HPU Events

The Rise of a Great Nation: Nationalism in Contemporary China

April 04, 2013 09:10 AM - April 04, 2013 10:35 AM

Location: MP 319 (1188 Fort Street Mall)

Event Type: Lecture on China

Patrick Lucas, Ph.D., Beijing Center Director Council for International Educational Exchange, presents an insider perspective on increasing nationalism in China.

Many observers in the past several years have talked about an increasing nationalism in China, often noting numerous fearful implications, and these reports are only increasing in frequency. China’s apparent increasing territorial ambitions and growing international assertiveness, along with periodic anti-foreigner protests within China, worry many of China’s neighbors.

But what, in fact, is "nationalism" in regards to China? To what degree is nationalism under state control, and to what degree is it a popular movement? How is contemporary nationalism tied to changes in China’s international status, and to the Chinese perception of their new place in the world? Is it given that Chinese nationalism is actually a threat, and that it will become more virulent? Or are their forces in China that will counteract extreme nationalism? Join us as we try to find some framework to help us understand nationalism—and its implications—in China today.

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Dr. Patrick Lucas graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon, with B.A. degrees in Computer and Information Science, Chinese, and Linguistics. He holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, also from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Minzu University of China. Lucas is the first western graduate student to seek an advanced degree in China at this university. His academic research interests include identity, historical memory and narrative, boundaries and symbolic systems, as well as cultural survival and language endangerment. Outside of academia, Lucas is one of the leaders of a project that collects and preserves oral histories of Chinese and Americans who served as allies in China during the Second World War. The two related documentaries he wrote gained three awards in China. He is also currently working on a book of Guizhou province’s Tunpu people.  Lucas has been living in Beijing, teaching courses on ethnic identity, nationalism and service learning, and leading study programs in China since the mid-1990s. He has led students and educators on numerous fieldtrips throughout China, including three International Faculty Development Seminars for CIEE (2007-2009). His serious study of China started when he studied abroad as a university student in Beijing in 1985.

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