Archive for: Civilization

Hosting an international visitor for Thanksgiving: Citizen diplomacy at its finest

26th November, 2014

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Enjoying an international encounter

One of the very best elements of any international encounter is when a visitor can participate in a family or community’s expression of tradition.  Such events are the very center of cultural meaning and are often the most memorable parts of foreign travel no matter what other success may take place…

Key Points for U.S.-China Relations

10th April, 2014

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in Civilization, Leadership, Strategic Lessons

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Tavenner portraitBy: Carson Tavenner

From 27 years of military service, teaching, and work in the non-profit sector, I’ve come to realize to move forward, Americans need to enlarge their thinking about China. Here are some key points:

Engaging Portland: A Day in the Life of TI

18th March, 2014

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in Civilization, Leadership, Planning

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Leadership.  Networking.  Promoting civil dialogue.

These are the Tai Initiative’s by-words  to promote and  nurture positive behaviors in the American-Chinese relationship.

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Sounds great, but how does it really work?  What do we do to use such concepts in a day’s work?  This week, the…

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The Roots of US-China Relations

Swallow YanMeet Swallow Yan

by Karen Lauer; interview by Sarah Itagaki

For over 20 years, Swallow Yan has worked to bring the Iowa state community out of its comfort zone. Since arriving in Iowa in 1991, Swallow has made great strides in…

Culture Shock- A lesson in Identity

5th November, 2013

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in Civilization, Leadership

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Culture Shock 文化冲击

Stephy Chung’s documentary “Culture Shock – Chinese Americans in China” (found below), brings to light important questions about identity and citizenship in a rapidly changing world. In this documentary, four young American-born-Chinese professionals share their experiences and struggles since moving to Beijing. Each had moved to China in hopes…

The terrible condition of emotional health in China: let’s share our wisdom

23rd May, 2013

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in Civilization, Ethics

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I just read a translation of a great essay responding to the People’s Daily’s recent article “The Post-80′s Generation is Dispirited: Early Decline Cause for Alarm

In the essay, the author describes his own experiences trying to survive the difficulties of bureaucracy, incredulity over corrupt officials’ influences, institutional lies from his schools, despair…

Co-hosting “New Thinking for New Directions” with Seattle University, April 12th

19th January, 2013

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in Civilization, Leadership, Strategic Lessons

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We are now working on the invite list for the April 12th conference, “New Thinking for New Directions” to be held…

Day Doesn’t Understand the Night’s Darkness

27th August, 2012

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in Civilization, Ethics

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My favorite novel is Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a story that investigates the questions of what lives inside the heart of man, and what relationship civilization has to dark regions of the Earth.  Do we really understand the heart of darkness, and can we say that when we “live in the light” that…

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