Yale Club of Hong Kong: Musical Soiree featuring Young Steinway Artist Rachel Cheung Mus.M.’13 and NGO Hagar Intl

Yale Club of Hong Kong in partnership with Hagar International is proud to present an afternoon concert with the renowned concert pianist from Hong Kong and Yale, Rachel Cheung.

Please join us on Saturday 22nd April to enjoy world-class music in an intimate home setting with fellow Yale alumni, friends from Hagar International, and guests. In addition to a full recital program, Melissa Petros, Executive Director of Hagar International in Hong Kong, will share briefly about Hagar’s work helping women and child survivors of severe abuse (human trafficking, gender-based violence, and exploitation) in Asia to rebuild their lives, using music and the arts as one way to promote healing and self-expression.
About Rachel Cheung
Young Steinway Artist, Rachel Cheung (www.rachelcheung.com), a 2013 graduate of the Yale School of Music, received top honours at numerous prestigious competitions worldwide, including the 16th Leeds, the 28th Alessandro Casagrande, and the 67th Geneva international piano competition. She was recently selected as one of the 30 pianists to compete at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017.
Cheung has collaborated with renowned orchestras including the Halle Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, Sydney Symphony under Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the London Chamber Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green. She has appeared in major concert venues in Europe and the United States and will make her solo recital debut at Carnegie Weill Hall in March 2018.

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Paying for Cleaner Air; Study Finds Many in China Willing to Invest a Portion of Income for Cleaner Environment

Air Pollution

Outdoor air pollution in China is so severe that many people wear face masks to filter out airborne particles that pose a serious health threat, and visitors often develop a “Beijing cough,” a dryness and itchiness in the throat.

China is one of the world’s deadliest countries for outdoor air pollution, according to an analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO). Almost half of the Chinese population is exposed to PM2.5, a major pollutant in the air, at a level beyond the highest hazard threshold in the United States. The agency calculated that each year more than 1 million people died from dirty air in China as recently as 2012.

People in China are worried about their health and are looking for solutions. Research by Xi Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health, and colleagues examined the scope of the problem and found that many people are willing to pay a portion of their salary to improve air quality. The findings are published in the journal Ecological Economics.


To Avert Disaster the US Must Deal With North Korea

North Korea is rapidly developing its nuclear program, conducting multiple missile tests as well as two nuclear tests in 2016. The regime is also accused of using a chemical weapon to assassinate the North Korean dictator’s half-brother who had been living under China’s protection. The brazen attack while the man was in Kuala Lumpur and the series of tests prompted a response from China. “Following Jong-nam’s killing, China has for the first time blocked coal imports from North Korea,” explains Rakesh Sood, former ambassador and disarmament specialist, with more than 35 years of experience with India’s foreign service. “China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner accounting for more than 80 percent of its foreign trade.” Sanctions have not worked, and analysts suggest that the country could have a long-range missile capable of reaching the continental United States before 2019. A dangerous threat confronts countries with a combined population of 2 billion. Sood urges sustained coordination and dialogue, possibly along with assurances that North Korea won’t be attacked first as long as it completely freezes its nuclear program with verification. – YaleGlobal


the 57th ANNUAL Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture Surviving Conservation: Herders and Farmers in China’s Northwest

4:00 pm –5:30 pm
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Auditorium, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

You-tien Hsing
Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Since the early 2000’s, the Chinese government has launched a series of “anti-desertification” campaigns in the arid northwest. Based on her field research in the pastoral area of western Inner Mongolia and agricultural area in central Gansu province, Hsing will talk about herders and farmers’ aspirations and strategies of living with conservation programs such as ecological relocation, grazing and farming reduction, and state subsidies in China’s rapidly changing rural economy.

The lecture will be followed by a light reception at the Provost’s House, 35 Hillhouse Ave.

You-tien Hsing’s research and teaching has been focused on the political economy of development in East Asia, especially China. She is interested in the question of power and space. Her first book, Making Captialism in China: The Taiwan Connection, focuses on the role of culture in inter-regional capital flows. In her second book, The Great Urban Tansformation: Politics of Land and Property in China, Hsing examines the issue of territoriality. She looks at how the transformation of the state and the society shapes and is shaped by land battles in Chinese cities and villages. Her co-edited book, Reclaiming Chinese Society, looks at China’s emerging social activism in the struggles over distribution, recognition, and representation. Hsing’s current project concerns the cultural and environmental politics in Northwestern China. For her research she draws inspiration from ethnographical work: in-depth interviews and participatory observation with a reflexive perspective. She believes that theorizing starts from muddy realities. It is a process of open dialogues and self-reflections, of which the historical and the geographical, the institutional and the emotional are all indispensable parts.

Disrupting US-China Relations Will Incur High Costs

The United States and China, the world’s largest markets, are major trade partners. The relationship provides numerous benefits including affordable goods for households and millions of jobs for both nations: China has an estimated 16 million, albeit many with low wages, engaged in exports to the US, and the United States has more than 1 million engaged in exports to China, explains Farok Contractor, a professor in the Management and Global Business Department of Rutgers University. Donald Trump has revived an outdated charge that China engages in currency manipulation – though formal designation requires the US Treasury Department finding a significant trade surplus, a material current account surplus and persistent one-sided intervention by a trade partner in the foreign exchange market with repeated net purchases of foreign currency. That is not the case with China, which has struggled to prop up its currency in recent months, and Contractor also offers a brief argument to counter allegatons that China manipulates the yuan to increase exports. “Proposals to return jobs to the US are economically non-viable,” Contractor concludes. “Disruption of global value chains would add hundreds of billions per year to US businesses, increasing prices for US buyers – with extra costs falling disproportionately on lower-income Americans.” Political leaders must understand the high stakes of disrupting the trade relationship, and Contractor concludes that cooperation is a better strategy for contending with the challenges of the 21st century economy. – YaleGlobal


Yale Club of Hong Kong: Yale Chamber Music Society Inaugural Concert & Dinner

Yale Club of Hong Kong is proud to present the inaugural performance of its own Chamber Music Society.

Please join us on Many 11 to celebrate the inaugural performance of the Chamber Music Society, formed by five talented graduates of the Yale School of Music. This is a great opportunity to enjoy world-class music and fine food, not to mention the delight of sharing the evening with other club members and friends.

The evening will feature Rachel Cheung and Wong Chong Kam on piano, Lora Chow on voice, Wai Lau and Eric Fung on clarinet, Gary Ngan on violin, Anna Kwan on cello.

Date: May 11, 2017, starting at 6:30pm
  • 6:30pmDrinks
  • 7:00pmMusic performance
  • 8:00pmDinner
Cost: $420 per person, including dinner and performance
Contact: If interested, please contact Randy Kwei at rckwei@gmail.com.