China Boys: How U.S. Relations with the PRC Began and Grew with Nicholas Platt (live video webcast)


In his memoir China Boys, President Emeritus of Asia Society Ambassador Nicholas Platt recalls his experiences as a young foreign service officer traveling with President Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972. Assigned to set up the first U.S. resident diplomatic office in the PRC, Platt candidly describes the first meetings in 1973 between Americans and Chinese, including the U.S. Olympic swim team; Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra; members of Congress, airplane manufacturers, bankers, scientists, and inner city youths as well as daily life for an American family in the waning days of Mao's China.

Platt shares his memories and compares notes with an observer of contemporary China, author and actress Rachel DeWoskin (Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China). Award-winning journalist Evan Osnos will introduce the program.

Followed by a book sale and signing. Shop AsiaStore for related books.

Nicholas Platt was an Asia hand, China specialist, and intelligence analyst in the U.S. Foreign Service, with degrees from Harvard and Johns Hopkins and posts at State, Defense, and the National Security Council. A three-time ambassador'to Zambia, the Philippines, and Pakistan'he was for 12 years president of the Asia Society.

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of the forthcoming novel Big Girl Small (2011), Repeat After Me, and a memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing. She went to Beijing in 1994 to work as a public-relations consultant and later starred in a Chinese nighttime soap opera, the hugely successful Foreign Babes in Beijing.

Evan Osnos is a Staff Writer at The New Yorker magazine, based in Beijing. Previously, he was the Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to an investigation of unsafe products that won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Among other awards, he has received the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for coverage of Asia.

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Event Details

Tue 13 Apr 2010
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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$10 Asia Society members; $12 students with ID/seniors; $15 nonmembers
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