Basketball team showcases student-athlete experience in China

Cheered on by over 4,000 Chinese fans at Shanghai’s Baoshan Sports Center, Yale triumphed over the University of California, Berkeley 76 – 59 on Saturday.

But besides training for the big win over Cal, the basketball team also toured the Alibaba headquarters, enjoyed a riverbend cruise and ate local cuisine during its one-week trip across China, which included stops in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Before the trip, basketball players participated in language and culture classes as well as weekly workshops where they learned about Chinese history and practiced basic Chinese phrases. For Director of Athletics Vicky Chun, who was appointed to her position last spring, the team’s trip to China was a realization of her vision to emphasize the dual nature of the student-athlete experience at Yale.

Program offers Chinese youth leaders perspectives on U.S. government

Participants in the sixth annual China-Yale Youth Leaders Dialogue appear with Pericles Lewis at the Greenberg Conference Center

Participants in the sixth annual China-Yale Youth Leaders Dialogue appeared with Pericles Lewis, Yale University’s vice president for global strategy and deputy provost for international affairs (above, at center), during the program’s closing ceremony held recently at the Greenberg Conference Center.

Established in 2013, the Dialogue was created through a partnership between Yale University and the All-China Youth Federation. The visiting delegation, comprised of provincial youth organization leaders, government and party officials, and private sector executives, spent a week at Yale engaging with faculty, students, World Fellows, and local officials to discuss topics ranging from U.S. politics and policies to innovation, education, and governance. The group then traveled to Washington, D.C. for meetings with U.S. government officials and experts on U.S.-China relations to discuss other matters of mutual interest.


The MacMillan Report featuring Taisu Zhang – The Laws and Economics of Confucianism

Taisu Zhang is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He works on comparative legal history, specifically, economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe. He has published a number of articles and essays in academic journals and popular outlets and is the current president of the International Society for Chinese Law and History. We talk with Professor Zhang about his new book, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Pre-Industrial China and England, which recently received the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize from the MacMillan Center.

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Yale experts to discuss U.S. strategy toward China

Peter Salovey, Nuno Monteiro, Stephen Roach, Jing Tsu, and Aleh Tsyvinski

Discussions about U.S.-China relations often focus on the latest headlines — a new round of tariffs or fluctuations in financial markets — while overlooking the need to develop a broader strategy for guiding the United States’ approach to China’s rise as a global economic power.

China 2049 — New Era or New Threat,” a panel discussion on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Yale School of Management, will seek to spark a conversation about defining a long-term strategic agenda for U.S. relations with China.

In podcast, Lui and Freeman discuss 1882 law banning Chinese citizenship

A duplicate copy of the Certificate of Identity issued to actress Anna May Wong in 1924.

Yale history professors Mary Lui and Joanne Freeman discussed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 as part of “To Be a Citizen? The History of Becoming American,” the first episode of Classroom Connections, a new series produced by the weekly podcast BackStory.

BackStory uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the nation’s past. The show features U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Freeman, professor of history and American studies at Yale.

The new Classroom Connections series offers accompanying resources for K-12 educators and gives teachers an opportunity to get involved with the production of episodes.


Hong Kong: Global or Chinese Capital?

Hong Kong’s reputation as an international financial powerhouse thrived under democratic principles of free speech, free assembly and free trade. But Beijing leaders would prefer speedier integration with China and what they regard as more patriotism. “Tension between these perceptions has long existed, but a series of developments have made them far more pronounced and could eventually undermine Hong Kong’s international status, driving foreign companies and finance houses to Singapore or elsewhere,” explains journalist Philip Bowring. “Hong Kong citizens could also find themselves deprived of benefits such as visa-free entry to dozens of countries that they enjoy – and other Chinese do not.” Tensions emerged with Xi Jinping’s presidency in 2013 and the Umbrella Movement protests in 2014. More recently, a trade battle with the United States and denial of a work visa for a Financial Times journalist signal more controls may be on the way. Bowring points out that China will struggle to simultaneously relish Hong Kong’s financial success and punish it for autonomy. The region’s special economic status for US trade, as outlined by the 1992 US-HK Policy Act, could be under threat. – YaleGlobal