December China Seminar

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Theory and Practice
Christina Kapothanasis

With a history of over 2,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of diagnosis and cure.  Since ancient times, TCM has been widely used in China by everyone, from commoners to high officials.  The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine and has been gaining popularity in the U.S.  Dr. Kapothanasis will be speaking about TCM theory, acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, ear seeds and Chinese nutrition.  She will do some demonstrations as well.

Dr. Christina Kapothanasis, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5-year program conducted completely in Mandarin Chinese.  She interned with the prominent Dr. Li Zheng Yu for 2 years in Taipei, Taiwan. She and her husband, Dr. Nathan Tseng, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M have been in private practice in Honolulu since 2009. At their clinic, Kai Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, they primarily treat internal medicine conditions, with Dr. Kapothanasis’ emphasis on OBGYN, and Dr. Tseng’s emphasis on pain syndromes.

  • The seminar is $20.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students and $25.00 for non-members with luncheon served after the talk. Payment may be made in advance or at the door. Checks should be made payable to Friends of the East-West Center. Seating is first-come, first-served at the Maple Garden Restaurant. Recording only allowed with speaker’s consent.
  • Please return the form below by mail or email. Reservations must reach us by noon of the day before (December 13). Changes cannot be accommodated thereafter.

Friends of the East-West Center Annual Meeting 2017


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Halekulani Hotel – Hau Terrace
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$55.00 – Cost includes lunch, gratuity, and parking
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Featuring guest speaker, East-West Center President Richard Vuylsteke
New Directions for the East-West Center

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crop-2016-FEWC-DSC_8237Prior to the program, members will be electing the new directors to the FEWC Board of Directors for 2017-2018.

Award Presentation will follow business meeting to honor Ambassador Charles B. Salmon, Jr. for his invaluable service and support to Friends of the East-West Center programs and activities.

November China Seminar

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

One Country, Two Systems? Assessing Hong Kong’s Autonomy After Twenty Years

Carole Petersen

According to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a bi-lateral treaty duly registered with the United Nations, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) enjoys extensive autonomy, including its own common-law legal system, independent judiciary, and separate currency. Hong Kong residents also enjoy a much higher standard of civil liberties than residents of Mainland China. Nonetheless, as “One Country, Two Systems” enters its third decade, many commentators would agree that a crisis is brewing. Some young activists are even advocating for independence. Beijing has reacted harshly to this rhetoric and intervened in ways that threaten Hong Kong’s longstanding traditions of civil liberties, rule of law, and clean government. Professor Petersen argues that both the Chinese government and certain pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong have adopted unduly rigid positions, making it impossible for the moderates to bridge the divide. She proposes a new approach to preserve autonomy, one that relies less on street protests and more on gaining international recognition for Hong Kong’s right to practice internal self-determination.

Carole Petersen is a Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and Graduate Chair in the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She taught in Hong Kong from 1989 to 2006, specializing in constitutional law, human rights, and anti-discrimination law. She is a former Director of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law and currently serves as a member of its international advisory board. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in the Law of the People’s Republic of China from the University of Hong Kong.

$20.00 for FEWC Members, UH and EWC Students
$25.00 for non-members

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