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


                        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

May China Seminar

Thursday, 9 May, 2019, 12 noon


Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu


“Tiananmen + 30”
The Legacy of June 4, 1989 and Why China Can’t Get Past It

John Schidlovsky

Thirty years after the crackdown on demonstrators on June 4, 1989, near Tiananmen Square, the events still reverberate in China. This year the Communist Party of China is bracing for several sensitive historical dates – the 100th anniversary of the May 4th movement, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen demonstrations and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Many Chinese have no knowledge of the demonstrations in 1989 that brought millions of citizens into the streets to demand democracy. But is the Communist Party’s policy of curbing dissent still motivated in part by the memory of 1989? Will there ever be a reappraisal of Tiananmen?

John Schidlovsky directed the International Reporting Project (1998-2018), a program to encourage international news coverage in the U.S. media. Previously he served as director of The Freedom Forum Asian Center in Hong Kong (1993-1997), monitoring media changes during the transition of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. He was the curator of the Jefferson Fellowships program at the EWC (1990-1993). Schidlovsky was a reporter for nearly 20 years, including 13 years with The Baltimore Sun. He was The Sun’s Beijing bureau chief (1987-1990) and closely covered the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and government crackdown. Earlier he served as The Sun’s New Delhi bureau chief. In 1983, Schidlovsky was a Gannett Foundation Fellow in Asian Studies at the UH and later journalist-in-residence at the EWC. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Nieman Reports, the American Journalism Review and elsewhere. He is the author of a forthcoming novel, “The Woman From Beijing.”