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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May 2018 China Seminar


Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu


Sino-Vietnamese Relations in the 21st Century
The View from a Changing Vietnam


Liam Kelley

Sino-Vietnamese relations have often been depicted as being “timeless,” as a story of China’s desire to expand southward and of Vietnamese efforts to resist Chinese hegemony. The historical reality, however, has been much more complex, and the same is the case for the current relations between the two countries. This is particularly so given how dramatically Vietnamese society has changed over the past 20 years. This talk will attempt to illuminate this point by examining how the transformed Vietnamese society of today has dealt with various issues that Vietnam has had with the Chinese world, from the South China/East Sea dispute to the Formosa steel plant fish kill incident. The way that Vietnamese society reacts to these issues is changing and getting ever more complex.

Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he teaches about Southeast Asian history. His PhD is also from UH Manoa, but in Chinese history. All of his scholarship in one way or another relates to the history of the complex relationship between Vietnam and China, from the culture of diplomatic relations in premodern times, to Sino-Vietnamese religious cults in the twentieth century, to the role of China in the history of Vietnamese nationalism.

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