The Asia Society on November 12, 2018, held an event “China-US, Culture Investment Forum” in which several entrepreneurs, philanthropists and art professionals from both United States and China, blew the crowd away with an impressive series of presentations, discussions and networking opportunities. Their message: Whether you are in America, China or in between, anyone can leave a legacy for the next generation if their true passions are put in play.
This forum was held in two sessions, the first being “Cultural Innovation Through Technology” and the second session being “Arts and Social Responsibilities”. You can watch the much recommended second section below. That section takes on an interesting subject. Both the technical and creative skills of a nation’s people are needed in conserving a healthy balance between the economy and the ecosystem. This is the new fashion of thought that, whether inborn in China or not, can directly or indirectly win the hearts of the public and can lead to a happier and more successful life for the country.
According to a brief description from the event invite, “Art has the power to move, inspire, connect, and heal. While it is not always easily accessible to all, many who are capable of making art available to more people have been putting the necessary work to support artists and allow a wider audience to encounter art.” The “Arts and Social Responsibility” session dealt with this issue aided by the brilliant array of speakers. The long list of speakers includes:
- Wu “Edward” Cheng, Vice President, Tencent Group
- Billy Clark, Artistic Director, CultureHub
- Qiao Cui, President, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation
- Zachary Kaplan, Executive Director, Rhizome
- Jay A. Levenson, Director, International Program, The Museum of Modern Art
- Wenfeng Liu, Chief Technology Officer, iQiyi
- Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Academy of Music
- Yi Qin, news presenter, Shanghai Culture Broadcast Film & Television Group
- Kara Ross, Founder, Kara Ross New York; and Founder, UNLEASHED
- Michael L. Royce, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
- Jillian Sackler DBE, President, Dame Jillian and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; Chairman, Foreign Policy Association
- Shen Yang, Vice President, China Film International Corporation
- Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum
- Oscar Tang, Trustee, Asia Society
- David E. Van Zandt, President, The New School
- Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Robert Wong, Vice President, Google Creative Lab
- Mia Yoo, Artistic Director, La MaMa
- Zhang Xiaoming, Deputy Director, Research Center for Cultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Social Science
The event lasted about an hour and sixteen minutes. Take a look!!