In the first installment of the Yunnan Research Series: As a part of their research trip, members of the Tsinghua-SAIS program were fortunate to visit the Ethnic Culture Research Institute, a subdivision of the Culture Department of Yunnan province. Located in a small office in a central Kunming high-rise, the Institute focuses on researching and preserving the traditional culture of Yunnan’s ethnic minorities. Among China’s 56 officially recognized ethnic groups, 25 are found in Yunnan, with minority non-Han groups composing 38% of the population. This makes Yunnan one of the most diverse provinces in the country.
On Thursday, Dec 18th, our cohort met with Hannah Eagleton, economic officer in the U.S Embassy in Beijing, for a lively exchange about her experiences as a diplomat. We discussed her personal story, perspectives on life as a foreign service officer, and current topics in US-China relations. We are very grateful for the opportunity to gain a practical overview of the State Department’s work, and wish her success in her future career.
From November 24th to 28th, Master’s candidates of the Tsinghua-SAIS Dual Degree program went on a field trip to Qidong in Jiangsu Province, and Shanghai, as a social practicum module of the class Case Studies of Chinese Political Economy. Initiated by Professor Tang Xiaoyang, the fellows made site visits to the local government, economic development zones, a school, factories, and financial institutions. They also exchanged ideas with the local leaders and experts, learning about economic development in the Yangtze Delta. They saw many examples of China’s past developmental success, and its future ambitions.
On December 1st, members of the Tsinghua-SAIS program met with Dr. Gao Xiang. Currently an associate professor at the Energy Research Institute in Beijing, Dr. Gao received his Ph.D in environmental science from Fudan University, Shanghai in 2008. Since 2009, he has participated in the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) as a member of the Chinese delegation, focusing on mitigation and transparency issues. He recently returned from the UN Climate Conference in Marrakesh
On October 18th, members of the Tsinghua – SAIS program had a talk with Dr. Martin Jacques, visiting professor at Tsinghua University. Dr. Jacques split his talk between two subjects: first, the diverse life experiences which led to the writing of his most successful book, When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order; and second, the central arguments of that book and the ways it has changed since publication in 2009.
On Monday, Sept. 19, NexGen Forum Fellows met with Mr. Guan Shanyuan, Deputy General Manager of China-Africa Agriculture Investment Co. (CAAIC) in Tanzania. He presented an in-depth description of CAAIC’s operations in Tanzania and provided the Forum with a well-rounded case study on Chinese economic engagement in Africa.