The speakers are China historians and writers who collaborated to update China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. The book takes a tour through Chinese history from the days of Confucius to the present, looking at how awareness of the past can help us make sense of China’s often confusing present.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, freelance writer based in Shanghai will give context to recent news, discussing among other issues: Why it matters that 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 120th anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese War; What’s so important about Xi Jinping going for a walk; and how the Communist Party’s call to end corruption echoes that made by Nationalist Party head Chiang Kai-shek back in the 1930s.
DATE: Mar. 19 (Wednesday)
VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, Sanlitun Dongwu Jie 1
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members