50th Anniversary International Conference

Ideology, power and transition in China

The Universities Service Centre for China Studies, CUHK


Established in 1963 to serve Western scholars of China studies originally, the Universities Service Centre for China Studies (USC) has since extended its services to scholars all over the world, including local and Mainland scholars. The rich and sometimes exclusive collections of materials for China Studies, the extensive academic networks cultivated over the years, and the frequent formal and informal scholarly exchanges at USC have combined to make it what to some “the Mecca of China Studies.” We take it our mission to step up USC’s function as a global reference centre and as an intellectual hub for China studies in the years to come. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC, we are going to hold an international conference on ideology, power and transition in China to encourage scholars from all over the world to discuss these hot issues of China and to exchange their ideas.


Tuesday – Wednesday, 6-7 January 2015


Cho Yiu Conference Hall, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories

I. Weather

The temperature in January is around 10-15℃ in Hong Kong. You could visit the website of Hong Kong Observatory for the 7-day weather forecast: http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm .

II. Transport

From Hong Kong International Airport to CUHK:

1. By Bus: You could take KMB Route A41 (06:00-24:00) in the Airport (Ground Transportation Centre) and get off at Sha Tin Central Bus Terminus. This takes around 40-50 minutes. The fare is HK$22.3. (Please visit the website of KMB for more details of the bus: http://m.kmb.hk/en/result.html?busno=a41.) And you could go to CUHK from Sha Tin either by MTR (from Sha Tin Station to University Station) or by taxi (the taxi fee from Sha Tin to Yali Guest House of CUHK is around HK$60).

2. By Taxi: We suggest you taking a New Territories taxi (“Green Taxi”) if you prefer getting a taxi to CUHK from the Airport. This takes around 45 minutes. The fee is around HK$250. We do not recommend you take an urban taxi (“Red Taxi”) as the fee (around HK$320) is more expensive. You could find details of taxi fees at the website of Transport Department: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/taxi/taxi_fare_of_hong_kong/#2. Most taxi drivers can speak simple English and Mandarin.

MTR System Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/getting_around/system_map.html.
From MTR University Station to USC / Cho Yiu Hall:

You could get on a campus shuttle bus (Route 1A) outside Exit A of University MTR Station and get off at the second stop outside Sir Run Run Shaw Hall. Please walk towards the University Library for around 200 metres. USC is on 8/F of Tin Ka Ping Building behind the University Library. And Cho Yiu Hall is on G/F of University Administration Building beside the University Library. For more information, please visit the website of Transport Unit: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/transport_unit/.

USC 50th Anniversary International Conference

Ideology, power and transition in China

The Universities Service Centre for China Studies, CUHK



Organized by:

The Universities Service Centre for China Studies

The Institute of Chinese Studies

Conference Venue:

Cho Yiu Conference Hall, G/F University Admin. Building






Tuesday, 6 January 2015



09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks

Professor Joseph J.Y. SUNG, Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome Remarks

Professor Joseph M. CHAN, Director, The Universities Service Centre for China Studies

09:20 – 09:50

Speech from the Founding Director

Professor Jerome Alan COHEN, New York University

09:50 – 10:30

Group Photos & Tea/ Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:15

Keynote speech                      Chair and Discussant: Prof. Ambrose Y.C. King


China’s Dormant and Active Social Volcanoes


Professor Martin K. WHYTE, Harvard University


China in Transition


Professor Roderick MacFarquhar, Harvard University

14:00 – 16:00

Session 1                              Chair and Discussant: Prof. Cheng CHANG


Escalated Campaigns as Origin of the Cultural Revolution


Professor Yang SU, University of California, Irvine


The Criminal Charges during the Great Leap Forward


Professor Yi-xin CHEN, University of North Carolina Wilmington


Maintaining Stability in the Capital: Peng Zhen’s Roles in the Economic Adjustment Period, 1961-1962


Professor Yen-lin CHUNG, National Chengchi University

16:00 – 16:20

Tea/ Coffee Break

16:20 – 18:20

Session 2                               Chair and Discussant: Prof. Jianfa SHEN


The Politics of Personnel System Reforms in Contemporary China


Professor Akio TAKAHARA, The University of Tokyo


Competing for New Firms: Evaluating the Business Climate at the County Level in China


Professor Pierre F. LANDRY, University of Pittsburgh


Does Performance Matter? Evaluating the Institution of Political Selection along the Chinese Administrative Ladder


Professor Xiao-bo LU, University of Texas - Austin



Wednesday, 7 January 2015



9:00 – 9:50

Keynote speech                        Chair and Discussant: Prof. Hsin Chi KUAN


Comparing Mao to his ‘model’ Stalin


Professor Lucien BIANCO, École des hautes études en sciences sociales

9:50 – 10:15

Tea/ Coffee Break

10:15 – 12:15

Session 3                                  Chair and Discussant: Prof. David ZWEIG


Rebellion of the Cadres: The 1967 Implosion of the Chinese Party-State


Professor Andrew WALDER, Stanford University


Democratic Collective Decision-making in Chinese Communities: An Anomaly in an Authoritarian State


Professor Jonathan UNGER, Australian National University


China's Local Governance in Perspective: Perennial Dilemmas of Control and State Adaptive Capacity


Professor Jae Ho CHUNG, Seoul National University

14:00 – 16:00

Session 4                                   Chair and Discussant: Prof. Yuying Tong


His Marriage Vs. Her Marriage


Professor Deborah DAVIS, Yale University


Group Identity, Ideational Divides and Civil Society Development in China


Professor Feng-shi WU, Nanyang Technological University


Resource Conflicts and Stability Maintenance in China


Professor Jing Vivian ZHAN, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

16:00 – 16:30

Tea/ Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:20

Keynote speech                       Chair and Discussant: Prof. Joseph M. CHAN


Title: Milestones in USC History


Professor Ezra F. VOGEL, Harvard University

17:20 – 17:30

Closing Remarks


Professor Joseph M. CHAN, Director, The Universities Service Centre for China Studies


Professor Lucien BIANCO, Emeritus Director of Studies, École des hautes études en sciences sociales

Professor Bianco, retired director of studies at École des hautes études en sciences sociales, is a French historian and sinologist specializing in the history of the Chinese peasantry in the twentieth century. He taught in various tertiary institutions including Princeton University, Stanford University and etc. He is the author of the reference book, Origins of the Chinese Revolution, 1915-1949, which is highly influential in China research in France and was translated into numerous languages, including English, German and Japanese. And his another book, Peasants Without the Party: Grassroots Movements in 20th-Century China, won the Joseph Levenson Book Prize in 2003. In awarding the prize, the Association for Asian Studies praised Professor Bianco's work as "a quarter-century of innovative and careful research about peasant discontent." His most recent work is La récidive: révolution russe, révolution chinoise (Paris, Editions Gallimard, 2014).

Professor Jerome Alan COHEN, Professor of Law, New York University

Professor Cohen is the senior American expert on East Asian law. As Jeremiah Smith Professor, associate dean, and director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School from 1964 to 1979, he helped pioneer the introduction of East Asian legal systems and perspectives into American legal curricula. Each year at NYU Law Professor Cohen teaches a course on Chinese law and society. He also offers courses on China’s attitude toward international law and settling international business disputes with Chinese entities. The U.S.-Asia Law Institute, which he co-leads, sponsors many extracurricular programs, conducts research on contemporary legal developments in China and Taiwan, organizes conferences and exchanges with experts from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and participates in training programs for Chinese legal specialists in the United States and China. Professor Cohen, who formerly served as C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director of Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, remains adjunct senior fellow there and is responsible for the Winston Lord Round Table on US Foreign Policy and the Rule of Law in Asia.

Professor Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Harvard University Professor

MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Chair of the Department of Government between 1998 - 2004, and formerly Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research. His publications include The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals; The Sino-Soviet Dispute, China under Mao; Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971; The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao; the final two volumes of The Cambridge History of China (edited with the late John Fairbank); The Politics of China 3rd Ed: Sixty Years of the People's Republic of China; and a trilogy, The Origins of the Cultural Revolution. He was the founding editor of “The China Quarterly”, and has been a fellow at Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs. In previous personae, he has been a journalist, a TV commentator, and a Member of Parliament. His most recent, jointly-authored (with Michael Schoenhals) book on the Cultural Revolution entitled Mao's Last Revolution was published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in 2006.

Professor Ezra F. VOGEL, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University.

Vogel was a professor at Harvard from 1967-2000. He succeeded John Fairbank to become the second Director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center and second Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies. He was later Director of the Fairbank Center and the founding Director of the Asia Center. He was Director of the East Asian Studies undergraduate concentration from its inception in 1972 until 1991.

From fall 1993 to fall 1995, Vogel took a two-year leave of absence from Harvard to serve as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington. He directed the American Assembly on China in November 1996 and in 1998 was Chairman of the Harvard Committee to Welcome President JIANG Zemin. In 2001 he was Co-director of the Asia Foundation Task Force on East Asian Policy Recommendations for the New Administration (2001). He is chairman of the international advisory committee for the University Service Center, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has received ten honorary degrees.

Among his publications are: Japan As Number One, 1979, that became a best seller in Japan, and Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, 2011, that became a best seller in China. He has lectured frequently in Asia, in both Chinese and Japanese.

Professor Martin K. WHYTE, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Harvard University

Martin King Whyte is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He received his BA from Cornell University and MA and PhD degrees from Harvard. He taught at the University of Michigan and at George Washington University before returning to Harvard as a faculty member in 2000. Professor Whyte served as Director of the USC from 1973 to 1974. He specializes in the study of grass roots social organization and social change in the PRC. Two recently published books are One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China (editor, Harvard University Press, 2010) and Myth of the Social Volcano: Perceptions of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2010).

Professor Yi-xin CHEN, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Yi-xin CHEN is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He received his undergraduate education in China and his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. His articles have appeared in The Journal of the Historical Society, Agricultural History, the Chinese Historical Review, Twentieth-Century China, and Journal of Contemporary China. He is the 2009 winner of the Vernon Carstensen Memorial Award for the best article in Agricultural History for his article “Cold War Competition and Food Production in China, 1957-1962.” He has coauthored a book in Chinese, Paths to Modern Nations, and has also published a number of articles in Chinese journals. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that examines the famine in China during the Great Leap Forward from the village-level perspective.

Professor Jae-Ho CHUNG, Professor of International Relations, Seoul National University

Professor Chung is a professor of international relations and Director of the Program on US-China Relations at Seoul National University, Korea. He is the former director of the Institute for China Studies and of the Center for International Studies. Before joining Seoul National University, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and was a CNAPS Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Professor Chung is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Central Control and Local Discretion in China (Oxford Univ. Press, 2000), Between Ally and Partner (Columbia Univ. Press, 2007), and China’s Crisis Management (Routledge, 2011). Professor Chung is the founder of the Korean Association for Chinese Political Studies and founding coordinator of the Asian Network for the Study of Local China (www.ansloc.net). He is a recipient of Seoul National University’s Best Researcher Award in 2009 and of the Korean Association for International Studies’ Best Book Award in 2012.

Professor Yen-Lin CHUNG, Assistant Professor, National Chengchi University

Yen-Lin Chung, assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. He specializes in Chinese Communist Party History. He has published several significant articles in English and Chinese journals on Deng Xiaoping, the Great Leap Forward, and other major political events in the CCP history. He is the author of Wenge qian de Deng Xiaoping: Mao Zedong de fushuai, 1956-1966 (Deng Xiaoping before the Cultural Revolution: Mao’s “Vice Marshal,” 1956-1966) (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2013).

Professor Deborah DAVIS, Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Prof. Deborah S. Davis is the Professor of Sociology at Yale University. In addition she has run a summer workshop with CUHK where Yale students work collaboratively with students from Hong Kong and China. Prof. Davis currently is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and on the editorial board of The China Quarterly. In 2004 she helped launch the Yale China Health Journal. At Yale she has served as Director of Academic Programs at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Chair of the Council of East Asian Studies, Director of Graduate Studies in both East Asian Studies and Sociology, and co-chair of the Women Faculty Forum. Currently she serves as a vice-president of the Board of Trustees of the Yale-China Association. Professor Davis is the author or editor of ten books, including The Consumer Revolution in Urban China (California 2000), SARS: Reception and Interpretation in three Chinese Cities (Routledge 2007), Creating Wealth and Poverty in China (Stanford 2009), and most recently Wives, Husbands and Lovers (Stanford 2014).

Professor Pierre LANDRY, Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Pierre Landry is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh and a Research Fellow at the Research Center for the Study of Contemporary China at Peking University. His undergraduate training was in Economics and Law at Sciences Po in Paris, he received his Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is also an alumnus of the Hopkins-Nanjing program. His research interests focus on Chinese politics, comparative local government, quantitative comparative analysis and survey research. He served as a consultant at the Universities Service Centre for China Studies where he participates in the development of the Barometer on China's Development (BOCD), a project which aims to build a multidimensional GIS database of county and city development in China. Dr. Landry's research has focused on governance and the political management of cadres in China, looking at the CCP's formal and informal channels of control over local elites. Besides articles and book chapters in comparative politics and political methodology, he is the author of "Decentralized Authoritarianism in China" with Cambridge University Press (2008). He is also working with the UNDP and the World Bank and Yale's GLD project, on developing indicators of the variability of local governance in Tunisia,Jordan and Vietnam.

Professor Xiao-bo LU, Assistant Professor, University of Texas - Austin

Professor Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on distributive politics of development and Chinese politics, as well as comparative and international political economy. He is also particularly interested in the politics of social spending and taxation and their consequences. Professor Lu’s articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, among other academic journals.

Professor Yang SU, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Yang Su is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine. His book on the Cultural Revolution won the 2012 Barrington Moore Award of American Sociological Association. His journal articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, Annual Review of sociology, Law & Society Review, Journal for Asian Studies, China Quarterly, and Social Sciences in China, among others. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2003.

Professor Akio TAKAHARA, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics, the University of Tokyo

Akio Takahara is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo. He received his DPhil in 1988 from the University of Sussex, and later spent several years as Visiting Scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1989-91) and the Japanese Embassy in Beijing (1996-98), and at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (2005-06). Before joining the University of Tokyo, he taught at J. F. Oberlin University (1991-95) and Rikkyo University (1995-2005). He also served as a Member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Development Studies, UK (1999-2003), and President of the Japan Association for Asian Studies (2009-11). He currently serves as the Secretary General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee, senior fellow of the Tokyo Foundation, adjunct fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, and senior fellow of the Japan Forum on International Relations. His publications include The Politics of Wage Policy in Post-Revolutionary China, (Macmillan, 1992), New Developments in East Asian Security (Akashi Shoten, 2005, co-editor, in Japanese), Beyond the Borders: Contemporary Asian Studies Volume One (Keio University Press, 2008, co-editor, in Japanese), The History of Japan-China Relations 1972~2012 Volume One Politics (University of Tokyo Press, 2012, co-editor, in Japanese), Modern History of Japan-China Relations (Yuhikaku Publishing Co., 2013, co-author, in Japanese), and To the Era of Developmentalism, 1972-2014, Series on China’s Modern History, Volume 5 (Iwanami Shoten, 2014, co-author, in Japanese).

Professor Jonathan UNGER, Professor, Australian National University

Professor Unger is a professor in the Political and Social Change Department of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. He was an academic staff member of the UK's Institute of Development Studies, University of Kansas, University of Washington and Leiden University before coming to ANU in 1986. His research interests include Social stratification in China; rural Chinese social, political and economic change; urbanization; workers and factory life; Chinese nationalism; Cultural Revolution history. In the early 1970s he had served in Asia as a foreign correspondent covering China. Since coming to ANU, he has spent about seven months investigating poverty alleviation projects in rural China in behalf of AusAid and the Asia Development Bank. Professor Unger has published fourteen books and more than seventy refereed papers. He is one of the two co-editors of The China Journal, one of the world's leading journals on modern China, and he also served as editor and then co-editor of The China Journal from 1987 to 2005.

Professor Andrew WALDER, Denise O'Leary & Kent Thiry Professor, Stanford University

Professor Walder is the Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Sociology, as director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and as Director of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He has long specialized on the sources of conflict, stability, and change in communist regimes and their successor states. His publications on China have ranged from the political and economic organization of the Mao era to changing patterns of stratification, social mobility, and political conflict in the post-Mao era. Another focus of his research has been on the political economy of Soviet-type economies and their subsequent reform and restructuring. His current research focuses on popular political mobilization in late-1960s China and the subsequent collapse and rebuilding of the Chinese party-state. From 1996 to 2006, as a member of the Hong Kong Government's Research Grants Council, he chaired its Panel on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business Studies.

Professor Feng-shi WU, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Feng-shi Wu, Associate Professor, is specialized in social forces in global politics and governance, environmental politics, and political transition in China. She is a leading expert on China’s environmental politics and social activism. Her most recent publications include “Sino-American Environmental Relations: The Potential of Trans-Societal Linkages” (Issues and Studies), “Environmental Activism in Provincial China: Comparative Evidence from Guangdong and Guangxi” (Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning), “Graduated Control and Beyond: The Evolving Governance over Social Organizations in China” (China Perspectives). Before joining RSIS, Professor Wu taught at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and was visiting fellow at Harvard-Yenching Institute (2008-09). She was among the inaugural class of graduate fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2004).

Professor Jing Vivian ZHAN, Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Jing Vivian Zhan is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research interests span comparative political economy, contemporary Chinese politics, and research methodology, with a focus on post-Mao reform, intergovernmental relations and local governance in China. She has published in scholarly journals including Asian Survey, the China Quarterly, China Review, Crime, Law and Social Change, and the Journal of Contemporary China. She is currently conducting a research project on the resource curse in China.

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