East-West Fest 2018

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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.

 

 

March 2018 China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR
Thursday, 8 March, 2018, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
Division and Reconciliation: Towards the “Turquoisation” of Taiwan Society
by
Bill Sharp

Leaving behind its authoritarian, one party past, Taiwan became a beacon of democracy not only in Asia, but also to the former Soviet satellite countries in Eastern Europe. As much of an inspiration to others, it faces paralyzing political polarization. The talk will focus on the historic fissures in Taiwan society, cross-strait relations and Taiwanese identity, and other factors including political culture, globalization, inequality of wealth, demographic challenge, legislative and constitutional reform, transitional justice, semi-presidential system vs. parliamentary system, pension reform, labor standards reform, etc. Has Taiwan experienced a “backlash of democracy”? There is no longer any press censorship in Taiwan, but has the media contributed to political polarization?  Examination will also be given to the values and beliefs that hold the green and the blue together, plus how the 2016 Presidential election and the staffing of the Tsai Ing-wen administration give hope for the “turquoisation” of Taiwan society.

Mr. Sharp’s association with Asia started in 1968 while serving with US Army in Vietnam. He received an A.B. in Political Science (focused on Chinese and Japanese politics) from UC, Berkeley, a M.A. in Asian Studies from UHM, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard Univ.  While at UH, he received the James Shigeta Award for Excellence in Asian Studies and the Lee-Shao Chang Award for Excellence in Chinese Studies.  He studied Mandarin in both Taiwan and Beijing, taught English and was a free-lance writer in Japan in 1980s, and later was Executive Director of Japan-America Society of Hawaii.  He taught at HPU for 23 years, hosts Asia in Review, a weekly TV show, and wrote “Look East,” a column for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. In 2016, he received the Taiwan Fellowship sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and researched Taiwan’s political polarization. Since 2017, he has been a visiting scholar at Fudan Univ. Shanghai. He has traveled extensively throughout Taiwan, China, and Asia.

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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.  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 (February 7).  Changes cannot be accommodated thereafter.
  • No-shows please honor your reservation with payment.