A boy in Montana determined to learn Chinese, Dexter “Tiff” Roberts eventually became one of Businessweek’s first China correspondents. For two decades he explored how government policies affected everyday people. His new book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, tells the story of China’s hundreds of millions of migrant workers.
Professor Ye teaches classical Chinese prose, classical Chinese poetry and poetics, and twentieth-century Chinese poetry and prose. His introduction to Chinese civilization course explores the philosophy, history and religion of China with a special focus on fine arts (poetry, calligraphy and painting). He also teaches Chinese cinema in light of major Western film theories, a survey of pre-modern Chinese literature in translation, and graduate seminars on Chinese and Western literary theories. Professor Ye is also an Advisory Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai and the Acting Chair of the Asian Studies Committee in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at UC Riverside.
Professor Ye is the author of two books, Chinese Poetic Closure (1996), a comparative study of Chinese and Western poetic closures, and Vignettes from the Late Ming (1999), a collection of short familiar essays translated, annotated and with an introduction. He has also written a number of articles, book reviews and literary translations, and contributed essays on the translation of Chinese classics to Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English (2000). While his scholarly interests spread across a wide spectrum of Chinese and Western literature and culture, they are focused primarily on pre-modern Chinese and Western poetry and belles-lettres prose. His favorite poets include Du Fu, John Donne and Baudelaire. His all-time favorite books are Zhuangzi, A New Account of Tales of the World (Shi shuo xin yu), and the late Edward Said's Representations of the Intellectual.
Professor Ye took his undergraduate degree at Fudan University and his graduate degrees at Harvard University.
David Zweig, professor emeritus at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, looks at how tensions between the United States and China have impacted scientific collaboration and research.
Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, authors of Superpower Showdown, will help us understand the ramp up of US-China economic tensions and the far-reaching consequences of the stand-off.