CECC Summer Internship

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) is offering paid internships for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2009, for the Summer 2009 internship that runs from June to August.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with a background in Chinese politics, law and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women’s rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click for CECC analyses of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004.

The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Summer 2009 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Summer 2009 internships may apply for the Spring (February-May) and Fall (September-December).

Further details are available on the Commission’s Web site at www.cecc.gov .

UH Introduces a New Course Series: Chinese for Business Professionals

UH now offers a series of courses entitled “Chinese for Business Professionals” (商务中文课程). The courses range from introductory through advanced levels and incorporate a specialized, intensive curriculum. The courses are open to regular UH Mānoa students and non-business students are welcome to enroll.

Chinese for Business Professionals is a specialized series of Chinese language courses tailored to the needs of professionals planning to do business with China or to live and work in the Chinese-speaking world. These practically-oriented courses, which are now open to all students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, were originally designed as part of the comprehensive China International MBA program and are strongly focused on spoken and written communication and on culturally appropriate behavior in the workplace. These intensive courses will offer a solid foundation for all professionals, even those with a non-business orientation. Each course covers approximately one year-level in one semester’s time. Classes meet four days a week, two hours per day, and confer eight semester credits each. Placement is determined based on previous language attainment in standard Mandarin Chinese.

Successful completion of CHN 205 will fulfill the Hawaiian / Second Language undergraduate core requirement. All of the courses can fulfill language requirements in various disciplines.

THE COURSES

CHN 105 – Elementary Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive elementary course focusing on everyday listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: consent. Fall semester only. This course is introductory and appropriate for students with no previous Chinese language training.

CHN 205 – Intermediate Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive intermediate course focusing on everyday listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 105 (or equivalent) or consent. Focuses on communicative scenarios common in business contexts.

CHN 305 – Third-Year Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive advanced course focusing on general advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 205 (or equivalent) or consent. Focuses on general business scenarios using advanced skills, such as making presentations and professional reports.

CHN 405 – Fourth-Year Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive advanced course focusing on specialized advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 305 (or equivalent) or consent. Spring semester only. Strong focus on language use in specialized business fields such as finance, marketing, accounting, and law, and on analysis of Chinese business culture. Language production includes preparation and presentation of extended research on business topics, such as case studies.

For placement or more information, contact Haidan Wang; haidan@hawaii.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (808) 956-6881.

Two New Chinese Databases Added to the China Collection

The China Collection added two new Chinese databases to its collection, the Scripta Sinica and Grand Secretariat Archives.

Scripta Sinica Database(Han ji dian zi wen xian zi liao ku 漢籍電子文獻資料庫)
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=53527

Scripta Sinica Database is a compilation of more than 500 titles and 350,000,000 characters of materials pertaining to the traditional Chinese classics, especially those related to Chinese history, including “Veritable Records of the Ming Dynasty” (Ming shi lu) and “Veritable Records of the Qing Dynasty” (Qing shi lu). The database is developed by the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Republic of China.

NOTE: UHM users should login from the right box.

Grand Secretariat Archives Database (Nei ge da ku dang an 内閣大庫檔案)
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=53528

The Grand Secretariat Archives refers to the documents originally collected by the Grand Secretariat of the Qing dynasty. It allows keyword searching (responsible official, title, matter, document number) and full text images of 310,000 documents dated from the Ming dynasty to the late Qing dynasty. This database is developed by the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Republic of China.

NOTE: This database is only available via password access. Please contact Kuang-tien (K.T.) Yao, China Specialist Librarian, for access details.

In addition to the above mentioned new databases, we also have other electronic resources. All following databases are licensed for UHM use only.

China academic journals (use simplified Chinese to search)
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=2550

Gu jin tu shu ji cheng 古今圖書集成 (use traditional Chinese to search)
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=47358

Chinamaxx Digital Libraries for Chinese E-Books
http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=52610

Please contact K.T. Yao ( kyao@hawaii.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you have any question regarding these databases.