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Quack Corporate Governance as Traditional Chinese Medicine-Firm Organization and the Consequences of China's Unreconstructed Political Economy
November 12, 2013 - Nicholas Howson (Professor of Law, Michigan Law School)
From the start of the PRC’s “corporatization” project in the late 1980s, a Chinese corporate governance regime subject to increasingly “enabling” legal norms has been determined by “mandatory” regulations imposed by the PRC securities regulator, the CSRC. Indeed, the Chinese corporate law system has been cannibalized by all-encompassing securities regulation directed at corporate governance, at least for companies with listed stock. This presentation traces the path of that sustained intervention, and makes a case – wholly contrary to the “quack corporate governance” critique much aired in the U.S. – that for the PRC this phenomenon is necessary and appropriate, and benign. That analysis in turn reveals a great deal about: the development of Chinese law and legal institutions after 1979; China’s contemporary political economy; the true identity of the firm under the PRC “corporatization without privatization” program; the normative character and function of corporate law across the globe; and the ways in which state intervention may protect against state abuse of power and enable greater private autonomy.
Seals and the Sources of Chinese Buddhism
November 5, 2013 - Paul Copp (Associate Professor of Chinese Religion and Thought, University of Chicago)
Stamp seals, both as physical objects and especially as metaphors, are nearly everywhere in Buddhism. This is easy to understand: seals had long been central to the practices of the civilizations, Indian and Chinese most prominently, in which Buddhism took on its most powerfully influential cultural forms. In this talk I will explore the broad history of religious seal practice in which ninth and tenth century Chinese Buddhist ritualists compiled versions of a manual for the making and use of Buddhist talismanic seals found among the Dunhuang manuscripts.
International Relations and Chinese History: The Rise of Qing China
October 29, 2013 - Yuan-Kang Wang (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University)
Can Chinese history tell us anything about China’s rise today? This talk will examine how the Manchus of Qing China rose to preeminence and established regional hegemony in East Asia. By integrating international relations theory with Chinese history, this talk will demonstrate how a rising state expands political interests abroad and establishing rules of the game for the system.
Marriage Networks and the Geography of Power in Ninth-Century China
October 22, 2013 - Nicolas Tackett (Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley) How does one account for the long-term survival of the medieval Chinese aristocratic clans despite important institutional developments, including the expanded use of the civil service examinations? How does one then explain the sudden collapse of these families at the turn of the tenth century? By exploiting a large prosopographic database, this paper will explore how a better understanding of the geographic distribution of political power and of the Tang political elite's social networks can help resolve these questions.
China's Contemporary Dance Scene
October 1, 2013 - Emily Wilcox (Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, University of Michigan)
China’s contemporary dance scene is one of the most dynamic and diverse in the world. Boasting styles as varied as military dances, historical costume dramas, minority dance productions, and modern experimental works, “concert dance” in China is a wide category that must itself be interrogated to begin to gain any understanding of dance in China in the 21st century.
Successful Aging in Transitional China: Accomplishments and Challenges
September 24, 2013 - Lydia Li (Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan)
Successful aging is a very relevant topic for China, given that it has the largest elderly population in the world and one of the fastest rates of population aging in human history.
March 26, 2013 - Martin Dimitrov (Associate Professor of Political Science, Tulane University) "State Capacity and the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Laws in China" China has some of the highest levels of copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting in the world. What does this mean for our assessment of state capacity in China?
March 19, 2013 - Martin Powers (Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Culture, University of Michigan, History of Art) "The Politics of the Brushstroke"
February 26, 2013 - Victor Nee (Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor of Sociology, Cornell University) "Capitalism from Below: Where do Economic Institutions Come From?" This presentation discusses the model and findings from a seven year study of the private enterprise economy and emergence of economic institutions of capitalism in the Yangzi Delta region of China.
February 19, 2013 - Jersey Liang (Professor of Health Management and Policy, U-M School of Public Health) "Physical Performance and Socio-Economic Status Among Older Chinese: a Multi-Level Analysis" This presentation focuses on physical performance (i.e., grip strength, normal walking speed, and rapid walk speed) as a function of socio-economic status at the individual, household and community levels among older Chinese.
November 20, 2012 - Benjamin Levey (Associate Professor of History, U-M Dearborn) "In the Land of the People without Sutras: Jungar Refugees and Qing-Kazakh Relations, 1758-1775" Based on a large corpus of previously unstudied Manchu language documents, this presentation discusses the fate of Jungar refugees in the fifteen years following the disintegration of the Jungar confederation.
November 13, 2012 - Wang Zheng (U-M Associate Professor of Women's Studies and History; Associate Research Scientist, U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Associate Director, Center for Chinese Studies) "When Talented Women Became Socialist State Power Holders: Chen Bo'er and the Paradigm of Socialist Film in the PRC" An examination of the life of Chen Bo'er (1907-1951), a movie star of the 1930s, who became a founder of the PRC film industry and its implications for elite women in China during the Chinese socialist revolution.
November 6, 2012 - Nicola Di Cosmo (Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian History, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) "Connectivity, Integration and 'Globalization' in Chinese History" This talk is an examination of various ways in which China has engaged the wider world (and vice versa) in its ancient and early modern past.
October 30, 2012 - Fabio Lanza (Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Arizona State University) "Rethinking 'China' in the Global Sixties: Concerned Americans and French Maoists" This talk was a comparison of the Committee on Concerned Asian Scholars with French Maoists in the 1960s.
October 29, 2012 - Richard Solomon (Senior Fellow, Rand Corporation) "Wrestling with the Dragon: The Contemporary Challenges of Managing U.S. - China Relations" China Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States. Co-sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the U-M Center for Chinese Studies.
October 23, 2012 - James Benn (Associate Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University) "Tea and Other Decoctions for 'Nourishing Life' in Medieval China" Professor Benn examines one significant way in which tea, a relatively new beverage in Tang-dynasty China, was first consumed and understood, alongside other decoctions intended to promote health and wellness.
October 9, 2012 - Lan Deng (U-M Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning) "The Emerging Housing Policy Framework in China" This talk discusses the emerging housing policy framework in China, which includes three major affordable housing programs and a heavily regulated housing finance sector.
October 2, 2012 - Andrew Wedeman (Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University) "Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China"
September 25, 2012 - Roderick Campbell (Assistant Professor of East Asian Archaeology and History, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University) "On Forgetting: Violence and Memory in Early China" This talk concerns a key Early Chinese practice of kingship: human sacrifice - and its forgetting. Professor Campbell's research has been focused on theorizing ancient social-political organization, social violence and history.
Ellen Laing - April 3, 2012 "'Living Wealth Gods' in the Chinese Popular Print (nianhua) Tradition"
Bruce Dickson - March 13, 2012 "Updating the China Model: New Challenges for New Leaders"
"Leadership Transition in East Asia and the United States" - March 8, 2012
Esther Klein - January 31, 2012 "Sima Quian's Confucius and the Western Han Lunyu"
Bright Sheng - January 24, 2012 "Never Far Away"
Darrell William Davis - November 29, 2011 "Second Coming: The Legacy of Taiwan New Cinema"
CHINA Town Hall - November 16, 2011 "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections"
Kenneth Lieberthal - October 20, 2011 "Prospects for US-China Relations"
Chen Qi - October 13, 2011 "A Chinese Printmaker's Cultural Identity and the Transformation in Contemporary Printmaking"
Mara Hvistendahl - September 29, 2011 "Unnatural Selection: The Causes and Consequences of Asia's Sex Ratio Imbalance"
San Duanmu - March 22, 2011
Minyuan Zhao - March 15, 2011
Stefan Henning - March 8, 2011
Andrew Walder - February 22, 2011
Andrew Mertha - February 8, 2011
Scott Cook - February 1, 2011
Xiaofei Tian - January 18, 2011
Paize Keulemans - November 23, 2010
Jacques deLisle - November 16, 2010
Terry Sicular - November 9, 2010
Kurt M. Campbell, Jan Berries - December 8, 2009 "China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" Webcast
Nicholas R. Lardy - December 8, 2009 "China: Leading the Global Economic Recovery"
Melissa Chiu - December 4, 2009 "Contemporary Art in China: Where has it come from and where is it heading?"
James A. Millward - December 3, 2009 "China as a Eurasian Subcontinent: Perspectives on the Past and Future"
Anna Shields - October 6, 2009 "From Gossip to History: Views of Mid-Tang Literature in Anecdotal Texts"
Mary Gallagher - March 12, 2009 "China's Bumpy Ride: China and the Global Economy"