October China Seminar


Thursday, 10 October, 2019, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu


The Anti-extradition Bill Protests:
What They Show about Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy


 Frank Ching

Please join us for a talk by Frank Ching, a journalist and writer who has reported and commented on events in Asia, particularly China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for many years. He worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review and was a columnist with the South China Morning Post. He opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in China in 1979, after the normalization of U.S.-China relations, thus becoming one of the first four American newspaper reporters to be based in Beijing since 1949.

Currently, he writes a weekly column on China, which he self-syndicates and appears in English-language newspapers mainly in Asia. For the last 15 years, he was adjunct associate professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he taught a course on China’s External Relations.

He is the author of “ANCESTORS: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family,” (Morrow, N.Y. 1988). Using his own family as a vehicle, he presented a history of China from the Sung dynasty to the present. Another of his books is “130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong: From the College of Medicine for Chinese to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,” published in 2018 by Springer.

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September China Seminar

Thursday, 12 September, 2019, 12 noon


Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu


China’s Expansion of Soft and Sharp Power in the Pacific Islands


Richard R. Vuylsteke

China Seminar is very privileged to have Dr. Vuylsteke to open our school year in each of the last three years. His talk always sets a great start for the sessions to follow. With China’s increasing presence in international arenas, Dr. Vuylsteke will provide an assessment of the practical and strategic impact of China’s increasing role in the Pacific Islands.

Dr. Richard Vuylsteke is the President of the East-West Center. His former positions include president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Taipei; editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Review; area studies coordinator at the Chinese Language and Area Studies (CLASS) Foreign Service Institute school in Taipei; research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; as well as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rajasthan, India. He received his MA and PhD from University of Hawaii at Manoa, specializing in Western and Chinese political philosophy. His areas of expertise include: strategic and operational leadership of multicultural organizations, Asia-Pacific business and trade, Asian and Western history and philosophy.

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Summer Film Night

AIA-Honolulu Summer Film Night
I.M. Pei:  Building China Modern

With I.M. Pei’s recent passing, AIA-Honolulu and the Friends of the East-West Center pay tribute to this renowned architect with a screening of “I.M. Pei:  Building China Modern“; a documentary chronicling Pei’s design of a museum in his ancestral home of Suzhou, China.  A panel discussion will follow covering Pei, local modernist architecture, and his one project in Hawai`i:  the East-West Center at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa campus

What:               American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Honolulu Summer Film Night

Film:                I.M. Pei:  Building China Modern

When:              Thursday, August 22, 2019

Where:             AIA-Honolulu Center for Architecture
Oceanit Center Building
828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 100 (@ Queen St.)

Parking:          Oceanit Garage 

                        $2.00 flat rate after 4 PM. Limited to only 12 visitor stalls

                        Cars must be out of the garage by 9 PM

                        Payment for parking is by credit card only at the kiosks located next to the stairs

                       Harbor Court

                       $0.50 per half hour up to a maximum of $3.00 after 5 PM

                       The garage is open until midnight

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                        Biki bike station located directly in front of the AIA-Honolulu Center for Architecture

Admission:       Free to the public, with suggested donation to the AIA-Honolulu at the door

Registration:    https://www.aiahonolulu.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1234763&group=

                        Online registration on AIA-Honolulu website requested for head count purposes

 Panelists:        William Chapman, Interim Dean, UH-School of Architecture

                        Tonia Moy, AIA, Vice President, Fung & Associates

                        W.H. Raymond Yeh, Former Dean, UH-School of Architecture