ABIGAIL WASHBURN: BUILDING US-CHINA RELATIONS … BY BANJO (00:00 – 06:34)

Before you watch

What is public diplomacy? Do you think it can be more effective than traditional diplomacy?

While you watch

While watching, pay attention to the following words and expressions in context. Use them in your answers to the questions below and discussion.


to be completely obsessed with the mammoth richness of Chinese culture

to collaborate with inspirational musicians

to connect cultures/hearts

our American/Chinese selves

mortals


Answer the following questions:

1. What was Abigail’s initial plan for her education and future career?

2. Why was Abigail impressed by Doc Watson’s singing?

3. How does the American and Chinese audience react to Abigail’s Chinese songs?

After you watch

Discuss in pairs:

1. What does Abigail mean when she says that ‘U.S.- China relations don’t need another lawyer’? Think about possible ways of improving international relations besides diplomacy.

2. What linguistic devices and oratory techniques make Abigail’s speech so moving?