China in the World

China’s exceptional recent growth has had far reaching impacts.  Educational exchange has played a prominent role in China’s development strategy and Brown itself has benefitted from these exchanges.  China’s place in the world is a result of exchanges and circuits in all domains of human activity; during the Year of China we highlighted the reciprocities and relational processes at work.

Events for China in the World focused on modern China, from the period leading to the 1911 revolution, up to the present. A key focus of this theme involved examining and highlighting the impact of a century of student exchange.  Additionally many events examined various influences of China or Chinese culture on the US and the world.

Event Highlights:

The Chinese Century? Perspectives from the Social Sciences
Have we entered a “Chinese Century”? The past decade has witnessed an outpouring of scholarly and popular discussion regarding China as an emergent hegemon. Speakers in this series discussed how diverse processes in China both reflect and challenge our ways of thinking about this century’s global transformations and China’s positioning within it.

Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition
How do we explain the unexpected longevity of the Chinese Communist political system?  One answer, Elizabeth Perry, suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists’ creative development and deployment of cultural resources – during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards.

Chinese Women’s Documentaries in the Market Era
Chinese Women’s Documentaries in the Market Era screened and examined important documentary films by Chinese Women directors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. The symposium featured directors and international scholars who discussed the role and significance of women’s documentary films in articulating different human concerns, critical visions, and visual aesthetics in the rapidly changing Greater China area.

A Century of Chinese Students Studying Abroad
This panel explored the historical antecedents of this remarkable flow of students, how this history shaped the trajectory of exchange, as well as the impact of US-China educational exchange at Brown.  Participants included author Prof. Edwards Rhoads (Stepping Forth into the World: The Chinese Educational Mission to the United States, 1872-81); Leslie T. Chang (Factory Girls), Brown University Prof. Jay Tang, as well as current student and filmmaker, Yue Shen.  Moderated by John Eng-Wong.

China’s Economic Rise and the Global Economy
The symposium Economics in the Real World was organized by the Economics Department and held annually, around a topic of major interest in which economics and economic policy questions will be discussed.  This year the symposium was devoted to the Chinese economy and its connections with the international economic and financial world.

Demystifying the Chinese Economy
The Bernard I. Fain Lecture is presented annually by the Department of Economics.  This year's lecturer, Dr. Justin Lin, is the founding director of the Center for Chinese Economic Research at Peking University and currently Chief Economist at The World Bank.  The title of his talk was “Demystifying the Chinese Economy.”  

Memory and History of Nanjing Massacre
With the help of poet Wing Tek Lum '68 and Ha Jin, the Year of China explored writings from the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 through author readings, and a workshop.  All events were co-sponsored by the Year of China, American Studies, East Asian Studies, Literary Arts, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

For detailed information about the year's programming, please visit our events archive which includes links to video recordings, photos, and articles from past events.

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