Asia forum 2020: China

Friday, October 23

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6th annual Asian Forum is conducted virtually for the first time. This year's Asian Forum is focused on China to celebrate the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies' 10th anniversary. 2020 Asian Forum Program

Hosted by Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, Michitoshi Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University.

Asia forum 2019: East Asia/south asia

Hosted by Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, Michitoshi Soga Japan Center and Southwest Michigan Educational Initiative on the East Indian Ocean at Western Michigan University.

Friday, September 27

  • The purpose of the conference is to bring together academicians, artists, scholars and international education professionals from Asia and the West to dialogue and explore various aspects and issues related to Asia and the global community through a multidisciplinary and multi-faceted conference. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 27.

Monday, August 12

  • Deadline for Presentation SubmissionPlease submit a one-page abstract describing the proposed presentation. Submission of proposals for full panels, round-table discussion, or workshops with a specific theme and list of presenters are also encouraged. Please submit the materials to Dr. Ying Zeng at Submissions will be reviewed and invitation letters sent (if proposal is accepted) within 15 days following receipt of submissions. We are inviting papers and panel proposals encompassing all aspects on Asia’s past, present and future, including arts, history, business, economics, culture, humanities, literature, politics, educational exchange and cooperation, and language pedagogy, etc.

52nd Werner Sichel Lecture Series 2015-16

Hosted by WMU's Department of Economics and co-sponsored by the Light Center, this year's series is focused on China.

Wednesday, March 30

  • "Why is the Exit Right the Key to the Birth of China's Land Market?" by Professor James G. Wen, Trinity College, Noon to 1:15 p.m., Room 2028 Brown Hall.

Series brochure--The Impacts of China's Rise on the Pacific and the World

Timothy Light Lecture Series On China

Spring 2016

Wednesday, January 20

  • "Taiwan's Elections and the Impact on Relations with China," by Dr. Richard Bush, director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies Brookings Institution, 2028 Brown Hall. Information.

Wednesday, April 6

  • "Cross-Strait Relations after Taiwan's 2016 Elections," Dr. Chen-yuan Tung, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, National Chengchi University (Taiwan), 5 p.m., 2028 Brown Hall. Information.

Thursday, April 7

  • "China's Population Prospect and Challenges to Future Development," Dr. Yuan Ren, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Brown University Professor of Demography and Urban Studies at Fudan University (China), 5 p.m., 1028 Brown Hall. Information.

Fall 2015 lectures

The Light Center hosted two lectures in fall 2015:

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • "Changes and Challenges to Food Marketing Systems in Urban China," by Dr. Ann Veeck, professor of marketing in WMU's Haworth College of Business, 4:30 p.m. in 1028 Brown Hall. Drawn from more than 20 years of research on the changing food marketing systems of urban China, Veeck’s talk will focus on findings from her Light Center-funded study on new food consumption patterns in Nanjing, China. Information.

Thursday, Oct. 15

  • "The Rapid Wartime Growth of Communism as the Local Revolution," by Dr. Patrick Fuliang Shan, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University, 4:30 p.m. in 1028 Brown Hall. Shan will present a new approach to analyzing the rapid wartime growth of Chinese communism in this talk. Information.