China Colloquium

U.S.-China: Trade, Tech, and the Party Congress

Program Start Date: Oct 27 2017

James Green Office of the United States Trade Representative, Chinese Embassy Friday, October 27th 2pm Thomson Hall 317 Trade tension continue to simmer between the world’s two largest economies and Beijing is tightening up on foreign participation in many parts of the technology sector as the Chinese Communist Party prepares for its 19th Congress that will pick

West Lake and the Representation of an Iconic Place

Program Start Date: Oct 13 2017

Hui-shu Lee Chinese Art, University of California Los Angeles Friday, October 13th 2pm Thomson Hall 317  By focusing on a lengthy painting titled Panorama of Hangzhou on West Lake in the collection of the Freer Gallery, a detailed visual documentation of the splendor of the Southern Song (1126-1279) imperial capital Lin’an (present-day Hangzhou) as seen

What remains: coming to terms with civil war in 19th century China

Program Start Date: Nov 15 2016

Location: Thomson Hall 317

Tobie Meyer-Fong Professor, John Hopkins University Tuesday November 15th, 2016 Thomson 317 3:30pm In this talk Professor Meyer-Fong disscuses her book “What remains: coming to terms with civil war in 19th century China”. Drawing upon a rich array of primary sources, What Remains explores the issues that preoccupied Chinese and Western survivors. Individuals, families, and

Tea and the taste of climate change

Program Start Date: Oct 21 2016

Location: Thomson 317

What is the impact of climate change on specialty crop quality? How can agroecological management practices mitigate climatic risk in food system? In this seminar, Dr. Selena Ahmed, explored these questions using tea as a case study. Climate change is impacting agro-ecosystems, crops, and farmer livelihoods in communities worldwide. While it is well understood that

Modern China’s age of irreverence

Program Start Date: Oct 10 2016

Location: East Asia Library, Room 2M

Christopher Rea Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia Monday October 10, 2016 12:00pm East Asia Library, Room 2M China’s entry in modernity was not just traumatic, but uproarious. As the Qing last dynasty fell, prominent writers compiled jokes to form collections called “histories of laughter.” In the first years of

Creating a tea aesthetic in Tang dynasty poetry

Program Start Date: Oct 7 2016

Location: Thomson Hall Room 317

James A. Benn McMaster University Friday October 7, 2016 Thomson Hall 317 11:30am The values associated with tea today— that it is natural, health- giving, detoxifying, spiritual, stimulating, refreshing, and so on— are not new ideas, but ones shaped in Tang times, by poets. Only a handful of poems were written about tea prior to

How Asia works: two kinds of economics and the rise of a divided continent

Program Start Date: May 19 2016

This talk explained that the story of East Asian development is the means to understanding the nature of economic development worldwide. Joe Studwell dissected the region’s history to show how, for many years, heady economic growth rates masked the most divided continent in the world – a north-east Asian group of states that is the

Assessing the impacts of China’s ongoing agricultural modernization reform push

Program Start Date: May 13 2016

Since the mid-2000s China’s central government has been nancing an aggressive overhaul of its farming sector. Predicating this drive on a need to increase food security, the state has invested billions to rapidly replace small-scale farming households with large-scale, mechanized and commercialized agricultural operators. In so doing, it is fundamentally altering not just rural societies