Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Schedule for TransPacific China in the Cold War Conference on Thursday, April 18th

Thu, April 18, 2013 | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

2:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Remarks
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Welcome by
Randy L. Diehl, Dean of The College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin
Julie Hardwick, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies, UT Austin
Madeline Y. Hsu, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Asian American Studies, UT Austin

Orphans of Empire: Refugees

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair and Commentator: Jeremi Suri
 (UT Austin)

Madeline Y. Hsu (UT Austin): "Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, Inc. and the Political Uses of Humanitarian Relief, 1952-1962"

Born in Columbia, Missouri, Madeline Y. Hsu grew up traveling between Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Arkansas. She is currently an associate professor of history and director of the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (2000), she also coedited, with Sucheng Chan, Chinese Americans and the Politics of Race and Culture (2008), and edited Chinese American Transnational Politics (2010), which features articles by the pioneering Chinese American historian Him Mark Lai. Her ongoing research projects explore ethnic food and entrepreneurship, the entwining of U.S. foreign relations with immigration law and racial ideologies, contemporary Taiwanese history, Cold War refugee migrations and brain drains, and the emergence of the model minority.

Glen Petersen (University of British Columbia): "Cold War Complications: The ‘Problem’ of Chinese Refugees in Hong Kong and What to Do with Them"

Glen Peterson is professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia. His interests include the history of Chinese transnationalism, overseas Chinese and the modernization of China, and the international refuge regime in postwar Asia. His most recent book is Overseas Chinese in the People’s Republic of China (Routledge, 2012).

Dominic Yang (University of British Columbia): "Cold War, Education, and Transnational Mobility: Nationalist Refugee Relief Program and the Rennie’s Mill Community in Hong Kong, 1950s-1980s"

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang is a PhD candidate with the History Department of UBC in Vancouver Canada. He specializes in the political and social history of modern China, modern Taiwan, Japanese colonialism, Cold War historiography, and Chinese diaspora. Dominic successfully defended his dissertation entitled The Great Exodus: Sojourn, Nostalgia, Return, and Identity Formation of Chinese Mainlanders in Taiwan, 1940s-2000s in August 3, 2012, and will obtain his degree by September 2012.

Helen Zia (journalist):  "Last Boat Out: Shanghai Exodus of the Liberation Era"

Helen Zia is an American journalist and scholar focused social and political movements and Asian American communities. She was in Princeton's first graduating class of women with a certificate in East Asian Studies and a research grant to Hong Kong and China, getting a visa to the PRC four months after Nixon's noted visit in 1972. She authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and co-authored a book with Taiwanese American nuclear physicist Wen Ho Lee about his false imprisonment by the U.S. as a spy for the PRC. She is at work on the exodus out of Shanghai in the revolution era through oral histories of individuals who migrated to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and USA. She was a Fulbright Scholar (Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei) and is currently an honorary researcher with the University Services Centre for Chinese Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Johannean Scholar at St. John's College at University of British Columbia. 

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Garrison Hall, Portico at the west/main building entrance. MAP
Reception is free and open to public, but RSVP is required.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16 to Courtney Meador.

Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, Center for Asian American Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Taiwan Studies Program, Center for East Asian Studies, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and Taiwan Academy

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