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Fulbright Scholars from China, Taiwan to present lectures

by Jeanne Baron

Nov. 10, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Two Fulbright scholars from China and Taiwan who are conducting research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University will give lectures on the campus of Western Michigan University this month.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.
2028 Brown Hall

Dr. Zhang Jin, a professor of literature and journalism and associate dean at Chongqing University, will speak on "The Bombing of Chungking: The Image of China's Wartime Capital during World War II" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall.

In her presentation, Jin will examine how the pace of development in Chungking explained its promotion--after Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai--to the status of the country's first inland municipal province in the 1990s and "provisional capital" for the Kuomintang of China government. She also will address the city's status as the "front line of the rear" under Japanese air raids, within the context of China's wartime state and nation building, socio-cultural development, economic reconfiguration, and international political discourse.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m.
1028 Brown Hall

The next presentation will be made by Dr. Szu-yin Ho, a professor of political science at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a former deputy secretary-general of that country's National Security Council.

His lecture, "Cross-Strait Relations and Theories of International Relations," will be given at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 1028 of Brown Hall. Ho will address the military security of Taiwan in terms of deterrence-compellence and balancing-bandwagoning theories, economic security in light of economic statecraft and bargaining theory, and cross-strait prospects in United States-China relations.

Both talks are being sponsored by WMU's Light Center for Chinese Studies.