November China Seminar

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

China and U.S. Relations in Trouble?:
Comments on Issues, Dangers, Prospects, and Possibilities


James Kelly

When China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi – in a recent public meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – demands that U.S. officials stop “wrong actions and words”– attention must be paid. That same week, Vice President Mike Pence in a formal policy speech, indicted China for a vast series of misdeeds, including interference in American domestic matters. Observers around the world are concerned despite a seeming cordial working relationship between Presidents Xi and Trump. Even so, there are doubts as to whether a long expected meeting of the two leaders will occur in November. The situation is clearly serious and the future uncertain. But Mr. Kelly will attempt to brief the various issues and to suggest possible paths that may be taken. Despite language that some see as threatening a new Cold War, there are alternate paths. But the Sino-U.S. relationship, never easy, has become even more complex and challenging to both sides.

As a frequent speaker and writer about economic and political issues of East Asia and the Pacific, James Kelly has been a think tank head and businessman. Before retiring, he was the Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs) from 2001-2005, under President Reagan (1983-1989) as Special Assistant for East Asia (NSC Staff), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Mr. Kelly was past President (1994-2001) of the Pacific Forum, CSIS, and is the current President of EAP Associates, LLC and a Trustee of The Asia Foundation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, National War College and Harvard Business School (MBA), and retired in 1982 as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He is now on the Advisory Board of Marvin & Palmer, Inc. an equity management firm and lives in Honolulu with his wife, Sue.


FEWC Annual Meeting 2018

Photo 30 VARSITY HIFF _Jeannette Paulson Hereniko

Jeanette Paulson Hereniko

In 1981, the East-West Center launched the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). Learn how the Center helped with the inception of a program that introduced American audiences to Asia Pacific cinema, filmmakers, and scholars.

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko has over 40 years of experience in the Asia Pacific film industry as a film festival director, distributer and film producer. She started the Hawaii International Film Festival while working at the East West Center (1980 to 1990) and served as HIFF’s Founding Director from 1981 to 1996.
A brief business meeting will precede the program in order to elect new members of the FEWC Board of Directors for 2018-2019.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Halekulani Hotel
11:15 a.m. – Registration
11:45 – Annual Meeting
12:00 p.m. – Lunch & Program


October China Seminar


Thursday, 11 October, 2018, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Historical Developments of the Roles and Status of Women in China


Priscilla Ching-Chung

The role of a person is not static. Changes in roles and status are due to the needs, culture, the value of the times, and foreign influences. Dr. Chung will address the causes of the historical development of women’s role and status in China. She will address the influences that might have caused women to change from being warriors in ancient times to the submissive and subservient women with bound feet. She will discuss how the invasions of nomads, and their rules, have impacted the development; the differences between women of Han and non-Han origins and how the comparatively short rule of Mongols caused massive widow suicides in the Ming and Qing; and how westernization and modernization affected the role and status of women. Finally, she will address the current influences on the role and status of women in China.

Dr. Priscilla Ching-Chung earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania where she specialized in the study of ‘women’ in Chinese history. She has taught at City College of New York, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she continues to hold an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of History. Her first book on Palace Women in the Northern Song was one of the earliest books on the field of women in China. Since then she has published in journals and is a contributor to the encyclopedic Dictionary of Chinese Women, authoring a large number of biographies, in different historic periods, and translating and editing many others. Her recent book, Women and Power in Imperial China, is available on Amazon KINDLE.

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