UH Manoa co-hosts Sino-U.S. 3rd Annual Media at Peking University

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Lisa Shirota, (808) 956-7352
Communications Director, Social Sciences, Dean's Office
Posted: Jul 15, 2016

Participants in the 3rd Annual Sino-U.S. Media Forum in Beijing, China.
Participants in the 3rd Annual Sino-U.S. Media Forum in Beijing, China.

The 3rd Annual Sino-U.S. Media Forum, jointly sponsored by Peking University (PKU) and the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at UH Mānoa, was recently held at PKU in Beijing, China. Themed “Politics, Economics and Diplomacy through Media Dialogue,” the event attracted more than 150 media experts and scholars, journalists and community leaders from both countries.

This year’s forum focused on the media’s role in building a new model of increased mutual trust and communication between U.S. and Chinese media.

UH Mānoa and Honolulu community leaders invited to participate in the symposium included Denise Eby Konan, Dean of the College of Social Sciences; Maya Soetoro-Ng, Director of Community Outreach and Global Learning for the college’s Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution; Ann Auman, professor and department chair, from the college's School of Communications; Ji Young Kim, associate professor, School of Communications; and Jeffrey Lau, Honolulu lawyer, businessman and former President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i.

The group covered topics ranging from messages of peace message and personal experiences with China to the challenges of global media ethics and presidential agenda-building and policy making.  Konan and Lau were also interviewed on-air by CCTV/News Dialogue anchor Yang Rui regarding Sino-U.S. trade and economic relations.

The event in Beijing is the third in a series hosted in partnership between UH Mānoa and PKU. The series is designed to build bridges and improve understanding between the U.S. and China.

The inaugural Sino-U.S. Media Forum, led by Auman and Associate Professor He Shu of the PKU School of Journalism and Communication, was held in October 2013 at Peking University School of Journalism and Communication and focused on comparative media. The second, held on the UH Mānoa campus in July 2014, highlighted the role of online and digital media in shaping global relationships. In 2017, the forum series will return to the UH Mānoa campus.

The School of Communications (COM/JOUR) in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences  improves the ways in which people talk to each other – in Hawai‘i and beyond – through all mediated channels, from voice-to-voice conversations to dynamic interactions via emerging technologies. The school strives for excellence in all areas of teaching, research and practice while embracing the contemporary challenges of complex and multicultural contexts involving communication and journalism.

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context. Its student-centered environment is dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it prepares students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai‘i and Asia.