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The Chinese Dream and national cohesion

Date(s)
23 April 2014 (15:00-16:30)
Description

The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies is pleased to invite you to the seminar presented by Dr James Leibold, a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

About the seminar

Soon after coming to power, China's President Xi Jinping began speaking of the "Chinese dream". "Everybody has their own ideals, pursuits and dreams" he said in November 2012. "I personally believe that achieving the great revival of the Chinese race is the mightiest dream of the Chinese nation today."

Yet the collective pursuit of any dream requires common purpose, or in other words, "a shared bed", while the socio-economic and ethno-cultural divisions within Chinese society make any single, shared path forward a difficult one.

In this talk, Dr Leibold will explore the implications of Xi Jinping's Chinese dream maxim for social cohesion and cultural integration in the People's Republic of China. What is President Xi's plan for forging a new collective vision for China's diverse and at times divided society? What challenges lie on the horizon?

Speaker biography

James Leibold is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne and author, most recently, of Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable? (Honolulu: East-West Centre, 2013).