The Third Annual American Studies Network Conference
Bridging the Sino-American Divide
November 3-5, 2006, University of Hong Kong
The conference, co-sponsored by USCET and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), kicked off with a reception at the residence of the US Consul General, James Cunningham, followed by a dinner in honor of Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr and Company. A businessman-statesman who recognized the importance of China before many of his peers, Mr. Greenberg is also well known for his philanthropy, particularly in the area of education.
Featuring speeches by Tung Chee Hwa, former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR, and Lap-Chee Tsui, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong, the evening also included a video tribute from Dr. Henry Kissinger. Mr. Ronnie Chan, dinner chair, hosted the evening while USCET's president Julia Chang Bloch presented Mr. Greenberg with an award recognizing his philanthropic efforts in China. The proceeds from the dinner will be used to establish the Maurice Greenberg/C.V. Starr Scholarships to sponsor impoverished Chinese students to attend university in their own country.
On November 4, "Bridging the Sino-American Divide" began with speeches from USCET and HKU representatives as well as a special address from US Consul General James Cunningham. The morning concluded with a keynote panel comprised of Ambassador Nicholas Platt, President Emeritus of the Asia Society; Madame Zi Zhongyun, one of China's foremost experts on the US; and the Honorable James Kelly, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific.
"Bridging the Sino-Divide" explored various aspects of American Studies in China, with presentations on topics including diplomacy, the role of American Studies in Sino-US relations, and Sino-US cultural bridges.
Sino-US Relations: The Diplomatic Context (.doc) by Mei Renyi;
American Studies: Its Role in the Sino-US Setting (.doc) by Wang Jianping; and
Informal Sino-US Bridges: Literature, Popular Culture and the Personal (.doc) by Bradley Wang ; and
Program agenda (PDF)
Several participants at the conference received fellowships to continue their research at the University of Hong Kong. Read more about them here.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing has worked with USCET and the University of Hong Kong to create a volume including a selection of papers from 'Bridging the Sino-American Divide".
Find reviews of the many papers from the volume Bridging the Sino-American Divide: American Studies with Chinese Characteristics edited by Priscilla Roberts in the link provided below. The reviews by John Haddad of Penn State Harrisburg and Mao Sihui of Macao Polytechnic Institute summarize and analyze the variety of papers selected in 2006.