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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
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CHINA Town Hall   

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM  

Webcast Presentation by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, followed by guest speaker, Anthony Kane. View VIDEO of the Oct. 18th CHINA Town Hall interview with Dr. Kissinger >>

Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, SMSU 296/8, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland  



"Moving the Imperial City: Government-led Sub-center development in Beijing"

Thursday, October 20, 2016 |  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  

Reflecting on his work in Beijing, PSU MURP graduate student, Alvaro Caviedes, examines the impact of the plan to move the Beijing municipal government to a satellite town called Tongzhou, and it's potential to set a new sustainable urban paradigm in the world.

 Location: PSU Urban Studies Bldg, Room 220


Sailing from Europe, Sailing from China: Charting Convergences in the 17th-Century World 

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 5:00 PM 

Six centuries ago, all over the world, people were getting onto boats and sailing out of home waters. As they did, they gradually overcame many challenges, including knowing where they were and where they were going. Europeans charted the seas differently than did Chinese, as we shall see by closely examining the Selden map in Oxford. But as they did, between them they devised the knowledge they needed to construct the global trading networks of the 17th century. 

Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, SMSU 327/8/9, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland 


Sustainable Urban Design in China: Free lecture by visiting architect Hu Jie   

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 7:00 PM  

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is pleased to host a public lecture by Professor Jie Hu (Hu Jie in Chinese ordering), director of the Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute (THUDPI) in Beijing.

Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room (Room 338) 


First Saturday Program Series - An Introduction to the Manchus  

Tuesday, November 5, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

A primer about the Manchus—who they were, where they came from, and their significance in Chinese history. An introduction to the language will follow with a look at some of its features and possible connections with other languages.

Location: PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center, room 230, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Portland


Confucius Institute - Lecture on Chinese Art History

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Excavation of Early Six Dynasty Paintings in Western China reveal a bold Frontier. Heather Clydesdale, Ph.D., Art historian & writer 

Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, SMSU 296/8, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland 


Consumerism in China 

Monday, November 14, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker Karl Gerth examines the social, economic, and environmental trade-offs of China’s efforts to become an American-style consumer-led economy and society. 

Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238




First Saturday Program Series - Literati Life and Neo-Confucianism in Song China 

Thursday, December 3, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

An exploration of the intersection between thought and society during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), highlighting the ways in which family life and relationships between men and women were influenced by NeoConfucianism. 

Location: PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center, room 230, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Portland


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