Urban China Series featuring Zhang Jipeng – Hukou Reform, Return Migration,and Implications for Urban Development in China

Presented via Zoom

Speaker: Zhang Jipeng, Shandong University In recent years, China has made remarkable progress in Hukou reform. Based on government policy documents and our fieldwork, we construct a quantitative measure of Hukou registration barriers in Chinese cities. First-tier and some second-tier cities set high criteria for local Hukou registration that have become more stringent over time, […]

The Future of the U.S.-Philippines Alliance: A Conversation with Martin Romualdez, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Wexner W-434 A.B 19 Eliot St, Cambridge, United States

Speaker: Martin Romualdez, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the PhilippinesPlease join the Asia-Pacific Initiative and the Defense Project for a conversation with Martin Romualdez, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. The Speaker will deliver remarks on the future of the U.S.-Philippines alliance, the foreign and defense policy of the Philippines under President Marcos, and evolving […]

An Introduction to Generative AI for East Asian Studies

Yenching Auditorium 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

This workshop introduces the use of generative AI. Generative AI refers to a category of artificial intelligence algorithms that generate new outputs based on data. Unlike traditional AI systems that […]

China Humanities Seminar featuring Meimei Zhang – Immortalizing the Ephemeral: Qin Inscriptions from the Song Dynasty (960-1279)

Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave. 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Speaker: Meimei Zhang, Occidental College This paper examines the Song dynasty literati’s ming 銘 inscriptions on the qin 琴, a seven-string plucked instrument that is also known as zither or guqin. The tradition of inscribing musical instruments can be traced back to bronze bells and chime stones in the Shang and Zhou dynasties, which bore pithy messages primarily functioning as historiographical and musicological records. From […]

Urban China Series featuring Leif Johnson – Building infrastructure, building the urban: Migrant labor in a Shanghai fiber-optic reconstruction project

Presented via Zoom

Speaker: Leif Johnson, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University While scholars have long tracked China’s rapid infrastructural development, the everyday labor of migrant workers in infrastructural construction has often been rendered as a natural and uncomplicated aspect of rural-urban migration. In response, I trace the development of a long-term telecommunications infrastructure reconstruction project in Shanghai from the perspective […]

Asia and the Russia’s War on Ukraine

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA, United States

In-person attendees, register at attendees via Zoom, register at How does Asia respond to Russia’s war in Ukraine? And what are the implications for Asian security and stability? While Japan and South Korea have sided with the West and supported Ukraine, China, and North Korea are deepening ties with Russia. China’s strategic alignment with Russia […]

The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China, 1941–1949

History Department Conference Room, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA, United States

Speaker: Zach Fredman, Duke Kunshan University Commentator: Jesus Solis, Harvard University This session will take place in person, with an option for remote access. Please register in advance to receive the paper and the Zoom link: Venue