East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

May 21, 2019
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May 29(Wednesday)| Hiroko Kumaki,”Samurais and Robots: Reassembling Histories After the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima, Japan”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

 

 “Samurais and Robots: Reassembling Histories After the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima, Japan”

 

Hiroko Kumaki

University of Chicago Anthropology, PhD Candidate

 

May 29, Wednesday 12:00-1:30 pm

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Light lunch will be provided

Abstract

The nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, has been told through the history of nuclear weapons development, Atoms for Peace, environmental pollution, as well as other nuclear and industrial disasters. Based on my ethnographic research, I shift gears and discuss the patchwork of histories emerging after the nuclear accident in the northeastern coast of Fukushima. I discuss how traditions of feudal times are reimagined and enacted, and how the experiences during imperial and postwar Japan have figured into local narratives, as residents try to make sense of the aftermath of the nuclear accident and negotiate their future trajectories. I situate these narratives in the context of local and governmental recovery efforts that are remaking the post-nuclear environment with, among other things, samurais and robots.

 

* Subscribe  to our workshop mailing-list at: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/east-asia

* Abstract or description of each presentation will be posted on our website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia

* Questions and comments can be addressed to the student coordinators Jongyoon Baik: baikjongyoon@uchicago.edu and Ji Xue: jixue@uchicago.edu

*Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinators in advance.

The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

May 8, 2019
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May 16(Thursday)|Yuen Yuen Ang, “China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption”

*Please note that this event will be on Thursday!

 

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

 

 “China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption”

Yuen Yuen Ang

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Political Science

 

May 16, Thursday 12:00-1:30 pm

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Light lunch will be provided

Abstract

Why has China’s economy boomed despite rampant corruption? In China’s Gilded Age, I challenge the conventional wisdom that corruption necessarily hurts economic growth by unbundling corruption into qualitatively different types. Marshaling a range of new evidence within China and across countries, I show that China has effectively curtailed forms of corruption that directly inhibit entrepreneurial growth, even as elite exchanges of power and wealth–what I call access money–has exploded. Access money flows to elite officials who are corrupt, but, at the same time, fiercely motivated to promote growth, thus distinguishing China from archetypal predatory states.  The ongoing structural evolution in China parallels America’s Gilded Age in the late 19th century but with one key distinction—the absence of democratic checks.

About the Speaker

Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2018 she received the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for a project that studies how new markets emerge in the absence of state capacity or good governance in the developing world. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016), which won the Peter Katzenstein Prize in Political Economy, Viviana Zelizer Prize in Economic Sociology, and was named “Best of Books 2017” by Foreign Affairs. Her essay in Foreign Affairs’ issue on democratic backsliding, titled “Autocracy with Chinese Characteristics,” was named Best of Print 2018 by the magazine. She is an advisory board member of Cambridge University Press’ Elements Series on “The Politics of Growth,” and of Global Perspectives, a new interdisciplinary journal on markets and institutions, published by University of California Press. In addition to her scholarly work, she advises the United Nations and national governments in Asia on innovation strategies and China’s Belt-and-Road initiative. China’s Gilded Age is her second book, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

  

 

* Subscribe  to our workshop mailing-list at: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/east-asia

* Abstract or description of each presentation will be posted on our website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia

* Questions and comments can be addressed to the student coordinators Jongyoon Baik: baikjongyoon@uchicago.edu and Ji Xue: jixue@uchicago.edu

*Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinators in advance.

The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

May 2, 2019
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May 8| Dingxin Zhao, “The Art of Asking ‘Why’ Questions: Illustrated by Research Questions in Chinese Studies.”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

 

“The Art of Asking ‘Why’ Questions: Illustrated by Research Questions in Chinese Studies. 

Dingxin Zhao

Max Palevsky Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

 

May 8, Wed 12:00-1:30 pm

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Light lunch will be provided

Abstract

In this talk, I will argue for the importance of asking “why” questions aiming at achieving a causal explanation, the pitfalls that should be avoided in asking “why” questions, and limitations of this kind of questioning. The empirical examples of this talk are largely drawn from my own research as well as from my training of graduate students here at the UofC.

  

 

* Subscribe  to our workshop mailing-list at: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/east-asia

* Abstract or description of each presentation will be posted on our website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia

* Questions and comments can be addressed to the student coordinators Jongyoon Baik: baikjongyoon@uchicago.edu and Ji Xue: jixue@uchicago.edu

*Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinators in advance.

The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

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