Learning About Poverty: A Simulation on Economic Inequality
On June 21, 2014, Learning About Poverty: A Simulation on Economic Inequality. The university students both from Hong Kong and Macau have had a unique experience at Crossroads Foundation. They truly got to understand the famous African proverb “To understand a man you must first walk a mile in his shoes” by making paper bags to struggle for survival, becoming visual blind, and putting themselves on the shoes of HIV victims.
High Table Dinner at The University of Macau
Executive Director Morton Holbrook III spoke at the University of Macau on May 13, 2014. He expressed optimism that China-US relations would continue to move forward, with cooperation in trade, investment, and cultural and educational exchanges far overshadowing the areas of disagreement between the two countries.
Let’s Talk: Youth Summit on Hong Kong Election
On March 15-16, 2014 we organized a 2-day weekend workshop, entitled “Let’s Talk: Youth Summit on Hong Kong Elections”, to educate students on the current debate on political reform in Hong Kong. We encouraged students to share their views on the “Consultation Document on the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016,” announced earlier by the Hong Kong government. On the first day, six guest speakers (three professors, two political party representatives, and one former government official) made presentations on the election procedures. Then, in the afternoon, students held a simulated Legco session, with each student assigned to play the role of a designated Legco member. On the second day, students formulated and discussed their various proposals for election reforms.
Although we hoped the weekend would produce a single policy statement that most students (at least 2/3) could support, this did not prove possible, though three short resolutions were passed individually. However, students were able to learn more about the issues and how to develop their personal views after continuous debate in these two days.
A Roundtable Discussion
Celebrating Human Rights Day: The Role of the United Nations
On December 10, 2013, Human Rights Day, Hong Kong America Center and the US Consulate in Hong Kong sponsored a roundtable discussion on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR), its origin and development, focusing on the specific issues of human trafficking and refugees.
The Head of Economic-Political Section of US Consulate in Hong Kong Andrew Shaw, and the Executive Director of Hong Kong America Center Morton Holbrook III gave the opening remarks of the event. Three distinguished speakers Jeong Ho Moon, Program Officer of Asian Human Rights Commission; Matthew Friedman, Regional Technical Advisor of The Mekong Club and Asia Liberty; and Victoria Wisniewski Otero, Advocacy Officer of Hong Kong Refugee Advice Center, respectively gave presentations on UPR and human rights issues, and they encouraged that everyone can make a change for upholding social justice.
Simulations of International Negotiations in Asia
The HKAC organizes two-day simulations each year for students nominated by our member universities. In January, we convened 70 students at the Kadoorie Institute in a simulation of the multilateral trade negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In February, the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) hosted a weekend simulation of negotiations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea. In both cases, we did better in reaching agreements than is apparent in the real-life negotiations.