Cross-disciplinary symposium on China in the Age of Reform

"Awakening the Dragon: China in the Age of Reform, 1978-?"

Thursday, September 27, 2018
5 p.m.
Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

This event is free and open to the campus and community

Forty years ago, Deng Xiaoping emerged as the victor the power struggle that followed the death of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China, and launched far-reaching economic reforms that have turned China from an agrarian society into an industrial powerhouse without, however, loosening the political grip of the Chinese Communist Party.

What are the precedents for Deng's reforms in China's long struggle to catch up with the West? Can China maintain its high rate of economic growth in the face of the global backlash against free trade? How has market reform influenced Chinese society and culture? Will China use its growing military power to challenge American hegemony in Asia and, eventually, the world?

To address these questions, the Global Studies program will hold a symposium on "Awakening the Dragon: China in the Age of Reform, 1978-?" on Thursday, September 27 at 5 p.m. in the Belk Library Lecture Hall.  Introduced by Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Zhiyuan Chen, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, "Ti-Yong: Chinese Reform in Historical Perspective"
  • Dr. Onur Ince, Department of Economics, "Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: The Transition to Capitalism in China"
  • Dr. Charlie Chen, Department of Computer Information Systems, "From Communist to Cashless: The Digital Economy in China"
  • Dr. Eric Karchmer, Department of Anthropology, "New Dreams, Old Ghosts: Chinese Society Between Continuity and Change" 
  • Dr. Wendy Xie, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, "Journey to the West: Chinese Literature in the Reform Era"
  • Michael Grady, MFA, Department of Art, "The Party and the Arty: Visual Arts in Contemporary China"
  • Dr. Aleksander Lust, Department of Government and Justice Studies, "Awakening the Dragon: China and the World"

For more information, please contact Dr. Aleksander Lust at lusta@appstate.edu.

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About the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers courses that enhance students’ understanding of other cultures and languages as well as their own, making them prepared for lifelong learning in a multicultural world. Learn more at https://dllc.appstate.edu.

About the Department of Government and Justice Studies
Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies offers undergraduate programs in political science and criminal justice, and graduate programs in political science and public administration. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the department has over 600 undergraduate majors and more than 70 graduate students. Learn more at https://gjs.appstate.edu.

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