Rising China: What It Means for the World
Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center
For the first time in more than two hundred and fifty years, we are witnessing a change in the world order, going from Euro-American predominance to the one where Asia—led by China and to a lesser extent by India and Japan—is again ascendant. Yet, it’s fair to say that Americans’ understanding of Asia remains limited: rooted in western assumptions on the one hand and somewhat distant knowledge of Asian realities on the other. This conversation series is designed to explore ideas and perspectives that bring Asia and the West, especially America, in close contact.
Dr. Vishakha N. Desai joins China experts Howard French, Jiayang Fan and Arthur Kroeber to ask questions and explore possibilities. How should we think about the contemporary power dynamics in Asia in the context of their millennial cultures? What are the implications of this power shift on the global stage?
Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is President Emerita of Asia Society and senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University where she also teaches in the graduate program on global thought.
Howard French teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and is the author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past helps shape China’s Push for Global Power, and China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.
Jiayang Fan, Staff Writer, The New Yorker, writes frequently on China, U.S.-China Relations and Chinese American issues.
Arthur R. Kroeber is founding partner and head of research at Gavekal Dragonomics, a China-focused economic research consultancy with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and the author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know.
The event is free and open to the public while tickets last. Please register here
About the series:
In this four part conversation series, Dr. Vishakha N. Desai brings together scholars, writers, artists and activists to spark new thinking about rise of Asia and its implications for the world. Designed to explore timely issues from a broader historical and cultural perspectives, the series will focus on rise of China, perceptions and misperceptions of Muslim cultures, issues of rising wealth in Asia, and the role of Asian Americans in redefining cultures.
Asia in the World: Geocultural Conversations with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.