Breakfast Dialogue With Associate Professor Ang Yuen Yuen On The Role Of "Relations" In US-China Relations


In this century, no international relationship will be more important than the relationship between the US and China. In attempts to scrutinize the two nations, observers typically focus on government officials: their policies, speeches, and diplomatic exchanges. Little noticed and understood, however, is an expansive network of non-state individuals who help shape U.S-China relations in a variety of ways. In both the US and China, the academia can play an especially big role, as boundaries between academia and government are often porous.

Drawing on her years of fieldwork in China, her role as the first Singaporean appointed by the National Committee of US-China Relations as a Public Intellectual Fellow, and her connections to an extensive lineage of China scholars and policy advisors in the U.S., Ang will share her personal reflections on the role of “relations” (guanxi) in the U.S. and China.


Associate Professor ANG Yuen Yuen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan (UM). She applies complexity economics to the study of international development and developing countries, particularly China. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, Cornell Studies in Political Economy, 2016).

Assoc. Prof Ang is active in multiple fields. She was awarded two Early Career Fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Eldersveld Prize for outstanding research contributions by the University of Michigan, and is the only winner from Asia of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation international essay competition on “The Future of Development Assistance.” She is a member of United Nations’ expert group on eradicating poverty in 2017.

She received her PhD from Stanford University. She is a “grand-student” of Professor Michael Oksenberg, who taught at UM for decades and helped establish full diplomatic ties between Washington and Beijing as the key China expert on President Carter’s National Security Council. Assoc. Prof Ang first taught at Columbia University SIPA as an Assistant Professor in economic and political development. She was recruited by UM following the retirement of Kenneth Lieberthal, China advisor to President Clinton. Because of its extensive lineage, UM is also known among China hands as “the Michigan mafia.”

See reviews of Assoc. Prof Ang’s book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, at World Bank, Foreign Affairs and Straits Times.


Professor WANG Gungwu is Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. He is Chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-Yusof Ishak Institute; and of the East Asian Institute at the NUS. He is a Fellow and former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science; Academician at Academia Sinica; and Honorary Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

His recent books in English include Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (2013); and Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform (2014). His dialogues on world history were edited by Ooi Kee Beng and published as The Eurasian Core and it Edges (2015). Recent books in Chinese are《移民及兴起的中国》(2005);《离乡别土: 境外看中华》(2007);《华人与中国: 王赓武自选集》(2013);《1800年以来的中英碰撞: 战争、贸易、科学及治理》(2015);《天下华人》(2016).

Professor Wang received his BA and MA from the University of Malaya in Singapore, and his PhD at the University of London. He was Professor of History at the University of Malaya; Professor of Far Eastern History and Director of Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. From 1986 to 1995, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. In Singapore, he was Director of the East Asian Institute at the NUS, 1997–2007.


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Monday, 29 May 2017
8.00 am to 10.00 am (registration begins at 7.45 am)