"Fearing China, Loving China: 40 years of Watching Americans Watch China" Workshop
On Tuesday, November 5, the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy,
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presented a
Workshop on Global Policy.
Dr. Sherry Gray
spoke on "Fearing China, Loving China: 40 years of Watching Americans Watch China."
Sherry Gray drew upon nearly 40 years of watching China, and watching US commentators try to make sense of one of the fastest changing, young-old societies on earth. How far (or not) have US public views moved from fearing Mao’s armies of blue ants—while loving the Great Wall—to fearing today’s armies of Chinese manufacturers—while loving the Beijing arts scene? We fear China’s geographical size, large population, military spending, and group-oriented culture, but we love China’s long political history, diverse regions, and, especially, its ancient high cultures. In defining China, the code words we use—dynamism, debt, and pollution;
innovation, corruption, and failings in human rights; opportunism, military aggressiveness, and inequality—define the US as much, or more, than it defines China.
The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School.
A recording will be posted on the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy website.