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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Festival to feature works by student filmmakers from Yale, around the world

Short works by university-level filmmakers from around the world — including about a dozen from Yale — will be showcased April 17-22 during the Yale Student Film Festival (YSFF).

In addition to film screenings, the event will include workshops, and panels led by Yale alumni in the entertainment industry, culminating in a competitive student block and awards ceremony.

According to the festival website, YSFF “aims to provide a platform to encourage conversation and camaraderie across schools and experiences. In the liberal arts tradition, we aim to bridge film with relevant social and intellectual issues.


Yale-NUS College’s next president, Tan Tai Yong, has already left mark on community, curriculum

Tan Tai Yong, executive vice president for academic affairs at Yale-NUS College, has been named as the college’s next president by the Governing Board, following an extensive global search.

Tan, who will take up his new post on July 1, succeeds Pericles Lewis, the college’s founding president. Lewis will return to Yale to assume the combined role of vice president for global strategy and deputy provost for international affairs in the fall.

The announcement of the new president-elect was made March 14 by the co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee: former Yale president Richard C. Levin, now chief executive officer of Coursera, and Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore (NUS).



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.


Out-of-Wedlock Births Rise Worldwide

Out-of-wedlock childbirths have become more common worldwide since the 1960s, but with wide variations among and within countries. Inreasing economic independence and education combined with modern birth control methods have given women more control over family planning. In about 25 countries, including China, India and much of Africa, the proportion of such births is typically around 1 percent, explains Joseph Chamie, a demographer and a former director of the United Nations Population Division. In another 25 countries, mostly in Latin America, more than 60 percent of births are out-of-wedlock, a big jump from just 50 years ago. The rates of such births often coincide with public responses which range from severe punishments and stigmatization of children to celebrations and government assistance. In most countries, marriage still provides extra economic protection for parents and children, and governments struggle on how to respond to the trends. “Marriage has become less necessary for women’s financial survival, social interaction and personal wellbeing, and government policies have been slow to keep pace,” Chamie notes. “Like it or not, out-of-wedlock births are in transition worldwide and create challenges for many societies.” – YaleGlobal


What’s the Energy Equation?

Today, we can start to imagine what the future of transportation might look like. More and more of us are regularly calling an Uber or a Lyft to get to work or to the train station. In the next decade or two, many may decide it isn’t necessary to own a car at all and instead use a hand-held device to summon a self-driving vehicle when one is needed. It sounds convenient and possibly cheaper. Is it also more environmentally sustainable?

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says that Uber is already having a positive environmental impact, with fewer cars on the road and more of those cars being low-emission vehicles. But the real question is whether ride services will reduce the total number of vehicle miles that each of us travels. Early studies are mixed. One suggested that having access to a ride service makes people more likely to use public transportation, because they are confident that they won’t get stuck if they work late. Another found that a small but significant group of Uber riders would have otherwise stayed home, suggesting that the services could actually lead to more travel.