Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series: John Haddad
Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series
American Studies and Popular Culture (Harrisburg)
America’s China Dream: The US Attempt to Remake China 1870-1949
This book-length study will tell the story of Americans in China from the period after the American Civil War to the Communist takeover of 1949. This was the period in which the United States exerted massive influence in China, eventually rivaling and even surpassing that of Great Britain and the European powers. Though the project will consider official U.S. Foreign Policy in China, I am more interested in studying the experiences of individual Americans (missionaries, educators, philanthropists, journalists, engineers, scientists, physicians, artists, and business people), the institutions they built (hospitals, schools, and colleges), and the lives of the Chinese they affected. Indeed, it was through the collective actions of these people that China, for better or worse, became a zone of influence for various American corporate, religious, educational, medial, and philanthropic entities. Finally, since many of the institutions survive today, I hope to assess the lasting impact of this period.
Light lunch at 11:45 a.m. Presentation starts promptly at 12:00 p.m.