This talk considers the respective trajectories of China, Asia, and the US during the global pandemic clarified and calcified current geopolitical tensions of political economy today. Prof. Andrew Liu joins us to consider the burgeoning talk of a new US-China “cold war,” debates over the origins of the novel coronavirus in China, ongoing obstacles in the global network of supply chains, and the overlap between questions related to the “rise of Asia” and the contradictions of Asian American identity. Moderated by Prof. Charmaine Chua.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM. FREE WITH RSVP.
Part of COVID 19 & ITS AFTERLIVES, a series sponsored by NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, NYU’s Center for the Humanities, NYU Skirball, NYU’s Special Collections, Verso Books, n+1, and Minetta Creek Collective. Organized by David Sugarman with support from Daniel Cheng (Verso).
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Andrew B. Liu is an assistant professor of history at Villanova University. His book Tea War: A history of capitalism in China and India (Yale UP) was published in 2020.
ABOUT THE SERIES
This series of events considers the possibilities of the post-pandemic future. Bringing together writers, artists, curators, archivists, academics, and organizers, “COVID19 and its Afterlives,” examines how the structural dynamics that predated COVID19–precarity, vulnerability, inequality–have been exacerbated by this past catastrophic year. In inventorying our pre-pandemic social and political failures, from health care to housing to labor, policing to politics to prisons, this series hopes to help us learn the pandemic’s lessons, and works to illuminate the promises of the future.