UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Year of China 2014

China

The aim of the Year of China program is, over the course of a full academic year, to take a wide-ranging look at China from its earliest history right up to current events. The Year of China program uses a multidisciplinary approach in order to understand and appreciate other countries and cultures. 

A wide variety of events and activities will be held throughout the academic year. Please see below for the most up to date information on this year's diverse Year of China offerings.

Year of China Decorations Available to Campus!
Contact Katie Koets at events@uwrf.edumail to sign out Year of China decorations - view the full list of decorations here.

Upcoming Events:

September

Thursday, September 11:  The Wyman Series & SIE Present: The Golden Dragon Acrobatslink and Year of China Kickoff, 6:30-9:30pm, Knowles

Monday, September 15 "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AGS 201 at 7:00pm.

Various dates throughout September:  CAFES brown bag lecture series with China Agricultural University students:

Tuesday, September 16:  Effects of Different Forage Supplementary Patterns on the Growth and Gastrointestinal Development of Holstein Calves by Mr. Wu Zhaohai, 12:00pm, AGS 333

Thursday, September 18:  Feeding Calves: Acidified Milk or Pasteurized Milk? by Miss Ma Jiaying, 12:00pm, AGS 333

Tuesday, September 23:  Prevalence of Bovine Mastitis Pathogens in Bulk Tank Milk by Mr. Bi Yanliang, 12:00pm, AGS 333

Thursday, September 25:  Effect of Reduced Energy Density of Close-up Diet on Dry Matter Intake, Milk Yield and Energy Balance in Multiparous Holstein Cows by Dr. Huang Wenming, 12:00pm, AGS 333

Wednesday, September 24:  Education Abroad Fair, 10:00am-2:00pm, UC Falcon's Nest

October

Friday, October 3:  Bonfire and Chinese Ghost Stories, Lydecker Fire Pit, 10:00pm

Wednesday, October 15 "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AgSci 201 at 7:00pm.

Thursday, October 16:  Year of China book discussion. Alex Hatheway, Instructor in the English Language Transition Program and liaison to the students from the Zhejiang International Studies University (ZISU), will lead a discussion of Han Han's This Generation: Dispatches from China's MostHan Han book cover Popular Literary Star (and Race Car Driver). 4:00-5:00pm, Library Breezeway

For those who follow Chinese affairs, Han Han is as controversial as they come-an irreverent singer, sports celebrity, and satirist whose brilliant blogs and books have made him a huge celebrity with more than half a billion readers. Now, with this collection of his essays, Americans can appreciate the range of this rising literary star and get a fascinating trip through Chinese culture. This Generation gathers his essays and blogs dating from 2006 to the present, telling the story of modern China through Han Han's unique perspective. (Description and book cover from Amazon)

Wednesday, October 22:  "Confucius' Ethics and Christian Philosophy" panel discussion with Walter Wietzke and Imtiaz Moosa, 4:00pm reception with 4:30pm discussion, UC Kinnickinnic Theater, more information here.

Thursday, October 30:  Year of China Film Series Presents: Aftershock. Introduced by Dr. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, 5:15-8:00pm, UC Kinnickinnic Theater.

Aftershock is a 2010 Chinese film directed by Feng Xiaogang. The film depicts the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. It was released in China on July 22, 2010, and is the first "big commercial film" IMAX film created outside the United States. The film was a major box office success, and has grossed more than US$100 million at the Chinese box office.

November

Saturday, November 1 Application materials for spring 2015 Experience China program due. More information here.

Tuesday, November 4 Peterson Lecture Series: "Himalayan Dominoes: China's Cold War and Tibetan Frontier" by Dr. Xiaoyuan Liu, a renowned scholar of modern Chinese history from the University of Virginia, 4:00pm reception with 4:30pm lecture, UC Kinnickinnic Theater

Since the early 18th century, when Tibet became a "frontier dependency" of the Qing Empire, the Tibetan frontier of China has assumed an important position in both China's foreign and domestic affairs.  From the recent past to our own time the so-called Tibetan question is never ending but its connotation has changed several times in temporal and spatial sense. Professor Xiaoyuan Liu's talk highlights a number of historical junctures of the twentieth century, at which the Chinese, Tibetan, and other interested parties - including the United States and India - took different political stances on the Tibetan question and defined the question in dissimilar time frames and geographic areas. More information here.

Tuesday, November 11:  "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AgSci 201 at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, November 12:  Year of China book discussion. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity, will leadTo Live book cover a discussion of Yu Hua's To Live: a novel. Library Breezeway, 3:00-4:00pm.

An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade's ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant. (Description and book cover from Amazon)

Friday, November 14: Culture Fest 2014, hosted by the Asian American Student Association to promote awareness of diversity on campus and share talents, culture and interests. Food provided and free raffle drawings. In celebration of Year of China there will be a Chinese/magnolia dance and a lion dance popular in China. Free and open to everyone. 6:00-9:00pm, Abbott Concert Hall, KFA.

Tuesday, November 18: Chinese calligraphy. Stop by Heritage Hall in the University Center between 12:30-4:30 to learn more about Chinese calligraphy, and create your own piece of beautiful calligraphy.

Tuesday, November 18: The Year of China Film Series Presents: To Live, directed by Zhang Yimou. Introduced by Dr. Zhiguo Yang, 4:00-6:00pm, UC Kinnickinnic Theater.

Wednesday, November 19: Cultural Spotlight - Asia and the Middle East. Bring your own lunch and join us as Falcons share their stories, perspectives and experiences from traveling and living in Asia and the Middle East. 12:00-1:00pm, Falls Room, University Center.

Thursday, November 20: Chinese Tea Ceremony. Learn about the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea in a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. This even will also explore the idea that the spirit of the tea ceremony embodies the basic principles of harmony, respect and appreciation. 12:00-1:00pm, Falls Room, University Center.

Thursday, November 20: Music with Gao Hong, Chinese Pipa Soloist and Composer, and Chinese Music Ensemble. More information: http://www.chinesepipa.comlink 

Convocation
3:00pm
William Abbott Concert Hall
Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
Free admission and open to everyone

Concert
7:30pm
William Abbott Concert Hall
Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
Free admission and open to everyone

December

January

February

Tuesday, February 10:  "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AGS 201 at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, February 11:  Education Abroad Fair, 10:00am-2:00pm, UC Falcon's Nest

Thursday, February 19:  "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department. Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail,715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. Being that it is the Chinese New Year, two presentations at either 7:00pm and 7:45pm will be offered. Presentations last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AGS 201.

Saturday, February 21 Children's Chinese New Year celebration. Join Phi Kappa Phi at the River Falls Public Library for book readings and activities. 10:00-11:30am, River Falls Public Library.

Thursday, February 26: Year of China book discussion. Marshall Toman, Professor and Chair of the English Department, will lead a discussion of Bill Hagestad's 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare. Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway, Upper Level, 3:30-4:30pm.

21st century cyberwarfare cover21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare draws from a combination of business, cultural, historical, linguistic, and the author's personal experience to attempt to explain China to the uninitiated. The objective of the book is to raise awareness of the fact that the People's Republic of China is using a combination of their unique culture, language, and political will, known as Chinese Communism, to maintain their cultural heritage. The book is the first to gather the salient information regarding the use of cyber warfare doctrine by the People's Republic of China (Amazon).

The first two chapters available here.

March

Tuesday, March 3: The Year of China Film Series Presents: Beijing Bicycle, directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Introduced by Dr. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, 4:00-6:30pm, UC Kinnickinnic Theater.

Wednesday, March 4-Saturday, March 7: Dance Theatre Annual Spring Concert, 7:30pm in the Blanche Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The concert features the work of numerous UWRF Dance Theatre alumni, current students, faculty, and professionals. The evening will consist of diverse dance forms from classical Chinese, swing, contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip hop fusion. Unique to this year's concert and the campus' "Year of China" theme, Dance Theatre alumna Haiya Zhang has restaged a classical Chinese dance, previously premiered in 2008. Zhang's "A Lovely Folk Song" whirls brightly colored Chinese parasols with enchanting grace and visual spectacle.

Admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors (60+), and $5/students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the University Theatre Box Office in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building Monday-Friday from 1-5pm or by phone at 715-425-3114 beginning February 23. On performance days, the Box Office opens at 3pm for ticket purchases.

Additional information about the other performances to be featured in this year's Dance Theatre spring concert can be found here.

Thursday, March 5:  Join Lt. Col. William T. Hagestad II on the UWRF campus for two presentations in connection with the University's Year of China programming. Lt. Col. William T. Hagestad II has an interesting connection to UWRF. His grandfather, Herman T. Hagestad was a Regent at the University in the 1950's and thus Hagestad Hall was named after him, and his father, William Hagestad Sr. was a Professor in the English Department and Fulbright Professor representing the University in Tehran, Iran from 1964-1968. Lt. Col. William T. Hagestad II is one of the world's experts in his field.  His books include 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare (2012), Chinese Information Warfare Doctrine Development 1995-2014 (2013), and China's Plans for Winning Information Confrontation: Important Chinese Information Warfare Articles (2014). The March 5 presentations are below:

"Comparative Analysis of Nation State Cyber Conflict: An International Field Experience"
Davee Library Breezeway, 3:30pm

"Evolution of Chinese Cyber Capabilities: An Economic, Military, and Political Review of the People's Republic of China"
Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center, 7:30pm

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 5:  Chinese New Year Gala. This year UWRF is hosting its own Chinese New Year Gala. What's that? You've never heard of the Chinese New Year Gala? It draws more viewers each year than the past eight Super Bowls combined; it combines the pageantry of the Oscars with the humor of Saturday Night Live along with 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture; and we're making it happen here at UWRF. Join us for a night of singing, dancing, comedy and food while we ring in the year of the sheep! 7:30-9:30pm, North Hall Auditorium (NH 222).

Thursday, March 12:  "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AgSci 201 at 7:00pm.

Monday, March 30: Year of China book discussion. Rhonda Petree, Director of the English Language Transition Program, will lead a discussion of Peter Hessler's River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. 4:00-5:00pm, Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway, Upper Level.

Rivertown coverIn the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society (Description and book cover from Amazon).

Tuesday, March 31: International Bazaar, presented by the Global Programming Society. Food available from 6:00-8:00pm, Riverview Ballroom, University Center, with a show from 8:00-9:00pm in the Falcon's Nest, University Center. Free tickets are available at the information desk in the University Center. Tickets are required for food.

April

Thursday, April 9:  The Year of China Film Series Presents: Back to 1942, directed by Xiaogang Feng. Introduced by Dr. Zhiguo Yang, 4:00-7:00pm, UC Kinnickinnic Theater.

Thursday, April 16:  "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AGS 201 at 12:00pm.

Thursday, April 16: Year of China book discussion. Alex Hatheway, Instructor in the English Language Transition Program and ZISU student liaison, will lead a discussion of Cixin Liu's Three-Body Problem. Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway, Upper Level, 4:00-5:00pm.

The three-body problem coverThree-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision (Amazon).

Monday, April 27:  "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" presented by the UWRF Physics Department.  Join UWRF Physics Professor, Eileen Korenic, to learn about ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50 so email or phone reservations are requested (eileen.korenic@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3560). The program is free, open to the public and university students, and is suitable for all ages. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and occur in AGS 201 at 7:00pm.

May

Interested in working in China? UWRF Career Services is highlighting career opportunities in China throughout the year!

Visit the UWRF Global Connectionslink office for more information about studying abroad in China

Please enjoy these features of UWRF students, faculty, and alumni who have lived and/or worked in China!

Participate in weekly Tai Chi. Open to all UWRF students, faculty, and staff.