MCLA Prof. Presents Work at Shanghai University


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Dr. Kailai Huang, a history professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), recently presented a paper at the 14th Annual Conference of American History Research Association of China (AHRAC), held at Shanghai University in Shanghai, China.

Huang's paper, "The Impact of American Business on Sino-American Normalization and the U.S. - Taiwan Trade," examines China's foreign trade as a politicized process, and explores foreign policies, China's internal politics and economic needs.

"American businesses had to learn and traverse gingerly in the entanglement of the Taiwan issue and China's U.S. policy," Huang said. "My research, mainly based on sources from the United States, helps to provide a different angle in understanding the complex and interesting field of U.S.-China relations."

According to Huang, his participation in the conference was a wonderful opportunity for him to share his research with Chinese colleagues, as he learned from them, as well. "It also will raise the profile of our College internationally," he added.

AHRAC is the largest Chinese association to focus on American history. The theme of this year's meeting was "American History from a Global Perspective."

Recent courses taught by Huang at MCLA include: "Pre-Modern World Civilization," "History of Japan," "History of India" and a "Japan Travel Course." Other courses include "Research and Bibliography," "Portraits in Asian History," "China Travel Course," "U.S and China," "Chinese Culture and Civilization" and "Asia and the West."

Huang earned his B.A. from Hebei University; his M.A. from Beijing Normal University; and his Ph.D. from State University of NewYork-Binghamton.

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