Prominent Chinese history expert to give talk at Chao Center Oct. 18

Chinese history expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom will present “Shanghai and Hong Kong as Competing and Connected Cities, 1843-2013” at noon Oct. 18 as a guest speaker for Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies. The public event will be in the Mechanical Laboratory Building, Room 209, and will include a Q-and-A session.


Wasserstrom is the Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, author and frequent commentator on Chinese politics, culture and society. His most recent books are “Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land” (2012), which he co-edited with Angilee Shah; “China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know” (2010); and “Global Shanghai, 1850-2010” (2009).

He is editor of the Journal of Asian Studies and one of the two Asia editors at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He also is a member of Dissent magazine’s editorial board and an associate fellow at the Asia Society.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.