Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Announcing "100 Years of Chinese Revolution": Chinarains special events in commemoration of the 1911
In commemoration of the centennial of the 1911 revolution, Chinarains has organized a special series of events “100 years of Chinese Revolution”. During the fall quarter, we will hold three talks focusing on different periods in modern Chinese history. Please mark your calender!
1. “Is 1911 Revolution Inevitable?” by Daren RUAN
Nitery 209, Old Union; Oct 6, 2011 (7:00-- 8:30 pm)
2. “To Return Home or “Return to Taiwan”: Conflicts and Survival in the ‘Voluntary Repatriation’ of Chinese POWs in the Korean War”, by David Cheng CHANG
Nitery 209, Old Union, Nov. 3 (7:00-- 8:30 pm)
3. “Reform or Revolution? Liang Qichao’s The Future of a New China” by Ban WANG
Nairobi Room, Graduate Community Center; Nov. 12, 2011 (2: 00-- 3:30pm)
Chinarains is a student academic organization that has served the Stanford community for over 15 years. We organize academic lectures, seminars, film screening and other ctivities in the field of China studies. For further information about Chinrains, please visit our website at http://chinarains.blogspot.com/ or become a friend of Chinarains on Facebook (full features of our facebook page will be updated soon!). If you have any suggestions or recommendations of activities, or if you wish to join Chinarains and help us organize events, please email George Zhijian Qiao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much!
Zhijian Qiao President of Chinarains
by Dr. Daren RUANA
Lecture followed by discussion
Oct 6, 2011. Thursday. 7-- 8:30 p.m.
Room 209, Nitery Building in Old Union, Stanford (Map)
Working Language: Chinese
Soft drinks and refreshments will be provided.
In view of the Han vs. Manchu discord, the 1911 Revolution is a nationalistic revolution of the Han people against Manchu rule. But had the Qing Dynasty been a Han Chinese regime, then would the 1911 Revolution still break out? To what extent and in what sense, we can regard the 1911 Revolution as a “historical accident”? Still, toward the end of the Qing era, China was facing a crucial situation of drastic change unprecedented in three thousand years. The backward and malfunctioning Qing political system no longer satisfied the new needs of Chinese society and failed to resolve the socioeconomic contradictions triggered by the transformation from an agrarian to an industrial society. As such, was the 1911 Revolution one of the inevitable milestones of great historical change? What is the real historical meaning to the new Chinese elites of the current age? Now 100 years after the 1911 Revolution, has the China of today already accomplished this great historical transformation? Or rather, is contemporary Chinese society approaching another critical juncture in the great historical transformation, not unlike a century ago? The lecture will last an hour, to be followed by Dr. Ruan’s discussion with the audience on the causes and contemporary relevance of the 1911 revolution.
Daren Ruan, after B.S. graduation from National Taiwan University, came to the United States in 1965. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Notre Dame University, MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford. He taught at various universities, and also worked in the Silicon Valley high-tech sector and also in banking. Dr. Ruan belongs to a prominent family of Kuomingtang elite. His grandfather witnessed the 1911 Revolution as a Tongmenghui (Revolutionary Alliance) member. Buttressed with his family background and wide-ranging interests, Dr. Ruan has devoted himself to the study of the republican era Chinese history, with particular expertise in the leading personalities and their anecdotes. He has been a long-term contributor to the Biographic Literature published in Taipei. A vivid public speaker with superb command of historical sources and collaborative references, Dr. Ruan is held in high regard by specialists in modern Chinese history who often rely on his knowledge and always enjoy his company.
各位朋友，Chinarains 诚邀您参加 “百年中国革命”系列活动。10月6日週四晚7時，我們將在Old Union的 Nitery Room 209 舉辦 ”百年中國革命“ 的第一講：
Friday, May 27, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
At this interesting historical moment, Chinarains is going to organize a special event to help understand the situation of popular democracy in contemporary China through screening a documentary film “Please Vote for Me”, which tells an intriguing story of a kids election in an elementary school in urban central China. Directed by Chen Weijun, this 2007 documentary has won a series of awards in international film festivals. Meanwhile, we have invited Wang Rui, Ph.D. candicate at Communication Department at Stanford to introduce the film and lead discussions. Wang Rui specializes in deliberative democracy, democratic experiment and practice in China.
Following is the information of the event:
When: March 5, 2011. Satuday. 2:30--4:00 p.m.
Where: Nairobi Room, 2nd Floor, Graduate Community Center. (750 Escondido Road, Stanford)
What: Film-Screening of “Please Vote For Me” (57 minutes)
Discussion with Wang Rui (30 minutes)
Language: Film- Chinese Dialogue with English Subtitles
Discussion in English.
For further information about the film, please refer to http://www.pleasevoteforme.org/
For further information about Chinrains, please visit our website at http://chinarains.blogspot.com/ or become a friend of Chinarains on Facebook.