Distinguished Speaker Series
Robert C. Neville, Boston University
Wei Wu, Religion
A public lecture by Professor Yang Zhong
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech
Based on questionnaires and extensive interviews, this lecture attempts to shed some empirical and comparative light on the religiosity and socio-political values of Chinese Christians. The study reveals that Chinese Christians have relatively high levels of religiosity in both believing and behaving aspects. Chinese Christians in the study also turn out to be rather conservative in their social values, more so than the general population in China and Christians in the United States. With regard to their political values, majority of the Chinese Christians in the study are strong supporters of democratic values and civil liberties. It is further found that the religious values of Chinese Christians are positively related to their socio-political values. More religiously fundamentalist Christians tend to hold more socially conservative values and more supportive of democratic values. Findings from the study are revealing and carry implications for development of civil society in China.
Dr. Yang Zhong is Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Tennessee, U.S.A. He is also the Director of Public Opinion Research Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr. Zhong’s main research and teaching interests include Chinese local governance, urban studies in China and Chinese political culture. He has published over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters, authored three books and co-edited several books.
Parking is available in Visitor Area 1 across North Avenue.
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Jia-Chen Fu, REALC
“China’s Great Gamble: Can the Chinese Government Create a Technological Superpower?”
ABSTRACT: In its effort to maintain high-speed growth, China has stepped up government steerage and investment in high-tech industry. Increasingly, this has meant gambling on a new wave of untested technologies: artificial intelligence, 5G broadband communication, autonomous vehicles and smart robotics. This expensive and risky strategy has aggravated conflict with the United States, and given China an enormous opportunity to fail. However, if it succeeds, China will emerge as a new kind of power, showing off its new model as an alternative to American capitalism.
BIO: Barry Naughton is the So Kwanlok Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. Naughton’s work on the Chinese economy focuses on market transition; industry and technology; foreign trade; and political economy. His first book, Growing Out of the Plan, won the Ohira Prize in 1996, and a new edition of his popular survey and textbook, The Chinese Economy: Adaptation and Growth, appeared in 2018.
Venue: Georgia Institute of Technology, The Bill Moore Student Success Center, President’s Suite A & B (next to the stadium); visitor parking available on North Avenue.
Free and open to the public.
“Changing Landscapes between U.S. & China: Chinese New Year Business Forum”
Hosted and organized by the World Trade Center Atlanta, the Chinese Business Association of Atlanta, and the Georgia State University Confucius Institute
Sponsored by the China Research Center
Ticket price includes one beverage and heavy hors d’oeuvres during the reception.
Panelists from top Chinese, U.S., and Atlanta businesses will speak on the changing business landscapes between the U.S. and China.
Jim Beach, McGraw-Hill best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host
Todd Harris, Co-Founder of HiRez Studios
Mr. Harris co-founded Hi-Rez Studios, one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast with a worldwide publishing cooperation agreement with Tencent. He is currently Chairman of the Atlanta Esports Alliance, Founder & CEO of Skillshot Media, an esports infrastructure and solution company, and was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as Most Admired CEO in 2019.
Tony Hilliard, SVP, Marketing Executive, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America
Mr. Hilliard leads Georgia’s Global Commercial Banking business serving current and prospective clients and middle market companies with annual revenues of $50M to $2B. Tony has also served on multiple boards in Atlanta, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber and presently with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Larry Reed, CEO, ZKTeco USA
Mr. Reed is a 15-year veteran in the biometrics industry. He’s currently CEO of ZKTeco USA, headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. ZKTeco USA is a subsidiary of ZKTeco, the world’s largest supplier of biometric readers used primarily in time & attendance and physical access control applications. ZKTeco factories are located in China, Mexico and soon in Alpharetta, Ga.
Eric Xue, CEO of DEZHU
Mr. Xue founded DEZHU US in Atlanta in 2012. Since then, DEZHU US has steadily grown into a powerhouse in real estate investment, development and management. In 2019, the portfolio of the firm reaches $800 million. As a co-owner, he sits on the firm’s Executive Committee, serves as the CEO of the firm and managing all the strategies and operations of the firm. DEZHU is headquartered in Hangzhou, China.
A Discussion Over Coffee with Yan Bennett
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Trump is making good on his campaign promises, from tax cuts to repealing Obamacare. One of his promises included that he would stop China from perpetrating “one of the greatest thefts in the world” by threatening a trade war with China through various legal mechanisms. This talk will outline America’s current trade assault on China with a brief synapsis of the most current status of negotiations. I will then compare this trade war to previous attempts, and assess whether such efforts ultimately succeed or fail. It also evaluates the business negotiation techniques used by President Trump and whether such theatrics will alleviate the trade imbalance between the United States and China, decrease the use of unfair trade practices, and make America great again.
Yan Bennett is the Assistant Director for the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. She most recently worked at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where she served as the Assistant Director from 2009-2015. Before coming to Princeton, Bennett was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and served overseas in China and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In China, she served as vice consul and had the opportunity to report on U.S. corporate labor practices, intellectual property issues, and the results of a municipal election in Guangdong Province. In Bosnia, Bennett served as special assistant to the ambassador and supported senior staff in achieving foreign policy and national security objectives. She has received awards for superior performance from the State Department, including a personal commendation from Secretary Powell. Bennett teaches diplomatic studies at George Washington University as an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. In her course, her students learn the interaction of law and diplomacy, as well as the structure of domestic and international law.
Co-sponsored by the China Research Center
A Discussion Over Lunch with Lo Chih-Chiang
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Cross-Taiwan Strait relations have moved from a period of peace, stability, and trust in 2008-2016 to a period of instability, mistrust, and mounting tension since 2016. President Ma Ying-jeou’s Mainland China policy mitigated rivalry and hostility, but his alleged “pro-China” image gradually eroded his power base and popularity. President Tsai Ing-wen reversed President Ma’s Mainland China policy, and with the help of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protest, President Tsai and the Democratic Progressive Party successfully built an image as the guardian of democracy and protector of Taiwan’s identity and dignity. The talk will conclude with a discussion on the uncharted waters facing cross-strait relations that are full of deep hostility and undercurrents of mistrust against the backdrop of unpredictable developments in the U.S.-China relations.
Lo Chih-Chiang is a member of the Taipei City Council. In 2012-2013, he was the deputy secretary-general to then-Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. In 2010-2011, he was the spokesperson of Taiwan’s Presidential Office. He was also the deputy chief executive officer of Ma’s re-election campaign in 2011-2012. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School from 2015 to 2016.
The event is sponsored by the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy and the China Research Center.
A China Research Center Lecture on the New Coronavirus
Disease Prevention and Control in China: Bull’s nose ring or tail?
By Dr. Zhuo (Adam) Chen
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, 12:30-1:45
Student Center Room 321
Georgia Institute of Technology
350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
With cities in lockdown and tens of thousands of patients in intensive care units in China because of the novel coronavirus outbreak in mid-February, 2020, disease prevention and control has again been put into spotlight, albeit unwanted. This presentation will discuss China’s disease control prevention systems, its evolution over time, and its key components and structure. The presentation will offer some food for thoughts on how effective China’s health systems is in responding to the outbreak and policy recommendations.
Dr. Zhuo (Adam) Chen is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA; and Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Health Economics and Co-Director, Centre for Health Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He was a senior health economist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a recipient of the CDC Excellence in Social and Behavioral Science Research Award before joining the UGA faculty in 2017. Dr. Chen served as the President of the Asian Pacific Islander Employees of CDC/ATSDR during 2014-2016 and was awarded the Civilian Award of Excellence in Diversity by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council in 2016.