Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao’s China

Photo of the cover of the book titled "Curating Revolution."

Denise Y. Ho, assistant professor of history

(Cambridge University Press)

In this history of the Mao period (1949-1976), Denise Y. Ho examines the relationship between its exhibitions and its political movements. Case studies from Shanghai show how revolution was curated: museum workers collected cultural and revolutionary relics; neighborhoods, schools, and work units mounted and narrated local displays; and exhibits provided ritual space for ideological lessons and political campaigns.

Using archival sources, ephemera, interviews, and other materials, Ho traces the process by which exhibitions were developed, presented, and received. Examples range from the First Party Congress Site and the Shanghai Museum to the ‘class education’ and Red Guard exhibits that accompanied the Socialist Education Movement and the Cultural Revolution. Operating in two modes — that of a state in power and that of a state in revolution — Mao era exhibitionary culture, the author contends, remains part of China’s revolutionary legacy.

The cover art was created by Yale College alumna Sherril Wang.

China’s Anti-Corruption Bill Exposes the Achilles’ Heel of Xi’s Legal Reforms

The rule of law is a fundamental prerequisite of globalization that contributes to a stable environment for trade and investment, argues Ge Chen, an expert on China’s judicial system and legal policies at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. Chen writes about the fervent anti-corruption campaign orchestrated by China’s President Xi Jinping. A National Supervision Law is set to be approved this spring, and a commission overseen by the Communist Party is expected to “check the power” of all bureaucracies. But Chen points out that the anti-corruption campaign has been associated with political struggles among party leaders. While legal scholars question the law’s compatibility with China’s constitution, top leaders are likely to resist such checks on their power. Chen concludes, “As a result, limiting the power of ordinary cadres takes place only because the regime aims to create leadership with limitless power, which runs counter to the party’s promise to ‘establish the rule of law’ that ‘ensures a rule-based economy’ in an era of globalization.” Use of the law as political weapon adds uncertainty for both domestic and foreign businesses in China. – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of Hong Kong: Dinner with Yale Professor Albert Ko – Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Dinner with Yale Professor Albert Ko – Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Date: Thursday 11-Jan-2018
Time: 7PM – 9PM
Venue: The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central
Price: Early Bird (until Jan. 1) $450 Members / $500 Associates & Guests; Regular (after Jan. 1) $500 / $550
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Albert Ko, department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) will be in town.
Professor Ko’s research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity. He coordinates a research and training program on urban slum health in Brazil and is conducting prospective community-based studies on rat-borne leptospirosis, dengue, meningitis and respiratory infections. His research particularly focuses on understanding the transmission dynamics and natural history of leptospirosis, which is as a model for an infectious disease that has emerged in slum environments due to the interaction of climate, urban ecology and social marginalization. Current research combines multidisciplinary epidemiology, ecology and translational research-based approaches to identify prevention and control strategies that can be implemented in slum communities. More recently, Dr. Ko and his team has mobilized the public health research capacity at their site in the city of Salvador, Brazil to investigate the on-going outbreak of Zika virus infection and microcephaly. Dr. Ko is also Program Director at Yale for the Fogarty Global Health Equity Scholars Program which provides research training opportunities for US and LMIC post and pre-doctoral fellows at collaborating international sites.
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1991
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
For more about Professor Ko, please visit

The Four Faces of China in Central and Eastern Europe

China’s Belt and Road Initiative winds its way into Europe including cooperation and projects with 16 Central and Eastern Europe nations. The sixth annual meeting of 16+1 heads of state convened in Hungary to plan investments in technology, finance, agriculture, health, education and more, Michal Romanowski, with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, categorizes four types of Chinese involvement in the region: As connector, China invests in infrastructure, presenting a warning for Brussels not to neglect Central and Eastern Europe. As shaper, China often overlooks diversity and treats the region as a single bloc, which in turn can prompt caution. As investor, China has not made Central and Eastern Europe a priority, and the United States and the European Union are responsible for the bulk of the region’s foreign investment. Still, China with ample resources can be regarded as challenger for enterprises inside the region and beyond. “It should be remembered in Central and Eastern Europe that China has grown into a promoter of globalization not only out of goodwill but due to its own national interests,” Romanowski notes. He urges leaders throughout the region and Europe as a whole to adopt a similar pragmatic attitude. – YaleGlobal

Seven Yalies will study in Beijing as Schwarzman Scholars

A Yale College senior and six alumni are among the 142 individuals who have been selected Schwarzman Scholars.

They will study for their master’s degrees at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s premier institutions.

The seven Schwarzman Scholars from Yale are senior Lionel Jin ’18, Reid Magdanz ’12, William Drexel ’16, Seth Kolker ’15, Joseph Kim ’16, Junrong Chen ’17, and and Andi Wang ’17.

The Schwarzman Scholar Class of 2019 was selected from over 4,000 applicants. It is comprised of students from 39 countries and 97 universities, with 41% from the United States, 20% from China, and 39% from the rest of the world. The winners will enroll at Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua University campus in August 2018. They will have a year of cultural immersion during their period of study, and will attend lectures, travel, and develop a better understanding of China. Expenses for each scholar are fully funded by the Schwarzman Scholar program.