FROM MAO TO XI JINPING – UTOPIAS AND PURGATORIES IN MODERN CHINA
With speaker Dr Adam Cathcart
China can be seen as experiencing a troubled relationship with its past. From the Mao years of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution to contemporary issues with roots in the past, such as Xi Jinping’s biography and personality cult, the ‘One Belt One Road’ framework, China’s hostage diplomacy, anti-corruption crackdowns, minority policy (Tibet and Xinjiang in particular), US-China relations, the Hong Kong issue in UK-China relations, women’s rights in China (including Peng Liyuan, the first lady, who is a musician). All of these are of great interest both internally in China’s economic and political development and externally in terms of international relations. We may also explore Chinese views of Brexit! And have some discussion of cultural production and academic freedom.
About the Speaker
Dr Adam Cathcart is an expert on China and Korea who lectures and researches at the University of Leeds. He previously gave a talk on understanding North Korea which was extremely interesting and well received so we are particularly pleased to welcome him back this time to expand our knowledge and understanding of China both at home and in the world.