School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series

Tuesday January 19, 2021

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Responses to COVID-19: Perspectives from a Sino-US Joint Venture University

James Miller, Associate Dean, Department of Interdisciplinary Strategy, Duke Kunshan University China; fmr Director, Cultural Studies, Queen's University

This talk will focus on his new edited book, The Coronavirus: Human, Social and Political Implications, (Palgrave 2020). This book describes and analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the relationship between the United States and China in its human, social and political dimensions. It does so through the experience of faculty and students at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University, a US-China joint venture university. The book reveals the intimate stories of Chinese people trapped in quarantine, situating these stories in a longer historical perspective of plagues and disease prevention in China. It describes the impact of the virus on the racialized perceptions of Chinese-Americans and Chinese students in America. Finally, it offers a preliminary assessment of the impact of the coronavirus on the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, and on US-China relations. Featuring the work of artists, student journalists, historians, anthropologists and political scientists, this book presents a breadth of insights into the impact of COVID-19.