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October 2014

Panel Presentation: Women's Land Rights as Economic Rights

Thursday October 16, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Reception to follow
Thomson 101, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Presented by UW Center for Human Rights and Landesa. Sponsored by: China Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies, South Asia Center, Gates Public Service Program, Sustainable International Development L.L.M. Program, Center for Global Studies and East Asia Center.


Women’s Land Rights as Economic Rights. Speakers are visiting professionals from Africa, China and India.

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Followed by Reception (7:30 - 8:30 pm)
University of Washington, Thomson hall, room 101


Fibian LukaloFibian Lukalo, Ph.D., Education Sociology and Gender, University of Cambridge
Director, Research and Advocacy, Kenya National Land Commission

Currently the director of research and advocacy for Kenya’s National Land Commission, Fibian Lukalo views gender as a vital component to decision-making around the legal demands of land reform and its utilization in communities. Fibian Lukalo received her PhD in educational sociology and gender in 2010 from the University of Cambridge. With extensive experience in research, program development, and consultancy work in East Africa, Fibian has advanced African gender studies through projects conducted with the Lake Victoria Sida-Sarec Initiative, the Nordic African Institute (Gender, Youth and Age and Food Project), CODESRIA-Senegal, and OSSREA-Ethiopia.

Sabita ParidaSabita Parida, M.A., Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, Heller
Program Coordinator, Smallholder Agriculture & Climate Change, Oxfam India

Sabita Parida manages Oxfam India’s smallholder agriculture and climate change program, which includes an objective to increase women farmers’ access to and control over land. Sabita has worked at Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), helping rural women increase their farm incomes through the introduction of new production technologies. She is currently pursuing studies in policy development and gender, receiving a Ford Foundation scholarship to attend Brandeis University’s MA program in sustainable international development.

Xiaopeng Pang, Ph.D., Economics, Renmin University of China
Associate Professor, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development

Deputy Director of the Rural Development Institute, Renmin University of China, Beijing
Xiaopeng Pang teaches courses in development economics, Chinese economy, and rural development. She has also been invited as a visiting professor to teach at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and to conduct research at the University of California, Davis. Xiaopeng’s research focuses on Chinese village elections, poverty reduction and rural development, and gender and public policy, and she has contributed to numerous studies in these areas. She is currently conducting research on bringing a gender perspective to the process of public policy development using evidence from China’s rural education policy.

This is event is generously sponsored by China Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies, South Asia Center, Gates Public Service Program, Sustainable International Development L.L.M. Program, Center for Global Studies and East Asia Center.


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Bao Shichen and Grain Tribute Reform in Early Nineteenth-Century China

Thursday October 16, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

William Rowe, John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History, Johns Hopkins University


The Qing empire in the early nineteenth century was wracked by a pervasive sense of crisis, which led to a broad-based reform movement, both in and out of government. One of the major policy areas of both the crisis and the reform efforts – arguably the centerpiece of it all – was the highly controversial and protracted  debate over the reform of the grain tribute system and the proposed move from shipment of southern tax grain north via the Grand Canal under bureaucratic auspices to shipment along the maritime coast via private commercial carriers.

What I propose to do here is offer a systematic reading of writings on this issue by one individual who was very close to the center of the debate: Bao Shichen (1775-1855). My goal is to determine what Bao and other reformers felt was at stake in this crisis – that is, what needed to be defended or protected – as well as what were the capabilities and limitations of the (faltering?) imperial state to deal with this, and what might have been the impact of changing times on the situation as a whole.

In short, what I hope to present is a contribution to our overall understanding of what the reformism of this era was about, and of the significance of this historical moment in Qing and imperial history.

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Food Globalization in Prehistory

Friday October 17, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Xinyi Liu, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis


Scholarly interest has increasingly focused on an episode of Old World globalization of food resources that significantly predates the ‘Silk Road’. The impetus behind this growth of interest has been the expansion of bio-archaeological research in Central and East Asia over the past decade. This paper considers the agents responsible for the food globalization process in prehistory and the forms they took. One of the key aspects of the Trans-Eurasian movements of crops in prehistory was that the movements were not to regions devoid of existing starch-based agriculture, but instead constituted an addition to that agricultural system. Other economic plants, such as grapes, dates and peas, also moved significant distances. However, the novel starchy crops held a particular significance; they went on to become significant staple foods in many of their new destinations. Drawn from recent discovery from western China, I will take into consideration differences in the projected archaeological signatures of different potential agents involved in transmission of the crops.

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In the shadow of Tienenman Square: Democracy, Christianity, Hong Kong

Tuesday October 21, 2014
Thomson Hall, room 317

Justin Tse

Comparative Religion Progra


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Styles, Periods, and the Life Cycle of the Goblin

Friday October 24, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Art 003

Robert Bagley, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Mary and Cheney Cowles Endowment, School of Art + Art History + Design; the Jacob Lawrence Gallery; the China Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; and the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas of the Seattle Art Museum


The origin of no previous style can be pinpointed as exactly as that of Gothic. It was born between 1137 and 1144 in the rebuilding, by Abbot Suger, of the Royal Abbey Church of Saint-Denis, just outside the city of Paris.
—H.W. Janson

Styles and periods are concepts that art historians take for granted and use constantly but seldom examine or define. I should like to argue that we would be better off without them. In fact I wish to argue that they are pernicious fictions. I hope to persuade you that there is no such thing as “the Gothic style” or “the style of Cézanne”; there is no “Romanesque period” or “Renaissance period.” All these things are fictions, and the fictions are harmful for at least two reasons: first because they distort our understanding of our real subject—artists and patrons, buildings and paintings; and second because they confound us with logical problems of our own making, artifacts of our belief in entities that have no more reality than goblins.

Robert Bagley, a professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, specializes in neolithic and bronze age China. His recent publications include Max Loehr and the Study of Chinese Bronzes: Style and Classification in the History of Art (2008), the chapter on Shang archaeology in The Cambridge History of Ancient China (1999), and articles on ancient Chinese music theory, the origin of the Chinese writing system, and early bronze age metal technology.

Sponsored by the Mary and Cheney Cowles Endowment, School of Art + Art History + Design; the Jacob Lawrence Gallery; the China Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; and the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas of the Seattle Art Museum.

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The Measurement of Longitude in 17th-18th Century China and Its Applications in Astronomy and Geography

Friday October 31, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Xiaoshun Sun, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences


By the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the Jesuit missionaries introduced the concept of geographical longitude to China. The longitudinal measurement was important to the Chinese in two respects: astronomically and geographically. The Chinese astronomers were obliged to predict ominous celestial phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses. The measurement of longitude was used for predicting the exact moment of an eclipse in different places, especially for provincial capitals. Also it was realized that accurate measurement of longitude and latitude were essential for map making. From 1708 to 1707, the Kangxi Emperor commissioned Jesuit missionaries to survey the empire. The result was the unprecedented work entitle The Complete Atlas the Qing Empire. In this talk the speaker will investigate the methods used for measuring the longitude, and the accuracy of this data. He will also point out that the geodesic survey was not only a Chinese undertaking of calendar-making and the geodesic survey of the Qing Empire, but also a part of a global endeavor for the measurement of the meridian and for the controversy over the shape of earth.

Sun Xiaochun is Professor of the History of Science at the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He studied astronomy in Nanjing University. He received his Ph.D. in History of Astronomy from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993 and his second Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He has published primarily on the history of Chinese astronomy and co-authored The Chinese Sky during the Han (Leiden: Brill, 1997). Currently he serves as Vice-President of Commission 41 on History of Astronomy of IAU, and a corresponding member of International Academy of the History of Science.

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November 2014

The Rise of Explication in the Mathematics of Late Imperial China

Friday November 7, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Jeff Chen, Associate Professor of Mathematics, St. Could State University


In the textual tradition of Chinese mathematics, reasoning or explanation did not figured prominently with few exceptions. This long-held practice of not including explanations in mathematical works was especially prevalent in treatises composed during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). This began to change however in the first part of the 17thcollaborators embarked on various projects to translate European scientific into Chinese. By the end of the 17th or steps in computational algorithms became a fixture in the main text of most treatises. In this presentation, the comparison will be made of mathematical works in three categories: Ming treatises composed before the arrival of the Jesuits, geometric texts that attempt to make translated works more accessible, and those on traditional subjects with ample explanation in the main texts. The focus of the analysis is on the arrangement of various types of content material
in the main texts in the treatises. Based on our preliminary investigation, our thesis is that the introduction of European mathematics into China served as a catalyst to inspire the emergence in the main texts of explanations, which previously took place in oral exchanges between masters and disciples or in the correspondence between friends. Moreover, the presence of explanations in the text, resembling the commentary and annotations in classical studies, elevated the status of mathematics from a collection of problems and solutions similar to a practitioner’s manual to legitimate intellectual study. We will also examine what explanation in mathematics meant to scholars in the 17th century when the Jesuits and their Chinese century, explanations of underlying principles century.

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Korean Peninsula Forum 2014: The Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia and the Future of US-South Korean Alliance

Wednesday November 12, 2014
5:30-9:00 PM
Kane Hall - Walker-Ames Room

Christopher Hill

Center for Korea Studies



5:30 - 7:00 PM: Reception
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Ambassador Hill’s talk
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Panel discussion, Q&A session

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, which aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to give a public presentation. Ambassador Christopher Hill will discuss the current events surrounding Northeast Asia, drawing on his foreign service experience to elucidate underlying causes as well as consequences on the region’s geopolitical dynamics and the US-South Korea relations.

The presentation will start at 7:00 PM and last approximately an hour, following the reception at 5:30 PM. Moderated by Professor Donald Hellmann, Professors Kenneth Pyle, David Bachman, and Clark Sorensen will discuss the dimensions and implications of his talk. Finally, the forum will be open for questions and answers from the general public.

Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010. In addition to overseeing the Josef Korbel School, Ambassador Hill is author of the forthcoming Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.  

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China's International Relations Seen Through the Modern History of Acupuncture

Friday November 14, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317

Bridie Andrews, Professor of History, Bentley University


Modern acupuncture developed in China in stages corresponding to China's dominant international trading partners. This talk examines the influence of Japanese science on acupuncture before 1949, the Soviet Union's influence during the Maoist period, the influence of the United States during the period of Chinese economic reform, and concludes with a description of how China's own influence as a major economic power is reflected in the new WHO standards for acupuncture.

Bridie Andrews studied biology and the history of medicine in the UK. Her book, The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, was recently published by the University of British Columbia Press. She also co-edited Medical Transitions in Twentieth Century China (Indiana University Press, 2014). Currently associate professor of history at Bentley University, she has worked at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and SOAS (University of London).

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April 2015

Active Defense: Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy

Friday April 17, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Olson Room--Gowen Hall

Taylor Fravel, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachussets Institute of Technology


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