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2014 – 2015 A n n ual r e p o r t

Who We Are 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 (UC) 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 U.S. and China. “The Fudan-UC Center is an exciting example of effective academic exchange between China and the U.S. Our speaker series has enabled American and Chinese scholars to compare research styles and results and subjected them to informed debate. Our young scholars’ conference brought together outstanding graduate students and junior faculty, and our conference on Guanxi, held at UC Berkeley, brought together leading experts on this topic from four continents. Finally, we helped initiate the California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue, which brings together researchers, government officials, entrepreneurs and investors from both sides of the Pacific to share lessons on building the social ecology for an innovative society. All of these activities have furthered the goal of fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between UC and Fudan University and, ultimately, a mutually beneficial relationship between China and the U.S.” — Richard MADSEN, Director

“Over the last three years, I have had the honor to work for the Fudan-UC Center, which has been a completely new experience in my academic life. Many colleagues from Fudan and the UC campuses have joined this meaningful project. Every single activity and event is made possible by the faculty and staff’s time, energy and wisdom. When we look at the footmarks in the past three years, I would like to celebrate with all of you for all the great teamwork and the successful cooperation between Fudan and the UC system. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for all the support from the friends of Fudan, UC and beyond.” — 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.

W e l co m i n g V i c e P r e s i d e n t LIN S h a n g l i t o C a m p u s

In May 2015, Fudan University Vice President LIN Shangli visited the UC San Diego campus to meet with alumni, students, scholars and staff. A professor of political science, LIN is a well-known scholar of political issues in contemporary China. He has published more than 10 books on politics and more than 100 articles in various journals and magazines.

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The international economic is hosted annually by Fudan University and sponsored by the papers, articles andforum features examining China’s domestic and international issues. Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. Held on May 23-25, 2015, this year’s theme was Economic Globalization and the Choice of Asia. The Fudan-UC Center and the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen co-organized the panel on “European f u d a n u c u cs d e d u and American Perspectives on China’s Politics and Development.” The panel brought together a range of American and European perspectives to identify the multifaceted dynamics and challenges of Chinese development in the global context.




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C alifornia -S hanghai I nnovation D ialogue Conference | Feb. 5 - 6, 2015

For its inaugural forum, the California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue gathered high-level business, political and academic leaders from California and Shanghai at UC San Diego for conversations on topics crucial to the development of both regions. Participants explored growth opportunities in light of each region’s innovation ecosystem alongside their distinct— and parallel—challenges. The two-day event included a public panel on “How innovation works in California and Shanghai,” featuring Jin LI, Fudan University vice president, and Jim WUNDERMAN, Bay Area Council president and CEO. In summary, more than 45 speakers and panelists participated in the conference, which focused on three different facets of California and Shanghai’s relationship in innovation: innovation excellence alliance, innovation ecosystems and lessons of entrepreneurship. The next dialogue is scheduled to take place in Shanghai in 2016.

Academic Events Politics of Stability Maintenance in China

Workshop | Aug. 21-22, 2014 Leading sociologists and political scientists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. presented their latest original research at the workshop.

End of the Chinese Economic Miracle?

Debate and live streaming online | Oct. 23, 2014 Renowned China scholars Barry NAUGHTON and Victor SHIH led teams of student debaters to argue for and against the motion that the house believes that the Chinese economy will collapse in five years. SHIH’s team—the “proposition”—defended the motion, while Naughton and his “opposition” team argued against it. By adopting an Oxford style debate, the audience was asked to take its own stance before and after the event.

Conference on Religion in China Today: Resurgence and Challenge

Conference | Nov. 3, 2014 This conference brought together distinguished Chinese and American scholars for a dialogue about the causes and political consequences of the development of a remarkable resurgence of religious belief and practice in China over the last three decades. Zhuo Xinping, director of Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, gave a public talk on “Religion in China Today: Challenge and Hope” with his observations on these and other recent developments.

The Field of Guanxi (关系) Studies

Conference | March 6 - 7, 2015 This conference brought together more than a dozen experts from around the world to share their recent research about guanxi, including its historical and cultural foundations and contemporary evolution along with China’s reform and globalization. It was held at UC Berkeley.


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Governance in China: Fudan-UC Young Scholars Workshop

Workshop | May 14 - 15, 2015 Fifteen young scholars from the UC system and Fudan University took part in this workshop. Panels ranged from public health and the environment to finance and regulation as well as media, political culture and resistance and accommodation.

China’s New Agenda: National Governance and Development

Dialogue | May 19, 2015 This special event was featured as a dialogue between Susan SHIRK and LIN Shangli—two of the most experienced observers of Chinese politics. Their discussion explored the new paradigm of Xi Jinping’s governance model as well as the future of U.S.-China relations.

Public Events The center promotes a deeper mutual understanding between the U.S. and China by providing a regular forum for dialogue and hosts panels, talks and cultural events. China Town Hall: Issues in U.S.-China Relations

Oct. 16, 2014 The program opened with a webcast featuring U.S. President Jimmy CARTER discussing 35 years of U.S.-China relations in conversation with National Committee on U.S.-China relations President Steve ORLINS. Local speakers included Lyle MORRIS, project associate for RAND Corp., and Susan SHIRK.

Spotlight on Hong Kong | Oct. 19, 2014

Richard MADSEN, Susan SHIRK and Victor SHIH held an informal discussion on the core issues affecting Hong Kong-mainland China relations.

How High Is Too High? Investment Share and the Chinese Economy | Nov. 18, 2014

ZHANG Jun, of Fudan University and Barry NAUGHTON explained why China’s investment share is most likely to be overestimated by the China National Bureau of Statistics.

The Rule of Law in China: Prospects and Challenges

Jan. 14, 2015 The resolution that emerged from October 2014’s Fourth Plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee promised aggressive and far-reaching legal reforms. The panelists discussed the realistic situation of the rule of law in China. Panelists included Susan SHIRK, WANG Zhiqiang of Fudan University Law School and Benjamin VAN ROOI of UC Irvine.

Hukou Reform and Rural Dispossession in China

Jan. 20, 2015 Joel ANDREAS, associate professor of sociology of Johns Hopkins University, reexamined the evolution of the hukou system, focusing on access to rural land and considering the implications for the rural population of the current shift from hukou-based to market-based land rights.

The Rule of Law Under Xi Jinping | Feb. 24, 2015

Jerome COHEN, professor of law at New York University School of Law, discussed recent developments in China’s legal system as well as the fallout from the Zhou Yongkang corruption case and the recently announced decisions following the Fourth Plenum.

U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Opportunities and Prospects | March 2, 2015

Robert HORMATS, vice chair of Kissinger Associates Inc. and former secretary of state for Economic, Energy and Environmental Affairs, discussed China’s foreign policy under Xi Jinping, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the U.S. as China’s influence abroad continues to expand.

China’s Economic Strategy in the Midst of the ‘New Normal’ | April 28, 2015

ZHANG Xiaojing, professor and head of the macro-economics department at the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, discussed how the economic growth rates in China have slowed such that many are wondering if the country will be able to maintain the stability it has achieved over the past two decades.

China’s Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations | May 20, 2015

Jessica CHEN WEISS, Yale University assistant professor and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies fellow, discussed how that nationalist street demonstrations can provide diplomatic leverage for authoritarian governments that are not electorally accountable to public opinion, enabling Chinese and other authoritarian leaders to signal their intentions and tie their hands in international negotiations.

China’s Coming Water Crisis | May 27, 2015

Dai QING, activist and journalist, explored how China’s upcoming water crisis will affect its economic and political future—a dilemma shared by both China and California is the increased scarcity of water owing to poor resource management and climate change.

Economic Impact of Mobile Technologies in China and India | June 2, 2015

Nate Tibbits, senior vice president of government affairs at Qualcomm, Inc., and David MICHAEL, senior partner at Boston Consulting Group, discussed their research on how mobile technology has had an enormous impact on the global economy, putting a spotlight on China and India as two case study markets.

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C h i n a R e s e a r c h W o r k s h ops This interdisciplinary workshop series features current research by faculty, visiting scholars and advanced graduate students at the dissertation-writing stage. It is co-sponsored by the 21st Century China Program, and 17 workshops were held during the academic year. Resources and Conflict: Assessing the Role of Oil and Fishing Resources in the South China Sea Dispute for years 1980 to 2013 Patrick CHESTER, UC San Diego SEZs Go Global: Chinese industrial zones in Africa Nikia CLARKE, Oxford University

Chinese as a Major Negotiating Language in the Opening of Japan: Luo Sen’s Journal of Perry’s 1854 Expedition Demin TAO, Kansi University

Charting the Role of Chinese Demand: Socio-economic Perspectives on the Integration of the Pacific, 1750-1850 Robert HELLYER, Wake Forest University

Theorizing Economic Diplomacy: The Case of China (1949-2015) Zhang XIATONG, Wuhan University

The Development of “One Belt and One Road” and Its Impacts on China-US Relations Xia LIPING, Tongji University

Becoming a Good Citizen for a Better Life: Why Does the Middle Class Prefer Negotiation over Rightful Resistance in Shanghai? Yihan XIONG, Fudan University

Discussion on Villains of ‘1949-1966’ Chinese Films Dishan LIU, UC San Diego Gendered Meanings in Translation: Surrogate Dating in Cyberspace and the Reconstruction of Asian Femininity & Western Masculinity Haiyi LIU, UC San Diego Explaining China’s Changing Periphery Diplomacy Feng LIU, Nankai University Laozian Sense of Social Responsibility: A Modern Development of Laozi’s Philosophy Xiaogan LIU, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Interpersonal History across Boundary: Paul S. Reinsch and His Three Different Experiences in Sino-US Relations Jianbiao MA, Fudan University


Individual Paths to the Global Ummah: Islamic Revival in Northwest China Alex STEWART, UC San Diego

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Political Contingency and Rebellious Alliance: The Case of the Chinese Red Guard Movement, 1966-1968 Fei YAN, Stanford University Factionalism and the Exit of Central Committee Members in China: A Network Approach Yin YUAN, UC San Diego Multinational Firms and the Microfoundations of the Commercial Peace Jack ZHANG, UC San Diego

Research Profile Jiakun Jack Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC San Diego Department of Political Science. His core research interests are East Asian political economy and security, with a focus on contemporary China. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to support fieldwork researching the economic effects of regional political crises in Asia on China-based firms. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Zhang worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as senior adviser to the School’s China Focus Blog. He was recently named to China Hands’ 2013 “25 Under 25 in US-China Relations” list. Follow Zhang on Twitter @HanFeiTzu.

“The Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China has contributed immensely to my training as a China scholar and become an integral part of the China studies community at UC San Diego. As a regular participant of the China Research Workshop, I have benefited from the interaction with the diverse faculty, graduate researchers and visiting speakers, the Fudan-UC Center brings together from across the UC system and Fudan University. Also, the Fudan-UC Center has been a valuable partner to the China Focus Blog, which I help advise.” — Jack ZHANG, Ph.D. candidate, UC San Diego




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From humble beginnings in his homeland Shanghai, Charlie ZHANG came to the U.S. in 1980 with $20 in his pocket. He worked as a dishwasher and gas station attendant before funding the takeout food chain Pick Up Stix and the estate company Zion Enterprises that is dedicated to revitalizing communities. He has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young and is the winner of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, recognized by Congress and awarded to immigrants who have made a significant contribution to the U.S. “It’s my great honor and pleasure to have worked with Dr. Lizhu FAN and Dr. Nan CHEN at the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China during the past year. The Center is truly bringing the value of ‘East meeting West’ to life.” — Charlie ZHANG, President of Zion Enterprises and ARC

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Lizhu FAN, Managing Associate Director

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Lei GUANG, Associate Director

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Professor of Political Science San Diego State University

Haiyi LIU, Program Assistant Ph.D. candidate UC San Diego

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