WEAI and Hunter Chinese Flagship Center cohost innovative workshop for Chinese teachers - On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Hunter College’s Chinese Flagship Program and Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute had the honor of jointly hosting a Professional Development Workshop under the direction of Ms. Ying Jin. This workshop aimed at addressing and answering the curious challenges instructors face when attempting to teach to 21st century minds. Ms. […]
Interview: Xiaolu Guo on the universal human narrative and creating a hybrid voice - Xiaolu Guo is a British/Chinese novelist, essayist, and filmmaker. She currently holds a position as Writer-In-Residence at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. Her work includes the novels A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist), and I Am China (a 2014 NPR Best […]
Memoir of China’s Past Offers Lessons for Present - A newly translated memoir by the Chinese business leader Lan Yan provides an eye-opening view into China’s past. Published more than 50 years after the start of China’s Cultural Revolution, The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History reveals the Yan family’s painful memories of that significant historical upheaval. […]
Interview: Maria Adele Carrai on Sovereignty in China - Sovereignty has become something of a modern buzzword, used by world leaders and diplomats in the United Nations and other international settings to further states’ political goals. But where did this concept come from? Is it still relevant today? And how have interpretations of this concept evolved, particularly in China, one of the world’s most […]
Alumni Feature: Mike Fu, translator of Stories of the Sahara by Sanmao - In 1973, a Taiwanese woman by the name of Sanmao made her way to the turbulent Spanish Sahara. She trekked through cultural and linguistic barriers, romance, solitude, and mirages, before publishing her experiences of the desert in the form of a book. Now, more than four decades after its original publication in Chinese, Sanmao’s groundbreaking […]
Michael Davis writes Nikkei Asian Review opinion piece on new Hong Kong leadership - In a recent opinion article in the Nikkei Asian Review titled “Listening should be first job for Beijing’s new man in Hong Kong,” WEAI Research Scholar Michael C. Davis highlighted “troubling signals” that Beijing is seeking to “increase control over Hong Kong by cultivating a ‘correct’ view of the country among local officials and youth […]
Forum examines impacts and future of urbanization in China - The 6th Urban China Forum was successfully held in Avery Hall on October 5, 2019. The event was organized by the Urban Planning Program and Urban China Center (GSAPP) and the China Center for Social Policy, and was cosponsored by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the School of Social Work; and Columbia […]
Madeleine Zelin to deliver 2019 series of Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures - Professor Madeleine Zelin has been selected to deliver the 27th series of the prestigious Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures. This year’s lecture series is titled “China Semi-Incorporated: The Battle for a Chinese Legal Modernity in the Early Twentieth Century” and is comprised of the following events: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019 I: The “Company” Will Save […]
Shang-Jin Wei quoted in NPR article on China’s economic slowdown and the trade war - Professor Shang-Jin Wei addressed the ongoing trade war and its effects on China’s economy in a recent National Public Radio news article, “Has the Trade War Taken a Bite Out of China’s Economy? Yes–But It’s Complicated.” According to Wei, China’s economic downturn had begun even before the trade war because of “structural issues like a […]
Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Joshua Wong and Brian Leung Hold Dialogue with Students - Joshua Wong and Kai Ping (Brian) Leung, two vocal activists in Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protests, visited Columbia on September 13 to speak with students about demonstrators’ aims and the significance of the leaderless movement. The event, held at the Columbia Law School and organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) with the […]
Student Profile: Andrew Wortham - Andrew Wortham is a graduate student of Anthropology at Columbia Teachers College, where his work is focused on emerging LGBT communities in China. He has received support from WEAI in various forms since 2016, including Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) awards and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, for Chinese language study to […]
Qin Gao publishes new article linking Dibao welfare participation and life satisfaction in rural China - WEAI’s Professor Qin Gao has published an article with Beijing Normal University’s Professor Huawei Han in the Journal of Happiness Studies. The article, titled “Does Welfare Participation Improve Life Satisfaction? Evidence from Panel Data in Rural China” uses recent national longitudinal survey data from the China Family Panel Studies in 2012 and 2014 and a […]
July 13 Event: Alumni Reception & Reporting Asia Panel - On July 13, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute hosted an alumni reception and the latest talk in the Reporting Asia series at the Columbia Global Center in Beijing. The event was well attended and drew a crowd of more than 130 attendees. Keith Bradsher, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Shanghai bureau chief for The New […]
Andrew Nathan comments on US-China “visa war” in SCMP report - Professor Andrew Nathan was quoted in a recent South China Morning Post article titled “US and China must stop ‘race to bottom’ in blocking academic visas, say American scholars.” In the article, Professor Nathan suggested that recent moves by the US to block or revoke the visas of a number of Chinese academics follow a […]
“China’s Real Estate Boom: Opportunities and Challenges” - The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, and the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual N.T Wang Distinguished Lecture “China’s Real Estate Boom: Opportunities and Challenges” featuring Wei Xiong, Trumbull-Adams Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance, […]
WEAI Author Q&A: Corey Byrnes’s “Fixing Landscape” - Corey Byrnes. Fixing Landscape. Columbia University Press, 2019.
Tues. Feb. 5th “The Worldliest Minority: Chinese Muslims and the Global History of Guomindang Nation-Building, 1927-1949” - Brown Bag Lecture with John Chen, Lecturer and Wm. Theodore de Bary Postdoctoral Fellow, Heyman Center for the Humanities and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. Moderated by Eugenia Lean, Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Associate Professor of Chinese history, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University 12:00 PM-1:30 PM in IAB, Room 918.
Tues. April 9th: “Garu Lobzang Sherap: A Tibetan Painter at the Qing Court” - This Brown Bag Lecture features Tsangwang Gendun Tenpa, Director and Chief Curator of the Chengdu Dargye Himalayan Art and Culture Museum and will be moderated by Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. In International Affairs Building, Room 918: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
WEAI Author Q&A: David Ambaras’s “Japan’s Imperial Underworlds” - Emily Baum. The Invention of Madness: State, Society and the Insane in Modern China. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
WEAI Author Q&A: Emily Baum’s “The Invention of Madness” - Emily Baum. The Invention of Madness: State, Society and the Insane in Modern China. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
The Power of Print in Modern China: Intellectuals and Industrial Publishing from the End of Empire to Maoist State Socialism - Robert Culp. The Power of Print in Modern China: Intellectuals and Industrial Publishing from the End of Empire to Maoist State Socialism (Columbia University Press, 2019)
Borderland Memories: Searching for Historical Identity in Post-Mao China - Martin Fromm. Borderland Memories: Searching for Historical Identity in Post-Mao China (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 - Alyssa M. Park. Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 (Cornell University Press, 2019)
Statebuilding by Imposition: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines - Reo Matsuzaki. Statebuilding by Imposition: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines (Cornell University Press, 2019)
Fixing Landscape: A Techno-Poetic History of China’s Three Gorges - Corey Byrnes. Fixing Landscape: A Techno-Poetic History of China’s Three Gorges (Columbia University Press, 2018)
WEAI Author Q&A: Brian Tsui’s “China’s Conservative Revolution” - Brian Tsui. China's Conservative Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China - Emily Baum. The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2018)
Raising China’s Revolutionaries: Modernizing Childhood for Cosmopolitan Nationalists and Liberated Comrades, 1920s-1950s - Margaret Mih Tillman. Raising China's Revolutionaries: Modernizing Childhood for Cosmopolitan Nationalists and Liberated Comrades, 1920s-1950s (Columbia University Press, 2018)
A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and Sino–North Korean Relations, 1949–1976 - Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia. A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and Sino–North Korean Relations, 1949–1976(Columbia University Press, 2018)
Fu Ping: A Novel - WEATHERHEAD BOOKS ON ASIA Wang Anyi. Fu Ping: A Novel Translated by Howard Goldblatt (2019) Nainai has lived in Shanghai for many years, and the time has come to find a wife for her adopted grandson. But when the bride she has chosen arrives from the countryside, it soon becomes clear that the orphaned […]
Andrew Nathan Discusses Being “Banned in China” with the Carnegie Council - Andrew J. Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, spoke on a Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs podcast about being “Banned in China.” Professor Nathan, who has not been issued a visa to travel to China since 2001, talked with the Carnegie Council’s Senior Program Director Devin T. […]
The Reincarnated Giant: An Anthology of Twenty-First-Century Chinese Science Fiction - WEATHERHEAD BOOKS ON ASIA The Reincarnated Giant: An Anthology of Twenty-First-Century Chinese Science Fiction Edited by Mingwei Song and Theodore Huters (2018) “Science fiction is the most important literary phenomenon in twenty-first-century China. In a culture dominated by realism of various brands throughout the twentieth century, the surge of science fiction in the new millennium […]
The Handsome Monk and Other Stories - WEATHERHEAD BOOKS ON ASIA Tsering Döndrup. The Handsome Monk and Other Stories Translated by Christopher Peacock (2018) “This volume makes accessible some of the new and exciting work in Tibetan literature from inside China. It will be of interest both to general readers and to scholars of Tibetan and Chinese literature.” – Janet Gyatso, Harvard […]
The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China - Jia-Chen Fu. The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China (University of Washington Press, 2018)
WEAI Author Q&A: Max Oidtmann’s “Forging the Golden Urn” - Max Oidtmann. Forging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet. Columbia University Press, 2018.