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Our mission is to create, promote, and disseminate a more balanced understanding of the interrelationship of the countries, peoples, and cultures of the United States and China through the tools of mass communication and public education.

Four strategic areas make up the U.S.-China Media and Communications Program, housed at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Experts Exchange: L.Ling-chi Wang
L.Ling-chi Wang
Professor, Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

L. Ling-chi Wang is a nationally and internationally known Chinese American scholar, educator, institution builder, policy advocate for Chinese Americans and Asian Americans for over four decades. Wang has been involved and written on many of the issues that Chinese and Asian Americans have had to confront in education and politics since the late 1960s--bilingual education, ethnic studies, the 1996 presidential campaign scandal, Wen Ho Lee--and U.S.-China relations. A special volume of UCLA's Amerasia Journal 33.1, 2007, "L. Ling-chi Wang: The Quintessential Scholar/Activist" collects his essays many of which have to do with U.S.-China relations.

 

“The Oldest and the Newest Empires:” U.S.-China Relations Today


[keywords: Chinese Americans & U.S.-China, race relations, manifest destiny, trade and mission, American missionaries, cold war]

As strange and ironic as it may sound, no country is more alarmed by China’s rise than the most powerful nation of the world today, the U.S. (Since the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. sense of vulnerability can hardly be considered a case of exaggerated paranoia). Yet, no relation between two countries in the world is more important to each other and to the world than China and the U.S. Since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1989, the failure of China to collapse and dismember must have been a profound disappointment to those who predicted a similar fate for China.

The unexpected rise of China must have caused alarm and even resentment. In the U.S., it became the focus of heated political debate between the Democratic and Republican parties and among the leaders within each party: who should be blamed for the rising threat of China? Philip Stephens of the Financial Times puts it this way, “China’s rise will inevitably be at the expense of U.S. power. Washington can seek to slow the process with military embargo and countervailing alliance, but it cannot stop it.” The debate centers on whether the rising China poses a threat to the global hegemony and the national security of the U.S., what the diplomatic policy toward China should be, and how to deal with the Chinese American population which is presumed to have direct and close ties with China.

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