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  • Applications are now being accepted for Teaching Assistant positions for Fall 2016:
  • The deadline for the search for a Full-time Mandarin Chinese Language Lecturer 2016-2017 at UC San Diego has passed. The Application webpage is CLOSED.

    The Chinese Studies Program (, the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Department of History within the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, student body. Applications are being accepted for one full-time Unit-18 Lecturer position for the Chinese language program. Primary duties for the instructor position are modern Chinese courses at various level as assigned. Employment start date is July 1, 2016, however the fall quarter begins on September 19, 2016 and the candidate must be available to participate in training prior to the start of the Fall Quarter at UC San Diego. This employment opportunity is for a one year appointment but may result in a renewable appointment at UC San Diego.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Applicants must have an M.A. or higher degree in Chinese language pedagogy or relevant fields.
    • Qualified candidates must have native command or native-level speaker in Mandarin Chinese and English. With strong oral and written communication skills in both languages including writing in Traditional and Simplified characters.
    • Extensive experience as a language instructor at a college level is required and the ability of teaching all levels of Chinese language courses. With a preference to candidates that have five years or more of experience teaching Mandarin Chinese at the college level, which can include time as a teaching assistant.
    • Expertise of Chinese customs and culture.
    • Ability to plan and implement creative, hands-on and engaging lessons at various levels.
    • The ability to supervise and train graduate students as teaching assistants in a Chinese language learning environment.
    • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.A. and/or eligible for a visa to work in the U.S.A.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Effective use of technology for teaching, student projects and documenting curriculum is preferred.
    • Commitment to student-centered and multicultural education
    • Knowledgeable of effective techniques for classroom management
    • Knowledge of evaluation and assessment of student progress.
    • The preferred candidate will have experience or a willingness to participate in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. And overall demonstrated strong leadership in an academic setting.
    • The successful candidate is expected to have worked with existing faculty to design and develop content-based courses, thematic-based courses and/or Chinese language for special purposes and will continue to do so as a member of the Chinese Studies Program.

    Applications should be submitted to the UCSD on-line application collection system, via AP-On-Line Recruit.
    The deadline to apply is March 6, 2016. Review of applications will commence on March 7, 2016.

    Documents Required from the Applicant:
    • A cover letter stating qualifications for college level Chinese language instruction
    • Curriculum vitae
    • A video recording that is 5 to 10 minutes long of the candidate speaking in Mandarin Chinese. Self-introduction, where candidate makes a statement of teaching pǔtōnghuà to college students. Candidate should share own background on Chinese language pedagogy. Submit recording via AP-On-Line Recruit. Recording can be submitted via web-accessible hyperlink, USB flash drive or DVD.
    • Three letters of recommendation uploaded via the AP-On-Line website by March 6, 2016
    • Review of the Contributions to Diversity statement within the online application, where the applicant will submit a written statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions. For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see:

    Deadline to Apply: March 6, 2016
    Appointment Start Date: July 1, 2016
    Fall Quarter Instruction Begin Date: September 19, 2016
    Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.
    Application materials must be submitted online via AP-On-Line Recruit:

    UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The position is covered by a Bargaining Agreement.  

  • Celebrate Chinese New Year with the UC San Diego Chinese Studies Program.
    This winter quarter we are showcasing the talents of students from the Chinese language courses in a Chinese Year Year Student Talent Show Celebration. You are invited to join us on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:00pm on UCSD campus in Peterson Hall 108. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at

  • Professor Lei Liang of the UCSD Department of Music and a Chinese Studies faculty member has bee named as a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer for Music. Read more about this exciting development for Lei Liang at UCSD San Diego News Center, article authored by Doug Ramsey. To learn more please visit and (Updated 7/16/2015) 

  • Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Announcement
    ‘Ambassador’ Scholarships are offered via TUSA to U.S. college students during the summer. The purpose of the program is to provide instruction in Mandarin Chinese and to acquaint students with the rich culture of Taiwan. This overseas immersion program in Mandarin and the Taiwanese culture will take place at the Chinese Language Center at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, Taiwan. To learn more and apply go to: Application are typically due in February in preparation for this upcoming summer study abroad opportunity (starting in early July and ending in late August). To participate in the summer from 2015 please submit your application by the initial deadline on February 15, 2015 and the final deadline March 31, 2015.

  • A message from Director Kuiyi Shen of the Chinese Studies Program at UCSD regarding Wai-Lim Yip
    Professor Emeritus of Literature, Wai-lim Yip葉維廉, is published as Featured Scholar in the current issue of a leading literary magazine, Chinese Literature Today (v.3: 1&2. 2013).   Yip was born in Guangzhou in 1937, exiled to Hong Kong in 1949, educated partially in Taiwan (B.A. and M.A.) and partly in the U.S. (M.F.A. and Ph.D.).  He began teaching at U.C. San Diego in 1967.  Four feature articles in CLT provide an extended analysis and understanding of the centrality of Yip’s writing to transpacific poetry and his deep impact on English and Chinese poetics.  Literary critic Chunlin Li’s piece, “A Creative New Start: Wai-lim Yip in China,” discusses the seminal importance of his writings and lectures on the understanding of modernist poetry in mainland China from 1981 to the present.  With publication of the nine-volume Collected Works of Wai-lim Yip in 2003, mainland readers have been inspired by his writings on classical Chinese poetry, literary hermeneutics, East-West comparative poetics, and Daoist aesthetics.  A long interview of Wai-lim Yip with University of Oklahoma professor Jonathan Stalling records Yip’s profound reflections on poetry, translation, modern and classical language, and other topics, bringing out vividly his contributions to transpacific Chinese-English poetry and poetics.  Yip’s firm belief in the necessity of a pluralism in which the distinctive features of Chinese and English poetry are each preserved has motivated his extraordinary poetic accomplishments in both languages, an approach that has been labeled Daoist modernism.  The issue also includes a fascinating essay by Yip, “Quest for the Right Poem: My Modernist Beginnings,” a literary autobiography that sheds light on his own work and on important currents in twentieth century poetry ( A section of fourteen well-chosen poems that span fifty years are published in bilingual versions and include examples long out of print as well as recent work.  In the words of the editor, “Bridging the English lyric and the classical Chinese syntactic brevity and imagistic intensity, these poems constitute the arch of one of the most interesting bodies of transpacific poetics in the latter half of the twentieth century.” (Posted 3/25/2014) 

  • Henry Luce Foundation - ACLS Program in China Studies Grants
    Pre-dissertation summer Travel Grants, Postdocs and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants are available at various times of the year. More details are on the ACLS website: (Posted 7/8/2014)

  • Jerome Rothenberg posted his essay on Professor Yip in the blog “Poems and Poetics”.
    Please visit or you can click on article
    “During the last half of last year, CLT(Chinese Literature Today) editor-scholar-poet, Professor Jonathan Stalling had been interviewing  me via email with the end result of a dialogue-essay on me. To make this a centerpiece as a featured presentation of me as a TransPacific poet and scholar, I ended up writing an essay about the deep thinking of how my trajectory was formed from tensional dialogues with Euro-American modernism. This has taken a long time. The CLT issue has just come out. It contains (1) an Introduction by someone who has read most, if not all, of the responses from China,(2) an essay by me on my modernist beginnings,(3) the Main Interview essay in which Stalling wants to call my project Daoist Modernism, my activity ,TransPacific poetry and poetics, followed by (4) a selection of my poetry in two languages plus (5) a section called Chinese Poets Writing English poems in which I have 3 poems to my credit. I thought you might be interested in this. However, I don't know what has happened, they sent me only one copy. The attached are all the selections  plus comments by the editor, (in their near-finished proof form), good enough to give you some sense of what is it all about.”

  • The UCSD International House Host Conversation Tables in various languages during fall, winter and spring quarters. All are welcomed. Go to this webpage: to read more. We encourage you to join the Mandarin group on Sundays at 8-9pm in the Cuzco & Kathmandu Lounges (I-House).
  • 21st Century China at UCSD
    Learn more about 21st Century and the China related events they are hosting:

  • China in Focus is an opportunity for undergraduates and graduate students to discuss and post about China related topics. Visit to participate in the blog.

  • Employment Opportunity with U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Visit this webpage to learn more about the “mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad” and how that could be your future career path. In addition to the long-term employment opportunities with the U.S. Department of State there are also internships listed at: 

  • UCI Chinese Calligraphy Contest for high school and college students.
The Chinese Program at UC Irvine is pleased to announce its annual Captain Wong Endowed Chinese  Calligraphy Contest to be held on Friday 5/17/2013. This event is open to all students currently enrolled in a Chinese language classes in a college/university or a high school in the Southern California area. Just as last year, there will be 2 divisions at the event - high school and college/university.

Registration Required - see more info here

  • Global Seminar in Shanghai, China
Want to study abroad with Professor Kuiyi Shen from the UCSD Visual Arts Department?
Professor Shen is considering a Global Seminar to Shanghai in the summer of 2014 or 2015. Participating students will earn 8 UCSD units. See info about Global Seminars at during this Summer 2012 study abroad opportunity:

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Scholarship Information is always a work in progress.  Please note that sources are not reviewed nor confirmed by the Chinese Studies Program. Always exercise caution when sharing your information, you are responsible for researching the legitimacy of the information provided below. Contact for more scholarship options.

  • The 2015 Taiwan Fellowship for Research During 2016
    Foreign nationals who are professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral reseachers, doctoral candidates or doctoral program students at related departments of overseas universities, or research fellows at an equivalent level in academic institutions abroad are eligible. As well as candidates recommended by ROC (Taiwan) overseas missions with a field of study on Taiwan's foreign relations or cross-strait relations. The deadline to apply is June 30th. To learn more about this and many other grants and fellowships visit: or contact the Education Division, Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office at (202) 895-1916. (Posted 6/8/2014)

  • Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship
    There are scholarships to help you learn foreign languages during a study abroad program. Learn more at

  • Teach for China
    There are numerous opportunities to teach English in China. Teach for China is seeking future educators to a 2-year teaching fellowship and leadership program to recent American and Chinese graduates to work in rural China. A worldwide movement to encourage travel and study in China is being promoted. To learn more about Teach for China offers please visit: You can also call (856) 505-7611 for more information. (Posted 8/7/2014)

  • The 100,000 Strong Foundation
    The 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission is to strengthen US-China relations through Mandarin language learning and study abroad.  The Foundation is leading a national movement to ensure that the next generation of Americans is equipped to engage effectively with China. This effort is called (Posted 8/19/2014)

  • Scholarships from the Chinese Government
    Click on to learn more about a study abroad scholarship opportunity from the Chinese Government. Applicants will need to provide a copy of your highest diploma (in English and Chinese), a transcript (in English and Chinese), a study plan proposal and two letters of recommendation from professors or associate professors. Numerous documents need to be submitted to qualify including a CD of your performance if you are seeking to study music in China, a Foreigner Physical Examination Form (available on the CSC website at, HSK certificate if applicable and more. (Posted 8/18/2014)

  • Scholarship to Sumer Study Intensive Chinese or Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis
    The ALLEX Foundaton (Alliance for Language Learning & Education Exchange) offers scholarships to the WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute. This seven week intensive summer course beginning level classes in both Japanese or Chinese at Washington University. This course isn't just about learning the language it is about successfully functioning in Chinese or Japanese culture. A limited number of scholarships are available each summer. Go to to learn more or to review other ALLEX opportunities click on For more information you can also call (607) 218-2130. (Posted 7/8/2014)

  • Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship
    There are scholarships to help you learn foreign languages during a study abroad program. Learn more at

  • The Coca Cola Fund for Summer Study in China via Columbia University
    • 20 need-based scholarships are available through Columbia University's Office of Global Programs to study and/or internship in BEIJING and SHANGHAI. For more information click on the hyperlinks or call 212-854-2559 or email
  • Taiwan Scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education are available
    • Information about the HueaYu Enrichment Scholarships (HES) can be located on The deadline is usually in late March. This particular opportunity is not available to Chinese or Taiwanese born nationals. However, there are Overseas Chinese Student Scholarships at Should you have any questions please contact the Cultural Division Director at or (213) 385-0512.
  • Boren Awards for International Study
    • Go to Boren Awards for undergraduate scholarship opportunities.

  • UCSD Experience Opportunities
  • The San Diego Foundation Grants & Scholarships
    • Visit to learn more about next academic year's opportunities. You may qualify for the Helm Family Scholarship for STEM undergrads, the Qualcomm San Diego STEM Scholarship, the Reuben H. Fleet Memorial Scholarship for pursuits in science, engineering or math, the STEP UP Scholarship for future teachers, the Weissbuch Family Scholarship and many more options.

  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program
    • Be prepared for the 2014 application season offered by CLSP by visiting regularly. These funds come from the United States Department of State for intensive summer language institutes for undergraduate and graduate students that are U.S. citizens.

  • The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) in Taiwan is offering Research Grants
    • To learn more about funding from CCS go to for the Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies or the Taiwan Fellowship at For more information, you can email or The deadline for this grant is usually in late May. The research grant is designed for foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies at foreign universities as well as researchers at related foreign academic institutes. Please visit the website provided above to learn more about this annual opportunity. (Updated 4/22/2013.)

  • Institute for International, Comparative & Area Studies Travel Grants
    • IICAS at UCSD regularly offers travel and research grants to undergraduate, grad student and faculty. Learn more aboard the various funding options at Deadlines for the IICAS Travel Grants are typically in early March.

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  • Scholarship Opportunity for a 4-Week Intensive Program with Tsinghua University
Scholarships from the Encounters division of Sinolingua publishing house cover tuition and materials. Students will be responsible for transportation, visa, lodging, food, etc. but will be provided support, especially in terms of housing. Visit the following link to understand the details of the competition (Posted 8/19/2014):

  • APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Community Education Foundation offers the APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program. APAPA is searching for college students of the Asian Pacific Islander background that are interested in gaining firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. The program provides an opportunity for students to work in the offices of elected official and policy offices across the Bay Area as staff interns, develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in public service or community leadership. The internship application can be located on the APAPA website. Visit search for Bay Area Summer Internship on the home page. Applications are due in May and should be sent to Scholarships to further educational goals are available. Visit for more information about what they have to offer. (Posted 8/19/2014)

  • CSULB SLI Chinese Program in Shanghai - Summer 2013 (June 24-August 1)
    • Consortium of CSU for Strategic Language Initiative SLI) at Long Beach has an opportunity to study abroad. Learn more at They are accepting applications and important Chinese SAT and oral interview will occur at CSU Long Beach on March 20, 2013. SLI Scholarships are available to cover tuition, accommodation and tours of portions China. Students will pay for their own international travel, meals and books. Eligibility is a minimum of 2 years of Chinese, GPA of 3.0 or higher, U.S. citizenship or permanent residents, and be a matriculated college student. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013. Contact Dr. Tim Xie at with questions.

  • Shanghai Study Abroad Program - Scholarships available!
    • IEM Study Abroad (through OAP) is offering study abroad semester, quarter, summer, and full year programs at China’s first, US-style liberal arts school, Xing Wei College ( ). Courses include issues that affect the US and China relationship, Mandarin language, Chinese culture, history, politics, business, and global issues, and culturally immerse Chinese and American students together in the same classrooms (courses taught in English). Contact a study abroad advisor today at or contact the OAP study abroad office on campus for more information. Michael Avila, US Liaison/Study Abroad Advisor, 858.480.9152 Ext. 308
  • Are you interested in gaining international work experience and building your post-graduation job prospects? Consider spending time interning in China with the CRRC!
    • CRCC Asia’s Award Winning China Internship Program provides 1, 2, or 3 month internships in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Sanya. Fluent English is the only language requirement and there is a program that start date each month of the year. CRRC internships are now available in the U.S. are 15 scholarships for those who apply and qualify at Scholarship Program in the month of November alone designed to provide students with international work experience and cultural immersion in the world's fastest growing and most exciting country. CRRC works with over 400 companies in China, offering a wide range of placements across various industries including Finance, Law, Marketing/PR, Engineering, Green Tech, International Business, Pharmaceuticals, NGOs and many more. You can find more information about CRCC Asia through our website and our short video here. CRCC hopes to see you in China soon. (Updated 8/19/2014)

  • UC Davis announces Education Abroad for Summer 2013
    • Visit to learn more about 4 week programs in China that earns you 8 UC units. Two trips are available in China from 6/19 to 7/18 in Wuxi and another from 8/12 to 9/7 in Beijing. The enrollment deadline is 4/5/13. Study abroad fees have been lowered and various. Travel Awards totaling $80,000 are available.
  • Intensive Chinese Program offered by Portland State University
    • Scholarships are available to help students participate in a 7 week intensive summer program via the ALLEX Foundation. Program runs June 24 - Aug. 9, 2013. To learn more about this opportunity in Portland, Oregon visit Students will learn and improve their speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. 
  • International Studies Abroad
    International Studies Abroad is a UCSD affiliated program abroad that recently added an educational opportunity at East China Normal University beginning fall 2010. Many of these courses are compatible with UCSD requirements and these program abroad options are inexpensive. There is a 2.5 GPA minimum requirement but no language requirement. During an 8-week students may take either intermediate or advanced Chinese. The deadline for fall 2010 is July 1, 2010, to learn more go to:

  • UCSD Extension is hiring
    The UCSD Extension program hires part-time conversation leaders.  Are you interested in a paid position working with international students to help increase their English fluency? Or a volunteer position to exchange language and culture with international students? Is so, please contact Alison at for more info.

  • International Master's Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) in Taiwan

  • Cultural Tours of China
    The Linden Centre offers short & long term Cultural Tours of China For as little as $750 per week you can explore China. See to learn more.

  • Woodenfish Project
    The Woodenfish Project offers the opportunity to attend at workshop in China entitled “Buddhism in China”. You have the potentially earn units and learn more about China while participation in this study abroad program. Info at:

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  • Online Pronunciation Practice
    Instructor Pei-Chia Chen of the Chinese language program has devised webpages that allows you to listen to correct pronunciation of key sounds at the following webpage:

  • WWW.MDBG.NET works as a free online Chinese dictionary.

  • NCIKU Chinese - English Dictionary
    English Chinese dictionary, help learning Chinese language, Chinese character, and Chinese pinyin. Dictionary with Chinese handwriting recognition, pinyin translation, audio Chinese words pronunciation and mandarin MP3 making.

  • PhD's Education Index: is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available history graduate programs available today in the U.S. I think this information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.

  • UCSD Library Guide Now Available Online via Geisel Library
    Library Guide or LibGuide can provide access to Chinese electronic resources. It can be located at the following URL: (Posted 6/8/2014)

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Archived News
  • Karl Gerth, Professor of History and the new holder of the Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies at UCSD as of July 1, 2013. Professor Paul Pickowicz would like to thank all who participated in the process especially the colleagues who served with such dedication on the search committee during the last two years, for your strong interest and unflagging support during the recruitment process.
  • The Symposium Landscapes - Reinterpretation and Reconstruction in Contemporary Art was a fantastic success. Thank you to all those who attended on February 13th, 2013.
  • Dr. Britta ERICKSON, Independent Curator at Stanford University, will be offering a talk titled: "The Contemporary Shanshui Fissure: Appearance and Substance Have Split" on February 13th. This symposium will be at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 350 (map) from 3:00-5:00PM.
  • Professor An-yi PAN, Cornell University, will be offering a talk titled: "Shanshui: the Idelogized Landscape" on February 13th. This symposium will be at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 350 (map) from 3:00-5:00PM.
  • Professor Julia ANDREWS, University of California San Diego, will be offering a talk titled: "Tianmahui (Heavenly Horse Society) and Chinese Landscape Paintings" on February 13th. This symposium will be at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 350 (map) from 3:00-5:00PM.
  • Professor Kuiyi SHEN, University of California San Diego, will be offering a talk titled: "Landscape Painting as a Cultural Consciousness in Contemporary Chinese Art" on February 13th. This symposium will be at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 350 (map) from 3:00-5:00PM.
  • Professor Walter DAVIS, University of Alberta, offered a talk titled: "Between Friends: The Sino-Japanese Art of Wang Yiting" on February 20th at 3:00pm. This talk was in Mandeville Center Room 106.
  • Professor Zaixin HONG, University of Puget Sound, offered a talk titled: "From National to Modernism: The Idea of Chinese Renaissance in Early 20th Century" on February 27th at 3:00pm. This talk met in HSS 5084, which is also known as the Ruiz Room (map). Please note a location adjustment to HSS 5086.
  • Hsiao-wen CHENG, a post-doctoral fellow in the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, offered a talk titled: "Pathologizing the "Single Yin": The Emergence of "Compulsory Heterosexuality" for Women in Song China" on March 20th. The talk took place in HSS 4025 - Galbraith Room (map) from 3:30-5:30PM. This talk is co-sponsored by the Korean Studies Initiative, the Department of History and the Program in Critial Gender Studies.
  • EAP deadlines extended at UCSD Don't miss your chance to study abroad. Visit to learn more about studying in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Got question? Contact Eric at at the Programs Abroad Office.

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