January China Seminar

China Seminar | Thursday, January 12, 2023

China: The Next Phase of the Global COVID Pandemic

featuring
Dr. Tim Brown
Senior Fellow, East-West Center

Speaker’s summary:

China, where the initial zoonotic transfer occurred that launched the COVID pandemic, held the beast at bay for three years with increasingly aggressive efforts to maintain zero COVID. However, ultimately, evolution won out and the virus became so transmissible that such efforts were ultimately doomed to failure. Early indications of this had been seen in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong, places that also held it at bay for a time. This talk will review the current approach to COVID being taken in China and explore how it differs from the approaches taken in those other places. It will also explore the likely consequences of this uncontrolled spread and its potential implications for the global pandemic.

Dr. Tim Brown is a Senior Fellow in the Research Program at the East-West Center and heads the Center’s HIV modeling team, which produces the tools used by national HIV programs and modeling teams throughout Asia. His primary focus is on infectious disease modeling and its applications to public policy. He currently works with UNAIDS, Global Fund, Avenir Health, and other global and national partners to develop HIV estimation and projection tools and methodologies for countries, apply these to comprehensive policy analyses of HIV epidemics and effective responses to them, and support the development of improved strategic information systems in Asia and the Pacific. Like many working in HIV, Dr. Brown has been drawn into efforts to respond to the COVID pandemic in the last two and a half years. In a previous incarnation, he obtained his Ph.D. in High Energy Theoretical Physics from the University of Hawaiʻi.

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The China Seminar was established by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok in 1977. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends.

December China Seminar

The Great Decoupling: Can Xi Jinping Reinvent the Chinese Economy?

Thursday, December 8, 2022
Live via Zoom

featuring
Richard Hornik
Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

The Trump Administration’s massive tariff increases on Chinese goods had minimal impact on either economy. But President Biden’s targeted limitations on China’s access to advanced technologies coupled with the massive investments in US domestic technology in the Chips Act have already begun to reshape commercial relationships between China and the global economy. Meanwhile, China’s Zero Covid policies and fears about its aggressiveness towards Taiwan are forcing Multinational Corporations to rethink their reliance on Chinese suppliers. 

How can President Xi Jinping respond to these new challenges at a time of domestic economic stagnation? 


Richard  Hornik  is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center.  During his 40-year career in journalism he served as Executive Editor of AsiaWeek, News Service Director of TIME magazine, and TIME’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Boston, Beijing and Hong Kong. He co-authored Massacre in Beijing: China’s Struggle for Democracy, and has written on China for  Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He also served as Interim Editor  of the Harvard Business Review. 

Mr.  Hornik  was a Lecturer at Stony Brook University from 2007-19, where he helped develop and propagate its innovative News Literacy curriculum now used in over 40 universities worldwide. He was a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong University in 2012 and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2015, where he was also the inaugural Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar.  

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The China Seminar was established by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok in 1977. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends.

November China Seminar

November 10, 2022, 12 pm via Zoom

Integrating Architecture with Landscape:
My Design Experiments in China

featuring
Dr. Pu Miao
Professor Emeritus
School of Architecture, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Architect Pu Miao has long explored a creative “localization” of modern architecture in China. Learned from his research and practice, integrating architecture and landscape promises to be one of the main directions for localization.  

Based on his new book A Dialogue Between Architecture and Landscape: Pu Miao’s Architectural Design, this presentation will illustrate four modes to integrate buildings and landscape: 

  • Outdoor spaces as alternative places for indoor activities 
  • Architecture and landscape each playing a unique role in a functional pair 
  • Architecture partially taking the form of landscape 
  • Gardens as urban public spaces in a building 
     

Pu Miao is an architect and architectural scholar based in Shanghai, China, and Honolulu, USA. He is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture. His built designs have won awards and have been published in international journals, exhibitions, and other media. Most recently, his designs were featured in Chris van Uffelen, ed., China: The New Creative Power in Architecture (Salenstein, Switzerland: Braun, 2021). Scholarly, Miao has produced the book Public Places in Asia Pacific Cities and many research papers on architecture and urban design in Asia and China. Learn more about Miao’s work at www.pumiao.net