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China Day 2005: "China Joins the Global Community"



China Day is an interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Reed College Chinese studies faculty and designed for high school students and teachers interested in China and related topics of contemporary significance.


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12


Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland


Free and open to high school students and teachers; pre-registration required.


For more information, the public is asked to visit or call Reed’s office of special programs at 503/777-7259

Workshop Descriptions

China's Currency Revaluation and WTO Accession: Implications for the Domestic Economies of China and the U.S.
Denise Hare, associate professor of economics
China took two steps in 2005 that will have potentially enormous ramifications on its trading relationships with the rest of the world. As of January 1, China became a member of the World Trade Organization, and, in July, China announced plans for changes to its exchange rate policy. This workshop will examine the motivations behind these decisions with due consideration of the Chinese side, but also acknowledging other countries' interests and the influence they may have carried. We then will proceed to analyze how trading patterns may (or have already begun to) change, with an eye towards understanding what kinds of wage and employment adjustments may be expected in both China and the United States.

China Joined the Global Community: An Artistic Depiction of Cosmopolitanism in an Imperial Handscroll
Kenneth Brashier, associate professor of religion and humanities
Globalization brought to China new religions, new ethnicities, new modes of transportation, new foods and new thoughts. Such indeed was the case of China in the 12th-century. That is, "globalization" is a relative term, applicable to any era impacted by a new internationalism. In the Song Dynasty, that internationalism is intricately depicted on a famous five-meter-long silk handscroll known as the Qingming shanghe tu or "Depiction of the Qingming Festival along the river." Through an arrangement with the National Palace Museum in Beijing, Reed College owns the first electronic version of this scroll in existence. Workshop participants will each be able to hunt down evidence of medieval globalization, whether it be worldwide modes of transportation (i.e. camels) or otherworldly religionists (i.e. Buddhist monks). An idealization of urban centralization, this painting offers us students of China a first-hand glimpse of how an earlier era shifted its attention to the worldwide stage.

Cultural Property Rights and China's Participation in the World Community
Richard Kraus, professor of political science, University of Oregon
China often is alleged to be engaged in "piracy" of the innovations of other nations. In order to assess this charge, we need to understand it in a comparative perspective, and to see that Chinese confusion about intellectual property rights is mirrored by our own Western controversies about ownership of art and ideas.

Four Thousand Years of Engagement with the World
Douglas Fix, professor of history and humanities
To praise the globalization of our own 21st-century is often to forget the worldwide engagements of the past. Did not Chinese splendor travel along the Great Silk Road to lands further west? Why did Arabic merchants settle in 12th-century Quanzhou, that cosmopolitan southern Song Dynasty city? Were Zheng He's seven expeditions throughout the India Ocean in the 15th-century only a myth? What tribute did the English bring to the Qianlong emperor's court in the 18th-century? Who contributed to the making of cosmopolitan Shanghai in the late 19th-century? We will answer all of these questions as we consider "globalization" yet one more time.


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