Part II of the 2013-2014 FACES Conference took place from April 13th to 19th in Beijing. The conference was co-hosted by FACES chapters at Peking University and Renmin University. Delegates discussed critical issues in Sino-U.S. relations with distinguished speakers including Wu Changhua, former member of Tony Blair’s advisor group and Greater China Director of Climate Group, and Ding Yifan, deputy director at Development Research Center of the P.R.C. State Council. FACES invited Beijing-based alumni to the banquet to sit down with our class of 2014 and share. Delegates also got to know each other and the city better through social nights, the closing party and a city tour.
FACES Officer Olivier Tabi sat down with James Dee (FACES '07) for a conversation about FACES in early March. They talked about James' experience at FACES and opinions on the ongoing legal reforms in China. James Dee graduated from Yale Law School last year and is now working at Morrison Foerster's Palo Alto office.
John Miller, the Vice President of FACES, sat down with Jessica Chen-Weiss, the founder of FACES, for a conversation in February. Jessica is now a professor of political science at Yale University. She talked about how she founded FACES, her involvement in this great community, and how it relates to her current academic work.
FACES Chapters at Peking University and Renmin University are preparing for the second part of the 11th FACES Conference, which will take place from April 13-19, 2014 in Beijing. Speakers include Mr. Ding Yifan, Deputy Director at the Development Research Center of the P.R.C. State Council, and Wang Junyu, founder of Wandoujia, a Chinese internet firm. Part of the event will take place at the Stanford Center at Peking University, which is directed by our advisor, Dr. Jean Oi.
For those of you attending the conference, we look forward to seeing you in April!
The Stanford Daily reports on the XI FACES Conference at Stanford University. The delegates from the United States, China, and a number of other countries discussed a range of issues including Chinese political reforms and the start-up culture of Silicon Valley. Click here to read more.
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice spoke to a group of students and FACES personnel in October, 2012. The topic of her talk is "Finding the Balance in a New Era: Dynamics of the U.S.-China Relationship." Click here to read more.
On Common Ground 2006 seeks to provide the opportunity for outstanding American and Chinese students to live, work, and learn together. Through these interactions, these future American and Chinese leaders will gain a better understanding of one another, both culturally and personally. They will have the chance to share ideas, experiences, and perspectives.
In becoming a part of our enduring cross-Pacific alumni network our delegates build a foundation of mutual understanding that they may bring into their future careers. This network is established on the basis of close personal bonds amongst delegates, FACES organizers, and mentors and is one of the measures that FACES believes will ultimately strengthen U.S.-China relations.
For Winter 2006-2007, two student members of FACES Will Frankenstein and Claire Liu will be teaching an inaugural course on US-China Relations! With Professor Sun as our faculty sponsor, they will be embarking on an interesting journey this upcoming quarter. More details about the syllabus are listed in this post.