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  • Events | 16 January, 2012 (21:55)

    Chinese Cities: In Search of Identity

    This event is for members only.

    China’s cities have been subject to thirty years of Soviet-style modernization, followed by thirty years of American style modernization. From an architectural point of view, it may be the worst of two worlds. Yet Chinese cities are increasingly affirming their own underlying “spirit”.
    Join a talk with Professor Daniel A. Bell who will draw on the findings of his new book (co-written with Professor Avner de-Shalit), The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age (Princeton University Press) to discuss the social and political implications of China’s changing urban landscape.

    Professor Bell’s book looks at nine cities – Jerusalem, Montreal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Oxford, Berlin, Paris and New York – and shows how the ethos of each is expressed in its political, cultural and economic life, and how the character of each city works against the excesses of nationalism on the one hand, and the sameness of globalization on the other.

    DATE: Jan 18 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 10-11:30am
    VENUE: Canadian Embassy, 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chao Yang District, Gate 3, on the North side of the main complex
    ENTRANCE: FCCC members only. Please bring a photo ID.
    RESERVATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com

    Daniel A. Bell
    is the Zhiyuan Chair Professor of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University and professor of political theory and director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing.