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The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War

In The Diplomacy of Migration, author Meredith Oyen argues that migration policy and migrants were integral to the changing relationship between the United States and China from World War Two until 1972. Unlike past works that predominantly see migration issues as either resulting from foreign policy choices or simply existing alongside them, she identifies several ways in which migrants and migration policies were used to achieve foreign policy goals and manage the relationship between the United States and the Republic of China in the Cold War.

Date & Time

Monday
Mar. 21, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

In The Diplomacy of Migration, author Meredith Oyen argues that migration policy and migrants were integral to the changing relationship between the United States and China from World War Two until 1972. Unlike past works that predominantly see migration issues as either resulting from foreign policy choices or simply existing alongside them, she identifies several ways in which migrants and migration policies were used to achieve foreign policy goals and manage the relationship between the United States and the Republic of China in the Cold War.

Meredith Oyen is an assistant professor in history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She received doctorate at Georgetown University and specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations, U.S.-Chinese Relations, and transnational migration history. Her work has published Diplomatic History, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and Modern Asian Studies, and her first book, The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives in the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War, was published in 2015 by Cornell University Press.

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History and Public Policy Program

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Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War. Through an award winning Digital Archive, the Project allows scholars, journalists, students, and the interested public to reassess the Cold War and its many contemporary legacies. It is part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program.  Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

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Asia Program

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