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CCCI: Has China entered a post-post-Mao era?

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G64
232 East Ave, Central Campus

The Cornell Contemporary China (CCCI) Initiative welcomes Jeff Wasserstrom, the Chancellor's Professor of History at University of California, Irvine.

Abstract: This presentation will take the impending arrival of the 40th anniversary of the start of the "Reform Era" as an opportunity to step back and place China's current moment into historical perspective.  

One theme will be that it is important to see Xi Jinping as having done three very different kinds of things at once, depending on which issues and parts of the PRC are considered: carried forward trends that were underway before his rise; broken with all precedents; and revived practices from earlier periods that seemed in recent decades to have been relegated to the dustbin of history.  

The value and limits of comparing Xi to various past Chinese leaders and some current leaders of other countries will be discussed.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, East Asia Program, Cornell China Center


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Cornell Contemporary China Initiative
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Amala Lane

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University of California, Irvine

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wheel chair accessible, hearing assistance provided with advance notice

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