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N.C. State History Weekend: Rethinking the Roots of Modern China

March 19, 2016

9:30 AM: Coffee and Bagels, Withers Hall 232 A

10:00 AM: Main Lectures

Opening Remarks by Chancellor Randy Woodson

Introductions by David Zonderman, Head, History Department

Featured talks by Madeleine Zelin, “Freedom and the Economy of Late Imperial China” and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, “China in 1900: Tales of the Boxer Rising and the First Global War”

12:00 PM: Book Signing (books may be purchased in advance or on site)

Shah, Angilee and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, eds. Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Zelin, Madeleine. The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Featured talks are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to reserve space.

Please contact Kelsey Zavelo at or (919) 513-2313 with any questions.


Madeleine Zelin is a Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies at Columbia University. Zelin’s recent research has focused on legal history, the role of law in the Chinese economy and the interface between law, culture, and the market in early modern China. She is the author of The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (Columbia University Press, 2005), which was awarded the Fairbank Prize (American Historical Association), Alan Sharlin Memorial Award (Social Science History Association) and the Humanities Prize of the International Conference on Asian Studies (ICAS).

Jeffery Wasserstrom is a Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Wasserstrom is a modern Chinese social and cultural historian interested in connecting China’s past to its present, placing both into a comparative and global perspective. He is the author of several books, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2013). He is the Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies as well as a member of the editorial board of Dissent Magazine. In addition to writing for academic periodicals, Wasserstrom has contributed reviews and commentaries to general interest magazines and newspapers such as Time, News Week, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.


March 19, 2016


N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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