Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

From Seeds of Friendship to a Miracle Drug: Science and the Reconstruction of Sino-American Relations, 1971-1979

Wed, October 10, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

From Seeds of Friendship to a Miracle Drug: Science and the Reconstruction of Sino-American Relations, 1971-1979

Since the 19th century, science served as a significant catalyst for scholarly cooperation between China and the United States. The Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949, however, severed scientific exchanges between the two countries—until the bilateral “rapprochement” in the 1970s. In this talk, Kazushi Minami discusses the process in which Chinese and American scientists restored scholarly connections in this decade, arguing that the role of scientific exchanges in bilateral relations shifted from a mere symbol of friendship to a panacea for China’s internal and external challenges. This talk is part of Minami’s dissertation project, which explores informal diplomacy between China and the United States in the second half of the Cold War.

Sponsored by: Center for East Asian Studies

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