Portland State's Institute for Asian Studies & the NW China Council of Portland host
As the Presidential election approaches, the U.S.-China relationship is in the news for both economic and geopolitical reasons. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts. Ambassador Locke will deliver a special address to be broadcast live to audiences in 60 cities and towns across the United States. He will then respond to questions from audience members nationwide, moderated by Stephen Orlins.
Prof. Poston's talk in Portland is: China's Changing Demography: Impacts of Fertility, Ageing, and Migration on China, the U.S. and the World; and will address the impacts of the "one-child policy", rapidly ageing population, and rural-to-urban migration on China and the rest of the world.
Ambassador Gary F. Locke has been U.S. Ambassador to China since August 2011. Previously, he served as the Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2011 where he was point person for achieving the President's National Export Initiative, which achieved a thirty-two percent increase in exports to China from 2009 to 2010. Before his appointment to the President's cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as governor of Washington, where he helped double the state's exports to China, and as a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, David Wright Tremaine LLP, where he co-chaired the firm's China practice.
Dudley L. Poston, Jr. is Professor of Sociology, and the Abell Professor of Liberal Arts, at Texas A&M University. Dr. Poston's research interests include demography, human ecology, and the sociology of gender, with special attention to the populations of China, Taiwan, and Korea. While at Texas A&M, Dr. Poston also serves as Guest Professor of Demography at the People's University in Beijing, China; Guest Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China; and Adjunct Professor of Demography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China.