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.
Video: The Rise of China and Asian Americans
Image credit: Johannes Eisele/Getty Images
Asian Americans are projected to be the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. The future of this group will be highly important to America's leadership in business and trade, science and technology, and as a global power. The response of our government to the rise of China has had repercussions on Asian Americans who have contributed to America's global competitiveness. Our panel will discuss our domestic policy options to keep America at the top of its game.
Gordon H. Chang, Stanford University
Chang is the Olive H. Palmer Professor of Humanities. His research and teaching focuses on the historical connections between race and ethnicity in America, on the one hand, and foreign relations, on the other. He’s the author of numerous books, including Ghosts of Gold Mountain, The Chinese and the Iron Road, Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China and Friends and Enemies: The United States, China and the Soviet Union 1948-1972. His co-authored and edited books include Asian Americans and Politics and Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970.
Margaret K. Lewis, Seton Hall University
Lewis has taught law at Seton Hall since 2009. Her “Criminalizing China” article (2021) about the U.S. Department of Justice’s China Initiative has generated wide discussion. Lewis’s research focuses on law in China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice and human rights. She’s published widely, participated in the State Department’s U.S.-China legal dialogue and testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. She’s been a practicing attorney, a research fellow at New York University’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute, and a U.S. Court of Appeals law clerk.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.