The third annual China Symposium: Contemporary Chinese Society was held at UNC Asheville on September 16, 2013 during the third year of a three-year faculty and curriculum development initiative funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2013's Symposium featured the following guest speakers:
Xudong Zhang, New York University
"The Conundrum of Chinese Identity in the Age of Globalization"
11:25 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. (Laurel Forum)
"The 'Magic' as 'Real' in Mo Yan's Fictional Representation of Contemporary China: Reading The Republic of Wine and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out"
2 - 3 p.m. (Laurel Forum)
Xudong Zhang is Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese at New York University. Among his visiting and advisory roles are Cheung Kong Chair Professor at Peking University, where he directs the International Center for Critical Theory; and Chair of Academic Committee of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Chongqing University.
Born in 1965 in Beijing, Xudong Zhang received his B.A. in Chinese from Peking University and his Ph.D. in literature from Duke University. A prolific scholar writing in both English and Chinese on topics ranging from literary criticism and theory, modern Chinese culture, to political-philosophical discourse on modernity, he is the author of Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms, Postsocialism and Cultural Politics; Traces of Criticism; and Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization.
Yang Guobin, Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania
"Communication and Community in Contemporary China"
7 - 8:30 p.m. (Laurel Forum)
Yang Guobin is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology in the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and as an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University.
His research areas cover digital media studies, global communication, social movements, and contemporary Chinese society and politics. Yang's books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009), Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (edited with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007), China's Red Guard Generation: Loyalty, Dissent, and Nostalgia, 1966-1999 (under contract, Columbia University Press), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 volumes, Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003).