China Research Workshops

This interdisciplinary series on China features current research by faculty, visiting scholars and advanced graduate students at the dissertation-writing stage. In a typical workshop, the presenter discusses his/her research project, followed by questions and feedback from the audience.

We are always interested in hearing about new research and especially welcome recommendations from faculty about works in progress by their graduate students. If you would like to present or be put on the mailing list, please contact Samuel Tsoi 蔡禮恩

Faculty, researchers and students are encouraged to participate. Since we offer lunch, please confirm your attendance, or cancel one day in advance, with Samuel Tsoi 蔡禮恩.

Upcoming Workshops

This series runs throughout the academic year. There are no workshops scheduled at this time.

See below for a listing of past workshops

2017

"Long-Run Persistence and Interrupted Development: Evidence from The Imperial Civil Service Examination in Historical China"
Dec. 1, 2017
Presenter: Clair Zhuqing Yang, Assistant Professor, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Using historical data from the Qing dynasty (1645-1912) to trace the persistence, I show that the impact of Ming civil service exams tends to weaken during periods of political centralization and to re-emerge following liberalization.

"The Third Front and Maoist Experiments in Political Economy"
Nov. 20, 2017
This seminar brought together leading scholars on the history of the Third Front, China’s search for an alternative model of economic development that focused on industrializing its less developed interior regions during the Mao era. Professor Covell Meyskens discussed his forthcoming book on the topic, followed by a response by Professor Barry Naughton.

"An Ethnographer’s Odyssey: Researching China in Zambia"
Nov. 17, 2017
This seminar reconstructs the research processes and challenges that shaped the fieldwork and writing of my book "The Specter of Global China." I will discuss issues that are fundamental to the production of sociological knowledge and give participants a grounded, hands-on, and realistic look at academic research grappling with the Global China phenomenon.

"Can Trade Prevent Conflict with China? Trade Interdependence and Chinese Foreign Policy"
Oct. 31, 2017
Presenter: Jiakun Jack Zhang, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego
Contrary to the conventional wisdom that commerce brings peace, China appears to engage in more militarized disputes with its neighbors and trade partners despite deepening economic integration. My research suggests this is because increased trade raises the cost of war but also incentivizes risky military behavior short of the threshold of war.

"State Capacity and Economic Development under Capital Mobility"
Oct. 13, 2017
Presenter: Xiaoxue Zhao, Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University Department of Economics
This paper examines the effects of fiscal capacity on local states’ market-supporting investment and overall economic development. We build a simple model of capital competition among units with heterogeneous tax enforcement costs, and rely on the Golden Tax Project.

"Crushing the Princelings' Deal: Anti-corruption Campaigns in China"
Oct. 6, 2017
Presenter: Ting Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
This study explores the favor trading between China’s princelings and the local government officials. By analyzing a unique data of over a million land transactions, we confirm that by selling land to firms connected to the princelings at lower than the market price, the local officials have managed to increase their promotion prosperity significantly.

"Investigating Rural Literacy Education Efforts in New China, 1949-2000"
May 30, 2017
Presenter: MA Yun, Associate Professor of Education History, Shanghai University of Electric Power
This study discusses literacy education efforts made in rural China to accommodate rural students over four periods since the founding of the PRC in 1949. These materials allow Professor Ma to reveal the actual educational conditions for farmers in different periods and identify the critical junctures that explain the profound changes in literacy education in China.

"The Economic Consequences of Political Disloyalty: An Experimental Study of Ideological Allegiance in China’s Labor Market"
May 26, 2017
Presenter: Jennifer Pan, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Stanford University
The study of symbolic politics has receive relatively little attention in recent years. However, symbolic politics continue to feature prominently in many non- democratic regimes. We experimentally assess the importance of symbolic displays of ideological loyalty on economic outcomes with a resume audit study in China.

"The Formation of the Communist Base in Shaanxi"
May 23, 2017 
Presenter: Joseph W. Esherick, Professor Emeritus of History, UC San Diego
Since he first conducted archival and field work in Shaanxi in 1988-89, Esherick has been seeking to understand the origins and growth of the revolutionary movement in the province. In this talk, he will explore the earliest stages of that movement—prior to the arrival of Mao in 1935, in order to understand the social, political and military origins of the Chinese revolution.

"Something in the Air: Projection Bias and the Demand for Health Insurance"
May 12, 2017
Presenter: WANG Yongxiang, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Southern California
Using data on insurance contracts from one of China’s largest insurance companies, we find that daily air pollution levels have a significant effect on the decision to purchase or cancel health insurance in a manner inconsistent with rational choice theory.

"The Anatomy of Chinese Business Groups: A Hierarchical Network Analysis" 
May 5, 2017
Presenter: Loren Brandt, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
Drawing on a unique data source--the business registry of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce in China--this paper examines the nature of the hierarchy of China’s leading state-owned and private business groups in China for the period between 2003-2014.

"The Case against Law: A Historical and Institutional Approach to Local Disputes in the Qing Dynasty"
April 28, 2017
Presenter: Maura Dykstra, Assistant Professor of History, Caltech
Abstract: New research has employed previously unexploited sources to illustrate the local practice of law in the late Chinese empire. This paper posits that the discoveries of historians working in local archives should not be studied only within the framework of the law but rather by beginning with an understanding of the way that court cases were handled within the bureaucratic system of the empire.

"The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States"
April 27, 2017
Presenter: Ji Li, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
Surging Chinese investment in the United States has generated intense debates, many of which revolve around two important yet under-explored questions. One, will Chinese companies engage in rampant noncompliance as in China or adapt to the U.S. institutional setting? Two, does state ownership in Chinese investors make a difference?

"Does China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Enforcement have an Anti-Foreign Bias?"
April 21, 2017
Presenters: Jack Zhang, PhD Candidate and Jessica Yingjie Fan, Political Science, UC San Diego
Since China’s anti-monopoly law (AML) came into effect in 2008, foreign companies have alleged that they are being disproportionately targeted by enforcement authorities, which Chinese regulars deny. This paper represents first effort to systematically study AML enforcement patterns using a new dataset of cases.

“The Art of Authoritarian Control in Rural China”
April 14, 2017
Presenter: Daniel Mattingly, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
How do authoritarian regimes control the rural hinterland? I argue that village self-government and communal institutions, such as lineage and temple groups, do not strengthen bottom-up accountability; instead, they strengthen top-down authoritarian control.

"Media Bias in China"
March 17, 2017
Presenter: Yanhui WU, Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Media in China are owned by governments with a politico-economic dual goal. Theoretically, we argue that vertical competition between governments for economic benefits should erode their political goals. We measure media bias defined as the weight placed on political goals in Chinese newspapers by analyzing the content of 117 mainstream newspapers in China from 1999 to 2010.

“Forget Chineseness: On the Geopolitics of Cultural Identification”
March 10, 2017
Presenter: Allen CHUN, Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
“Forget Chineseness” critiques the idea of a Chinese cultural identity and argues that such identities are instead determined by geopolitical and economic forces.

"Machine Learning: An Historian's Guide to Reading Keyboards, Code, and other Technological Objects"
Feb. 24, 2017
Presenter: Tom Mullaney, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University
Historians are well-versed in the analysis of texts and other documentary forms of evidence. Material objects - and particularly technological objects - are far less commonly used. When they are used, scholars too often treat them as "metaphors," failing to develop the kinds of technical fluencies one requires to grasp how these objects "work" in a precise way.

"Measuring Subjectivity in History Textbooks"
Feb. 17, 2017
Presenter: Onyi LAM, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Economics, UC San Diego
History textbooks provide a lens through which students view the nation's past. Government, especially that of authoritarian regime, has an incentive to present biased content in the history textbook to influence students' political views. This paper considers the problem of measuring subjectivity for history textbooks used in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"Public Debt and Private Investment in China"
Feb. 14, 2017
Presenter: Yi HUANG, Professor of International Economics, The Graduate Institute (Geneva)
High levels of public debt are correlated with lower economic growth across countries, but questions remain about whether this relationship is causal. Using Chinese data, this column explores whether increasing public debt crowds out private investment.

"Revolution and its Narratives: Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries in China, 1950-1966"
Jan. 19, 2017
Presenter: Rebecca KARL, Associate Professor of History, New York University
Published in China in 2010, "Revolution and Its Narratives" is a historical, literary, and critical account of the cultural production of the narratives of China's socialist revolution. Translated, annotated, and edited by Rebecca E. Karl and Xueping Zhong, this translation presents Cai Xiang's influential work to English-language readers for the first time.

"The short life of successful fiscal reform in 18th Century China"
Jan. 13, 2017
Presenter: Yu HAO, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Peking University
This paper examines the impact of a nationwide fiscal reform called Huohaoguigong on state capacity and public goods supply in the eighteenth century in China.

2016

"Local Patterns of Industrialization in China"
Oct. 28, 2016
Presenter: Jessica Leight, Assistant Professor of Economics, Williams College
Abstract: This paper analyzes patterns of structural transformation in rural China using a newly assembled panel of county-level data, including approximately 2,000 counties in China between 2000 to 2010. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that capital constraints are important in counties that are initially less industrialized. In these counties, which have limited access to external credit to fund investment in new productive sectors, the primary source of capital is re-investment from agriculture. In turn, there are potentially significant complementarities between non-agricultural and agricultural shocks.

"Beyond Skill: Daoism and Science"
Oct. 24, 2016
Presenter: JIANG Sheng, Professor of Chinese History at Sichuan University
Abstract: Is Daoism for science? The key to the question is the drive for religious life: immortalization. And the key is a double-edged sword. Based on 18 years of research into Daoist texts, archaeological materials and collection of remains of ancient Daoism in mountains, and theoretical reflections, this lecture will demonstrate that it is certain that Daoism pushed science and technical knowledge forward in ancient times.

"Is there a Chinese Model of Legal Reform?"
Oct. 20, 2016
Presenter: Benjamin Liebman, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School
Abstract: Over the past two years, China has launched some of the most significant legal reforms in decades. At the same time, significant doubt remains regarding China's leadership's commitment to rule of law values. In his remarks,  Liebman will outline recent developments in legal reform in China and will discuss their implications for understanding and conceptualizing legal development in China.

"中国近代史研究的趋向" (Presentation in Mandarin)
Oct. 5, 2016
Presenter: XU Xiuli 徐秀丽, Professor, Department of Economic History; Editor in Chief, Modern Chinese History Studies (近代史研究); Journal of Modern Chinese History (Routledge); Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Panel from Fudan University School of Economics
Oct. 6, 2016 | 12-2 p.m. | Social Science Building 107
Presenters: CHEN Dazhong, Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean, Fudan University: “Does China's OBOR Initiative has Robust Value Chain Basis?”
Changyuan LUO, Professor, Center for European Studies, Fudan University: “The Economic Value of Country Image: Evidence from International Trade”
Guobing SHEN, Professor of World Economy & International Finance, Fudan University: “Exchange Rate Changes and the Promotion of Technology Structure of China’s Export of Ordinary Trade Products to the U.S.”

"China’s Urban Migration and Social Integration"
June 10, 2016
Presenter: Dr. Yuan REN, Professor of Demography and Urban Studies, School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP), Fudan University
Abstract: Since the reform and opening up in the 1980s, China has undergone rapid migration and urbanization. The number of internal migrants in urban China increased from around 6 million in 1980s to 226 million in 2010 based on census statistics. Serious social exclusion of migrants is a typical issue of urban social development, and this exclusion and inequality lead to only “nominal” urbanization, separation of family members of migrants, unstable labor supply and decreasing capacity for future industrial and social development. Therefore, social integration of migrants has become an important social policy goal in China’s current social transition and welfare institution construction. Based on his research in recent years, Professor Ren presented his findings on migrants’ social integration and welfare institution reforms in China.

"U.S., China, and East Asian Regionalism – is the Pacific Wide Enough?"
April 22, 2016
Presenter: Dr. TANG Shiping, Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University; Visiting Scholar at UC San Diego
Abstract: A gap within the existing literature on regionalism is that it has yet to bring together intra- and inter- regional bargaining. By this, we mean that regional initiatives operate in the shadow of extra-regional great powers. Utilizing a simple game theoretical model, this project brings together intra- and inter- regional bargaining. Our discussion shows that the interaction between regional great powers, small-to-medium states within a region, and extra-regional great powers has played a critical though under-appreciated role in shaping the outcomes of different regionalism projects. With such a framework in hand, we then go on to discuss the interaction between U.S., China, and East Asian states within East Asian regionalism and explore possible conditions for U.S. and China to reach some kind of strategic accommodation between them.

"China’s Grassroots Courts - A Sociological Perspective"
April 8, 2016
Presenter: Dr. Kwai Ng, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego
Abstract: This talk presents an overview of the Chinese courts today from the perspective of a sociologist. Specifically, it explores how the Chinese courts are institutionally empowered by but also subjugated to the influences of different social forces - political, economic, and social. The talk also outlines a growing gap between the courts in big cities and their rural counterparts. It ends by exploring the various challenges facing the Chinese courts ahead, in particular, the challenge of retaining young judges working in urban cities.

"Career Incentive and Resource Allocation in China"
March 18, 2016
Presenter: Jongyuk Lee, Ph.D. candidate in political science and international affairs, UC San Diego
Abstract: In a federalist system without constitutional guarantees, aligning the incentives of local leaders with those of the central government may prevent local authorities from being vulnerable to corruption, rent-seeking activities, overprotectionism, and so on. While it is well established how career-incentivized local leaders in China meet the center’s goals such as economic development, there have been few attempts to examine the consequences of this career-based institution for local governance. This dissertation addresses this issue: how career concerns give local leaders an incentive to pursue a certain policy choice that may or may not benefit the public welfare and how these individual motivations are limited by collective local leadership. This paper finds out that Chinese provincial governments dominated by careerincentivized leaders were likely to promote more investments and provide less public goods and services.

"Microfinance Can Raise Incomes: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in China"
March 4, 2016
Presenter: Dr. Albert Park, Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Abstract: This study evaluates China’s national village banking program in poor villages based on a randomized control trial conducted in 5 provinces. In contrast to recent studies that fail to find evidence that microfinance programs increase incomes, we find large and significant intention-to-treat impacts of the program on household per capita income and poverty. Households in treatment villages borrow more for production, plant more cash crops, invest more in husbandry farming, and are much more likely to have members who out-migrate for wage employment. We assess possible reasons for why microfinance impacts are greater in China as well as implications for China’s economic development.

"Chinese Business under Authoritarianism, The Long View"
Feb. 26, 2016
Presenter: Dr. Brett Sheehan, Professor, Department of History, Director, East Asian Studies Center, University of Southern California
Abstract: Except for brief and often marginal experiments with democracy, authoritarian governments have ruled China for the last two hundred years. Those regimes have differed considerably, however, as has the nature of Chinese business and the relationship of business to the state. Expanding on research in Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision, this talk will discuss business relations with seven successive authoritarian regimes which have ruled China over the last two centuries: the late Qing dynasty, warlords, the Nationalists, Japanese occupation during World War II, the postwar Nationalists, the People’s Republic of China under Mao, and the People’s republic of China in the years since Mao’s death. In general, with some ups and downs, this period has seen increasing governmental interference in business as well as raising expectations by business people of state assistance for business and the economy. At the same time, Chinese businesses have often been able to work out accommodation with authoritarian regimes, and have produced little pressure for democratic political reform.

“Beyond Democracy: Deliberative Politics and its Significance in China”
Feb. 19, 2016
Presenter: Dr. HAN Fuguo 韩福国, Centre of Comparative Research in Urban Governance, Fudan University; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
Abstract: As an authoritarian country, China faces the dilemma of allowing citizen participation and keeping such participation within bounds. One way that China has tried to work around this dilemma is through decentralization and encouraging local government innovation, especially in the economic area. Xi Jinping's administration regards deliberative participation as one approach to democratic development in China, as deliberation and expanded participation by citizens increases citizen knowledge and understanding about government policies, enhances their sense of efficacy, and improves the process of making public policies in China. In this paper I will use the example of participatory budgeting to explore the potential of implementing and expanding deliberation in China.

"The Party Adapts to Urban China: the Strategy, Structure and Performance of CCP Adaptation from a Strategic Management Perspective"
Feb. 12, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Zhang Han, lecturer, The University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
This paper applies the theories of organizational adaptation to the study of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with the aim of explaining the CCP’s adaptation mechanism and process. It also uses the strategy-structure-performance model from strategic management to explain the adaptation of the CCP’s primary party organizations (PPOs) in urban China. The objectives of PPOs are to strengthen organizational performance, measured in terms of changes in party membership and activities. I find that the party’s urban PPOs may select one of three adaptation strategies, namely that of a defender, reactor and prospector, each of which is structurally constrained by the PPOs’ organizational and material capacity. The paper will also illuminate two processes by which the party adapts to the political ecosystem in the cities.
 
Zhang Han received his Ph.D. in sociology from The University of Hong Kong in December 2012. His main research areas are in urban studies, with special interests in urban redevelopment, governance and ethnography in China, and political sociology. He was a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in 2010-2011, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at Tsinghua University from February 2013 to March 2015. He is currently a Lecturer in the School of International Relations, The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing.

2015

Dec. 11, 2015
"Making Marital Boundaries: How Chinese-Speaking Immigrant Parents Distinguish Marriageable Us from Undesirable Them"
Debate over which racial boundaries are dominant in the U.S. underscores the complexity of Asian American intermarriage resulting from national origin heterogeneity among Asian Americans. Focusing on the cognitive dimension of boundary-making, the author examines the marriageability perceptions of a group of Asian American immigrants and their American-born children to illustrate how their interpretations of ethnic and racial marriageability facilitate racial boundary formation. To better understand how marriageability perceptions are related to the U.S. racial divide, I constructed a conceptual framework, marital boundary-making, to describe how race, ethnicity, and nationality are perceived by both immigrant parents and children to distinguish marriageable “us” from undesirable “them.” Based on the qualitative data I collected from my study on marital boundary-making within Chinese-speaking immigrant families in San Diego, I found that although the parents' “marriageable” perceptions were inconsistent, their “undesirable” interpretations were essentially identical, evidence of a dominant black/non-black racial divide. However, the analysis also suggests that class plays a more important role than race and ethnicity in the unmaking of marital boundaries.

Dec. 4, 2015
"The Production of Queer Cyberspace & 'Tongzhi' Organizations in Mainland China"
Speaker: Jin Cao, director, Fudan University’s Center for International Publishing Studies
My speaking will focus on production of Queer cyberspace and the “Tongzhi” grass-root organization which started to emerge at the beginning of twenty-first century as one of alternative social organizations in Main land China’s transition. My interest in this topic started with a small project on the Shenlan working group in Tianjin. It has since developed into a more ambitious program of work , which includes investigations not only into similar “Tongzhi” grass-root organizations in other cities (Beijing, Tianjin, and Chengdu) ,but also the wider implications of the development this alternative grass-root organization and its involvement with a stigmatized and disadvantaged community group. The production of queer cyberspace will form the basis for more general reflections on the organization of civil society in contemporary China.

Nov. 20, 2015
“Arts of the Hui Minority People: Islam with Chinese Characteristics”
Speaker: Dr. Alex Stewart, department of sociology, UC San Diego
Over the course of 1300 years in China, descendants of Arab, Persian, and Central Asian merchants and mercenaries have developed a hybrid culture that is distinct from the Han Chinese majority, but still unique to China. The Hui people speak local dialects and are physically indistinguishable from the Han, but various arts and customs related to Islam make up a dynamic and unique culture. This talk is inspired by an exhibit of artifacts collected in Xining, Qinghai Province that is currently on display at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Examining the foodways, garments, mosque construction, syncretic religious practices, and distinctive style of Arabic calligraphy on display in the exhibit outlines what it means to be Hui and this ethnic group's implications for the formation of transnational identities.

Nov. 6, 2015
“The Dubious Domestic Regulator: Why Imported Foods No Longer Seem Safer in Contemporary China”
Speaker: Jason Kuo, Ph.D. candidate, department of political science, UC San Diego
The conventional wisdom holds that food products made in China seem less safe than their counterparts imported from abroad because food safety standards are less rigorously enforced in China than other countries. The validity of this prevalent view largely depends on an implicit presumption: Despite her disreputable past of regulatory failure, the Chinese government has no room to maneuver the integrity of the food supply abroad. Yet, the Chinese government can in fact use its gate-keeping power of regulating market access to shape incentives of producers, processors, and retailers abroad to supply the “imported” foods just above her domestic regulatory standards and yet still below rigorously enforced foreign standards to gain cross-border regulatory arbitrage on the Chinese market. I argue that the Chinese government, as a dubious domestic regulator, can provoke safety concerns among Chinese consumers over imported food products that seem safe. Micro-level evidence from a survey experiment supports my counter-intuitive claim. I demonstrate that other things being equal, an individual Chinese adult consumer is seven percentage point more likely to worry about the safety of imported food—even from the United States (US)—immediately after being cued that the Chinese government’s hands are not tied; more importantly, these provoked safety concerns can be offset by cuing on the US government as a regulator of last resort to make up for the Chinese lack of credibility in ensuring the integrity of the global food supply. These results contribute to our theoretical understanding of growing concerns over imported food products in open economies.

Oct. 23, 2015
"The Expansion of Chinese NGOs into Africa: A Threat or New Collaborator for Nation-States?"
Speaker: Reza Hasmath, professor, department of political science, University of Alberta
Growing attention has been paid to China’s recent entree into international development. While received wisdom has long suggested that NGOs have played key roles in assisting government-led development initiatives, little scholarly attention has been paid to the potential for Chinese NGOs in helping affect these process and outcomes. In this talk, the experiences of two African nations – Ethiopia and Malawi – with relatively high levels of Chinese development assistance, but with contrasting political regime types, will be analyzed. The talk suggests that irrespective of regime type, Chinese NGOs are yet to make a substantial impact in either nation. Instead, it offers the standpoint that despite the strength of the Chinese state and high levels of international development assistance given, domestic politics and regulatory frameworks in host nations still matter a great deal. These local contexts ultimately have constrained Chinese development work, especially in regards to the involvement of NGOs. Furthermore, the talks suggests that the Chinese model of international development will continue to be one where temporary one-off projects are favoured; and, insofar as social organizations will play a role, they will be in the domain of government-organized NGOs rather than grassroots NGOs.

Oct. 5, 2015
“The Final Cataclysm of the Third Kalpa: Huidaomen Sects in the Early People’s Republic of China, 1949-1951”
Speaker: Yupeng Jiao, Ph.D. candidate, department of history, UC San Diego
Scholars have written extensively on millenarian movements and heterodox religious societies (labeled as counterrevolutionary Huidaomen sects in the early People’s Republic of China) in late Imperial China, and several books on the Republican era have also been published recently. However, we have almost no knowledge about their fate in the PRC, except for the vague official propaganda produced during several campaigns against counterrevolutionaries. Newly available archives at Stanford East Asia Library, including confessions of sects members, household registration forms and personal files of Chinese Communist Party members from Shanxi, Hebei and Beijing shed new light on the social composition of such social entities, their organizational structure, their eschatological teachings during the Republican-Communist transition period, and the fate of believers. Together with collections of relevant primary sources and local gazetteers published in both China and Taiwan, we are now able to reconstruct a broader picture of Huidaomen sects in the early PRC period from both grassroots-level accounts and official perspectives. Based on the case study of Jiexiu county in Shanxi province, this paper aims at figuring out the continuities and discontinuities of millenarianism and heterodox sects from late Imperial period to early PRC, the rationale behind the hostility between the communist state and religious communities, and the ultimate fate of the sects members. Although the communist regime never ceased to suppress Huidaomen sects harshly in post-1949 period, they were never wiped out in China. This project will also shed light on the survival strategy of religion during the heyday of communist movements and also religious revival during the reform era.

May 29, 2015
“Theorizing Economic Diplomacy: The Case of China (1949-2015)” (PDF)
Speaker: Dr. Zhang Xiaotong, associate professor, Wuhan University

May 22, 2015
“Factionalism and the Exit of Central Committee Members in China: A Network Approach” (PDF)
Speaker: Yin Yuan, Ph.D. candidate, department of political science, UC San Diego

April 24, 2015
“SEZs Go Global: Chinese industrial zones in Africa” (PDF)
Speaker: Nikia Clarke, Ph.D. in international relations and politics, Oxford University

April 17, 2015
"Laozian Sense of Social Responsibility: A Modern Development of Laozi's Philosophy" (PDF)
Speaker: Liu Xiaogan, professor, Claremont College

April 10, 2015
“Becoming a Good Citizen for a Better Life: Why Does the Middle Class Prefer Negotiation over Rightful Resistance in Shanghai?” (PDF)
Speaker: Yihan Xiong, visiting scholar, GPS UC San Diego

March 30, 2015
“The Development of 'One Belt and One Road' and Its Impacts on China-US Relations” (PDF)
Speaker: Xia Liping, Dean and professor, Institute of International and Political Affairs at Tongji University

Feb. 27, 2015
"Chinese as a Major Negotiating Language in the Opening of Japan: Luo Sen’s Journal of Perry’s 1854 Expedition" (PDF)
Speaker: Demin Tao, professor, Kansi University (Japan)

Feb. 13, 2015
“The Organization 乌有之乡and the 新毛派” (PDF)
Speaker: Jude Blanchette, assistant director, 21st Century China Program, UC San Diego

Jan. 30, 2015
“Multinational Firms and the Microfoundations of the Commercial Peace” (PDF)
Speaker: Jack Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

Jan. 23, 2015
“Political Contingency and Rebellious Alliance: The Case of the Chinese Red Guard Movement, 1966-1968” (PDF)
Speaker: Fei Yan, postdoctoral fellow, The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

Jan. 9, 2015
“Discussion on Villains of '1949-1966' Chinese Films” 《“十七年”电影中的反面角色 》(PDF)
Speaker: Dishan Liu, visiting scholar, Department of Literature, UC San Diego

2014

Dec. 5, 2014
“Gendered Meanings in Translation: Surrogate Dating in Cyberspace and the Reconstruction of Asian Femininity & Western Masculinity”
Speaker: Haiyi Liu, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

Nov. 14, 2014
“Interpersonal History Across Boundary: Paul S. Reinsch and His Three Different Experiences in Sino-Us Relations” (PDF)
Speaker: Jianbiao Ma, associate professor, Department of History, Fudan University; visiting scholar, Department of History, UC San Diego

Nov. 7, 2014
“Explaining China’s Changing Periphery Diplomacy”
Speaker: Feng Liu, visiting professor, GPS, UC San Diego

Oct. 31, 2014
“Resources and Conflict: Assessing the Role of Oil and Fishing Resources in the South China Sea Dispute for years 1980 to 2013” (PDF)
Speaker: Patrick Chester, master's candidate, GPS, UC San Diego

Oct. 17, 2014
“Charting the Role of Chinese Demand: Socio-economic Perspectives on the Integration of the Pacific, 1750-1850” (PDF)
Speaker: Robert Hellyer, associate professor, Department of History, Wake Forest University

Oct. 3, 2014
“Individual Paths to the Global Ummah: Islamic Revival in Northwest China”(PDF)
Speaker: Alex Stewart, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego

May 30, 2014
"Putting a Face to Globalization: Investor Origin and Public Perception of FDI in Zambia" (PDF)
Speakers: Weiyi Shi and Brigitte Zimmerman, Ph.D. candidates, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

May 16, 2014
"In and Out of the Media System: A point of view on China’s TV Documentary" (PDF)
Speaker: Yi Chen, associate professor, Communication School, Soochow University, China

May 9, 2014
"In the Shadow of the Revolutions: China’s Fiscal Institution and its Deficiencies from a Historical Perspective" (PDF)
Speaker: Dr. Sherman Xiaogang Lai, Department of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada

May 2, 2014
"Politics At Home and Risk-Taking Abroad:  Evidence from Emerging Multinational Corporations" (PDF)
Speaker: Weiyi Shi, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

April 25, 2014
"Unlimited Tweet but Limited Activity: The Independent Candidates’ Use of Social Media in China’s Local Elections"
Speaker: He Junzhi, professor, Fudan University

April 18, 2014
"When Disruptive Innovation Fails to Disrupt: Competition and Capability-Building in China”
Speaker: Eric Thun, lecturer, Chinese Business Studies, University of Oxford

April 11, 2014
"Belief, Practice, and the Category of Religion in China: Narratives of Non-Religious College Students" (PDF)
Speaker: Harrison Carter, Ph.D. candidate, UC San Diego

March 14, 2014
“Promoting Misuse: Fiscal Corruption and Organization in China” (PDF)
Speaker: Dimitar Gueorguiev, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

Feb. 28, 2014
“What is in a Name? A Comparison of Being Branded a Religious "Cult" in the U.S. and the PRC: A Case Study of Witness Lee and the Local Churches"
Speaker: Teresa Zimmerman-Liu, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

Feb. 21, 2014
"Economic Compensation for Political Dismissals in China" (PDF)
Speaker: Jonghyuk Lee, Ph.D. candidate, UC San Diego

Feb. 14, 2014
"Poision Me If You Can: Who is Concerned About Food Safety in China?" (PDF)
Speaker: Jason Kuo, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

Jan. 31, 2014
"From Tiananmen to Outsourcing: How Rising Import Competition has Changed Congressional Voting towards China" (PDF)
Speaker: Jack Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

Jan. 9, 2014
"Political Economy Research and Fieldwork in China: Conversation with Ling Chen"
Speaker: Ling Chen, Shorenstein postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University

2013

Dec. 6, 2013

“How Much Infrastructure Is Too Much? A New Approach and Evidence from China”
Speaker: Huang Shaoqing, professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; visiting scholar, UC San Diego

Nov. 15, 2013
"The Third Plenum of 18th Party Congress: A conversation with Yu Yongding and Li Weisen" (PDF)
Speakers: Li Weisen, professor, Fudan University and Yu Yongding, professor, CASS

Nov. 8, 2013
"Officials Make Statistics and Statistics Make Officials: Campbell's Law under Authoritarian Regimes" (PDF)
Speaker: Steven Oliver, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

Oct. 28, 2013
"Juking the Stats? Authoritarian Information Problems in China" (PDF)
Speaker: Jeremy Wallace, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University

Oct. 25, 2013
"Yellow on Red - Consultative Rule-Making in China" (PDF)
Speaker: Dimitar Gueorguiev, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

Oct. 14, 2013
"China’s Urbanization & Food Demand" (PDF)
Speaker: Arthur Yang, Ph.D., Department of Economics, McVean Trading & Investments

Oct. 4, 2013
"Talking to Strangers Online in China" (PDF)
Speaker: Tricia Wang, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

May 28, 2013
"How To Measure The Image of China" (PDF)
Speaker: Dr. PEI Zengyu, research fellow, International Public Relations Research Center, Fudan University

May 21, 2013
"The Role of Language in International Relations" (PDF)
Speaker: Yongtao Liu, professor, Fudan University

May 7, 2013
"Powerful Patrons: Taking Stock of Political Connections in China" (PDF)
Speaker: JiaKun Jack Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

April 23, 2013
"Ethnicity and Political Responsiveness in China: A Field Experiment" (PDF)
Speaker: Greg Distelhorst, Department of Political Science, MIT

April 9, 2013
"Local Officials' Incentives to Manipulate Air Quality Data in Urban China" (PDF)
Speaker: Steven Oliver, Deparment of Political Science, UC San Diego

March 5, 2013
"Beijing Elections" (PDF)
Speaker: Patrick Chester, MPIA candidate, GPS, UC San Diego

Feb. 19, 2013
"Economic Compensation for Political Dismissals in China"
Speaker: Jonghyuk Lee, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, UC San Diego

Feb. 5, 2013
 "Reducing Consumer Switching Costs with Technology Portability: Evidence of Market Competition in the Global Wireless Industry" (PDF)
Speaker: Xiahua Wei, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Economics, UC San Diego

Jan. 18, 2013
"Cyber Security in the Sino-US Relationship" (PDF)
Speaker: Shen Yi, professor, Fudan University