East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

January 27, 2010
by campus

Feb. 4 Deborah Brautigam, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa


Deborah Brautigam

“The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa”

Thursday, February 4th

6:00-7:30 pm

International House, Home Room

1414 E. 59th St., Chicago IL 60637


Is China a rogue donor, as some media pundits suggest? Or is China helping the developing world pave a pathway out of poverty, as the Chinese claim? This well-timed book provides the first comprehensive account of China’s aid and economic cooperation overseas. Deborah Brautigam tackles the myths and realities, explaining what the Chinese are doing, how they do it, how much aid they give, and how it all fits into their “going global” strategy. Will Chinese engagement benefit Africa? Using hard data and a series of vivid stories ranging across agriculture, industry, natural resources, and governance, Brautigam’s fascinating book provides an answer.

Deborah Brautigam is the author of “Chinese Aid and African Development”, “Aid Dependence and Governance”, and coeditor of “Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries”. She is a professor in the International Development Program at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.

Cosponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies [http://ceas.uchicago.edu] and the African Studies Workshop [http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/africanstudies].

The World Beyond the Headlines series is a collaborative project of the University of Chicago Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and is funded in part by the McCormick Foundation. Its aim is to bring scholars and journalists together to consider major international issues and how they are covered in the media.

The World Beyond the Headlines Winter Quarter schedule can be viewed at http://cis.uchicago.edu/events/wbh

January 21, 2010
by campus

Jan 26 Workshop

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

“From China’s Cultural Revolution to the Current Economic Boom”

Jennifer Kwong

Author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China

Mulberry Child is the true story of a childhood before, during, and after the Cultural Revolution in China. Jian Ping’s father, a high-ranking government official, was falsely accused of treason during the Cultural Revolution—he was detained, beaten, and publicly shamed. Her mother Gu Wenxiu, a top administrator of a middle school, was paraded in public and imprisoned by the Revolution Committee and the Red Guards—both driving forces of the Cultural Revolution. Facing abuse and deprivation, Jian Ping’s family stands steadfastly together, from her aging grandmother, a frail woman with bound feet, to her parents and siblings. The traumatic impacts of their experiences shape the course of their lives forever. Based on her own memories, as well as interviews and exhaustive research, Mulberry Child is a family saga and a tale of resilience, a coming of age story told through the eyes of an innocent child. Mulberry Childallows us an insider’s look into a closed-off world and is written with compassion in honest and intimate language.

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

January 26, 2010

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.