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China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Reshaping International Operations for Carbon Neutrality in Turbulent Times

Reshaping International Operations for Carbon Neutrality in Turbulent Times

The 6th East China University of Science and Technology - University of San Francisco International Conference Reshaping International Operations for Carbon Neutrality in Turbulent Times 

June 9th, 2022 5:00-10:00PM PT

Hosted by:

East China University of Sciences and Technology

University of San Francisco

Nottingham University China Ningpo

Lives and Livelihood:  War in Ukraine and What’s Next?

Lives and Livelihood: War in Ukraine and What’s Next?

 CBSI will host a virtual panel discussion on May 4, 2022 featuring thought leaders who will present diverging views on the history of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the role of the West in the conflict, and deciphering China’s position given its tense relationship with the U.S.Russia's war with Ukraine and the unprecedented sanctions imposed by the U.S. and western allies have rattled the global economy and financial markets; the war has also caused enormous human suffering, lost lives, and displaced three million people. With the ongoing conflict having no end in sight, it would be prudent to step back and assess the role of the West and its allies in precipitating the war. What actions could the U.S. and allies take to change the trajectory of Russia’s invasion? Where does China stand amidst the pressures coming from the West and its relationship with Russia? How have the economic sanctions reshaped the strategies of multinational corporations?  How will the war affect the global energy market? Is there any hope for stopping this devastating war?  What will a post-war world order look like?
Lives and Livelihood—How Will Economic Sanctions on Russia Affect War in  Ukraine and Commerce in the World?

Lives and Livelihood—How Will Economic Sanctions on Russia Affect War in Ukraine and Commerce in the World?

A Roundtable Discussion on Crisis in Ukraine

Hosted by China  Business Studies Initiative of University of San Francisco

7:00-8:30 PM PST, March 7, 2022

As Western countries finally pulled the trigger of a severe economic sanctions against Russia, the most pressing question is whether these sanctions, will deter Russia from its military objectives or have the opposite effect. Where is China in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and what are the ramifications for US-China as well as China-Russia relations?

Lunar New Year Celebration at Gleeson Plaza

Lunar New Year Celebration at Gleeson Plaza

To celebrate the Lunar New Year CBSI co-sponsored a celebration held in Gleeson Plaza on Friday, February 4th with the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. The event was an excellent opportunity to inform the student body about the different programs USF offers regarding the Asia Pacific region. ISAP had our own table staffed by myself and fellow ISAP member, Celeste Baird, who just joined ISAP during our fall recruitment. Our purpose was to inform students about ISAP and let them know about the amazing opportunities we are offering this semester such as our panel talks, and ISAP member socials. The main attraction of the event was the lion dance, performed by Leung’s White Crane Association, which quickly brought in the crowds to watch the enticing performances. Dr. Yang and our new ISAP coordinator Professor Vivian Faustino-Pulliam stopped by the ISAP table to show their support. Overall, this celebration was a great success in spreading the word about ISAP as we build our community at USF. Many thanks to the Center for Asia Pacific Studies and CBSI for their continued support of ISAP endeavours.

America, China, and the Global Tech Economy

America, China, and the Global Tech Economy

This event will be in conjunction with the National Committee on US-China Relations China Town Hall, and will follow a national keynote talk with Fareed Zakaria held at 4 p.m. PST.

A panel of experts will discuss America's and China's relationship in the context of the tech economy. On top of the issues arising from the trade dispute, the pandemic response, and other sources of bilateral tension, both sides now are: rethinking their approach to regulating the tech economy, experiencing growing concerns about their citizens' data being held outside their borders; and worrying about how social media can affect politics, among other tech-related issues. The panelists include Darlene Chiu-Bryant of GlobalSF, Xiaomeng Lu of the Eurasia Group, Samm Sacks of New America, David Wertime of Protocol, and Steven Zhou of Tencent. The forum will be moderated by USF's Peter Lorentzen, associate professor of economics and CBSI executive board member.

Collective Memory, Public History, and Business Ethics

Collective Memory, Public History, and Business Ethics

Building Cross-Racial Solidarity in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed various racism, hate, xenophobia, and scapegoating, which has torn communities apart and has created anxieties and stress in workplaces in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Black Lives Matter, or rather, new Civil Rights Movement, and Stop Asian Hate in America epitomize the fights for social justice. Such radical social movements are not only American phenomenon; it is indeed part of a wider movement around the world. Globally, right-wing populism has efficiently used nationalist definitions of history to seek to silence opposition and to build walls among peoples, in Brazil, Australia, Japan, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Colombia, New Zealand, Italy, Russian, to name but a few.   

This global issue has created an unprecedented moment to reflect upon how and why history is used, reinterpreted, contested, and commemorated in the public, and the implication for future corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices and public policies. It is also a critical moment of opportunity for building cross-racial and cross-national bridges and solidarity and dispel myths and misconceptions. Increasingly, we are confronting a more demanding public that yearns for a deeper understanding of the past, and a continuing public appetite for challenging historical products that shows a need for sophisticated understanding of debate and discussion. This forum seeks to respond to such urgent global debates.    

This forum is hosted by the China Business Studies Initiative in the USF School of Management.

AmCham Shanghai China Business Report Launch and Panel Discussion on China Business Climate

AmCham Shanghai China Business Report Launch and Panel Discussion on China Business Climate

Event Description: China has been the key market and supplier for American businesses for the past decade. COVID-19, U.S.-China tensions, and China domestic economic policies have changed how American companies operate but have not slowed down investment. American businesses are continuing to navigate the market and opportunities for growth still exist. The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai), one of the largest chambers in Asia, will release its long-running China Business Report on September 23 in Shanghai and San Francisco. The report provides views of the business community on their experience in doing business in China and includes information on investment trends, business outlook and challenges.

AmCham Shanghai and the University of San Francisco’s China Business Studies Initiative will launch the report in the United States with a presentation on the key findings of the report by AmCham Shanghai President Ker Gibbs and a panel discussion of experts and business leaders on the China business climate. This is an exclusive discussion on how the business environment is evolving in China and how American companies are adjusting their strategies in this dynamic market.

Target Audience: We expect an audience of 35-40 people from the business, academic and government community. This event is by invitation only.


3:30 PM               Welcome Remarks by USF President Paul Fitzgerald (invited)

3:35 PM               Keynote speech: California State Treasurer Fiona Ma (invited)

3:55 PM               Presentation by Ker Gibbs on AmCham Shanghai China Business Report

4:20 PM               Panel Discussion moderated by Professor Xiaohua Yang

Panel speakers:

Ker Gibbs, President, AmCham, Shanghai

Howard Lin, Head of Business Development, Alibaba Cloud

Peter Lorentzen, Professor of Economics, USF

Vivien Wang, International Taxation Partner, Deloitt

Don Williams, Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP

5:15  PM             Q&A

5:30 PM              Event Ends



International Student Ambassador Program Invites You To Fall Open House!


Thursday, September 9th, 2021 5:00-6:00pm(PST)

VIA ZOOM:  839  9175  0806 (ID)

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Sponsored By USF Chinese Business Studies Initiative

Bay Area and China Relations Under the Biden Administration

Bay Area and China Relations Under the Biden Administration

Fireside Chat with USF President Paul Fitzgerald and BAC President Jim Wunderman

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           Bay Area, the 17th largest economy in the world, is the home to world-leading universities,  technology leaders, thousands of innovative startups, and many of the world’s most highly capitalized companies.  Many of those companies are global, and active in both trade and investment. The Bay Area is also a historic gateway to China, with the oldest and largest Chinese population, cultural fluency, and deep university and business ties witnessed by venture flows, R&D, and large numbers of Chinese students who study at Bay Area universities.  Ripples in the US-China economic relations are felt throughout the region, and the trade war launched in 2016 by the Trump Administration and the subsequent deterioration in political relations have been damaging. The Biden Administration has brought policy change, but how much?

            We have invited two prominent Bay Area leaders to share with you what they see occurring in the Biden Administration and how these changes impact the Bay Area, particularly in education and high technology. University of San Francisco President Paul Fitzgerald and Bay Area Council President Jim Wunderman will offer their views on the direction of the Biden administration’s China policies, strategies for how to navigate the uncertainties that are now deeply embedded in the US-China relationship, and the potential for continued cooperation between the Bay Area and China.

           Sean Randolph, the senior director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, will introduce the topic for discussions and the session will be moderated by Peter Lorentzen, Professor of economics and the CBSI executive board member at University of San Francisco.

Global Business in the Digital Age and Post-COVID-19

Global Business in the Digital Age and Post-COVID-19

5th International Conference
East China University of Science & Technology - University of San Francisco

Digital technology has profoundly reshaped global business. Not only has it accelerated the process of firm internationalization but also facilitated inter-firm cross-border cooperation. However, for the global top 100 digital multinationals, only 41% of their total assets are located overseas, compared with 65% for traditional multinationals, showing a considerable difference between these two groups. In terms of sales, 73% of digital multinationals' sales are overseas, compared with 64% for traditional multinationals. Furthermore, technological competition has intensified across national boundaries. However, the increasing geopolitical tensions and the rise of nationalism have led many countries to restrict the use of digital technology, thereby limiting the flow of information and cross-border business activities.

With the Covid-19 Pandemic and its impact on business digital transformation, companies face new opportunities and challenges in the global arena. How can they deal with the precarious changes and achieve sustainable international growth? What are the characteristics of effective business models in today’s global business environment? These issues will be extensively discussed during the 5th ECUST & USF International Conference to be held virtually on June 12-13, 2021 (North America Pacific Standard Time: June 11-12). The Conference will provide a platform to exchange views on various business challenges and solutions in today’s environment. During the two-day conference, there will be a variety of sessions/activities, including keynote speeches, academic and industry dialogues, an education leaders’ forum, regular and special paper sessions, etc. We sincerely welcome scholars, education leaders, industry executives, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to participate in our discussions.

Examining China's Investments In African Nations:

Examining China's Investments In African Nations:

There is no denying that China has been a global leader in many areas over the past few decades. Perhaps one of its significant influences has arguably been China's ability to invest in developing economies, specifically direct investments to African nations, ranging from mining raw materials, infrastructure development, and market penetration. Finally, China's political motivation in Africa's development is undoubtedly achieving a more significant global influence. The purpose of this CBSI panel is to examine whether or not China's interests in Africa are legitimate in the 21st century's ever-changing global economy and what the US should do in response if anything.