The Tiger Leading the Dragon: How Taiwan Propelled China's Economic Rise

The Sigur Center invites you to the book launch of The Tiger Leading the Dragon, including a giveaway contest for attendees!

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The Sigur Center for Asian Studies will host Dr. Shelley Rigger to launch her new book, The Tiger Leading the Dragon: How Taiwan Propelled China’s Economic Rise, as the sixth edition of the 2021 New Books in Asian Studies series. This event will also feature Bruce Dickson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at GW, as a discussant, and Richard Haddock, Program Associate at the East Asia National Resource Center, as a moderator. The webinar begins at 11:30 AM EDT.

Dr. Rigger’s new book discusses how the once-secretive, isolated People’s Republic of China became the factory to the world. Dr. Rigger convincingly demonstrates that the answer is Taiwan. She follows the evolution of Taiwan’s influence from the period when Deng Xiaoping lifted Mao’s prohibitions on business in the late 1970s, allowing investors from Taiwan to collaborate with local officials in the PRC to transform mainland China into a manufacturing powerhouse. After World War II, Taiwan’s fleet-footed export-oriented manufacturing firms became essential links in global supply chains. In the late 1980s, Taiwanese firms seized the opportunity to lower production costs by moving to the PRC, which was seeking foreign investment to fuel its industrial rise. Within a few years, Taiwan’s traditional manufacturing had largely relocated to the PRC, opening space for a wave of new business creation in information technology. The Tiger Leading the Dragon traces the development of the cross-Taiwan Strait economic relationship and explores how Taiwanese firms and individuals transformed Chinese business practices. It also reveals their contributions to Chinese consumer behavior, philanthropy, religion, popular culture, and law.

For this month's book giveaway: Attend with the name you registered as and submit a question to be entered to win. Advance questions can be sent to [email protected] with subject "NBAS: The Tiger Leading the Dragon" or directly posted in the live Q&A. The Sigur Center will purchase the book from a local DC bookstore and pay for shipping. The contest is open to U.S. addresses only. 1 entry per person regardless of the number of questions submitted.

Registration closes at 11:30 AM EDT on September 29th. Registered guests will receive an email with instructions for joining WebEx prior to the event. Media inquiries must be sent to [email protected] in advance. If you need specific accommodations, please contact [email protected] with at least 3 business days' notice. This event is free, open to the public, and will be recorded.