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Far East – Winds of Change (Closed)

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Course Description:

May 16: Chinese Society in Transition
Changes are accelerating in Chinese society with the end of the one-child policy, rapid evolution of technology and the continuing rise of incomes. In this session, social forces, economic imperatives and political trends are deconstructed and rewoven to understand how typical Chinese are living in this new world.

May 23: A New Era in Chinese Politics
Chinese president and Secretary General of the Communist Party Xi Jinping cemented his authority in late 2017. Now, with Xi firmly in power, questions remain. What are Xi’s objectives? Will he take economic reform to the next level, giving the private sector more equitable access? What role does Xi plan for China in world politics? This presentation will explore a possible future for China in which traditional global leaders are looking inward while China’s power is expanding.

May 30: Vietnam Today
Vietnam has survived two long wars, poor economic planning, and pressure from China, to become one of the rapidly growing economies in Asia. Can this nation of more than 80 million people balance its self-interest with the objectives of major powers and realize its economic potential? This session will focus on the realities of politics, the potential for sustained economic expansion and the likelihood of improved lives for Vietnamese families.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Registration Closed


Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30 *10:00am – noon* (3 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Michael Ipson was an exchange student in Hong Kong in the mid-Sixties and lived and worked in Beijing in the 1980s, returning to China from 2005-2010 as a senior member of the World Bank team in China. He continues to travel to East Asia as a board director of financial institutions in both China and Vietnam.