China: Soft Power, Hard Currencies: Balancing Politics, Culture & Economics

Global China Connection's 5th Annual Conference at Columbia University

Soft Power and Hard Currencies: Balancing Politics, Culture and Economics in China 

Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 9:00-16:30 @ Columbia University, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

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Co-hosted by: GCC-NYU  

Opening Keynote Address: Dr. Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs, Office of the President; Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; President Emeritus, Asia Society


Closing Keynote Address: Jill Lerner, Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox; President, American Institute of Architects, New York chapter


Panel A: Law, Politics and Society: China's Social and Economic Landscape from a Legal and Political Perspective 

Moderator: Merit E. Janow:Professor of Practice, International Economic Law and International Affairs, and Director, Program in International Finance and Economic Policy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Panelists:  Xiaobo Lü: Member of Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100, and the National Committee of US-China Relations; Former Director of Columbia Weatherhead East Asia Institute; Former Director of Columbia Global Centers - Beijing, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College 

Alex Yong Hao: Partner, Jun He Law Office Xu Xin:Director, China and Asia Studies Program, and Associate Professor, Government, Cornell University; Former Acting Director, Princeton - Harvard China and the World Program, Princeton University.

Panel B: Global Aspirations, Local Traditions: The Role of Art and Culture in shaping China's Image as a Global Leader

Moderator: Carol Rattray: Managing Director and Co-Founder of Zoomdojo

Panelists: Myron Cohen: Director of Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Professor of Anthropology Jennifer Wen Ma: Member, Creative Committee of Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies; Emmy Award Winner; Director, Water Cube Project Christophe Mao: Director of Chamber Fine ArtAngela Zito: Director, Religious Studies Program; Associate Professor, Anthropology, New York University

Panel C: Investing in China: Start-ups, Venture Capital and Private Equity

Moderator: Ritu Banga: Managing Director and Co-Founder of Zoomdojo Panelists: Janet Stites: Publisher & Editor, China Business Knowledge (CBK)

Jonathan Krane:  CEO of Harvest Krane Kevin Chen: Founder and CIO, Anji Capital Management. 

Case-StudiesC.C. Wang, collector, connoisseur and painter Kathleen Yang: Author of Through a Chinese Connoisseur’s Eye: Private Notes of C.C. Wang 

Social Openness in China Sam Zhao: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of les+ magazine, board member, China Rainbow Media Awards