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China-in-Asia Conference: Historical Connections and Contemporary Engagement

China in Asia:
Historical Connections and
Contemporary Engagement

October 25 – 26, 2014
Gerlinger Lounge
University of Oregon

Hosted by the Center for Asia and Pacific Studies and the Department of Geography

Organizer: Dr. Xiaobo Su (

Conference Schedule

Saturday, October 25 


Opening remarks: Xiaobo Su and Amy Lobben, Head, Department of Geography


Plenary Address: Wendy Larson, University of Oregon
The Cross-Cultural Imaginary: Zhang Yimou and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

10:15am—10:30am Coffee Break


Session 1: Arts, History, and Geopolitics
Stan Brunn, University of Kentucky
China’s Visual Geopolitics: Branding, Stamps and Memories

Rachel Wong, Harvard University
Plekhanov in China: A Reception History of “Art and Social Life”

Krishnendra Meena, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Re-production of Geopolitical Spaces: the Case of Indo-Pacific

Jianxiong Ma (Chair)

12:00pm—1:00pm Lunch Break


Session 2: Transnational Business with Chinese Characteristics
Jason Petrulis, Oberlin College
Moving wigs through Kai Tak:Trading a global commodity in 1960s-70s Hong Kong

Laura Elder, St. Mary’s College Notre Dame
Prospecting for power by using Islamic Finance as a gateway into China

Andrew Hao, University of Pennsylvania
Who is Afraid of Chinese Corporate Social Responsibility?: The Transnational Economics and Politics of Suspicion

Stan Brunn (Chair)

2:30pm—3:00pm Coffee Break


Session 3: Transnational Connections: The Past and the Present
Edy Parsons, Mount Mercy University
Changing Dynamics of Sino-Japanese Relations: Territorial Disputes and Regional Rivalry

Tuong Vu, University of Oregon
State Formation on China’s Southern Frontier: Vietnam as a Shadow Empire and Hegemon

Lena Dabova, Saint Petersburg State University
Tibet in China and India bilateral relations: historical and legal perspectives

Yuanfei Wang, University of Georgia
Capitalizing on Java: Emerging Imperialism, Historiography, and Vernacular Fiction in Late Ming China

Eric Vanden Bussche (Chair)


Sunday, October 26


Plenary address: Jianxiong Ma, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clustered Communities and Transportation Routes: The Wa Lands Neighboring the Lahu and the Dai on the Frontier

9:45am—10:00am Coffee Break


Session 4: Boundary and the Politics of Bordering
Eric Vanden Bussche, Stanford University
Adjusting the Tributary System in the Age of Imperialism: Crafting Qing China’s New Relationship with Burma and Southeast Asia” (1886-1910)

Nianshen Song, Vassar College
Boundaries of All under Heaven: Comparing Qing’s Demarcations with Korea, Russia, and Vietnam

Edy Parsons (Chair)

11:00am—11:15am Coffee Break


Session 5: The Geographic Expansion of Chinese Forces
Dylan Brady, University of Oregon
Chinese Rail: Producing National Territory from the Inside Out

Tom Ptak, University of Oregon
The Geopolitical Nature of Southwest China’s Energy Conduit, Yunnan Province

Xiaobo Su (Chair)

12:15pm-1:00pm Closing Discussion


This event is made possible with generous support from:

The Social Science Research Council
College of Arts and Sciences,University of Oregon
Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Oregon
Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Office of International Affairs, University of Oregon