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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Seats limited. Dinner provided for the first 20 people with RSVP.

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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.  

About the Speaker
Professor Gordon H. Chang 張少書 is Zhang Shuqi's son and a specialist in American foreign relations. His publication includes: Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970(2008); Chinese American Voices (2006); Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration, (2001); Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945(1997). Friends and Enemies: The United States, China and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972 (1990).

Thursday, February 02, 2012 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
Building 250 - Room 108, Main Quad

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