 220 — Geballe Room
Sponsor: Institute of East Asian Studies

This symposium will bring into conversation the guest editors of three recent issues of the UC Berkeley-based e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review and three additional East Asia scholars to explore the special issues' thematic convergence on China and its neighbors, on space, and on cartography. Rather than regarding the emergence of the state as a top-down imposition, the three issues suggest that a vast range of state, ethnic, mercantile, and affective practices cohere to reify and give solidity to the fiction of the state. Further, the articles point to: 1) forms of territorial affiliation and sovereignty that are nodular and rhizomic, rather than spatially homogeneous; and 2) to tensions between the fiction of territorial fixity and the realities of a geopolitical footprint in flux. This roundtable discussion will, therefore, focus on two primary theoretical points: the state at the margins and territorial topologies. Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged.

The special issues are accessible on the open-access Cross-Currents website:

Frontier Tibet: Trade and Boundaries of Authority in Kham. Vol. 19 (June 2016) addresses questions of economic history and political legitimation in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands (

Mapping Vietnameseness. Vol. 20 (September 2016) explores the emergence of Vietnam's geographical consciousness and the imagery of national belonging (

Cartographic Anxieties. Vol. 21 (December 2016) explores modern nations' desire for cartographic appropriation and the anxieties that this desire generates (

Participants include:
 •  Wen-hsin Yeh (UC Berkeley)
 •  Pat Giersch (Wellesley)
 •  Peter Perdue (Yale)
 •  Kären Wigen (Stanford)
 •  Hue-Tam Ho Tai (Harvard)
 •  Franck Billé (UC Berkeley)
 •  Stéphane Gros (CNRS)

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<Rethinking East Asia in the New Global Economy
Speaker: Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Economic Geography, National University of Singapore
Moderator: T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley
Date: February 27, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Drawing upon empirical research on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, this speaker argues that production network-level dynamics and firm-specific initiatives are more critical to the successful industrial transformation of these East Asian economies.

This key mechanism of strategic coupling with global production networks offers a dynamic conception of state-firm relations in the changing context of global economic governance in East Asia. Based on his recent book with Cornell University Press, Strategic Coupling, he examines economic development and state-firm relations in East Asia, focusing on the region's emerging role in the new global economy. Much of the earlier social science literature on the political economy of industrial transformation has emphasized the role of the developmental state in picking selected domestic firms as “national champions” and in promoting their rapid growth through sectoral industrial policy.

Henry Wai-chung Yeung (PhD Manchester) is Provost's Chair and Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore, Co-Director of the Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS), and Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre in the NUS Global Asia Institute. He is Principal Investigator of a S$4.95 million strategic grant awarded by the National University of Singapore to establish the GPN@NUS Centre. His research interests cover economic globalization, global production networks, East Asian firms, and the political economy of development. He was a recipient of the NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award (1998) and Outstanding Researcher Award (2008). His latest monographs are Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, May 2016) and Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (with Neil Coe, Oxford University Press, Oxford, April 2015). His previous authored books are: Transnational Corporations and Business Networks (Routledge, 1998), Entrepreneurship and the Internationalisation of Asian Firms (Edward Elgar, 2002), and Chinese Capitalism in a Global Era (Routledge, 2004). He is also co-author of Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (with Neil Coe and Phil Kelly, Wiley, 2007/2013). He has published another 7 edited books, over 92 academic journal articles, and 45 book chapters. He is Editor of two top journals in Geography – Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography and Past Editor of Review of International Political Economy (2004-2013), and serves on the editorial boards of 20 other international journals, including Asia Pacific Viewpoint, East Asia: An International Quarterly, European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Journal of Economic Geography, and Journal of International Business Studies.

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Township leaders and village chiefs in contemporary China
Speaker: Zhe Ren, Institute of Developing Economies, CJS Visiting Scholar
Discussant: Daniel Mattingly, Stanford University
Date: February 28, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1995 University Avenue — IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Image for Township leaders and village chiefs in contemporary China The relationship between a township leader and a village chief in contemporary China is something of a political puzzle. Researchers have maintained that China's bureaucratic system contains a very important political contracting framework. Within this framework, the career of a cadre is strongly related to the performance of a contract that may cover not only economic development but also other aspects of political and social development. Accordingly, previous research argued that political contracting was applied to leadership positions at both the town and village levels, making comparable 'contractual' demands on township leaders and village chiefs. Certain characteristics of the two positions, however, differ significantly in their implications for leadership performance and accountability. For instance, a cadre's career strongly depends on his or her performances and their assessments by upper-level and high-level cadres. In contrast, one can only become a village chief through a village election. Moreover, once elected a village chief cannot be dismissed by a township government unless the village chief is convicted of a crime. Furthermore, since a village chief is an elected leader, he or she does not necessarily have a clear and strong career plan akin to that of a cadre working and seeking to rise in the bureaucratic system. For these and other reasons, it is doubtful that the conventional political contracting model can adequately explain the complex relationships that exist today between township leaders and village chiefs in China.

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The Steppe's Capital: the Meanings of Money in late-Qing Mongolia
Speaker: Devon Dear, Independent Scholar
Date: February 28, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

Sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel famously described money as “colourless.” For many historians, money, like number, has been an equalizer capable of bringing previously-incomparable objects into relation. This talk challenges that idea as it explores the multiplicity of currencies and ad-hoc commodity monies used in Qing Mongolia in the 19th century as it explores Mongolians' roles in defining monies and currencies. Drawing upon data gathered from thousands of quotidian transactions, ranging from smuggling cases to the budgets of Manchu bureaucrats, the talk proposes a history of money beyond its computational and symbolic capacities.

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日本の『死の舞踏』: 『九相詩』と『一休骸骨』 Kūsōshi and Ikkyū Gaikotsu
Speaker: Yūichirō Imanishi, National Institute of Japanese Literature
Date: March 3, 2017 | 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, National Institute of Japanese Literature

Image for 日本の『死の舞踏』: 『九相詩』と『一休骸骨』 Kūsōshi and Ikkyū Gaikotsu ヨーロッパ中世を覆った「メメント・モリ」の思潮をもっとも雄弁に表すのは、『死の舞踏』(La Danse Macabre)という絵画で、書物としては15世紀1485年にフランスで出版された。そこには貴賤を問わずすべての人間を死へ誘う骸骨の姿が描かれている。いうまでもなく骸骨は死の象徴である。しかし、人間が死を免れないはかない存在であることは、洋の東西を問わない。日本では仏教の教えに「九相」ということが説かれていた。「九相」とは人間が死後、白骨になるまでの死体の腐敗変貌の過程の九段階のことであり、それはまさに仏教の「メメント・モリ」であった。その九相の図が描かれ、その絵に解説の漢詩と和歌を添えて『九相図』という書物が作られた。生のはかなさと生に執着することの無益を教える書物である。それは「メメント・モリ」に親しんできた西洋人、すなわち16世紀後半から17世紀はじめにかけて日本でキリスト教布教に努めた宣教師達にも注目され、布教のために出版されたイエズス会の出版物にも利用されている。『九相詩』の後、『九相詩』とはまったく別の角度から「メメント・モリ」を教える書物が出現した。『一休骸骨』である。酒を飲み踊り唄い、男女抱擁し、そして病と死、葬送、遺された者の出家・剃髪という人間の営みが、すべて骸骨の姿で示される。その絵は滑稽とユーモアにあふれているとも言えるが、その底に流れているのは、死すべきものとしての人間の究極の姿である。踊り唄う骸骨の姿は、まさに「死の舞踏」であるが、生と死を対立的に捉え生者を死へ誘うヨーロッパの骸骨とは異なり、生とは実は死にほかならないという、生死一如を表周する骸骨の姿がそこには見出される。骸骨はたんに生と対立する死の象徴なのではなく、生の究極の姿なのである。『九相詩』と『一休骸骨』の二書を取り上げて、日本中世の「メメント・モリ」について考えたい。



著書:『源氏物語覚書』(岩波書店)、『蜻蛉日記覚書』(岩波書店) 。校注書:『新日本古典文学大系『蜻蛉日記』・『源氏物語』(共著)、岩波文庫『蜻蛉日記』、『与謝野晶子訳 蜻蛉日記』(平凡社ライブラリー)、東洋文庫『通俗伊勢物語』・『古今集遠鏡』・『和歌職原抄』(平凡社)。

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Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art
Date: March 3, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne
Discussant: Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Image for Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895–1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907–1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as modern Chinese brush-and-ink painting. The artworks chosen for discussion are striking but little known and studied; explanatory examples that offer insights into the methodology of the project. They move beyond national borders yet resist translation in universal terms. By taking into account the mobility of artistic ideas across time and space, probing influences and contexts that are both Sinophone and engaged with world currents, we can better understand the trajectories of the artists’ lives and the foundations of their artistic practice.

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The Politics of Impeachment, Presidential Election, and Prospects for Foreign Policy in South Korea
Speaker: Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University
Date: March 6, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Korean Studies, East Asian Foundation

Image for The Politics of Impeachment, Presidential Election, and Prospects for Foreign Policy in South Korea South Korea is mired in an imbroglio. Amidst the process of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, the 2017 presidential race has begun. Meanwhile, its foreign policy is in a total disarray. Whereas the Trump shock has produced an uncertain future for ROK-US alliance, inter-Korean relations hit rock bottom. Furthermore, China-South Korean relations soured over the issue of deployment of American THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense). Against this backdrop, this talk will examine Park’s impeachment process, prospects for the presidential election outcome, and the impact on South Korea’s foreign policy.

Chung-in Moon is Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University and Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a quarterly journal in English. He is also Krause Distinguished Fellow, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD. He has published fifty-six authored, co-authored, and edited volumes and over three hundred articles in academic journals such as World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and World Development and edited volumes. He was a Public Policy Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, a Lixian Scholar of Beijing University, and a Pacific Leadership Fellow at Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UCSD. He was executive director of the Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library and Museum. He also served as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperative Initiative of the Roh Moo-hyun government, a cabinet-level post, and Ambassador for International Security of the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was Vice President of International Studies Association of North America and President of Korea Peace Research Association. He is currently co-convener of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, co-representative of Korea Peace Forum, and a columnist for the Korea Joongang Daily, and chairman of the Asia Research Fund.

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Corporate Governance Reform and the Toshiba Scandal: Did a New System Hide an Old Mess?
Speaker: Christina Ahmadjian, Professor, Hitotsubashi University
Moderator: Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley
Date: March 6, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Christina Ahmadjian An ongoing financial reporting scandal has stunned and puzzled observers of Japanese corporate governance reform. Toshiba was one of the first companies to adopt so-called “US-style” corporate governance practices. How could a company that had seemed to think so carefully about good governance have ended up like this? Where was the board? This presentation considers the possibility that the uneasy combination of elements from two very different business systems and institutions of governance at Toshiba may have created the conditions for scandal. This presentation uses the Toshiba case as an entry point to examine the larger theme of corporate governance reforms in Japan, and more generally, the unanticipated consequences of the convergence of business systems. Dr. Ahmadjian’s analysis of Toshiba and corporate governance reform in Japan is based on her experience as a researcher on Japanese corporate governance and Asian business systems, as well as her experience as a an external director at several large Japanese firms.

Christina Ahmadjian is a professor at Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of Commerce and Management and former dean of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. Her research interests include comparative corporate governance, globalization, systems of capitalism, business groups, and Japanese business and management. Her publications have appeared in journals including the American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and California Management Review. She teaches courses including organizational behavior, corporate governance, leadership, and global management. She received a BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations at the Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to her position at Hitotsubashi, she was an assistant professor at Columbia Business School. Her business experience includes positions at Bain & Company and Mitsubishi Electric. Currently, serves as an Outside Director of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (since June 2012) and at Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (since June 2014). She was an Outside Director at Eisai, Ltd. from 2009-2013. She is an American citizen, but has lived in Japan for 20 years.

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Calibrating the Chinese Citizen: Propaganda, E-Petitioning and Big Data-Driven Governance
Speaker: Christian Göbel, Chinese Politics and Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
Moderator: Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley
Date: March 7 , 2017| 12:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

Image for Calibrating the Chinese Citizen: Propaganda, E-Petitioning and Big Data-Driven Governance In China, the majority of city-level governments has set up websites where citizen petitions and government responses can be reviewed by the general public. What is the political logic guiding the establishment of such open petitioning websites? Analyzing policy documents, government websites and open petitions, this paper argues that open petitioning websites represent a form of calibration of a government-operated system that seeks to guide the political activity of China’s citizens and at the same time monitors public service providers.

By means of official propaganda,open government information and online complaints, local officials seek to shape people’s preferences and define what constitutes, in the eyes of the government, legitimate and non- legitimate demands. By signaling their demands and grievances, citizens assist the government in the monitoring of local service providers. At the same time, they contribute information the government uses to update its propaganda, in particular authoritative narratives regarding China’s development, the parameters of good governance and the rights and responsibilities of Chinese citizens.

In China’s emerging big data-driven governance regime, such information will be used to calibrate a system whose purpose is to both shape and predict human behaviour.

Christian Göbel is professor of Chinese Politics and Society at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna. His research is concerned with the adaptability of the Chinese Party-State to social, economic and political challenges. He is especially interested in effects of digital technology on local governance in China. His current project examines the interrelationship between petitions, protests and public policy.

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Sovereign Peoplehood and Constitutional Founding in Postcolonial Korea
Speaker: Chaihark Hahm, Professor, Yonsei University
Moderator: Taeku Lee, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley
Date: March 7, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies

Image for Sovereign Peoplehood and Constitutional Founding in Postcolonial Korea According to the preamble of the Korean constitution, it is 'We the People of Korea' that is drafting and promulgating the constitution as an expression of their sovereign will. But, who are these sovereign people, and how does one identify them? Are they the same as the ethnic Korean nation? Further, when the constitution is drafted under overbearing foreign influence, as was the case in postcolonial Korea, can we really say that the people are sovereign? And if the new constitution fails to categorically reject the evils of the past, as is often claimed to be the case in Korea, is the legitimacy of constitutional founding somehow compromised? Through a reflection on Korea's constitutional founding, Prof. Hahm will suggest a new approach to thinking about the relationship between popular sovereignty and constitution making.

Chaihark Hahm is Professor of Law at Yonsei University School of Law in Seoul, Korea. He teaches and writes on constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, Confucian political theory, Korean legal culture and history, citizenship education, and human rights. Dr. Hahm received his legal training in both Korea and the United States: Seoul National University (LL.B. 1986), Yale (LL.M. 1987), Columbia (J.D. 1994), and Harvard (S.J.D. 2000). He also studied theology at Yale Divinity School (M.A.R. 1989).

He is currently based in Stanford during the 2016–2017 academic year as a Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held previous fellowships at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and The Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (2009–2010) and the National Endowment for Democracy (2001–2002).

Dr. Hahm is co-author (with Sung Ho Kim) of Making We the People: Democratic Constitutional Founding in Postwar Japan and South Korea (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and co-editor (with Daniel A. Bell) of The Politics of Affective Relations: East Asia and Beyond (Lexington Books, 2004). He is an editorial board member of I•CON: International Journal of Constitutional Law, and his works have appeared in American Journal of Comparative Law, Journal of Democracy, and I•CON, among others.

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The Prism of Youth: Life Writing by Japanese Children and Teenagers during WWII
Speaker: Aaron William Moore, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester
Moderator: Andrew Barshay, Professor, History, UC Berkeley
Date: March 7, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Image for The Prism of Youth: Life Writing by Japanese Children and Teenagers during WWII Even when compared with the West, Japanese children and teenagers arguably left the most extensive historical record of young people's personal experiences of total war from 1937 to 1945. In particular, evacuation, rationing, family life, compulsory labor, and conscription reach a level of detail rarely seen in adult accounts. Nevertheless, in the historiography of childhood and youth, the importance of "age as a category of analysis" can be in conflict with the notion that "children" and "teenagers" are culturally constructed categories which change throughout history. This talk will feature close readings of hand-written manuscripts, published, and self-published personal documents, including diaries and letters, to discuss how the war was described when we strictly limit our perspective to materials composed by young people aged 8 to 16. In doing so, we will see how important social expectations for young people were for framing their descriptions of the war years, but also how adult efforts to discipline youth were ultimately unsuccessful in controlling the process of learning about language, society, and the larger world.

Aaron William Moore is a Senior Lecturer in East Asian History at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Writing War (HUP, 2013), a major comparative study of Japanese, Chinese, and American soldiers' diaries describing combat experience and subjectivity in WWII. His second book, Bombing the City, is a narrative history of civilian accounts of the air war on British and Japanese cities, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2017. He has published articles on children's descriptions of war in China and Japan, and is currently preparing a book on Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and British youth accounts of WWII. In 2014 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his work in comparative history.

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Conjunctural Urbanism: Cities, Financialization, and Late Neoliberalism
Speaker: Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia
Discussant: George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, University of Hong Kong
Date: March 8, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

Image for Conjunctural Urbanism: Cities, Financialization, and Late Neoliberalism The field of critical urban studies has been moved in recent years by a series of poststructural and postcolonial interventions that have raised searching questions about the explanatory status accorded to “EuroAmerican” case studies, about the reach and relevance of political-economic theory claims concerning entrepreneurial (or neoliberal) modes of regulation, and about the respective utility of planetary, provincial, and particularized formulations of the urban. Conceived as a constructive response to these debates, the presentation will make a case for a “conjunctural” approach to critical urban studies. Here, a special place is reserved for the provisional formulation and ongoing revision of “midlevel” theories—from the entrepreneurial city to austerity urbanism and financialized urban governance—abstraction and contextualization being understood to be simultaneous, dialogic practices. More concretely, conjunctural approaches must also be especially attentive to the positioning of cities in relation to uneven geographical development, spatial divisions of labor, and multiscalar relations.

These arguments are illustrated with reference to the shift from entrepreneurial urbanism to fiscal crisis in Detroit and Atlantic City.

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Redefining Japaneseness: Japanese Americans in the Ancestral Homeland
Speaker: Dr. Jane H. Yamashiro, Author
Date: March 9, 2017 | 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: 554 Barrows Hall
Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program

Book cover for Redefining Japaneseness: Japanese Americans in the Ancestral Homeland Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Jane H. Yamashiro
Introduction by Michael Omi

Redefining Japaneseness chronicles how Japanese American migrants to Japan experience both racial inclusion and cultural dislocation while negotiating between the categories of Japanese and “foreigner.” Drawing from extensive observations and interviews with Japanese Americans who are geographically, culturally, and linguistically diverse, Jane H. Yamashiro reveals wide variations in how Japanese Americans perceive both Japaneseness and Americanness. Her findings have major implications for both Asian American studies and scholarship on transnational migration and global diasporic identity.

"Not only does Yamashiro give us engaging portraits of how Japanese Americans navigate the social and cultural terrain of contemporary Japan, but she also provides a fundamental rethinking of the analytic frameworks by which migrant identities have been contextualized and understood."
                                              Michael Omi,
                                              University of California, Berkeley

Jane H. Yamashiro is a sociologist whose comparative and transnational work on race and ethnicity, culture, globalization, migration, diaspora, and identity sits at the intersection of Asian American and Asian Studies. She has previously been based at USC's Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. While conducting research in Japan, Dr. Yamashiro has been funded by the East-West Center and the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo and Sophia University. Her academic research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies; AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community; Sociology Compass; Geoforum; CR: The New Centennial Review; and Migrations and Identities.

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