What is the Chinese-American identity? How has the rise of China affected American attitudes toward ethnically Chinese people in the United States and elsewhere? How do the 3.8 million Chinese-Americans
impact U.S.-China relations, and what role could or should they play in easing tensions between the two great powers?
This episode is a conversation with Frank H. Wu
, chair of the Committee of 100
, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging constructive relations between the people of the United States and Greater China and to promoting the participation of Chinese-Americans in all areas of U.S. life. He is also a distinguished professor
at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
. The discussion covers the perceptions of the racial identities
of Tiger Woods and Keanu Reeves, the increasing number of Chinese-Americans who play a role in U.S.-China relations, the thorny issue of ethnically Chinese scientists who have been accused
, often but not always wrongly, of espionage in America, and other topics. You can read the backgrounder for this episode here
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