May 2018 China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

Sino-Vietnamese Relations in the 21st Century
The View from a Changing Vietnam

By

Liam Kelley

Sino-Vietnamese relations have often been depicted as being “timeless,” as a story of China’s desire to expand southward and of Vietnamese efforts to resist Chinese hegemony. The historical reality, however, has been much more complex, and the same is the case for the current relations between the two countries. This is particularly so given how dramatically Vietnamese society has changed over the past 20 years. This talk will attempt to illuminate this point by examining how the transformed Vietnamese society of today has dealt with various issues that Vietnam has had with the Chinese world, from the South China/East Sea dispute to the Formosa steel plant fish kill incident. The way that Vietnamese society reacts to these issues is changing and getting ever more complex.

Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he teaches about Southeast Asian history. His PhD is also from UH Manoa, but in Chinese history. All of his scholarship in one way or another relates to the history of the complex relationship between Vietnam and China, from the culture of diplomatic relations in premodern times, to Sino-Vietnamese religious cults in the twentieth century, to the role of China in the history of Vietnamese nationalism.

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East-West Fest 2018

EWFEst
The East West Center Participants Association is excited to announce the main event of the year: East-West Fest on April 15, 2018 from 3PM to 6PM at the Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall.

East-West Fest is a celebration of diversity and cultures from around the world to foster intercultural understanding and friendships. Spend an afternoon with the East-West Center community of students, scholars, staff, friends, and family and enjoy entertainment on stage, visit cultural booths, shop at the Asian Street Market for treasures, take tours of the East-West Center campus, and more.

Besides student performances, the event features well-known, professional groups Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Okinawan Lion Dance, and Indian Cultural Dance.

Admission is free and open to the public. There will be food trucks and international refreshments and snacks. Free parking is available Sundays on the UH Manoa campus. The event will be lawn-seating.

April China Seminar

Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
WHEN IN CHINA…China Stories through Foreigners’ Eyes

By
Huan Cao

There are about a million foreigners living in China in 2017 and the number is only growing, and rapidly. How would China fit into their expectations and how are their lives in China? Since 2013, Huan CAO has been producing her own video column in China Daily called “Laowai Not”, a 3-year video documentary series about foreigners living in China. The series tells China stories through foreigners’ eyes.  Huan will share with us a couple of the videos from the series and talk about present China in terms of its modern culture, as well as relate her own experiences being a foreigner living in Hawaii.

Huan CAO has been a multimedia journalist and producer at China Daily for 10 years. Her professional career highlights include covering China’s “Two sessions” – the annual meetings of the national legislature and the top political advisory body for 8 years straight; the repeated frontline reporting of Sichuan 512 Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008; APEC, G20 and many other major events that took place in China. She is a recipient of many top awards in China, including 2013 Top Ten News Video of The Year for the Sichuan Earthquake, National People’s Congress News Awards for the “Two sessions” and The Best Online Video Series in 2016 for “Laowai Not” series. Huan received her BA in Communications from London Middlesex University and her MA in International Multimedia Journalism at University of Bolton, UK.

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  • 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. No recording of any kind please.
  • Please return the form below by mail or email. Reservations must reach us by noon of the day before (April 11). Changes cannot be accommodated thereafter.
  • No-shows please honor your reservation with payment.