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Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28 - The Wisconsin China Initiative will host a new orientation program in China for newly-admitted freshmen. More details coming soon...

Saturday, April 29 – 11 a.m., Overture Center in the Wisconsin Studio, 201 State Street. “UW Meets China Banquet.” Join CLACC (the Chinese Language & Culture Club) along with alumni, and faculty for an afternoon luncheon. The event will include speeches from fellow alumni, networking, and recognition of high achieving students. RSVP through Eventbrite.  Tickets range from $18 to $42.

Thursday, April 27, noon – 1:30 p.m., Lubar Commons (Room 7200), Law School.  Public lecture on trade law in the Asian Pacific region (lecture title will be coming soon) by UW economics alum John Mullen.  Dr. Mullen is a senior advisor specializing on trade and investment at McLarty Associates in Washington D.C., and an adjust professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  A light lunch buffet will be provided.  This lecture is sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Wisconsin China Initiative.  Following his Law School talk, Dr. Mullen will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Club.  Register for his lecture, “American Interests in the Asia Pacific: Trade, Geopolitics, and Relations with China in the Trump Era” (tickets cost $10-$20) for the evening lecture via the MCFR website.

Wednesday, April 26 – 6:30 p.m., Room L150, Conrad A Elvehjem Building, 800 University Avenue.  Second screening for the Chinese Exclusion Act documentary.  See details above for April 24.

Tuesday, April 25 – 4 p.m., DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street. The Wisconsin China Initiative will host a panel discussion about the Chinese Exclusion Act and its relevance to today.  The filmmakers, Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films will speak at 4 p.m. on “Why This Film Matters.”  Then starting at 5:15 p.m. there will be a panel, “Who is American? The continuing impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act” featuring award-winning author, journalist and activist Helen Zia joined by UW Asian American Studies Faculty Victor Jew and UW Law Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes. RSVP through Eventbrite, the WCI Facebook page, or by email to ldennis@eastasia.wisc.edu

Monday, April 24 – 6 p.m., Marquee Cinema, Union South.  Free public screening of a new documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.    Stay for pizza and Q&A with the directors after the film.  (A second screening will be held April 26, see below for details.) Produced by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films and the Center for Asian American Media as part of PBS series American Experience, this documentary examines America’s complicated relationship with immigration and what it means to be American.  The uncut film will be shown in Madison prior to the PBS premier.  Register on Eventbrite and find more information on the WCI homepage. 

Monday, April 24 – 3 p.m., Room 267, Teacher Education Building.  Public lecture, “Political Moral Education in China,” by Professor Caiping Sun, Deputy Director, Institute of Moral Education, Nanjing Normal University.

Wednesday, April 18 – 12 noon, 336 Ingraham Hall.  The Center for East Asian Studies lecture series will conclude for the spring semester with a talk by UW History doctoral candidate Zhijun Ren, "Envisioning Early Modern in East Asia: Locality, Region and Empire in the Writings of Korean Tributary Missions"  Tea and snacks will be served. 

Monday, April 17 – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 336 Ingraham Hall.  Final Bubble Tea Monday of the spring semester.  This event will feature discussion of the UW and China.  Bubble Tea Mondays are sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Saturday, April 15 – 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  The 2017 Midwest Chinese Speech Contest and the International Forum on Chinese Language Education will be hosted for the first time by the UW-Madison. The forum will run from 8 a.m. until noon in Room 6210 of the Social Sciences building, followed by the speech contest from noon until 5:30 p.m., ending with a banquet. The US Midwest “Chinese Bridge” Speech Contest is an annual event open to all students in the Midwest and Great Lakes area.  Heritage speakers who came to the U.S. prior to age 13 can also join the contest.  Co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, the Center for East Asian Studies, Language Institute, and the Chinese Language & Culture Club.  The UW-Madison faculty host is Professor Hongming Zhang. 

Friday, April 14 – 3:30 – 5 p.m., 6210 Social Sciences.  Free public talk, “Sino-US Relations at a New Starting Point,” by Hong Lei 洪磊, Consul General of China, Chicago Consul.  Mr. Hong is the former Foreign Ministry Spokesperson for the People’s Republic of China.  A reception will follow his talk.  This event is sponsored by CEAS, the Dept. of Asian Languages & Cultures, the Chinese Faculty Association, the Chinese Students & Scholars Association, and CLACC.

Friday, April 14 – noon – 1:30 p.m., 1820 Van Hise Hall.  Free public lecture, “Modern Chinese Scalar Constructions,” by Chaofen Sun 孙朝奋, Professor or East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University.  Pizza and coffee will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, CEAS, CLACC and the Y.R. Chao Foundation.

Thursday, April 13 – 5 p.m., Room 5208, Social Sciences Building.  Public lecture, “Nature of Language Acquisition: Argumentation from Chinese Language Education,” by Yang Zhao 杨赵,Professor and Dean, School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University, Beijing, China.  This event was made possible by a University Lectures grant, and is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, the Center for East Asian Studies and the Chinese Language & Culture Club.

Monday, April 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 336 Ingraham Hall.  Bubble Tea Monday will feature Math Professor Tonghai Yang talking about the Anhui-based charity he established: the Hometown Education Foundation. Bubble Tea Mondays are sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Monday, April 3 - 6 p.m., Room L140, Elvehjem Building (800 University Avenue, part of the Chazen Museum of Art).  Screening of a documentary, “My Life in China,” by Asian American film-maker Kenneth Eng, followed by a talk with Mr. Eng. This film discusses issues related to immigration, the pressure to assimilate, the struggle of refugees, and sacrifices made by parents, and what it means to be both Chinese and American.

Monday, March 27 - 3:30 p.m., Room 336 (Third Floor), Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive. "Beijing Badgers: a conversation about how Tsinghua 清华 served as a conduit to UW-Madison for early 1900s students form China." Wisconsin China Initiative Director Jerry Yin will be talking with special guest Yun Liu 刘昀. Mr. Liu is the nephew of Tsinghua/Peking University Ecohomist Chen Daisun 陈岱孙 (1900-1997), Uw alum, Class of 1922. The history conversation will be followed by a Bubble Tea Monday event at 4:30 (see below for more info) in the same location, featuring a UW-China history quiz.

March 16 – 4 p.m., Room 159 “Wisconsin Idea Room,” Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall.  CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER which prevented our speakers from flying out of the East Coast. (Plans are to reschedule for the fall semester 2017.) Live recording of a Sinica Podcast, “China and Africa in a Post-Fact World.”  The Podcase will feature Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn, co-founders of the Sinica Podcast, along with Sean Jacobs, founder of “Africa is a Country.”  This event is sponsored by the African Studies Program. After the Podcast, the WCI will sponsor pizza and time for Q&A with the speakers.

Monday, March 6, 4:30 p.m., Ingraham Hall's room 325. WCI's new "Bubble Tea Mondays" series starts. Events will run every Monday through April 17 and feature conversation and comaradery on the them of the Chinese experience at UW-Madison.

Thursday, March 2 - 3:30 p.m., 313 University Club. Public lecture by Historian Jonathan Schlesinger, Indiana University, "An Inside-Out View of Qing Environmental History." This talk is sponsored by the History Department and the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History and the Environment.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 – 12 noon, Law School’s Lubar Commons (Room 7200). Public lecture, “Trump Ascendant, the U.S. in Decline, and the New World Order: Implications for U.S. economic relations with East Asia,” by UW Emeritus Law Professor Charles Irish.  Light refreshments will be served.  Professor Irish founded the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center in 1990, and currently serves as its Senior Director Emeritus.  He is also the Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Distinguished Teacher Professor of Law Emeritus.

Friday, Feb. 3 – 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall.  The Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ Friday Forum lecture will be by UW historian Shelly Chan, “Histories that Don’t Fit: The Chinese ‘South Seas’ and its End in the Twentieth Century.”   This talk asks how Chinese diaspora histories across the “South Seas” (Nanyang)—a maritime region connecting East and Southeast Asia from its height in the 1920s to its end in the 1960s—may help advance the understanding of trans-Asia. The rise and demise of the Chinese “South Seas” suggest that diaspora can be better understood as temporal fragments intersecting with other temporalities of human action, sometimes cropping up and ripping through the telos of the nation. Shelly Chan is Assistant Professor of History at UW-Madison focusing on transnational and global China and Asia.

Fall Semester 2016:

Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Elvehjem Building (Chazen Museum complex) Room L150, free public lecture, “The Space Between Natural and Created 自然而然的空间.”  Sculptor Zhang Songtao of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts will present this talk on his work and the state of sculpture in China today, speaking in Chinese with translation into English.  His lecture is sponsored by the UW-Madison Art Department, the Wisconsin China Initiative and the White Heron International Art & Cultural Exchange.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m., Overture Room of the Gordon Dining & Event Center, National Pengyou Day.  The free public event will feature a talk about study abroad to China and also comments from Wisconsin China Initiative Director Jerry Yin.  Pizza dinner will be provided. Project Pengyou -- "pengyou" means "friend" in Chinese – is a student organization that seeks to increase the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad in China. The Madison chapter focuses on promoting US-China cross-cultural exchange through encouraging study abroad, promoting discussion of US-China relations, and by coordinating with other campus groups that have a shared purpose. Follow them on Facebook!

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Room 1295 of Grainger Hall, alumni talk with Neville Lam (’97 Accounting) and Steve Wasser (’06 EMBA Business Administration) about making the most of your student experience on campus and entering the China market after graduation.  Mr. Lam (in photo at right), business development director for Duff and Phelps, is the founding and current president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Shanghai Chapter.  Mr. Wasser, retired from Harley Davidson Motor Company, helped launch Harley’s China sales.  Students are welcome and snacks will be served!  This panel is sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative, hosted by the Institute of Management Accountants, and co-sponsored by the following student organizations: Project Pengyou, Chinese Language and Culture Club, Asian American Student Union, and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Friday, Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m., Humanities Building, 455 N. Park street, the Chinese Language & Culture Club, or "CLACC," will host a haunted house with a Chinese flair.  Open to the public.  Expect ghost stories by Prof. Rania Huntington, interesting costumes, spooky mysteries and more!  Enter from the State Street side of the building for a 15-20 minute tour of haunted rooms on the first and second floors.  Fee of $5.  See the Facebook event page for  more details.

Friday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m., Elvehjem’s Room L150, free public lecture, “A New Idol: Worshiping Confucius in Contemporary China.”  This lecture will be presented by Julia K. Murray, Professor Emerita of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Gordon Commons Room 241B, free public screening of the documentary, “The Chinese Mayor” (one hour, 26 minutes; Chinese with English subtitles) with comments afterwards by Law Professor John Ohnesorge and History Professor Joe Dennis.  Once a thriving capital in imperial China, the city of Datong 大同lies in near ruins by 2013, ranked as the most polluted city in the country. Mayor Geng Yanbo耿彦波has a bold new plan to turn his coal-mining city into a tourist haven.  That will require pulling down 14,000 households and relocating 500,000 residents, all to make way for a restored city wall. This event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the East Asian Legal Studies Center.  Pizza and soda available while supplies last.  The documentary received a 2015 Special Jury Award for “unparalleled access” from the Sundance Film Festival.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, National China Town Hall program will feature a webcast interview reflecting on China with Dr. Henry Kissinger, followed by a local presentation by Dr. Carla Freeman, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  This annual event is sponsored by the National Committee on US-China Relations and by the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations.  Following the national webcast, Dr. Freeman will discuss the situation in the South China Sea, sharing her analysis of the Chinese perspective.  How does China view its territorial rights and economic interests in the South China Sea? How is it responding to the recent ruling against China’s maritime claims and actions in the South China Sea? How far will China be willing to go to assert its sovereignty in the region? How does it view US policy and actions on the South China Sea?  In addition to describing the Chinese government’s position, she will discuss the opinions of ordinary Chinese citizens on the issue.  Click here to register.  Cost is $10 for students and $20 for guests. Buffet will be served.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), 227 State Street, Spotlight Cinema program screening of “Kaili Blues (路边野餐).” Directed by Bi Gan (2015, 113 minutes, filmed in Chinese with English subtitles), this film is about a doctor searching for his brother’s long-lost child, whose journey brings him to a mysterious town where people’s lives overlap, and past, present, and future converge. See the trailer.  Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King, and is a program of MMoCA’s education department. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum lobby; films screen at 7:00 p.m. in the lecture hall. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. 

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12 noon, Law School’s Lubar Commons, "International Trade Law and China: From Paternalism to Partnership, and now Pessimism?"  This free public talk will be presented by Professor Gregory Shaffer, University of California, Irvine School of Law, and is part of the UW Law School’s Ideas & Innovations SeriesUW Law Professor Alex Huneeus will serve as the faculty host.  A lunch buffet will be provided.

Saturday, Oct. 7-9, various times and venues, Asian American Media Spotlight.  The UW-Madison’s Department of Asian American Studies has organized screening of four documentaries Friday through Sunday, with filmmakers available to talk with the audience after each show.  The public is welcome to this free series.  Here’s the lineup:

  • Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Elvehjem L140, “Bad Rap,” following the careers of four Asian American rappers.  Q&A with Producer Jaeki Cho.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Vilas 4070, “Tyrus,” on the career of Chinese American painter Tyrus Wong, whose watercolors provided inspiration for Disney’s “Bambi.” Q&A with Director Pamela Tom.
  • Saturday,Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Vilas 4070, “Mele Murals,” tells the story of Native Hawaiian youth using spiritual ideas, hip hop culture and the medium of graffiti to build community in Waimea.  Q&A with Director Tad Nakamura
  • Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., Elvehjem L140, “People’s Republic of Love,” examines the cultural, economic and political implications of contemporary love in China, including the impact of dating shows on television, the matchmaking business and the struggles of lesbian and gay couples.  Q&A with Producer Yizhou Xu, who is a PhD student at the UW-Madison. 

Friday, Oct. 7, 1:30 – 7 p.m., Pyle Center, CEAS symposium and reception.  Join the Center for East Asian Studies for an afternoon symposium followed by a public reception.  The symposium, “East Asian Studies after the Cold War,” will run from 1:30 – 5:15 p.m. in the Pyle Center’s third floor rooms 325-326, and include Keynotes, 2-4 p.m.,  from John Treat of Yale University and Tani Barlow of Rice University and a roundtable discussion, 4:15 0 5:15 p.m., by Paola Iovene, Univ. of Chicago; Christine Marran, Univ. of Minnesota; Nirvana Tanoukhi, UW-Madison; and Louise Young, UW-Madison. The afernoon will conclude with a public reception for the Center for East Asian Studies, held in the Pyle Center’s first floor AT&T Lounge, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Friday, Sept. 23, Noon – 1:30 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall, free public lecture by Indiana University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Professor Francis Allard, “Southeast Asia’s Early Maritime Exchange Networks and their Impact on Southern China during the Han Dynasty.”  This talk is part of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Friday Forum Lecture Series.

Friday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m., Memorial Library Room 126, “UW-Madison Libraries: What You Really Need to Know你想知道如何使用图书馆吗? 东亚研究图书馆员将用中文与你分享.”  This orientation session will be offered in Chinese by East Asian Studies Librarian Dianna Xu.  New students and visiting scholars are all welcome to attend this free public event. 

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 17, various times, Margaret H-Doubler Performance Space, 1050 University Avenue, “Waves” dance performance. The concert, which features two programs over the weekend, includes contemporary choreography from faculty artist and CEAS affiliate Jin-Wen Yu and a solo work from Taiwanese guest artist Chien-Kuei Chang.The concert will open Thursday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m., followed by performances on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. and two Saturday shows, a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public, and $15 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available through Campus Arts Ticketing online at www.uniontheater.wisc.edu; in person at the Campus Arts Ticketing box office, first floor Memorial Union ; or by phone at 608-265-2787. Remaining tickets will be available at the door in Lathrop Hall one hour prior to the performance. All tickets are reserved seating.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 3:30-5 p.m., Lubar Commons, Law School, public lecture “Representing Chinese Companies and the Chinese Government in the U.S. Trade Remedies Actions,” by UW alum and practicing attorney Andrew T. Schutz, GDLSK LLP in Washington, D.C. (Milwaukee office). Co-sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center, the Wisconsin China Initiative and the Center for East Asian Studies.  See attached poster. (Please note that Mr. Schutz will also give a talk on the same day at the Madison International Trade Association’s luncheon, “US Trade Policy in an Election Year,” to be held at the M3 Insurance Building on 828 John Nolen Drive. 



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