Highlights of Fulbright/HKAC Special Projects 2010-2011

The Fulbright China Research Forum in HK and Macau  

Each year the HKAC organizes a conference in HK of nearly 100 American Fulbright students and scholars who are doing research in greaterChina, includingTaiwanand HK. These Fulbright fellows areAmerica’s future “Chinahands.”  In March 2011 the HKBU hosted the FCRF; in spring 2012 the HK Polytechnic University will be our hosts.  The Forum also goes to Macau each year where we are guests of theUniversityofMacau.  For many Americans, this is their first visit to HK or Macau and a timely opportunity to discover the academic resources and the free speech environment that supports the study ofChinaat an international standard.


Fulbright Orientation Retreat at Kadoorie Institute

Each year the US Consulate and the HKAC host the new American Fulbright scholars and students to HK and Macau in late September at the Kadoorie Institute in theNewTerritories.  Guest speakers compare the education cultures ofAmericaandHong Kongand small group discussions lead to friendships and collaborative work throughout the year.


China’s Rise and Its Changing Image in the Global System

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation supported the HKAC, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Government and International Studies Department of HKBU to organize a four-day conference and workshop on the changing perceptions around the world aboutChina’s rise.  German, American and Chinese scholars and students met at HKBU from June 2-5 for panel discussion and working groups around themes of regional security; economic and trade relations; environment and energy policy; media, mass communication and consumer culture; civil society and quality of life; and education, talent and the new workplace in China.


Sino-American Relations in Next Decade

The China-US Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) supported the HKAC to organize a conference at the East China Normal University (ECNU) inShanghaifor advanced post-graduate students from Chinese and American universities on macro-trends and mutual concerns in Sino-American relations.  Participants were from the Fulbright program inChina, theHopkins-NanjingCenterand major universities in theEast Chinaregion.  We spent the final day together visiting the Shanghai Expo.

Sino-American Exchange in the Treaty Port Era 1840-1950.

This Conference was organized by the American Studies Program at HKU and held in Hong Kong andShanghaifromMay 23-27, 2011.  Fulbright scholar John Haddad led the effort and will edit a book from the presentations about US-China interchange during this formative era in US-China relations.  We discussed exchanges in schools, universities, businesses, trade and finance, scientific research, hospitals and health care, philanthropy, sports, journalism, museums, legal practice and the mixed court, architecture and urbanplanning.

American Studies Research Institute in China (ASRIC).  The HKAC teamed up with the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) in Beijing to host a one-week intensive research workshop on American Studies for post-graduate students from universities throughout China.  Dr. Paul Levine, an eminent former Fulbright scholar in China, was our lead academic.  His lecture series explored America in the years between the Ronald Reagan era of the 1980s, through Bush I, Bill Clinton in the 1990s, Bush II, and into the current Obama presidency.  HKAC and BFSU also held a second ASRIC program together in late September 2011.  This program for 20 top post-graduate students focused on American literature in the cultural contexts of the 19th century.  Both ASRIC projects will yield new books by Paul Levine to be published next year by the Peking University Press.


Climate Change Policy in Hong Kong

The HKAC brought together 70 undergraduate students from our eight university members to the Kadoorie Institute for a weekend in November 2010 for an extensive simulation exercise about climate change policy in HK.  Dr. Michael DeGolyer of the HKBU was our convener of the policy simulation, and we had assistance from the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  Students worked in teams representing the perspectives of business (chambers of commerce), government, energy production companies, environmental NGOs, climate science groups, the construction and transport industries, as well as consumer interest groups.  Each team had to lobby for provisions in a Legco bill to mitigate carbon emissions in HK in advance ofChina’s participation in the UN climate meeting inMexicoin December 2010.  The simulation concluded with a debate on the text of a letter to the HK government in response to their consultation exercise on climate change.


Operation Santa Claus Student Ambassador Program

The HKAC enlisted a team of 16 students – two from each of our members – to assist the South China Morning Post and RTHK in raising funds for Operation Santa Claus during the fall 2010 in their respective universities.  Fulbright scholar Dayle Smith of the University of an Francisco and HKBU served as faculty advisor to the team as they learned the practical aspects of corporate social responsibility.  Each campus team devised and executed a strategy for raising funds and awareness among their fellow students about the needs of vulnerable groups in HK.