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Global and International Studies to Host Expert Panel Discussion on China

November 14, 2013
Mingming Chen, from Shanghai University’s Department of Social Work, will examine differences in how Chinese and American people define the meaning of life.

A panel discussion by experts from Shanghai University and the University of Wyoming will discuss China’s political, economic and social trends that are creating ripple effects around the globe Monday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in Room 314 of the UW Classroom Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will examine topics such as China’s weathering of the global economic crisis; Chinese modernity and cultural change; Chinese civil society and its development; modern Confucianism; and China’s world view and relationship with its neighbors, among other topics. The discussion will help to understand the opportunities and challenges that China presents for the United States and the rest of the world.

The panel members are Yarong Ashley, UW Global and Area Studies;  Mingming Chen, Department of Social Work, and  Zhenwei Xia, Department of History, both from Shanghai University; and Jungfen Pan, Department of English at China’s No. 3 Military Medical University.

Ashley will investigate the challenges facing the Chinese new leadership in the post-financial crisis time and the steps taken by the government to deal with these issues under the new slogan of “China Dream.”

Chen will examine differences in how Chinese and American people define the meaning of life.

Xia will look into the development of tourism between China and U.S. in the last decade, and will examine the social and cultural impact such interactions bring to both countries.

Pan will examine how Chinese higher education institution mandates English language learning for all college students, and how it is an integrated part of effort of internationalization of Chinese education.

The lecture series is sponsored by the UW Global and Area Studies program and the Ruth P. Ellbogen Foundation.

For more information, contact Jean Garrison at or the Global and Area Studies main office at (307) 766-3423.

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