Matt Sheehan with Chris Lu and the Young China Watchers - The Transpacific Experiment (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

Presented with Chris Lu and the Young China Watchers

Tensions between the world's superpowers are mounting in Washington, D.C., and Beijing. But between these hubs of high-level politics, an entirely new reality is emerging. Yet the People's Republic of China and the state of California have built deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges that reverberate across the globe, and these interactions make California a microcosm of the most important international relationship of the twenty-first century.

In The Transpacific Experiment, journalist Matt Sheehan chronicles the real people who are making these connections. Sheehan tells the story of a Southern Californian mayor who believes a Chinese electric bus factory will save his town from meth labs and skinheads. He follows a celebrated Chinese AI researcher who leaves Google to challenge his former employer from behind the Great Firewall. Sheehan joins a tour bus of wealthy Chinese families shopping for homes in the Bay Area, revealing disgruntled neighbors and raising important questions about California's own prejudices and perceptions of immigration and the American Dream.

Sheehan's on-the-ground reporting reveals movie sets in the "Hollywood of China," Chinese-funded housing projects in San Francisco, Chinese immigrants who support Donald Trump, and more. Each of these stories lays bare the new reality of twenty-first-century superpowers: the closer they get to one another, the more personal their frictions become.

Matt Sheehan is a non-resident fellow at The Paulson Institute's think tank, MacroPolo. Sheehan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent over five years living in mainland China. He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, and his writing has been published in Vice News, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic. He is based in Oakland, California.

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640092143
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 13th, 2019

An Amazon Best History Book of the Month

A timely, vital account of California's unique relationship with China, told through the exploits of the entrepreneurs, activists, and politicians driving transformations with international implications