May China Seminar

Thursday, 9 May, 2019, 12 noon

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Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

“Tiananmen + 30”
The Legacy of June 4, 1989 and Why China Can’t Get Past It

By
John Schidlovsky

Thirty years after the crackdown on demonstrators on June 4, 1989, near Tiananmen Square, the events still reverberate in China. This year the Communist Party of China is bracing for several sensitive historical dates – the 100th anniversary of the May 4th movement, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen demonstrations and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Many Chinese have no knowledge of the demonstrations in 1989 that brought millions of citizens into the streets to demand democracy. But is the Communist Party’s policy of curbing dissent still motivated in part by the memory of 1989? Will there ever be a reappraisal of Tiananmen?

John Schidlovsky directed the International Reporting Project (1998-2018), a program to encourage international news coverage in the U.S. media. Previously he served as director of The Freedom Forum Asian Center in Hong Kong (1993-1997), monitoring media changes during the transition of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. He was the curator of the Jefferson Fellowships program at the EWC (1990-1993). Schidlovsky was a reporter for nearly 20 years, including 13 years with The Baltimore Sun. He was The Sun’s Beijing bureau chief (1987-1990) and closely covered the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and government crackdown. Earlier he served as The Sun’s New Delhi bureau chief. In 1983, Schidlovsky was a Gannett Foundation Fellow in Asian Studies at the UH and later journalist-in-residence at the EWC. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Nieman Reports, the American Journalism Review and elsewhere. He is the author of a forthcoming novel, “The Woman From Beijing.”

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April China Seminar

Thursday, 11 April, 2019, 12 noon

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Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

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Finding KUKAN – A “Lost” Documentary

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Robin Lung

In the award-winning documentary Finding KUKAN, Robin Lung investigates the compelling story of Hawaiʻi born Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited producer of KUKANKUKAN is a landmark color documentary about World War II China that received an Academy Award in 1942 before becoming “lost” for decades. In Finding KUKAN, Lung discovers a badly damaged print of KUKAN and pieces together the inspirational tale behind Li and her cameraman Rey Scott. Robin Lung will show clips from Finding KUKAN and speak about lessons learned during her 8-year filmmaking journey.

Robin Lung is a 4th generation Chinese American from Hawaiʻi with an 18-year history of bringing untold minority and womenʻs stories to film. A Stanford University and Hunter College graduate, she became a filmmaker after successful careers in book publishing and higher education. Lung made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawai‘i’s First Home, a 30-minute documentary for PBS Hawai‘i about the legacy of Hawaiʻi’s Queen Lili‘uokalani and her personal home. She was the associate producer for the national PBS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, and producer/director of the feature documentary Finding KUKAN, which was selected to be broadcasted nationally on PBS World’s America ReFramed series and has won multiple awards at film festivals across America.

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March China Seminar

Thursday, 14 March, 2019, 12 noon

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Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

When Bohemia Meets Hawaii – wandering in a multicultural world

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DING Yi

DING Yi, a Parvin Fellow and a Chinese journalist from Xinhua News Agency, conducts a study of cultural differences between the Bohemian culture in the Czech Republic and the Aloha spirit in Hawaii through the lens of her personal experiences. Based on her unique perspectives as a journalist in Prague and as a visiting scholar in Honolulu, she will present a colorful world from a Chinese angle, and showcase some anecdotes ranging from writing-table to dining-table, and from a Xinhua reporter’s life in Europe to the life of a Chinese visiting scholar with media background who now studies in the United States.

DING Yi worked in the Prague branch of Xinhua News Agency from 2006 to 2008. After writing a personal column (2013-2014), and political commentaries (2010-2014), she now specializes in social and cultural stories. In 2016, she participated in a Xinhua research team to Africa, which brought her to Kenya, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire. The highlights of her journalist work include the 13th Five-Year Plan in China; Sino-U.S., Sino-European and Sino-African relationships and cultural exchanges; the largest wave of Chinese overseas returnees, and the cultural spread of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) abroad.

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