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H-ASIA February 20, 2000 **************************** From: Chi Kong Lai <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: ANN Symposium on Chinese Culture and Business Practices Asian Business History Lecture Series of The University of Queensland, Australia, 2000 All welcome. Symposium on Chinese Culture and Business Practices: Roundtable with Queensland Chinese Entrepreneurs. TIME: 2:00-6:20 PM, Friday, 25 February. 2000 VENUE: Room 402 Social Sciences Building, The University of Queensland) 2:00-2:10 Welcome address: Professor Martin Stuartfox (Head, History, UQ) 2:10-2:40 Professor Hugh Dunn's Address "Evolution of Australian Perspectives on China Trade and Chinese Entrepreneurship" Moderator: Associate Professor Marion Diamond (History, UQ) 2:40-4:20: Chinese Culture and Business Practices Moderator: Dr. Chi Kong Lai "Introduction: Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Business Practices" Dr. David Schak (Griffth), "Culture as Explanans: The Case of Chinese Business" Dr. Paul Ivory (Sunshine Coast University) and Mark Craig (QUT) "Crime as Entrepreneurship in Chinese Culture" Professor Carl Trocki (QUT) "Chinese culture and Business practices in SE Asia." Dr. Xiaohua Yang (Bond University) "Executive MBA as Entree to the Western Market for Overseas Chinese Business People" 4:20-4:35: Tea Break 4:35-6:10: Roundtable with Queensland Chinese Entrepreneurs Moderator: Moderator: Associate Professor David Ip (Sociology, UQ) Speakers: Ms. Frances Lin (Luxe Enterprise (Australia) Pty. Ltd and Luxe Seafoods Pty. Ltd.) Mr. Tom Loy (Loy China Enterprises) Mr. Tandy Tang (Small Business) Mr. Michael Yau (Engwell Pty Ltd) Mr. Tai Chung-Hoi (Southern Sea Australia Trading Pty Ltd 6:10-6:20 Concluding Remark: Associate Professor David Ip (Sociology,UQ) This symposium is jointly sponsored by the department of Sociology, Asian Business History Center, Asian Studies Center, The University of Queensland, Centre for Community and Cross-Cultural Studies of Queensland University of Technology and Culture Regeneration Research Society (Australia). Co-Convenors: Dr. Chi-Kong Lai and Associate Professor David Ip Program Manager: Dr. Fred Cheung Event Organizers: Ms. S. Lewis (History, UQ) Ms. Denise Austin (History, UQ) Mr. Ishiguro Yoshiaki(History, UQ) Mr. Enoch Choy (Asian Studies, UQ) ********************************************** March Dr. Stephen Morgan, (the Australian Centre for International Business, the University of Melbourne) "Contracts, disputes and cultural understanding in Australian MNEs in China" (Date and Venue to be advised) ********************************************** Professor Shen Zuwei (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences) "Shanghai Business in the Republican Period" Moderator: Dr. Chi-Kong Lai TIME: 4:00-5:30 PM, Friday, 14 April, 2000 (Venue to be advised) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. John Butcher (School of Modern Asian Studies, Griffith University) "Fishing Activities in S.E. Asia" Discussants: Associate Professor Robert Cribb (History) Professor Carl Trocki (QUT) (Date and Venue to be advised) ********************************************** International Workshop on Industrial Relations in East Asia Friday 21 July. 2000 (UQ) 1:40-1:50 Welcome address: Professor Alan Rix (Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, UQ) 1:50-2:00 Launch of the Conference: Professor Kam Louie (Director, Asian Studies Center, UQ) 2:00-2:10 Introduction: Professor Ming K. Chan, Dr. Chi Kong Lai and Dr. David Schak (Director, Taiwan Studies Unit, Griffth). Keynote Addresses: Industrial Relations in Hong Kong Chair: Professor Colin Mackerras (Griffith) Professor Ming K Chan (HK Documentary Archives, Stanford University) "Hong Kong Workers and the Decolonization-Retrocession Toward 1997: Labour Activism, Socio-Economic Dislocation and Political Participation." Professor Alvin So (division Head, School of Social Sciences, H K University of Sciences and Technology) "Economic Restructuring and Changing Industrial Relations in Hong Kong." Discussant: Associate Professor C. L. Chiou (Govt, UQ) II. Industrial Relations in Japan and Taiwan Chair: Dr. Morris Low (UQ) Mr. John Weik (Asian Business History Center, UQ), "The Birth and Death of Unionism in Japan" Dr Kaye Broadbent (Griffith, School of Industrial Relations) "Women in Japanese workplaces and unions." Dr. Liew Leong (Griffth) "What is to be done? The role of Chinese and Japanese trade unions in the age of globalization and economic reform" Professor Ching-Lung Tsay and Ji-Ping Lin(Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica) "Working and Living Conditions of Thai Contract Workers in Taiwan: A Study on Individual Outcomes of Labour Migration" Ms. Ruth Barraclough (ANU), "women workers experience in the dissident labour and union movement in South Korea" 22 July. 2000 (Griffith) Introduction: Dr. Liew Leong (Griffith) III. Industrial Relations in China Chair: Professor David Lim (Griffth) Dr. Bev Kitching (QUT), "Gender Issues in Industrial Relations in Contemporary China" Dr. Chi-Kong Lai, "Industrial Relations in Cantonese enterprises During Wartime Shanghai" Dr. David Schak (Griffth), 'Labour-Management Relations in Taiwanese Enterprises.' Ms. Sheila Oakley (Asian Studies, Murdoch University) 'The causes and resolution of labour disputes in post reform China' Dr.Stephen Morgan (Melbourne Univ) Dr Sally Sargeson (Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University) Dr. Yin-wah Chu (Sociology, Hong Kong University)? Discussant: Associate Professor Bill Tow (Govt, UQ) IV. IR in S.E. Asia Chair: Professor Bob Elson Keynote Address: Professor John Ingleson (Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,UNSW) "Indonesian labour unions in the 1920s-1930s" Chair: Dr. John Butcher (Griffth) Dr. David Peetz (Griffth) and Dr. Patricia Todd (University of Western Australia), "Malaysian industrial relations" Professor Amarjit Kaur (UNE) "Labour in SE Asia." Mr. KK Wong (Deakin} "Human Resource Management in HK, Taiwan and Singapore" Ms. Michele Ford (University of Wollongong) "Industrial Relations, Economic Crisis and Political Change in Indonesia" Professor Carl Trocki (QUT) "Opium and Labour Control in SE Asia." Dr. Robert Cribb (History) "Industrial relations and international relations in Indonesia in historical perspective" Dr. Michael D. Barr, "Trade Union in a Elitist Society: The Singapore Story (QUT). Concluding Remarks: Professor Bob Elson TIME: Friday-Saturday, 21-22 July. 2000 (Other Speakers and Venue to be advised) The workshop is designed to evaluate the current state of scholarship on East Asian industrial relations from the 1850 to the present with particular attention paid to the post- World War II union movement. Research on modern Asian labour union history is both important and timely given the growing interest in the business traditions of the Asia Pacific region. In the workshop, we plan to examine the following themes: 1) The decline of traditional social order, the collapse of feudalism with direct impact on class-relations, guild structure and social mobility. 2) Internationalization: the globalization of capital, markets and production, and the rise of trans-national economic processes and institutions that shaped domestic production and employment patterns in contemporary East Asia. 3) The emergence of radical ideologies, modern nationalism and partisan politics that have affected and divided the grassroots workers in East Asia. 4) The expansion of modern industries and new technologies, production systems, and infrastructure has yielded new markets, products and management practices, but has provoked strong reactions from the workers. 5) The new class-based labour organizations (unions/federation) have competed with and often replaced traditional guilds and labour-employer mixed organs. 6) The disruptive effects of growth/inflation, depression/deflation, external crisis-induced market shocks, war and civil war and socio-economic dislocations on industrial production and employment. 7) The effects of government policies, industrial legislation, welfare programs on regulating industrial relations, product workers' rights and unionization. 8) The actions taken by unions and less formal workers' organisations, such as strikes, boycotts, and other collective behaviour, and the counter-measures taken by governments and companies–lockouts, arrests, beatings and worse. 9) The union movement among white collar and civil service workers. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the Asian Business History Centre, Asia Studies Centre (University of Queensland) Griffith Asia Pacific Council and Culture Regeneration Research Association -------------------------------------------------------------------------- PS: The Asian Business History Center will offer nine fellowships in 2000 to study "Business Shanghai and South China" in China For information: email Dr. Chi-Kong Lai (Director, Asian Business History Center). His email address is: email@example.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------