News about China

Aging Population Leads to Slowing GDP Growth

China’s one-child policy has been around for several decades, but now its effect is starting to show. A  drop in the share of the working-age population could lead to a decline in GDP growth in the next 20 years. Two Citigroup economists, Nathan Sheets and Robert A. Sockin, forecasts a loss of 3.25 percentage points in China’s annual growth rate between 2012 and 2030. What measures could the Chinese government adopt to counter this trend? Read Sheets and Sockin’s suggestions here.

News about China

The Importance of Teacher Development

New York Times columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, article on op-ed piece about his attempt to uncover The Secret of how Shanghai’s public secondary schools topped the world charts in the 2009 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) exams in math, science and reading. He points out the importance of teacher training, peer-to-peer learning and constant professional development. How many U.S. teachers wish they could spend 30% of their time each week developing teaching skills and lesson plans?

We couldn’t agree more! Our Teachers Workshop for U.S. secondary school teachers provides up-to-date information on China and gives teachers an opportunity to learn from each other.

News about China

Latest Reality TV Craze

The Chinese are widely known for inventing paper, gun powder, the compass and printing. Now a TV show is touting the Chinese language as the 5th great invention to come from China.

Read more about Chinese Characters Dictation Competition, the latest hit reality TV show in China, and how it is igniting a debate about the study of the Chinese language.

And you thought the National Spelling Bee was tough!


Opportunities and Challenges: China’s Financial Reform

Join USF’s China Business Studies Initiative for an engaging conversation, bringing together top business leaders, policy makers, faculty and students to weigh in on the new wave of financial policy experimentation in China.

This interactive conference aims to address China’s capital markets, cross-border investments, and their effect on tomorrow’s economy.

See the agenda and register here.

Saturday November 2, 2013 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
McLaren Hall
University of San Francisco 旧金山大学
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117



Tony Keng Memorial Gifts

A good friend of the Institute, Mr. Anthony (Tony) Keng, passed away earlier this year. We are grateful to his father, Mr. Ignatius Keng, and friends for making gifts in memory of Tony Keng to further the Institute’s mission, especially in education.

If you would also like to make a memorial gift, please contact us at or (888) 990-1990.

Anthony (Tony) Keng April 12, 1950-April 30, 2013
Tony Keng passed away at his Atria residence in Daly City on April 30th at the age of 63. He was preceded in death by his mother Maria and his sister Teresa. Tony is survived by his father Ignatius Keng and many dear friends and associates. He will be greatly missed.
Tony attended Wah Yan College in Kowloon, Hong Kong, finished high school in Malaysia, and attended the University of Missouri. He was an Entrepreneur, idea generator, a pioneer of social media before Facebook even existed, was a co-founder of Xinix Corporation, a high tech company established in the 1990’s, and was a co-founder of Asian Business League and Dae Media in San Francisco. Tony loved children, food and dogs and being with friends.
Tony Keng
News about China

Seeing Double

The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report has a slide show about a new fashion trend in China that’s especially popular among younger Chinese. It seems that they like to dress alike!

Check out the slide show here to see the creative lengths to which some young Chinese couples will go to make themselves stand out in a crowd.

This leads to the question: Does double vision in clothing lead to double happiness?


23rd Anniversary Celebration – A Wonderful Evening

A big thank you to all the friends and supporters of the 1990 Institute who joined us on Oct. 3, 2013 to celebrate our 23rd anniversary!

Special thanks to our guest of honor, David Henry Hwang, for entertaining everyone with the conversation about his life’s work and the importance of having a better understanding about the Chinese people and culture. Thanks also to former Institute board member, Margaret Booker, for interviewing David, and making it a truly entertaining evening!

Many thanks to Yank Sing Restaurant for the delicious food, wonderful venue and attentive service!

Check out the photos here.

Check back soon for videos of the event.