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Panel Discussion: “Mapping China’s Cultural Genome”

September 14, 2016 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 pm

Defining and protecting Chinese culture is a hallmark of Xi Jinping’s political rhetoric. When extolling what is intrinsic, unique, and eternal about China, he favors genetic metaphors: “There is no gene for invading other nations or seeking global hegemony in the blood of the Chinese people.” In order to understand the impact of cultural nationalism on Chinese perceptions and strategies, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is launching a new online platform. Mapping China’s Cultural Genome will track Chinese discourse on civilization, values, soft power, and mutual cultural influence between the U.S. and China.

Please join us for an inaugural discussion on the political importance of cultural discourse throughout Chinese history and under Xi Jinping.

Moderator: Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

Professor Wasserstrom’s book, The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, will be available for purchase following the event.



September 14, 2016
3:00 am - 5:00 pm


National History Center and Partners


Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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