China Today: Viewed by a New Wave of Scholars

2019 Penn Symposium on Contemporary China
10:00am - 5:00pm | Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Penn Symposium on Contemporary China (PSCC) is an annual event organized by undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. The 2019 Symposium will take place on March 30, 2019 on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The symposium aims to provide a unique high-level academic forum for the discussion of the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping China and its role in the world today. The 2019 symposium will feature Chinese American freelance writer and musician Kaiser Kuo as the keynote address speaker.


10:00-10:30 AM              Sign In and Reception

10:30 AM-12:00 PM        Panel 1: Chinese Domestic Politics

Discussant: Hanzhang Liu, CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow; Abigail Coplin, CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow    

Graduate Student Panelists:

Cheng Cheng (Harvard University): “Policing Labor Protests in Xi Regime”

Peng Hai (Harvard University): “Probing Environmental Justice in China: Plastic China and the Visuality of Unimagined Communities” 

Xiaoshu Gui (Duke University): “Negative Publicity and Bureaucratic Effort: How the Ministry of Ecology and Environment Spurs Local Governments’ Efforts in Environmental Protection in China” 

Chien-Chih Lu (UC Berkley): “Evolutions in Copyright and Music Licensing: Snapshots of the Markets in China and the U.S.”     

12:15-1:15 PM             Lunch

​1:30-3:00 PM               Keynote Address and Q&A: Important Maxims for Examining China Today

                                      Mr. Kaiser Kuo, Founder of the Sinica show

3:00-3:15 PM               Break

3:30-5:00 PM               Panel 2: China on the World Stage

​Discussants: Scott Wingo, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science; Siyao Li, Doctoral Candidate in International Relations

​Graduate Student Panelists:

Naomi Garcia (Johns Hopkins SAIS): “Why China Continues to Support North Korea” 

Yaming You (Duke University): “China, the ASEAN Way and South China Sea Dispute”

Philip Rogers (UC Berkley): “Power in Moderation: Understanding the Tolerated Circumvention of China’s Foreign Direct Investment Regime” 

Francois Reyes (George Washington University): “China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a Maritime Security Challenge?"