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Public Events

September 29, 2016, OU Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The OU College of International Studies hosts reception and banquet to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the OU Institute for US-China Issues


4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Auditorium Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Richard Kraus, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Oregon
“A Cultural Cold War between China and the United States”
This event is cosponsored by the Institute for U.S.-China Issues and the Department of International and Area Studies, and is free and open to the public.

Thursday April 4. 1:30-245pm, Hester Hall 183, no lunch
Carsten Vala, Loyola University of Maryland, Department of Political Science
“Loving the people or loving the party? Official and unofficial Protestant leaders and the Chinese Communist Party's nationalism agenda.”
In the 21st century, the Chinese Communist Party promotes nationalism as one way to legitimate its rule. Chinese Protestants, however, comprise a potentially disloyal social group, because many reject official churches to worship apart from party-state structures and Protestants comprise one of the fastest growing religious populations in China today. How does the CCP's nationalism agenda play out among Protestant leaders within the party-state's official churches and in unregistered churches? Drawing on nearly 40 interviews conducted in mainland China in 2009 and 2010, I illustrate the strategies by which Protestant leaders negotiate the CCP's nationalism agenda. 

Monday, February 18. 12 noon – 1:15 pm, Hester Hall 160 seminar room, lunch provided.
Wolfgang Kubin, University of Bonn, Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies
“Modern Chinese Poetry and the Role of Foreign Languages”
I shall talk about modern and contemporary Chinese poets like Dai Wangshu and Bei Dao under the influence of French and Spanish language and literature, about poets as their own translators (Bian Zhilin) and the translators of others and the consequences for the problem of translation work. Finally I shall raise the question of whether a Chinese poet writing in a foreign language still belongs to the history of Chinese literature or should be counted as the history of a certain foreign literature.

15 Years of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in Hong Kong:

A conversation with Mr. Donald Tong,
Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA

3:15–4:15 pm, Tuesday, 14 February 2012
CIS Conference Room, Hester Hall 160

Donald Tong Chi-keung (唐智強) is the most senior representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to the U.S., a position he assumed in October 2008.  As Commissioner, he directs the HKSAR Government’s efforts in promoting U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties. Immediately prior to this appointment, he was Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, responsible for policy formulation on development of social enterprise and youth, promotion of civic education and human rights, regulation of gambling, legal aid, religious and data privacy matters. 

Mr. Tong will speak briefly about the economic and political development of Hong Kong since its 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty from British rule, and will then take questions from the audience.


This event is free and open to the public. But please rsvp to or 325-3580.


Director Gries at Taipei Press Conference 2011

台灣2012年總統選舉: 美國學術調查記者會

ppt here; survey data here; press coverage:
China Post
, Taipei Times, 中央社, 中央廣播電臺, 中時新聞, 聯合報, 大紀元

The University of Oklahoma Institute for US-China Issues hosted a brief presentation and Q & A in Taipei on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

Peter Gries, Director of the Institute, presented findings from a nationally representative Taiwan survey. The survey differed from existing polls in coming from a non-partisan academic source, and in using a new Internet survey methodology that avoids biases associated with telephone and face-to-face polls.

Topics covered included:

  • Up to date support figures for Ma, Tsai, and Soong.
  • Demographic characteristics (e.g. age, gender, region, ethnicity, education, income) of Ma, Tsai, and Soong supporters.
  • Who are the undecided voters?
  • How do Ma, Tsai, and Soong supporters differ on China? What are their views of independence and reunification?

Gries presented in both English and Mandarin Chinese, and took questions in both languages.

TIME: 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

PLACE: NTU Alumni Building Rm. 3C (2-1 Chi-nan Rd., near Taipei Main Station)
台大校友會館3C (台北市濟南路一段2-1號3樓)

AGENDA: 15 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of Q&A

COST: Free and open to the public; accredited journalists given seating priority; tea and coffee provided.

Please register in advance at

Yíngēlìshī 吟歌丽诗
"Chanted Songs, Beautiful Poetry," A Sinophonic English Opera
OU Professor Jonathan Stalling

 2-3 p.m., Friday, February 18, 2011
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,
555 Elm Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma

By rewriting a common English phrasebook from China into haunting Chinese poetry, Jonathan Stalling has created an opera that is both Chinese and English at the same time. It tells the story of a Chinese tourist’s one-way journey into the space between our languages, with both beautiful and disastrous consequences. Professor Stalling will give a brief lecture about his work, play a multi-media presentation of the opera (including the full Chinese musical accompaniment recorded in China last year), and answer questions afterward.

On the global stage much is made of the shifting relationship between the American superpower and China’s recent and dramatic rise. These shifting historical conditions give rise to new questions for economists, politicians, and historians, but also linguists and even artists. What will the language of globalization sound like? Will Chinese eventually challenge English’s global hegemony? Will we see new mixtures of these languages? In a sense, we have already seen such mixtures in corporate advertizing of products like Coca-Cola, which came up with its trademark
可口可乐 kekoukele – “ to allow the mouth to rejoice” – in 1928. The trademark retains its sound and the structures of feeling that the American product has invested millions of dollars to build, while simultaneously signifying in Chinese with both Chinese sounds and meanings (and thus new feelings). This is an example of "Sinophonic English," or English written in Chinese Characters. The title of Stalling’s work “Yíngēlìshī” (pronounced yeen guh lee shr) sounds like an accented pronunciation of the word “English,” while the Chinese reader sees the Chinese characters for “chanted songs, beautiful poetry.” With over 350 million English speakers in China (more than there are Americans alive) many of whom speak English by recombining existing Chinese sounds into English words and sentences, this new hybrid language is already spoken by millions, yet there are only a few corporate slogans that have explored even a little of this hybrid language’s potential.

Korean War

Honoring Oklahoma’s Korean War Veterans
9:30-10:30am, Monday, November 1, 2010
Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts
Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman, Norman, OK

China in Latin America
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
1:30-3 roundtable; 3-4 reception, Hester Hall 160 seminar room

The recent growth in China’s investment, trade, and overall involvement in Latin America has been phenomenal. This roundtable brings leading scholars to OU to debate that growth’s impact on the people of Latin America and its implications for U.S. security and prosperity.
A roundtable and reception featuring:

  • Evan Ellis, National Defense University Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, and author of China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores.
  • Carol Wise, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, specializes in international political economy and development, with an emphasis on Latin America.
  • Allen Carlson, Associate Professor of Government at Cornel University, has recently written on the topic of “Nontraditional Security Concerns” such as energy and resource security in Chinese foreign policy.

Conversation with American and Chinese diplomats on U.S.-China relations
12 noon Friday, 2 April 2010; Beaird Lounge, OMU

  • 12-12:20. Welcome and opening remarks on U.S.-China relations.
  • 12:20-12:40. Informal question & answer session with diplomats.

  • This public event is part of the U.S.-China Diplomatic Dialogue, a track II retreat for mid-career American and Chinese diplomats working on U.S.-China relations.

Why is Everything Made in China?
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hear experts on issues related to America’s growing trade with China and its consequences for energy generation and consumption; resource development and conservation and the environment; and jobs in a time of global economic recession! Interact with fellow teachers to receive and create lesson plans, classroom materials, and multimedia presentations that meet PASS standards in economics, geography and history in Grades 6-12!

For teachers of Grade 6 World Studies, Grade 7 World Geography, High School Economics, U.S. History, World Geography and World History; and secondary library-media specialists.

By registration only. Contact Eugene Earsom at OKAGE @ 325-5832 or Mark Frazier @


Newman Prize for Chinese Literature Symposia
3-5 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma

3-4 p.m. – Roundtable on the Newman Laureate

  • Haiyan Lee, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages, Stanford University, “Mo Yan and Modern Chinese Literature”

  • Liu Hongtao, Associate Dean, College of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, "Mo Yan's Novel in the Chinese Tradition of Native Literature"
  • Howard Goldblatt, Research Professor of Chinese, Notre Dame University, “Mo Yan's Novels Are Wearing Me Out
  • Alexander Huang, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, “Doing Anything for a Laugh? Mo Yan and Literary Humor”

4:15-5 p.m. – Keynote Address by Mo Yan
     The 2009 Newman laureate reads from his work and answers questions

This event is free and open to the public

Tuesday, March 31, 3:30-4:30 SIAS seminar room, Hester Hall 140
David P. Nickles is a historian working in the Asia and Africa Division of the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State

What does the Foreign Relations (FRUS) series publish, and why does it publish it?  What are the selection criteria for documents?  How have controversies shaped the history of the FRUS series?
This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:30-2:45, Adams Hall 112
David P. Nickles is a historian working in the Asia and Africa Division of the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State

In 1976, major leadership changes occurred in both the United States and China.  The Carter Administration, which came in on a promise of change, faced questions on whether to depart from the Nixon/Ford policy on China, how to reconcile disagreements among the members of its own administration, and whether changes in the Chinese leadership would make previous policies inapplicable.
This event is free and open to the public.

Henry paulson and Wu Yi

Ambassador Alan Holmer
Special U.S. Envoy for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue
3:30 - 445pm, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Gaylord College of Journalism, 2nd Fl. Library (395 W. Lindsey)

President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao established the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in September 2006, as a high-level mechanism to manage mutual concerns in the US-China economic relationship. Ambassador Holmer is the SED’s Special Envoy. He is former president of PHARMA and a former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).This public talk and question and answer session will address the full range of U.S. government priorities as they relate to our relationship with China, such as energy and the environment, financial service sector reform, investment, consumer safety, and Chinese currency reform.

This lecture is free and open to the public

Carter and  Deng

30th Anniversary of the Normalization
of US-China Relations Conference

Monday, 20 October 2008

Confirmed Participants:


10am-12 noon: “30 Years of U.S.-China Relations, 1979-2009”
Location: Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; Audience; OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

2-3:30pm: “The Future of US-China relations”
Location: Beaird Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union; OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


6:30pm President’s Associates Dinner at OMU with President Boren and Ambassador Roy on the past and future of US-China relations (by invitation only)


Orville Schell

Sino-US Relations and the Global Environment”
Orville Schell, Director, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations; former Dean, UC Berkeley School of Journalism 
February 12 1:30-2:30pm. Adams Hall 112

Sometime this year, China could surpass the United States in greenhouse gas emissions, but the average person in China still consumes less than one-fifth the energy the average American does. For China to achieve the same living standard as the United States, it would have to triple its use of coal, creating an enormous increase in both conventional pollutants and greenhouse gases. And make no mistake about it, China is angling to catch up. In fact, to keep up with this voracious demand for energy, a new conventional coal-fired power plant comes on-line in China every week. China is not alone. The United States has 100 to 160 conventional coal-fired plants on the drawing boards, all with life spans of about 40 years, and none equipped to capture and sequester CO2. Indeed, as oil and gas have become increasingly expensive, countries rich in coal have found themselves relying on it ever more. The global consequences of continuing this trend without first adopting new "clean coal" technologies will be dire.

“Covering the war in Iraq and China: What do they tell us about the US press?”
Orville Schell, Director, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations; former Dean, UC Berkeley School of Journalism 
February 12 3:00-4:30pm. Gaylord School of Journalism, 2nd fl. Library

“The Bush Administration [has] had little esteem for the watchdog role of the press... In fact, it enthroned a new criterion for veracity, "faith-based" truth, sometimes corroborated by "faith -based" intelligence. For officials of this administration (and not just the religious ones either), truth seemed to descend from on high, a kind of divine revelation… What does this downgrading of the media's role say about how our government views its citizens, the putative sovereigns of our country? It suggests that "we the people" are seen not as political constituencies conferring legitimacy on our rulers, but as consumers to be sold policy the way advertisers sell product.”

“US-China Education and Exchange: History and Prospects”
Terry Lautz, Vice President and Secretary, Program Director for Asia and the Henry R. Luce Programs
March 13 12:00 noon, Faculty lunch, IPC Conference Room, 4th floor, Whitehand Hall Please RSVP to

The Luce Foundation's Asia Program fosters cultural and intellectual exchange between the United States and East and Southeast Asia, and creates scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the US.

Enemy under My Skin: A Levinasian Reading of Eileen Chang’s ‘Lust, Caution’”
Haiyan Lee, Assistant professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong
April 7:  3:30-4:45 pm, IAS Conference Room, Hester Hall 140

In this paper, I read Eileen Chang’s short story “Lust, Caution《色,戒》 as an exemplification of her poetics of the social by drawing on the insights of Hannah Arendt, William Egginton, and especially Emmanuel Levinas’s theorization of transcendence and the “face of the other.”  The story stages the entanglement of two modes of transcendence—revolutionary and bourgeois—through the thematic device of an espionage/assassination conspiracy undertaken by underground activists under conditions of war, occupation, collaboration, and resistance.  If bourgeois transcendence is grounded in the social and its affective and performative regime of presence, revolutionary transcendence requires an instrumentalist appropriation of theatricality.  I argue that underground activism melds the two modes in a seductive but fatal fashion, allowing the female protagonist the experience of transcendence at the very moment of her brutal instrumentalization.  The story is embedded in and departs from its ideological milieu of the Cold War.

“From optimism to cynicism: Post-1949 Chinese politics through cinema”
April 17 4:00 pm Thursday lecture with film clips, Fred Jones Museum of Art auditorium
Stanley Rosen, Director of the East Asian Studies Center and Professor of Political Science, the University of Southern California.

Using clips from five Chinese feature films from the founding of the PRC in 1949 down to the present day, the lecture will address how film can be used to teach students about the changing norms and values that have marked politics, ideology, culture, society and economics in China over the last six decades.  The earliest and most recent films chosen suggest how the widespread idealism and optimism that marked the collapse of Nationalist Party rule and the imminent victory of the Communist Party has been replaced in recent years by cynicism and pragmatic, materialistic values, while the lecture (and additional clips) examine how we got from there to here. 

“What do we know about Asia and where does our information come from? Historical and contemporary perspectives”
April 18 3:00 pm Friday lecture with film clips
Stanley Rosen, Director of the East Asian Studies Center and Professor of Political Science, the University of Southern California.

Using clips from a variety of films and television shows from 1919 to the present, this lecture will examine what we think we know about Asia and how consistent our views have been over the last nine decades.  For example, whereas silent films and early cartoons depicted a mysterious Chinatown where anything – including the ubiquitous presence of opium and live puppies in one’s chop suey! – was possible, more recent images depict a smarter, more ruthless China geared to success at all costs.


Gansu China Delegation visits OU
Welcome reception
8:30-9:30 am, Thursday, November 15
Beaird Lounge, OMU

Please join us in Beaird Lounge on Thursday morning for the welcoming reception for a large delegation from Gansu China, Oklahoma’s sister province. Provost Nancy Mergler and Dean Paul Bell will give welcoming remarks, and the new PRC Council General in Houston, Madame Qiao Hong, will speak as well. Join us in giving a big Sooner welcome to our Chinese guests.



"Culture and Cognition: Making Sense of Sense-making in Different Cultures"
12:30-1:30 Friday, November 9
Dale Hall Tower 905

Culture explains variability in psychological functions such as cognition, emotion, social perception, and social interaction – and related social institutional variables as well. Our Culture and Cognition laboratory seeks to examine and uncover the psychological mechanisms that drive the underlying relationship between culture and cognition.

Kaiping Peng received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1997. Before coming to the US in 1989, he served as a faculty member at the Psychology Department of Peking University of China for five years. In addition to directing the Culture and Cognition lab at UC-Berkeley, he has published four books and 50 some articles on culture and cognition, and the psychology of Chinese people.
This talk is free and open to the general public.
Cosponsored by the Institute for US-China Issues and the Psychology Department.


"Fireside Chat" with P.R.C. and U.S. Diplomats on US-China Relations
Thursday, October 4, 3:30-5:00 PM,
Beaird Lounge, Student Union

3:30-3:45 PM. 15 minute piano and voice mini-recital by students from the Xu Beihong School of Art, Renmin University, Beijing, China.
3:45-5:00 PM. Informal question and answer session with Chinese and American diplomats on US-China Relations.

This public event is part of the US-China Diplomatic Dialogue, a two day retreat for mid-career US and Chinese diplomats held here in Norman, Oklahoma.

“Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy”
Dr. Bates Gill, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Monday, January 29, 2-3:00pm
Presidents Room, Oklahoma Memorial Union (OMU) 2nd fl.
This event is free and open to the public.

China’s diplomatic strategy has changed dramatically since the mid- 1990s, becoming more proactive, practical, and constructive.  These developments pose both challenges and opportunities to China’s neighbors, including the United States.  In his forthcoming book, Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings Press, 2007), Bates Gill assesses China’s more proactive and increasingly successful foreign and security policy, and implications for the United States and the world.

Dr. Gill will present the principal themes and findings of this new book.  Rising Star focuses on Chinese policy in three areas—regional security mechanisms, nonproliferation and arms control, and questions of sovereignty and intervention. The concluding chapters analyze U.S.-China relations and offer specific recommendations toward a framework that emphasizes what the two countries have in common, rather than what divides them.

Dr. Bates Gill holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  A specialist in East Asian politics and foreign policy, his work focuses primarily on Chinese domestic and foreign policies, and their implications for the United States and U.S.-China relations.  He is the author of Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings Press, 2007) and co-author of China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About the Emerging Superpower (PublicAffairs, 2006).  He serves as Board member or advisor of such institutions as the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, the Feris Foundation of America, the China-Merck AIDS Partnership, and the Institute for U.S.-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma.  He received his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia.


 “Juggernaut or Juggler?  China’s Rise and its Mounting Domestic Challenges”
Dr. Bates Gill, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Monday, January 29, 11:30-1pm
Faculty House, 601 N.E. 14th St. (just off of Lincoln), Oklahoma City; (405) 235-8212
This luncheon is by invitation only.

 China’s spectacular economic success story is well-known and breathlessly covered from the popular press to business school journals.  Less well understood – but of potentially far greater importance – are the numerous domestic economic, political, and social challenges that keep Chinese leaders awake at night and will profoundly shape the kind of China we face a decade from now.  Drawing from his recent co-authored book, China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower (PublicAffairs, 2006), Dr. Bates Gill will examine a number of critical challenges on the home front in China – from corruption, to environmental degradation, to a fraying social safety net and more – and consider their implications for the continued success of the China economic miracle, for the continued leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, and for the future of U.S.-China relations.


“Individual Disgust and Institutional Trust:
Popular Support for Village Institutions”

John Kennedy
, assistant professor, political science, the University of Kansas
Wednesday, October 4, 3pm.
Price Hall 3030

Abstract: Although there are many reports of rural disturbances, most villagers do not protest or file grievances with higher authorities.  While many studies on rural political development examine villagers' protest, our study addresses the issue of villager compliance and trust in local institutions.  In most studies, it is clear that villagers trust the central leadership more than local leaders.   However, evidence from our three-county survey (2000 and 2004) as well as in-depth interviews suggests that rural residents can have trust in local institutions, such as tax laws and local elections, while displaying complete disgust for the elected village leadership.  Moreover, trust in village institutions varies between counties and townships.  We suggest that popular trust in local institutions results from top-down policy implementation from committed county and/or town officials (party secretary) and bottom-up pressure from a number of informed villagers.  Not all villagers are fully informed, but popular trust can occur when the majority of villagers observe whether or not the new reforms change cadre behavior.