Abstract: This talk provides a broad overview of Chinese youth culture in the digital age and shows how Chinese millennials manage personal identity anxieties, political commitment, and educational pressure in ways both similar to and different from youth in other parts of the world. The talk will focus on several specific cases of youth culture, including cyber-nationalism, online gaming, and environmental volunteering.
Abstract: Scholars have found it difficult to parse the tangled concepts of love, sex, desire, and friendship in Chinese life and fiction, a task made doubly difficult by the persistent gulf as well as constant traffic between Chinese and Western cultures. In this presentation, I aim to clear a path through the tangle with the help of Anthony Giddens’ notion of a “pure relationship” that is self-conscious, elective, reciprocal, and egalitarian, looking at representations of sociability in both early modern and contemporary Chinese literature.
Bio: Haiyan Lee is a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Stanford University. She is the author of Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2007), winner of the 2009 Joseph Levenson Prize (post-1900 China) from the Association for Asian Studies, and The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2014).
Abstract: The most pressing challenges of the present and coming decades—among them, climate change; the degradation of both natural and urban environments; and rising inequalities of wealth, income, risk and opportunity—are not technical problems. They are ethical predicaments that consist in deep (and often tragic) conflicts within and among our globally dominant systems of social, cultural, economic and political values. Today, we are witnessing the early stages of perhaps the greatest of these predicaments: a transformation of the human experience by the impacts of artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data. This presentation will discuss the current state of the “intelligence revolution” and its likely future, with special reference to China, and will use Buddhist conceptual resources to make the case for resisting the displacement of intelligent human practices by “smart” services and for realizing an intercultural relational ethics of compassionate human becoming.
Bio: Peter D. Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program and Education Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and holds a Ph.D. in Asian and Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaiˋi. His philosophical work makes use of Buddhist conceptual resources to address contemporary issues of global concern. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism, Asian philosophy and contemporary issues. His most recent books are: Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015); and Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation (edited, forthcoming, 2018).