February China Seminar

Thursday, 8 February, 2018, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
Hot Topics in Chinese (PRC) Property Law

By
Lawrence C. Foster

The real estate market in China has been “hot” since the beginning of the century!  Professor Lawrence Foster will discuss a range of hot real estate topics including the forced evictions in January 2017 of tens of thousands immigrants and the poor (collectively known as the 低端人口 (lit. “the low-end population”) in Beijing; the use of eminent domain in China to take land from the poor and give it to the rich; building new islands in the South China Sea; the long march from private property, to state-owned property, and back  to private property; attempts to rein in soaring housing prices (including the push for more rental housing and is there a bubble); and more!

Lawrence C. Foster started to learn Chinese and made his first trip to Asia (Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong) in the 1960s. His education includes a Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature and a law degree. Larry’s professional career includes a professorship of Chinese language and literature, a lawyer, and Dean and professor of the UH Law School. From 2005 to 2013, while living in Shanghai, Larry was a Senior Consultant at a major international Chinese law firm and a mentor for young Chinese lawyers. He has also been an affiliate professor at Beijing University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Larry has served as an elected member of the governing council of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and President of the international alumni association of the EWC. He was a member of Law Asia and the American Bar Association’s China Law Committee, as well as a trustee for Tokai University in Honolulu. Although retired from UH Law School, he is still teaching courses and doing legal training programs on legal writing and analysis in China.

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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.

 

January 2018 China Seminar

Happy New Year 恭贺新禧

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, 11 January, 2018, 12 noon

at

Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

The Closing of the Chinese Mind
Xi Jinping’s drive for complete control over the flow of ideas in China

By

Richard Hornik

Since Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, one of his primary policy goals has been to reassert Party control over all information flows. The initial focus was on censoring and shaping internal social media and on reinforcing Party control of news outlets. But in the last two years those efforts have broadened to include academia, civil society organizations and foreign influences. With the latest Party Congress anointing Xi as China’s most powerful leader since Mao, the future for exchange of ideas in China is the bleakest in four decades. The implications for Chinese society and the economy will be substantial.

Richard Hornik, currently a lecturer in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, is a journalist with over 30 years of global experience. He was executive editor of AsiaWeek, deputy chief of correspondents and news service director of Time in New York, and he served as Time’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Boston, Beijing and Hong Kong. He co-authored Massacre in Beijing: China’s Struggle for Democracy, with Donald Morrison, and has written for Foreign Affairs, Fortune, Smithsonian, The New York Times and Wall St. Journal. He has an M.A. in Russian studies from George Washington U. and a B.A. in political science from Brown University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was Journalist-in-Residence at the EWC. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong in 2012 and at UHM in 2015, when he was the inaugural Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar in School of Communications.


  • 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 (January 10). Changes cannot be accommodated thereafter.

December China Seminar

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
Traditional Chinese Medicine: Theory and Practice
by
Christina Kapothanasis

With a history of over 2,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of diagnosis and cure.  Since ancient times, TCM has been widely used in China by everyone, from commoners to high officials.  The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine and has been gaining popularity in the U.S.  Dr. Kapothanasis will be speaking about TCM theory, acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, ear seeds and Chinese nutrition.  She will do some demonstrations as well.

Dr. Christina Kapothanasis, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5-year program conducted completely in Mandarin Chinese.  She interned with the prominent Dr. Li Zheng Yu for 2 years in Taipei, Taiwan. She and her husband, Dr. Nathan Tseng, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M have been in private practice in Honolulu since 2009. At their clinic, Kai Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, they primarily treat internal medicine conditions, with Dr. Kapothanasis’ emphasis on OBGYN, and Dr. Tseng’s emphasis on pain syndromes.


  • 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 (December 13). Changes cannot be accommodated thereafter.