Join Young China Watchers in marking the 40th anniversary of “reform and opening,” with Julian Gewirtz. We’ll sit down to dinner with Julian to hear insights from and discuss his book, Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017). The book examines how Chinese officials and intellectuals looked beyond their country’s borders for economic guidance after Mao Zedong’s death in 1976 and during the transformational decade of the 1980s. From the Bashan Conference of 1985, which brought together leading international economists with top Chinese policymakers for a cruise on the Yangtze River, to tête-à-têtes with Milton Friedman, the Chinese leadership displayed an extraordinary openness to diverse ideas from around the world — with lessons that must not be forgotten today in Xi’s China. The Economist called the book “a gripping read, highlighting what was little short of a revolution in China’s economic thought.”
Dinner at the delicious Congee Village is included with purchase of ticket (tax and tip are not covered). Space is limited, so reserve your spot early!
We invite Julian Gewirtz, Author of “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China” to discuss.
Julian Gewirtz is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University. He received his doctorate in history at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017).
Julian’s writing on Asia has appeared in publications including the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Beyond his contributions to the field of China Studies, Julian is also an emerging poetic talent. Julian’s poems have been published by AGNI, Boston Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and The Yale Review, and have received recognition from the Academy of American Poets and Best New Poets 2016 (selected by Mary Szybist).