PLAS Graduate Works-in-Progress with Yangyou Fang & Elisa Klüger
Between Two Revolutions: A Sino-Cuban Conversation? Cuban Revolution "Translated" in the Chinese Press (1959 - 1967) ------- Yangyou Fang(Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University) ------------ On January 25, 1959, People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party dedicated two pages to Cuba with a highlighted title "The definitive victory belongs to the people of Cuba and Congo", together with an introduction of the Cuban revolutionary leaders and a poem of Nicolás Guillén. While the Chinese press had developed a growing interest in translating and publishing Cuban literature with a consistent rhetoric of anti-imperialist solidarity, this intended conversation seemed rather unilateral, evidenced in the absence of China in major Cuban journals (i.e., Casa de las Américas, Granma, Tricontinental), even after the two countries established diplomatic relationship in 1960. But why? This presentation compares and contrasts the historical context of two revolutionary societies (such us creation of New Man, resettlement to the country, educational offensives, and political position on the Soviet Union), and intends to respond to this question of imbalance by analyzing journalistic representation of 'translated' Cuban Revolution in China from 1959 to 1967. ------------- Yangyou Fang, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Born and raised in China, she is particularly interested in Hispanic-Asian studies, from the Early Modern Worlds to contemporary societies. During her studies at Princeton, she has investigated Don Quixote's influence on modern Chinese literature and cultural movements in Republican China (1910s - 1930s), 1930s' wartime Spain and China, and 1960s' revolutionary Sino-Cuba journalistic relations. She also hopes to conduct in-depth archival and analytical research on the connected histories in the Early Modern World and cross-cultural engagement between Iberia, Latin America, the Philippines, and East Asia in the Spanish Pacific (15211815). ------------------------------- Broadcasting New Money! ------ Elisa Klüger(History, Princeton University) ----- How experts institutionalize new money and prepare people to make sense of it? The presentation focuses on the Brazilian case, analyzing three paradigmatic experiences: the Cruzado Plan (1986), the Collor Plan (1990) and the Real Plan (1994), comparing the social effects of keeping secrets and/or announcing openly the new economic measures. ------ Elisa Klüger, is a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton and at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of São Paulo (2016), with the thesis "Meritocracy of ties: genesis and reconfigurations of the space of economists in Brazil" and was a visiting researcher at the University of California - Berkeley (2014-2015) and at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne (2012-2013).