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Past Conferences


Date: March 30, 2019

Venue: Perry World House

Address: 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA

10:00-10:30 AM

Sign In and Reception


10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Panel 1: Chinese Domestic Politics


     Abigail Coplin, CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow 

     Hanzhang Liu, CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow


Graduate Student Panelists:

      Cheng Cheng (Harvard University): “Policing Labor Protests in Xi Regime”

      Peng Hai (Harvard University): “Probing Environmental Justice in China: Plastic China and the Visuality of Unimagined Communities”

      Xiaoshu Gui (Duke University): “Negative Publicity and Bureaucratic Effort: How the Ministry of Ecology and Environment Spurs Local Governments’ Efforts in Environmental Protection in China”

      Chien-Chih Lu (UC Berkley): “Evolutions in Copyright and Music Licensing: Snapshots of the Markets in China and the U.S.”

12:15-1:15 PM


1:30-3:00 PM

Keynote Address and Q&A: Important Maxims for Examining China Today

      Mr. Kaiser Kuo, Founder of the Sinica show

3:00-3:15 PM


3:00-5:00 PM

Panel 2: China on the World Stage


      Scott Wingo, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science

      Siyao Li, Doctoral Candidate in International Relations

      Graduate Student Panelists:

      Naomi Garcia (Johns Hopkins SAIS): “Why China Continues to Support North Korea”

      Yaming You (Duke University): “China, the ASEAN Way and South China Sea Dispute”

2019 Keynote Speaker

Topic: Important Maxims for Examining China Today

Kaiser Kuo will share his key precepts for studying China in the modern day. A former rocker and tech employee and a current podcast creator, Kaiser will share his unique perspective on how the U.S. should both confront and cooperate with China. He believes that to truly understand China, people must put themselves into the minds of Chinese officials. Come to the conference to learn more about his maxims for examining China in 2019.

Kaiser Kuo (郭怡广) is the host of the Sinica Podcast, the leading English-language podcast on current affairs in China, and editor-at-large of Kaiser is a Chinese American freelance writer and musician. He served as director of International Communications for Baidu, China's leading search engine, from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that he was a reporter focusing on technology and media in China, and is perhaps best known as one of the founders of China's first and most successful heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty. He left the band in 1999, and later co-founded Spring & Autumn (Chunqiu), another Beijing-based and ethnically-oriented Chinese heavy metal band, in which he played guitar. Kaiser's musical involvement also involved playing bass for Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC cover band based in Beijing.


He repatriated to the U.S. in 2016 after living in China for over 20 years. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two children. Kaiser is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and received an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona. 







Sign in and Reception



Opening Remarks



First Keynote Address

Professor Lyle Goldstein, Founding Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College



Panel 1: China on the World Stage

From Insitutional ‘Purchase’ to Institutional ‘Investment’

Meicen Sun, Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Moving Forward While Looking Back

Stephen Xenakis, Undergraduate student, Georgetown University

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Wokai

Daniel Tam-Claiborne, M.A. Candidate in Global Affairs at Yale University






Second Keynote Address

Professor Xiaoze Xie, Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Arts at Stanford University



Panel 2: Domestic China

Do village elections select better-qualified leaders?

Mi Luo, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, New York University

Mapping the Space for Protest in China

Yao Li, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Status and Educational Homogamy in Reforming China

Yun Zhou, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University
Maocan Guo,  Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University

Moderator: Ran Liu, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania



Closing Remarks





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