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Held on the University of Idaho main campus each semester, China on the Palouse provides University of Idaho students and community members an opportunity to learn more about China in a comfortable, informal setting. Each seminar focuses on a different topic related to Chinese culture and audience members may engage with our guest presenters during time provided at the end of the hour-long presentations. These gatherings are a wonderful chance for you to meet new friends, engage with native Chinese speakers and learn more about China. All are welcome to join! These events are free and open to the public.

Fall Semester 2016 Schedule

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dragon Multinationals in the United States: Spatial Diffusion, Locational Determinants, and Strategic Implications for the State of Idaho

Guest Presenter: Haifeng (Felix) Liao, Ph.D.
Whitewater Room – Idaho Commons Building
12:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Dragon multinationals or foreign direct investment (FDI) from China to the United States has expanded over the last few years. Several instances of Chinese outward FDI such as Lenovo Group’s purchase of IBM’s personal computer division in 2005 have received widespread media attention. However, we have relatively little knowledge about the economic geography of Chinese FDI in the U.S. This talk will address recent spatial diffusion of dragon multinationals in the U.S. and discuss its implications for the state of Idaho and the China-U.S. relationship.

Dr. Haifeng (Felix) Liao was born in Foshan (China), a place known as the hometown of martial arts. He received his bachelor degree in Economic Geography and Planning from Sun Yat-sen University in China. While pursuing his M.Phil. and PhD degrees in Geography at the University of Hong Kong and University of Utah, he conducted a significant amount of research on foreign direct investment (FDI) and regional development in Southern China where China’s market reform was initiated and rising inequality has drawn worldwide attention. Felix started his position as an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Idaho in August 2014. His research interests focus on globalization, regional economic development, urban environmental sustainability and transportation. Felix has published widely in the areas of economic geography, urban and regional development and environmental sciences. His articles appear in leading international journals such as Environment and Planning C, Urban Studies, Applied Geography, the Professional Geographer, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, and Sustainability. Since arriving at the University of Idaho, he has been actively involved in the NSF EPSCoR project titled Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES), researching issues centered on environmental and natural resource management in the state of Idaho and the American West.

Liao Haifeng
Haifeng Liao, Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Ziran da mei: Pursuing the Environmental Humanities in China."

English professor Scott Slovic has been traveling frequently to China working there as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2006. Although widely known for its heavy environmental footprint, China is also a culture that venerates the natural world and produces some of the most important green ideas, from solar panel technology to ecoaesthetics to ecoliterature. In this presentation, Professor Slovic will talk about some of his adventures in China and what he’s learned about Chinese environmental thinking.

Guest Presenter: Scott Slovic, Ph.D.
Whitewater Room — Idaho Commons Building
12:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho. For many years he has been a globally recognized scholar in the environmental humanities, especially in the field of environmental literary studies or “ecocriticism.” He was the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in the early 1990s, and he has edited the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment for more than twenty years. He has lectured and taught in mainland China and Taiwan dozens of times, his book Going Away to Think appeared in Chinese from Peking University Press in 2010, the Fall 2015 issue of The Journal of Poyang Lake (Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences) was dedicated to his work, and he has hosted more than twenty visiting Chinese scholars since coming to Idaho four years ago. His twenty-fourth book, published earlier this year, is the co-edited volume Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environment, and the Arts.

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Scott Slovic
Scott Slovic, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

“Open Innovation in China: The Evolving Landscape for New Product Development”

Guest Presenter: Sanjay Sisodiya, Ph.D.
Crest Room — Idaho Commons Building (Please note the room change.)
12:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Firms following open innovation leverage inputs for innovation outside the boundary of their firm and also seek alternate markets for their underutilized outcomes of their own innovation activities (Chesbrough, 2003). While the topic of open innovation is appealing to many, the path to success is wrought with many hurdles. This is particularly so in China where the environment for new product development is facing dynamic change.

Sanjay Sisodiya.
Sanjay Sisodiya
Sanjay Sisodiya, Ph.D.

Previous China on the Palouse Events

Confucius - The First Teacher

An introduction to Confucius and his contributions to Chinese Thought and Culture.
Guest Presenter: Robert Snyder

Laozi and Daoism - The Way of Harmony

An introduction to Laozi and Daoism and their relation to Confucius and Chinese culture.
Guest Presenter: Robert Snyder

San Jiao - A Chinese Integral Approach

An introduction to the philosophical interplay of Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist thought in Chinese history and culture.
Guest Presenter: Robert Snyder

Kungfu & Chinese Culture

Guest Presenter: Professor Yingzhi Li
Southwest University of China

Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage

Guest Presenter: Charlotte Sun

An Introduction to Beautiful Chinese Cuisines

Guest Presenter: Yinghao Wang

American Wanderlust in the Middle Kingdom

Guest Presenter: Matthias Fostvedt

Chinese Elements in Visual Design: What Can We See in the Culture of China?

Guest Presenter: Professor Yong Zang
Chair of the Department of Creativity and Design, College of Art and Design, Jiangsu University of Technology

For more information on the China on the Palouse series, please contact the Confucius Institute at 208-885-7110.

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