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泰论坛 TaiLunTan Program

泰论坛 TaiLunTan Program

泰论坛 : Civil Dialogue on Civilization

An online interactive discussion forum hosted by The Tai Initiative

“Promoting Volunteerism”

This TLT is the first to be held in Chinese. Host Yang Shutong, TI Intern at University of California, Irvine, discusses the challenges and vision of Julia Bulanda’s leadership in promoting increased volunteer spirit and action among international students studying abroad in America. Julia is the founder of the North American Career Express Association and a non-profit organization. Aired on 5/26/2018 at 8:00pm PT / 11:00pm ET

“Jimmy Carter’s Post-Presidential China Impact”

Mr. Liu Yawei, China Program Director of the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, will present the leadership work and style of President Jimmy Carter as it relates to his relationship with the PRC. Liu Yawei will then reflect on how leadership in/of an NGO lacking direct sovereignty can still impact the leadership character of a nation. Aired on 5/11/2018 at 1:00pm PT / 4:00pm ET

“Understanding Patience as a Leadership Virtue”

Edward Tang, a student at George Mason in Washington, D.C., discusses the necessity of developing patience as a virtue of one’s leadership “tool bag” when trying to accomplish larger purposes. Edward is a passionate leader in Chinese youth volunteerism and community engagement. Aired on 4/13/2018 at 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET

“Understanding and Being Trustworthy”

Becco Zou, a Bellevue, Washington luxury real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, discusses issues of trust generation in America between Chinese and Americans and explores how changes in Chinese immigrant behavior can facilitate greater trust. Aired on 9/27/2016 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

“When a Billion Chinese Jump”

An all-female panel examines British reporter, Jonathan Watts’ “When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China will Save the World—or Destroy It,” analyzing Watts’ impression of Chinese environmentalism. Challenging biases regarding environmentalism in both the U.S. and China, the panel of Chinese and American women discuss how bilateral cooperation may be essential to the advancement of environmental diplomacy around the world. Aired 7/19/2016

“Chinese Immigration Issues in Midwest America”

Part 2 of the recent series on immigration. In this episode, our guests share their self-critical observations and perspectives on issues impacting Chinese social, cultural and political integration into American Midwest communities and share a mutual vision for working with others.  Featuring Jerry Xu, President of the Detroit Chinese Business Association, and Swallow Yan, Executive Director of the Chinese Association of Iowa.  Aired 5/27/2016

“Chinese Immigration Issues in America”

The pair of guests on this episode share their different American geographic perspectives on the topic of Chinese immigration issues.  Featuring Lily Qi, Immediate Past Chair of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and Director of Special Projects with the Montgomery County Executive; and Conrad Lee, Council Member and former Mayor of the City of Bellevue, Washington.  Aired 4/14/2016

“Subnational Emergence in the COP21”

Dr. Terry Cooke returns to describe the emergence of subnational contributions in climate change action as they impact and inform the broader US-China relationship.  He shares experiences and analysis from the COP21 in Paris, December 2015.  Aired 3/11/2016

“A Moveable Feast: The Importance of July 10th on the Road to Paris”

Dr. Terry Cooke, Founding Director of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, shares his perspective putting our 2015 Washington, D.C. conference in the context of a sequence of important events.  Aired 7/1/2015

“Changing the Conversation about China”

Join us to hear Dr. George Koo speak on why America needs to change the conversation about China. Dr. Koo will expand on his presentation “Time for a New Conversation about China” delivered at the Jackson School of International Studies of University of Washington. Dr. Koo speaks on topics such as China-US relations, Chinese racial profiling in the United States, businesses strategies for Asia, and travel in Asia.  Aired 4/172015

“Trust in the US-China Relationship”

Join us to hear columnist and speaker Lily Qi speak on the importance of trust in the US-China relationship, especially the role of Chinese Americans. As an immigrant from Shanghai, Lily will expand on her article “Trust-Building – A Must For China And Chinese Americans.”  Aired 2/24/2015

“Inbound & Outbound Citizen Diplomacy”

Watch Diane Rasmussen, Director of the Center for Citizen Diplomacy, and Tai Initiative Executive Director Carson Tavenner in an online exchange about the importance of both reaching out and inviting in when practicing your citizen diplomatic skills.  2/6/2015

Getting to Know a New Ancient China”

Join Chad Auer, former mayor of Firestone, Colorado, and Tai Initiative Executive Director Carson Tavenner for an online interaction as they exchange their journey stories and examine the meaning of having journeyed into a knowledge of China.  8/26/2014





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