Social Science and Public Policy

Chinese Cities and City People During and After World War II

February 6, 2020 at 12:00pm2:00pm

Eggers Hall, 341

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

East Asia Program present

Chinese Cities and City People During and After World War II

A Talk by Kristin Stapleton, Professor, History Department, University at Buffalo, SUNY

The effects of World War II on Chinese cities were transformative. In addition to horrendous devastation, the war years were marked by significant cultural exchange, the reconfiguration of social hierarchies, and experiments in governance. All of these phenomena shaped the subsequent establishment of the new Communist regime in Chinese cities beginning in 1949. Drawing on a novel set in a wartime provincial capital, Li Jieren’s Dance of the Heavenly Devils, this talk explores the transformation of Chinese cities as a result of the war, with particular emphasis on changes in the way families worked and lived in cities.

Kristin Stapleton is Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. A native of Michigan, she studied at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, National Taiwan University, and Sichuan University. Earlier this year, she completed a five-year term as editor of the journal Twentieth-Century China, and she has long served on the editorial board of the journal Education About Asia. Her research interests include Chinese and comparative urban administration, the history of Chinese family life, and humor in history. She is the author of Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937 (Harvard Asia Center 2000) and Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family (Stanford 2016). Her current research concerns Chinese cities during WWII and Sino-Soviet cooperation in designing and managing “socialist cities” in the 1950s. She is a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and an avid tennis player.

Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and East Asia Program

Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

This event was published on January 13, 2020.


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