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ROOM CHANGE: Cultural Diplomacy in U.S.-China Relations: The Experience of Zhang Shuqi and World War II
Gordon H. Chang, Professor of American History; Director, Center for East Asian Studies,Stanford University
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Please email George Qiao at firstname.lastname@example.org for RSVP by noon, Jan 31.
Seats limited. Dinner provided for the first 20 people with RSVP.
Chinarains' "One Hundred Years of Chinese Revolution" special lectures will continue in 2012. Please join us.
TALK WILL BE GIVEN IN ENGLISH.
The idea “cultural diplomacy” has recently been widely employed across the globe, particularly to cast a country as a soft power giant beyond mere economic clout. Yet evidence of its practice can be seen throughout Chinese history in which cultural sway had been strategically wielded to remake the world order and foster mutual understanding. In 1940, the Chinese central government in Chongqing commissioned artist Zhang Shuqi 張書旂（1900-1957）to complete a master composition that would be given from China to President Franklin Roosevelt. As an "ambassador of art and goodwill," Zhang later came to the U.S. to promote U.S.-China friendship and raise funds for the war. His experience here is a fascinating example of wartime diplomacy and the use of art in international relations. The experience speaks to contemporary relations between the two countries.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm