The following is the line-up of upcoming public events. More information on specific events will be available later, and more events may be added. In the meantime, please put these dates on your calendar, stay tuned, and plan to attend!

Center for Chinese Studies Activities

Spring 2017 Calendar of Public Events

January 26, Thursday, 3:00 p.m., in Crawford Hall Room 115
“The Origin of Modern Humans: A View from Eastern Asia”
By Prof. Christopher Bae, UHM Anthropology

+       +       +
February 16, Thursday, 12:00 noon, in Moore Hall 109
“Law and Justice in Wu Yonggang and Wu Yigong’s film ‘Evening Rain’ (1980)”
By Professor Alison Conner, UHM Richardson School of Law

+       +       +
February 21, Tuesday, 12:00 noon, in Moore Hall 109
“Translator Education in China: Challenges and Opportunities”
Dr. Wu Qing, Former Vice Dean, School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University; China Director for the Confucius Institute at UHM.

+       +       +
February 28, Tuesday, 12:00 noon, in Moore Hall 109
“Villagers as Entrepreneurs: How Rural Tibetan and Yi Communities Engage with a Global Commodity Chain.”
Dr. Michael Hathaway, Simon Fraser University Dept of Cultural Anthropology; and Andrews Chair Professor, School of Pacific and Asian Studies (Spring 017)

+       +       +
March 7, Tuesday, 12:00 noon, in Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)
“Will China Ever Democratize?”
Dr. Teng Biao, Visiting scholar, Institute for Advanced Study; Visiting fellow, US-Asia Law Institute,  NYU; President, China Against the Death Penalty; Co-founder, the Open Constitution Initiative

+       +       +
April 4, Tuesday, 12:00 noon, in Moore Hall 109
“Recently Discovered Bamboo Texts and the Formation of Daoism in Early China”
Professor Franklin Perkins, UHM Philosophy

+       +       +

Fall 2016 Calendar of Public Events

Thur, 11/3  Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa): “The South China Sea Dispute: The U.S. Role in China’s Aggression.”
 Tokioka Room, Moore Hall 319

Tue, 27/9  Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “China’s Environmental Tipping Point and Eco Warriors.” Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, UHM,  Room 412
4:30-6:00 p.m

Spring 2016 Calendar of Public Events

Wed, 2/10 Alison Conner (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “Courtroom Drama—Chinese Style.”

Fri, 2/12 Shi Qiuheng (Xiamen University): “Frameworks and Criteria of Higher Education Institution Classification: The Chinese Design in Light of European and American Experiences.”

12:00 p.m., Mon, 2/22, Yomi Braester (University of Washington in Seattle): “The Last Refuge: Chinese and Jewish Refugees in Wartime Shanghai.” In Moore Hall 155A.

3:00 p.m., Tue, 2/23, Yomi Braester (University of Washington in Seattle): “The City as Found Footage: The Reassemblage of Chinese Urban Space.” In Moore Hall 155A.

Wed, 2/24, Cheng Chung-ying (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “Confucianism in Present-Day China and Beyond: A Great Debate and A Critical Test.”

Wed, 3/9 Gao Bei (University of North Carolina Wilmington): “Chinese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during World War II.”

Fri, 3/18 Reg Kwok (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “China–U.S. Security Relations after 2011: Contention since the ‘Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific’ Policy.”

Mon, Mar 28, XIANG Fan (Tsinghua University) and Zhu Shunshan (Dynamic Network Technology Co, Acton, MA): “How to Know Too Much with Visualization Design.”

Fri, 4/1 Jiang Song (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “The origin and evolution of Chinese characters: A reflection of the Chinese way of thinking.”  CANCELLED

Wed, 4/13 Ronald Brown (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “China’s Workers Without Benefits: Holes in the Labor Safety Net.”

Fri, 4/22 Wang Wensheng (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “The Cultural Politics of Crisis and Reform in the Jiaqing Reign (1796-1820) of Qing China.”

Fri, 4/29, Kuan Yuan-yu (University of Hawaii at Manoa): “Contemporary Musical Mixing, Interconnectedness, and Indigeneity amongst the Islands of Taiwan and Okinawa.”

Fall 2014


Sep 29–30, Oct 1–2, 4:15–6:30, UH Manoa campus, Moore Hall 258

2014 Mini Film Festival. See flyer for more details. PDF flyer

Jesse Appell, an American comedian living in Beijing and performing in Chinese (, will appear at the following events:

Tuesday, October 7. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Punahou School, Wo Auditorium

Stand-up comic routine (in Chinese; no translation)

Wednesday, October 8. 3:30–5:00 p.m. UH Manoa campus, Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

Comedy Chinese Style (lecture in English, with Chinese examples)


Thursday, October 9. 12:00-1:00 p.m. UH Manoa campus, BusAd A102

“How to use humor to learn language and ease cultural shock”


CCS China Seminar Series


Thursday, Oct 16, 12:00 noon, Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

“Trials, Judges and Lawyers in Early Chinese Movies”

Alison Conner, Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa


Thursday, Oct 23, 12:00 noon, Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

“Field Notes on Chinese Indie Cinema”

Peng Yun, East Asian Languages & Literatures, UHM


Friday, Nov 7, 12:00 noon, Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

“Did Ancient Chinese Explore America? My Journey Through the Rocky Mountains to Find Answers”

Charlotte Harris Rees, Independent Researcher


Thursday, Nov 13, 12:00 noon, Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

“Human Capital and Economic Convergence in China”

Wang Xiaojun, Deparment of Economics, UHM


Thursday, Dec 4, 12:00 noon, Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

“Looking Ahead to 2016: The 2014 Taiwan ‘Nine in One’ Local Elections”

Bill Sharp, Independent Scholar