The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and its legacy to Modern China
2 August, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This talk focuses on a controversial historical figure in modern Chinese history and a political campaign that has left a rich legacy to China: Mao Zedong and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966. The talk will examine the major social, economic, and political forces that shaped the history of China in the 1960s.
Besides introducing and critically evaluating the relevant primary sources and secondary scholarship on Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Professor Wang will share with the audience his personal experiences of living in the People’s Republic of China for more than 30 years, and of surviving the Cultural Revolution, thus encouraging them to develop new perspectives of Mao and modern China.
With Distinguished Speaker, Professor Wang Zhenping
Professor Wang received his Master’s degree in the History of Chinese Economy from the University of International Business & Economics (Beijing, China) in 1981, and obtained his Ph. D in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1989.
Throughout his academic career, he taught at the University of International Business & Economics, Rutgers University, (New Jersey, USA), the University of Toronto (Canada), and National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).
His research interest is in the diplomatic history of pre-modern China, particularly the Tang dynasty (618-907). His major publications include Han T’ang Chung-Jih kuan-hsi lun (Diplomatic Relations between China and Japan from the Han to the T’ang Dynasties. Taipei: Wenchin ch’upanshe, 1997), Ambassadors from the Islands of Immortals: China–Japan Relations in the Han-Tang Period (Honolulu, Hawai‘i: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2005), Tang China in Multi-polar Asia (Honolulu, Hawai‘i: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013), and Tangdai binli yanjiu (Study of the Guest Protocol under the Tang Dynasty. Shanghai: Zhongxi Shuju, 2017).