Chinese Nationalism in past and present (online panel)
September 28, 2022
How does nationalism in China function? The country largely adopted the communist nationality policy of the Soviet Union by recognizing over fifty ethnic minorities, who have their own autonomous republic where teaching is done in their own language. On the other hand, China is a heavily centralized state in which the pressure to assimilate into the Han majority is strong. In recent times, repression against minorities, especially in Tibet and Xinjiang has increased, while the autonomous status of Hongkong has largely been abolished. Under Xi Jinping, China also seems willing to expand, in the South Chinese Sea, recovering Taiwan, while expanding its influence through the Belt and Road Initiative. Is the Communist regime using nationalism to recreate China’s traditional imperial sphere of influence?
These and more questions will be discussed in an online panel with two distinguished China experts, Thomas Mullaney of Stanford University and Christopher Hughes of the London School of Economics
Thomas Mullaney is Professor of History and East Asian Language and Cultures at Stanford University. He has published several books among which Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (University of California Press 2010) and co-edited The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority (University of California Press 2012).
Christopher Hughes is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He has published widely on Chinese foreign policy and is the author of among others Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism (Routledge 1997) and Chinese Nationalism in a Global Era (Routledge 2006).
This event is jointly organised by the Leiden University Nationalism Network, the Loughborough University Nationalism Network, Nationalism Studies at Edinburgh University and the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.