Washington, DC    Mandarin Speakers Society 


Past Events

 Below is a summary of selected past speaker events and topics:


December 15, 2016,  
Isaac Stone Fish (石宇),Foreign Policy magazine and Senior Fellow, Asia Society Center on
U.S.-China Relations: "Chinese Foreign Policy in the Xi and Trump Era."   

August 11, 2016, Margaret Myers (麦沛宜,Director of the China and Latin America Program at the Inter-American
Dialogue: "On China's Growing Presence in the Americas." 

June 30, 2016, Yeliang Xia (夏业良), Visiting Fellow, CATO Institute: on "Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party's Dilemna," 

May 25, 2016Dongmei Lin (林冬梅), Nutritional Advisor certified by Sanoviv Institute: on keys to healthy nutrition.

April 28, 2016Richard Seldin (夏瑞昌), Founder and former Chair of Mandarin Speakers Society and author; on his recent novel
Below the Line in Beijing (2015 International Psychoanalytic Books).  

Mar. 31, 2016, Kevin Slaten (史凯文), Independent Researcher on Chinese labor issues: on labor organizing and recent labor unrest in China. 

Oct. 27, 2015
, Susan Chan Shifflett  (詹貽琛), Program Associate, Wilson Center China Environment Forum: on how China's growing appetite is 
transforming U.S. agriculture. 

Sept. 10, 2015, Dr. Scott Kennedy (甘思德), Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies:  
prospects for economic reform in China under Xi Jinping and impacts of reform on U.S.-China relations. 

May 30, 2015, Ross Perlin (潘若思), Assistant Director of the Endangered Language Alliance:  on his work to research, record, and protect Yunnan's
endangered languages.  

April 30, 2015, Roseanne Freese (费如安), expert on China's encounter with Buddhism and Senior Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service: "Is Buddhism a Chinese Religion?" 

March 12, 2015, Zhu Xiao Di 
(朱小棣), essayist, novelist, and author of the autobiography, Thirty Years in a Red House: on his latest volume of
published essays on the art of casual reading, 


October 28, 2014, Zenobia Lai (    ), Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, on the Center's pro-bono legal
services for Asian Americans in the Washington, DC region, including its recent work with low-income tenants protecting their homes against gentrification. 

July 24, 2014, Yun Sun (孙韵),fellow, East Asia Program, Henry L. Stimson Center: on rising tensions between China and its neighbors
in the South China Sea.

April 17, 2014, Jess Wilhelm (吴佳思), former Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho and scholar on international development and the environment:  on China in Africa: examining  the  function  of the Chinese shopkeeper in the local society and economy.  

January 28, 2014Chrissy Stouder, Mandarin Instructor and Director of World Languages at the Washington Latin Public Charter School:, on teaching Mandarin as
 a Second Language to urban teenagers in Washington, D.C. and experiences teaching languages and training language instructors in China and the U.S. 


July 10, 2013
, Matt Schiavenza  (马特), Associate Editor, The Atlantic, in charge of the magazine's China Channel:  on the challenges of explaining China's
complexity to American audiences.  

April 25, 2013, Yu Jie (余杰), Chinese novelist, essayist, and democracy activist:  on prospects for democracy and human rights progress in China.  


November 15, 2012, Chen Yang (杨晨),  Fellow at the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC), Washington, DC, and a Master's Candidate for Arts Management at American University: on the fast-developing but "chaotic" field of non-profit arts and philanthropy in China.  

October 22, 2012, 
 Zhu Xiaodi (朱小棣),essayist, novelist and author of the autobiography, Thirty Years in a Red House: on his latest book of essays,, 闲读近乎勇 (To Read Is To Live) (published 2012).  

September 22, 2012, Dr. Judith Shapiro (夏竹丽),  Professor at American University, Washington, D.C.:  on her recently published book, China's Environmental Challenges (2012). 

August 1, 2012, Anne Henochowicz (何安妮),expert on inner-Mongolian folk music and translation coordinator at China Digital Times:  on the variety of China's ethnic minority folk music and a fresh look what is commonly regarded as "traditional" in such music.     
May 31, 2012, Jin Yan  (金焱), Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Chinese business and economics publication, Caijing: on the origins and risks of China's housing bubble and government measures to address it. 

April 24, 2012, Dr. Tianliang Zhang, Chief Commentator for Epoch Times News Group and Senior Analyst at New Tang Dynasty Television:  on "The Renaissance of Traditional Chinese Culture and Its Global Impact."  

March 13, 2012, Zhang Ruoyu and Xing Jie, Chinese attorneys:  on their efforts to obtain compensation for fishermen whose livelihoods were harmed by a June 2011 oil spill  from an oilfield in northeast China's Bohai Bay operated by a subsidiary of U.S.-based ConocoPhillips.  

February 22, 2012
, Helen Gao (高雨薪), Editorial Assistant and contributor at The Atlantic:  on attitudes of Chinese and American youth towards friendship, careers, and the outside world, drawing on her experience as a high school and college student in the U.S.  


December 10, 2011, Chu Hong-yuan, (朱浤源),Ph.D., Historian at Taiwan's Academia Sinica: on major findings of his research team's recently released 6-volume report on Taiwan's 1947 '228 Incident.'   

November 30, 2011, Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, former CNN journalist, and author of Consent of the Networked: on China's system of internet governance and control.

November 3, 2011, Robert L. Daly, Director, Maryland China Initiative, University of Maryland: on "U.S. China Academic Cooperation: An Advocate's Cautionary Note."  

September. 15, 2011, Liu Weidong, researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of American Studies: on new developments and challenges in U.S.-Sino relations and prospects for the two countries' relations in the near and medium terms.  

July 10, 2011, Daisy Wang (Wang Yiyou), Ph.D., art historian and Project Manager of Chinese art at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries: on "Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan (响堂山石窟), " an exhibit highlighting how 21st century technologies reconstruct one of medieval China's most important Buddhist devotional sites.
June 9, 2011, Beverly Hong-Fincher (Hong Yuebi), Ph.D., sociolinguist and founder of George Washington University's Chinese language program: on recent Mandarin borrowing from Cantonese, the pitfalls of using metaphors in Chinese, and  the verb of impermanence, 

April 23, 2011, Andrea Worden, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law: on the challenges facing criminal defense lawyers in China today, drawing in part on her 2009 article in the Georgetown Journal of International Law "A Fair Game"? Of Law and Politics in China, and the "Sensitive" Case of Democracy Activist Yang Jianli.

March 26, 2011
;   Alicia Campi, Ph.D., President of the U.S.-Mongolia Advisory Group and President of the Mongolia Society: on the influence of China on: U.S.-Mongolia diplomatic relations during the 20th Century.

January 25, 2011,  Alison Friedman, Founder and Director of Ping Pong Productions, Inc: on her more than ten years' work facilitating modern dance and other performing arts exchanges and collaborations between China, the U.S. and other nations. . 


November 17, 2010,  Karla Simon, Professor of Law at Catholic University of America:  on the growing role of charities and other civil society organizations in China, highlighting promising legal reforms that are fostering these developments. 

October 28, 2010,  Hank Chao, President of Hai-Hua Community Center of Northern Virginia:  on the history of the Chinese-American community of the greater Washington, DC area and Mr. Chao's involvement in local civil, cultural, and charitable affairs since immigrating to the area from Taiwan over 25 years ago.   

August 26, 2010,  Wu Ching-Sung , Ph.D., Professor, Department of International Business, College of Management, Taiwan National University: on the emergence of creative industries from East Asia  -- among them Taiwan's "Pili" puppet show and Shanghai's M-50 Park -- and their contribution to the region's projection of "soft power."  

August 12, 2010,  Kristie DiLascio, International Trade Specialist, in the Office of Market Access and Compliance, International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Department of Commerce, on energy and environment-related market access challenges affecting U.S. businesses in China. 

May 27, 2010, Li Honglin (Holly Li), consultant for the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation: on recent developments in public participation and information disclosure in China that have increased the say of citizens in environmental decisions affecting their daily lives.

April 28, 2010, Shuhan C.Wang, Ph.D, Deputy Director of the National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, and key developer of the Flying With Chinese elementary level textbook series: on the history of Chinese language instruction in the United States including recent trend of rapid growth in Chinese . instruction at the K-16 levels.  

February 25, 2010, Wen Hua, Research Analyst, Beijing Office of World Resources Institute: on China's water quality and quantity challenges and Mr. Wen's previous work to address water pollution in the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir as an employee of the Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau.  


November 19, 2009, Dr. Elise Snyder,  psychoanalyst, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale Medical School and President of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA): on the history of psychoanalysis in China, Chinese attitudes toward psychoanalysis, current state of affairs and challenges, and CAPA's work performing psychoanalysis on Mainland Chinese patients using SKYPE. 

October 21, 2009,  Xiong Min, a reporter for 21st Century Business Herald,  a Guangzhou-based, national daily newspaper: on China ’s increasing press freedom and comparisons with press freedom in the United States.

July 29, 2009, Kuno Zhou,  visiting scholar and formerly with the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission:  on China ’s new national strategy for land use and regional development.  

June 17, 2009, David M. Finkelstein, Vice President & Director of China Studies at CNA:  on the March 2009 “USNS Impeccable” incident and the development of United States-China military relations.

May 18, 2009,  Xiao Jinquan, senior partner and expert in mergers & acquisitions,  DaCheng law firm, Beijing, and director of the Commerce and Corporate Committee of China's All China Lawyers Association:  on China's reaction to the global economic crisis, Chinese and American cooperation, and different approaches to address the crisis.

March 5, 2009, Chih-Yung Chien, Professor of Physics,  Johns Hopkins University and expert on genealogy in Taiwan and mainland China:  on how genealogy will affect future social development in China and Taiwan, particularly as regards rule-of-law and democracy.






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