Book Launch: The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China

Date: Wednesday, October 17

Time: 5:00 pm

Place: HSSB 6020 McCune Room

Please join the Department of History, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies and the UCSB Confucius Institute to celebrate the publication of The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China by Professor Xiaowei Zheng (Stanford University Press, 2018). We will be celebrating this accomplishment on Wednesday October 17 from 5-7 pm in the McCune Room (HSSB 6020). Prof Matthew Sommer (Stanford) and Prof. Tony Barbieri-Low (UCSB) will offer commentary on the book’s significance and contributions.  A reception will follow. Please read “China’s 1911 Revolution” in today’s Current here.

From the Dragon’s Mouth: A Life in Translation

From the Dragon’s Mouth: A Life in Translation
Speaker: Brian Holton, Chinese-Scots and Chinese-English literary translator
Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 5:00pm
Place: HSSB 4080, UC Santa Barbara
Brian Holton is a poet and prize-winning translator of Chinese poetry. Famed for his renditions of contemporary poet Yang Lian 楊煉 into English, he is also the the world’s only translator of Classical Chinese into Scots. Join us for an evening in which Brian discusses the art and practice of translation, the experience of working in a minority language like Scots, and his life growing up between Nigeria and Scotland, immersed in a myriad of languages.

Position in Modern Chinese Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks to hire an Assistant Professor who specializes in the interconnected fields of modern Chinese literature, film, and cultural studies. PhD preferred. The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is the completion of all requirements for a PhD in modern Chinese literature, film, cultural studies, or related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application. Candidate must have a PhD by time of appointment as Assistant Professor. Specialization in modern Chinese literature, film, cultural studies, or related field. Appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2019.

As an interdisciplinary department made up of scholars of literature, anthropology, history, religious studies, and linguistics, we value innovative theoretical and methodological approaches. The ideal candidate would be a scholar who can both analyze the content of modern Chinese literature and film, and also examine how they are shaped by the evolving forms of media through which they are produced and disseminated. We also welcome applicants who set the production and reception of popular culture in the shifting social and historical contexts of modern China. We encourage applicants whose works address Sinophone cultural and artistic flows crisscrossing the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, North America, and beyond. The successful candidate will be able to teach graduate seminars in modern Chinese literature and film, while also offering broader undergraduate courses.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at Primary consideration will be given to complete applications received by September 24, 2018. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Mayfair Yang:

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. For information on our department, please visit our website at The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Chinese Language Placement Test for Fall Quarter 2018

Chinese Language Placement Test for fall quarter of 2018 is scheduled on the following dates. You can go to either date to take it.

  • September 26 Wednesday 3:00 to 4:30 pm. At HSSB 2252
  • October 2, Tuesday 3:00-4:30 at HSSB 2252

There are two levels of the test: beginning level and inter mediate level. Both of the tests are written tests.

If you are a native Chinese and plan to get a waiver for your GE course, you need to bring in a copy of your school diploma (middle school or high school) as a proof. In that case, you don’t need to take the test.

The Chinese Language Program

Cover of John Nathan's Soseki book

“Sōseki” Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist by Professor John Nathan

Prof. John Nathan published his new book, Sōseki” Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist from Columbia University Press.

In this biography, John Nathan provides a lucid and vivid account of a great writer laboring to create a remarkably original oeuvre in spite of the physical and mental illness that plagued him all his life. He traces Sōseki’s complex and contradictory character, offering rigorous close readings of Sōseki’s groundbreaking experiments with narrative strategies, irony, and multiple points of view as well as recounting excruciating hospital stays and recurrent attacks of paranoid delusion. Drawing on previously untranslated letters and diaries, published reminiscences, and passages from Sōseki’s fiction, Nathan renders intimate scenes of the writer’s life and distills a portrait of a tormented yet unflaggingly original author. The first full-length study of Sōseki in fifty years, Nathan’s biography elevates Sōseki to his rightful place as a great synthesizer of literary traditions and a brilliant chronicler of universal experience who, no less than his Western contemporaries, anticipated the modernism of the twentieth century.

Full article available here:

Columbia University Press

Stanford University Press Publishes “The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China” by Professor Xiaowei Zheng

Professor Xiaowei Zheng has just published her monograph The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China with Stanford University Press. China’s 1911 Revolution was a momentous political transformation. Its leaders, however, were not rebellious troublemakers on the periphery of imperial order. On the contrary, they were a powerful political and economic elite deeply entrenched in local society and well-respected both for their imperially sanctioned cultural credentials and for their mastery of new ideas. The revolution they spearheaded produced a new, democratic political culture that enshrined national sovereignty, constitutionalism, and the rights of the people as indisputable principles. Based upon previously untapped Qing and Republican sources, The Politics of Rights is a nuanced and colorful chronicle of the revolution as it occurred in local and regional areas. Zheng explores the ideas that motivated the revolution, the popularization of those ideas, and their animating impact on the Chinese people at large. The focus of the book is on the transformative effect that revolution has on people and what they learn from it. For more information, please see her blog post China’s Political Paradox.

EALCS PhD students win Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace and scholarships for summer language study

Every summer since 2007, Fellows for Peace has brought 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to the Middlebury Language Schools and the Monterey Institute, where they build skills in foreign language or policy studies.

This summer, EALCS announces that THREE of our own – Keita Moore, Kai Wasson, and Winni Ni –will be Kathryn Davis Fellows. Keita and Kai will study Korean at Middlebury at Mills, and Winni will study Japanese at Middlebury in Vermont. She will be joined by Kaitlyn Ugoretz who won a Middlebury scholarship to study Japanese.


Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace

The Language Schools at Middlebury College in Vermont and in California, at Middlebury at Mills, are recognized around the world as premier sites of language study. An environment of complete immersion produces cultural fluency in addition to linguistic competence, and participants are encouraged to live the language they are learning. Davis Fellowships for Peace are available in all of the Language Schools: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Thomas Mazanec announces international conference, “Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier”

On February 9-10, 2018, the international conference “Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier” will convene in the McCune Conference Room at UC Santa Barbara. The conference, organized by EALCS assistant professor Thomas Mazanec, will bring together twelve scholars from around the globe to present examples of the groundbreaking research taking place at the intersection of digital humanities and classical Chinese literary studies. Covering poetry, prose, fiction, history, linguistics, and philosophy over the course of two millennia, these studies will show how computing technologies can help researchers uncover previously unseen patterns and networks in their materials, shedding new light on premodern texts.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

When: February 9-10, 2018
Where: McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB, UC Santa Barbara

For more information, including list of participants and conference schedule, please visit