On September 3rd, the Courtyard Institute was honored to receive Professor Ezra Vogel and the Yale Club of Beijing in our courtyard.
Following is the Yale Club’s recap of the event:
The Yale Club of Beijing
Prof. Ezra Vogel’s Talk on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Sixty members of the Yale and Harvard Clubs of Beijing as well as other individuals in the Beijing community gathered on September 3rd in an intimate renovated hutong house to welcome Professor Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard. Professor Vogel’s topic for the evening was to share his views on the current tensions underlying the relationships among the U.S, China and Japan. A lively question-and-answer session ensued with the assembled crowd relating to this vital and timely topic. The evening ended with Professor Vogel signing copies of his most recent book on Deng Xiaoping, in all three published versions (the English original, the Hong Kong translation, and the Mainland Chinese edition)!
Aside from offering insights on how increased trust and understanding can be developed among the three powers through the judicious use of military , commercial and agricultural channels, Vogel emphasized the role of education, and particularly the personal connections formed in university that could make such a difference in smoothing international tensions. The Professor explained how after his retirement in 2000 at the age of 70 he is devoting his energy to helping the American public understand China, and hence his work on Deng. (All proceeds from the book, by the way , are going to support Asian scholars at the Ohio Wesleyan, his alma mater). It is Vogel’s hope that young scholars can overcome the current pressure to become overspecialized and to keep themselves as informed and open as possible in pursuit of a broader perspective. This view is certainly in line with what the Yale Club of Beijing offers to its members as well as the surrounding community .