5:45 pm Check-in & Light Dinner
6:00-6:45 pm National Webcast
Speaker: The Honorable Susan E. Rice (Former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the UN)
Moderator: Stephen A. Orlins (President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations)
Questions for Ambassador Susan Rice may be submitted using the hashtag #CTH17 at any time before or during the webcast.
6:45-8:00 pm Local Presentation - "U.S. Race Relations in Chinese Perspective"
Speaker: Mark Frank (PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)
CEAPS, in collaboration with the National Committee on US-China Relations, is pleased to present the eleventh annual CHINA Town Hall, a national conversation on China taking place in 80+ communities throughout the United States. This year's UIUC CHINA Town Hall will feature Ambassador Susan E. Rice as the national webcast speaker and EALC PhD Candidate Mark Frank as the local speaker.
Ambassador Susan Rice served as the U.S. National Security Advisor (2013-2017) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN (2009-2013) during the Obama Administration. In addition to her foreign policy experience, Ambassador Rice also served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Her decades of public service and critical role in developing and executing the Obama administration's policies towards China make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant as we navigate this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship. Full bio Ambassador Susan E. Rice
Mark Frank, "U.S. Race Relations in Chinese Perspective": What do people in China think of America's complicated race relations in the Trump era? Chinese views of the United States have always been a function of both Chinese and American current affairs. Chinese revolutionaries and reformers of the early twentieth century cited American racism—including anti-Chinese legislation—as an example to be avoided while building their own republic. Chairman Mao endorsed the American civil rights movement in his condemnations of U.S. imperialism. Chinese netizens of today offer scathing critiques of racial attitudes on both the American left and the right, even as ethnic nationalism surges within China. This talk will examine Chinese perspectives on race in America over the past century within the larger context of Chinese history.
Mark E. Frank is a PhD candidate in East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois specializing in modern Chinese history. He was a Fulbright fellow in China from 2015 to 2016 and has spent nearly five years working and researching in mainland China and Taiwan. His research involves the environmental history of the southwest Chinese borderlands in the early twentieth century.