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Transpacific China in the Cold War Program - AT&T Center Room 202 (both days)

Thursday, April 18th

Opening Remarks
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Welcome by
Randy L. Diehl, Dean of The College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin
Julie Hardwick, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies, UT Austin
Madeline Y. Hsu, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Asian American Studies, UT Austin

Orphans of Empire: Refugees

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair and Commentator: Jeremi Suri
(UT Austin)

Madeline Y. Hsu (UT Austin): "Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, Inc. and the Political Uses of Humanitarian Relief, 1952-1962"

Born in Columbia, Missouri, Madeline Y. Hsu grew up traveling between Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Arkansas. She is currently an associate professor of history and director of the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (2000), she also coedited, with Sucheng Chan, Chinese Americans and the Politics of Race and Culture (2008), and edited Chinese American Transnational Politics (2010), which features articles by the pioneering Chinese American historian Him Mark Lai. Her ongoing research projects explore ethnic food and entrepreneurship, the entwining of U.S. foreign relations with immigration law and racial ideologies, contemporary Taiwanese history, Cold War refugee migrations and brain drains, and the emergence of the model minority.

Glen Peterson (University of British Columbia): "Cold War Complications: The ‘Problem’ of Chinese Refugees in Hong Kong and What to Do with Them"

Glen Peterson is professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia. His interests include the history of Chinese transnationalism, overseas Chinese and the modernization of China, and the international refuge regime in postwar Asia. His most recent book is Overseas Chinese in the People’s Republic of China (Routledge, 2012).

Dominic Yang (University of British Columbia): "Cold War, Education, and Transnational Mobility: Nationalist Refugee Relief Program and the Rennie’s Mill Community in Hong Kong, 1950s-1980s"

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang is a PhD candidate with the History Department of UBC in Vancouver Canada. He specializes in the political and social history of modern China, modern Taiwan, Japanese colonialism, Cold War historiography, and Chinese diaspora. Dominic successfully defended his dissertation entitled The Great Exodus: Sojourn, Nostalgia, Return, and Identity Formation of Chinese Mainlanders in Taiwan, 1940s-2000s in August 3, 2012, and will obtain his degree by September 2012.

Helen Zia (journalist):  "Last Boat Out: Shanghai Exodus of the Liberation Era"

Helen Zia is an American journalist and scholar focused social and political movements and Asian American communities. She was in Princeton's first graduating class of women with a certificate in East Asian Studies and a research grant to Hong Kong and China, getting a visa to the PRC four months after Nixon's noted visit in 1972. She authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and co-authored a book with Taiwanese American nuclear physicist Wen Ho Lee about his false imprisonment by the U.S. as a spy for the PRC. She is at work on the exodus out of Shanghai in the revolution era through oral histories of individuals who migrated to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and USA. She was a Fulbright Scholar (Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei) and is currently an honorary researcher with the University Services Centre for Chinese Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Johannean Scholar at St. John's College at University of British Columbia. 

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Garrison Hall, Portico at the west/main building entrance. MAP
Reception is free and open to public, but RSVP is required.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16 to Courtney Meador.

Friday, April 19th

The Politics of Cultural Production
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Chair and commentator: Yvonne Chang
(UT Austin)

Poshek Fu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): "Cold War Politics and Hong Kong Mandarin Cinema."

Poshek Fu is Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Zijiang Professor of Humanities at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. His current research projects focus on Cold War Hong Kong culture and a history of Shanghai from 1945-1960.  His English books include Passivity, Resistance, and Collaboration: Intellectual Choices in Occupied Shanghai, 1937-1945 (Stanford 1993), Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Cultural Politics of Chinese Cinemas (Stanford 2003), and China Forever: The Shaw Brothers and Diasporic Cinemas (Illinois 2008), all of which have been translated into Chinese.  

Ping-hui Liao (University of California at San Diego): “Eileen Chang and Chen Ying-chen: Two Contrasting Cases in Cold War Literature”

Ping-hui Liao is Chuan-liu Chair Professor in Taiwan Studies at Department of Literature, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Prior to taking the chair professor position at UCSD, he was a Distinguished Professor at National Tsinghua University and also Director General of the National Science Council Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He graduated from Tunghai University in 1976. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego in 1987.  Liao works primarily in the fields of comparative literature, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies. He has written many books in Taiwanese, including At the Crossroad of Taiwan and World Literature, published in 2006, and Ways of Eating: Savoring Postmodernity, published in 2004. He has also edited Taiwan Under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945: History, Culture, Memory with Wang Der-wei. Published by Columbia University Press in 2006, the volume was one of the first English studies of colonial Taiwan.

Andy Chih-ming Wang (Academia Sinica): "Cold War Humanism in Taiwan: On Yan Yuanshu and His Critical Practices"

Andy Wang is now assistant research fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. His research interests include Asian American literature, transnational cultural studies, and the institutional history of foreign literature studies in China.  His researches in English are published in American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Cultural Studies, and Chinese America: History and Perspectives. He recently edited a special issue on “Asian American Studies in Asia” for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.  His book entitled Transpacific Articulations: Study Abroad and the Remaking of Asian America is forthcoming from the University of Hawai‘i Press.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Register for lunch with presenters at the AT&T Center Tejas Dining Room. Lunch is $35 per person, payable by credit card. Lunch registration and payment must be submitted online no later than April 17.

 There are many eateries located on campus and within walking distance of the conference center. Please see a list of recommended eateries nearby.

Propaganda and Discourse:
1:00 - 3:00p.m.
Chair and commentator: Katherine Arens
(UT Austin)

Chi-kwan Mark (University of London): "Propaganda in the Everyday Cold War: Hong Kong, the Leftist Press and Anti-Colonial Riots"

Chi-kwan Mark (D.Phil., Oxford) is Lecturer in International History at Royal Holloway College, University of London. His research interests focus on British-American-Chinese relations during the Cold War and Hong Kong’s colonial and international history. He is the author of Hong Kong and the Cold War: Anglo-American Relations 1949-1957 (Oxford University Press, 2004) and China and the World since 1945: An International History (Routledge, 2012).

Shuang Shen (Pennsylvania State University): "The Cold War Production of Intra-Asia Connections"

Shuang Shen is Assistant Professor in the Comparative Literature Department and Asian Studies Program at Penn State University. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Publics: Anglophone Print Culture in Semicolonial Shanghai (2009) and various articles in MLQ, PMLA, Genre, and MCLC. Her current interests revolve around postwar Asian intra-urban networks.

Xiaojue Wang (University of Pennsylvania):  "Culture, Nationhood, and Literary Authority: How Modern Chinese Literature Was Invented During the Cold War"

Xiaojue Wang is Assistant Professor of modern Chinese literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, member of the Graduate Group in German Languages and Literatures and the Cinema Studies Program. Her main area of research is modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film and comparative literature, particularly Cold War German and Chinese cultures. Her book, entitled Modernity with a Cold War Face: Reimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature across the 1949 Divide, is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center.

Negotiating Nonalignment during the Cold War: Hong Kong
3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Chair and commentator: Mark Lawrence
(UT Austin)

Peter Hamilton (UT Austin):  “Pop Gingle’s Cold War”

Peter E. Hamilton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is writing his dissertation under the direction of Madeline Y. Hsu exploring the globalization of American influence after World War II through the lens of expatriate business, culture, and society in Hong Kong. A former Yale-China Fellow at CUHK, he is currently on research fellowship in Hong Kong.

Simon Shen (Chinese University of Hong Kong): "1967 Riot and the Cold War"
Simon Shen received his Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently Research Assistant Professor in the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His major research interests include International Relations and Greater China. His works have been published in a number of books and academic journals such as the Journal of Chinese Political Science, Asian Perspective, Politics and the Journal of East Asian History.

Hon-Ming Yip (Chinese University of Hong Kong): "Colony and the Marginalization of Democracy: Hong Kong and the Chinese Democratic Movement in the Late 1940s"

Hon-ming Yip is Chair and Professor of the History Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Co-Director of the Gender Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK. She has published in the fields of modern and contemporary Chinese socioeconomic history, local history of north and south China, women’s/gender history, global history and the overseas Chinese networks, Hong Kong-mainland China relations and the world, and so forth. The courses she has taught include China Today, Revolution and Modernization in 20th-Century China, Gender and History, etc.

Documentary Film Screening "Art and the Community"
Mezes Hall, room B0.306 MAP
Free and open to public, no RSVP needed.
More information: "Art and the Community" film

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