Events Series

Critical Issues Confronting China Series

Critical Issues Confronting China is a weekly seminar series that was inaugurated in the fall of 2013. It is organized by Professor Ezra F. Vogel, Professor William Hsiao, and Dr. William Overholt and co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. The purpose of the series is to consider the complex issues China is presently facing and to view them in a comprehensive manner, including political, economic, and social perspectives. In addition, invited speakers will examine the issues in a broader cultural and historical setting and look at the range of choices Chinese leaders might make to respond to the challenges and opportunities they confront.
Fall 2018

A Few Questions As We Barrel Toward the Brink: Has the United States Thought Through its Competition with China?

December 12, 2018

Speaker: Robert Daly, Director, Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

Living with the U.S.: What Would Fairbank Advise?

December 5, 2018

Speaker: Paul Evans, University of British Columbia

THE POWER OF CHINA’S BUREAUCRACY: THROUGH THE HEALTH SECTOR LENS

November 28, 2018

Speaker: William Hsiao, K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics in Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A NEW ERA IN US-CHINA RELATIONS: MALICIOUS COEXISTENCE AMIDST A PHONY PEACE?

November 14, 2018

Speaker: Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Chair, Projects International, Inc.

TRADE WAR AND CHINA’S NEW PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT

November 7, 2018

Speaker: Fan Gang, professor at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and at the Peking University HSBC Business School, as well as the director of China’s National Economic Research Institute (NERI).

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS

October 31, 2018

Speaker: Jeffrey R. Williams, Harvard Kennedy School

CONSUMING BELIEF: HAN CHINESE PRACTITIONERS OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM IN THE PRC

October 24, 2018

Speaker: John Osburg, University of Rochester

MYTHS IN SINO-AMERICAN RELATIONS

October 17, 2018

Speaker: William Overholt, President, Fung Global Institute; Senior Research Fellow Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

EXTERNALIZING FRAGMENTED AUTHORITARIANISM: USING HISTORY TO ANTICIPATE CHALLENGES FOR BELT AND ROAD

October 10, 2018

Speaker: Andrew Mertha, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

XI’S POLICY CHALLENGES: SOME QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

October 3, 2018

Speaker: Tony Saich, Harvard Kennedy School

IS CHINA READY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MAJOR LEAGUES?”

September 26, 2018

Speaker: Ambassador Frank Lavin, CEO of Export Now

THE FEMINIST AWAKENING IN CHINA

September 19, 2018

Speaker: Leta Hong Fincher, Author

BUSINESS AND THE STATE

September 12, 2018

Speaker: David Barboza, The New York Times

Spring 2018

POWER SHIFT? AMERICA AND CHINA IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

May 2, 2018
Speaker: David Shambaugh, George Washington University

MANAGING GROWING AND EXPANDING COMPETITION BETWEEN CHINA AND THE U.S.

April 25, 2018
Speaker: Wu Xinbo, Professor & Director Center for American Studies Dean Institute of International Studies Fudan University

ELITE PHILANTHROPY IN THE US AND CHINA: WHAT DOES THE DATA TELL US?

April 18, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Edward A. Cunningham, Harvard Kennedy School

MOBILIZING WITHOUT THE MASSES

April 11, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Diana Fu, University of Toronto

HOW TO MEASURE CHINA’S ECONOMIC REFORM

April 4, 2018
Speaker: Dwight Perkins, Harvard University

AN ‘OLD YOUTH’ (老青年) LOOKS AT CHINESE YOUTH TODAY

March 28, 2018
Speaker: Thomas B. Gold, University of California at Berkeley

IS THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT LEGITIMATE?

March 21, 2018
Speaker: Kishore Mahbubani, National University of Singapore

PRIVATE: CRITICAL ISSUES CONFRONTING CHINA SERIES – KARL EIKENBERRY

March 21, 2018
Speaker: Karl Eikenberry, Stanford University

US-CHINA COMPETITION FOR INFLUENCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

March 7, 2018
Speaker: Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

CHALLENGES TO CHINA’S ECONOMY: AT HOME AND ABROAD

February 28, 2018
Speaker: David Dollar, Brookings Institution

MEETING CHINA HALFWAY: THE FUTURE OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA AND BEYOND

February 21, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Lyle Goldstein, Naval War College

CHINA’S CHANGING FAMILIES

February 7, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Davis, Yale University

2013-2018

From 2013-2017 the Critical Issues Confronting China series was run by the Harvard University Asia Center. Below are the series summaries, published each year by the Asia Center.

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Modern China History Series

Focusing on the post-1949 history of China, scholars present their latest research on a range of historical topics. Organized by Professor Arunabh Ghosh.

China Economy Series

This new lecture series aims to further the Fairbank Center community’s understanding of key influences in contemporary Chinese economics and business. Organized by Professor Meg Rithmire.

Spring 2018

PROTECTIVE UMBRELLA: HOW FACTIONAL TIES ATTENUATED THE IMPACT OF AN ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN CHINA

April 24, 2018
Speaker: Victor Shih, University of California San Diego

CHINA’S GREAT GAMBLE

March 29, 2018
Speaker: Barry Naughton, University of California San Diego

Fall 2017

China's Venture Capital Industry: Examining its Role in Funding Start-Ups

December 12, 2017
Speaker: Yasheng Huang, International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Gender Studies Workshop

China scholars in various disciplines and time periods examine the significance of gender in social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Organized by Center Associate, Professor Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College.

GENDER AND FRIENDSHIP IN CHINA

May 4, 2018

First Panel:
Moderator: Wai-yee Li, Harvard University
Zhou Yiqun, Stanford University
Hu Ying, University of California Irvine
Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College

Second Panel:
Moderator: Xu Man, Tufts University
Haiyan Lee, Stanford University
Catherine Vance Yeh, Boston University
Eileen Chow, Duke University

The Birth of Chinese Feminism

Rebecca E. Karl, New York University

Dorothy Ko, Barnard College

Lydia H. Liu, Columbia University

Ellen Rooney, Brown University

Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College

Rice Queens, Snakeheads, and Green Cards: HIV and Gay Male Subjectivity in NYC Chinatowns

Katherine A. Mason, Brown University

Gender and Hybridity: Shanghai Eurasians in the 1920s and 1930s

Emma Teng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Political Reform as National Pastime: Staging Peking Opera’s New Tragic Heroines

Catherine Yeh, Boston University
Wai-yee Li, Harvard University

China Humanities Seminar

This seminar series addresses Chinese literature, history, philosophy, religion, art history, and the performing arts. Organized by Professor James Robson.

Spring 2018

SEEKING PATTERNS: CLOSE AND DISTANT READINGS OF TWO COLLECTIONS OF TANG 唐 (618-907) DYNASTY ANECDOTES

May 7, 2018
Speaker: Amelia Ying Qin, An Wang Post Doctoral Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

THINKING SMALL IN THE LITERARY COSMOS

March 26, 2018
Speaker: Jing Tsu, Yale University

WHEN FANTASTIC NARRATIVE ENCOUNTERS EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE: IMAGINING THE WORLD IN “THE EUNUCH SANBAO’S VOYAGE TO THE WESTERN OCEAN”

March 19, 2018
Speaker: Evelyn (Chiung-yun) Liu, Academia Sinica, HYI Visiting Scholar

REPENTANCE IN THE FORMATION OF CHINESE BUDDHISM

March 5, 2018
Speaker: Eric Greene, Yale University

Personal Moments in Medieval Chinese Poetry

January 29, 2018
Speaker: Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado

Fall 2017

Enchanting Huashan in the Global Spiritual Circuit: Intersecting Modes of Making Sacred Space

November 17, 2017
Speaker: David Palmer, University of Hong Kong; Elijah Siegler, College of Charleston

Huaben and the Mind

October 23, 2017
Speaker: Tina Lu, Yale University

Emergent Visions in Independent Chinese Cinema

The Emergent Visions series introduces compelling independent documentary films. The films evince a distinct cinematic vision and share a commitment to serve as witness to the rapid changes taking place in China today. Organized by Professor Jie Li.

Spring 2018

FILM SCREENING of AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL

May 1, 2018

FILM SCREENING and Discussion of KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER

April 6, 2018
Speaker: Peng Hai, Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese Film History at Harvard

China's Van Goghs

March 20, 2018
Kiki Tianqi Yu, Producer and Director. Moderated by Benny Shaffer, PhD Candidate in Media Anthropology

Fall 2017

Film Screening of "Plastic China" and Q&A with Director Wang Jiuliang

November 28, 2017
Speaker: Wang Jiuliang, Director

Film Screening and In-Person Discussion with the Director - We the Workers

November 17, 2017
Speaker: Wen Hai, Director

New Noir: Chinese Crime Films

November 12-15, 2017

FILM SCREENING: “VANISHED ARCHIVES”

October 27, 2017

 

 

Taiwan Studies Workshop

Guest speakers address the politics, society, and history of Taiwan by bringing together scholars and practitioners who work closely with Taiwan and cross-strait issues. Organized by Center Associate, Professor Steven Goldstein, Smith College.

Spring 2018

STALEMATE ACROSS THE TAIWAN STRAIT: A TRIP REPORT

March 5, 2018
Speakers:
Michael Szonyi, Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College
Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

Taiwan’s Evolving Position on the South China Sea: Daylight Between Taiwan and China?

Lynn Kuok, Brookings Institution

Environment in Asia Series

The Fairbank Center sponsors a lecture series focusing on the myriad issues affecting Asia's changing environment.

Environment and Asia Event

Spring 2018

Those Waters Giving Way

March 7, 2018
Speaker: Michael Cherney (Qiu Mai)

Fall 2017

CHINA’S DAIRY CENTURY – MAKING, DRINKING AND DREAMING OF MILK

November 6, 2017
Speaker: Thomas DuBois, Modern China Historian

WORKSHOP: CHINESE FOOD: CULTURE, ECONOMY, AND ECOLOGY

April 27-28, 2017
Organizers: Ling Zhang, Boston College; Elizabeth Lord, Harvard University
Speakers:
E. N. Anderson, University of California, Riverside
Abigail Coplin, Yale University
Robban Toleno, Columbia University
Peter Perdue, Yale University
Mindi Schneider, Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities
Mark Frank, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brendan A. Galipeau, Rice University
Elizabeth Lord, Harvard University
Alexander F. Day, Occidental College
Ellen Oxfeld, Middlebury College
Miranda Brown, University of Michigan
Caroline Merrifield, Yale University
Jin Feng, Grinnell College
Benny Shaffer, Harvard University
Eileen Chow, Duke University

Fairbank Center Lectures

The Fairbank Center additionally sponsors occasional presentations by scholars outside of our established lecture series.

Hainan Airlines and the Global Expansion of Chinese Businesses

Chen Feng, HNA Group; Sponsored by the Harvard China Fund

Film Screening: “Mr. Deng Goes to Washington”

Fu Hongxing

 The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962–1976

Frank Dikötter, University of Hong Kong

‘Not So Fast, Thucydides!’ Reasons to be Cheerful About the South China Sea

Bill Hayton, BBC News

Identifying with a ‘Rising China’? Overseas Chinese Student Nationalism

Rowena Xiaoqing He, Saint Michael’s College

The Limits of Chinese Influence in East Asia: Status Seeking and Rising Power Stagnation

Björn Jerdén, Stockholm University

Going Global, The ‘Wanda’ Way

Wang Jianlin, Dalian Wanda Group

John Birch, China, and the Cold War

Terry Lautz, Syracuse University

Influential Trends and Developments in the Study of Imperial China

Research Institute for Chinese Historical Studies

Beijing Normal University

A roundtable discussion with a delegation of scholars

New Research Findings on the Great Leap Forward Famine: Understanding Mao’s Great Famine through the Voices of Survivors in Anhui Province

Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr., Brandeis University

Sun Feiyu, Beijing University

Lu Huilin, Beijing University

China’s Turning Point: The Ichigo Campaign of 1944

Hans van de Ven, University of Cambridge

Xi Jinping Briefing

Ezra Vogel, Mark Elliott, Meg Rithmire, Ya-Wen Lei, and William Kirby

The Free Flow of Communication Between High and Low: The Shenbao as Platform for Yangwu Discussions on Political Reform 1872–1895

Rudolf Wagner, University of Heidelberg

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies