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China in the 21st Century: Legacies of the Past and Prospects for the Future

A talk by JEFFREY WASSERSTROM (History, UC Irvine), sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility--Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 08, 2011
6:30 PM

When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 6:30 pm
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
Contact: RSVP to bennettramberg@aol.com by February 7, 11am with your selection of $33 dinner/$38 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.

This illustrated talk will explore recent changes in Chinese politics and culture and the shifting place of the PRC in the global order. Drawing on material from the presenter’s most recent book, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (published by Oxford University Press last year and available in paperback) and his experiences during his frequent trips to Asia, the speaker will deal with topics such as: changing patterns of protest in Chinese cities, the impact and meaning of the Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the shifting role of the Internet as a factor in society and politics, and Western hopes for and fears of China from the days of the Boxers to the present. The talk will be informed by historical perspective but will focus on issues of the moment at a time when China’s impact on and engagement with the world is increasing dramatically.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is the Chair of the Department of History, University of California, Irvine, and editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. A specialist in modern Chinese history, his books include Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009) and, as a co-editor, China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). He has contributed to numerous academic journals, among them Modern China, China Quarterly and the Journal of World History. He has written commentaries and reviews for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, as well as for many magazines, including both Time and Newsweek, and online venues such as the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast. He has been a guest on NPR shows such as “Morning Edition” and served as a consultant for The Gate of Heavenly Peace, a prize-winning documentary on the Tiananmen demonstrations of 1989.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA, Michael Intriligator (Professor of Economics, Political Science and Public Policy, UCLA and former Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; Senior Fellow Milken Institute), and Bennett Ramberg (Seminar Director, is a former State Department policy analyst) and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

 


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