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The University of Virgina
east asia center
April 2001

China’s Next Generation of Leaders

          A new generation is poised to assume leadership in the People’s Republic of China according to Nora Sausmikat of the University of Duisburg.  Dr. Sausmikat’s March 30th  talk on “Political Generations and Political Reform in China” was cosponsored by the East Asian Center and the history department.
          The so-called “fourth generation,” now in their late forties and fifties, shared a formative experience in the Red Guard movement and as “sent-down” youth, who spent up to a decade  working in the countryside.  Since returning to the cities in the 1970s, they  have commonly been referred to as China’s “lost generation”. Other adjectives applied to them include “deceived,” “conscious,” “awkward,” “skeptical,” and “critical”.  They have alternately been villified as former hooligans and lauded as revolutionary heroes. 
          Within this generation Sausmikat finds prominent proponents of reformist thought across the political spectrum including new leftists, new rightists, and liberals. From this generation came leaders of the Democracy Wall of 1978-79 as well as supporters of the student uprising of 1989.  Others in the same generation, however, express support for the bloody “Tiananmen” crackdown.
          In spite of internal differences, Sausmikat finds this generation intellectually  lively and united in their endorsement of the concept of “democracy,” however diversely defined.   

Drewry Wins Coughlin Award

          Seth D. Drewry, has been selected as recipient of this year’s Margaret  Morgan Coughlin Award in Asian History.  The award, which carries a stipend of $2,500 and airfare to Asia, was established by UVa sociology/anthro-pology professor emeritus Richard Coughlin in memory of his wife, the first woman to earn a UVa Ph.D. in Asian history.
          Eligibility for the annual award  is limited to graduating fourth year students with at least 12 hours of credit in Asian studies including 6 hours in Asian history who demonstrate a commitment to pursue Asia interests in graduate school, professional school, or a career.
          Mr. Drewry, a history and psychology major, has focused on Japanese history and language.  An applicant for the JET program for teaching English in Japan, he plans to apply his skills to a career in international relations and national security.


             Fall 2001 Courses

             Weedon Grant Recipients



2000 Weedon Travel Grant Awards

Undergraduate Students

Howard Walton Anderson III, French/History
Nick Higgins, Asian Studies
Ying Hu, Asian Studies
Amy Cameron Middleton, English/Asian Studies
Katheryn Ryan, Psychology
Alissa Ujie, Architecture

 Graduate Students

Suzanne M. Bessenger, Religious Studies
James D. Brown IV, Architecture
Shu-Chen Chen, Religious Studies
Gareth Fisher, Anthropology
Susan Leanne Gartzke, Anthropology
Eric Goodell, Religious Studies
Chris Hatchell, Religious Studies
Sarah Jacoby, Religious Studies
Pam Liu, Architecture
Hun Lye, Religious Studies
Abigail Kathryn Meester, Architecture
Nona Danielle Moskowitz, Anthropology
Emily Mair Mottolese, Architecture
Pamela J. Novak, Religious Studies
Matthew P. Rosefsky, Asian Studies/Business
Cara Ruppert, Architecture
Carrie Strange, Religious Studies
Carl S. Yamamoto, Religious Studies


P. Jeffrey Hopkins, Religious Studies
Helen Shen, Chinese
Miao-Fen Tseng, Chinese

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