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May 18, 2011

Peter Gries of University of Oklahoma to speak on US-China relations, perceptions

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Peter Gries

Peter Gries

Peter Gries of the University of Oklahomas Department of International and Area Studies will give a presentation titled How Americans and Chinese Think and Feel About Each Other and the World at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, in 220 Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

Gries is the Harold J. & Ruth Newman chair and director of the University of Oklahomas Institute for US-China Issues. He is author of Chinas New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy (2004), co-editor of Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market (2010) and State and Society in 21st-Century China: Crisis, Contention, and Legitimation (2004), and has written over two dozen academic journal articles and book chapters. His work focuses on nationalism, the political psychology of international affairs, and Chinas domestic politics and foreign policy.

Advances notes state that while US-China relations are the most important bilateral state-to-state relationship of the 21st century, “little work examines exactly how Americans and Chinese actually perceive each other and the world more broadly.” The lecture presents selected results from two 2011 national Internet surveys exploring how Americans and Chinese actually think and feel about foreign countries. Gries also will discuss the impact of nationalism and ideology on foreign policy attitudes.

The lecture is sponsored by the East Asia Center at the Jackson School of International Studies and the China Studies Program