Individualism and Ambition in the New China

Join the World Affairs Council on May 29, 2014 at 7 PM for this talk by Evan Osnos, China correspondent for The New Yorker. He will share stories of ordinary Chinese citizens remaking their lives in the shifting landscape of China, and how they are finding ways around restrictions and exploring the potential of newfound prosperity and global connectivity.

See the World Affairs Council website for event details.

News about China

Solving China’s Schools: An Interview with Jiang Xueqin

This ChinaFile interview is a must read for anyone interested in the current state of education in China. Educator, Jiang Xueqin, just published a book in China, Creative China, about his experiences in Chinese public schools. He shares his insights about China’s education system, the gaokao university entrance exam system, studying abroad, and his experiences at Yale University.

Should China learn from the United States, or should the United States learn from China? Jiang sees the two countries’ education systems moving towards each other.


Act Now on Climate Change: An Update on “An Inconvenient Truth”

Organized by the Asian Library Advisory Committee and co-sponsored by The 1990 Institute, Sustainable San Mateo County and the U.S.-China Green Energy Council, this presentation by Wei-Tai Kwok will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6 PM in the Oak Room of the San Mateo Main Library.

Wei-Tai Kwok is not only a former Chairman of The 1990 Institute, but also a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. In August, 2013, Wei-Tai was personally trained by Al Gore to present the actual updated Inconvenient Truth slide presentation currently used by Mr. Gore himself. He will have a lot of valuable information to share with the audience. Come learn what we can do to be part of the solution.

See event details on the San Mateo Public Library website. Also see the event flyer.



2014 International Children’s Mural Festival

Funded by The 1990 Institute, this year’s International Children’s Mural Festival will take place the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the China National Children’s Center in Beijing. The theme of the mural is “My Favorite Scenery” with an emphasis on protection of the environment and the eco-system. More than 100 children from Chinese and international schools in Beijing will collaborate and jointly paint a gigantic mural of over 20 meters long and more than 4 meters high. We look forward to seeing the finished mural soon!

If you are ever in Beijing, we hope you will visit the park-like grounds of the China National Children’s Center and see the murals that have been painted over the years.

A Group of Students in Front of the 2013 Mural Painting
A Group of Students in Front of the 2013 Mural Painting

10th Annual Hill Physicians Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Don’t miss this popular free event to be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 11 AM to 6 PM in San Francisco’s Little Saigon, near Downtown Civic Center, on Larkin Street from Grove to Ellis.

AsianWeek Foundation, the event producer, has chosen an annual theme for this year’s event. “Tastes of Asia” will showcase Asian food – everything from ingredients, to preparation, to eating and enjoying, and anyway food interacts with Asian culture.

Visit the event website to find out all the details.


Global Education for a Global World

The 1990 Institute is a promotional co-sponsor of Asia Society Northern California’s conference, Global Education for a Global World, which will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Speakers include Tony Jackson, Vice President for Education, Asia Society; Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-founder, Teach for All; Carola McGiffert, President, 100,000 Strong Foundation; Jack Wadsworth, Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley; Minxuan Zhang, President, Shanghai Normal University, and Director, Center of International Education Study and Consultation, Ministry of Education, China.

Find details about the conference and buy tickets at this link.

Here’s the event flyer.


Chinese Investments in California: The Challenges Ahead



USF’s China Business Studies Initiative will be holding this conference on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

This conference will focus on issues facing Chinese firms investing in the US market, especially in the State of California. Among the key points discussed are cultural and language barriers between U.S. and Chinese businesses, negotiations with U.S. target company employees and unions, intellectual property rights and litigation. We will discuss the importance of working with qualified investment banks, law firms, accounting firms and insurance agencies in order to help ensure a smooth and successful transaction for these Chinese firms. We will also talk about the importance of Executive Education and USF as the Education platform for Chinese investment in America.

See the speakers and topics and the flyer.

Here’s the link to register for this free event.