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Is Minority Unrest China’s Achilles Heel? The Case of Tibet – Melvyn C. Goldstein Tue. April 20th, 2010
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Melvyn C. Goldstein
Is Minority Unrest China’s Achilles Heel? The Case of Tibet
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

China’s rapid rise to economic and military superpower status belies certain internal flaws that have serious ramifications for China’s future stability. One of the most serious of these is the increasing militant unrest in China’s vast Western Regions where Uighur and Kazakh Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists are increasingly alienated, angry and bitter about Chinese policies in their homelands. This lecture will discuss China’s ethnic problem by focusing on Tibet, the most internationally prominent area of unrest.

Village Elections and Governance? – Qingshan Tan Tue. March 23rd, 2010
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Qingshan Tan
Village Elections and Governance?
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Village elections have been implemented throughout China for more than a decade. In spite of improvements in the election process and villagers’ increasing awareness of democratic rights, the elections are widely viewed as producing little effect on village governance. Why have village elections remained largely irrelevant to effective self-governance? Tan addresses such questions by examining causal factors, village governance structure, township re-assertiveness over villages, and dual-leadership factors.

Qingshan Tan is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Cleveland State University.

History Department Lecture Thu. March 18th, 2010
11:30 am-1:00 pm

“Reconstructing Wifehood in Madras: Devadasis, Feminist Agency, and the Colonial Archive”

Lecture by Dr. Mytheli Sreenivas, Associate Professor of History at Ohio State

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM
Mather House 100

Flyer for History Department Lecture (PDF)

China: A Security Perspective – Albert S. Willner Tue. February 23rd, 2010
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Albert S. Willner
China: A Security Perspective
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

China’s security perceptions, requirements and priorities are changing in response to a host of internal and external drivers. The People’s Liberation Army in particular is undergoing a transition to address these changing dynamics which present new opportunities and potential challenges. How are China’s security priorities changing and why? What impact will this change have in the region and beyond? How is the PLA adapting and what is the potential impact? This presentation will address some of the important security shifts underway,

China at 60: Myths and Realities Tue. January 26th, 2010
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Spring 2010 Asian Studies Lecture Series

All lectures held at 4:30 p.m.
(with receptions at 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Feb. 23)

Free and open to the public

Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations
11402 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

Visitor Parking: metered lots at corner of Euclid and Ford, and on Bellflower Road across from Mandel Center; Campus Center Garage (below Severance Hall, entrance on East Blvd.)

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with funding from the Mitzie Levine Verne and Daniel Verne Endowment for Asian Studies.

How Fragile Is China? – Paul E. Schroeder Tue. January 26th, 2010
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Paul E. Schroeder
How Fragile is China?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Many believe that China is quickly becoming a major superpower challenging the U.S.  China faces challenges, however, that question this assumption. An export-driven development model threatens continued growth with industrial overcapacity. Severe environmental degradation poses an increasing public health hazard. Bold calls for political reform from Chinese intellectuals and increasing public protests over numerous social issues all pose serious problems for continued rule of the Chinese Communist Party. Schroeder will examine many of these issues and will pose possible scenarios for China’s future,


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