Fall 2015 lectures

The Light Center is hosting two lectures in its fall 2015 lecture series:

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • "Changes and Challenges to Food Marketing Systems in Urban China," by Dr. Ann Veeck, professor of marketing in WMU's Haworth College of Business, 4:30 p.m. in 1028 Brown Hall. Drawn from more than 20 years of research on the changing food marketing systems of urban China, Veeck’s talk will focus on findings from her Light Center-funded study on new food consumption patterns in Nanjing, China. Information.

Thursday, Oct. 15

  • "The Rapid Wartime Growth of Communism as the Local Revolution," by Dr. Patrick Fuliang Shan, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University, 4:30 p.m. in 1028 Brown Hall. Shan will present a new approach to analyzing the rapid wartime growth of Chinese communism in this talk. Information.

East Asian Forum

Faculty and staff and members of the academic community of the West Michigan region engaged in ongoing projects and interests related to East Asia are invited to participate in WMU's East Asian Forum planned for Friday, April 17, 2015. The forum will include panel presentations and a keynote speaker. Panel submission deadline is January 31.  Information.

Economics, Chinese language profs receive
Light Center research grants

by Renita Bellmore
March 26, 2015 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. C. James Hueng and Dr. Xiaojun Wang are the recipients of the fourth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. Each awardee will receive $3,000 to support a research project and publication.

About the projects

Dr. James HuengHueng, a professor of economics, will undertake a project titled "Measuring Real Business Conditions in China." He plans to build a daily business-cycle index for China, with a possible extension to Taiwan. Using the index, he also will revisit Chinese economic issues, including the effects of monetary and fiscal policies on business conditions.

The project will broaden the international aspects of Hueng's research agenda to include Greater China. He plans to build academic connections with Chinese scholars and to showcase Chinese economic studies and research at WMU by submitting articles to China-related economics journals.

Dr Xiaojun WangWang, a professor of world languages and literatures who teaches Chinese, will work on a project titled "From a Career Map to Career Chinese—Bridging the Gaps Between Language Learning and Career Development." He plans to integrate language acquisition with career development by surveying current students about their career goals and identifying areas of need.

A major focus of Wang's project will be on developing core vocabulary to use in teaching. His goal is to provide Chinese-language teachers with an updated and expanded list of Chinese vocabulary related to career development. Additionally, Wang plans to develop teaching resources about culture and knowledge in the workplace and about how to balance language teaching with cultural awareness and career development.

Light Center grants

Light Center Research grants are awarded annually and provide support to WMU faculty members for research and creative activities that support the study of Greater China.

Spring 2015 lectures

Thursday, March 19

4:30 p.m., 2028 Brown Hall

"Cold War Discourse and the Creation of the Global Child—United States–Taiwan Crosscultural Perspectives," by Dr. Mei-Ying Wu, Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of literature at University of Minnesota and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Information.  

Thursday, March 26

6 p.m., Putney Lecture Hall, Fetzer Center

"Thoughts on the Big Questions of Chinese Public Management," by Dr. Matthew S. Mingus, professor and doctoral director, School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University.  Information.

Spring 2015 China brown bag meetings

Friday, March 20
Noon, Bernhard Center Room 204

“Crosscultural Dialogues and Disputes—Children's Literature Studies in China and the United States,” by Dr. Mei-Ying Wu, University of Minnesota and National Cheng Kung Univesity in Taiwan. Free lunch provided; reservation required.
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