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.
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.
会议有香港大学和USCET共同举办，首先在美国总领事James Cunningham的官邸举办招待会，然后举行晚宴，想C.V. Starr公司董事长兼首席执行官Maurice “Hank” Greenberg致敬。Greenberg作为一名商人和政治家，比他的许多同龄人更早的认识到中国的重要性。Greenberg先生同时也以他的慈善事业闻名，特别是在教育领域。
当晚，香港特别行政区前行政长董建华和香港大学副校长徐立之做了演讲，晚宴还播放了基辛格博士的视频。Ronnie Chan先生主持了晚宴，USCET主席Julia Chang Bloch大使为Greenberg先生颁奖以肯定他对中国做出的慈善事业。晚宴的所有获利都会被用作建立Maurice Greenberg/C.V. Starr奖学金去资助中国贫困学生上大学。
11月4日，“弥合中美差距”论坛以USCET和香港大学代表以及美国总领事James Cunningham的演讲开始。由亚洲名誉协会主席Nicholas Platt大使、中国最著名的美国问题研究专家之一资中筠女士以及负责东亚与太平洋地区事务的前助理国务卿James Kelly组成的专题小组结束了上午的会议。
剑桥学者出版社(Cambridge Scholars Publishing)与USCET和香港大学合作出版了一本书，内容包括《弥合中美差异》。
在以下链接中可以找到由Priscilla Roberts编辑的《弥合中美差异：具有中国特色的美国研究》，由宾夕法尼亚州立哈里斯堡大学的John Haddad和澳门理工学院的Mao Sihui对2006年的论文进行了综述和分析。