2010 Asia Lecture looks at four decades of Canada-China relations

The 2010 Asia Lecture, 40 Years with China: From the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations in 1970 to the Present Day, will examine four decades of diplomatic relations between Canada and China.

York political science Professor Emeritus Bernie Michael Frolic, of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, will deliver the lecture Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, at 280N York Lanes, Keele campus. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Left: Bernie Frolic

Director of the York University Asian Business & Management Program, based at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and in partnership with the Schulich School of Business, Frolic has been at York since 1966. His talk will focus on the history of the relationship between Canada and China up to present day. He will also speak about his own relationship with China.

His published works include Mao’s People: Sixteen Portraits of Life in Revolutionary China  (Harvard College, 1980) and Gongmin shehui zai Zhonghua renmin gongheguo (Xin shijie chubanshe, 2007). He is also co-editor of Reluctant Adversaries: Canada and the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1970(University of Toronto Press, 1991), Civil Society in China (M.E. Sharpe, 1997) and Democracy, Human Rights and Civil Society in South East Asia (Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, 2001).

He is currently completing a book on Canada and Peoples Republic of China relations since 1970 and is working on a long-term study of political change in China.

Professor Ruth Hayhoe of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, will be the discussant. Hayhoe is a specialist in comparative education and a sinologist. From 1997 to 2002 she headed the Hong Kong Institute of Education and is now its president emerita. She has held teaching positions at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong, at Fudan University in Shanghai and at the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education in London. She held at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 1989 to 1991.

Hosted by the YCAR, the lecture is supported by York International and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. The reception begins at 3:30pm and the lecture will start at 4:30pm. This event will also serve as YCAR’s welcome back event for the 2010-2011 academic year.

For more information or to RSVP, contact YCAR at ycar@yorku.ca or 416-736-5821.