I taught history at Georgetown for 60 years. Americans today are afraid of China, but most Americans know nothing about the average Chinese citizen.

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  • Today it looks like US-China relations are at their lowest point in decades, and that perception on both sides is clouded by misunderstanding and paranoia.
  • The average American has no awareness of, nor exposure to, the average person in China. 
  • Instead, Americans see 1.4 billion Chinese people and the handful of Chinese leaders as one and the same.

Today, it appears that US-China relations are at their lowest point in decades, and that perception on both sides is clouded by misunderstanding and paranoia. In such an environment, how young Americans are taught Chinese history and culture is incredibly important.

I have lived in the United States for 70 years, and taught history at Georgetown University for more than 60 years before retiring in 2016.

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