Global China in an Anxious Age

  • Lee, G. (Participant)
  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom (Organiser)
  • Amy Wilentz (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a public festival/exhibition/event


This is a crucial moment to take stock of the complicated impact the People’s Republic of China is having on the global order—and the complicated ways that international trends are altering life in the world’s most populous country. Climate change, human rights abuses and debates, diplomatic relations, economic booms, financial crises, technological shifts, and, of course, pandemics—there is a need to come to terms with the PRC when considering any of these issues and many more as well. And the start of 2022 is a symbolically significant point in time to reflect on the PRC and the global order, as Beijing’s relationship to both the United Nations and the United States changed dramatically half-a-century ago. In 1971, the seat at the U.N. held by a representative sent from Taipei was given to one sent by Beijing, and then, exactly fifty years before the date of the UCI Forum for the Academy and the Public’s event, Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong held their historical summit.

With all of this in mind, in restarting its annual tradition of holding lively and wide-ranging two-day symposia that was put on hold last year due to COVID-19, UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public has chosen to focus on the PRC. Global China in an Anxious Age will bring together scholars from many fields (from law and various branches of the humanities to glaciology and pharmacology), as well as non-academics of many kinds (including representatives of the worlds of journalism, tech, and policy making) to take stock of the challenges and contradictions associated with the country’s dramatic rise. We will also explore and debate the meaning of the seismic shifts associated with China that are shaking the planet in this era of cascading and interrelated crises.
Period25 Feb 202226 Feb 2022
Event typeConference
LocationIrvine, United States, CaliforniaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational