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From Chinatown to Every Town:
How Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs Have Expanded Restaurant Business in the United States

Date: 2/22/2023

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Zai Liang

Professor, State University of New York at Albany


This presentation explores the recent history of Chinese immigration within the United States and the fundamental changes in spatial settlement that have relocated many low-skilled Chinese immigrants from New York City's Chinatown to new immigrant destinations. Using a mixed-method approach over a decade in Chinatown and six destination states, sociologist Zai Liang specifically examines how the expansion and growing popularity of Chinese restaurants has shifted settlement to more rural and faraway areas. Liang's study demonstrates that key players such as employment agencies, Chinatown buses, and restaurant supply shops facilitate the spatial dispersion of immigrants while simultaneously maintaining vital links between Chinatown in Manhattan and new immigrant destinations.

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Engaging China

Date: 11/18/2022

Time: 10:00 am EST

Presenter: Dr. Mel Gurtov

Professor Emeritus of Political Science


Engaging China is an argument on behalf of deep U.S. - China engagement to counteract the increasing risk today of violent confrontation. The book directly confronts the bipartisan "China threat" consensus in the U.S. and hardline Chinese perceptions of the U.S. by underscoring areas of common interest and suggesting that domestic insecurity significantly influences their leaders' foreign polices. The author proposes a U.S. policy toward China of competitive coexistence, which would benefit both countries' economy and society.

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Zero-COVID, Carbon Neutrality, and the Future of Coercive Environmentalism

Date: 10/11/2022

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Yifei Li

New York University


“At all cost” is a buzz phrase under China’s unrelenting approach to pandemic control, known as the zero-COVID policy, which promises to keep the country’s COVID infection numbers at or near zero. This policy normalizes an entire suite of highly restrictive measures, such as curbs on international and domestic travel, mass testing and disinfection requirements for people, goods, pets, and surfaces, “close-loop” quarantine mandates, and prolonged lockdowns in cities all over the country. Harrowing as it is to be on the receiving end of zero-COVID, the policy is entirely consistent with the Chinese state’s increasingly coercive gestures in recent years. In this sense, zero-COVID is aptly seen as a “test run” of how the Chinese state attempts to normalize coercion in its governance of environmental and public health crises alike. As such, understanding zero-COVID provides critical insights into the risks and gains of the kind of carbon-neutral future that China has pledged to achieve by 2060. This presentation discusses the parallels between the zero-COVID policy and climate governance in China, underscoring both the promise and risks of coercive environmentalism.

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