Robert Daly committed to Sino-US exchanges

Robert Daly now and 20 years ago Photo: courtesy of Robert Daly

Robert Daly, an Irish American, played the role of David, the owner of a clothing factory, in Beijinger in New York. Daly said he didn’t take interest in China until he started to work as a diplomat in China for the US Information Agency in 1986. He was invited by the lead actor Jiang Wen to act in the Chinese TV drama when he was working in China.

Helping Americans understand China

Daly moved back to the US in 2007 after living in China for six years. He has since worked as the director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs of the University of Maryland for six years. “I was considering my kids’ education and wanted to spend more time with my parents. I needed to look after them. Now I am engaged in public education, telling American people why we need to establish stable and constructive relations with China,” he said. The American people’s interest in Chinese affairs is constantly growing and Daly hopes to help them obtain a better understanding of China and the relations between the two countries.

When asked about the development of Sinology in the US, Daly said the market is changing fast. “We are getting information about China from more sources such as books and magazines, so the influence of Sinologists is not as strong as it was before. Now Sinology has split into countless specific fields, which means the relations between the two countries have matured and we have more professional people making contributions to the complex field,” he said.

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