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  • Speaker | 31 October, 2016

    Why are young people in Africa rushing to learn Chinese? Case study from Ethiopia

    China’s presence all over Africa has ushered in an interesting phenomenon—a drive to learn Mandarin Chinese amongst the African youth in an effort to open doors and join the upwardly mobile classes. When Lina G. Ayenew, an Ethiopian national, moved back to her country after living in China, she noticed that there is much interest from Chinese companies working in Ethiopia to employ locals who are proficient in mandarin. She also noticed that there were no self-study courses to learn Mandarin written in Amharic (Ethiopia’s official language). With the help of a few Chinese friends, she created a language-learning course. Through this journey, she learnt about the new interest of young Ethiopian people in learning Chinese, how China is now a top study-abroad destination for the middle and upper middle class, and what average Ethiopians feel about the increasing Chinese presence in their country. She will share her insights with us.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Lina Getachew Ayenew is author of ‘Dalu: Introduction to Chinese for Amharic Speakers’

    She is an independent consultant and author focused on China-Africa relations and founder of Dalu Media

    After receiving her undergraduate and her Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degrees from Yale University, she moved to China to teach at Xiangya Medical School through the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. Following a corporate stint at a PR firm in Beijing, she began her efforts to closely study the influence of the Asian giant in her homeland, Ethiopia. She recently founded Dalu Media, and launched the first course in the world that teaches introductory Mandarin Chinese to Amharic speakers. Amharic is Lina’s native language and also the official language of Ethiopia, a country of 100 million people.

    She has also been working with the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (a government entity) to define Ethiopia’s tourism brand and promote it in China.

    Lina is also the youngest member to serve on the Yale-China Association Board of Trustees. The Yale-China Association is a non-profit established in 1901 with more than a century of experience contributing to the development of education in and about China.
    VENUE: Embassy of Luxembourg
    ENTRANCE: Free for members/Non-members: 100 RMB. Only with prior registration and photo ID

    Speaker | 19 October, 2016

    Members Only: Focus on the 6th CCP Central Committee Plenum – What’s going on at the top?


    In a members-only video-conference event, looking ahead to the CCP Central Committee Plenum (to open on Oct 24), Dr Willy Lam discusses major personnel changes in the run-up to the 19th Party Congress in 2017. What are the projected alterations of party rules and regulations at the plenum – and their impact on the anti-corruption campaign? Is President Xi Jinping’s power secure? Lam looks at Xi’s relations with the Shanghai Faction and the Communist Youth League Faction. And, will Sixth-Generation officials such as Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai be promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee next year? All questions to be discussed in our live video conference.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Willy Lam is an adjunct professor at the Center for China Studies; the History Department; and the Master’s Program in Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is an expert on elite CCP politics, economic and political reform, and China’s relations with the U.S. and Japan. Lam is also a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.

    Dr Lam was a journalist in his earlier career. He was a Beijing Correspondent from 1986 to 1989 for Asiaweek and the South China Morning Post. He was in charge of the China coverage of the South China Morning Post from 1989 to 2000. From 2000 to 2004, he was Senior China Analyst at CNN and CNN.com. He switched to college teaching in 2005. Dr Lam is the author of ‘Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping,’ ‘Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era’ and ‘The Era of Jiang Zemin.’

    DATE: Oct 19, 6:30-7:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 4 Liangmahe Lu
    ENTRANCE: FCCC members only. Only with prior registration and photo ID.

    REGISTRATION: by October 19th, 11am.