Conference Sessions (Co)-Sponsored by CHUS at the 2023 AHA

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Conference Sessions (Co)-Sponsored by CHUS at the 2023 AHA

The Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS) is sponsoring or co-sponsoring the following 10 sessions at the AHA 136th Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, January 5-8, 2023).  Please note:

  1. This document contains information about session schedules, detailed description of each session, and full paper abstracts for paper panels.  The weblink below each session is the one that appears in the short description of the session in the AHA conference online program. The webpage it links to (on the CHUS website) is currently under construction and will be ready within the next week or so.
  2. Except for Session 9 (AHA #240, co-sponsored by CHUS, Sunday Jan. 8, 9-10:30am, in Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Independence Ballroom I), all our sessions will take place in Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306
  3. Two CHUS events – the Book Launch and Business Meeting (scheduled for Friday Jan. 6, 7-8pm and 8-10pm respectively) will take place in Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Rm. 309/310.

Schedule

Friday, January 6, 2023

  1. Engaging the Studies of Blackness in China: Scholarship and Curriculum Development

Friday, January 6, 2023: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Yunxiang Gao, Toronto Metropolitan University

Speaker(s):
Yunxiang Gao, Toronto Metropolitan University
Danke Li, Fairfield University
Xi Wang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Guangzhi Huang, Thomas Jefferson University
Ruodi Duan, Haverford College
Zifeng Liu, Penn State University

2. Xinjiang and Central Asia: China’s Strategic Shift

Friday, January 6, 2023: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Jessica Ann Sheetz-Nguyen, University of Central Oklahoma

Papers:
Central Asia—China’s Xinjiang: Reasonable Concerns and Development Interaction
Baktybek Beshimov, Northeastern University

Necessitated by Geopolitics: China’s Economic and Cultural Initiatives in Central Asia
Yi Sun, University of San Diego

Xinjiang—From Strategic Rear to Strategic Frontier
Xiaobing Li, University of Central Oklahoma

Will the New Local CCP Secretary Bring about Economic and Security Balance?
Xiaoxiao Li, University of Central Oklahoma

Comment: Harold Tanner, University of North Texas

3. Transnational Gender and Women in Modern China

Friday, January 6, 2023: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Dewen Zhang, Randolph-Macon College

Papers:
The Making of Modern Female Citizens in Republican Beijing
Aihua Zhang, Gardner-Webb University

Herlinda Chew: A Chinese–Mexican Woman’s Identity Formation through Negotiation along the US–Mexico Border, 1900s–1930s
Xuening Kong, Purdue University

Promoting American Sexuality: The “Glocalization” of American Beverages in Wartime Shanghai, 1930s–40s
Haoran Ni, University of Kansas

Departure from the Household Kitchen: The Great Leap Forward toward Women’s Employment in China, 1958–62
Hanchao Lu, Georgia Institute of Technology

Comment: Margaret Mih Tillman, Purdue University

4. In the Realm of Modernization and Revolution: Exploring James Gao’s World of History

Friday, January 6, 2023: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Zhiguo Yang, University of Wisconsin–River Falls

Papers:
James Z. Gao, 1948–2021: From a Son of Hangzhou to an Explorer of a Cutting-Edge Paradigm
Zhiguo Yang, University of Wisconsin–River Falls

Dangerous Tracks: Risk, Safety, and Crime on China’s Railways during the Mao Zedong Era
Jeremy Brown, Simon Fraser University

Gao’s Perception on War and Society: The Impact of the Korean War on China, 1950–54
Xiaobing Li, University of Central Oklahoma

Comment: Xi Wang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Event I. CHUS Book Launch

Friday, January 6, 2023: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 309/310

Event II. CHUS Business Meeting

Friday, January 6, 2023: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 309/310

Saturday, January 7, 2023

5. Snapshots: Perceptions and China–US Encounters on the Diplomatic, Commercial, Cultural, and Educational Fronts from the Early 19th Century to the Present

Saturday, January 7, 2023: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Yanqiu Zheng, Social Science Research Council

Papers:
Black Gold and White Gold: Weaving a Global Network through the Chinese–American Tea Trade, 1815–42
Dan Du, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ko Kunhua at Harvard, 1879–82: Receptions, Teaching, and Interactions with New England Elites in the Age of Chinese Exclusion
Shuhua Fan, University of Scranton

Lost Chance? Revisiting CCP’s Policy toward the United States on the Eve of the PRC’s Founding
Tao Wang, Iowa State University

Popular Nationalism, Social Media, and the US–China Trade War: A Case Study of Weibo, 2018–20
Mao Lin, Georgia Southern University

Comment: Guolin Yi, Providence College

6. China in the Socialist World: Translation, Adaptation, and Appropriation

Saturday, January 7, 2023: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Pu Wang, Brandeis University

Papers:
Ilya Ehrenburg in China: “Internal Readings” and Competing Visions of Soviet Revisionism during the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Yaowen Dong, University of Memphis

“Workers Shall Be the Masters of Philosophy”: The Reception of Joseph Dietzgen and the Making of Marxist Tradition in Socialist China
Yiming Ma, University of California, Santa Barbara

René Étiemble’s Odyssey of Maoism: Illusion and Disillusion of Maoist China in France between the 1960s and 1970s
Ying Xing, University of Hong Kong

Comment: Pu Wang, Brandeis University

7. Mapping the Important Changes of 20th-Century China: Writing History, Political Maneuvers, and National Transformation

Saturday, January 7, 2023: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Qiong Zhang, Wake Forest University

Papers:
Sheng Shicai, the CCP, and the Soviet Influence in Xinjiang, 1933–43
Xiaobing Li, University of Central Oklahoma

Writing History in China from the Late Qing to Reformed China
Qiang Fang, University of Minnesota Duluth

Li Dazhao and the Formation of the United Front between the KMT and the CCP
Patrick Fuliang Shan, Grand Valley State University

Comment: Guo Wu, Allegheny College

8. Chinese Women’s Lives in Their Own Voices, 1949 to the Present

Saturday, January 7, 2023: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Dewen Zhang, Randolph-Macon College

Papers:
Gender, Class, and Religion in the Making of a Socialist Space Engineer
Ruoyun Bai, University of Toronto

From Petit-Bourgeois Daughters to New Women of Socialist China: The Fate of Small Business Owners in Yangtze Delta, 1949–79
Dandan Chen, State University of New York, Farmingdale State College

From Unemployed Youth to Political Consultative Committee Member: Career Mobility and Political Participation Seen from the Life of an Urban Woman, 1960–2000
Shuang Chen, University of Iowa

The Trouble to Grow Up: “Hidden Girls” under the One Child Policy in Contemporary China, 1989–2021
Yu Wang, University of Macau

Comment: Gail Hershatter, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sunday, January 8, 2023

9. Bridging Cultural and Political Divides: Unique Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Modern China as CHUS Historians in the Post-Pandemic World (AHA Session 240, co-sponsored by CHUS)

Sunday, January 8, 2023: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Independence Ballroom I

Chair(s):
Yi Sun, University of San Diego

Panel:
Dan Du, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Patrick Fuliang Shan, Grand Valley State University
Yi Sun, University of San Diego
Guo Wu, Allegheny College
Qiong Zhang, Wake Forest University

10. Teaching Contentious China in Polarized American Universities

Sunday, January 8, 2023: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 306

Chair(s):
Yidi Wu, Elon University

Speaker(s):
Yidi Wu, Elon University
Qiong Liu, Virginia Military Institute
Xiangli Ding, Rhode Island School of Design
Lei Duan, Sam Houston State University