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Thu, Jun 20



U.S.-China Relations: Untangling Campaign Rhetoric & Understanding Policy

Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding U.S.-China relations in this election year? Join 1990 Institute and YLS Paul Tsai China Center Fellow Susan Thornton for a workshop designed to equip teachers and all who are interested in untangling the relationship between these superpowers.

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U.S.-China Relations: Untangling Campaign Rhetoric & Understanding Policy
U.S.-China Relations: Untangling Campaign Rhetoric & Understanding Policy

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Jun 20, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


About the Event

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With U.S. elections looming, political campaigns have and continue to portray China in an unfavorable light, undermining decades-long efforts to build constructive bilateral relations, which has local and global implications. This virtual workshop will feature expert speakers who will discuss some of the important strategic issues shaping U.S.-China relations, including trade, technology, and Taiwan.

In today’s interconnected world, we offer this workshop to address the needs of the many middle and high school educators who are interested in deepening their understanding of U.S.-China relations, untangling political rhetoric from actual policies, and incorporating this knowledge into their teaching. This workshop will help attendees promote critical thinking, understand policy implications, augment current knowledge of U.S.-China relations, and build media literacy.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and resources for teaching about one of the most important geopolitical relationships of our time. Join us and empower yourself to empower your students!

All who are interested in this topic are welcome to attend.

Secure your spot today for “U.S.-China Relations: Untangling Campaign Rhetoric & Understanding Policy” and an opportunity to understand the nuances of this crucial international relationship with global implications. 


  • Neysun A. Mahboubi is the Director of the Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches various courses related to Chinese history, law, and policy and hosts the CSCC Podcast for Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Penn Program on Regulation and hosts its Law & Governance series. His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He has advised both the Asia Foundation and the Administrative Conference of the United States on Chinese administrative procedure reform and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. He frequently comments on Chinese law and policy developments and U.S.-China relations for various media outlets. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an AB (Politics & East Asian Studies) from Princeton University.
  • Susan A. Thornton is a retired senior U.S. diplomat with almost three decades of experience with the U.S. State Department in Eurasia and East Asia. She is currently a Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale University Law School Paul Tsai China Center; Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy; and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2017 and 2018, she was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment. In previous State Department roles, she worked on U.S. policy toward China, Korea, and the former Soviet Union. She received her MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and her BA from Bowdoin College in Economics and Russian. She serves on several nonprofit boards and speaks Mandarin and Russian.
  • Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng (moderator) is Vice Dean for Research and Equity, leading both the Office of Research and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, and Associate Professor of International Education at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. A sociologist whose scholarly and community-based work focuses on the social lives of marginalized youth, Sebastian's interests include comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (focusing on China and the U.S.), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from MIT, and he has taught at a public middle school in San Francisco and a college in rural China.


The 1990 Institute, founded 34 years ago, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in San Francisco. Our mission is to champion fair and equitable treatment for Asian Americans and a constructive U.S.-China relationship through leadership, education, and collaboration.

We provide educational content to teachers and students to give them a better understanding of contemporary China and Asian American history and culture. Our programs include: (1) Teachers Workshop, a professional development series with leading academic experts, (2) Teachers Forum, designed to support teachers to find community, learn from, and strategize with other teachers on implementing AAPI/ethnic studies, (3) educational and engaging videos highlighting foundational AAPI/ethnic studies concepts, (4) New Asian American Voices, which spotlights unsung American stories, (5) newsletters with thought-provoking original essays and hand-picked curated news, (6) college essay contests on timely topics promoting a more constructive U.S.-China relationship, (7) Bund to Brooklyn, a podcast that interviews AAPI changemakers, and (8) our Reference Library, a one-stop resource hub housing articles, lesson plans, videos, and much more.

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