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API Invited to China for American Studies Network Conference

Time:2015-12-11 15:58 Source:未知 Writer:cjss read:

API was invited by the U.S. China Education Trust (USCET) to participate in the 2015 Annual American Studies Network Conference held at Peking University in Beijing. AJC's Director of International Jewish Affairs, Rabbi Andrew Baker, was the keynote speaker at the conference addressing the "American Jewish Experience." API Board member Wu-Teh Hsiang and API Assistant Director Daniel Silver also attended the conference on behalf of API. API met with Ambassador Matan Vilnai, Ambassador of Israel to China, Professor Wu Bingbing, Deputy Director of the Department of Arabic Language and Culture at Peking University and Project Interchangealumnus, and other Israeli and Chinese academics and diplomats to discuss areas of cooperation.

API Cosponsors Forum in Shanghai at the Center for Jewish Studies

In Shanghai, API cosponsored a forum in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Shanghai Jewish ghetto. Rabbi Andrew Baker spoke about coming to terms with the Holocaust along with Dr. Pan Guang, Dean of the Center for Jewish Studies Shanghai (CJSS) at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) and China's leading expert on Sino-Jewish relations, who spoke about the history of the Jews in Shanghai.

API Meets with Xu Xin, President of the Chinese National Institute for Jewish Studies

API met with China's leading Judaic scholar, Professor Xu Xin, Director of the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, who serves as the first President of the Chinese National Institute for Jewish Studies (CNIJS), a confederation of eight universities in China that have Jewish Studies and Israel Studies programs. The confederation was formally established in January 2015, with the goal of strengthening academic ties and collaborative research between Chinese universities and Jewish and Israel studies programs and organizations around the world. The Institute was formed following the recommendation of Madam Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the PRC and current member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China.

AJC Launches Partnership with Japan Foundation

Following the successful AJC mission to Tokyo in October, API launched a groundbreaking partnership with The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. The initiative was marked by a five-day visit featuring AJC Executive Director David Harris, who delivered two public lectures to packed halls of faculty, students, and diplomats at Doshisha University in Kyoto and Tokyo University in Tokyo. The lecture at Doshisha University focused on recent events in the Middle East, and the lecture at Tokyo University focused on the American Jewish perspective of U.S. politics, society, and the presidential campaign.

API, ACCESS NY, and KALCA Host Jewish and Korean-American Networking Event

On December 3, API, in partnership with ACCESS NY, and the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA), coordinated a cross-cultural networking dinner, hosted at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York. The evening featured keynote addresses by Ambassador Gheewan Kim, Consul General, Korean Consulate General of New York, Congresswoman Grace Meng, AJC President Stanley Bergman, and KALCA Board Chair Charles Yoon. The event, which brought together members of the New York Jewish community and Korean-American community, focused on how the next generation of leaders in both communities is striving to shape the conversation on today's critical domestic and international issues.

AJC Philadelphia and AJC Westchester Host Receptions for Shanghai Jewish Refugees Exhibit

Over 200 people gathered in both Philadelphia, PA (September 10) and Westchester, NY (December 1) for opening receptions of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum exhibit, highlighting the story of the 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled the horrors of the Holocaust, finding refuge in Shanghai between 1933 and 1941, at a time when few countries, including the U.S., would admit Jewish refugees. Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Chinese Consul General in New York spoke at the Philadelphia reception. Both receptions included keynote speeches by former Shanghai Ghetto residents. The exhibition previously travelled to several AJC regional offices and will continue to tour AJC regional offices in 2016.

API Hosts "Survival in Shanghai" Film Screening and Dinner Reception in Washington, D.C.

API, in partnership with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington D.C., hosted a special film screening of "Survival in Shanghai," a documentary telling the story of Jewish refugees in the Shanghai Ghetto from 1939-1945. The film includes interviews with Jewish residents from Shanghai during that time. Wu Xi, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington D.C, welcomed the more than 300 guests in attendance from the Washington metropolitan area, and API Chairman Jeffrey E. Stone spoke on behalf of API.

API Speaks to AJC New York Regional Office Board

API Board Member Joyce Silberstang interviewed API Director Shira Loewenberg at the October AJC New York regional office board meeting. Shira and Joyce discussed how API is strengthening and expanding relationships with government officials and influential leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. The recent API trips to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and South Korea were also highlighted.

API Meets with the Honorable C.H. Tung

AJC President Stanley Bergman and API staff attended a private breakfast in September with C.H. Tung, the first Chief Executive and President of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and current Chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF). After the transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty from the UK to the PRC, Tung became the first head of government in 1997. During the breakfast, Tung discussed President Xi Jingping's historic U.S. visit and his thoughts on the current status of U.S-China and Israel-China relations.

API at the Annual Diplomatic Marathon

AJC conducted its 25th Diplomatic Marathon (September 24 - October 2), a hallmark of AJC's global advocacy. This annual event runs parallel to the high-level segment at the beginning of the UN General Assembly, during which many world leaders travel to New York to address the world body. API met with Ambassadors and high-level representatives from eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Florida Regional Diplomatic Marathon focuses on India-Israel Relations

This year's second annual Florida Regional Diplomatic Marathon, a joint initiative of all three AJC Florida Regional offices (Miami and Broward, Palm Beach and Sarasota), focused on India-Israel relations, highlighting AJC's commitment to advancing U.S.-India and Israel-India ties through API. The conversation ranged from areas of cooperation in technology and agriculture to the heritage of Jews from India, to the importance of democratic nations standing together.

API and FICCI Host Delegation of Indian Members of Parliament

On October 12, API, in coordination with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), hosted a delegation of Indian Members of Parliament (MPs) at the residence of Stanley and Dr. Marion Bergman in New York City. The delegation was in the United States for the annual India-US Forum of Parliamentarians (IUFP), formed to foster closer relations between India and the United States, the world's two largest democracies. Constituted along the lines of the 'India Caucus' in the U.S. Congress, the IUFP involves Indian MPs from various political parties from both Houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Members of the Indian delegation spoke about the importance of cooperation between all political parties in India, specifically in regards to India-U.S. and India-Israel relations, and the importance of AJC's role in helping to build and maintain those relationships.

API Participates in Australian Jewish Funders Network Conference in Singapore

API's Southeast Asia Representative, Yael Amit, participated in the exclusive "Asia and the Jewish World: A Global Leadership Conversation" conference in Singapore. The conference was organized by The Jewish Funders Network and Australian Jewish Funders, with the help of Singapore's Jewish community. The conference gathered diplomats, influential philanthropists and communal leaders from across Asia, Australia and Israel to discuss the Jewish world's growing engagement with Asia, and explore challenges and opportunities of these increasingly important ties. Israel's growing engagement with Asia offers new opportunities in trade, investment, diplomacy, cultural ties and philanthropy for both the Jewish state and the Jewish world. Yael participated in the high-level discussions and presented AJC and API's work in this important arena.

Press & Media

26/11 was the model for Paris attacks – Shira Loewenberg, The Sunday Guardian (India)

Natural Partners Come Closer – Jason Isaacson, The Pioneer (India)

AJC Leadership Delegation Visits Four Countries in Asia – Jewish Times Asia(Page 4) 

Shira Loewenberg on Westchester Radio with AJC's Scott Richman – Discussing Jews in Shanghai

Ambassador Zhang Qiyue to Attend the Opening Ceremony of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Exhibit in Philadelphia – The China Press (中文) 

Plight of Jewish Refugees Captured on Film – News12 Westchester (Video)

Upcoming Events

API-ACCESS "Kakehashi" Mission to Japan: January 2016 

AJC Global Forum 2016: June 5-7, 2016 in Washington, D.C. 

For information, please contact Daniel Silver, API Assistant Director, atsilverd@ajc.org or 212.891.6731.

(Author:cjss)