March 16, 2015
Dear Young China Watchers,

Welcome to YCW’s March newsletter! We hope that you enjoyed festive celebrations for Chinese New Year. In this edition, we will share our past month’s events and an exciting speakers series for the rest of March. We’re also putting out a call for contributors for a YCW-supported book project. So read on!

Across our global chapters

In London, YCW hosted James Miles, the China editor for the Economist, on February 13where he spoke at length on reforms in China under President Xi Jinping.

YCW New York hosted a dinner with former Hong Kong legislator and current barrister Margaret Ng on February 23 about the umbrella movement in the territory, judicial independence and the future of Hong Kong-mainland relations.

YCW Hong Kong co-hosted a dinner with Frances Adamson, the Australian Ambassador to China and Paul Tighe, Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong & Macau on March 11. It was held with the Autralia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) and the New Colombo Program.

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 YCW’s upcoming events

We look forward to hosting the following speakers across our chapters:

YCW Hong Kong: David Zweig of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) on China’s ‘haiguipai’ (“sea turtles”) and its impact on the country on March 18.

YCW San Francisco: Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University, who will speak on “Political Order and Political Decay: China and the United States” on March 19. This will be co-hosted with the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

YCW Shanghai: Co-authors James Farrer and Andrew Field on their latest bookShanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City on March 19.

YCW Beijing: David Sedney, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia on China’s growing role in South Asia on March 19. This will be co-hosted with our partner Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy.

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Call for contributors for book project

We’re seeking contributors for a YCW-supported book project New Voices: Collection of Essays on Contemporary Chinese Economy and Society. The decisions and issues facing the Chinese economy and society today are fundamentally different from those in its modern history to date. Collectively, the actions taken today will determine the course of China’s future in the coming decades. We want to capture the rich complexities of Chinese society from the ground up, from the fresh perspective of young, professionals with extensive experience in China. Submission guidelines here or contact our editors Ran Xu and Frank Tsai at

Our latest on the YCW blog

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Qian Liu, who recently spoke for YCW BJ, is our featured speaker this month. She is the Deputy Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit where she helps to manage a global team of analysts covering China. She argues that statistically speaking, the so-called “leftover women” phenomenon is not a number story but rather a matching problem.

Comings, goings and opportunities

YCW shares many jobs and internship opportunities across different cities, all focused on China. For more, please visit our Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.

As always, if you have ideas for our global chapters or would like to work with us, contact us at

YCW Newsletter March 2015
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