Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations

The Confucius Institute at PSU and the Institute for Asian Studies presents

Dr. Zheng Wang, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Friday, February 21
6 p.m.
Student Rec Center (ASRC) Auditorium Room 001, 1800 SW 6th Ave.

FREE & Open to the public

Clash of Memories: Historical Memory, Nationalism and Sino-Japanese Relations

The rising tension and ongoing turmoil in East Asia have once again demonstrated that historical memory (and its expression in nationalism and history education) is a key source of divergent perceptions, persistent security dilemmas and ongoing disputes over territory. Without addressing this deep source and tough obstacle, it would be impossible for preventing conflict and establishing a sustainable relationship in this region, particularly between China and Japan.

What role has historical memory played in the formation of national identity and nationalism? Will resurgent nationalism prevail over economics in the world’s most dynamic region? Offering an explanation and analysis for these questions, Dr. Zheng Wang will present his book, Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations. This book uses historical memory to decode China’s political transition, popular sentiment, and international behavior in the Post-Tiananmen and Post-Cold War era. It explores the role that historical memory plays in China’s rise: its manipulation by political elites, its resonance in the popular imagination, and its ability to constrain and shape China’s foreign relations with major powers. This book won International Studies Association’s The Yale H. Ferguson Award for the best book of the year.

Dr Wang Zheng is a Global Fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is an associate professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He has been a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and is a member of the National Committee on United States–China Relations. His research interests include peace and conflict management in East Asian, with a special focus on China's external conflicts, and nationalism, identity politics and identity-based conflicts.



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