Wartime Economy and Culture in Chinese Daily Life, 1937-1949

DATE: Friday-Saturday, November 13-14, 2009

PLACE: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor

SPONSORS: Center for Chinese Studies
The Li Ka-shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley



Registration is required. Please contact the Center for Chinese Studies to register.

How did people survive during the Sino-Japanese and the Chinese Civil Wars and what role did the state play in their survival? This conference will bring together scholars across fields in social, cultural, political, and economic history to examine the various aspects of culture and economy that pertain to the daily lives of the Chinese people at this time, with topics ranging from food, clothing and shelter to mobility, communication, and organization. Was there a single "War of Resistance" or "War of Liberation" or were there significant regional and other differences all across China? The conference will address, in short, the central question of a wartime Chinese culture and economy of survival as seen in the daily lives of the Chinese people.

Please note, this is a working conference for the purpose of further sharpening the themes and findings on the central question. It will be run as a discussion rather than a series of presentations. Therefore, it is recommended that those who wish to attend the workshop familiarize themselves with the papers in advance. To register for the workshop and receive the papers, please e-mail the Center for Chinese Studies.



Registration is required. Please email the Center for Chinese Studies to register.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Friday, November 13, 2009

9:00 am -9:30 am - Opening remarks

Panel 1 — "Production and Consumption"
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Toru Kubo, "The Cotton Industry under the War Economy in Free China"
Man Bun Kwan, "Wartime Economy and Culture in Chinese Daily Life, 1937-49"
Brett Sheehan, "When Urban Met Rural in the Japanese Occupation: Life on an Agricultural Research Station in North China"

Open discussion of Panel 1
11:45 am - 12:15 pm

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch (provided for participants in the Numata Seminar Room)

Panel 2 — "Information, Propaganda, Entertainment"
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Shana Brown, "His (Chinese) Girl Friday: Female Reporters in Wartime China"
Matthew Johnson, "Pedagogies of Progress: National and International Development in the Career of Audiovisual Educator Sun Mingjing, 1927-1952"

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Break

Chaoguang Wang, "The Film Censorship during the Sino-Japanese War(1937-1945)"
Di Wang, "Drinking Tea and National Fate: Teahouses and Teahouse Politics in Wartime Chengdu"

Open discussion of Panel 2
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Panel 3 — "Mobility and Displacement"
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Parks Coble, "Trauma and Displacement in Wartime China, 1937-1945: The Experience and Economics of Wartime Mobility"
Elisabeth Köll, "Mobility and Strategy: Chinese Railroads as Economic and Social Infrastructure during Wartime"
Micah Muscolino, "Stories of Survival: Refugees and Environment in Wartime Henan"

Open Discussion of Panel 3
11:15 am - 11:45 am

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch (provided for participants in the Numata Seminar Room)

Panel 4 — "Food, Clothing, Shelter"
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Susan Glosser, "Life in a Dovecote: Housing in World War Two Shanghai"
Sophia Lee, "Food and Rationing in Wartime Beijing, 1937-1945"

Open discussion of Panel 4
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Break

Roundtable discussion of major issues
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



Registration is required. Please email the Center for Chinese Studies to register.

Shana Brown, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Parks Coble, University of Nebraska

Susan Glosser, Lewis and Clark University

Matthew Johnson, Oxford University

Elisabeth Koll, Harvard Business School

Toru Kubo, Shinshu University

Man Bun Kwan, University of Cincinati

Sophia Lee, Cal State East Bay

Micah Muscolino, Georgetown University

Brett Sheehan, University of Southern California

Chaoguang Wang, Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Di Wang, Texas A & M University

Wen-hsin Yeh, UC Berkeley



Registration is required. Please email the Center for Chinese Studies to register.

The workshop "Wartime Economy and Culture in Chinese Daily Life, 1937-49" will be held at the Institute of East Asian Studies in the 6th floor conference room, at 2223 Fulton Street. You will find IEAS in section D1 of this campus map.

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