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November 3, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

A half century after its revolution China appears to be moving away from revolutionary ideology and more toward ancient traditions, according to a historian who will share her findings at the next History Forum at California State University, Bakersfield.

Historian Constance Orliski will discuss her research during the forum scheduled Friday (Nov. 5) at 4 p.m. in the Albertson Room adjacent to the DorČ Theater on the CSUB campus.

“Since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the People’s Republic of China has experienced enormous transformation in all realms of society – political, economic, and cultural,” Orliski noted. Based on information gleaned from her recent travels to newly opened tourist sites plus interviews with Chinese educators in the burgeoning suburban developments of Shanghai and Beijing, Orliski in her presentation will examine China’s apparent abandonment of its revolutionary legacy, its recovery of “traditional” values, and the inventive cultural forms that are emerging as the nation integrates itself into the world-system of capitalism.

Orliski is a professor of modern Chinese history at CSUB. She earned her doctorate at the University of Southern California, and has traveled extensively in the Far East.

The History Forum talk is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the CSUB History Department at (661) 664-3079.

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