Plugged-In E-town: A Conversation with Dr. David Kenley

The US-China-Taiwan Relationship in the Trump Era to be discussed May 12, 7pm

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Dr. David Kenley Elizabethtown College History Department

Shortly after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump received a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen.  Within hours, America’s leading journalists were analyzing the “protocol-breaking telephone call” that was “intentionally provocative” and which had the potential to “upend decades of American [foreign policy]” between the US and China (New York Times, 3 December 2016 and Washington Post, 4 December 2016).  Why, many Americans asked, was this phone call so significant?  What was President Trump seeking to accomplish in the area of US-China relations?  What are the main areas of contention between Washington and Beijing?

Join us at the Winters Heritage House community building on May 12 at 7:00 pm to discuss these questions with Dr. David Kenley, Professor of Chinese History at Elizabethtown College.  Dr. Kenley is fluent in Mandarin and has spent many years living in and traveling throughout China and the rest of East Asia.  He is the author of three books and dozens of other publications, all dealing with modern China.  The format of the evening will include formal remarks followed by an open discussion of US-China relations.

This lecture is part of our evening lecture series, “Plugged-In E-Town”, informal interactive conversations with some of Elizabethtown’s residents. The initial talk held in January, given by Ambassador John Craig, helped us gain an understanding of the complexities of the United States’ relationship with Iran. (see article, page2).

In February, Lois Herr spoke about gathering family stories and preserving them for future generations. Her two books, Dear Coach and Dear Woman of my Dreams were both stories told through letters and diaries Lois found amongst her family’s keepsakes. She then discussed ways of gleaning information from such sources and compiling it to develop a meaningful family record worthy of being handed down.

The lectures are free and open to the public. RSVPs to attend are appreciated. You can do so by calling the museum and leaving a message. If you have ideas for future lecture guests or topics, we are eager to hear them. The lectures are held in the white brick Victorian, situated beside the museum, at 33 East High Street, Elizabethtown.