Lewis, John W.
- Lewis, John W.
- Contributing author:
- Hanawalt, Carla
- Stanford Historical Society
- Date created:
- May 12, 2015
- Type of resource:
- Mixed material
- John W. Lewis, the William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, Emeritus, established some of the first study programs in contemporary Asian politics in the United States. He founded or co-founded centers at Cornell University and Stanford University, helped to draft foreign policy for the federal government, and built cooperative relationships with leaders and scholars in China, Korea, Russia, and Vietnam. Although now retired, he continues to be active, writing books and giving lectures. In this oral history interview, Lewis talks about his experiences working in a field that challenged deeply ingrained cultural and political beliefs. He describes what it was like to come to Stanford as an expert on the highly sensitive subject of China at the height of public unrest regarding the Vietnam War, and how that affected his relationships with both students and teachers. He recounts his recruitment to Stanford by J.E. Wallace Sterling, establishing the Center for East Asian Studies, the visit of the Chinese ping-pong team to Stanford in 1972, the climate of protest against the Vietnam War at Stanford, and the beginnings of the Center for International Strategic Arms Control (CISAC). Lewis also discusses his experiences as an educator, including his involvement in an interdisciplinary course on nuclear arms and disarmament and conducting simulations of arms control talks with students. He describes some of his foreign policy work for the U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense. He reviews the impact his work has had on relations between the United States and East Asia, the current state of the field, and his ongoing work as an author, lecturer, and researcher.
- Preferred Citation:
- John W. Lewis (2015), Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program Interviews (SC0932). Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/zn669ty7580
- Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2017
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- Finding Aid
- John W. Lewis
Stanford Historical Society
China > politics and government
China > study and teaching
North Korea > politics and government
Stanford University > Center for International Security and Cooperation
Stanford University > Center for East Asian Studies
Vietnam War > protest movements > United States
nuclear arms control
G. William Skinner
United States > foreign relations > China
United States > foreign relations > North Korea
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