Dr. Alfreda Murck Highlights Symbol Creation in the Cult of Mao Zedong

The Sanctification of Mangoes

Sanctification of MangoesIn 1968 during China’s “Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution,” the cult of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was at a high. A Pakistani foreign minister presented Mao with a crate of mangoes that he re-gifted to the Mao Zedong Thought Propaganda Teams who were occupying the Tsinghua University campus. The gift of mangoes happened to coincide with a shift in the leadership of the Cultural Revolution from students to the military under the guise of the working class. Alfreda Murck will tell the story of the improbable transformation of the mango from then unknown fruit to a symbol of Mao’s love for workers, and subsequently its consignment to the dustbin of history.

Special Lecture organized by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. Co-sponsored by the UCSB East Asia Center, the Department of Art History, and the Department of History.

2015 Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Ph.D. Fellowships

The Office of Hanban, the Beijing headquarters of Confucius Institutes around the world, offers fellowships for Ph.D. students to study for one or more years in China. The Study in China Ph.D. Fellowship allows for students who will receive their Ph.D. at UCSB, and the Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship provides for a joint Ph.D., where a student also gets a Ph.D. at a Chinese research university.

Click on each for more information:

Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

Purpose

Support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations.

Duration

From six months to two years.

Eligibility

  • Non-Chinese citizen;
  • HSK test score level 3 is required, and priority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
  • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Program.

Application Materials

  1. Ph.D. Study Certificate;
  2. Two letters of recommendation from scholars in related field;
  3. HSK transcript;
  4. Abstract of master’s thesis or other academic publications;
  5. Abstract of doctoral dissertation;
  6. A research plan for the study in China;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes.

Assessment Process

The Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee will review the application materials and conduct video interview.

Funding Provided

  • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
  • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Tuition
  • Other support provided by the host Chinese university
  • Expenses for the foreign supervisor’s visit or research in China
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
  • Group activities and cultural experience

Apply Now for Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

 

Study in China Ph.D. Fellowship

Purpose

Support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.

Eligibility

  • Non-Chinese citizen;
  • HSK test score level 5 is required, and priority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
  • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Plan.

Application Materials

  • Recognized transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, diplomas and copies of all the documents above in Chinese
  • HSK transcript
  • Abstract of master’s thesis and other academic publications
  • A doctoral research statement
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from scholars in related field
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from Confucius Institutes

Assessment Process

The Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee will review the application materials and conduct video interview.

Funding

  • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
  • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Tuition
  • Other support provided by the host Chinese university
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
  • Group activities and cultural experience

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants shall submit the online application at ccsp.chinese.cn, and then post the application forms and other supporting documents to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Apply Now for Study in China Ph.D. Fellowship


Going Abroad

A student may study at any qualified research university in China, or at Shandong University in Jinan City, Shandong Province, which is the partner university of UCSB Confucius Institute. If a student wishes to go study at Shandong University for one or more years, download this list of Research Faculty @ Shandong University.xslx and their areas of expertise.

Research Topics

Download the list of 100 Research Topics and areas of research that can be funded.


How to Apply

The applicant shall submit the online application, and then post the application form and other supporting documents to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

DEADLINE

The online application system will be closed on January 31st, 2015, at 23:59 (BeiJing time).

We will review the application materials and conduct video interviews with shortlisted applicants. Please feel free to let us know if you have any inquiry or concern:

Office of Confucius Institute
Shandong University
Tel: 0086-531-88364983
kzxy@sdu.edu.cn
We sincerely appreciate all your attention to the Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP), and welcome you to apply for the CCSP Ph.D. Fellowships in Shandong University!

Dominic Steavu edits journal issue on Intellectual Resistance in East Asian History

Medieval History Journal CoverThe recent issue of The Medieval History Journal on “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History,” edited by EALCS Professor Dominic Steavu, has just been published. This is the first time the flagship journal devoted an entire issue to East Asia. Collectively, the volume’s authors probe the roles of intellectuals in social and political resistance to hegemonic ideologies.

Challenging western theories of the role of intellectuals, the essays in the volume offer a range of East Asian perspectives. In addition to Professor Steavu’s visionary introductory essay on “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History” and another article on “Cosmogony and the Origin of Inequality: A Utopian Perspective from Taoist Sources,” EALCS Professor Fabio Rambelli contributed, “The Vicissitudes of the Mahāsammata in East Asia: The Buddhist Origin Myth of Kingship and Traces of a Republican Imagination.” Other contributions include James A. Benn’s on “Self-immolation, Resistance and Millenarianism in Medieval Chinese Buddhism,” Gil Raz’s “‘Conversion of the Barbarians’ Discourse as Proto Han Nationalism,” Ari Daniel Levine’s “Stages of Decline: Cultural Memory, Urban Nostalgia and Political Indignation as Imaginaries of Resistance in Yue Ke’s Pillar Histories,” and Grégoire Espesset’s “Local Resistance in Early Medieval Chinese Historiography and the Problem of Religious Overinterpretation.”

Dominic Steavu

Professor Dominic Steavu

New logo for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Logos

One of the Japan’s leading graphic designers, Terashima Masayuki, has created a new logo for our department. The decorative patterns are modeled on early modern Japanese family crests (kamon), with elements from Japanese and Chinese traditional design. The logo comes in two variants, one in Chinese and the other in Japanese (both with characters written in the ancient seal style), to represent figuratively the two countries’ shared heritage and their cultural differences.

Mr. Terashima gifted the logo to the department.

Links to Terashima Masayuki’s own websites:
http://www.tera-d.net/works/
http://www.tera-d.net/


Download the logos here:

Chinese Logo

Chinese Logo Variant

Japanese Logo Variant

Japanese Logo Variant

Undergraduate scholarship for Reitaku University, Japan, September 2015 to July 2016

About the Program

The goal of the Reitaku Foundation of America Undergraduate Scholarship Program is to promote educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Japan. Founded in 1959, Reitaku University has 2,800 students; approximately 19 percent of the population is from overseas. Two undergraduate scholarships are usually offered each year.

Scholarship Period

September 2015 – July 2016

Assistance

Round-trip airfare, university tuition, dormitory fees, and a modest food stipend.

Application Requirements

  • US Citizenship
  • Full-time undergraduate student at a US student
  • Advanced level of Japanese language proficiency
  • Under 25 years of age
  • Application submitted before February 15, 2015

Deadline

February 15, 2015

Apply now!

Send completed forms to:

Prof. Kazunobu Horiuchi
khoriuti@reitaku-u.ac.jp
Reitaku University
2-1-1 Hikarigaoka, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8686
Japan

Fall 2014 Course Open – FAMST187JC / FAMST232JC: Japanese Cinema

Instructor: Professor Naoki Yamamoto

Meeting Time: M 5:00-7:50; W 6:00-7:50

Location: SSMS 2013


Course Description:

Since Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, Japanese cinema has remained one of the most influential national cinemas in world film history. With its unique creativity and productivity, it has served not only as a great inspiration for filmmakers from all over the world but also as the subject of heated debates among scholars in the US and Europe since the inception of film studies in the 1960s. By critically reviewing the ways in which a generation of Western scholars have embraced—or rather, fabricated—the “uniqueness” of Japanese cinema, this course will clarify what kind of cultural and geopolitical tensions were at play in the formative period of film studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered in this seminar include: the Orientalist gaze of the West on Japanese culture; Japanese cinema’s deviations from classical Hollywood norms; the Japanese New Wave; political filmmaking in the late 1960s; distinctive genres (horror, yakuza, anime); and Japanese cinema in the age of globalization. Throughout the course, participants are expected to attain critical skills and knowledge to contextualize our daily consumption of cultures of the “Other.”

7th Annual East Asian Studies Newsletter Release

Get filled in on departmental developments during the 2013-2014 academic year below:

EALCS Newsletter – Issue 7 (Fall 2014)

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EALCS Newsletter Fall 2014

 

2014 Kanchan Kanji Championship

The participants in this year’s Kanchan Kanji Championship joined in on fun games while using their knowledge of kanji characters and compounds to compete with other students of Japanese. There were 4 levels, approximately corresponding to years spent in the Japanese Language Program here at UCSB. Be sure to visit again for information on other upcoming festivities.

Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) Now Available

China smog

NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of smog over Eastern China on December 7, 2013

The Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) is a new PhD emphasis, launched in 2014, with goal of providing UCSB doctoral students in participating departments an opportunity to receive training and mentorship in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences beyond the normal scope of their degree programs.

View the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) page for full details.

Rilla Peng Wins 1st Place in CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest

Rilla Peng displays her trophy for winning

Rilla Peng displays her trophy for winning the Chinese Speech Contest

Congratulations to Rilla Peng who won first place in the 39th annual CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest in the college level advanced Chinese division.

About CLTAC:

The Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit educational and professional organization. The mission of CLTAC is to promote the study, teaching, and research of the Chinese language and culture on all educational levels; to provide a platform for Chinese instructors to share and exchange teaching experience, ideas and information; to serve as a source for professional development and lifelong teaching; to enhance the quality of Chinese language teaching at all levels; to provide a network of support service to Chinese language teachers; to enhance the awareness of the importance of the Chinese language and culture.