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China Re-examines Global Governance, with Suisheng (Sam) Zhao
Speaker: Suisheng (Sam) Zhao, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Dialect and the Making of Modern China, with Gina Anne Tam
Speaker: Gina Anne Tam, Assistant Professor of History, Trinity University
Taking aim at the conventional narrative that standard, national languages transform 'peasants' into citizens, this talk will trace the history of the Chinese nation and national identity on fangyan - languages like Shanghainese, Cantonese, and dozens of others that are categorically different from the Chinese national language, Mandarin. It shows how, on the one hand, linguists, policy-makers, bureaucrats and workaday educators framed fangyan as non-standard 'variants' of the Chinese language, subsidiary in symbolic importance to standard Mandarin. I simultaneously highlight, on the other hand, the 1920s folksong collectors, communist-period playwrights, contemporary hip-hop artists and popular protestors in Hong Kong who argued that fangyan were more authentic and representative of China's national culture and its history. From the late Qing through the present, these intertwined visions of the Chinese nation - one spoken in one voice, one spoken in many - interacted and shaped one another, and in the process, shaped the basis for national identity itself.
This event is part of the Modern China lecture series at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
Long Live the Digital Scholarship Project!
Peter Bol (Harvard University, China Biographical Database)
Grace Fong (McGill University, Ming-Qing Women’s Writings)
Andrew Gordon (Harvard University, Japan Disasters Digital Archive Project)
Helen Hardacre (Harvard University, Constitutional Revision Research Project)
It is difficult to start a digital scholarship project. Maintaining it for decades is even more difficult. In this year’s first forum of the East Asian Digital Scholarship Series, we invite the founders of four long-running North American-based projects. Peter Bol, Grace Fong, Andrew Gordon, and Helen Hardacre will share their experiences in building and leading digital scholarship projects.
The East Asian Digital Scholarship Series, founded by Feng-en Tu and Sharon Yang, has been a monthly luncheon at Harvard-Yenching Library. This year, the Series will be conducted remotely and is sponsored by Harvard-Yenching Library with the support of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Korea Institute. The Series will cover a wide range of topics in East Asian digital scholarship.
China and the Global South: From Debt Diplomacy to Dependency? with Jorge Heine
Speaker: Jorge Heine, Research Professor, Boston University; Former Ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa ( 994-1999), and Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government
This lecture is part of the Critical Issues Confronting China Series at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
China, the UN, and Human Protection, with Rosemary Foot
Speaker: Rosemary Foot, Senior Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College; Research Associate of Oxford’s China Centre
This event is part of the Critical Issues Confronting China lecture series at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
Rising China in Perspective: Global Threat or Great Power Competitor, with Ross Robert
Speaker: Robert S. Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Fairbank Center Associate
Part of the Critical Issues Confronting China Series, hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.