2018 IEAS Events Calendar

January 1, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Imagining Sculpture in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Panelist/Discussant:  Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Speaker/Performer:  Stanley Abe, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

There was no such thing as sculpture in China until the early twentieth century. Sculpture is a specifically European category of Fine Art which we apply to figural objects from many places. But sculpture did not exist in most of the world, certainly not in China, until the European term was applied on a global scale. The presentation will be a reflection about a book in progress—a picture...   More >


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Memorial Service in Honor of Professor Hong Yung Lee (1939-2017)

Reception: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events | January 21 | 2-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Great Hall

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Please join us for a celebration of Professor Hong Yung Lee’s life and career on January 21, 2018 at UC Berkeley, where he was on the faculty for nearly three decades.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Metropolitan Migrations and Interwar Vietnamese Culture

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | January 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Charles Keith, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk will explore the close ties between Vietnamese migration to France and interwar Vietnamese culture and, as such, the importance of these migrations for postcolonial Vietnam.

Charles Keith


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Richard Vinograd and Philip Kafalas on Chen Hongshou

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | January 27 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conjunction with Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou, two scholars present lectures that expand our understanding of the painter's work, life, and times.

In his lecture Chen Hongshou: Elusive Identities: Artists and Subjects, Richard Vinograd explores attribution problems involving Chen, his collaborators, and his followers—as well as intriguing questions of...   More >

Peking Acrobats

Performing Arts - Dance: Center for Chinese Studies | January 27 | 2-4 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Peking Acrobats, Cal Performances

Sponsor:  Cal Performances

Performances by the Peking Acrobats combine the tradition and training of ancient folk arts with the theatricality and technical savvy of the 21st century. Accompanied by live music on Chinese instruments, the acrobats perform their aerial routines, juggling, tumbling, somersaults, and gymnastics, plus stunts like trick cycling and the human pyramid.

Tickets required: $30-68

Ticket info:  Half-price tickets are available for children 16 and under.

or by calling Cal Perofmances at 510-642-9988, or by emailing Cal Perofmances at tickets@calperformances.org

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Peking Acrobats

Performing Arts - Dance: Center for Chinese Studies | January 27 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Peking Acrobats, Cal Performances

Sponsor:  Cal Performances

Performances by the Peking Acrobats combine the tradition and training of ancient folk arts with the theatricality and technical savvy of the 21st century. Accompanied by live music on Chinese instruments, the acrobats perform their aerial routines, juggling, tumbling, somersaults, and gymnastics, plus stunts like trick cycling and the human pyramid.

Tickets required: $30-68

Ticket info:  Half-price tickets are available for children 16 and under.

or by calling Cal Perofmances at 510-642-9988, or by emailing Cal Perofmances at tickets@calperformances.org


Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Bamboo with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | January 28 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Sponsor:  Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

Registration required: $75, $65 members | $265, $235 members for all Four

Registration info:  

or by calling 510- 664 - 9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Peking Acrobats

Performing Arts - Dance: Center for Chinese Studies | January 28 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Peking Acrobats, Cal Performances

Sponsor:  Cal Performances

Performances by the Peking Acrobats combine the tradition and training of ancient folk arts with the theatricality and technical savvy of the 21st century. Accompanied by live music on Chinese instruments, the acrobats perform their aerial routines, juggling, tumbling, somersaults, and gymnastics, plus stunts like trick cycling and the human pyramid.

Tickets required: $30-68

Ticket info:  Half-price tickets are available for children 16 and under.

or by calling Cal Perofmances at 510-642-9988, or by emailing Cal Perofmances at tickets@calperformances.org


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging: Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen institute

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen institute

Sponsor:  Social Science Matrix

Social Science Matrix is honored to welcome Craig Calhoun, President of the Berggruen Institute, for the Social Science Matrix Distinguished Lecture, to be delivered on January 31 from 4-6pm. A reception will follow Space is limited; RSVP to attend.

RSVP required 

RSVP info:  

 by January 28.

Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen Institute


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Late Medieval Publishing Culture In Japan During The 14th And 16th Centuries

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 1 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Sumiyoshi Tomohiko, Keiō Univeristy

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Books printed in Japanese Zen monasteries during the medieval period are known as Gozan-ban or “Five Mountains” editions. Originally, Gozan-ban were printed for the self-education of Gozan monks who were expected to imitate the latest Chinese scholarship and act out another culture in Japan. At this time, in the 13th to 14th centuries, Chinese Zen masters visited Japan very often, while Japanese...   More >

The Gendered Politics of Socialist Consumption in North Korea, 1953-1965

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Andre Schmid, University of Toronto

Moderator:  Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

How was ‘proper’ consumption conceived in the newly emergent socialist order of North Korea? Despite the desire of the Party-state to represent a population united around the Kim family and the (not unrelated) tendency of foreign observers to see North Korea as an extreme case of totalitarianism, there was in fact no straightforward answer to this question in the early postwar years.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

After the Airlifts: Battling over Vietnamese Children and the Place of Vietnamese Refugees

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Allison Varzally, Professor of History, CSU Fullerton

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk is derived from Prof. Varzally's new book Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Allison Varzally

Buddhism and Divination in Tibet

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

Speaker/Performer:  Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much...   More >

Documentary Screening: And Then They Came For Us

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 8 | 6:15-8:15 p.m. | 150 University Hall

Sponsor:  DICE

Please join SPH's DICE at a documentary screening of And Then They Came For Us - a film that draws on the parallels between Japanese Internment and the current Muslim Ban. Q&A with the Co-Director, Abby Ginzberg, and Community Activist, Satsuki Ina, to follow. Please RSVP! Food provided!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Spreading the Word: Woodblock Publishing Sites and Book Distribution Networks in the Qing

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Cynthia Brokaw, History, Brown University

Panelist/Discussant:  Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The commercial publishing boom of the late Ming was largely a regional phenomenon, as most businesses of any size were confined to the cities of Jiangnan and Jianyang (in northern Fujian). By the eighteenth century, however, the geography of commercial publishing had changed, as more and more entrepreneurs, responding to a rising demand for texts, founded important publishing operations in the...   More >


Monday, February 12, 2018

The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

Moderator:  Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the...   More >

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale And The American Tragedy In Vietnam

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room | Note change in location

Speaker:  Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Sponsor:  Institute of International Studies

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Boot’s latest book—The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the...   More >


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: A Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | February 13 | 2-5 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), East Asian Library

This workshop will examine the possibilities for new digital technologies and platforms to allow for collaboration within the humanities. Presentations will introduce collaborative projects already underway at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and we will explore the promise of transnational collaboration to provide students access to...   More >

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Speakers:  Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

Moderator:  Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Ito Sisters: An American Story

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

Speakers/Performers:  Antonia Grace Glenn, Director/Producer; Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Michael Omi, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Ethnic Studies

Join us for a screening of the film "The Ito Sisters: An American Story," followed by Q&A with the Director/Producer Antonia Grace Glenn and Processor Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Michael Omi.

THE ITO SISTERS captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children. In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or...   More >

The Merit of Words and Letters: Sutra Recitation in Japanese Zen

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Erez Joskovich, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Classical Chan/Zen literature is famous for its disparagement of scriptural authority, ranging from the well-known slogan “separate transmission outside the scriptures...,” attributed to Bodhidharma, to stories of renowned Zen masters abusing Buddhist scriptures. Nevertheless, similar to other Buddhist schools, incantations of sutras and invocation of dhāranī have been a significant...   More >


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lunar New Year Banquet

Holiday: Center for Chinese Studies | February 17 | 6-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

Performer Group:
 

UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association, UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association

A Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the UC Berkeley Chinese Student Association. During the event, there will be entertainment for the audiences as well as a banquet catered for the atteendees.

Tickets required: $15 non-CSA member

Ticket info:  $12 tickets for CSA Members. Tickets go on sale February 6.

or by calling Kevin Yang at 9256833452


Sunday, February 18, 2018

SOLD OUT - The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Orchid with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | February 18 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Sponsor:  Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

Registration required: $75, $65 members

Registration info:  SOLD OUT.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the...   More >


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Decolonial and Deimperial Crossings: An Inter-Asian Feminist Genealogy

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

Speaker:  Laura Kang, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine

Sponsors:  Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Part of the Feminist Studies and Decolonial Epistemologies Lecture Series

This talk recalls and retraces the inter-Asian network of feminist mobilizations against Japanese sex tourism and U.S. military prostitution in the early 1970s. The work of attending to the discrepant yet linked histories of imperialist sexual violence, military dictatorship, and neocolonial exploitation of Asian women’s...   More >

The North Korean Quagmire and the Moon Jae-in Government: Nukes, Humanitarian Assistance, and Prospects for Inter-Korean Relations

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 21 | 3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th Floor Social Science Matrix

Speakers:  Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Severance Hospital of Yonsei Medical School; John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Yonsei University Severance Hospital

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Social Science Matrix, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

With the ongoing crisis over North Korean nuclear weapons, questions of humanitarian assistance to North Korea have fallen by the wayside. Prof. Chung-in Moon will talk about the Moon Jae-in government’s policy towards North Korea. Prof. John Linton will talk about about overall humanitarian conditions in...   More >

Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade: An Archaeological Perspective

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Li Min, UCLA

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Taking archaeological ceramics from production, transportation, and consumption sites during the 13th to 17th century, this paper examines the changing configuration of ceramic production and trade on Chinese coast during the critical transition from the Asiatic Trade Network to the beginning of early global trade. I will explore how potter communities in China linked to emerging maritime...   More >

San Francisco World History Reading Group: China's Asian Dream by Tom Miller

Meeting: Center for Chinese Studies | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. |  Civic Center Secondary School

Location:  727 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-14 teachers.

Registration required 

Registration info:  

or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu


Thursday, February 22, 2018

An Evening of Korean Poetry

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | February 22 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

Location:  2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Featured Speaker:  Sae-young Oh, poet

Speakers:  Jae Moo Lee, poet; Keutbyul Jeong, Ewha Womans University; David McCann, Harvard University

Moderator:  Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Please join us for an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also joining us will be Professors David McCann (Harvard University) and Youngmin Kwon (UC Berkeley).

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310

Panelist/Discussants:  Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

Moderator:  Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender

We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >

From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Eric Greene, Yale University

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >

The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture: Other Campus Events | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Sponsor:  Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns...   More >


Friday, February 23, 2018

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speakers:  Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

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

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Panelist/Discussant:  Rachel Stern, School of Law, UC Berkeley

Speaker/Performer:  Maria Repnikova, Department of Global Communication and Center for Global Information Studies, Georgia State University

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Who watches over the party-state? In this engaging analysis, Maria Repnikova reveals the webs of an uneasy partnership between critical journalists and the state in China. More than merely a passive mouthpiece or a dissident voice, the media in China also plays a critical oversight role, one more frequently associated with liberal democracies than with authoritarian systems. Chinese central...   More >


Monday, February 26, 2018

Panel on Innovative Uses of Media in Language Teaching

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

Panelist/Discussants:  David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies; Margot Szarke, Lecturer, French; Lihua Zhang, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Sponsor:  Berkeley Language Center

Media in Swahili Teaching: Hegemonic Tendencies of the Internet
David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies
Using examples from Swahili, this paper will show how the internet is slowly taking over to be the most popular form of media that instructors of Swahili are using for teaching Swahili.

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Creativity: Multimedia in the L2 classroom
Margot Szarke,...   More >

East Side Sushi

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Tickets sold out

Speakers/Performers:  Anthony Lucero, Director; Tomoharu Nakamura, Chef

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Join us for a screening of the a film East Side Sushi, followed by a Q&A with the Director Anthony Lucero and
Chef Tomoharu Nakamura of Wako Japanese Restaurant.

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can...   More >

Tickets required: Free

Ticket info:   Sold out.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Afterlives of Fetishism: A Conversation

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker:  Rosalind Morris, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Sponsor:  The Program in Critical Theory

A conversation with Rosalind Morris about her new book, The Returns of Fetishism: Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Film: In the Year of the Pig

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Emile de Antonio’s Academy Award–nominated In the Year of the Pig makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. The film “connects the bloody dots between politicians and business leaders, Western imperialists, and puppet governments, using a collage of rare archival footage from the French colonial period, film dispatches from the current conflict, and...   More >



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The role of dynamic and static volatility interruptions: Evidence from the Korean stock markets

Seminar: Center for Korean Studies | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Featured Speaker:  Speaker: Kyong Shik Eom, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Risk Management Research

We conduct a comprehensive analysis on the sequential introductions of dynamic and static volatility interruption (VI) in the Korean stock markets. The Korea Exchange introduced VIs to improve price formation, and to limit damage to investors from brief periods of abnormal volatility, for individual stocks. We find that dynamic VI is effective in stabilizing markets and price discovery, while the...   More >

Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speakers:  Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies

"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former...   More >

Camp and Campus

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Joyce Nao Takahashi

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies 122, UC Berkeley Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley

Cal alumna, Joyce Nao Takahashi (’55) was born in Berkeley, California, the second daughter of alumni, Henry (’26) and Barbara (’30) Takahashi. She grew up in Berkeley, with the exception of the “war years”, which she spent in Tanforan, California, Topaz, Utah and Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Berkeley High School, and the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph. D....   More >

Annual Chinese New Year Banquet

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | March 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Village

Location:  1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

[RSVP LIST IS CLOSED] 祝大家春節快樂! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Dog with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

Pre-payment is REQUIRED. $30 faculty & community; $15 students and UC staff; $8 for children.

Reservation required 

Reservation info:  PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED. Make reservations by calling 510-643-6322, or by emailing ccs-vs@berkeley.edu


2018 Year of the Dog

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, UCLA

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Robinson will discuss his new book, which examines the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some 500,000 people dead and more than one million others in detention. The book will be available for sale at the end of the lecture.

Geoff Robinson

Film:Interviews with My Lai Veterans

Film - Documentary: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Strick’s documentary spotlights five veterans who took part in the US military’s infamous My Lai massacre, the incident that opened the public’s eyes to the atrocities of the Vietnam War. With Frederick Wiseman’s Basic Training and Appalshop’s Whitesburg Epic.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Panel Discussion: Kronos Quartet, My Lai

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 3 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kronos Quartet’s collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman, My Lai revisits the horrors of the massacre and its aftermath. The work’s creators and performers visit BAMPFA for this conversation.

Film:Winter Soldier

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 3 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This record of testimony about American war crimes “may be the most important account we have of America’s tragic encounter with Vietnam. . . . Remains essential viewing” (Chicago Reader). With Peter Gessner’s short Time of the Locust.

Gamelan Çudamani's 20th Anniversary Tour

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 3 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

Sponsor:  Department of Music

On Saturday, March 3, 2018 the company performs at UC Berkeley's Hertz Hall at 7pm, in cooperation with the U.C Berkeley Department of Music. As Mt. Agung Volcano rumbles beneath their feet, Çudamani is preparing a special concert for Berkeley audiences. The Hertz Hall performance differs from any other program on this USA tour. The UC Berkeley program features world premieres by renowned...   More >

Tickets: $30 General Admission, $20 Students

Ticket info:  

or or by emailing info@festivalofsacredmusic.org


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Kronos Quartet: My Lai

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

Sponsor:  Cal Performances

Kronos Quartet’s fully-staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman explores the aftermath of My Lai—a tragic episode in the Vietman War when American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed villagers—from the perspective of the helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger’s score blends Rinde Eckert’s voice with the strings of the Kronos Quartet...   More >

Tickets required: $36-68 prices subject to change

Ticket info:  

or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Kronos Quartet will be presented on March 4, 2018 at 7pm in Zellerbach Hall


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture: Storm Clouds Over the Western Pacific: Challenges to American Strategy in East Asia

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 7 | 7-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

Speaker/Performer:  Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

Sponsor:  Military Sciences Program (ROTC)

This year, NROTC UC Berkeley is proud to present Admiral Dennis C. Blair at the annual Nimitz Lecture Series. Admiral Blair currently serves as a director and advisors to National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, and Freedom House....   More >


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Workshop with Dr. Stacey Sloboda

Workshop | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Shivani Sud

Sponsor:  Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group

Please join the Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group for an upcoming workshop with Stacey Sloboda, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We will be discussing her recent co-edited volume Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art.

RSVP recommended 

RSVP info:   RSVP by emailing Shivani Sud at shivanisud@berkeley.edu by March 5.

Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

Speaker:  Claudio Sopranzetti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Based on research conducted during politically charged protests in Bangkok in 2010, this talk presents an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers in the city that focuses not on the sturdiness of hegemony or the ubiquity of everyday resistance but on its potential fragility and the work needed for its maintenance.

Claudio Sopranzetti

Migrants, Monks, and Monasteries: Toward a History of South China Sea Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Jack Meng-Tat Chia, UC Berkeley/National University of Singapore

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Chinese migration since the nineteenth century have led to the spread of Buddhism to maritime Southeast Asia. Recently, scholars of Buddhism and historians of Chinese religions have begun to consider the connected history of Buddhism in China and Southeast Asia, using Buddhist records, epigraphic sources, as well as oral history interviews. In this talk, Jack Chia explores the transregional...   More >


Friday, March 9, 2018

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference - Empires: Past and Present

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Stanford Humanities Center

Location:  424 Saint Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Sponsors:  Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford Humanities Center

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference
Empires: Past and Present
Friday, March 9, 2018
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street

A century after the collapse of Europe's continental empires, we are living in an age that many contemporary scholars have characterized as still dominated by these imperial legacies as well as new forms of imperial rule. This conference will explore...   More >

RSVP recommended 

RSVP info:  

Abstracting Water to Extract Minerals in Mongolia’s South Gobi Province

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 9 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Moderator:  Franck Bille, Program Director, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Speaker/Performer:  Sara L. Jackson, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine has become a symbol of the promise of mining to revive Mongolia’s struggling economy and to propel the nation into a new era of prosperity. Water resources are vital to the operation of Oyu Tolgoi, which is expected to be in operation for at least thirty years. However, local residents, particularly nomadic herders, have raised concerns about the redirection of...   More >

An Intellectual History of Literati Localism, 1100-1500

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Peter Bol, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Panelist/Discussant:  Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literati communities took form at the local level in the twelfth century and developed various forms of voluntary activism in areas that had once been the province of the state and religious institutions. Some Neo-Confucians encouraged this voluntarism, but generally literati continued to see themselves as members of a national elite even if they lived their lives locally. This case study of...   More >


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Film: Hearts and Minds

Film - Documentary: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 11 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This Academy Award–winning documentary “holds a mirror up to our national conscience” (Judith Crist), revealing the effects of the Vietnam War on both North and South Vietnamese as well as Americans at home. With Carolee Schneemann’s short Viet-Flakes.


Monday, March 12, 2018

The Political Economy and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy in the Trump Era

Conference/Symposium | March 12 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room 295

Sponsors:  UC Berkeley School of Law, The Berkeley APEC Study Center, The Institute of East Asian Studies, Miller Center for Global Challenges and the Law, The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

With the Brexit referendum, election of Donald Trump, and the continued stasis at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the liberal, rules-based trading order is facing considerable pressure for business and policymakers. These pressures come from structural economic forces, systemic changes in geopolitics, domestic political conflicts in the US and elsewhere, and a rethinking of the ideological...   More >


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Global Backlash Against Human Rights: with Andrew Gilmore, UN Asst. Sec. Gen. for Human Rights

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 13 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Speaker/Performer:  Andrew Gilmour, United Nations

Sponsors:  Human Rights Center, International and Area Studies (IAS)

Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom is the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights heading OHCHR’s Office in New York. He will discuss global trends against human rights with specific comment on the plight of the Rohingya (he is newly returned from Cox’s Bazar), the situation in Yemen, and the treatment of the Yazidis by ISIS in northern Iraq. He is the senior UN official concerned with...   More >

Intimate concert of Javanese gamelan: by Ngudi Raras, a troupe of musicians visiting from Indonesia

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 13 | 7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

Sponsor:  Department of Music

Admission is free, seating is limited

https://philacimovic.wixsite.com/gamelantour2018/tour-schedule for information about the musicians


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ethnographic films by Director-cinematographer Xiangchen Liu

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

Location:  Map

Featured Speaker:  Xiangchen Liu, independent filmmaker

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Mongolian Initiative

Zul (documentary, 57 minutes)
The Mongolians in Bayanbulug Area, believers of Tibetan Buddhism, make a lengthy journey through ridges and passes to reach their winter pasture deep inside Mount Tianshan. There, while being isolated for 5 months by storm and snow, people celebrate Zul, the Lamp Lighting Festival on the 25th of October on the lunar calendar each year. On this Day of Death of...   More >

Meditation and Nonconceptual Awareness: Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

Speaker/Performer:  Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia

Sponsor:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Mindfulness meditation practices are often traditionally said to induce “nonconceptual” forms of awareness, and scientists and clinicians often repeat such descriptions. But what does “nonconceptual” mean? Clearly, without a precise specification of what a concept or conceptual cognition is, the notion of nonconceptuality is equally ill-defined. I present an account of concepts, concept...   More >


Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Strategy in Australia: what works, what doesn’t, and why?

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 510A IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room

Location:  1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Featured Speaker:  John Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus in the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities based in Canberra

Moderator:  Xiao Qiang, School of Information, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The resignation of Senator Sam Dastyari from the Australian Senate in December 2017 captured international attention. Senator Dastyari embarrassed his Labor Party colleagues once too often by his eagerness to please Beijing through his fund-raising activities, his public speeches, his policy preferences, his financial indiscretions and his apparent disregard for national security. Domestically,...   More >

Protesting Precarity in South Korea: Space, Infrastructure, and the Politics of the Body

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | March 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Jennifer Jihye Chun, University of Toronto

Moderator:  John Lie, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk draws upon field research conducted over the past decade to examine how and how under what conditions public cultures of protest flourish among South Korean workers in their struggles against ongoing employment precaritization and the intensification of capitalist inequality.

The Korean Challenge To US Foreign Policy

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

Speaker/Performer:  Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Fellow, Korea Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Sponsors:  Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Kathleen Stephens, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, is the William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She has four decades of experience in Korean affairs, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Korea in the 1970s, and in ensuing decades as a diplomat and as U.S. ambassador in Seoul.

Stephens came to...   More >

UCCSCC Lunar New Year's Banquet

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | March 15 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Stix

Location:  2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Sponsor:  University of California Club of Santa Clara Valley

Lunar New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It's a time for family reunions, for honoring ancestors and for thanking the gods for their blessings. You are all invited to celebrate the Year of the Dog with your Cal family.

RSVP info:  Mail your reservations with check payable to UCCSCC to: Jan Eurich, 5255 Stevens Creek Blvd., Wuite 235, Santa Clara, CA 95051-6664.

Film: No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Interviews with three black Vietnam veterans capture their experiences of institutional and everyday racism. With Keith Garrett’s look at African Americans in the military, The Black GI.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 16 | 9 a.m.-7:45 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

March 16, 9:00am - 7:45 pm, 180 Doe Library
March 17, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

This two-day symposium (with a screening of the film "Yellowing" on Day 2) focuses on two important student-led protest movements that took place in 2014 in in Taiwan and Hong Kong, nicknamed “Sunflowers and Umbrellas"...   More >


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 17 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510

Location:  1995 University Ave , Berkeley, CA 94704

Speaker/Performer:  Caverlee Cary

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

March 16, 9:00 am - 7:345pm, 180 Doe Library
March 17, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

This second day of the two-day symposium (Day 1 is held in 180 Doe Library) features a screening of the film "Yellowing" and a discussion with the filmmaker....   More >


Monday, March 19, 2018

Extending the Cross-Straits Cold War into the Third World: Taiwanese International Development in Asia and Africa

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 19 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  James Lin, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Moderator:  Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Strait Talk, UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for African Studies

In 1959 in the face of Communist insurgency in north Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam regime forwarded a request to Taiwan for twenty to thirty agricultural technicians to assist their rural development program and win the hearts and minds of Vietnamese villages. In response to this formed the inaugural Taiwanese international development mission that eventually was subsumed into Taiwan’s...   More >


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Views on Tibet's Linguistic Diversity

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time

Featured Speaker:  Gerald Roche, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Moderator:  Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Research on Tibet’s linguistic diversity in the West dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. However, a surge in descriptive and documentary linguistics in the twenty-first century has radically altered our understanding of Tibet’s rich and complex linguistic ecology. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging picture of Tibet as a cradle of linguistic diversity in the...   More >

Sara Shneiderman | Restructuring Life: Agencies and Infrastructures in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster State of Transformation

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Speaker:  Sara Shneiderman, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia

Moderator:  Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of International Studies

Join us for two talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Sara Shneiderman and Prof. Mark Turin.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Synergy of Electrified Transportation and Renewable Energy Systems: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Speaker:  Zechun Hu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

Sponsor:  CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

With the help of government policies and technology improvements, the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have experienced an explosive growth in recent years around the world. The transition of vehicles’ refueling from gas stations to charging stations will have remarkable impact on energy systems.

Intersectionality and Poverty: An Analysis of Women with Disabilities in the Philippines Through the Lens of Developmental Studies and Disability Studies

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room (221)

Speaker/Performer:  Prof Soya Mori, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization

Sponsor:  Department of Anthropology

Please join us for a talk by Soya Mori (Professor and Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley Dept of Anthropology) on Wednesday, March 21st at 4pm, in the Gifford Room (221), Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley.

This talk (part of the HIFIS Disability Studies Occasional Lecture Series) is free and open to the public....   More >


Thursday, March 22, 2018

This Is Not My Mother’s Adobo!!!: The Cultural Politics of Philippine Cuisine in a Foodie World

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Martin Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group

This talk examines recent declarations about Philippine Cuisine as the new exciting food trend in the culinary world. By interrogating notions of authenticity, appropriation, and commodification, the talk will attempt to "stir the pot" with issues of transnational culinary expertise and Filipino hiya (shame).

Martin Manalansan IV


Friday, March 23, 2018

Strait Talk Berkeley Symposium: Presenting the "Consensus Document" Panel Discussion

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

Performer Group:
 

The delegates from Mainland China, Taiwan, and the US

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Berkeley community is cordially invited to the Public Presentation and Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Strait Talk Berkeley Symposium (海峽尋新柏克萊論壇/海峡寻新伯克利论坛). This year's symposium takes place from March 19 to March 23, 2018. Eleven delegates from Mainland China,...   More >


Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Chrysanthemum with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | March 25 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Sponsor:  Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

Registration required: $75, $65 members

Registration info:  

or by calling 510- 664 - 9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Film: Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Herzog accompanies a Vietnam War POW back to the jungles of Laos to relive his imprisonment and torture in this award-winning documentary. With Jack Chambers’s short Hybrid.


Monday, April 2, 2018

The Pasts and Futures of Queer Marxism

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

Featured Speaker:  Petrus Liu, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Boston University

Sponsors:  Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

As the neoliberal crisis has brought about new conditions of vulnerability, precarity, and disposability, there is a resurgence of critical interest in the meeting points between queer theory and Marxism, two intellectual traditions that have previously been characterized as analytically distinct, historically successive, and even politically incompatible. While intellectual projects aimed at...   More >

Vinyl Soul: Music, Noise, and Silence in a Time of Mass Murder

Colloquium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 2 | 5:10 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

Sponsor:  Department of Music

In the early morning hours of October 1, 1965, a group of low-ranking military officers kidnapped and killed six generals who were allegedly plotting a coup against then-president Sukarno. The army, under major general Suharto, responded by blaming the murder of the generals on the PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia), which was at the time the third largest Communist party in the world. In the ensuing...   More >


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Bay View Room (5th Floor)

Speaker/Performer:  Tae Sup Geum

Sponsors:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS), ASUC

Join us in a Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum to talk about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the implications it has for South Korea, its relations with the United States and the state of democracy as a whole. How was a peaceful transition of power possible in South Korea, and how could it be possible elsewhere? This event is open to...   More >


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Islamic Texts Circle: Muhammad in the Qur'an

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Sponsor:  Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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

RSVP required 

RSVP info:   RSVP by calling 5106428208, or by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

In the Intense Now

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | April 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Salles portrays the pivotal, tumultuous 1960s through archival footage and home movies from May ’68 Paris, Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia, China during the Cultural Revolution, and Brazil under military rule. “It’s a documentary that’s really a meditation—history made poetic” (Variety).


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Buddhist and Muslim Perspectives on the Contemporary Crisis in Myanmar

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  John Clifford Holt, Bowdoin College

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

Voices from each of the major communities (Arakanese, Burmese and Rohingya) articulate narratives of siege when explaining how the current con icts between Buddhists and Muslims have unfolded recently in Myanmar. Why are respective understandings of belonging and exclusion so seriously contested? How do ethno-religious perspectives and contemporary geo-political realities complicate these...   More >

Angels Wear White

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | April 5 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The assault of two underage girls by a local official in a sunlight-bathed seaside town becomes the focal point for this seething study of the challenges women face in Chinese society.


Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 6 | 9:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. | East Asia Library, ROOM 224

Location:  518 Memorial Way, Stanford, CA

Sponsors:  Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >


Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 7 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | East Asia Library, Room 224

Location:  518 Memorial Way, Stanford, CA

Sponsors:  Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >


Monday, April 9, 2018

Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

Rani D. Mullen | China and India in Afghanistan: A long-term strategic loss for Afghanistan or a win-win for all?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

Speaker:  Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

Moderator:  Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dr. Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Security of the Korean Peninsula after the Olympics: Perspectives on South Korea, North Korea, China Trilateral Relations

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speakers:  Soojin Park, Wilson Center; Yun Sun, Stimson Center; Mark Tokola, Korea Economic Institute of America

Moderator:  T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Korea Economic Institute of America, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The 2018 Winter Olympics presented an opportunity for reduced tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but can it help lead to a better outcome for the North Korea nuclear crisis or is it just a one-off event? At this time of heightened uncertainty in Northeast Asia, please join us for a panel co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America to discuss the increasingly complex relations among...   More >


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia: Islamic Discourse in the Context of State Power

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Dominik Muller, Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on debates in the anthropology of the state, Dr. Müller will empirically illustrate and theoretically explain “family resemblances” and differences of bureaucratized Islam in Southeast Asia, mainly drawing upon his own ethnographic work in Brunei and Singapore.

Dominik Muller

ARCH Lecture: Chat Chuenrudeemol

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Sponsor:  College of Environmental Design

WED, APR 11, 6:30pm. The Director of CHAT architects (a CED alumnus) will talk about the relationship between Bangkoks street vernacular and the citys built and theoretical designs, both of which are referred to as Bangkok Bastards. Open to the public!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Buddhist Painting, Painters and Performance

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Ronald M. Davidson, Fairfield University

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

From the Gupta-Vākāṭaka period forward, Buddhist rituals featured painting on cloth and other media as part of their increasingly elaborate ritual program. The paintings from Ajanta, Bedsa and other sites in India exemplify in some measure the importance of painting systems for Indian Buddhists. In Buddhist usage, both the painter and paintings were sanctified with ritual systems...   More >

G Yamazawa -SOLD OUT: Performance and Q/A

Performing Arts - Other: Center for Japanese Studies | April 12 | 5:30 p.m. | Morrison Hall, Elkus Room, 125 | Tickets sold out

Performer:  G YAMAZAWA

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies 122, The UC Berkeley Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, Asian Pacific American System-wide Alliance (APASA), The Asian Pacific American Student Development Office (APASD)

Born in Durham, NC and raised by Japanese immigrants, poet and musical artist George "G" Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered to be one of the top spoken word artists in the U.S.

Nominated for Best New Hip Hop Artist by the 2016 Carolina Music Awards, G continues to challenge American perspective on race & culture, poetry & rap, and the phenomena of the human condition through his poetry...   More >

Tickets required: Free

Ticket info:   Sold out.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 13 | 1-5:30 p.m. | 510A 1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

Location:  1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

Keynote speaker:  Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology, UCLA

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference continues on Saturday at 9:30 am.

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.

"Supply Exceeds Demand. Demand Exceeds Supply." Ye Qianyu (1907-1995). Modern Sketch. 1935.

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 13 | 2-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, Room 220

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Please join us on April 13th and 14th for the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. Labor has and continues to be an important analytic in Japanese Studies as it illuminates diverse phenomena such as macro-economic change, state-society relations, and industrial development.

Shirkers

Film - Feature: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 13 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A lost-and-found film made in Singapore decades ago prompts this buoyant personal documentary about movie love, female friendship, and the urge for creative expression. Winner of the Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary, at Sundance.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 510A 1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

Location:  1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference begins on Friday at 1 pm.

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.

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, Room 220

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Please join us on April 13th and 14th for the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. Labor has and continues to be an important analytic in Japanese Studies as it illuminates diverse phenomena such as macro-economic change, state-society relations, and industrial development.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Japanese Language Resources

Information Session | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Rm. 341

Speaker:  Toshie Marra

Sponsor:  Library

Introduction to research resources in Japanese language in the area of humanities and social sciences.


Friday, April 20, 2018

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

Panelist/Discussant:  Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Making Immigrant Knowledge from Collective Memories: Watching the Process Unfold in Spain

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

Speaker/Performer:  Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University

Sponsors:  Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC., Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Latin American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Volkswagen Stiftung

The voices and spaces of immigrants come together to form collective memories. This, in turn, constitutes an important basis of community knowledge. Evelyn Hu-DeHart reflects on this process with the example ofBarcelona, where she currently teaches about new Chinese immigrants. Her research examines the distant history of Chinese in the Spanish Empire, first in Manila in the 16th century, then in...   More >

RSVP recommended 

RSVP info:  

or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike@berkeley.edu by April 19.

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

Sponsor:  Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?

Tickets required: $13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tour of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies: Cal Day

Tour/Open House: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 21 | 2-3 p.m. |  East Asian Library

Sponsor:  Library

Tour the East Asian Library, with collections in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean now totaling over 1.1 million volumes, and view “The Art of Masako Takahashi,” a special exhibit sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies. This is a stop on the Library Passport!

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

Sponsor:  Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?

Tickets required: $13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

Sponsor:  Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?

Tickets required: $13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Ticket info:  

or or by emailing tdpsboxoffice@berkeley.edu


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Political Ecology in China and Laos

Seminar: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 24 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

Speakers/Performers:  Juliet Lu, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Erik Sathe, Department of Integrative Biology

Sponsor:  KALX 90.7 FM

Juliet is a political ecologist studying the power dynamics involved with the rubber production industry in China and in Laos. In the interview, Juliet explains how political ecology is useful as a lens to explore the interplay of government policy, industry, and conservation.

Juliet Lu

Chinese Language Resources in Humanities and Classics

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Rm. 341

Speaker/Performer:  Jianye He

Sponsor:  Library

Introduction to selected Chinese research resources on Sinology in both print and electronic format.

The Art of Ingenuity: The Swindle Story around the World

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 24 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia

Panelist/Discussant:  Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Why do collections of swindle stories appear at certain times and places? In China, for example, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, the early Republican era, the early Mao era, and during the last 20 years. And comparable works exist around the world. What, for example, do Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles (Ming China, 1617), Richard King’s The New Cheats...   More >


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Rm. 341

Speaker:  Bruce Williams

Sponsor:  Library

Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Dafna Zur, Stanford University

Moderator:  Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Figuring Korean Futures is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. This privileged location enabled writers and illustrators, educators and psychologists, intellectual elite and laypersons to envision the child as a powerful antidote to the present and as an uplifting metaphor of colonial Korea's future.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 27 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

The aim of this conference, jointly organized by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Attendance restrictions:  This event is free and open to the public.

Placing Asia

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 27 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Suite 510

Sponsor:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Friday April 27, 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday April 28 9:30 am - 1:15 pm

What is Asia? Since the evolution of Area Studies out of its singular post-war focus on defining and understanding alterity, the field has grappled with this central question through an array of analytical frames: the nation-state, identity, culture, belief systems, economies, flows, and connectivity. This conference seeks to...   More >

The Influence of Immigration on Tourism - The Case of Canada

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall | Note change in location

Speaker/Performer:  Frederic Dimanche, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Ryerson University

Sponsors:  Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Tourism Studies Working Group

Over half of all immigrants in Canada settled in three major tourism destinations: Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal. Before the 1980s, Canada was welcoming over half of all immigrants and travellers from Europe and America. Now the share of these immigrants has decreased to under 30% as of 2016 and Asia has become over the years the main source of immigrants (over 48%). Mirroring this trend,...   More >

Conference Keynote: Challenges of Migrant Workers Protection in ASEAN

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 27 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Anis Hidayah, Founder, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

Anis Hidayah founded Migrant Care, a non-profit organization for Indonesians working abroad, in 2004, with an advocacy emphasis on policy change at the national and regional level and on redressing human rights abuses of overseas workers. She is presenting the keynote speech for the CSEAS conference "Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia".

Anis Hidayah

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

Sponsor:  Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?

Tickets required: $13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Placing Asia

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | 510 Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor)

Sponsor:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

April 27 9 am - 4 pm
April 28 9:30 am - 1:15 pm

What is Asia? Since the evolution of Area Studies out of its singular post-war focus on defining and understanding alterity, the field has grappled with this central question through an array of analytical frames: the nation-state, identity, culture, belief systems, economies, flows, and connectivity. This conference seeks to move area studies...   More >

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia - Morning Panel

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

On the second day of this conference, a panel session will be held in the morning in 180 Doe Library. The final plenary sessions with invited senior scholars will be held in the afternoon in the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Attendance restrictions:  This event is free and open to the public.

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia - Plenary Sessions

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 28 | 1-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Speakers:  Nicole Constable, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Rebecca Elmhirst, Reader in Human Geography, University of Brighton; Michele Ford, Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Sydney; Johan Lindquist, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University; Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics, Keele University; Brenda Yeoh, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore; Aihwa Ong, Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Christine Padoch, Senior Curator Emerita, Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden

Moderators:  Rachel Silvey, Professor of Geography; Richard Charles Lee Director, Asian Institute, University of Toronto; Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

The final plenary sessions of this conference - which aims to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia - will be held from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Attendance restrictions:  This event is free and open to the public.

Javanese Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 28 | 7:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

Sponsor:  Department of Music

featuring Midiyanto, a renowned shadow master and musician, who teaches at UC Berkeley and performs throughout the U.S. as well as in Indonesia, Australia, and Singapore. He will be accompanied by Gamelan Sari Raras (Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors), featuring vocalist Heni Savitri and guest drummer Danis Sugiyanto.

Tickets: $15 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

Sponsor:  Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?

Tickets required: $13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

Sponsor:  Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?

Tickets required: $13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Ticket info:  

or or by emailing tdpsboxoffice@berkeley.edu

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Film - Documentary: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 29 | 8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Speaker/Performer:  BAMPFA

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Built around interviews with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Morris’s Academy Award–winning film is a haunted reflection on US military power from World War II through the war in Vietnam.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

K-POP/M-POP/HIP-HOP--A Korea/Mongolia Mixtape: Youth, Expression, and the New Nationalism in East Asia

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | May 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A panel of scholars discuss and compare emergent themes in popular culture and politics in Korea and Mongolia, illustrated with clips from music and performance.

K-POP/M-POP/HIP-HOP--A Korea/Mongolia Mixtape Youth, Expression, and the New Nationalism in East Asia

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Mongolia Initiative | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speakers:  Eun-young Jung, Independent Scholar; Franck Bille, UC Berkeley

Moderator:  Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

Speakers/Performers:  Peter K. Marsh, Cal State East Bay; Donna Kwon, University of Kentucky; Charlotte D'Evelyn, Loyola Marymount University; Kendra Van Nyhuis, UC Berkeley; Marissa Smith, San Jose State; Stephanie Choi, UC Santa Barbara

Sponsor:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A panel of scholars discuss and compare emergent themes in popular culture and politics in Korea and Mongolia.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 2 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Fall welcome misc.

Sponsor:  Department of Music

Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music and dance - student ensembles led by Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata, and Lisa Gold

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by...   More >


Friday, May 4, 2018

Across the High Seas: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 4 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speakers/Performers:  Hyunhee Park, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Chapurukha Kusimba, American University; Steven Sidebotham, University of Delaware; Eivind Heldaas Seland, University of Bergen; Ariane de Saxé, CNRS; Jun Kimura, Tokai University; James Lankton, UCL; Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University; Osmund Bopearachchi, Berkeley/CNRS; Jiang Bo, National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Beijing

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

With contributions by archaeologists and historians, the conference will focus on the spatial configurations specific to maritime trade, and the transformations of cultural and material artifacts maritime exchanges have led to.

In the Intense Now

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | May 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Salles portrays the pivotal, tumultuous 1960s through archival footage and home movies from May ’68 Paris, Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia, China during the Cultural Revolution, and Brazil under military rule. “It’s a documentary that’s really a meditation—history made poetic” (Variety).


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Li Ka-Shing Foundation Workshop on Modern Chinese History

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | May 5 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Sponsors:  Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The LKSF Workshop brings together doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows from across the Bay Area to present innovative research in the field of modern Chinese history.

RSVP required 

RSVP info:   RSVP by emailing Brooks Jessup at brooks.jessup@berkeley.edu by May 1.

Across the High Seas: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 5 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speakers:  Hyunhee Park, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Chapurukha Kusimba, American University; Steven Sidebotham, University of Delaware; Eivind Heldaas Seland, University of Bergen; Ariane de Saxé, CNRS; Jun Kimura, Tokai University; James Lankton, UCL; Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University; Jiang Bo, National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Beijing

Panelist/Discussant:  Osmund Bopearachchi, Berkeley/CNRS

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

With contributions by archaeologists and historians, the conference will focus on the spatial configurations specific to maritime trade, and the transformations of cultural and material artifacts maritime exchanges have led to.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 15 | 4-6 p.m. |  Women's Faculty Club

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Law of the Sea Institute, UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies

At this forum, the research results of the Berkeley-Cambridge workshop on “Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas” will be reviewed and discussed in terms of relevance and use of history in contemporary international relations problems today. Anchored in the disciplines of historical and international studies...   More >


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Migration and Diaspora: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 31 – June 2, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Suite 510 Conference Room

Speaker/Performer:  Shane Carter

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

The 2018 Summer Institute for Community College instructors will consider migration and diaspora from the standpoints of wide-ranging disciplines, including history, literature, anthropology, visual arts, genetics, journalism, and international law. Join your teaching colleagues in this exploration of human migrations of the distant past, causes of migration, the subjective experiences of both...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: free


Friday, June 1, 2018

Migration and Diaspora: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 31 – June 2, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Suite 510 Conference Room

Speaker/Performer:  Shane Carter

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

The 2018 Summer Institute for Community College instructors will consider migration and diaspora from the standpoints of wide-ranging disciplines, including history, literature, anthropology, visual arts, genetics, journalism, and international law. Join your teaching colleagues in this exploration of human migrations of the distant past, causes of migration, the subjective experiences of both...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: free

Registration info:   Registration opens January 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by May 11.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Migration and Diaspora: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 31 – June 2, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Suite 510 Conference Room

Speaker/Performer:  Shane Carter

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

The 2018 Summer Institute for Community College instructors will consider migration and diaspora from the standpoints of wide-ranging disciplines, including history, literature, anthropology, visual arts, genetics, journalism, and international law. Join your teaching colleagues in this exploration of human migrations of the distant past, causes of migration, the subjective experiences of both...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: free

Registration info:   Registration opens January 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by May 11.

Shadow Puppet Faces!: A Family Shadow Puppetry Workshop

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 2 | 1-2 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Daniel Barash

Sponsor:  Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of THE SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP. In conjunction with current exhibition Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, Daniel will first introduce workshop participants to the art of shadow puppetry, including numerous puppets from Southeast Asia. Then participants will have the opportunity to make unique shadow puppets that bring...   More >


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Traditional Japanese Hand Tools and Joinery Construction

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | June 10 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Sponsor:  Botanical Garden

Come learn all about traditional Japanese woodworking. Through understanding a variety of tools and their use in making joinery, you will leave with knowledge of creating beautiful wood to wood connections with no glues or fasteners! Instructor Jay Van Arsdale will bring tools and joinery samples, and after a morning or demonstration students will be able to try their hand at using them.

Registration: $75, $65 members

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Architecture: Space Power and Community: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 25 – 27, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Suite 510 Conference Room

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

The 2018 Summer Institute for k-12 teachers will explore the interplay between built spaces, individuals, communities, and institutions. Our program will begin with recent research into how the human brain interacts with physical spaces. From there, participants will learn about a global sampling of built environments, considering spaces from perspectives such as visual arts, religious...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free

Registration info:   Registration opens January 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 20.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Architecture: Space Power and Community: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 25 – 27, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Suite 510 Conference Room

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

The 2018 Summer Institute for k-12 teachers will explore the interplay between built spaces, individuals, communities, and institutions. Our program will begin with recent research into how the human brain interacts with physical spaces. From there, participants will learn about a global sampling of built environments, considering spaces from perspectives such as visual arts, religious...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free

Registration info:   Registration opens January 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 20.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Architecture: Space Power and Community: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 25 – 27, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Suite 510 Conference Room

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

The 2018 Summer Institute for k-12 teachers will explore the interplay between built spaces, individuals, communities, and institutions. Our program will begin with recent research into how the human brain interacts with physical spaces. From there, participants will learn about a global sampling of built environments, considering spaces from perspectives such as visual arts, religious...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dipu Moni | Rohingya Exodus: Beyond the Man-made Human Tragedy

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Speaker:  Dipu Moni, Bangladeshi politician and former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh

Moderator:  Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

Sponsors:  The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Project, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Center for Global Public Health, Master of Development Practice, Bangladeshi Student Association

An evening with Bangladeshi politician and former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. Dipu Moni.

RSVP required 

RSVP info:   RSVP by calling Adele Perera at 510-642-3608, or by emailing Adele Perera at isasasst@berkeley.edu by July 16.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream, and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.”


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream, and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.”



Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Faces of Japanese Performing Arts: Hearst Museum Lounge Lecture

Lecture | August 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Nick Ishimaru, Theatre of Yugen

Sponsor:  Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this event -
Nick Ishimaru will present a lecture on the history of Japanese performing arts, focusing on the types of masks and facial expressions used in these dramatic forms. He will be bringing with him several masks, as well as demonstrating how to wear them and performing selected excerpts of plays to show off how they would be used in performance.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Chung Kuo China

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | August 26 | 2-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

"Chung Kuo Cina is a film about a China seen but not known, observed, but not explained, and that is its wonderful power and its secret happiness." (Sam Rohdie)


<< September 2018 >>

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Book Talk: Farewell, Circus by Woon-Yeong Cheon

Colloquium | September 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Woon-Yeoung Cheon has been acclaimed as one of South Korea's most daring and provocative literary voices. In Farewell, Circus (2018), Cheon's nightmarish, grotesque style is movingly mixed with a dreamy tone to create a story as much about an individual woman's personal quest for freedom as it is about disability, marginalization, and transnational migration.

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: Go Hasegawa

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | September 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Sponsor:  College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 5, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies. Go Hasegawa will speak about his practice &amp; approach of exploring new possibilities &amp; building new connections. Also live streaming in 106 Wurster. Open to all!


Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe)

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

Registration recommended: Free

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Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 7 | 9:45 a.m.-7 p.m. | Doe Library, 180 and 190

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

Registration recommended: Free

Registration info:  


Saturday, September 8, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Doe Library, 180 and 190

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

Registration recommended: Free

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Navigating Bureaucracy and Generating Vulnerability at an Agri-environmental Research Institute

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Tim McLellan, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

Panelist/Discussant:  Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Conducting research in China throws up numerous headaches, from acquiring official invitation letters and securing permissions for field research to navigating the anti-corruption measures that govern the use of research funding. One well-documented strategy for overcoming such challenges is to leverage informal social relationships (guanxi) with government officials to circumvent formal rules...   More >


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

California-China Partnership on Energy and Climate Change

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 11 | 1-4 p.m. | Alumni House, TOLL ROOM

Sponsors:  CENTER FOR ECONOMICS, RESOURCES, AND INNOVATION, Berkeley - Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change (BTJRC)

Two of the world’s leading economies, California and China, share a determination to address climate risk and other sustainability challenges with bold commitments to policy technology innovation. Finding themselves at the forefront of efforts to secure long-term prosperity for their own people and those who would follow their example, the two have established a multi-faceted alliance for...   More >

California-China Partnership on Energy and Climate Change

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 11 | 1-4 p.m. | Alumni House, TOLL ROOM

Sponsors:  CENTER FOR ECONOMICS, RESOURCES, AND INNOVATION, Berkeley - Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change (BTJRC)

Two of the world’s leading economies, California and China, share a determination to address climate risk and other sustainability challenges with bold commitments to policy technology innovation. Finding themselves at the forefront of efforts to secure long-term prosperity for their own people and those who would follow their example, the two have established a multi-faceted alliance for...   More >

Tickets required: FREE

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Film Screening: Goodbye My Love, North Korea: Special Academic Preview Screening with Filmmaker Soyoung Kim

Film - Documentary: Center for Korean Studies | September 12 | 3-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Soyoung Kim, Korea National University of Arts

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

(Kim Soyoung, 2017, 89 min, South Korea, Korean w/ English subtitles, Color, Digital)

"Goodbye My Love North Korea" looks back on the lives of 8 young North Koreans who went to study at the Moscow Film School in Russia right after the Korean War. In Moscow, they named themselves the '8 Squad' and formed a deep and lasting friendship. By 1958, they had become political exiles after denouncing...   More >


Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Subaltern Cosmopolitanism: “Koryo” Cinema of diaspora archive and Exile Trilogy

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | September 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Soyoung Kim, Professor of Cinema Studies, Korea National University of Arts

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The Subaltern Cosmopolitanism: “Koryo” Cinema of diaspora archive and Exile Trilogy
Thursday, September 13th at 4:00 pm
180 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley

Free and Open to the Public | Wheelchair Accessible | Refreshments Provided


Friday, September 14, 2018

Film Screening: "My life in China"

Film - Documentary: Center for Chinese Studies | September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Kenneth Eng, Independent Film Director

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Together But Apart: Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families in the Digital Age

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

Speaker:  Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss her new book, which explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S.

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsor:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date and location

Speaker:  Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

Sponsors:  Department of History, Institute of International Studies

As a historian who approaches the U.S. West and Mexican North primarily from the perspective of their shared borderlands, Professor Truett is interested in the crossings—social, cultural, and environmental—that have connected these two regions to the rest of the Americas and the world at large. Known best for his work in borderlands history, he also works actively in western U.S. history,...   More >

Rohingya Crisis, One Year On: Research and Reflections

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

Moderator:  Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.

Panelist:  Rohini J. Haar, Emergency medicine physician with expertise in health and human rights

Panelist:  Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

Panelist:  Félim McMahon, echnology and Human Rights Program Director at the Human Rights Center and Director of its Human Rights Investigations Lab

Sponsors:  The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Human Rights Center

A panel discussion on the Rohingya Crisis


Friday, September 21, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsor:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >


Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Place of Paris in Vietnamese Diasporic Fiction

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

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

Sponsor:  Center for Race and Gender

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

Hello, Shadowlands: Inside The Booming World Of Southeast Asian Organized Crime

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Speaker:  Patrick Winn, Public Radio International

Moderator:  Joseph Scalice, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of International Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Mass media and Hollywood fixate on stories of Mexican cartels, Sicilian mafioso and Russian gangsters. But they've largely overlooked the growing power of Southeast Asian organized crime. Within the next decade, the region's booming black markets will be worth $375 billion — more than the legit output of many Asian countries.

These crime syndicates can corrupt governments, skew policy and...   More >

Thangkas, Texts, and the Silk Route

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Ann Shaftel, Dalhousie University

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

In a richly illustrated presentation on the challenges of applying conservation science to Buddhist sacred thangkas and texts, Ann Shaftel will include a discussion of the relationship between thangkas and texts, and the evolving function of thangkas in Buddhist philosophy, textural history and culture. The images accompanying her talk will feature Silk Route thangkas, and others from her 48...   More >


Friday, September 28, 2018

Socialist China’s New Exhibitions: Rethinking Class, Material Culture, and Propaganda

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Denise Y. Ho, Assistant Professor of twentieth-century Chinese History, Yale University

Panelist/Discussant:  Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk examines the origins and Mao-era elaborations on “new exhibitions” in socialist China, the practice of displaying personal possessions as a way to articulate meanings of class in both “old China” and “new China.” During the Socialist Education Movement, “class education exhibitions” linked material objects to class status, arguing for the persistence of class and the need for...   More >

Illustrations of the Parinirvāṇa Cycle in Kucha

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

Speaker/Performer:  Monika Zin, University of Leipzig

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

At least 100 caves in Kucha contain (or once contained) murals depicting scenes connected with the Buddha's death. The paintings are typically located in the rear part of the caves, in corridors behind the Buddha in the main niche. The illustrations begin with the episodes from the Buddha's last journey and end with the first council in Rājagṛha. It is solely through comparative...   More >


Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Influence of the Republican Period on the Painting of Ming China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Heyns Faculty Club

Speaker:  Craig Clunas, FBA, Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford

Panelist/Discussant:  Patricia Berger, Professor Emerita, Chinese Art, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The creation of a modern Chinese art in the first half of the twentieth century necessarily required the creation of its opposite - ‘traditional Chinese art’, that which by definition was not modern. The materials out of which traditional Chinese art, and in particular ‘traditional Chinese painting’ were constructed were many and various, including the actual art of the past, and the copious...   More >

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


Friday, October 5, 2018

China's Crisis of Success

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

Speaker:  William H. Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University

Panelist/Discussant:  Thomas Gold, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, China's Crisis of Success, William Overholt shows that China's rise has reached a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth. Continued success requires re-invention of its economy and politics. The old economic strategy based on exports and infrastructure now piles up debt without producing sustainable economic growth, and Chinese...   More >


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Berkeley China Summit

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | October 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

Sponsors:  Cal Alumni Association, Chinese Chapter

Organized and sponsored by official UC Berkeley alumni and students organizations, endorsed and supported by UC Berkeley administration, the Berkeley China Summit 伯克利中美峰会 (“BCS”) is a full-day on-campus conference, aimed to connect China’s businesses and investors with the technology, engineering, and business innovation expertise on UC Berkeley...   More >


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Katya Cengel, journalist

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies

Journalist Katya Cengel will discuss her new book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back (Potomac Books, 2018) which follows the stories of four Cambodian families, as they confront criminal deportation 40 years after their resettlement in the U.S. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Eastwind Books.


Monday, October 15, 2018

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

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

Speaker:  Professor Youngjun Kim, Korea National Defense University

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

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

Architecture Lecture: Takaharu Tezuka: Nostalgic Future

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | October 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Takaharu Tezuka

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), College of Environmental Design, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

NOSTALGIC FUTURE
Real human life is supported by latest technologies. Our good future is depending on the respect for the wisdom from our past. We are still a part of the whole environment, yet still in the most advanced society.

ABOUT TAKAHARU TEZUKA
Architect / President of Tezuka Architects / Professor of Tokyo City University

1964 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1987 B. Arch.,...   More >


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mother, Daughter, Sister - Film Screening and Panel on Sexual Violence in Myanmar

Film - Documentary: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Panelist/Discussants:  Jeanne Hallacy, Filmmaker; Myo Win, Burmese Interfaith Activist; Wai Wai Nu, Burmese attorney and activist; Kenneth Wong, Lecturer, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Sponsors:  Human Rights Center, Human Rights Law Student Association, Amnesty International, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

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

RSVP recommended 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mobility, Expulsion and Claims to Home: Migrant Organizing in an Era of Deportation and Dispossession

Colloquium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

Speaker/Performer:  Monisha Das Gupta, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sponsors:  Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

The virulence and pervasiveness of immigration enforcement have fueled migrants to organize in heterogeneous ways. My research about and activism in the movement during the last eight years have evolved into an engagement with a strain of anti-deportation organizing which takes up the cause of the most indefensible of immigrants and refugees -- those labeled criminal aliens. Non-citizens, who are...   More >

Creative Placemaking and the Public Commons: Community Building through Art in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and San Francisco

Presentation: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Moderator:  Katherine Bruhn, Dissertation Fellow, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Global Urban Humanities

A presentation by artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta, Indonesia - part of “Bangkit/Arise”, an arts exchange and residency. Participating artists: Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Jose Guerra Awe, Christopher Statton, Megan Wilson, Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Hari Ndarvati, Muhammad Yusuf, Wedhar Riyadi, Eko Didyk Sukowati, and Vina Puspita.

DISENFRANCHISED: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

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

Speaker:  Joel Andreas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

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

Sponsor:  Department of Sociology

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


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

The Screen in Sound: Toward a Theory of Listening

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Featured Speaker:  Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

Sponsor:  Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This lecture is drawn from Rey Chow’s chapter in the anthology Sound Objects (Duke UP, forthcoming), ed. James A. Steintrager and Rey Chow. By foregrounding crucial connections among sound studies, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary acousmatic experiences, the lecture presents listening as a trans-disciplinary problematic through which different fields of study resonate in fascinating ways.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation, Resistance, and the American Museum

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 23 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Sarita Echavez See, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

Sponsor:  Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Prof. See will discuss her new book The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation, Resistance, and the American Museum (NYU Press, 2017) - a counterdisciplinary study of the epistemological, aesthetic and curatorial politics of collecting things and people.

A New Malaysia? Elite Defectors and Opposition Success in Malaysia’s 2018 Elections

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

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

Election night, May 2018


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

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

Speaker/Performer:  Mariachiara Gasparini, University of California Riverside

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

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


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Reflections on the Movement to Revive the Precepts in Kamakura Japan: With a focus on Eison’s 叡尊 Chōmonshū 聴聞集

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Paul Groner, University of Virginia

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

Although Japanese monks are renowned for their disregard for the precepts and monastic discipline, serious monks were concerned with whether they actually were proper Buddhists or not. Professor Groner uses a set of fragments from Eison’s 叡尊 (1201-1290) to explore how serious monks strove to revive the precepts and ordinations. By delving into the background of some of the fragments...   More >


Friday, October 26, 2018

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

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

Speaker/Performer:  Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies

Sponsor:  Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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

"Special Talent in the Chest, Special Eyes under the Brows": Jīn Shèngtàn’s (1608-1661) Discursion on Travel in his Commentary to The Story of the Western Wing: “胸中別才、眉下別眼”:金聖嘆《西廂記》漫筆遊記與評點

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Stephen H. West, Foundation Professor of Chinese; Head of East and Southeast Asian Section, Arizona State University

Panelist/Discussant:  Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; EALC, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

An eccentric commentary to the famous drama The Story of the Western Wing (西廂記) may seem like strange place to begin a discussion about travel. But Jīn Shèngtàn's (金聖嘆) commentarial exegeses are in fact noted for their discursive nature.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | October 31 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

Sponsor:  Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

Registration required: $40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff

Registration info:  CANCELLED.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Study Abroad in Japan

Information Session: Center for Japanese Studies | November 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Sponsor:  Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn more about the possible study abroad options in Japan and opportunities to fund your study in Japan.

Hear what previous Japan study abroad students have to say about their experiences, answering questions like:
Why study abroad in Japan?
What are all of the opportunities and how can I learn more?
How would this apply to my future career?


Monday, November 5, 2018

Investigating "Security Roads": Southeast Asia and South Korea's Nascent Construction Industry

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  John P. DiMoia, Seoul National University

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk considers South Korea’s relationship to Southeast Asia through the pair of Thailand and South Vietnam, looking at the “new” relationships formed in the aftermath of the Korean War. With diplomatic ties restored in the mid to late 1950s, the ROK began to make inquiries while pursuing infrastructure projects, often connecting with the same pool of international...   More >

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

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

Moderator:  Andrew Barshay, Professor, UC Berkeley

Speaker/Performer:  Takashi Fujitani, Professor, University of Toronto

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

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

Petroleum Powered: Resources and the Transnational Foundations of China’s Far West

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Judd Kinzley, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panelist/Discussant:  You-tien Hsing, Professor and Pamela P. Fong Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Sponsors:  Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk will focus on the central role that natural resources played in shaping Chinese state power and authority in China's far western province of Xinjiang. Based on my recently published book, Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Constructing Modern China’s Borderlands, my talk will highlight the often overlooked role played by an assortment of Chinese and Soviet state agents, as well as...   More >


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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

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

Speaker/Performer:  Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

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


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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

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

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

Panelist/Discussant:  Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

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


Friday, November 9, 2018

Workshop: Living Landscapes: Time, Knowledge, and Ecology

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | November 9 | 1-5 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Room 101

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures (SISJAC), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

November 9 (Fri.): 1-5PM: Rm 101, 2251 College Building (Archaeological Research Facility), UC Berkeley

November 10 (Sat.): 9AM-12 noon: Rm 221, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley (closed session; please RSVP: habu@berkeley.edu)


How can knowledge of the past be developed and transformed so that it informs understandings of the present and future? The Center for Japanese Studies at UC...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  The Saturday, November 10 portion of the workshop is a closed session. To request attendance, please email Professor Junko Habu at habu@berkeley.edu.

China's "Law and Development" Moment?: Reflecting on Reflections of Law in China’s Globalism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | November 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Matthew S. Erie, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Panelist/Discussant:  Stanley Lubman, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Law, Boalt School of

What is the role of law in China’s new globalism? By the year 2020, China will be one of the largest capital exporters in the world, marking the first time in modern history a nondemocratic state will have such a widespread impact on the developing world. While much of Chinese investment flows to post-industrial Europe and North America, a significant amount reaches Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia,...   More >

ZenIT: Mindful Work through Zen Meditation and Collaboration

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | November 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Amil Khanzada, ZenIT

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

CS alumnus Amil Khanzada, now Evolution Ambassador of Eiheiji Town in Japan, will talk about ZenIT, a new movement to define a style of working that is highly productive *and* peaceful, by combining Japanese Soto Zen meditation and Silicon Valley software development pairing/collaboration principles.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Workshop: Living Landscapes: Time, Knowledge, and Ecology

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | November 10 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Room 221 (Gifford Room)

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures (SISJAC), http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn_e/

November 9 (Fri.): 1-5PM: Rm 101, 2251 College Building (Archaeological Research Facility), UC Berkeley

November 10 (Sat.): 9AM-12 noon: Rm 221, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley (closed session; please RSVP: habu@berkeley.edu)


How can knowledge of the past be developed and transformed so that it informs understandings of the present and future? The Center for Japanese Studies at UC...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  The Saturday, November 10 portion of the workshop is a closed session. To request attendance, please email Professor Junko Habu at habu@berkeley.edu.

RSVP required 

RSVP info:   RSVP by emailing habu@berkeley.edu

Javanese Gamelan Music

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 10 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

Sponsor:  Department of Music

Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors
Gamelan Sari Raras, UC Berkeley Javanese ensemble, recently returned from concerts in Indonesia, will perform music and dance of Central Java

Tickets: $16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

Ticket info:  

or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Chinatown Rising: A Documentary in Progress

Social Event: Center for Chinese Studies | November 11 | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Alumni House

Sponsors:  Cal Alumni Association, CAA Chinese Chapter

Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising...   More >


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Industry-UCB-UEC Workshop 2018 (IUUWS 2018)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 10 a.m.-5:40 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Workshop Day 1: November 13 (Tues)

10:00 -10:30 Registration

10:30 -10:35 Opening Address:
Prof. Kazuo UCHIDA, Executive Committee Chairman of IUUWS
Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

10:35 -10:45 Welcome Speech:
Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of...   More >

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

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

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

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

The lecture focuses on the first few years of American colonial rule in the Philippines. In particular, it looks into the “Chinaman” labor question facing the colonial rulers. How were the Chinese exclusion laws applied in the Philippines? How were the Chinese and other ethnic groups racialized to justify these laws in the Philippines?

Richard Chu

Rewriting History in the Age of #MeToo

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker:  Amy Stanley, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

Sponsors:  Department of History, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of History Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI), History Graduate Association (HGA)

The #MeToo movement is now over a year old, but over the past few weeks its stakes have become increasingly clear, not only in American culture and politics but also in many of our intellectual lives as historians. This talk considers how the rallying call “believe women” challenges our epistemology and might lead us to a different approach to our evidence. The sources are drawn from an early...   More >

Presence and Memory: Commemorating the Buddha in Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, British Museum

Sponsors:  Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

This presentation draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze Burmese temple wall paintings from the late 17th to early 19th centuries and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.

The bodhisatta Bhuridatta meditating

Summary Execution: The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: Book Talk with Michael Withey

Reading - Nonfiction: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

Speaker/Performer:  Human rights lawyer Michael Withey

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley Labor Center

Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were Filipino American labor activists and officers of ILWU Local 37 who were murdered in their Seattle union office in 1981. Mike Withey, lead attorney on the case, demonstrates in his book the legal twists and turns of citing the Philippine government as the culprit.

“Some lawyers shamelessly seek attention. And some lawyers deserve attention because they...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Industry-UCB-UEC Workshop 2018 (IUUWS 2018)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 14 | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Workshop Day 1: November 13 (Tues)

10:00 -10:30 Registration

10:30 -10:35 Opening Address:
Prof. Kazuo UCHIDA, Executive Committee Chairman of IUUWS
Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

10:35 -10:45 Welcome Speech:
Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of...   More >


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Situated Knowledges Thirty Years Later

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 15 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

Speakers:  Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Mitali Thakor, Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University; Sarah E. Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley; Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.C. Santa Cruz; Lisa A. Brooks, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Paul Michael L. Atienza, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Victoria Massie, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley

Moderators:  Sibyl Diver, Research Scientist, Department of Earth Systems Science, Stanford University; Laura Lee Dev, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Co-organizer/Discussant:  Ashton Wesner, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

Co-organizer/Discussant:  Julie Pyatt, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

Co-organizer:  Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Science and Technology Studies Working Group, Graduate Assembly

This day-long conference will celebrate and challenge the intellectual legacy of Donna Haraway's "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." Presenters from various disciplines will reflect on the impact of "situated knowledges" while offering new perspectives on and revisions to the concept since its introduction.

Is There A Light At The End Of The North Korean Nuclear Tunnel?

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

Speaker/Performer:  Siegfried S. Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

Sponsors:  Institute of International Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, Public Law and Policy Program

After a disastrous and dangerous 2017, diplomatic initiatives have opened a window for resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. But will the Trump administration's diplomacy succeed or fail as have all attempts over the past 25 years? I will offer my perspective based on seven visits to North Korea and our comprehensive study of North Korea's nuclear program.

JASC and KASC 2019 Information Session

Information Session: Center for Japanese Studies | November 15 | 6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Interested in going to Japan or Korea this summer?

Scholarships are available for UC Berkeley students attending the Japan-America or Korea-America Student Conference!


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Japanese Language Resources

Information Session | November 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Room 341

Speaker/Performer:  Toshie Marra, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Sponsor:  Library

Introduction to research resources in Japanese language in the area of humanities and social sciences.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 28 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

Sponsor:  Department of Music

Midiyanto, director
A concert of Javanese gamelan music

Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors: Three Films

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | November 28 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, my ninety-two-year-old neighbor recounts the experience of being one of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony is paired here with two films exploring two other catastrophic events of World War...   More >


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Critical Auralities: Reencountering the Korean War through the Praxis of Listening

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | November 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Crystal Baik, University of California, Riverside

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Drawing from a chapter of her forthcoming book, Reencounters: On the Korean War & Diasporic Memory Critique, Professor Baik discusses a diasporic repertoire of multigenerational oral history archives that have coalesced in the past twenty years in relation to the un-ended Korean War.

Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Board Room, GTU Library

Location:  2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA 94709

Speaker:  Bernard Adeney-Risakotta, Founding director, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (Yogyakarta)

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Islamic Studies

Bernard Adeney-Risakotta will discuss his new book, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam, which was recently published as a monograph by Yale University’s Southeast Asia Council.

The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan—Summer in Sanrizuka

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | November 29 | 7-8:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shinsuke Ogawa “has been unaccountably neglected in the Western world. . . . [His is an] extraordinary, incisive, and deeply committed body of work" (Jed Rapfogel, Anthology Film Archives). In 1968, Ogawa and the new filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro “followed a brigade of student activists and joined the growing movement of resistance by the farmers and their allies against the forced eviction...   More >


Friday, November 30, 2018

Misallocation, Selections and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis with Panel Data from China

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | November 30 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

Speaker:  Diego Restuccia, University of Toronto

Sponsor:  Agricultural & Resource Economics

Come on Out Japan - Information Session

Information Session: Center for Japanese Studies | November 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 54 Barrows Hall

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Attention students and recent graduates!

The 5th Annual Come on Out-Japan Summer Internship Program is launching and they are extending an invitation to top Universities and Japanese high school students for a cross-cultural learning experience. They will be on campus Friday, November 30 at Barrows Hall, Room 54 from 4 - 6 pm and hope to see you there! See the


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Calligraphy Workshop - SOLD OUT: Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature? MU KORABO Exhibit

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | December 1 | 1-3 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Pamela Rickard

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

Alongside the current exhibit, Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst Museum has prepared an accompanying exhibit in the lobby of Kroeber Hall at UC Berkeley, just outside of the Hearst’s Main Gallery. This exhibit, entitled Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature? is curated by Liza Dalby and hosted in collaboration with the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley....   More >


Monday, December 3, 2018

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

Information Session | December 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Room 341

Speaker/Performer:  Bruce Williams, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Sponsor:  Library

Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

The History and Science of Paper in Manuscripts of Central Asia

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

Speaker/Performer:  Agnieszka Helman-Ważny, University of Hamburg & University of Warsaw

Sponsor:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

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


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

And Then They Came For Us

Film - Documentary | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

Panelist/Discussant:  Abby Ginzberg, Filmmaker

Sponsor:  Library

Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, this film brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it.

Mochida Family by Dorothea Lange


Friday, December 7, 2018

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States: An International Symposium

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | December 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

Location:  2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes.

Poster design and sketch of Rose the bionic woman are copyright 2018 by Franchesca Spektor. All rights reserved and used with artist’s permission. Image description of conference artwork: A woman who has a human-looking face, forearm, wrist, and hand

Immigration Policy in Japan and South Korea

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | December 7 | 4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 554, Ethnic Studies Conference Room

Moderator:  Keiko Yamanaka, UC Berkeley

Speakers/Performers:  Margaux Taylor Garcia, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Maya Narumi, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Eun Seo Yang, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Himali Dixit, Nepalese Scholar

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Immigration policies drastically expanded in Japan and South Korea, but the reality migrant workers face in both countries are not as promising. The general resistance of unskilled immigration and the demands of labor shortages and shrinking populations have been accommodated with ad hoc governmental policies. Under the supervision of Professor Keiko Yamanaka, Margaux, Maya and Eun Seo have been...   More >


Saturday, December 8, 2018

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States: An International Symposium

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | December 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

Location:  2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ugetsu

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In sixteenth-century Japan, with the pandemonium of civil wars a looming presence in their lives, the potter Genjuro and his wife long to be “rich and safe,” respectively. But artistic vanity draws Genjuro into the paradisiacal realm of a phantom enchantress. In a parallel tale, Genjuro’s brother-in-law Tobei, out for military glory, achieves a general’s rank for his fraudulent exploits—another...   More >


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gallery Talk: Elizabeth Sharf on the Japanese Collection

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | December 13 | 12-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Elizabeth Sharf, a visiting scholar in UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies, offers a tour of Ink, Paper, Silk illustrating the breadth and depth of the museum’s important collection of Japanese art. Highlights will include Nagasawa Rosetsu’s engaging Children Playing with an Elephant, Okamoto Shuki’s lyrical White Swallows by a Waterfall, and examples of Obaku calligraphy—seventeenth- and...   More >

Gallery Talk: Elizabeth Sharf on the Japanese Collection

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | December 13 | 12-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Elizabeth Sharf, a visiting scholar in UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies, offers a tour of Ink, Paper, Silk illustrating the breadth and depth of the museum’s important collection of Japanese art. Highlights will include Nagasawa Rosetsu’s engaging Children Playing with an Elephant, Okamoto Shuki’s lyrical White Swallows by a Waterfall, and examples of Obaku calligraphy—seventeenth- and...   More >


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sansho the Bailiff

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | December 15 | 8-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In eleventh-century Japan, two children are kidnapped and sold into slavery while their mother, Tamiki, withers away on a distant island, dreaming only of being reunited with them. After many years the son assumes his rightful post as provincial governor and sets about deposing the cruel bailiff who brought tragedy upon his family. As in Greek tragedy, this film’s distanced determinism vies with...   More >


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sanshiro Sugata

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 18 | 6:30-7:50 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akira Kurosawa made his directorial debut in 1943, during the height of World War II and at a time when “you weren’t allowed to say anything worth saying,” as he recalled. “Back then everyone was saying that the Japanese-style film should be as simple as possible; I disagreed and decided that, since I couldn’t say anything because of the censors, I would make a really movie-like movie.”...   More >


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Spirited Away

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 29 | 3-5:05 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Hayao Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. En route to their new suburban home, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out...   More >

Double Suicide

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 29 | 7:45-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masahiro Shinoda’s first film for Japan’s avant-garde Art Theatre Guild, Double Suicide strikingly reinterprets Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famed 1720 bunraku puppet play involving the doomed love between a married paper-shop owner and a courtesan; here, it’s not just the play that is presented, but the entire presentation of the play. We begin with the kurogo (men dressed in black who traditionally...   More >