By Jonathan Jacobs (APLP 03-04)
The EWCA Ontario Chapter inaugural event is officially in the books. On Saturday, May 9, alumni met at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto to attend the Chapter’s first event. The diverse group of alumni in attendance included those who studied at the East-West Center during its formative years in the 1960s and alumni who graduated within the past five years.
The group was honoured to have Dr. Alfred Chan speak at the event. We were fortunate to have him lead an engaging discussion on the political and economic future of China, which contemplated a variety of current academic perspectives. Dr. Chan is a professor of Political Science at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests focus on Chinese politics and China’s international relations. Dr. Chan was responsible for encouraging many Chapter members to participate in the Asia Pacific Leadership Programs at the East-West Center.
After the lecture, the group discussed EWCA Ontario Chapter goals and potential activities. Some suggested ideas included annual reunions, providing a forum to discuss Asia Pacific issues and building professional, educational and social networks. We would like you opinion on what you would like to get out of the Chapter.
Thank you to all the members who were able to attend the Chapter inaugural event and to all of you that have expressed an interest in being a part of the Chapter.
The Ontario Chapter’s inaugural event will feature a presentation by Dr. Alfred L. Chan, Department of Political Science, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, on “The Future of China.” The theme of Dr. Chan’s presentation will be:
Rapid and dramatic changes over the last couple of decades have brought about a fundamental transformation in China that took Europe centuries to complete. Confronted by the multiple and daunting challenges unleashed by this process, will the Chinese Communist Party be able to rise to the occasion, or will it become out-dated and irrelevant? The discussion will focus on the possible trajectory and scenarios of change in the future.
The event will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto. A light breakfast will be provided.
Date: Saturday May 9th, 2009
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, 1st Floor
Please RSVP to JonathanJacobs@EWCA.EastWestCenter.org by May 1, 2009 if you will be able to attend the event.
The EWCA would like to welcome the newest chapter, Ontario (Canada) to the EWCA family. The creation of the chapter was approved at the last EWCA Board meeting. The chapter will be lead by Jonathan Jacobs (APLP ’03-’04).
We look forward to hearing all about their future activities. If you reside in or near Ontario and would like to be involved in chapter activities, please contact Jonathan at JonathanJacobs@EWCA.eastwestcenter.org.
For a complete list of chapters, chapter leaders and their contact information, please click here.