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  1. Farewell to Lili Yang

    After 19 years of service at SUL, Lili Yang of the Data Control Unit will be retiring at the end of this week. Her last day at work will be June 9. Lili started her career at the Libraries as an hourly worker in Government Documents, then moved to a library specialist position in Access Services in 1999, where she worked mainly at SAL (the Stanford Auxiliary Library). After a little over a year in Access Services, Lili found her “home” in the Catalog Department (the previous incarnation of what is now known as the Metadata Department). From 2001 to 2008, Lili worked in the Materials Control Unit, handling a variety of tasks, including the processing of gifts, bulk collections, microforms, Stanford dissertations, and patron’s requests for in-process materials. Lili became a member of the Data Control Unit in 2009, when Materials Control was merged into Data Control as part of a reorganization of the Metadata Department. For the past eight years, Lili has been a data control specialist, devoting her time to keeping our online catalog accurate and up-to-date. In addition to being a data control specialist, Lili is also a dancer. She has been an active member of a campus Chinse folk dancing group for a number of years. If you have been to the Multicultural Springfest, you might have enjoyed a performance of her group. When asked what she most looked forward to in retirement, her response was, with a gleam in her eyes and a smile on her face, no longer having to deal with the two-hour one way commute from the East Bay. I think many of us can empathize with that.  Lili also looks forward to the freedom to do lots of travelling with her husband, who loves to travel, in her retirement years. Lili has been a dedicated member of SUL, and a wonderful colleague who always has a smile for everyone that she works with. Please join me in wishing her a very happy retirement. Better yet, drop by the third floor of Lathrop to say good bye and give her your well wishes directly.

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  2. Digital Sinology

    Chinese studies, both in China and around the world irreversibly, entered into the digital era. Online library catalogs, Internet based bibliographies and indexes, electronic journals and books, and full-text databases, many of which were beyond the wildest imagination of scholars of the previous generation, have now become indispensable tools for daily research. Dr. Jidong Yang, Head of East Asia Libraries, will give a talk on how these developments have impacted sinological research? This lecture will cover technologies and standards in digitizing pre-modern Chinese texts, mainstream full-text databases in the field, differences between print and digital-age scholarship, how to avoid negative impact of digital technology on sinology, how to look for research literature in various languages in the digital age, etc. Please RSVP to

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  3. History, Images, and Politics in the PRC: An International Workshop

    Program:Thursday, January 248:30 – 9:00 Breakfast9:00 – 9:10 Opening remarks, Ban Wang (EALC, Stanford)9:10 – 10:45 Political Authority and Grassroots Activism Chair: Guobin Yang (Sociology & Communication, U Penn) Presenters: Elizabeth J. Perry (Harvard) and Xiaojun Yan (Politics and Public Administration, Univ. of Hong Kong). Suppressing Students in the PRC: Proletarian State-Mobilized Movements in 1968 and 1989. Andrew Walder (Sociology, Stanford). Pathways to Violent Insurgency: China’s Factional Warfare of 1967-1968. Emily Honig (History, UC Santa Cruz). Crime and Punishment: Peasants, Sent-down Youth, and a Campaign to Expose Sexual Assault.10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break11:00 – 12:45 Writing and Propaganda Chair: Gail Hershatter (History, UC Santa Cruz) Presenters: Paul Pickowicz (History, UC San Diego). Mid-Cultural Revolution Propaganda Posters: Unintended Glimpses of the High Socialist Formation. Haiyan Lee (EALC, Stanford). The Importance of Not Being Earnest: On Hypocrisy in Chinese Politics and Literature. Guangyao Jin (History, Fudan). The Rise and Fall of the Writing Group of Shanghai Party Committee.12:45 – 2:00 Lunch2:00 – 3:45 Arts, Images, and Censorship Chair: Thomas Gold (Sociology, UC Berkeley) Presenters: Peidong Sun (History, Fudan and UC Berkeley). “Fragrant Flowers” and “Poisonous Weeds”: Censoring Personal Readings in the Cultural Revolution. Julia Andrews (Art History, Ohio State). From the Dark to the Light: Iconographic Changes in Cultural Revolution Images. Shaoqian Zhang (Art History, Oklahoma State). From Stove Gods to Political Gods: Leader Portraits from Shanghai to Yan’an, and Back Again.3:45 – 4:00 Coffee Break4:00 – 5:30 Archive and Resources Chair: Jidong Yang (East Asia Library, Stanford) Presenters: Letian Zhang (School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan). Introduction to the Collection of Social History Archives of Contemporary China at Fudan University (in Chinese). Peiming Yang (Shanghai Propaganda Art Center). Irresistible Visual Beauty: New-Year Posters in New China.6:30 Dinner (panelists only): Peking Duck Restaurant, 151 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306Friday, January 258:30 – 9:00 Breakfast9:00 – 10:45 Views from Outside Chair: Jean Oi (Political Science, Stanford) Presenters: Denise Ho (History, Yale). Imagining Revolution from the Outside In: Visualizing PRC Politics from Hong Kong. Xueshan Wu (China Central Academy of Fine Arts). Chinese Anti-Imperialist Propaganda in the 1960s: Defying Soviet Revisionism and American Empire. Ban Wang (EALC, Stanford). Charismatic Politics and the People in the Cultural Revolution: The Mao Cult According to Alain Badiou.10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break11:00 – 12:45 Arts and Everyday Life in Socialist China Chair: Peidong Sun (History, Fudan and UC Berkeley) Presenters: Kuiyi Shen (Visual Arts, UC San Diego). Hot Propaganda in the Cold War. John Israel (History, Univ. of Virginia). Signs of the Time: Streetside Posters in Kunming. Hanchao Lu (History, GA Inst. of Tech.). Rhetoric Versus Reality: Shanghai’s Alleyway Production Teams, 1958-1978.12:45 – 1:30 Lunch and Roundtable Chairs: Gail Hershatter, Guobin Yang, and Peidong Sun.

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