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Rethinking Divides in the Study of China

A workshop at UCI intended to explore various "divides" in Chinese studies.

April 28, 2007 12:00am

Saturday, April 28, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Murray Krieger Hall, Room 126
University of California Irvine

The goal of this workshop is to explore together various “divides”-ranging from temporal ones, such as the “1949 divide,” to disciplinary ones, to geographic ones. How do these divides function within Chinese studies? What are the perils and possibilities of crossing over or ignoring them? Paper presenters and discussants will be encouraged to speak for no more than 15 minutes, to maximize the amount of time we have for Q & A and general discussion, and a final roundtable session will provide further opportunities for the exchange of ideas. Papers will be available a week in advance in electronic form-and if you would like to receive them please e-mail Jeff Wasserstrom (

Morning session, 10:00 am -12:00 noon
(Moderated by Kenneth Pomeranz, History, UCI)

"Ethnic Divides and National Divides"
Thomas Mullaney (History, Stanford), "Han, Solo: Understanding the Ethnonational Divide in Communist China"
Discussant: Charlotte Furth (History, USC)

Andrew Morris (History, Cal Poly Saint Luis Obispo), "Baseball and Colonial / Ethnic Identity in Japanese Taiwan, 1895-1920s"
Discussant: Samuel Yamashita (History, Pomona)

Afternoon session 1:30 - 3:30pm
(Moderated by Wang Feng, Sociology, UCI)

"Geographical and Temporal Divides"
Matt Johnson (History, UCSD), "Art, Myth, and Ritual: Politics and Film in China, 1896-1950'
Discussant: Lei Guang (Political Science, San Diego State)

Jeremy Brown (History, UCSD), "Unfit for the City: The Deportation of Political Outcasts during the Cultural Revolution"
Discussant: Su Yang (Sociology, UCI)

Wrap-up Session: 4:00 - 5:00pm
(Moderated by Jeff Wasserstrom, History, UCI)

"A Roundtable on Disciplinary and Other Divides"
Susan Greenhalgh (Anthropology, UCI)
Guo Qitao (History, UCI)
David Schaberg (Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA) Dorothy Solinger (Political Science, UCI)

For those arriving by car, parking lot 7 is the nearest place to park; the parking structure at West Peltason and Pereira is also close. For information, contact Jeff Wasserstrom at (949) 824-0391

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Center for Asian Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the World History Program, UC Irvine.