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32 episodes, 31 hours 32 mins
An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, with Ling Zhang
In the drama of Chinese history, the environment - and the Yellow River (Huang He) in particular - plays a major role. The river's breaching of its northern banks in the year 1048, for example, precipitated an environmental catastrophe that caused political and economic turmoil in the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127 CE). Ling Zhang examines this catastrophe to reveal new information about China's transition from the Tang to the Song dynasty and prompt questions for how China handles its contemporary relationship with its environment. Ling Zhang is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Boston College, and an Associate in Research at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
Evan N. Dawley, "Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s" (Harvard UP, 2019)
How was the Taiwanese identity constructed? Dr. Evan N. Dawley, an associate professor of history at Goucher College, explores this question in his new book Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s(Harvard University Press, 2019). Dawley traces the waves of newcomers to Taiwan beginning with Qing dynasty transplants from the southeastern coast of China. He then largely focuses on the Japanese colonial period and the first decade of ROC rule in Taiwan, relating significant encounters involving social organizations, religion, and social work. Dawley’s focus is the northern port city of Jilong (Keelung), which was a key site of Japanese modernization on the island due to its harbor and orientation toward Japan. Drawing from rich research conducted in Taiwan and Japan, Dawley highlights the practices of Japanese and Taiwanese local elites who acted as community gatekeepers, and in the process, uncovers how Taiwanese identity developed in the late nineteenth and ...
Reconstructing May Fourth: Keynote Speech by Rudolf Wagner
Rudolf Wagner (University of Heidelberg) presents the opening keynote speech at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies' "May 4th @ 100: China and the World" conference. With welcome and opening remarks by Professors David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University), Michael Szonyi (Harvard University) and Zhaoguang Ge 葛兆光 (Fudan University). Hosted by Harvard University. Sponsored by: the Chiang Ching-Kuo Center for Sinology; National Taiwan University; the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard; the Harvard University Asia Center; the Harvard-Yenching Institute; and the Harvard Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
从“触摸历史”到“思想操练”——我看五四以及五四研究: Keynote Speech by Chen Pingyuan 陳平原
“From ‘Touches of History’ to ‘Exercises in Thought’: My Views on May Fourth and May Fourth Studies” (从“触摸历史”到“思想操练”——我看五四以及五四研究) Chen Pingyuan 陳平原 (Peking University) presents the second keynote speech at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies' "May 4th @ 100: China and the World" conference. With welcome and opening remarks by Professors David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University) and Olga Lomová (Charles University, Prague). Hosted by Harvard University. Sponsored by: the Chiang Ching-Kuo Center for Sinology; National Taiwan University; the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard; the Harvard University Asia Center; the Harvard-Yenching Institute; and the Harvard Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Please note that this presentation is in Mandarin.
Tiananmen at 30
2019 marks 30 years since the events at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, in June 1989. The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University discusses the impact of the Tiananmen massacre 30 years later. Speakers: Hao Jian, Professor, Beijing Film Academy Louisa Lim, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne; Author, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited Wang Dan, Founder and Executive Director of Dialogue China Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California Irvine Moderator: Rowena Xiaoqing He, Current Member, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; Author, Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China Read and download the transcript of this event on our website: https://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/events/panel-discussion-tiananmen-at-30/
Craig Allen - US-China Trade Negotiations: No Perpetual Friends or Enemies, Only Perpetual Interests
Speaker: Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council This event is part of the "China Economy Lecture Series," hosted by Professor Meg Rithmire at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. On July 26, 2018, Craig Allen began his tenure in Washington, DC, as the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in US public service. Craig began his government career in 1985 at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern, rotating through the four branches of ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he was an international economist in ITA’s China Office. In 1988, Craig transferred to the American Institute in Taiwan, where he served as Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei. He held this position until 1992, when he returned to the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting at the US Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Attaché. In 1995, Craig was assigned to the US Embassy in Tokyo, where he served as a Commercial Attaché. In 1998, he was promoted to Deputy Senior Commercial Officer. In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service. From 2000, Craig served a two-year tour at the National Center for APEC in Seattle. While there, he worked on the APEC Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. In 2002, it was back to Beijing, where Craig served as the Senior Commercial Officer. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service. After a four-year tour in South Africa, Craig became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He later became Deputy Assistant Secretary for China. Craig was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on December 19, 2014. He served there until July 2018, when he transitioned to President of the US-China Business Council. Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985.
Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, with Felix Boecking
"No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927–1945" (Harvard Asia Center, 2017), an in-depth study of Nationalist tariff policy, fundamentally challenges the widely accepted idea that the key to the Communist seizure of power in China lay in the incompetence of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government. It argues instead that during the second Sino-Japanese War, China’s international trade, the Nationalist government’s tariff revenues, and hence its fiscal policy and state-making project all collapsed. Drawing on the historical lessons of my research, in this talk, I will also discuss the unintended consequences of protectionism, the difficulties of strategising trade wars, and the differences between trade wars and real wars. Felix Boecking is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese Economic and Political History at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and currently a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. Among his r...
The China Fallacy : How the U.S. Can Benefit from China's Rise and Avoid Another Cold War
Book talk by Donald Gross, Senior Associate of Pacific Forum CSIS
Between the Eagle and the Dragon: Economics and Security in Australia in the new millennium
Talk by David Zweig, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
From Political Theory to Administrative Reality: Researching Late Imperial Chinese Official Handbooks and Working Aids
Lecture by Pierre-Ãtienne Will, Chair of History of Modern China, CollÃ¨ge de France
Repression Backfires: Tactical Radicalization and Protest Spectacle in Rural China
Talk by Kevin O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley
A Counterhistory of Chinese Money
Talk by Tamara Chin, Associate Professor of Literature, Yale-NUS, beginning 2014
The Social Influence of Chinese Lawyers and Its Development in the Last Three Decades
Talk by Mr. Peng Xuefeng, Chairman and Founder of Dacheng Law Offices
Jennifer Hubbert, "China in the World: An Anthropology of Confucius Institutes, Soft Power, and Globalization" (U Hawaii Press, 2019)
In recent years, Confucius Institutes—cultural and language programs funded by the Chinese government—have garnered attention in the United States due to a debate over whether they threaten free speech and academic freedom. In addition to this, much of the scholarly work on Confucius Institutes analyzes policy documents. Anthropologist Jennifer Hubbert seeks to ask more complex questions and in-depth research in her new book China in the World: An Anthropology of Confucius Institutes, Soft Power, and Globalization (University of Hawaii Press, 2019). She considers what China’s soft power efforts look like in implementation, in addition to policy, and what this can tell us about China’s changing place in the world. Over the course of five years (2011-2016), Hubbert conducted transnational, multiscalar, multisited ethnographic and archival research in Confucius Institutes in the United States and on Confucius Institute-sponsored travel-study trips to China. She observed and intervi...
黃錦樹, 華語語系研究：新⽅方向 | NG Kim Chew: Sinophone Studies: New Directions
境外南⽅華⽂文學共和國 | Malaysian writer Ng Kim Chew 黃錦樹presents the keynote speech at the Sinophone Studies: New Directions conference華語語系研究：新⽅方向. Please note that this recording is in Mandarin 此演讲以汉语进行. Listen to more public events from Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies on our Soundcloud page.
Sino-Japanese Relations Through Kanzo Uchiyama And Lu Xun, with Joshua Fogel
Sino-Japanese relations are often portrayed as a rivalry hindered by historical grievances. Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair at York University, Toronto, explores a different side of China’s relationship with Japan. Fogel is the author of many books on Sino-Japanese relations, with his latest book, Japanese for Sinologists, forthcoming from University of California Press. The Harvard on China podcast talks to Joshua Fogel about his recent research on Kanzo Uchiyama—the founder of Shanghai’s Uchiyama Bookstore and close friend of Chinese literary giant Lu Xun—about how this deep friendship fostered a personal connection between China and Japan and provides grounds for further research on Sino-Japanese relations. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Listen to more podcasts on the Fairbank Center's SoundCloud page.
Trump Meets Xi: the Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom with John Pomfret
This week, President Donald Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time. Will their meeting herald a new era in U.S.-China relations? Probably not, and in fact we may see a lot of short term instability between Washington and Beijing. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be optimistic about the future of this vital relationship. The "Harvard on China" podcast spoke with John Pomfret - former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post from 1996 to 2003, and author of "The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present" - about how he sees the Trump-Xi meeting in the historical context of U.S.-China relations. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Listen to more podcasts at the Fairbank Center's SoundCloud page.
China's Great Gamble, with Barry Naughton
Xi Jinping is consolidating power just as China has embarked on an unprecedented push to become a global and technological power. Xi’s followers are fashioning an economic and administrative system that they hope can achieve these ambitious goals. Some parts of this multi-stranded program will succeed and some will fail. The global economy—and global power relations—will depend on the balance between success and failure, and the ways in which Chinese manages the success and failure of individual initiatives. Barry Naughton is the Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at UCSD. He is one of the world’s most highly respected economists working on China. He is an authority on the Chinese economy with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance and China’s transition to a market economy. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
Chinese Investment: State-Owned Enterprises Stop Globalizing, for the moment, with Derek Scissors
Speaker: Derek Scissors – American Enterprise Institute Derek M. Scissors is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the Chinese and Indian economies and on US economic relations with Asia. He is concurrently chief economist of the China Beige Book. Dr. Scissors is the author of the China Global Investment Tracker. In late 2008, he authored a series of papers that chronicled the end of pro-market Chinese reform and predicted economic stagnation in China as a result. He has also written multiple papers on the best course for Indian economic development. This event is from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies' "China Economy Lecture Series," hosted by Professor Meg Rithmire. https://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/events/derek-scissors-china-economy-lecture/
Christine Loh, "Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong" (Hong Kong UP, 2018)
There can be little doubt that Hong Kong has stood out as a particularly intense East Asian news hotspot in recent years. Whether reports have focused on pro-democracy protests, abducted booksellers or PRC Mainland integration plans, most of this news has revolved around a common theme - namely questions over Beijing's ruling Chinese Communist Party and its influence in Hong Kong. On this background, Christine Loh’s book Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong(Hong Kong University Press, 2018) is an indispensable guide to the Party's approaches to Hong Kong over time. As a former-lawmaker in the city’s Legislative Council, founder of the think tank Civic Exchange, and many other things, Loh makes the most of her unique vantage point on contemporary CCP affairs, as well her invaluable access to insights from the her hometown's colonial past. This book sets its analysis of how the Party seeks to maintain supremacy in Hong Kong within all-important historical cont...
Suk-Young Kim, "K-Pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance" (Stanford UP, 2018)
Given its expanding multimedia presence in Asia and around the world for many years now, K-pop is a phenomenon that is hard to ignore. This “animal that thrives on excess,” as Suk-Young Kim puts it (p. 6) is more than just music, however, as it offers us a way of looking at a host of fascinating and important subjects in politics, economics, anthropology and performance studies. Suk-Young Kim's book K-Pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance (Stanford University Press, 2018) transports us into K-pop's dizzying world of production, consumption, participation and neoliberal commerce. As well as navigating the geopolitical and technological conditions that have enabled K-pop’s emergence and success, Kim takes us up close to the fans and stars themselves through her ethnographic work at gigs, conventions and TV recordings. Combining all the passion of a true fan with clear-headed analysis of postmodern subjects' interactions with big business and the state, this is a must-re...
Ian Johnson, "The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao" (Pantheon, 2017)
Ian Johnson’s new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Pantheon, 2017), was called "a masterpiece of observation and empathy" by The New York Review of Books, and The Economist, who included the book on its Best of 2017 list, said the book, "Shows how a resurgence of faith is quietly changing the country." The Guardian said the book is "full of moving encounters with Chinese citizens ... Johnson succeeds in having produced a nuanced group portrait of Chinese citizens striving for non-material answers in an era of frenetic materialism." I just finished the book myself and was stunning in its portrayals. If you hope to understand the trajectory of modern China, arguably the fastest-rising international superpower, understanding the religious Taoist, Christianity, folk religion, and Islam of China will be helpful, if not essential. A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, Ian Johnson is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New York Times; hi...
How Should We Use the Chinese Past? With Leigh Jenco
In the West, we often consider Western philosophical discourse to have a degree of universality. This is not always the case, however, when we think about Chinese thought. Why does Chinese philosophy not hold a similar degree of universal applicability that is assigned to thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Kant? Can China’s past be conceptualized as a global heritage beyond individuals who are considered Chinese? Leigh Jenco is an Associate Professor in Political Theory at the London School of Economics. Her research examines Chinese political thought and linkages in political theory between East Asia and the West, and she is the author of the forthcoming Changing Referents: Learning Across Time and Space in China and the West, from Oxford University Press. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Listen to more podcasts at the Fairbank Center's SoundCloud page.
Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and "Unlikely Partners," with Julian Gewirtz
China has a long and complex history of interacting with foreign thinkers. After Mao's death in 1976, the Chinese leadership solicited foreign economists in order to curate China’s path towards market reforms and the economic boom that continues today. These little-understood partnerships between foreign economists and China's leaders are the subject of Julian Gewirtz’s new book “Unlikely Partners: Western Economists, and the Making of Global China" from Harvard University Press. This project developed out of Julian's senior thesis here at Harvard, supervised by the Fairbank Center’s own Professor Erez Manella in 2013. Julian is currently a Rhodes Scholar and DPhil Candidate in history at the University of Oxford. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Listen to more podcasts at the Fairbank Center's SoundCloud page.
How to Survive as an Authoritarian Regime, with Martin Dimitrov
The collapse of communist regimes at the end of the Cold War led to a “third wave” of democratization across the world. Despite this, five nominally communist regimes still survive, including the ruling Chinese Communist Party, and today a rising number of nation states appear to be embracing authoritarianism. Martin Dimitrov, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University and a former postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, talks to the “Harvard on China” podcast about the institutions and mechanisms that it takes for an authoritarian regime to survive in the twenty-first century. The “Harvard on China” podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
The Rise of Xi Jinping, with Roderick MacFarquhar
Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and former Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, explores the rise of Xi Jinping. Hosted by Ezra F Vogel at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
Revolution and Factionalism in China’s Cultural Revolution, with Guobin Yang
From 1966 to 1968, youth in urban China were embroiled in factional battles in what many of them believed to be a revolution of a lifetime. Guobin Yang explores how this factional violence was the result of the enactment of China's earlier revolutionary tradition, and how echoes of this tradition persist in online forums. Guobin Yang is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Sociology and Communication atthe Annenberg School for Communication andDepartment of Sociologyat the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Yang’s research bridges the Cultural Revolution, critical social theory, social movements, activism, and media and politics in China. His recent books include, "The Power of the Internet in China" (2009), and "The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China" (2017), both from Columbia University Press. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies Panel Discussion
Panelists: Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University Andrew Gordon, Harvard University Joseph Esherick, University of California San Diego Sugata Bose, Harvard University Lien-Hang Nguyen, Columbia University Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago Moderator: Karen Thornber, Harvard University Asia Center Organized by: Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard University Co-Sponsored by: Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Harvard University Asia Center Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies Korea Institute Mittal South Asia Institute
Can We Live with China? 2019 Neuhauser Memorial Lecture with Susan Thornton
Susan Thornton was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State during the first 18 months of the Trump administration. Prior to her departure, Thornton led East Asia policy-making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a generally deteriorating environment in the United States for international economic and diplomatic engagement. She was the architect of the diplomatic pressure campaign on the North Korean regime, structured the administration’s initial approach to China, and developed the administration’s trademark Indo-Pacific Strategy. In previous leadership roles in Washington, Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on denuclearization. In her 18 years of overseas postings in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus an...
New Exhibitions and China's Cultural Revolution, with Denise Y. Ho
Denise Y. Ho is assistant professor of twentieth-century Chinese history at Yale University, and the author of "Curating Revolution: Politics on Display of Mao’s China" (2018). Using a wide variety of primary sources, including Shanghai’s municipal and district archives and oral history, "Curating Revolution" depicts displays of revolution and history, politics and class, and art and science. Analyzing China’s “socialist museums” and “new exhibitions,” Ho demonstrates how Mao-era exhibitionary culture both reflected and made revolution. Denise Y. Ho is an historian of modern China, with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of the Mao period (1949-1976). She is also interested in urban history, the study of information and propaganda, and material culture. Ho teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern and contemporary China, the history of Shanghai, the uses of the past in modern China, and the historiography of the Republican era and the PRC. The "H...
The Taiwan Elections of 2018: Implications for the Future
A panel discussion at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, on Taiwan's 2018 election. Panelists: Ming-sho Ho, National Taiwan University Chang-ling Huang, National Taiwan University Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College
Strongman Politics in the 21st Century
As the role of “strongman” leaders on the world stage appears to be on the rise, this panel examines “strongman politics” in a comparative context. In May 2018, Time Magazine proclaimed in an article that “The ‘Strongmen Era’ Is Here” (Time, May 3, 2018). Highlighting Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping’s tightening authoritarianism in Russia and China, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Rodrigo Duterte, and Viktor Orbán’s undermining of democratic norms in Turkey, the Philippines, and Hungary, it certainly appears that Huntington’s post-Cold War “third wave” of democratization is witnessing a strongman-inspired reversal. But does this entail a new “era” of authoritarianism advance as the United States rhetorically withdraws from its global leadership role? This panel examines the role of politically-strong male leaders in authoritarian countries in a comparative context. Elsa Clavé, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Asia Center, examines the 2016 election of Duterte ...
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