Interview with Ezra Vogel on Writing Deng Xiaoping’s Biography (Part 1/3)

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Memo #119 (The first Memo from the Theme, Ezra Vogel’s Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China)

Featuring Ezra Vogel

Ezra Vogel is a commanding figure in scholarship on East Asia and American-East Asian relations. His major books include Canton Under Communism, Japan as Number One, and Living with China.

Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus at Harvard University, he has published a monumental biography, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Released in September 2011 and based on ten years of documentary research and unprecedented interviews with scores of key people in China and abroad, the book has become an instant classic as seen in reviews by The New York Times, The Economist, and The New York Review of Books.

Here’s the first in a series of three interviews with Ezra Vogel:

Part 1 – Why did you write Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China? (1:53 min)

Part 2 – How did you construct this biography? (2:06 min)

Part 3 – Why a cast of characters in this biography? (2:51 min)

Part 4 – What reaction do you expect from China’s senior circles? (2:40 min)

Ezra Vogel – Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus. Harvard University.

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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, Book by Ezra Vogel

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