China Seminar — China and America: A Rooster Year and a Trump Presidency

Friends of the East-West Center cordially invites you to Spring 2017 sessions of the

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

China and America: A Rooster Year and a Trump Presidency

James Kelly

This is a very uncertain period and James Kelly will try to update the always complex Sino-American relationship. This year China faces an important five year Party Congress and the Trump administration is shaking up America’s longstanding ties with other countries, the largest being China. Mr. Kelly will leave to others the analysis of Washington DC and American politics. But beyond China’s internal politics, as interesting as they are, China is facing vast economic challenges and, at the same time, initiating significant policies toward the Indo-Asian Pacific region. We will seek to have a discussion of China’s problems and policies and a likely Sino-American summit.
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China Seminar — The Rights Defense Movement in China

Friends of the East-West Center cordially invites you to Spring 2017 sessions of the

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

The Rights Defense Movement in China

Teng Biao

The Rights Defense Movement (Weiquan movement) is a non-centralized movement, which arose in China in early 2000s. A group of lawyers, activists, intellectuals and NGOs seek to defend civil rights and promote rule of law through litigation and legal activism. It was developed rapidly and thus was suppressed severely as it is seen as a big threat to China’s political system.  China Seminar is very privileged to have this rare opportunity to invite Dr. TENG Biao to give us a talk on this movement.

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China Seminar — Tea as Culture in Chinese Tradition

Friends of the East-West Center cordially invites you to Spring 2017 sessions of the

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Tea as Culture in Chinese Tradition

Hong Jiang

Tea was first used by humans in China several thousand years ago, and since the Tang Dynasty, especially after Lu Yu’s famous “Book of Tea,” tea drinking has become an important cultural symbol and practice linked closely with the Chinese cultural tradition of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, serving as a medium for the cultivation of the mind and body. As such, tea provides a perfect opportunity to study human relationships with nature. This presentation will introduce the changing technologies of tea drinking in China, discuss Lu Yu’s “Book of Tea” and his personal biography, and explore how tea drinking has been incorporated in the Chinese tradition as a symbol of self-restrain, virtue, harmony and tranquility. Poetry, painting, and photos of ancient tea utensils will be used to discuss these topics.

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