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Bowdoin Lecture Series Looks at China in the Era of Globalization

Story posted April 07, 2006

Academic specialists in the fields of political science, foreign relations, economics, trade, and culture will visit Bowdoin College this month to discuss issues in contemporary China and matters of globalization.

The Bowdoin Asian Studies Program and the Asian Students Association present the two-week lecture series, "Concurrent Worlds: China in the Era of Globalization," April 15 through April 29, 2006.

"This lecture series addresses many of the new relationships, contradictions, and possibilities of contemporary China, as it assumes a new place on the world stage," notes Shuqin Cui, Bowdoin associate professor of Asian Studies, a conference organizer. "It is a history that is still in the making and can be viewed from myriad perspectives - political science, economics, military buildup, international relations and labor change, among many important issues."

The series will provide a focused forum for Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff, and the community to engage in sustained discussion about current issues, particularly China's relevance as a global citizen of an increasingly interconnected world. The series also serves to supplement Bowdoin's current curricular offerings across disciplines.

All lectures will take place in Cleaveland Hall, Room 151, and are open to the public. Admission is free. For more information contact Asian Studies at (207) 725-3046.


Saturday, April 15, 2 p.m.
"Elections and Chinese Understanding of Democracy" by Tianjian Shi, Duke University.

Thursday, April 20, 4 p.m.
"The Story of Hong Kong and Shenzhen in Multiple Dimensions" by Peter Yum Tak-Shing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.
"China's Real Energy Crisis" by Edward Steinfeld, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.
"U.S.-China Relations in the Era of Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities" by Guoli Liu, College of Charleston.

Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m.
"Dragon's Rise: Chinese Military Buildup and East Asian Security" by Jing-dong Yuan, Institute of International Studies, Monterey.

Saturday, April 29, 3 p.m.
"Labor, Mobility and New Urban Citizenry: How Rural Migration Transforms Economic Boom Towns in South China" by Hong Zhang, Colby College.


Tianjian Shi.

Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University, Tianjian Shi specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on political culture and political participation in Chinese politics. He is the author of Political Participation in Beijing (Harvard University Press, 1997).

Peter Yum Tak-Shing.

Peter Yum Tak-Shing is the Dean of Engineering and Professor of Information Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joins the lecture series as the 2005-2006 Hong Kong Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, which is sponsored by the Hong Kong Government Information Services Department and the U.S. Department of State.

Edward Steinfeld.

Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward S. Steinfeld specializes in the political economy of reform in socialist and post-socialist systems. His book, Forging Reform in China (Cambridge University Press, 1998), explores the process of state enterprise restructuring in China and attempts to illuminate the institutional drivers of economic behavior in the Chinese system.

Guoli Liu.

Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston, Guoli Liu's teaching and research interests include comparative politics and international relations. He is the author of States and Markets: Comparing Japan and Russia (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994) and editor of Chinese Foreign Policy in Transition (New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 2004).

Jing-dong Yuan.

Senior Research Associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Institute of International Studies, Jing-dong Yuan's research focuses on Asia-Pacific security, global and regional arms control and nonproliferation issues, U.S. foreign policy, and China's defense and foreign policy. He writes extensively and is currently working on two monographs: Sino-U.S. military relations since the early 1980s and Sino-Indian relations since the May 1998 nuclear tests.

Hong Zhang.

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Colby College, Hong Zhang teaches both Chinese language and Chinese culture courses. Her research interests include family and marriage, intergenerational relations, population aging, gender, urbanization, rural-urban migration, social reforms and contemporary Chinese society. In addition to a long list of journal articles, she is completing a manuscript tentatively titled Out of Ancestors' Shadow: Marriage, Gender, and Social Transformation in a Central Chinese Village, 1900-2005.

"Concurrent Worlds: China in the Era of Globalization" is sponsored by the Freeman and Luce foundations.

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