HPU History Professor Presents Paper At China Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 21, 2009 – Dr. Peng Deng, professor of history at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on the Shangshanxiaxiang Movement, sponsored by Fudan University and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. The event was held Dec. 21-22 in Shanghai, China.
Deng describes his paper, “The Pre-Cultural Revolution Shangshanxiaxiang (transfer of urban youth to rural areas in China) Movement and the Maoist Utopia,” as a scathing criticism of the large-scale transfer of young people from cities to rural areas in Maoist China.
His research was divided into three parts ? “First Tide of Shangshanxiaxiang: Bitter Fruits of the Maoist Utopia,” which explains the origins of the movement; “Evolution of the Maoist Utopia in Shangshanxiaxiang,” which discusses the ideological component of the movement; and “End of the Maoist Utopia in China,” which sums up the defects of the Maoist Utopia as well as the Shangshanxiaxiang movement and lessons for China’s future generations.
“Due to the sensitive nature of the topic and its bold argument, my paper generated much discussion after my presentation,” Deng says. “The symposium was the first one on the Shangshanxiaxiang movement in China, and was well-attended by scholars from all over China and graduate students at Fudan University.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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