The JACKSON/HO CHINA FORUM is funded by the William Sharpless Jackson, Jr. Endowment.
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November 7, 2012 - Chinese Art Exhibit, Presentation and Reception
On November 7, we were thrilled to welcome a delegation from Shanghai Oriental Chinese Education Development Center. The event featured the famous Chinese calligrapher Yukui Chao, who presented on the history, evolution, and current status of Chinese calligraphy in China. Following his presentation, Mr. Chao demonstrated and led a guided instruction that gave audience members the opportunity to try their own hand at calligraphy. This event also included a reception and exhibition of Chao’s work.
Please visit our photo page for more photos from this event!
October 29, 2012 - CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Ambassador Gary Locke delivered a special address broadcast live to audiences in 50 cities and towns across the United States. He then responded to questions from audience members nationwide, moderated by Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Due to travel complications caused by Hurricane Sandy, Frank Jannuzi's presentation was cancelled.
October 12 - Tai-chun Kuo - Sino-Japanese War Reappraised: The Chiang Kai-shek Diaries
Tai-chun Kuo is Research Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Prior to this position, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University (2003) and Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University (Taiwan, 1997-2000). She served as Press Secretary to the ROC President (1990-1995), Deputy Director-General of the First Bureau of the Presidential Office (1989-1997), and Director of the ROC Government Information Office in Boston (1987-1988).
In addition to research, she assisted in initiating Hoover Institution’s modern China archives program which includes the archives of the Kuomintang (Nationalist) party, diaries of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo, personal papers of T. V. Soong, H. H. K’ung, and other leading Chinese individuals.
Friday, September 21 - Susan Lawrence - The Party Isn’t Over Yet: Scandal and Political Succession in China
Susan V. Lawrence is a Specialist in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress created to provide the Congress with authoritative, non-partisan research and analysis. Her areas of focus are U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese domestic politics, and Mongolia.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 - Dr. Kwei‐Bo Huang - The “China Factor” in Taiwan’s Foreign Relations
Dr. Kwei-Bo Huang is currently an associate professor in Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei City, and a visiting fellow at Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. He is also Founding Director of the Center for Foreign Policy Studies, as well as Director of the Preparatory Office of the International Master’s Program in International Studies (IMPIS), both under NCCU College of International Affairs. During his public service leave from February 2009 to January 2011, he was Chairman of the Research and Planning Committee in the R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his service in Foreign Affairs, he was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Huang was recruited to President Ma Ying-jeou’s campaign team between the second half of 2011 and January 2012, dealing with international affairs and press.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 - Daniel B. Wright - An Updated Strategic Rationale for US-China Relations: From Washington to Iowa, Beijing to Chengdu
Daniel B. Wright is founder, President, and CEO of GreenPoint Group, a U.S.-China strategic advisory firm. He has three decades of China experience building bridges between people, resources, and public policy between the United States and China. Dr. Wright was formerly Senior Vice President and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group.
Previously, he served at the U.S. Treasury Department as Managing Director for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), providing strategic counsel to the Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and SED Special Envoy Alan F. Holmer for this Cabinet-level exchange with China. Prior to this, Dr. Wright served as Vice President of the National Bureau of Asian Research, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins University SAIS’s Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, and Visiting Scholar at Qinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - Congressman Don Manzullo - US-China Relations and Greater Regional Issues
Congressman Don Manzullo is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific where he works to identify wasteful foreign aid spending and level the playing field for American manufacturers trying to compete overseas. Manzullo was first elected in 1992 to serve the people of the 16th Congressional District in Illinois. He is also a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee,
As Chairman of the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Exchange from 1999 to 2006, Manzullo continually engaged China’s leaders on the Country’s unfair trade practices, including currency manipulation, piracy and illegal business subsides. Manzullo continues to co-chair the 80-member House Manufacturing Caucus, which he founded in 2003, and a commissioner on Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
Friday, April 6th, 2012 - David Bruce Wharton - US Policy in Africa and its Intersection with China's Interests
Recently, much has been made about Chinese involvement in Africa, with some hailing it as a boon for developing nations while others decry it as neo-imperialism. But what has been the United States's response to this issue? Mr. Wharton will talk about United States policies towards Africa and towards Chinese involvement in Africa, argue against Africa as a zero-sum game between the two powers, and discuss opportunities for cooperative development.
David Bruce Wharton became the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs in July 2010. He joined the Africa Bureau in August 2009 as the Director ofthe Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs after a two-year assignment as Deputy Coordinator of the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. From 2003 to 2006 he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. Bruce Wharton entered the Foreign Service in 1985 and has served at U.S. embassies in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. In Africa, he has also had temporary duty in Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana. From 1992 to 1995 he worked in Washington, D.C. on Andean Affairs and Western Hemisphere policy issues. He hasreceived Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State and the U.S. Information Agency, and was the 2011 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy. Mr. Wharton was born in Basel, Switzerland, and enjoyed a cross-cultural childhood with time spent in both Europe and Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and speaks Spanish and German. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Wharton worked in professional theater in the Washington, D.C. area.
Friday, March 30th, 2012 - Liu Kang - Dinner Party of Discourse Owners: China's Intellectual Scene Today
Liu, Kang is Professor of Chinese Studies at Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of China Research Center, Duke University, and also Chair Professor and Dean of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. He received B.A. in English in Nanjing University in 1982. In 1983, He came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship and received Ph.D. in comparative literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. He is the author of eight books, including Aesthetics and Marxism(Duke University Press, 2000), Globalization and Cultural Trend in China(University of Hawaii Press, 2003), Culture/Media/Globalization (Nanjing University Press, 2006), and Demonizing China(Chinese Social Sciences Academy Press, 1996), a bestselling book in Chinese, which analyzes the American media’s coverage of China. In addition, Liu Kang published widely in both English and Chinese on issues ranging from contemporary Chinese media and culture, globalization, to Marxism and aesthetics. His current projects include global surveys of China’s image, Chinese soft power and public diplomacy, and political and ideological changes in China.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - Stanley Rosen - Contradictions in Chinese Policies and their Consequences: Will the Real China Please Stand Up?
Stanley Rosen is the Director of the East Asian Studies Center at USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and a professor of political science at USC specializing in Chinese politics and society. He studied Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong and has traveled to mainland China over 40 times over the last 30 years. His courses range from Chinese politics and Chinese film to political change in Asia, East Asian societies, comparative politics theory, and politics and film in comparative perspective. The author or editor of eight books and many articles, he has written on such topics as the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese legal system, public opinion, youth, gender, human rights, and film and the media. He is the co-editor of Chinese Education and Society and a frequent guest editor of other translation journals. His most recent books include Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market [Routledge, 2010] (co-edited with Peter Hays Gries) and Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema [Hong Kong University Press, 2010 (co-edited with Ying Zhu). Other ongoing projects include a study of the changing attitudes and behavior of Chinese youth, and a study of Hollywood films in China and the prospects for Chinese films on the international market, particularly in the United States.
In addition to his academic activities at USC, Professor Rosen has escorted eleven delegations to China for the National Committee on US-China Relations (including American university presidents, professional associations, and Fulbright groups), and consulted for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the United States Information Agency, the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office and a number of private corporations, film companies, law firms and U.S. government agencies.
Friday, February 24, 2012 - Dominik Mierzejewski - From Pragmatism to Morality: The Changing Rhetoric of Chinese Foreign Policy
During the last 30 years, China has become a major international player and responsible power. On the one hand, China’s growth in the global economy demands international attention. On the other hand, Chinese authorities must adjust their rhetoric to fit within contemporary challenges. In his study, which is mainly based on the constructivism approach and comparative methodology, the author provides a basic explanation for the changes in political rhetoric adopted by the Chinese leadership. The major issues our guest will answer are:
1. Why the Chinese leadership has changed ‘pragmatic’ rhetoric to ‘moral’ rhetoric?
2. How have the Chinese intellectuals and media approached the problem of the new rhetoric in foreign policy?
3. To what extent have the central authorities answered to public opinion?
Dominik Mierzejewski is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Lodz in Poland. Mierjewski attended University of Lodz for a masters in history and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Chinese Foreign Policy during the Cultural Revolution. In addition, Mierjewski has attended Shanghai International Studies University for language, culture, and government studies. He has attended many international conferences about China and Asian studies, and has interned in China and Washington D.C.
Friday, February 10th - Larry Donnithorne - "How Chinese Audiences React to West Point Leadership Education"
Dr. Larry Donnithorne has spoken on the subjects of leadership and ethics to hundreds of audiences and thousands of people over many years. He first came to the People’s Republic of China in 1981, and he gave his first talks on the West Point Way of Leadership in Taiwan in 2006 and in PR China in 2007. Since then he has spoken to many Chinese audiences, including major corporations, universities, and the National Training Center for Mayors.
Although Dr. Donnithorne was the first member of his family ever to attend college, he is grateful to have received a fine university education. His higher education started with a bachelor’s degree at the United States Military Academy located at West Point, New York. The United States Army later sent him to Stanford University, where he completed two masters degrees in Economics and Civil Engineering. Later, Dr. Donnithorne joined the faculty at West Point, and he was sent to Harvard University to complete his doctor’s degree in education.
Before returning to the faculty at West Point, Dr. Donnithorne served in the United States Army in the Republic of Vietnam. There he commanded a company of 150 US Army engineer soldiers in combat and was described by Major General Willard Roper as “one of the finest combat engineer company commanders in Vietnam.” He was later selected to command a battalion of army engineers, but instead he was sent to West Point to serve on the faculty there.
While serving on the faculty at West Point, Dr. Donnithorne was asked by the Superintendent, Lieutenant General Dave Palmer, to coordinate a major project for the Superintendent to improve the leadership development and character development programs of West Point. As a result of that project, Dr. Donnithorne was asked by a major US book publisher to write a book about West Point leadership development. That book, The West Point Way of Leadership, has been translated into several languages including Chinese.
Dr. Donnithorne has expressed his great love for China and its people, and he is grateful for every opportunity he is given to contribute to the development of effective leaders for China.
Friday, January 20 - A Conversation with Mike Chinoy
Former CNN Beijing Correspondent, Mike Chinoy, discussed his views on past and current China-US relations.
Chinoy began his career working for CBS News and NBC News in Hong Kong in the 1970s and spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints as a roving reporter based in London, eight years as the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, and, from 2001-2006, Senior Asia Correspondent, responsible for coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. He has reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power“ revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square crisis, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the fall of Indonesian President Suharto, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, elections and political crises in Taiwan, and developments in North Korea. His access to North Korea is unmatched among American journalists. He has visited the country 15 times since 1989. He was the only journalist to accompany former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his historic trip to Pyongyang in 1994, and has returned regularly since then, most recently in the summer of 2011.
Mike Chinoy is a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. Previously, he spent three years as the Edgerton Senior Fellow on Asian Security at the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy, focusing on security issues in North Korea, China, and Northeast Asia. He was at the same time a Visiting Professor of Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Chinoy is the author of the acclaimed books entitled Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis and China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution. He has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont awards. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University. He lives in Arcadia, California.