Producer 1990 Institute 
Overview The U.S.-China relationship requires a new framework reflecting the countries’ evolving interests. China’s growing economy and global influence demands a shift in its approach while the U.S. must recognize China’s importance and the best way to coexist for a more constructive future. Both nations have competing interests, but there are common issues and bilateral economical benefits. This Workshop covers the countries’ complex history and a path forward. 

Time codes

0:00-3:40 Introductions 

3:40-8:23 Mary Kay Magistad – Setting the scene 

8:24–24:19 Robert Daly  – History and Context 

24:19-40:31 David Firestein – Issues and Collaboration 

40:53-55:15 Mary Kay Magistad – Narratives on US China Relations 

55:18-1:20:09 Panel Discussion and Q&A 

1:20:10 to 1:32:01  Teachers Exchange

Publish Date July 7, 2023
For Teachers 1990 Institute 4 teachers,  1990 portal with curated resources on China and AAPI,past recordings of teachers workshops since 2013 and 1990 program information.

Resources, The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia

K-12 Resources, USC U.S.-China Institute 

Dangerous Straits, Teachers Guide, Teachers Center, Frontline

U.S.-China Relations at 50: Learning Lessons and Moving Ahead, A half-century of experience points to the need for stronger measures to address future challenges, Robert S. Wang, American Foreign Service Association.

What Priorities should guide the U.S. relationship with China, Choices Program, Brown University, 2019

U.S.-China Trade Tension, Choices Program, Brown University, 2018

Three Day lesson Plan- Modern China: AP World History (grade 9-12) Chris Hertzog, University of Southern California, 2019.

Chinese Language Teaching, Asia Society. Resources for teaching Chinese language. You can also find resources for teaching Chinese on the China Learning Initiatives website, an initiative of the Center for Global Education at Asia Society.

Using inquiry to teach about China, EdWeek

Reference Materials * denotes recommendations from speakers


The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, by Patricia Buckley Ebrey*

ChinaFile,a online magazine published by The Asia Society dedicated to promoting an informed, nuanced, and vibrant public conversation about China.

How Do the Chinese People View the “West”? Divergence and Asymmetry in China’s Public Opinion of the U.S. and Europe, June 1, 2023, Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions 

Five Questions to Ask — and Answers to Know — About the U.S.-China Relationship, by Henry Paulson, 2019, The Catalyst

How Do California’s Asian Americans View U.S. Foreign Policy?, by Milan Vaishnav and Nitya Labh, April 26, 2023, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Changing China Pivot Points for Leaders, by Peter Zysk and St. John Moore, September 29, 2022, Brunswick

Record-Low 15% of Americans View China Favorably, by Megan Brenan, March 7, 2023, Gallup

20th Party Congress: Braving the Storm, by Yan Mei, St. John Moore, Yadan Ouyang, Catherine Huang, Zhu Ning, Gavin Cross, June Deng, and Sebastian He, November 4, 2022, Brunswick

Pew: American attitudes toward China continue to harden, by Alex Colville, April 13, 2023, The China Project 

Poll: Gen Z voters oppose TikTok ban, but worry about China’s influence, by Sahil Kapur, March 23, 2023, NBC News

Some Americans’ views of China turned more negative after 2020, but others became more positive, by Laura Silver, September 28, 2022, Pew Research Center

Official Poll Finds Young Chinese Look Down on US, West, by Kelly Tang, October 27, 2022, Voice of America (VOA)

The Failures of the ‘Failure of Engagement’ with China, by Alastair Iain Johnston, 2019, The Washington Quarterly

Sino-American Interactions, Past and Future, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., January 17, 2019 

Staff Picks: China Sources, March 18, 2021, The China Channel


The Rise of China as Seen Through Mrs. Wong’s Purse, February 28, 2022, 1990 Institute.

Ping Pong Diplomacy – Can History Repeat Itself?, February 13, 2023, 1990 Institute

China by the Numbers – If China Were A Country of 100 People, October 29, 2021, 1990 Institute

Millennial Without Borders: U.S. and China Millennials, May 6, 2022, 1990 Institute

Intro to Voices, Visibility, and Vision: Lifting the Fog Around China and Asian Americans, March 31, 2021, 1990 Institute

The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of China, by Antony J. Blinken, May 26, 2022, U.S. Department of State

The US, China, and Taiwan Triangle – A Panel Discussion, March 25, 2023, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

US – China Relationship: What’s Next?, March 8, 2023, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

The Farewell, written and directed by Lulu Wang*

Eat Drink Man Woman, written and directed by Ang Lee*

Kung Fu Hustle, directed by Stephen Chow*


Podcasts, The China Project 

U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast, Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues 

Podcasts, The National Committee on United States-China Relations, Inc.

Asia In-Depth Podcast: How To Avoid a U.S.-China War, March 29th, 2022, Asia Society 

The Prince: Searching for Xi Jinping, The Economist 

China and Taiwan: A Torrid Backstory (25 min), The Daily

Political Thinkers in the Xi Jinping Era, February 12, 2021, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Recommendations Survey Presentation Sources

China, Gallup 

How Do the Chinese People View the “West”? Divergence and Asymmetry in China’s Public Opinion of the U.S. and Europe, updated June 1, 2023, Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions 

Changing China Pivot Points for Leaders, by Peter Zysk and St. John Moore, September 2022, Brunswick

Americans Are Critical of China’s Global Role – as Well as Its Relationship With Russia, by Laura Silver, Christine Huang, Laura Clancy, and Moira Fagan, April 12, 2023, Pew Research Center

Negative Views of China Tied to Critical Views of Its Policies on Human Rights, by Laura Silver, Christine Huang, and Laura Clancy, June 29, 2022, Pew Research Center


The United States vs China, by C. Fred Bergsten, 2022, Polity

The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order, by Rush Doshi, 2021, Oxford University Press

The World According to China, by Elizabeth C. Economy, 2021, Polity

Getting China Wrong, by Aaron L. Friedberg, 2022, Wiley

The Avoidable War, by Kevin Rudd, 2022, PublicAffairs

Has China Won?: The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy, by Kishore Mahbubani, 2022, PublicAffairs

Fateful Ties, A history of America’s Preoccupation with China, by Gordon H. Chang, 2015, Harvard University Press

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present by John Pomfret, 2016 , Henry Holt and Company

Recommended Books Grades 9-12 – China, The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) China Books Review, Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations (available starting September 2023)

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