Monday, April 13, 2020

Interview: GAO Shan on Straddling the COVID-19 Pandemic From Wuhan, China's Midwest to Minnesota, the US Midwest, for Upcoming Webinar "COVID-19 and International Affairs" (17 April 2020)

In the run up to the Webinar Conference Roundtable, Coronavirus and International Relations, a number of participants and contributors agreed to give short interviews around the conference themes and their own interventions. All Zoom interviews will be posted to the Coalition for Peace and Ethics You Tube Channel COVID-19 Conference Playlist. For our first interview, Flora Sapio spoke to the issues of COVID-19 in Italy and its wider implication. For our second interview, Larry Catá Backer spoke of COVID-19 and meaning making. Yuri Gonzalez was interviewed about COVID-19 and the developing situation in Cuba, which has been able to project medical assistance outward even as it faces the challenges of a developing state. And Alice Hong provided insight on COVID-19 from the perspective of a foreign student in the US.

For our next interview GAO Shan speaks about life under COVID-19 across the US-China divide. Dr. Gao grew up in Wuhan where his parents still live and work.  He is currently working in the US Midwest. He speaks to us about the situation in Wuhan from the perspective of an insider from the outside and then relates those experiences in thinking about the differences in the way that the pandemic is experienced in Wuhan and in the US Midwest.

Dr. Gao (Penn State Law (SJD 2018)) is licensed in New York and China. He currently works for Thomson Reuters Corporation in Minnesota. As a member of Coalition for Peace and Ethics, Dr. Gao has worked to provide guidance for Chinese immigrants in New York State. He produced and distributed the legal education and guidance pamphlet, Know your Rights, an Information Guide to Basics of New York State Legal System (CPE, 2018) under the supervision of professor Backer. His academic research focus on the dynamic interaction between law and social order through the lens of commercial activities of multinational corporations. His S.J.D thesis: The Evolution of China’s Foreign Investment Policy and Law captured the modernization of China’s commercial legal system during the past three decades, provided a well documented chronicle of the evolving foreign investment system during the pre-trade-war era (1949-2016).

The interview may be accessed HERE:   GAO Shan interview here.
Conference Concept Note HERE

Registration (Free) HERE
Conference Website HERE.

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