The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with Greater China and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government. The Initiative is housed in the Division of International Studies. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis, and directed by Professor Nicole Huang
Roach to speak April 2 on Sino-US economic relations
Economist Stephen Roach (’68 BA Economics), senior fellow at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, will visit his alma mater Wednesday, April 2, to give a talk related to his latest book about China.
Dr. Roach’s free public lecture, “America and China: An Unsustainable Co-dependency,” will start at 5 p.m. in Union South’s Varsity Hall and feature discussion of the complex interdependencies between the U.S. and Chinese economies - and how they are about to change.
“Stephen Roach proposes to remake the two largest economies on the globe, ours and China’s,” wrote Fred Andrews in his Feb. 15 New York Times review of Roach’s new book. “In Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China, Dr. Roach asserts that it’s time for the two nations to switch identities: that the United States should change its emphasis from consuming to producing, and that China should do the opposite.”
The Wisconsin China Initiative will be coordinating prize drawings for free copies of the book both prior and after the April 2 lecture. (The photo of Dr. Roach, at right, is courtesy of Yale University Press, by photographer Tony Rinaldo.)
At the lecture, Dr. Roach will be introduced by Letters & Science Dean John Karl Scholz, the former Chair of Economics, while the faculty response to the lecture will be offered by Melanie Manion, professor of Political Science and Public Affairs. The Global Economic Forum, a student organization, will coordinate the question and answer session.
The lecture is the first in the “2014 China and Global Economics Lecture Series." The second lecture will be held in October and feature Dr. Nicholas Lardy, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.
The lecture series is coordinated and funded through the Wisconsin China Initiative. The East Asian Legal Studies Center is a series sponsor partner, while the following groups are co-sponsors of the Roach lecture: the Global Economic Forum, the Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER), the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, and the Center for East Asian Studies.
New Shandong Univ. president welcomes former UW professor
When the new president of Shandong University welcomed a recent visitor from University of Wisconsin-Madison, no introductions were necessary. President Zhang Rong (at left in photo above) greeted UW-Madison Professor Thomas Kuech on Feb. 16 as an old friend and former professor, since when President Zhang was a post-doctoral student in Madison in the late 1990s, he worked in Professor Kuech’s lab.
Professor Kuech is now chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and has stayed in contact over the years with his former student. When Zhang Rong was promoted this fall from vice president at Nanjing University to president of Shandong University, he invited Professor Kuech to visit. Since Kuech is currently a visiting scientist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute of Advanced Studies, he was able to add a stop in Shandong Province on his most recent trip to Hong Kong. Professor Kuech was accompanied to Shandong by one of his colleagues at HKUST and by Dr. Kening Li, who has law and PhD degrees from UW-Madison and serves on the advisory boards for both the Wisconsin China Initiative and the Shanghai Innovation Office.
In Shandong Province, Professor Kuech’s group visited Shandong University’s State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials and held discussions with various university leaders (the photo below has the UW-Madison group at left, with Professor Kuech seated across the table from President Zhang). They also traveled from the main campus in the provincial capital of Jinan to the new campus under construction in the coastal city of Qingdao, which is scheduled to open in 2016 with a focus on science and technology.
Professor Kuech called his visit “very successful.” He and Dr. Li both said they will continue to explore options for collaboration with President Zhang, who expressed his strong desire to see a strategic partnership with the university where he was once a student.
Daily Cardinal article discusses campus experience of Chinese students
The Daily Cardinal student newspapers' February 2014 "Action Project Issue" features a story about the challenges faced by new students from China. The article, "International students strive to make a home at UW-Madison," by Alex Bernell, quotes Chinese students describing cultural and language barriers, and also describs the work of the student-run social media project Channel C to overcome misunderstandings through public dialog. The article says that a recent survey sent out by International Student Services showed "their number one concern is making American friends."
Shanghai Seminar program issues new call for proposals
The launch in 2013 of the Shanghai Seminar Series program resulted in $30,000 in grant funding for conferences in China that ranged from language education to voice medicine to environmental conservation to intellectual history. The 2014 Call for Proposals is now available by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is March 3, for grant money that will need to be used by May 2015.
“I am particularly pleased with the diversity of the winning proposals, across humanities, educational science, environmental science, and medicine,” said Wisconsin China Initiative Director Nicole Huang of the awards for 2013. “The awarded proposal for the spring call, ‘Situating Utopias,’ for instance, brings together colleagues in China studies, Japan studies, and Korean studies from the UW-Madison, with participants from East Asia, fulfilling our goal of taking UW-Madison to that entire critical region.”
Click here to read the full story on the program, including the list of 2013 award recipients.
Special Focus: Study Abroad in China
International Academic Programs (IAP) reports that 1,350 students participated in its 2012-13 study abroad programs, with China as a top destination. This summer, IAP will launch a new program that will kick off in Shanghai. UW Global Gateway Programs is designed as a short-term experience that will send diverse groups of first- and second-year undergraduates abroad accompanied by a UW–Madison faculty member.
In the inaugural program, to be held in the summer of 2014, Joe Dennis, professor in the Department of History, will accompany 15 students to Shanghai on a four-week experience designed to increase their awareness of China, while learning about the intersection of local and international issues and the forces of globalization.
Click here to read the full story, "UW Global Gateway offers funded, short-term study abroad opportunities."
The new program starting in Shanghai is one of many IAP study abroad opportunities. For insight into the impact of a longstanding program based in Beijing, read International Studies Communication Assistant Neha Alluri's report, "UW students find lasting impact in Feng Shui program in Beijing." (The photo at right is of Feng Shui program leader Professor Wei Dong talking with students at a study abroad fair.)
Also check out International Studies Public Affairs Director Kerry Hill's report on the latest group of language contest winners to emerge from the longstanding and influential UW Intensive Chinese Language program in Tianjin, which is coordinated by UW-Madison Professor Hongming Zhang.
The "Global Gateway," "Feng Shui" and "Intensive Chinese Language" programs are three of the five UW faculty-led study abroad programs in China this summer coordinated through IAP. The other two are: Education Professor Margaret Hawkins' four-week exploration of education in China through a special focus on Xian and Beijing; along with the faculty-led seminar "China: History & Modern Development of Environmental Health" that spends four weeks traveling through different regions of China.
These and other UW exchanges and affliated programs focused on China can all be found on the IAP website.
Over 900 visit 'Evolving Landscapes' fall exhibit
The November 2013 photography exhibit and symposium, "Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China" marked the launch of the new UW-Madison China Bridge Symposium Series, which is planned to be an annual fall campus-wide forum on key topics related to China.
The photo exhibit held in conjunction with the symposium attracted more than 900 visitors to the Ruth David Deisgn Gallery at the School of Human Ecology. (The photo at right is of photographer Yin Kaipu discussing his work to capture landscape change in the Sichuan region.)
The event also helped launch a new partnership between the Nelson Insitute for Environmental Studies and the Chengdu Insitute of Biology. In March, Nelson Insitute Director Paul Robbins will lead a delegation to Chengdu to hold a workshop about environmental conservation.
Click here to read the Chengdu Institute of Biology's report on their director's visit to Madison, and click on "Evolving Landscapes" to read the full story about the event.
Parent Program goes global with Chinese site
UW-Madison students studying far from home may have access to many campus resources, but their parents don’t always have the same support — especially when they don’t speak the same language.
Students from China make up the largest international undergraduate student population on campus. Since August, the Parent Program has reached out to parents who speak Mandarin Chinese with a new corner of the updated Parent Program website.
Click here to read the full story.
Badger trio sees "Channel C" Success
by Laurie Dennis
Update, October 2013: Channel C has set up a new website: http://wischannelc.com/ and continues to post new videos. UW-Madison News reported on the student initiative in the story "Students create Channel C to encourage cultural conversations." Meanwhile, one of the original Channel C posts,"Why Chinese Students Don't Speak English" is now at 28,760 views and counting on youtube!
What started as a mutual interest in encouraging better integration of Chinese students on campus has blossomed into a YouTube success for three Badgers from China.
Click here to read the full article.