A Single Swallow

Co-sponsored by CBSI

February 17th, 2021

Hope you are enjoying the last days of your Winter Break and looking forward to the Spring 2021 semester!  In partnership with USF's Center for Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese Business Studies Initiative (CSBI), Asian Studies is hosting a lively discussion with award-winning author Zhang Ling and prolific translator Shelly Bryant on their latest novel, A Single Swallow, published by Amazon Crossing in October 2020.  

This book talk will take place via 

Zoom on February 17th from 5:30pm-6:45pm PST.

As part of the event, we are offering free copies of A Single Swallow to the first 15 students who register!  

If you would like a free copy, please follow the instructions below and send in your request by 

Friday, January 29th

1) Email 

with proof of your event registration (e.g. a screenshot or forwarded registration email)

2) In that same email, include your preferred mailing address, phone number, and any special delivery instructions (if applicable)

Future of Food Innovation and Opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area

Feb 4, 2021

As the global food system transforms, the San Francisco Bay Area leads as an innovation hub for top agrifoodtech and biotech companies, investors, universities, chefs, and farmers to shape the future of food.

Investment in food and agriculture has accelerated globally in past 12 months. In the first half of this year, total agtech investment reached $2.2 billion and food tech investments reached $4.8 billion, while the plant-based meat market alone is projected to reach $8.3 billion by 2025 (a 93% growth from this year). As our global food system evolves for a post-Covid 19 world, opportunities will continue to emerge.

The thriving Bay Area tech ecosystem includes leading food, agriculture, and biotech innovation platforms such as MISTA, SVG|THRIVE, Berkeley SkyDeck, QB3, IndieBio, and more. These thought leaders, incubators, accelerators, and investors connect the companies and entrepreneurs solving the biggest challenges facing our food system with opportunities to scale in the US and globally.

GlobalSF hosts leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area with the global community to share know-how, insights, and technologies shaping the future food industry, building pipelines to the global food-tech ecosystem, and shaping our future.

Out of Gobi: My Story of America and China with Weijian Shan

Hosted by Asia Society and Co-sponsored by CBSI

August 20, 2019

We are very excited to announce a CBSI Co-sponsored Asia Society event to feature our distinguished USF Alum Dr. Weijian Shan on August 20, 2019, at 11:00 am.

Weijian Shan's Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America is a powerful memoir and commentary with the potential to reshape how Americans view China, and how the Chinese view life in America.

Shan, a former hard laborer who is now one of Asia's best-known financiers, is thoughtful, observant, eloquent, and brutally honest, making him well-positioned to tell the story of a life that is a microcosm of modern China, and of how, improbably, that life became intertwined with America. Out of the Gobi draws a vivid picture of raw human energy and the will to succeed against all odds.

11:00 AM       Weijian Shan Discussion on Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America (Lunch Served)
12:45 PM       Book Signing
1:00 PM         Conclusion


Sidley Austin LLC, 1001 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Please RSVP and we look forward to seeing you at this event.

The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future

Hosted by Asia Society and Co-sponsored by CBSI

Aug 13, 2019

Tue 13 Aug 2019. At 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Bechtel Conference Center
500 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tensions between the world’s superpowers are mounting in Washington, D.C., and Beijing. But between these hubs of high-level politics, an entirely new reality is emerging. The People’s Republic of China and the state of California have built deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges that reverberate across the globe, and these interactions make California a microcosm of the most important international relationship of the twenty-first century.

In The Transpacific Experiment, journalist Matt Sheehan chronicles the real people who are making these connections. He follows a celebrated Chinese AI researcher who leaves Google to challenge his former employer from behind the Great Firewall. Sheehan joins a tour bus of wealthy Chinese families shopping for homes in the Bay Area, revealing disgruntled neighbors and raising important questions about California’s own prejudices and perceptions of immigration and the American Dream. Join Asia Society Northern California for a conversation between author Matt Sheehan and Rui Ma, formerly of 500 Startups, for a series of stories about Chinese companies, families, and people from his book.

April 4th Breakfast Panel

March 29, 2019

Professor Xiaohua Yang, CBSI Director, will be a panel speaker at Association for Corporate Growth's April 2019 Breakfast Program "CHINA TRADE & TARIFF IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE MARKET" on April 5.

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