Wallace House Presents “China’s Paradox: Authoritarianism and Weakness” with Scott Tong: Wallace House
In 2013, longtime China correspondent Scott Tong came to the Knight-Wallace Fellowship to research China’s on-again, off-again ties with the global community, and how it connected with his own family. The resulting book, “A Village with My Name: A Family’s History of China’s Opening to the World,” examines nationalism and globalization through the stories of five generations of Tongs. China’s openness to the western world delivered great benefits to them yet came at a devasting human price during Mao’s communist rule. In the end, this openness made it possible for Tong to become an American journalist covering China.
Today, Beijing’s increasingly antagonistic relations with Washington and many advanced economies present a great risk to its own economy and high-tech development.
Now a co-host of NPR’s Here & Now Tong returns to Wallace House to discuss Beijing’s increasing authoritarianism and international aggression, and what it signals for its own future and that of globalization.
The annual Graham Hovey Lecture recognizes a Knight-Wallace journalist whose career exemplifies the benefits of a fellowship at the University of Michigan and whose ensuing work is at the forefront of national conversation. The event is named for the late Graham Hovey, director of the fellowship program from 1980 to 1986 and a distinguished journalist for The New York Times.620 Oxford Rd, Ann Arbor. . Free. email@example.com. www.wallacehouse.umich.edu. 7349987666.