Light Center hosts two November lectures by China and Taiwan Fulbright scholars

Light Center hosts two November lectures
by China and Taiwan Fulbright scholars

Two Fulbright scholars from China and Taiwan currently conducting research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University will give lectures at Western Michigan University in November related to Chongqing during World War II and military security in Taiwan.

Both talks are open to the public free of charge and are sponsored by the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies.

 Dr. Zhang Jin, a professor of literature and journalism and associate dean at Chongqing University, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Room 2028 of Brown Hall.

Jin’s presentation, “The Bombing of Chungking: The Image of China’s Wartime Capital during World War II,” 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. It will also 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.

  Dr. Szu-yin Ho, a professor of political science at the National Chengchi University and former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council of the Presidential Office, Taiwan, Republic of China (2008-2010), will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Room 1028 of Brown Hall.

Ho’s lecture, “Cross-Strait Relations and Theories of International Relations,” will address the military security of Taiwan in terms of deterrence/compellence and balancing/bandwagoning theories; economic security in light of economic statecraft/bargaining theory; and, cross-strait prospects in United States-China relations.

For more information, contact the Light Center at (269) 387-5890, or write: hige-lightcenter@wmich.edu .


Dr. Gregory Veeck
Professor of Geography
WMU Fulbright Scholar

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