Yale Club of Taipie

親愛的校友們:

 

一年一度的常春藤盟校年終晚會即將到來,請大家預留時間!今年的晚會將會令

各位驚喜不斷、歡樂無限,請加入我們一起享受美食、音樂及舞池,千萬不要錯過這場精彩的盛會!!

時間:    2017年12月16日(星期六) 6:30pm

地點:    台北萬豪酒店5F萬豪廳

邀請函將隨後奉上。

會長  閻雲  敬上

                                                                         

Dear Alumni,

 

The Ivy League Holiday Ball is coming again this December!

You won’t want to miss it!

 

Please save the date now.

 

Time:    6:30pm, Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Venue:  Grand Ballroom, 5F, Taipei Marriott Hotel

 

Formal invitation to follow.

 

Sincerely,

 

Yun Yen

President

 

The Challenge of Creating ‘Ecological Civilization’ in China

songyue pagoda dengfeng henan china

The plane arrived in one of the world’s most polluted cities, Zhengzhou, in western China. My husband, John Grim, and I were here for the Songshan Forum focused broadly on “Ecological Civilization” held in mid-September in Dengfeng. This is in Henan, a province of some 94 million people. If Henan were a nation-state it would be the world’s 12th-largest economy. China’s rapid modernization in a few short decades — on a scale unfathomable to most Americans — has resulted in staggering environmental problems, which are evident here.

Henan is in the midst of a severe drought, as are many parts of China. We saw the burnt-out crops of corn and wheat. The local river, now channeled into concrete basins, has dried up from a lack of runoff from the surrounding mountains. We feel the air thick with smog and particulate matter. At times it is hard to breathe. It is now obvious that the price to pay for modernization is indeed high in China.

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Yale Club of Hong Kong: 2017 YCHK Annual General Meeting, Tennis and more!

2017 YCHK Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 6 at 6:00pm
Location: Hong Kong Club

Featuring Guest Speaker Dante Paradiso (YC ’92), Economic and Political Section Chief, U.S. Department of State, and musical performances by the Yale Chamber Music Society.

Events on the horizon…

Annual Tennis Event 🎾

Date: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6:45pm
Location: Hong Kong Country Club

For more details, check out this web post. And all those interested, please contact Randy Kwei to sign up!

Speaker Lunch: Reclaim Your Happiness 😊

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 12:15pm
Location: Kiangsu Chekiang & Shanghai Residents (HK) Association

Join us in learning from social influence and happiness expert, Dr. Wendy Treynor. Discover the ways to liberate yourself from negative social conditioning and inoculate yourself against unwanted social influence. Learn more and sign up via the YCHK web post.

 

Another Nuclear Threat From North Korea? South Koreans Roll Their Eyes

Dulled by more than six decades of outlandish propaganda and threats, South Koreans may have grown overly complacent about North Korean provocations, warns journalist Shim Jae Hoon. “Seoul is left shaken and apprehensive about the progress achieved by Kim Jong Un and his intercontinental missile technology,” he explains, suggesting that an otherwise casual attitude at every level of society may demonstrate “how far South Koreans have come in prosperity and political self-confidence.” Defense officials suggest that the Kim regime’s test of a thermonuclear device on 3 September and launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan confirm that the country is close to having the capability to strike the continental United States. North Korea develops nuclear weapons to protect the Kim regime and apply leverage in convincing the United States to remove troops from the Korean Peninsula. In Japan, citizens undergo training for a possible strike while South Korea dismisses the threat of war, depending on diplomacy, shared heritage and an alliance with the United States. A Twitter post by Donald Trump suggesting that the US secretary of state is “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea may do more to unnerve South Koreans. – YaleGlobal

CHINA TOWN HALL WEBCAST WITH AMBASSADOR SUSAN E. RICE

11th Annual CHINA Town Hall

6:30pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Auditorium, Henry R. Luce Hall
See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue

Susan E. Rice
Former National Security Advisor

Please RSVP to eastasian.studies@yale.edu to register for this event by Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:45 PM – INTRODUCTION FROM THE YALE PANEL

PANELISTS
Deborah Davis
Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Daniel Mattingly
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Ian Johnson
Pulitzer-Prize Winning Writer

7:00 PM – CHINA TOWN HALL WEBCAST WITH AMBASSADOR SUSAN E. RICEFormer National Security Advisor Susan Rice will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China.

China’s emergence as a global power, role as an important trading partner and potential collaborator in key U.S. global policies ensures that U.S.-China relations will affect the lives of every American. CHINA Town Hall will help audiences around the country to understand the challenges and opportunities of what has been characterized as the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice was national security advisor (2013-2017) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), as well as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Her critical role as a presidential advisor developing and executing policies U.S. foreign policy make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant during this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship.

8:00 PM – DISCUSSION and Q&A WITH YALE PANELISTS

CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving about 80 cities throughout the United States.  For fifty years, the National Committee on United States-China Relations has been the leading national, non-partisan, nonprofit public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China. For more information, please visit https://www.ncuscr.org/cth

For more information on this event, click here.

Three Questions: Prof. Paul Bracken on Trump and North Korea

What’s your first reaction to the ongoing dispute with North Korea?

Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove) had no imagination. Five years ago (2011, as Obama was going to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world), if anyone said a nuclear poker game would play out between “The Donald” and Kim Jong-un, no one—no one—would’ve believed it. Well, here we are. What does this show? That the world comes up with things that no planner or professor could ever dream up. There are more of these to come.

Under ordinary circumstances—that is, with an ordinary president—how would you advise the U.S. to react to North Korea’s nuclear tests and threats?

The U.S. will not launch a military attack because of North Korea’s artillery threat to destroy Seoul. We will have to accept North Korea as another nuclear weapon state, whether we like it or not.

What does a nuclear North Korea really mean, for the U.S. and the world?

It means that most U.S. military and economic power isn’t usable. We have all this overwhelming military force—but it does no good to get North Korea to give up its missiles and bombs. It doesn’t get China to budge either. The same with economic power. All the sanctions put on North Korea, threats of trade war with China, etc., produce essentially no change in behavior. The idea that the U.S. is the sole superpower ruling the world is ridiculous.