Recent Past Events

China, Through the Prism of American Journalism
with Geeta Anand & Edward Wong

Geeta Anand

Edward Wong

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Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM PDT
Location: Zoom

You are cordially invited by the CAA-Chinese Chapter to join us for an in-depth discussion with New York Times reporter Edward Wong and Geeta Anand, professor and dean of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.  Join us for as we discuss the role journalism has in shaping our perceptions of China and how, through this lens, media helps shape public sentiment and international policy.

About Geeta Anand:

Geeta Anand is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who serves as dean and professor at Berkeley Journalism. Her stories on corporate corruption won the Wall Street Journal a Pulitzer Prize in 2002, and she was lead reporter in a series on healthcare that was a finalist in 2003. She wrote the non-fiction book, The Cure, about a dad’s fight to save his kids by starting a biotech company to make a medicine for their untreatable illness, which was made into the Harrison Ford movie Extraordinary Measures in 2010. She worked as a journalist for 27 years, most recently as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in India. She began her career at a free weekly newspaper, Cape Cod News, and then covered local government and courts at the Rutland Herald in Vermont. At her next job at the Boston Globe, she served as City Hall bureau chief and then covered the Massachusetts State House. She spent the next 17 years as a reporter and senior writer for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the biotech beat and focused on investigative reporting. She spent nearly a decade in India, the country where she was born and raised, first as a foreign correspondent for the Journal and then The New York Times.

Full bio available here.

About Edward Wong:

Edward Wong is a diplomatic and international correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington. He has spent most of his career abroad, reporting for 13 years from China and Iraq for The Times. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran The Times’s largest overseas operation.  He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2017 to 2018 and taught international reporting at Princeton University as a Ferris Professor of Journalism in 2017. He is an associate at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  Mr. Wong received a Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War and was on a team from The Times’s Baghdad Bureau that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He has two awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. He was on the Times team that received an award for best documentary project from Pictures of the Year International for a series on global climate change migrants. Mr. Wong graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He has dual master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Fireside Chat with Berkeley-Haas Dean Ann E. Harrison

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM PDT

Location: Zoom

Moderator Ann Hsu (Chinese Chapter Board Member) and Dean Harrison chatted about the dean's personal background, her Berkeley experience as a student, professor and now dean, and a number of current issues facing Haas and Berkeley, including COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, eroding relations with the EU and China, possible passage of ACA 5 which would reinstate affirmative action in admissions (effectively a repeal of Prop 209 which prohibits considering race, sex or ethnicity in admissions), and the Bamboo Ceiling that Asian Americans face in corporate America.

About Dean Ann Harrison:

Ann E. Harrison, the 15th dean of the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, is a renowned economist.  One of the most highly-cited scholars globally on foreign investment and multinational firms, she is the author of dozens of journal articles, the editor of three books, and a winner of the prestigious Sun Yefang Prize by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2017 for co-authoring The Factory-Free Economy: Outsourcing, Servitization, and the Future of Industry. Harrison has deep Berkeley roots; she earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in economics and history as well as serving as a professor of Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics from 2001 to 2011. Harrison returned to UC Berkeley from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she was a professor of multinational management and business economics and public policy. Prior to Wharton, she was the director of development policy at the World Bank, where she co-managed a team of 300 researchers and staff.  Harrison has also held positions at Columbia Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the University of Paris. Harrison earned her PhD in economics from Princeton University. She also holds a DEUG (diplômed’étudesuniversitairesgénérales) from the University of Paris. Born in France, she is a dual citizen of the U.S. and France.

Are Chinese Americans Stuck In the Middle of US-China Conflict?

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Hear from Notable Chinese-American Civil Rights Expert, Frank Wu

Thursday, June 25, 2020

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. PDT

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As we enter a new era of heightened social, cultural, economic, and political tension between the United States and China of which the COVID-19 pandemic blame game and on-going trade war are but symptoms of a much broader conflict, are Chinese-Americans going to be, if not already, caught in the middle?  Join us for enlightening online discussion with distinguished law professor and prominent Chinese-American civil rights expert as he draws upon his wealth of knowledge on this complex issue to tackle this question.

About the Speaker:

Frank H. Wu is President-designee of Queens College, City University of New York.  He is a distinguished law professor who served as the William L. Prosser Distinguished Professor, the highest rank accorded a faculty member, at University of California Hastings College of Law. He previously served as Chancellor & Dean at the school. In April 2016, Professor Wu was elected as the Chair of Committee of 100, a non-partisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese-Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. He held that office for two years prior to being named the group’s first-ever President. Professor Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. He received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan.


Fireside Chat with UC Berkeley College of Engineering Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu

Born in Ithaca, New York, Dean Liu joined UC Berkeley as a faculty member in the EECS Department in 1996 and, in 2018, became the first woman in the history of UC Berkeley to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering (CoE). Being a Chinese-American and leading one of the foremost technology institutions in the world, Dean Liu is in a unique position to witness as well as influence America's fast-changing relationship with China in the technology arena.

After telling the approximately 100 attendees her personal story, Dean Liu answered questions from the audience ranging from new buildings added to the CoE, to joint programs with the Haas School of Business, to the Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, to the effect of visa limitations on graduate students from China, to what's being done to encourage more women to study engineering, to asking companies that want to recruit Berkeley grads whether they measure and track the promotion of women and minority engineers.

A multi-course Chinese banquet was served before we closed the evening with a screening of four short documentaries recently created by students from the UC Berkeley Department of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Chinese-American History class.  These documentaries were completed with financial support from the CAA Chinese Chapter.

August 25, 2019
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Peony Seafood Restaurant
388 9th Street, #288
Oakland, CA 94607

General Admission = $45, Young Alumni = $35, Student = $20


Chinatown Rising: A Documentary in Progress

                         Harry Chuck                     Joshua Chuck

Harry Chuck (Director & Producer) and Josh Chuck (Co-Producer & Assistant Editor) shared their experience making the documentary, Chinatown Rising (, showed selected scenes, and answered questions from the audience. A buffet lunch was served.

When:  Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:  Alumni House, UC Berkeley
Cost:  $10 general; $5 current students (at the door)

Synopsis of Chinatown Rising

Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian-American movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community¡¯s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change.


Private Tour & Lunch at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library & Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Berkeley, CA


China's Bold Ambition: The Belt and Road Initiative

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Peony Seafood Restaurant, 388 9th Street #288, Oakland, CA
Speaker:  Roger S. Dong, Lt Colonel, USAF (retired)


CAA Chinese Chapter 2017 Spring Banquet

When: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Peony Seafood Restaurant, 388 9th Street #288, Oakland, CA