During the Cold War, America’s ideological competition with authoritarian regimes compelled American leaders to address their country’s own longstanding racial inequities, a frequent source of criticism by communist nations. While the Chinese Communist Party expressed solidarity with ideas of equality for African Americans, tensions as well as tropes around African Americans persisted in China.

What do Sino-African American and Sino-Black relations look like today? What roles do ideas of race and ethnicity have in US-China relations? What does this mean for a multi-cultural Australia?

The United States Studies Centre hosted an address on these issues by Dr Keisha A. Brown, an Associate Professor of History at Tennessee State University and expert on modern Chinese history and Sino-Black relations, followed by a discussion with USSC CEO Dr Michael Green.