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Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 19:30

Nationalist Protests in China: A Form of Dissent?

Eric Vanden Bussche
China scholar, Stanford University


Embassy of Mongolia

2 Xiushui North Street 


Menggu Dashiguan 2 Xiushui Bei Jie


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Over the past decade, China has witnessed a series of anti-foreign street demonstrations. These expressions of nationalism have emerged as a powerful force in the country, generating unease among the Chinese political leadership. How have these protests challenged the Communist Party's control over the political discourse? In what ways have they shaped the perceptions of Chinese identity and the country's role on the world stage? How has the Communist Party coped with the increasingly zealous nationalism among the youth? This talk will examine the evolution of nationalist protests, from anti-foreign street demonstrations to the patriotic passion propagated in cyberspace, and their influence on foreign policy.

Eric Vanden Bussche is a China expert at Stanford University. He has taught Comparative Chinese-Latin American History at Peking University and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica (Taiwan). He is co-editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation, and Identity of China's Majority (University of California Press, 2012).