March 30, 2016
Winter 2016 Newsletter

The 21st Century China Program started 2016 with several fascinating events on campus and in China. In January, we co-hosted a conference on the political economy at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management. This is the second gathering of a small network of scholars who are interested in empirical research and cutting-edge methodologies. Their work will advance our understandings of China's economy and governance system. Later in the month, we hosted a panel of GPS experts on China's innovation ecosystem, moderated by veteran China-watcher and esteemed journalist James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic. 

This year also has already seen many remarkable developments abroad, including a new administration in Taiwan, ongoing maritime disputes involving China and the unveiling of China's 13th five-year plan. Our scholars are actively engaged in public discussions about these developments in the press. We also worked with the GPS student organization Southeast Asia Link to organize a public discussion on the future of the South China Sea. Still on regional conflict in Asia, we co-sponsored a lively daylong workshop on "South Korea, China and the U.S.: Moving Forward" with GPS's Korea-Pacific Program on March 3. 

Also in March, a sold-out crowd came to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Barboza of The New York Times retell his decade-long journey of investigating some of the most consequential stories about China's economic transformation. Later, we held the fourth annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture, featuring former ambassador to China, Stapleton Roy, on the changing geopolitics of East Asia on March 28. 

Heading into spring quarter and summer, we have a lighter load of public lectures, but we will be busy hosting several conferences on campus for scholars from around the globe working on China in the areas of social sciences, religious studies and modern history. We also are launching a new program for youths with the Global Leadership Institute: American and Chinese Future Leaders Summer Program. This one-of-kind program brings together students from the U.S. and China to foster problem-solving, conflict resolution and diplomacy on global policy issues.

To stay up to date on our calendar of upcoming events, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We recently joined the Fudan-UC Center on WeChat as "复旦UC" (ID: Fudan-UC-21CC)--connect with us here, as well! 

Warmest regards,
Susan Shirk
Chair, 21st Century China Program
Lei Guang
Director, 21st Century China Program

Featured News
Event Recap: "China: An Alternative Model for Innovation?"
James Fallows from The Atlantic moderated a panel of GPS experts on the efforts by Chinese leaders to grow its economy into a leading innovation hub in advanced science, technology and manufacturing. Watch here  
Beijing conference advances research on Chinese economy and governance
Our scholars joined their counterparts at Tsinghua University to discuss cutting-edge theoretical and empirical analysis of China's economy and governance amid networking and exploring future joint research opportunities. Read more

Highlighted China Scholar
Weiyi Shi

After finishing her Ph.D. degree in political science at UC San Diego, Weiyi Shi will join GPS as an assistant professor in 2016, making her one of the newest members of the 21st Century China community. While she was still a Ph.D student, Weiyi helped to organize a conference on China's direct outbound investment in Beijing in 2013. In 2015-16, she is spending a year at Princeton University as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She has been conducting research on Chinese firms' trade and investment behaviors, their modus operandi, their interaction with the Chinese and host country governments, and their impact on the local host communities. View bio
Upcoming Events
"China After the One-Child Policy"
April 19, 2016 | Register here
Thirty-five years after its nationwide implementation, China finally announced the end of the one-child policy in late 2015. How did this change come about? What are the demographic, economic and social imperatives that have led to this much-delayed policy reversal? This presentation will address these questions and discuss in particular the roles of China's changed demographics in its economic growth and political governance in the coming decades. 

"Running a Bank in China"
May 26, 2016 | Save the date
How is Chinese economic growth financed? GPS Associate Professor Victor Shih will host a conversation with Ken Wilcox, chairman of Silicon Valley Bank, to get an inside look at how banking practices have evolved in a state-dominated financial system and firms' adaptiveness to recent financial crises.


Young Scholars Conference
May 20-21, 2016 
The Young Scholars Conference is an annual event that brings together Chinese and American scholars to exchange ideas and share research findings. The overarching theme for the 2016 conference will be "Social Sciences and China Studies."

Modern Chinese History Research Workshop
June 13-14, 2016
This workshop brings together faculty and advanced graduate students from East China Normal University, Fudan University and UC San Diego to produce significant, historical research on the People's Republic of China period. Scholars also will use the opportunity to discuss research collaboration and sharing of archives. This is an annual workshop that alternates between San Diego and Shanghai Normal University.

Conference on Chinese Religion
July 11-12, 2016
In collaboration with the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, the 21st Century China Program will be convening a conference on new developments in Chinese religion in July. It will bring together distinguished Chinese and American religion scholars for a dialogue on the complex issues surrounding religion, culture and politics in the Chinese context.
Select Guest Speaker Profile
Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy: March 28
Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a distinguished scholar and founding director emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton University in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of career ambassador, the highest in the service.
Feng Wang: April 19
Feng Wang is a professor of sociology at UC Irvine and Fudan University and a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. Wang is the author of several books and many articles on contemporary social and demographic changes in China, on comparative historical demography and social organization in Eurasia, and on income and social inequalities in post-socialist China.
Quick Links
American and Chinese Future Leaders Summer Program
Dates: July 16-30, 2016
Eligibility: High school students from China and U.S. 
Cost: $3,500 (includes room, board and all programming) Reduced tuition may be available for those demonstrating special circumstance.
This is an exciting opportunity for high school students who are interested in international affairs and building cross-cultural communications and diplomatic skills. Learn more 

China Focus
China Focus is an online blog and scholarly forum dedicated to providing context for understanding China and U.S.-China relations, run by GPS students. Read more

China Research Workshops
This interdisciplinary workshop series features new academic research by visiting scholars, graduate students and special guests. It is co-sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China. View workshops

Through leadership gifts begun in 2012, program founders continue to support our commitment to developing the program into a world-class research center. The program continues to welcome gifts from alumni, individuals and corporate members. Learn more 


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