Eminent sociologist Ezra Vogel to deliver keynote at CCIF launch

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Eminent sociologist Ezra F. Vogel (Harvard University) will be at York University on Sept. 13 to give a keynote speech to launch York University’s Canada China Initiatives Fund (CCIF).

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Vogel was professor at Harvard from 1967 to 2000. In 1973, he succeeded John Fairbank to become the second director of Harvard’s East Asian Research Center. At Harvard, he served as director of the U.S.-Japan Program, director of the Fairbank Center, and as the founding director of the Asia Center. From fall 1993 to fall 1995, he took a two-year leave of absence from Harvard to serve as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington. In 1996, he chaired the American Assembly on China and edited the resulting volume, Living with China. His book Japan As Number One (1979), in Japanese translation, became a best seller in Japan, and his book Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (2011), in Chinese translation, became a bestseller in China. He lectures frequently in Asia, in both Chinese and Japanese, and directs a weekly speaker series for the Fairbank Center on Critical Issues Confronting China. He has received numerous honours, including 11 honorary degrees.

The keynote is part of the larger launch event that will celebrate scholarship on Canada, China and the Chinese Diaspora at York.

In its inaugural year, the Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF) was created to support scholarly exchanges and research on modern (i.e. post 1911) and contemporary China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) and their global reach or Canada-China linkages, or the experiences of the Chinese-Canadian community.

It was created with the support of the Schulich Executive Education Centre’s Asian Business & Management Program (SEEC-ABMP) at York University. Learn more about the program at seec.online.abmp.

The Sept. 13 event will open with a short ceremony, followed by “When a hundred schools of thought contend and collaborate,” a panel featuring seven York scholars from five faculties that celebrates the breadth of Canada-China research at York University.

The final segment of the launch is a panel with experts in the field of Canada-China relations: York’s Gregory Chin (Politics), Paul Evans (University of British Columbia) and Jeremy Paltiel (Carleton University). They will discuss the possibilities for (and desirability of) a new Canada-China relation.

The event will take place in Room 519 Kaneff Tower. All are welcome. The schedule and related information is available online.

More information about the CCIF can be found here on the YCAR website.