Get a copy of East West Best
The quarterly publication of The Tai Initiative is finally finished and public! You can download a copy here. Inside our inaugural edition you”ll find:
- Outcomes from the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference on US/China Subnational Relations
- A key player: the U.S. State Department’s new Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs
- Making a difference by applying The Tai Initiative’s model for inspiring meaningful people-to-people connections
- Activity by Pacific Northwest leaders to start building a unified regional approach
- Elements of The Tai Initiative’s strategy
- Heart-touching earthquake-inspired artwork from Sichuan province
- A special pair of sister-city leaders
- and, of course, much more!
East West Best is a free benefit provided directly to registrants on The Tai Initiative’s mailing list
Learn about the U.S. China Working Group’s efforts
How can we have confidence the national relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China is based on facts and observations, not just emotion and political rhetoric? The bipartisan U.S. China Working Group is the institution dedicated to the education of the U.S. Congress through meetings and briefings with leaders in the US/China relationship. It has an uphill climb facing its short-term work; we need to come together to support its future success. Read more.
Pacific Northwest Regional Conference: Successful Community Building
April 19 UPDATE: The conference, co-hosted with Seattle University, successfully brought to the forefront in regional dialogue a mutually agreed interest in creating a “brand” for the Pacific Northwest that will communicate the region’s value to US/China relations.
Community leaders have begun to plan further discussion about next steps. In addition, services to international students at the University of Washington and Seattle University now have additional resources to turn to for providing increasingly helpful programs and services.
We believe these and other results are the manifestation of passionate people being motivated to action upon the recognition that they are part of, and not isolated within, a larger community seeking unity and a productive future.
We encourage you to keep in touch with these and other efforts! Perhaps your own work will be inspired and improved by the great examples of others out there in the community.
The Sub-National Level is the National Solution
We hope your visit will inspire you to new thinking about the US/China relationship, the most important international relationship for 21st century world history. International issues dominate the national news, yet every day great things transpire between our two nations at the sub-national level. The relationship is both complex and complicated. Old problems are changing. New actors question the old solutions. New problems appear, the solutions for which might appear from unexpected and creative sources. Though the future is uncertain, at The Tai Initiative we believe an opportunity currently exists for citizens of both countries to play an active role in shaping a positive outcome for the sake of humanity. Enjoy your exploration around the website, itself a story in progress, and join us.
The newly launched 100,000 Strong Foundation encourages students of diverse backgrounds from across the country to learn Mandarin and study in China. The Foundation believes that its best ambassadors are the American students who have studied in China and learned about the Chinese culture, language and people first hand. The Tai Initiative looks forward to the lessons each country’s subnational leaders will glean from what these 100K students gain from their China study abroad experiences.
Do you share our vision?
Our vision is to see Chinese and American policymakers and leaders cooperating in the delivery of practical solutions to elevate human dignity and reduce hunger, disease, and insecurity for the international community. If this is your vision, too, let us keep in touch with you.