Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

Sep 26 2014 - Apr 19 2015

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extends from the late eighteenth century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.

Arnold Genthe, Woman and Child, San Francisco Chinatown. Photograph. New-York Historical Society

Within the exhibition, rich in media and artifacts, will be little-known stories, such as the voyage of the Empress of China, which set sail from New York in the late eighteenth century; how young Chinese boys were sent by their government to study at elite New England schools during the nineteenth century; the unprecedented immigration legislation known as the Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred most Chinese from entering the United States; the nineteenth-century newspaper, called Chinese American, and its founder Wong Chin Foo; and the Chinese America

Special '21' Club Breakfast & Talk - A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

Aaron L. Friedberg
Mon, November 28th, 2011 | 8:00 am

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Join us at New York’s landmark ‘21’ Club for this singular program, which includes a breakfast and lecture for $65 (members $55). Book signing with author to follow.

Will China Take Over the World?

Sebastian Mallaby
Steven Rattner
Byron R. Wien (moderator)
Tue, February 21st, 2012 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out


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Armed with the world’s largest population and stunning economic and technological growth, China has emerged as a world superpower; it has been one of the most dramatic developments of our time. Is China poised to replace the United States as the world’s most influential nation? Is that change inevitable? Or has it already happened? Experts discuss China’s continued rise and how America’s role in world affairs will change.

Civilization: The West and the Rest

Niall Ferguson
Thu, December 8th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property, democracy, medicine, consumerism and work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Mr. Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.

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