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September 2018

Lan Pei-Chia – Raising Global Families: Global Parenting and Class Inequality in Taiwan

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Prof. Lan Pei-Chia, National Taiwan University Chair: Prof. Andrew Gordon, Harvard University; Acting Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute https://harvard-yenching.org/events/raising-global-families-global-parenting-and-class-inequality-taiwan Based on in-depth interviews with ethnic Chinese parents from more than a hundred families in Taiwan and Boston, my new book Raising Global Families examines how parents navigate transnational mobilities and negotiate cultural boundaries to cope with uncertainties and insecurities in the changing society and globalized world. I coined the term “global security strategies” to describe their childrearing practices that often lead to the…

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October 2018

Wen-Yi Huang – Families Divided: Migration and Those Left Behind in Fifth- and Sixth-Century China

October 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Wen Yi Huang China Humanities Poster

Speaker: Wen-Yi Huang, An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University In this talk I explore the impact of migration on family members left behind, particularly those whose parents, children, siblings, and spouses were forcibly moved to the Northern Wei (386-534 CE) from four successive southern states of Eastern Jin (317-420 CE), Liu-Song (420-479 CE), Southern Qi (479-502 CE), and Liang (502-557 CE). I will do so by asking three questions: how did the families recover the migrants in…

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Ho Ming-Sho – Standoff and Improvisation in Eventful Protests: Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Ho Ming-Sho, National Taiwan University, HYI Visiting Scholar Chair/discussant: Paul Chang, Harvard University Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement of 2014 belong to an unusual case of "eventful protests" for their large-scale and intensive participation as well as radical transformation in consequences, which require new conceptual tools to make sense of their trajectories. The speaker will develop the notion of "standoff" to understand the contentious interaction between protesters and the government. While these two incidents are not so-called…

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Alex des Forges – The Examined Subject and the Natural Self in the Eight-Legged Essay

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Alex des Forges China Humanities Poster

Speaker: Alex des Forges, University of Massachusetts - Boston This paper inquires into the rhetoric and practice of the individual voice in Ming dynasty examination essays, commonly referred to as shiwen (modern prose) or bagu wen (eight-legged essays). Beginning in the early 1500s, essay criticism and the essays themselves feature a rhetoric of the natural self who writes and acts without undue constraint; at the same time, writers made extensive use of a range of techniques to complicate narratorial perspective…

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November 2018

Andrew Chittick – The Resistant South: Sketching a History of the Wu People in the First Millennium CE

November 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Andrew Chittick, Eckerd College The history of East Asia in the first millennium CE is ordinarily framed as the successive “fragmentation” of China under the Han dynasty, and its “reunification” under the Sui and Tang dynasties. This talk develops an alternative perspective, in which mainland East Asia is characterized by many distinct cultural regions, which developed a thriving multi-state order following the breakup of the multi-cultural Han Empire. Over the next four centuries East Asian peoples began to articulate their…

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Meow Hui Goh – Fake News, Genuine Words: The Power Dynamic of Literature in Early Medieval China

November 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Meow Hui Goh, Ohio State University As we grapple with the consequences of fake news, disseminated across the globe in high-speed internet to impact countries and communities on issues as grave as presidential election, gender discrimination, and ethnic cleansing, it might feel as if our world is treading on unchartered territory. But viral misinformation is not unique to social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Before these, there were email, mail, and telephone hoaxes, which, in fact, are still common.…

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