Can China Save the World

Evening Presentation by Dr. Karl Gerth, University Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, Merton College, University of Oxford, and author

Chinese and international political and business leaders now look to Chinese consumers to replace their American and European counterparts and rescue the global economy. Such pressure for Chinese to consume more is certain to continue in the coming years. But what are the implications for China and the world of Chinese consumers adopting the lifestyles of the middle classes in developed economies? Drawing on the research in his new book, Oxford University historian Karl Gerth explains how—from the brands we buy to the biosphere we inhabit—we are all being affected by the everyday choices made by ordinary Chinese, whether we do business there or not.

Gerth is the author of As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything, which explores the wide-ranging ramifications of China's shift toward a market economy over the past 30 years. He currently teaches at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow & Tutor at Merton College. Gerth's previous book, China Made: Consumer Culture and the Creation of the Nation, focused on the role of nationalism in forming a consumer culture in pre-WWII China. Prior to Oxford, Gerth taught at the University of South Carolina. He graduated from Grinnell College and received his PhD from Harvard University. Book sale after program.

Co-presented with University of Oxford

Event Details

Tue 15 Mar 2011
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central Hong Kong (Please note: No sneakers, denim or sportswear)
HK$180 Asia Society members/Oxford alumni & friends/Full-time students; HK$230 non-members (priority to members). To register, please contact
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