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Fan-Shaped Bracket Sets And Their Application In Religious Timber Architecture Of Shanxi Province, Alexandra Harrer Dec 2010

Fan-Shaped Bracket Sets And Their Application In Religious Timber Architecture Of Shanxi Province, Alexandra Harrer

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

The dissertation challenges one of the most distinctive features in traditional Chinese architecture, the bracket set known as dougong 斗栱, and discusses diverging stylistic variations that actually existed in Shanxi province 山西省 between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries against the background of official-style building. The key challenge was to see beyond the long lasting stereotypes in China that did not allow full acknowledgement of the wide range of corbelled clusters with bracket-arms projecting at acute or obtuse angles to the wall plane i.e. xiegong 斜栱, and the importance of such non-conformity. The scope of research was limited to the ...


Before We Go: Vacation Reading Suggestions Dec 2010

Before We Go: Vacation Reading Suggestions

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

China Beat will be taking a holiday break until January 3. Before we move on to 2011, though, here’s a short round-up of pieces from 2010 that you shouldn’t miss:

• We’re still doing a bit of catching up as we recover from the end of the fall academic quarter, so please forgive us for being a bit behind on covering both the recent tensions between North and South Korea and also the controversial release of documents by WikiLeaks. On North Korea, read Evan Osnos, “Lips and Teeth,”and listen to Mary Kay Magistad of PRI’s The ...


Reading Round-Up, December 17 Dec 2010

Reading Round-Up, December 17

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

It seems there’s been an outpouring of writing about China lately—so much that we actually haven’t been able to keep up with it all (especially since for the China Beat editors, December brings with it the madness and mayhem that mark the end of an academic term). So, before we settle in for the holiday break, we thought we’d bring you a pair of reading round-ups that point to all the pieces we wish we’d been able to write during the past few weeks. We’ll post part I (focusing on Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel ...


One Hundred Years Of Controversy, Paul R. Katz Dec 2010

One Hundred Years Of Controversy, Paul R. Katz

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

“History is never for itself; it is always for someone” — Keith Jenkins, Rethinking History, p. 16

Controversies about the past are nothing new to modern Taiwan, but this one is something completely different, centering not on how to remember the Japanese colonial era, the 228 Incident, or the White Terror, but the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the Republic of China’s founding on January 1, 1912 (建國百年).

At the center of the current sturm und drang is Taiwan’s Academia Historica (國史館), the putative successor to the imperial Historiography Institute (same Chinese name) established from the Song to Qing dynasties ...


In Case You Missed It: Chop Suey, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Dec 2010

In Case You Missed It: Chop Suey, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In 1961, Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, among the most celebrated cookbooks of the 20th century. Designed to demystify the intricacies of French cuisine and convince the “servantless American cook” that she could conquer any of the recipes contained therein, Child’s book helped to bring French food out of upscale city restaurants and into the kitchens of families across the country.

Sixteen years earlier, Buwei Yang Chao had taken on a similar task, though she met with much less widespread success than Child would. Chao’s How to Cook and Eat in Chinese (1945) did ...


How One Family Created Chinese America, Angilee Shah Dec 2010

How One Family Created Chinese America, Angilee Shah

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Hyphenated cultures seem to be a natural part of California’s landscape today, but it wasn’t always so. The Lucky Ones by Mae Ngai offers a fresh look at California history by reconstructing the lives of immigrant and second generation pioneers who lived between cultures when it was not such a common phenomenon. Ngai’s narrative brings Chinese Americans into a richer tradition of historical storytelling by humanizing an ambivalent, middle-class immigrant family, situating their lives within the more well-known histories of Chinese laborers and those who suffered from the 1882 Exclusion Act.

Ngai is a professor and immigration ...


New Release: Heart Of Buddha, Heart Of China Dec 2010

New Release: Heart Of Buddha, Heart Of China

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

James Carter, Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University and Chief Editor of the journal Twentieth-Century China, has recently published Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk (Oxford University Press). To explore the life and work of this extraordinary individual, Carter embarked on a series of “travels with Tanxu,” spending time in Buddhist temples from Harbin to Hong Kong (with stops in Qingdao, Ningbo, Yingkou, and Shanghai along the way). Here, in an excerpt from the prologue to his book, Carter explains the challenges he encountered in tracing the life of Tanxu ...


Year In Review: Books, Books, Books Dec 2010

Year In Review: Books, Books, Books

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

As 2010 draws to a close, many media outlets have begun releasing their year-end “best of” lists. We always take a careful look at these to see which China-related titles appear, and have seen more than a few familiar names pop up. At the New York Times, the “100 Notable Books of 2010” include Peter Hessler’sCountry Driving and Yunte Huang’s biography of Charlie Chan, as well as Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth by Hilary Spurling. Spurling’s work is also celebrated by Margaret Drabble at The Guardian, while both Pankaj Mishra and AS Byatt ...


Hu Jingcao On Liang Sicheng And Lin Huiyin Dec 2010

Hu Jingcao On Liang Sicheng And Lin Huiyin

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

In October, CCTV’s high-definition channel broadcast a new six-hour, eight-episode documentary on the famous husband-and-wife duo Liang Sicheng (梁思成, 1901-1972) and Lin Huiyin (林徽因, 1904-1955). Liang is renowned as a pioneering architectural historian, Lin as a writer, but their presence in China’s historical consciousness defies easy categorization. Both came from prominent families (Sicheng’s father was Liang Qichao, the scholar and reformer of the late Qing and early Republican period) and they left multifaceted legacies (their son, the noted environmentalist Liang Congjie, died in Beijing on October 28; American artist Maya Lin is Huiyin’s niece.)

Titled “Liang ...


Re-Reading Chalmers Johnson, Daniel Little Dec 2010

Re-Reading Chalmers Johnson, Daniel Little

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Chalmers Johnson, co-founder and president of the Japan Policy Research Institute at the University of San Francisco and long-time professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Diego, died on November 20, 2010. (Here are several notices — The Atlantic, theNew York Times, and The Nation.) In the past ten years or so Johnson has become widely known for his critical books about American empire (Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (2004), The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (2005), Nemesis: The Last Days of the American ...


Liang Congjie, Public Intellectuals, And Civil Society In China, Guobin Yang Dec 2010

Liang Congjie, Public Intellectuals, And Civil Society In China, Guobin Yang

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Liang Congjie, professor of history and founder of China’s first environmental NGO, Friends of Nature, died on October 28, 2010 at the age of 78. His death was widely noted in the Chinese and international media: obituaries appeared in theNew York Times, The Atlantic, and other major English newspapers and magazines. The major web portal Sina.com dedicated a special section on its web site to Professor Liang. Friends of Nature, the organization which Professor Liang co-founded and led for many years, has posted a collection of commemorative essays from his former colleagues, friends, and followers and admirers. Much ...


Foreigners' Archive: Contemporary China In The Blogs Of American Expatriates, Qi Tang, Chin-Chung Chao Dec 2010

Foreigners' Archive: Contemporary China In The Blogs Of American Expatriates, Qi Tang, Chin-Chung Chao

Communication Faculty Publications

This study scrutinized blogs written by American expatriates in twenty-firstcentury China. The primary objectives were to explore how China is represented in such blogs and to understand the discursive processes through which the American bloggers utilize the blogging technology to narrate their perceptions of the Chinese realities. Drawing on the postcolonial and discursive perspectives, we have determined that the blogs examined here consist of a distinct discursive space of cultural representation and contestation. They were also interpreted as a digital extension of conventional Euro-American travel writing as they share with the genre a set of rhetorical conventions and face the ...


Live Confucian: The Newsletter Of The Confucius Institute Of Pace University December 2010, Confucius Institute Pace University Dec 2010

Live Confucian: The Newsletter Of The Confucius Institute Of Pace University December 2010, Confucius Institute Pace University

Live Confucian

A newsletter of the Confucius Institute, Pace University.

The Confucius Institute at Pace Universi­ty is dedicated to providing Chinese lan­guage and cultural education, resources,and services to meet the needs of people from all backgrounds.


Review: Hokkeji And The Reemergence Of Female Monastic Orders In Premodern Japan, James C. Dobbins Dec 2010

Review: Hokkeji And The Reemergence Of Female Monastic Orders In Premodern Japan, James C. Dobbins

Faculty & Staff Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Introduction: The Theory Complex, Aaron Gerow Nov 2010

Introduction: The Theory Complex, Aaron Gerow

Aaron Gerow

This introduction to a special issue entitled  "Decentering Theory: Reconsidering the History of Japanese Film Theory" considers the problems in how film theory has been conceived, and the potentials and problems in examining the rich history of Japanese film theory. I call the "theory complex" a constellation of complexities in which not only foreign but also Japanese scholars ignore Japanese film theory, and in which Japanese thinkers experience a difficulty in terming their work theory.


Collections & Connections -- Fall-Winter 2010, Jennifer Wilson Nov 2010

Collections & Connections -- Fall-Winter 2010, Jennifer Wilson

Collections & Connections

This is the Fall-Winter issue of WKU Libraries' biannual newsletter distributed among Library and Museum Friends and the entire WKU community. This issue features the project for The Horse in Kentucky Exhibit," "Harry Potter Night event in the Kentucky Building, the coming Christmas activities in the Kentucky Museum, the upcoming Southern Kentucky Book Fest, and the "Fall into Books" program that has just concluded. In this issue, there are also reports on the Libraries' food drive, its Java City concerts, the popular "Far Away Places" and "Kentucky Live!" talk series and the ongoing construction of the Confucius Institute Experience Center ...


Crevecoeur’S American Contract, Jason Lin '13 Oct 2010

Crevecoeur’S American Contract, Jason Lin '13

2010 Fall Semester

“There was a joke when I was coming to America. For every three Taiwanese that will go to America for an education: Two will get a PhD and one will open a Chinese restaurant. After a while, one of the PhD’s will open a Chinese restaurant also” (Lin). This joke originated from the high population of Taiwanese people that immigrated to America. They had even come up with a formula to achieve the American dream. It consisted of coming to America, working hard, and receiving the benefits. Crevecoeur wrote about the same formula in his essay What is an ...


文苑 (重刊號第10期), 第十四屆嶺南大學學生會中文系系會 (瓏淵) Oct 2010

文苑 (重刊號第10期), 第十四屆嶺南大學學生會中文系系會 (瓏淵)

文苑

No abstract provided.


Serious Humor In Sei Shōnagon’S Pillow Book, Karen Larson '11 Oct 2010

Serious Humor In Sei Shōnagon’S Pillow Book, Karen Larson '11

All-College Writing Contest

No abstract provided.


Shanghai And Globalization Through The Lens Of Film Noir: Lou Ye’S 2000 Film, Suzhou River, Hongwei Lu Oct 2010

Shanghai And Globalization Through The Lens Of Film Noir: Lou Ye’S 2000 Film, Suzhou River, Hongwei Lu

Our House Articles, Posters, and Presentations

In the 1990s, the film industry in China decentralized with the bankruptcy of the state-owned studio system. Privatized independent film companies took over where the government had left off and a more independent film culture emerged. Although obstacles such as political censorship, financial pressures, and Hollywood infiltration were still in the way for Chinese filmmakers, privatization of the film industry was under way. As a result of this process, new film productions of controversial subject matter came into being. In 1998 one of China’s first independent film production companies—Dream Factory—was founded. Dream Factory’s first production, in ...


European Policies On Land Compensation And Support For Displaced Rural Workers: Relevance To China, Mel Cousins, Zhihui Wu, Jean-Phillipe Lhernould, Malgosia Rusewicz, Simon Roberts Sep 2010

European Policies On Land Compensation And Support For Displaced Rural Workers: Relevance To China, Mel Cousins, Zhihui Wu, Jean-Phillipe Lhernould, Malgosia Rusewicz, Simon Roberts

Mel Cousins

This report examines the position of farmers who have lost their land (or displaced rural workers) in China. It studies policies adopted in three EU countries (France, Poland and the UK) (i) to provide compensation for land which has been compulsorily purchased; and (ii) to provide social policy support to disaplaced rural workers. It draws out the possible implications of these EU experiences for China


《說文》古文與籀文之關係研究, Yan Ho Siu Sep 2010

《說文》古文與籀文之關係研究, Yan Ho Siu

Theses & Dissertations

關於《說文》古文與籀文的關係,以學者王國維(1877-1927)的說法影響最 大,王氏於其研究中數次提到「秦用籀文,六國用古文」的論點,即認為古文與 籀文為兩種不同的文字體系,兩者無甚關係。近代學者何琳儀(1943-2007)則持 不同的見解,何氏嘗試以古、籀文相同的文字為例,嘗試證明兩者並不能全然劃 分,何氏更指出,籀文可能是古文的源頭,於戰國時期,古、籀文才劃分成兩個 體系。

《說文》古、籀文的關係,仍未有具體清晰的結論。由此,本論文以《說文》 古文與籀文為研究核心,運用比對與統計的方法,嘗試分析及釐清兩者之間的關 係。本論文所採用的「字符、部件比對法」,先將古、籀文分別拆分成構意最小 的部件,並歸納出「個體字符」、「複合部件」與「基礎部件」三批材料,再將古、 籀文的資料相互比較分析,嘗試從最仔細的部件著手,分析古、籀文之間的異同 與關係。除古、籀文的直接比對外,本論文會利用依從「字符、部件比對法」所 分拆出的古、籀文材料,與三批不同的文字材料比對,三批材料分別為西周金文、 戰國文字,以及《說文》小篆,嘗試以不同時代的文字為佐證,並統計當中的數 據,以進一步展示《說文》古、籀文的異同之處,並探討兩者與西周金文、戰國 文字,以及《說文》小篆的關係。


Silence Is Still Golden: Women And The Metropolis In Early Chinese Cinema, Yap Soo Ei, Ji Xing, Nicolai Volland, Yang Lijun, Paul Pickowicz Aug 2010

Silence Is Still Golden: Women And The Metropolis In Early Chinese Cinema, Yap Soo Ei, Ji Xing, Nicolai Volland, Yang Lijun, Paul Pickowicz

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Feng Xiaogang’s blockbuster Aftershock is making headlines these days, setting new records at the box office in China. We cannot say yet if the excitement is justified—Aftershock has only just hit the theaters here in Singapore. It is clear, however, that the current cinema craze in China is not at all a new phenomenon. In fact, new releases on the silver screen created similar sensations in Shanghai as early as eighty years ago. And many of these old films continue even today to fascinate. Films by pioneering Chinese directors of the 1920s and 1930s still dazzle, with their ...


An Interview With Deanna Fei, Author Of A Thread Of Sky Aug 2010

An Interview With Deanna Fei, Author Of A Thread Of Sky

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Deanna Fei is author of A Thread of Sky (Penguin Press, 2010), a novel about three generations of women in a Chinese American family. Here, she talks with recent UC Irvine graduate Mengfei Chen.

Mengfei Chen: What were some of your inspirations in writing the book? How did it begin? What experiences informed your writing?

Deanna Fei: A Thread of Sky is the story of a family of Chinese American women who reunite for a tour of their ancestral home. It was inspired by a trip through China’s “must-sees” that I embarked on ten years ago with my mother ...


“We Are Not Machines:” Teen Spirit On China’S Shopfloor, Mary E. Gallagher Aug 2010

“We Are Not Machines:” Teen Spirit On China’S Shopfloor, Mary E. Gallagher

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

This spring, a series of well-coordinated and successful strikes in foreign-invested enterprises in China made headlines all around the world. Young migrant workers openly and forcefully articulated demands for higher wages, better representation, and more consideration of their “spiritual” and mental well-being. These demands have led to increased speculation that China’s current economic boom is winding down, as its growth strategy founded in part on cheap migrant labor from rural areas faces domestic and international difficulties.

This is not the first time that Chinese workers have openly protested for higher wages, better treatment, and more job security. What makes ...


Reading Round-Up: China Now The World’S Second-Largest Economy Aug 2010

Reading Round-Up: China Now The World’S Second-Largest Economy

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

This week came the not-unexpected news that China has passed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy. Here, we’ve rounded up reactions to and analyses of the story:

• At his New Yorker blog, Evan Osnos asks “Why the Long Face?”, explaining that “While the story has rated front-page treatment in the U.S., it has sent China into a frenzy of self-flagellation, in the hope of reminding people that it is still home to a lot of very poor people.”

• Yoree Koh at the Wall Street Journal reports that Japan is taking the news of its third-place status ...


An Image Aug 2010

An Image

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

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I had never bid on eBay. It takes too much energy, too much attention to follow the vagaries of an online auction. And there never seems to be anything I want that badly. But I wanted that propaganda poster—a reproduction of an oil painting, mid-1970s—depicting, with the imagination and rhetorical power possible only in socialist realism, the May Fourth movement of 1919.

In the painting, the sky is clearing and clouds are dissipating behind the imposing presence of Tiananmen, which dominates the scene. The students, young men and women, are ...


Panic Room Aug 2010

Panic Room

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

On my (continuing) walk across China, I have occasionally come across the kind of construction featured in the attached image — a farmhouse with a door half way up the wall, no stairs attached. I have previously assumed the house was still under construction, or perhaps they ran out of money before doing the stairs. But as I passed his one, in Guang’an county in the middle of Sichuan, last Saturday, it struck me that this is in fact a “panic room”, a way to seal off and protect the family and its assets in the top room, safe from ...


Renshi: Writing Without A Center, Jeffrey Angles Aug 2010

Renshi: Writing Without A Center, Jeffrey Angles

Jeffrey Angles

No abstract provided.


Frivolous Friday: The Red Army Learns To “Just Beat It” Aug 2010

Frivolous Friday: The Red Army Learns To “Just Beat It”

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” were performed by a Cultural Revolution-era musical troupe? Perhaps not. But thanks to this video on Tudou, the question you never thought to ask has been answered.

The video has been making the rounds on Twitter this week (follow us at@chinabeat!); thanks to Kaiser Kuo for bringing it to our attention.