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Fireside Chat Wine & Cheese - "Taiwan's China Dilemma and Its Implications for Hong Kong" with Prof. Shirley Lin, P'17, former partner, Goldman Sachs- August 13th (Sat.)

Date : Saturday 13-Aug-2016
Time : 4pm-6pm
Venue : Casa Van, B2 Woodland Heights, 2 Wongneichung Gap Road
: HK$100.00 (Member)
Event fee for pay at door : HK$100.00 (Associate)
  : HK$100.00 (Guest)
Sign-up Deadline : Saturday 13-Aug-2016
Contact Person : Caroline Van: carolinevan@gmail.com

Fireside Chat Wine & Cheese :"Taiwan's China Dilemma and Its Implications for Hong Kong"  with Professor Shirley Lin

Join us as Professor Syaru Shirley Lin (adjunct faculty member at CUHK and UVA, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, and a local Yale parent of a member of Yale College '17) discusses her recent book, Taiwan's China Dilemma.

  • Date: Saturday, August 13
  • Time: 4pm-6pm
  • Venue: Casa Van, B2 Woodland Heights, 2 Wongneichung Gap Road
  • Cost: HKD$  100 (pay at the door)
  • Contact: Caroline Van carolinevan@gmail.com

About the Talk

China and Taiwan share one of the world's most complex international relationships. Although similar cultures and economic interests promoted an explosion of economic ties between them since the late 1980s, their economic integration has faced episodic public opposition and has failed to generate progress toward the unification that both governments once claimed to seek. In addition, Taiwan's recent Sunflower Movement succeeded in obstructing deeper economic ties with China. 

Taiwan's China Dilemma explains the divergence between economic and political relations across the Taiwan Strait and the oscillation in Taiwan's economic policy through the interplay of national identity and economic interests. Using primary sources, opinion surveys, and interviews with Taiwanese opinion leaders, the book offers a vivid picture of one of the most unsettled and dangerous relationships in the contemporary world.

As Taiwan grapples with the growing importance of the Chinese economy, it also experiences the uneven socio-economic consequences of globalization. This has produced a reconsideration of the desired degree of further integration with China, especially among the younger generations. Professor Lin will also explore the dilemmas for Hong Kong and China, and place them in the context of the growing backlash against economic liberalization and regional economic integration around the world.    

About the Author:

Syaru Shirley Lin is a member of the founding faculty of the master’s program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaches political science at the University of Virginia.

Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016.

She graduated from Harvard College and earned her masters and Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Before starting her academic career, Prof. Lin was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she was responsible for direct investment in Asia and spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups such as Alibaba and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

Previously, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in Singapore and China. Prof. Lin’s present board service includes Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments and Mercuries Life Insurance. She also advises Crestview Partners and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and is a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation.