China in 2016: Historical Perspectives from a Panel of Specialists
This roundtable brings back to campus two former Zeidman lecturers, historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom and journalist Mei Fong, for a lively exchange of ideas with two other China specialists. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution and the 40th anniversary of Mao’s death, the panel will make the case for the value—due to connections, continuities, contrasts, or a bit of each—in looking back from 2016 to earlier years ending with a six as they discuss the ways that China has and hasn’t changed. After hearing from Wasserstrom (on echoes of 1946) and Fong (on continuities and ruptures since 2006), as well as thoughts on other six-ending years from Congressional Research Service staffer Susan Lawrence and Richard McGregor of the Financial Times, the panel will take questions and comments from the audience in a free-flowing exchange of opinions. China analyst and Lower School parent Bill Bishop ’86 will moderate the panel.
The event will take place in the Robert L. Smith Meeting Room, Sidwell Friends School, on September 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Mei Fong is the author of One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, about the effects of China’s one-child policy. She is currently a fellow at the New America Foundation and has taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. She was previously a China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this year, she delivered Sidwell’s 34th Annual John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecture.
, former U.S. New & World Report Beijing bureau chief and former senior China correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, is a specialist in Asian affairs at the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service.
is a reporter and former China bureau chief for the Financial Times. He has reported from North Asia for nearly two decades and worked for publications including
the Australian, the International Herald Tribune, the BBC,
Far Eastern Economic Review
. He is the author of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers.
is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine; the editor of the just-released Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China; and the author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know and, most recently, Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies.
He delivered the 29th Annual John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecture in 2011.