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January 27, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Richard Baum

Confessions of a Peking Tom: A China Odyssey

March 23, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Professor Baum will discuss his new book, China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom. Part memoir, part travelogue, part critique of the China field, and part commentary on China's post-Mao quest for 'wealth and power,' Baum's book has been described by the New Yorker's Evan Osnos as "a wonderfully funny and revealing chronicle of adventure....Baum's odyssey through four decades of China's rise reminds us that true friendship to China requires not only patience, but honesty. As the Chinese expression puts it, he has dared to step off his horse to examine the flowers up-close." CCS affiliates will be particularly interested in Professor Baum's humorous observations and personal anecdotes concerning his long and complicated professional relationship with the late U-M Sinological icon, Michel Oksenberg.

A prominent member of the U.S. China-watching community, Richard Baum is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UCLA. Former director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, he has written and lectured extensively on contemporary Chinese politics, political economy, and foreign policy. He is the author/editor of nine books, including Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (Princeton, 1996); Reform and Reaction in Post-Mao China: The Road to Tiananmen (Routledge, 1991); and Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party, and the Peasant Question, 1962-66 (Columbia,, 1975). His latest book, released this spring, is China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom. In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Baum is the founder and manager of Chinapol, the world's leading online listserv for professional China analysts. He is a frequent commentator on Chinese and East Asian politics for the BBC World Service, Voice of America, CNN International, and National Public Radio. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Posted by zzhu at January 27, 2010 03:28 PM