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Oct. 16: President Carter part of U.S.-China relations gathering

Carter-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is one of about 70 venues nationwide that will simultaneously access a free, public, webcast conversation with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, including the option to send in questions via email, during the annual CHINA Town Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in College Hall 220.

At 5 p.m., the WSU audience will engage face-to-face with anthropologist and Asian studies expert Rob Efird, from Seattle University. His talk, “‘Neighbors across a Narrow Belt of Water:’ Migration and Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations,” will offer insight into the complex relationship between China and Japan.

The 39th U.S. president, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and is the author of 28 books.

Efird lived in Japan and China for more than 10 years, conducting research on migration, the environment and relations between the two countries. His scholarship has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, the Journal of Japanese Studies and the Journal of Contemporary China.

The nationwide programming about China, offered by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, has been a featured event of the Asia Program at WSU for several years. The WSU Department of History is a co-sponsor this year.


Lydia Gerber, WSU history department, 509-335-7425,
Pamela Guptill, WSU history department, 509-335-5139,


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