American Women and U.S.-China Relations During the Cold War

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 As part of the academic lecture and cultural series in 2017,  JASGA will present a lecture entitled 'American Women and U.S.-China Relations During the Cold War' by Kazushi Minami, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department and a graduate fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. 

About talk:

This lecture explores the role of women in U.S.-China relations during the Cold War. Women seldom come to the focus of scholarly debates on U.S. foreign relations—unsurprisingly so in light of the male dominance of American diplomacy. The history of U.S.-China relations during the Cold War is no exception. American women, however, played a significant role in reducing the mutual hostility between the United States and China that had existed since the Korean War in 1950. When the Vietnam War threw U.S. foreign policy in Asia into question in the mid-1960s, women’s organizations identified China as a key to building peace in that region and started to organize nationwide grassroots activities to promote understanding of China among ordinary Americans, who probably knew more about the moon than about the most populous country in the world. When thousands of Americans started to visit China after President Richard Nixon's historic visit in 1972, American women praised the ostensible gender equality in Chinese society and criticized the widespread sexism back home. Their analyses, however flawed or quixotic, helped to dissipate American prejudices against China and contributed to bilateral reconciliation by the end of the 1970s.
 
About Kazushi Minami:
 
Kazushi Minami is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department and a graduate fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a BA in economics from Kyoto University and MA in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a visiting researcher at Nankai University in China in the 2016-2017 year.  His research focuses on U.S.-China relations during the Cold War.
 
The lecture will be held at Anderson High School where their Chinese language program was named as a Confucius Classroom Network School by the Hanban-Asian Society.in 2011.
 
Open to the public and free.
 
      

 

March 8th, 2017 6:15 PM   through   7:30 PM
8403 Mesa Dr.
Anderson High School
Austin, TX 78759
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731
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