Ross Terrill/Wang Huiyao - New England China Seminar


Thursday, April 21, 2011, 5:15pm

5:15 pm
Didactic to Commercial:
40 Years’ Experience with Chinese Book Publishing
Ross Terrill,
PhD, Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Ross Terrill will discuss the transformation of Chinese book publishing in the reform years, using first-hand experience of how his books were handled from the late Mao era in the 1970s (Finger on the Hand of the State), to the Zhao Ziyang period of the late 1980s (Shoots of Initiative from Below), and the Hu Jintao period (Dependent Autonomy). He will share facts, stories, and hypotheses about book publishing as part of civil society showing signs of vigor. The talk will touch on Chinese publishing's economics, laws, censorship, and the current leap into e-books. Dr. Terrill will give examples of deletions from his recent Wo yu Zhongguo that suggest present censorship trends.

Ross Terrill, associate in research at the Fairbank Center, is the author of ten books, including The New Chinese Empire (2004), China In Our Time (1992), and Wo yu Zhongguo (Myself and China) just published in Beijing. Among his other books are 800,000,00: The Real China (1974), Flowers on an Iron Tree (1976), Mao: A Biography (1985, revised edition 2000), Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon (2000). Ross Terrill is a contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and for a decade he was an Atlantic Monthly contributing editor. He won the National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence and the George Polk Memorial Award for Outstanding Magazine Reporting for writings on China. Recently, Professor Terrill has been teaching at the University of Texas at Austin and Monash University in Australia. In 2008, he was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

6:30 pm – Dinner Break – See option below

7:30 pm
China’s New Talent Policy:
Implications and Impact for China’s Development
Wang Huiyao,
PhD, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

China has undergone enormous economic changes in the past 30 years and now faces important decisions as it considers how best to sustain this unprecedented level of growth. China’s population is aging rapidly and the 225 million migrant workers who have fueled China’s economic miracle for the past three decades are now demanding better payment for their work. Further complicating the situation are the growing numbers of college graduates entering the job market: according to the official estimates, China will have 195 million college-educated people by 2020. In response to these and other policy challenges, Chinese leaders recently launched a major national talent development plan.This new plan has far reaching implications for China’s efforts to build an innovation-driven economy by 2020 and offers valuable insights for the global academic, business, and policy communities.

Wang Huiyao is a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and was a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. He has been a senior advisor to the Chinese government at both central and local levels and has served as a task force leader for the Global Talents Strategy Study Group of the Department of Organization in the central government. He is the vice chairman of China Talent Research Society of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and also an economic team leader for the Overseas Experts Advisory Committee of China State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. Dr. Wang has researched extensively on China’s talent issues and published several books and papers on the subject, including his recent book National Strategy: Talents Change World, which has been recommended by Party Secretary Wang Yang to all provincial government officials in Guangdong.

New England China Seminar Dinner Option
We welcome participants who wish to attend both sessions of the New England China Seminar to join colleagues for a buffet dinner at 6:30-7:30 pm, in Room S153. The dinner cost is $15 per person ($10 for students). Due to space limitations, we will accept 30 reservations on a first come first serve basis. Advance reservation and payment is required. Please register before 5:00 pm on Monday, April 18, 2011, with Linda Kluz at You will receive instructions for payment by cash or check.

Location: CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge