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Deng Xiaoping and Foreign Relations

'Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China' by Ezra Vogel.

Luncheon presentation by Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University and author, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Perhaps no one in the 20th century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. In the recently-published biography Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, contemporary East Asian history scholar Ezra Vogel disentangles the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China’s boldest strategist. Once described by Mao Zedong as a “needle inside a ball of cotton,” Deng was the pragmatic yet disciplined driving force behind China’s radical transformation in the late 20th century. Join Vogel as he examines how Deng’s experience in France and the Soviet Union shaped his later understanding of foreign developments. The book traces Deng’s experience in dealing with the Communist Bloc, as well as his relations with Japan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia in 1978 as he prepared for the open door policy.  

Ezra Vogel is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University He is also the author of numerous books including Japan as Number One: Lessons for America, the all-time bestseller in Japan of non-fiction by a Western author. Professor Vogel has received 10 honorary degrees and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008 he received the Harvard Graduate School Centennial Medal for contribution to society. Professor Vogel graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958.  Book sale after program.

Outreach Partners: HK America Center, CUHK; CU Press; American Chamber of Commerce


Event Details

Mon 21 May 2012
12:30pm - 2:00pm

9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

$450 Asia Society and AmCham members/ Full-time students; $550 non-members