Cornell University

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

Clothing, Kinship, Slogans, and Songs in Chinese Protest Movements

Monday, September 26, 2022 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative (CCCI) of the East Asia Program kicks off its seventh year with Jeffrey Wasserstrom (History, University of California, Irvine). The theme of this semester is Fashion and Politics in Twentieth-Century China  with faculty host, Peidong Sun (History, Cornell)

Some of the questions that guest speakers will investigate include: How do we define politics from the dimension of fashion? What was a politicized fashion? How did fashion reflect the power structure? How did fashion become a way of obedience and resistance? And how do we define and interpret the human condition in China under Mao's rule (1949-1976)? What was human resilience in the face of absolute power? 

Jeffery Wasserstrom's talk is titled, "Clothing, Kinship, Slogans, and Songs in Chinese Protest Movements"

This talk will move from the May 4th Movement of 1919 to the Hong Kong upheaval of 2019, with stops along the way to examine protest waves that took place at various points during the century separating those two struggles. The speaker's goal will be to show that, as different as these struggles were in many ways, interesting windows on all of them can be opened by paying close attention to some recurring cultural practices and symbolic themes.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, where he also holds courtesy appointments in the Law School and in the Literary Journalism Program.

The CCCI lecture series aims to expose the broad campus community to issues and scholarship of contemporary China.  

We thank our co-sponsors:

Asian American Studies Program | Asian Studies | College of Human Ecology | Cornell Society for the Humanities | Feminist, Gender & Sexuality StudiesDepartment of History | Department of International & Comparative Labor Relations | Department of History | The Levinson China & Asia-Pacific Studies Program 

Dial-In Information

If you cannot make it in person, please register in advance: 


You'll receive meeting details upon registration.

Google Calendar iCal Outlook
Event Type



Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Human Ecology Fiber Science and Apparel Design, ILR School, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, History, East Asia Program, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), Global Cornell, China and Asia-Pacific Studies

University Themes



humanities, history, ILR, human ecology, East Asia program, Global Cornell, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, aaspcal, asianstudiescal, cosochum, fgsscal



Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Amala Lane


Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Speaker Affiliation

University of California, Irvine

Dept. Web Site

Disability Access Information

Autocaption will be turned on and we can provide other accessibility assistance with advance notice.

Open To


Recent Activity