A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
The Mechanics' Institute presents a talk by Professor Ezra Vogel on his new book on Deng Xiaoping.
Mao Zedong called him a “needle inside a ball of cotton.” Deng Xiaoping was the committed Communist leader, a survivor of accusations, purges, and exile who confronted and denounced the havoc wreaked by the Cultural Revolution. He’s also the leader who oversaw the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, and who successfully modernized and streamlined an authoritarian state. Through interviews and memoirs, Vogel’s biography examines Xiaoping’s life and legacy, from his birth in 1904 to a rural landlord family in a small village, to his death at the age of 92 as one of the world’s most influential leaders.
Ezra F. Vogel is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and former Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Asia Center.