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Friday, Jun 6, 2014 8:15 AM
With more than 1.3 billion people and an economy expected to eclipse that of the US, China presents challenges and opportunities even in our local community. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, NMC's International Affairs Forum (IAF) presents a two-day opportunity to learn more about the rapidly expanding business, educational, and cultural connections growing between China and Northern Michigan.
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Keynote speakers include David Shambaugh, Professor and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute; Ted Plafker, Beijing Correspondent for The Economist and author of Doing Business in China; and Dr. G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, GM.  Relevant breakout sessions and rountables throughout the day create a highly informative experience.  The June 6 finale at the Dennos Museum Center features a contemporary Chinese photography exhibition with a presentation by Steve Harris of Shanghai's M97 Gallery.

Thursday, June 5 - Opening Night
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm      Opera House
China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready?
Introduction: Tim Nelson, President, Northwestern Michigan College
Speaker: David Shambaugh, Professor and Director of the China Policy Project at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Friday, June 6 - Full Day Schedule - Check in begins at 7:30 am
8:15 am      Hagerty Center
The Rapid Pace of Change in China: What's to Come
Speaker: Ted Plafker, Beijing Correspondent for The Economist and author of Doing Business in China

Friday - Breakout Sessions
A = Business Track      B = Political Track     C = Education/Cultural Track

9:30 am  (Select One)

A - Business Roundtable: Doing Business in China - Ted Plafker
Area business leaders Alan DeVore (President & CEO, Graceland Fruit) and Roch Lambert (Group President, Recreational Boat Group) join Ted Plafker for a discussion of how they found Chinese partners, navigated their way through China's bureaucracy and culture, overcame obstacles and reaped rewards.
B - The Xi Jinping Era: Defining a New Generation - Mary E. Gallagher (Ph.D) Director, Center for Chinese Studies, Univ of Michigan.  A discussion of the role of capitalism, law and democracy under the new leadership.
C - Creative Thought in Modern China: The Social Impact - Kunal Sinha, Cultural Insights Director, Ogilvy & Mather, China
Steve Harris, M97 Gallery in Shanghai; Mu Qian, Performing Arts Curator and Writer, China; Creative expression among Chinese artsits is pushing the boundaries of social norms often causing tension between the rush to modernity and tradition.

10:30 am (Select One)

- Business Rountable: Attracting Chinese Investment
Brian Connors, MEDC    Tracy Biegler, President and CEO of Enstrom Helicopter in Menominee
Brian Connors, MEDC's expert on attracting investment, joins Tracy Biegler, Enstrom Helicopter (recently acquired by Chongqing Helicopter) for an inside look at Chinese investment in Michigan.
B - China's Environmental Challenges - Keith Schneider, Senior Editor, Circle of Blue;
Zhao Young, CEO of Beijing Yuren Raineco Technology.
The competing demands for energy and water frame a discussion of the environental crisis in China today.
C - Education Exchanges:  A Necessary Part of Global Competency
William Skilling Ph.D., Superintendent, Oxford Schools & Steve Cousins, Superintendent TCAPS
As Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) moves ahead with plans to bring 200 Chinese students to Traverse City, how have similar exchange programs affected other schools and communities in Michigan?

11:30 am (Select One)

A - Business Roundtable: The Chinese Consumer
Kunal Sinha, Chief Knowledge Officer/Regional Cultural Insights Director at Ogilvy & Mather (Shanghai);
Ping Liang, Managing Director, AlphaMax Advisors LLC
Discuss the latest trends and marketing research on the Chinese consumer.  Essential information not just for working in China but in understanding Chinese visitors here.
B - Urban Renewal and Memory: The Transformation of Contemporary China
Tze-Ian Deborah Sang (Ph.D.), Professor of Chinese Literature and Cultural Studies, Michigan State University
An insightful look at how urban renewal is transforming people's senses of self and community in China today.
C - Changing Places: American and Chinese Cultural Insights
As exchange opportunities increase so do the likelihood of missteps and cultural misunderstandings, as well as the joy of new discoveries.  Our Chinese and American panelists will discuss what happens when the two cultures meet.

12:30 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Keynote Speaker
China's Business Culture: The GM Experience
Speaker: Dr. Mustafa Mohatarem
Chief Economist, General Motors

2:00 pm (Select One)
A - The Way Forward: Are We Ready?
Against the backdrop of China's expected prominence in this century and the growing contacts between northern Michigan and China, are we ready as a community? Join regional leaders for this wrap-up panel discussison!
B - China Today
Professors Gallagher (U-M) and Sang (MSU)
Did you miss the morning's political sessions on China? Here is your opportunity to hear presentations in one combined setting!

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  Networking Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Dennos Museum Center
Reception, Presentation, and Chinese Photography Exhibition
Images by Contemporary Chinese Photographers
See the art exhibit that helped inspire the conference - Organized with M97 Gallery, Shanghai
"China - How to Return?" - 8 pm presentation by Steve Harris, exhibit curator.