Winner of numerous prizes, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2014, Shigeru Ban of Shigeru Ban Architects in Tokyo, Japan, delivered the 11th Annual Tsai Lecture in the Tsai Auditorium at Harvard University. He talked about many of his projects through a panoply of beautiful photographs of various constructs with innovative features, adapted to local conditions, especially for his humanitarian work in man-made and natural disaster areas throughout the world. Read more about Revisiting the 11th Tsai Lecture: Works and Humanitarian Activities by Architect Shigeru Ban
John Pomfret, former Washington Post correspondent and author of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: American and China, 1776 to the Present and Chinese Lessons, shone some light on the current complex U.S.-China relations by bringing an historical perspective from the 19th century and commenting on the upcoming summit meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Read more about Book Talk Recap: "The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom"
Since China has a major presence in the world today with an increasing voice and weight in international affairs, let alone its One Belt One Road project and its own initiative of the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), it is hard for students of younger generations to imagine where China came from half a century ago. For his Critical Issues Confronting China seminar, Bernard Frolic, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science at York University, brought a Canadian perspective to the vicissitudes of Canada’s relationship with China since World War II. Read more about Event Recap – Fifty Years with China: A Canadian Perspective
For The New York Times' Michael Forsythe, who led a Critical Issues Confronting China seminar titled Corruption in China on the Eve of the 19th Party Congress, it is fascinating to witness the center of the Chinese universe moving from Beijing to Manhattan, as Chinese business tycoons with disputable reputations take luxury residences in New York. Wu Xiaohui, Chairman and CEO of the Anbang Insurance Group, which bought the Waldorf Astoria, the landmark hotel on Park Avenue, in 2014 for $1.95 billion, is one of them. Another one is currently in the news: Chinese billionaire Guo Wen-gui, residing in his $67 million penthouse on Fifth Avenue, blasts out corruption allegations of “nuclear bomb” grade against the top echelon of the Chinese Communist leadership through an interview with the Voice of America. Read more about Event Recap: Corruption in China on the Eve of the 19th Party Congress
In a technologically interconnected, yet culturally divergent world, how would one tell stories about his/her own country to a global audience? On this question, Andrew Gordon, Acting Director of Harvard Asia Center and Professor of History at Harvard University, chaired a seminar featuring three journalists, all Nieman Fellows at Harvard this year, from South Korea, Nepal and Japan. The journalists–Kyoungtae Kim, editor of the prime-time news program of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in Seoul; Subina Shrestha, filmmaker and correspondent for Al Jazeera in Kathmandu; and Roland Nozomu Kelts, author, journalist and lecturer on the U.S. and Japan–each talked about their work and careers from different perspectives. Read more about Three 2017 Niemen Fellows Discuss Media and Culture in Japan, Nepal, and South Korea
When Beijing promotes its One Belt One Road project to the world, it always highlights the mutual benefits that this project will bring to both the host countries and China. But when Chinese investment goes abroad, does it really create a “win-win situation,” as so frequently phrased in Chinese diplomacy? At a recent Critical Issues Confronting China seminar, titled "China's Economic Statecraft in Asia," Dr. James Reilly, Associate Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, dissected Chinese investment and trading relations with foreign countries by examining different interests and objectives of various actors in China’s vast political industrial complex, and illustrated how these divergences can undermine China’s overall strategic and diplomatic objectives. Using the framework of the principal-agent model, he analyzed China’s relations with Myanmar and commented on those with North Korea. Read more about Event Recap: China's Economic Statecraft in Asia
Professor Carl Minzner of Fordham University School of Law presented the April 12, 2017, Critical Issues Confronting China seminar titled, "China: End of the Reform Era." He sensed that China has moved into a post-reform era since the early 2000s, and that this era is qualitatively different from the past three decades, marking an end to the reform era heralded by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. Minzner’s review of where China came from and where China is going reveals a worrisome picture for what lies ahead.
Politically, from the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949