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Lunchtime Presentation & Discussion: "Why does China care so much about Taiwan?"

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San Francisco, California
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In partnership with the Celo community and DeepAI, Celo community member and economist, Christina Jenq, is convening a lunchtime presentation and discussion that will feature the insights of Chinese history scholar Jonathan Tang, PhD and US-Taiwan relations expert Chieh-Ting Yeh.

The topic is "Why does China care so much about Taiwan?" This event will be conducted in English, but there will be a translator available for those who prefer to share and ask questions in Mandarin Chinese.

The location is in the Mission District, near 19th and Folsom. Exact location provided after registration.

Jonathan Tang (profile) received his Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century Chinese History at University of California, Berkeley. with a dissertation on the modern "Warlord Era," (the short time period between the fall of the imperial system and the rise of the centralized party-state) in 2019. He currently teaches at Stanford University and has designed and taught courses on East Asian Nationalism and Military History, and Modern China at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. He received his AB in Social Studies from Harvard College and his MA in Regional Studies: East Asia from Columbia University. 

Chieh-Ting Yeh (profile) is a venture investor in Silicon Valley; director of US Taiwan Watch, an international think tank focusing on US-Taiwan relations; founder of the Global Taiwan Institute; and founder of Ketagalan Media, a news and commentary website focusing on Taiwan. He was born and raised in Taoyuan, Taiwan and moved to New York when he was 10 years old.

The purpose of this gathering is to educate the audience about how the historical context of China, Taiwan, and their relations to the U.S. and its allies are deeply entwined with their strategic decision-making relating to national security and technology supply chains.

A secondary purpose is to promote mutual understanding and informed, empathetic discourse of a complicated and controversial topic that affects the technology community.

Towards this end, we will clarify ground rules for questions and discourse. Please arrive on time no attendees will be allowed in after the presentation has started.

The startup DeepAI has kindly agreed to sponsor lunches.

Preliminary program:


Get lunch, introductory mingling

Introductions by Kevin Baragona (DeepAI), Christina Jenq;

Presentation & remarks by Dr. Jonathan Tang and Chieh-Ting Yeh

12:30pm-1pm: Q&A and wrap-up