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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FEWC Downtown Seminar Series


Why Community Outreach and Philanthropy Matter for Business
with leading New Zealand business personality and author
Theresa Gattung

Oct. 18, 2017 Wednesday
12 pm – 1 pm
AIA Honolulu | Center for Architecture
828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 100 Honolulu, HI
Parking is available at nearby municipal and private lots at an hourly rate.

To operate successfully and sustainably and to scale, businesses need a social license. Our business heroes are no longer titans who care only about their own profit and loss statements.  Unbridled greed is no longer cool, if it ever was.  All around us we see that old models are failing.  We also see that things that used to be completely separate categories are integrated to create whole new possibilities. “For Profit For Good” is going to be the mantra for businesses, both big and small, in the coming decade as what was once rigid categories called business and charity become coherently integrated.

Theresa Gattung is a leading New Zealand business personality and author of a best-selling autobiography, Bird on a Wire. From October 1999 to June 2007 Theresa was CEO and Managing Director of Telecom New Zealand, leading the company through world-changing technology developments to become the number one IT provider in New Zealand. Over the last few years she has been involved in a wide spread of governance positions in both New Zealand and Australia. In 2013 she co-founded the hugely successful start-up, My Food Bag which now services most major New Zealand cities and has a turnover of over $130 million. In 2015 she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy. Theresa is involved with a number of not-for-profit and philanthropic interests, including being co-founder and trustee of the Eva Doucas Charitable Trust and the World Women Charitable Trust, Patron of the Cambodia Charitable Trust and Chair of the Wellington Board of the SPCA.

$5.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students
$10.00 for non-members

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October China Seminar

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

Shifting Sands and Stormy Seas: China’s “One Belt-One Road” (一带一路): OBOR

Jim Corcoran

OBOR is China’s $5 Trillion, multi-decade, infrastructure spending spree that spans 60-plus countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa designed to increase connectivity between those continents to enhance trade flows and spur long-term regional economic growth and development, benefiting all those involved. OBOR consists of a land route with six branches (“One Belt”) running from inner China to Northern Europe and a sea route (“One Road”) connecting the port of Shanghai ultimately with the end point of the land-based route in Venice, via India and Africa. Much of this massive project such as the China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC) is already in place and operating. OBOR is one of President XI Jinping’s pet projects. But, do risk-prone nations, questionable economics, political differences, and other factors challenge the success of China’s move for access and influence over that vast area to its west?

Jim Corcoran received his Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History and MA in Asian Studies from UHM. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a retired U.S. Army Colonel, Dr. Corcoran is a history professor at HPU where he also teaches International (Asian) Studies. He has lived, studied, and served in China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute (Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia). Over the years, he has researched and written on Asian security issues, papers on China, Asia, and military history, and on issues involving security, strategy, and history of Asia relating to war, conflict resolution and diplomacy. His stay in China earlier this year revealed the great “buzz” OBOR is creating across the social, political, economic, and military spectrums.

• 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.

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