Songyang Academy Cultural China

Summer Program

Sponsors: The Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies (IAHS), Peking University, in collaboration with the Hong Kong America-Center

Location:  Songyang Academy in Henan, China

Dates:  Aug 10 – 18, 2013.  Arrive in Zhengzhou on Sat Aug 10 and depart on Sun Aug 18.  Welcome dinner on Sat eve 10th, and concluding banquet on Sat eve the 17th.

Requirement: Open to all international students (including students in Hong Kong and Macau, but non PRC passport holder).  Undergraduate, post-graduate and recent graduate and all academic disciplines are welcomed.  No course pre-requisites.  We are looking for participants with pure love of learning in an international, cross cultural context.   

Application fee: US$ 80  (The IAHS of PKU will heavily subsidize this program.  This includes tuition, room and board, materials and access to site visits.  Students are required to pay this non-refundable application fee.  Students are also required to responsible for their own transportation to Zhengzhou, Henan, visa to China and insurance in China)



Theme: Inter-Religious Dialogues in China

Medium is English 

The Songyang Academy Cultural China Summer Program, promoted by Professor Tu Weiming, seeks to promote the spirit of inter-religious dialogue with a specific focus on the religious traditions of Culture China. The program will feature lectures and close reading of texts in each of the three major Chinese religions (Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, or san-jiao), and including discussions of Christianity and Islam and Judaism in the Chinese cultural and religious context.   Also site visits to major temples, historic sites and sacred spaces that relate to these themes, including the Songyang Academy (Confucianism) Shaolin Temple (Buddhism) and Zhongyue Temple (Daoism).  

The location of the program, Dengfeng, is cited by UNESCO World Heritage program as “Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in ‘The Centre of Heaven and Earth’”. Centering on Mount Songshan, the central sacred mountain of Chinese traditions, the city includes eight clusters of historic monuments constructed over the course of two thousand years. According to UNESCO, “these buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion” to “include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, science, technology and education”.  The Songyang Academy constructed in Song dynasty (960-1279) will serve as the principle site of the program. Historically, it served as a major center for Confucian classical learning that fostered the emergence of Neo-Confucianism.

Young Chinese scholars from IAHS will serve as tutors and dialogue leaders.   

Food and Lodge will be covered in Shaolin Chanwu Hotel (http://www.chanwuhotel.com/)

For program details, please click here

Program Flyers

To apply, please click

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Only 25 places available.

For application fee payment instruction, please click here.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Ginny Tam at ginnytam(at)cuhk.edu.hk


Young Leaders For Women’s Education & Equality

Empowerment Program 2013

for Hong Kong and Guangdong


   青年領袖培育計劃 2013 (香港廣東地區)


Organized by: Hong Kong America Center



The HKAC are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new project to empower young leaders championing women’s education and equality in Hong Kong and Southern China.  The project will build a network of young leaders who share the values of equal access to education and opportunities and equal representation and voice in public affairs in both Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Participants will gain the personal and professional skills to enhance their careers and increase their confidence in advocating for women’s causes.  They will acquire skills in project management and apply them to a project of their own design to advance women’s interests in their places of work or within their local communities.  In the process, they will create among themselves a network of aspiring young leaders that span the Pearl River Delta region.

The HKAC will call on NGOs, academic institutions, women’s groups and businesses operating in Hong Kong and on the Mainland to nominate talented young leaders to participate in the project.   We are looking for exceptional young professionals who have already demonstrated their commitment to the women’s movement and who have the potential to become future leaders of the movement in Hong Kong and the Mainland.  Candidates must submit a two-page proposal (in Chinese OR English) for a project that they would carry out from May to September 2013 that addresses some aspect of women’s education, equity and empowerment. The project should be of the participant’s design and can be a volunteer effort or an initiative involving their organization of employment.  Examples of possible project themes might include workplace inequality, domestic violence, education and training for women, the role of women in building civil society, women and the environment, sex worker advocacy or LGBT advocacy. The proposal should include a project plan and timeline starting with initial research and including the identification of other resources that may be critical to its success.  If a participant is nominated, applicants are also welcomed to mention nominator’s contact in the application form, but this is not mandatory.  The application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2013. 

The Selection Panel will select five participants from Mainland China and five participants from Hong Kong for the program based on the merits of their project proposal. Participants who are working on similar topics will be teamed together based on common themes and will work as a team during the program. Two three-day workshops will be held in Hong Kong.  The first workshop to kick off the program will take place at the end of May, the second workshop to conclude the program will be held at the end of September. The workshops will provide participants with leadership skills and project management training and include the other elements outlined below.  Workshops will mainly conduct in Cantonese (with Mandarin or English Interpreter when necessary). 


Workshop 1: 2-4 June, 2013  (TBC)


Workshop 1 will be primarily devoted to building leadership skills. The venue will be Hong Kong PHAB Association – Pokfulam PHAB Camp (TBC).  The pedagogy will include skills training in the area of communication and public speaking, advocacy, strategic planning, negotiation, time management, work-life balance, project organization and development, empowerment training, proposal writing, budget planning, tools training: i.e., use of role-playing and social media, and use of online tools.  Participants will also visit HK women’s organizations and have the opportunity to meet established women leaders in various sectors of HK public life.  In the first workshop, the ten participants will prepare presentations on and share their action plans for their project concepts.


Supporting Participants in their Projects


The HKAC will provide continuous support for the participants in respect of their projects between the two workshops.  An experienced consultant will serve as the main coordinator to provide ongoing support to the participants in their project efforts. She will communicate with the ten participants between the workshops both online and by site visits to gain first-hand impressions of the progress of their projects.  She will share relevant news and advise them on resources relevant to their projects.


Participants will receive a mini-grant (each around HK$10,000, based on their proposals) to support the implementation of their projects.  They will share short updates on progress in their projects to the whole group of ten on a regular basis. They will report on the challenges and difficulties that they face, and share the resources, news and reflections on what and whom they found useful in implementing their projects.


Workshop 2: 14-16 September, 2013 (TBC)

Workshop 2 will take place at Breakthrough in Shatin (TBC).  This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on their projects, including challenges they faced, lessons they learned, and solutions they discovered.  They will compare the project environments in HK and the Mainland and the strategies appropriate to these two systems of governance and social organization.  Participants will share experiences and explore potential for collaborative initiatives in the greater PRD region on themes of women’s education and empowerment.   This workshop will also cover the key aspects of the donor-recipient relationship and the grant-making cycle such as needs assessment, idea formation, project design, proposal writing, resourcing, team-building, project implementation, assessment and reporting back to the donor.  Video reports and blogs will help them share their experience with a wider online public. 

Impact Measurement


Each participant will be required to write and submit a report on his/her project outcomes. These reports will be included as part of a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the overall program. In addition to assessing each of the projects, this evaluation will ascertain changes in the participants’ attitudes, confidence, skillsets, behaviors and values as a result of participating in the program. This information will be compiled into a summative report containing recommendations and best practices for NGOs, Government, educators, parents and business.


Program Leaflets: Chinese/ English

Application deadline: 12 April, 2013

(If you have problem in accessing the form, please download the application form here.  Attached the completed application form and project proposal. Send the application to ginnytam@cuhk.edu.hk  with an email titled “Apply for Young Women’s Leadership Initiative”)



Negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

A Simulation of International Trade Negotiations
By University Students in Hong Kong

Date: January 4-6, 2013
Venue: Graduate Law Centre of CUHK in the Bank of America Tower and Kadoorie Institute

Organized by the Hong Kong America Center


“Negotiating the TPP” is open to students in all HK universities in all academic disciplines. We especially encourage advanced undergraduates and early post-graduate students in the fields of law, economics, business, government/politics, geography and area studies focused on Asia and the Pacific. Students may come from HK, mainland China or other countries studying in HK as exchange students. They should have strong academic skills, good English, leadership potential and a keen interest in public policy in HK and the broader Asian region.

Students will learn skills in negotiating toward complex international agreements. They will work in interdisciplinary country teams and have to bargain with other teams to leverage their country interests while advancing regional economic growth in Asia by reducing barriers to trade.

The draft schedule for the two-day simulation at the Kadoorie Institute is attached. All students in the simulation will also be obliged to attend a one-day forum on TPP on Friday, January 4 in the Graduate Law Centre of CUHK in the Bank of America Tower in Central. This forum will bring together experts in trade and economic policy in Asia from governments, businesses and academia. This forum will educate the students for their active roles in simulating the TPP negotiations on the weekend. We thank the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) for including our students.


Please click the links below for the Program Schedule:


The HKAC designs and finds support for a variety of academic exchange projects and services each year.  In May of 2012, we will organize a 3-day workshop

Regional Security and Development
in North-East Asia:

A Conference for Advanced Students in HK and Asian Universities


Hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University
Sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Co-organized by the Hong Kong
 America Center

 May 3-5, 2012

The rise of China as a political, military and economic power is shifting and realigning regional relationships in the northeast Asian region.  For centuries, Chinese imperial power has influenced Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East through tributary relationships that waxed and waned with the dynasties.  This region developed in the 20th century in the context of a weak, disorganized and inward-looking China hounded by foreign powers from the West.  A weakened China gave rise to a strong Japan, whose brutal occupation of China lead to global disasters in the world war of mid-century.  The subsequent Cold War saw the autocratic continental powers of USSR and China pitched against the maritime alliances of the United States with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that grew into an open, globalized economic system.

After 30 years of reform and opening at the end of the century, China has re-asserted itself in the region by joining the world trading system and transforming it by its very size and by its ties to indigenous political and economic norms.  China has growing economic and political interests in its “near-abroad” region.  It wants to use its new power to sort out border-related problems left from the past, and to build a new economic and cultural colossus that could span the world in the future.  Other major powers with presence in the region such as the United States and Europe, recently distracted with internal economic challenges, are adjusting their thinking and actions to the new “power ecology” in this China-ascendant region.

The combined economic power of China, Japan and South Korea are a large portion of the global economy, and a crucial region for global growth and trade.  The United States, Europe, and post-communist Russia all have deep stakes and historical links in this dynamic region.  The post-WWII era of the Cold War in Northeast Asia may be receding gradually into history in many respects, but some profound “unfinished business,” especially in the divided Korea peninsula, threatens from time to time to erupt into a crisis whose vortex could pull the neighboring countries into conflict.

The trajectory of events in Northeast Asia might be leading to deeper cooperation and mutual alignment of societies and their economic systems.  On the other hand, this progression could be thrown off-track by the un-predictable behavior of the dysfunctional odd-man-out: the DPRK in North Korea.  The nations in the region seem to be stuck in a clamorous and out-dated Cold War even while moving headlong into new patterns of globalization.  At some point, the parties involved must address this fundamental contradiction, left over from history, if the region is to grow into its potential for positive global leadership in the 21st century.

We need to educate a new generation of elites in these countries to the potentials for peace and conflict in the Northeast Asian region.  We plan a conference for advanced post-graduate students from the relevant countries to be held in the open academic atmosphere and neutrality-of-place provided by Hong Kong.  Indeed, HK universities host many post-graduate students not only from the mainland of China, but also from Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.

We welcome the animating resource from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to enable a triangle of effort by the Department of Government and International Studies of HKBU, the Hong Kong America Center (Fulbright) and the DAAD office in HK (also based at the HKBU) to organize a conference on security and development in Northeast Asia’s 21st century.

This conference will have the following key elements:

  • Panels by experts on prospects for security and economic integration in NE Asia
  • Participants from all the major countries involved, within and around this region
  • An extended policy simulation, designed on the Six Party Talks, lead by a world expert on this field, Mike Chinoy
  • Informal discussion groups, led by experienced facilitators, focused on key themes with rich representation from different countries and disciplines
  • A pleasant and relaxed atmosphere conducive to open and trust-building dialogue

We invite post-graduate and advanced undergraduate students from all the universities in HK, including students from HK, mainland China and Taiwan, as well as international students from Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States who are studying in HK universities this spring of 2012.

Please submit your online applications to HKAC by April 18.