China Model, Universalism, and Asian Values

"China Model, Universalism, and Asian Values" by Professor Liu Kang, Professor of Chinese Studies at Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Director of China Research Center, Duke University.

Feb. 21, 4:00-5:00pm

White Hall 206

The talk will discuss 2012 Shanghai Jiaotong University’s and Asian Barometer's public opinion survey of 13 Asian countries on China rise, and issue related to China model within the context of the recent debates over "China model", "Chinese characteristics", and "Asian values" vis-à-vis Western-dominated universalism. He argues that the general distrust towards "China model" in Asian countries (including China) reflects the lack or absence of fundamental values and norms for China's development.  Ambivalence over so-called "Asian values" also reveals a serious disorientation for humanity at crossroad, as Western universalism is under attack from various directions.

Professor Liu Kang received B.A. in English in Nanjing University in 1982. In 1983, He came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship and received Ph.D. in comparative literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. He is the author of eight books, including Aesthetics and Marxism (Duke University Press, 2000), Globalization and Cultural Trend in China (University of Hawaii Press, 2003), Culture/Media/Globalization (Nanjing University Press, 2006), and Demonizing China (Chinese Social Sciences Academy Press, 1996), a bestselling book in Chinese, which analyzes the American media’s coverage of China. In addition, Liu Kang published widely in both English and Chinese on issues ranging from contemporary Chinese media and culture, globalization, to Marxism and aesthetics. His current projects include global surveys of China’s image, Chinese soft power and public diplomacy, and political and ideological changes in China.