Global China in an Anxious Age - A Forum for the Academy and the Public Event (Day 2)
Department: Humanities CenterDate and Time: February 26, 2022 | 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Event Location: HG1030 & Zoom
Global China in an Anxious Age—A Forum for the Academy and the Public Event
February 25-26, 2022
UCI (Humanities Gateway 1030) and Live-Streamed
RSVP REQUIRED. This is a hybrid event, with in-person attendance restricted to UCI affiliates (ID holders) ONLY ( HG 1030), pandemic conditions permitting. Members of the public can join us for this talk via Zoom and live stream.
This is a crucial moment to take stock of the complicated impact the People’s Republic of China is having on the global order—and the complicated ways that international trends are altering life in the world's most populous country. Climate change, human rights abuses and debates, diplomatic relations, economic booms, financial crises, technological shifts, and, of course, pandemics—there is a need to come to terms with the PRC when considering any of these issues and many more as well. And the start of 2022 is a symbolically significant point in time to reflect on the PRC and the global order, as Beijing's relationship to both the United Nations and the United States changed dramatically half-a-century ago. In 1971, the seat at the U.N. held by a representative sent from Taipei was given to one sent by Beijing, and then, exactly fifty years before the date of the UCI Forum for the Academy and the Public's event, Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong held their historical summit.
With all of this in mind, in restarting its annual tradition of holding lively and wide-ranging two-day symposia that was put on hold last year due to COVID-19, UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public has chosen to focus on the PRC. Global China in an Anxious Age will bring together scholars from many fields (from law and various branches of the humanities to glaciology and pharmacology), as well as non-academics of many kinds (including representatives of the worlds of journalism, tech, and policy making) to take stock of the challenges and contradictions associated with the country’s dramatic rise. We will also explore and debate the meaning of the seismic shifts associated with China that are shaking the planet in this era of cascading and interrelated crises.
An astounding roster of presenters includes:
based in Madrid where she works as Deputy Editor of the Globalist, covered the 2008 Beijing Games for The Hindu and has written books on China and other parts of Asia
UCI School of Biology Professor and head of the Newkirk Center
based in New York, worked for CNN in Hong Kong while the Umbrella Movement of 2014 was underway, and is now a contributing writer for the Nation, reporting on Asia but also on the gig economy in the U.S.
Physicist and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale Law School
Director of the Cheng Shewo Institute of Chinese Journalism at Shih Shin University in Taiwan and serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Review of Books
UCI School of Pharmacy professor
Oxford don and Silk Road specialist
former Mexican ambassador to China, is a lawyer based in D.C.
sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania
BBC presenter, regular writer for the Guardian, former editor of OpenDemocracy and founder of a climate change NGO that focuses on China
Dalia Dassa Kaye,
political scientist formerly of RAND, is a fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center
Gregory B. Lee,
heads St. Andrews University’s China studies program
lawyer, tech company COO & writer on culture based in the Bay Area
UCR Chancellorial Professor, works on Chinese culture and literature
held a post on the environment in the Hong Kong government & is at UCLA
on the faculty in UCI’s Global & International Studies Department
Oxford don, author of scholarly and trade book on Chinese history, and BBC presenter
Georgia State professor, works on China, Africa, and Russia
Japan specialist, is Asia editor for Internazionale magazine in Rome
professor in UCI’s School of Earth Sciences
UCI alum (History/FMS B.A.), runs a Chinese-language podcast in S.F.
UCLA law professor who works on China and the environment
UCI History, Forum Co-founder
UCI Literary Journalism, Forum Director
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu,
Asian American Studies Professor, Director of the UCI Humanities Center
UCI Professor of East Asian Studies
based in London, writes for The Spectator and hosts the magazine’s “Chinese Whispers” podcast
previously taught in Beijing, teaches in the UCI School of Social Sciences