Alumni’s gift founds Yale China Fund for Emotional Intelligence

A $3 million gift from two Yale alumni will help establish the Yale China Fund for Emotional Intelligence, which will assist Chinese educators to incorporate principles of emotional intelligence into programs for children 3 to 6 years old.

The effort will be spearheaded by Yale Child Study researchers Marc Brackett, Dena Simmons, Walter Gilliam, and Tong Liu and will feature implementation of RULER, an innovative program created at Yale that helps teachers and students incorporate concepts of emotional regulation in the classroom and that has been shown to improve student performance and educational experience.

The field of emotional intelligence is anchored in the seminal work of Yale President Peter Salovey and fellow psychologist John D. Mayer. Their research became the basis of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

“When I articulated the concept of emotional intelligence in 1990, I could not predict the impact that it would have and how it would resonate throughout the world,” said Salovey. “I am very proud that the idea has taken root in China. With the establishment of the new Yale China Fund for Emotional Intelligence as a focal point for pioneering research and programs, I hope that future generations in China will have more opportunities to cultivate the emotional skills that they need to succeed in life.”

Students awarded Light Fellowships for language study in East Asia

The Richard U. Light Fellowship Program has announced that 136 Yale students will receive full funding to attend intensive language programs in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan in 2017-2018.

The fellowship program is celebrating its 20th year this year.

This year’s Light Fellows include undergraduate students from 12 residential colleges representing 26 majors; three master’s degree students and five Ph.D. candidates in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; one master’s degree student in the School of Management; and two students working on master’s degrees at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. A full list of the winners is posted on the Light Fellowship website.

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 at a concert/dinner.

Please join us on May 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. The repertoire they have selected (see below) promises to be a most enjoyable one.

Date: May 11, 2017, starting at 6:30pm
  • 6:30pmDrinks
  • 7:00pmProgram
    • ​Mozart: Piano Trio in C Major K. 548
    • Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D. 965 for voice, clarinet and piano
    • Brahms: Trio in A minor Op. 114 for clarinet, cello and piano
  • 8:00pmDinner
Cost: $420 per person, including dinner and performance
  • Members, please visit the event page to register.
  • Non-members can pay via HSBC deposit to account 808-181309-292. Please send deposit confirmation along with name and contact number to Randy Kwei (
Please come and enjoy the evening and bring your friends. If you have any questions, please contact Randy Kwei at

Resurgent Russia Joins Great Game in South Asia

With joint military exercises, weapons sales and multilateral conferences, Russia is reclaiming a role as a key powerhouse in Central and South Asia that it held during the Cold War. With a more isolationist administration in Washington, Moscow is also joining with China to fill a power vacuum in South Asia. “In recent years India has grown concerned about Russia’s growing closeness to China and especially the overtures to Pakistan,” notes Harsh V Pant. “Any new power equation in the region will have long-term implications.” The new strategic relationships provoke the ire of India – a strong ally for Russia during the Cold War that has since improved relations with the United States. Indeed, India is troubled by Russia’s recent decisions to appease extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan – initially hosting a conference on Afghanistan’s future with only Pakistan and China while excluding Afghan and US representatives. Additional countries were invited to subsequent meetings, but Russia has established itself as a leading powerbroker for Afghanistan’s future. Russia has a dual goal of constraining US influence while expanding its own, and Pant predicts that “regional theaters like South Asia are likely to face the brunt of this geopolitical competition.” – YaleGlobal

North Korean Threat Tests Strength of US-Chinese Relations

North Korea, intent on developing its nuclear weapons program, has conducted at least six increasingly advanced missile tests this year. The nation is a threat and could attack South Korea, Japan, US naval bases in the Pacific or even the US mainland in the not-so-distant future. Tackling this crisis could bring China and the United States closer together, and the presidents of the two countries meet in April with the challenge expected to top the agenda. Former Swedish ambassador to China and author Börje Ljunggren details the history of North Korea’s progam and its record of circumventing agreements. ”The international community has failed to contain a failed state, one as poor, backward and isolated as North Korea,” he writes. “Beijing and Washington have each accused the other of being the main cause for the lack of results.” Ljunggren concludes that a military option is not viable, not without the deaths of hundreds of thousands people. Instead, a grand bargain with the most skilled diplomacy is required. – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of Hong Kong – Mostly Debussy IV: In Black and White

Date : Friday 05-May-2017
Time : 6:30pm
Venue : HKU Centennial Concert Hall, Centennial Campus
Cost : Free admission on a first come first served basis
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Mostly Debussy IV: In Black and White

Find out how Debussy played taichi with the black and white keys on the piano in the most imaginative way. Lucas Wong, DMA ’11 and now an assistant professor of piano in Soochow University School of Music, narrates a lively lecture-recital based on the interesting stories behind the works of Debussy. While the programme begins with black keys evoking sounds of Pagodes and Asia, a gradual increase of the white key invasion throughout the recital inevitably creates fireworks and a montage experience onstage. Danse Sacrale (Sacrificial Dance) from Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring will be the culminating finale, presented with guest pianist Timothy Kwok.

Lucas Wong, lecturer and pianist
Timothy Kwok, guest pianist
  • For ages 6+
  • Approximately 1 hour without intermission
  • Guests are advised to arrive punctually.
  • No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.
  • Programmes and artists are subject to change.