Made in China: Millions of Hindu Gods

India – with a young, talented and entrepreneurial workforce and an economy that relies on low wages – could provide formidable competition to China as factory to the world. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promoted a “Make in India” campaign and likewise expects consumers to buy in India, too. But like consumers everywhere, Indians appreciate a bargain. Even fierce nationalists do not hesitate to snap up low-cost goods made in China from tiny figurines of Hindu deities to smartphones, explains Farok J. Contractor, a professor in the Management and Global Business Department at Rutgers Business School. Despite rising labor costs and long shipping distances, China manages to outcompete India’s producers for all types of goods. Contractor lists seven impediments for Modi’s campaign including burdensome regulations, an unreliable electric grid and pervasive corruption. “Despite the ‘Make in India’ campaign, India’s trade imbalance with China and the world has only worsened,” Contractor concludes. “Eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic interference could help someday turn India into a factory for the world.” – YaleGlobal

China’s out of control ‘silent killer’ affects one-third of adults

A graphic representation of the Chinese flag and a doctor taking a patient's blood pressure.

More than one-third of adults in China have high blood pressure — often dubbed the “silent killer” for its lack of symptoms — but only about one in 20 have the condition under control. These findings are published Oct. 25 in the Lancet’s special issue on China by researchers at Yale and the Chinese National Center for Cardiovascular Disease.

A second study by the team, also published in the same Lancet issue, found that one in 12 primary care pharmacies in China do not stock any anti-hypertensive medications, and that when prescribed, higher-cost anti-hypertensive medicines are more likely to be prescribed than cheaper, equally effective alternatives.

Iran: A Modern History

Photo of the cover of the book titled "Iran: A Modern History."

Abbas Amanat, professor of history

(Yale University Press)

Iran: A Modern History” offers a look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

Abbas Amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches, exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world. Drawing on diverse historical scholarship and emphasizing the 20th century, he addresses debates about Iran’s culture and politics. Political history is the driving narrative force, given impetus by Amanat’s decades of research and study. He layers the book with discussions of literature, music, and the arts; ideology and religion; economy and society; and cultural identity and heritage.

Yale Club of London: Speaker Series – Prof. Eric Fossum MS ’80, PhD ’84

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

Yale alum wins ‘Nobel Prize’ of engineering honours,
or Ma-Barker gang member makes good….
 YCL Speaker Series   
Prof Eric R. Fossum, MS ’80, PhD ’84
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth 
speaks on

‘From Saturn to Your
Smartphone and Beyond:Startups,the CMOS Camera-on-a-Chip Storyand Yale’
Monday, 4 December 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (TBC)

6:00 pm: Registration and brief drinks
6:30 pm: Remarks
7:00 pm: Q&A
7:30 pm: Drinks, nibbles, informalnetworking and further Q&A8:00 pm: Finish

20 Air Street
London W1B 5AN

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Yale Club of London: Theatre Circle – ‘Belleville’ by Amy Herzog YC ’00, YSD ’07


The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

YCL Theatre Circle 

 by Amy Herzog  YC’00, YSD ’07

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm (approx)

5:00-7:00 pm: Open Workshop (separate booking, see below)
7:30 pm: Performance
9:15 pm (approx): Post-show discussion
(separate booking, see below)

Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham StLondon WC2H 9LX


Circle: £10.50
Circle: £21.00
As we only have a limited number of tickets,registration will initially be limited to two per member


About the Event: 

Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He’s a doctor combating infant disease. She’s an actress, also teaching yoga. It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris.
It’s all a little too perfect…
This acclaimed play about a romantic dream gone sour receives its UK premiere.
Writer Amy Herzog (YC ’00, YSD ’07) is ‘one of the brightest new talents in the theater’ (New York Times). She is a playwright and a Lecturer in Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. She won an Obie Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her play 4000 Miles. This is her second play to be produced in the UK
Michael Longhurst (Amadeus, National Theatre; Constellations, Royal Court, West End and Broadway) directs at the Donmar for the first time.
Four of the UK’s most exciting young actors all make their Donmar debuts: Faith Alabi, Malachi Kirby, James Norton and Imogen Poots.
*Play: Click here to register for this event.  As we only have a limited number of tickets, registration will initially be limited to two per member, although you are welcome to book more tickets directly with the Donmar and to join us for the post-show discussion. (See below for booking details for that.)
*WorkshopThe Donmar Warehouse will also be hosting an Open Workshop from 5:00 to 7:00 pm before the performance on the 24th. To attend that, you must book separately with the theatre
*Post-show discussion: After the show, journalist and playwright Tamara Micner ’07, who trained under Herzog at Yale, will be hosting an informal discussion.  This is included in the price of your ticket, but please click here to register, so we know what size venue to arrange.
Contact: Tamara Micner

IOCC Forum outlines requirements and guidance for Yale activities abroad

Presenter at podium

International is different.”

That was the overarching message coming from Don Filer, the executive director of Yale’s Office of International Affairs, during the International Activities Support Forum, an event hosted on Oct. 24 by Yale’s International Operations and Compliance Committee (IOCC) at the Greenberg Conference Center.

The IOCC was established more than 12 years ago to help faculty, students, and staff meet operational challenges and compliance requirements as they engage in various activities worldwide. Members of the committee advise on a range of topics including complying with legal requirements that apply to the university’s international activities, assessing and mitigating travel risks, and providing resources for safe international travel.