Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1/23 – 3/13, Olympia Senior Center
China is well on the way to become the most powerful economic superpower in the world. It’s also presently engaged in expanding its geopolitical reach throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and indeed beyond. The twenty-first century is very likely to be dominated by the geopolitical dynamics between China, the United States, and Russia, with India coming on strong. This course will focus primarily on the remarkable rise of Modern China out of the ashes of the old Chinese empire through a century of revolutions. The geopolitical rivalries in East Asia between China, the United States, Russia and Japan will receive special emphasis in the course. Some attention will be given as well to China and its rivals as featured in the news today. Readings will include the following: Henry Kissinger, On China (selected chapters); Tom Miller, China’s Asian Dream; Hugh White, Without America; and various articles from newspapers and journals such as Foreign Affairs. Participants will also be encouraged to view several recent Chinese films. Also highly recommended for fun is Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (book or film). To register and pay, call 360.586.6181. General Public/Members: $88/$82
Tom Rainey calls himself a “failed retiree”. He’s taught at The Evergreen State College since 1972 and mapped out program ideas until 2017. A proud U.S. Navy veteran and self-described “lifelong slave to Clio, the muse of history”. Rainey developed Evergreen’s Russian studies program.