New York Conference on Asian Studies Fall Book Presentation and Discussion

October 14, 2023 @ 10:00am - 12:30pm

New York Conference on Asian Studies announces

Fall 2023 Book Presentation and Discussion, co-sponsored by SUNY Press

October 14, 10 am – 12:30 pm EST

Join NYCAS this fall for an online book event on Saturday, October 14th, 10 am-12:30 pm EST. The event is free, but registration is required. The book under discussion will be presented by


Albert Welter

Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona


The Future of China’s Past: Reflections on the Meaning of China’s Rise

 (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture) (2023) SUNY Press

The Future of China's Past examines how China's traditional culture is being reinvented and manipulated for political purposes. Like no time before in its recent history, and certainly at no time in the history of the People's Republic, China is being shaped in terms of its past, but which past—Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism, Buddhism—or combination of pasts is being held up as the model? Given its growing economic, political, and cultural significance, it is incumbent upon us to take China's rise seriously, yet perspectives involving modern and contemporary geopolitical and intrastate dynamics are insufficient, on their own, for understanding China's rise, and the same holds true for economic analyses, however pertinent. Instead, this book looks at current engagements with models of China's past, introducing the four traditional lenses of Chinese thought and reflecting on their potential relevance for China's—and the world's—future.


Dr. Welter’s presentation will be followed by a Graduate Student Roundtable which will respond to the book, and the announcement of NYCAS’ 2023 Marleigh Grayer Ryan Student Writing Competition winners.

Graduate Student Roundtable Participants:

Jeung Hyun Kim (Syracuse University), Shu Wan (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Bingwan Tian (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Nat Smith (University of Michigan), Jimmy Ngai (The University of Hong Kong), Xinyi Ye (University of Pennsylvania), Qi Zhang (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Kennedy Zhang (Columbia University), and Wu Jie (University of Chicago)

REGISTER FOR THE BOOK EVENT Deadline: Oct 12, 2023.

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