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China and Inner Asia Session 331

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Session 331: Roundtable: The (Re)Globalization of China -Sponsored by the China and Inner Asia Council

Organizer: Mayfair M. Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Discussants: Mayfair M. Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia, Canada; Tansen Sen, City University of New York, Baruch College, USA; Mingming Wang, Beijing University, China; Deborah Brautigam, American University, USA; Ying Him Anthony Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

This interdisciplinary roundtable panel brings social scientists together with historians to examine the longue duree of Chinese globalization and cosmopolitanism. In the history of modernity, it was usually the West that extended its reach out into all corners of the world through Western colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries, and later, through its knitting of the world into a global capitalist production, trading, and consumption network. The recent ascendancy of China onto the global stage means that we must start to think about the manifold ways in which Chinese culture is, on the one hand, domestically becoming rapidly globalized, and on the other hand, is extending its global reach around the world. Historically, Chinese civilization experienced long periods of early globalization, especially in the Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties, and in the 20th century, Shanghai was briefly Asia's global city, therefore today’s trends hearken back to earlier cosmopolitan pasts. This roundtable panel will address different aspects of China's past and present globalization, in imperial and modern times, and in such realms as trade and Chinese foreign investment, Chinese travel and emigration, Chinese cosmopolitan culture, print and media production, export, and reception, etc.