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  • Tsagaan Sar Lunar New Year Celebration

    Rodin House Rooftop Lounge, University of Pennsylvania (3901 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

     Join us to celebrate Tsagaan Sar, the “White Month,” the Mongolian Lunar New Year!

     Enjoy Mongolian-style milk tea, dumplings, and other snacks. Take in performances of Mongolian singing, folk dancing, poetry, and more.

     Join us, Sunday, February 10, 4:00 PM, at the Rooftop Lounge of Rodin House (3901 Locust Walk)



  • 2019 Penn China Research Symposium

    Perry World House 

    Penn Global is pleased to announce that we will hold the 2019 Penn China Research Symposium on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Perry World HouseThe goal of the Symposium is to highlight Penn faculty work in China and foster interdisciplinary dialogue among stakeholders across campus to inform Penn’s ongoing engagement in China. We will also preview the next call for proposals for the China Research and Engagement Fund, which will emphasize interdisciplinary, thematic projects.


  • Christopher Rea - "What can the Ming dynasty Book of Swindles tell us about the world we live in?"

    844 Williams Hall (EALC Conference Room)

    Why do tales about swindlers flourish at certain times and places? In China, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, the early Republican era, the early Mao era, and during the last twenty years. And comparable works exist around the world. What, for example, do Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles (Ming China, 1617), Richard King’s The New Cheats of London Exposed (Georgian England, 1792), and P.T. Barnum’s The Humbugs of the World (Reconstruction-era United States, 1867) have in common—and how do they differ? Swindle stories, clearly, serve a double purpose: they teach techniques for navigating perilous social environments, and they entertain.

  • Film Screening of "AKIRA"

    Annenberg 111

    Directed by Ôtomo Katsuhiro, 1988
    From IMDB:
    "A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop"
  • Jing Wang - "Digital Technologies and Financial Governance in China's Fin-tech Development"

    Perelman 418

    Leading the global fin-tech market, Chinese fin-tech companies, such as Ant Financial and Tencent Finance are setting paradigms for business innovation and economic development. In the meantime, there has been widespread speculation about the Chinese government’s attitude towards the financial implications of digital technologies. On the one hand, fin-techs help to marketize the Chinese financial industries and rejuvenate the economy post 2008-crisis. On the other hand, the affordance of the cutting-edge technologies, such as big data and cloud computing on which the private sector, particularly the Internet corporations dominates seems threatening to the state’s control of the overall finance sector.

  • CSCC Speaker Series: Susan Shirk "Overreach and Overreaction: The Crisis in US-China Relations"

    Lower Level Auditorium, Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, 133 South 36th St.

    Relations between the United States and China today have become more competitive and tense than they have been during the past forty years since the 1979 normalization of diplomatic relations.   The deterioration of relations has not been caused by a single incident but is systemic and broad.  China’s international and domestic overreaching has provoked a widespread backlash not just in the United States, but in many other advanced economies as well.   Within the United States, there is talk about protecting ourselves from the perceived China threat by decoupling our intertwined economies, and  Chinese and Chinese-Americans are starting to come under suspicion.    How can the two countries stabilize relations and reverse this downward spiral? 

  • WORDLAB: Penn Libraries Text Analysis Learning Community meeting with Jeffrey Tharsen - "Digital Humanities approaches to phonetic, semantic and syntactic pattern detection in premodern texts"

    526 Van Pelt (East Asian Seminar Room)

    Dr. Tharsen of University of Chicago will be Skyping in to talk about text mining premodern Chinese documents. The title of the talk is "Digital Humanities approaches to phonetic, semantic and syntactic pattern detection in premodern texts".

    More information and full schedule can be found at, or by emailing Molly des Jardin at

  • Tansen Sen - "Temple Heritage of a Chinese Migrant Community: Movement, Connectivity, and Identity in the Maritime World"

    241 Van Pelt Library

    Tansen Sen

    This presentation examines the spread of Chinese temples associated with the veneration of Ruan and Liang buddhas from Sihui County in Guangdong Province, China, through Southeast Asia to the Chinatown in Kolkata, India. Ruan Ziyu and Liang Cineng were followers of the sixth Chan patriarch Huineng (638–713) and are believed to have attained enlightenment and become buddhas during the Song dynasty (960-1279). In the thirteenth century temples dedicated to these two Chinese buddhas were established in the Sihui County. With the migration of people from the region in the nineteenth century, the belief in the two buddhas and the temples associated with them spread to present-day Malaysia and India.

  • Walter Douglas-"Roundtable Discussion on US Foreign Policy and the Indo-Pacific Strategy"

    CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th Street 

    Walter Douglas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Douglas was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Media Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs. Before that, he served overseas as minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. Earlier, Mr. Douglas was a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His report “Engaging the Muslim World: Public Diplomacy after 9/11 in the Arab Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan” was published in 2013.

  • CSCC Speaker Series: Deborah Seligsohn - "Corporate Concentration and Air Pollution Governance in China"

    CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

    Talk synopsis TBA

    Deborah Seligsohn, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Villanova University

    Sponsored by the Center for the Contemporary Study of China