Archive for 2008
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A Battle of Ideas New York Salon discussion
Read the Speakers’ Papers
Tuesday 25 November 2008, 7.30pm until 9.00pm
Venue: Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle Branch, Broadway and 66th Street, New York
The rise of China as both an economic and political power has provoked intense interest in the West. Daily discussions in the US and Europe reflect on the rapid emergence of China’s industrial might and potential on the world stage. Much of this discussion seems to be underscored by deep anxiety, however. The Beijing Olympics provided a focus whereby this anxiety seemed to intensify. Some have raised concerns about a rise of ‘China-bashing’. Has it become ‘fashionable’ to portray China as an ‘evil’ empire as a means playing up the comparative virtue of the West?
Talk of the impressive acceleration of China’s productivity is invariably accompanied by environmental concerns, particularly with regard to pollution and China’s increasing demand for material improvements leading to greater energy consumption. The political character of the Chinese regime is also a cause for concern, with passions raised particularly with regard to the lack of free speech in China, abuses of human rights in Tibet, and alleged complicity with atrocities in Darfur and Zimbabwe, as China plays an ever greater international role.
To what extent is the expansion of China’s productive capabilities to be welcomed? Can China provide an example of how to transform less developed parts of the world? Or is the growth of China a threat to the international order and humanity more broadly? Are Western observers right to fear the rise of China? Is the discussion about China sufficiently objective, or has it rather become a focus for concerns within the West, such as our own ambivalent attitude to economic growth, and fears about our changing place in the world?
Brooke Gladstone co-host and managing editor, NPR’s On The Media
“Brand China” On The Media:
“In Beijing” On The Media:
Elizabeth Economy C.V Starr Senior Fellow; Director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; author The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenges to China’s Future.
“The Great Leap Backward?” Foreign Affairs:
“China’s Olympic Nightmare” Foreign Affairs:
“China’s Next Revolution” Current History
Brendan O’Neill editor, spiked; weekly blogger Comment is Free; regular writer for New Statesman, Christian Science Monitor and BBC News website
“And the Gold Medal for China Bashing Goes To…”:
“Why Tibetophilia Won’t Set Tibet Free”:
“Slitty Eyes and Buck Teeth? It Must Be China…”:
“There is only one ‘Olympic Value’: win, win, win”:
Charles W. Freeman III holder, Freeman Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); former managing director, China Alliance and US chief China trade negotiator.
Alan Miller co-director, NY Salon; director and producer, TV and documentaries; cultural commentator; co-founder of London’s Truman Brewery and Vibe Bar.
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a ‘political process that is broken’ and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people.
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