Navigating the US-China Confrontation: Lessons from John Fairbank and the 1950's

Colloquium | December 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Evans, Professor of Asian and trans-Pacific affairs, University of British Columbia

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The deepening Sino-American conflict presents very difficult problems for China scholars and universities with extensive activities in, on and with China. With an eye on the contemporary situation, the presentation will focus on the intellectual, institutional, and policy activities of John Fairbank in the 1950s. What can we learn from a Cold War era eerily consonant with today?

Paul Evans is Professor of Asian and trans-Pacific affairs at the University of British Columbia. He is a former director of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and former head of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. His most recent book was Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper. He's currently doing a second installment to his 1988 biography, John Fairbank and the American Understanding of Modern China, and writing on the contemporary dynamics and implications of techno-nationalism in the US-China relationship.