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May
26
Tue
Webinar: China’s economy and business environment post Covid-19
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

International Business Webinar Series hosted by GSU-CIBER

 

China’s economy and business environment post Covid-19

Featuring:

Dr. Penelope Prime

Clinical Professor of International Business, Georgia State University
Founding Director of the China Research Center

Dr. Qian (Cecilia) Gu

Associate Professor of International Business, Georgia State University
Poets & Quants Top 40 under 40 MBA Professors in 2020

Dr. Leigh Anne Liu

Professor of International Business, Georgia State University
Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics 2020-2021

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)

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The impact of Covid-19 on Chinese society and economy, and on international business norms, has been rapid and severe. Business as usual may not return any time soon.  Companies need to re-think their strategies in light of China’s, and the global economy’s, downturns; funding for new start-ups may be impacted; and challenges in supply chains may exacerbate the trends of companies diversifying away from producing in China.  Finally, U.S.-China tensions are increasing the political risk on both sides of the Pacific. Some of the changes, however, may bring silver linings and new opportunities.

From this session, participants will learn updates on:

  • How China’s economic recovery is progressing
  • Challenges, opportunities, and strategies of startups and VC investments in China
  • Approaches to Sino-U.S. conflict management
  • The status of the U.S.-China phase one trade deal

 

This program is FREE and open to all, but registration is required.

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Sep
10
Thu
Historically Remaining Issues: The Shanghai Zhiqing to Xinjiang and the Tangled Legacies of the Mao Era in China, 1980–2017
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bin Xu, Emory University, Sociology

Zoom Meeting 7:30 (EDT)

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This lecture addresses the social legacy of the Mao era or “historically remaining issue” (lishi yiliu wenti), long-lasting impacts of previous state policies and political practices on involved people’s lives in the post-Mao era. Such social legacy often involves intense interactions between the state and the society and is tangled with institutional and cultural legacies. This point is illustrated in a case study of the historically remaining issues of the Shanghai-Xinjiang migration program, in which about 97,000 Shanghai zhiqing were mobilized in 1963-1966 to settle in the Xinjiang Construction and Production Corps. After a series of petitions and protests in 1979-1980, which culminated in a hunger strike in Aksu, some were allowed to return, while others stayed in Shanghai without documents. For more than thirty years, the zhiqing returnees have been petitioning and protesting to pressure the Shanghai government and the Xinjiang Corps to solve the historically remaining issues, including unstable life, low pensions, and limited healthcare benefits. The Shanghai government responded with suppressing the protests, imprisoning leading activists, and making incremental, ad hoc policy changes. Even those policy changes, however, have created further problems and provoked more grievances.

Sep
15
Tue
US-China Relations under Stress: The Economic Factors
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Penelope B. Prime, Georgia State University

Zoom Webinar 7:30 (EDT)

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The U.S. and China are major trading and investment partners.  Conflicting views on what is fair trade led to a bilateral trade war with escalating tariffs on both sides.   Efforts to re-establish trade and investment flows have been thwarted by geo-political concerns.  Accusations of cyber theft and information warfare on top of the Coronavirus challenges have increasingly strained normal economic interactions.  What is happening in terms of decoupling, what policies and factors are behind the changes, and what is at stake?

Sep
18
Fri
The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: China’s Troubled Transition from Factory of the World to Superpower
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Public Lecture
Co-Sponsored by
The Center for International Business Education and Research at Georgia Tech

Blue Jeans virtual meeting; registration required
Meeting URL: https://bluejeans.com/200204418

Moderator: John R. McIntyre, Professor of Management & Founding Director of the Georgia Tech CIBER

Abstract: As discussed in his new book The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, Dexter Roberts will describe how surging income inequality, an unfair social welfare system, and rising social tensions block China’s continued economic rise with implications for companies and countries around the world. He will discuss how China is struggling to leave behind its “Factory to the World” growth model, and include its hundreds of millions of left-behind migrant workers into a more innovative, consumption-driven economy and why that means China may not become the superpower the world expects. He will also discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated the already huge social disparities in China further complicating its ongoing economic transition and putting it at risk of falling into the middle income trap. He will discuss how global supply chain diversification is affecting China and the implications of a Trump administration turning its back on engagement while a Xi Jinping-led China is determined to pursue a “wolf warrior” assertive approach to the world.

Dexter RobertsDexter Roberts is an award-winning writer and speaker on China now serving as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Fellow at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Center. Previously he was China bureau chief and Asia News Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, based in Beijing for more than two decades. Roberts’ first book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World, was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2020. He also publishes a weekly newsletter called Trade War.

Sep
21
Mon
Chop Fry Watch Learn: How Fu Pei-mei Reinvented Chinese Cooking for Taiwan’s Television Generation
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Michelle King, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hil

Zoom Webinar 7:30 (EDT)

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Chop Fry Watch Learn is a cultural and social history of postwar Taiwan, told through the life and career of Fu Pei-mei (1931-2004), cookbook author and television personality, often called the “Julia Child of Chinese Cooking.” Fu authored dozens of cookbooks and appeared as an instructor on television for four decades, beginning in 1962. Women in her generation, which included both housewives and career women, turned to Fu because she taught them how to cook an astounding range of unfamiliar Chinese regional dishes on their television sets, in ways their own mothers and grandmothers never could. As her fame grew, Fu and her cookbooks traveled beyond the borders of Taiwan, teaching the rest of the world how to cook Chinese food. Fu’s story offers a way to examine a much more personal and intimate set of concerns about food, family, gender roles, and cultural identity. This is not a story of timeless tradition, but of modern transformation—of self and family, of cuisine and society.

Oct
8
Thu
You Said, They Said: A Framework on Informant Accuracy with Application to Studying Self-Reports and Peer-Reports of Adolescent Smoking in China
Oct 8 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Weihua An, Emory University, Sociology
You Said, They Said: A Framework on Informant Accuracy with Application to Studying Self-Reports and Peer-Reports of Adolescent Smoking in China

Zoom Meeting 7:30 (EDT)

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Social research heavily relies on self-reported data. However, it is known that self-reports, especially of sensitive behaviors, tend to be biased. Among many endeavors to address self-reporting bias, informants (such as peers, co-workers, and family members) are often employed to provide alternative reports to supplement self-reports. In this paper, I discuss the necessity and the applicability of using informant reports and the types, measures, and determinants of informant accuracy. I show that studying informant accuracy not only helps deepen our understanding regarding how perceptions of alters are configured, but also helps develop more effective methods to utilize informant reports to correct self-reporting bias. I also propose a general framework that links informant accuracy to informant characteristics as has been done in prior studies, but also to alter characteristics, dyadic characteristics, and features of the object being reported on. I illustrate the framework through a case study of self-reports and peer-reports of smoking among 4,094 middle school students in China. The results reveal mechanisms that can account for previous findings, present more nuanced patterns beyond previous findings, and show the distinctive logics for identifying the presence and the absence of a behavior.

Oct
14
Wed
China’s Public Health System: Holding Bull’s Nose Ring or Tail?
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Zhuo (Adam) Chen, University of Georgia

Zoom Webinar 7:30 (EDT)

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Seventeen years after the SARS outbreak, with cities in lockdown and tens of thousands of patients in intensive care units in China because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, 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. I will also provide a comparison between the public health systems in China and that in the US, with a particular focus on the emergency preparedness and response. The presentation will offer some food for thought on China’s public health systems and policy recommendations.

Nov
10
Tue
A Puzzling Upheaval: China’s Factional Warfare of 1967-1968
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Andrew Walder, Stanford University

Zoom Webinar 7:30 (EST)

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Some 50 years after its conclusion, many aspects of China’s Cultural Revolution remain obscure, despite the fact that it ranked among the largest political upheavals of the 20th century. Perhaps the most puzzling is the two years of armed warfare between rebel factions that spread across China after a wave of rebel power seizures overthrew local governments in early 1967. Official sources indicate that some 250,000 people died in battles between civilian factions during this period, and another 1.3 million died in political campaigns and military operations to suppress the fighting and restore order. This talk provides an evidence-based overview of these conflicts, based on information extracted from 2,246 local histories published in China since the late 1980s. It addresses two puzzling features of this poorly understood period of recent Chinese history: why did antagonistic factions form, and why did violence break out and prove so difficult to suppress?

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