Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Presence of the Past in a Fast-Changing China
Jeff Wasserstorm

VENUE:Center for the Study of Contemporary China

The Presence of the Past in a Fast-Changing China

| Asia Program

About the Event

Co-Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the Foreign Policy Research Institute

This talk will draw on material from the author's new edited volume, The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, just published this summer, to explore the various ways that events and stories about the past figure in current Chinese politics.  How do real and imagined historical struggles between China and other countries drive contemporary nationalism?  What is familiar and novel about how Xi Jinping, as opposed to previous Chinese authoritarian figures, Communist and non-Communist alike, has invoked the past to justify his actions?  These are the kinds of questions that will be addressed by the presenter.

Jeff WasserstormJeff Wasserstrom is a specialist in history who regularly writes about current affairs for newspapers, magazines, and online journals of opinion and the author of five books, the most recent of which is Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin, 2016).






Center for the Study of Contemporary China

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19104-6273


Open to all, lunch provided.

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Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom - 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...