Thursday, March. 13, Shanghai FCC Lunch — “History in the Headlines: How Does China’s Past Inform the Present?” — Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Date(s) - Thursday, March 13 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm



History in the Headlines: How Does China’s Past Inform the Present?


Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

Thursday, March 13th

12:00 p.m.

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. In a presentation followed by Q&A, Wasserstrom and Cunningham 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.

Venue: Origin

Tianzifang, Lane 155 Jianguo Lu, near Ruijin Lu

田子坊建国中路155弄, 近瑞金路

Phone: 159 2183 2324

Time: Thursday, March 13th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Doors open at 12:00. Event starts at 12:30 p.m.

Admission: SFCC members: 100 RMB; Non-members: 150 RMB


About the speaker:

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, has written four books about China and contributed reviews and commentaries to venues ranging from the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times to TIME and the Daily Beast.

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, a freelance writer based in Shanghai and a doctoral candidate in History at UC Irvine, was the editor of the “China Beat” blog from 2010 through 2012 and has written for publications including Dissent, the TLS, and Time Asia.


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