Chinese Studies Research Group, Feb. 6

Yesterday, when I posted the message below I inadvertently put the incorrect date of Feb. 2 in the subject line. It should have read Feb. 6. Here’s the posting again in full.–Kirk

Please join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016, for the next meeting of the Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area).  This group is designed to create a sense of community among scholars of Chinese Studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our meetings are an opportunity to hear and discuss interesting research in progress from one faculty member and one doctoral candidate and to network with people with similar interests.

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., University of San Francisco, University Center 402/403 (UC 402/403)

Faculty Presentation

Chia-ju Chang (張嘉如), Ph.D., Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies, USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies (Spring 2016); Associate Professor of Chinese, Modern Languages and Literatures, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York

Slow Violence and its Effect: Cinematic Micro-shock and Scott Chi’s Poisoned Sky

After defining what slow violence is, Rob Nixon asks, “How can we devise arresting stories, images, and symbols that capture the pervasive but elusive effects of slow violence?” In this talk, I turn to “strange weather” as an example of slow violence and examine the cinematic representation of its psychological impact using Scott Chi’s Poisoned Sky as a case study to show how a “micro-shock” approach can best capture the invisible traumatic affect the heavily poisoned sky exacts on the people.

Doctoral Student Presentation

Peiting Li, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Bed rest, lung-shaped herbs, or aspirin? On tuberculosis treatments and the assertion of professional authority in Shanghai’s medical information market, 1920-1940

This talk examines different treatments for tuberculosis that appeared in professional and popular medical writing in Republican-era Shanghai. After Robert Koch’s 1882 discovery of the bacteria that caused tuberculosis, but before the 1944 invention of antibiotics to treat the disease, there was no clear consensus on effective therapies for tuberculosis. In an increasingly diverse medical information market occupied by newly Western-trained physicians and Chinese doctors, how did various producers of medical knowledge assert their authority?

Please also feel free to share this post with interested colleagues and graduate students.  Visiting Scholars are welcome to attend as well.

While RSVP’s are not required, they are appreciated so that we can plan for coffee/tea and snacks.  Please click on the link to RSVP or e-mail Melissa Dale at


Melissa S. Dale, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Assistant Professor
Center for Asia Pacific Studies
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St., KA-180A
San Francisco, CA  94117-1080
(415) 422-2590

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