Ai Weiwei’s studio demolished

Source: Artnet News (8/6/18)
‘Farewell’: Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studio Is Demolished by Chinese Authorities Without Warning
The rental contract on the studio expired last fall.
By Naomi Rea

A jackhammer is seen beside rubble at artist Ai Weiwei’s “Left and Right Art Studio” in Beijing on August 3, 2018. Photo by Pak Yiu/AFP/Getty Images.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio was razed to the ground by authorities on Friday afternoon.

The 61-year-old artist revealed the news on Instagram, writing, “Today, they started to demolish my studio ‘zuo you’ in Beijing with no precaution.” The expansive space in the ZuoYou (Left Right) Art District, a former car part factory that the artist describes as an “East German style socialist factory building,” has served as the artist’s main studio since 2006. “Farewell,” Ai wrote on Instagram. Continue reading

SCMS 2019 panel–cfp

Temporality and Transportability in Contemporary Cinema – Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2019 Panel

Moving images are an evocative site for inquiries into various modes of articulations; however, these inquiries have largely detailed its cinematic borders without further exploration of alternative expressions of the medium. This panel delves into the ephemeral space that emerges in moments where expressions and experiences of cinema make meaning while breaking and shifting boundaries of time, space, sound, and image. It speculates on how contemporary moving images have become portals for moving and fracturing the boundaries of cinematic temporalities. We invite contributions that pay specific attention to works that address:

  • Notions of temporality and/or transportability through the lens of spectatorship and/or embodied experience
  • Alternative modes of expressions and experiences of cinematic temporalities

Papers that engage with the following themes are especially welcomed:

  • Cross-platform practices among audio-visual works
  • Sinophone cinema, culture, and politics

Please include in your proposal: Paper title (up to 120 characters), abstract (up to 2500 characters), a list of 2-3 source bibliography, and a brief author bio (up to 500 characters). Please email your proposal to Ellen Chang at eychang@uw.edu by 11:50 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.

“The Metaphor Detox Centre” excerpt

Source: BruceHumes.com (8/5/18)
Dystopia with Chinese Characteristics: An Excerpt from Sheng Keyi’s “The Metaphor Detox Centre”
By 

Journalist Yao Minzhu became acquainted with a few fellow patients at the centre. Like them, she’d heard of shelters, treatment centres for drug addiction, mental health clinics and so on, but only once she was dispatched to the Metaphor Detox Centre did she learn of its existence. She read the following introduction on the wall of the centre’s reception hall:

As a society’s level of civilization progresses, new illnesses will always emerge to threaten the physical and mental health of the people. The Metaphor Malady is one such disease. It is a form of mental illness, but one that does not entirely belong to the psychological domain. During its initial stage it is not easily detectable; in its middle stage it affects social stability; and in the latter stage involves descent into a manic state of which the patient is unaware. Its potential for contagion and harm is not inferior to a ton of dynamite placed within a crowd.

At present, newly diagnosed cases are growing at a rate of over fifty per cent, sufferers in the mid- or late-stage account for eight per cent of the total affected population, and the mortality rate is four per cent. The government has allocated specialists and funds to establish the Metaphor Detox Centre, which is devoted to servicing the afflicted. The great majority do recover, and relapses are rare. Since the Centre was established it has repeatedly won praise from the authorities.

(The Metaphor Detox Center, excerpted from Sheng Keyi’s new novel, 锦灰.  This passage translated from the Chinese by Bruce Humes. Foreign language rights agent: Andrew Nurnberg)

Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, no. 99

The latest issue of Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Vol. 99 is now available online at: http://www.mh.sinica.edu.tw/bulletins.aspx

Contents
[Articles]

Was Jesus a Filial Son? Changes in the Discourse on Filial Piety in Chinese Christianity from Late Ming to Early Republican China
By Lu Miaw-fen

The Transformation of Mobilization: The Rectification of Leftist Tendencies in the Taihang Base Area
By Wang Longfei

[Research and Discussion]

Intellectual History and Modern History: Recent Trends in English-language Scholarship
By Fu Yang

[Book Reviews]

Fan Guangxin, Confucian Canonical Scholarship as Arts of Governance—Jingshi Ideal among Late Qing Neo-Confucian Moral Philosophers of Hunan, Reviewed by Chiu Wenhao

Posted by: Jhih-Hong Jheng bimhas60@gmail.com

Buddhist abbot denies sexual abuse allegations

Source: SupChina (8/1/18)
Abbot Of Beijing Longquan Temple Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations
Venerable Master Xuecheng, a Buddhist monk and president of the Chinese Buddhist Association, has been accused of seducing multiple female nuns by convincing them of “purification” through physical contact.
By Jiayun Feng

The abbot of Longquan Temple in Beijing, Xuecheng 学诚, is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual misconduct in China. The “Venerable Master” of Longquan, one of the highest-profiled monasteries in the country, has called the allegations “false” and “misleading.”

In a 95-page expose titled “Report on important matters,” which was shared on WeChat on July 31 and instantly went viral, two former masters at Longquan Temple, Xianjia 贤佳 and Xianqi 贤启, said Xuecheng has been preying on bhikkhunis (ordained female monastics) for years, specifically that he has had sex with multiple nuns by persuading them they could be “purified” through physical contact. (Celibacy is one of the tenets of Buddhist monasticism.) Continue reading

Xinjiang camps biblio

Someone asked me for readings on the Xinjiang camps, and I compiled this biblio to keep track; cleaned it up to share here. Unfortunately will have to be updated–feel free to send me more. –This is huge, historic, horrible.–Magnus Fiskesjö <nf42@cornell.edu>

China’s ‘re-education’/concentration camps in Xinjiang – Select news reports & academic works

Comp. by Magnus Fiskesjö [nf42@cornell.edu]. Last rev. August 3, 2018

First: News reports from 2018; then, a section with more academic studies on Xinjiang

News and reports in chronological order (from 2018):

China: Massive Numbers of Uyghurs & Other Ethnic Minorities Forced into Re-education Programs. CHRD, August 3, 2018. https://www.nchrd.org/2018/08/china-massive-numbers-of-uyghurs-other-ethnic-minorities-forced-into-re-education-programs/

Ethnic cleansing makes a comeback — in China. By Josh Rogin, Columnist, Washington Post, August 2, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/ethnic-cleansing-makes-a-comeback–in-china/2018/08/02/55f73fa2-9691-11e8-810c-5fa705927d54_story.html Continue reading

Rare glimpse of Xinjiang concentration camps

Below, a rare direct witness account from inside the horror of China’s concentration camps in Xinjiang. This is the brief witness of a Kazach Chinese citizen, Sayragul Sauytbay of Xinjiang, who was forced to serve as a reeducation camp Mandarin teacher, and saw the horrors there. She fled to Kazachstan and was jailed and tried there, but let go by the Kazachstan court which chose to not deport her back to China. She had said to the court, she’d accept any punishment for her illegal crossing, but not to be sent back to China. (Also see her brief TV interview here: https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakhstan-trial-chinese-citizen/29405385.html).

As the interview below mentions, she has now been punished again the usual way, by remote control, by sending her remaining family to the camps, as has been done with many Xinjiang citizens both in China, and in foreign countries. Continue reading

Xi faces rare rebuke at home

Source: NYT (7/31/18)
As China’s Woes Mount, Xi Jinping Faces Rare Rebuke at Home
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By Chris Buckley

Xi Jinping, center, during the National People’s Congress in Beijing in March.CreditFred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BEIJING — China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, seemed indomitable when lawmakers abolished a term limit on his power early this year. But months later, China has been struck by economic headwinds, a vaccine scandal and trade battles with Washington, emboldening critics in Beijing who are questioning Mr. Xi’s sweeping control.

Censorship and punishment have muted dissent in China since Mr. Xi came to power. So Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, took a big risk last week when he delivered the fiercest denunciation yet from a Chinese academic of Mr. Xi’s hard-line policies, revival of Communist orthodoxies and adulatory propaganda image. Continue reading

Dissident in his 80s arrested

Posted by: Joe Allen <jrallen@umn.edu>
Source: The Guardian (8/2/18)
Chinese dissident in his 80s arrested at home during live TV interview
Sun Wenguang just had time to say ‘I am entitled to freedom of speech’ before being cut off
By Emma Graham-Harrison

Sun Wenguang

Sun Wenguang, who is a retired professor, during a telephone interview with Voice of America. Photograph: Voice of America

Chinese security forces broke into the home of a dissident academic during a live television interview and detained him on air in the latest sign of China’s deteriorating human rights situation.

“I am entitled to freedom of speech,” were Sun Wenguang’s last words before the line was cut.

The octogenarian, a retired physics and economics professor, lives in the eastern city of Jinan. He has been a rights activist and thorn in the government’s side for decades, most recently penning an open letter criticising President Xi Jinping. Continue reading

3rd East Asian Translation Studies Conference–cfp

I am glad to announce that the 3rd East Asian Translation Studies Conference (EATS3) will be held in Venice, Italy, in June 2019.

The abstracts are expected before September 30, 2018.
The conference website is:  https://thewaysoftranslation.com/eats3

Conference Theme: “From the Local to the Global and Back. Translation as a Construction of Plural and Dialogic Identities of East Asia”

We wish to promote a general discussion on how translation has been influenced by contemporary global/local contradictions in the East Asian sphere. People’s mobility and migration as well as travelling ideas and theories are the fertile soil for the practice of translation, texts and people being deeply transformed by language and culture contamination. Continue reading

The Quint–cfp

The Quint is an online peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal hosted by the University College of the North (see link:
https://www.ucn.ca/sites/academics/facultyarts/programofferings/arts/humanities/Pages/Humanities-Journals.aspx). The journal is MLA indexed and archived in the National Library in Ottawa. This spring, we have celebrated the journal’s 10th anniversary.

We are planning on doing a special issue on Chinese Literature and Culture to be published June 2019. I will be the guest editor of this special issue.

So, I am reaching out to Chinese scholars who will be willing to submit an article to be published in this special issue. My expectation is articles about Chinese Literature, Cinema, Culture, Religion, Language and images. Translation pieces are also welcome. I want to avoid articles from solely theoretical studies, to focus only on articles with a “human face”, something anyone can read, understand and able to relate with.

There is no royalty of your article; there is no charge for publishing nor editing your article either.  Your articles must be unpublished previously. Copyright of the contribution accepted for publication in the quint is retained by the Contributor.

The deadline for submission is by October 30, 2018.
The admission notice will be by December 21, 2018.
The publication will be June 1, 2019.

Please find the Contributors’ Guideline is https://www.ucn.ca/sites/academics/facultyarts/programofferings/arts/humanities/Pages/Author-Guidelines.aspx

Thank you very much.

Ying Kong, Ph.D
English Department
Faculty of Arts, Business and Science
University College of the North
Email: ykong@ucn.ca

Fan Xiaochun breaks mold with new book

Source: China Daily (7/13/18)
Shanghai writer Fan Xiaochun breaks the philosophical mold with new book
By Xing Wen | chinadaily.com.cn

Fan Xiaochun [Photo provided to China Daily]

Fan Xiaochun’s newly-published book Jamais Vu, is a collection of 24 essays that vividly demonstrates the young artist’s spiritual achievements gained from her explorations into writing, painting, photography and documentary making.

“The book uses fictional settings, but it’s all about my real feelings and thoughts,” says the 31-year-old who has been billed as a “Fudan talent” for some years.

After studying at the journalism school of Fudan University, the Shanghai native has had published three books, gaining her recognition from celebrities such as director Long Danni and Taiwan-based actress Annie Shizuka Inou. Continue reading