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April 2018

Victor Shih – Protective Umbrella: How Factional Ties Attenuated the Impact of an Anti-Corruption Campaign in China

April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Victor Shih China Economy Poster

Speaker: Victor Shih, University of California San Diego Do stricter enforcement of the law and sudden intensification of corruption investigation always lead to better economic outcomes in the medium term? A strand of the literature suggests that where the government imposes great distortion to the market, corruption “with theft” can incentivize local state agents to reduce the level of distortion, leading to greater degree of economic activities. Thus, a wide- ranging anti-corruption drive may stifle some economic activities, such as…

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Wu Xinbo – Managing growing and expanding competition between China and the U.S.

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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wu xinbo CICC poster

Speaker: Wu Xinbo, Professor & Director Center for American Studies Dean Institute of International Studies Fudan University Dr. Wu is Professor and Dean, Institute of International Studies, and Director at the Center for American Studies, Fudan University.  He teaches and researches China’s foreign and security policy, Sino-U.S. relations, and U.S. Asia-Pacific policy.  Prof. Wu is the author of Dollar Diplomacy and Major Powers in China, 1909-1913 (Fudan University Press, 1997), award-winning Turbulent Water: US Asia-Pacific Security Strategy in the post-Cold War…

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Liu Shuguang – Cultural Heritage in China: Present and Future

April 25 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Liu Shuguang Poster Web

Speaker: Liu Shuguang, Deputy Administrator, State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), People's Republic of China This talk will focus on the distinctive features of cultural heritage in China, the formation of Cultural Heritage Management Mechanism  with Chinese Characteristics and the existing state and challenges to Cultural Heritage Management in China. Liu Shuguang, graduated from the history department at Zhengzhou University with a bachelor degree in archeology in 1982. In 1986, he received a master's degree in Chinese history at Peking…

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Fanmei Wang – Career Development for Ethnic Minority Employees: A Case Study in the Tibetan Autonomous Region

April 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Fanmei Wang,  Fairbank Center Visiting Scholar, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Donlinks School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing Hosted by: Mark Elliott,  Vice Provost for International Affairs, Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Harvard University The presentation will focus on the issue of career advancement for ethnic minority employees, with particular reference to Tibetan employees in private enterprises in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. A theoretical framework generated from the primary data will identify…

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Workshop: Chinese Food: Culture, Economy, and Ecology

April 27 @ 8:30 am - April 28 @ 3:00 pm
CGIS South, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Chinese Food Workshop April 2018

Part of the Fairbank Center's "Environment in Asia" series April 27, 8:30am-6:30pm, CGIS South Room S153 April 28, 8:30am-3:30pm, CGIS South Room S250 Organizer: Ling Zhang (Boston College); Elizabeth Lord (Harvard University) Sponsors: Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment (Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts   Conference Program April 27, Friday 8:45-9:15         Opening Ling Zhang (Boston College) Elizabeth Lord (Harvard University) Panel…

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May 2018

Fairbank Center Visiting Scholar Presentations

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Visiting Scholar Presentations

Join this year's Visiting Scholars as they provide a brief overview of their research and other accomplishments during the past academic year at the Fairbank Center.

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Film Screening: An Elephant Sitting Still

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Elephants Film Screening Event Poster

The final event of the spring semester for the Emergent Visions film series will be hosted at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. The event is free and open to the public. SYNOPSIS: An Elephant Sitting Still (大象席地而坐), 2018, HD, Mandarin with English subtitles, 230 min. Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this lugubrious tale of nihilistic rage. To protect his friend, 16-year-old Wei Bu pushes the school bully…

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David Shambaugh – Power Shift? America and China in Southeast Asia

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Davis Shambaugh CICC

Speaker: David Shambaugh, George Washington University Professor Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia, with a strong interest in the European Union and transatlantic issues. Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he held the positions of Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and Editor of The China Quarterly. He also previously served as an analyst on the staff of the National…

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Gender Studies Workshop: Gender and Friendship in China

May 4 @ 12:45 pm - 5:30 pm
CGIS South Room S354, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Waiyee li

12:45-1 p.m.   Welcoming remarks First Panel Moderator:     Wai-yee Li, Harvard University 1-1:30p.m.      Zhou Yiqun, Stanford University: “Hermits and Their Wives in Early Chinese Texts” 1:30-2p.m.      Hu Ying, University of California Irvine: “Strange Friends: Reconceptualizing Gender and Community” 2-2:30p.m.      Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College: “Intercultural Mutuality: Mary Hannah Fulton (1854-1927) and Zhang Jujun (1879-1964)” 2:30-3p.m.      Discussion 3-3:30p.m.      Break Second Panel Moderator:     Xu Man, Tufts University 3:30-4p.m.      Haiyan Lee, Stanford University: "‘Now We Have a Baby’: A Very Short Genealogy of the…

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Amelia Ying Qin – Seeking Patterns: Close and Distant Readings of Two Collections of Tang 唐 (618-907) Dynasty Anecdotes

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Amelia Ying Qin,  An Wang Post Doctoral Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies This study takes two different approaches—close and distant readings—to the hidden patterns in two anecdote collections. The Songchuang zalu 松牕雜錄 (Miscellaneous Notes under the Pine Window) is a small Tang 唐 (618-907) collection of sixteen anecdotes that claims its accounts are both “particularly unusual” 特異 and “definitely true” 必實. Close reading reveals it to be a text containing hidden structures with an emphasis on “the unusual” as a…

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October 2018

Frederick Chien – The Legacy of the Late President Chiang Ching-Kuo: A Retrospective Assessment 30 Years Later

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Frederick Chien, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China on Taiwan (1990-1996); president of the Control Yuan (1999-2005)

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Alex des Forges – 19th Century Prose and its Socio-Cultural Context

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Alex des Forges, University of Massachusetts - Boston

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