(A selection of events, 2018)
Sept. 17-21: Trade Alliance Trade Mission to Hong Kong & Shenzhen
The Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle will lead a trade mission to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. The announcement didn’t provide details of the mission, but listed China’s impacts on Washington state, such as China being the largest waterborne trade partner for the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the largest customer of Washington State aerospace and transportation equipment for over ten years, the top source of international students studying in Washington State, etc. It also pointed out how Hong Kong ranked 5th for ease in doing business and how Shenzhen is known as China’s high tech and life sciences hub of China. For more information and registration, go to Trade Alliance website here.
Jul. 12: China Council “US-China Women's Leadership Forum”
The Washington State China Relations Council is holding a US-China Women's Leadership Forum, perhaps a first time event for the Council, if not for Washington. The Forum, according to event announcement, seeks to provide a platform for C-suite level women leaders whose professional roles involve advancing US-China-WA state trade, investment, cultural, and education relations to exchange ideas and thought leadership, and facilitates high-level networking for women in all sectors who are professionally engaged with China/Asia outreach while supporting pay-it-forward efforts, such as professional mentoring and coaching. 4:00pm- 6:00pm, Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101. For registration, go to eventbrite here.
May 12-20: Tai Initiative “Mayors Delegation to China”
The Tai Initiative announced the dates of its 2018 “Mayors Delegation to China” as May 12-20th. The trip would introduce participants to Chinese city level authorities and commercial development leaders of Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Shanghai, and budding relationships in green/sustainable communities in China leading to commercial collaboration in clean technologies, specifically the electric vehicle charging station infrastructure development. Participants would also attend discussions and meet leaders of the Shenzhen-California Clean Tech Innovation Center, the Green Development Foundation, and Ao Green Power. Tai Initiative had organized regional conferences and other trips focusing on subnational U.S.-China relations. For more information and registration, go to Tai Initiative website here.
Apr. 10: Lt. Governor Habib to talk China tariffs affecting Washington businesses
The World Affairs Council is holding a conversation with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib on “How will Chinese Tariffs Affect Washington State?” The event may have been planned after President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, but before China’s tariffs on U.S. fruit, including apples, cherries and pears, or the threats of $50 billion tariffs from both the U.S. and China against each other. Lt. Governor Habib will talk about how businesses might be affected by the metal tariffs, the withdrawal from the TPP, and threatened pull out of NAFTA, and what actions the state government can take to help Washington stay competitive. Perkins Coie Senior Counsel Karl Ege will moderate this conversation. Tuesday, April 10, 8:30am- 9:30am Perkins Coie LLP, Suite 4900, 1201 3rd Ave, Seattle WA 98101. To register, go here.
Apr. 9: CIWA-Chinese Paper Cutting & Micro-Engraving
As part of its Chinese Culture Talk Series, the Confucius Institute of Washington State is hosting an event of Chinese Paper Cutting and Micro-Engraving. Paper-cutting is one of the oldest folk art that captures traditional Chinese cultural symbols and folklores. Performing micro-engraving, the artist carves on jade and bamboo that are smaller than a grain of rice. The artists are Tao Wang, of Paper-Cutting from Jinan, and Tianming Wang, of Micro-Engraving from Shanghai. They will introduce the histories, styles and artworks of micro-engraving and paper-cutting. The audience will have a hands-on experience of learning paper-cutting, as well as a rare chance to watch the artist perform the micro-engraving process. 12:30-2:30pm, Hub 332, University of Washington. Free. For registration, go here.
Apr. 25: China Council Policy Series on Xinjiang’s Uyghur Biodata Collection
The Washington State China Relations Council will have its next Policy Briefing Series on “China's Uyghur Biodata Collection.” Speaker will be Darren Byler, doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, where he studies emerging forms of art and politics among urban migrants in Chinese Central Asia (Xinjiang). The collection of biodata refers to the controversial experiment of an ID system, in the name of the “People’s War on Terror,” by the Chinese government of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang in China’s most Northwest region. Mercy Kuo, president of the Council, interviewed Darren Byler on the topic in The Diplomat last December. $10–$30, 12:00-1:30pm, Washington State China Relations Council, 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA 98101. For registration, go to eventbrite here.
Mar. 30: China Club dinner talk on South Korea and China
The China Club of Seattle is holding another monthly dinner, this time with Korean Consul General Lee as the speaker on the topic of Korea-China, business and challenges. Mr. Lee has had a long and successful career in the Korean Civil Service, including serving as Assistant Director in the South-East Asian Countries, responsible for ASEAN, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Consul General Lee will present his personal observations and analysis into the economic relations between South Korea and China, and opportunities and challenges in doing business with China, from the Korean and a global standpoint. 6:30 pm Social, 7:00 pm Dinner, 8:15 pm Speaker, China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. North; $25 Members, $32 Non-members, $15 Students. For reservations, go to eventbrite here.
Mar. 28: China Council annual banquet featuring Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III
The Washington State China Relations Council announced the date for its 38th annual gala to be March 28, 2018. Keynote speaker would be Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III (Ret.) on the topic "U.S.-China Leadership in Asia: Competition and Cooperation." Admiral Locklear is Vice Chair, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Commander U.S. Pacific Command (2012 - 2015), Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (2010 - 2012), Commander of NATO's Allied Joint Force Command (2010 - 2012), Commander U.S. Pacific Command (2012 – 2015). 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121. For more info and registration, go to China Council website here.
Feb. 21: World Affairs Council luncheon on Understanding China's Global Ambitions
The World Affairs Council is giving a member-to-member lunch with Scott Tong, who will talk about the role Chinese citizens play in motivating their country’s national interests, and about the "Chinese Dream" understood through a 1.3 billion person body politic. Scott Tong moved to Shanghai to open the NPR affiliated Marketplace’s first bureau in China, where he reconnected with his estranged relatives, whose lives extending over five generations, spanning the fall of the Qing dynasty to the reforms under Deng Xiaoping. Wednesday, February 21, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 701 5th Ave, #6100, Seattle, WA 98104. For more information and registration, go to World Affairs Council website here.
Feb. 15: China Council policy briefing on China’s land reform
The Washington State China Relations Council is continuing its Policy Briefing Series in the new year, with one on “Land Reform and Economic Development in China.” The speakers will be Susan Whiting, Associate Professor of Political Science at UW, with extensive research in China, and currently working on a project on access to justice and legal aid provision in rural China; Spencer Cohen, senior economist with Community Attributes Inc., a Seattle-based consultancy specializing in economics, planning, and data analytics, with research on land use policy and urban government finance in China, and with Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Washington. 4:00-5:30pm, 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500, Seattle, WA 98101. Tickets: $10-$20. For registration, go to eventbrite here.
Feb. 10: Chinese New Year of the Dog celebration at Wing Luke Museum
The Confucius Institute of Washington State announced is co-sponsoring the 2018 Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 10 at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Other co-sponsors are Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington, The Bellevue Collection, and Woodland Park Zoo. Admissions will be free for kids and students. Traditional lion dance from 11 – 11:3 will also be free. Visitors are encouraged to take a passport journey through the museum, learn their zodiac, and win prizes. There will also be a Year of the Dog Coloring Contest for kids, with a grand prize of $800 gift certificate to The Bellevue Collection. Saturday, February 10, 10am – 5pm, The Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104. For more info, go to Confucius Institute website here.
Feb. 10: FA3, Bonhams to present talk on Chinese porcelain
Friends of the Asian Art Association announced that it would co-present with Bonhams a talk on “The Eight Friends of Pearl Mountain: Porcelain Production in Late Qing China (ca 1900) through World War II” by Daniel Herskee, a specialist in the Asian Art department at Bonhams since 2010. FA3 says participants are encouraged to bring in one Chinese work of art: porcelains, jades, photographs of furniture and textiles, as the speaker is willing to examine/review/appraise them and provide a complimentary verbal auction estimate. The Seattle Tennis Club, 922 McGilvra Boulevard East, Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10 a.m. – Noon (Light refreshments will be served.) Registration by January 31: $15; Registration after January 31: $20. To register, go to FA3 website here.
Feb. 6: Asia Business Forum panel on business in China, Japan and Korea in 2018
The Asia Business Forum is giving a panel talk on “Business in Asia in the New Year—Spotlight: China, Japan and Korea.” The panel will assess the economic prospects of the three countries in 2018 as well as President Trump’s Asia trade policies. Panelists on China will be Fraser Mendel, Vice Chairman of the Washington State China Relations Council and attorney focused on international business deals involving China; Joe Borich, former President of Washington State China Relations Council and American Consul General in Shanghai, China, who served every U.S. president from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton in various China-related capacities. Feb. 6, 2018 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Bellevue City Hall (Council Chamber on 1st floor), 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Tickets: $15. For registration, go to eventbrite here.
Jan. 29: China Council “Corporate Executive Briefing” on China investment in Washington
The Washington State China Relations Council will begin 2018 with a Corporate Executive Briefing Series event with the title “Washington State Investment Insights: China and the World.” Speaker will be Allison Clark, Managing Director of the Business Development unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce, overseeing the business recruitment, retention, and expansion activities for the state. She formerly managed export promotion and international trade programs in the King County Executive’s Office, including an international trade mission to China. January 29, 2018, 11:30 am-1:00 pm at K & L Gates LLP, 925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle. Tickets: $10-$30. For registration, go to eventbrite here.
Jan. 19: China Club dinner on Seattle Asian American Film Festival
The China Club of Seattle's first dinner of 2018 will feature a panel of three speakers from the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, which will run Feb. 22-25: Vanessa Au, co-founder; Martin Tran, co-director and independent filmmaker, and Leilani Nishime, grant writer and associate professor at the UW Department of Communication. SAAFF showcases films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. The Club said, “This will be a lively and entertaining program ahead of the Chinese New Year!” Friday, Jan 19, China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. North, Seattle; 6:30 pm Social; 7:00 pm Dinner; 8:15 pm Speaker. For registration, go to eventbrite here.
(For more information on major events in Washington state-China relations, go to WA China Chronicle.)