China and the Chinese World Order in the 1950s

DATE: July 30 – August 3, 2013

PLACE: Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton Street, UC Berkeley

SPONSORS: Institute of East Asian Studies, East China Normal University, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley



Scholars from the U.S. and China present their research on the People's Republic of China during the 1950s. This is a closed workshop jointly sponsored by East China Normal University, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley. The agenda with paper titles is attached. UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars may apply to audit by emailing with subject line: Audit request — China in the 1950s.

Papers will be presented in Chinese or English (no translation).

The Institute of East Asian Studies gratefully acknowledges the support of:

  • Li Ka-shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
  • Harvard-Yenching Institute
Workshop Convenors

Zhang Jishun, East China Normal University
William Kirby, Harvard University
Wen-hsin Yeh, University of California, Berkeley


Workshop Agenda:

Download a copy of the agenda here.


6:00pm — Welcome Dinner
The Berkeley Faculty Club, O'Neill Room


9:00am — Welcome
Wen-hsin Yeh, William Kirby, Zhang Jishun

Session 1 — Chair: William Kirby

9:15am — Zhang Jishun
History of the Events and Personal Life: Rethinking of Documents St. John's University

10:15am — Chen Yung-fa, Discussant

10:30am — Q&A

11:05am — Break

Session 2 — Chair: Yang Kuisong

11:25am — Liu Yanwen
The Statist Propaganda of International Affairs among the Grassroots in the Great Leap Forward Period: A Case Study of Yintao Bo

11:45am — Joshua Hill
Voting without a Choice: Local People's Congress Elections in the 1950s

12:05pm — Robert Cliver, Discussant

12:25pm — Q&A

1:00pm — Lunch — 6th Floor

Session 3 — Chair: Zhang Jishun

2:00pm — Jiang Huajie
Dragon's Third Eye: Transformation of the PRC's Intelligence Agency and Establishment of Overseas Mission (1949-1961)

2:20pm — Chris Leighton
Wealth on Parole: Chinese Capitalists in the 1950s

2:40pm — Micah Muscolino, Discussant

3:00pm — Q&A

3:35pm — Break

Session 4 — Chair: Wen-hsin Yeh

3:55pm — Niu Dayong
External Stress and Tension of China's Internal Politics and Society in the 1950s

4:55pm — William Kirby, Discussant

5:10pm — Q&A

5:45pm — Adjourn

6:15pm — Dinner — Revival Restaurant, 2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Session 5 — Chair: Chen Yung-fa

10:00am — Yang Kuisong
Interpretation of a Note from Mao before the Outbreak of Cold War

11:00am — Alex Cook, Discussant

11:15am — Q&A

11:50am — Lunch — 3rd Floor

Session 6 — Chair: Micah Muscolino

1:00pm — Lin Chaochao
From Learning Soviet to Learning Capitalism: The Rise of China's Industrial Trust and its System Predicament in the 1960's

1:20pm — Robert Cliver
Model Workers and Model Women: Women Labor Models in the Shanghai Silk Industry in the 1950s

1:40pm — Xiao Yanzhong, Discussant

2:00pm — Q&A

2:35pm — Break

Session 7 — Chair: Zhang Jishun

2:45pm — Li Danhui
Sino-Soviet Border Conflict (1950-1960)

3:45pm — Niu Dayong, Discussant

4:00pm — Q&A

4:35pm — Open Discussion

5:30pm — Adjourn

6:00pm — Dinner — Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Session 8 — Chair: Li Danhui

10:00am — Margaret Tillman
US Aid for Child Welfare in the Post-war and Civil War Years

10:20am — Sha Qingqing
American Pastime in the New China: Baseball as Sports, Ideology and Political Task, 1949-1966

10:40am — Joshua Hill, Discussant

11:00am — Q&A

11:35am — Break

Session 9 — Chair: Shen Zhihua

11:55am — Chang Cheng
Return Home to Taiwan or Return to China the "Motherland": Three Taiwanese POWs in the Chinese Civil War, the Korean War, and the Postwar

12:15pm — Micah Muscolino
Ecological Reconstruction in Postwar China: Henan's Yellow River Flooded Area, 1945-1952

12:35pm — J. Brooks Jessup, Discussant

12:55pm — Q&A

1:30pm — Lunch — Box Lunch

Film Screening

2:00pm — Ni hong deng xia de shao bing (originally released in 1964)
Discussion led by Christopher Leighton

6:00-7:00 — Dinner — International House Dining Room, 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley


Session 10 — Chair: Chen Yung-fa

10:00am — Shen Zhihua
How Did the Ratification in 1957 Become an Anti-Rightist Movement?

11:00am — Zhang Jishun, Discussant

11:15am — Q&A

11:50am — Lunch — 3rd Floor

Session 11 — Chair: Feng Xiaocai

1:00pm — Liu Jianping
Abortive Reform: the National Christian Conference and Replacement of Church Power in the Early PRC

1:20pm — J. Brooks Jessup
Buddhist Diplomacy in the Early PRC: The Burma Case

1:40pm — Margaret Tillman, Discussant

2:00pm — Q&A

2:35pm — Break

Session 12 — Chair: Niu Dayong

2:55pm — Feng Xiaocai
Image Construction and International United Front: Happy Lives of Capitalists in New China (1949-1966)

3:55pm — Yang Kuisong, Discussant

4:10pm — Q&A

4:45pm — Open Discussion

5:30pm — Adjourn

6:00pm — Dinner — La Note Restaurant, 2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Session 13 — Chair: William Kirby

10:00am — Zhang Hairong
Constructing the Image of the Soviet Older Brother in Rural China, 1949-1956

10:20am — Hou Songtao
Halter and Imperialism: The Reflection of the Korea War in the Village of China(1950-1953):a Study Based on the Historical Materials from Tancheng County, Shandong Province

10:40am — Alex Cook, Discussant

11:00am — Q&A

11:35am — Lunch — 6th Floor

Session 14 — Chair: Zhang Jishun

12:45pm — Chen Yung-fa
The Founding Years of the People's Republic of China: Revolution, Party State and Political Campaigns

1:45pm — William Kirby, Discussant

2:00pm — Q&A

2:35pm — Break

Session 15 — Chair: Wen-hsin Yeh

2:55pm — Final Discussion
Zhang Jishun, William Kirby, Wen-hsin Yeh

3:40pm — Open Discussion

6:00pm — Adjourn

7:00pm — Closing Banquet — Berkeley City Club


Workshop Participants

Chen Yung-fa, Academia Sinica
Niu Dayong, Peking University
Robert Cliver, Humboldt State University
Yang Kuisong, East China Normal University
Shen Zhihua, East China Normal University
Li Danhui, East China Normal University
Xiao Yanzhong, East China Normal University
Feng Xiaocai, East China Normal University
Chang Cheng , The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Sha Qingqing, Shanghai Library
Zhang Hairong, Beijing Normal University
Hou Songtao,China University of Political Science and Law
Liu Jianping, East China Normal University
Liu Yanwen, East China Normal University
Lin Chaochao, Fudan University
Jiang Huajie, East China Normal University
Joshua Hill, University of California, Berkeley
J. Brooks Jessup, University of Minnesota
Chris Leighton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ruan Qinghua ,East China Normal University
Micah Muscolino, Georgetown University
Margaret Tillman, University of California, Berkeley
Alex Cook, University of California, Berkeley



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