China Seminar

Thursday, 12 November, 2015, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

$20.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students
$25.00 for non-members
Luncheon served after the talk

China’s New Defense White Paper in Today’s Context of Change and Transition

James R. Corcoran

China’s Ministry of National Defense “White Paper” (authoritative report) is exceptional in its bold and authoritative presentation of China’s Military Strategy for both national defense and defense activities in the Asia-Indo-Pacific region and beyond. The May, 2015, White Paper’s Chapter  V “Preparation for Military Struggle” draws focused attention in light of China’s ongoing military initiatives in the South China Sea,  the East China Sea, the Taiwan Straits, and further afield. With the landmark September 3 military parade commemorating the end of WW II, President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Washington D.C., recent military exercises with Russia, and in the midst of China’s economic readjustment and the Tianjin disaster, what does this “White Paper” mean?  Dr. Corcoran’s recent trip in July to present a paper at a conference sponsored by Beijing’s Capital Normal University (首都师范大学) and consultation with academic, military, and government colleagues there, helps to place this topic into perspective.

Jim Corcoran received his Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a retired U.S. Army Colonel, Dr. Corcoran is a history professor in the Military Campus Programs and also teaches International (Asian) Studies at Hawai’i Pacific University. He has lived, studied, and served in China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California (Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia).  Over the years, he has researched and written on Asian security issues, papers on China, Asia, and military history, and on issues involving security, strategy, and history of Asia relating to war, conflict resolution and diplomacy.

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Posted by: friendsofewc | October 22, 2015

Friends of the East-West Center Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the
featuring guest speaker:
Maya Soetoro-Ng
Peace as Action: Stories from my East-West Center International Sojourns

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Halekulani Hotel, Hau Terrace

Maya-300Maya Soetoro-Ng will discuss how we can increase the viability of peace building through the actions that we take. She will share stories from her East-West Center visits to Malaysia, Indonesia, Okinawa, and China to illustrate the importance of the power of communication, better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific.

Maya Soetoro-Ng is a life-long educator who specializes in peace and multicultural education. She has taught in public, private, and charter high schools in New York and Hawaii. Currently she is an Assistant Specialist with the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. In 2010, Maya also worked as an education specialist with the East-West Center.

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Prior to the program, members will be electing new members of the FEWC Board of Directors and Officers for 2015-2016.

Award presentation will follow business meeting to honor Mrs. Fumiko Halloran with FEWC’s Best Friend Award.


11:30—Annual Meeting
11:45—Award Presentation
12:00 p.m.—Lunch
12:30 p.m.—Program

Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch, gratuity, and parking)

Please RSVP by November 5th
Friends of the East-West Center
1601 East-West Road, Rm. 4072
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
Phone: 808.944.7691
Fax: 808.944.7376

Friends of East-West Center cordially invites you to the Fall 2015 sessions of the

China Seminar

Thursday, 8 October, 2015 @ 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

$20.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students
$25.00 for non-members
Luncheon served after the talk

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Current Immigration Trend of the Chinese to America
Alan W.C. Ma

Little did most American know that the comprehensive immigration reform (Immigration Control and Reform Act) or the amnesty law, signed by President Reagan in 1986, was modeled after a Hong Kong law.  Subsequent to it, waves of Chinese migrated to the U.S., legally or illegally.  As many educated, scholarly and financially accomplished Chinese are gaining their legal status in the U.S. under the 1990 immigration system, which is still in use today, just as many, if not more, are coming here illegally.  Fraudulent marriage, adoption and divorce are common tactics used by the Chinese; so are the fraudulent and frivolous claims of political asylum under the disguise of victims of “one child policy” or members of “Fa Lun Gung”.  Chinese “Anchor Babies” is just another episode of Chinese migration to U.S. of a recent past!

Attorney Ma has been practicing US immigration law for over 30 years, and was an Adjunct Professor at UH Law School for 7 years.  Formerly Chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Hawaii, he has been elected by peers consistently for over 20 years “Best Lawyers in America”, and was named one of the 2013 Lawyers of the Year by Honolulu Magazine.  Previously appointed Hawaii Trade Representative in Hong Kong and China, he attracted investments under the “Eb-5 Program”.  Mr. Ma is the co-author of bi-lingual (English-Chinese) “Real Estate Investment and Practices in the United States of America”.  He is also a frequent contributor to publications in China and Hawaii, as well as an author of novels, plays and screenplays.  He is currently co-producing a movie “Lucky Seven” in China.

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