Professor Ezra Vogel adds grace to Great China Forum



Prof. Ezra Vogel

ON November 5, Prof. Ezra Vogel,former director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, made a lecture under the title of “Sino-Japanese relations and the Future of East Asia” at ECNU as an honored guest of the Great China Forum.

The engaging lecture held at the Yifu Building in Zhongbei campus attracted more than 200 people. The lecture was presided over by Prof. Feng Shaolei, director of the Center for Russian Studies Research at ECNU.

Prof. Feng Shaolei

Throughout his career, Ezra Vogel has come into contact with some key historical and political leaders of China, including Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping and Liao Chenzhi. He thus mentioned, with an emphasis on sociological research studies, how these figures shaped the format of international relations and Sino-Japanese relations covering two decades from 1970-1990.

For instance, after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Japan and China went through remarkable periods of social transformations; in effect, this led to rising tensions between these two East Asian countries, especially after 1992.

In considering the current status of Sino-Japanese relations, he expressed his concern for the future of East Asia and what this means for the responsibilities of each student. He also advocated for the leaders of Japan and China to engage in dynamic discussions on the most current and relevant issues that hinder progress between them.

Prof. Ezra Vogel interact with the audience.

Immediately following the lecture, Ezra Vogel interacted with the audience during the question and answer session.

Ezra Vogel succeeded Professor John Fairbank to become the director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Russian Studies in 1972. His notable works include Canton under Communism; Programs and Politics in a Provincial Capital, 1949-1968; Japan As No.1; Japan’s New Middle Class; and Dengxiaoping and the transformation of China.

The engaing lecture attracts more than 200 in attendance.

In 2012 he was awarded the University of Toronto’s Lionel Gelber Prize for his insightful analysis about social processes of modern China in Dengxiaoping and the transformation of China.

Once declared as the only U.S. intellectual proficient Sino-Japanese affairs, his body of work continues to have an impact on readers throughout the academic world. In China he has particularly been sought for by scholars and students nationwide. 


East China Normal University