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2017 - Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference Words: 249 words || 
1. Lincoln, Toby. "Cities, Capital Cities and Special Cities: Postwar Reconstruction and the Chinese Nation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada, <Not Available>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: During the first half of the twentieth century, the vicissitudes of war and revolution brought devastation to many Chinese cities. This was followed by unprecedented urban development as the Chinese Communist Party transformed so-called capitalist consumerist cities into socialist production centres. This paper explores the ideas about the reconstruction of cities during and immediately after China’s War with Japan. The discussion among intellectuals and government officials about whether to move the capital city back to Nanjing provided a platform for debate about postwar development. Meanwhile, China’s urban planning and city organization laws allowed municipal officials to advocate for their own city’s importance within the nation.

The discussions have several common themes. China continued to face threats to its existence, and so national defence remained important. The state project to create a modern industrial nation involved urban planning, and the government adopted international innovations such as zoning to realise its vision. However, the way in which such a vision was to be implemented differed across China. In some cities, destruction and resistance to the Japanese formed the basis for a postwar narrative that sought to return the city to its pre-war prosperous status. Elsewhere, and particularly in the former Manchukuo, Japanese occupation and urban growth meant that some cities were now in a position to assert their importance within regional and national networks. Finally, those advocating for their cities across the country often compared them to others around the world, illustrating how China saw its postwar experience in international terms.

2009 - Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference Words: 189 words || 
2. Benavides, Abraham. "Sanctuary Cities, Enforcement Cities, Neutral Cities, and Immigration: The Conundrum for Local Municipalities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2020-02-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The debate over legal and illegal immigration in our local communities and nationwide has produced a number of reactions. Some cities have passed laws favoring immigration, others have voted on resolutions and ordinances restricting the ability of certain groups to rent or work within their boundaries, still others have remained neutral. _x000d__x000d_Sandler acknowledges that many states have also created laws dealing with illegal immigrants and their employment in the U.S. workforcen (Sandler 2006). _x000d__x000d_The first section of this paper will discuss the historical and prevailing trends in cross-border immigration and the socio-economic variables that exist inside Mexico and the United States that creates an atmosphere to propel individuals to migrate north. At this point, the paper will describe the different actions that have taken place by local governments with respect to immigration. I describe these as sanctuary cities, enforcement cities, and neutral cities. Next, the paper will attempt to show a flaw in local government’s ability to legislate immigration policy by showing similarities to the Jim Crow laws of the last century. Finally, the paper shows the dilemma local governments find themselves in because of the lack of action.

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