A China Lens on America

President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Monday, April 12, 2010. (AP)

Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for a rare visit this week along with heads of state from all over talking nuclear security. 

But China is different. Bigger. Booming. Challenging the old order of the world. Challenging the USA. 

If President Hu went out in the streets of America, how would it look to him? To eyes fresh from China today? 

We’ll ask that question. We speak with New Yorker writer Peter Hessler, who’s just back from years in China, and more. 

This Hour, On Point: how the U.S. looks from rising China.


Peter Hessler, staff writer for The New Yorker. His latest book is “Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory.” Listen back to the On Point show about it. His new article for The New Yorker, about returning to the U.S. after years of living in China, is called “Go West: Scenes from An American Homecoming.”

Jia Cheng, a 28-year-old graduate student at Harvard Business School. She has moved back and forth between the two cultures as a businesswoman working for both McKinsey & Co. and Goldman Sachs. She grew up in Shanghai and graduated from Fudan University.

And later this hour, a Pulitzer chat:

We speak with Anthony Shadid, reporter for The New York Times. Yesterday, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his work with The Washington Post. The Pulitzer board lauded his “rich, beautifully written series on Iraq as the United States departs and its people and leaders struggle to deal with the legacy of war and to shape the nation’s future.” Shadid won his first Pulitzer at age 35, in 2004. He’s appeared on On Point twice over the past year, including last month before the elections. We hear his latest thoughts on Iraq’s future.

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