2013 – 2014 ANNUAL REPORT
IR/PS, UC San Diego La Jolla, California
A New Partnership The Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China is the first academic institution established by a major Chinese university in cooperation with a leading North American university. The center serves to connect all 10 campuses of the University of California system with Fudan University in Shanghai. It brings together leading research scholars from both universities for academic events and facilitates cooperative research. The center promotes deeper mutual understanding between the United States and China.
“An open China is well on the way to be fully integrated into the world. Therefore, any research on issues of contemporary China must come with a global perspective, meanwhile any research on worldwide issues must consider Chinese factors. Fudan University is dedicated to building up international research bases for China studies, inviting scholars from all over the world to work on issues of China and the world today. Fudan-UC Center is our first move to fulfill that mission.” — LIN Shangli, Chairman
“During the second year of the center, the intellectual fabric between Fudan University and the University of California thickened. Scholars became more familiar with each other and research collaborations started to blossom as they spent time together presenting lectures and participating in conferences and workshops. Among these was the first of what will be an annual workshop for young scholars. The center also demonstrated the broad reach of its vision by joining with other research programs for a conference on the economic relations between the United States, Mexico and China. As we say in America, ‘the sky’s the limit’ for what Fudan and UC scholars can do when they combine their talents to do research on contemporary China and U.S.-China relations.” — Susan SHIRK, Academic Council Co-Chair
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Research Profile Dimitar GUEORGUIEV, assistant professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 2014. He specializes in comparative political economy, authoritarian institutions, governance and survey methods. GUEORGUIEV had this to say about the China Research workshops:
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All schools advocate the importance of cross-pollination and collaboration, but rarely do such efforts succeed. Indeed, they often fizzle out soon after they begin. The workshops at the center are a clear exception. The program has attracted a consistent and diverse group of faculty, graduate students and visiting speakers from a wide range of fields, including economics, political science and sociology. I have personally taken advantage of the workshops on multiple occasions to present my own research as well as to stay tuned in to what others are working on. Having recently transitioned from being a doctoral student at UC San Diego to a faculty position at Syracuse University, I hope to reproduce some of this same spirit and energy offered by the workshops for the benefit of the local China research community here in upstate New York.
W e l co m i n g V i c e P r e s i d e n t FE N G X i ao y u an t o C a m p u s In May 2014, Fudan University Vice President FENG Xiaoyuan visited the UC San Diego campus to meet with alumni, students, scholars and staff. His visit commemorated the establishment of the center that connects all 10 University of California campuses with Fudan University.
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“A particularly innovative feature of the center is its organization of conferences that bring together scholars not just from China and the United States, but also from Mexico and Japan. The broad ranging perspectives represented by this diverse collection of researches generates new insights into how the process of global economic integration is unfolding.” —Gordon HANSON, IR/PS Acting Dean
A ca d e m i c E v e n t s Growth, Trade, Investment, and the Future of Manufacturing in China, Mexico and the U.S. Symposium | Jan. 16 – 17, 2014 Leading experts examined economic reform and development, and the three-way trade and investment relations among China, Mexico and the United States in order to respond to the increasing economic and business linkages between China and Latin America. The symposium was cosponsored by UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, Fudan University and Tec de Monterrey.
China-Japan Relations and the Role of the U.S.
Conference | March 7, 2014 This conference brought together 14 experts from China, Japan and the U.S. They discussed the history and current state of China-Japan relations and the role of the U.S. in light of the political and economic changes in both countries, against the background of maritime dispute and rising nationalism in Japan and China.
The Legacy of Sent-down Youth in Contemporary China
Conference | April 27 - 29, 2014 This conference explored the contemporary legacies of the sent-down youth movement that accompanied the Cultural Revolution, during which approximately 15 million urban youth were sent to live on state farms and in rural villages for up to 10 years. The conference was cosponsored by UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of Humanities Research.
Social Power in China: Fudan-UC Young Scholars Workshop
Workshop | May 19 - 20, 2014 This academic workshop provided a platform for young scholars from Fudan University and the 10 University of California campuses to present their current research on contemporary Chinese society, politics and economy, exchange ideas and network with each other. During the conference, each young scholar presented their research to the group, followed by prepared comments from a designated student. They then received questions and comments from both their contemporaries as well as established scholars.
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“The workshop was a tremendous experience for me. The feedback I received, especially from the Fudan scholars, was extremely helpful and resulted in a major revision to my dissertation. I made many intellectually rich connections with both faculty and graduate students, and have kept in touch with several participants. The workshop was a major landmark in my graduate career.” —William WELSH, Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley
“The workshop provided me a valuable opportunity to share my research with other scholars. There were many constructive communications regarding both substantive and methodological themes. As a young scholar from China, I benefited greatly from attending and look forward to its subsequent series in the future.” —HU Anning, Associate Professor, Fudan University
Public Events The center promotes a deeper mutual understanding between the United States and China by providing a regular forum for dialogue and hosts panels, talks and cultural events. Chinese Globalization: Characteristics, Trends and Impacts | Oct. 17, 2013
SUN Jiaming, professor at Fudan University, examined globalization at the individual level and how it impacts Chinese residents’ behaviors, lifestyle and value orientation as well as the consequences of local transformation.
Chinese Science and Technology: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives | Oct. 18, 2013
This informative discussion brought together experts from around the country to shed light on the foundation of China’s contemporary science and technology policy, and how it continues to impact our political economy today. Panel: Tai Ming CHEUNG, Benjamin ELMAN, Peter SUTTMEIER and Ezra VOGAL
China’s Prospect for Growth and RMB Internationalization | Nov. 14, 2013
Weisen LI from Fudan University and Yongding YU from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences presented important challenges facing China’s economic future.
Performance Legitimacy, State Autonomy and China’s Economic Miracle | Dec. 2, 2013
Dingxin ZHAO, professor at the University of Chicago, discussed how the success of the Chinese economy relies not just on the Chinese state’s economic policy, but also on its social policies.
Globalization, Bureaucrats and Local Industrial Upgrading in China | Jan. 9, 2014
Ling CHEN, the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, asked how the penetration of global capital affects domestic policies and development outcomes in China. She examined China’s campaign of industrial upgrading over the past two decades.
Is China the Next Mexico? | Jan. 16, 2014
Jorge GUAJARDO, former Mexico ambassador to China, delivered a keynote address as part of a larger two-day symposium titled “Growth, Trade, Investment and the Future of Manufacturing in China, Mexico and the U.S.”
Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China | Jan. 25, 2014
Professor Barry NAUGHTON and famed Chinese economist WU Jinglian spoke about their just-released book “Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China” as well as China’s reform.
Suing Polluters in China | Feb. 10, 2014
Rachel STERN, professor at UC Berkeley, explored how environmental litigation works: how judges make decisions, why lawyers take cases and how plaintiffs win allies.
Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in China March 12, 2014 Haifeng HUANG, professor at UC Merced, discussed that despite the prevalence of anti-government rumors in authoritarian countries, currently little is known about their effects on citizens’ attitudes toward the government, and whether the authorities can effectively combat rumors.
Sex, Money & Death | April 8, 2014
YAN Lianke, renowned Chinese novelist short listed for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, is one of China’s most distinguished and most controversial writers. In this public talk he discussed literary creativity and censorship.
Choke Point: China, Water-Energy-Food Confrontations in the World’s Fastest-Growing Economy | April 17, 2014 Jennifer TURNER, the China Environment Forum director at the Woodrow Wilson Center, discussed the major water-energy-food nexus trends in China and her work on engaging Chinese policy, research, business and NGOs to address natural-resource choke points.
When Disruptive Innovation Fails to Disrupt | April 18, 2014 Eric THUN, lecturer in Chinese business studies at the University of Oxford, talked about how the availability of successive segments of a quality ladder within the domestic market for a product shapes the development of firm capabilities over time, and how this segmentation is shaped by state policy.
Power and its Use in Chinese Foreign Policy
Jan. 22, 2014 CHEN Zhimin, dean of the School of International Relations and Public Administration at Fudan University, delivered a talk to professor Miles Kahler’s International Relations of the Asia Pacific class.
Navigating the Next Round of Reform in China
Jan. 23, 2014 This event was a panel discussion by distinguished experts on the future of China’s reform after the Third Plenum of the 18th CCP Congress in November 2013. Panel: CHEN Zhimin, Barry NAUGHTON, Victor SHIH, Susan SHIRK and WU Jinglian
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C h i na R e s e a r c h W o r k s h op s This interdisciplinary workshop series features current research by faculty, visiting scholars and advanced graduate students at the dissertation-writing stage. It is cosponsored by the 21st Century China Program and 19 workshops were held during the academic year. Belief, Practice and the Category of Religion in China: Narratives of Non-Religious College Students Harrison CARTER, UC San Diego
Politics At Home and Risk-Taking Abroad: Evidence from Emerging Multinational Corporations Weiyi SHI, UC San Diego
China’s Urbanization and Food Demand Arthur YANG, McVean Trading & Investments
Political Economy Research and Fieldwork in China Ling CHEN, Stanford University
Economic Compensation for Political Dismissals in China Jonghyuk LEE, UC San Diego
Poison Me If You Can: Who is Concerned About Food Safety in China? | Jason KUO, UC San Diego
From Tiananmen to Outsourcing: How Rising Import Competition has Changed Congressional Voting Towards China | Jack ZHANG, UC San Diego
Promoting Misuse: Fiscal Corruption and Organization in China | Dimitar GUEORGUIEV, UC San Diego
How Much Infrastructure Is Too Much? A New Approach and Evidence from China Shaoqing HUANG, Shanghai Jiao Tong University In and Out of the Media System: A Point of View on China’s TV Documentary | Yi CHEN, Soochow University In the Shadow of the Revolutions: China’s Fiscal Institution and its Deficiencies from a Historical Perspective Sherman Xiaogang LAI, Royal Military College of Canada Juking the Stats? Authoritarian Information Problems in China | Jeremy WALLACE, Ohio State University Officials Make Statistics and Statistics Make Officials: Campbell’s Law Under Authoritarian Regimes Steven OLIVER, UC San Diego
Putting a Face to Globalization: Investor Origin and Public Perception of FDI in Zambia Weiyi SHI and Brigitte ZIMMERMAN, UC San Diego Talking to Strangers Online in China Tricia WANG, UC San Diego The Third Plenum of 18th Party Congress LI Weisen, Fudan University and Yongding YU, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Unlimited Tweet but Limited Activity: The Independent Candidates’ Use of Social Media in China’s Local Elections | HE Junzhi, Fudan University What is in a Name? A Comparison of Being Branded a Religious “Cult” in the U.S. and the PRC Teresa ZIMMERMAN-LIU, UC San Diego Yellow on Red: Consultative Rule-Making in China Dimitar GUEORGUIEV, UC San Diego
“The workshops are open to all people interested in China studies. We encourage graduate students to share their ongoing research including dissertation proposals. It provides an ideal platform for young scholars looking to gain academic peer-review experience.” — Lizhu FAN, Managing Associate Director
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Research Profile Dimitar GUEORGUIEV, assistant professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 2014. He specializes in comparative political economy, authoritarian institutions, governance and survey methods. GUEORGUIEV had this to say about the China Research workshops: All schools advocate the importance of cross-pollination and collaboration, but rarely do such efforts succeed. Indeed, they often fizzle out soon after they begin. The workshops at the center are a clear exception. The program has attracted a consistent and diverse group of faculty, graduate students and visiting speakers from a wide range of fields, including economics, political science and sociology. I have personally taken advantage of the workshops on multiple occasions to present my own research as well as to stay tuned in to what others are working on. Having recently transitioned from being a doctoral student at UC San Diego to a faculty position at Syracuse University, I hope to reproduce some of this same spirit and energy offered by the workshops for the benefit of the local China research community here in upstate New York.
S t a y C onn e c t e d The center wants to keep you informed. Explore new ways to connect with members of our global community and keep up to date with the latest events and news using social media at the center and IR/PS. Be sure to check out China Watch. It is our online academic platform for academic reports, papers, articles and features examining Chinaâ€™s domestic and international issues.
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Lizhu FAN, Managing Associate Director Professor of Sociology Fudan University
Lei GUANG, Associate Director
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The center gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by IR/PS in producing this annual report.
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