Scholars, journalists, students and community leaders from Beijing and Honolulu gathered August 14–15 at the 4th Sino-U.S. Media Forum to share knowledge and tackle issues related to global media and U.S.-China relations. The forum was titled, Media, Culture and Soft Power: Building a Global-Local Bridge in the Digital Age.
An intercultural collaboration between Peking University’s School of Journalism and Communication and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Communications, the forum hosted approximately 50 attendees, including a panel of Hawaiʻi journalists. Speakers included Jaime FlorCruz, Peking University adjunct professor and recently retired CNN Beijing Bureau Chief; Tian Wei, China Global Television anchor of World Insight; Richard Vulsteke, East-West Center president and Charles B. Salmon, Jr, former ambassador and East-West Center adjunct professor.
This year’s forum also incorporated a Hawaiian cultural dimension—Heather Haunani Giugni of ʻUlu ʻUlu, the Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi presented on media in the Hawaiian cultural context. Participants also toured the Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai to learn more about the Hawaiian culture.
Forum topic areas:
- Soft power: U.S.-China relations and media
- Cross-cultural communication and media literacy
- Impact of innovation and media convergence on U.S.-China relations
- Social media in U.S. and China
The 4th Sino-U.S. Media Forum also received support from the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, Global Times Foundation, a SEED (Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity) grant, the East-West Center and the School of Communications Louise Hess Miller Learning Center for Modern Media.
View more photos at the East-West Center Flickr site.