Former Coker Prof. to Give Lecture: Redneck in Red China

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HARTSVILLE, S. C. – Feb. 5, 2013 – Professor Dan Trotter, a faculty member of the Department of Business Administration of Shantou University in China, will present a lecture about his recently published book, “Redneck in Red China: An American Southerner’s Life in Modern China,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in auditorium of Davidson Hall.

A South Carolina native, Trotter was a member of the business administration faculty at Coker College from 1993 until 2005.

A longtime friend and professional colleague, provost emeritus Malcolm Doubles, who served as dean of the faculty and provost from 1976 to 1997 and was named a distinguished professor of Biblical and international studies, wrote a review for the book’s jacket.

“Dan Trotter may have penned the work that will become required reading for every American interested in China or in doing business with the Chinese… what helps to make this delightful reading is that every page reveals that Dr. Trotter is a man who truly loves China,” wrote Doubles.

The following excerpt from the preface offers insight into the book’s relevance.

“At a time when overly broad stereotypes about the Chinese abound in the West, ‘Redneck in Red China’ is designed to help the western reader to ameliorate the untoward effects of these over-generalizations. The reader will discover that not all Chinese eat cats and dogs, and most Chinese love Americans; some students even wear American flag T-shirts. At a time when geopolitical tensions between the superpowers dominate the headlines, I think it would be useful for Americans to be able to better understand those with whom we are competing.”

Published by North American Press, the book’s cover was designed by his son, Tyler Trotter, who earned a Bachelor of Art with a concentration in graphic design from Coker in 2004.

Trotter holds a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the Drawing Room.



Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.



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