This issue of Talking Points wishes you a Happy New Year and takes note of some of the noted Chinese who passed away this year and some talented Americans who contributed to greater understanding of China. And we note the passing of George Michael, the British musician who helped expand China's cultural universe in the 1980s.
China's Green Religion
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute and the USC School of Religion for a discussion with Professor James Miller of Queen's University on the contribution of Daoism to modern-day China.
The monumental task that China faces in the 21st century is to create a way of development that does not destroy the ecological foundations for the life and livelihood of its 1.4 billion citizens. This requires a creative leap beyond the Enlightenment mentality and the Western model of industrialization. Can China's cultural traditions, its religious values, ideals and ways of life, play a role in building a sustainable China? James Miller discusses the contribution of Daoism, China's indigenous religion, to this urgent debate.
James Miller is Professor of Chinese Religions at Queen's University, Canada. His research focuses on the social imagination of nature in China, and he has published five books including most recently Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China (co-edited with Dan Smyer Yu and Peter van der Veer, Routledge 2014).
This event is co-sponsored by the USC School of Religion.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk by Terry Lautz to examine the life of John Birch, an American missionary and military intelligence officer in China during WWII. He was killed in a dispute with Chinese Communist soldiers and later became the namesake of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a book talk by Stein Ringen. In "The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century," Stein examines how China’s distinctive governmental system works and where it may be moving.