FROM FOOT BINDING TO MIND BINDING:
Lessons Learned from Six Decades of China Study
Dr. Richard Vuylsteke
Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Starting in high school, Richard became increasingly interested in Asia, especially China. Since then, he has held practitioner roles in seven different sectors at various intersections of US-Chinese relations. Rarely interested in being a high-visibility player, he concentrated on trying to be an effective one, focused also on being a catalyst for the success of others. His thoughts on ‘lessons learned’ is an attempt to suggest how to maneuver US-China interactions.
Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as a Professor on the faculty in January 2022 after serving five years as President of the East-West Center. Prior to the EWC, he spent three decades in Asia, including 18 years as president of American Chambers of Commerce, first in Taipei and then in Hong Kong. He earned his MA and PhD in Western and Asian Social & Political Philosophy from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. 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. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.