The Friday Morning Lecture Series presents:

Shehong Chen"Chinese Foreign Policy" presented by Shehong Chen
Friday, May 9, 2014
at 10 a.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room


Shehong Chen is originally from China and received her MA in International Politics and Ph.D. in History in the 1980s and 1990s from University of Utah. Since 1997, Shehong has been teaching history courses related to modern China and US diplomatic history at UMass Lowell.

Shehong's earlier research interests were in Chinese American History, which resulted in the publications of a book titled Being Chinese, Becoming Chinese American and a paper titled “Reconstructing the Chinese American Experience in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1870s-1970s.” Her current research interests are in China’s rural transformation since the founding of People’s Republic of China in 1949.

The talk will focus on how events before 1949 shaped the principles of foreign policy in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and how these principles have guided PRC foreign policy until today. The principles are known as "Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence."