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The Great Firewall of China: and other misleading if irresistible metaphors about China


Date: 11/14/2013

The Confucius Institute and Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University co-sponsored a lecture by Kaiser Kuo on November 14, 2013. Mr. Kuo is the Director of International Communications at Baidu in China. Baidu is the largest search engine in China and was the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ -100 index. The talk drew out 200 students, faculty, and staff.

In his lecture, Mr. Kuo explored the impact of the internet and social media on a society of 1.3 billion people, but also addressed some of the biases people in western countries, including the U.S., have about the media landscape in China. Kaiser Kuo was a captivating speaker because of his interesting talking points and unscripted candid presentation. Now an important business executive, his diverse life experiences, such as playing in one of the first western-style rock bands of China (Tang Dynasty) and growing up in the U.S. account for his familiarity with life in the U.S. as well as in China. Mr. Kuo emphasized the complexity of China and that, in his opinion, there are no “experts” on China, nor the United States, but many China and U.S. Watchers.

The Confucius Institute strives to bring relevant speakers to A&M that can not only teach the community about the importance of China-U.S. relations, but also create experiences for the audience that build bridges between China and the U.S. For more information regarding events sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M, please visit http://confucius.tamu.edu/ or email Amanda Zuccarini, azuccarini@tamu.edu.


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