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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?

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
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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