3/21: Meredith Oyen on “The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War”

In The Diplomacy of Migration, author Meredith Oyen argues that migration policy and migrants were integral to the changing relationship between the United States and China from World War Two until 1972. Unlike past works that predominantly see migration issues as either resulting from foreign policy choices or simply existing alongside them, she identifies several ways in which migrants and migration policies were used to achieve foreign policy goals and manage the relationship between the United States and the Republic of China in the Cold War.

Meredith Oyen is an assistant professor in history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her doctorate at Georgetown University and specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations, U.S.-Chinese Relations, and transnational migration history. Her work has been published in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and Modern Asian Studies, and her first book, The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives in the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War, was published in 2015 by Cornell University Press.

The seminar meets at 4:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support. Reservations requested because of limited seating.

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