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Focus on China Series

Focus on China Series
Public lectures and events focusing on China, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Institute for Asian Studies, in frequent collaboration with our campus and community partners. 



for the Institute for Asian Studies' public programs on Asia is provided in part by the
Friends of Asian Studies

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Spring 2015

   Monday, April 13, 2015

  China: Where Is It Headed and What Could It Mean?

   Dr. David LamptonHyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced   International Studies


Winter 2015

Monday, March 2,  4:00 PM
Documentary Film Screening with Q & A with the film director
The Land of Many Palaces (China/USA 2014)
PSU 5th Ave. Cinema 
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FALL 2014

Dec 6, 2014
First Saturday East Asia Program 
Confucian Sacred Landscapes 
Dr. Linda Walton, Emerita Professor Chinese History, Portland State Univ 

Thursday, Oct 16, 4:00 PM
CHINA Town Hall 2014
Co-sponsored by the NW China Council, and PSU Institute for Asian Studies 


Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30 PM
IAS Faculty Focus
Dr. Desmond Cheung
, PSU Professor of Chinese History
Smash ad Spit!  Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China



August 4, 2014
Public Lecture:  "Is the concept of Secularism relevant to China?"
by Dr. Prasenjit Duara
Raffles Professor of Humanities, Director, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore


Spring 2014


May 23,   2014
Dr. Yiping Fang, Assistant Professor at Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Understanding Development Challenges in China’s Drive for Urbanization
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU.

May 21, 2014
From Cultural Revolution to Cultural Renaissance
Ms. Hong Mautz, Founder & President of Chinus Cultural Productions
Presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies

Winter 2014

March 14th, 2014
 Documentary Film: “An Old American’s Chinese Dream”
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU

March 7, 2014
Academies in Contemporary China as Sites of Cultural Heritage Tourism
Dr. Linda Walton, Professor Emerita of History and International Studies at Portland State University
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU 

March 1, 2014
 First Saturday East Asian Program Series
Visual Language of Chinese Buddism: An Introduction
Dr. Kevin Greenwood, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Willamette University


February 28, 2014 
 PSU Faculty Focus, Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU
 “On Thinking for Oneself in Mao’s China” – Introducing the internationally acclaimed documentary film maker HU Jie and his work; showing clips from three of his films: Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul; My Mother Wang Peiying; and Spark
Dr. Jennifer Ruth, Professor of English, Portland State University 

February 21, 2014
Clash of Memories: Historical Memory, Nationalism and Sino-Japanese Relations
Dr. Zheng Wang,  Global Fellow, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and associate professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University  Sponsored by the Institute for Asian Studies & Confucius Institute at PSU 

February 1, 2014
First Saturday East Asian Program Series
Presenter: Dr. Lillian Li, Swarthmore College
Topic: Yuanmingyuan, Garden of Perfect Brightness



Fall 2013                                                                                       

September 14, 2013
 First Saturday East Asian Program Series
The Art of Chinese Seals
Lu Kesi, Graphic Designer and Chinese Seal Collector 

October 5, 2013
First Saturday East Asia Program Series
Zhu Xaiyu:  A Ming Music Sage and Mathematic Genius
Dan Huynh, Engineer and Author

Friday, October 18, 2013
Engaging Asia:  Lessons & Perspective Lecture Series
Navigating China - An Oregon Lawyer's Experience
Ms. Merril Keane, Attorney with Miller Nash, LLP

October 28, 2013
China Town Hall :  Local Connections, National Reflections
Featuring a webcast with Madeliene Albright, the 64th United States Secretary of State, followed by a local presentation (in person) by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick from Montclair State University on the topic of China’s Food Safety Risks: Domestic and Global Implications.
View PHOTOS of this event >>
View VIDEO of Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick's talk "Food Safety Risks in China:  Domestic and Global Implications" >> 
Co-sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies and the Northwest China Council 

November 6, 2013
Will China Rule the World? 
Dr. Ronald Tammen,
Professor & Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU

November 15, 2013
China's Forgotten Hero: Hu Yaobang
Dr. Bruce Gilley, Professor of Political Science
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute' at PSU; and part of PSU's International Education Week


Wednesday, December 11, 2013
China in the Middle East Lecture Series
Presenter: Dr. Zan Tao, Peking University
Topic: China In the Middle East 


Spring 2013

June 4, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Kinkley, Professor of History, St. John’s University
Mo Yan and China’s New Historical Fiction

May 29, 2013
Dr. Sherman Cochran, Emeritus Professor, Cornell University
BOOK TALK: The Lius of Shanghai: A Chinese Family in Business, War, and Revolution
Co-sponsored with the Confucius Institute at PSU


Fall 2012

October 26, 2012
Dr. Peter Bol, Harvard University
Mapping People & Places: The China Historical GIS and the Chinese Biographical Database
Co-sponsored with the PSU Friends of History

October 26, 2012
Lecture by Dr. Peter Bol, Harvard University
"Power, Wealth and a Confucius for Today"
presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies and Confucius Institute at PSU 


Spring 2012

May 7, 2012
Chinese Cities:  The Difficult Transition from Socialism
Dr. John Logan, Professor of Sociology, Brown University
presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies & Confucius Institute at PSU 


Winter 2012

March 12, 2012
China's Arts:  from Mao to Now
Richard Kraus, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Oregon 
presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies & Confucius Institute at PSU  


Fall 2011

October 28, 2011
Lecture & Book signing -
Dr. Ezra Vogel, "Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China" 
View event PHOTOS >>
Read The Oregonian Newspaper's interview with Ezra Vogel >> 
presented by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies and Confucius Institute at PSU   


Spring 2011

June 3, 2011
Mark Selden, 
Senior Research Associate in the East Asian program at Cornell University, and Emeritus Professor of History and Sociology at Binghamton University
The Chinese State:  Suppressed Consumption and Structures of Inequality in Two Epochs
Co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at PSU and the Institute for Asian Studies  


Fall 2010


November 1, 2010
Documentary film screening:  Autumn Gem 
Co-sponsored by the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department, the Institute for Asian Studies, and the Confucius Institute at PSU.