Brown China Summit – Panels
2015 upcoming …
Education Panel (Mandarin)
An Unconventional Education Path
In recent years, classrooms in all corners of China, both rural and urban, have been witnessing constant change driven by national educational reform, under which course structure, national examination policy, and university admission policies have undergone several revisions. Meanwhile, people are taking rather unconventional approaches to address education in new formats for specific communities: some implement new concepts in higher education; some emphasize the role of globalization and strive to diversify students’ profiles; some deliver primary education to underprivileged communities. Though their efforts may not yet have been recognized by society in general, they are, nevertheless, playing an increasingly important role in Chinese education.
Media Panel (Mandarin)
The past, present and future of the Chinese Media Dream
The continuous evolution of the Internet has defined media in modern times. From newspaper to television, traditional media has been challenged by the new media in a multitude of different ways, such as real-time capabilities and diversity. The emergent digital technology over the past few years has seen the creation of new forms of Internet media and the extinction of paper media that failed to adapt themselves. In which direction will Internet media move in the future? Additionally, how will the traditional media meet these challenges? In the time of we-media, how can the people contribute to the spread and update of information? How are individuals to take responsibility when utilizing the great power of social media?
Business Panel (English)
Business in China
Last year, a record number of passengers — 1.9 million and 1.2 million — arrived in China and Hong Kong respectively from US airports. Since 1978, Western businesses have dreamed of the riches a country as vast as China could hold. Thus, multinationals have poured into the country over the past three decades. The increased business opportunities in China have directly led to increasingly frequent contact with Chinese officials, Chinese people, and Chinese culture as a whole. After the financial crisis, many companies turned to China to salvage their losses, yet many did not successfully establish a foothold in the Chinese market. Though firms have made significant profits in China, many more failed within months. For many foreign firms, survival in China has become increasingly difficult.
Art Panel (Mandarin)
Realizations of China Dreams: The Idea of Tracing Back
Conflict has been created in the contemporary art world through the juxtaposition of social currents and traditional Chinese culture. Chinese artists are constantly probing the “Chinese Idea” in their attempts to identify their own roots that will provide platforms for further exploration for the new generation of Chinese youths. In the modern era, Chinese youth are also giving their attention to how Chinese artists have incorporated culture and its differences into their artwork. These artists have also used their work to explore social conflict and have developed art into a culture unto itself that does not follow in the wake of mainstream trends.