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Book Talk with Prof. Paul Pickowicz: "A Sensational Encounter with High Socialist China"
Join us for a conversation with Paul G. Pickowicz, distinguished professor emeritus of History and Chinese Studies and author of “A Sensational Encounter with High Socialist China.” This book is a personal account of the events leading up to their visa approvals as well as those that occurred during the journey itself. The five senses are used to connect the reader to his experience and are placed in the context of a theatrical production.

Pickowicz will be joined by Professor Micah Muscolino at this event, both of whom will regale attendees with memories from the historic visit of 14 American students (and one Canadian) to China in 1971. The visit was one of the first approved for American scholars after the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949 and occurred prior to President Nixon’s famous trip (as well as that of a second group of scholars) in 1972.

Being one of the students, Pickowicz kept a journal and photographically documented the trip.

The images included in the book were selected from an archive at the UC San Diego Library , which digitized the Pickowicz’s photographs as well as those of others in the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS), taken during both the 1971 and 1972 delegations.

Contact: Xi Chen, xichen031@ucsd.edu

Oct 6, 2020 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Paul Pickowicz
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies @UC San Diego
Inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History