“Transnational Turns and the Future of China Studies”

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The UC Santa Cruz Transnational China research hub invites you to the webinar “Transnational Turns and the Future of China Studies” on May 12-13 (Friday – Saturday, via Zoom).

We are honored to welcome over twenty scholars from various disciplines, career stages, and institutions to discuss the state and future of China studies through a critical transnational lens. The keynote session on Saturday May 13 will feature Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Duke University, and a panel around the impact of her scholarship.

For details and to join, please register here.

Organizer: Transnational China research hub, seed project supported by UCSC Office of Research and The Humanities Institute

P.I. Shelly Chan (History), Co-P.I. Ben Read (Politics), and Co-P.I. Yiman Wang (Film and Digital Media)

Workshop Co-sponsors: UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China

FINAL PROGRAM

Friday May 12, 2023 (8:45 am- 5:00 pm PT) 

8:30-8:45   Event opens to Zoom participants

8:45-9:00   Welcome remarks from UCSC organizers – Shelly Chan, Ben Read, Yiman Wang

9:00-10:30   Session 1: China Studies Now (roundtable)

Chair: Gail Hershatter (UCSC)
Jeff Wasserstrom (UCI), “Are We All Transnational Now?”
Michael Berry (UCLA), “The Age of Silence: Navigating Chinese Studies Today”
Nellie Chu (DKU), “The Politics of Going ‘Global’: Teaching and Studying China after Zero-COVID”
Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Brown), “New Directions in China Studies: Asian American Studies and Latin America”

10:30-11:00   Break

11:00-12:30   Session 2: Cold War Borders and Diasporas (panel)

Chair: Covell Meyskens (NPS)
Els van Dongen (NTU), “Transnationalism in Times of Nationalism: China, Southeast Asia, and the ‘Return’ of ‘Overseas Chinese Students’ during the Cold War”
Joshua Tan (UCSC), “Creating ‘Stranded Chinese Students’ in the Early Cold War, 1949-55”
Wilson Miu (UCSC), “Ideological threat and regulatory concern: Cross-border marriage between Hong Kong and Maoist China”
Denise Ho (Yale), “Borderlands: Families, Property, and Flight at the Hong Kong-China Frontier” 

12:30-1:30   Break

1:30-3:00   Session 3: Indigeneity and Ethnicity (panel)

Chair: Amy Lonetree (UCSC)
Jason McGrath (Minnesota), “‘The Soil Never Rejects a Seed’: Indigeneity, Hybridity, and Taiwan’s Settler-colonial Paradox in Seqalu: Formosa 1867”
James Millward (Georgetown), “The Issue of Indigeneity in Xinjiang (and the PRC): How Are We Talking About It?” 
Stephen Acabado (UCLA), “Landscape, Habitus and Identity: A Comparative Study on the Agricultural Transition of Highland Indigenous Communities in Philippines and Taiwan” (with Da-Wei Kuan)
Sabina Knight (Smith), “Slaughtered Dreams: Cultural Struggle in Literary Borderlands”

3:00-3:30   Break

3:30-5:00   Session 4: Comparative and Sinophone Configurations (panel)

Chair: Minghui Hu (UCSC)
Sara Friedman (Indiana), “Perspectival Politics: Where/What is the Transnational in Contemporary China Studies?”
Calvin Hui (William and Mary), “A Desire for Hong Kong: Hong Kong Popular Cultures in JIA Zhangke’s Cinema” 
Ben Read (UCSC), “What Are We Learning from China-Taiwan Comparisons?”
Hsin-Chieh Chang (Fudan), “Postmodern Ideology under Fertility Change: East Asian Millennials in Comparative Perspective”

5:00  Event closes to Zoom participants

Saturday May 13 (9:30 am – 5:30 pm, PT)

9:15-9:30   Event opens to Zoom participants

9:30-11:00   Session 5: Crossings (lightning talks)

Chair: Sean Metzger (UCLA)
Daphne Lei (UCI), “Sinophone performance and performativity”
Lok Siu (Berkeley), “China, Refracted”
Qianxiong Yang (UCLA), “Chinese Flatliners: The Politics of Underperformance and Social Media”
Hentyle Yapp (UCSD), “The Ubiquity of Asia: Culture, China, and Cycles of Accumulation” 

11:00-11:30   Break

11:30-1:00   Session 6: Oceans, Coasts, and Islands (panel)

Chair: Chris Connery (UCSC)
Melissa Macauley (Northwestern), “Translocalism on China’s Maritime Frontier”
Winnie Wong (Berkeley), “Imagined Returns: Unlikely Tales of Worldly Success”
Shelly Chan (UCSC), “The Nanyang was not Southeast Asia”
Erin Huang (Princeton), “Islanding: An Archipelagic Approach to Zones across Militarized (South) Seas”

1:00-2:00   Break

2:00-4:00   Keynote session: Writing Diaspora Thirty Years Later: A Virtual Conversation with Rey Chow (Duke)  

Chair: Yiman Wang (UCSC)
Discussants: Boreth Ly (UCSC), Calvin Hui (William and Mary), Evelyn Char (UCSC) 

4:00-4:30   Break

4:30-5:30   Plenary discussion – Shelly Chan, Ben Read, Yiman Wang

5:30   Event closes to Zoom participants

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The UC Santa Cruz Transnational China research hub invites you to the webinar “Transnational Turns and the Future of China Studies” on May 12-13 (Friday – Saturday, via Zoom).

We are honored to welcome over twenty scholars from various disciplines, career stages, and institutions to discuss the state and future of China studies through a critical transnational lens. The keynote session on Saturday May 13 will feature Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Duke University, and a panel around the impact of her scholarship.

For details and to join, please register here.

Organizer: Transnational China research hub, seed project supported by UCSC Office of Research and The Humanities Institute

P.I. Shelly Chan (History), Co-P.I. Ben Read (Politics), and Co-P.I. Yiman Wang (Film and Digital Media)

Workshop Co-sponsors: UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China

FINAL PROGRAM

Friday May 12, 2023 (8:45 am- 5:00 pm PT) 

8:30-8:45   Event opens to Zoom participants

8:45-9:00   Welcome remarks from UCSC organizers – Shelly Chan, Ben Read, Yiman Wang

9:00-10:30   Session 1: China Studies Now (roundtable)

Chair: Gail Hershatter (UCSC)
Jeff Wasserstrom (UCI), “Are We All Transnational Now?”
Michael Berry (UCLA), “The Age of Silence: Navigating Chinese Studies Today”
Nellie Chu (DKU), “The Politics of Going ‘Global’: Teaching and Studying China after Zero-COVID”
Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Brown), “New Directions in China Studies: Asian American Studies and Latin America”

10:30-11:00   Break

11:00-12:30   Session 2: Cold War Borders and Diasporas (panel)

Chair: Covell Meyskens (NPS)
Els van Dongen (NTU), “Transnationalism in Times of Nationalism: China, Southeast Asia, and the ‘Return’ of ‘Overseas Chinese Students’ during the Cold War”
Joshua Tan (UCSC), “Creating ‘Stranded Chinese Students’ in the Early Cold War, 1949-55”
Wilson Miu (UCSC), “Ideological threat and regulatory concern: Cross-border marriage between Hong Kong and Maoist China”
Denise Ho (Yale), “Borderlands: Families, Property, and Flight at the Hong Kong-China Frontier” 

12:30-1:30   Break

1:30-3:00   Session 3: Indigeneity and Ethnicity (panel)

Chair: Amy Lonetree (UCSC)
Jason McGrath (Minnesota), “‘The Soil Never Rejects a Seed’: Indigeneity, Hybridity, and Taiwan’s Settler-colonial Paradox in Seqalu: Formosa 1867”
James Millward (Georgetown), “The Issue of Indigeneity in Xinjiang (and the PRC): How Are We Talking About It?” 
Stephen Acabado (UCLA), “Landscape, Habitus and Identity: A Comparative Study on the Agricultural Transition of Highland Indigenous Communities in Philippines and Taiwan” (with Da-Wei Kuan)
Sabina Knight (Smith), “Slaughtered Dreams: Cultural Struggle in Literary Borderlands”

3:00-3:30   Break

3:30-5:00   Session 4: Comparative and Sinophone Configurations (panel)

Chair: Minghui Hu (UCSC)
Sara Friedman (Indiana), “Perspectival Politics: Where/What is the Transnational in Contemporary China Studies?”
Calvin Hui (William and Mary), “A Desire for Hong Kong: Hong Kong Popular Cultures in JIA Zhangke’s Cinema” 
Ben Read (UCSC), “What Are We Learning from China-Taiwan Comparisons?”
Hsin-Chieh Chang (Fudan), “Postmodern Ideology under Fertility Change: East Asian Millennials in Comparative Perspective”

5:00  Event closes to Zoom participants

Saturday May 13 (9:30 am – 5:30 pm, PT)

9:15-9:30   Event opens to Zoom participants

9:30-11:00   Session 5: Crossings (lightning talks)

Chair: Sean Metzger (UCLA)
Daphne Lei (UCI), “Sinophone performance and performativity”
Lok Siu (Berkeley), “China, Refracted”
Qianxiong Yang (UCLA), “Chinese Flatliners: The Politics of Underperformance and Social Media”
Hentyle Yapp (UCSD), “The Ubiquity of Asia: Culture, China, and Cycles of Accumulation” 

11:00-11:30   Break

11:30-1:00   Session 6: Oceans, Coasts, and Islands (panel)

Chair: Chris Connery (UCSC)
Melissa Macauley (Northwestern), “Translocalism on China’s Maritime Frontier”
Winnie Wong (Berkeley), “Imagined Returns: Unlikely Tales of Worldly Success”
Shelly Chan (UCSC), “The Nanyang was not Southeast Asia”
Erin Huang (Princeton), “Islanding: An Archipelagic Approach to Zones across Militarized (South) Seas”

1:00-2:00   Break

2:00-4:00   Keynote session: Writing Diaspora Thirty Years Later: A Virtual Conversation with Rey Chow (Duke)  

Chair: Yiman Wang (UCSC)
Discussants: Boreth Ly (UCSC), Calvin Hui (William and Mary), Evelyn Char (UCSC) 

4:00-4:30   Break

4:30-5:30   Plenary discussion – Shelly Chan, Ben Read, Yiman Wang

5:30   Event closes to Zoom participants