Professor Wasserstrom will address some of the key claims he makes in his book, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010, with an updated edition last summer), and ask how, if at all, these arguments need to be modified to take into account very recent events. Topics addressed will include Xi Jinping’s approach to and statements about reform and corruption, trends in Chinese online debates, human rights dilemmas as the 25th anniversary of 1989’s protests and massacre near, and the fall-out from the horrific March 1 violence in Kunming.
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom‘s most recent books are China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know and Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, which he co-edited with Angilee Shah. (A new edition of China in the 21st Century, updated and with contributions by Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, is due out in June.) Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of California, Irvine; Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies; one of the two Asia Editors of the Los Angeles Review of Books; a member of Dissent Magazine’s editorial board; and an Associate Fellow at the Asia Society. He has contributed commentaries and reviews to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various other newspapers and to magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and the Nation. He tweets regularly; @jwassers
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