LSE hosts two events next Wednesday 21 February that focus on China.
Martin Jacques, a columnist for the Guardian and visiting fellow at LSE's Asia Research Centre, will ask Must China be like the West?, on Wednesday 21 February at 2-3pm in U8, Tower One, LSE.
The temptation in the west is always to think that China will somehow one day be like the west: indeed, that China cannot succeed unless it becomes like the west. The assumption is that there is only one kind of modernity, that of the west. Wrong. China will never become like the west: its history and culture are profoundly different. The challenge of China is not simply or even mainly economic, but the rise of a new kind of modernity with different assumptions and expectations.
This event, held by the China Development Society at LSE, is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
In Which Way China?, on Wednesday 21 February at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Professor Herbert Girardet, director of programmes at the World Future Council; chairman of the Schumacher Society; and senior adviser to Dongtan Eco-City, and Isabel Hilton, presenter of Night Waves, BBC Radio 3 come together to discuss:
Will the world's most populous country embrace sustainable development? Is Dongtan City, Shanghai's new eco-city, the model for saving our cities and sustainable urban development?
This event, organised by the LSE Environmental Initiatives Network, is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
To reserve a press seat for either or both of these events, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying which event you want to attend.
16 February 2007