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The Power of Culture

Encounters between China and the United States

Editor(s): Priscilla Roberts
Contributors: Chen Peiqin, Zhao Xin, Staci Ford, Li Yang, Zhang Yuan, Clara Juncker, Yang Yingrun, Xiao Huan, Kong Lingyu,

Book Description

China and the United States, two massive economic and military powers, cannot avoid engaging with each other. Enjoying what is often termed “the most important bilateral relationship in the world”, the two sometimes cooperate, but often compete, as their interests come into conflict. Both countries are separated not just by the Pacific Ocean, but also by their very different histories, experiences, societies, customs, and outlooks. Non-governmental, unofficial relationships and exchanges are often as important as formal dealings in determining the climate of Sino-American relations. For several decades in the mid-twentieth century, Chinese and Americans were virtually isolated from each other, trapped in icy hostility. Chinese scholars are now making up for lost time. This assortment of essays, most by mainland Chinese academics and students, focuses upon the role of culture – very broadly defined – in Sino-American affairs. Taking a holistic approach, in this collection over thirty authors focus on such topics as the influence of ideology, the impact of geopolitics, the use of rhetoric, soft power, educational encounters and exchanges, immigration, gender, race, identity, literature, television, movies, music, and the press. Cultural factors are, as the authors demonstrate, enormously significant in affecting how Chinese and Americans think about and approach each other, both as individuals and at the state level.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8588-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8588-6
Date of Publication: 01/02/2016
Pages / Size: 603 / A5
Price: £62.99


Priscilla Roberts is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong, where she has taught since 1984, and is also Honorary Director of the university’s Centre of American Studies. She has published numerous articles on twentieth-century diplomatic and international history, with a special interest in Anglo-American and Asian-Western relations. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of twenty-three books, including The Cold War (2000); Window on the Forbidden City: The Chinese Diaries of David Bruce, 1973–1974 (2001); Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World Beyond Asia (2006); and Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1900–1940 (2010).