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Tiger Event


May 15, 2022 at 12:00:00 AM

China in the 1980s: My Perspectives Today

Presenter / Panelists

Dori Jones Yang, Author and Speaker


Stephen Markscheid, Chairman of Still Waters Green Technology

China’s prosperity today can best be understood by knowledge of what happened in the 1980s, when Beijing threw off the shackles of ideology and allowed capitalists to thrive. As a foreign correspondent for Business Week, Dori Jones Yang reported on those changes firsthand. In this talk about her new book When the Red Gates Opened: A Memoir of China's Reawakening, Dori will discuss what she learned about China’s intentions in the 1980s – about its early economic reform experiments, its interactions with foreign businesses, its tech dreams, its political reforms under Deng, its place in the world, and its focus on both stability and prosperity – and how the policies of that pivotal decade inform our understanding of China today. Knowing that many Tiger Talk folks also closely interacted with China in the 1980s, she hopes to spark a lively discussion and hear various perspectives.

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