The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future

Hosted by Asia Society and Co-sponsored by CBSI


Tue 13 Aug 2019. At 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Bechtel Conference Center
500 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111


Tensions between the world’s superpowers are mounting in Washington, D.C., and Beijing. But between these hubs of high-level politics, an entirely new reality is emerging. The People’s Republic of China and the state of California have built deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges that reverberate across the globe, and these interactions make California a microcosm of the most important international relationship of the twenty-first century.

In The Transpacific Experiment, journalist Matt Sheehan chronicles the real people who are making these connections. He follows a celebrated Chinese AI researcher who leaves Google to challenge his former employer from behind the Great Firewall. Sheehan joins a tour bus of wealthy Chinese families shopping for homes in the Bay Area, revealing disgruntled neighbors and raising important questions about California’s own prejudices and perceptions of immigration and the American Dream. Join Asia Society Northern California for a conversation between author Matt Sheehan and Rui Ma, formerly of 500 Startups, for a series of stories about Chinese companies, families, and people from his book.

The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future