International business and trade are our core business here at RBS. Even though we often think of concepts like ‘business’, ‘trade’, ‘money’ and ‘economy’ as objectively true, in fact they only exist because we collectively made them up. They are part of a story that we have told each other again and again, until we put them at the very center of the rules of our society.
Not all societies value business and trade in the same way, as was the case in Communist China. Capitalist elements were reintroduced under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s, and with that economic transition came a transition of the story that China tells about itself. Nowhere is this changing story more apparent than in Chinese high school history textbooks.
In this inspiration session, Sanne Albers will trace how China reembraced business and trade into its national identity, which not only required a reevaluation of recent history, but also a quest of traces of entrepreneurship and business mindsets in ancient times. This will give you a better understanding of the role of economics in modern Chinese society, and might even inspire you to think about that role here in the west.
Speaker Sanne Albers
Sanne Albers is senior lecturer at the International Business for Asia program and is doing her PhD research on China’s changing state ideology in high school history textbooks.
- Date: Tuesday 18th December
- Time: 12.10 - 13.00
- Location: Kralingse Zoom
- For participants who have signed up, a lunch will be provided