East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

December 29, 2009
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Winter 2010 Workshop Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Winter 2010 Workshop Schedule

Jan. 12

“Reconfiguring Imperial Ritual: State-building in Early Meiji Japan, 1868-1872”

Yijiang Zhong

PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization

University of Chicago

Jan. 26

“China’s Cultural Revolution: A Personal Story or From China’s Cultural Revolution to the Current Economic Boom”

Jennifer Kwong

Author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China

Feb. 9

“Ethnic Minorities’ Economic Development in China”

Dongmei Zhang

Visiting Scholar, School of Economics, Minzu University of China

Feb. 23

“The Survival and Revival of Religion under Chinese Communist Rule:  A Shortage Economy Explanation”

Professor Fenggang Yang

Director, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University

Mar. 9

*Title to be determined*

Diana Kim

Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, University of Chicago

The workshop meets on alternative Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue. Papers or abstracts are typically available on our website http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/. Questions and comments should be directly addressed to the coordinator Jean Yen-chun Lin at jeanlin@uchicago.edu.

Faculty Sponsors: Dali Yang, Political Science, daliyang@uchicago.edu, Cheol-Sung Lee, Sociology, chslee@uchicago.edu

November 23, 2009
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Dec. 1 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:

Politics, Economy and Society Presents

The Duality of Structure in China’s National Television Market: A Network Analysis of Audience Duplication

Professor Elaine Yuan

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

University of Illinois at Chicago

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

December 1, 2009

Pick Lounge

5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Cheol-sung Lee, Dingxin Zhao (on leave)

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.


Abstract:

The study adopts Giddens’ structuration theory to assess audience agency and its dynamic relationship with media structures. It employs network analysis to examine the co-evolution of audience duplication patterns and elements of media structure in China’s national television market that is composed of 31 nationally-available provincial channels. The findings show that Chinese audiences tend to gravitate to channels with greater market share, higher household penetration rates, and more drama programming. Furthermore, channels tend to adjust their levels of drama programming relative to patterns of audience duplication in the long run. Additionally, channels within the same geo-cultural regions tend to share the same audiences. Finally, we found evidence of higher-order patterns of audience behavior, suggesting the existence of channel repertoires, as well as market concentration.

November 11, 2009
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November 17 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:

Politics, Economy and Society Presents

Social Change and the National Imaginary of Intellectuals in 1980s China

Saul Thomas

PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

November 17, 2009

Pick Lounge

5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Cheol-sung Lee, Dingxin Zhao

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.

Abstract:

While most recent studies of Chinese nationalism have emphasized the
role of the state as the deliberate author of nationalism as a tool for
perpetuating its own legitimacy, this study focuses on the conditions
that shaped the distinct national imaginaries of non-state actors during
the early reform era, particularly intellectuals. I focus primarily on
the social and cultural effects of two developments which proved to be
of central importance for the post-Mao social order: the reinstitution
of the university entrance examination and the establishment of the
market economy. I discuss these social and cultural processes with
reference to the works of Bourdieu and other social scientists, and also
with reference to the concerns raised by the subaltern studies and
postcolonial schools.

October 29, 2009
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Nov. 6 Special Session

Workshop on East Asia: Politics, Economy and Society ~Presents~

Socialism is Great!:

From Rocket Factory Girl to International Media

Lijia Zhang

Now a writer, journalist, social commentator and a TV show host, Zhang Lijia spent a decade in the 80’s working in a Nanjing factory, that produced inter-continental missiles capable of reaching North America.  To escape from the repressive routine, she taught herself English.  Her journey from a disillusioned worker to organizer in support of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators illuminates the sea-changes sweeping China in the reform era.  Lijia will discuss her book, her personal experiences of change in China over the past three decades, and her thoughts on China’s position in the world today.

4:00-5:30pm, FRIDAY (special session)

November 6, 2009

Pick Lounge

5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Cheol-sung Lee, Dingxin Zhao (on leave)

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

October 24, 2009
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Nov. 3 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:

Politics, Economy and Society Presents

Rumor and secret space: the Tianjin Massacre

Xiaoli Tian

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

November 3, 2009

Pick Lounge

5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Cheol-sung Lee, Dingxin Zhao

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.


Abstract:

This paper uses the case of anti-missionary rumors that
prevailed in 19th-century China to explore how rumor is
produced in a particular social context. Relying on archival
sources, especially those related to the investigations of
the Tianjin Massacre, I show that those rumors were framed
in spatial concepts. Rather than political conflicts, the
medical practice conducted by missionaries provided
materials for rumor production. Furthermore, the rumors were
not caused by deliberate hiding of information, but rather
by the fact that the spatial arrangements of medical
missionaries’ daily activities— the spatial distribution of
activities, the accessibility of space, and the spatial
placement of people—contradicted the endogenous spatial
settings in 19th-century China and therefore made the
acquiring of correct information impossible. Thus, these
rumors were the result of the confrontation of two ways of
understanding of space.

October 15, 2009
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Special Monday Session: Oct. 19

Workshop on East Asia:

Politics, Economy and Society Presents

“A New Religious Ecology in Crystallization: The Wane of Indigenous Religions and the Rise of Protestant Christianity in the Reform-era China”

Yanfei Sun

Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

4:00-5:30pm, MONDAY (special session)

October 19, 2009

Pick Lounge

5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Cheol-sung Lee, Dingxin Zhao (on leave)

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.

Abstract:

Protestant Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the Reform-era China. Looking at various Protestant groups in a County in Zhejiang Province, this study finds that they enjoy different growth rates and possess different levels of strength.  To explain the differences, I probe into three sets of vital factors, namely, the ideas, practices, and organizational structures of the religious groups, their social environment—whether they are embedded in a rural or urban setting, and the groups’ relations with the state.

October 2, 2009
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October 6 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:

Politics, Economy and Society Presents


“Incubating Innovation or Cultivating Corruption? The Developmental State and Life Sciences in Asia”


Professor Cheol-Sung Lee

Department of Sociology, University of Chicago


4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

October 6, 2009

Pick Lounge

5828 South University Ave.


Workshop website: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Cheol-sung Lee, Dingxin Zhao

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.


Abstract:

A substantial body of literature purports to document the
growth of scientific misconduct in Northeast Asia.  This
paper traces the apparent growth of research fraud and
falsification to two distinct features of the national
innovation systems common to the region: liberal research
regimes adopted by developmental states and marked by
freedom from government oversight; and illiberal laboratory
cultures imported from Germany and marked by all-powerful
lab directors and their vulnerable underlings. Based on
comparative, qualitative case studies of pioneering
countries in bio-medical research, as well as cross-national
quantitative analyses of the permissiveness of national stem-
cell research policies, we argue that Asia’s scientific
pathologies are the products of institutional factors:
funding and freedom offered to scientists by developmental
states; and the lack of informal control prevalent in the
German model of higher education. We conclude that, while
Northeast Asian officials offer their biomedical researchers
funding and freedom to take advantage of opportunities that
rarely exist  in the West, their scientists stifle open
debate and criticism, and thereby hinder  the growth of
informal as well as formal control mechanisms that are
critical for deterring and detecting scientific fraud.

September 18, 2009
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Tentative Autumn 2009 Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Autumn 2009 Workshop Schedule

Oct. 6

“Incubating Innovation or Cultivating Corruption? The Developmental State and Life Sciences in Asia”

Professor Cheol-Sung Lee

Sociology, University of Chicago

Oct. 19

(special Monday session)

“A New Religious Ecology in Crystallization: The Wane of Indigenous Religions and the Rise of Protestant Christianity in the Reform-era China”

Yanfei Sun

Sociology, University of Chicago

Nov. 3

“Rumor and secret space: the Tianjin Massacre”

Xiaoli Tian

Sociology, University of Chicago

Nov. 6 (Special Session)

“Socialism is Great!”: From Rocket Factory Girl to International Media

Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, journalist, social commentator and TV talk show host.  Her articles have appeared in many international publications, including The Independent, The Observer, The Newstatesman, Far Eastern Economic Review, South China Morning Post, Japan Times, Newsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal and New York Times.  She is a recipient of the prestigious International Writers’ Programe at University of Iowa in 2009.  She is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and National Public Radio in America.

Nov. 17

*Title to be determined*

Saul Thomas

Anthropology, University of Chicago

Dec. 1

*Title to be determined*

Professor Yue Zhang

Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

The workshop meets on alternative Tuesdays 4:00-5:40pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue. Papers or abstracts are typically available on our website http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/. Questions and comments should be directly addressed to the coordinator Jean Yen-chun Lin at jeanlin@uchicago.edu.

Faculty Sponsors

Dali Yang, political science, daliyang@uchicago.edu, Cheol-Sung Lee, sociology, chslee@uchicago.edu, (on leave) Dingxin Zhao, sociology, dzhao@uchicago.edu

March 30, 2009
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Spring Quarter Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Spring 2009 Workshop Schedule

Apr 7

Global interdependence and China’s political-economic future

Frank Fang

Institutional Economics Center

Apr 21

Legal Reform in Northeast Asia

Tom Ginsburg

Law School, University of  Chicago

May 5

“Safeguarding the Spiritual Homeland”: the Crisis Rhetoric in the
Launch of China’s “Cultural Heritage Day”

Xueting Liu

Sociology, Peking University, China

May 19

Historical Writings, Genres and Social Reality in Imperial China

Ming-ke Wang

Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

May 26 (extra session)

An Institutional Analysis of the Rising of China’s House Church: 1978-2008

Jianghua Yang

Sociology, People’s University, China

Jun 2

Depoliticizing of Frontier in Republican China, 1930-1949

Liping Wang

Sociology, University of Chicago

The workshop meets on alternative Tuesdays 4:00-5:40pm at Pick Lunge, 5828 South University Avenue. Papers or abstracts are typically available on our website http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/. Questions and comments should be directly addressed to the coordinator Geng Tian at gengtian@uchicago.edu or Jean Y. Lin at jeanlin@uchicago.edu.

Faculty Sponsors

Dali Yang, political science, daliyang@uchicago.edu Dingxin Zhao, sociology, dzhao@uchicago.edu

January 12, 2009
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Official Winter Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Winter 2009 Workshop Schedule

Jan 13

Interstate Relations and China’s Unification in 221 BCE

Dingxin Zhao

Sociology, University of Chicago

Jan 27

Career incentives and political control under authoritarianism: Explaining the political fortunes of subnational leaders in China

Yumin Sheng

Political Science, Wayne State University

Feb 10

The Demagogical Regime and the State-instituted Movement

Shizheng Feng

Sociology, People’s University, China and visiting scholar at University of California, Irvine

Feb 24

The takeover of Manchurian industries: geopolitics, economic planning and the rise of developmental state, 1942-1952

Hai Zhao

History, University of Chicago

Mar 10

When Taiwanese NGOs Meet Chinese NGOs: Networking or Antagonism

Teh-chang Lin

Institute of Mainland China Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University

The workshop meets on alternative Tuesdays 4:00-5:40pm at Pick Lunge, 5828 South University Avenue. Papers or abstracts are typically available on our website http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/ .Questions and comments should be directly addressed to the coordinator Geng Tian at gengtian@uchicago.edu or Jean Lin at jeanlin@uchicago.edu.

Faculty Sponsors

Dali Yang, political science, daliyang@uchicago.edu Dingxin Zhao, sociology, dzhao@uchicago.edu